Potomac Speedway race report 2002-05-11

Latham takes checkered in Mike Wathen Memorial at Potomac Speedway. Budds Creek, Md. - After taking a week off, the racing action got underway once again at Potomac Speedway with the running of the annual 25-lap Mike Wathen Memorial Coors Light...

Latham takes checkered in Mike Wathen Memorial at Potomac Speedway.

Budds Creek, Md. - After taking a week off, the racing action got underway once again at Potomac Speedway with the running of the annual 25-lap Mike Wathen Memorial Coors Light Street Stock feature. Mike Latham of Mechanicsville, Md., took the checkered flag in the event to pick up his first win of the 2002 racing season.

In other racing action, Harold Dorsey Jr. of Baltimore, Md., got his first win of the season, his second career win, in the Budweiser Super Late Models. Rick Jones finished second in the event after starting 12th to win him the M.A.R.F. Hard Charger of the Race Award.

Defending Bell Motor Company Limited Late Model points champion, Sommey Lacey of Clements, Md., visited victory lane for the second time this year in that division. Current points leader Scotty Scott of White Plains, Md., got his third win of the year in the Potomac Speedway Four-Cylinder division.

Current points leader John Sellner, of Md., continues to dominate the Arby's Hobby Stock division by picking up his third win of the year. Don Doss took the checkered flag for his first win in the Chesapeake Web Design Bomber division while current points leader Kyle Nelson of Mechanicsville, Md., took the checkered flag for the first time in the make-up feature from the rain-out on April 27th.

Along with the feature events, there were also bike races for the kids. In the five-six, and seven-year-old division, seven-year-old Cody Manginell took the checkered flag with six-year-old Catlin Cardona passing Wyatt Hanson at the end for second.

In the eight-year-old division, it was a close race at the end with Mason Hanson taking the checkered flag followed by Jimmy Jesmer in second. Aaron Tarbox won the 12-year-old division with 13-year-old Jason Wood winning the 13 and 14-year-old division.

Seymour Auto Parts of Charlotte Hall, Md., donated a scooter for the children's prize give-a-way. Seven-year-old Allison Johnson of Hollywood, Md., was the lucky prize winner.

Harold Dorsey Jr. started on the pole of the 25-lap Budweiser Super Late Model feature and led the way as the green flag waved. As the field entered turns one and two, a multi-car incident occurred involving David Hoffman, Tim Murphy, and points leader Tommy Wagner Jr. Wagner injured his wrist in the incident, was unable to continue and will need surgery to put a pin in his wrist.

The field then had a complete restart. As they went back to green flag racing, Dorsey led the way. He bobbled in turn two with Billy Tippett looking to the inside of him. Dorsey was able to hold onto the top spot.

Dorsey continued to lead the way. Darryl Hills moved into the second spot on lap five but couldn't catch Dorsey as he pulled away by a straight-a-way advantage. The field stayed under green flag racing allowing Dorsey to open a bigger lead. He went on to take the checkered flag, finishing with a half-track advantage. "The car got better as the race went on. I got itchy there a couple of times and I almost messed up. We've been working on the car real hard. A few weeks ago, I was ready to give up," said Dorsey.

Rick Jones, who started in 12th, was able to get around Hills on lap 22 to finish second. "We definitely got this rocket chassis hooked up. I think if we got a caution we might have had something for Dorsey. He's a good guy and I'm glad to see him win," said Jones.

Hills finished third, followed by Deane Guy in fourth, and Scott Cross in fifth. Guy and Murphy won the heats.

In the 20-lap Bell Motor Company Limited Late Model feature, Chet Gagnon led the way as the green flag waved. Sommey Lacey looked to make a bid for the lead each circuit around in the first four laps but was unable to do so. On lap five, Lacey went to the inside of Gagnon as they exited turn two. He was able to make the pass to take over the top spot.

Once Lacey took over, he never looked back. He went on to take the checkered flag finishing with almost a straight-a-way advantage over Gagnon. Paul Cursey ended up third, followed by Johnny Smith in fourth, and Ronnie Hollidge in fifth. Gagnon won the heat.

In the 25-lap Coors Light Street Stock Mike Wathen Memorial, Craig Tankersley and Jimmy Jesmer battled for the lead at the drop of the green flag. Jesmer edged Tankersley off turn two to get the top position. Jesmer continued to lead with Mike Latham glued to his rear bumper.

On lap seven, Jesmer got loose in turn four, almost spinning. He fell back to the fifth place position. Latham then took over the lead with Billy Tippett in second. On lap 12, Tippett made his move, going to the inside of Latham in turn four. The two crossed the start-finish line side-by-side with Latham holding onto the lead. On lap 14, the two made contact in turns one and two and ran side-by-side down the backstretch and into turns three and four. Tippett was able to make the pass as they exited turn four.

On lap 18, a caution came out for Chester Sellers who spun in turns three and four. On the restart, Tippett's car drifted up the track in turns one and two. Latham dove to the inside of him, making the pass on the backstretch to retake the lead. On lap 20, Tankersley spun in turns one and two with Tippett being caught up in the incident. Jesmer then retook second. Jesmer made a bid for the lead on the restart but Latham was able to hold onto the lead.

Latham went on to lead the last five laps to take the checkered flag. Jesmer bobbled in turns one and two on the last lap falling back to the fourth position. Bobby Tipton Jr. finished second followed by Ronald Cusic in third, and Matt Valliquette in fifth. Latham and Tippett won the heats.

Calvin Wright led the way at the start of the Potomac Speedway Four-Cylinder feature. Scotty Nelson looked to the outside of Wright in turn three. The two crossed the start-finish line side-by-side to complete lap one. Wright led the lap by inches. As they entered turns one and two, Nelson took over the lead as Wright spun.

Nelson led the way on the restart. On laps three and four, Scotty Scott challenged for the lead. Nelson held him off. On lap seven, Nelson's car drifted up the track in turn two. Scott dove to the inside of him to take over the top spot.

Scott went on to take the checkered flag followed by Nelson in second, Jerry Dick in third, Billy Crouse in fourth, and Calvin Wright in fifth. Nelson won the heat.

John Sellner started in the third position but worked his way out front to lead lap one of the 15-lap Arby's Hobby Stock feature. Sellner led the first five laps. On lap six, Ben Bowie challenged Sellner for the lead. He made the pass in turns one and two but then spun as they exited turn four with Sellner retaking the lead.

Sellner went on to take the checkered flag leading through 10 cautions and restarts. Bowie worked his way back up through the field to finish second followed by John Burch in third, Jeff Helsel in fourth, and Chuck Williams in fifth. John Latham won the heat.

In the 15-lap Chesapeake Web Design Bomber feature, Jerry Oliver took the early lead to put the first two laps in the books. On lap three, Oliver slowed as they exited turn four with Don Doss taking over the top position.

Doss continued to show the way. On lap 15, Kyle Nelson was glued to Doss' rear bumper. Nelson dove to the inside of Doss in turn three. The two made contact off turn four with Nelson hitting the wall. Doss went on to take the checkered flag followed by Cory Hanson in second, Jimmy Suite in third, Kyle Nelson in fourth, and Eric Hanson in fifth. Eric Hanson won the heat.

In the 15-lap Chesapeake Web Design Bomber make-up feature, Kyle Nelson and Eric Hanson made up the front starting row. Hanson took the early lead to put the first five laps in the books. Nelson was able to get around Hanson on lap six to take over the top position. Nelson went on to lead the rest of the feature to take the checkered flag. Hanson finished second, followed by Don Doss in third, Thomas Pickeral in fourth, and William Crouse in fifth.

This coming week at Potomac Speedway the regular show will be on hand with a 30-lap Arby's Hobby Stock feature, along with the Little Lincoln Cars. Pit gates and grandstand admission open at 4:30 p.m. with racing starting at 6 p.m. For more information, contact the Potomac Speedway track office at 301-884-4624.

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