Dover Claims Steve King Memorial
JETMORE, Kan. — On a windy evening in the plains of Kansas, Jack Dover blew into Jetmore and took the Lucas Oil American Sprint Car Series presented by MAVTV American Real cash at the fifth annual Steve King Memorial at the Great American Dirt Track.
Dover, who took the inaugural Steve King Memorial in 2009, had to pass for the lead twice after the caution flag waved just after his first pass on race long leader Tony Bruce Jr. on lap 17; taking the field to the last fully completed lap.
“I told my guys we were going to win this thing,” said Dover. Asked about the car and how the race unfolded, Dover replied, “That red flag at the end definitely helped tonight. I told my guys what to do, and the changes helped. Having Johnny behind me was definitely a big pusher and made me drive the car a lot harder. I’m just speechless right now winning this thing twice.”
His second pass on the TBJ Promotions No. 18 following the lap-17 restart stuck.
Taking the point on lap 18, Dover became the eighth different winner of 2013 with the Lucas Oil ASCS presented by MAVTV American Real, earning a cool $4,000 winner’s bounty.
Collected in an opening lap melee that collected six drivers in turns one and two, the Print Place No. 45x was forced to race from 13th for his runner-up finish.
“You know, we had a good car. It was just hard to pass in the Heat Races. We really didn’t change a whole lot on this Print Place/Mesilla Valley Transportation car for the feature. We came a long way from having to go the back, so, we’ll take it,” said Herrera.
Bruce, who led the first 17 laps, faded to third at the checkered flag.
“I just could not come out of two no matter what I did,” Bruce said. “I’m just really disappointed for the King family. I really wanted to win this race but it just the way it goes. We were really good, but we still just missed it.”
His second win in as many days in ASCS competition, Dover along with Herrera, and Bruce graced the podium with Brad Loyet fourth and Jeff Swindell holding onto fifth despite a broken front nose wing.
Jack Dover, Johnny Herrera, Tony Bruce Jr., Brad Loyet, Jeff Swindell, Dustin Morgan, Danny Wood, Seth Bergman, Raymond Seemann, Jason Johnson, C.J. Johnson, Jon Freeman, Logan Forler, Sean McClelland, Cole Wood, Mike Peters, Brandon Hahn, Luke Cranston, Justin Wolf Medlock.