Heath Wins Sprint Week Finale, Hickle Is Champ

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Heath Wins Sprint
Colton Heath won Sunday's ASCS Sprint Week finale. (ASCS photo)

NASHVILLE, Ark. – The final night of Lucas Oil ASCS Sprint Week powered by Smiley’s Racing Products continued a common theme of Northwest talent at the front of the field, as Washington’s Colton Heath led start to finish at Diamond Park Speedway.

“Man, this win means a lot to me. This makes all the work and sweating through this damn humidity worth it,” noted Heath of the victory.

“Coming out here from Washington, begin able to run these races, and cap it off with a win, it means a lot to my family, my car owners, just everyone who supports this deal and plus, it’s really cool to look at the final points and see these west coast guys come out here and finish at the top.”

Earning the pole in Sunday’s 25-lap A-Feature, Heath had to outgun the field three times before the race finally went to green.

Chased by Harli White the first two laps, J.J. Hickle worked by the No. 17w on lap three. Pulling close several times as the leaders found traffic near the mid-point of the race, Hickle came within striking distance but was unable to advance.

Working through the backmarkers with ease, Heath found the checkered flag 2.056 seconds ahead of the No. 63.

Hickle’s sixth top five in as many races, and fifth time on the podium, the runner-up finish secured his spot atop the points and netted him $3,000 from Smiley’s Racing Products.

Charging from 10th, Michael Faccinto made up seven spots to third, with Colton Hardy posting his best finish of the week in fourth. Matt Covington completed the top five.

John Carney II crossed sixth with Chase Randall in seventh. Canada’s Robbie Price was the hard charger with a run from 20th to eighth. Brad Bowden followed from 15th to ninth with Oregon’s Tanner Holmes finishing 10th.

A field of 22 drivers made the call at Diamond Park Speedway.

While Hickle won the overall Lucas Oil ASCS Sprint Week powered by Smiley’s Racing Products title, Seth Bergman finished second, with Heath, Faccinto, and John Carney II taking the top five spots.

In all, 91 drivers from 16 states and three countries took part in Sprint Week competition.

The finish:

1. 33-Colton Heath [1]; 2. 63-JJ Hickle [2]; 3. 5H-Michael Faccinto [10]; 4. 41-Colton Hardy [6]; 5. 95-Matt Covington [7]; 6. J2-John Carney II [4]; 7. 9-Chase Randall [5]; 8. 21P-Robbie Price [20]; 9. 2-Brad Bowden [15]; 10. 18T-Tanner Holmes [14]; 11. 44-Jesse Love [17]; 12. 88-Travis Reber [13]; 13. 1S-Joey Schmidt [19]; 14. 30-Joseph Miller [16]; 15. 17B-Ryan Bickett [12]; 16. 09-Mike Vaculik [21]; 17. 6-Jett Carney [18]; 18. 17W-Harli White [3]; 19. 23M-Lance Moss [9]; 20. 5T-Ryan Timms [11]; 21. 23-Seth Bergman [8]; 22. 0-Eric Baldaccini [22].

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