Bergman excels at Lakeside Speedway with Lucas Oil American Sprint Car Series

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May 10, 2018  |  by Bryan Hulbert

Seth Bergman of Snohomish, Wash., captured the Lucas Oil American Sprint Car Series main event on Thursday, May 10, at the Lakeside Speedway in Kansas City, Kan.
Seth Bergman of Snohomish, Wash., captured the Lucas Oil American Sprint Car Series main event on Thursday, May 10, at the Lakeside Speedway in Kansas City, Kan.

The first repeat winner of the 2018 season with the Lucas Oil American Sprint Car Series presented by Sawblade.com, Washington’s Seth Bergman tracked down his first career Lakeside Speedway triumph to become the fifth national tour winner in just as many events at the Kansas oval.

“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 slid me and I knew I had to get going,” stated Bergman, who went slide for slide with Brown 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 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 4/10-mile oval, Bergman 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 ended up third for the second night in a row as Brown worked by Stewart’s Rush Truck Centers No. 14 on lap 21.

Chasing Jack Dover the first round, Stewart stuck the right rear to the cushion and grabbed the lead on the second lap with both crossing the line at the same time. Caution on lap 9 for Harli White, who slowed off the second turn, the restart was short-lived as Robbie Price and Paul Nienhiser tangled in the first turn with Nienhiser keeping his No. 9 rolling and thus keeping the fifth position. Falling to sixth as the field rolled again on the next restart, Paul’s night ended with mechanical issues on lap 12.

Coming to a stop on Lap 14 with Jamie Ball and Chris Martin tangling on the back-stretch, the race resumed with Stewart leading over Dover, Bergman, Brown and Sam Hafertepe Jr. in the top five. Immediately pulling away as Bergman slid Dover to second, the center groove in play let Bergman run down the No. 14 and lead the final six laps..

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. 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.”

Dover slipped to fourth in the closing laps with Hafertepe making the top five. From tenth, Wayne Johnson came up to finish sixth with Blake Hahn coming to seventh from 12th. Scott Bogucki grabbed eighth with Terry McCarl ninth. Johnny Herrera, from 16th, completed the top ten.

A field of 30 drivers was on hand for the KC Klassic. The four heat race wins went to Mason Daniel, Bergman, Bogucki and  Stewart. The night’s “B” Feature went to Ayrton Gennetten. Three provisional starts were used. On national tour owner points, Roger Crockett and Matt Covington entered with Curtis Evans qualifying for a regional provisional.

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OFFICIAL RESULTS
Lucas Oil American Sprint Car Series presented by Sawblade.com
Speedway Motors ASCS Warrior Region
Lakeside Speedway, Kansas City, Kan.
Thursday, May 10, 2018

Showing finishing position, starting position in parentheses, car number, driver and hometown. The top 16 in heat race passing points advanced to the “A” Feature with the top 8 redrawing for starting positions.

Heat #1 (8 laps):
1. (3) 33m Mason Daniel, Visalia, Calif.
2. (2) 9 Paul Nienhiser, Chapin, Ill.
3. (4) 2c Wayne Johnson, Oklahoma City, Okla.
4. (7) 81 Jack Dover, Springfield, Neb.
5. (5) 99 Skylar Gee, Leduc, Alb., Canada
6. (8) 21p Miles Paulus, Marshall, Mo.
7. (6) 95 Matt Covington, Glenpool, Okla.
8. (1) 77x Alex Hill, Six Nations, Ont., Canada

Heat #2 (8 laps):
1. (1) 23 Seth Bergman, Snohomish, Wash.
2. (6) 15h Sam Hafertepe Jr., Sunnyvale, Texas
3. (2) 24 Terry McCarl, Altoona, Iowa
4. (4) 14k Kyle Bellm, Nixa, Mo.
5. (5) 4 Evan Martin, Lohman, Mo.
6. (7) 11 Roger Crockett, Broken Arrow, Okla.
7. (8) 5j Jamie Ball, Knoxville, Iowa
8. (3) 1p Curtis Evans, Norborne, Mo.

Heat #3 (8 laps):
1. (1) 28 Scott Bogucki, McLaren Vale, South Australia
2. (4) 17w Harli White, Lindsay, Okla.
3. (2) 44 Chris Martin, Ankeny, Iowa
4. (5) 11w Wyatt Burks, Topeka, Kan.
5. (6) 21 Robbie Price, Cobble Hill, B.C., Canada
6. (7) 92j J.R. Topper, St. Joseph, Mo.
7. (3) 6a Aidan Roosevans, O'Fallon, Ill.

Heat #4 (8 laps):
1. (1) 14 Tony Stewart, Columbus, Ind.
2. (3) 1 Logan Seavey, Sutter, Calif.
3. (4) 21b Brian Brown, Grain Valley, Mo.
4. (6) 52 Blake Hahn, Sapulpa, Okla.
5. (7) 45x Johnny Herrera, Albuquerque, N.M.
6. (5) 3 Ayrton Gennetten, Versailles, Mo.
7. (2) 27 Danny Thoman, Lexington, Mo.

BMRS “B” Feature (12 laps, top 6 advance):
1. (8) 3 Ayrton Gennetten, Versailles, Mo.
2. (4) 99 Skylar Gee, Leduc, Alb., Canada
3. (1) 21p Miles Paulus, Marshall, Mo.
4. (3) 4 Evan Martin, Lohman, Mo.
5. (7) 5j Jamie Ball, Knoxville, Iowa
6. (2) 21 Robbie Price, Cobble Hill, B.C., Canada
7. (6) 11 Roger Crockett, Broken Arrow, Okla.
8. (12) 1p Curtis Evans, Norborne, Mo.
9. (10) 27 Danny Thoman, Lexington, Mo.
10. (9) 6a Aidan Roosevans, O'Fallon, Ill.
11. (11) 77x Alex Hill, Six Nations, Ont., Canada
12. (5) 92j J.R. Topper, St. Joseph, Mo.
DNS – 14k Kyle Bellm, Nixa, Mo.
DNS – 95 Matt Covington, Glenpool, Okla.

Protect the Harvest “A” Feature (25 laps):
1. (4) 23 Seth Bergman, Snohomish, Wash.
2. (11) 21b Brian Brown, Grain Valley, Mo.
3. (3) 14 Tony Stewart, Columbus, Ind.
4. (1) 81 Jack Dover, Springfield, Neb.
5. (2) 15h Sam Hafertepe Jr., Sunnyvale, Texas
6. (10) 2c Wayne Johnson, Oklahoma City, Okla.
7. (12) 52 Blake Hahn, Sapulpa, Okla.
8. (5) 28 Scott Bogucki, McLaren Vale, South Australia
9. (13) 24 Terry McCarl, Altoona, Iowa
10. (16) 45x Johnny Herrera, Albuquerque, N.M.
11. (7) 1 Logan Seavey, Sutter, Calif.
12. (8) 33m Mason Daniel, Visalia, Calif.
13. (18) 99 Skylar Gee, Leduc, Alb., Canada
14. (17) 3 Ayrton Gennetten, Versailles, Mo.
15. (19) 21p Miles Paulus, Marshall, Mo.
16. (25) 1p Curtis Evans, Norborne, Mo.
17. (21) 5j Jamie Ball, Knoxville, Iowa
18. (14) 44 Chris Martin, Ankeny, Iowa
19. (9) 9 Paul Nienhiser, Chapin, Ill.
20. (6) 17w Harli White, Lindsay, Okla.
21. (20) 4 Evan Martin, Lohman, Mo.
22. (22) 21 Robbie Price, Cobble Hill, BC
23. (15) 11w Wyatt Burks, Topeka, Kan.
24. (24) 11 Roger Crockett, Broken Arrow, Okla.
DNS – 95 Matt Covington, Glenpool, Okla.

Lap Leaders: Dover 1, Stewart 2-19, Bergman 20-25.
CP-Carrillo Hard Charger: Brown (started 11th, finished 2nd).
FSR High Point Driver: Hafertepe.
Provisional Starters: Covington, Crockett, Evans.
Car Count: 30.
ASCS National Driver Points (top 10): 1. Bergman 975, 2. Johnson 946, 3. Herrera 919, 4. Hafertepe 914, 5. Hahn 903, 6. Covington 812, 7. Bogucki 793, 8. Crockett 790, 9. Gee 788, 10. Ball 751.