Potomac Speedway awards banquet report

Budds Creek, Md. -- Potomac Speedway had its season finale by honoring the top 10 points finishers in each of five racing divisions, the top five in Bombers and others at the annual Potomac Speedway awards banquet on November 17th at the ...

Budds Creek, Md. -- Potomac Speedway had its season finale by honoring the top 10 points finishers in each of five racing divisions, the top five in Bombers and others at the annual Potomac Speedway awards banquet on November 17th at the Mechanicsville Fire House in Mechanicsville, Md. Bailey's Catering provided the banquet food, which was enjoyed by all.

The top 10 points finishers in each division received a trophy and their points funding along with the top three finishers in the I.T.S.I. Super Late Model series. Other special awards were given out for the "Best Effort," "Rookie-of-the-Year," "Most-Improved Driver," "Hard Luck Award," "Sportsmanship Award," and the "Outstanding Racing Achievement and Up and Coming Driver Awards".

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.

The outstanding achievement award and the special achievement award are presented to a driver by the track promoter for various reasons, such as driving ability, sportsmanlike behavior, improvement, etc.

In the Budweiser Super Late Model division, one time feature winner Deane Guy took home the championship trophy. The other top 10 points finishers were Rick Jones in second, Ernie Jones in third, Jackie Booth in fourth, Harold Dorsey Jr. in fifth, Tom Wagner Jr. in sixth, Barry Lear Sr. in seventh, George Moreland in eighth, Darryl Hills in ninth, and Pat Wood in 10th.

The Best Effort award went to Ernie Jones. Jones also received the Sportsmanship honors. Hills, who had four feature wins to his credit along with his ninth place points standing, took the Rookie-of-the-Year honors. Wagner received the Most Improved driver award after he picked up his first career super late model series win in 2001 followed by two more visits to victory lane. Jackie Booth took home the Hard Luck award.

Allen Brannon was crowned the I.T.S.I. points champion for the second year in a row. Brannon had one win in the series to his credit. Two-time winner Jim Bernheisel finished second followed by George Moreland in third.

In the Bell Motor Company Semi-Lates, Sommey Lacey, who finished the season with nine wins, took home his first ever points championship trophy. The other top 10 points finishers were Paul Cursey in second, Johnny Smith in third, Ronnie Hollidge in fourth, Chet Gagnon in fifth, Kevin Nelson in sixth, Craig Bowling in seventh, Jeff Burroughs in eighth, Bobby Harrington in ninth, and Joey Dean in 10th.

The Best Effort award went to Nelson. Smith took Rookie-of-the-Year honors after finishing third in the standings and picking up three feature wins. Lacey received the Most Improved driver award. Chet Gagnon received the Sportsmanship award. Jeff Burroughs took home the Hard Luck award.

In the Coors Light Pure-Street Stocks, Jamie Lathroum picked up his first points championship after visiting victory lane four times. The rest of the top 10 points finishers were Tom Turner in second, Jimmy Jesmer in third, Kirk Confair in fourth, P.J. Hatcher in fifth, Craig Tankersley in sixth, Tommy Hitt in seventh, Billy Tippett in eighth, Mike Latham in ninth, and Matt Valiquette in 10th.

Craig Tankersley took the Best Effort honors. Billy Lackey took home the Rookie-of-the-Year award. P.J. Hatcher was named the Most Improved driver after picking up his first career win in the 2001 racing season followed by another win in the Southern Maryland Nationals 40-lap event. The Hard Luck award went to Dan Dotson. Matt Valiquette received the Sportsmanship honors.

For the Potomac Speedway Four-Cylinders, Sam Woods Jr. won his first points championship title with one victory to his credit. Bob Tester Jr. finished second, followed by Calvin Wright in third, Linda Wright in fourth, Billy Crouse in fifth, Jerry Dick in sixth, Scotty Nelson in seventh, Chappy Knaack in eighth, Butch Mclanigan in ninth, and Scotty Scott in 10th.

Woods not only won the championship but he also took home the Most Improved driver award. Linda Wright took the Best Effort award. Billy Crouse received the Rookie of the Year honors. Jerry Dick took home the Hard Luck award while Tester received the Sportsmanship award.

In the Cliff's Heating and Air Conditioning Enduros, Joe Adams received his second championship trophy after taking the checkered flag seven times in the 2001 season. Ben Bowie finished second, followed by John Burch in third, Wayne Suite in fourth, Ray Weaver in fifth, John Latham in sixth, Chuck Williams in seventh, Bill Kessler in eighth, Marty Page in ninth, and John Sellner in 10th.

The Best Effort award went to Williams. Bowie received the Most Improved driver award. Latham received the Rookie-of-the-Year honors after finishing 6th in the points standings. The Hard Luck award went to Paul Schendel. Mary Page took home the Sportsmanship award.

For the Chesapeake Web Design Bombers Eric Hanson won his first points championship title. Hanson had four wins to his credit. Six time feature winner Dale Moore Jr. finished second, followed by Jerry Oliver in third, Jimmy Suite in fourth, and David Cooper in fifth.

Hanson also received the Rookie of the year honors. The Best Effort award went to Cooper along with the Hard Luck award. Moore received the Most Improved driver award. Jerry Oliver took home the Sportsmanship award.

The very special Outstanding Racing Achievement award went to Eric Hanson. He took home the Bomber championship and is only fourteen years old. The Promoter's award of the Up and Coming driver was given to P.J. Hatcher. In only his second year of racing, he picked up the prestigious Southern Maryland Nationals for street stocks.

Along with the drivers, Potomac Speedway acknowledged several of its sponsors including Budweiser (Guy Distributors), Coors Light (Bozick Distributors), Bell Motor Company, Cliff's Heating and Air Conditioning, Chesapeake Web Design, Jay Dee Supply, and W&W Racing Tires.

With the seriousness of recognizing the drivers for all of their accomplishments, a little fun was to be had with all of the track champions and their wives or girlfriends. Instead of a race on wheels, the drivers and their partners competed in a three-legged race. Jamie Lathroum and Allen Brannon ran across the start finish line side-by-side with their partners. Lathroum and his girlfriend Sharon Ann Bowles were declared as the race winners.

Potomac Speedway also made the rules and tentative schedule for the 2002 racing season available. For more information, contact the track office at 301-884-4624.

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Series Stock car
Drivers Kevin Nelson , David Cooper , Tom Turner
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