Potomac Cody Endicott Memorial race report

Adkins takes checkered in Cody Endicott Memorial at Potomac Speedway. Budds Creek, Md., -- After suffering major damage in an incident in the last Budweiser I.T.S.I. event two weeks ago, super late model driver James Adkins Jr., of Port Tobacco,...

Adkins takes checkered in Cody Endicott Memorial at Potomac Speedway.

Budds Creek, Md., -- After suffering major damage in an incident in the last Budweiser I.T.S.I. event two weeks ago, super late model driver James Adkins Jr., of Port Tobacco, Md., was back again to do battle. Adkins bounced back to take the checkered flag in Saturday's 40-lap I.T.S.I. event to win the $2,000 purse in the fourth I.T.S.I. event this year, the Cody Endicott Memorial. It was his first I.T.S.I. win of the year and his second victory at the track this season.

Ronnie Hollidge of Mechanicsville, Md., picked up his first win of the season in the Bell Motor Company Limited Late Model feature event. Ronald Cusic of Mechanicsville, Md., visited victory lane for the second time this year in the Coors Light Street Stocks. Billy Tippett was the M.A.R.F. Hard Charger of the race award winner as he came from a 19th place starting position to finish fifth.

Current Potomac Speedway Four-Cylinder points leader Scotty Scott of White Plains, Md., added another notch to the win column as he got his fourth victory of the year. Current Arby's Hobby Stock points leader Ben Bowie of Welcome, Md., picked up his second win of the year. Jerry Oliver of Mechanicsville, Md., took the checkered flag for the third time this year in the Chesapeake Web Design Bombers.

Peggy and Jerry Scott donated a scooter for the children's prize give-a-way. Eleven year-old Kimberly Rich of Waldorf, Md. was the lucky scooter winner.

In the 40-lap Budweiser I.T.S.I. Cody Endicott Memorial, Rick Jones and Tim Murphy made up the front starting row. Murphy took the lead as the green flag waved. The top three cars, Murphy, Jones, and James Adkins Jr., all ran nose-to-tail with Jones and Adkins battling for the second position for several laps. The two were forced back in line on lap seven when the first of six yellow flags waved for Tommy Wagner Jr. and David Bryant.

When the field went back to green flag racing, Murphy again led the way with Jones and Adkins battling for second again. On lap 14, Adkins went to the outside of Jones in turns three and four. He was able to make the pass to take over second. Adkins then set his sights on Murphy. One lap later, Adkins took over the lead as he passed Murphy in turns three and four after using the outside groove once again.

Once Adkins took over the lead, he never looked back. He went on to lead the last 26 laps to take the checkered flag. He finished with about a five-car length advantage over Jim Bernheisel who worked his way up through the field from a 10th place starting position. Murphy finished third, followed by Bo Feathers in fourth, and Jones in fifth. Murphy, Jones, and Harold Dorsey Jr. won the heats.

Ronnie Hollidge started from the outside pole and took the lead in the 20-lap Bell Motor Company Limited Late Model feature as they exited turn two on lap one. Hollidge put two laps in the books when the first of two cautions came out for David Puckett who spun in turns three and four. On the restart, Hollidge easily led the way.

Paul Cursey took over second on lap five but then spun in turn two on lap 10 giving second to Chet Gagnon.

Gagnon closed up Hollidge's four-car length advantage down to two car lengths, but was unable to make a bid for the lead. Hollidge went on to take the checkered flag followed by Gagnon in second, Sommey Lacey in third, Cursey in fourth, and Joey Dean in fifth. Gagnon won the heat.

In the 15 lap Coors Light Street Stock feature, Stevie Long started on the outside pole and led the way as the green flag waved. Long and second place runner Jimmy Jesmer had a half straight-a-way lead over the rest of the field by lap three. On lap four, the first of seven cautions came out for Billy Lackey who spun in turn two and then for P.J. Hatcher. On the restart, Long led the way as Jesmer looked to the inside. He was unable to make a bid for the lead.

On lap six, Jesmer spun in turn four bringing out the second caution. On the restart, Ronald Cusic made a bid for the lead on the inside groove in turn four. They two ran side-by-side back to the start-finish line. Long edged Cusic back to the line to lead the lap. The two continued to run side-by-side into turns one and two. Cusic was able to make the pass on the backstretch.

Cusic went on to lead the last nine laps unchallenged for the lead. He finished with about a four-car length advantage over Long. Craig Tankersley finished third followed by Jesmer in fourth, and Billy Tippett in fifth. Long and Rick Jackson won the heats.

Billy Crouse started from the outside pole and led the way as the green flag waved in the 12-lap Potomac Speedway Four-Cylinder feature. Before the first lap was completed, the caution flag waved for Scotty Nelson who slowed on the backstretch. When the field went back to green, Crouse again led the way.

Jerry Dick challenged Crouse for the lead on lap six as they entered turn three, but Crouse held him off. On lap seven, Linda Wright and Wayne Graves joined in the battle with Graves ending up in the wall on the backstretch. On the restart, Crouse led the way. He put one more lap in the books when Linda Wright again challenged for the lead in turn three. He was able to hang onto the top position.

As Crouse entered turns three and four for the final time, Scotty Scott, who took over second on lap 10, then set his sights on Crouse and challenged for the lead. Scott was able to get the advantage as they exited turn four to beat Crouse back to the start-finish line for the checkered flag. Crouse finished second followed by Dick in third, Calvin Wright in fourth, and Graves in fifth. Nelson won the heat.

In the 15-lap Arby's Hobby Stock feature, Barry Lear started on the pole and led the way to put lap one in the books. On lap two, a caution came out for Jeff Helsel. On the restart, Ben Bowie made a bid for the lead on the outside groove in turn two. He was able to make the pass for the top position. Two laps later, a caution came out for Lear who spun in turn four after contact with John Burch. Bowie again led on the restart.

Bowie went on to lead the rest of the feature unchallenged for the lead. Burch finished second followed by John Latham in third, Jerry Lee in fourth, and Barry Williams in fifth. Burch won the heat.

Ben Oliver led the way at the start of the 15-lap Chesapeake Web Design Bomber feature. Before the first lap was completed, a caution came out for Eric Hanson and Thomas Pickerey. When the field got back under green, Ben Oliver again led the way.

By lap five, Oliver had about a half straight-a-way advantage. Oliver continued to show the way until he began to slow on lap 13 with a flat tire. Jerry Oliver then took over the lead. Jerry Oliver led the last three laps and went on to take the checkered flag. A good battle for second occurred between Kyle Nelson and Greg Mattingly. Nelson got the position with Mattingly finishing third followed by Pickerey in fourth, and Kyle Lear in fifth. Cory Hanson won the heat.

This coming week, the stock car drivers of Potomac Speedway will take another week off as the National Motocross comes to town. The racing action will resume on Saturday June 22nd for the regular show. Pit and grandstand admission starts at 5:30 p.m. with racing starting at 7 p.m. For more information, contact the track office at 301-884-4624 or see us on the web at www.potomacspeedway.com.

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