“Randy and I were mixing it up, going back and forth, you probably saw the one at the bottom of Backdoor that happened and then we went back and forth on Outer Limits. It’s easy to reel someone in in the rocks because you’re hunting. He (Randy) got up behind us on Spooners and we let him go and then we passed him, but that’s racing and we had fun and it was clean. Then he drove over our car and I was like, ‘It’s on brother, it’s on.”
And it was. With Scherer just in the lead as the finish lined loomed four or five miles ahead and the pair drag-racing across the flat, hard surface of Melville Dry Lake, Slawson’s car suddenly lost its transmission and coasted to a stop. Scherer took the checkered flag. Slawson was listed as a DNF.
Six former Kings took the start line in 2018 and all but Randy Slawson finished the race.
All the other Kings finished in the top 10, proving that experience is key at the Hammers: Jason Scherer (1st); Erik Miller (2nd); Shannon Campbell (6th), Loren Healy (7th).
With the exception of JR Reynolds, who won the first Hammers in 2007, all former Kings raced in 2018.
All who competed on Friday now have two wins, except Shannon Campbell who has three.