Potomac Speedway report 2001-07-14

Budds Creek, Md. -- It was a night for first time winners this past Saturday night at Potomac Speedway as Coors Light, Bozick Distributors, sponsored the racing action. Tommy Wagner, Jr., of Hughesville, Md., bounced back from a disappointing...

Budds Creek, Md. -- It was a night for first time winners this past Saturday night at Potomac Speedway as Coors Light, Bozick Distributors, sponsored the racing action.

Tommy Wagner, Jr., of Hughesville, Md., bounced back from a disappointing jumped-start in last week's race to pick up his first Budweiser Super Late Model feature win. Wagner became the 11th different winner in the series in the 2001 racing season.

"The deal that happened last week, I probably did jump the start. We worked that out tonight," said Wagner during the post-race interview. "I liked the rule change they made before the races," said Wagner referring to the added chalk line in line with the starting cone.

"We worked and worked and worked so hard to get here. This win here is my dad's," said Wagner. "He set the car up and he had it right tonight boys."

Former Coors Light Pure-Street Points Champion and rookie Bell Motor Company Late Model driver Johnny Smith of Severn, Md., visited victory lane for his first win in the series.

Current Coors Light Pure-Street Stock points leader Jimmy Jesmer of Pasadena, Md., took the checkered flag for his first career win in the 25-lap feature event. Jesmer was declared the winner after Joe Scaggs was moved to the end of the lead lap cars after post-race inspection.

Other non-first-time winners included Chappy Knaack of Linthicum, Md., picking up his third win of the year in the Potomac Speedway Four-Cylinders; Ben Bowie of Welcome, Md., getting his fifth win of the year in the Cliff's Heating and Air Conditioning Enduro/Hobby Stocks; and Jerry Oliver of Mechanicsville, Md., taking the checkered flag for the third time this year in the Chesapeake Web Design Bombers.

Bomber driver Dale Moore, Jr., of Mechanicsville, Md., was the M.A.R.F. Hard Charger of the race award winner. Moore came from a eighth place starting position to finish fifth.

Along with the regular racing action, there were also Big Wheel races for the kids. Six-year-old Tyler Burroughs and six-year-old Cody Scott battled it out neck and neck on the front straight-a-way for the big wheel championship. Burroughs was able to edge Scott to the start-finish line to take the checkered flag.

Dick's Air Conditioning and Heating sponsored the children's bike giveaway. Seven-year-old Ashley Bramell of Waldorf, Md., was the lucky bike winner.

In the 25-lap Budweiser Super Late Model feature, Mike Warshauer started from the outside pole and took the lead as they exited turn two on lap one. Warshauer continued to lead as sixth-place starter Tommy Wagner, Jr., picked his way through the field. On lap 18, Wagner passed second-place runner Sean Cosgrove for second. Wagner then set his sights on Warshauer. As they entered turns one and two, Wagner dove to the inside of Warhauer, making the pass as they exited turn two. Once Wagner took over the lead, he never looked back. He went on to lead the rest of the feature unchallenged for the lead and finishing with about a four-to-five car length advantage over the rest of the field. On lap 20, the slower cars of Tim Murphy and Frank Smith got together as they exited turn. Smith ended up collecting Warshauer and Barry Lear, Sr. Cosgrove went on to finish second followed by Darryl Hills in third, Bill Timme in fourth, and Rick Jones in fifth. Cosgrove and Warshauer won the heats.

Johnny Smith started on the pole of the 20-lap Bell Motor Company Late Model feature and led the way as the green flag waved. By lap two, fourth-place starter Sommey Lacey moved into second-place. Lacey challenged for the lead on laps seven, eight, 11, and 14. On lap 18, Lacey got loose in turns one and two. Paul Cursey dove to the inside of him, making the pass. Cursey then set his sights on Smith. Cursey made a bid for the lead in turns three and four with the checkered flag in sight. Smith was able to hold him off to get the win. Ronnie Hollidge able to get around Lacey to finish third, with Lacey in fourth, and Joey Dean in fifth. Chet Gagnon won the heat.

In the 25-lap Coors Light Pure-Street Stock feature, Cory Hanson led the way as the green flag waved. Joe Scaggs moved into second on lap three. Hanson enjoyed a three-to-four car length lead by lap four. A caution came out on lap five when Billy Lackey spun in turn four. On the restart, Hanson led the way. Hanson's car shot up the track in turn four, opening the door for Scaggs. Scaggs made a bid for the lead but Hanson held him off. Scaggs stayed glued to Hanson's rear bumper as the two began to pull away from the rest of the field. On lap 19, Scaggs challenged for the lead again in turn four. Hanson held him off. He went to the inside of Hanson in turns one and two and three and four on lap 20, but again Hanson held onto the position. On lap 21, Hanson's car went wide in turn four. Scaggs was able to get a good run on Scaggs, making the pass for the lead. Hanson then got loose on the frontstretch with a flat tire. While Scaggs and Hanson battled for the lead, Jimmy Jesmer was able to close in on them. On lap 25, Jesmer challenged for the lead as they exited turn two. The two ran side-by-side down the backstretch and into turns three and four. Scaggs was able to beat Jesmer back to the start-finish line by about a car length. Even though Scaggs took the checkered flag, he was moved to ninth place after post-race inspection. Jesmer then got the win with Tommy Hitt finishing second, followed by Tom Turner in third, Jeff Thomas in fourth, and P.J. Hatcher in fifth. Lackey and Scaggs won the heats.

Calvin Wright started from the outside pole and led the way as the green flag waved in the 12-lap Potomac Speedway Four-Cylinder feature. On lap three, Chappy Knaack challenged Wright for the lead, but Wright held him off. Knaack challenged for the lead again on laps four, five, six, and seven, Wright held him off. On lap 10, Knaack went to the outside of Wright as they exited turn two. The two ran side-by-side with Knaack taking the lead as they exited turn four. He went on to take the checkered flag followed by Wright in second, Bob Tester, Jr., in third, Sam Woods, Jr., in fourth, and Jerry Dick in fifth. Butch Mclanigan won the heat.

In the 15-lap Cliff's Heating and Air Conditioning Enduro/Hobby Stock feature, Wayne Suite led the way as the green flag waved. By lap six, fourth-place starter Ben Bowie was glued to Suite's rear bumper. On lap eight, Bowie made a bid for the lead on the inside groove of the backstretch, but Suite held him off. On lap 11, Bowie again challenged for the lead on the outside groove going into turn three. The slower car of Bullet McGinty was there causing Suite and Bowie both to check-up. Bowie was able to make the pass for the lead off turn four. The two continued to battle side-by-side into turns one and two. McGinty was again mixed up with Suite and Bowie making it three-wide in turn two. Bowie and McGinty made contact allowing Suite to retake the lead. A caution came out on lap 12 for Dave Bryant in turns three and four. On the restart, Bowie went to the outside of Suite in turns one and two. He was able to make the pass for the lead on the backstretch. Suite spun in turns three and four but was able to keep going. Bowie went on to take the checkered flag, finishing with about a half straight-a-way lead over second-place finisher John Latham. Ray Weaver finished third followed by Bill Kessler in fourth, and Paul Schendel in fifth. Bowie and Latham won the heats.

Rick Jackson started on the pole and led the way at the start of the 15-lap Chesapeake Web Design Bomber feature. Jackson ended up getting a flat tire as they exited turn four on lap two, giving the lead to Brian Thompson. On lap three, Jimmy Suite challenged Thompson for the lead as they exited turn two. The two ran side-by-side with Suite edging Thompson at the start-finish line. The two made contact in turn two on lap four, opening the door for Jerry Oliver. Oliver was able to pass Thompson and Suite to take over the lead. Oliver then went on to lead the rest of the feature unchallenged for the lead. Eric Hanson ended up finishing second followed by Suite in third, Earl Whitehouse in fourth, and Dale Moore, Jr., in fifth. Suite won the heat.

This coming Saturday night, July 21st, aregular show will be on hand. The racing action will be sponsored by Prince Frederick Ford. Pit and grandstand gates open at 5:30 p.m. with racing starting at 7:00 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. Tommy Wagner, Jr., -50, 2. Sean Cosgrove-64, 3. Darryl Hills-7H, 4. Bill Timme-81, 5. Rick Jones-88, 6. George Moreland-24, 7. Dave Padula-112, 8. Deane Guy-44, 9. Tim Murphy-21M, 10. Ernie Jones-22, 11. Pat Wood-3, 12. Barry Lear, Sr.,-99, 13. Mike Warshauer-7W, 14. Jackie Booth-33, 15. Frank Smith-17, 16. Robby Beall-70L, 17. Bob Griffith-36

Bell Motor Company Late Models

1. Johnny Smith-82, 2. Paul Cursey-37, 3. Ronnie Hollidge-0, 4. Sommey Lacey-45, 5. Joey Dean-62, 6. Kevin Nelson-66X, 7. Chet Gagnon-30, 8. Craig Bowling-75, 9. Jeff Burroughs-29B

Coors Light Pure-Street Stocks

1. Jimmy Jesmer-47, 2. Tommy Hitt-7T, 3. Tom Turner-25T, 4. Jeff Thomas-33, 5. P.J. Hatcher-77, 6. Jamie Lathroum-6, 7. Matt Valiquette-27, 8. Kirk Confair-81, 9. Joe Scaggs-5, 10. Cory Hanson-21, 11. Rusty Alton-3, 12. Billy Lackey-11, 13. Bill Tippett-37, 14. Ronald Cusic-23, 15. Mike Latham-78, 16. Jeff Snavely-99, 17. Wayne Weaver-41

Potomac Speedway Four-Cylinders

1. Chappy Knaack-51, 2. Calvin Wright-94, 3. Bob Tester, Jr., -22, 4. Sam Woods, Jr.,-00, 5. Jerry Dick-44, 6. Butch Mclanigan-39, 7. Chris Mclanigan-82, 8. Linda Wright-1, 9. Scotty Scott-42, 10. Billy Crouse-8, 11. Rob Bergen

Cliff's Heating and Air Conditioning Enduro/Hobby Stocks

1. Ben Bowie-17, 2. John Latham-78, 3. Ray Weaver-11, 4. Bill Kessler-44, 5. Paul Schendel-8, 6. Frank Helsel-23, 7. Barry Lear-99, 8. Wayne Suite-00, 9. John Selner-5, 10. Chuck Williams-2, 11. John Burch-12, 12. Joe Adams-69, 13. Dave Bryant-42B, 14. Bullet McGinty-05, 15. Bob Kolbe-9, 16. Marty Page-29, DNS - Joe Edwards-56

Chesapeake Web Design Bombers

1. Jerry Oliver-3, 2. Eric Hanson-21, 3. Jimmy Suite-1, 4. Earl Whitehouse-18, 5. Dale Moore, Jr.,-5, 6. Dave Jones-4, 7. Brian Thompson-28, 8. Rick Jackson-8up

-Vicki Adkins

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Series Stock car
Drivers Kevin Nelson , Chappy Knaack , Tom Turner
Teams Williams