Potomac banquet report

Budds Creek, Md. -- Potomac Speedway had its season finale by honoring the top 10 point finishers in each of five racing divisions, the top 5 in the Bomber Division and others at the annual Potomac Speedway awards banquet on November 18th at the...

Budds Creek, Md. -- Potomac Speedway had its season finale by honoring the top 10 point finishers in each of five racing divisions, the top 5 in the Bomber Division and others at the annual Potomac Speedway awards banquet on November 18th at the Mechanicsville Fire House in Mechanicsville, Md. Bailey's Catering provided the food with D.J. Brown Productions providing the music.

The top points finishers in each division received a trophy and their points funding. Along with the top points finishers, the top three finishers of the "ITSI 10 Race New Millennium Super Late Model Series" were honored along with other special awards such as the "Best Effort," "Rookie-of-the-Year," "Most-Improved Driver," "Hard Luck Award," and "Sportsmanship Award."

The Best Effort award goes out to the driver that finishes the highest in the points standings without picking up a feature win. The Rookie-of-the-Year honors goes to the driver who shows the best performance in his/her first full year of racing in that division. The Most-Improved Driver award goes to the driver showing the most improvement throughout the season or from one season to another. The Hard Luck award goes to the driver that seems to experience the most "bad luck" throughout the season. The Sportsmanship Award goes to the driver that demonstrates the most sportsmanlike conduct to his fellow drivers, to the fans, to the track officials, etc.

In the Budweiser Late Model division, George Moreland of Waodorf, Md., took home the trophy for the late model points championship. David Hoffman took home the second-place trophy, followed by Jeff Pilkerton in third, Tommy Wagner in fourth, Bill Timme in fifth, Pat Wood in sixth, Tom Rawlings in seventh, Deane Guy in eighth, Jackie Booth, in ninth, and James Adkins in 10th.

The best effort award went to former track champion, Jeff Pilkerton. Former Enduro and Pure Street driver Jackie Booth took the rookie-of-the-year honors after finishing nineth in the points standings. Bill Timme received the most improved driver award. Larry Emory took home the hard luck award. Dave Hoffman received the sportsmanship award honors.

In the Bell Motor Company Semi-Lates, Darryl Hills of Lexington Park, MD, took home the top honors after being awarded the most improved driver last year. The other top 10 points finishers were former champion Paul Cursey in second, Sommey Lacey in third, Ronnie Hollidge in fourth, Dennis Windsor in fifth, Junior Lathroum in sixth, Steve Benjamin in seventh, Jeff Reeley in eighth, Bill Danel in ninth, and Brett Royal in 10th.

The best effort award went out to Ronnie Hollidge.  Jeff Reeley received
the most improved driver award.  Steve Benjamin took home the hard luck
award.  Bill Danel received the sportsmanship honors.

In the Coors Light Pure-Street Stocks, Johnny Smith of Severn, Md., took home the championship trophy after receiving most improved driver last year. Tommy Hitt took home second-place honors followed by Jamie Lathroum in third, Billy Tippett in fourth, Tom Turner in fifth, Kirk Confair in sixth, Jeff Thomas in seventh, P.J. Hatcher and Bobby Tipton, JR. tied for eighth , and Ken Coron in 10th.

Tom Turner took the best effort honors and the sportsmanship award went to Jeff Thomas. Billy Tippett received the rookie-of-the-year award after finishing fourth in points. The hard luck award went to Steve Long.

For the Mac Tools Four-Cylinders, Wayne Graves of Avenue, Md., was honored with the championship title. Calvin Wright finished second, followed by Scotty Scott in third, Jerry Dick in fourth, J.T. McLanigan in fifth, Bob Tester, Jr. in sixth, Linda Wright in seventh, Scotty Nelson in eighth, Chappy Knaack in ninth, and Sam Woods, Jr. in 10th.

J.T. McLanigan took the best effort award and rookie of the year after finishing fifth in the pints. Chappy Knaack received the most improved driver award. Sportsmanship honors went to Scotty Nelson and Scotty Scott took home the hard luck award.

In the Gardiner Outdoor Products, Inc. Enduros, Joe Adams received his first championship trophy. Former champion John Burch finished second, followed by Ben Bowie in third, Kevin Sprague in fourth, Wayne Suite in fifth, John Ballou in sixth, Marty Page in seventh, Chet Gagnon in eighth, Ray Weaver in ninth, and Wayne Weaver in 10th.

Best effort honors went to Marty Page. John Ballou received the most improved driver award picking up six wins this year. Ben Bowie was the rookie-of-the-year award winner after finishing third in the points standings. Wayne Weaver received the hard luck award. Paul Schendel took home the sportsmanship award.

The Chesapeake Web Design Bomber class saw 14 year old Brian Maxey of King George, VA taking the championship trophy. This newly created division found Jerry Oliver second, Joann Jackson third, Ronnie Doss fourth and Dennis Maxey fifty.

Best effort honors went to Jerry Oliver, and sportsmanship to Joann Jackson.

In the special 10 Race New Millennium Super Late Model Series sponsored by I.T.S.I. this year, top honors went to Allen Brannon of Winchester, VA. Brannon picked up 2 wins in the series and 1627 points plus $4,000 in point money. Second spot went to the 2000 point champion, George Moreland. He pick up 1 win in the series and 1498 points. Third position was earned by Roy Deese, Jr. of Odenton, MD. Deese picked up 2 wins in the series and 1433 points.

Along with the drivers, Potomac Speedway acknowledged division sponsors Budweiser (Guy Distributors) for Late Model sponsorship, Coors Light (Bozick Distributors) for Pure Street Stock sponsorship, Bell Motor Company the Semi Late sponsor, Mac Tools for 4 Cylinder sponsorship, Gardiner Outdoor Products, Inc., the Enduro sponsor and Chesapeake Web Design the new Bomber divison sponsor.

I.T.S.I. was recognized for funding the special New Millennium Super Late Model Series. Carruth Concrete, Minor's Electric, Wood's Paint Center, Jay Dee Supply, W&W Racing Tires, and Superior Tank were presented race sponsorship awards.

Appreciation awards were presented to 97.7 the Bay radio, and Guy Excavating. Patty Hardisty and Melissa Bednarik received awards for the 50/50 raffle sales (benefiting the injured drivers relief fund), with Peggy Scott being honored for the children's bike giveaways. Tom Hitt received an appreciation award for gathering the prizes for the Southern Maryland Nationals and the door prizes for the banquet.

The Media awards went out to Chesapeake Publishing, Corp., and M.A.R.F.

After all of the awards were distributed, the points champions were required to compete in one final race of the season, a two-lap scooter race. Bell Motor Company Semi-Late points champion, Darryl Hills took the checkered flag. Mistress of Ceremonies for the race was an unidentified driver sporting a "Miss Potomac 2001" title. The event was enjoyed by all. A special thank you to the sponsors of the scooters: Charles County Computers, Gallant Green Race Shop, Larry Hills & Sons Excavating, Cancun Cantina, Doug & Kelly Cooke, S.S.G. Construction & Stik Builders, and Three Mules Welding. The scooters will be donated to St. Mary's County Helping Hands for Christmas distribution. Much appreciation goes out to Denise and Dale Hollidge for coordinating the event.

Potomac Speedway would like to thank everyone for a successful 2000 racing season. We look forward to seeing everyone next year. To contact the Potomac Speedway office, call (301) 884-4624 or check out the web at www.potomacspeedway.com, maintained by Chesapeake Web Design.

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Series Stock car
Drivers Chappy Knaack , Tom Turner