URC Sprints Take to the Track at Potomac Speedway By: Vicki Adkins Budds Creek, Md., -- The URC Sprints were on hand at Potomac Speedway this past Friday night for their first and only visit to the track in the 2000 racing season.
URC Sprints Take to the Track at Potomac Speedway
By: Vicki Adkins
Budds Creek, Md., -- The URC Sprints were on hand at Potomac Speedway this past Friday night for their first and only visit to the track in the 2000 racing season. George Suprick of Clarks Summit, Pa., took the checkered flag to win his first race at Potomac and his first in the URC series. Suprick took the lead as the green flag waved and went on to lead the way for all 25-laps, unchallenged for the position. During the post-race interview, Suprick said, "I'm really impressed with Potomac Speedway." "This is my first URC win. I'm thrilled. This is a nice speedway." Bill Brian finished second, followed by Tim Hogue in third, Todd Wise in fourth, and Becca Anderson in fifth. Along with the Sprints, the regular show was also on hand except for the Bell Motor Company Semi-Lates. Les Hare of New Park, Pa., picked up his third win of the season in the Budweiser Late Models. Bill Tippett of Welcome, Md., took the checkered flag for the second time in the Coors Light Pure-Street Stocks. Scotty Scott of White Plains, Md., visited victory lane for the first time this year in the Mac Tools Four-Cylinders. John Ballou of Waldorf, Md., picked up his second win of the year in the Gardiner Outdoor Products Enduros. Dollar Dealin' donated the bike for the children's bike giveaway. Eight-year-old Basil Dawson of Harwood, Md., was the lucky bike winner. Ernie Davis led the way as the green flag waved in the 25-lap Budweiser Late Model feature to complete lap one. On lap three, Davis' car drifted up the track in the turn. Hare dove to the inside of him, taking over the lead. Before the lap was completed, a caution then came out for Greg Hubbard who spun in turn four, giving the lead back to Davis. On the restart, Davis led the way. Hare made his move on the inside groove of turn two, taking over the lead. Once Hare took over the lead, he never looked back. He went on to lead the rest of the feature unchallenged for the lead. The race was slowed for a total of eight cautions. George Moreland passed Davis for second on lap eight, but was unable to make a bid for the lead. Deane Guy finished third, followed by Tom Rawlings in fourth, and Tommy Wagner, Jr. in fifth. Wagner and Pat Wood won the heats. In the 15-lap Coors Light Pure-Street Stock feature, Scott Thompson started on the pole and led the way as the green flag waved. Bill Tippett peaked to the inside of Thompson going into turn three, but couldn't make a bid for the lead. Thompson led lap one. As they exited turn two on lap two, Tippett dove to the inside of Thompson. The two ran side-by-side down the backstretch with Tippett making the pass as they entered turn three. Tippett then began to pull away from the rest of the field. By lap four, he had about a four-to-five car length advantage. Tippett's lead was cut down when the first caution came out on lap seven for Larry Fuchs who spun in turn two. On the restart, Tippett led the way. Tommy Hitt, who took over second on lap three, was glued to Tipptett's rear bumper. He looked to the inside of Tippett on the backstretch, but couldn't make a move. The race was red flagged on lap nine for a multi-car incident on the front straight-a-way involving Rusty Alton, Johnny Smith, Shawn Wathen, and Mike Roop. Alton had spun after making contact with another car. Alton's car actually landed on top of Smith's hood. Luckily, the car did not roll over and no one was injured. On the restart, Tippett led the way. Hitt and Jeff Thomas made contact in turn two causing Hitt to spin. Hitt was able to keep going and got a break when the caution flag waved for the final time as P.J. Hatcher spun in turn two. Hitt was able to get his position back. On the restart, Hitt was glued to Tippett's rear bumper. But then, Tippett began to pull away. He went on to take the checkered flag, finishing with about a half straight-a-way advantage over second-place finisher Hitt. Thomas finished third, followed by Jamie Lathroum in fourth, and Bobby Tipton, Jr., in fifth. Tipton and Tom Turner won the heats. In the 12-lap Mac Tools Four-Cylinder feature, Jeff Auman led the way as the green flag waved. He got loose in turn two, opening the door for Linda Wright. Wright made the pass to lead lap one. Scotty Scott challenged Wright for the lead on lap two and was able to make the pass for the top position. After taking over the lead, Scott began to pull away from the rest of the field. By lap five, he had about a half straight-a-way advantage. The field was brought back together on the last lap of the feature when the caution flag waved for Deuce Wright who came to a stop in turns one and two. On the restart, Scott led the way. Second-place runner, Chappy Knaack looked to the inside of Scott as they exited turn two, but was unable to make a bid for the lead. Scott took the checkered flag, followed by Knaack in second, Wayne Graves in third, Linda Wright in fourth, and Jerry Dick in fifth. Dick won the heat. John Ballou started on the pole of the 20-lap Gardiner Outdoor Product Enduro feature and led the field as the green flag waved. Ballou began to pull away from the rest of the field by two-to-three car lengths. The race was slowed on lap eight when John Burch spun in turns one and two. On the restart, Ballou easily led the way. He went on to take the checkered flag, leading all 20 laps. Kevin Mann finished second, followed by Kevin Sprague in third, Ray Weaver in fourth, Joe Adams in fifth. Ballou and Rodney Holt won the heats. Tonight, July 3rd, Potomac will host a special program featuring a regular show and their annual spectacular fireworks display. Then, on July 7th, there will be a 30-lap Bell Motor Company Semi-Late feature, along with the regular show and the Chesapeake Web Design Bombers. For both nights, pit and grandstand gates open at 6:00 p.m., and racing starts at 7:30 p.m. For more information, contact Potomac Speedway at (301) 884-4624 or visit the Chesapeake Web Design maintained website at www.potomacspeedway.com. <pre>
Budweiser Late Models
1. Les Hare-1H, 2. George Moreland-24, 3. Deane Guy-44, 4. Tom Rawlings-31, 5. Tommy Wagner, Jr., -50, 6. Ernie Davis-15T, 7. Jack Bland-41, 8. Duane Wolford-33X, 9. David Sibold-77, 10. David Hoffman-15, 11. Pat Wood-3, 12. Bill Timme-81, 13. Jeff Pilkerton-8, 14. Jackie Booth-33, 15. Tim Murphy-21M, 16. Greg Hubbard-3H, 17. Larry Emory-1, 18. Mike Corbin-0C, 19. Brian Miller-12, 20. Roy Anderson-0, 21. Steve Radiche-77R
Coors Light Pure-Street Stocks
1. Bill Tippett-37, 2. Tommy Hitt-7T, 3. Jeff Thomas-33, 4. Jamie Lathroum-6, 5. Bobby Tipton, Jr., -12, 6. Kirk Confair-81, 7. Ray Morgan-2M, 8. Ken Coron-51, 9. Scott Thompson-25, 10. Larry Fuchs-2, 11. P.J. Hatcher-77, 12. Mike Latham-78, 13. Chuck Marks-13, 14. Tom Turner-25T, 15. Rusty Alton-3, 16. Johnny Smith-82, 17. Mike Roop-04, 18. Shawn Wathen-23W, 19. Jeff Snavely-99
Mac Tools Four-Cylinders
1. Scotty Scott-42, 2. Chappy Knaack-88, 3. Wayne Graves-24, 4. Linda Wright-1, 5. Jerry Dick-44, 6. Calvin Wright-94, 7. Sam Woods, Jr.,-00, 8. J.T. Mclanigan-13, 9. Jeff Auman-6, 10. Deuce Wright-2, 11. Andy Self-99, 12. Patrick Pack-72, 13. David Lee-21, 14. Scotty Nelson-24JR.
Gardiner Outdoor Products Enduros
1. John Ballou-112, 2. Kevin Mann-22, 3. Kevin Sprague-55, 4. Ray Weaver-11, 5. Joe Adams-69, 6. Ben Bowie-17, 7. Roland Mann-30, 8. Rodney Holt-007, 9. Wayne Weaver-57, 10. Bob Kolbe-9, 11. H&D Racing-104, 12. Paul Schendel-8, 13. John Burch-12, 14. Marty Page-29, 15. Jimmy Suite-1X, 16. George Heinz, Jr., -56, 17. Barry Lear, Jr.,-99, 18. Mike Hickerson-19, 19. Wayne Suite-00, 20. Richard Wines-42B, 21. Josh Moxley-23