Potomac Speedway report 2001-07-28

Budds Creek, Md., -- The threat of rain seemed to linger around Potomac Speedway this past Saturday night as dark clouds filled the sky. Luckily, the rain held off long enough for all of the exciting racing action to get underway on the American...

Budds Creek, Md., -- The threat of rain seemed to linger around Potomac Speedway this past Saturday night as dark clouds filled the sky. Luckily, the rain held off long enough for all of the exciting racing action to get underway on the American Combustion Industries, Inc. sponsored event.

Hughesville, Md., resident Tommy Wagner, Jr., who visited victory lane for the first time just two weeks ago in the Budweiser Super Late Model event, took the checkered flag for his second win of the 2001 racing season.

Rookie-driver Chet Gagnon of Mechanicsville, Md., picked up his first career win in the Bell Motor Company Late Models. Ronald Cusic of Mechanicsville, Md., made it win number three in the Coors Light Pure-Street Stocks.

Scotty Scott of White Plains, Md., took the checkered flag for the first time this year in the Potomac Speedway Four-Cylinder event. Scotty Nelson was the M.A.R.F. Hard Charger of the race award winner. Nelson came from a seventh place starting position to finish fourth.

Defending Cliff's Heating and Air Conditioning points champion Joe Adams of Clements, Md., visited victory lane for the sixth time this year. Current Chesapeake Web Design Bomber points leader Jerry Oliver of Mechanicsville, Md., picked up his fourth win of the year.

Adams Body Shop and the 66X Nelson Racing Team sponsored the children's bike giveaway. Courtney Valiquette, daughter of Coors Light Pure-Street Stock driver Matt Valiquette, of Millersville, Md., was the lucky bike winner. Courtney will turn seven-years-old this coming Friday, August 3rd.

Tommy Wagner, Jr., started from the pole position of the 25-lap Budweiser Super Late Model event and led the way as the green flag waved. By lap two, he enjoyed almost a straight-a-way advantage over the rest of the field. The field was brought back together as the second of seven cautions was brought out on lap three when Rick Jones spun in turn two. On the restart, Wagner easily led the way with James Adkins, Jr., in tow. Wagner again began to pull away from the rest of the field, opening up about a four-to-five car length advantage. On lap 18, a caution came out for Deane Guy who spun in two after contact with Ray Kable. On the restart, Adkins dove to the inside of Wagner in turn two. Wagner was able to hold him off. Wagner was then able to pull away from the field again. He enjoyed about a three-car length advantage until lap 23 when a caution came out for an incident involving Ernie Jones, Guy, Duane Woolford, and Barry Lear in turns three and four. On the restart, Wagner led the way and went on to take the checkered flag unchallenged for the position. Adkins finished second followed by George Moreland in third, Ray Kable in fourth, and Rick Jones in fifth. Wagner and Rick Jones won the heats.

In the 20-lap Bell Motor Company Late Model event, Chet Gagnon and Johnny Smith made up the front starting row. Smith took the lead as they exited turn two on lap one. As they entered turns three and four, Smith's car shot up the track, opening the door for Gagnon. Gagnon dove to the inside of him, beating him back to the start-finish line by about a half car length to lead the lap. As Gagnon led, Sommey Lacey challenged Smith for second. He was able to make the pass on lap three. A caution came out on lap four when Jeff Burroughs came to a stop at the end of the front straight-a-way. On the restart, Gagnon led the way. Lacey made a bid for the lead on the inside groove in turn two. The two ran side-by-side down the backstretch. Gagnon edged Lacey as they exited turn four. As Gagnon led the way Paul Cursey worked his way up from his 10th place starting position to challenge Lacey for second. On lap eight, as the top four ran nose-to-tail, Cursey and Lacey made contact as they exited turn four. Cursey got loose and almost spun and then Lacey also got loose and almost spun. Both drivers were able to keep going with Cursey moving into second and Lacey falling back to fourth. Gagnon was able to pull ahead. By lap 12, he had about a half straight-a-way advantage. Cusey began to reel Gagnon back in. By lap16, he was glued to Gagnon's rear bumper. He looked to the inside of Gagnon as they exited turn two on lap 17, but couldn't make the pass. He then made a bid on the outside of Gagnon on the front straight-a-way as they completed lap 18. Again, Gagnon held him off. As they exited turn four with the checkered flag in sight, Cursey dove to the inside of Gagnon one last time. Gagnon was able to beat Cursey back to the start-finish line to get the win. Ronnie Hollidge finished third, followed by Lacey in fourth, and Smith in fifth. Gagnon also won the heat.

In the 15-lap Coors Light Pure-Street Stock feature, Bill Tippett and Ronald Cusic battled for the lead at the drop of the green flag with Tippett leading lap one. The two ran side-by-side on lap two with Cusic making the pass to take over the lead. Once Cusic 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 five times for cautions with Cusic easily leading the way on each restart. Tom Turner finished second followed by Mike Latham in third, Joe Scaggs in fourth, and Kirk Confair in fifth. Latham and Jamie Lathroum won the heats.

Bob Tester, Jr., led the way of the 12-lap Potomac Speedway Four-Cylinder feature with Chappy Knaack glued to his rear bumper. On lap three, Knaack went wide in turn two. Scotty Scott dove to the inside of him. The two ran side-by-side the next two laps with Scott making the pass off turn four on lap four. Scott then set his sights on Tester. He made a bid for the lead as they exited turn two on lap five. He was able to make the pass on the backstretch. Once Scott took over the lead, he never looked back. He went on to lead the rest of the feature unchallenged, taking the checkered flag. A good battle for second developed between Tester, Knaack, and Scott Nelson. They exited turn four almost three-wide on the last lap with Tester holding onto the position. Knaack finished third, followed by Nelson in fourth, and Sam Woods, Jr., in fifth. Scott also won the heat.

John Latham started on the pole and led the way in the 15-lap Cliff's Heating and Air Conditioning Enduro feature. Ray Weaver challenged Latham for the spot on lap four, but Latham held him off. On lap five, Latham went wide in turn two. Weaver was able to make the pass for the lead as Latham fell back several positions with a flat tire. Joe Adams then moved into second. By lap 13, Adams had reeled Weaver in and was glued to his rear bumper. Adams looked to the inside of Weaver as they exited turn four on lap 13, but Weaver held him off from making any bids for the lead. On lap 14, Adams dove to the inside of Weaver in turn two, making the pass for the lead. As they entered turns three and four with the checkered flag in sight, Adams car drifted up the track. Weaver dove to the inside of Adams, but Adams was able to hold him off to get the win. Weaver finished second followed by John Burch in third, Dave Bryant in fourth, and Frank Helsel in fifth. John Latham and Ray Meador won the heats.

In the 15-lap Chesapeake Web Design Bomber feature, Jerry Oliver started on the pole and led the way for the 10 car field as the green flag waved. As Oliver led, a good battle for second developed between Rick Jackson, Earl Whitehouse, and Jimmy Suite. Suite had the position up until lap 12 when Whitehouse passed Suite and Jackson. Oliver went on to take the checkered flag unchallenged for the lead with Whitehouse finishing second followed by Jackson in third, Suite in fourth, and Rob Hitt in fifth. Whitehouse won the heat.

This coming Saturday night, August 4th, Wood Paint Center will sponsor the annual 30-lap Bell Motor Company Late Model Henry Burroughs Memorial. The regular show will also be on hand. Pit and grandstand gates open at 5:30 p.m., with racing starting at 7:00 p.m. For more information contact the Potomac Speedway track office at (301) 884-4624 or check out the webpage at www.potomacspeedway.com..

Budweiser Super Late Models

1. Tommy Wagner, Jr., -50, 2. James Adkins, Jr., -24B, 3. George Moreland-24, 4. Ray Kable-90, 5. Rick Jones-88, 6. Pat Wood-3, 7. David Hoffman-15, 8. Jackie Booth-33, 9. Brad Seibert-81, 10. Deane Guy-44, 11. Barry Lear-99L, 12. Duane Woolford-33X, 13. Ernie Jones-22, 14. Tim Murphy-21M, DQ: Harold Dorsey, Jr.,-92, DNS - Chris Hiser-24H

Bell Motor Company Late Models

1. Chet Gagnon-30, 2. Paul Cursey-37, 3. Ronnie Hollidge-0, 4. Sommey Lacey-45, 5. Johnny Smith-82, 6. Joey Dean-62, 7. Bill Daniel-8, 8. Bobby Harrington-10, 9. Kevin Belcher-35, 10. Jeff Burroughs-29R

Coors Light Pure-Street Stocks

1. Ronald Cusic-23, 2. Tom Turner-25T, 3. Mike Latham-78, 4. Joe Scaggs-5, 5. Kirk Confair-81, 6. Jamie Lathroum-6, 7. Billy Lackey-11L, 8. Matt Valiquette-27, 9. Rusty Alton-3, 10. Kevin Johnson-67, 11. Chester Sellers-10, 12. Jimmy Jesmer-47, 13. Craig Tankersley-18, 14. Bill Tippett-37, 15. Wayne Weaver-41, 16. P.J. Hatcher-77, 17. Cory Hanson-21, 18. Tommy Hitt-7T, 19. Jeff Snavely-99, 20. Dan Dotson-8up

Potomac Speedway Four-Cylinders

1. Scotty Scott-42, 2. Bob Tester, Jr., -22, 3. Chappy Knaack-51, 4. Scotty Nelson-33, 5. Sam Woods, Jr., -00. 6. Calvin Wright-94, 7. David Lee-77, 8. Linda Wright-1, 9. Billy Crouse-8

Cliff's Heating and Air Conditioning Enduros

1. Joe Adams, 2. Ray Weaver-11, 3. John Burch-12, 4. Dave Bryant-42B, 5. Frank Helsel-23, 6. Marty Page-29, 7. Bill Kessler-44, 8. Chuck Williams-2, 9. Paul Schendel-8, 10. Ray Meador-41, 11. Joseph Edwards-56, 12. John Sellner-5, 13. John Latham-78, 14. Ben Bowie-99, 15. Wayne Suite-00, DNS - Robert Bruce-7,

Chesapeake Web Design Bombers

1. Jerry Oliver-3, 2. Earl Whitehouse-18, 3. Rick Jackson-8up, 4. Jimmy Suite-1, 5. Rob Hitt-47, 6. Eric Hanson-21, 7. Billy Maginty-05, 8. Kyle Nelson-66X, 9. David Cooper-27, 10. Dale Moore, Jr., -5, DNS - Ronnie Doss-11

By: Vicki Adkins

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Series Stock car
Drivers Chappy Knaack , David Cooper , Tom Turner
Teams Williams