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Roaring Knob Mtsprts Complex

Lathroum edges Covert to win King of the Knob

September 10, 2012, 6:52 am
By Dave Kittey
Roaring Knob Motorsports Complex
Jamie Lathroum was crowned King of the Knob. (Tommy Michaels)
Jamie Lathroum was crowned King of the Knob. (Tommy Michaels)

MARKLEYSBURG, Pa. (Sept. 9) — Jamie Lathroum of Mechanicsville, Md., won a see-saw tussle with Jason Covert of York Haven, Pa., on Sunday at Roaring Knob Motorsports Complex to capture the 15th annual King of the Knob for the second time in three years. | Slideshow

Lathroum earned $5,000 for the 55-lap victory on the Three State Flyers circuit that was postponed by rain Saturday, then pushed back another hour on Sunday by more wet weather. Covert was second followed by West Virginians Zack Dohm of Cross Lanes, Tim Senic of Elkins and Corey Conley of Wellsburg.

After Lathroum topped 46 qualifiers and won a heat race, the main event rolled with Dohm jumping to the early lead and staying up front for 16 laps. Lathroum worked his way to the front and took over on lap 17, but the first of five cautions appeared for a slowing Jared Miley on lap 21.

Dohm regained the point on the restart as Lathroum, Gregg Satterlee and 10th-starting Jared Hawkins gave chase. Lathroum regained the point on lap 23 and began to pull away.

With lapped traffic hampering the frontrunners, Jason Covert began his march toward the front, breaking into the top five by lap 30. Covert wrestled the second spot from Dohm on lap 43, then set out to battle Lathroum. Covert slipped ahead on lap 45, but Lathroum went back out front for laps 46-47. Covert was ahead again on lap 48 when the final yellow flew for a turn-three tangle between Satterlee and Hawkins that knocked both drivers out of contention.

The green flew the final time for a seven-lap shootout with Covert ahead of Lathroum. Entering turn three, Lathroum shot low and slid in front of Covert as the forntunners made contact, but Covert gathered himself and stayed right with the leader. On the second-to-last lap, Covert tried setting up Lathroum for an outside pass while Dohm was just behind in third.

Covert couldn’t make the pass work, virtually pushing Lathroum across the finish line in settling for second. Lathroum headed for victory lane with the right-rear corner of his No. 6 crunched up.

Notes: Lathroum’s MasterSbilt Race Car is sponsored by Three Mules Welding Supplies, Superior Tank and The Bowles Boys. ... Drivers failing to make the feature lineup: Richard Frazier, Tracey Cooper, Danny Mitchell, Gary Gellner, Bob Hershman, Mark Booth, Ken Schaltenbrand, Bob Gordon, Rodney Phillips, John Myers, Alan Sagi, Danny Pugh, Cody Hardesty, Matt Cosner, Joe Kcelich, Quintin Wyandt, Chad McClellan, Joe Zulisky, Freddie Carpenter, Kyle Hardy, Doug Eck and Tom Decker III. ... Mike Pegher Jr. won the Fastrak Crate feature. ... Roaring Knob is dark for two weeks before returning with the Sept. 27-29 Big Kahuna, an event moving from Allegany County Speedway in Cumberland, Md. The weekend highlight is a $7,000-to-win Three State Flyers feature for Super Late Models.

King of the Knob: (1) Jamie Lathrom, (2) Jason Covert, (3) Zack Dohm, (3) Tim Senic, (4) Corey Conley, (5) Mason Zeigler, (6) Scott Rhodes, (7) Ron Delano Jr., (8) Devin Friese, (9) Jerry Bard, (10) Keith Jackson, (11) Mike Benedum, (12) John Garvin Jr., (13) Scott LeBarron, (14) Tom Decker Jr., (15) Jared Hawkins, (16) Gregg Satterlee, (17) Sammy Stile, (18) Shane Hitt, (19) Jared Miley, (20) Butch McGill, (21) Doug Horton, (21) Billy Holbert, (22) Tyler Hershey. Fast qualifier (among 46 cars): Lathroum. Heat race winners: Lathroum, Satterlee, Covert, Senic. Consolation winners: Hitt, Hershey.

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