Hafertepe, Jr., McCarl, Timms take USCS Volusia victories

By Roby Helm
Posted 12:00PM on Monday 29th January 2024 ( 2 months ago )

Sam Hafertepe, Jr., Austin McCarl, and Ryan Timms opened the USCS Sprint Car Series 2024 season with weekend victories at Volusia Speedway Park in De Leon Springs, Florida.

Hafertepe, Jr. won the season opener on Thursday night, with McCarl taking the victory on Friday, and Ryan Timms scoring the win on Saturday night.

On Thursday, Hafertepe, Jr. hustled from the seventh starting position to take the lead from Austin McCarl with five laps to go in the 25-lap feature. Hafertepe, Jr. led the rest of the distance to score the $2,500 victory.

McCarl finished in second, with Ryan Timms in third, Justin Peck in fourth, and Danny Sams III in fifth.

Peck, McCarl, Timms, and Christopher Thram won their respective heat races.

On Friday, Austin McCarl beat Hafertepe, Jr. by a nose at the finish line to win a $2,500 payday. The only caution flag of the race on lap 23 set up the dramatic finish.

McCarl took the lead at the start of the race from his outside front row starting spot. With two laps to go on Friday night, McCarl held a one second lead over Hafertepe.

When the caution flag came out on lap 23, Hafertepe lined up on the rear bumper of McCarl for the restart. McCarl just edged Hafertepe at the checkered with a slim .072 second margin of victory,

Justin Peck finished third, with Cameron Martin in fourth, and Danny Dietrich in fifth.

Ryan Timms, Eric Riggins, Jr., Tyler Clem, and Liam Martin won their respective heat races.

On Saturday night, Ryan Timms took the lead from Austin Peck with an inside move off of turn four on lap 19 of 30. From there, Timms held the inside line after a late race caution set up a green-white-checkered finish to score the win and a $10,000 payday.

Peck, Sam Hafertepe, Jr., Austin McCarl, and Danny Dietrich rounded out the top five.

McCarl, Peck, Cameron Martin, and Hafertepe won their respective heat races.

The USCS Sprint Car Series returns to action on Friday, February 2, and Saturday, February 3 at Hendry County Motorsports Park in Clewiston, Florida. For more information, visit

USCS Sprint Car Series
Volusia Speedway Park – De Leon Springs, FL
Race Results – January 25, 2024

1. 15H-Sam Hafertepe, Jr.
2. 88-Austin McCarl
3. 5T-Ryan Timms
4. 20-Justin Peck
5. 24D-Danny Sams III
6. 4-Cameron Martin
7. 43M-Mark Smith
8. 2C-Wayne Johnson
9. 28F-Davie Franek
10. 47-Eric Riggins, Jr.
11. 24T-Christopher Thram
12. 44-Chris Martin
13. 23R-Ryan Roberts
14. 63-Josh Weller
15. 24-Danny Martin, Jr.
16. 9-Liam Martin
17. 10-Terry Gray
18. 0-Glenn Styres
19. 17JR-Ricky Stenhouse, Jr.
20. 11M-Brendan Mullen
21. 82-Garrett Green
22. 23-Lance Moss
23. 34-Sterling Cling
24. 28-Jeff Willingham
25. 15K-Creed Kemenah

USCS Sprint Car Series
Volusia Speedway Park – De Leon Springs, FL
Race Results – January 26, 2024

1. 88-Austin McCarl
2. 15H-Sam Hafertepe, Jr.
3. 20-Justin Peck
4. 4-Cameron Martin
5. 48-Danny Dietrich
6. 24T-Christopher Thram
7. 5T-Ryan Timms
8. 6-Tyler Clem
9. 24D-Danny Sams III
10. 2C-Wayne Johnson
11. 47-Eric Riggins, Jr.
12. 11M-Brendan Mullen
13. 9-Liam Martin
14. 44-Chris Martin
15. 7S-Landon Crawley
16. 63-Josh Weller
17. 15-Ryan Turner
18. 13-Elijah Gile
19. 10-Terry Gray
20. 34-Sterling Cling
21. 23-Lance Moss
22. 28-Jeff Willingham
23. 28F-Davie Franek-DNF
24. 24-Danny Martin, Jr.-DNF

USCS Sprint Car Series
Volusia Speedway Park – De Leon Springs, FL
Race Results – January 27, 2024

1. 5T-Ryan Timms
2. 20-Justin Peck
3. 15H-Sam Hafertepe, Jr.
4. 88-Austin McCarl
5. 48-Danny Dietrich
6. 4-Cameron Martin
7. 28F-Davie Franek
8. 24-Danny Martin, Jr.
9. 6-Tyler Clem
10. 47-Eric Riggins, Jr.
11. 44-Chris Martin
12. 15-Ryan Turner
13. 7S-Landon Crawley
14. 17JR-Ricky Stenhouse, Jr.
15. 9-Liam Martin
16. 97-Ryan Harrison
17. 0-Glenn Styres
18. 13-Elijah Gile
19. 23-Lance Moss
20. 3-Dennis Misuraca
21. 23R-Ryan Roberts
22. 24D-Danny Sams III
23. 2C-Wayne Johnson
24. G6-Brandon Grubaugh
25. 24T-Christopher Thram
26. 10-Terry Gray

Sam Hafertepe, Jr. (left), Austin McCarl (center), and Ryan Timms (right) scored victories in the opening weekend for the USCS Sprint Car Series 2024 season. Photos: USCS/Facebook

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