Bernheisel Takes Checkered in $3,000 To-Win Mike Clore Memorial at Potomac Speedway Potomac Speedway May 27, 2001 Budds Creek, Md. -- With all of the rain coming through Southern Maryland this past week, the chances of getting the racing...
Bernheisel Takes Checkered in $3,000 To-Win Mike Clore Memorial at Potomac Speedway
May 27, 2001
Budds Creek, Md. -- With all of the rain coming through Southern Maryland this past week, the chances of getting the racing action at Potomac Speedway underway this past Sunday night seemed pretty grim. Luckily, mother nature took the day off for Jim Bernheisel, of Lebanon, Pa., to visit victory lane, picking up the $3,000 purse in the Carruth & Sons Concrete sponsored Budweiser Super Late Model 40-lap Mike Clore Memorial.
It was Bernheisel's first win of the season and first win in the I.T.S.I. Super Late Model series. The Mike Clore Memorial event held this Memorial Day weekend, was the third of 9 races in the I.T.S.I. series. Of the 30 cars starting the event, only 11 cars finished. The race was slowed 17 times for cautions.
James Adkins, Jr., of Waldorf, Md., was the M.A.R.F. Hard Charger of the Race award winner. Adkins came from a 30th place starting position to finish third.
Sommey Lacey of Clements, Md., continues to dominate the Bell Motor Company Late Models by picking up his fifth win this year. P.J. Hatcher of Mechanicsville, Md., took the checkered flag for the first time this year in the Coors Light Pure-Street Stocks. Robert Holmes of Berryville, Va., visited victory lane for the first time this year on his first visit to the track in the Potomac Speedway Four-Cylinders. Joe Adams of Clements, Md., picked up his third win of the year in the Cliff's Heating and Air Conditioning Enduro/Hobby Stock feature. Dale Moore, Jr., of Mechanicsville, Md., visited victory lane for the first time in the Chesapeake Web Design Bombers.
In the 40-lap Mike Clore Memorial Budweiser Super Late Model event, 30 cars made up the starting grid with Scott Cross and Deane Guy making up the front row. Cross took the early lead as the green flag waved with Guy in tow. After having contact with Ray Kable, Guy was involved in a multi-car incident on lap five in turns three and four. Gary Stuhler then moved into the second spot. Cross led the way on the restart. On lap eight, Stuhler made a bid for the lead in turns three and four. He was able to make the pass to lead the lap as they exited turn four. Cross came battling back and was able to retake the lead in turn four on lap nine. Stuhler stayed glued to Cross' rear bumper. Jim Bernheisel then joined in on the battle. He was able to pass Stuhler for second on lap 12. He then set his sights on Cross. On lap 13, Bernheisel looked to the outside of Cross, but couldn't make his move. Then, on lap 14, he dove to the inside of Cross in turn two. He was able to make the pass to take over the lead. Stuhler was also able to get around Cross. Once Bernheisel took over the lead, he never looked back. Stuhler looked to make a bid for the lead a couple of times but wasn't able to do so. Bernheisel took the checkered flag, followed by Stuhler in second. Cross experienced problems on lap 26 and pulled his car in the pits. The car on the move was that of James Adkins, Jr. Adkins worked his way up from a 30th place starting position to finish third. Allen Brannon finished fourth, followed by George Moreland in fifth. Bernheisel, Harold Dorsey, Jr., Ernie Jones, and Rick Jones won the heats. Allen Brannon won the consi.
Chet Gagnon started on the pole in the 20-lap Bell Motor Company Late Model feature and led the way as the green flag waved. On lap two, Gagnon got loose and spun in turns one and two, bringing out a caution. Johnny Smith then took over the lead with Paul Cursey in second. On the restart, Cursey made a bid for the lead. He made contact with Smith as they exited turn two. Cursey spun collecting Fireball Latham. Tenth-place starter, Sommey Lacey, who had worked his way up through the field, then took over the second-place position. Smith led the way on the restart. On lap four, Lacey made his move. He went to the inside of Smith in turn four, making the pass for the lead. Once Lacey took over the lead, he began to pull away from the rest of the field. By lap 13, he had about a half straight-a-way lead. He began to have some handling problems around lap 15, but was able to keep his car out front to take the checkered flag, unchallenged for the lead. Cursey finished second, followed by Smith in third, Ronnie Hollidge in fourth, and Anthony Wils in fifth. Lacey also won the heat.
In the Coors Light Pure-Street Stock heat, the crowd witnessed a horrendous flip by the T-33 car of Donnie Kenney of Winchester, VA. Fortunately, the driver was uninjured. In the 15-lap Coors Light Pure-Street Stock feature, P.J. Hatcher started from the outside lane of the front row and took the early lead as the green flag waved. By lap two, he had about a five-car length advantage over second-place runner Doug Cooke. Hatcher continued to pull away from the rest of the field until a caution came out on lap 10 for an incident involving Craig Tankersley, Troy Kassiris, and Jimmy Jesmer. On the restart, Hatcher easily led the way, stretching out to a four-car length advantage by lap 12. He went on to take the checkered flag, unchallenged for the lead. Tommy Hitt finished second, followed by Ronald Cusic in third, Mike Latham in fourth, and Bill Tippett in fifth. Cusic and Jesmer won the heats.
Scotty Nelson started on the pole in the 12-lap Potomac Speedway Four-Cylinder event. Nelson led the field of 13 cars as the green flag waved. After completing lap two, a caution came out when second-place runner Jerry Dick spun as they exited turn two. On lap five, Robert Holmes made a bid for the lead, going to the inside of Nelson in turn two. Holmes was able to make the pass. Nelson came battling back on lap six, opening the door for Bob Tester. Tester was able to pass Nelson for second and then set his sights on Holmes. Tester looked to the inside of Holmes on the frontstretch on lap nine, but couldn't make a move. Tester then spun in turns one and two on lap 10. Nelson then moved back into second. He looked to the inside of turns three and four on the restart, but Holmes held him off. He looked to the inside of Holmes once again on lap 12, but wasn't able to make a move. Holmes took the checkered flag followed by Nelson in second, Chappy Knaack in third, Dean Holmes in fourth, and Calvin Wright in fifth. Knaack won the heat.
In the 15-lap Cliff's Heating and Air Conditioning Enduro/Hobby Stock feature, John Latham started on the pole and led the way. Latham had about a two-car length advantage by lap three. Latham's lead was cut down when the first and only caution of the event came out on lap five when Wayne Suite spun in turns one and two. On the restart, Joe Adams looked to the inside of Latham in turn four. He then made his move on the backstretch on lap six. Adams was able to make the pass to take over the top position. Adams then began to pull away from the rest of the field. Ben Bowie passed Latham for second on lap 10. Bowie was able to close in on Adams, but not enough to make a challenge for the lead. Adams took the checkered flag, followed by Bowie in second, Latham in third, Ray Weaver in fourth, and John Burch in fifth. Adams and Bowie won the heats.
In the 15-lap Chesapeake Web Design Bomber feature, Eric Hanson started on the front row and led the field of 10 cars to complete lap one. By lap four, Dale Moore, Jr., was glued to Hanson's rear bumper. Hanson got loose as they exited turn four on lap five. Moore dove to the inside of him to make the pass for the lead. JoAnn Jackson also passed Hanson on lap six. She then set her sights on Moore. She stayed glued to Moore's rear bumper until lap 14 when she got a left rear flat. Rob Hitt then took over second. Moore went on to take the checkered flag, winning by about three car lengths over second-place finisher Hitt. David Cooper finished third, followed by Jerry Oliver in fourth, and Jackson in fifth. Hanson won the heat.
This coming Saturday night, June 2nd, the regular racing action at Potomac Speedway will take the week off as we approach the halfway-point in the racing season. The Silver Hill Lions Club will take to the track for its semi-annual Demolition Derby event. Gates will open at 5:30 p.m., with the Derby action beginning at 7:00 p.m.
The regular racing action will resume on Saturday June 9th for the scheduled.40-lap Cody Endicott Memorial Super Late Model feature, along with the regular show. This will be the 4th event is the I.T.S.I. Budweiser Super Late Model Series. Pit gates will open at 5:30 p.m., with racing starting at 7:00 a.m. For more information call the Track Office at (301) 884-4624 or visit our Web Site at www.potomacspeedway.com.
Budweiser Super Late Models:
1. Jim Bernheisel-119, 2. Gary Stuhler-25 3. James Adkins, Jr.-24B, 4. Allen Brannon-4N, 5. George Moreland-24, 6. Les Hare-1H, 7. Jackie Booth-33, 8. Pat Wood-3, 9. Mike Warshauer-7W, 10. Rick Hulson-18, 11. Barry Lear-99L, 12. Scott Cross-07, 13. Tim Murphy-21M, 14. Gerald Davis-28, 15. Chuck Finch-21F, 16. Deane Guy-44, 17. Rick Jones-88, 18. Kent Wright-2, 19. Tommy Wagner, Jr.-50, 20. Johnathan DeHaven-13D, 21. Jeff Pilkerton-8, 22. Ray Kable-90, 23. Billy Tucker-B1, 24. Harold Dorsey, Jr.-92, 25. Dave Pettyjohn-80, 26. Darryl Hills-7H, 27. Chris Hiser-24H, 28. Ernie Jones-22, 29. Andy Anderson-40A, 30. Mike Christopher-66 DNQ: Dennis Lamb-10, Greg Elrod-8X, Dale Smith-81H, Mike Whorton-100, Frank Smith-17, Robby Beall-70, Stephen Wright-12
Bell Motor Company Late Models:
1. Sommey Lacey-45, 2. Paul Cursey-37, 3. Johnny Smith-82, 4. Ronnie Hollidge-0, 5. Anthony Wils 6. Bruce Cole-36, 7. Fireball Latham-41, 8. Cowboy Ed-20, 9. Kevin Nelson-66X, 10. Chet Gagnon-30, DNS - Paul Barham-5
Coors Light Pure Street Stocks:
1. P.J. Hatcher-77, 2. Tommy Hitt-7T, 3. Ronald Cusic-23, 4. Mike Latham-78, 5. Bill Tippett-37, 6. Chris Nelson-66X, 7. Jimmy Jesmer-47, 8. Craig Tankersley-18, 9. Tom Turner-25T, 10. Matt Valliquette-27, 11. Scott Thompson-25, 12. Rick Jackson-8up, 13. Billy Lackey-11L, 14. Dan Dotson-8, 15. Jamie Lathroum-6, 16. Kirk Confair-81, 17. Walt Homberg-00, 18. Doug Cooke-0C, 19. Jeff Snavely-99, 20. Andy Ball-21, 21. Troy Kassiris-17K, DNS - Donnie Kenney-33T
Potomac Speedway Four-Cylinders:
1. Robert Holmes-97, 2. Scotty Nelson-33, 3. Chappy Knaack-51, 4. Dean Holmes-51X, 5. Calvin Wright-94, 6. Sam Woods-00, 7. Linda Wright-1, 8. Bob Tester, Jr.-22, 9. Chris Mclanigan-82, 10. Andrew Saffelle-1K, 11. Butch Mclanigan-39, 12. Jerry Dick-44, 13. Billy Crouse-8, DNS - Wayne Graves-33X.
Cliff's Heating and Air Conditioning Enduro/Hobby Stocks:
1. Joe Adams-69, 2. Ben Bowie-17, 3. John Latham-78, 4. Ray Weaver-11, 5. John Burch-12, 6. John Sellner-5, 7. Paul Schendel-8, 8. Marty Page-29, 9. Ray Meador-41, 10. Chuck Williams-2, 11. Bill Kessler-44, 12. Bullett McGinly-05, 13. Wayne Suite-00, 14. Robert Bruce-7, 15. John Ballou-112, DNS - Bob Kolbe-9, Barry Lear, Jr.-99, Frank Helsel-28
Chesapeake Web Design Bombers
1. Dale Moore, Jr.-5, 2. Rob Hitt-47, 3. David Cooper-27, 4. Jerry Oliver-3, 5. JoAnn Jackson-8up, 6. Brian Thompson-11, 7. Eric Hanson-21, 8. 1, 9. Corey Reid-55, 10. Ben Oliver-151