JJ Hickle Sweeps The Devil’s Bowl Spring Nationals
(Image Credit: Rudy Garcia)
Bryan Hulbert – MESQUITE, Texas (March 20, 2021) Taking the broom to the field at the 48th annual Devil’s Bowl Spring Nationals, lapped traffic was again the ally of JJ Hickle as the Washington shoe made it career victory No. 2 with the Lucas Oil American Sprint Car Series presented by the MAVTV Motorsports Network.
“I just can’t thank my car owners enough. Pat, Jimmy, everyone has just been working their butts off,” stated Hickle. “Dylan was really good all night. It was kind of one groove in one and two, but three and four you could move around, so I just tried to pace him, and he just got caught behind a lapper, and that put me in the catbird seat, so it worked out for us.”
Trailing Canada’s Dylan Westbrook the opening 17 laps, Hickle took the field three-wide down the front straightaway to advance fifth to second on the start to put himself into the chaser’s position. Consistently trailing by just under a half-second before a Lap 8 caution, Hickle tried for the lead on the restart, but the red lights came on as Martin Edwards tipped over in the fourth turn.
Single file on the next restart since a lap was not completed before the red, Hickle worked to keep pace with varying lines around the Devil’s Bowl. Clean air to the advantage of Westbrook, the Hills Racing No. 47x rode comfortably around the hub of the half-mile, but traffic would again be the difference for the AFEX Graphics No. 63. Working to the back bumper of Tucker Doughty as the field completed Lap 16, Westbrook’s pace slowed as he looked for room to run. Giving Hickle back nearly a half-second of lost time, the Nitro 54 Variety No. 47x looked low again on the slower car, only to get caught up through the third and fourth turns.
Rolling around the No. 47x for the point, Westbrook kept Hickle within striking distance for the next few laps, but a couple of quick moves through traffic was enough to begin pulling away, with JJ crossing 2.675-seconds ahead of Dylan. Roger Crockett crossed third with Matt Covington fourth. Battling from 11th, Australia’s Scott Bogucki completed the top five.
Chase Randall crossed sixth, with Blake Hahn making up six spots to seventh. Rolling out of the BMRS B-Feature, Jake Bubak rolled 17th to eighth. Danny Jennings crossed ninth with Garet Williamson in tenth.
The overall weekend saw 38 drivers from 11 states and three countries in attendance. Saturday greeted 35 competitors with SCE Gaskets Heat Race wins going to Martin Edwards, Matt Covington, Chance Morton, and Chase Randall. Hoosier Tire Qualifiers went to JJ Hickle, Colby Thornhill, and Dylan Westbrook. The BMRS B-Feature was won by Jake Bubak. One provisional was used by Travis Reber.
The Lucas Oil American Sprint Car Series presented by the MAVTV Motorsports Network races next at Superbowl Speedway in Greenville, Texas on Thursday, March 25, then heads for I-30 Speedway in Little Rock, Ark. on Friday, March 26, and Saturday, March 27.
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ASCS National Tour | ASCS Lone Star Region
Devil's Bowl Speedway (Mesquite, Texas)
48th Spring Nationals (Night 2)
Saturday, March 20, 2001
Car Count: 35
Event Count: 39
SCE Gaskets Heat Races (Top 30 in Passing Points advance to Qualifiers)
Heat 1 (8 Laps): 1. 45-Martin Edwards; 2. 24-Garet Williamson; 3. 28-Scott Bogucki; 4. 52-Blake Hahn; 5. 6M-Blake Mallory; 6. 77X-Alex Hill; 7. 33C-Casey Carter; 8. (DNS) 23-Seth Bergman; 9. (DNS) 12-John Carney II
Heat 2 (8 Laps): 1. 95-Matt Covington; 2. 11-Roger Crockett; 3. 8M-Kade Morton; 4. 47X-Dylan Westbrook; 5. 2X-Tucker Doughty; 6. 74B-Jake Bubak; 7. (DNF) #1-Justin Zimmerman; 8. (DNF) 72S-Sammy Swindell; 9. (DNF) 91-Zach Pringle
Heat 3 (8 Laps): 1. 7M-Chance Morton; 2. 20G-Noah Gass; 3. 19-Colby Thornhill; 4. 17B-Ryan Bickett; 5. 1J-Danny Jennings; 6. 0-Eric Baldaccini; 7. 72-Chris Tarrant; 8. 77-Damon McCune; 9. 2-Dylan Opdahl
Heat 4 (8 Laps): 1. 9-Chase Randall; 2. 8-Devon Borden; 3. 63-JJ Hickle; 4. 45B-Casey Burkham; 5. 22X-Steven Shebester; 6. 12H-Tony Bruce Jr; 7. 88-Travis Reber; 8. (DNF) 03-Joe Wood Jr
Hoosier Tire Qualifiers (Top 16 in combined Passing Points advance to the A-Feature)
Qualifier 1 (8 Laps): 1. 63-JJ Hickle; 2. 9-Chase Randall; 3. 11-Roger Crockett; 4. 20G-Noah Gass; 5. 12H-Tony Bruce Jr; 6. 17B-Ryan Bickett; 7. 28-Scott Bogucki; 8. 72-Chris Tarrant; 9. 6M-Blake Mallory; 10. 77-Damon McCune
Qualifier 2 (8 Laps): 1. 19-Colby Thornhill; 2. 1J-Danny Jennings; 3. 24-Garet Williamson; 4. 8-Devon Borden; 5. 52-Blake Hahn; 6. 45B-Casey Burkham; 7. 77X-Alex Hill; 8. 45-Martin Edwards; 9. 2-Dylan Opdahl; 10. 33C-Casey Carter
Qualifier 3 (8 Laps): 1. 47X-Dylan Westbrook; 2. 0-Eric Baldaccini; 3. 95-Matt Covington; 4. 8M-Kade Morton; 5. 74B-Jake Bubak; 6. 2X-Tucker Doughty; 7. 23-Seth Bergman; 8. 22X-Steven Shebester; 9. 7M-Chance Morton; 10. 88-Travis Reber
BMRS B-Feature (Top 6 advance to the A-Feature)
B Feature 1 (15 Laps): 1. 74B-Jake Bubak; 2. 17B-Ryan Bickett; 3. 23-Seth Bergman; 4. 45-Martin Edwards; 5. 45B-Casey Burkham; 6. 22X-Steven Shebester; 7. 7M-Chance Morton; 8. 77-Damon McCune; 9. 33C-Casey Carter; 10. 72-Chris Tarrant; 11. 6M-Blake Mallory; 12. 2-Dylan Opdahl; 13. 77X-Alex Hill; 14. 88-Travis Reber; 15. (DNF) 91-Zach Pringle; 16. (DNS) 12-John Carney II; 17. (DNS) #1-Justin Zimmerman; 18. (DNS) 72S-Sammy Swindell; 19. (DNS) 03-Joe Wood Jr
A Feature (25 Laps): 1. 63-JJ Hickle; 2. 47X-Dylan Westbrook; 3. 11-Roger Crockett; 4. 95-Matt Covington; 5. 28-Scott Bogucki; 6. 9-Chase Randall; 7. 52-Blake Hahn; 8. 74B-Jake Bubak; 9. 1J-Danny Jennings; 10. 24-Garet Williamson; 11. 20G-Noah Gass; 12. 23-Seth Bergman; 13. 17B-Ryan Bickett; 14. 8M-Kade Morton; 15. 19-Colby Thornhill; 16. 8-Devon Borden; 17. 2X-Tucker Doughty; 18. 45B-Casey Burkham; 19. 22X-Steven Shebester; 20. (DNF) 45-Martin Edwards; 21. (DNF) 12H-Tony Bruce Jr; 22. (DNF) 88-Travis Reber; 23. (DNF) 0-Eric Baldaccini
Lap Leader(s):Dylan Westbrook 1-17; JJ Hickle 18-25
Hard Charger: Jake Bubak +9
High Point Driver: Dylan Westbrook
Provisional(s): Travis Reber (Points)
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Broadcast: FloRacing.com and Racinboys.com
Live-Scoring (Where Applicable): MRP Live
2021 Driver Standings (Top 15): 1. JJ Hickle 300; 2. Matt Covington 255; 3. Scott Bogucki 255; 4. Roger Crockett 254; 5. Blake Hahn 254; 6. Seth Bergman 248; 7. Chase Randall 244; 8. Dylan Westbrook 238; 9. Jake Bubak 229; 10. Danny Jennings 229; 11. Ryan Bickett 208; 12. Colby Thornhill 206; 13. Casey Bukham 202; 14. Garet Williamson 200; 15. Devon Borden 200;
2021 A-Feature Winner(s): JJ Hickle – 2 (3/19 – Devil’s Bowl Speedway; 3/20 – Devil’s Bowl Speedway);
ASCS National Tour Drivers Online:
Seth Bergman (Snohomish, WA.): http://www.sethbergmanracing.com
Ryan Bickett (Ramona, SD): https://www.facebook.com/rynotrucking
Scott Bogucki (McLaren Vale, S. Aust.): https://www.facebook.com/ScottBogucki89
Devon Borden (Raymond, WA): https://www.facebook.com/DevonBordenRacing
Matt Covington (Glenpool, OK): http://www.mattcovingtonracing.com
Roger Crockett (Broken Arrow, OK): http://www.rocketdesignsllc.com
Blake Hahn (Sapulpa, OK): http://www.blakehahnracing.com
JJ Hickle (Quilcene, WA): https://www.facebook.com/JJHickleRacing
Alex Hill (Six Nations, Ontario, Can.): https://twitter.com/alexhill77x
Travis Reber (Rapid City, SD): https://bit.ly/2P3Ok2r
Colby Thornhill (Enumclaw, WA): https://www.facebook.com/colby.thornhill.92
Dylan Westbrook (Scotland, Ont. Can.): https://twitter.com/westbrook47x
Garet Williamson (Columbia, MO.): https://twitter.com/garetw3
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Submitted By: Bryan Hulbert