FORT WORTH, Texas — official release — Mike Stone/Getty Images for Texas Motor Speedway photo — The Port-a-Cool U.S. Dirt Track National Championship added a new name to the list of winners on Saturday night as Washington’s Seth Bergman topped the field for his second Lucas Oil ASCS National Tour win of the 2014 season.
“We’ve been coming here the past three years looking at these things drooling on them and going back to the hot shop in the summer wishing we had one,” he said. “I was talking with my crew guy Ryan, saying how cool it would be to get one these from y’all and bring it to the shop.”
Working into the night’s redraw through his Heat Race, Bergman drew the sixth starting spot for the night’s 30-lap feature event. Racing into fourth by lap five, the race for the lead was the focus as Friday night’s winner; Sam Hafertepe, Jr. worked on running down Jeff Swindell.
Taking the point on lap nine with a low line pass exiting turn four, Hafertepe was soon the target of the Corridor Electric No. 23 as Bergman advanced to the runner up spot on Lap 12. Working into heavier traffic, the pair raced side-by-side into turn one on Lap 16 with Bergman taking the low line.
Putting a straight-a-way on the field, the caution waved on Lap 24 for Aaron Reutzel who lost a tire. The caution flew again on Lap 28 as Stevie Smith ended up parked on the exit of turn four. Giving Hafertepe chances to pick off the three slower cars that had accumulated between the two, it still wasn’t enough as Bergman cross the stripe 1.762 seconds ahead of Sam Hafertepe, Jr.
Lucas Oil ASCS points leader, Brad Loyet came from ninth to third with Johnny Herrera rebounding from a flip on Friday night to finish fourth. After leading the first eight laps, Jeff Swindell settled for fifth.
The race for the season-ending $60,000 champion’s check still finds Brad Loyet leading by 83 markers.