Potomac Speedway race report 2002-07-03

Brannon sparks a win in 40-lapper at Potomac Speedway. Budds Creek, Md., -- Defending I.T.S.I. Budweiser Super Late Model points champion and current points leader, Allen Brannon of Winchester, Va., ended his dry spell as he took the checkered...

Brannon sparks a win in 40-lapper at Potomac Speedway.

Budds Creek, Md., -- Defending I.T.S.I. Budweiser Super Late Model points champion and current points leader, Allen Brannon of Winchester, Va., ended his dry spell as he took the checkered flag in Wednesday's 40-lap $2500 purse feature. Arby's sponsored all of the racing action along with a spectacular fireworks show by Fireworks Productions.

Billy Tucker and Bo Feathers dominated the event early on but Feathers lost his driveshaft on lap 36 to give the lead to Brannon. He held off Jim Bernheisel and James Adkins, Jr., to take the checkered flag.

When asked about Feathers breaking in front of him, Brannon said, "I figured that's about the only way we're going to get a win. We got together down here on the restart. It was just racing," Brannon added.

Brannon's win gave him another five points to his lead over Adkins in the I.T.S.I. series. With one I.T.S.I. event left, scheduled for Sunday, September 1st, Brannon seems to be on his way to another championship.

Jamie Lathroum of Mechanicsville, Md., picked up his sixth win in the Bell Motor Company Limited Late Models. Ronald Cusic of Mechanicsville, Md., visited victory lane for the fourth time this year in the Coors Light Street Stocks. J.T. Mclanigan of Annapolis, Md. got his third win in the Potomac Speedway Four-Cylinder division after Greg Gunter was disqualified during post-race inspection. Ben Bowie of Port Tobacco, Md., padded his points lead a little more as he picked up his fourth win of the season.

Bailey's Catering sponsored the children's prize giveaway with a boys and girls bike giveaway. Eight-year-old Justin Miller of Hughesville, Md., was the lucky boys bike winner while seven-year-old Allison Johnson of Hollywood, Md., was the girls bike winner.

In the 40-lap Budweiser Super Late Model I.T.S.I. event, Ernie Jones took the early lead. Darryl Hills looked to the outside in turns three and four but then got loose allowing Billy Tucker and Jonathan DeHaven to pass him. On lap three, Tucker and DeHaven both tried to pass Jones. Tucker was able to make the pass to take over the top spot. Tucker then began to pull away from the rest of the field with a four-car length lead.

As Tucker led, Allen Brannon and Bo Feathers battled for second. Brannon won the battle for the position. On lap 17, fourth of 12 cautions came out when James Adkins Jr., and Jim Bernheisel made contact in turn two. Adkins spun collecting Tommy Wagner Jr. and Richard Guizdale. On the restart, Tucker led the way as Brannon and Feathers battled again.

Before the lap was completed, the yellow flag waved again when DeHaven spun after contact with Bernheisel. On the restart, Feathers went to the outside of Tucker while Brannon went to the inside. Feathers was able to make the pass as they entered turn three. Brannon passed Tucker just after crossing the start-finish line.

On lap 24, a caution came out when Kirk Confair spun on the frontstretch hitting the inside retaining wall. While the field was under caution Tucker pulled in the pits for repairs. He was able to continue. On the restart, Feathers led the way while Bernheisel challenged Brannon for second. He was able to make the pass but was forced back to third as a caution came out before the lap was completed.

On the restart, Feathers easily showed the way. He then began to pull away from the rest of the field. He enjoyed a six-car length lead when his car shut off just after crossing the start-finish line to complete lap 35. He then came to a stop to bring out the caution flag. Brannon then assumed the lead.

Brannon showed the way on the restart with Bernheisel, and Adkins, who worked his way back up through the pack, in tow. On lap 38, Bernheisel went to the outside of Brannon in turn three. He got loose and almost spun. Adkins and Rick Jones both got by him.

Brannon went on to take the checkered flag followed by Adkins in second, Rick Jones in third, Bernheisel in fourth, and Ernie Jones in fifth. Brannon, Adkins and Bernheisel won the heats.

The 20-lap Bell Motor Company Limited Late Model feature got off to a slow start as Ray Love, Fireball Latham, and Chet Gagnon got together in turn two. On the restart, David Williams and Walt Homberg then spun bringing out the caution flag once again.

The field again had a complete restart. Jamie Lathroum showed the way as the green flag waved. By lap five, Lathroum had about a four-to-five car length lead. He stretched that lead out to a straight-a-way advantage by lap 12 as Sommey Lacey moved into second.

Lathroum's lead was cut down on lap 17 when Paul Hoffman hit the inside retaining wall on the frontstretch brining out the caution flag. On the restart, Lathroum led the way. With one lap to go, David Puckett and Ronnie Hollidge got together in turn two. Puckett's car flipped over, brining out the red flag. Puckett was uninjured.

When the race went back to green, Paul Cursey tried to take second from Lacey. Lacey held him off and stayed glued to Lathroum's rear bumper. He wasn't able to make a bid for the lead as Lathroum took the checkered flag. Lacey finished second, followed by Cursey in third, Gagnon in fourth, and Homberg in fifth. Hollidge and Puckett won the heats.

Jimmy Jesmer led the way at the start of the 15-lap Coors Light Street Stock feature. Jesmer led the first two laps when he spun in turn four. He was able to keep going but fell back to fifth. Stevie Long then took over the lead.

Long continued to show the way with Barry Williams in second and Ronald Cusic in third. Cusic and Williams battled for position. Williams then looked to the inside of Long on lap five.

Cusic dove to the inside of Williams as they exited turn two on lap six. He was able to make the pass to take over second. He then set his sights on Long. On lap eight, Cusic went to the inside of Long. The two ran side-by-side in turn three with Cusic making the pass for the lead as they exited turn four. Williams then passed Long for second.

Once Cusic took over the lead, he never looked back. He went on to take the checkered flag, finishing with about a four-to-five car length advantage over Williams. Mike Latham finished third, followed by Long in fourth, and Deuce Wright in fifth. Williams and Long won the heats.

In the Potomac Speedway Four-Cylinder feature, Greg Gunter started from the outside pole and led the way as the green flag waved. J.T. Mclanigan stayed glued to Gunter's rear bumper all 12 laps but was unable to make a bid for the lead. On the last lap, Mclanigan got loose in turn two allowing Gunter to pull ahead by a four-to-five car length advantage. He took the checkered flag but was then disqualified during the post-race inspection for a steering quickener. Mclanigan then got the win followed by Wayne Graves in second, Scotty Nelson in third, Calvin Wright in fourth, and Jerry Dick in fifth. Calvin Wright won the heat.

Corey Hanson started from the outside pole and led the way as the green flag waved in the Arby's Hobby Stock feature. On lap three, Ben Bowie challenged Hanson for the lead as they exited turn two. He was able to make the pass to take over the top spot.

Bowie then began to pull away from the rest of the field. By lap six, he had almost a straight-a-way advantage. Bowie continued to show the way. On lap 13, a caution came out for Jeff Helsel who spun in turn two. On the restart, Bowie went wide in turn four, Ray Weaver looked to the inside of Bowie in turn four, but couldn't make the pass.

He then challenged Bowie for the lead on the inside on the backstretch. They made contact in turns three and four. Bowie was able to hold onto the top spot and went on to take the checkered flag. Weaver got loose on the last lap opening the door for John Sellner to take over second. Weaver finished third followed by Chuck Williams in fourth, and Hanson in fifth. John Burch won the heat.

This coming Saturday, July 6th, there will be no racing action at Potomac Speedway. The racing will resume on Saturday July 13th for Coors Light Night with a 25-lap Coors Light Street Stock feature along with the regular show. There will also be big wheel races for the kids. Pit gates open at 5:30 p.m. with racing starting at 7 p.m. For more information, contact the track office at 301-884-4624 or check out the web at www.potomacspeedway.com.

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