SAPULPA, Okla. – Kicking off the final run for the Lucas Oil American Sprint Car Series title, the National Tour heads for Creek County Speedway on Oct. 11-12 for the fourth annual John Christner Trucking Fall Fling presented by James Hodge Ford.
Looking to mark off two of the final six nights that make up the National Tour schedule, the chase for the season-ending $50,000 prize is still hotly contested, as Blake Hahn and Sam Hafertepe Jr. head into the weekend separated by 20 markers.
Comparing the two drivers’ performance in the John Christner Trucking Fall Fling presented by James Hodge Ford, in three nights of a scheduled six since 2016, Hafertepe has the statistical advantage, with a podium finish in every A-Feature contested.
Of those, finishes in 2016 and 2018 were at the top of the podium.
Struggling in the Fall Fling a little bit, Hahn has a DNQ as well as a pair of top-10 finishes at the Fall Fling.
With Hahn looking at a must-win situation to hold off the reigning three-time National Tour Champion, the Sapulpa, Okla., native seems ready for the challenge.
Carrying a wave of momentum into this weekend, Hahn’s last two outings have seen three wins in five starts, including prelim and championship victories in the Hockett/McMillin Memorial at Lucas Oil Speedway in September and a second-straight victory in the ASCS Mid-South sanctioned COMP Cams Short Track Nationals at I-30 Speedway on Saturday.
While the focus is on the top of the point standings, a quick look through the top ten reveals several close battles.
Separated by six points, Matt Covington is on the heels of Roger Crockett for third with Scott Bogucki only 50 points away from Covington. Building momentum into the weekend with a pair of Short Track National podiums, John Carney II looks to claw his way back into the top five and sits only 34 markers back from Bogucki.
Looking at the battle for seventh, Robbie Price has the position, but is only six markers ahead of Harli White. Jordon Mallett is also closing that gap as well, with a 79-point deficit to make up on the No. 17w.
Trying to climb back into the top 10, Alex Hill has her sights set on Tucker Doughty, who holds the spot by only 17 points.