Potomac Speedway race report 2002-07-13

Cusic comes from behind to take checkered in 25-lap street stock event at Potomac Speedway. Budds Creek, Md., -- It was Coors Light Night at Potomac Speedway with a special 25-lap Coors Light Street Stock feature sponsored by Bozick Distributors.

Cusic comes from behind to take checkered in 25-lap street stock event at Potomac Speedway.

Budds Creek, Md., -- It was Coors Light Night at Potomac Speedway with a special 25-lap Coors Light Street Stock feature sponsored by Bozick Distributors. Ronald Cusic of Mechanicsville, Md., came from a 19th place starting position to take the checkered flag in a controversial feature.

Cusic challenged race leader Barry Williams for the lead on lap 16. The two made contact in turn four causing Williams to spin. Cusic, a former points champion, then took over the lead and went on to visit victory lane for his fifth win of the year and his 52nd win of his career. Cusic was also named the M.A.R.F. Hard Charger of the race award winner after coming from the back of the field.

"We broke a transmission in the heat. The guys worked really hard to get this thing back out there. I didn't take out the 6 car. I don't drive like that. They always say that when you get booed when you win, you must be a winner then," said Cusic.

Former track champion Ray Kable Jr., of Sykesville, Md. became the ninth different Budweiser Super Late Model feature winner. Kable dominated the event by leading all 25 laps. "You didn't want to run in the corners too hard. I didn't hear anyone beside me so I didn't need to run too hard. We weren't real good in the heat. We made some changes....and it worked. I'm looking for sponsors. I haven't raced regularly anywhere. Money has a lot to do with it. I'd race seven nights a week if I could," said Kable.

Former track champion Paul Cursey of Baltimore, Md., returned to victory lane for his second win of the season after winning on opening night in the Bell Motor Company Limited Late Models. After going through several potential winning nights that led to disappointing finishes, Linda Wright of Nanjemoy, Md., picked up her first win of the year in the Potomac Speedway Four-Cylinder division.

John Sellner of Huntingtown, Md., took the checkered flag for the fifth time this year in the Arby's Hobby Stock feature. Kyle Nelson of Mechanicsville, Md., leads the Chesapeake Web Design Bomber division in the total number of wins as he got his fifth win in the feature event.

Along with the regular racing action, there were big wheel races for the kids. Wyatt Hanson got off to a good lead in the four and five-year-old division over Brandon Whitehouse. Whitehouse came battling back but Hanson was able to hold on to take the checkered flag.

Four kids competed in the seven and eight-year-old division. Eight-year-old Mason Hanson jumped out front to take the lead and went on to get the win followed by Earl Whitehouse IV in second, Cody Scott in fourth, and Lawrence Hoffman in fifth.

A third race was ran between the two winners who happened to also be brothers. Because of the age difference, Wyatt Hanson was given a one-second jump-start over his brother Mason. When the checkered flag waved, Wyatt padded his lead a little more to get the win.

Arby's of Leonardtown provided dinner for two for each of the feature winners while Bozick Distributors sponsored trophies for each of the division winners. Joe Bozick and Bozick Distributors also sponsored the children's prize giveaway. Eleven-year-old Kyle King of Mechanicsville, Md., was the lucky scooter winner.

In the 25-lap Budweiser Super Late Model feature, Ray Kable and Rick Jones made up the front starting row. The two battled for the lead at the drop of the green flag but Kable soon took over the top position. Kable stretched his lead out to four car lengths during green flag racing.

The race was slowed four times but no one was able to challenge Kable for the top spot as he went on to take the checkered flag. Jones finished second followed by Deane Guy in third, Ernie Jones in fourth, and Jeff Pilkerton in fifth. Guy and Ernie Jones won the heats.

In the 20-lap Bell Motor Company Limited Late Model feature, Fireball Latham and John Williams battled for the lead side-by-side. Williams' car bounced off of Latham's car on the backstretch causing Latham to hit the outside wall. The field then got set for a complete restart.

As the green flag waved again, Williams took the lead but then got loose in turn two. Paul Cursey dove to the inside of him to take over the lead. Cursey went on to stretch his lead out to a straight-a-way advantage.

The third caution of the event came out on lap 18 when Williams spun in turn two. On the restart, Jamie Lathroum, who worked his way up through the field from a ninth place starting position, was glued to Cursey's rear bumper. He was unable to challenged Cursey for the lead as Cursey took the checkered flag. Lathroum finished second followed by Sommey Lacey in third, Ronnie Hollidge in fourth, and Chet Gagnon in fifth. Hollidge won the heat.

In the 25-lap Coors Light Street Stock feature, a three-way battle for the lead occurred at the drop of the green flag between Deuce Wright, Billy Tippett, and Mike Latham. Tippett got the position as they exited turn two. Just before they crossed the start-finish line, Latham made a bid for the lead. Tippett led the lap but Latham got the position as they exited turn four on lap two. Stevie Long was also able to get by Tippett.

Long stayed glued to Latham's rear bumper. He looked to the inside of Latham in turn four on lap seven, but couldn't make a move. On lap 10, Long slowed on the frontstetch. Wright hit Long causing Long to spin and collect Jeff Thomas.

On the restart, Latham led the way. Barry Williams challenged Latham for the lead on the backstretch. The two battled side-by-side for several laps. Williams was able to get the position on lap 14. He went to the inside of Latham on the backstretch. Latham's car drifted up the track in turns three and four. Williams took the bottom groove as did Ronald Cusic and Craig Tankersley who were also able to get by Latham.

Cusic stayed glued to Williams rear bumper. On lap 16, Cusic went to the inside of Williams in turn four. The two made contact causing Williams to spin and bring out the caution. On the restart, Cusic easily led the way. He went on to take the checkered flag finishing with about a half straight-a-way advantage. Tankersley finished second, followed by Billy Lackey in third, Larry Fuchs in fourth, and Wright in fifth. Williams and Tankersley won the heats.

Linda Wright took the early lead in the 12-lap Potomac Speedway Four-Cylinder event. Jerry Dick looked to the inside of her but couldn't make a move. Joe Blocker came from his fourth place starting position to challenge Wright for the lead as they exited turn four. He was able to edge her back at the start-finish line to lead lap one.

Blocker showed the way to put the first couple of laps in the book. On lap four, he spun on the backstretch. Wayne Graves had just passed Wright for second but Wright was given the lead position as the yellow flag waved.

When the field went back to green flag racing, Wright led the way. She began to pull away from the rest of the field. She went on to lead the rest of the feature unchallenged for the lead. She held a four-car length advantage over Graves. Dick finished third, followed by Scotty Scott in fourth, and Blocker in fifth. Wright also won the heat.

Barry Lear Jr. led the way at the start of the 15-lap Arby's Hobby Stock feature. As Lear led, John Sellner and Paul Schendel battled for second. Sellner was able to get the position on lap eight as they came across some slower traffic. Sellner then set his sights on Lear.

On lap 11, Sellner made a bid for the lead as they exited turn two. The two ran side-by-side. Lear got loose in turns three and four giving Sellner the advantage. Sellner beat Lear back to the start-finish line by inches to lead the lap. He then pulled ahead as they exited turn two.

Sellner went on to lead the last few laps to take the checkered flag. Lear spun on the last lap giving second to Jerry Lee. Ray Weaver finished third, followed by Schendel in fourth, and Chuck Williams in fifth. John Burch won the heat.

Eric Hanson led the way at the start of the 15-lap Chesapeake Web Design Bomber feature. On lap three, Kyle Nelson went to the outside of Hanson on the backstretch. Hanson battled back. Nelson edged him to the start-finish line to lead the lap. The two continued to battle back and forth with Hanson retaking the lead on lap four. Nelson was able to get the position back on lap five.

Nelson went on to lead the last 10 laps to take the checkered flag. Brian Thompson finished second followed by Thomas Pickerey in third, Hanson in fourth, and Frankie Latham in fifth. Ben Oliver won the heat.

This coming Saturday, July 20th, the regular show will be on hand with a special 20-lap feature for the Potomac Speedway Four-Cylinders sponsored by Prince Frederick Ford. Pit gates open at 5:30 p.m., with racing starting at 7:00 p.m. For more information, contact the track office at 301-884-4624 or check us out on the web at www.potomacspeedway.com.

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