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Roaring Knob Mtsprts Complex

Pegher holds off Hawkins at Roaring Knob

June 23, 2013, 12:49 pm
From series reports
Winner Mike Pegher (center) leads the Roaring Knob podium. (Tommy Michaels)
Winner Mike Pegher (center) leads the Roaring Knob podium. (Tommy Michaels)

MARKLEYSBURG, Pa. (June 22) — Mike Pegher Jr. of Wexford, Pa., scored his second straight victory on the Sweeney Chevrolet-Buick-GMC RUSH Dirt Late Model Series for Crate Late Models, earning $2,000 Saturday for a victory at Roaring Knob Motorsports Complex.

Pegher held off a hard-charging Jared Hawkins of Fairmont, W.Va., for the 30-lap victory and to tighten his hold on the series points lead along with the RainEater Wiper Blades Mid-Atlantic Triple Crown point lead heading into Sunday’s finale at Allegany County Speedway in Cumberland, Md.

"I kept watching the scoreboard and seen Jared was coming,” the 27-year Pegher said. “I knew the outside was probably getting faster around the cushion so I chanced it and took it the outside for the final restart. It was a good race and I'm glad to be back up here again. I have to thank Mike Brunner for all the time and work he put in at the shop this week, all my sponsors, Lynn Geisler, and the fans for coming out.”

Pegher started on the pole and took off with fast qualifier Ryan Montgomery and John Over giving chase. He built a straightaway lead by the sixth lap that was erased by Louis Krushansky’s lap-eight yellow.

Resuming the race, Pegher stayed in control while Hawkins worked his way into the top five, taking fourth from Joe Martin on the 12th lap and using the high groove to get by Over a lap later. Hawkins took second from Montgomery on lap 17.

Michael Lake’s spin zapped a 3.4-second advantage for Pegher and halted the race nearly 20 minutes because of problems with the lights.

Pegher edged away on the restart, but Hawkins began tracking him down in the final laps. Pegher held on for a 0.625-second margin of victory over Hawkins, who was subbing in Chad McClellan’s regular ride.

“I had a lot of fun tonight,” said Hawkins, who also finished second in the modified division. “I haven't been in a modified for a while, and never drove a crate car. I enjoyed both.

"We're trying to cut back laps on our Super Late Model stuff to get geared up for a couple big races. I'm just glad I got the opportunity to race. I have to thank Chad and his brother for getting to do this and Kevin for letting us drive the modified.”

Martin finished third with Montgomery and Ken Herman rounding out the top five.

RUSH @ Roaring Knob: (1) Mike Pegher Jr., (2) Jared Hawkins, (3) Joe Martin, (4) Ryan Montgomery, (5) Ken Herman, (6) Rick Singleton, (7) Ricky Meglaye, (8) Butch Lambert, (9) Chad Ruhlman, (10) John Over, (11) Mike Lewis, (12) Troy Shields, (13) Billy Beachler, (14) Jorden Peters, (15) Cody Dawson, (16) John Imler, (17) Matt Glanden, (18) Chris Angelicchio, (19) Glenn Elliott, (20) Michael Lake, (21) Paul McGinley, (22) W.L. Stile, (23) D.J. Troutman, (24) Louis Krushansky, (25) Andrew Wylie. Fast qualifier (among 29 cars): Montgomery, 17.201 seconds. Heat race winners: Montgomery, Elliott, Pegher. Dash winner: Pegher. Last-chance winner: McGinley. Provisional starter: Glanden.

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