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Sam Hafertepe Jr. Scores $12,000 In All Star Ohio Sprint Speedweek Visit To Eldora Speedway

From Tyler Altmeyer | Tezos All Star Circuit of Champions presented by Mobil 1

ROSSBURG, Ohio (June 16, 2023) - Rico Abreu may have been the man to beat, but Sam Hafertepe Jr. came out on top, scoring night seven of Ohio Sprint Speedweek presented by Cometic Gasket at Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio. The victory, Hafertepe’s first-ever 410 sprint car triumph at The Big E, secured the Texan a $12,000 payday, clinching the top spot on lap 20 when Rico Abreu surrendered the lead by visiting the work area. A flat tire led to Abreu’s misfortune, but Hafertepe ultimately capitalized, racing the final circuits unchallenged for his third-ever Tezos All Star Circuit of Champions presented by Mobil 1 victory.

Starting from the outside-pole position, Abreu earned the initial jump and led the first 19 circuits over Hafertepe, that until caution flags waved on lap 20 for a stopped Cale Thomas. Under caution, Abreu’s left rear tire went flat causing him to go to the work area; the rest is history.

Buddy Kofoid would chase Hafertepe to the final Whistle Stop event checkers, followed by Brent Marks, Anthony Macri, and “Sunshine” Tyler Courtney.

Abreu would power back to eighth.

“This one goes out to Miles Hill. He’s stuck by us through some pretty rough times, but I’m glad things are starting to pay off,” Hafertepe, driver of the Hill’s Racing/Cigar Port No. 15H sprint car, said. “Just super excited for our team. Obviously, Rico [Abreu] had it in the bag, but we were able to hang with him there at the beginning. His misfortune led to my fortune. Hopefully this gives us some great momentum moving forward.”

With only one round of Ohio Sprint Speedweek presented by Cometic Gasket remaining, the top two in the standings, Zeb Wise and Tyler Courtney, respectively, are only separated by four markers, with Penngrove, California’s Buddy Kofoid just four back from Courtney.


Ohio Sprint Speedweek presented by Cometic Gasket will conclude with the $22,554-to-win Dean Knittel Memorial at Portsmouth Raceway Park in Portsmouth, Ohio, on Saturday, June 17. A sought-after prize on the All Star campaign trail, the Dean Knittel Memorial features the second-highest payday on the All Stars’ entire June slate, following only the $26,000-to-win Rayce Rudeen Foundation Race that was contested at Plymouth Dirt Track on Saturday, June 3.

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Tezos A Feature (30 Laps):

1. 15H-Sam Hafertepe Jr[1]; 2. 55-Michael Kofoid[3]; 3. 19M-Brent Marks[7]; 4. 39M-Anthony Macri[6]; 5. 7BC-Tyler Courtney[5]; 6. 26-Zeb Wise[11]; 7. 13-Justin Peck[8]; 8. 24-Rico Abreu[2]; 9. 29-Sye Lynch[15]; 10. 35-Zach Hampton[9]; 11. 5T-Travis Philo[13]; 12. 91-Kyle Reinhardt[12]; 13. 69K-Lance Dewease[14]; 14. 97-JJ Hickle[26]; 15. W20-Greg Wilson[23]; 16. 23-Zeth Sabo[22]; 17. 99-Skylar Gee[19]; 18. 2L-Logan Forler[16]; 19. 45-Tim Shaffer[21]; 20. 81-Lee Jacobs[18]; 21. 4-Chris Windom[25]; 22. 1-Nate Dussel[24]; 23. (DNF) 49X-Cale Thomas[10]; 24. (DNF) 101-Cody Maroske[20]; 25. (DNF) 11-Cory Eliason[4]; 26. (DNF) 11K-Kraig Kinser[17] LAP LEADERS: Rico Abreu (1-19), Sam Hafertepe Jr. (20-30)

2023 Ohio Sprint Speedweek presented by Cometic Gasket Standings (As of 6/16):

Zeb Wise - 660

Tyler Courtney - 656

Buddy Kofoid - 652

Chris Windom - 578

Tim Shaffer - 576

J.J. Hickle - 574

Cap Henry - 562

Skylar Gee - 558

Greg Wilson - 538

Cody Maroske - 534

2023 All Star Circuit of Champions OWNER Standings (As of 6/16):

Clauson Marshall Racing - 2374

Rudeen Racing - 2340

Vermeer Motorsports - 2244

Lane Racing - 2214

Bryan Grove Racing - 2170

Seeling Motorsports -2116

Bill McCandless Ford - 2088

Premier Motorsports - 1988

D3 Motorsports Group - 1864

2023 All Star Circuit of Champions DRIVER Standings (As of 6/16):

Tyler Courtney - 2374

Zeb Wise - 2230

Chris Windom - 2214

Tim Shaffer - 2170

J.J. Hickle - 2116

Scotty Thiel - 1988

Conner Morrell - 1864

Sye Lynch - 1758

Hunter Schuerenberg - 1592

Brent Marks - 1312

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Photo's: All Star Circuit of Champions | Paul Arch


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