Journey to the West, harder than expected

The journey to Western Canada has not been smooth sailing for JP Bergeron Bergeron. For the first time since 2019, NASCAR Pinty’s Series has traveled to Western Canada for a series of three races held in Alberta and Saskatchewan.

11th place finish for the Bayer 300 at Edmonton International Raceway in Wetaskiwin, Alberta

The adventure began at Edmonton International Raceway in Wetaskiwin, Alberta. With a somewhat moody car, the driver started on a small quarter mile oval for morning practice. Later in qualifying, Bergeron finished 15th in the starting grid for the race, three-tenths of a second off the lead. During the first few laps Berge got caught up in the fight and off the track. Since NASCAR did not display the yellow flag, the driver had to wait until the right moment to rejoin the field. The incident cost him a few laps, but Bergeron started his comeback with one goal: to get to the front. He even scored the fastest times. In hindsight, he finished the race in 11th place, which will not go down in history.

Two of the Top 10 Finals at Sutherland Automotive Speedway in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

It was a fresh start for Jean-Philippe Bergeron who hit Saskatoon with his new car, the Ford Mustang, built specifically for the oval. All hopes were high on the 125-lap double bill. On his first official outing, the new car required several modifications. Driver 18 qualified to start the first race. The event was punctuated by several collisions, and many drivers paid the price. JP still managed to move across the field, lap after lap, and avoid accidents as he went along. He brought home an undamaged car, and took 10th place. He was relieved to put the car back in one piece, but disappointed with the result, the driver vowed to perform better in the second race.

And from 18th place, Bergeron started the second race of 125 laps. He didn’t let her reach him. With the knife between his teeth, he started back to fifth, making several laps of duels alongside Brandon Watson and DJ Kennington. Unfortunately, the car started to deteriorate towards the end of the race and Bergeron had to finish eighth. “I would have liked to finish the top five a lot. It was a good start and we were competitive. Unfortunately, the car started to get difficult to control in the corners near the end and we lost our positions,” said the driver.

Tenth in the tournament

After these three events in the West, Jean-Philippe consolidated his position in tenth place in the driver’s championship, 47 points off the leader. Although the gap is narrowing, he is still in second place in the rookie championship, 19 points behind Brandon Watson.

Next stop: Grand Prix of Trois-Rivieres

Next stop for #1 Prolon | Circuit Teleguide Saint Roch | Oliver Group | The Rosseau Metall team will be in Trois-Rivieres for the 60 Tours of Rosso Metall presented by Julia Waynes. On Sunday, August 7, Jean-Philippe will attack the urban circuit for the second time in his career, after he tested in 2018 in a “Late Model”. Fans can follow Quebecer JP “Bergy” Bergeron on Festidrag.TV at www.facebook.com/festidrag, on YouTube www.youtube.com/c/FestidragTV and on TéléMag. You can also follow JP and the Prolon Racing team on Facebook www.facebook.com/JPBRacing18, on Instagram @JPBergeronRacing and at www.prolonracing.com.

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