Feathers gets victory in Mike Clore Memorial at Potomac Speedway. Budds Creek, Md., The Memorial Day weekend racing festivities at Potomac Speedway featured the third I.T.S.I. Budweiser Super Late Model event held in memory of Mike Clore, a...
Feathers gets victory in Mike Clore Memorial at Potomac Speedway.
Budds Creek, Md., The Memorial Day weekend racing festivities at Potomac Speedway featured the third I.T.S.I. Budweiser Super Late Model event held in memory of Mike Clore, a former driver at the track who lost his life racing at Winchester. Drivers battled for 50 laps to take home the $3,000 purse. Bo Feathers, defending super late model points champion of Winchester, Va., took the checkered flag to pick up the win. It was Feathers second win in a row in the series after getting the win in the Gene Van Meter Memorial in April.
"Mike Clore was one of the best there was. That was the saddest day when he passed away. We went back to Winchester and raced that night. It was the hardest thing to do....," said Feathers.
Jamie Lathroum of Mechanicsville, Md., returned to victory lane in the Bell Motor Company Limited Late Models to pick up his fourth win of the season. Lathroum was also the M.A.R.F. hard charger of the race award winner. He came from a ninth place starting position to finish first.
After a shortened event due to cautions, Mike Latham of Mechanicsville, Md., took the checkered flag in the Coors Light Pure-Street Stock feature for his second win of the year. Greg Gunter of Berryville, Va., made his first appearance of the season at the track to pick up the win in the Potomac Speedway Four-Cylinder feature.
Ray Weaver of Pasadena, Md., held off Ben Bowie to get his second win of the season in the Arby's Hobby Stock division. Current points leader Kyle Nelson of Mechanicsville, Md., visited victory lane for the second time this year in the Chesapeake Web Design Bomber division.
Deane Guy Masonry donated a bike for the children's prize giveaway. Four-year-old Kyle Taltavull of Glen Burnie, Md., was the lucky bike winner.
Allen Brannon and Darryl Hills made up the front starting row of the 26-car field for the 50 lap Budweiser Super Late Model feature event. The race got off to a slow start as back-to-back cautions occurred before the first lap was completed. On the second restart, Brannon led the way to put the first lap in the books. Before lap two was completed, the yellow flag waved again for debris on the track .Brannon again led the way on the restart as James Adkins Jr. challenged Hills for second. Hills held onto the position. On lap four, Adkins again dove to the bottom of the track to take away second as they exited turn four. Hills got loose, turned sideways and hit Adkins causing Adkins to hit the outside front straight-a-way wall. Adkins held onto the car, but then bounced off the wall again. As he let off the gas, the rest of the field came up behind him starting a chain reaction. Mike Warshauer, Ernie Jones, Frank Smith, and Tommy Wagner Jr. all got tangled together as they slammed into Adkins. The race was then red flagged. Luckily, no one was injured from the event, just a lot of mangled racecars. When the field went back to green, Brannon led the way. Two more laps were completed when a caution came out for Kirk Confair. Brannon again easily led the way on the restart. On lap 10, Bo Feathers, who started 13th on the grid, took second away from Hills and then set his sights on Brannon. On lap 14, Feathers made a bid for the lead going to the inside of Brannon in turns three and four. Brannon held onto the lead. Feathers tried again on laps 16 and 18, but Brannon kept the top position. On lap 26, a caution came out for Duane Woulford and Robby Bealle who spun in turns one and two. On the restart, Feathers tried the outside groove as they entered turns one and two. Brannon and Feathers ran side-by-side down the backstretch with Feathers making the pass for the lead in turns three and four. Once Feathers took over the lead, he never looked back. He went on to lead the last half of the race, unchallenged for the top spot. Brannon finished second, followed by Deane Guy in third, Sean Cosgrove in fourth, and Bubby Dillman in fifth. Feathers, Rick Jones, Brannon, and Hills won the heats.
In the 20-lap Bell Motor Company Limited Late Model feature, Ronnie Hollidge and David Puckett battled side-by-side for the lead at the drop of the green flag. Hollidge got the position as they exited turn two and went on to put the first lap in the books. Paul Cursey passed Puckett for second on lap three and then set his sights on Hollidge. Hollidge continued to show the way. Cursey looked to the inside of Hollidge on lap seven then again on lap 11 but couldn't make a move. On lap 14, the second caution of the event came out when Puckett spun in turns one and two with Paul Hoffman also spinning. On the restart, Hollidge led the way with Jamie Lathroum passing Cursey for second. Lathroum then challenged Hollidge in turns three and four. Cursey joined in the battle making it three-wide as they exited turn four. Hollidge edged them back to the start-finish line to lead the lap. As they entered turns one and two, Lathroum took the inside groove. Lathroum and Hollidge ran side-by-side down the backstretch and into turns three and four. Lathroum was able to make the pass as they exited turn four. Lathroum then began to pull ahead as he went on to take the checkered flag, finishing with about a four-car length advantage over Hollidge. Chet Gagnon passed Cursey to finish third followed by Cursey in fourth, and Puckett in fifth. Lathroum won the heat.
Chris Nelson led the way at the start of the 15-lap Coors Light Pure-Street Stock feature. Nelson held onto the lead opening up a two-to-three car length advantage through 10 caution flags and restarts. On lap nine Mike Latham was able to pass Jesmer for second. Latham then set his sights on Nelson. By lap 12, the race had reached its 25-minute time limit, making that the last lap of the event. As they entered turn two, Latham dove to the inside of Nelson. The two ran side-by-side down the backstretch and into turns three and four. Latham was able to make the pass for the lead as Nelson's car drifted up the track in turn four. Jesmer was also able to pass Nelson as Latham took the checkered flag. Jesmer finished second, followed by Nelson in third, Bobby Tipton Jr. in fourth, and Craig Tankersley in fifth. Latham and Deuce Wright won the heats.
Scotty Nelson started on the pole and led the way as the green flag waved in the 12-lap Four-Cylinder feature event. On lap two, a caution came out for Billy Crouse who slowed on the backstretch. On the restart, Greg Gunter dove to the inside of Nelson, making the pass for the lead off turn two. On lap four, the second and final caution of the event occurred when Crouse spun in turn four. On the restart, Nelson looked to the inside of Gunter on the backstretch but couldn't make a move. Gunter went on to lead the rest of the event unchallenged for the lead. Nelson finished second followed by Jeremy Tinsman in third. Tinsman was later disqualified for a tire infraction giving Jerry Dick third. Linda Wright and Calvin Wright rounded out the top five. Nelson took the heat.
In the 15-lap Arby's Hobby Stock feature, Ray Weaver worked his way up from a third place starting position to take the lead, putting lap one in the books. On lap three, the first of four cautions came out for Barry Lear. On the restart, Weaver led the way. On lap six, Ben Bowie looked to the inside of Weaver in turns three and four but couldn't make the pass. Bowie made his move on lap nine, going to the inside of Weaver in turns three and four. Weaver was able to hold him off and then began to pull away with about a three-car length advantage. His lead was cut down as the yellow flag waved for Jason Kolbe who hit the inside wall as he exited turn four. Weaver showed the way on the restart. On lap 14, Bowie dove to the inside of Weaver as they exited turn two. The two ran side-by-side down the backstretch and into turns three and four with Weaver leading the lap. They continued to battle on lap 15 with Bowie again taking the inside line in turns three and four. Weaver was able to edge Bowie back to the start-finish line to take the checkered flag. Bowie finished second, followed by Jerry Lee in third, Jeff Helsel in fourth, and John Burch in fifth. John Latham won the heat.
In the 15-lap Chesapeake Web Design Bomber feature, Kyle Nelson moved up from a fourth place starting position out to the front of the pack on lap one. He began to pull away from the rest of the field, opening up a five-car length advantage by lap seven. As the laps wound down, Jerry Oliver was able to close in on Nelson and pulled up on his rear bumper. Oliver dove to the bottom of the track in turn four to make a bid for the lead on the last lap, but Nelson held on to the position to take the checkered. Oliver was disqualified in a post-race inspection because of an aluminum radiator, giving second to David Cooper , Cory Hanson third, Jimmy Suite fourth and Donald Doss fifth. Cooper won the heat.
This coming Saturday night their will be a break in the racing action as the Silver Hill Lions Club sponsored Demolition Derby will take to the track starting at 7 p.m. The racing action will resume on Saturday, June 8th with the fourth I.T.S.I. Budweiser Super Late Model event, the 40-lap $2,000 to win Cody Endicott Memorial. The track will be switching to the summer schedule as the racing action will begin at 7 p.m. Pit and grandstand gates open at 5:30 p.m. For more information, contact the track office at 301-884-4624 or check out the web at www.potomacspeedway.com.
Budweiser Super Late Models
1. Bo Feathers-00, 2. Allen Brannon-4N, 3. Deane Guy-44, 4. Sean Cosgrove-64, 5. Bubby Dillman-06, 6. Andy Fries-1MD, 7. Steve Radich-17R, 8. Tim Murphy-21M, 9. Darryl Hills-7, 10. David Hoffman-15, 11. Billy Tucker-B1, 12. Kirk Confair-81, 13. Harol.d Dorsey Jr.-92, 14. Rick Jones-88, 15. Jeff Pilkerton-8X, 16. Tommy Wagner Jr.-50, 17. Robby Bealle-90R, 18. Greg Elrod-8E, 19. Duane Wolford-33, 20. James Adkins Jr.-24A, 21. Mike Warshauer-7W, 22. Ernie Jones-22, 23. Frank Smith-17, 24. David Pettyjohn-80, 25. Mike Franklin-74M, 26. Richard Gwizdale-77 DNS: Barry Lear-51, Scott Richwine-2, David Bryant-42
Bell Motor Company Limited Late Models
1. Jamie Lathroum-6, 2. Ronnie Hollidge-0, 3. Chet Gagnon-30, 4. Paul Cursey-37, 5. David Puckett-19, 6. Sommey Lacey-45, 7. Bill Daniel-8, 8. Paul Hoffman-27H, 9. Joey Dean-62
Coors Light Pure-Street Stocks
1. Mike Latham-78, 2. Jimmy Jesmer-47, 3. Chris Nelson-66X, 4. Bobby Tipton Jr.-12, 5. Craig Tankersley-18, 6. Deuce Wright-2, 7. Ronald Cusic-23, 8. Chester Sellers-10, 9. Jeff Thomas-29, 10. Matt Tarbox-24X, 11. Wayne Suite-00, 12. Jeff Snavely-99, 13. Barry Moore-75, 14. Rusty Alton-3, 15. Quinton Moss-8, 16. Rick Jackson-8up, 17. Billy Tippett-37, 18. Jack Osborne-22, 19. Matt Valliquette-27, 20. Rick Green-1, 21. Billy Lackey-84, DNS - Ken Coron
Potomac Speedway Four-Cylinders
1. Greg Gunter-15, 2. Scotty Nelson-33, 3. Jerry Dick-44, 4. Linda Wright-1, 5. Calvin Wright-94, 6. Bud Trussell-7, 7. Billy Crouse-8, 8. Scotty Scott-42 DQ: Jeremy Tinsman-77W
Arby's Hobby Stocks
1. Ray Weaver-11, 2. Ben Bowie-17, 3. Jerry Lee-33, 4. Jeff Helsel-23, 5. John Burch-12, 6. John Latham-78, 7. Mario Quatlrochi-91, 8. Barry Williams-6, 9.David Fowler-18, 10. Tommy Randall-52, 11. Jason Kolbe-9, 12. John Sellner-5, 13. Marty Page-29, 14. Barry Lear-99, 15. Chuck Williams-2
Chesapeake Web Design Bombers
1. Kyle Nelson-66X, 2. David Cooper-27, 3. Cory Hanson-121, 4. Jimmy Suite-1, 5. Donald Doss-5, 6. William Crouse-11, 7. Brian Thompson-22, 8. Kyle Lear-51, 9. Jeff Calahan-18C, 10. Eric Hanson-21 DQ: Jerry Oliver-3