Brian Bergakker had a night to remember on Saturday at Flat Rock Speedway. The Lowell, Michigan driver won his first ever ARCA/CRA Super Series Super Late Model feature, then followed up that performance by winning the ARCA Gold Cup Outlaw Late Model feature.
Bergakker stalked Austin Kunert early in the ARCA/CRA Super Series portion of the Ross Mortgage 200 before taking to the high side. It took Bergakker a few laps to complete the pass, but the high-side pass proved successful, allowing Bergakker to lead 78 laps en route to his first series victory.
“I didn’t expect it to be that good; we didn’t practice that good today,” Bergakker admitted in victory lane following the first feature. “Qualified better than we thought we were going to and once we got out front the car just took off on a sticker set and it was good to go. Just baby the tires and not push the car too hard and drive away.”
Eric Lee jumped out to an early lead in the ARCA Gold Cup feature, dominating most of the first 40 laps. Lapped traffic slowed Lee, allowing Bergakker to narrow the gap. Bergakker saw an opportunity in heavy traffic, surprising Lee by jumping to his outside in the third groove, shooting past Lee and taking over the lead.
From there, Bergakker took his flat-black Outlaw Late Model to victory lane after leading the last 64 laps, despite a late charge from Friday Night’s Birch Run Speedway Main Event Outlaw Tour winner Steve Needles.
“I saw an opportunity with Eric Lee there. He was kinda bottled up behind that lap car,” Bergakker explained after the Gold Cup feature. “I saw an opportunity and went for it. If it didn’t work, it didn’t work, but it did, and here we are. I’ve done that move here before. This place is so racy, you can run three grooves and still have room to race.”
For Bergakker, he and his team feel like the are still learning about template car racing, but are happy to be ahead of expectations.
“It’s big for us and our team. We came out here with two cars hoping to finish with both of them and get top fives. Two wins is a big deal. This will propel us well for the rest of the season. It feels like there is a tougher competition in the ARCA/CRA Super Series. Times are tighter, not as much body on the car to hold the car, so the setup has to be a lot closer.”
The ARCA/CRA Super Series and ARCA Gold Cup series will both be in action again on Sunday, June 30 at Toledo Speedway as they make up the previously rained out Ross Mortgage Spring 200. Both divisions with run 100 lap features starting at 3 p.m. ET.
-Story by Patrick Hahe, Speed51.com Great Lakes Editor
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