</pre> Moreland Takes Checkered Flag in ITSI 44-Lap Ronnie McBee Memorial at Potomac Speedway September 1, 2000 By: Vicki Adkins Budds Creek, Md., -- Going into this weekend's racing action at Potomac Speedway, Budweiser Late Model...
</pre> Moreland Takes Checkered Flag in ITSI 44-Lap Ronnie McBee Memorial at Potomac Speedway September 1, 2000
By: Vicki Adkins
Budds Creek, Md., -- Going into this weekend's racing action at Potomac Speedway, Budweiser Late Model points leader, George Moreland, of Waldorf, Md., enjoyed a 210-point lead over second-place points runner David Hoffman. Moreland padded his lead even more by picking up his second win of the season in the ninth I.T.S.I. feature, the 44-lap Ronnie McBee Memorial. I.T.S.I. sponsored all of the racing action and a fabulous fireworks display that was enjoyed by all.
Sommey Lacey of Clements, Md., visited victory lane for the second time this year in the Bell Motor Company Semi-Lates. Ryan Hackett was the M.A.R.F. Hard Charger of the race award winner. Hackett came from an 11th place starting position to finish fifth. Points leader, Darryl Hills of Lexington Park, Md., took the checkered flag in the semi-late make-up feature from an earlier rainout. It was Hills sixth win of the season.
Coors Light Pure-Street Stock points leader, Johnny Smith of Severn, Md., picked up his sixth win of the season. Mac Tools Four-Cylinders points leader, Wayne Graves of Avenue, Md., added to his string of victories by getting his seventh win of the season. John Ballou of Waldorf, Md., took the checkered flag for the sixth time this year in the Gardiner Outdoor Products Enduros feature.
CMC Sheet Metal sponsored the children's bike giveaway. Eight-year-old Cheyna Licon of Baltimore, Md., was the lucky bike winner.
Twenty-five cars made up the starting line-up of the 44-lap Budweiser Late Model feature with Jeff Pilkerton and George Moreland starting on the front row. When the green flag waved, Pilkerton led the way. Moreland challenged for the lead as they exited turn four to lead lap one. Pilkerton came battling back on the backstretch, retaking the lead. Moreland didn't give up. He dove to the inside of Pilkerton in turns one and two on lap four. He was able to make the pass to retake the top position. Moreland then began to pull away from the rest of the field. By lap 10, he had about a three-fourth straight-a-way lead over then second-place runner Les Hare. Moreland began to enter lapped traffic allowing Hare to make up ground. On lap 16, Moreland had to check-up in turns three and four. Hare pulled right up on his rear bumper. The first of four cautions came out on lap 20 when Pilkerton spun in turn three. On the restart, Moreland showed the way. He then began pulling away from the rest of the field. By lap 30, he had about a five-to-six car length advantage over Hare. Moreland went on to take the checkered flag, unchallenged for the lead. Hare finished second followed by Jim Bernheisel in third, James Adkins, Jr., in fourth, and Allen Brannon in fifth. Pat Wood, Bill Timme, and Les Hare won the heats.
In the 20-lap Bell Motor Company Semi-Late feature, Ronnie Hollidge and Sommey Lacey battled for the lead at the drop of the green flag. Lacey made the pass for the lead as they exited turn four. The third and final caution came out on lap five for an incident involving Rodney Holt in turn three, and Brett Royal, and Steve Benjamin in turns one and two. On the restart, Paul Cursey pulled up on Lacey's rear bumper, but couldn't make a move. Cursey looked to the inside of Lacey in turn four on lap 12, but still wasn't able to make a bid for the top position. Lacey then began pulling ahead by about three car lengths. He went on to take the checkered flag, followed by Cursey in second, Darryl Hills in third, Ronnie Hollidge in fourth, and Ryan Hackett in fifth. Lacey and Hollidge won the heats.
In the 20-lap Bell Motor Company Semi-Late make-up feature, Ronnie Hollidge and Sommey Lacey battled for the lead at the drop of the green flag. Darryl Hills joined in the battle, making it almost three-wide. Lacey led lap one by about a half-car-length advantage. As they entered turns one and two, Hills passed Hollidge for second and then set his sights on Lacey. On lap three, Hills challenged for the lead on the inside groove as they exited turn two. The two ran side-by-side into turns three and four. Hills edged Lacey at the line by inches. The two continued to battle side-by-side. As they came across the start-finish line to complete lap four, Hills led the lap by about a half car length. Hills was able to complete the pass for the lead as they entered turns one and two. He then began pulling away from the rest of the field. By lap seven, he had about a half straight-a-way lead. Hills stretched that lead out to over a straight-a-way advantage. He went on to take the checkered flag, unchallenged for the lead. Lacey finished second, followed by Cursey in third, Junior Lathroum in fourth, and Ronnie Hollidge in fifth.
Johnny Smith led the way at the start of the 15-lap Coors Light Pure-Street Stock feature. The first and only caution of the race came out on lap four when P.J. Hatcher lost a tire on the frontstretch. Hatcher and Scott Thompson then made contact causing Thompson to hit the wall. On the restart, Smith easily led the way. By lap eight, he had about a half straight-a-way advantage. Second-place runner Mike Latham began to make up ground on Smith in the closing laps, but was unable to challenge for the lead. Smith went on to take the checkered flag. Latham finished second, followed by Bobby Tipton, Jr, in third, Jamie Lathroum in fourth, and Tom Turner in fifth. Bobby Tipton, Jr., and Jimmy Jebmer won the heats.
Bob Tester, Jr., led the way as the green flag waved in the 12-lap Mac Tools Four-Cylinders feature. He became loose in turns three and four, opening the door for J.T. Mclanigan and Linda Wright. Mclanigan made the pass to lead lap one.On lap three, Wayne Graves made a bid for the lead on the outside of Mclanigan in turns one and two. He was able to make the pass. Once Graves took over the lead, he never looked back. He went on to take the checkered flag, unchallenged for the lead. Chappy Knaack finished second, followed by Scotty Nelson in third, Jerry Dick in fourth, and Scotty Scott in fifth. Scotty Nelson and Chappy Knaack won the heats.
Ray Weaver and Wayne Suite battled for the lead at the drop of the green flag. Suite won the battle to lead lap one. Weaver challenged for the top spot again on lap two, but Suite held him off. Suite continued to show the way. On lap 11, Weaver experienced problems and pulled his car in the points, giving second-place to John Ballou. On lap 13, Ballou challenged for the lead, but Suite held him off. Ballou continued to challenge for the lead the next few laps. On lap 16, Suite went wide in turns three and four. Ballou dove to the inside of him, making the pass for the lead as they exited turn four. Ballou went on to take the checkered flag. Suite finished second, followed by Joe Adams in third, Kevin Sprague in fourth, and Marty Page in fifth. Chet Gagnon and Wayne Suite won the heats.
This coming weekend, September 8th, there will be a break in the racing action at Potomac Speedway for the stock cars. Then on Saturday, September 9th the Silver Hill Lions Club will roar into town for their Demolition Derby. The Derby action will begin at 7:30 p.m.
Then racing will return to the track on September 15th for the 10th and final 40 Lap I.T.S.I. $2,000 to-win Late Model feature along with the regular show. Racing action will be sponsored by Budweiser and Guy Distributing. Pit and grandstand gates open at 6 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. George Moreland-24, 2. Les Hare-1H, 3. Jim Bernheisel-119, 4. James Adkins, Jr.-28, 5. Allen Brannon-4N, 6. David Sibold-07, 7. Tommy Wagner, Jr.,-50, 8. David Hoffman-15, 9. Jeff Pilkerton-8, 10. Jackie Booth-33, 11. Pat Wood-3, 12. John Emory-99, 13. Tom Rawlings-31, 14. Ed Canupp-6, 15. Frank Smith-17, 16. Brian Miller-12, 17. Mike Christopher-85, 18. Mike Puckett-61, 19. Bill Timme-81, 20. Steve Radich-77R, 21. Eric Ohler-22, 22. Jeff Gassman-58, 23. Duane Wolford-33X, 24. Roy Deese, Jr., -41, DNS - Deane Guy-44
Bell Motor Company Semi-Lates
1. Sommey Lacey-45, 2. Paul Cursey-37, 3. Darryl Hills-7, 4. Ronnie Hollidge-0, 5. Ryan Hackett-56, 6. Brett Royal-18, 7. Dennis Windsor-51 (Pure Street), 8. Junior Latham-16, 9. Steve Benjamin-94, 10. Charles Burch-21J, 11. Kevin Belchner-35, 12. Barry Lear-51, 13. Bill Danel-89, 14. Rodney Holt-007
Bell Motor Company Semi-Lates make-up feature
1. Darryl Hills-7, 2. Sommey Lacey-45, 3. Paul Cursey-37, 4. Junior Lathroum-16, 5. Ronnie Hollidge-0, 6. Charles Burch-21J, 7. Steve Benjamin-94, 8. Bill Danel-89, 9. Dennis Windsor-51 (Pure Street)
Coors Light Pure-Street Stocks
1. Johnny Smith-82, 2. Mike Latham-78, 3. Bobby Tipton, Jr.,-12, 4. Jamie Lathroum-6, 5. Tom Turner-25T, 6. Tommy Hitt-7T, 7. Jimmy Jesmer-47, 8. Bill Tippett-37, 9. Dan Dotson-2D, 10. Chris Nelson-66X, 11. Ken Coron-51, 12. Craig Tankersley-18, 13. Rusty Alton-3, 14. Kirk Confair-81, 15. Jeff Thomas-33, 16. Chuck Marks-13, 17. Bobby Myers-67, 18. Walt Homberg-23, 19. P.J. Hatcher-77, 20. Scott Thompson-25, DNS - Rick Jackson-51X, Matt Tarbox-24X, DQ - Billy Lackey-11
Mac Tools Four-Cylinders
1. Wayne Graves-24, 2. Chappy Knaack-88, 3. Scotty Nelson-24Jr, 4. Jerry Dick-44, 5. Scotty Scott-42, 6. Calvin Wright-94, 7. Bob Tester, Jr.,-5. 8. Andy Self-99, 9. Linda Wright-1, 10. Sam Woods-00, 11. J.T. Mclanigan-13, 12. David Lee-21, 13. Leonard Blocker-23, DNS - Greg Gunter-15
Gardiner Outdoor Product Enduro Stocks
1. John Ballou-112, 2. Wayne Suite-00, 3. Joe Adams-69, 4. Kevin Sprague-55, 5. Marty Page-29, 6. John Burch-12, 7. Chet Gagnon-30, 8. Dave Bryant-42B, 9. George Heinz, Jr., -56, 10. Barry Lear, Jr.,-99, 11. Bob Kolbe-9, 12. Jimmy Suite-1, 13. Ben Bowie-17, 14. Ray Weaver-11, 15. Ray Meador-41, 16. Paul Schendel-8, 17. Robert Bruce-7