Hafertepe Takes Command At Big Diamond
MINERSVILLE, Pa. – Sam Hafertepe Jr. scored his first ever Pennsylvania Sprint Speed Week victory and first ever Big Diamond Speedway win in the 30 lap main event on Sunday night.
Starting from the pole position, Hafertepe bolted into the lead at the start and immediately opened up a large lead over second place Stevie Smith. The first 13 laps of the feature event went caution free before yellow had to be displayed for Jimmy Reppert, who came to a stop on the backstretch.
The caution was out once again on lap 14 for a spinning Ryan Wilson. On the restart, Hafertepe again sprinted out to a large lead, with Smith still holding down second spot and Brent Marks in third. These three drivers remained in this order when the final caution flag of the event flew on lap 28 for Brain Montieth, who stopped on the front stretch with a right rear flat.
Montieth refused the two lap courtesy extended to drivers with flat tires and retired for the evening. On the restart, Smith made a daring move into turn two to try and wrestle the lead from Hafertepe, but to no avail, and the Texas native was able to cruise to the $5,000 victory.
Smith held on for second, followed by Marks, Lance Dewease, and Friday nights winner Greg Hodnett. Sixth thru tenth were Danny Lasoski, Brady Bacon, Fred Rahmer, Darren Mollenoyux, and Mark Smith.
With the win, Hafertepe was able to take over the Pennsylvania Sprint Speed Week points lead. Hafertepe now has 436 points. Greg Hodnett (394), Fred Rahmer (390), Brent Marks (384) and Lance Dewease (379) complete the top five.