Ballou "Does it Again" in 100-Lap Enduro Feature at Potomac Speedway Budds Creek, Md., September 29, 2000 - With the points championships out of the way, racing for the win and the money made for some exciting racing action this past Friday...
Ballou "Does it Again" in 100-Lap Enduro Feature at Potomac Speedway
Budds Creek, Md., September 29, 2000 - With the points championships out of the way, racing for the win and the money made for some exciting racing action this past Friday night at Potomac Speedway.
John Ballou of Waldorf, Md., found his way to victory lane once again to pick up his seventh checkered flag of the season in a 100-lap Gardiner Outdoor Product Enduro feature. Ballou battled with Kevin Sprague, making contact on a few occasions, for the win. In Ballou's upbeat post-race interview, Ballou said, "We did it again!" "Kevin, I didn't mean to get into you, but here we are." Sprague finished second in the event.
Walt Homberg of Aquasco, Md., made it two in-a-row by taking the checkered flag in the Coors Light Pure-Street-Stock feature.
After leading many laps through-out the season, Deuce Wright of Nanjemoy, Md., picked up his first checkered flag in the Mac Tools Four-Cylinders. Rookie driver David Lee of Suitland, Md., was the M.A.R.F. hard charger of the race award winner.
Fireball Latham, substituting for Cory Hanson, picked up his first win in the Chesapeake Web Design Bombers.
Also on hand was the Virginia Sprint Series for a 25-lap feature event. Former Bell Motor Company Semi-Late driver, Bobby Mazingo battled with John Johnson for the lead at the wave of the green flag. Mazingo was able to get the lead as they exited turn two to lead lap one.
Mazingo then began to pull away from the rest of the field. By lap four, he had about a five car length advantage. Sixteenth-place starter, Jason Shultz, had worked his way up through the field and set his sights on lead. He challenged for the position on lap 16, going to the inside of Mazingo in turn two. Shultz was able to make the pass.
He then began to pull away from the rest of the field. He went on to take the checkered flag, unchallenged for the lead. Mazingo finished second, followed by Jim Hamilet in third, Tom Howe in fourth. Pete Kingrea and won the heat.
Gardiner Outdoor Product Enduro Stock driver Wayne Suite and his race team donated the girls bike with the Virginia Sprint Series donating the boys bike for the children's bike giveaway. Ten-year-old Alexis Cowger of Nanjemoy, Md., and 10-year-old Aaron Nelson of Upper Marlboro, Md., were the lucky bike winners.
In the 100-lap Gardiner Outdoor Product Enduro feature Kevin Sprague and Chet Gagnon made up the front starting row and battled for the lead at the drop of the green flag. Sprague took the lead in turn two. Wayne Suite took over second on lap two and then set his sights on Sprague. On lap seven, Suite went to the inside of Sprague in turns three and four. Sprague got the advantage as they exited turn four, holding onto the lead. Suite looked to the inside of Sprague again on lap 23, but couldn't make a bid for the lead. On lap 31, Suite got a little loose in turn two. John Ballou tried to take the position away, but was unable to make the pass. As they entered turn two on lap 38, Suite lost a tire. Ballou was able to get by him to take over second. Ballou then began to pressure Sprague for the lead. On lap 58, he looked to the inside of Sprague, but couldn't make the pass. Ballou challenged again for the lead in turns three and four on lap 86, but Sprague again held him off.vvOn lap 90 Sprague got pinned behind the lapped car of Alfred Twigg in turn four. Ballou also ended up getting caught behind Twigg, allowing Sprague to pull ahead by about three-to-four car lengths.vvBallou began to reel Sprague back in. By lap 95, he was able to challenge for the lead once again as he went to the inside of Sprague in turn two and again in turns three and four. As they entered turns three and four on lap 97, Sprague's car drifted up the track. Ballou went to the inside of Sprague, making the pass for the lead. Sprague then slowed a little, but was able to continue. Ballou went on to take the checkered flag, followed by John Burch in second, Sprague in third, Joe Adams in fourth, and Pete Gems in fifth.
Walt Homberg led the way at the drop of the green flag in the 15-lap Coors Light Pure-Street Stock feature. By lap five, he had about a three-to-four car length lead. Rusty Alton began to make up some ground on Homberg. By lap eight, he was glued to Homberg's rear bumper. On lap 11, Alton got loose in turn two allowing Homberg to pull away by about three car lengths. A caution came out on lap 12 for an incident involving Wayne Jordan, Johnny Smith, Tom Rawlings, and Bobby Tipton, in turn four. On the restart, Alton went to the inside of Homberg in turns one and two. Alton again almost spun, falling back to fifth. Homberg went on to take the checkered flag, unchallenged for the lead. He finished with about a five-to-six car length lead over second-place finisher Chris Nelson. Jimmy Jesmer finished third, followed by Stevie Long in fourth, and Alton in fifth. Homberg and Nelson won the heats.
In the 12-lap Mac Tools Four-Cylinder feature, Deuce Wright started on the pole and led the way as the green flag waved. As Deuce Wright led, Faron Hamblin and Calvin Wright battled for second. Hamblin was able to hold onto the position. Deuce Wright went on to take the checkered flag, leading all 12-laps, unchallenged for the lead. Chappy Knaack finished third, followed by David Lee in fourth, and Calvin Wright in fifth. Deuce Wright won the heat.
Fireball Latham started on the pole and led the way in the 15-lap Chesapeake Web Design Bomber feature. By lap six, he had about a half straight-a-way advantage over Brian Thompson. Thompson slowly began to reel in Fireball Latham. By lap 15, he closed on Latham's rear bumper. With the checkered flag in sight, he looked to the inside of Latham off turn four, but couldn't make a bid for the lead. Latham went on to take the checkered flag, followed by Thompson in second, Frankie Latham in third, Dale Moore in fourth, and Ronnie Doss in fifth. Fireball Latham won the heat.
This coming Friday night, there will no racing action at Potomac Speedway. The racing action will return on Friday, October 13th and Saturday October 14th for the Southern Maryland Nationals 2000. There will be a $1,500 to-win 40-lap Coors Light Pure-Street Stock feature, along with a 30-lap $600 to win Bell Motor Company Semi-late, and a 25-lap Mac Tools $500 to win four-cylinder feature. There will also be Bombers, Enduro & Classic Car Features each Night
Pit gates open at 5:00 p.m., with grandstand admission at 6:00 p.m., and racing starting at 7:30 on Friday. On Saturday pit gates open at 4:00 p.m., grandstands at 4:30 and racing action starts at 6:00 pm. The raindate is set for October 15th. For more information, contact Potomac Speedway at (301) 884-4624 or look us up on the Chesapeake Web Design maintained website at www.potomacspeedway.com.
Gardiner Outdoor Products Enduros
1. John Ballou-112, 2. John Burch-12, 3. Kevin Sprague-55, 4. Joe Adams-69, 5. Pete Gems-28, 6. Ben Bowie-17, 7. Wayne Suite-00, 8. 41X, 9. Alfred Twiggs-48, 10. Jim Helsel-52
Coors Light Pure-Street Stocks
1. Walt Homberg-23, 2. Chris Nelson-66X, 3. Jimmy Jesmer-47, 4. Stevie Long-44, 5. Rusty Alton-3, 6. Joe Scaggs-5MD, 7. P.J. Hatcher-77, 8. Johnny Smith-82, 9. Billy Laely-11, 10. Larry Fuchs-2, 11. Wayne Jordan-0, 12. Tom Rawlings-13, 13. Kirk Confair-81, 14. Jamie Lathroum-6, 15. Troy Kassiris-17K, 16. Tim Shelton-55, 17. Bobby Tipton, Jr., -12, 18. Billy Tippett-37, DNS - Mike Sirks
Mac Tools Four-Cylinders
1. Deuce Wright-1, 2. Faron Hamblin-44, 3. Chappy Knaack-88, 4. David Lee-21, 5. Calvin Wright-94, 6. Wayne Graves-24, 7. Leonard Blocker-23
Chesapeake Web Design Bombers
1. Fireball Latham-28, 2. Brian Thompson-41, 3. Frankie Latham-21, 4. Dale Moore-5, 5. Ronnie Doss-38, 6. Cindy Hall-22, 7. Joann Jackson-50, 8. Donald Doss-11, 9. David Cooper-27, 10. Dennis Maxey-04X