Holtgraver wins Sharon's Emig Memorial, $1,500
HARTFORD, Ohio (May 28) — Josh Holtgraver, whose first Fastrak Northeast touring victory came last year via another driver's disqualification, got a more satisfying victory Saturday at Sharon Speedway as the 22-year-old Pittsburgh, Pa., driver dominated the Bill Emig Memorial. Holtgraver, who led all 25 laps, earned $1,500 in outrunning Russ King and Robbie Blair.
"This time around feels a lot better," Holtgraver said. "We really had a good race car tonight, but it helped us to start up front. I tried to change it up on those restarts starting at different points. I knew they were right on me and waiting on them to go by me. It's great to race with Robbie Blair; we raced side-by-side last week at Tri-City, but I never got to race with Russ King before."
The event drew more than 40 cars and also served as an American Cancer Society fund-raiser. More than $9,000 was raised, including Mike Pegher Jr.'s donation of $500 after his victory in the one-on-one King of the Hill competition.
Bill Emig Memorial: (1) Josh Holtgraver, (2) Russ King, (3) Robbie Blair, (4) David Tackett Jr., (5) Mike Blose, (6) Max Blair, (7) Mike Pegher Jr., (8) Joe Martin, (9) Rocky Kugel, (10) Josh Double, (11) Bill Cunningham, (12) George Kowatic, (13) Robert Whitling Jr., (14) Damian Bidwell, (15) Dan Angelicchio, (16) Andrew Wylie, (17) Chad Wright, (18) Thomas Kronenwetter, (19) Clay Ruffo, (20) Shane Weaver, (21) Michael Mitchell, (22) Rick Strickler, (23) Kyle Zimmerman, (24) Tyler Barris, (25) Michael Laughard. Heat race winners (among 41 cars): Holtgraver, Blose, Tackett, Double, Pegher. Consolation winners: Wylie, Whitling. Non-qualifiers' race winner: Brian Lessley.