Potomac Speedway report 2002-08-17

Wagner ends dry spell at Potomac Speedway. Budds Creek, Md., -- After several second-place finishes and a frustrating first half of the season, Tommy Wagner Jr. of Hughesville, Md., finally came home victorious after his first win in the ...

Wagner ends dry spell at Potomac Speedway.

Budds Creek, Md., -- After several second-place finishes and a frustrating first half of the season, Tommy Wagner Jr. of Hughesville, Md., finally came home victorious after his first win in the Budweiser Super Late Models feature Saturday night at Potomac Speedway. Wagner's win came on the Guy Distributing, Budweiser and M.A.R.F. sponsored night.

Wagner started on the pole of the 25-lap feature event and led from start to finish. "We hurt the motor the last five laps. It got weaker and weaker. I looked up and saw Darryl there and thought, `oh no," said Wagner. "We're real slow to change the car around. Last year the car worked good on this track. The track was beautiful tonight. We're good on this kind of track. We've got to do our homework," Wagner added.

Defending Bell Motor Company Limited Late Model points champion Sommey Lacey of Clements, Md., gained a little more ground on points leader Paul Cursey as Lacey picked up his fourth win of the season, his 20th career victory. Chet Gagnon of Mechanicsville, Md., was the M.A.R.F. Hard Charger of the Race award winner after coming from his sixth place starting position to finish second.

Sparks flew when Wayne Suite of Mechanicsville, Md., took the checkered flag for his first win in the Coors Light Street Stocks. Suite and Mike Latham made contact off turn four with the checkered flag in sight causing Latham to hit the frontstretch wall.

Linda Wright of Nanjemoy, Md., got her second win of the season, moving her into second place in the points standings in the Potomac Speedway Four-Cylinders. Wright was named the winner after Wayne Graves was disqualified for refusal to tear-down his motor after the feature event.

Ben Bowie of Brandywine, Md. tied John Sellner for the most wins of the season in the Arby's Hobby Stocks after visiting victory lane for the sixth time this year. Greg Mattingly of Abell, Md. picked up his first career win in the Chesapeake Web Design Bombers. Tony Steele took the checkered flag in the special 15-lap Vintage Car feature.

As a special treat, drivers and children participated in a water balloon toss on the frontstretch during intermission. The kids were broken down into three different age groups and participated at different times. The first group up were kids five-years-old and under. The kids tossed the balloons to the drivers and the drivers, if having a successful catch would take a step back and toss the balloon back. Bell Motor Company Limited Late Model driver Bill Daniel and his three-year-old partner Levi Brickner tied with Coors Light Street Stock driver Wayne Suite and five-year-old Austin Wathen. Suite and Wathen were named the winners after going to the crowd in the stands for a crowd appeal decision.

In the six-to-nine-year-old division, it came down between Arby's Hobby Stock driver John Burch and six-year-old Cody Mullins and Coors Light Street Stock driver Rick Green and nine-year-old Lindsey Hoffman. Green and Hoffman made one more successful catch declaring them the winners.

Coors Light Street Stock driver Billy Lackey and 12-year-old Joel Burchell made the last successful catch in the 10-to-12-year-old division after 11-year-old Brittany Wagner and Melvin Hardesty fell out.

M.A.R.F. sponsored the girls bike give away while Bell Motor Company Limited Late Model driver Ronnie Hollidge and his wife Denise sponsored the boys bike giveaway. Sisters eight-year-old Megan Long and five-year-old Jessie Vaden of Mechanicsville, Md., were the lucky winners of the girls bike. Six-year-old Kwasi Hutchins of Lexington Park, Md., was the lucky boys bike winner.

In the 25-lap Budweiser Super Late Model feature, Tommy Wagner Jr. took the early lead from his outside pole position. After putting lap one in the books, the caution flag waved for an incident in turn two involving Kirk Confair, Frank Smith, Tom Turner, and Deane Guy.

On the restart, Wagner easily led the way. By lap three, he had a five-car length advantage over second place runner P.J. Hatcher. The field was brought together on lap 10 when a caution came out for Dale Smith who slowed in turn four. Wagner again showed the way when the went back to green flag racing.

As Wagner led, Darryl Hills and Rick Jones looked to the inside of Hatcher. Hills was able to make the pass for second on lap 17 on the backstretch. Hills began to reel in Wagner. By lap 23, Hills was glued to Wagner's rear bumper.

On the last lap, Hills made a bid for the lead on the inside groove of the backstretch. Wagner held him off and went on to take the checkered flag. Hills finished second. Rick Jones and Deane Guy got around Hatcher for third and fourth. Hatcher rounded out the top five. Wagner and Dale Smith won the heats.

In the 20-lap Bell Motor Company Limited Late Model feature, Paul Cursey and Sommey Lacey battled for the lead at the drop of the green flag. Cursey got the lead as they exited turn two.

On lap three, Lacey got loose in turn four opening the door for Gagnon to take over second. Gagnon then stayed glued to Cursey's rear bumper. He looked to the inside of Cursey in turns one and two on lap five but couldn't make a move.

On lap six, Cursey's car drifted up the track in turns three and four. Gagnon dove to the inside of him followed by Lacey. Both cars were able to get around Cursey for the top two positions.

Lacey then looked to the inside of Gagnon in turns one and two but was forced back in line. On lap eight, Gagnon bobbled in turns three and four. Lacey dove to the inside of him making the pass for the lead.

Lacey went on to lead the rest of the feature event unchallenged for the lead. He finished with about a three car length advantage over Gagnon. Cursey finished third followed by Kevin Nelson in fourth, and Jimmy Johnson in fifth. Bill Daniel won the heat.

Wayne Suite and Stevie Long made up the front starting row of the 15-lap Coors Light Street Stock feature. Suite led the way as the green flag waved with Long in tow.

The first of three cautions came out on lap six when Dan Dotson spun in turn four. Suite easily showed the way on the restart. On lap 10, Long challenged Suite for the lead, going to the inside of him as they exited turn two. They ran side-by-side down the backstretch with Suite edging Long just before they crossed the start-finish line. Suite pulled back out front as they exited turn two.

On lap 14, Mike Latham challenged Long for second. He went to the inside groove, making the pass on the backstretch. Long battled back in turns three and four but Latham held onto the position. Latham then set his sights on Suite.

On the last lap, Suite's car drifted up the track in turn four. Latham dove to the inside of Suite. The two made contact as they exited turn four causing Latham to spin and hit the inside frontstretch retaining wall. Suite took the checkered flag followed by Long in second, Jimmy Jesmer in third, Billy Tippett in fourth, and Craig Tankersley in fifth. Latham fell back to12th. Latham and Long won the heats.

Wayne Graves started on the pole and led the way when the green flag waved in the 12-lap Potomac Speedway Four-Cylinder feature. By lap two, Graves had a five-car length advantage over second-place runner Linda Wright.

Graves continued to pull away as the laps wound down. He went on to take the checkered flag unchallenged for the lead. He finished with about a half-track advantage over Linda Wright. After the race, Graves refused a tear-down causing him to be disqualified. Linda Wright then got the win.

The best battle on the track was for what would then be second position between Jerry Dick, Scotty Scott and Calvin Wright. They exited turn four almost three-wide. Dick got the position followed by Scott and then Calvin Wright. Billy Crouse rounded out the top five. Calvin Wright won the heat.

Jerry Lee started on the outside pole and took the early lead in the 15-lap Arby's Hobby Stock division. Lee put the first eight laps in the books, leading through two cautions.

On lap nine, Ben Bowie challenged Lee for the lead and was able to take the position as they exited turn two. Ray Weaver passed Lee for second on lap 10 and then set his sights on Bowie.

A caution came out for debris on lap 14. On the restart, Weaver challenged Bowie for the lead on the backstretch. As they entered turn three, Weaver's car drifted up into Bowie. The two made contact causing Weaver to spin, bringing out the yellow flag.

Bowie easily led the way on the restart and went on to take the checkered flag. Lee finished second, followed by John Burch in third, Ray Weaver in fourth, and Bob Kolbe in fifth. Paul Schendel won the heat.

In the 15-lap Chesapeake Web Design Bomber feature, Thomas Pickeral and Jimmy Suite battled for the lead at the drop of the green flag. Suite made the pass for the position in turns three and four. Suite continued to show the way, opening up a four car length advantage by lap five.

On lap seven, Greg Mattingly got by Pickeral for second. Mattingly then began to close in on Suite. He made a bid for the lead on lap 13, but Suite held him off. Mattingly challenged for the lead again on lap 14 and was able to make the pass going into turn one. Kyle Nelson also got around Suite.

Although Nelson was glued to his rear bumper, Mattingly went on to lead the rest of the feature unchallenged for the lead to get the win. Nelson finished second followed by Suite in third, Pickeral in fourth, and William Crouse in fifth. Nelson won the heat.

In the 15-lap Vintage Car feature, Stu Weincheit took the early lead and showed the way to put the first four laps in the books. On lap five, Tony Steele passed Weincheit for the lead in turn two. Once Steele took over the lead, he never looked back. He went on to lead the rest of the feature, finishing with almost a half-track lead over Weincheit. DJ Calhain finished third, followed by Keith Cobb in fourth. Steele won the heat.

This coming Saturday night, August 24th, the regular show will be on hand along with the Classic Cars. It could be the deciding factor in some points races as it will be double points for all divisions. Pit gates and grandstand admission open at 5:30 p.m., with racing starting at 7 p.m. For more information, contact the track office at 301-884-4624 or check us out on the web at www.potomacspeedway.com.

Budweiser Super Late Models
1. Tommy Wagner Jr.-50, 2. Darryl Hills-7, 3. Rick Jones-88, 4. Deane Guy-44, 5. P.J. Hatcher-77, 6. Tim Murphy-21M, 7. Robby Beall-90B, 8. Kirk Confair-81, 9. David Hoffman-15, 10. Dale Smith-77X, 11. Frank Smith-17, 12. Ernie Jones-22, 13. Tom Turner-17T, DNS - Ray Kable-1

Bell Motor Company Limited Late Models
1. Sommey Lacey-45, 2. Chet Gagnon-30, 3. Paul Cursey-37, 4. Kevin Nelson-66X, 5. Jimmy Johnson-51, 6. Donald Harrington-28, 7. Paul Hoffman-27H, 8. Bill Daniel-8D, 9. Ronnie Hollidge-0

Coors Light Street Stocks
1. Wayne Suite-00, 2. Stevie Long-44, 3. Jimmy Jesmer-47, 4. Billy Tippett-37, 5. Craig Tankersley-18, 6. Deuce Wright-2, 7. Chester Sellers-10, 8. Ben Bowie-29, 9. Matt Valliquette-27, 10. Barry Williams-6, 11. Dan Dotson-2D, 12. Mike Latham-78, 13. Art Good-01, 14. Quentin Mise-8, 15. Joe Blocker-23, 16. Rick Green-1, 17. Larry Fuchs-2X, 18. Jack Osborne-22, 19. Billy Lackey-84

Potomac Speedway Four-Cylinders
1. Linda Wright-1, 2. Jerry Dick-44, 3. Scotty Scott-42, 4. Calvin Wright-94, 5. Billy Crouse-8, DQ - Wayne Graves-24

Arby's Hobby Stocks
1.Ben Bowie-17, 2. Jerry Lee-33, 3. John Burch-12, 4. Ray Weaver, 5. Bob Kolbe-9, 6. Mike Manginell-56, 7. Paul Schendel-8, 8. Chuck Williams-2, 9. Justin Gilroy-J8, 10. John Sellner-5, 11. Jeff Helsel-23

Chesapeake Web Design Bombers
1. Greg Mattingly-8, 2. Kyle Nelson-66X, 3. Jimmy Suite-1, 4. Thomas Pickeral-81, 5. William Crouse-11, 6. Jeff Callahan-18C

Vintage Cars
1. Tony Stelle-31, 2. Stu Weincheit-1, 3. DJ Calhain-14, 4. Keith Cobb-65, DNS Mike Tatum-7X

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Drivers Quentin Mise , Kevin Nelson , Tom Turner
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