Before Saturday night's Speed Unlimited E.T. Series Heavy Eliminator Class final at Maryland International Raceway, the track announcer joked that the runner-up would have to wash dishes for a week.
But when Lisa Bolton defeated her husband, Ed, in the Pennysaver Superchargers Showdown, there was no future domestic duty or, really, a loser for the household.
"We actually didn't talk about [making a bet] this time," said Lisa Bolton, who had her first and second perfect reaction times ever on Saturday night. "A lot of times we'll joke around, saying that whoever wins has to do something. I know I feel comfortable [racing Ed] because I don't worry about it. I don't stress out -- it's more fun."
Ed added, "We're still out for blood, but we know it will be a good, fair race."
The Boltons, of Mechanicsville, currently hold two of five spots in the Heavy Eliminator points standings; Ed is in first and Lisa sits in the No. 5 spot.
In head-to-head competition, Lisa now has the lifetime edge over Ed, 2-1. But Lisa said she's sure their "rivalry" isn't over yet.
"There will be more races," she said, "and hopefully more finals."
The two specialize in different techniques. Ed said Lisa is better off the starting line, while he's a better finisher. Recently, Lisa has been doing both well.
On May 25, she graduated from the University of Maryland with a master's degree in education. A week later, she won her first race ever -- a $10,000 race in Pennsylvania.
Lisa, a preschool/special education teacher, attributed her success partly to a new car that Ed -- who is a mechanic -- built for her.
When they first started dating about six years ago, Lisa would watch Ed compete.
"Finally I got tired of watching and wanted to know what was so good about it," Lisa said. "They put me in a car just to shut me up, basically."
That night, she finished better than Ed did and Lisa found a new hobby.
"She was getting cranky," Ed said. "After that, she got hooked and I had to buy her a car. And the rest is history."
During Saturday's program, a Colorado stuntman thrilled MIR fans by racing up a ramp and over a helicopter -- blades flying -- and landing through a fence on fire. He later exploded a coffin he was lying in.
But drag racer Tim Vito may have outdone the stuntman, with a feat that while visually less spectacular was statistically amazing.
The St. Leonard resident got a perfect score in the third round of the Super Pro Class competition, nailing his reaction time and dial-in to the thousandth of the second.
It's the first time in 18 years of racing that Vito had a perfect score. Generally, this type of mastery is achieved by at most five drivers over the course of roughly 50,000 runs a year. Vito likened it to a golfer getting a hole-in-one.
Vito didn't know he had a perfect score until he drove into the pit area. His reaction?
"About time," said Vito, laughing. "Actually, amazing is really the word because when you're talking about a group of cars like you have here, that can run within thousandths of a second, run after run, it's hard to comprehend -- it really is."
He is not among the leaders at MIR because he only races half a season, mainly to spend time with his family and watch his 11-year-old son play baseball.
CAPTION: Stunt rider Dan Elders of Colorado jumps his motorcycle over a helicopter before crashing through a small wall of fire during an entertainment program Saturday night at Maryland International Raceway.
CAPTION: Wearing stylish sunglasses, Dylan Sidney, 3, of Waldorf, looks like a seasoned racing fan as he catches action at the Pennysaver Superchargers Showdown.