KANSAS CITY, Kan. — The first repeat winner of the Lucas Oil American Sprint Car Series presented by Sawblade.com season is Seth Bergman, who won Thursday’s event at Lakeside Speedway.
“This was a tough field. I was trying to conserve my tires there at the beginning because the track was wearing tires all night, but we got to a point where [Brian] Brown lid me and I knew I had to get going,” said Bergman, who battled Brown for the lead following a lap-nine restart.
“That race was a workout. I don’t know if I’ve ever driven that hard, but Brown made me get up on the wheel and I think I caught Tony (Stewart) because he was out front and just didn’t know where the track was going. He was leaning on the cushion the whole race, and when you’re leading, it’s hard to move around and search. I was just fortunate enough to be able to mix it up and found a lane that worked.”
The third driver to lead the way in Thursday’s McCarthy Auto Group KC Klassic A-Feature, Bergman found the center line coming into play as the race approached lap 20. With Stewart railing the cushion at both ends of the four-tenths mile oval, Seth began quickly cutting down his advantage. Setting up for the run with 19 laps complete, Bergman was able to race to the lead on the following lap.
“When you’re the leader, it’s hard to search and know if rubber comes in. The guy behind you are able to search around and find it, and the two guys that finished ahead of us are really good Race car drivers and really good sprint car drivers,” stated Stewart who finished third for the second night in a row.
Brian Brown in second advanced nine positions to pick up the night’s CP-Carrillo Hard Charger.
“My team, Chad, Michael, dad, everybody on the Casey’s General Store/FVP car did good,” Brown said. “I just didn’t do my job in the Heat Race and got us buried and really at one point, I passed Seth a couple times so I’m kind of kicking myself for not being able to secure that spot because that could have been me standing there, but Seth did a great job.”
Jack Dover slipped to fourth in the closing laps with Sam Hafertepe Jr. completing the top five.
- 23-Seth Bergman, ; 2. 21B-Brian Brown, ; 3. 14-Tony Stewart, ; 4. 81-Jack Dover, ; 5. 15H-Sam Hafertepe Jr, ; 6. 2C-Wayne Johnson, ; 7. 52-Blake Hahn, ; 8. 28-Scott Bogucki, ; 9. 24-Terry McCarl, ; 10. 45X-Johnny Herrera, ; 11. 1-Logan Seavey, ; 12. 33M-Mason Daniel, ; 13. 99-Skylar Gee, ; 14. 3-Ayrton Gennetten, ; 15. 21P-Miles Paulus, ; 16. (DNF) 1P-Curtis Evans, ; 17. (DNF) 5J-Jamie Ball, ; 18. (DNF) 44-Chris Martin, ; 19. (DNF) 9-Paul Nienhiser, ; 20. (DNF) 17W-Harli White, ; 21. (DNF) 4-Evan Martin, ; 22. (DNF) 21-Robbie Price, ; 23. (DNF) 11W-Wyatt Burks, ; 24. (DNF) 11-Roger Crockett, ; (DNS) 95-Matt Covington,