Potomac Speedway By: Vicki Adkins Budds Creek, Md., - May 26, 2000 - Survival seemed to be the theme of racing in this past Friday nights $2,000 to win 40-lap I.T.S.I. Budweiser Late Model Mike Clore Memorial. When it was all said and...
Potomac Speedway By: Vicki Adkins
Budds Creek, Md., - May 26, 2000 - Survival seemed to be the theme of racing in this past Friday nights $2,000 to win 40-lap I.T.S.I. Budweiser Late Model Mike Clore Memorial. When it was all said and done, David Williams of Avenue, Md., made it through nine cautions to pick up his first win of the season. He was caught up in an early race incident, sending him to the rear of the field. Williams was able to work his way back up through the pack to become the sixth different late model feature winner this year. Rick Hulson took the checkered flag in the event, but was disqualified during post-race inspection for being 60 lbs. too light. "There is no doubt about it, he (Hulson) deserved to win," said Williams during the post-race inspection. "To get through everything that went on tonight, whoever won deserved it." "We had a second place car tonight, but I'd like to thank Carruth Concrete for sponsoring the race," said Williams. Defending Bell Motor Company Semi-Late points champion Paul Cursey of Baltimore, Md., continues to dominate the division. Cursey took the checkered flag for the fourth time this year. Johnny Smith of Severn, Md., became the only repeat winner so far this year in the Coors Light Pure-Street Stocks. Wayne Graves of Avenue, Md., took the checkered flag for the third time this year in the Mac Tools Four-Cylinders. Kevin Sprague of Pasadena, Md., visited victory lane for the time this year in the Gardiner Outdoor Products Enduros. Enduro driver, Wayne Suite sponsored the children's bike giveaway. Ten-year-old Travis Schools of Callao, Va., was the lucky bike winner. In the 40-lap Budweiser Late Model feature, Rick Hulson started on the pole and led the way as the green flag waved. By lap three, he had about a three-to-four car length lead over second-place runner Larry Emory. The first caution flag waved on lap four, tightening the field back up, for a multi-car incident involving David Williams, Les Hare, and Jeff Pilkerton. When the field went back to green, Fred Harden hit the wall on the front straight-a-way bringing out the second caution flag. As Hulson led the way to take the green flag again, a caution came out for debris on the track. When the green flag waved for the third time, Hulson led the way. As Hulson led, George Moreland passed Emory to take over second. A caution came out on lap eight for a multi-car incident. Deane Guy and Allen Brannon made contact in turns three and four collecting Jeff Pilkerton, Tim Murphy, Jackie Booth, and Frank Smith. Hulson led the way on the restart. On lap nine, the seventh caution of the event came out for an incident involving Allen Brannon, Dave Hoffman, and Pat Wood. On the restart, Moreland made a bid for the lead in turns one and two. The two made contact in turn three causing Hulson to drift up the track. Hulson and Moreland made contact again off turn four with Moreland making the pass for the lead. Moreland led the way for the next 10 laps. It was on lap 18 that misfortune struck Moreland. Emory and Frank Smith both hit the wall on the frontstretch, as Moreland came around to cross the start-finish line. Emory's car drifted across the track in front of Moreland. He had no where to go and lightly tapped Emory's car. Because Moreland came to a complete stop, he was forced to give up the lead and went to the rear of the field. Hulson then reassumed the lead. When the green flag waved, Hulson led the way. Williams passed Bill Timme for second on lap 19. Hulson had then stretched his lead out to about five-to-six car length advantage. Williams slowly began to make up ground on Hulson. By lap 27, he was glued to Hulson's rear bumper. On lap 32, Williams looked to the outside of Hulson in turn two. He went to the inside of Hulson in turns three and four. The two ran side-by-side with Hulson just edging Williams at the start-finish line. As they entered turn one, Williams was able to get by Hulson to take the lead. Hulson came battling back as they exited turn two and was able to retake the top position. He then began to pull away from the rest of the field by about four-to-five car lengths. Hulson went on to take the checkered flag. He was then disqualified during the post-race for being too light. Williams then got the win. Bill Timme finished second, followed by Roy Deese, Jr. in third, Harold Dorsey Jr., in fourth, and Guy in fifth. Les Hare, Pat Wood, and Tommy Wagner, Jr., won the heats. In the Bell Motor Company Semi-Late 20-lap feature, Paul Cursey started on the outside pole and led the way as the green flag waved. By lap five, he had about a half straight-a-way lead over second-place runner Jeff Reeley. Reeley, Steve Benjamin, and Sommey Lacey all battled for the second-place position in the next few laps. Lacey was able to pass both Reeley and Benjamin to take over second on lap 10. Cursey steadily pulled away from the rest of the field as the race went caution free. He went on to take the checkered flag, finishing with about a half-track lead over second-place finisher Lacey. Darryl Hills finished third, followed by Benjamin in fourth, and Reeley in fifth. Lacey and Reeley won the heats. Mike Roop and Tim Shelton made up the front starting row of the 15-lap Coors Light Pure-Street Stock feature and battled for the lead as the green flag waved. The two ran side-by-side the whole circuit around. Shelton led lap one by just inches. The two continued to run side-by-side. Shelton pushed his car out front as they exited turn four on lap two. Shelton continued to show the way. On lap nine, Johnny Smith passed Roop for second place. He then set his sights on Shelton. Smith made a bid for the lead on the inside groove of turn three. Before he could complete the pass, the first and only caution came out on lap 10 for Ray Morgan who spun in turn two. On the restart, Shelton led the way with Smith glued to his rear bumper. Smith made his move in the outside groove in turn three. He was able to make the pass for the lead as they exited turn four. Smith went on to take the checkered flag, followed by Roop in second, Shelton in third, Tommy Hitt in fourth, and Bill Tippett in fifth. Bobby Tipton, Jr., Mike Latham, and Craig Tankersley won the heats. In the 12-lap Mac Tools Four-Cylinders feature, Calvin Wright led the way as the green flag waved. On lap two, Jerry Dick looked to the outside of Wright, but couldn't make a move. On lap five, Calvin Wright drifted up the track. Dick dove to the inside of him to take over the lead spot. Wayne Graves then took over the second-place position and sets his sights on the lead. A caution came out on lap nine for J.T. Mclanigan. On the restart, Graves looked to the inside of Dick, but couldn't make the pass. Two laps later, Graves went to the inside of Dick in turn two. They ran side-by-side down the backstretch and into turns three and four. Graves made the pass as they exited turn four. Before the lap was completed, a caution came out for Joe Blocker who spun off the track. On the restart, Dick led the way. He then got loose in turn two. Graves dove to the inside of him, making the pass for the lead. Graves went on to take the checkered flag. Dick finished second, followed by Bob Tester, Jr. in third, Calvin Wright in fourth, and Sam Woods, Jr., in fifth. Graves and Scotty Nelson won the heats. The Gardiner Outdoor Products Enduros had a slow start as the race was red flagged before the first lap was completed. Jimmy Suite and Gary Irby got together in turn two. Suite then flipped over. On the restart, Deano Painter and Rodney Holt battled for the lead. Painter won the battle and then led the way. On lap eight, Ben Bowie looked to the inside of Painter, but couldn't make the pass. Bowie then went to the inside of Painter in turns one and two. Painter held him off. He then tried again on lap 15. Bowie tried to go to the outside of Painter as they exited the turn. Kevin Sprage joined in the battle and was able to make the pass for the lead on lap 16. Sprague went on to take the checkered flag. George Heinz wound up second, followed by Chet Gagnon for third, Ray Weaver in fourth, and John Ballou in fifth. Painter and Holt won the heats. This coming Friday night, June 2nd, there will be the regular show along with the Chesapeake Web Design bombers. The rained-out big wheel races and 30 lap Gardiner Enduro Stock event of May 19 will be made up. Pit and grandstand gates open at 6:00 p.m., with racing starting at 7:30 p.m. For more information, contact Potomac Speedway at (301) 884-4200 or look us up on the web at www. potomacspeedway.com.
Budweiser Late Models 1. David Williams-25, 2. Bill Timme-81, 3. Roy Deese, Jr.,-05, 4. Harold Dorsey, Jr.,-92, 5. Deane Guy-44, 6. Allen Brannon-4N, 7. Tommy Wagner, Jr.,-50, 8. David Hill-75, 9. Jack Bland-41, 10. Jeff Pilkerton-8, 11. George Moreland-24, 12. Jackie Booth-33, 13. Pat Wood-3, 14. David Hoffman-15, 15. Les Hare-1X, 16. Tim Murphy-21M, 17. Frank Smith-17, 18. Larry Emory-1, 19. James Adkins, Jr.,-28, 20. Fred Harden-10, DQ - Rick Hulson-18
Bell Motor Company Semi-Lates 1. Paul Cursey-37, 2. Sommey Lacey-45, 3. Darryl Hills-7, 4. Steve Benjamin-94, 5. Jeff Reeley-21J, 6. Junior Lathroum-16, 7. Ronnie Hollidge-0, 8. Paul Barham-5, 9. J.C. Windsor-4, 10. Aaron Artherholt-51, 11. Sam Truitt-58, 12. Brett Royal-21, 13. Jeff Burroughs-10oz, 14. Bill Danel-89
Coors Light Pure-Street Stocks 1. Johnny Smith-82, 2. Mike Roop-04, 3. Tim Shelton-55, 4. Tommy Hitt-7T, 5. Bill Tippett-37, 6. Mike Latham-78, 7. Tom Turner-25T, 8. P.J. Hatcher-77, 9. Ken Coron-51, 10. Bobby Tipton, Jr.,-12, 11. Gary Tavenner-33, 12. Rusty Alton-3, 13. Larry Fuchs-2, 14. Kirk Confair-81, 15. Scott Thompson-25, 16. Ray Morgan-3M, 17. Shawn Wathen-23W, 18. Chuck Marks-13, 19. Deano Painter-24, 20. Dan Dotson-22, 21. Craig Tankersely-18, 22. Ray Morgan-2M, 23. Stevie Long-8, 24. Joe Scaggs-5MD DNS: Jamie Lathroum-6, Rick Jackson-51X, Robert Long-2X
Mac Tools Four-Cylinders 1. Wayne Graves-24, 2. Jerry Dick-44, 3. Bob Tester, Jr.,-5, 4. Calvin Wright-94, 5. Sam Woods, Jr., -00, 6. Pop Woods-3, 7. Joe Blocker-23, 8. Patrick Pack-72, 9. J.T. McLanigan-23, 10. Chappy Knaack-88, 11. Andy Self-99, 12. Jeff Auman-6, 13. Scotty Scott-42, 14. 29, 15. Scotty Nelson-24JR
Gardiner Outdoor Products Enduros 1. Kevin Sprague-55, 2. Wayne Weaver-57, 3. Chet Gagnon-30, 4. Ray Weaver-11, 5. John Ballou-112, 6. Joe Adams-69, 7. Ben Bowie-17, 8. Deano Painter-6, 9. H&D Racing-104, 10. Wayne Suite-00, 11. 29, 12. Mike Hickerson-33, 13. Paul Schendel-8, 14. Ray Meadro-41, 15. Josh Moxley-23, 16. John Burch-12, 17. George Heinz, Jr.,-56, 18. Rodney Holt-007, 19. Bob Kolbe-9, 20. Kevin Mann-22, 21. Jimmy Suite-1, 22. Gary Irby-43