Hafertepe Jr. Gets First WoO Win


Hafertepe Jr. Unflappable in First Career Outlaw Win

Sunnyvale, Tex. native holds off 20 time champion Kinser, Kaeding finishes third

ALGER. Wash. — Sept. 3, 2011 — Sam Hafertepe Jr. was alongside one of the best in the business Saturday night at Skagit Speedway. Knowing he had to be on top of his game, the Sunnyvale, Tex., maintained his focus and dominated the 40 lap event to pocket his first career World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series win and a $20,000 payday.

“This has been a long time coming,” said a very happy Hafertepe Jr. “This car is such an awesome machine to run. It’s a dream ride and I am so thankful that the Rudeen Racing crew asked me to come back up here after our fourth place finish in the Dirt Cup earlier this year. I had Steve Kinser at my side through numerous restarts and I think he was trying to rattle me a bit but I wasn’t going to let it happen. We’ve wanted this one for long and it feels so good to finally get it here at Skagit.”

Hafertepe Jr. had a strong machine all night as he won the dash and earned the right to sit on the pole for the nights main event. From the drop of the green flag, the other 23 competitors could only sit back and watch as the #26 Rudeen Racing/Firedown Graphics/Speedmart Maxim took off. Kinser, a Bloomington, Ind. native, tried to get the youngster on several restarts but ultimately had to settle for second place.

“Sam was quick all night,” said Kinser, who finished third the night before. “We’ve been running really well here as of late. Our Knoxville Nationals showing was pretty bad so we went back to the shop and worked on somethings and have been in the top-3 ever since it seems like. We’ll hopefully add some more win’s to our total before the season is out.”

For the second night in a row, the battle was on for the third position as four time series champion Donny Schatz, the nights fastest qualifier Paul McMahan and West Coast standout Tim Kaeding all raced fiercely for the final podium spot. When the dust settled, Kaeding and his #83jr machine were the ones being interviewed on the front stretch with Hafertepe Jr. and Kinser.

“The double file restarts were pretty tricky tonight,” said Kaeding, who was the nights KSE Hard Charger after picking up 15 spots in the feature. “Ultimately, it was a good show for the fans and we need to thank them for coming out here tonight. The race got a whole lot easier once we got the right front shock back on. We lost it earlier on in the race and finally got the chance to replace it. It was really starting to jar my head a little bit.”

Schatz would end up settling for the fourth position with McMahan finishing in the top-5 for the fourth race in a row. Series points leader Jason Meyers sustained damage early on and finshed 11th.

The Outlaws will now head south to Cottage Grove (Ore.) Speedway on Monday, September 5.


WINNERS – There have been 49 World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series A-Feature events in 2011. The winners include: Craig Dollansky – 8 (Silver Dollar Speedway on March 12, Salina Highbanks Speedway on May 3, River Cities Speedway on June 17 and 18, Dodge City Raceway Park on July 1, Lebanon Valley Speedway on July 24, I-55 Raceway on August 6, Skagit Speedway on September 2); Steve Kinser – 7 (Volusia Speedway Park on Feb. 11 and 12, Pike County Raceway on Feb. 25, the Dirt Track at Las Vegas on March 4, Lakeside Speedway on June 4, River Cities Speedway on August 19, Huset’s Speedway on August 20); Donny Schatz – 6 (Attica Raceway Park on May 20, Princeton Speedway on June 25, Limaland Motorsports Park on July 13, Bloomington Speedway on August 5, Knoxville Raceway on August 13, Black Hills Speedway on August 23); Jason Meyers – 4 (Cedar Lake Speedway on July 8, Williams Grove Speedway on July 23, Autodrome Drummond on July 30, Castrol Raceway on August 26); Sammy Swindell – 4 (Royal Purple Raceway on Feb. 26, Merced Speedway on April 1, Tri-State Speedway on April 30, Knoxville Raceway on June 11); Joey Saldana – 4 (Las Vegas Motor Speedway on March 3, Thunderbowl Raceway on March 19, Eldora Speedway on May 6, Beaver Dam Raceway on July 9); Jason Sides – 4 (Volusia Speedway Park on Feb. 13, Calistoga Speedway on April 2, I-96 Speedway on May 30, Dodge City Raceway Park on July 2); Paul McMahan – 3 (the Dirt Track at Charlotte on May 28, Belleville Highbanks on June 3, Brockville-Ontario Speedway on July 29); Tim Shaffer – 2 (Eldora Speedway on July 15, Lernerville Speedway on July 19); Dale Blaney – 1 (Lernerville Speedway on July 19); Cody Darrah – 1 (Castrol Raceway on august 27); Sam Hafertepe Jr. – 1 (Skagit Speedway on September 3);Greg Hodnett – 1 (Williams Grove Speedway on July 22); Daryn Pittman – 1 (Williams Grove Speedway on May 13); Tony Stewart – 1 (Oshweken Speedway on July 27); Tyler Walker – 1 (Eldora Speedway on July 16.)

KNOXVILLE AIRING– Tune into SPEED TV on Sunday, September 4 at Noon EDT for the airing of the 51st Goodyear Knoxville Nationals. The a two hour television event features veteran’s Ralph Sheheen and Brad Doty in the booth with Bobby Gerould and Tony Bokhoven roaming the pit area.

TIME TRIALS– Paul McMahan was the fastest qualifier around the 3/10th’s mile oval with a time of 10.985 seconds and earned five championship points. Also earning points were Jason Meyers, Toni Lutar, Craig Dollansky and Sammy Swindell. It marked McMahan’s tenth Quick Time of the season.

WE’RE ONLINE – Make sure to check out the all-new WorldofOutlaws.com for the latest news and results, plus exclusive driver interviews, video and pictures. Also listen to every event live at DIRTVision.com.

World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series Statistical Report; Skagit Speedway; Alger, Washington; Sept. 3, 2011

A-Main – (40 Laps)

1. 26-Sam Hafertepe[1][$20,000]; 2. 11-Steve Kinser[3][$5,700]; 3. 83JR-Tim Kaeding[18][$3,500]; 4. 15-Donny Schatz[4][$3,000]; 5. 83-Paul McMahan[7][$2,600]; 6. 92-Kerry Madsen[14][$2,400]; 7. 91-Cody Darrah[21][$2,300]; 8. 7S-Jason Sides[8][$2,200]; 9. 9-Brad Sweet[2][$2,150]; 10. 6-Kraig Kinser[17][$2,100]; 11. 14-Jason Meyers[6][$1,600]; 12. 1-Sammy Swindell[11][$1,350]; 13. 5W-Lucas Wolfe[13][$1,300]; 14. 55-Trey Starks[23][$1,200]; 15. 63-Chad Kemenah[16][$1,100]; 16. 4X-Toni Lutar[10][$1,000]; 17. 39C-Jason Solwold[15][$900]; 18. 6R-Bill Rose[20][$850]; 19. 25-Bobby McMahan[19][$800]; 20. 88-Jesse Whitney[24][$800]; 21. O-Jonathan Allard[9][$800]; 22. 18-Travis Jacobson[12][$800]; 23. 7-Craig Dollansky[5][$800]; 24. 66-Barry Martinez[22][$800]

Lap Leaders: Sam Hafertepe Jr. 1-40

KSE Hard Charger Award: 83JR-Tim Kaeding[+15]

Qualifying –

1. 83-Paul McMahan, 10.985; 2. 14-Jason Meyers, 11.022; 3. 4X-Toni Lutar, 11.050; 4. 7-Craig Dollansky, 11.053; 5. 1-Sammy Swindell, 11.131; 6. 18-Travis Jacobson, 11.142; 7. 15-Donny Schatz, 11.165; 8. 11-Steve Kinser, 11.177; 9. 9-Brad Sweet, 11.236; 10. 26-Sam Hafertepe, 11.239; 11. 7S-Jason Sides, 11.252; 12. O-Jonathan Allard, 11.269; 13. 5W-Lucas Wolfe, 11.276; 14. 92-Kerry Madsen, 11.290; 15. 39C-Jason Solwold, 11.342; 16. 63-Chad Kemenah, 11.392; 17. 6-Kraig Kinser, 11.417; 18. 83JR-Tim Kaeding, 11.420; 19. 25-Bobby McMahan, 11.474; 20. 2L-Logan Forler, 11.507; 21. 91-Cody Darrah, 11.513; 22. 6R-Bill Rose, 11.524; 23. 55-Trey Starks, 11.525; 24. 66-Barry Martinez, 11.584; 25. 44W-Austen Wheatley, 11.602; 26. 88-Jesse Whitney, 11.683

Heat 1 – (10 Laps – Top 6 finishers transfer to the A-feature)

1. 26-Sam Hafertepe[1] ; 2. 15-Donny Schatz[2] ; 3. 7-Craig Dollansky[3] ; 4. 5W-Lucas Wolfe[5] ; 5. 83-Paul McMahan[4] ; 6. 25-Bobby McMahan[7] ; 7. 6R-Bill Rose[8] ; 8. 63-Chad Kemenah[6] ; 9. 44W-Austen Wheatley[9]

Heat 2 – (10 Laps – Top 6 finishers transfer to the A-feature)

1. 11-Steve Kinser[2] ; 2. 7S-Jason Sides[1] ; 3. 1-Sammy Swindell[3] ; 4. 14-Jason Meyers[4] ; 5. 92-Kerry Madsen[5] ; 6. 6-Kraig Kinser[6] ; 7. 88-Jesse Whitney[9] ; 8. 2L-Logan Forler[7] ; 9. 55-Trey Starks[8]

Heat 3 – (10 Laps – Top 6 finishers transfer to the A-feature)

1. O-Jonathan Allard[1] ; 2. 9-Brad Sweet[2] ; 3. 18-Travis Jacobson[3] ; 4. 83JR-Tim Kaeding[6] ; 5. 4X-Toni Lutar[4] ; 6. 39C-Jason Solwold[5] ; 7. 91-Cody Darrah[7] ; 8. 66-Barry Martinez[8]

Dash – (8 Laps, finishing order determined first 10 starting positions of A-feature) 

1. 26-Sam Hafertepe[1] ; 2. 9-Brad Sweet[2] ; 3. 11-Steve Kinser[3] ; 4. 15-Donny Schatz[4] ; 5. 7-Craig Dollansky[5] ; 6. 14-Jason Meyers[7] ; 7. 83-Paul McMahan[8] ; 8. 7S-Jason Sides[9] ; 9. O-Jonathan Allard[10] ; 10. 4X-Toni Lutar[6]

B-Main – (10 Laps – Top 6 finishers transfer to the A-feature)

1. 63-Chad Kemenah[1] [-]; 2. 66-Barry Martinez[6] [-]; 3. 6R-Bill Rose[4] [-]; 4. 91-Cody Darrah[3] [-]; 5. 55-Trey Starks[5] [-]; 6. 88-Jesse Whitney[8] [-]; 7. 2L-Logan Forler[2] [$200]; 8. 44W-Austen Wheatley[7] [$180]

The World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series is brought to fans across the country by many important sponsors and partners, including: Armor All (Official Car Care Products), STP (Official Fuel Treatment), Goodyear Tires (Official Tire), Chizmark & Larson Insurance, Factory Motor Parts, VP Racing (Official Racing Fuel), Vicci (Official Apparel); in addition to contingency sponsors, Jake’s Custom Golf Carts, RacingJunk.com KSE Race Products, Racing Electronics, S&S Volvo and R2C Performance; Engine Builder’s Challenge participants Don Ott Racing Engines, Kistler Engines, Shaver Specialties and Speedway Engines; and Chassis Builder’s Challenge participants J&J Auto Racing, Maxim Racing and XXX Race Company.

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