Hirthler Takes First Thunder On The Hill Triumph

BECHTELSVILLE, Pa. — A pair of first-time NAPA Auto Parts Thunder on the Hill winners kicked off the series of special summer events. Hirthler kicked off the final segment of the Balls to the Wall 50 on the pole, after a four-car invert at lap 35, with Brett Kressley assuming the second spot. 4 claimed the top spot on the drop of the green flag while Kressley battled Duane Howard and Mike Gular. Gular moved to second with five laps remaining and aggressively battled Hirthler for the $5,000 winner’s share. For his win, Hirthler took home a total payday of $5,200; Gular with $4,050 after leading the lap 35 segment and finishing second, Howard claimed $2700 for his third place finish, Brett Kressley $1,800 for fourth and Jeff Strunk earned $1,450 for fifth. The battle for the top four spots was continuous throughout the entire 50 laps.

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