On Saturday evening it seemed as if Michael Page had sailed to an historic sixth consecutive Ice Bowl victory at Alabama’s Talladega Short Track. Even though the apparent win had come with a degree of controversy after a pair of incidents on the initial start of the 50-lap feature had involved the Douglasville, Georgia driver. The No. 18x machine had been given its starting position back after each of those attempted starts which ultimately allowed him to take the early lead then drive on to what seemed to be a $6,000 triumph.
Page ultimately beat Christian Hanger to the checkered flag. There had been a $1,500 bounty offered to any driver who could beat Page to the finish line provided the multi-time winner ended his day on the lead lap.
Although the Super Late Model portion of the Ice Bowl had been contested as an unsanctioned event, it was officiated by Chris Tilley and his Valvoline Iron-Man Late Model Series team. On Wednesday of the following week, it was announced that because of actions both during and following the feature race, Page would be suspended from all Iron-Man-sanctioned races for a time period of one year.
However, the story of this race did not end with the news of Page’s suspension. On Friday, it was revealed that the driver had been completely disqualified from the win due to a failed tire sample. As a result of the disqualification, Christian Hanger of Winchester, Tennessee was named as the winner.
The bounty was paid according to a Twitter post by Hanger.
Here is the full press release announcing the disqualification:
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