Billy Krull's Heartbreak Helps Alain Bergeron Triumph in Front of Hometown French-Canadian Fans. DRUMMONDVILLE, QUE. -- It was coming down to a two lap dash and it appeared that first year Empire Super Sprints runner Billy Krull was going to win...
Billy Krull's Heartbreak Helps Alain Bergeron Triumph in Front of Hometown French-Canadian Fans.
DRUMMONDVILLE, QUE. -- It was coming down to a two lap dash and it appeared that first year Empire Super Sprints runner Billy Krull was going to win his first ever event with the 360 organization. But, a simple tap of the inside wall broke his steering that sent his sprinter flipping off the back stretch ending what would have been the biggest night of his young sprint career.
Taking advantage of the Krull's misfortune was Quebec's own Alain Bergeron and he pulled off ESS career win #5 in front of a raucous crowd at Autodrome Drummond. Ironically, three of Bergeron's five triumphs have come in his native Canada and this was his second at the Autodrome north of Montreal.
Krull led from the drop of the green flag and had control of Spectro Oils Canadian Invasion Series event despite challenges from first Mike Stelter, then Bergeron, several restarts and eventually lapped cars. It was the lapped cars that added in Krull's disastrous outcome however. "I was looking at the cars ahead of me and just lost concentration." Said the dejected driver who won the National Sprint Car 360 rookie of the year honors in 2002. "I slapped the inside wall and broke the steering arm so I just had to ride it out from there. I'm just so upset, I felt like it was my race but it didn't turn out that way."
A total of 23 of the 25 A-Main laps were in the books at the time and Bergeron, who was pressuring Krull in the closing stages, just had to keep his car in the fast, low racing groove and victory was his. "I just couldn't believe it, he (Krull) was on the back stretch and he just shot off the track and flipped. I had no idea what happened." Said Bergeron who now speaks fluent English after several years on the tour. "I don't know if I would have passed him. There was lapped cars in front and I was hoping to use them in trying to make a pass. I just got lucky."
A fuel pick up problem found Bergeron's motor skipping during those final laps but it didn't hinder him on the very slick Drummond surface. "I'm just so glad to win in front of my fans once again. To win here means so much as we are on the road away from home most of the year. " said the driver that was grinning from ear to ear. "It's a long season and we are trying to win the points. We haven't had the best luck lately but this win will help. I just have to thank everyone in Quebec who has helped, we are having a great time with ESS!"
Bergeron's Confrage Danial Lampron backed #8B won over Bobby Podolak, who made a late race pass of Stelter and came from his tenth place start to earn the Lane's Yamaha Hard Charger Bonus, Stelter was third followed by the Whitcomb and Sons Trucking #41M of Alex Mosher and Lance Yonge. Rounding out the top ten were Doug Emery, Bubby Kerrick, Don Sharp Jr., John Karklin Jr. and the ProSpas #56D of Jeff VanDusen.
Three cautions and the one red for Krull on lap 23 slowed the pace. Jeff Cook slid off the front stretch and did a slow role inside of turn on lap eight, Tim Kelly spun in turn three on lap 10 while Justin Barger made contact with the inside wall while trying for third on lap 12 ending his run.
Taking the Engler Machine and Tool heats were Randy Years, Mosher and Barger. The Walt's Hobby Dash was captured by Jeff VanDusen.
ESS NOTES: A total of 24 sprinters entered the nights action--new from the night before at Granby were B.J. Vock in the Jeff Cook team car, Vock was moving up through before heading pitside early. Martin Girard made his second ever ESS start in the Bergeron back up--Following the weekends action, Lance Yonge leads both the ESS Tour 2004 points as well as the Spectro Oils Canadian Invasion points--With added bonuses and tow monies, Bergeron's victory was worth $2510--.Next weekend it's back into Canada but on the Niagara Frontier with the second ever visit to Glenn Styres' Ohsweken Speedway followed by ESS' return to the Merrittville Speedway under the promotion of the Bicknell Family.
Heat 1 -- Randy Years, Bob Podolak, Alain Bergeron, Dan Kaszubinski, Mike VanDusen, Kyle Moffit, Dick Spadaro, Jeff Cook.
Heat 2 -- Alex Mosher, Jeff VanDusen, Tim Kelly, Doug Emery, Billy Krull, Nick Fratto, Jim Senzio, Martin Girard.
Heat 3 -- Justin Barger, Mike Stelter, Don Sharp Jr., Lance Yonge, Bubby Kerrick, John Karklin Jr., Frank Senzio, B.J. Vock.
Walt's Hobby Dash -- J. VanDusen.
A-Main -- ALAIN BERGERON, Podolak, Stelter, Mosher, Yonge, Emery, Kerrick, Sharp Jr., Karklin Jr., J. VanDusen, M. VanDusen, Fratto, F. Senzio, Kaszubinski, J. Senzio, Years, Krull, Kelly, Barger, Cook, Spadaro, Moffit, Vock, Girard.
Gater New Lap Leaders -- Krull 1-23, Bergeron 24-25.
Lane's Yamaha Hard Charger -- Podolak (8 pos.) $50.
Brodix Cylinder Heads Halfway -- Krull $50.
Winner's Bonuses: Car-Mate Trailers $50, ATL Fuel Cells $100, Pro Shocks $100, Penske Shocks $100, Hank's Performance Products $50, Total Seal $50, Saldana Racing Products $50, American Racer Tires $50, Real Racing Wheels $50, The Brake Man $50, Racing Optics $30, Frankland Racing Products $25, The Race Depot $25, Red's Speed Shop $25, Behrent's Performance Warehouse $20, MRE Productions $10.
Weld Racing Hard Luck -- Krull $100.
Leaf Racewear -- Stelter $75.
M & W Aluminum Products -- Krull $75.
Penske Shocks -- J. VanDusen $100.
Zemco Headers -- Yonge $50.
B&B Oval Track Products -- Mosher $50.
Joe Hunt Magnetos -- Spadaro $50.
Engler Machine and Tool -- Years, Mosher, Barger $25.
DMI -- Moffit $25.
HRP -- F. Senzio $25.