Potomac Speedway report 2001-09-29

Budds Creek, Md., -- The Cliff's Heating and Air Conditioning Enduro/Hobby Stocks ran their season highlighter, a 100-lap feature. Former points champion Kevin Sprague of Glen Burnie, Md., took the checkered flag to pick up his first win of the ...

Budds Creek, Md., -- The Cliff's Heating and Air Conditioning Enduro/Hobby Stocks ran their season highlighter, a 100-lap feature. Former points champion Kevin Sprague of Glen Burnie, Md., took the checkered flag to pick up his first win of the season and his 27th career win. Sprague is now tied with other former enduro points champion John Burch for the number of all-time wins. "We tried to win last year. With three laps to go, I broke. So, we came back this year with a vengeance," said Sprague.

The Chesapeake Web Design Bombers were also on hand for a 15-lap feature. David Cooper of Mechanicsville, Md., picked up his first career win to become the ninth different winner in the division this year. "It wasn't easy. I would like to thank Sommey Lacey, Tommy Raley, my brother Kevin Cooper, Dennis Price, and everyone who helped out," said Cooper.

Along with the enduros and bombers, the track also held a roll-over contest and spectator drags. Jimmy Cardwell of Falls Church, Va provided the crowd with exciting action as he made four passes to roll his number 69 car. Four vehicles participated in the drag race from the starting line located half-way down the backstretch, around through turns three and four to the start-finish line on the frontstretch.

Jimmy Meek and Chuck Conte started the races both driving Chevrolet trucks. Conte got a good jump on Meek as the green flag waved. As they entered turn three, Meek took over the lead and took the checkered flag.

In the second drag event, David Mace, driving a Toyota truck, went up against Coors Light Pure-Street Stock driver Billy Tippett in a Pontiac Grand Am. Mace and Tippett ran side-by-side at the drop of the green flag. Tippett edged Mace coming off turn four to get the win.

As they went into the final round, Tippett easily led the way as the race started and went on to take the checkered flag. By fan request, the drivers were forced into another round with the drivers switching lanes. Tippett again easily took the win.

Patti Hardesty and Melissa Bednarik donated the children's bike for the bike giveaway. Five-year-old Sheridan Williams of King George, Va., was the lucky bike winner.

In the 100-lap Cliff's Heating and Air Conditioning Enduro/Hobby Stock feature, Wayne Suite started on the pole and led the way for the 27-car field to complete lap one. By lap six, Suite had a half-track lead on the rest of the field. The race was red flagged for a lost tire that came to rest in turns three and four on lap 14. Suite easily led the way as the field went back to green flag racing. He began pulling away from the rest of the field until lap 25 when he began to slow with a flat tire. Second-place runner Chet Gagnon then took over the lead. Kevin Sprague was glued to Gagnon's rear bumper. He was able to make the pass for the lead on lap 34. Once Sprague took over the lead, he never looked back. He went on to take the checkered flag after lapping the entire field.

Ray Weaver finished second, followed by Frank Helsel in third, Joe Adams in fourth, and John Sellner in fifth.

In the 15-lap Chesapeake Web Design Bomber feature, pole-sitter David Cooper led the way as the green flag waved. As Cooper led, Eric Hanson and Jimmy Suite battled for second. Hanson was able to get the position and then set his sights on Cooper. On lap six, the slower car of Kyle Lear drifted up the track in front of Cooper. Hanson dove to the inside of Cooper and was able to get the edge until Lear shot back down the track in front of him. Cooper then reassumed the position. He was able to pull ahead with about a five-car length lead. Hanson was able to reel Cooper back in but was unable to make a pass for the lead. Cooper went on to take the checkered flag followed by Hanson in second, Jimmy Suite in third, Earl Whitehouse in fourth, and Kyle Nelson in fifth.

This coming weekend October 5th and 6th is the season ending Southern Maryland Nationals. Qualifying will begin at 7:00 p.m. on Friday night for a 40-lap $1,500 to win Coors Light Pure-Street Stock feature, along with a 30-lap $800 to win Bell Motor Company Late Model feature, and a 25-lap $500 to win Potomac Speedway Four-Cylinder feature. Along with the qualifying action, there will be Bomber and Classic Car features. Friday pit and grandstand gates open at 5:00. The pure-street, late model, and four-cylinder features will be ran on Saturday night. Pit and grandstand gates open at 4:00 with racing action beginning at 6:00 p.m. Also on the schedule for Saturday, are the Little Lincoln Cars and Classic Cars.

Cliff's Heating and Air Conditioning Enduro/Hobby Stock

1. Kevin Sprague-55, 2. Ray Weaver-11, 3. Frank Helsel-23, 4. Joe Adams-69, 5. John Sellner-5, 6. Mario Quattrochicchi-91, 7. Ray Meador-41, 8. Earl Whitehouse-18, 9. Kyle Nelson-66X, 10. Glenn Evans-72

Chesapeake Web Design Bombers

1. David Cooper-27, 2. Eric Hanson-21, 3. Jimmy Suite-1, 4. Earl Whitehouse-18, 5. Kyle Nelson-66X, 6. Kyle Lear-51, 7. Cory Hanson-11C -ps-

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Series Stock car
Drivers David Cooper
Teams Williams