Potomac Speedway report 2002-04-13

Feathers wins 40-Lap Gene Van Meter Memorial at Potomac Speedway. Budds Creek, Md. - Potomac Speedway hosted its second I.T.S.I. Budweiser Super Late Model feature of the 2002 season, the $2,000 to win, 40-lap Gene Van Meter Memorial. Bo ...

Feathers wins 40-Lap Gene Van Meter Memorial at Potomac Speedway.

Budds Creek, Md. - Potomac Speedway hosted its second I.T.S.I. Budweiser Super Late Model feature of the 2002 season, the $2,000 to win, 40-lap Gene Van Meter Memorial. Bo Feathers, defending track champion of Winchester Speedway, visited victory lane for the first time this year to become the second different winner in the series.

Defending Bell Motor Company Limited Late Model points champion Sommey Lacey of Clements, Md., picked up his first win of the season. Billy Tippett of Welcome, Md., got his first win of the season in the Coors Light Pure-Street Stocks. J.T. Mclanigan of Annapolis, Md., made it two in a row as he visited victory lane in the four-cylinder feature event. Mclanigan was also the M.A.R.F. Hard Charger of the race award winner as he came from a ninth place starting position to win.

Jeff Helsel of Pasadena, Md., picked up his first career win in the Hobby Stocks. Jerry Oliver of Mechanicsville, Md., visited victory lane in the Chesapeake Web Design Bomber feature.

Universal Metal Products sponsored the children's bike giveaway. Eight year-old Michael Vernon of La Plata, Md., was the lucky bike winner.

In the 40-lap Budweiser Super Late Model Gene Van Meter Memorial feature, Scott Cross and Bubby Dillman made up the front starting row. When the green flag waved, Cross led the way. Before the first lap was completed, the caution flag waved three times. On the third restart, Cross showed the way to put lap one in the books. Before lap two was completed, the yellow flag waved for the fourth time as Les Hare spun in turn three. On the restart, Cross again showed the way. Darryl Hills made a bid for the lead in turn two and completed the pass on the backstretch just before they entered turn three. Hills continued to show the way until lap 11. Second-place runner Bo Feathers went to the outside of Hills as Hills came upon a slower car. Feathers was able to make the pass to take over the top spot. Feathers then began to pull away from the rest of the field. By lap 22, Feathers had about a straight-a-way advantage. A good battle for second occurred between Hills and James Adkins, Jr. The two battled for several laps with Adkins getting the position on lap 35. Just after Feathers took the white flag, a caution came out for Rick Hulson who spun in turn two, bringing the field back together. On the restart, Feathers jumped out front with Adkins in tow. Adkins was unable to make a bid for the lead as Feathers took the checkered flag. Adkins finished second followed by Hills in third, Cross in fourth, and Allen Brannon in fifth. Adkins, Hills, and Deane Guy won the heats.

In the 20-lap Bell Motor Company Limited Late Model feature, David Puckett took the early lead in the event, leading the first five laps. On lap six, Paul Cursey went to the inside of Puckett in turn four. He was able to make the pass to take over the top position. Back-to-back caution flags waved on lap 10 when Bill Daniel spun in turn two followed by Johnny Smith and Paul Hoffman spinning in turns one and two. On the second restart, Jamie Lathroum passed Puckett for third as Sommey Lacey followed Cursey in second. On lap 13, Lathroum made a bid for second, passing Lacey in turns three and four. Lathroum then began to reel in Cursey. On lap 19, Lathroum was glued to Cursey's rear bumper. He made a bid for the lead in turn one. The two ran side-by-side, making contact in turn four. Lathroum spun, hitting the outside frontstretch wall while Cursey hit the inside frontstretch wall. Lacey went through the opening in the middle to take the checkered flag. Cursey was able to spin his car back around to make it across the start-finish line in second. Smith finished third, followed by Ronnie Hollidge in fourth, and Puckett in fifth. Hollidge won the heat.

Jimmy Jesmer led the way at the start of the 15-lap Coors Light Pure-Street Stock feature. The first of four cautions came out on lap three for Bobby Franklin. Jesmer led the way on the restart and went on to open up a four-to-five car length lead until the second yellow flag waved when Jeff Snavely spun in turn four. Jesmer easily led on the restart with Deuce Wright following close behind. Wright looked to the inside of Jesmer as they exited turn two. The two ran side-by-side down the backstretch with Jesmer edging Wright back to the start-finish line. A caution came out on lap 13 for Wayne Suite who spun in turns three and four. On the restart, Jesmer slowed as they entered turn two. Wright and Billy Tippett battled for the lead in turns three and four. Wright ended up spinning in turn four and then went down pit road while the field was under caution for Jesmer. Tippett then took over the lead. On the restart, Tippett easily led the way. He went on to take the checkered flag followed by Stevie Long in second, Bobby Tipton, Jr. in third, Billy Lackey in fourth, and Craig Tankersley in fifth. Suite and Tankersley (on his birthday) won the heats.

Linda Wright showed the way for the 10 car field in the 12-lap Four-Cylinder feature. Scotty Scott looked to the inside of Wright on the backstretch but couldn't make the pass as Wright led lap one. Scott challenged for the lead in turns one and two making the pass for the lead. Scotty Nelson also passed Wright to take second. Nelson looked to the outside of Scott on the backstretch on lap four, but couldn't make the pass. On lap seven, the first and only caution came out. On the restart, J.T. Mclanigan made a bid for the lead, passing Nelson and Scott for the top position. Mclanigan then began to pull away from the rest of the field. He went on to take the checkered flag, finishing with about a four-to-five car length lead over Scott. Nelson finished third, followed by Billy Crouse in fourth, and Calvin Wright in fifth. Nelson won the heat.

In the 15-lap Hobby Stock feature, Chuck Williams started from the outside pole and led the way as the green flag waved. After the first lap was put into the books, the first of three cautions came out. On the restart, Williams led the way. On lap four, John Sellner and Ben Bowie both made a bid to take over the top position. Sellner was able to take over the lead with Bowie in second. Bowie challenged Sellner for the lead on lap 12, going to the inside on the backstretch. He tried again in turn four but Sellner held him off. On lap 14, Sellner got loose in turn two. Third place runner Ray Weaver hit Bowie with Bowie and Sellner both spinning. Weaver then took over the lead. On the restart, Jeff Helsel dove to the inside of Weaver and made the pass for the lead in turn two. As they took the white flag for the final lap, Weaver tried to retake the lead. The two ran side-by-side down the backstretch. Third-place runner Barry Lear joined in the battle as he dove to the bottom of the racetrack in turns three and four to pass Weaver and Helsel. Lear and Weaver made contact causing Weaver to spin. Lear went on to take the checkered flag but was moved to the last car on the lead lap because he had lost his muffler. Helsel then got the win followed by Williams in second, Jerry Lee in third, Bill Kessler in fourth, and Bowie in fifth. Bowie won the heat.

Jimmy Suite started in the fourth position of the 15-lap Chesapeake Web Design Bomber feature and took over the lead as they exited turn two. After the first lap was completed, the yellow flag waved for the first of three cautions for debris on the track. On the restart, Suite easily led the way. Jerry Oliver looked to the inside of Suite in turn three. Oliver then made his move on lap five. He was able to make the pass for the lead as they exited turn four. Once Oliver took over the lead, he never looked back. He went on to take the checkered flag, finishing with about a three-to-four car length lead over Eric Hanson. Kyle Nelson finished third, followed by David Cooper in fourth, and Suite in fifth. Oliver also won the heat.

This coming Saturday April 20th the regular show will be on hand. Pit and grandstand gates open at 4:30 p.m., with racing starting at 6 p.m. For more information, contact the track office at 301-884-4624 or check out the web at www.potomacspeedway.com.

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Series Stock car
Drivers David Cooper
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