Alex Bergeron battled with fellow drivers Hayden Cardwell and Blake Matjoulis during Thursday nights Schaeffer’s Oil Modified Touring Series race at Volusia Speedway Park en route to earning his first win of the season!
After a tight four car battle with Hayden Cardwell, who has been on a hot streak as of late winning the opening round of the 2019 iRacing World of Outlaws Late Model World Series, modified hotshot Blake Matjoulis, and D1RT driver Shad Prescott, Bergeron was able to pass for the lead on lap 16 and score yet another victory in a Team VLR sanctioned event.
Cardwell led the opening 15 laps of the 35 lap main event on Thursday evening after winning his heat race earlier in the night. On lap 16 the Tennessee young gun and Blake Matjoulis made contact on the front stretch slowing both cars momentum allowing the #12 of Alex Bergeron to drive by on the outside of the speedway and taking the lead.
The four cars would exchange multiple slide jobs for the next handful of laps as they continued to set a blazing pace around the ½ mile facility in Barberville, Florida.
On lap 19, the #7 of Hayden Cardwell tried to utilize a slide job in turns 1 and 2 but ended up making contact with the #127 of Matjoulis. As the two cars got out of shape, Shad Prescott who was running fourth at the time was hit by the #7 machine and turned hard into the outside wall. The #m14 began to flip viciously down the back stretch to bring out the only caution of the evening.
Prescott commented on the incident on Friday morning. “Honestly I am not sure what happened. I don’t know if they netcoded or what, but one of them shot back across the track right in front of me and I had nowhere to go.” The D1RT driver later stated “The racing was fun up to that point. We will regroup and come back as I feel that we are close, but we just need to finish one of these races.”
After the restart, Alex Bergeron would have to hold off New York native of Matjoulis. The two would battle door to door, but ultimately Bergeron would capture the victory!
Matjoulis would finish in the runner up position driving his #127 Modified. Current points leader, James Edens, quietly finished on the podium in the third position.
During the post race interview, Blake commented on the racing “I followed Alex around there and felt like I was faster than him as well, but sometimes everything just doesn’t work in your favor.”
James Edens has happy with his finish after starting the race in the eight position. “It went to the bottom there in the end down in one and two. The car wouldn’t hold the bottom for me so I was just hanging on.” Edens was asked about the current points battle between him and Alex Bergeron who are only separated by 4 points leaving Volusia, “I just have to keep having runs like this to beat him.”
The happiest driver of them all was by far the Canadian Driver of Alex Bergeron. In victory lane Alex Commented on the race stating “It was tough for sure. With just 15 laps into the race the guys in the front starting battling very hard. They wrecked and we drove past them.” Alex went on to say “I have got to be patient and take it one race at a time. If we finish ahead of the competition the points will fall our way.”
Finishing fourth was the driver from Crossville, Tennessee and defending series champion Howard Weaver. Weaver started the main event from the sixth on the grid. Series Director Trevor Brownlee caught up with the driver of the #07 Friday Morning to get his take on the racing from the night before. “The track underwent several transitions through the night. In Qualifying, it seemed like the bottom was the place to be. Then as the night progressed it went to the top of the speedway. At the end though you could run about anywhere on the track and make up time. It was all driver preference at that point.”
Rounding out the top five was the HRT iRacingiFlag Gypsum Express LTD #25 entry of Jarrett Murphy. Murphy was apart of one of the more exciting events earlier in the night. The Indiana native battled with Shad Prescott in heat 2. The two ran side by side but the D1RT driver of Prescott came out on top by beating Murphy to the line by just .002 of a second. After the race Jarrett state the following “Our Mullins powered rocket xr1 was set on kill tonight that’s for sure. It was the best run I’ve had in this series so far and we look to build on that. I think I proved to myself that I can run with the big dogs.” He went on to state “I have got the thank my sponsors, Jeff Brown at iRacingiFlag, Gypsum Express LTD and just my whole HRT Sim Racing team in general man we make each other better and better every night.”
|1||Alex A Bergeron||4|
|17||Blake L Brown||20|
|18||Dylan D Thomas||21|
Next week the Schaeffer’s Oil Modified Touring Series will not be in action. Everyone from Team VLR would like to wish everyone a safe and happy Fourth of July! The series will be back in two weeks on July 11th at USA Speedway!
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