Watch the video of the door banging finish at the Talladega Short Track
Michael Page: “Everybody’s gotta remember this is dirt track racing. If they want to watch them follow the leader… Go to NASCAR across the street.”
42 cars pulled into the pit area of the Talladega Short Track over the weekend in the super late model division. The 28th annual Talladega Ice Bowl was set to take place on the 1/5-mile oval in Talladega, Alabama.
They were 3 wide before the start finish line at the start of the annual Talladega Ice Bowl event last night. Austin Horton led into turn one.
On a restart, Cory Hedgecock grabbed the lead from Horton. He slid from the bottom to the top in turn 1. Horton was unable to cross under him on the exit of turn two as Michael Page was coming into the picture.
On Lap 14, Page was running down the leader. Hedgecock had caught lap traffic. The lap car went high, the leader of Hedgecock went low. Page drove it deep through the middle and banged doors with the lap car. He tried to get to the right rear of the leader on the exit, not quite enough.
A lap later, Page drove it deep again. This time he grabbed the cushion in turn three. He gassed it through the center and pulled even with the race leader in the middle of the corner. They were side by side for the lead off turn four. Page completed the pass in turn one as lap cars lined up on the inside lane.
On lap 26, all that work was nullified. Page had an issue with the throttle as the car lost power off the corner. He was able to get it going again but he had fallen to 3rd.
8 laps to go, Page had climbed back to the 2nd position. He was on the bumper of Hedgecock once again for the race lead and the win.
Hedgecock has lap traffic ahead. Page had clear race track and clean air on the bottom. They ran side by side off turn four. Back in turn one, they fought for space and rubber doors. Page drove it deeper, he slid up the track and took the lane and race lead away.
In turn three of the same lap, Hedgecock drove it deep into turn three. He put the bumper to the fuel cell of Page. Both cars continued and Page held the lead.
Final lap, Hedgecock trailed Page by 2.5 car lengths. He ran smooth through turn 1 but the gap remained.
Heading into the final corner, Page had lap traffic ahead. He was taking it easy through the final set of corners to get to the line. Meanwhile, Hedgecock saw an opportunity.
He drove it hard to the bottom. He slid up the track and slammed into the left side door of Page, using him as a cushion. Page held his car. However, Hedgecock went around in the final corner.
Michael Page went on to take the win at the Talladega Short Track! It was his 3rd Talladega Ice Bowl victory in a row.
“I thought I broke something coming out of two. The car just took off,” Page recalls when he lost the lead suddenly at the halfway point of the race. “I didn’t think it was going to stop, that I was going right into the wall.”
“We got to racing in the rubber. He left me just enough of a hole there. I put my nose there, he [Hedgecock] tried to squeeze me off.”
“He ain’t going to do the same to me. I didn’t run over him. And I sure didn’t try to take his ass out on the last lap.”
During this post race interview, Page was being heckled from the fans. At the end of the interview, he finally addressed a few members of the crowd.
“Everybody’s gotta remember this is dirt track racing. If they want to watch them follow the leader… Go to NASCAR across the street,” Page concluded.
Talladega Ice Bowl Results
January 6, 2019
Qualifying: 1. J.T. Seawright (14.978); 2. Austin Horton (15.041); 3. Joseph Brown (15.137); 4. Dallas Cooper; 5. Andy Picklesimer; 6. Cory Hedgecock; 7. David Seibers; 8. David Brannon; 9. Tom Maddox; 10. Michael Page; 11. Dillon Tidmore; 12. Jason Welshan; 13. Jason Hiett; 14. Scott Crigler; 15. Mark Bangs; 16. Tim Roszell; 17. Josh Adkins; 18. Clay Harris; 19. Jadon Frame; 20. Dewayne Kiefer; 21. Corey Posey; 22. Jackson Hale; 23. Brett White; 24. Oakley Johns; 25. Christian Hanger; 26. Dylan Hoover; 27. Tanner English; 28. Brandon Hightower; 29. –; 30. Chris Johns; 31. Jason Lively; 32. Bo Eaton; 33. Jason Taylor; 34. Charles Zimmerman; 35. Corey Roulette; 36. Chris Reid; 37. Brandon Roberts; 38. Jeff White; 39. Ted Crunkleton; 40. #117;
Heat 1 (10 Laps): 1. Michael Page; 2. Clay Harris; 3. Jason Hiett; 4. Jackson Hale; 5. Jimmy Elkins; 6. Jason Lively; 7. Chris Jones; 8. Brett White; 9. Brandon Roberts; 10. Jeff White;
Heat 2 (10 Laps): 1. Cory Hedgecock; 2. David Seibers; 3. Josh Adkins; 4. Dylan Hoover; 5. Charles Zimmerman; 6. Tanner English; 7. Chris Reid; 8. Ted Crunkleton; 9. Jadon Frame;
Heat 3 (10 Laps): 1. Austin Horton; 2. Andy Picklesimer; 3. Dallas Cooper; 4. David Brannon; 5. Dewayne Kiefer; 6. Tim Roszell; 7. Corey Roulette; 8. Bo Eaton; 9. Dillon Tidmore; 10. Jason Welshan;
Heat 4 (10 Laps): 1. Tom Maddox; 2. Joseph Brown; 3. Scott Crigler; 4. Brandon Hightower; 5. Corey Posey; 6. JT Seawright; 7. Christian Hanger; 8. Jason Taylor; 9. –; 10. Oakley Johns; 11. Mark Bangs;
LCQ: 1. Tanner English; 2. J.T. Seawright; 3. Mark Bangs; 4. Corey Posey; 5. Brandon Hightower; 6. Jason Taylor; 7. –; 8. Oakley Johns; 9. Charles Zimmerman;
Main Event (50 Laps – $6,000 to win): 1. Michael Page; 2. Ray Cook; 3. Austin Horton; 4. Dallas Cooper; 5. Joseph Brown; 6. Andy Picklesimer; 7. David Brannon; 8. Josh Adkins; 9. David Seibers; 10. J.T. Seawright; 11. Jason Hiett; 12. Scott Crigler; 13. Jackson Hale; 14. Tanner English; 15. Tim Roszell; 16. Clay Harris; 17. Dewayne Kiefer; 18. Dillon Tidmore; 19. Chris Jones; 20. Cory Hedgecock; 21. Brett White; 22. Jimmy Elkins; 23. Mark Bangs; 24. Dylan Hoover; 25. Corey Posey; 26. Tom Maddox;