Adkins Overcomes Adversity to Win the $2,000 Purse 40-lap Gene Van Meter Memorial at Potomac Speedway By: Vicki Adkins Budds Creek, Md.,- May 12, 2000- Making the race this past Friday night at Potomac Speedway, the second I.T.S.I. Budweiser...
Adkins Overcomes Adversity to Win the $2,000 Purse 40-lap Gene Van Meter
Memorial at Potomac Speedway
By: Vicki Adkins
Budds Creek, Md.,- May 12, 2000- Making the race this past Friday night at Potomac Speedway, the second I.T.S.I. Budweiser Late Model feature of the season, the $2,000 to win 40-lap Gene Van Meter Memorial, looked pretty bleak for James Adkins, Jr., of Waldorf, Md. Adkins and his crew, who were putting his motor back together on Friday evening, just barely made it to the track in time to start last on the field in the third Budweiser Late Model heat. He was able to come from last in a field of eight cars to finish second in his heat, giving him a fifth place starting position. Not only did Adkins make the feature, he went on to take the checkered flag in the event, his second win of the season.
"A lot of people don't know what we went through to get here tonight," said Adkins in the post-race interview. "We just put a motor together and got here at 8:00 tonight." "I'd like to thank Jimmy Cox and all the guys for all the work they did. I wouldn't be here without them."
Darryl Hills of Lexington Park, Md., rolled into victory lane for the second time this year in the Bell Motor Company Semi-Lates. Jeff Thomas of White Plains, Md., picked up his first win in the Coors Light Pure-Street Stocks after Tim Shelton was placed to the rear of the field for an exhaust violation. Joe Blocker of Port Tobacco, Md., found his way to victory lane for the first time this year in the Mac Tools Four-Cylinders. Defending Gardiner Outdoor Products Enduro Points Champion, John Burch of Owings, Md., took the checkered flag for the second time this year in their feature event.Catterton Printing of Waldorf, Md. sponsored the children's bike giveaway. Six-year-old Indian Head, Md., resident, Megan Emory, daughter of Budweiser Late Model driver Larry Emory, was the lucky bike winner.
In the 40-lap Budweiser Late Model Gene Van Meter Memorial feature event, Deane Guy and Jeff Pilkerton made up the front starting row. As the green flag waved, Guy powered his way out front to show the way to complete lap one with David Hill in second and Pilkerton in third. As Guy began to pull away from the field, Les Hare challenged Pilkerton for third, taking the position on lap seven. The first of only five cautions came out when Tom Rawlings spun in turn two. On the restart, Guy easily led the way. On lap 10, Hare set his sights on the second place position, challenging Hill for the spot. He went to the inside of Hill on the backstretch. The two ran side-by-side into turns three and four. Hare got a little out of shape, opening the door for fifth-place starter, James Adkins, Jr. Adkins was able to make the pass to take over the third position. Adkins then set his sights on Hill. He went to the inside of Hill in turns one and two on lap 13, making the pass for the runner-up spot. With the battling for position behind him, Guy was able to stretch his lead out to about a five-to-six car length advantage. The field was brought back together on lap 14 when Larry Emory spun. On the restart, Guy led the way with Adkins in tow. As they exited turn two, Adkins looked to the inside of Guy, but couldn't make a move. On lap 15, Adkins tried the inside groove in turns three and four, but Guy held him off. Adkins made his move again on lap 17, going to the inside of Guy on the backstretch. The two ran side-by-side into turns three and four. Guy edged Adkins as they exited turn four to lead the lap. The two continued to battle side-by-side the whole next circuit around. Again, Guy edged Adkins at the start-finish line. The two were forced back to single file racing on lap 20 when a caution came out for an incident involving Rawlings, George Moreland, and Emory. Guy easily showed the way on the restart. By lap 23, Adkins was again glued to Guy's rear bumper. He tried the inside groove again as they entered turns three and four. Guy again edged Adkins at the line to lead the lap. They ran side-by-side as they entered turns one and two. With Adkins glued to the bottom of the track, he was able to edge Guy as they exited turn two as Guy's car pushed up the track. The two continued to battle down the backstretch. Adkins was able to complete the pass in turns three and four. Once Adkins took over the top position, he never looked back. He began to stretch his lead out to about a three-to-four car length advantage as he went on to take the checkered flag. Les Hare was able to get around Guy on lap 26 to finish second. The car on the move was the 05 of Roy Deese, Jr. Deese was involved in an incident during his heat race, giving him a last place finish in the heat. Deese was able to repair his car to start 18th on the grid. He worked his way up through the field, with a broken bone in his hand, to finish third. Guy ended up fourth, followed by Allen Brennan in fifth. Guy, Pilkerton, and Booper Bare won the heats.
Darryl Hills and Fireball Latham made up the front starting row of the 20-lap Bell Motor Company Semi-Late feature. As the green flag waved, Hills led the way to complete lap one. By lap two, Hills had about a half straight-a-way advantage over Latham. The first of just two cautions came out on lap three when Steve Benjamin spun in turn four after making contact with Dennis Windsor, collecting Sommey Lacey and Jeff Burroughs. Hills easily led the way on the restart and again began to pull away from the rest of the field. Fifth-place starter, Junior Lathroum, passed Latham on lap four to take over second. Hills' half straight-a-way advantage was cut down as the caution flag waved for the second time on lap seven when Ronnie Hollidge came to a stop on the backstretch. Again, Hills easily showed the way on the restart. Paul Cursey, who started 10th, challenged Lathroum for second on lap eight. The two battled side-by-side for three laps with Lathroum holding onto the position. Twelfth-place starter, Jeff Reeley, made it a three-way battle for second on lap 11. Lathroum was able to hold onto the second-place spot as Cursey and Reeley continued to battle for the third-place position. With the battles for position behind him, Hills about a six-car length distance between him and Lathroum. He went on to take the checkered flag, leading all 20 laps, unchallenged for the lead. Lathroum finished second. Cursey won the battle for third, followed by Reeley in fourth, and Steve Benjamin in fifth. Paul Cursey and Ronnie Hollidge were the heat winners.
Tim Shelton led the way as the green flag waved in the 15-lap Coors Light Pure-Street Stock feature. Before the first-lap was completed, a multi-car incident occurred in turns three and four, bringing out the caution flag. The field had a complete restart. As the green flag waved, Shelton and Johnny Smith battled for the lead. Smith edged Shelton as they exited turn two. Again, before the lap was completed, a caution came out for Ray Morgan who spun in turns one and two. On the restart, Tom Turner spun in turns one and two, collecting Rusty Alton and Kevin Johnson. The field once again was set for a complete restart. As the green flag waved, Shelton led the way to complete lap one. On lap two, Smith challenged for the top position and was able to make the pass in turns three and four. As Smith entered turns one and two on lap three, he slowed with a flat tire, collecting Craig Tankersly and bringing out the caution flag. On the restart, Shelton led the way. With the yellow flag waving for the seventh of eight cautions on lap 10, the time limit for the feature was about to expire. The field was given the green-white-checkered flags. Shelton showed the way and went on to visit victory lane. During the post-race inspection, Shelton was given last place for an exhaust violation. Second-place finisher Jeff Thomas then got the win, followed by Jamie Lathroum in second, Tommy Hitt in third, P.J. Hatcher in fourth, and Stevie Long in fifth. Shelton and Smith won the heats.
In the 12-lap Mac Tools Four-Cylinder feature, Wayne Graves started on the pole and led the way as the green flag waved. The first of four cautions came out on lap three when Deuce Wright and Jerry Dick got together in turns three and four. Graves showed the way on the restart. Scotty Scott began to make up ground on Graves. By lap seven, he was glued to Graves' rear bumper, looking to make a pass for the lead as they exited turn four. The second caution came out on lap seven when Joe Blocker and Patrick Pack got together in turns one and two. On the restart, Deuce Wright took the outside groove to try and pass Scott on the frontstretch. Scott almost spun in turn two, allowing Wright to complete the pass for second. As the field came around to complete lap 11, Wright slowed, bringing out a caution. On the restart, Joe Blocker, who had worked his way back up through the pack, dove to the inside of Graves in turn two. The two made contact, pushing Graves up the track. Blocker was able to get around Graves along with Chappy Knaack and Calvin Wright. Blocker and Knaack battled side-by-side for the lead, with Calvin Wright also watching the inside groove. Blocker got the advantage as they exited turn four to get the win. Knaack finished second, followed by Calvin Wright in third, Graves in fourth, and Jerry Dick in fifth. Scotty Nelson won the heat.
Ray Weaver and Deano Painter started on the front row of the 20-lap Gardiner Outdoor Product Enduro feature and battled side-by-side for the lead as the green flag waved. Before the first lap was completed, a caution came out for Kevin Mann who spun in turn two. The field had a complete restart. When the green flag waved again, Painter led the way to complete lap one. The second caution came out on lap five when Mann experienced problems and came to a stop on the frontstretch. Painter again showed the way on the restart. On lap 10, John Burch challenged Weaver for second. He was able to make the pass on the backstretch. Burch then set his sights on Painter. By lap 12, he was glued to Painter's rear bumper. He went to the outside of Painter in turns one and two on lap 13. The two ran side-by-side down the backstretch. Painter was able to hold him off to maintain the lead. On lap 15, Painter and the car of Jimmy Suite made contact in turn four. Burch saw the opening and went to the inside of Painter to take over the lead position. Burch then began to pull away. By lap 18, he had about a four-to-five car length advantage. He went on to take the checkered flag, unchallenged for the lead. On the last lap, Ben Bowie was able to pass Painter to finish second. Painter finished third, followed by Kevin Sprague in fourth, and Ray Weaver in fifth. Painter and Weaver won the heats.
This coming Friday night, May 19th, there will the regular show along with the Chesapeake Web Design Bombers, a 30-lap Gardiner Outdoor Product Enduro feature, and Big Wheel races for the kids. Pit and grandstand gates open at 6:00 p.m., with racing starting at 7:30 p.m. For more information, contact Potomac Speedway at (301) 884-4624 or check out the Chesapeake Web Design maintained site at www.potomacspeedway.com.
Budweiser Late Models 1. James Adkins, Jr., -28, 2. Les Hare-1X, 3. Roy Deese, Jr.,-05, 4. Deane Guy-44, 5. Allen Brannon-4, 6. David Williams-25, 7. George Moreland-24, 8. David Hill-75, 9. Tommy Wagner, Jr.,-50, 10. Bill Timme-81, 11. Jeff Pilkerton-8, 12. Tom Rawlings-31, 13. Ricky Edmonds-23R, 14. Booper Bare-21F, 15. Larry Emory-1, 16. Pat Wood-3, 17. David Hoffman-15, 18. Jack Bland-41, DNS - Rick Hulson-18, Harold Dorsey, Jr.,-92, Chuck Finch-00 DQ - Jackie Booth-33
Bell Motor Company Semi-Lates 1. Darryl Hills-7, 2. Junior Lathroum-16, 3. Paul Cursey-37, 4. Jeff Reeley-21J, 5. Steve Benjamin-94, 6. Ronnie Hollidge-0, 7. Dennis Windsor-4, 8. Paul Barham-5, 9. Fireball Latham-41, 10. Bill Danel-89, 11. Jeff Burroughs-10oz., 12. Sommey Lacey-45, 13. Bobby Harrington-51, DQ - Craig Bowling-75
Coors Light Pure-Street Stocks 1. Jeff Thomas-33, 2. Jamie Lathroum-6, 3. Tommy Hitt-7T, 4. P.J. Hatcher-77, 5. Stevie Long-44, 6. Mike Roop-04, 7. Kirk Confair-81, 8. Gary Tavenner-31, 9. Dan Dotson-2D, 10. Bill Tippett-37, 11. Mike Suite-3M, 12. Rusty Alton-3, 13. Johnny Smith-82, 14. Shawn Wathen-23W, 15. Kevin Johnson-67, 16. Craig Tankersly-18, 17. Mike Latham-00, 18. Tom Turner-25T, 19. Ken Coron-51, 20. Bruce Cole-28, 21. Larry Fuchs-2, 22. Tim Shelton-55, DNS - Ray Morgan-2M, DQ - Chuck Marks-13, Bobby Tipton-12
Mac Tools Four-Cylinders 1. Joe Blocker-23, 2. Chappy Knaack-88, 3. Calvin Wright-94, 4. Wayne Graves-24, 5. Jerry Dick-44, 6. Scotty Nelson-24Jr., 7. Jeff Auman-6, 8. J.T. Mclanigan-13, 9. Deuce Wright-1, 10. Scotty Scott-42, 11. Bob Tester, Jr.,-5, 12. Sam Woods, Jr.,-00, 13. Patrick Pack-72
Gardiner Outdoor Products Enduros 1. John Burch-12, 2. Ben Bowie-17, 3. Deano Painter-6, 4. Kevin Sprague-55, 5. Ray Weaver-11, 6. John Ballou-112, 7. Joe Adams-69, 8. H&D Racing-104, 9. Wayne Suite-00, 10. Marty Page-29, 11. Bob Kolbe-9, 12. Zack Mattingly-10, 13. Chet Gagnon-30, 14. George Heinz, Jr.,-56, 15. Mike Hickerson-33, 16. Paul Schendel-8, 17. Wayne Weaver-57, 18. Josh Moxley-23, 19. Gary Irby-43, 20. Jimmy Suite-1, 21. Ray Meador-41, 22. Kevin Mann-22, 23. Rodney Holt-007,