Cody Morris, KILGORE, TEXAS (4-7-2012) -
The Oil Medics ASCS
Lone Star region kicked off the 2012 season with their sole
season appearance at Kilgore’s Lone Star Speedway.
Oklahoma native turned Knoxville, Iowa resident Wayne Johnson
continued his ASCS Regional hot streak. In his return visit to
Kilgore’s 3/8 speed trap since thrashing a mount in last
season’s inaugural Lone Star Nationals, Johnson was the
beneficiary of a mid race mistake by defending ASCS Lone Star
region champion Matt Covington.
While an early race incident involving Sam Hafertepe Jr. and
Michael outside front row starter Michael Lang resulted in a
disappointing early exit for the latter, defending champion
Covington led the first 14 circuits of the 25 lap Feature event
before looping his mount as he exited turn 4.
While Covington maintained power to avoid being sent to the tail
of the field, it was just the opening Johnson needed for his 1st
ASCS Lone Star region victory of the season aboard the Oil
Medics, City Vending, and Outlaw Wings sponsored no.77x. The
Lone Star win marked Johnson’s series’ best 3rd ASCS Regional
score of the 2012 season following two ASCS Gulf South Region
Mesquite, Texas’ Martin Edwards rallied into the runner up spot
with Lake Havasu, Arizona’s Logan Forler accepting show position
honors. Hafertepe crossed the finish line 4th with Burleson,
Texas’ John Ricketts completing a strong first outing with a 5th
Gatesville, Texas native Evan Pardo earned Hard Charger
honors by advancing seven spots from his outside 8th row
Matt Covington, Sam Hafertepe Jr., and Michael Lang took heat
race victories over the 20 car field.
RESULTS: April 7th, 2012
Oil Medics 2012 ASCS Lone Star
Region Season Opener
Lone Star Speedway - Kilgore, Texas
A Feature (25 Laps): 1. 77x-Wayne Johnson; 2. 45-Martin
Edwards; 3. 5h-Logan Forler; 4. 15H-Sam Hafertepe Jr;
5. 76-John Ricketts; 6. 11c-Matt Covington; 7. 2-Dustin
Morgan; 8. 11-Justin Melton; 9. 54-Evan Pardo; 10.
74E-Claud Estes III; 11. 12x-Dale Wester; 12. 69-Larry
Howery; 13. 7m-Kevin Ramey; 14. 32-Derek Weaver; 15.
17-Bruce Griffith Jr; 16. 4x-Shawn Petersen; 17.
14B-Robert Byrom; 18. 12-Shawn Mize; 19. 16-Koty
Adams; 20. 14-Michael Lang
Lap Leaders: Covington
1-14; Johnson 15-25
Heat 1 (8 Laps): 1. 11c-Matt Covington; 2. 5h-Logan Forler; 3.
77x-Wayne Johnson; 4. 11-Justin Melton; 5. 12x-Dale Wester; 6.
4x-Shawn Petersen; 7. 17-Bruce Griffith Jr
Heat 2 (8 Laps): 1. 15H-Sam Hafertepe Jr; 2. 76-John Ricketts;
3. 45-Martin Edwards; 4. 69-Larry Howery; 5. 74E-Claud Estes
III; 6. 54-Evan Pardo; 7. 32-Derek Weaver
Heat 3 (8 Laps): 1. 14-Michael
Lang; 2. 7m-Kevin Ramey; 3. 12-Shawn Mize; 4. 2-Dustin Morgan;
5. 14B-Robert Byrom; 6. 16-Koty Adams