MIKE WATHEN STREET STOCK MEMORIAL TO BILLY TIPPETT MORELAND EARNS FIRST 2001 SUPER LATE MODEL WIN AT POTOMAC SPEEDWAY By Lisa Mann Budds Creek, MD, 12 May 2001 -- Southern Maryland received much needed rain Saturday night just one hour prior to...
MIKE WATHEN STREET STOCK MEMORIAL TO BILLY TIPPETT
MORELAND EARNS FIRST 2001 SUPER LATE MODEL WIN AT POTOMAC SPEEDWAY
By Lisa Mann
Budds Creek, MD, 12 May 2001 -- Southern Maryland received much needed rain Saturday night just one hour prior to race time at Potomac Speedway. Luck was, however, on George Moreland's side as the rains ended and racing began on the 3/8 mile high banked oval, thus enabling the 2000 Track Champion to grab his first Budweiser Super Late Model victory of the 2001 racing season. Saturday night was also a night to remember a fallen hero. The Coors Light Street Stocks paid homage to Mike Wathen, their late competitor, who lost a quick battle with cancer 10 years ago. Billy Tippet of Welcome, MD took the exciting 25 lap feature event. Sommey Lacey of Clements, MD took the Bell Motor Company Late Model win. The 4 Cylinder checkered went to Scotty Nelson of Mechanicsville, MD. Ben Bowie of Welcome, MD took the Cliff's Heating and Air Enduro/Hobby Stock feature event. Joanne Jackson of Mechanicsville, MD took her second Chesapeake Web Design Bomber feature. The Metropolitan Auto Racing Fan Club (MARF) sponsored the Hard Charger award in the Bell Motor Company Late Model division. That prize went to Paul Cursey of Baltimore, MD. Many junior racers were on hand to participate in Potomac's first Bike Race of the 2001 racing season. The Bike Race is a right of passage to join the ranks of Stock Car Racing at Potomac Speedway and the prospects look very competitive and focused on the win. The Boy's Bike Giveaway donated by Dollar Dealin Russell and Buckler was won by Joe Kennedy of Catonsville, MD.
Budweiser Super Late Model action was spectacular. Moreland started in the fourth position and battled his way up to take the lead on the first lap of the 25 lap event. Following Moreland to the front were Ray Kable Jr, Tom Wagner Jr, and Deane Guy. The three waged battle on the front runner. On lap 5 Guy got around Wagner for third while Kable and Moreland battled for the top spot. Moreland opened up a sizable lead as the second, third and fourth place cars battled for position. On lap 14 caution shown for Robby Beall who was loosing fuel on the racing surface. The restart saw the top five of Moreland, Kable, Guy, Wagner and Ernie Jones battling for position. On lap 20 Guy took second position from Kable. Guy was able to hold on for second following Moreland to the stripe. Kable and Wagner came across third and fourth as Jones faced trouble on the last lap while battling for position. Thus allowing Mike Christopher to secure fifth position on the last lap of the event. Heats were won by Jones and Wagner.
The Bell Motor Late Model feature saw a familiar face in victory lane. Sommey Lacey led the event from green to checkered holding off the hard charging Paul Cursey and Ronnie Hollidge. With just two laps to go the battle for second position heated up when Hollidge powered by Cursey for the position. Following the front trio were Kevin Nelson and Chet Gagnon rounding out the top five. Cursey took the heat event.
Potomac hosted another full field of Coors Light Street Stocks on Saturday night for the 2001 Mike Wathen Memorial 25 lap Feature Event. Billy Tippet took the early lead over Mike Latham and Jamie Lathroum. Lathroum assumed the lead on lap 7 with Tippet and Ronald Cusic close behind. Mechanical woes struck the leader on lap 12. Lathroum handed the lead to Cusic with Tippet hot on his bumper. Tommy Hitt, who started 12th in the event worked his way up to the third position to wage battle with the leaders. On lap 19 the mechanical gremlins claimed yet another leader. Cusic headed into the pit area for a quick tire change handing the lead back over to Tippet. Tippet never looked back as he took the checkered over Hitt, Tom Turner, Chris Nelson, and PJ Hatcher. The Heat races went to Billy Lackey and Hitt.
Potomac Speedway's 4 Cylinder action was intense. Jerry Dick led the way from the pole position. Calvin Wright and Sam Woods were on his fenders. On lap 5 fourth place Scotty Nelson powered his way to the front of the pack, brining Woods and Wright with him. The trio remained until the last lap when Bob Tester got around Wright for third coming to the stripe. Wright held on for fourth and Dick came across in fifth. The heat race was won by Calvin Wright.
The 15 lap Cliff's Heating and Air Enduro/Hobby Stock feature event was an exciting event. John Sellner took the early lead followed by Joe Adams and John Burch. The three battled side by side. On lap 3 Burch took the top spot. Sellner was shuffled back in the pack giving way to Adams and Ben Bowie to wage battle on Burch. And battle they did. The three race door to door for the final 11 laps of the 15 lap feature event. Adams gave up the second position on lap 10 as Bowie took that spot. With just one lap to go Bowie got around Burch for first and kept his chargers at bay. Following Bowie to the stripe were Burch, Adams, John Latham, and Wayne Suite. The heat race went to Burch.
Luck was a lady in the Chesapeake Web Design Bomber feature as Joanne Jackson claimed her second victory of the season. Jackson powered to the early lead followed by Jimmy Suite and Dale Moore. Attrition was a factor in the event as Moore and David Cooper suffered mechanical woes. Following Jackson to the stripe were Jerry Oliver and Suite. The heat race went to Dale Moore.
Next week, May 19th, Potomac Speedway hosts the Little Lincoln Cars and a 30 Lap Enduro/Hobby feature event with a regular show for the other racing divisions. Gates open at 4:30pm racing action starts at 6:00pm. For more information call the Track Office at (301) 884-4624 or visit our Web Site at www.potomacspeedway.com.
Budweiser Super Late Model
24 George Moreland, 2. 44 Deane Guy, 3. 90 Ray Kable Jr., 4. 50 Tom Wagner Jr. 5. 66 Mike Christopher, 6. 10 Fred Hardin, 7. 99L Barry Lear, 8. 88 Rick Jones, 9. 17 Frank Smith, 10. 21M Tim Murphy, 11. 22 Ernie Jones, 12. 33 Jackie Booth, 13. 7 Mike Warshauer, 14. 92 Harold Dorsey, 15. 70L Robby Beall, DNS 81 Bill Timme
Bell Motor Company Late Models
1. 45 Sommey Lacey, 2. 0 Ronnie Hollidge, 3. 37 Paul Cursey, 4. 82 Johnny Smith, 5. 66X Kevin Nelson, 6. 30 Chet Gagnon, 7. 20 Ed Gryszkiewicz
Coors Light Street Stock
1. 37 Billy Tippett, 2. 7T Tommy Hitt, 3. 25T Tom Turner, 4. 66X Chris Nelson 5. 77 PJ Hatcher, 6. 23 Ronald Cusic, 7. 81 Kirk Confair, 8. 47 Jimmy Jessmer, 9. 18 Craig Tankersley, 10. 99 Jeff Snavely, 11. 6 Jamie Lathroum, 12. 0 Doug Cooke, 13. 17K Troy Kassiris, 14. 27 Matt Valliquette, 15. 11L Billy Lackey, 16. 25 Scott Thompson, 17. 78 Mike Latham, 18. 2D Dan Dotson 19. 67 Kevin Johnson, 20. 8up Rick Jackson
Potomac Speedway's 4 Cyliners
1. 33 Scotty Nelson, 2. 00 Sam Woods, 3. 22 Bob Tester, 4. 94 Calvin Wright, 5. 44 Jerry Dick, 6. 1 Linda Wright, 7. 39 Butch McLanigan, 8. 8 Billy Crouse
Cliff's Heating and Air Enduro/Hobby Stock
1. 17 Ben Bowie, 2. 12 John Burch, 3. 69 Joe Adams, 4. 78 John Latham, 5. 00 Wayne Suite, 6. 29 Marty Page, 7. 8 Paul Schendel, 8. 2 Chuck Williams, 9. 5 John Sellner, 10. 23 Frank Helsel, DNS - 11 Ray Weaver.
Chesapeake Web Design Bombers
1. 8 Joanne Jackson, 2. 3 Jerry Oliver, 3. 1 Jimmy Suite, 4. 27 David Cooper, 5. 5 Dale Moore