Budds Creek, Md,, -- Rodney Franklin of White Post, Va., seemed to be on his way to collecting the $5,000 purse in the two-day show, 100-lap, Budweiser Super Late Model Vernon Harris Memorial event this past Saturday night at Potomac Speedway. ...
Budds Creek, Md,, -- Rodney Franklin of White Post, Va., seemed to be on his way to collecting the $5,000 purse in the two-day show, 100-lap, Budweiser Super Late Model Vernon Harris Memorial event this past Saturday night at Potomac Speedway. This was the 5th event in the I.T.S.I. Super Late Model Series. Franklin led 82 of the 100 laps. But, with 100 laps to race, domination is not the key, survival is. Franklin's panard bar broke on lap 82, giving the lead to second-place campaigner Scott Cross of Glen Burnie, Md.
Cross, a former two-time points champion at Potomac Speedway, went on to take the checkered flag in the event. This was Cross' first win of the Vernon Harris Memorial, previously finishing second three times.
"I'm sorry to see Rodney have problems," said Cross during the post-race interview. "I've lost them like that. It's nice to finally win one." "All you have to do is take off for five years and you can do it," joked Cross.
Franklin didn't go home empty handed. Along with his 16th place finishing purse, since Franklin dominated the event leading 82 laps, he picked up $1,390 in lap money donated by various sponsors for leading a particular lap.
Other feature winners included Sommey Lacey of Clements, Md., picking up his sixth win in the 25-lap Bell Motor Company Late Model feature; Mike Latham of Mechanicsville, Md., taking the checkered flag for the 3rd time this year in the Coors Light Pure-Street Stocks; Sam Woods, Jr., of Prince Frederick, Md., getting his first win of the season in the Potomac Speedway Four-Cylinders.
The Cliff's Heating and Air Conditioning Enduro/Hobby Stocks and the Chesapeake Web Design Bombers were on hand for feature events on Friday and Saturday night. In Friday's feature, Joe Adams of Clements, Md., picked up his fourth win of the year in the enduro feature with Dale Moore, Jr. of Mechanicsville, Md., taking the checkered flag for the third time in the bomber feature.
On Saturday night, Ben Bowie of Welcome, Md., picked up his third feature win of the year in the enduros with Eric Hanson of Mechanicsville, Md., getting his second win of the year in the bombers.
Adams Body Shop sponsored the children's bike giveaway. Ten-year-old Spencer Fox of Pasadena, Md., was the lucky bike winner.
The weekend of racing started off on Friday night with time trials for all divisions except for enduros and bombers. The top two qualifiers could then take a break as all of the other qualifiers competed in heats. The top two qualifiers along with each of the top two heat race finishers then went on to compete in a dash for starting position in Saturday's feature.
Rodney Franklin set the fastest qualifying lap for the Super Late Models, turning a lap of 16.85 seconds with Scott Cross setting the second fastest lap of 16.94 seconds, putting both of them in the dash. Jim Bernheisel and George Moreland were the top two finishers in the first heat with Darryl Hills and Les Hare finishing first and second in the second heat. Allen Brannon and Mike Warshauer took first and second in the third heat, qualifying them for the dash.
As the green flag waved in the eight-lap Budweiser Super Late Model dash, Les Hare and Rodney Franklin battled side-by-side. Franklin edged Hare on the backstretch to lead lap one.
Franklin then got loose in turn two. Hare dove to the inside of him, making the pass for the lead. Franklin came battling back, edging Hare at the start-finish line to lead the lap. The two remained side-by-side as they entered turns one and two, with Hare pulling ahead to lead lap three.
On lap four, Hare went wide in turn two, opening the door for Franklin. Franklin dove to the inside of him making the pass. Hare again went wide in turns three and four causing him to fall back to fifth place.
Allen Brannon then moved into second and set his sights on Franklin. He made his move on lap five going to the inside of Franklin on the backstretch. He was able to make the pass and went on to take the checkered flag. Franklin finished second, followed by Bernheisel in third, Scott Cross in fourth, Hare in fifth, Darryl Hills in sixth, Mike Warshauer in seventh, and George Moreland in eighth.
Brannon and Franklin were then set to start on the front row of the 100-lap event. As the green flag waved, Brannon led the way for the 22-car field. As they entered turns one and two, Franklin dove to the inside of Brannon, making the pass for the lead.
The first of seven cautions, including the mandatory fuel stop at lap 50, came out on lap five when Jeff Leiphart came to a stop on the frontstretch off of turn four. On the restart, Franklin easily led the way.
By lap 10, he had about a half straight-a-way advantage over Brannon. Scott Cross challenged Brannon for second on lap 12 and was able to take over the position.
Franklin continued to dominate the event. He seemed to be on his way to taking the checkered flag until lap 82 of the event. Franklin's five-to-six car length advantage went away as he slowed in turns one and two, bringing out the caution flag.
Franklin went to the pit area, finished for the night with a broken panard bar. Cross then assumed the lead. As the green flag waved, Cross easily led the way.
By lap 85, he had about a five-to-six car length advantage over Brannon. Cross went on to take the checkered flag, unchallenged for the lead. Bernheisel finished third, followed by Rick Hulson in fourth, and Scott Richwine in fifth.
Sommey Lacey and Paul Cursey set the fastest times in the Bell Motor Company Late Model division. Lacey turned a lap of 18.14 seconds with Cursey setting a lap of 18.40 seconds. Ronnie Hollidge and Johnny Smith finished first and second in the heat, advancing all four to the six-lap dash.
Lacey started on the pole of the dash and led the way as the green flag waved. As Lacey led, Paul Cursey and Ronnie Hollidge battled for second. Cursey was able to get the position on lap three. He then set his sights on Lacey, challenging for the lead on lap four. Lacey held him off.
Cursey stayed glued to Lacey's rear bumper, but couldn't make a bid for the lead as Lacey took the checkered flag. Cursey finished second, followed by Hollidge in third, and Smith in fourth.
Lacey then started on the pole for the 25-lap feature event. As the green flag waved, Lacey led the way. By lap five, he had almost a straight-a-way advantage. The first of five cautions came out on lap nine when Johnny Smith came to a stop on the backstretch with a flat tire.
On the restart, Lacey easily led the way. On lap 12, Lacey shot up the track in turn two, experiencing a problem with his steering wheel. Ronnie Hollidge was able to get around him to take over the lead.
Lacey battled back for the lead on lap 14, but Hollidge held him off. Chet Gagnon then challenged Lacey for second. The two battled side-by-side Lacey holding onto the position.
On lap 18, Lacey looked to the inside of Hollidge but couldn't make a move. Hollidge then shot up the track coming to a stop in turn two, bringing out the caution flag.
Lacey then reassumed the lead. As the green flag waved, Gagnon looked to the inside of Lacey but couldn't make a move. Lacey then began to pull away. He went on to take the checkered flag. Johnny Smith came back through the field to finish third, followed by Kevin Nelson in fourth, and Andy Ball in fifth.
Stevie Long turned the fastest lap in the Coors Light Pure-Street Stocks with a lap of 19.89 seconds. Jamie Lathroum was the second fastest qualifier with a lap of 20.02 seconds. Mike Latham and Ronald Cusic finished one and two in the first heat race with Walt Homberg and Tom Turner finishing one and two in the second heat.
Lathroum easily jumped out front to lead the way in the six-lap dash. He went on to lead all six laps unchallenged for the lead. Cusic finished second, followed by Long in third, Latham in fourth, Homberg in fifth, and Turner in sixth.
In the 20-lap feature event, Jamie Lathroum and Ronald Cusic battled side-by-side as the green flag waved. Cusic edged Lathroum only to be forced back in line as the yellow flag waved when Rick Jackson came to a stop in turn two.
The field then had a complete restart. Lathroum and Cusic then battled side-by-side as the green flag waved again. Cusic edged Lathroum on the backstretch. They continued to battle side-by-side with Cusic beating Lathroum back to the start-finish line by inches to lead lap one.
The two continued to battle for the top position. Lathroum was able to make the pass for the lead on lap four. As Lathroum entered turns three and four on lap seven, the slower car of Dan Dotson scooted up the track in front of Lathroum causing him to get on the brakes.
Cusic, Mike Latham, and Stevie Long were all able to get around Lathroum with Latham taking the lead. Lathroum was able to repass Long for third.
On lap 10, Cusic looked to the inside of Latham in turn two, but Latham held him off. He then challenged again on the frontstretch, but Latham again held him off.
Cusic made one last bid for the lead on lap 16. Latham came across some slower traffic. Cusic went to the outside of him, but Latham battled back, holding onto the lead. He went on to take the checkered flag followed by Cusic in second, Lathroum in third, Long in fourth, and Tom Turner in fifth.
Scotty Nelson and Bob Tester turned the fastest laps in the Potomac Speedway Four-Cylinders. Nelson had a lap of 20.98 seconds with Tester's lap of 21.30 seconds. Sam Woods, Jr., and Butch Mclanigan finished first and second in the heat, advancing them to the dash.
In the six-lap dash, Mclanigan led the way with Tester glued to his rear bumper. Tester made a bid for the lead on lap three and was able to take over the position. Tester went on to take the checkered flag finishing with about a half straight-a-way advantage over Mclanigan. Woods finished third, followed by Nelson in fourth.
Tester and Mclanigan battled side-by-side at the drop of the green flag in the 20-lap feature event. Nelson was able to get around Mclanigan to challenge Tester for the lead. Tester edged Nelson by inches at the start-finish line to lead lap one. He was able to pull ahead as they exited turn two.
Nelson stayed glued to Tester's rear bumper, challenging for the lead again on lap five. Tester held him off. On lap 12, Nelson drifted up the track with a flat tire. The caution flag then flew as Mclanigan's car caught fire in turn two. The fire immediately went back out and Mclanigan was uninjured.
While the field was under the yellow flag, Tester experienced problems and pulled his car in the pits. Sam Woods, Jr., then inherited the lead. Chappy Knaack challenged him for the lead on lap 13, but Woods held him off.
Woods went on to take the checkered flag followed by Knaack in second, Tester came back to finish third followed by Jerry Dick in fourth, and Nelson in fifth.
In the 20-lap Cliff's Heating and Air Conditioning Enduro/Hobby Stock Friday feature, Joe Adams started on the pole and easily led the way as the green flag waved. Adams went on to lead all 20 laps of the event, unchallenged for the lead. Ben Bowie finished second, followed by John Burch in third, Wayne Suite in fourth, and John Latham in fifth. Adams and Suite won the heats.
In the 25-lap Enduro/Hobby stock Saturday feature, Ray Weaver and Ben Bowie battled for the lead at the drop of the green flag. Weaver won the battle to lead lap one. Bowie challenged for the lead on lap two, making the pass for the position as they exited turn two on lap three.
Once Bowie took over the top position, he never looked back, he went on to take the checkered flag followed by Weaver in second. John Latham, who had finished third, was disqualified during post-race inspection, giving third to John Burch. Wayne Suite finished fourth, followed by John Ballou in fifth. Frank Helsel won the heat.
In the 10-lap Chesapeake Web Design Bombers Friday feature, Eric Hanson started on the pole and led the way as the green flag waved. Hanson seemed to be on his to taking the checkered flag until the last lap. As Hanson entered turns one and two, he hit some water on the track laid by another car that had blown up. Hanson's car spun around completely, giving the lead to Dale Moore, Jr.
Moore went on to take the checkered flag followed by Jerry Oliver in second, Jimmy Suite in third, Hanson in fourth and Rich Marks in fifth. Hanson won the heat.
In the 20-lap Bomber Saturday feature, Jerry Oliver started on the pole and led the way as the green flag waved. Oliver continued to lead the way until lap 15 when he slowed with a flat tire. Eric Hanson then assumed the lead. He went on to lead the rest of the feature, taking the checkered flag.
Second place finisher Dale Moore, Jr., was disqualified during the post-race inspection giving second to Jimmy Suite. Rich Marks finished third, followed by Jerry Oliver in fourth, and Ronnie Doss in fifth. Hanson also won the heat.
The racing action will continue this coming Tuesday night, July 3rd, with a 40-lap Super Late Model feature paying $2,500 to win along with the regular show. Also on hand will be a spectacular fireworks show sponsored by Arby's.
On Saturday, July 7th, the URC Sprints will be on hand along with the regular show, less the Bell Motor Company Late Models.
Pit gates open at 5:30 p.m. with racing starting at 7:00 p.m., on both nights.
Budweiser Super Late Models
1. Scott Cross-07, 2. Allen Brannon-4N, 3. Jim Bernheisel-119, 4. Rick Hulson-18, 5. Scott Richwine-2, 6. George Moreland-24, 7. Deane Guy-44, 8. Mike Warshauer-7, 9. Darryl Hills-7H, 10. Harold Dorsey, Jr., -92, 11. Tim Murphy-21M, 12. Ernie Jones-22, 13. Frank Smith-17, 14. Barry Lear-99L, 15. Jackie Booth-33, 16. Rodney Franklin-01, 17. Kent Wright-2X, 18. Tommy Wagner-50, 19. Les Hare-1H, 20. Rick Jones-88, 21. Mike Christopher-66, 22. Jeff Leiphart-8L, DNS - James Adkins, Jr.,
Bell Motor Company Late Models
1. Sommey Lacey-45, 2. Chet Gagnon-30, 3. Johnny Smith-82, 4. Kevin Nelson-66X, 5. Andy Ball-141, 6. Barry Lear, Sr., -51, 7. Paul Cursey-37, 8. 10, 9. Ronnie Hollidge-0, 10. Jeff Burroughs-29, DQ - Joey Dean-62, DNS - Cowboy Ed-20
Coors Light Pure-Street Stocks
1. Mike Latham-78, 2. Ronald Cusic-23, 3. Jamie Lathroum-6, 4. Stevie Long-44, 5. Tom Turner-25T, 6. P.J. Hatcher-77, 7. Bill Tippett-37, 8. Jimmy Jesmer-47, 9. Larry Fuchs-2, 10. Rusty Alton-3, 11. Kirk Confair-81, 12. Walt Homberg-00, 13. Tommy Hitt-7T, 14. Craig Tankersley-18, 15. Bill Lackey-11, 16. Matt Tarbox-24X, 17. Matt Valliquette-27, 18. Troy Kassaris-17, 19. Corey Hanson-21, 20. Rick Jackson-8up, 21. Dan Dotson-2D, DNS - Chris Nelson-66X
Potomac Speedway Four-Cylinders
1. Sam Woods, Jr., -00, 2. Chappy Knaack-51, 3. Bob Tester, Jr., -22, 4. Jerry Dick-44, 5. Scotty Nelson-33, 6. Calvin Wright-94, 7. Billy Crouse-8, 8. Linda Wright-1, 9. Butch Mclanigan-39
Cliff's Heating and Air Conditioning Enduros - Friday Feature
1. Joe Adams-69, 2. Ben Bowie-17, 3. John Burch-12, 4. Wayne Suite-00, 5. John Latham-78, 6. Ray Weaver-11, 7. Bill Kessler-44, 8. Robert Bruce-7, 9. Paul Schendel-8, 10. Chuck Williams-2, 11. McGinty-5, 12. Frank Helsel-23, 13. Barry Lear, Jr., -99, 14. Marty Page-29, 15. John Ballou-112, DNS - 05, Dave Bryant-42B
Cliff's Heating and Air Conditioning Enduros - Saturday Feature
1. Ben Bowie-17, 2. Ray Weaver-11, 3. John Burch-12, 4. Wayne Suite-00, 5. John Ballou-112, 6. Bill Kessler-44, 7. Dave Bryant-42B, 8. Marty Page-29, 9. Chuck Williams-2, 10. Joe Adams-69, 11. 5, 12. Frank Helsel-23, 13. Paul Schendel-8, 14. Barry Lear, Jr., -99, DQ - John Latham-78
Chesapeake Web Design Bombers - Friday Feature
1. Dale Moore, Jr.,-5, 2. Jerry Oliver-3, 3. Jimmy Suite-1, 4. Corey Hanson-21, 5. Rich Marks-15
Chesapeake Web Design Bombers - Saturday Feature
1. Eric Hanson-21, 2. Jimmy Suite-1, 3. Rich Marks-15, 4. Jerry Oliver-3, 5. Ronnie Doss-11, . David Cooper-27, DQ - Dale Moore, Jr, -5
- Vicki Adkins/PMS