Last-Corner Pass Lifts Bergman At Creek County

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Last-Corner Pass Lifts
Seth Bergman in victory lane Friday at Creek County Speedway. (Richard Bales photo)

SAPULPA, Okla. – After announcing that racing had been moved from Red Dirt Raceway in Meeker, Okla., to Creek County Speedway just after 9 a.m. Friday morning, the field and the fans turned out in a big way.

Those in attendance were not disappointed with the show, as Seth Bergman rocketed to victory off the final turn with the American Bank of Oklahoma ASCS Sooner Region presented by Smiley’s Racing Products.

Besting a field of 40 drivers from eight states and two countries for his eighth career ASCS Sooner Region victory, Bergman hit the gas from third to start the night’s A-Feature with Mike Goodman and Sean McClelland running first and second.

Traffic came into play near the race’s mid-point, and as a result business picked up at the front of the field. Goodman’s lead was challenged on lap 10 by McClelland, who got the point the following lap, while Bergman advanced to second on lap 16.

Chasing the DSO No. 1 into a group of slower cars, the door opened for the Evergreen Coffee Co. No. 23 on lap 19 – and Bergman stormed through it to assume the point.

Bergman was followed quickly by seventh-starting Blake Hahn, who commanded the bottom of the speedway, and Hahn’s DriveWFX.com No. 52 eventually worked by Bergman with five laps to run.

After Bergman slipped back several car lengths, traffic again brought the top two together.

It was game on with one to go, and Bergman railed the cushion off the second turn.

Looking like his night was about to end in disaster, Bergman went two wheels up the wall down the back straightaway. Never letting off the throttle, his car slammed to the ground just in time for the set into the third turn.

Burying the right rear into the fluff, Bergman shot off the final turn to best the No. 52 of Hahn by .276 seconds at the flagstand.

Alex Sewell advanced three positions to claim the final podium step after a multi-lap battle with Andrew Deal, who crossed fourth. Avery Goodman completed the top five.

Moving up 10 positions, Harli White grabbed sixth with Chase Randall following from 19th to seventh. After leading early on, Goodman finished eighth with Robbie Price emerging from a B-Feature to finish ninth. Jeremy Campbell crossed 10th.

The American Bank of Oklahoma ASCS Sooner Region presented by Smiley’s Racing Products returns to competition along with the ASCS Mid-South Region at Tri-State Speedway in Pocola, Okla., on Saturday, May 30.

The finish:

A-Feature (30 laps): 1. 23-Seth Bergman [3]; 2. 52-Blake Hahn [7]; 3. 8-Alex Sewell [6]; 4. 15D-Andrew Deal [4]; 5. 11-Avery Goodman [8]; 6. 17W-Harli White [16]; 7. 9-Chase Randall [19]; 8. 11G-Mike Goodman [1]; 9. 21P-Robbie Price [15]; 10. 10C-Jeremy Campbell [13]; 11. 1-Sean McClelland [2]; 12. 03-Joe Wood Jr. [9]; 13. 23G-Steven Shebester [10]; 14. 94L-Layne Himebaugh [17]; 15. 26M-Fred Mattox [12]; 16. 7F-Noah Harris [20]; 17. 21K-Kevin Hinkle [14]; 18. 9$-Kyle Clark [5]; 19. 15-Jase Randolph [11]; 20. 24-Garet Williamson [18].