Inside Line Promotions - LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (Aug. 17, 2020) - Derek Hagar was on pace to contend for a victory at I-30 Speedway last Saturday.
Unfortunately, contact stymied his run for a second straight triumph at the bullring during an ASCS Sprint Week presented by Smiley's Racing Products event.
"We definitely had a winning car, but due to the circumstances we had to go to the back," he said. "We drove through there and got a seventh-place finish, but we had a car capable of winning."
Hagar led the first few laps of the feature before another driver made contact entering turn three. The duo slid up the track, but both drivers kept going as the caution flag was waved.
"Once he hit me in the left rear and turned me he didn't let off the gas," Hagar said. "That's what upset me the most. He was beating the rear bumper off the car before that. He got underneath me one time and as the caution came out he wheel banged me. We both got sent to the back and had to put on a bigger show."
Hagar restarted at the rear of the field and hustled his way to a seventh-place finish. It marked his eighth top 10 in 10 starts this season.
It was an efficient night for Hagar, who qualified 20th quickest overall and third in his group. He placed second in a heat race and won a dash to garner the outside front row starting position for the main event.
"We had a car that could have won the race so those are the frustrating ones that you feel got away," he said.
Hagar is planning on competing with the USCS Series this Friday at Lexington 104 Speedway in Lexington, Tenn., and Saturday at Riverside International Speedway in West Memphis, Ark. He has a sprint car win at Lexington 104 Speedway and a midget victory at Riverside International Speedway this season.
QUICK RESULTS -
Aug. 15 - I-30 Speedway in Little Rock, Ark. - Qualifying: 20; Heat race: 2 (2); Dash: 1 (1); Feature: 7 (2).
SEASON STATS -
10 races, 4 wins, 6 top fives, 8 top 10s, 8 top 15s, 10 top 20s
UP NEXT -
Friday at Lexington 104 Speedway in Lexington, Tenn., and Saturday at Riverside International Speedway in West Memphis, Ark., with the USCS Series
MEDIA LINKS -
SPONSOR SPOTLIGHT - J&J Auto Racing
Located in McKenzie, Tenn., J&J Auto Racing has manufactured sprint car chassis and racing parts for more than 40 years. For more information, visit http://www.JandJAutoRacing.com .
"They've been in the family since J&J Auto Racing started building cars," Hagar said. "My stepdad's dad owned race cars back in the Riverside days. They are good, safe, dependable race cars and great people to deal with."
Hagar would like to thank Dynotech Performance, B&D Towing and Recovery, Summit Truck Group, Fragola Performance Systems, FK Rod Ends, Killer Coatings, Petra Construction, Administrative Consulting Services, Hedger Brothers Ready Mix, Xtreme Race Graphics, Southern Collision Centre, Hedger Brothers Ready Mix, Jeff's Heating and Cooling, ButlerBuilt Professional Seat Systems, Weld Wheels, DHR Suspension, Hinchman Racewear, Wix Filters, Wings Unlimited, Valvoline and Ti64 for their continued support.
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