Budds Creek, Md., -- After winning the points championship last year in the Bell Motor Company Semi-Lates, it was expected that Darryl Hills of Great Mills, Md., would probably have no problem transitioning into the Super Late Models this year.
Budds Creek, Md., -- After winning the points championship last year in the Bell Motor Company Semi-Lates, it was expected that Darryl Hills of Great Mills, Md., would probably have no problem transitioning into the Super Late Models this year. Hills has definitely proved himself as he picked up his second win of the season this past Saturday night at Potomac Speedway. Other feature winners included Sommey Lacey of Clements, Md, who found his way to victory lane for the third time this year in the Bell Motor Company Late Models. Mike Latham of Mechanicsville, Md., picked up his first win of the season in the Coors Light Pure-Street Stocks. Scotty Nelson of Mechanicsville, Md., took the checkered flag for the first time in the Potomac Speedway Four-Cylinders. Last week's feature winner, Jerry Dick was the M.A.R.F. Hard Charger of the race award winner. Dick came from an 11th place starting position to finish ninth. Defending points champion, Joe Adams of Clements, Md., got his second win of the season in the Cliff's Heating and Air Conditioning Enduro/Hobby Stocks. JoAnn Jackson of Mechanicsville, Md., picked up her first win ever in the Chesapeake Web Design Bombers.
Potomac Speedway also had its first ever fan participation event, spectator drag races, in which spectators could bring in their cars off the street to race on the track. There were three sets of races in which two lanes were set up for the drivers to race from the halfway point on the backstetch around to the start-finish line. Tommy Raley won the first drag race with Justin Alvey winning the second. It came down to a third event between Raley and Alvey. Alvey beat Raley to the line by about a car length to take the checkered flag. Thank you to all of the participants.
Southern States of Charlotte Hall, Md., donated the bike for the children's bike giveaway. Eleven-year-old Britney Randall of Lusby, Md., was the lucky bike winner.
Rick Jones led the way as the green flag waved for the field in the Budweiser Super Late Model feature. By lap two, he had gained about a four-to-five car length advantage. Third-place runner Darryl Hills made his move to take second away from Harold Dorsey, Jr. on lap 10. With the battling for position going on behind him, Jones was able to stretch his lead out to almost a straight-a-way advantage. The field was brought back together on lap 13 when the caution flag waved for Dorsey who spun in turn two. Tommy Wagner, Jr., who had started 10th, then moved into the third-place position. On the restart, Hills stayed glued to Jones' rear bumper. Jones drifted up high in turn two on lap 14, opening the door for Hills. Hills took a peak to the inside, but couldn't make the pass. The top three cars all ran nose-to-tail as the laps continued to be set in the books. Wagner made a bid for the second-place position on lap 18, but couldn't make the pass. Hills patiently waited for his opportunity to challenge for the lead again and got that chance on lap 22. Jones again drifted up the track in turn two. Hills dove to the inside of him making it a side-by-side battle the whole circuit around. As they crossed the start finish line, Jones had a slight advantage and was credited with leading the lap. They ran door handle-to-door handle the whole way around on lap 23 with Wagner right on their bumpers. Hills had the advantage as they went into turns three and four. They came across the lapped car of Robbie Beall. With almost a three-way battle for the lead, they ran out of racing surface. Hills and Jones made contact causing Jones to spin, bringing out a caution. As the field took the green flag again, Hills led the way. Wagner looked to the inside of Hills in turns one and two, but Hills closed the door. Hills took the white flag, giving Wagner one more lap to make his move. In turns three and four, Wagner dove to the inside of Hills. They ran side-by-side with Hills edging Wagner as they exited turn four. Hills took the checkered flag, wining by about a car length advantage. Wagner finished second followed by Pat Wood in third, Ernie Jones in fourth, and George Moreland in fifth. Rick Jones and Harold Dorsey, Jr., won the heats.
In the 20-lap Bell Motor Company Late Model feature, rookie-driver Johnny Smith started on the pole with Sommey Lacey on the outside. As the green flag waved, Smith showed the way. Lacey looked to the inside of him in turns three and four, but couldn't make a bid for the lead. On lap three, Lacey again challenged for the lead off turn four. He edged Smith to the start-finish line by about a nose to lead the lap. But, Smith came battling back. He repassed Lacey as they exited turn two. Smith then started to pull away from the rest of the field. By lap seven, he had about a half straight-a-way advantage. Sixth-place starter, Paul Cursey, was the man on the charge. He took over third on lap 11. Meanwhile, Lacey began to reel Smith back in. By lap 13, he was right on Smith's rear deck. He made his bid for the lead on lap 16, diving to the inside of Smith in turn two. Lacey was able to make the pass for the lead. Smith battled back in turns three and four, but Lacey was able to hold him off. He went on to take the checkered flag, followed by Smith in second, Cursey in third, Ronnie Hollidge in fourth, and Chet Gagnon in fifth. Smith won the heat.
Craig Tankersley started on the pole and led the way at the start of the 15-lap Coors Light Pure-Street Stock feature. On lap four, Bill Tippett made a bid for the lead as they exited turn two. The two ran side-by-side down the backstretch and into turns three and four. They made contact as they exited turn four causing Tankersley to spin. Tippett ended up with a flat tire and had to pull in the pits. Jamie Lathroum then assumed the lead. On the restart, Lathroum led the way. On lap eight, a caution came out for Jeff Thomas who spun in turn two. On the restart, Lathroum went wide in turns one and two. P.J. Hatcher looked to the inside of him, but couldn't make the pass. On lap 10, Lathroum slowed with a flat tire in turns three and four, bringing out the caution flag. Hatcher then took over the lead. On the restart, Mike Latham made a bid for the top spot as they exited turn two. The two ran side-by-side down the backstretch and into turns three and four. Hatcher led the lap by about a half car length. They continued to run side-by-side, making contact in turns one and two. Latham was able to make the pass. A caution came out on lap 12 for Tommy Hitt who came to a stop in turns three and four. Hatcher stayed glued to Latham's rear bumper on the restart. He looked to the inside of Latham on the last lap, but couldn't make the pass. Latham went on to take the checkered flag, followed by Hatcher in second, Tippett in third, Jimmy Jesmer in fourth, and Lathroum in fifth. Latham and Tippett won the heats.
John Burch started third on the grid of the 15-lap Cliff's Heating and Air Conditioning Enduro/Hobby Stock feature, but had worked his way out front to lead lap one. A caution came out on lap three for debris on the track. On the restart, second-place runner Wayne Suite looked to the inside of Burch in turn two, but got loose. Joe Adams dove to the inside of Suite to take over second. Adams then set his sights on Burch. He stayed glued to Burch's rear bumper and then made his move on lap five. He went to the inside of Burch as they exited turn two. The two ran side-by-side down the backstretch and into turns three and four. Adams edged Burch at the start-finish line to lead the lap. Burch battled back for the spot, but Adams was able to hold him off. Adams then began to pull away. By lap eight, he had about a half straight-a-way advantage. He went on to lead the rest of the feature to take the checkered flag, unchallenged for the lead. The best battle on the racetrack was for second position. The 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th place cars were all bunched together the last few laps. Burch was able to hold onto second, followed by John Latham in third, Wayne Suite in fourth, and Ben Bowie in fifth. Bowie won the heat.
Sam Woods, Jr., started on the outside pole and led the way as the green flag waved. Fourth-place starter, Scotty Nelson, worked his way to the front to challenge Woods for the lead. They came across the start-finish line side-by-side with Nelson leading by inches. Nelson then pulled ahead as they exited turn two. He began to run away from the rest of the field. By lap five, he about a half straight-a-way advantage. The field was brought back together on lap 11 when the caution flag waved for the first and only time when Calvin Wright slowed on the backstretch. With two laps to go on the restart, Nelson led the way. Third-place runner, Bob Tester, Jr., made a charge towards the front. He passed Woods and then looked to the inside of Nelson. He got loose in turns three and four causing him to fall back to fifth. Nelson went on to take the checkered flag, followed by Woods in second, Chappy Knaack in third, Philip Woods in fourth, and Tester in fifth. Jerry Dick won the heat.
Ben Oliver started from the outside pole and led the way as the green flag waved in the Chesapeake Web Design Bomber feature. Pole sitter Ronnie Doss battled for the lead in turns one and two, making the pass in turn four to lead lap one. Oliver battled back on the backstretch. The two ran side-by-side into turns three and four. Oliver was able to make the pass to lead lap two. The car on the move was JoAnn Jackson. Jackson started fourth and was able to pass Doss for second on lap three. Jackson then set her sights on Oliver. By lap eight, Jackson was glued to Oliver's rear bumper. She made her move as they exited turn four on the outside groove. She was able to make the pass to lead the lap. Jackson then began to pull away from the rest of the field. By lap 10, she had almost a half-track advantage as Oliver slowed with problems. She went on to take the checkered flag, followed by Jerry Oliver in second, Eric Hanson in third, Ben Oliver in fourth, and Rob Hitt in fifth. Jackson had also won the heat.
This coming Saturday night, April 28, 2001, it will be A.R.C.H. (Auto Racing Club of Hagerstown) night Potomac Speedway. The Virginia Sprints will be on hand along with the regular show. All action is sponsored by Superior Tanks. Gates open at 4:30pm racing action starts at 6:00pm. For more information call the Track Office at (301) 884-4624 or visit the website at www. potomacspeedway.com maintained by Chesapeake Web Design
(Note - In the article from April 14th's racing action, it was stated that Les Hare picked up his 35th career win at Potomac Speedway, it was actually Hare's 32nd win.) <pre>
Budweiser Super Late Models
1. Darryl Hills-7, 2. Tommy Wagner, Jr.-50, 3. Pat Wood-3, 4. Ernie Jones-22, 5. George Moreland-24, 6. Deane Guy-44, 7. Jackie Booth-33, 8. Frank Smith-17, 9. Rick Jones-88, 10. Barry Lear-99, 11. Robbie Beall-70, 12. Harold Dorsey, Jr., -92, DNS - Larry Emory-1E
Bell Motor Company Late Models
1. Sommey Lacey-45, 2. Johnny Smith-82, 3. Paul Cursey-37, 4. Ronnie Hollidge-0, 5. Chet Gagnon-30, 6. Craig Bowling-75
Coors Light Pure-Street Stocks
1. Mike Latham-78, 2. P.J. Hatcher-77, 3. Bill Tippett-37, 4. Jimmy Jesmer-47, 5. Jamie Lathroum-6, 6. Matt Valiquette-27, 7. Jeff Thomas-33, 8. Dan Dotson-2D, 9. Craig Tankersley-18, 10. Scott Thompson-25, 11. Tom Turner-25T, 12. Tommy Hitt-7T, 13. Kirk Confair-81, 14. Ronald Cusic-23, 15. Matt Tarbox-24X
Potomac Speedway Four-Cylinders
1. Scotty Nelson-33, 2. Sam Woods, Jr.-00, 3. Chappy Knaack-51, 4. Philip Woods-8L, 5. Bob Tester, Jr.-22, 6. Linda Wright-1, 7. David Lee-77, 8. Pop Woods-3, 9. Jerry Dick-44, 10. Calvin Wright-94, 11. Bob Bergen-9, 12. Billy Crouse-8, DNS - Butch Mclanigan-39, Tom Jerin-0, J.T Mclanigan
Cliff's Heating and Air Conditioning Enduor/Hobby Stocks
1. Joe Adams-69, 2. John Burch-12, 3. John Latham-78, 4. Wayne Suite-00, 5. Ben Bowie-17, 6. Ray Weaver-11, 7. Bob Kolbe-9, 8. Marty Page-29, 9. Bill Kessler-44, 10. Robert Bruce-7, 11. John Sellner-5, 12. Paul Schendel-8, 13. Frank Helsel-23, 14. Jimmy Suite-1, 15. Chuck Williams
Chesapeake Web Design Bombers
1. JoAnn Jackson-8, 2. Jerry Oliver-3, 3. Eric Hanson-21, 4. Ben Oliver-15, 5. Rob Hitt-47, 6. Ronnie Doss-11, 7. Dale Moore-5
By: Vicki Adkins