Potomac Speedway opens 2001 season

Budds Creek, Md. - To kick off the start of the 2001-racing season, Potomac Speedway hosted its annual car show this past Saturday, March 17th. Twenty-one cars from the six different divisions of racing, along with two Classic Cars, were on...

Budds Creek, Md. - To kick off the start of the 2001-racing season, Potomac Speedway hosted its annual car show this past Saturday, March 17th. Twenty-one cars from the six different divisions of racing, along with two Classic Cars, were on display in the lot across from the Farmer's Market in Charlotte Hall, Md., from noon until 4 p.m.

Cars were judged strictly on appearance, with the best appearing car in each division honored with a first place plaque. The show was followed by an open practice session for drivers from each division on Sunday, March 18th, from 2 p.m. until 5 p.m.

Representing the new Budweiser Super Late Model division, was Deane Guy. Guy was sporting a scheme very similar to the one he has had the past two years. His scheme was good enough to get him the top honors two years in-a-row.

For the new Bell Motor Company Late Model Division, Sommey Lacey, rookie driver Ed Gryskrewicz, and Andy Ball were on hand. Lacey stayed with the blue, white, and silver look from last year, with some slight changes. Gryskewicz's car had a look very similar to that of NASCAR Winston Cup driver Tony Stewart. Ball is driving a metallic deep purple car, a sister car of fellow late model driver Fireball Latham, out of the Three Mules Welding stables.

Lacey's car earned him the trophy for best appearing car. It was Lacey's second win in-a-row.

In the Coors Light Street Stock division, six cars were on display. P.J. Hatcher, Jeff Snavely, Jamie Lathroum, Matthew Tarbox, Scott Thompson, and former Bomber driver Cory Hanson all vied for the best appearing car title. Just about all of the returning drivers from last year had changed the looks of their cars. The Ford Thunderbirds of Lathroum and Hanson, received equal votes, tying for the top honors.

In the Four-Cylinder division, veteran drivers Linda Wright, and Calvin Wright were on hand with schemes similar to those of last year. Calvin Wright traditionally followed in painting his car similar to that of NASCAR Winston Cup driver Bill Elliott, only that Wright kept his number 94 verses changing to number 9 as Elliott did.

Sophomore driver David Lee returned with a new number and a new look. Lee will be driving number 77 this year verses his number 21 of last year. Rookie driver Billy Crouse had his number 8 car on display, sporting a paint scheme similar to the one of NASCAR Winston Cup driver Dale Earnhardt, Jr.

Calvin Wright, who has won the last several years, once again took the top honors.

The Cliff's Heating and Air Conditioning Enduro/Hobby Division was represented by the cars of John Burch, Wayne Suite, and newcomer Chuck Williams. Burch completely changed his scheme going from a yellow car to white car with pastel lettering

Wayne Suite took the top honors, his second year-in-row.

Two cars from the second-year class of the Chesapeake Web Design Bombers vied for the best appearing car. Eric Hanson and former Enduro driver Jimmy Suite were on display. Hanson took the top honors.

Approximately 35 cars were on hand for the open practice session. Drivers from each of the three divisions went out on the track for practice laps about three different times. Budweiser Super Late Model drivers Deane Guy and 2000 I.T.S.I. points champion, Allen Brannon were both clocked at turning laps around 17.23 seconds.

A few other drivers with new looks that were not at the car show, but were hand for the practice session included Budweiser Super Late Model driver Jack Bland with a red, and white car verses his traditional blue and white car; Bell Motor Company Late Model Ronnie Hollidge with a white, red and black car; defending Coors Light Pure-Street Stock points champion Johnny Smith, who will be driving a blue number 82 late model this season; and Kevin Nelson who will also be racing in the Late Model division.

Potomac Speedway would like to thank all of the drivers who participated in the show making it a big success. To see all of these cars and many more, come out to the opening night of racing set for this Saturday night, March 24th. Super Late Models, Late Models, Pure-Streets, Four-cylinders, Enduro/Hobby Stocks and the Bombers will all be on hand for feature events. Pit and grandstand gates will open at 4:30 p.m., with racing starting at 6:00 p.m. For more information, contact Potomac Speedway at (301) 884-4624 or look us up on the Chesapeake Web Design maintained website at http://www.potomacspeedway.com.

-Vicki Atkins

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Series Stock car
Drivers Dale Earnhardt , Bill Elliott , Tony Stewart , Kevin Nelson
Teams Williams