ALGER, Wash. — Winning at your home track is about as sweet as it gets and Seth Bergman did exactly that as the Snohomish, Wash., native led all but one lap en route to victory on night two of the 44th Jim Raper Memorial Dirt Cup presented by Jack in the Box and his third Lucas Oil American Sprint Car Series at Skagit Speedway.
A rebound from the previous night that saw Bergman pitside on lap 23, the Washington native spoke about what happened.
“It was just a mistake on my part last night trying to get too much too late in the race there and it cost me by breaking the steering box,” he said. “We were irritated, we knew we had a fast racecar but the draw on nights like tonight is really crucial so we were able to do something with that in our heat race and get into the redraw.”
Jumping to the point on the start, Seth had to battle the first few laps with Jordan Weaver. Relinquishing the lead on lap two to the Widow Wax No. 92, who slid Bergman through the third and fourth turns, the Corridor Electric No. 23 dove low to the return the slide in turn one.
From there, it was on to slower traffic. Meticulously picking through the back markers, the caution threatened several times, but would stay furrowed in the flagstand as the race for second ended up going to Thursday night’s winner Jason Solwold.
“We were OK,” Solwold said. “I kind of got to racing in point mode there and didn’t want to force a lot of issues. We didn’t have to win tonight since we came in doing good on points and just tried to keep that going for tomorrow night to start up front.”
Working the cushion, Weaver looked to be on her way he first podium finish ever with the Lucas Oil ASCS National Tour. Battling in the closing laps with defending Dirt Cup champion Brock Lemley, the No. 92 fell to fourth off the final turn as Lemley pulled off the slide in slower traffic.
“I didn’t know how much room I had, and honestly I didn’t know it was for third. I was screwing around there for so long, I fell back there, and didn’t know we were running for third at that point,” said Lemley. “I was just hoping to get the best I could, and it got pretty close racing with those lappers the lap before, and it looked like they were going to go low but they ended up sliding right in front of her and left me a hole, so it worked out good.”
Weaver held on for her first top-five finish against the national tour with Travis Rilat crossing in fifth.
Combined event points puts Solwold as the top dog, placing the Scottie’s Plumbing No. 18 on the pole for Saturday’s $15,000 to win, $1,000 to start feature event. Malsam will take the outside of the front row.
Seth Bergman, Jason Solwold, Brock Lemley, Jordan Weaver, Travis Rilat, Willie Croft, Reece Goetz, Johnny Herrera, Tayler Malsam, Eric Fisher, Trey Starks, Luke Didiuk, Kelsey Carpenter, Justin Youngquist, Cameron (Cam) Smith, Greg Hamilton, Kelly Miller, Derek Roberts, Travis Jacobson, Colton Heath, Aaron Reutzel, Nate Vaughn.