Michael Page continued his dominance and added another page to the record books during Sunday's 29th Annual Ice Bowl at the Talladega Short Track. Page, of Douglasville, Georgia, started on the front row and led all 50 laps en route to his fourth consecutive victory in the early-season event for Dirt Late Models.
With his fourth victory in the race, Page now sits alone as the most winningest driver in the 29-year history of the event, breaking a previous tie with fellow Georgia driver Shane Clanton. The driver of the No. 18x Super Late Model pocketed $6,000 for his triumph.
In addition to adding money to the racing funds, the win was also an emotional one for Page, who dedicated the victory to his father who is battling cancer.
"I needed it because I had to get my car owner to give me some money to come because we was out," Page said in Victory Lane. "It just don't keep happening. There's always something, you're going to have a flat or something. I've won three in this exact same car, and it just don't keep happening. I was expecting something to go wrong, and it just didn't. The whole time in the car I was like, 'I can't do it.' This is for my dad, he has cancer."
After starting from the inside of the front row, Page jumped out to the early lead and never looked back despite a handful of Delaware double-file restarts throughout the race. Although his victory on Sunday appeared to be dominant, he noted after the race just how important every little detail was.
"It's so hard to do this, it ain't that easy. One little thing wrong on the car or one wrong move just kills it," Page said. " I just tried to be smart, do my own thing, just trust my own gut, just hope for the best and have some luck."
As a now four-time winner of the Ice Bowl, Page's love for the Talladega Short Track is no longer a secret. With that in mind, he's hoping to compete in another big race at the track later this season when the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series visits town on April 4.
"I love it. I've always loved it, Page said of the race track. "If I can get enough money and fuel to get here, I'll be here."
Track record holder Jason Hiett, Blake Craft, Sam Seawright and Payton Freeman crossed the finish line behind Page on Sunday night.
A total of 36 Super Late Model attempted to qualify for the event, with 24 of those drivers taking the green flag in the 50-lap main event.
Unofficial Results: 1) 18x Michael Page 2) 85 Jason Hiett 3) 121 Blake Craft 4) 16 Sam Seawright 5) 122 Payton Freeman 6) 15 Luke Hoffner 7) 12 Scott Crigler 8) 38 Dillon Tidmore 9) 25 Tim Roszell 10) 29 Jason Welshan 11) 46 Chris Jones 12) 27 Joe Denby 13) 171 Kyle Courtney 14) 1C Andy Picklesimer 15) 35 Dallas Cooper 16) 18 Casey Turman 17) 07 Todd Morrow 18) J8 Jadon Frame 19) 38A Josh Adkins 20) 05 Corey Roulette 21) 0 Dewayne Kiefer 22) 118 Mark Page 23) 23 Cory Hedgecock 24) 371 Drew Benfield 25) 371 Drew Benfield
-Story by: Brandon Paul, Speed51 Content Manager - Twitter: @Brandon_Paul51
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