Potomac Speedway race report 2001-04-28

Budds Creek, Md., -- After several weeks of running up front only to have something happen, Rick Jones of Westminister, Md., finally took the checkered flag in the Budweiser Super Late Model feature at Potomac Speedway this past Saturday night,...

Budds Creek, Md., -- After several weeks of running up front only to have something happen, Rick Jones of Westminister, Md., finally took the checkered flag in the Budweiser Super Late Model feature at Potomac Speedway this past Saturday night, which was sponsored by Superior Tanks. "We've had some bad luck. But, we pulled one off and it makes you forget about the bad ones," said Jones during the post-race interview.

The Virginia Sprint Series was also on hand for a 25-lap feature. Jerald Harris started on the outside pole of the event and led the way to complete lap one. Harris pulled away from the field, enjoying almost a straight-a-way lead. On lap 22, second-place runner Bobby Mazingo caught Harris and passed him for the lead. The two continued to battle with Harris getting the position. On the last lap, the two made contact off turn four, causing Mazingo to spin and scrape the inside retaining wall. He had still crossed the start-finish line, giving him second to Harris. George Johnston finished third, followed by Tim Hamlet in fourth, and Kevin Zirk in fifth. Gary Snow and Mazingo won the heats.

Paul Cursey of Baltimore, Md., picked up his third win this year in the Bell Motor Company Late Models. Tommy Hitt of Mechanicsville, Md., visited victory lane for the second time this year in the Coors Light Pure-Street Stocks. Tenth-place starter Kirk Confair was the M.A.R.F. Hard Charger of the Race award winner. Confair moved up to finish third. Bob Tester, Jr., of Pasadena, Md., picked up his second win this year in the Potomac Speedway Four-Cylinders. Ben Bowie of White Plains, Md., took the checkered flag for the second time this year in the Cliff's Heating and Air Conditioning Enduro/Hobby Stocks. Eric Hanson of Mechanicsville, Md., picked up his first win this year in the Chesapeake Web Design Bombers.

The Virginia Sprint Series also sponsored the children's bike giveaway. Eleven-year-old Charles Burch of Mechanicsville, Md., was the lucky bike winner.

A multi-car incident involving Tommy Wagner, Jr., Harold Dorsey, Jr., Pat Wood, Frank Smith, and Tim Murphy occurred in turns one and two before the first lap was put in the books of the 25-lap Budweiser Super Late Model feature. As the field took the green on the complete restart, defending points champion George Moreland showed the way with Rick Jones following behind in second. The second of five cautions came out on lap six as Robbie Beall spun in turn two. On the restart, Moreland again led the way. On lap seven, Jones looked to the inside of Moreland in turn two as Harold Dorsey and Deane Guy battled for third. Dorsey was able to take the position on lap eight. Jones stayed glued to Moreland's rear bumper. He made his move on lap 12, going to the inside of Moreland in turn two and then again as they exited turn four. Jones was able to beat Moreland back to the start-finish line to lead the lap. Just after the lap was completed, a caution came out for Beall. On the restart, Jones led the way. Moreland battled back for the top position in turn two, but Jones held him off. As the field crossed the start-finish line to complete lap 18, Jackie Booth's car broke loose, hitting the frontstretch wall. The car bounced off the wall, rolling over a couple of times. Luckily, Booth was uninjured. The race was red flagged for this incident. When the race went back to green flag racing, Jones led the field. He went on to lead the last seven laps unchallenged for the lead, finishing with about a half straight-a-way advantage over second-place finisher Moreland. Guy finished third, followed by Frank Smith in fourth, and Dorsey in fifth. Jones and Pat Wood won the heats.

In the 20-lap Bell Motor Company Late Models, Johnny Smith led the way as the green flag waved. Fourth-place starter, Paul Cursey looked to the inside of Smith in turns three and four, but couldn't make a move. On lap three, Cursey looked to the inside of Smith again in turns one and two and then made his move as they exited turn four. Cursey was able to take the position to lead the lap. Once Cursey got out front, he never looked back. By lap five, he had about a half straight-a-way advantage as Sommey Lacey passed Smith for second. Cursey stretched his lead out to about almost a half-track advantage as he took the checkered flag. Smith and Lacey battled for second as they exited turn four for the final time. The two made contact with both cars spinning as the crossed the start-finish line on the frontstretch. Lacey finished in the second spot with Smith taking third. Ronnie Hollidge crossed the line in fourth, followed by Kevin Nelson in fifth. Chet Gagnon won the heat.

In the 15-lap Coors Light Pure-Street Stock feature, Tommy Hitt started from the pole and led the field of 18 cars as the green flag waved. By lap three, he had about a six-car length lead. His lead was cut down on lap four when Tom Turner, Bill Tippett, and Matt Valiquette got together in turn two. On the restart, Hitt led the way. On lap five, Hitt went wide in turn two. Doug Cooke looked to the inside of Hitt, but couldn't make a move. Cooke then began to smoke on lap six and pulled his car in the pits. Hitt steadily pulled away from the rest of the field. He went on to lead the rest of the feature unchallenged for the lead. He finished with almost a straight-a-way advantage over second-place finisher Chris Nelson. Kirk Confair finished third, followed by Tom Turner in fourth, and Ronald Cusic in fifth. Tippett and Nelson won the heats.

In the 12-lap Potomac Speedway Four-Cylinder feature, Linda Wright spun on the front stretch as the green flag waved. The field came around for a complete restart. On the restart, pole-sitter Calvin Wright took the early lead. By lap two, he had about a half straight-a-way advantage on second-place runner Bob Tester, Jr. His lead was cut down when the caution flag waved on lap five for Butch Mclanigan who spun in turn two. Calvin Wright again led the way on the restart. As they entered turn four, Tester dove to the inside of Wright, but Wright held him off. The two continued to battle for the top spot. As they entered the backstretch on lap six, Tester again tried the inside groove. He was able to take over the lead from Wright. Wright stayed glued to Tester's rear bumper. He tried to retake the lead on lap eight on the backstretch, but Tester was able to hold onto the lead. Tester and Wright continued to battle for the lead. On lap 12, Scotty Nelson joined in the battle in turn two. Nelson and Wright made contact as they exited turn four, allowing Tester to pull ahead and go on to take the checkered flag. Nelson and Wright then battled for second. They came across the start-finish line side-by-side with Nelson getting the position by inches. Wright finished third, followed by Jerry Dick in fourth, and Linda Wright in fifth. Nelson won the heat.

John Burch started on the pole and led the way in the 15-lap Cliff's Heating and Air Conditioning Enduro/Hobby Stocks. Just after lap one was completed, Bill Kessler hit the wall in turn four, bringing out the caution. On the restart, Burch, Ben Bowie, and Ray Weaver were all bunched together. Bowie made a bid for the lead on the outside, but Burch held him off. Bowie challenged for the lead again on the inside groove as they ran down the backstretch and then shot to the outside in turns three and four. Burch again held onto the position. On lap four, as they exited turn four, Bowie was able to make the pass. Bowie then began to pull away from the rest of the field. By lap nine, he had about a four-car length advantage. As they entered turns one and two on lap 12, John Burch lost a tire. Third-place runner Joe Adams ran over the tire causing him to go air-borne. Luckily, Adams car did not roll over and sustained minimal damage. On the restart, Bowie led the way with Wayne Suite in tow. Bowie was able to go on to lead the last three laps unchallenged for the lead. Suite finished second, followed by Ray Weaver in third, and Marty Page in fourth. Adams was able to work his way back through the field to finish fifth. Bowie won the heat.

Jimmy Suite started on the outside pole and jumped out front to lead the 15-lap Chesapeake Web Design Bomber series. Suite steadily began to pull away from the rest of the field. He went on to lead all 15 laps, unchallenged for the lead. Suite was found to be illegal during post-race inspection. Second-place finisher Eric Hanson then got the win. Jerry Oliver finished second, followed by JoAnn Jackson in third, Ronald Doss in fourth, and Dale Moore in fifth. Moore won the heat.

There will be no racing action at Potomac Speedway this coming Saturday night, May 5th. The track will be off in honor of the NASCAR Winston Cup racing action in Richmond, VA. The racing will resume on Saturday, May 12th for the running of the annual 25-lap Mike Wathen Memorial Coors Light Pure-Street feature along with the regular show. There will also be bike races for the kids.

Gates open at 4:30pm and racing action starts at 6:00pm. For more information call the Track Office at (301) 884-4624 or visit our website at www. potomacspeedway.com maintained by Chesapeake Web Design

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Series Sprint , Stock car
Drivers Kevin Nelson , John George , Tom Turner