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Hafertepe Jr. Taking the Positive From Rough Results at Devil’s Bowl Speedway

Hafertepe Jr. Taking the Positive From Rough Results at Devil’s Bowl Speedway

4/22/2014

(Photo by DB3 Imaging) Inside Line Promotions – MESQUITE, Texas (April 22, 2014) – Sam Hafertepe Jr. is an optimist and it shows following the Texas Outlaw Nationals at his home track. Hafertepe Jr. had one of the fastest cars – if not the fastest – during the World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car...more

Hafertepe Jr. Taking the Positive From Rough Results at Devil’s Bowl Speedway

4/22/2014

(Photo by DB3 Imaging)

Inside Line Promotions – MESQUITE, Texas (April 22, 2014) – Sam Hafertepe Jr. is an optimist and it shows following the Texas Outlaw Nationals at his home track.

Hafertepe Jr. had one of the fastest cars – if not the fastest – during the World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series doubleheader last weekend at Devil’s Bowl Speedway, which is only a few minutes from Hafertepe Jr.’s shop. Unfortunately, an incident on the opening lap of the feature both nights hampered his results.

“We’ve always been good there because we’ve ran a lot of laps around that place,” he said. “It was successful to go out there having not raced with those guys in a while to be the fastest. At the same rate when you have a chance to contend for the win both nights and we never even made a lap, that is disappointing. I try to look at the bright side on that. You always have to keep your head up in this sport.”

Hafertepe Jr. opened the event last Friday by qualifying 10th quickest. He then powered to the heat race victory from the pole position to lock himself into the dash, which he started third.

“We had the car really good,” he said. “We walked off from them in the heat race and never really got challenged. I felt really, really good. In the dash we were good as well. I just thought we were getting better and better.”

After finishing second in the dash, Hafertepe Jr. started the 25-lap feature on the outside of the front row.

“On the start of the feature we had a bleeder going down in the right rear tire,” he said. “The bleeder has a plastic insert and that broke. It’s just a parts failure.”

After getting a good jump on the opening start, the yellow flag was waved because a driver spun out. On the complete restart, Hafertepe Jr.’s tire began to deflate and he slowed in turns three and four to bring out the caution. His team replaced the tire and Hafertepe Jr. returned to tag the field.

“We had the car set up pretty tight for being out front,” he said. “Back in traffic we were really bad. If we were set up to run back there we could have passed more cars.”

Hafertepe Jr. rallied from last to place 16th.

He continued to showcase speed during the finale on Saturday, which culminated with the $20,000-to-win Ted Johnson Memorial.

Hafertepe Jr. qualified third quickest and then charged from fourth place to win his heat race. After advancing from fourth to third place in the dash, Hafertepe Jr. started the main event on the inside of the second row.

“When we got out for the feature I made my warm-up lap and I felt like my car was really, really nice,” he said. “When I went through turns one and two to test the top, I figured the top would be the place to be. I felt like ‘Man, we’re going to have a shot to win this.’ Coming off turn two the motor went sour on us. It dropped a valve on it. A little bit of bad luck, but that’s part of it.”

Hafertepe Jr. pulled to the pits on the opening lap with the engine issue and he was credited with a 24th-place finish.

He will return to action with the World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series this Friday at Salina Highbanks Speedway in Salina, Okla. Hafertepe Jr. qualified second quickest and finished seventh in the main event there last year.

“We’ve got something that works pretty well there,” he said. “We’ll just go in there with the same mindset we went in with this weekend. I feel like we’re going to be pretty competitive.”

QUICK RESULTS –

April 18 – Devil’s Bowl Speedway in Mesquite, Texas – Qualifying: 10; Heat race: 1 (1); Dash: 2 (3); Feature: 16 (2).

April 19 – Devil’s Bowl Speedway in Mesquite, Texas – Qualifying: 3; Heat race: 1 (4); Dash: 3 (4); Feature: DNF (3).

SEASON STATS –

19 races, 0 wins, 4 top fives, 5 top 10s, 8 top 15s, 10 top 20s

UP NEXT –

Friday at Salina Highbanks Speedway in Salina, Okla., with the World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series

MEDIA LINKS –

Website: www.Sam15.com

Twitter: twitter.com/SamHafertepeJr

Facebook: www.facebook.com/pages/Sam-Hafertepe-Jr-and-The-Plumbfast-Racing-Team/116304711773031?ref=br_tf

SPONSOR SPOTLIGHT – Keizer Aluminum Wheels

Keizer Aluminum Wheels has provided custom aluminum racing wheels for any type of racing application for several decades. For more information, visit www.KeizerWheels.com.

“I’ve been using Keizer Aluminum Wheels since 2004,” Hafertepe Jr. said. “They are like family to me and have been with me through the highs and the lows.”

Hafertepe Jr. would also like to thank Lone Star Speedway, Kiebler & Sons Lawn and Landscaping, Wells Racing Engines, Brown & Miller Racing Solutions, Smiley’s Racing Products, Fisher Racing Engines, J&J Auto Racing, Pro Shocks by OC Shocks, Fire-Down Graphics, ButlerBuilt Professional Seat Systems, Vortex Wings, Kear’s Speed Shop, Pancho’s Racing Products, GPC, Joe Gibbs Racing Oils, Zemco Headers and Simpson Racing Products for their continued support.

INSIDE LINE PROMOTIONS –

Inside Line Promotions specializes in affordable public relations and media management for motor sports drivers, teams, sponsors, tracks, series, events, organizations and manufacturers. ILP Founder Shawn Miller leverages professional journalism with new media technologies and social networking to improve your exposure and the return on investment for your sponsors.

To meet the media relations needs of your program and to join Team ILP, contact Shawn at 541-510-3663 or InsideLinePromotions@gmail.com . For more information on Inside Line Promotions, visit www.InsideLinePromotions.com.

Hafertepe Jr. Hustles to Third Straight Top Five at I-30 Speedway

Hafertepe Jr. Hustles to Third Straight Top Five at I-30 Speedway

4/15/2014

(Photo by DB3 Imaging) Inside Line Promotions – LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (April 15, 2014) – Sam Hafertepe Jr. posted his third consecutive top five last Saturday at I-30 Speedway. Hafertepe Jr. charged from 16th to a fifth-place result during the Lucas Oil ASCS National Tour event at the bullring, which...more

Hafertepe Jr. Hustles to Third Straight Top Five at I-30 Speedway

4/15/2014

(Photo by DB3 Imaging)

Inside Line Promotions – LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (April 15, 2014) – Sam Hafertepe Jr. posted his third consecutive top five last Saturday at I-30 Speedway.

Hafertepe Jr. charged from 16th to a fifth-place result during the Lucas Oil ASCS National Tour event at the bullring, which keeps him in third place in the championship standings – only 12 points out of the lead.

“We had a really good car,” he said. “It showed in the feature. The more and more laps you give a guy with a good car, he’s going to take advantage.”

The night didn’t begin as well as it ended as Hafertepe Jr. drew a high pill, which started him on the outside of the fourth row of his heat race.

“We drew a pretty tough heat race and we drew in the back of a heat race,” he said. “We had guys like Sean McClelland, Dustin Morgan, Matt Covington and Tim Crawley, and the track was right around the bottom.”

Hafertepe Jr. rallied from eighth to fifth place, which earned him enough points to advance directly into the main event. He started 16th in the 30-lap feature.

“The track got pretty dry in the feature,” he said. “Most guys were putting around the bottom. We were able to move around a bit and run the middle for the most part of the race.”

Hafertepe Jr. maneuvered through the field to score his fourth top five of the season.

He is scheduled to compete this Friday and Saturday at Devil’s Bowl Speedway in Mesquite, Texas, for the $20,000-to-win Texas Outlaw Nationals Presented by American Racing Custom Wheels with the World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series.

QUICK RESULTS –

April 12 – I-30 Speedway in Little Rock, Ark. – Heat race: 5 (8); Feature: 5 (16).

SEASON STATS –

17 races, 0 wins, 4 top fives, 5 top 10s, 8 top 15s, 9 top 20s

UP NEXT –

Friday and Saturday at Devil’s Bowl Speedway in Mesquite, Texas, for the Texas Outlaw Nationals Presented by American Racing Custom Wheels with the World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series

MEDIA LINKS –

Website: www.Sam15.com

Twitter: twitter.com/SamHafertepeJr

Facebook: www.facebook.com/pages/Sam-Hafertepe-Jr-and-The-Plumbfast-Racing-Team/116304711773031?ref=br_tf

SPONSOR SPOTLIGHT – Wells Racing Engines

Wells Racing Engines Founder Dennis Wells has been building performance engines for circle track, drag race, boats and street since 1968. For more information, visit www.WellsRacing.com.

“Dennis Wells has been in business for a long time and is a leading engine builder in the 360 ranks,” Hafertepe Jr. said. “He helps our team out quite a bit.”

Hafertepe Jr. would also like to thank Keizer Aluminum Wheels, Lone Star Speedway, Kiebler & Sons Lawn and Landscaping, Brown & Miller Racing Solutions, Smiley’s Racing Products, Fisher Racing Engines, J&J Auto Racing, Pro Shocks by OC Shocks, Fire-Down Graphics, ButlerBuilt Professional Seat Systems, Vortex Wings, Kear’s Speed Shop, Pancho’s Racing Products, GPC, Joe Gibbs Racing Oils, Zemco Headers and Simpson Racing Products for their continued support.

INSIDE LINE PROMOTIONS –

Inside Line Promotions specializes in affordable public relations and media management for motor sports drivers, teams, sponsors, tracks, series, events, organizations and manufacturers. ILP Founder Shawn Miller leverages professional journalism with new media technologies and social networking to improve your exposure and the return on investment for your sponsors.

To meet the media relations needs of your program and to join Team ILP, contact Shawn at 541-510-3663 or InsideLinePromotions@gmail.com . For more information on Inside Line Promotions, visit www.InsideLinePromotions.com.

Hafertepe Jr. Overcomes Rocky Start to Night at Devil’s Bowl Speedway

Hafertepe Jr. Overcomes Rocky Start to Night at Devil’s Bowl Speedway

3/31/2014

(Photo by DB3 Imaging) Inside Line Promotions – MESQUITE, Texas (March 31, 2014) – Despite a bumpy night last Saturday, Sam Hafertepe Jr. is appreciative of the opportunity to race at Devil’s Bowl Speedway. “We had a really good car,” he said. “The whole night we had bad things happen, but I was...more

Hafertepe Jr. Overcomes Rocky Start to Night at Devil’s Bowl Speedway

3/31/2014

(Photo by DB3 Imaging)

Inside Line Promotions – MESQUITE, Texas (March 31, 2014) – Despite a bumpy night last Saturday, Sam Hafertepe Jr. is appreciative of the opportunity to race at Devil’s Bowl Speedway.

“We had a really good car,” he said. “The whole night we had bad things happen, but I was grateful to be able to race.”

It started when Hafertepe Jr. discovered that a rocker arm was broken in his engine.

“We didn’t have a spare rocker arm and we were lucky enough to find that Brandon Berryman’s team had a spare,” he said. “If it wasn’t for them we wouldn’t have been able to get out there and race.”

Although he missed hot laps, Hafertepe Jr. was lightning quick in his heat race, which he started on the outside of the front row. Hafertepe Jr. posted the second-fastest lap and was one of only two drivers to break into the 13-second bracket during heat races. His second-place result was enough to start him 10th in the main event.

“The track was real narrow and really, really hard to pass,” he said. “We were really fast. It’s just tough whenever there’s only one lane to run. That’s part of it sometimes.”

Hafertepe Jr. began to work his way toward the top five during the feature when he was involved in a crash on Lap 7.

“We jumped to sixth pretty early,” he said. “I was trying to get by Blake Hahn. He spun sideways in the middle of turns one and two. I had nowhere to go and got into the side of him. It bent the right rear wheel pretty bad and broke the Jacob’s Ladder. We stayed out there trying to get as many points as we could.”

Hafertepe Jr. restarted 20th and rebounded to post a 14th-place finish. He ranks sixth in the Lucas Oil ASCS National Tour championship standings, but is only 16 points out of second place.

Hafertepe Jr. is scheduled to race this Friday and Saturday at Battleground Speedway in Highlands, Texas, with the ASCS Gulf South Region.

QUICK RESULTS –

March 29 – Devil’s Bowl Speedway in Mesquite, Texas – Heat race: 2 (2); Feature: 14 (10).

SEASON STATS –

14 races, 0 wins, 1 top five, 2 top 10s, 5 top 15s, 6 top 20s

UP NEXT –

Friday and Saturday at Battleground Speedway in Highlands, Texas, with the ASCS Gulf South Region

MEDIA LINKS –

Website: www.Sam15.com

Twitter: twitter.com/SamHafertepeJr

Facebook: www.facebook.com/pages/Sam-Hafertepe-Jr-and-The-Plumbfast-Racing-Team/116304711773031?ref=br_tf

SPONSOR SPOTLIGHT – Kiebler & Sons Lawn and Landscaping

Kiebler & Sons Lawn and Landscaping is a residential landscaping business based in New Oxford, Pa.

“They are really good friends of ours who have been around for quite a while,” Hafertepe Jr. said. “We’ve always really appreciated their support.”

Hafertepe Jr. would also like to thank Keizer Aluminum Wheels, Lone Star Speedway, Brown & Miller Racing Solutions, Smiley’s Racing Products, Wells Racing Engines, Fisher Racing Engines, J&J Auto Racing, Pro Shocks by OC Shocks, Fire-Down Graphics, ButlerBuilt Professional Seat Systems, Vortex Wings, Kear’s Speed Shop, Pancho’s Racing Products, GPC, Joe Gibbs Racing Oils, Zemco Headers and Simpson Racing Products for their continued support.

INSIDE LINE PROMOTIONS –

Inside Line Promotions specializes in affordable public relations and media management for motor sports drivers, teams, sponsors, tracks, series, events, organizations and manufacturers. ILP Founder Shawn Miller leverages professional journalism with new media technologies and social networking to improve your exposure and the return on investment for your sponsors.

To meet the media relations needs of your program and to join Team ILP, contact Shawn at 541-510-3663 or InsideLinePromotions@gmail.com . For more information on Inside Line Promotions, visit www.InsideLinePromotions.com.

Hafertepe Jr. Powers to Sixth-Place Result at Devil’s Bowl Speedway

Hafertepe Jr. Powers to Sixth-Place Result at Devil’s Bowl Speedway

3/24/2014

(Photo by DB3 Imaging) Inside Line Promotions – MESQUITE, Texas (March 24, 2014) – Sam Hafertepe Jr. scored his best Lucas Oil ASCS National Tour result of the season last Friday at Devil’s Bowl Speedway. Hafertepe Jr. charged from seventh to second place in his heat race and rallied for a...more

Hafertepe Jr. Powers to Sixth-Place Result at Devil’s Bowl Speedway

3/24/2014

(Photo by DB3 Imaging)

Inside Line Promotions – MESQUITE, Texas (March 24, 2014) – Sam Hafertepe Jr. scored his best Lucas Oil ASCS National Tour result of the season last Friday at Devil’s Bowl Speedway.

Hafertepe Jr. charged from seventh to second place in his heat race and rallied for a sixth-place finish in the feature at the fast half-mile track, which marked his second top 10 of the season.

“We were really good,” he said. “I felt like we were probably the fastest car there. I’ve made a lot of laps there. We’ve got a good handle there.”

Despite opening the night with a high number during the pill draw, which started him at the back of his heat race, Hafertepe Jr. rallied to pass five cars in the eight-lap heat.

“Everybody kind of missed the bottom on the start,” he said. “We were running fourth coming out of turn two on the opening lap. We were able to maneuver and come off the bottom really good. A lot of guys couldn’t hit the bottom as well as we could.”

Hafertepe Jr. was tied for the most points following the heat races, which locked him into the feature redraw.

“We drew the wrong number,” Hafertepe Jr. said after pulling the No. 8, which started him on the outside of the fourth row for the 25-lap feature.

“Most guys were running tight to the bottom and you couldn’t pass. We got a decent start, but kind of rode in line around the bottom. You had some pretty good cars out in front. Those guys aren’t going to mess up a lot.”

Hafertepe Jr. picked up a pair of positions to post a sixth-place result, which advanced him to third place in the Lucas Oil ASCS National Tour championship standings. If he can find help, Hafertepe Jr. would like to compete for the series championship this season.

“That’s kind of my plan right,” he said. “Going forward, I don’t know if we can do that or not. I hope we can. If I’m going to follow a series, I’m going to need a fuel sponsor or somebody to throw in some money here or there.”

Hafertepe Jr. will return to Devil’s Bowl Speedway this Saturday to conclude the Lucas Oil ASCS National Tour event, which had its final day postponed a week because of the threat of weather.

QUICK RESULTS –

March 21 – Devil’s Bowl Speedway in Mesquite, Texas – Heat race: 2 (7); Feature: 6 (8).

SEASON STATS –

13 races, 0 wins, 1 top five, 2 top 10s, 4 top 15s, 5 top 20s

UP NEXT –

Saturday at Devil’s Bowl Speedway in Mesquite, Texas, with the Lucas Oil ASCS National Tour

MEDIA LINKS –

Website: www.Sam15.com

Twitter: twitter.com/SamHafertepeJr

Facebook: www.facebook.com/pages/Sam-Hafertepe-Jr-and-The-Plumbfast-Racing-Team/116304711773031?ref=br_tf

SPONSOR SPOTLIGHT – Lone Star Speedway

A high-banked, 3/8-mile oval located in Kilgore, Texas, Lone Star Speedway was reopened in 2009 by the Hafertepe family. For more information, visit www.LoneStarSpeedway.com.

“Lone Star Speedway is owned by a racing family who wants to make it into a premier facility in the country,” Hafertepe Jr. said.

Hafertepe Jr. would also like to thank Keizer Aluminum Wheels, Lone Star Speedway, Brown & Miller Racing Solutions, Smiley’s Racing Products, Fisher Racing Engines, J&J Auto Racing, Pro Shocks by OC Shocks, Fire-Down Graphics, ButlerBuilt Professional Seat Systems, Vortex Wings, Kear’s Speed Shop, Pancho’s Racing Products, GPC, Joe Gibbs Racing Oils, Zemco Headers, Kiebler & Sons Lawn and Landscaping and Simpson Racing Products for their continued support.

INSIDE LINE PROMOTIONS –

Inside Line Promotions specializes in affordable public relations and media management for motor sports drivers, teams, sponsors, tracks, series, events, organizations and manufacturers. ILP Founder Shawn Miller leverages professional journalism with new media technologies and social networking to improve your exposure and the return on investment for your sponsors.

To meet the media relations needs of your program and to join Team ILP, contact Shawn at 541-510-3663 or InsideLinePromotions@gmail.com . For more information on Inside Line Promotions, visit www.InsideLinePromotions.com.

Hafertepe Jr. Runs into Mechanical Issues with World of Outlaws in the West

Hafertepe Jr. Runs into Mechanical Issues with World of Outlaws in the West

3/11/2014

(Photo by Paul Gould) Inside Line Promotions – TUCSON, Ariz. (March 11, 2014) – The trip west for Sam Hafertepe Jr. was anything but lucky. Piloting a Buffalo Wild Wings sponsored car for Blazin’ Racing, Hafertepe Jr. ran into bad luck after bad luck during the World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car...more

Hafertepe Jr. Runs into Mechanical Issues with World of Outlaws in the West

3/11/2014

(Photo by Paul Gould)

Inside Line Promotions – TUCSON, Ariz. (March 11, 2014) – The trip west for Sam Hafertepe Jr. was anything but lucky.

Piloting a Buffalo Wild Wings sponsored car for Blazin’ Racing, Hafertepe Jr. ran into bad luck after bad luck during the World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series events at The Dirt Track at Las Vegas in Las Vegas and at Tucson International Raceway last week.

“In all honesty we didn’t get to finish one race,” he said. “We broke a right front steering arm in Vegas the first night. The second night (in Las Vegas) we got disqualified for work area procedure. At Tucson, we blew a rear end in the feature. Really it was just a bunch of mechanical woes.”

Hafertepe Jr. qualified 13th quickest and placed fourth in his heat race to open the FVP Outlaw Showdown at The Dirt Track at Las Vegas last Wednesday. That locked him into the feature starting 15th and after working toward the top 10 during the first half of the main event, Hafertepe Jr. ended in the pits with the steering problem and a 22nd-place result.

On Thursday, Hafertepe Jr. timed in eighth quickest and finished fourth in his heat race to lock into the main event. He started 16th in the feature and while attempting to go to the work area to fix an issue, an official deemed Hafertepe Jr. was going too fast and he was parked for the remainder of the event. Hafertepe Jr. ended with an 18th-place finish.

The team hauled to Arizona for the NAPA Wildcat Shootout on Saturday and after qualifying 21st quickest, Hafertepe Jr. placed seventh in his heat race. He then rallied to finish sixth in the Last Chance Showdown to earn the final transfer to the 25-lap main event, which he started 23rd.

However, his night finished early once again as a rear end problem forced him to the infield with a 24th-place result.

“We just never could get jelling on everything,” he said. “I’ve decided to switch directions and I’ll be back in my family car for a while.”

Hafertepe Jr. will run the next few weeks in his car – beginning this Friday at Golden Triangle Raceway Park in Beaumont, Texas, and Saturday at Royal Purple Raceway in Baytown, Texas, with the ASCS Gulf South Region – before plans to hook up with another team in the near future.

QUICK RESULTS –

March 5 – The Dirt Track at Las Vegas in Las Vegas – Qualifying: 13; Heat race: 4 (1); Feature: 22 (15).

March 6 – The Dirt Track at Las Vegas in Las Vegas – Qualifying: 8; Heat race: 4 (3); Feature: 18 (16).

March 8 – Tucson International Raceway in Tucson, Ariz. – Qualifying: 21; Heat race: 7 (7); B Main: 6 (4); Feature: 24 (23).

SEASON STATS –

12 races, 0 wins, 0 top fives, 1 top 10, 3 top 15s, 4 top 20s

UP NEXT –

Friday at Golden Triangle Raceway Park in Beaumont, Texas, and Saturday at Royal Purple Raceway in Baytown, Texas, with the ASCS Gulf South Region

MEDIA LINKS –

Website: www.Sam15.com

Twitter: twitter.com/SamHafertepeJr

Facebook: www.facebook.com/pages/Sam-Hafertepe-Jr-and-The-Plumbfast-Racing-Team/116304711773031?ref=br_tf

SPONSOR SPOTLIGHT – Keizer Aluminum Wheels

Keizer Aluminum Wheels has provided custom aluminum racing wheels for any type of racing application for several decades. For more information, visit www.KeizerWheels.com.

“I’ve been using Keizer Aluminum Wheels since 2004,” Hafertepe Jr. said. “They are like family to me and have been with me through the highs and the lows.”

Hafertepe Jr. would also like to thank Lone Star Speedway, Brown & Miller Racing Solutions, Smiley’s Racing Products, Fisher Racing Engines, J&J Auto Racing, Pro Shocks by OC Shocks, Fire-Down Graphics, ButlerBuilt Professional Seat Systems, Vortex Wings, Kear’s Speed Shop, Pancho’s Racing Products, GPC, Joe Gibbs Racing Oils, Zemco Headers, Kiebler & Sons Lawn and Landscaping and Simpson Racing Products for their continued support.

INSIDE LINE PROMOTIONS –

Inside Line Promotions specializes in affordable public relations and media management for motor sports drivers, teams, sponsors, tracks, series, events, organizations and manufacturers. ILP Founder Shawn Miller leverages professional journalism with new media technologies and social networking to improve your exposure and the return on investment for your sponsors.

To meet the media relations needs of your program and to join Team ILP, contact Shawn at 541-510-3663 or InsideLinePromotions@gmail.com . For more information on Inside Line Promotions, visit www.InsideLinePromotions.com.

Hafertepe Jr. Starts Season on Sour Note in the Sunshine State

Hafertepe Jr. Starts Season on Sour Note in the Sunshine State

2/24/2014

(Photo by DB3 Imaging) Inside Line Promotions – TAMPA, Fla. (Feb. 24, 2014) – Sam Hafertepe Jr. was never more excited to leave the state of Florida than after last weekend. His season-opening, three-week trip to “The Sunshine State” was capped by a frustrating weekend at East Bay Raceway Park...more

Hafertepe Jr. Starts Season on Sour Note in the Sunshine State

2/24/2014

(Photo by DB3 Imaging)

Inside Line Promotions – TAMPA, Fla. (Feb. 24, 2014) – Sam Hafertepe Jr. was never more excited to leave the state of Florida than after last weekend.

His season-opening, three-week trip to “The Sunshine State” was capped by a frustrating weekend at East Bay Raceway Park for the 38th annual Winter Nationals featuring the 13th annual Ronald Laney Memorial.

“The first two nights the track rubbered up and the last night they overdid it with water,” he said “There just wasn’t much passing.”

Hafertepe Jr. charged from sixth to third place during his heat race on Thursday to start on the positive note. However, he was disqualified because of a muffler violation.

“That put us so far behind,” he said.

Hafertepe Jr. then rallied from 13th to place fifth in a B Main, but missed a transfer to the main event by three spots. He was 34th in points after the first night.

On Friday, after advancing from seventh to fourth place in his heat race, Hafertepe Jr. earned the 12th-most heat race points to lock himself into the feature. He started on the outside of the sixth row, but the track took rubber from the start and Hafertepe Jr. spent the 25-lap main event just outside the top 10.

“The second night it laid rubber right away in the feature,” he said after placing 12th. “Not much passing going on.”

Hafertepe Jr. finished where he started – third – in his heat race during the finale on Saturday. That lined him up on the outside of the second row for a B Main, which transferred the top two. After immediately moving into third place on the start of the consolation and then pulling to the inside of the second-place car heading into turn three on the opening lap, the start was called back.

Hafertepe Jr. didn’t get as good of a start the second time and he finished fourth – two positions out of a transfer.

“We just couldn’t pass anybody,” he said. “Unless you win, you’re really not accomplishing anything if you go there.”

Hafertepe Jr. is headed to Cocopah Speedway in Somerton, Ariz., for this weekend’s Lucas Oil ASCS National Tour season opener on Friday and Saturday. It will mark his first time at the 3/8-mile track.

“Everybody that I’ve talked to says it’s a great place to race,” he said. “It gives me a lot to look forward to going there.”

Fans can watch the action all weekend from Cocopah Speedway via live Pay-Per-View from RacinBoys. For more information, visit www.RacinBoys.com.

QUICK RESULTS –

Feb. 20 – East Bay Raceway Park in Tampa, Fla. – Heat race: 3 (6); B Main: 5 (13).

Feb. 21 – East Bay Raceway Park in Tampa, Fla. – Heat race: 4 (7); Feature: 12 (12).

Feb. 22 – East Bay Raceway Park in Tampa, Fla. – Heat race: 3 (3); B Main: 4 (4).

SEASON STATS –

7 races, 0 wins, 0 top fives, 0 top 10s, 1 top 15, 0 top 20

UP NEXT –

Friday and Saturday at Cocopah Speedway in Somerton, Ariz., for Rounds 1 and 2 of the Cocopah Cup Challenge with the Lucas Oil ASCS National Tour

MEDIA LINKS –

Website: www.Sam15.com

Twitter: twitter.com/SamHafertepeJr

Facebook: www.facebook.com/pages/Sam-Hafertepe-Jr-and-The-Plumbfast-Racing-Team/116304711773031?ref=br_tf

SPONSOR SPOTLIGHT – Keizer Aluminum Wheels

Keizer Aluminum Wheels has provided custom aluminum racing wheels for any type of racing application for several decades. For more information, visit www.KeizerWheels.com.

“I’ve been using Keizer Aluminum Wheels since 2004,” Hafertepe Jr. said. “They are like family to me and have been with me through the highs and the lows.”

Hafertepe Jr. would also like to thank Lone Star Speedway, Brown & Miller Racing Solutions, Smiley’s Racing Products, Fisher Racing Engines, J&J Auto Racing, Pro Shocks by OC Shocks, Fire-Down Graphics, ButlerBuilt Professional Seat Systems, Vortex Wings, Kear’s Speed Shop, Pancho’s Racing Products, GPC, Joe Gibbs Racing Oils, Zemco Headers, Kiebler & Sons Lawn and Landscaping and Simpson Racing Products for their continued support.

INSIDE LINE PROMOTIONS –

Inside Line Promotions specializes in affordable public relations and media management for motor sports drivers, teams, sponsors, tracks, series, events, organizations and manufacturers. ILP Founder Shawn Miller leverages professional journalism with new media technologies and social networking to improve your exposure and the return on investment for your sponsors.

To meet the media relations needs of your program and to join Team ILP, contact Shawn at 541-510-3663 or InsideLinePromotions@gmail.com . For more information on Inside Line Promotions, visit www.InsideLinePromotions.com.

Hafertepe Jr. Ready for Fun in the Sun on Business Trip to Florida

Hafertepe Jr. Ready for Fun in the Sun on Business Trip to Florida

2/5/2014

Inside Line Promotions – SUNNYVALE, Texas (Feb. 5, 2014) – Sam Hafertepe Jr. has been greeted with sun after a long haul to Florida this week. “It’s really nice down here,” he said. “I think it’s about 75 degrees.” While the rest of the country is jealous of the weather conditions, this marks a...more

Hafertepe Jr. Ready for Fun in the Sun on Business Trip to Florida

2/5/2014

Inside Line Promotions – SUNNYVALE, Texas (Feb. 5, 2014) – Sam Hafertepe Jr. has been greeted with sun after a long haul to Florida this week.

“It’s really nice down here,” he said. “I think it’s about 75 degrees.”

While the rest of the country is jealous of the weather conditions, this marks a business trip for Hafertepe Jr., who opens the winged sprint car portion of his season this Thursday through Saturday at Bubba Raceway Park in Ocala for the 3rd annual Bubba Army Winter Nationals with the UNOH All Star Circuit of Champions.

Hafertepe Jr. said he will use this weekend as a competitive test session heading into the World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series season-opening event next week.

“Most guys come to Ocala as a test session,” he said. “That’s kinda what we’re doing with the intent to win. Two years ago we ran like third and fourth a handful of nights there. The track is pretty unpredictable. One year it’s really slick and the next it’s really heavy.”

As unique as the surface is the shape of the track.

“It’s got a really odd shape and the surface is real sandy,” he said. “As far as dirt track racing goes, you’re on one end of the spectrum. You’ve got a hairpin in turns three and four and turns one and two is a sweeping corner.”

Hafertepe Jr. said his main objective is to dial in his engines before finding comfort in the race car.

“Basically, the main thing is to make sure your engines are running really well,” he said. “The air is good down here. The second thing is getting a good handle on the car and making sure you feel comfortable. This weekend obviously we want to be competitive and win the races. But first and foremost, we want to make sure we have a good handle on our car and our engines run well.”

UP NEXT –

Thursday through Saturday at Bubba Raceway Park in Ocala, Fla., for the 3rd annual Bubba Army Winter Nationals with the UNOH All Star Circuit of Champions

MEDIA LINKS –

Website: www.Sam15.com

Twitter: twitter.com/SamHafertepeJr

Facebook: www.facebook.com/pages/Sam-Hafertepe-Jr-and-The-Plumbfast-Racing-Team/116304711773031?ref=br_tf

SPONSOR SPOTLIGHT – Lone Star Speedway

A high-banked, 3/8-mile oval located in Kilgore, Texas, Lone Star Speedway was reopened in 2009 by the Hafertepe family. For more information, visit www.LoneStarSpeedway.com.

“Lone Star Speedway is owned by a racing family who wants to make it into a premier facility in the country,” Hafertepe Jr. said.

Hafertepe Jr. would also like to thank Keizer Aluminum Wheels, Brown & Miller Racing Solutions, Smiley’s Racing Products, Driven Racing Oil, Tony’s D & D Auto Parts, All-Pro Auto Reconditioning, Fire-Down Graphics, ButlerBuilt Professional Seat Systems, Enforcer Clothing and Simpson Racing Products for their continued support.

INSIDE LINE PROMOTIONS –

Inside Line Promotions specializes in affordable public relations and media management for motor sports teams. ILP Founder Shawn Miller leverages professional journalism with new media technologies and social networking to improve your exposure and the return on investment for your sponsors.

To meet the media relations needs of your program and to join Team ILP, contact Shawn at 541-510-3663 or InsideLinePromotions@gmail.com . For more information on Inside Line Promotions, visit www.InsideLinePromotions.com.

Hafertepe Jr. Ready to Return to Chili Bowl After Lessons Learned

Hafertepe Jr. Ready to Return to Chili Bowl After Lessons Learned

1/22/2014

(Photo by Phil Pace Photos) Inside Line Promotions – TULSA, Okla. (Jan. 22, 2014) – Although the 28th annual Lucas Oil Chili Bowl Nationals presented by General Tire didn’t end the way Sam Hafertepe Jr. envisioned, he took several valuable lessons from his performance during the premier midget...more

Hafertepe Jr. Ready to Return to Chili Bowl After Lessons Learned

1/22/2014

(Photo by Phil Pace Photos)

Inside Line Promotions – TULSA, Okla. (Jan. 22, 2014) – Although the 28th annual Lucas Oil Chili Bowl Nationals presented by General Tire didn’t end the way Sam Hafertepe Jr. envisioned, he took several valuable lessons from his performance during the premier midget event last weekend at Tulsa Expo Raceway.

“I wasn’t mad about our performance,” he said. “We didn’t make the adjustments that we needed or catch the breaks that we needed. I feel like we have a good idea of where we need to start coming into the race next year.”

Hafertepe Jr. had an ominous start to the event during his qualifying night last Thursday. After starting on the outside of the second row in his heat race, Hafertepe Jr. was spun around on the opening lap. He restarted at the back and powered to a fourth-place finish despite a tight race car.

“We got it a little bit tight in the heat race,” he said. “I felt like we still should have run second or so. We got spun on the first lap and it put us to the back. We just never could get going after that. We got bottled behind a bunch of guys. Nobody really held a line so it was hard to get by those guys.”

Hafertepe Jr. advanced to a qualifier, which he started last – 10th. As the car began to handle better, Hafertepe Jr. charged toward the front and made a last-lap pass for the sixth position. However, it was ruled that he hit a cone on the frontstretch during a restart and was penalized two positions in the results.

“I guess I hit the cone coming down the frontstretch one time,” he said. “I didn’t realize I hit it at all. That hurt us pretty bad for track position.”

Hafertepe Jr. was relegated to start eighth in a B Main, which is when the car came alive.

“I felt like our car was the best it was all weekend in the B Main that night,” he said. “We just kept making improvements on it. We got to the point where we were pretty good.”

Hafertepe Jr. rallied to place third in the consolation and earn a transfer to the 25-lap main event, which he started 21st.

“We wanted to try to make the car a little bit better and I think we got carried away with a few things,” he said. “We got the car so tight we couldn’t really maneuver. We couldn’t really move around.”

Hafertepe Jr. ended with a 20th-place result. It started him fifth in a D Main during Saturday’s finale.

“I figured we’d probably maintain or pass a couple of cars,” he said. “I felt like we weren’t a D Main car, but based on our performance that’s where it put us. I felt like we were a front of a C Main or back of a B Main car based on the speed we had.”

After driving to the runner-up position on the opening lap, Hafertepe Jr. was crashed when the leader spun in the middle of a corner several laps into the D Main. Although Hafertepe Jr. restarted the race, his car was damaged and he ended with a 15th-place finish.

“We got up to second out of turn two right away,” he said. “I think (the leader) got in to the corner a little too hot one time and he looped it and collected us. The front axle was bent up. There’s sometimes things in racing you can’t control.”

Hafertepe Jr. is scheduled to open his sprint car schedule Feb. 6-8 at Bubba Raceway Park in Ocala, Fla., for the 3rd annual Bubba Army Winter Nationals with the UNOH All Star Circuit of Champions

QUICK RESULTS –

Jan. 16 – Tulsa Expo Raceway in Tulsa, Okla. – Heat race: 4 (4); Qualifier: 8 (10); B Main: 3 (8); Feature: 20 (21).

Jan. 18 – Tulsa Expo Raceway in Tulsa, Okla. – D Main: 15 (5).

UP NEXT –

Feb. 6-8 at Bubba Raceway Park in Ocala, Fla., for the 3rd annual Bubba Army Winter Nationals with the UNOH All Star Circuit of Champions

MEDIA LINKS –

Website: www.Sam15.com

Twitter: twitter.com/SamHafertepeJr

Facebook: www.facebook.com/pages/Sam-Hafertepe-Jr-and-The-Plumbfast-Racing-Team/116304711773031?ref=br_tf

SPONSOR SPOTLIGHT – Lone Star Speedway

A high-banked, 3/8-mile oval located in Kilgore, Texas, Lone Star Speedway was reopened in 2009 by the Hafertepe family. For more information, visit www.LoneStarSpeedway.com.

“Lone Star Speedway is owned by a racing family who wants to make it into a premier facility in the country,” Hafertepe Jr. said.

Hafertepe Jr. would also like to thank Keizer Aluminum Wheels, Brown & Miller Racing Solutions, Smiley’s Racing Products, Driven Racing Oil, Tony’s D & D Auto Parts, All-Pro Auto Reconditioning, Fire-Down Graphics, ButlerBuilt Professional Seat Systems, Enforcer Clothing and Simpson Racing Products for their continued support.

INSIDE LINE PROMOTIONS –

Inside Line Promotions specializes in affordable public relations and media management for motor sports teams. ILP Founder Shawn Miller leverages professional journalism with new media technologies and social networking to improve your exposure and the return on investment for your sponsors.

To meet the media relations needs of your program and to join Team ILP, contact Shawn at 541-510-3663 or InsideLinePromotions@gmail.com . For more information on Inside Line Promotions, visit www.InsideLinePromotions.com.

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