SARVER, Pa. – Joe Martin started the DIRTcar Round Up Steel City Stampede weekend with a big win over FASTRAK Grand National Champion Max Blair in the final round of the FASTRAK King of the Hill tournament at Lernerville Speedway Thursday.
The brain child of FASTRAK stars Josh Holtraver and Mike Pegher Jr., the King of the Hill paid more than $2500 in cash prizes to the Final Four and contingency prizes to the other four drivers in the Great Eight.
Josh and Mike pounded the pavement, phone lines and pits tonight to make this a reality and add an exciting event to the start of the three-day mega show that looks to feature over 200 cars again across 10 divisions of racing.
Originally billed as a $1500-to-win event, once the generosity eclipsed the $2000 mark, Josh and Mike agreed to spread the wealth through the field.
The final four received cash prizes and the other drivers in the quarterfinals received contingency prizes.
Martin pocketed $1250 and a $100 gift certificate from Hoosier Tire Mid-Atlantic/Precise Racing Products, Max Blair took home $600 and a $50 gift certificate from Close Racing Supply, Mike Pegher won $400 for third and Ken Cherna scored $300 for fourth.
Mike Laughard received a $75 certificate from Frankland Rearend, Dennis Lunger will receive a set of Ruhlman Aluminum Lugnuts courtesy of Spartan Tools, Josh Holtgraver received a $50 gift certificate from Big Daddys Speed Shop and Kyle Zimmerman pocketed a $150 gift certificate from Race 1. Mike Hite earned $50 the hard way by being the first driver knocked out of the King of the Hill tournament.
In fact, despite being scheduled to race Butch Lambert in the first duel, Hite slammed the wall in hot laps and was knocked out of the tournament by scratching from the event.
Before the King of the Hill, all 10 divisions took to the Action Track for rotating hot laps in preparation for tomorrow nights heat races.