Moreland Takes Championship as Potomac Speedway Holds Final Points Events of the Season Potomac Speedway September 22, 2000 By: Vicki Adkins Budds Creek, Md., -- It was a night of firsts as Potomac Speedway held its last points feature events...
Moreland Takes Championship as Potomac Speedway Holds Final Points Events of the Season
September 22, 2000
By: Vicki Adkins
Budds Creek, Md., -- It was a night of firsts as Potomac Speedway held its last points feature events of the season this past Friday night. Pat Wood of Waldorf, Md., picked up his first checkered flag of the year in the Budweiser Late Models as George Moreland of Waldorf, Md., was crowned the Budweiser Late Model Points Champion.
It was Moreland's first championship title. "We ran every race and finished every race. I guess that is what it takes," said Moreland during the post-race interview. "It's hard to win a championship. I've been running here about 15 years and never won it. You've gotta be here every week and work on the car every day."
Wood had changed his paint scheme just a little before Friday's feature event. "I had to get rid of some of the red and put a little more black on her. Better late than never," said Wood during the post-race interview. "Congratulations to George Moreland on being the track champ. George, you're the man of 2000."
Darryl Hills of Lexington Park, Md., held off defending points champion Paul Cursey of Baltimore, Md., to win the Bell Motor Company Semi-Late feature and the points championship. During the post-race interview Hills said, "I didn't try to think about it (the championship) too much at the beginning of the year. I started really thinking about it last night when I was working on the car. I started thinking about everything that could fall off the car."
Walt Homberg of Aquasco, Md., picked up the win in the Coors Light Pure-Street Stocks, his second of the season. After coming up in a very close runner-up position last year, Johnny Smith of Severn, Md., came back strong this year to take the Coors Light Pure-Street Stock points championship title.
Bob Tester, Jr., of Glen Burnie, Md., visited victory lane for his first career win in the Mac Tools Four-Cylinders. Veteran driver Wayne Graves of Avenue, Md., who leads the four-cylinder division with the most wins, picked up his third points championship title.
Wayne Suite of Mechanicsville, Md., won his second feature event of the year in the Gardiner Outdoor Products Enduros. Joe Adams of Clements, Md., picked up his first championship title by only seven points over defending points champion John Burch of Owington, Md.
In the Chesapeake Web Design Bombers, Brian Thompson got the win as Brian Maxey won the first points championship in that division.
Seymour Used Auto Parts of Charlotte Hall, Md., donated the children's bike to be given away. Ten-year-old Greg Day of Hughesville, Md., was the lucky bike winner.
In the 25-lap Budweiser Late Model event, Tom Rawlings started on the pole and led the way as the green flag waved with Pat Wood following behind in second. Wood challenged for the lead as they exited turn four on lap three, but couldn't make the pass for the lead. The first and only caution of the event came out on lap four when Steve Radich spun as they exited turn four. Rawlings showed the way on the restart. As they entered turns three and four, Wood again made a bid to take over the top spot and was able to make the pass. He then began to pull away from the rest of the field. By lap 10 he had almost a straight-a-way advantage. Jeff Pilkerton began to pressure Rawlings for the second-place position. On lap 19, Rawlings and the lapped car of Frank Smith made contact. Pilkerton used this to his advantage and passed Rawlings to take over second. Meanwhile, Wood put even more distance between him and the rest of the field. He went on to take the checkered flag, finishing with about a half-track lead over Pilkerton. Rawlings finished third, followed by 12th-place starter, James Adkins, Jr., in fourth, and George Moreland in fifth. Pilkerton and Jackie Booth won the heats.
In the 20-lap Bell Motor Company Semi-Late feature event, Steve Benjamin showed the way as the green flag waved. Sixth-place starter, Darryl Hills made his way to the front and challenged Benjamin for the lead in turns three and four. Hills was able to take the position to lead lap one. He then began to pull away from the rest of the field. By lap three, he had about a five-car length advantage over the rest of the field. The field was brought back together on lap 10 for the first of four cautions. On the restart, Hills easily led the way. As he led, Junior Lathroum and Paul Cursey battled for second. Cursey was able to hold onto the position as Hills went on to take the checkered flag, leading all 20 laps, unchallenged for the lead. He finished with about a four-to-five car length advantage over Cursey. Lathroum finished third, followed by Benjamin in fourth, and Ronnie Hollidge in fifth. Hills and Hollidge won the heats.
Walt Homberg started on the pole and led the way to complete lap one of the 15-lap Coors Light Pure-Street Stocks. By lap four, Homberg had about a four car length lead over the rest of the field as it was almost a three-way battle for second between Kirk Confair, Tommy Hitt, and Stevie Long. Hitt was able to take over the position on lap six. On lap seven a caution came out for Jamie Lathroum who spun at the entrance to turn three after heavy contact with Craig Tankersley. On the restart, Hitt was glued to Homberg's rear bumper, but couldn't make a pass for the lead. The yellow flag waved again on lap 10 when Long spun in turns three and four after contact with Confair. Confair was sent to the rear of the field for the incident. On the restart, Hitt made a bid for the lead in turns one and two. Hitt and Homberg made contact almost causing Homberg to spin. Homberg held onto the lead with Hitt glued to his rear bumper. Hitt looked to the inside of Homberg in turn three on lap 11, but couldn't make a move. Homberg went on to take the checkered flag, followed by Hitt in second, 12th-place starter Mike Latham in third, Bobby Tipton, Jr., in fourth, and Bill Tippett in fifth.
Latham and Chris Nelson won the heats.
Andy Self and Calvin Wright battled for the lead at the drop of the green flag in the 12-lap Mac Tools Four-Cylinders feature. Self won the battle to lead lap one. On lap two, Self's car drifted up the track in turns three and four. Wright dove to the inside of him, but couldn't make the pass for the lead. As they entered turns one and two on lap three, Wright went to the inside of Self to take over the top spot. Wright then began to pull away from the rest of the field. He had about a three-to-four car length advantage by lap five. A good battle for second developed between Jerry Dick and Deuce Wright as Self spun in turn four. He was able to continue. On lap nine, Calvin Wright slowed on the frontstretch with a flat tire, bringing out the caution on lap 10. Deuce Wright then took over the lead. On the restart, Greg Gunter had contact with Deuce Wright as they entered turns one and two, causing Wright to spin. Gunter was sent to the rear of the field for the incident. Bob Tester, Jr., then took over the lead. On the restart, Tester, Wayne Graves and Scotty Nelson all battled for the top spot. Tester was able to hold onto the position. As they entered turn four with the checkered flag in sight, Graves looked to the inside of Tester, but couldn't make the pass. Tester went on to take the checkered flag, followed by Graves in second, Nelson in third, Dick in fourth, and J.T. Mclanigan in fifth. Mclanigan and Gunter won the heats.
In the 20-lap Gardiner Outdoor Products Enduro feature, Wayne Suite started on the outside pole and led as the green flag waved. On lap three, Suite got caught behind the slower car of Jimmy Suite. Paul Schendel went to the outside of both cars, but Wayne Suite held onto the lead. Ben Bowie and Chet Gagnon passed Schendel on lap six as he began to slow down a little. He later pulled his car in the pits. As Suite continued to lead, Bowie and Gagnon battled for second with Joe Adams and John Burch battling for position for the points championship. On lap 19, Burch passed Adams for fourth. With Bowie and Gagnon battling side-by-side, Burch passed Gagnon on the front stretch just after they crossed the start-finish line. He then passed Bowie going into turn two. Gagnon spun in turn two on the last lap as a result a contact from Bowie, moving Adams up one more position. Suite went on to take the checkered flag, finishing with about a four-to-five car length advantage. Burch finished second, followed by Adams in third, Marty Page fourth and Ray Weaver fifth. Suite and Schendel won the heats.
Brian Thompson led the way as the green flag waved in the 15-lap Chesapeake Web Design Bomber feature. By lap five he had almost a straight-a-way advantage over second-place runner Rob Hitt. Brian Maxey passed Hitt for second on lap six as Thompson continued to show the way. Thompson went on to take the checkered flag, leading all 15 laps unchallenged for the lead. Brian Maxey finished second. On the last lap, Dennis Maxey made a bid for third. Maxey and Hitt made contact, with Dennis Maxey making the pass for the position. Hitt was disqualified during the post-race inspection for using a mirror, giving fourth to Dale Moore, Jr., with Jerry Oliver finishing fifth. Brian Thompson won the heat.
This coming Friday night, September 29th, Potomac Speedway will have a 100-lap Gardiner Outdoor Product Enduro feature with the rules open to all other racetracks, along with the Virginia Sprints, the Chesapeake Web Design Bombers, 4 Cylinders and Pure Street Stocks. Rules are open to all tracks to give teams a chance to tune up for the upcoming Southern Maryland Nationals scheduled for October 13 & 14th. 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. Pat Wood-3, 2. Jeff Pilkerton-8, 3. Tom Rawlings-31, 4. James Adkins, Jr., -28, 5. George Moreland-24, 6. Deane Guy-44, 7. Bill Timme-81, 8. Jackie Booth-33, 9. Tommy Wagner, Jr., -50, 10. David Hoffman-15, 11. Brian Miller-12, 12. Steve Radich-77R, 13. Frank Smith, 14. Scott Moore-52, 15. Jeff Gassman-58, 16. Harold Dorsey-92
Bell Motor Company Semi Lates
Darryl Hills -7, 2. Paul Cursey-37, 3. Junior Lathroum-16, 4. Steve Benjamin-94, 5. Ronnie Hollidge-0, 6. Kevin Nelson-66X, 7. Sommey Lacey-66X (Pure Street), 8. Jeff Truiting-21J, 9. Rodney Holt-007, 10. Aaron Antherholt-58, 11. Bill Danel-89, 12. Barry Lear-51, 13. Fireball Latham-41
Coors Light Pure Street Stocks
Walt Homberg-23H, 2. Tommy Hitt-7T, 3. Mike Latham-78, 4. Bobby Tipton-12, 5. Billy Tippettt-37, 6. Johnny Smith-82, 7. Craig Tankersly-18, 8. Jimmy Jesmer-47, 9. Chuck Marks-13, 10. Tom Turner-25T, 11. Chris Nelson-66X, 12. Stevie Long-44, 13. P.J. Hatcher-77, 14. Kirk Confair-81, 15. Tim Shelton-55, 16. Mike Sirk-2D, 17. Troy Kassinis-17, 18. Rusty Alton-3, 19. Jamie Lathroum-6, 20. Kevin Mann-25, 21. Jeff Thomas-33, 22. Matt Tarbox-24X. DQ- Billy Lackey-11, Ed Earl-8X.
Mac Tools 4 Cylinders
Bob Tester, Jr. -5, 2. Wayne Graves-24G, 3. Scotty Nelson-24Jr., 4. Jerry Dick-44, 5. J.T. Mclanigan-13, 6. Calvin Wright-94, 7. Greg Gunter-15, 8. Patrick Park-72, 9. Joe Holtselow-87, 10. Andy Self-99, 11. Deuce Wright-1, 12. Scotty Scott-42, 13. Chappy Knaack-88, 14. Jeff Auman-6, 15. Joe Blocker-23. DQ-David Lee-21
Gardiner Outdoor Product Enduro Stocks
Wayne Suite-00, 2. John Burch-12, 3. Joe Adams-69, 4. Marty Page-29, 5. Ray Weaver-11, 6. Mike Hickerson-19, 7. Ray Meador-41, 8. George Heinz-56, 9. Robert Bruce-7, 10. Chet Gagnon-30, 11. Ben Bowie-17, 12. Long-10, 13. John Ballou-112, 14. James Helsel-52H, 15. Paul Schendal-8, 16. Kevin Sprague-55, 17. Jimmy Suite-1. DNS: Deuce Wright-9D
Chesapeake Web Design Bombers
1. Brian Thompson-41, 2. Brian Maxey-04, 3. Dennis Maxey-04X, 4. Dale Moore-5, 5. Jerry Oliver-21, 6. Ronnie Doss-38, 7. Cory Hanson-28, 8. Joann Jackson-50, 9. Donald Doss-11. DQ: Rob Hitt-47