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– KILGORE, Texas (Oct. 17) – Seth Bergman doesn’t know why he does better on rough tracks, but he isn’t complaining.
The Snohomish, Wash., native capitalized on a rough and rutty track last Thursday at the inaugural LoneStar Sprint Nationals – a three-day ASCS National Tour event hosted by Lone Star Speedway in Kilgore, Texas. Bergman survived the first night and finished an ASCS National season-best second to lock himself into Saturday’s feature redraw.
“I get around pretty decent on a rough track,” he said. “I understand how to get through the holes. The key is making sure you don’t hit the holes wrong. You can’t have too much speed when you hit a hole or at the wrong angle. And you don’t want to go too slow and give up speed either.”
It began in his heat race, when Bergman charged from sixth to finish second. That earned him the seventh-most points, which started him inside the fourth row for the 30-lap feature.
“The way the track was I knew I was going to have to go,” he said. “It was just stick the car where they weren’t pretty much. We got going pretty good and got some good momentum working.”
Bergman was in fourth by lap six and in second place behind veteran Johnny Herrera near the midpoint of the race.
“It seemed like he was running in the rough stuff and I knew I’d have to go somewhere else,” Bergman said. “I slid him once. As I slid him, I went too far and the cushion grabbed me. He got back by me for the lead.”
Bergman again closed for a last-lap pass, but Herrera held the bottom and Bergman finished a couple of car lengths behind to record his 19th top five of the season.
“It was just a really good race,” he said. “He was really heads-up in the lead and able to counteract everything I threw at him.”
Bergman was one of eight drivers locked into Saturday’s feature redraw, which determined the first four rows of the 40-lap main event that paid $12,000 to win and $1,000 to start. He pulled the No. 8 to start on the outside of the fourth row.
“I knew I was going to have to get elbows up,” he said. “That’s the way it goes with the redraw.”
With the preferred racing line up top, Bergman and the rest of the drivers blasted around the high-banked, 3/8-mile track. He climbed to sixth at one point and settled for seventh place in a fast but anticlimactic race.
“I just think it was a little too fast for any good racing to go on,” he said. “It slicked off in the middle and the bottom, but there was too much to lean on up top.”
Bergman will race with the ASCS National Tour on Friday and Saturday at Devil’s Bowl Speedway in Mesquite, Texas, for the 38th annual Winter Nationals.
For live updates on Bergman and the rest of the Winter Nationals all weekend, check out www.insidelinepromotions.com.
QUICK RESULTS –
Oct. 13 – Lone Star Speedway in Kilgore, Texas – Heat race: 2 (6); Feature: 2 (7).
Oct. 15 – Lone Star Speedway in Kilgore, Texas – Feature: 7 (8).
SEASON STATS –
49 races, 46 features, 4 wins, 19 top fives, 28 top 10s, 31 top 15s, 40 top 20s
UP NEXT –
Friday and Saturday at Devil’s Bowl Speedway in Mesquite, Texas, with the ASCS National Tour
FAVORITE NUMBER –
2: Season-high finish with the ASCS National Tour last Thursday at Lone Star Speedway in Kilgore, Texas.
SOCIAL MEDIA LINKS –
ON THE AIR –
Bergman was on the Lucas Oil ASCS Show by RacinBoys on Oct. 4 after picking up an ASCS Sooner Region victory at Creek County Speedway in Sapulpa, Okla., on Oct. 1. His interview begins around the 18:20 mark.
He was also on the Lucas Oil ASCS Show on April 12 after a win at I-80 Speedway in Greenwood, Neb., on April 8. His segment starts at 52:20.
SPONSOR SPOTLIGHT – Corridor Electric
Corridor Electric is a full-service electrical contractor out of Snohomish, Wash. With a specialty in electricity, Corridor Electric was established in 1999 by Seth’s parents – Steve and Terri Bergman. For more information, visit www.corridorelectricinc.com.
“I’ve driven for my mom and dad every since I started my racing,” Seth said. “They put me in sprint cars and continue to help me. I wouldn’t have the opportunities I do now if it wasn’t for them.”
Bergman would like to thank his sponsors, including Superior Marine, SpeedMart, APG Fuel Bladders, Eagle Motorsports and Wesmar Racing Engines for their continued support.