Most athletes, young or old, would find themselves on the sidelines if they suffered a broken foot. Not even many racecar drivers would dare try racing around a tough little bullring of a track with a broken foot - a broken right, accelerator foot.
But Stephen Bergh has been defying all logic lately, racing with a broken right foot for several weeks, and that broken foot led him to victory in the Pro Challenge North Region's second National Point event of the 2009 season Saturday night at Dillon. Bergh got the jump on Kyle Benjamin on the opening start and held off Meghan Dillner and Benjamin for the win.
“This feels really good,” said Bergh. “Kyle Benjamin has been doing really good and a couple other guys have been really good, so it’s great to be able to win this one tonight.”
Bergh started on the outside pole, along side Benjamin, who had set fast time earlier in the day in qualifying. Bergh got the jump on the start and cleared Benjamin by the first turn and never looked back, leading all 35 laps caution-free.
“It was pretty important (to get a good start),” added Bergh. “My dad was like flipping out on the radio trying to get me a good start. My spotter told me to go and I just went.”
Making Bergh’s victory even sweeter was that he did it with one foot in a cast.
“I have a metal thing inside the car that I can slide my foot back and forth into it. It’s worked pretty good for me.”
Dillner gained on Bergh through the middle stages of the feature event, but debris cut a brake line in her #51 Chev-Stang, forcing her to settle for second for the second-straight National Point event. Benjamin followed in third, with Trevor Edwards and Ryan Heavner following in the top-five.
The next Pro Challenge North Region event comes on June 17th at the quarter-mile track at Concord Speedway in North Carolina. The third round of the National Point events in the North Region comes on June 27th at Hickory Motor Speedway (NC).