RAPID CITY, SD – One name has ruled over the last three visits to Rapid City’s Black Hills Speedway with the Lucas Oil American Sprint Car Series National Tour presented by the MAVTV Motorsports Network. That’s New Mexico’s Johnny Herrera.
With the series back in town this Friday, July 14 and Saturday, July 15 for the second annual Rushmore Rumble, Herrera looks to keep that win streak going. Currently fourth in series standings in the Mesilla Valley Transportation No. 45x, Herrera has earned 19 wins with the National Tour, with three of those coming in the last two years at Black Hills Speedway.
“It’s a big flat half-mile. We’ve run well as Sedalia, and we raced at Hartford at Michigan and won there too, then with the years at Knoxville so it just seems to fit,” said Herrera.
No stranger to the half-mile oval, Herrera saw competition at Black Hills 1990’s with the World of Outlaws. Looking to keep recent momentum growing as the series heads back into the mid-west, Herrera stated that his season is still going well, but still needs an extra push.
“I still haven’t found the sweep spot on the racecar yet, but we’re still working on it. This year we seem too been good for two or three nights, then we struggle. Even last week, we struggled at Belgrade. I understand with the track it was hard to pass, but I expected better of myself.
Even with that said, Johnny is looking to this weekend a chance to get things rolling once more, “Going into a race track where we’ve won, I’m excited because we have good notes to fall back on so to get a win, or to sweep it again, and get our confidence back up and rolling, would be fantastic.”
With an eye on climbing the National Tour points, the top spot is currently held by Sam Hafertepe, Jr. who holds a 50 point advantage over Aaron Reutzel with Matt Covington trailing in third by 175 markers. While Herrera holds fourth, he is close competition with Wayne Johnson who comes into the weekend off a sweep of the Grizzly Nationals at Gallatin Speedway this past weekend.
Washington’s Seth Bergman is also in the mix with Herrera and Johnson, and like Herrera, has not been able to find a National Tour victory this season. Blake Hahn seventh is chased by Skylar Gee and Harli White.
Friday, July 14 and Saturday, July 15 at Black Hills Speedway opens at 5:00 P.M. with racing at 7:00 P.M. (MDT). Admission for adults is $25. Senior and Military get in for $20. Kids 6-12 are $10 with children five and under free into the grandstands. Black Hills Speedway is located at 2467 Jolly Ln. in Rapid City, S.D. For more information, visit the track on Facebook or call (605) 393-9717.
For continued updates on the American Sprint Car Series, from the National Tour or any of the seven regional tours that make up the over 150 races across the ASCS Nation in 2017, log onto http://www.ascsracing.com
Who: Lucas Oil ASCS National Tour and ASCS Frontier Region
What: Rushmore Rumble
Where: Black Hills Speedway (Rapid City, S.D.)
When: July 14 and 15, 2017
Address: 2467 Jolly Ln, Rapid City, SD 57703
Phone: (605) 393-9717
Social Media: https://www.facebook.com/Black-Hills-Speedway-290392857705301/
2017 Lucas Oil ASCS A-Main Winner(s): Sam Hafertepe, Jr. – 9 (3/17 – Devil’s Bowl Speedway; 3/18 – Devil’s Bowl Speedway; 4/7 – Texas Motor Speedway; 4/8 – Texas Motor Speedway; 4/15 – Missouri State Fair Speedway; 6/13 – Devil’s Bowl Speedway; 6/14 – Lawton Speedway; 6/23 – Skagit Speedway; 6/24 – Skagit Speedway); Aaron Reutzel – 4 (5/11 – Lakeside Speedway; 6/15 – Creek County Speedway; 6/17 – Lucas Oil Speedway; 6/22 – Skagit Speedway); Wayne Johnson – 2 (7/7 – Gallatin Speedway; 7/8 – Gallatin Speedway); Jake Bubak – 1 (6/9 – West Texas Raceway); Kyle Bellm – 1(6/10 – Route 66 Motor Speedway); Brian Brown – 1 (6/16 – Randolph County Raceway); Matt Covington – 1 (6/30 – Grays Harbor Raceway); Roger Crockett – 1 (7/1 – Grays Harbor Raceway);
2017 Lucas Oil ASCS Driver Standings (Top 10): 1. Sam Hafertepe, Jr. 2,584; 2. Aaron Reutzel 2,534; 3. Matt Covington 2,409; 4. Johnny Herrera 2,386; 5. Wayne Johnson 2,363; 6. Seth Bergman 2,323; 7. Blake Hahn 2,244; 8. Skylar Gee 2,065; 9. Harli White 1,788, 10. Justin Henderson 1,434;
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Live Scoring (Where Applicable): http://www.ascsracing.com/live and the Race Monitor App
ASCS National Tour Drivers Online:
Kyle Bellm (Nixa, Mo.): http://www.kylebellm.com
Seth Bergman (Snohomish, Wash.): http://www.sethbergmanracing.com
Matt Covington (Glenpool, Okla.): http://www.mattcovingtonracing.com
Skylar Gee (Leduc, Ont. Can.): https://twitter.com/SkylarGee99
Jake Greider (Haysville, Kan.): https://twitter.com/JakeGreider2013
Sam Hafertepe, Jr. (Sunnyvale, Texas): http://www.sam15.com
Justin Henderson (Sioux Falls, S.D.): http://www.bdsmotorsportsllc.com
Alex Hill (Six Nations, Ont. Can.): https://twitter.com/alexhill77x
Blake Hahn (Sapulpa, Okla.): http://www.blakehahnracing.com
Johnny Herrera (Albuquerque, N.M.): http://www.johnnyherreraracing.com
Wayne Johnson (Oklahoma City, Okla.): https://www.facebook.com/WayneJohnsonRacing?fref=ts
Dustin Morgan (Owasso, Okla.): https://www.facebook.com/dustin.p.morgan?hc_ref=SEARCH
Aaron Reutzel (Clute, Texas): http://www.aaronreutzelracing.com
Harli White (Lindsay, Okla.): http://www.harliwhiteracing.net