Potomac Speedway July 22, 2000 By: Vicki Adkins Budds Creek, Md., -- Roy Deese, Jr., of Odenton, Md., is $5,500 richer today. Deese outgunned George Moreland of Waldorf, Md., to become the big winner of Potomac Speedway's mid-racing season ...
July 22, 2000
By: Vicki Adkins
Budds Creek, Md., -- Roy Deese, Jr., of Odenton, Md., is $5,500 richer today. Deese outgunned George Moreland of Waldorf, Md., to become the big winner of Potomac Speedway's mid-racing season highlight, the annual 100-lap Vernon Harris Memorial Budweiser Late Model feature this past Saturday night, July 22nd. Nineteen cars made up the starting field of the 100-lap event. Allen Brannon and Les Hare battled for the lead at the drop of the green flag, with Brannon showing the way. He led the first 13 laps before giving up the lead to Les Hare. Hare passed Brannon on the inside groove as they exited turn two. Brannon never gave up and was able to retake the lead on lap 30. He challenged Hare for the lead on lap 29 in turns three and four. The two crossed the start-finish line side-by-side with Hare leading the lap by about a half car length advantage. Brannon completed the pass for the lead in turn two.He then showed the way for the next 19 laps. Just before the mandatory red flag at the halfway point, Deese challenged for the lead on laps 48 and 49. He went to the inside of Brannon on the backstretch and was able to take over the spot from Brannon in turns three and four on lap 49. Deese went on to take the checkered flag, holding off second-place finisher George Moreland on lap. Brannon finished third, followed by James Adkins, Jr., in fourth, and Les Hare in fifth. The race was slowed 13 times for cautions. It was his 40th career late model win and his second of the year. Deese is the all-time winningest Potomac Speedway late model feature winner. During the post-race interview Deese said, "This year I'm trying to use my head instead of my foot." "I waited for these other guys to use their tires up." "This horsepower definitely got the job done." The race was also the sixth I.T.S.I. late model event of the year. Brannon was the points leader in that series. With Deese's win and Brannon's strong third-place finish, Deese is now leading the series by only one point. James Adkins, Jr., was the M.A.R.F. Hard Charger of the race award winner. Adkins came from an 18th place starting position after overcoming a broken oil pump on Friday night and then a power steering line problem in warm-ups to finish fourth. Other feature winners included Junior Lathroum of Mechanicsville, Md., picking up his first win of the season in the Bell Motor Company Semi-Lates and Johnny Smith of Severn Md., winning his fourth feature in the Coors Light Pure-Street Stocks. Defending Mac Tools Four-Cylinders points champion, Calvin Wright, of Nanjemoy, Md., visited victory lane for his first win in almost two years. Kevin Mann of Mechanicsville, Md., dominated Friday night in the Gardiner Outdoor Products Enduros, taking the checkered flag in the make-up feature and the regularly scheduled feature. Wayne Suite of Mechanicsville, Md., picked up his first career win in the Gardiner Outdoor Products Enduro feature on Saturday night. The Maxey brothers dominated the Chesapeake Web Design Bombers features. Dennis Maxey took the checkered flag in Friday's feature with Brian Maxey winning Saturday's feature. Coors Light Pure-Street Stock driver, Dan Dotson sponsored the children's bike giveaway. Seven-year-old Jake Jarboe of Waldorf, Md., was the lucky bike winner. David Williams of Avenue, Md., started off the weekend of racing by setting the fastest qualifying time. Williams set the pace with a lap of 16.97 seconds. Jim Bernheisel was the second fastest qualifier with a lap of 17.05 seconds. With Williams and Bernheisel setting the fastest speeds, they automatically qualified for a chance to win the $100 purse, supplied by Jerry Foster of Jay Dee Supply, in the six-lap dash. The other starters of the race included the heat winners and the heat second-place finishers. Heat winners included Deane Guy, Les Hare, and George Moreland. Deese, Brannon, and James Adkins, Jr., made up the rest of the eight-car field. Brannon showed the way at the start of the six-lap feature. Les Hare challenged for the lead on lap four, going to the outside of Brannon in turns three and four. He was able to make the pass. Although Brannon came battling back, Hare was able to hold him to go on to take the checkered flag. Jim Bernheisel finished third, followed by David Williams in fourth, Roy Deese, Jr., in fifth, George Moreland in sixth, Deane Guy in seventh, and James Adkins, Jr., in eighth. During the post-race interview, Hare said, "It feels good to run against these big engines with a small engine." "We feel good about the car. We just keep pecking away at it." Junior Lathroum of Mechanicsville, Md., set the fastest time for the Bell Motor Company Semi-Lates. Lathroum set a speed of 18 seconds flat. Darryl Hills had the second fastest time of 18.08 seconds. Paul Cursey won the heat. Lathroum led the way in the six-lap dash on lap one and went on to take the checkered flag, unchallenged for the lead. Cursey finished second, followed by Sommey Lacey and Darryl Hills. Jamie Lathroum, Junior's son, had the fastest Coors Light Pure-Street time with a lap of 19.97 seconds. Tommy Hitt was second fastest with a lap of 20.04 seconds. Mike Latham and Bobby Tipton, Jr. won the heats. Tommy Hitt and Mike Latham battled side-by-side at the start of the Coors Light Pure-Street Stock six-lap dash. Latham won the battle and showed the way to complete lap one. He went on to take the checkered flag followed by Hitt in second, Walt Homberg in third, Johnny Smith in fourth, Bobby Tipton, Jr., in fifth, and Jamie Lathroum in sixth. Chappy Knaack set the pace in the Mac Tools Four-Cylinders. Knaack had a lap of 20.45 seconds. Bob Tester, Jr., was the second fastest qualifier, with a lap of 20.87. Calvin Wright was the heat winner. Knaack led the way at the drop of the green flag in the six-lap dash and went on to take the checkered flag, followed by Calvin Wright in second, Tester in third, and Scotty Nelson in fourth. Paul Cursey and Junior Lathroum battled for the lead as the green flag waved in the 25-lap Bell Motor Company Semi-Late feature. Lathroum won the battle as they exited turn two to lead lap one. On lap five, Cursey looked to the inside of Lathroum in turns one and two, but couldn't make a move. He stayed glued to Lathroum's rear bumper. By lap 10, Lathroum was able to pull away from Cursey with about a three-car length advantage. A caution came out on lap 12 when Dennis Windsor spun in turn four, bringing the field back together. On the restart, Lathroum easily showed the way. Cursey and Darryl Hills then battled for second. The two made contact in turns three and four, causing Hills to spin and bringing out the caution flag. Lathroum again led the way as the green flag waved. He went on to take the checkered flag, unchallenged for the lead. A good battle for second then developed between Cursey and Sommey Lacey. Lacey was able to take the position on lap 13. Cursey came battling back on lap 18, but Lacey held him off. On lap 23, Lacey's car drifted up the track in turn two. Cursey dove to the inside of him to retake second. Lacey finished third, followed by Ronnie Hollidge in fourth, and Darryl Hills in fifth. The 20-lap Coors Light Pure-Street Stock feature had a slow start as the caution flag waved twice before the field got under green flag racing. Pole-sitter Mike Latham held off Johnny Smith to lead the way to complete lap one. A caution came out on lap two for Tim Shelton and Chuck Marks in turns three and four. On the restart, Smith made a bid for the lead going into turn three. Smith was able to edge Latham off turn four to lead lap two. On lap three, Latham battled back going into turn three. Smith was able to hold him off. A caution then came out for Ray Morgan who spun in turn four. On the restart, Smith easily led the way. The race was red-flagged on lap seven for a multi-car incident in turn two. Because of time restrictions, it was then decided to cut the race short and only run another five laps. Smith went on to take the checkered flag, unchallenged for the lead. Latham finished second, followed by Joe Scaggs in third, Tom Turner in fourth, and Mike Roop in fifth. Calvin Wright led the way in the 20-lap Mac Tools Four-Cylinders feature as the green flag waved. Just after the first lap was completed, a caution came out for Jerry Dick, J.T. Mclanigan, and Sam Woods who got together in turn four. On the restart, Calvin Wright again showed the way. Chappy Knaack challenged for the lead on the inside groove on the backstretch, making the pass for the lead. Knaack's car drifted up the track in turn four on lap four, opening the door for Wright. He dove to the inside of Knaack to retake the lead. Knaack came battling back in turns one and two, but Wright held him off. Knaack stayed glued to Wright's rear bumper. He tried to retake the lead again on lap 12, going to the inside of Wright in turn four. Wright edged him at the line by about a half car length. The two continued to battle side-by-side. On lap 13, it was Knaack who won the sprint back to the start-finish line. A caution came out on lap 15 for Deuce Wright who came to a stop in turns one and two. Knaack showed the way as the green flag waved. Calvin Wright went to the inside of Knaack in turns three and four and again in turns one and two on lap 16. Knaack was able to hold him off and went on to take the checkered flag. During the post-race pull-down, Knaack was disqualified for his flywheel being too light. Calvin Wright then got the win, followed by Wayne Graves in second, Scotty Scott in third, Bob Tester, Jr. in fourth, and Jerry Dick in fifth. In the 20-lap Gardiner Outdoor Product Enduro make-up feature, Ben Bowie led the way as the green flag waved with Kevin Mann glued to his rear bumper. The two made contact as they entered turns three and four. Mann made a bid for the lead but Bowie held him off. The top two cars began to pull away from the rest of the field. By lap four, they had about a five-to-six car length advantage over the rest of the field. Mann decided to make his move again on lap six. He went to the outside of Bowie in turns three and four, making the pass for the lead as they exited turn four. As they exited turn two on lap seven, Bowie's car slowed. He was able to keep going, but Mann then began pulling away. By lap 10, he had about a straight-a-way advantage over the rest of the field. He went on to take the checkered flag, unchallenged for the lead. Wayne Suite finished second, followed by John Burch in third, Joe Adams in fourth, and Ray Weaver in fifth. In the scheduled 20-lap Gardiner Outdoor Product Enduro feature, Kevin Mann led the way as the green flag waved. By lap five, he had about a four-to-five car length advantage over then second-place runner Wayne Suite. Mann continued to pull away from the rest of the field. As Mann led, John Burch challenged Suite for second. Joe Adams and Wayne Weaver also joined in the battle for the second place position. Suite was able to hold them off. Mann went on to take the checkered flag, followed by Suite in second, John Burch in third, Joe Adams in fourth, and Ray Weaver in fifth. Mann and Suite won the heats. Wayne Suite and John Burch battled for the lead at the drop of the green flag in Saturday's 30-lap Gardiner Outdoor Product Enduro feature. Suite won the battle as they exited turn two to lead lap one. The first caution of the event came out on lap eight when Ray Weaver sat against the wall in turn three. On the restart, Suite led the way. As Suite led, Ben Bowie challenged Burch for second. Suite began to pull away from the rest of the field. By lap 11, he had about a three-to-four car length advantage. He stretched that lead out to about a six-to-seven car length advantage by lap 20. Kevin Mann, who started 12th, began to challenged Burch for second on lap 22. He was able to make the pass on lap 26. Mann then set his sights on Suite. He closed within two car lengths of Suite by lap 29. As they entered turn four with the checkered flag in sight, Mann dove to the inside of Suite. Suite edged ahead before they crossed the start-finish line to win the race by about a three-quarter-car length. Suite and Mann won the heats. In Friday's 15-lap Chesapeake Web Design Bomber feature, Dennis Maxey led the way as the green flag waved. Cory Hanson challenged Maxey for the lead on lap two, but Maxey held him off. Hanson continued to put pressure on Dennis Maxey and was able to take the lead away from him on lap 10. As they entered turns three and four on lap 11, Hanson made contact with the lapped car of Ronnie Doss. Dennis Maxey then repassed Hanson for the lead. Hanson got a flat tire on lap 14 and pulled in the pits. Dennis Maxey went on to take the checkered flag, followed by Brian Maxey in second, In Saturday's 20-lap Chesapeake Web Design Bomber feature, Brian Maxey started on the outside pole and led the way as the green flag waved. By lap two, he had about a half straight-a-way advantage over second-place runner, JoAnn Jackson. Jackson slowly began to reel Maxey in. She had closed to within four car lengths when the yellow flag waved for Ronnie Doss who spun in turns three and four. On the restart, Maxey led the way. On lap seven, Jackson got loose in turn two. Dennis Maxey made a move on the outside of her, taking over the position. Jackson came battling back, but almost spun in turn four. As Dennis Maxey and Jackson battled for position, Brian Maxey was able to pull away again. By lap 10, he again had about a straight-a-way advantage. The field was brought back together on lap 14 when Ronnie Doss spun in turn four. While the field was under caution, Dennis Maxey got a flat tire and pulled in the pits. Jackson then reassumed second. Brian Maxey showed the way on the restart with Jackson in tow. On the last lap, Jackson had pulled right up on Maxey's rear bumper. As they entered turn three, Jackson made a hard charge into the turn. Jackson's car got a little loose, allowing Maxey to go on to take the checkered flag. Jackson finished second, followed by Dennis Maxey in third, Donald Doss in fourth, Jerry Oliver in fifth, and Ronnie Doss in sixth. Jerry Oliver won the heat. This coming Friday night, July 28th, the Virginia Sprint Series will be on hand along with the regular show. 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) 884-4624 or look us up on the Chesapeake Web Design maintained website at www.potomacspeedway.com.
<pre> Budweiser Late Models 1. Roy Deese, Jr. -05, 2. George Moreland-24, 3. Allen Brannon-4N, 4. James Adkins, Jr., -28, 5. Les Hare-1H, 6. David Hoffman-15, 7. Pat Wood-3, 8. Jeff Pilkerton-8, 9. Deane Guy-44, 10. Harold Dorsey, Jr., -92, 11. Jeff Leiphart-8L, 12. Tom Rawlings-31, 13. Tommy Wagner, Jr., -50, 14. David Williams-25, 15. Steve Radiche-77R, 16. Larry Emory-1, 17. Jim Bernheisel-119, 18. Jackie Booth-33, 19. Jack Bland-41, DNS - Tim Murphy-21M, DQ - Bill Timme-81
Bell Motor Company Semi-Lates 1. Junior Lathroum-16, 2. Paul Cursey-37, 3. Sommey Lacey-45, 4. Ronnie Hollidge-0, 5. Darryl Hills-7, 6. Brett Royal-18, 7. Steve Benjamin-94, 8. Jeff Reeley-21J, 9. Dennis Windsor-4, 10. Bill Daniel-89, 11. Walt Homberg-33 (pure-street), DNS - Jeff Burroughs-10oz.
Coors Light Pure-Street Stocks 1. Johnny Smith-82, 2. Mike Latham-78, 3. Joe Scaggs-5MD, 4. Tom Turner-25T, 5. Mike Roop-04, 6. Dan Dotson-2D, 7. Tim Shelton-55, 8. Tommy Hitt-7T, 9. Stevie Long-44, 10. Bobby Tipton, Jr., -12, 11. Ken Coron-51, 12. Bill Tippett-37, 13. Ray Morgan-2M, 14. Chuck Marks-13, 15. Jamie Lathroum-00 (enduro), 16. Craig Tankersley-18, 17. P.J. Hatcher-77, 18. Rusty Alton-3, 19. Scott Thompson-25, 20. Larry Fuchs-2, 21. Walt Homberg-33, 22. Kirk Confair-81, DNS - Bruce Cole-28
Mac Tools Four-Cylinders 1. Calvin Wright-94, 2. Wayne Graves-24, 3. Scotty Scott-42, 4. Bob Tester, Jr.,-5, 5. Jerry Dick-44, 6. Sam Woods-00, 7. Deuce Wright-1, 8. Scotty Nelson-24Jr., 9. J.T. Mclanigan-13 DQ: Chappy Knaack-88
Gardiner Outdoor Products Enduros - Makeup Feature 1. Kevin Mann-22, 2. Ben Bowie-17, 3. Wayne Weaver-57, 4. John Burch-12, 5. Ray Weaver-11, 6. Wayne Suite-00, 7. Marty Page-29, 8. Kevin Sprague-55, 9. Joe Adams-69, 10. Chet Gagnon-30, 11. Paul Schendel-8, 12. Barry Lear-99, 13. Jimmy Suite-1, 14. John Ballou-112, DNS - Rodney Holt-007, 41, Bob Kolbe-9, Josh Moxley-23, 104, George Heinz, Jr., -56, Zack Mattingly-10
Gardiner Outdoor Products Enduros - Friday Feature 1. Kevin Mann-22, 2. Wayne Suite-00, 3. John Burch-12, 4. Joe Adams-69, 5. Ray Weaver-11, 6. Kevin Sprague-55, 7. John Ballou-112, 8. Ben Bowie-17, 9. Chet Gagnon-30, 10. Wayne Weaver-57, 11. Dave Bryant-42B, 12. Marty Page-29, 13. Barry Lear-99, 14. Jimmy Suite-1, DNS - Paul Schendel
Gardiner Outdoor Product Enduro - Saturday Feature 1. Wayne Suite-00, 2. Kevin Mann-22, 3. John Burch-12, 4. Ben Bowie-17, 5. Joe Adams-69, 6. Wayne Weaver-57, 7. Kevin Sprague-55, 8. John Ballou-112, 9. Dave Bryant-42B, 10. Chet Gagnon-30, 11. Paul Schendel-8, 12. Jimmy Suite-1, 13. Barry Lear-99, 14. Ray Weaver-11, 15. Marty Page-29, DNS - Rodney Holt-007
Chesapeake Web Design Bombers - Friday Feature 1. Dennis Maxey-04X, 2. Brian Maxey-04, 3. Donald Doss-11, 4. Joann Jackson-50, 5. Ronnie Doss-38, 6. Cory Hanson-21, 7. Jerry Oliver-3
Chesapeake Web Design Bombers - Saturday Feature 1. Brian Maxey-04, 2. JoAnn Jackson-50, 3. Dennis Maxey-04X, 4. Donald Doss-11, 5. Jerry Oliver-3 in fifth, 6. Ronnie Doss-38