ALGER — It took a few twists and turns before he got there, but at the end of 40 furious laps Saturday night, Robbie Price claimed the title at the Jim Raper Memorial Dirt Cup.
In a race that saw five lead changes, Price outdueled and outlasted a field of tough competitors to win the finale — and a $15,000 pay day — of the three-day American Sprint Car Series event at Skagit Speedway.
Price entered the Dirt Cup record books in a couple of categories. He is the first Canadian-born winner of the event, and at 21 is the youngest Dirt Cup winner in its 48-year history.
Blake Hahn, who started on the front row, led early after overtaking Matt Covington, but Covington claimed the lead back after Hahn spun out.
Only a few more laps flew by before Price got around Covington.
However, that was hardly the end of the story.
Five laps later Covington, who had started on the pole, reclaimed the lead. But Price nabbed it back shortly before mechanical issues forced Covington out of the race.
From there, Price, never gave the lead back.
Hahn and Bergman finished second and third, while Jason Solwold and Scott Bogucki were fourth and fifth.
In the Northwest Focus Midgets main, Evan Margeson broke an opponent’s winning streak Saturday at the best possible time.
Margeson led every lap to win the 25-lap A Main.
Margeson held off a tough field including second-place finisher Chance Crum and third-place finisher Nick Evans, who had won the previous mains Thursday and Friday.
Margeson needed to hold off challengers through four restarts and was able to do so for his third win of the season.
The victory paid $1,000.
Tanner Holm (fourth) and Tristin Thomas (fifth) made up the rest of the top five.
In action prior to the Midgets main, Justin Sanders and Greg Hamilton won the two ASCS B features. Stewart Lee and Mike Stryker won the Midget B features.