Tony Bruce, Jr. charges to Hockett/McMillin Memorial prelim victory

Tony Bruce, Jr. charges to Hockett/McMillin Memorial prelim victory

Bryan Hulbert – WHEATLAND, Mo. (September 27, 2013) The 2013 edition of the Jesse Hockett / Daniel McMillin Memorial saw a first time winner at the Lucas Oil Speedway as Tony Bruce, Jr. got the jump from the second starting spot to lead the distance in Friday’s Protect the Harvest A-Feature for his second Lucas Oil ASCS presented by MAVTV American Real win of 2013; his tenth overall since first winning against the National Tour in 2008.

The eighth different winner in National Tour history at the Lucas Oil Speedway, Bruce bettered his finish of 2012 by one when The Oil Medics No. 18 crossed runner up to Brady Bacon.

Asked how important it was to get the jump to the lead on the start Bruce explained, “It was real important. The track was a little narrow. Down there [One and Two] you could move around a lot, down there [Three and Four] you just had to keep it wide open.”

Out of breath, Bruce gave thanks to the fans and explained why winning was so important to him, “This is a great facility and there are awesome fans in the state of Missouri. This is dream come true to win at the Hockett/McMillin race. Those guys where really good friends and we miss them and I’ve just been wanting to win this race. Last year we ran second on the prelim night and I told myself when I came back, I had to get that victory for Hockett and Daniel.”

Crossing runner-up after starting third, Brian Brown posted his eighth podium finish of the season against the National Tour in the Hockett No. 77. “When Jack and Connie called and asked to run that number, it’s something that’s pretty humbling. Me, Jesse, and Daniel had a lot of races over the years and to run this number is an absolute honor. Hopefully we can come back tomorrow and put his thing in victory lane where it belongs.”

Posting his first podium finish against the Lucas Oil ASCS presented by MAVTV American Real, Derek Hagar was almost numb as he spoke of what it meant to finish well at the Hockett/McMillin Memorial to get locked into Saturday’s A-Feature, “After I figured out I could run the top good, I started catching the No. 82. I could see I was getting close to Brown but just ran out of laps but what a great race to have. Jesse Hockett, I mean, we all miss him. I’m honored to be standing here at his memorial race. It’s overwhelming.”

Roger Crockett debuted in the Buffalo Wild Wings No. 82 and posted a fourth place run to take the final lock-in into Saturday’s A-Feature. Jason Johnson clawed from seventeenth to complete the top five after winning the night’s first of two B-Features.

Brad Loyet marched from twelfth to sixth with Evan Martin seventh. Seth Bergman climbed from eleventh to eighth with Tim Crawley from fourteenth to ninth. Blake Hahn completed the top ten after starting nineteenth.

Drivers from 16 states checked in for the Hockett/McMillin Memorial opener with 52 drivers making up the night’s field of competitors for six Heat Races going to Roger Crockett, Jay Russell, Dustin Morgan, Cole Wood, Jeff Swindell, and Logan Forler. The night’s B-Features went to Jason Johnson and Danny Lasoski.

The night’s pairing with the Speedway Motors Warrior Region saw high points awarded to Evan Martin. A crash by points leader Jonathan Cornell in Heat Race competition ended the night for the Kiowa Line Builders No. 28, giving the Sedalia driver a total of 90 points for the night. Randy Martin and Jay Russell completed the top three point earners for the region.

Night two of the Jesse Hockett/Daniel McMillin Memorial is slated to begin at 6:45 on Saturday, September 28. For more information on all events at the Lucas Oil Speedway, log onto

Lucas Oil ASCS presented by MAVTV American Real
Speedway Motors Warrior Region
Lucas Oil Speedway – Wheatland, Mo. 
3rd annual Hockett/McMillin Memorial – Prelim Night
Friday, September 27, 2013

Car Count: 52

Wesmar Heat 1 (8 Laps): 1. 82-Roger Crockett[7]; 2. 14S-Jarrod Schneiderman[2]; 3. 18-Tony Bruce Jr[9]; 4. 92J-J.R. Topper[4]; 5. 4X-Shawn Petersen[1]; 6. 86-Kyle Bellm[6]; 7. 5-Matt Close[3]; 8. (DNF) 97-Kevin Cummings[5]; 9. (DNF) 38-Cody Baker[8]

Ti22 Heat 2 (8 Laps): 1. 76-Jay Russell[1]; 2. 88-Tim Crawley[2]; 3. 4-Evan Martin[7]; 4. 22-Dustin Barks[3]; 5. 5X-Jerod Roller[6]; 6. 3Z-Zach Davis[9]; 7. (DNF) 23F-Matt Fox[4]; 8. (DNF) 48-Mike Trent[5]; 9. (DNF) 2A-Randy Hibbs[8]

Rod End Supply Heat 3 (8 Laps): 1. 93-Dustin Morgan[1]; 2. 77-Brian Brown[4]; 3. 29-Brandon Hahn[3]; 4. 71-R.J. Johnson[6]; 5. 22T-Tony Shilling[2]; 6. 21TX-Brandon Schure[5]; 7. 24-Lanny Carpenter[8]; 8. 34-Corey Nelson[7]; DNS 3H-Brandon Hanks

Saldana Heat 4 (8 Laps): 1. 17W-Cole Wood[1]; 2. 91-Justin Henderson[2]; 3. 41-Jason Johnson[4]; 4. 23-Seth Bergman[8]; 5. 77X-Wayne Johnson[6]; 6. 23B-Brian Bell[3]; 7. 4J-John James[9]; 8. 72-Josh Fisher[7]; 9. 9-Casey Baker[5]

BMRS Heat 5 (8 Laps): 1. 94-Jeff Swindell[4]; 2. 1-Sean McClelland[2]; 3. 9JR-Derek Hagar[7]; 4. 17-Blake Hahn[5]; 5. 5M-Miranda Arnold[1]; 6. 47-J Kinder[6]; 7. 14T-Andrew Turley[8]; 8. 65-Trevor (T.J.) Muths[3]

Engler Heat 6 (8 Laps): 1. 2L-Logan Forler[1]; 2. 05-Brad Loyet[3]; 3. 33L-Danny Lasoski[4]; 4. 45X-Johnny Herrera[5]; 5. 33-Austin Alumbaugh[2]; 6. 14-Randy Martin[7]; 7. 9M-Tyler Blank[6]; 8. (DNF) 28-Jonathan Cornell[8]

DMI B Feature 1 (12 Laps): 1. 41-Jason Johnson[1]; 2. 17-Blake Hahn[3]; 3. 71-R.J. Johnson[2]; 4. 22-Dustin Barks[5]; 5. 33-Austin Alumbaugh[8]; 6. 47-J Kinder[10]; 7. 23B-Brian Bell[12]; 8. 72-Josh Fisher[15]; 9. 5M-Miranda Arnold[9]; 10. 38-Cody Baker[17]; 11. 48-Mike Trent[16]; 12. 4J-John James[7]; 13. 23F-Matt Fox[13]; 14. (DNF) 9-Casey Baker[18]; 15. (DNF) 3Z-Zach Davis[4]; 16. (DNF) 24-Lanny Carpenter[11]; 17. (DNF) 77X-Wayne Johnson[6]; DNS 28-Jonathan Cornell

The Joie of Seating B Feature 2 (12 Laps): 1. 33L-Danny Lasoski[1]; 2. 45X-Johnny Herrera[3]; 3. 14-Randy Martin[6]; 4. 22T-Tony Shilling[7]; 5. 29-Brandon Hahn[2]; 6. 5X-Jerod Roller[5]; 7. 21TX-Brandon Schure[10]; 8. 34-Corey Nelson[14]; 9. 65-Trevor (T.J.) Muths[16]; 10. 5-Matt Close[13]; 11. (DNF) 9M-Tyler Blank[12]; 12. (DNF) 14T-Andrew Turley[11]; 13. (DNF) 86-Kyle Bellm[9]; 14. (DNF) 4X-Shawn Petersen[8]; 15. (DNF) 92J-J.R. Topper[4]; 16. (DNF) 2A-Randy Hibbs[17]; DNS 3H-Brandon Hanks; DNS 97-Kevin Cummings

Protect the Harvest A Feature (25 Laps): 1. 18-Tony Bruce Jr[2]; 2. 77-Brian Brown[3]; 3. 9JR-Derek Hagar[6]; 4. 82-Roger Crockett[4]; 5. 41-Jason Johnson[17]; 6. 05-Brad Loyet[12]; 7. 4-Evan Martin[1]; 8. 23-Seth Bergman[11]; 9. 88-Tim Crawley[14]; 10. 17-Blake Hahn[19]; 11. 33L-Danny Lasoski[18]; 12. 94-Jeff Swindell[8]; 13. 17W-Cole Wood[9]; 14. 93-Dustin Morgan[7]; 15. 2L-Logan Forler[10]; 16. 45X-Johnny Herrera[20]; 17. 14S-Jarrod Schneiderman[13]; 18. (DNF) 1-Sean McClelland[16]; 19. (DNF) 71-R.J. Johnson[21]; 20. (DNF) 76-Jay Russell[5]; 21. (DNF) 14-Randy Martin[22]; 22. (DNF) 91-Justin Henderson[15]

Lap Leader(s): Tony Bruce, Jr. (1-25) Hard Charger: Jason Johnson +12
FSR High Points of the Night: Roger Crockett
Hawk Performance Products Fastest Lap of the Night: Tony Bruce, Jr. – 13.710 seconds
Provisionals: N/A

2013 “A” Feature Winners: Jason Johnson-8, Jeff Swindell-5, Johnny Herrera-3, Roger Crockett-3, Brian Brown-3, Logan Forler-2, Brad Loyet-2, Danny Lasoski-2, Tony Bruce, Jr.-2, Kyle Bellm, Jack Dover, Seth Bergman, Jonathan Cornell, Travis Rilat, Justin Henderson, Shane Stewart, Tim Crawley

Lucas Oil ASCS Driver Standings (Top 10): 1. Jason Johnson 4,582; 2. Johnny Herrera 4,510; 3. Jeff Swindell 4,341; 4. Brad Loyet 4,335; 5. Tony Bruce, Jr. 4,241; 6. Logan Forler 4,160; 7. Seth Bergman 4,028; 8. Dustin Morgan 3,837; 9. Cole Wood 3,657; 10. Brandon Hahn 2,955;

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