DayMotorSports.com Race Recap: Hagar, Miller, Martin notch wins at Lake Ozark

BELTON, Missouri (Sept. 4, 2022) — Touring Sprint car master Derek Hagar, regional powerhouse Joe B. Miller and veteran racer Randy Martin all won A Mains in their respective divisions, as officials hosted Night 2 of the General Tire Fall Sprint and Midget Nationals Sunday at Lake Ozark Speedway. 

Hagar powered to victory in a 25-lap A Main for the Lucas Oil American Sprint Car Series (ASCS); Miller prevailed in a caution-plagued tilt for POWRi 410 Outlaw Sprints; while Martin earned his win in POWRi 305 Sprint Car action. 

Daison Pursley (Locust Grove, OK) also earned a feature win with his efforts in POWRi Midgets.

Hagar, of Marion, Arkansas, started ninth on the 24-car grid, drove to the inside of Dylan Westbrook to take command at lap 18 and pulled away to earn top honors. Miller, doing double duty, drove up from 18th on the grid to finish second, while Texas stalwart Sam Hafertepe Jr. filled out the podium. 

Defending series champion and current point leader Blake Hahn crossed the line in fourth after winning the A Main here on Friday, while Oklahoma City's Wayne Johnson completed the top five. 

“I figured everybody would be messing up trying to hit that cushion just right,” Hagar said in Victory Lane. “I was focused on running from the middle to the bottom. That's where we shine; we float the middle, and these DynoTech engines, they run good. I can out drag-race anybody down the stretch. 

“I might not be able to out-power them, but we can out-torque them and get down that chute. It seems like we do pretty well here leading up to the Jesse Hawken Memorial. We won both shows last year, but fell short on the big nights. This is a good momentum builder for next week at I-30 Speedway.”   

Finishing sixth through 10th in the ASCS National Sprint Car A Main were Dale Howard, Jason Martin, Westbrook, Tim Crawley and Matt Covington. Three cautions slowed the pace (laps 8, 17, 18), the second of which was brought out when Chase Randall rolled his car over on the back stretch. 

Hagar's margin of victory over Miller was just a little over one second, as his machine was on rails. Westbrook, Howard, Hahn and Covington all won their respective qualifying heats earlier in the night. 

Miller had just notched his first career victory in 410 action, a race filled with mishaps yet capped by a great finish. He powered past Ayrton Gennetten with just three laps remaining and hung on for top honors. Garet Williamson was solid all night and finished second, while Kyle Belim was third. 

Riley Kreisel (Warsaw, MO) and Kameron Key (Warrenburg, MO) rounded out the top five. 

“I thought I kind of threw it away there early,” an almost surprised Miller said in Victory Lane. “I jumped the cushion pretty bad, I think we fell back to ninth or 10th place. I just kept plugging away, the car kept getting better and better. 

“I really need to thank my guys; I tore up a bunch of stuff last night and they worked until four this morning putting it all back together. Without my great sponsors, wife and my Dad, I couldn't do this.” 

Finishing sixth through 10th in the POWRi 410 Outlaw Sprint A Main were Gunner Ramey, Xavier Doney, Broc Elliott, Steven Russell and Brenham Crouch. No less than eight cautions slowed the pace, most for minor incidents. Kyle Jones rolled his machine at lap three, yet fortunately was not injured.

Miller's margin of victory over Williamson was just a tick over a second after that final three-lap dash. 

Martin, of California, MO, wheeled his way up from seventh on the 17-car grid to earn his 305 victory. He took the lead coming to the white flag from Gage Montgomery, who started on the pole and hung on for runner-up honors. Mike Trent charged up from sixth to finish third with a solid effort.

Matt Fox (Sedalia, MO, started 14th) and Kenny Potter (Harrisonville, MO) completed the top five. 

“We've kind of been struggling all year,” an elated Martin said after claiming his seventh career win at Lake Ozark. “We won one earlier in the year, then it got tough. We changed a lot of stuff on the car tonight, and it was better. I had the cushion to lean on, which helped. 

“That boy who ran second (Gage Montgomery), he's going to be one hell of a racer. He's got a good teacher. I appreciate all of these fans who stayed late to watch us, and we'll be back.”  

Finishing sixth through 10th in the POWRi 305 Sprint A Main were Curtis Evans, Dan Wohnoutka, Natalie Doney, Chase Fischer and Kaitlyn Boland. Potter and Lane Warner won their respective qualifying heats earlier in the evening. 

The General Tire Fall Sprint Car and Midget Nationals, presented by Lucas Oil, drew an impressive 91 entries Sunday night spread across four divisions. With 34 ASCS 360 Sprints on hand, fans knew they were in for a treat. Add in the mighty Outlaw 410s, 305s and Midgets, and you have an amazing show. 

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By Phil Whipple, RaceOnTexas.com Staff Writer  

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