ALGER, Wash. — From a young boy watching the Jim Raper Memorial Dirt Cup at Skagit Speedway to victory lane in the 47th edition of the event, Seth Bergman completed his lifelong dream Saturday night at the three-tenths-mile dirt track.
The event was sanctioned by the Lucas Oil American Sprint Car Series presented by Sawblade.com.
“I don’t know if you could tell from my pre-race interview, I was a little emotional,” Bergman said. “These are big moments and we put our heart and soul into this. My whole team does. I’ve dedicated my life to driving a Racecar and it’s nice when you can come to big events like this with the big money and the prestige and get it done. It’s such a satisfying feeling.
“I remember coming up here as a kid and playing in the grass where those kids are right now. Just having a ball and looking at those Dirt Cup Champions like they were Superheroes and I always dreamed of being one. Never really thought I could turn into reality, but I’m so proud of all these guys.”
Earning the right of the front row with Scott Bogucki on the pole, the first two starts were a no go as contact slowed Matt Covington and Johnny Herrera on each attempt. A charm the third time around, Scott Bogucki jumped to the race lead.
Peddling with momentum on the second revolution, the race for the point went to the Corridor Electric No. 23.
Steadily pulling away, Bergman found his way into slower traffic by Lap 6. Carefully picking his way around the backmarkers, Bergman worked to a comfortable advantage as Scott Bogucki and Travis Rilat squared off for second. Holding off the BDS Motorsports No. 1, traffic play to the advantage of Bogucki.
Still under green, as the halfway point came and went, Bergman was more than three seconds ahead with over a half-dozen lapped cars between himself and the Sawblade.com No. 28. With a half straightaway over third place, Rilat’s position was about to come under fire as 18th-starting Sam Hafertepe Jr., roared through the field.
Green to checkered after the first two attempts, Bergman went unchallenged to the win by 2.841 seconds over Bogucki. Hafertepe, Travis Rilat and Logan Forler rounded out the top five.
A Feature (40 Laps): 1. 23-Seth Bergman, ; 2. 28-Scott Bogucki, ; 3. 15H-Sam Hafertepe Jr, ; 4. 1-Travis Rilat, ; 5. 2L-Logan Forler, ; 6. 10L-Brock Lemley, ; 7. 8R-Michael Kofoid, ; 8. 55-Trey Starks, ; 9. 3-J.J. Hickle, ; 10. 52-Blake Hahn, ; 11. 17-Cameron (Cam) Smith, ; 12. 22-Garen Linder, ; 13. 45-Austen Wheatley, ; 14. 1R-Ryan Robinson, ; 15. 91-Chase Goetz, ; 16. 18-Jason Solwold, ; 17. 11-Roger Crockett, ; 18. 21P-Robbie Price, ; 19. 2C-Wayne Johnson, ; 20. 33-Colton Heath, ; 21. 5J-Jamie Ball, ; 22. 45X-Johnny Herrera, ; 23. 95-Matt Covington, ; 24. 56-Justin Youngquist, ; 25. 59-Eric Fisher, ; 26. 99-Skylar Gee,