Potomac Speedway report 2001-08-25

Budds Creek, Md. -- As the 2001 racing season begins to wind down at Potomac Speedway, the points battles are beginning to heat up. With double points on the line this past Saturday night, race fans could expect the exciting racing action which...

Budds Creek, Md. -- As the 2001 racing season begins to wind down at Potomac Speedway, the points battles are beginning to heat up. With double points on the line this past Saturday night, race fans could expect the exciting racing action which was delivered.

Rick Jones of Westminister. Md., picked up his second win of the season in the Budweiser Super Late Model series. Jones was not able to make up a sufficient enough amount of points to close in on points leader Deane Guy. Guy finished third in the event, clinching the 2001 points championship title. Tommy Wagner Jr. was the M.A.R.F. Hard Charger of the race award winner. Wagner started 11th on the grid, worked his way up to seventh, got caught up in two cautions, putting him back to the rear of the field, and then eventually finished in the sixth place position.

Ronnie Hollidge of Mechanicsville, Md. visited victory lane for the second time this year in the Bell Motor Company Late Models by edging points leader Sommey Lacey back to the start-finish line. Ironically, two of Lacey's crew members had recently helped a determined Hollidge with the set-up on his car. "I knew neither Paul (Cursey) or Sommey were going to give me anything.," said Hollidge. Lacey finished second in the event, giving him a bigger points lead over Cursey who finished fourth.

Current Coors Light Pure-Street Stock points leader Jamie Lathroum of Mechanicsville, Md. picked up his fourth win of the year, increasing his points lead over second-place points runner Tom Turner who finished second in the feature event.

Earl Whitehouse of Lothian, Md., got his first win of the year in the special 25-lap Chesapeake Web Design Bomber feature. Scotty Scott of White Plains, Md. took the checkered flag in the Potomac Speedway Four-Cylinder feature for his second win of the year.

Joe Adams of Clements, Md. picked up his seventh win of the season in the Cliff's Heating and Air Conditioning Enduro/Hobby Stock feature. Adams also took over the enduro points lead as points leader John Burch got a flat tire, giving him a 16th place finish.

Also on hand were the Classic Cars for a 20-lap feature. Mike Ashwell started on the pole and led the way for the first 12 laps of the event. On lap 12, Bill Brown Sr. was able to pass Ashwell for the lead. Brown went on to take the checkered flag followed by Ashwell in second, Don Kirk in third, Bill Brown Jr. in fourth, and Mark Jago in fifth.

The children's bike was donated in memory of Dale Nelson. Nine-year-old Mindy Moore of Mechanicsville, Md., the younger sister of Chesapeake Web Design Bomber driver Dale Moore Jr. was the lucky bike winner.

In the 25-lap Budweiser Super Late Model feature, Chris Hiser and Harold Dorsey Jr. battled side-by-side at the drop of the green flag. Dorsey easily took over the top spot to lead the way for the 13-car field. By lap five, Dorsey had about a straight-a-way advantage over the then second-place runner Ray Kable. On lap seven, the first of five cautions came out when Jackie Booth spun in turn two. On the restart, Kable looked to the inside of Dorsey in turns three and four, but Dorsey shut the door and began pulling away from the field again. On lap 12, as they entered turns one and two, Dorsey spun. He was able to get the car turned around quick enough to keep up with the field and not bring out the caution flag. Kable then inherited the lead. Kable led one lap when Rick Jones made a bid for the lead. He went to the inside of Kable in turn two, making the pass as they entered the backstretch. Once Jones took over the lead, he never looked back. He went on to take the checkered flag followed by Kable in second, Deane Guy in third, Mike Warshaurer in fourth, and Ernie Jones in fifth. Hiser and Dorsey won the heats.

Chet Gagnon started from the pole and led the way at the start of the 20-lap Bell Motor Company Late Model feature. Johnny Smith looked to the inside of Gagnon, but couldn't make a move as the top three cars ran nose-to-tail. Paul Cursey took second place from Smith on lap four. The first of four cautions came out on lap six for David Puckett. On the restart, Paul Cursey went to the outside of Gagnon as soon as the green flag waved. Johnny Smith then made it a three-way battle as he took the inside groove. Smith was able to get the advantage as he and Cursey both passed Gagnon. Gagnon then got caught up in an incident with Kevin Nelson and Joey Dean in turns one and two on lap seven. On the restart, Smith led the way. As they entered turns one and two, Cursey spun but was able to keep going without bringing out the caution flag. Ronnie Hollidge then moved into second. Smith continued to show the way until lap 18 when he experienced problems and slowed, bringing out the caution. Hollidge then took over the lead, showing the way on the restart. On lap 19, Sommey Lacey made a bid for the lead in turns one and two. They ran side-by-side with Lacey edging Hollidge at the start-finish line by inches to lead the lap. The two continued to battle on the last lap of the event. This time, Hollidge beat Lacey back to the start-finish line to take the checkered flag. Lacey finished second, followed by Kevin Nelson in third, Paul Cursey in fourth, and David Puckett in fifth. Smith won the heat.

In the 25-lap Chesapeake Web Design Bomber feature, Earl Whitehouse started from the pole and took the early lead to put lap one in the books. By lap two, sixth place starter Dale Moore Jr. had moved into second. Moore fell back fourth on lap four as he got a flat tire. Eric Hanson then moved into second on lap five. On lap eight, Whitehouse's car drifted up the track in turns three and four, opening the door for Hanson. Hanson made a bid for the lead taking the inside groove, but Whitehouse held him off. Whitehouse went on to take the checkered flag, leading all 25 laps. Hanson finished second, followed by Jimmy Suite in third, Rob Hitt in fourth, and Kyle Nelson in fifth. Brian Thompson won the heat.

Tommy Hitt started sixth in the 15-lap Coors Light Pure-Street Stock event and worked his way up through the field to lead lap one. The first of four cautions came out on lap three for an incident involving P.J. Hatcher, Billy Lackey, and Rusty Alton. On the restart, second-place runner Jamie Lathroum made a bid for the lead but Hitt held him off. Lathroum challenged again on lap four, going to the inside of Hitt in turn two. The two crossed the start-finish line side-by-side with Lathroum leading the lap by inches. Lathroum was able to complete the pass in turns one and two. Lathroum then went on to take the checkered flag, unchallenged for the lead. Tom Turner took over second on lap 10 and was able to hold onto that position. Billy Lackey finished third, followed by Craig Tankersley in fourth, and Jimmy Jesmer in fifth. Tankersley and Rusty Alton won the heats.

In the 12-lap Potomac Speedway Four-Cylinder feature, Calvin Wright and Scotty Scott battled side-by-side at the start of the feature with Scott edging Wright off turn four to lead lap one. The first and only caution came out on lap four when Linda Wright spun in turn four. Calvin Wright dove to the inside of Scott at the drop of the green flag, making the pass in turns one and two. Scott was able to retake the lead on lap five on the backstretch. Calvin Wright and Sam Woods Jr. made contact on lap six causing Wright to fall back to fourth. Bob Tester Jr. then moved into second. Tester challenged Scott for the lead on lap 11, but Scott held him off. Scott went on to take the checkered flag followed by Tester in second, Woods in third, Calvin Wright in fourth, and Jerry Dick in fifth. Calvin Wright won the heat.

John Latham and Wayne Suite duked it out for the lead at the start of the 15-lap Cliff's Heating and Air Conditioning feature event. Latham powered his way out front to lead lap one. He continued to show the way until lap seven. Second-place runner Joe Adams was able to pass Latham for the top spot. Adams went on to take the checkered flag, unchallenged for the lead. Ben Bowie finished second, followed by Latham in third, Ray Weaver in fourth, and John Sellner in fifth. Wayne Suite and Latham won the heats.

This coming weekend, Potomac Speedway will race on Sunday night instead of Saturday. On the schedule is the final I.T.S.I. Budweiser Super Late Model event, the 44-lap, $2,000 to win Ronnie McBee Memorial, along with the regular show. Pit 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 web at www.potomacspeedway.com.

Budweiser Super Late Models

1. Rick Jones-88, 2. Ray Kable-9, 3. Deane Guy-44, 4. Mike Warshauer-7, 5. Ernie Jones-22, 6. Tommy Wagner, Jr.-50, 7. Pat Wood-3, 8. Chris Hiser-24H, 9. Barry Lear-99, 10. Bill Timme-81, 11. Jackie Booth-33, 12. Harold Dorsey-92, 13. Tim Murphy-21M

Bell Motor Company Late Models

1. Ronnie Hollidge-0, 2. Sommey Lacey-45, 3. Kevin Nelson-66X, 4. Paul Cursey-37, 5. David Puckett-30D, 6. Joey Dean-62, 7. Craig Bowling-75, 8. Kevin Belcher-35, 9. Johnny Smith-82, 10. Chet Gagnon-30, 11. Bobby Harrington-10

Coors Light Pure-Street Stocks

1. Jamie Lathroum-6, 2. Tom Turner-25T, 3. Billy Lackey-11L, 4. Craig Tankersley-18, 5. Jimmy Jesmer-47, 6. P.J. Hatcher-77, 7. Matt Valliquette-27, 8. Rick Jackson-8up, 9. Mike Latham-78, 10. Rusty Alton-3, 11. Troy Kassiris-17K, 12. Ronald Cusic-23, 13. Kirk Confair-81, 14. Tommy Hitt-7T, 15. Chris Nelson-66X, 16. Bill Tippett-37, 17. Dan Dotson-2D, 18. Larry Fuchs-2, 19. Joe Scaggs-5, 20. Chester Sellers-10, DNS - Jeff Snavely-99

Potomac Speedway Four-Cylinders

1. Scotty Scott-42, 2. Bob Tester Jr.-22, 3. Sam Woods Jr.-00, 4. Calvin Wright-94, 5. Jerry Dick-44, 6. Billy Crouse-8, 7. Linda Wright-1

Cliff's Heating and Air Conditioning Enduro/Hobby Stocks

1. Joe Adams-69, 2. Ben Bowie-17, 3. John Latham-78, 4. Ray Weaver-11, 5. John Sellner-5, 6. Marty Page-29, 7. Paul Schendel-8, 8. Frank Helsel-23, 9. Ray Meador-41, 10. Wayne Suite-00, 11. Robert Bruce-7, 12. Chuck Williams-2, 13. Barry Lear Jr.-99, 14. Joseph Edwards-56, 15. Bill Kessler-44, 16. John Burch-12

Chesapeake Web Design Bombers

1. Earl Whitehouse-18, 2. Eric Hanson-21, 3. Jimmy Suite-1, 4.Rob Hitt-47, 5. Kyle Nelson-66X, 6. Donald Doss-38, 7. Dale Moore Jr. -5, 8. Rick Jackson-8up, 9. Cory Hanson-11H, 10. Ronnie Doss-11, 11. David Cooper-27, 12. Brian Thompson-28

Classic Cars

1. Bill Brown Sr.-88, 2. Mike Ashwell-77, 3. Don Kirk-112, 4. Bill Brown Jr.-88X, 5. Mark Jago-91, 6. Jerry Pownall-51, 7. Duane Fabrick-89, 8. Bill Bollinger-2, 9. Eddie Ashwell-55, 10. Jamie Lloyd-7, 11. Joe Brown-86, 12. Jim Warner-20, 13. Martin Graybeal-13, 14. John Adams-3, 15. Rob Bellew-79, 16. Mike Schultz-6, 17. Mason Strait-00, 18. Daryl Winkler-1, 19. Roland Brown-87, 20. Charlie Weaver-4, 21. John McGarvey-45, DNS - Jim Crocker-12C

-PS

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Series Stock car
Drivers Rob Bell , Kevin Nelson , Bill Brown , Tom Turner
Teams Williams