PARK CITY, Kan. – Washington’s Seth Bergman railed the cushion Thursday at 81 Speedway for his fifth victory on the season and first of the Lucas Oil ASCS Sprint Week powered by Smiley’s Racing Products.
“My plan going in was to just pound the top and if someone showed me a nose or I felt threatened, I’d move down,” Bergman said. “I’d been watching it all night and knew it was coming in, but running 360’s, it’s all about miles-per-hour so I just stayed up top.”
It was a much-needed win for Bergman as his start to Sprint Week had been an up and down ride.
“It’s been a frustrating two nights,” Bergman said. “We did have a good run at Lakeside, then last night was rubber, so it’s been pretty quiet going up and down the road the last few days. We have high expectations and we haven’t met those, so tonight we were really focused, and it paid off.”
Getting the jump over Harli White on the start, Bergman was quickly joined by fellow Washington shoe, J.J. Hickle. Keeping within a handful of car lengths on the Corridor Electric No. 23, the pair found traffic near the race’s mid-point. Forcing Hickle off the hub, that allowed Seth to begin steadily pull away from the No. 63.
“I was eager to get to lapped traffic. I felt like I made pretty good time through them and luckily, none of them were really leaning on it so it gave me a clean line which really helped,” explained Bergman.
Lapping into the top 10 in the closing laps, the final trip down the front stretch saw Bergman stretch his lead by 5.155-seconds. Hickle held on to second as Colton Heath fought over the closing laps with Harli White to hold onto third. White settled for fourth with Oregon’s Tanner Holmes completing the top five.
1. 23-Seth Bergman; 2. 63-JJ Hickle; 3. 33-Colton Heath; 4. 17W-Harli White; 5. 18T-Tanner Holmes; 6. 22X-Riley Goodno; 7. J2-John Carney II; 8. 5H-Michael Faccinto; 9. 55B-Brandon Anderson; 10. 98-JD Johnson; 11. 41-Colton Hardy; 12. 17B-Ryan Bickett; 13. 17G-Channin Tankersley; 14. 5T-Ryan Timms; 15. 21S-Shane Hopkins; 16. 24D-Danny Sams III; 17. 91-Jeff Stasa; 18. 23M-Lance Moss; 19. 47-Avery Goodman; 20. 95-Matt Covington