McCarl Cowboys Up In Texas Sprint

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Terry McCarl poses in victory lane with his family and crew after winning night one of the Texas Sprint Car Nationals. (Gabe Flores Photo)
Terry McCarl poses in victory lane with his family and crew after winning night one of the Texas Sprint Car Nationals. (Gabe Flores Photo)

FT. WORTH, Texas – Terry McCarl wheeled TheSnowPlow.com/Destiny Motorsports No. 4 to his 14th victory with the Lucas Oil American Sprint Car Series presented by the MAVTV Motorsports Network Thursday during night one of Tony Stewart presents the VANKOR Texas Sprint Car Nationals.

“Man, it feels good to win because this wasn’t an old man track. This place was cowboy-up tonight so I just want to let everyone know old T-Mac can still cowboy-it up,” said McCarl. “Doug just gave me a great car; I really have to thank him and everyone who helps us. Every name on this car means a lot.”

The victory was McCarl’s first win at the Texas Motor Speedway Dirt Track with the Lucas Oil American Sprint Car Series presented by the MAVTV Motorsports Network. The multi-time Knoxville Raceway track champion is the 15th different feature winner of the season.

Taking the green from sixth, McCarl rode fourth until lap eight when the caution waved for Harli White, who made contact trying to avoid a lapped car while running second.

Set to go green from third, McCarl would end up taking off in second as race leader, Danny Jennings, started dropping water out of his engine. Giving the lead to Dylan Westbrook, the Hills Racing No. 47x shoe couldn’t hold off the charge of McCarl, with McCarl edging into the lead on lap nine by .017 seconds.

Pulling away from the field until the red lights flashed on as Channin Tankersley, who was running sixth, slammed the wall in the second turn after something came apart in the front suspension. Giving Westbrook a shot, the No. 47x could not keep pace, nor could anyone get a run with the field under caution again working lap 23 for Seth Bergman.

The caution reverted the field back to lap 22 for the final green flag of the night, with McCarl stretching his lead back out to 2.042 seconds before it was all said and done.

Getting a run on the final lap just as Westbrook suffered a mechanical issue, Sam Hafertepe Jr. snagged second, and in doing so, secured his fourth consecutive championship with the Lucas Oil American Sprint Car Series presented by the MAVTV Motorsports Network.

Westbrook was able to hold onto third with Matt Juhl and Blake Hahn making up the top five.

Moving up from 11th, Colorado’s Jake Bubak was sixth with Scott Bogucki earning hard charger honors with a run from 20th to seventh in the SawBlade.com No. 28. Tony Bruce Jr. followed in eight with Robbie Price making up nine positions to finish ninth. Matt Covington likewise gained nine positions from 19th to complete the top-10.

field of 40 drivers was on hand for the first night of Tony Stewart presents the VANKOR Texas Sprint Car Nationals at the Texas Motor Speedway Dirt Track. Five SCE Gaskets Heat Races were won by Sammy Swindell, McKenna Haase, Matt Juhl, Bergman and Jennings. Hoosier Tire Qualifiers were topped by Bruce, Brandon Hanks and Dylan Westbrook. The two BMRS B-Features was won by Swindell and Price.

The finish:

A Feature (25 Laps): 1. 4-Terry McCarl, [6]; 2. 15H-Sam Hafertepe Jr, [10]; 3. 47X-Dylan Westbrook, [4]; 4. 09-Matt Juhl, [3]; 5. 52-Blake Hahn, [7]; 6. 74B-Jake Bubak, [11]; 7. 28-Scott Bogucki, [20]; 8. 12H-Tony Bruce Jr, [8]; 9. 21P-Robbie Price, [18]; 10. 95-Matt Covington, [19]; 11. 17W-Harli White, [2]; 12. 11-Roger Crockett, [13]; 13. 11X-Tyler Courtney, [22]; 14. 24D-Danny Sams III, [16]; 15. 23-Seth Bergman, [5]; 16. 2X-Tucker Doughty, [24]; 17. 17G-Channin Tankersley, [12]; 18. 84-Brandon Hanks, [9]; 19. 51-Aaron Reutzel, [14]; 20. 33C-Casey Carter, [25]; 21. 1J-Danny Jennings, [1]; 22. 44-Sammy Swindell, [17]; 23. 55-McKenna Haase, [21]; 24. J2-John Carney II, [15]; 25. 14-Jordon Mallett, [23]

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