Sam Hafertepe, Jr. Grabs Win No. 10 With Rushmore Rumble Triumph
July 20th, 2017 by Wade Huisman
RAPID CITY, S.D. (July 14, 2017) Sam Hafertepe, Jr. is the first to double digit wins with the Lucas Oil American Sprint Car Series presented by the MAVTV Motorsports Network in 2017 with his 10th National Tour victory of the year coming at the half-mile Black Hills Speedway to open up the 2nd annual Rushmore Rumble.
“I tell you, we didn’t really prepare for what the track went to. I missed it a little bit, and the rubber actually saved us. If there would have been a bigger cushion like there was in the Heats, we were more prepared for that but even then, there’s no excuses. We got the win. Just had to get that wing back a little bit to straighten her out,” said Hafertepe who picked up his 25th career Lucas Oil ASCS National Tour victory, and first at Black Hills Speedway.
Taking off from the pole of Friday’s feature event, the Heidbreder Foundation No. 15h was not alone as Blake Hahn stalked the National Tour point’s leader. Finding traffic within the first five laps, Hafertepe was able to build a comfortable advantage, but it would quickly vanish as traffic worked wheel to wheel. Allowing Hahn to build momentum, the Griffith Truck and Equipment No. 52 shot to the lead twice though the first and second turns, but would not be able to hold point over Hafertepe.