A TUSSLE IN TULSA: Bergeron Gets First Win of Season 2 Tour with 305 Sprints at Chili Bowl

Tucker goes six-for-six in podium finishes, Cardwell backs-up win with runner-up

For the winningest driver on the DIRTcar eSports Tour from Season 1, it hasn’t been an easy road back to Victory Lane. But six races into Season 2, and Alex Bergeron has finally gotten the monkey off his back with a win in the 305 Sprint Car division presented by NOS Energy Drink Wednesday night at the Tulsa Expo Center’s Chili Bowl track.

In short, it was “fighter jets in a gymnasium.” Lapped cars were everywhere. The entire top-five stacked on top of each other at one point battling for the lead. Nothing but 30 laps of near-chaos as these full-size winged Sprint Cars zipped around this virtual quarter-mile bullring, primarily intended for iRacing and real-life Midget competition.

And when all was said and done, Bergeron, of Drummondville, QC, was the one man that stood above the rest, taking the lead from polesitter Hayden Cardwell in a fury of slower traffic and leading the rest of the way for his fourth career DIRTcar eSports Tour victory.

“It got a bit tricky there with the lapped cars, but we knew going into this race that it was going to happen,” Bergeron told announcer Chase Raudman in the DIRTVision post-race interview. “This track is so small and it’s bizarre to see these kinds of cars on this track, but it was fun to race and the competition [level] was high. We’re glad to be on top here tonight.”

Cardwell, of Knoxville, TN, had been leading from the drop of the green when, in digging though the rear of the 20-car field, he and the rest of the top-five cars all came up on a large group of slower traffic as they completed Lap 15. Colt Currie and Jesse Enterkin were battling for position when they made contact right in front of the leaders, forcing Cardwell to take evasive action out of his low groove, which left the door open for Bergeron to slip by underneath.

“I just made a couple mistakes in lapped traffic, and if you leave a hole open here, someone’s gonna push through. That’s what Alex did, and he capitalized,” Cardwell said of the pass for the lead.

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However, Cardwell lost more than just the lead in the exchange. With the extremely limited racing room on the track, the two wheel-banged a couple times down the front-stretch, sending Cardwell into a pinball-like bounce off of each of the other top-five cars on his way backwards. When it was all over, Cardwell had gone from the lead to fifth in half a lap.

With a never-say-die attitude, Cardwell immediately got back on his horse and took it to the top-side, regaining three of his lost spots before the final caution flag was displayed with three-to-go.

“I feel like this one kinda got away from us,” Cardwell said. “We wanted to be the first ones to go back-to-back on this tour, but some things just aren’t meant to happen.”

Now with a clear track in front of him, it was all Team ABR #12. Bergeron cruised to the checkers for the $250 victory.

While Cardwell was able to hang on for second, just one week after getting a win with the UMP Modifieds at Fairbury, current Tour points leader Kendal Tucker crossed in third for his sixth-consecutive podium finish. He had one shot at Bergeron before the final yellow was thrown, but more lapped traffic got in his lane and slowed him down, allowing Bergeron to pull away on the top side.

All-in-all, Tucker, of Mt. Airy, NC, has been nothing short of spectacular in Season 2, earning almost $1,000 total in prize money since the start of the Tour one month ago. All he’ll need to do is maintain his consistency over the final two races to secure the points championship.

 

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“It feels pretty good to keep running as consistent as we have been. That’s the sixth top-five and we haven’t finished outside of the top-three, actually, so it’s pretty cool to be that consistent with all these races and all these different types of cars,” Tucker said.

The DIRTcar eSports Tour action continues next Wednesday night, Jan. 13, with Round #7 – Pro Late Models presented by Hoosier Racing Tire at Eldora Speedway. Sign up today at DIRTcar.com/eSports or watch all the action live on DIRTVision!

NOS Energy Drink Feature (30 Laps) – 1. 12-Alex Bergeron [3]; 2. 07-Hayden Cardwell [1]; 3. 00-Kendal Tucker [4]; 4. 127-Blake Matjoulis [5]; 5. 74-Adam Elby [8]; 6. 331-Dustin Hall [10]; 7. 21-Michael Meek [6]; 8. 787-Cody Zobrist [13]; 9. 51-Dalton Wicker [9]; 10. 49-David Heileman [2]; 11. 24-Billy Richardson [16]; 12. 35-Adam Ross [14]; 13. 14-Austin Wagner [17]; 14. 3-Justin Ziemiecki [18]; 15. 46-Jonathan Nause [19]; 16. 19-Seth Smyser [20]; 17. 1-Jesse Enterkin [12]; 18. 777-Colt Currie [11]; 19. 42-John Smith [15]; 20. 8-Matthew Howard [7]

1/6/21 – 305 Sprint Cars at Chili Bowl

NOS Energy Drink Feature (30 Laps) – 1. 12-Alex Bergeron [3]; 2. 07-Hayden Cardwell [1]; 3. 00-Kendal Tucker [4]; 4. 127-Blake Matjoulis [5]; 5. 74-Adam Elby [8]; 6.  331-Dustin Hall [10]; 7. 21-Michael Meek [6]; 8. 787-Cody Zobrist [13]; 9. 51-Dalton Wicker [9]; 10. 49-David Heileman [2]; 11. 24-Billy Richardson [16]; 12. 35-Connor Ross [14]; 13. 14-Austin Wagner [17]; 14. 03-Justin Ziemiecki [18]; 15. 46-Jonathan Nause [19]; 16. 19-Seth Smyser [20]; 17. 1-Jesse Enterkin [12]; 18. 777-Colt Currie [11]; 19. 42-John Smith [15]; 20. 8-Matthew Howard [7];

Qualifying (2 Laps) – 1. 07-Hayden Cardwell [10.94]; 2. 49-David Heileman [10.95]; 3. 12-Alex Bergeron [11.021]; 4. 00-Kendal Tucker [11.027]; 5. 74-Adam Elby [11.075]; 6. 51-Dalton Wicker [11.117]; 7.  331-Dustin Hall [11.213]; 8. 127-Blake Matjoulis [11.238]; 9. 21-Michael Meek [11.25]; 10. 8-Matthew Howard [11.283]; 11. 42-John Smith [11.313]; 12. 1-Jesse Enterkin [11.342]; 13. 787-Cody Zobrist [11.393]; 14. 03-Justin Ziemiecki [11.442]; 15. 46-Jonathan Nause [11.46]; 16. 35-Connor Ross [11.517]; 17. 777-Colt Currie [11.518]; 18. 77-Anthony Corini [11.563]; 19. 24-Billy Richardson [11.595]; 20. 19-Seth Smyser [11.61]; 21. 14-Austin Wagner [11.674]; 22. 917-Philip Young [11.743]; 23. 84-Mike Watt [11.867]; 24. 7-Zachary Fox [11.904]; 25. 5-Brandon Coots [12.062]; 26. 86-Eric Schroeter [12.122]; 27. 56-Jordan Galisky [12.147]

Heat 1 (10 Laps) (Top 4 transfer) – 1. 07-Hayden Cardwell [1]; 2. 00-Kendal Tucker [2]; 3. 8-Matthew Howard [4]; 4.  331-Dustin Hall [3]; 5. 787-Cody Zobrist [5]; 6. 35-Connor Ross [6]; 7. 24-Billy Richardson [7]; 8. 917-Philip Young [8]; 9. 5-Brandon Coots [9]

Heat 2 (10 Laps) (Top 4 transfer) – 1. 49-David Heileman [1]; 2. 127-Blake Matjoulis [3]; 3. 74-Adam Elby [2]; 4. 777-Colt Currie [6]; 5. 42-John Smith [4]; 6. 03-Justin Ziemiecki [5]; 7. 19-Seth Smyser [7]; 8. 84-Mike Watt [8]; 9. 86-Eric Schroeter [9]

Heat 3 (10 Laps) (Top 4 transfer) – 1. 12-Alex Bergeron [1]; 2. 21-Michael Meek [3]; 3. 51-Dalton Wicker [2]; 4. 1-Jesse Enterkin [4]; 5. 46-Jonathan Nause [5]; 6. 77-Anthony Corini [6]; 7. 14-Austin Wagner [7]; 8. 7-Zachary Fox [8]; 9. 56-Jordan Galisky [9]

B-main 1 (14 Laps) (Top 8 transfer) – 1. 787-Cody Zobrist [1]; 2. 35-Connor Ross [4]; 3. 42-John Smith [2]; 4. 24-Billy Richardson [7]; 5. 14-Austin Wagner [9]; 6. 03-Justin Ziemiecki [5]; 7. 46-Jonathan Nause [3]; 8. 19-Seth Smyser [8]; 9. 84-Mike Watt [11]; 10. 917-Philip Young [10]; 11. 56-Jordan Galisky [15]; 12. 77-Anthony Corini [6]; 13. 5-Brandon Coots [13]; 14. 7-Zachary Fox [12]; 15. 86-Eric Schroeter [14]

8/26/20 – 305 Sprint Cars at Fairbury Speedway

VP RACING FUELS FEATURE (30 Laps) – 1. 12-Alex Bergeron (1) [$300]; 2. 10-Kendal Tucker (3) [$200]; 3. 8-Tyler Jackson (2) [$100]; 4. 17-Bruce Jones (6) [$75]; 5. 46-Jonathan Nause (5) [$50]; 6. 99-Jayton Parrish (11) [$45]; 7. 069-Brian Smith (7) [$40]; 8. 11-Sterling Beard (13) [$35]; 9. 55-Joe Grabianowski (8) [$30]; 10. 917-Philip Young (10) [$25]; 11. 126-Jeffrey Eddy (9) [$20]; 12. 113-Danny Chandler (12) [$20]; 13. 7-Brent Shearer (4) [$20]; 14. 13-Matthew Windhausen (14) [$20]

RACING ELECTRONICS QUALIFYING (2 Laps) – 1. 12-Alex Bergeron (11.994); 2. 8-Tyler Jackson (12.074); 3. 00-Kendal Tucker (12.124); 4. 7-Brent Shearer (12.317); 5. 11-Sterling Beard (12.351); 6. 17-Bruce Jones (12.472); 7. 69-Brian Smith (12.492); 8. 13-Matthew Windhausen (12.523); 9. 99-Jayton Parish (12.557); 10. 55-Joe Grabianowski (12.707); 11. 46-Jonathan Nause (12.815) 12. 917-Philip Young (13.039); 13. 126-Jeffrey Eddy (13.392); 14. 113-Danny Chandler (13.394)

ARP FASTENERS HEAT 1 (10 Laps) – 1. 12-Alex Bergeron (1); 2. 00-Kendal Tucker (2); 3. 46-Jonathan Nause (6); 4. 69-Brian Smith (4); 5. 126-Jeffrey Eddy (7); 6. 99-Jayton Parish (5); 7. 11-Sterling Beard (3)

DRYDENE HEAT 2 (10 Laps) – 1. 8-Tyler Jackson (1); 2. 7-Brent Shearer (2); 3. 17-Bruce Jones (3); 4. 55-Joe Grabianowski (5); 5. 917-Philip Young (6); 6. 113-Danny Chandler (7); 7. 13-Matthew Windhausen (4)

6/3/20 – 305 Sprint Cars at Lernerville Speedway

CHEVY PERFORMANCE Feature (30 laps) — 1. 12-Alex Bergeron [1] [$300]; 2. 0-Kendal Tucker [3] [$200]; 3. 2-Bryce Bailey [2] [$100]; 4. 79-Billy Rowlee [6] [$75]; 5. 0-Kevin Dedmon [8] [$50]; 6. 5-Kyle Stoltz [7] [$45]; 7. 17-John Bragman [5] [$40]; 8. 39-Ian Blanchard [17] [$35]; 9. 8-Aidan Skraha [12] [$30]; 10. 51-Matthew Ogden [21] [$25]; 11. 32-Bradley Bauer [22] [$20]; 12. 25-Richie Preston [4] [$20]; 13. 76-Broc Lawrence [24] [$20]; 14. 47-Brett Brunkenhoefer [11] [$20]; 15. 97-Rocky Battenfield [15] [$20]; 16. 35-Adam Ross [18] [$20]; 17. 46-Jonathan Nause [20] [$20]; 18. 15-Brett Punkari [19] [$20]; 19. 24-William Richardson [23] [$20]; 20. 87-Reed Whitney [9] [$20]; 21. 1-Frankie Caprara [10] [$20]; 22. 111-Clay Atwood [14] [$20]; 23. 44-Austin Taborski [16] [$20]; 24. 190-Seth Smyser [13] [$20]. Lap leaders: Alex Bergeron 1, 25-30; Kendal Tucker 2-24. DIRTVision Hard Charger: Matthew Ogden +11.

Racing Electronics Qualifying — 1. 12-Alex Bergeron [14.611] [$25/Cometic Gasket]; 2. 2-Bryce Bailey [14.738]; 3. 0-Kendal Tucker [14.781]; 4. 25-Richie Preston [14.852]; 5. 17-John Bragman [14.853]; 6. 79-Billy Rowlee [14.853]; 7. 5-Kyle Stoltz [14.866]; 8. 0-Kevin Dedmon [14.871]; 9. 190-Seth Smyser [14.871]; 10. 1-Frankie Caprara [14.876]; 11. 47-Brett Brunkenhoefer [14.895]; 12. 8-Aidan Skraha [14.905]; 13. 87-Reed Whitney [14.916]; 14. 111-Clay Atwood [14.930]; 15. 97-Rocky Battenfield [14.953]; 16. 44-Austin Taborski [14.975]; 17. 39-Ian Blanchard [15.011]; 18. 42-Jake Porterfield [15.082]; 19. 15-Brett Punkari [15.201]; 20. 76-Broc Lawrence [15.236]; 21. 66-Shilo Boyce [15.250]; 22. 20-Jason Schroen [15.251]; 23. 6-Tyler Totman [15.258]; 24. 46-Jonathan Nause [15.268]; 25. 24-William Richardson [15.286]; 26. 35-Adam Ross [15.298]; 27. 32-Bradley Bauer [15.313]; 28. 27-Nick Sterna [15.333]; 29. 11-Mitchell Schlater [15.348]; 30. 51-Matthew Ogden [15.364]; 31. 13-Chris Papa [15.382]; 32. 126-Jeffrey Eddy [15.422]; 33. 31-Kevin Clark [15.537]; 34. 19-Chris Dolack [15.631]; 35. 23-Joseph Reyell [15.690]; 36. 29-Robert Mortier [15.834]; 37. 22-Jayton Parish [16.648].

DRYDENE Heat 1 (10 laps) — Top 5 Transfer — 1. 12-Alex Bergeron [1] [$25]; 2. 17-John Bragman [2]; 3. 87-Reed Whitney [4]; 4. 190-Seth Smyser [3]; 5. 39-Ian Blanchard [5]; 6. 24-William Richardson [7]; 7. 66-Shilo Boyce [6]; 8. 22-Jayton Parish [10]; 9. 31-Kevin Clark [9]; 10. 11-Mitchell Schlater [8].

DART Heat 2 (10 laps) — Top 5 Transfer — 1. 2-Bryce Bailey [1] [$25]; 2. 79-Billy Rowlee [2]; 3. 1-Frankie Caprara [3]; 4. 111-Clay Atwood [4]; 5. 35-Adam Ross [7]; 6. 51-Matthew Ogden [8]; 7. 20-Jason Schroen [6]; 8. 19-Chris Dolack [9]; 9. 42-Jake Porterfield [5].

ARP FASTENERS Heat 3 (10 laps) — Top 5 Transfer — 1. 0-Kendal Tucker [1] [$25]; 2. 5-Kyle Stoltz [2]; 3. 47-Brett Brunkenhoefer [3]; 4. 97-Rocky Battenfield [4]; 5. 15-Brett Punkari [5]; 6. 32-Bradley Bauer [7]; 7. 13-Chris Papa [8]; 8. 23-Joseph Reyell [9]; 9. 6-Tyler Totman [6].

ARIZONA SPORT SHIRTS Heat 4 (10 laps) — Top 5 Transfer — 1. 25-Richie Preston [1] [$25]; 2. 0-Kevin Dedmon [2]; 3. 8-Aidan Skraha [3]; 4. 44-Austin Taborski [4]; 5. 46-Jonathan Nause [6]; 6. 126-Jeffrey Eddy [8]; 7. 27-Nick Sterna [7]; 8. 29-Robert Mortier [9]; 9. 76-Broc Lawrence [5].

VP RACING FUELS Last Chance Showdown (14 laps) — Top 4 Transfer — 1. 51-Matthew Ogden [2]; 2. 32-Bradley Bauer [3]; 3. 24-William Richardson [1]; 4. 76-Broc Lawrence [16]; 5. 22-Jayton Parish [9]; 6. 29-Robert Mortier [12]; 7. 20-Jason Schroen [6]; 8. 27-Nick Sterna [8]; 9. 126-Jeffrey Eddy [4]; 10. 23-Joseph Reyell [11]; 11. 6-Tyler Totman [15]; 12. 66-Shilo Boyce [5]; 13. 31-Kevin Clark [13]; 14. 19-Chris Dolack [10]; 15. 13-Chris Papa [7]; 16. 42-Jake Porterfield [14]; 17. 11-Mitchell Schlater [17].