Potomac Speedway race report 2002-09-22

First season wins for four out of five divisions at Potomac Speedway. Budds Creek, Md., -- It was a night of ending dry spells at Potomac Speedway as four of the five feature winners got their first wins of the season. Defending Budweiser Super...

First season wins for four out of five divisions at Potomac Speedway.

Budds Creek, Md., -- It was a night of ending dry spells at Potomac Speedway as four of the five feature winners got their first wins of the season. Defending Budweiser Super Late Model series points champion Deane Guy of Clements, Md., visited victory lane in the 25-lap feature on Saturday for the first time this year.

"The track was good tonight. The guys have been working very hard. The first part of the year, we were junk. The guys have been working so hard and we've been getting better and better," said Guy.

Defending Bell Motor Company Limited Late Model points champion Sommey Lacey of Clements, Md., was the only repeat winner of the evening as he picked up his third win of the year.

Craig Tankersley of Pasadena, Md. took the checkered flag for his first feature win of the year in the Coors Light Street Stocks. Jerry Dick of Lottsburg, Va. got his first win the season in the Potomac Speedway Four-Cylinder division.

John Burch of Owings, Md. visited victory lane for the first time this year in the Arby's Hobby Stocks. John Sellner was named the M.A.R.F. Hard Charger of the Race award winner as he came from a 13th place starting position to finish second. Corey Hanson of Mechanicsville, Md., picked up his first win of the season in the Chesapeake Web Design Bombers.

Adams Body Shop and the number 33 Nelson Racing Team sponsored the children's prize giveaway. Six-year-old Cameron Carroll of Mechanicsville, Md., was the lucky scooter winner.

In the 25-lap Budweiser Super Late Model feature, Deane Guy and Tommy Wagner Jr. made up the front starting row. As the green flag waved, the two battled for the lead. As the field entered turns one and two, Rick Jones got loose causing a chain reaction behind him involving Tim Murphy, P.J. Hatcher, and Robby Beall. The field then had a complete restart.

On the restart, Guy showed the way to complete lap one. On lap two, the yellow flag waved again for the second of 11 cautions. Guy again easily showed the way on the restart.

Guy went on to lead all 25 laps unchallenged for the top spot. He finished with about a four car length advantage over second place finisher Harold Dorsey Jr, followed by Rick Jones in third, Louie Littlepage in fourth, and Jackie Booth in fifth. Dorsey and Darryl Hills won the heats.

Chet Gagnon jumped out front to start the 20-lap Bell Motor Company Limited Late Model feature. Sommey Lacey challenged Gagnon for the position in turns three and four. Gagnon was able to edge Lacey off turn four to lead lap one.

The first of two cautions came out on lap three when Paul Hoffman spun in turns two. Gagnon again showed the way on the restart. On lap four, Gagnon's car slid up the track in turns three and four. Lacey dove to the bottom of Gagnon and was able to make the pass for the lead. Paul Cursey was also able to get by Gagnon to take over second.

As Lacey led, Cursey and Jamie Lathroum battled for second. Lacey was then able to open up a five-to-six car length advantage. With two laps to go, Cursey and Lathroum exchanged the second place position twice. Lathroum was able to hold onto the position as Lacey took the checkered flag. Cursey finished third, followed by Ronnie Hollidge in fourth, and Gagnon in fifth. Lacey also won the heat.

In the 15-lap Coors Light Street Stock feature, Chris Nelson took the early lead from the outside pole position. After putting lap one in the books, the first of six cautions came out for Barry Moore and Rick Green. Nelson showed the way on the restart.

Four more laps were completed when the yellow flag waved again for Rusty Alton. On the restart, Nelson's car was tapped from behind in turn two causing him to spin and collect Mike Latham and Jimmy Jesmer. Bobby Tipton Jr., then took over the lead.

Tipton showed the way as Craig Tankersley worked his way up to second. Tipton's six car length lead was cut down when Moore and Billy Lackey got together on the backstretch, bringing out the caution flag. On the restart, Tankersley looked to the inside of Tipton in turns three and four but couldn't make the pass.

On lap 12, the yellow flag waved again. On the restart, third place runner Billy Tippett made contact with Tipton causing Tipton to spin in turns one and two. Tippett also spun. Tankersley then took over the lead.

Because of time restrictions, the race was then shortened by two laps. Tankersley went on to lead the last few laps to take the checkered flag finishing with about a five-to-six car length advantage over second place finisher Jeff Thomas. Rusty Alton finished third followed by Cusic in fourth, and Long in fifth. Thomas and Mike Latham won the heats.

In the 12-lap Potomac Speedway Four-Cylinder division, Linda Wright took the early lead from the outside pole position. As Wright led opening up a half straight-a-way advantage, Wayne Graves, Jerry Dick, and Scotty Scott all battled for second. On lap five, Scott and Dick made contact with Scott and Graves then hitting the backstretch wall.

On the restart, Wright easily led the way. On lap seven, Dick passed Wright off turn four as she got a flat tire. She came to a stop in turn two on lap 10 to bring out the caution flag. On the restart, Calvin Wright and Billy Crouse got together in turns one and two bringing out the caution flag again. This allowed Linda Wright to come around to take over the second position.

While the field was under caution, Linda Wright experienced another flat tire causing her to go in the pits again. Dick showed the way on the restart and went on to take the checkered flag. He finished with about a five-to-six car length advantage over Calvin Wright. Crouse finished third followed by Linda Wright in fourth, and Graves in fifth. Graves won the heat.

Barry Lear and Laura Lear battled for the lead as the green flag waved in the 15-lap Arby's Hobby Stock feature. Barry Lear won the battle to put lap one in the books. Before lap two was completed, Ben Bowie hit the outside wall on the backstretch to bring out the first of five cautions.

Lear continued to show the way followed by John Latham in second. On lap nine, Ray Weaver made contact with Latham in turns one and two causing both cars to spin. While the field was under caution, Latham hit Weaver's car on the frontstretch causing Latham to be disqualified.

On the restart, John Burch went to the inside of Lear on the backstretch. He made the pass in turns three and four. John Sellner was able to get by Lear and made a bid for the lead on lap 13. Burch held onto the position. On lap 15, Sellner dove to the inside of Burch in turns three and four. The two made contact but Burch was able to hold onto the position to take the checkered flag followed by Sellner in second.

Weaver worked his way back up through the pack to finish third followed by Barry Lear in fourth, and Paul Schendel in fifth. Burch also won the heat.

Ben Oliver and Greg Mattingly battled for the lead at the start of the 15-lap Chesapeake Web Design Bomber feature. Mattingly was able to get the position to lead lap. Mattingly then got loose in turn two opening the door for Oliver. Oliver dove to the inside to take over the top spot.

Oliver then began to pull away, opening up a five-to-six car length lead. Kyle Nelson then closed in on Oliver by lap eight. On lap 11, he made a bid for the lead on the outside groove in turns three and four. Oliver edged Nelson off turn four. Corey Hanson then passed Nelson as Nelson got a flat tire.

On the last lap, Corey Hanson went to the outside of Oliver in turns one and two. The two ran side-by-side down the backstretch and into turns three and four. Hanson was able to edge Oliver to the start-finish line by inches to get the win. Oliver finished second followed by Eric Hanson in third, Jerry Oliver in fourth, and Jimmy Suite in fifth. Corey Hanson won the heat also.

This coming weekend will be the season highlight the annual 100-lap $5000 to win Vernon Harris Memorial. The weekend will be comprised of two nights of racing with qualifying on Friday June 28th and racing on Saturday June 29th. Pit gates and grandstand admission open at 5:30 p.m., with racing starting at 7 p.m. All divisions except for the Arby's Hobby Stocks and Chesapeake Web Design Bombers will run time trials on Friday night and then compete in the heat races to determine their starting position for Saturday night's feature. For the Budweiser Super Late Models, each of the heat winners will compete in a dash for position race to determine their starting spot in Saturday's feature. For more information, contact the track office at 301-884-4624 or check us out on the web at potomacspeedway.com.

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