Crawley Returns To ASCS Victory Lane
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – For the seventeenth time in 2013, the Lucas Oil American Sprint Car Series presented by MAVTV American Real found a different winner with Tim Crawley working from fourth to pick up his 44th career victory with the national arm of the ASCS Nation.
Asked how sweet it was to get back in victory lane against the Lucas Oil ASCS, Crawley replied, “I wish we could pick up enough sponsorship to get back out here and run the whole deal cause it’s nice to be back in victory lane against the National Tour, especially here at home in Little Rock.”
The three time Lucas Oil ASCS national champion found the lead with a high side pass on Cody Gardner on Lap 3 to score his first victory since 2011 with the Lucas Oil ASCS.
Making his twenty-first Lucas Oil ASCS appearance, Cody Gardner held off the charging Jeff Swindell for his first podium finish against the National Tour.
“I think we only finished like three of these deals out all twenty-one of them,” chuckled the Arkansas driver about his first podium finish against the Lucas Oil ASCS. “We’ll take this one. Tim got it won. We’re keeping the money right here in Little Rock tonight so I’m pumped about that.”
Finding slower traffic by lap eight, the caution would be displayed on lap 13 as Sam Hafertepe, Jr. and Derek Hagar spun after making contact while battling for third. The caution was called for, but neither driver stopped, allowed Hagar to be lined up eleventh and Hafertepe seventh for the restart.
Restarting third, Jeff Swindell ran the remaining distance on the back bumper of Cody Gardner before settling for the show position. His thirteenth podium finish of 2013, Swindell tried every line possible to get around the No. 1g.
“I knew Cody was going to be stuck on the bottom and he wasn’t moving. He’s been running this place long enough; he wasn’t going to miss that corner,” Swindell said. “That was pretty much all we had. I got to the bottom there kind of early on, but wasn’t really making any ground. Tried the top and just couldn’t hold it so I started going everywhere I could.”
Derek Hagar rebounded to finish fourth followed by Sam Hafertepe, Jr. in fifth. Brad Loyet crossed sixth, tying his best finish at the I-30 Speedway with Tony Bruce, Jr. from tenth to finish seventh. Logan Forler charged from fourteenth to eighth with Jason Johnson ninth, putting eight makers between he and Johnny Herrera who crossed eleventh. Blake Hahn worked by the Print Place No. 45x in the closing laps to complete the top ten.
Heat Races numbered five with Jeff Swindell, Sam Hafertepe, Jr., Blake Hahn, Seth Bergman, and Jason Johnson earning wins. B-Features went to A.G. Rains and Anthony Nicholson.