Marty Reilly



  Ashley and I loaded up the old Ford ranger and made the three and a half drive to the beautiful setting of Roaring Knob Motor Sports Complex in Markleyburg Pa for the NDRL "Kings of Dirt" paying a whopping $20,000 to win and Rush Crate Lates paying $2,000 to win for their 16th out of 20 touring series races.
The feature was one of the most weirdest features I've seen in quite a while. At the start it was fast qualifier Steve Shaver from Vienna, VW on the pole with Illinois hotshoe  Dennis Erb to his outside. The two took off at the green and until fourth place runner and Roaring Knob Champion Tim Senic took his machine to pits with mechanical problems.
On the restart the pack only raced two more laps before a showers got a little stronger. It was a brief shower and the cars were on the track in about twenty minutes.
When the race resumed in the next 63 laps all but two cars went pitside with flat tires. On the restart Shaver jumped to a big lead. The race behind him was a good one with Gregg Satterlee, Davy Johnson, Josh Richards and young local Cody Hardesty battled for second. The first of several cautions came out for Jason Feger.
On the restart "The Juice" Davey Johnson got by Satterlee for second. On lap 58 caution came out for third place Josh Richards.  Then one lap later the caution flew for Satterlee for, you guessed it a flat right rear. It now Shane Clanton's turn a second. Then on lap 68 it was bad luck for the Georgia driver. Then the race no one wanted to win took a big turn for the worse at lap 71 when the leader Steve Shaver and second place Davey Johnson both went off with flat tires.
That put NDRL points leader and 15th place starter Jimmy Mars in the lead. Then on lap 74 the tire monster bit Mars and his chance for a big payday. That put Maryland hotshoe Jamie Lathroum at the point with Hall of Famer Billy Moyer the only two driver who didn't pit with tire issues and a fast running Josh Richards.
At the drop of the green Moyer rolled through the middle to get by Lathroum for the $20,000 win. Lathroum held on for second with a tire that had to be changed in victory lane over Richards. Eric Wells and Tim Fuller rounded out the top five.
In victory lane Moyer stated that he knew he had on too soft of a tire by lap five, so he conserved his tires until he needed them in the end. He also said he could see Lathroum's tire going soft and probably couldn't hold the bottom.
Moyer came east to try to pick up his slow start to the season. He said we came over here and ran three new tracks. First was Attica Raceway park in Ohio, the on Sunday to I 77 speedway in WV then making his way to Pa to the Knob. It was a very good weekend as he also won a Lucas Oil race at Portsmouth Raceway Park Saturday paying him $15,000. So he's got a lot of momentum heading into next weekends World 100 at Eldora to try to win a seventh Globe.
Twelve year old Michael Lake of Uniontown made history by Winning the Sweeney Chevrolet Buick Rush Crate Late Model touring event by winning over another young hotshoe WVa's Ryan Montgomery who is fifteen and points leader and a winner of over one hundred features Mike Pegher Jr.
Young Lake jumped out to the led from the green flag and never was seriously challenged until he got into lapped traffic, that's when he got a little high and Montgomery got to his inside. The two got together in turn one and Montgomery cleared Lake for the lead. Just then a caution came out and put Lake back in the lead and used the clear track to win his historic race. Montgomery held on for second over Pegher and fast qualifier Andrew Wylie and Ricky Meglaye.
Lake stated in victory lane if the caution didn't come out Jason would have probably won the race. Very honest for someone who is very young. I know this youngster will many more races in the years to come.
Ashley and I would love to thank the Staff at Roaring Knob for their hospitality for an enjoyable evening and can't wait to come back in the future.













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