Bergeron Blasts through Alphabet Soup to Score Unlikely Rivalz Elite Pro Race at Volusia Tuesday Night

BURLINGTON, ONT – Alex Bergeron overcame a huge setback Tuesday night to score victory in the Rivalz Elite Pro event at Volusia Speedway. One week ago iRacing champion Bergeron led every lap of the Rivalz Elite Pro main event at Knoxville Raceway. This week was a different story. Bergeron climbed through the C main and then the B main to even qualify for the iRacing feature event.

Payton Gries earned the pole position to start Tuesday’s 30-lap A Main, and he grabbed the lead early from outside polesitter Keith Jackson. Ernie Williams jr, Kyle Stoltz and Kevin Loveys settled into the top five in the early stages with Bergeron reaching the top-10 after just five laps.

Caution flew in the main event for the first time on lap six when David Flick lost the handle on his car collecting Ryan Beagle who crashed into the outside wall. Both drivers were eliminated from contention.

When racing resumed it was Gries hanging on to the top spot with Jackson pressuring. Jackson actually nosed ahead of Gries briefly, but he couldn’t maintain the spot. With the race nearing the midway point Loveys fell back through the top 10 with Kevin Hanley and Jason Nygard moving forward into the top five.

Bergeron passed his way into third spot with 13 laps remaining in the event, and he quickly jumped to second the following lap getting by Jackson. Bergeron closed the gap on Gries with 10 laps remaining and methodically stalked the race leader who was running the inside groove around the slick Volusia surface.



Bergeron worked the outside of the speedway until eight laps to go when he slid to the inside of Gries and drove around for the top spot.

The final yellow flag flew on lap 23 when Stoltz got turned around and crashed into the fence. The caution set up a dash to the checkers with Bergeron leading the charge to the restart.

Bergeron restarted on the inside of the front row with Gries along side and ABR teammate Nygard in third.

Williams moved to the cushion to challenge Nygard and Griese for second, but out front it was all Bergeron with laps winding down. The Drummondville, Quebec racer won by nearly half a straightaway over Nygard, Gries, Williams, and Dakota Kuhn who surged late to round out the top five.

Rivalz Racing League Elite Pro division returns next Tuesday, November 26th with a scheduled race at Lanier Speedway at 9 pm. The Strickland’s GMC Gauntlet will open at 7 pm November 19th as an opportunity for five drivers to qualify to compete in the Elite event at 9 pm.

The enhanced broadcast kicks off every scheduled Tuesday night at 9 pm Eastern Time at www.Facebook.com/RivalzRacing. For more information on the league visit www.RivalzRacingLeague.com .

DRIVERS QUALIFIED THROUGH QUALIFYING EVENTS:
Ohsweken Outlaws
Keith Jackson
Steven Roy
Kyle Moonen

Rivalz Gauntlet Drivers:
Shaun Timmerman
Bryce Bailey
Kyle Stoltz
Payton Gries
John M LoPresto

POST-RACE QUOTES:

Payton Gries:
Starting up front is good and all, but anytime Bergeron is in the field you know he’s going to come forward.

It was a good run. I heard him on my left rear, and I was kinda running low. I was hoping to manage second though, and Nygard was able to sneak by.

Jason Nygard:

It was a great run tonight. Great racing. Great track. I absolutely love this track. You can run the bottom, and if you can nail the high side it’s just as fast, too.

I was just focusing on hitting my marks, and if I passed somebody I passed somebody. The car was absolutely on rails on the high side.

iRacing is basically a second job to me. If I’m at home I’m on this testing stuff and turning laps. I gotta give a shoutout to Alex for his run tonight.

Alex Bergeron:

We had issues in the heat race. We qualified really good, and we had bad luck in the heat race. I made sure we passed as many cars as possible tonight, and we made that happen.
Coming from the C main to win the feature is pretty awesome.

FULL RESULTS BELOW: RIVALZ ELITE PRO ROUND #5– VOLUSIA SPEEDWAY (FOLLOWED BY POINTS STANDINGS)

ABOUT THE RIVALZ ELITE PRO DIVISION
Rivalz Elite Pro division is the premier division among the Rivalz Racing Leagues. The iRacing series competes in 360 winged dirt sprint cars with open set ups at various tracks offering payouts for its events and its points championship.
Pennsylvania’s Kody Hartlaub won the inaugural Rivalz Elite championship, and he is among 30+ racers competing for this season’s championship.

ABOUT THE STRICKLANDS GMC RIVALZ GAUNTLET DIVISION
The Rivalz Gauntlet division is Rivalz secondary division. The iRacing series competes in 360 winged dirt sprint cars with open set ups at various tracks offering top finishers the opportunity to race for money in the Rivalz Elite Pro division.
Rivalz Gauntlet is open to any iRacing member interested. It is open entry with no entry fee.

ABOUT THE OHSWEKEN OUTLAWS
The Ohsweken Outlaws consists of four different divisions aimed at offering iRacers with slightly less experience and slightly lower iRatings the opportunity to compete in organized events and work their way up the ladder towards Rivalz Elite Pro.
Traditionally the Outlaws race on Monday nights, and starting on October 28, 2019, the Outlaws will host four different divisions. From top to bottom the divisions are: Renegades, Rebels, Raiders and Rustlers.

ABOUT RIVALZ RACE CHAT
Rivalz Race Chat is a motorsports variety program hosted by Clinton Geoffrey and Adam Ross and produced by Spencer Mullen. The team breaks down hot topics from local and international racing while interacting with viewers and debating various racing-related topics.

The Rivalz are the re-birth of Geoffrey and Ross’ former talk show – The Dual Airbags. The duo started hosting online racing variety shows nearly 20 years ago, and they are at it again disagreeing on everything from race track menus to competition at the highest level.

ABOUT THREE NINE STREAMING
Three Nine Streaming is the combined effort of brothers Brad (Three Nine Design Co.) and Steven Ovens (Turn 5 Media). The brothers call “Land of Legends Raceway” home on Saturday nights throughout the Summer months, but have added iRacing Event Streaming to their bag of tricks. With Brad on video stream controls and production and Steven on the microphone, this group has launched their streaming project with the Ohsweken Outlaws Racing League and bring that experience to the Rivalz Racing League.

RIVALZ ELITE PRO
ROUND 5
VOLUSIA SPEEDWAY
November 19, 2019

Laps Completed Cautions Caution Laps Lead Changes Weather
30 2 6 1 88°F, Wind E @ 6 MPH,
Atmosphere: 78 RH,
Skies: Clear
A MAIN – 30 LAPS
Fin Pos Start Pos Car # Name Interval Laps Led Fastest Lap Time Fast Lap# Laps Comp Inc
1 17 31 Alex A Bergeron 0 9 16.214 16 30 2
2 7 22 Jason Nygard -0.893 0 16.402 13 30 4
3 1 292 Payton Gries -1.064 21 16.431 2 30 0
4 4 91 Ernie Williams Jr. -2.06 0 16.429 3 30 4
5 8 95 Dakota Kuhn -2.107 0 16.332 14 30 2
6 6 110 Kevin Hanley -2.383 0 16.425 13 30 4
7 21 27 Troy Wagaman Jr -2.706 0 16.391 5 30 8
8 2 13 Keith Jackson -2.74 0 16.384 2 30 4
9 10 2 Kody L Hartlaub -3.244 0 16.657 12 30 12
10 5 18 Kevin Loveys -3.352 0 16.535 3 30 8
11 12 19 Allan Downey -3.549 0 16.468 4 30 4
12 16 12 James E Smith Jr -3.762 0 16.62 5 30 2
13 19 41 Steven Roy -3.975 0 16.572 2 30 6
14 11 73 Larry Moody -4.511 0 16.597 17 30 4
15 13 4 George Smith III -4.939 0 16.695 21 30 2
16 23 72 Kyle moonen -5.238 0 16.731 2 30 6
17 14 30 Stevin Goldner -5.772 0 16.775 13 30 4
18 20 80 Chris Steele3 -6.736 0 16.535 3 30 6
19 22 35 Adam Ross -1 L 0 16.631 2 29 8
20 24 29 Bryce Bailey -3 L 0 16.547 27 27 14
21 15 56 David Flick -4 L 0 16.445 12 26 12
22 9 88 Shayne Pierce -6 L 0 16.757 14 24 0
23 3 5 Kyle Stoltz -8 L 0 16.452 3 22 4
24 18 84 Ryan Beagle -24 L 0 16.772 3 6 2

WARMUP
Fin Pos Start Pos Car # Name Interval Laps Led Fastest Lap Time Fast Lap# Laps Comp Inc
1 0 31 Alex A Bergeron 0 0 15.781 2 13 6
2 0 72 Kyle moonen -0.257 0 16.039 1 15 0
3 0 29 Bryce Bailey -0.261 0 16.043 5 9 8
4 0 35 Adam Ross -0.274 0 16.055 2 14 4
5 0 80 Chris Steele3 -0.276 0 16.057 3 15 0
6 0 22 Jason Nygard -0.3 0 16.081 1 13 4
7 0 110 Kevin Hanley -0.309 0 16.091 3 14 0
8 0 18 Kevin Loveys -0.339 0 16.12 4 17 0
9 0 4 George Smith III -0.363 0 16.145 1 10 2
10 0 12 James E Smith Jr -0.374 0 16.155 7 15 4
11 0 13 Keith Jackson -0.375 0 16.157 1 16 6
12 0 292 Payton Gries -0.445 0 16.227 10 14 4
13 0 73 Larry Moody -0.459 0 16.241 3 13 2
14 0 56 David Flick -0.461 0 16.243 9 11 8
15 0 19 Allan Downey -0.464 0 16.246 10 13 6
16 0 41 Steven Roy -0.476 0 16.257 6 13 4
17 0 91 Ernie Williams Jr. -0.479 0 16.261 3 16 6
18 0 27 Troy Wagaman Jr -0.498 0 16.28 4 12 12
19 0 84 Ryan Beagle -0.519 0 16.301 4 11 2
20 0 5 Kyle Stoltz -0.528 0 16.31 3 16 2
21 0 30 Stevin Goldner -0.595 0 16.377 9 11 4
22 0 88 Shayne Pierce -0.65 0 16.431 7 11 10
23 0 2 Kody L Hartlaub -0.653 0 16.434 1 10 6
24 0 95 Dakota Kuhn 0 0 0 0

B MAIN
Fin Pos Start Pos Car # Name Interval Laps Led Fastest Lap Time Fast Lap# Laps Comp Inc
1 11 31 Alex A Bergeron 0 2 15.698 2 10 0
2 4 84 Ryan Beagle -0.366 5 15.923 7 10 0
3 2 41 Steven Roy -1.36 3 16.065 7 10 0
4 6 80 Chris Steele3 -2.229 0 16.073 10 10 0
5 12 27 Troy Wagaman Jr -2.329 0 15.924 6 10 2
6 5 35 Adam Ross -2.775 0 16.03 7 10 2
7 7 72 Kyle moonen -3.164 0 16.052 10 10 2
8 9 29 Bryce Bailey -3.336 0 16.044 9 10 2
9 8 51 Jeffrey Barker -4.163 0 16.076 3 10 2
10 13 36 Jeremy Zarfos -4.257 0 16.103 8 10 2
11 10 44 Adam Buchanan -6.502 0 16.156 3 10 2
12 1 67 Brandon Guttin -10.785 0 16.434 6 10 6
13 3 39 Josh Guttin 0 0 4 2
14 14 20 Kevin Ridley 0 0 2 2

C MAIN
Fin Pos Start Pos Car # Name Interval Laps Led Fastest Lap Time Fast Lap# Laps Comp Inc
1 7 31 Alex A Bergeron 0 4 15.515 3 8 2
2 3 27 Troy Wagaman Jr -0.735 0 15.844 6 8 2
3 1 36 Jeremy Zarfos -0.898 4 15.903 7 8 2
4 5 20 Kevin Ridley -1.907 0 15.94 6 8 0
5 8 52 Jesse Costa -2.814 0 15.959 5 8 0
6 11 75 John M LoPresto -3.133 0 16.007 8 8 2
7 2 11 Chad Cote -3.59 0 16.072 8 8 2
8 4 222 Dan Sider -3.93 0 15.996 7 8 0
9 6 24 Shaun Timmerman 0 0 0 0
10 9 0 Jeff Flaro 0 0 0 0
11 10 6 Cody Olsen 0 0 0 0

HEAT 4
Fin Pos Start Pos Car # Name Interval Laps Led Fastest Lap Time Fast Lap# Laps Comp Inc
1 1 91 Ernie Williams Jr. 0 8 15.724 2 8 0
2 3 95 Dakota Kuhn -0.149 0 15.797 3 8 0
3 2 19 Allan Downey -1.072 0 15.819 6 8 0
4 8 12 James E Smith Jr -2.706 0 15.866 4 8 2
5 6 84 Ryan Beagle -2.844 0 16.011 3 8 4
6 5 51 Jeffrey Barker -3.003 0 15.982 5 8 2
7 7 11 Chad Cote -4.053 0 16.032 7 8 0
8 4 24 Shaun Timmerman 0 0 0 0
9 9 6 Cody Olsen 0 0 0 0

HEAT 3
Fin Pos Start Pos Car # Name Interval Laps Led Fastest Lap Time Fast Lap# Laps Comp Inc
1 4 5 Kyle Stoltz 0 5 15.507 6 8 0
2 3 22 Jason Nygard -0.578 0 15.547 6 8 0
3 1 73 Larry Moody -0.782 1 15.569 5 8 0
4 5 56 David Flick -1.561 0 15.632 3 8 0
5 8 39 Josh Guttin -4.737 0 15.888 5 8 0
6 6 72 Kyle moonen -5.73 0 15.597 6 8 4
7 2 36 Jeremy Zarfos -6.993 2 15.721 4 8 2
8 7 20 Kevin Ridley -7.539 0 15.84 6 8 2
9 9 0 Jeff Flaro 0 0 0 0

HEAT 2
Fin Pos Start Pos Car # Name Interval Laps Led Fastest Lap Time Fast Lap# Laps Comp Inc
1 1 13 Keith Jackson 0 8 15.515 4 8 0
2 4 110 Kevin Hanley -0.376 0 15.453 5 8 0
3 2 2 Kody L Hartlaub -1.784 0 15.66 5 8 0
4 3 30 Stevin Goldner -2.05 0 15.685 5 8 0
5 5 41 Steven Roy -2.345 0 15.415 8 8 2
6 8 80 Chris Steele3 -2.692 0 15.661 5 8 0
7 7 44 Adam Buchanan -3.167 0 15.77 5 8 2
8 9 222 Dan Sider -5.249 0 15.956 5 8 2
9 6 52 Jesse Costa 0 0 15.961 3 4 4

HEAT 1
Fin Pos Start Pos Car # Name Interval Laps Led Fastest Lap Time Fast Lap# Laps Comp Inc
1 1 292 Payton Gries 0 8 15.328 8 8 0
2 6 18 Kevin Loveys -0.386 0 15.394 8 8 0
3 8 88 Shayne Pierce -2.81 0 15.756 4 8 0
4 10 4 George Smith III -3.408 0 15.758 5 8 0
5 9 67 Brandon Guttin -6.942 0 16.032 3 8 0
6 7 35 Adam Ross -13.789 0 16.045 7 8 2
7 5 29 Bryce Bailey 0 0 15.592 3 4 2
8 3 27 Troy Wagaman Jr 0 0 2 2
9 4 31 Alex A Bergeron 0 0 1 2
10 2 75 John M LoPresto 0 0 1 2

QUALIFYING
Fin Pos Start Pos Car # Name Interval Laps Led Fastest Lap Time Fast Lap# Laps Comp Inc
1 0 31 Alex A Bergeron 0 0 15.098 1 2 0
2 0 110 Kevin Hanley -0.095 0 15.194 1 2 0
3 0 5 Kyle Stoltz -0.103 0 15.202 2 2 0
4 0 24 Shaun Timmerman -0.127 0 15.226 1 2 2
5 0 27 Troy Wagaman Jr -0.133 0 15.232 1 1 0
6 0 30 Stevin Goldner -0.143 0 15.242 1 2 0
7 0 22 Jason Nygard -0.179 0 15.278 1 2 0
8 0 95 Dakota Kuhn -0.205 0 15.304 2 2 0
9 0 75 John M LoPresto -0.213 0 15.312 1 2 2
10 0 2 Kody L Hartlaub -0.239 0 15.338 1 2 0
11 0 36 Jeremy Zarfos -0.249 0 15.348 2 2 0
12 0 19 Allan Downey -0.253 0 15.352 1 2 0
13 0 292 Payton Gries -0.257 0 15.356 2 2 0
14 0 13 Keith Jackson -0.282 0 15.381 2 2 0
15 0 73 Larry Moody -0.287 0 15.386 1 2 0
16 0 91 Ernie Williams Jr. -0.304 0 15.403 2 2 0
17 0 29 Bryce Bailey -0.304 0 15.403 1 2 0
18 0 41 Steven Roy -0.305 0 15.404 2 2 0
19 0 56 David Flick -0.313 0 15.412 1 2 2
20 0 51 Jeffrey Barker -0.319 0 15.417 2 2 0
21 0 18 Kevin Loveys -0.37 0 15.469 2 2 0
22 0 52 Jesse Costa -0.429 0 15.528 2 2 0
23 0 72 Kyle moonen -0.441 0 15.539 2 2 0
24 0 84 Ryan Beagle -0.465 0 15.564 2 2 0
25 0 35 Adam Ross -0.466 0 15.565 2 2 0
26 0 44 Adam Buchanan -0.466 0 15.565 1 2 0
27 0 20 Kevin Ridley -0.467 0 15.566 2 2 0
28 0 11 Chad Cote -0.568 0 15.667 2 2 0
29 0 88 Shayne Pierce -0.583 0 15.682 1 2 0
30 0 80 Chris Steele3 -0.602 0 15.7 2 2 0
31 0 39 Josh Guttin -0.779 0 15.878 2 2 0
32 0 12 James E Smith Jr -0.798 0 15.897 2 2 2
33 0 67 Brandon Guttin -1.122 0 16.22 2 2 0
34 0 222 Dan Sider -1.318 0 16.417 2 2 0
35 0 0 Jeff Flaro 0 0 0 0
36 0 6 Cody Olsen 0 0 0 0
37 0 4 George Smith III 0 0 2 0

PRACTICE
Fin Pos Start Pos Car # Name Interval Laps Led Fastest Lap Time Fast Lap# Laps Comp Inc
1 0 22 Jason Nygard 0 0 13.714 2 28 2
2 0 31 Alex A Bergeron -0.05 0 13.764 1 30 20
3 0 29 Bryce Bailey -0.071 0 13.785 1 14 14
4 0 18 Kevin Loveys -0.092 0 13.806 5 49 18
5 0 20 Kevin Ridley -0.137 0 13.851 3 32 6
6 0 24 Shaun Timmerman -0.141 0 13.855 2 35 6
7 0 52 Jesse Costa -0.166 0 13.88 2 28 8
8 0 56 David Flick -0.188 0 13.902 2 25 8
9 0 19 Allan Downey -0.191 0 13.905 2 42 4
10 0 35 Adam Ross -0.192 0 13.906 3 28 8
11 0 2 Kody L Hartlaub -0.193 0 13.907 2 27 4
12 0 73 Larry Moody -0.204 0 13.918 8 31 10
13 0 0 Jeff Flaro -0.215 0 13.929 1 4 0
14 0 110 Kevin Hanley -0.231 0 13.945 1 11 2
15 0 39 Josh Guttin -0.248 0 13.962 7 29 10
16 0 13 Keith Jackson -0.25 0 13.965 1 24 2
17 0 80 Chris Steele3 -0.252 0 13.966 2 44 6
18 0 44 Adam Buchanan -0.265 0 13.979 1 30 6
19 0 30 Stevin Goldner -0.274 0 13.988 2 42 4
20 0 84 Ryan Beagle -0.279 0 13.993 1 41 12
21 0 12 James E Smith Jr -0.287 0 14.001 2 25 6
22 0 88 Shayne Pierce -0.306 0 14.02 2 20 14
23 0 72 Kyle moonen -0.309 0 14.023 1 15 2
24 0 11 Chad Cote -0.312 0 14.026 4 28 8
25 0 75 John M LoPresto -0.325 0 14.039 1 14 6
26 0 5 Kyle Stoltz -0.328 0 14.042 1 19 0
27 0 222 Dan Sider -0.424 0 14.138 2 33 6
28 0 36 Jeremy Zarfos -0.489 0 14.203 1 6 0
29 0 67 Brandon Guttin -0.524 0 14.238 4 27 18
30 0 4 George Smith III -0.529 0 14.243 1 24 6
31 0 292 Payton Gries -0.605 0 14.319 1 7 0
32 0 41 Steven Roy -0.638 0 14.352 4 23 2
33 0 27 Troy Wagaman Jr -0.709 0 14.423 4 12 2
34 0 95 Dakota Kuhn -0.763 0 14.477 2 11 2
35 0 51 Jeffrey Barker -0.78 0 14.494 5 19 0
36 0 91 Ernie Williams Jr. 0 0 0 0
37 0 6 Cody Olsen 0 0 0 0

RIVALZ ELITE PRO DIVISION
POINTS STANDINGS
(after 5 of 20 events)
Drivers Points Total
1 Jason Nygard 369
2 Ernie Williams Jr. 343
3 Kevin Loveys 340
4 Alex A Bergeron 333
5 Kody L Hartlaub 332
6 Troy Wagaman Jr 324
7 Kevin Hanley 304
8 Dakota Kuhn 284
9 Larry Moody 280
10 Jeremy Zarfos 278
11 Allan Downey 260
12 David Flick 248
13 Adam Buchanan 239
14 Ryan Beagle 217
15 Brandon Schultz 216
16 Stevin Goldner 210
17 Chris Steele3 206
18 George Smith III 206
19 Shayne Pierce 200
20 Connor Ross 192
21 Joshua Steinke 184
22 James E Smith Jr 182
23 Payton Gries 154
24 Bobby Sweeney2 149
25 Dan Sider 147
26 Jesse Costa 145
27 Kevin Ridley 143
28 Shaun Timmerman 141
29 Chad Cote 140
30 Josh Guttin 135
31 Brandon Guttin 134
32 Kyle Stoltz 131
33 Jeffrey Barker 129
34 Ian Blanchard 110
35 Ty Garl 102
36 Brennon Lacy 95
37 James Edens 85
38 Cole V Cabre 81
39 Rick Scott 77
40 Blake Cannon 76
41 Adam Elby 74
42 Keith Jackson 68
43 Jack Clevenger 67
44 Richie Preston 66
45 Steven Roy 58
46 Kyle Moonen 52
47 Brett Michalski 50
48 Donovan Ross 50
49 Chase Swafford 48
50 David Hackett 46
51 Braden Finsel 44
52 Bryce Bailey 44
53 Derek Moore2 42
54 Anthony LoPresto 42
55 Billy Rowlee 36
56 Garrett Peppiatt 32
57 Jeff Flaro 30
58 Jeff Fitzpatrick 30
59 Jeffery Steward 28
60 John M LoPresto 28
61 Terry E Landis 27
62 Craig Booth 24

RIVALZ ELITE PRO SCHEDULE 2019-2020
22-Oct-19 Round 1 Eldora Speedway
winner: James Edens
29-Oct-19 Round 2 The Dirt Track at Charlotte
winner: Alex Bergeron
05-Nov-19 Round 3 Williams Grove
winner: Troy Wagaman jr.
12-Nov-19 Round 4 Knoxville Raceway
Winner: Alex Bergeron
19-Nov-19 Round 5 Volusia Speedway
Winner: Alex Bergeron
26-Nov-19 Round 6 Lanier Raceway

10-Dec-19 Round 7 TBD

07-Jan-20 Round 8 Eldora Speedway

14-Jan-20 Round 9 The Dirt Track at Charlotte

21-Jan-20 Round 10 Williams Grove

28-Jan-20 Round 11 Knoxville Raceway

04-Feb-20 Round 12 Lanier Raceway

11-Feb-20 Round 13 Volusia Speedway

18-Feb-20 Round 14 Eldora Speedway

25-Feb-20 Round 15 The Dirt Track at Charlotte

10-Mar-20 Round 16 Williams Grove

17-Mar-20 Round 17 Knoxville Raceway

24-Mar-20 Round 18 Lanier

31-Mar-20 Round 19 Limaland

07-Apr-20 Round 20 The Dirt Track at Charlotte