ESS: Cornwall: Alain Bergeron wins wire to wire event

Quebec Native Alain Bergeron Wins Wire to Wire ESS Event at Cornwall. by Dean Reynolds CORNWALL, ONT. - In just his seventh start ever in a full blown sprinter, St. Pie, Quebec's Alain Bergeron scored a stunning upset winning the Empire Super...

Quebec Native Alain Bergeron Wins Wire to Wire ESS Event at Cornwall.
by Dean Reynolds

CORNWALL, ONT. - In just his seventh start ever in a full blown sprinter, St. Pie, Quebec's Alain Bergeron scored a stunning upset winning the Empire Super Sprint Tour 2000 event Sunday night at the Cornwall Motor Speedway. Bergeron's Gambler built sprinter lead all 25 laps in an A-Main that took a little over five minutes from green to checker. The win for the many-time Autodrome Drummond mini sprint champion was his first career with ESS and also marked the first time a Canadian native has won as well. The tearful victory lane was in front of a huge crowd at Ron Morin's superbly prepared quarter-mile oval.

"This is just incredible!!" said Bergeron in his native French language making for an international flare with ESS. "I just can't believe we won this early with ESS, I think we (crew) all are in shock."

By virtue of the ESS handicap system, Bergeron's mount started the feature event on the pole. At the drop of the green flag he out dragged fellow rookie Randy Years into turn one for the lead. It was a lead that Bergeron would never surrender. "The track was so fast and smooth, I just tried to kept the car fast and not make any mistakes." said the smiling chauffeur. "The laps went by quickly but they were tough, you go so fast here that your arms get tired. About the last five or six laps, I did all I could do to hang on. Luckily the car made it and I made it!" Bergeron was pressured by New Hampshire native Don Sharp Jr. for the entire distance.

While Sharp was within striking distance, Bergeron never made the mistake he was looking for. "I was glad that we never got into lapped traffic. That would have gotten me worried a bit." said Bergeron. "We have so many people that came down from Quebec to watch, we all were a bit nervous on this night but, it all worked out. This is just amazing! We want to go for rookie of the year and this will help out alot."

At the end of the 25 fast paced laps, Bergeron took the checkers about five car lengths ahead of Sharp who collected his best ESS finish ever as well. Connecticut's Scott Holcomb came from fifth to take third with teammates R.C. Faigle and Doug Emery completing the top five. Dan Kaszubinski was sixth, the Clair Kerrick Trucking #61 of Bubby Kerrick took seventh ahead of Bill Coffey who came from 14th to eighth and receive the Walt's Hobby Hard Charger bonus dollars. Rounding out the top ten was Mike Woodring and Rob Dietrick.

Taking the Brodix Cylinder Heads heat events were Kris Dow, Holcomb and Bergeron. The Plooy's Performance Products/Walt's Hobby Dash was won by Rick Wilson, who is sponsored in part by Plooy's.

ESS NOTES: Rob Dietrick took a wild ride in heat one but with help from crewman Marty Merz and others, Rob was able to make the A-Main and come home with a fine tenth...A very tacky and smooth track was a welcome sight where the sprints turned times near the 11 second bracket...Tearoffs or the lack there of, were a major factor in the A-Main. Both Randy Years and Kris Dow had to pull off the track while running in the top five with serious vision problems after they ran out...The half a million dollar ESS Tour 2000 will now head to Little Valley to make up the May 19 rain out on Friday and Merrittville on Saturday.

RESULTS: Heat 1 - Alain Bergeron, Rick Wilson, Don Sharp Jr., Ray Preston, Mike Stelter. Heat 2 - Scott Holcomb, Dan Kaszubinski, Randy Years, Bill Coffey, Doug Emery. Heat 3 - Kris Dow, Bubby Kerrick, Mike Woodring, R.C. Faigle, Lance Yonge. Plooy's Performance Products/Walt's Hobby Dash - Wilson. A-Main - ALAIN BERGERON, Sharp Jr., Holcomb, Faigle, Emery, Kaszubinski, Kerrick, Coffey, Woodring, Rob Dietrick, Stelter, Preston, Yonge, Steve Dow, Randy Years, K. Dow, Wilson, George Ely. Lap Leader - Bergeron 1-25. Walt's Hobby Hard Charger - Coffey (6 pos.) $50. Vicomp Graphics Halfway - Bergeron $50. Winner's Bonuses: Car-Mate Dealers $50, Pro Shocks $100, Total Seal $50, Griffin Thermal Products $50, Hank's Performance Products $50, Tire Comp. East $75, Bicknell Racing Products $35, Behrent's Performance Warehouse $30, Red's Speed Shop $25.

Other Bonuses: Weld Racing Hard Luck - Dietrick $75. Penske Shocks - Emery $150. C&R Racing Radiators - Kris Dow $50. Design 500 - Steve Dow $100, Emery $50. Total Seal - Dietrick $30. Bailey Racing Products - Stelter $35. Thunder Mtn. Wings - Sharp Jr. $20. Powder Birns - S. Dow $10. Dave Ely Racing - Wilson, Kaszubinski, Kerrick $10. Lauterborn Electric - Holcomb $10.

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