Beard Takes Checkered in 40-Lap Pure-Street Southern Maryland National Feature at Potomac Speedway By: Vicki Adkins Budds Creek, Md., -October 15, 2000 - Potomac Speedway hosted its season finale, the Southern Maryland Nationals, this past ...
Beard Takes Checkered in 40-Lap Pure-Street Southern Maryland National
Feature at Potomac Speedway
By: Vicki Adkins
Budds Creek, Md., -October 15, 2000 - Potomac Speedway hosted its season finale, the Southern Maryland Nationals, this past weekend, October 13th and October 14th. The racing excitement level was high as drivers came from several different to compete in the Jerry's Roofing & Siding, W and W Racing Tires, and Jay Dee Supply sponsored event.
Bernie Beard of Pennsylvania came out the big winner, taking the checkered flag in the $1,500 purse 40-lap Coors Light Pure-Street Stock feature. Beard spun on the fifth lap of the event, and then worked his way up through the pack to take over the lead on lap 39 of 40. During the post-race interview, Beard said, "I think I needed to `tick' myself off by spinning out. It was hammer down from there."
Bernie Beard pulled double duty as he also ran in the Bell Motor Company Semi-Late feature. He came away with a third place finish in that event.
Tim Shelton was the pure-street stock M.A.R.F. hard charger of the race award winner. Shelton came from a 28th place starting position to finish fifth.
Allen Brannon of Winchester, Va., picked up the win in the Bell Motor Company Semi-Late 30-lap feature. Mike Corbin was the M.A.R.F. hard charger of the race award winner. Corbin started 22nd and finished 10th.
Leo Nichols of Winchester, Va., visited victory lane in the 25-lap Mac Tools Four-Cylinder event.
The Gardiner Outdoor Product Enduros, the Chesapeake Web Design Bombers, and the Classic Cars each had features on Friday, October 13th, and Saturday, October 14th. John Ballou of Waldorf, Md., picked up his ninth win of the season in the Friday Enduro feature with Wayne Suite of Mechanicsville, Md., winning his third enduro event on Saturday night.
Brian Thompson of Mechanicsville, Md., took the checkered flag in the bomber feature on Friday night with Cory Hanson winning Saturday's bomber event.
Roland Brown led every lap except one to get the win in the 20-lap Classic Car feature event on Friday night. Bill Brown, Sr., took over the lead from Roland Brown on lap 12 in Saturday's 20-lap Classic Car feature. Brown Sr. went on to take the checkered flag.
Jay Dee Supply sponsored the children's bikes giveaway. Ten-year-old Nikki Tyeryar of Nanjemoy, Md., was the lucky girl's bike winner with five-year-old Nick Cramer of Hay Market, Va., winning the boys bike.
Potomac Speedway would like to extend its appreciation to Tom Hitt, Sr., for collecting the contingency prizes for the Pure Street drivers and to the various sponsors for their donations. The sponsors included Waldorf NAPA, Trick Trucks, Race Fans Only, Gardiner Outdoor Products, Atlas Pontiac of Brandywine, Md., 84 Lumber of New Market, Md., Bert's 50's Diner, Champion Used Auto Parts, Seymour's New Auto Parts, Good Ole Boy's NASCAR Collectibles, George's Auto Repair, Don King's Leonardtown Service Center, Hayden's Auto Parts, Precision Tune Auto Care, 97.7 The Bay Radio Station, United Rental of California, Auto Zone of Waldorf, Pep Boys of Waldorf, Sheetz Gas Station of California, Mac Tools by Doug and Kelly Cooke, Truckin' America, Fancy Vans, Leer Ca World of Waldorf, Chesapeake Auto Body of New Market, Bell Motor Company Pro Shop, R & R Automotive, Southern States of Charlotte Hall, Bob Evans of Waldorf, Charles County Computers, Park Dodge, and Patuxent Auto Parts.
The weekend of racing began with time trials for Pure Streets, Semi Lates, and Four Cylinders on Friday. Ron Schultz set the fastest lap of 19.56 seconds for the Coors Light Pure-Street Stocks. Stevie Long was second fastest with a time of 19.75 seconds.
2000 racing season Bell Motor Company Semi-Late points champion, Darryl Hills turned in the fastest time with a lap of 17.51 seconds for their division with 2000 I.T.S.I. Late Model champion Allen Brannon, setting a time of 17.84 seconds.
Brian Miller and Leo Nichols turned the fastest Mac Tools four-cylinder laps. Miller had a time of 20.89 seconds with Nichols having a lap of 20.90 seconds. The 2000 Mac Tools Four-Cylinders points champion, Wayne Graves, was right behind Miller and Nichols with a lap of 20.93 seconds.
Each of these three divisions then ran heat races to determine their starting positions. The Coors Light Pure-Street Stocks took the six heat race winners to compete in a six-lap dash for starting position. Mike Franklin led the way as the green flag waved. Bobby Beard challenged for the lead in turns three and four, but Franklin held him off. On lap four, Beard's car pushed up the track in turns three and four, allowing Franklin to pull away by about three car lengths.
The race was slowed on lap six for its first and only caution when Matt Kerns experienced problems and came to a stop in turns one and two. On the restart, Franklin led the way and went on to take the checkered flag. Beard finished second, followed by Bill Tippett in third, Kris Eaton in fourth, Ronnie Dennis in fifth, and Kerns in sixth.
In the 40-lap Coors Light Pure-Street Stock feature event Bobby Beard took the early lead. Beard led the way, holding off challenges from Kris Eaton on laps nine, 14, and 23. Ronnie Dennis, who had a strong third place run going, experienced problems on lap 32 and pulled his car in the pits.
As Bobby Beard led the way, Bernie Beard steadily worked his way up through the pack. On lap 37, Bernie Beard went to the inside of Eaton in turn four to take over second. Eaton didn't give up as he battled back for the position. Beard was able to hold onto it.
Bernie Beard then set his sights on Bobby Beard. He challenged for the lead in turn four on lap 38, but Bobby Beard held him off. He made a bid for the lead again on lap 39 in turn two and then again in turn four. Bernie Beard was able to take over the lead and went on to take the checkered flag. Eaton also got around Bobby Beard to take second. Beard finished third, followed by 2000 Coors Light Pure-Street Stock points champion Johnny Smith in fourth, and Tim Shelton in fifth.
In the 30-lap Bell Motor Company Semi-Late feature, Darryl Hills led the way as the green flag waved. Bernie Beard looked to the inside of Hills in turn two, but Hills held him off. He then began to pull away from the rest of the field, enjoying a half straight-a-way lead by lap four.
His lead was cut down as the first of six cautions came out on lap four when Doug Cooke came to a stop in turn three. On the restart, Hills led the way, holding off a challenge from Beard in turn two.
On lap five, Beard looked to the inside of Hills in turn two again, but couldn't make a move. Beard's car then pushed up the track, opening the door for Allen Brannon. Brannon was able to get by Beard to take over second.
On lap nine, Hills got caught behind a lapped car in turns three and four. Brannon went to the outside of him but was forced back in line as the caution flag waved before the lap was completed.
Hills led the way on the restart. On lap 20, Brannon decided to make his move. He went to the inside of Hills as they exited turn two. The two ran side-by-side down the backstretch and into turns three and four. They made contact on the frontstretch just before the start-finish line. Brannon led the lap by about a half-car advantage. Hills ended up falling back to third place.
Brannon then began to pull away from the rest of the field with about a half straight-a-way advantage. Hills then challenged Beard for second and was able to take over that position on lap 30. Brannon took the checkered flag, followed by Hills in second, Beard in third, Junior Lathroum in fourth, and Doug Hardy in fifth. Hills, Beard, and Brannon won the heats.
Todd Chicklo led the way at the start of the 25-lap Mac Tools Four-Cylinder feature event with Greg Gunter in tow. Leo Nichols passed Gunter to take over second on lap two.
The first of seven cautions came out on lap three when Sam Woods spun. On the restart, Chicklo led the way. Gunter made a bid to retake second on lap five and was able to pass Nichols for the position. Nichols came battling back on lap six, retaking the position from Gunter.
Nichols and Gunter continued to battle for the second place position, allowing Chicklo to pull away with a half straight-a-way lead by lap 11.
A caution came out on lap 15 for Scotty Nelson and Robert Holmes. On the restart, Nichols challenged for the lead, but Chicklo held him off.
As Chicklo continued to show the way, Nichols and Gunter continued to battle for second. The two made contact on lap 21 with Gunter getting loose, making contact with Brian Miller and then spinning, bringing out the caution flag.
On the restart, Chicklo and Nichols made contact. Chicklo then slowed as they exited turn four, giving the lead to Nichols. As Chicklo pulled in the pit, Miller then took over second. On lap 24, Miller was glued to Nichols rear bumper. He made a bid for the lead on the last lap in turn four. The two came down the front straight-a-way, with the checkered flag in sight, side-by-side. They made contact with Nichols holding onto the lead by just a few feet. Miller finished second, followed by Dean Holmes in third, Wayne Graves in fourth, and Eric Hollenbach in fifth. David Lee and Greg Gunter won the heats.
In Friday's 20-lap Gardiner Outdoor Product Enduro feature, John Ballou started on the outside pole and led the way as the green flag waved. Wayne Suite challenged him for the lead in turns three and four, but was unable to take the position.
Ballou led lap one and went on to lead the rest of the feature unchallenged for the lead. John Burch finished second, followed by Joe Adams in third, Suite in fourth, and Kevin Sprague in fifth. Suite and Ballou won the heats.
In Saturday's 30-lap Gardiner Outdoor Product Enduro feature, Wayne Suite, Dave Bryant, and Joe Adams all battled for the lead at the drop of the green flag. Suite won the battle and led lap one. Adams challenged for the lead on lap two, but Suite held him off.
Adams challenged for the top spot again on laps three six, and seven. On lap seven, his car drifted up the track in turn four, opening the door for Kevin Sprague. Sprague was able to make the pass for second.
Suite began to pull away with about a four-to-five car length lead. Ben Bowie then challenged Sprague for second. He was able to take over the position on lap 18 as Adams passed Sprague also. Bowie and Adams then both experienced problems on lap 21 and pulled in the pits.
John Ballou then took over second. Meanwhile, Suite had stretched his lead out to almost a half-track advantage. Suite went on to take the checkered flag, unchallenged for the lead. Ballou finished second, followed by John Burch in third, Sprague in fourth, and Greg Moats in fifth.
In Friday's 20-lap Chesapeake Web Design Bomber Feature, Frankie Latham started on the pole and led the way as the green flag waved. By lap six, fourth-place starter Brian Thompson had caught Latham and was glued to his rear bumper.
Latham continued to show the way until lap nine. He got loose in turn two, opening the door for Thompson. Thompson made the pass for the lead as Latham slowed in turns three and four, with problems. He then pulled the car in the pits on lap 10.
Thompson went on to lap the entire field, picking up the checkered flag. Rob Hitt finished second, followed by Ronnie Doss in third, Dennis Maxey in fourth, and Robert Doss in fifth.
In Saturday's 20-lap Chesapeake Web Design Bomber Feature, Robert Doss started on the pole and led the way as the green flag waved. As they entered the backstretch, Cory Hanson was able to make the pass to take over the lead.
Hanson then began to pull away from the rest of the field. By lap nine, he had about a straight-a-way lead. Brian Thompson moved into second on lap three and began to make up some ground on Hanson by lap 15 as Hanson got caught in lapped traffic.
Thompson was unable to make up any more ground on Hanson as Hanson went on to take the checkered flag, unchallenged for the lead. Thompson finished second.
A good battle for third developed between Dale Moore and Frankie Latham. The five car of Dale Moore held onto third, as Latham finished fourth. Rob Hitt rounded out the top five.
Potomac Speedway would like to thank everyone for a successful 2000 racing season. The Potomac Speedway Annual Awards Banquet will be held on Saturday, November 18th at the Mechanicsville Volunteer Firehouse in Mechanicsville, Md. socializing will begin at 6:00 p.m., with dinner at 6:30 p.m., followed by awards for the top 10 points finishers in each division and the top five Bomber points finishers. The awards will be followed by music by D.J. Brown Productions.
Tickets are available through November 10th at the Speedway Office (301) 884-4624, or through Jay Dee Supply (410) 760-1100.
<pre> Coors Light Pure-Street Stocks
1. Bernie Beard-X, 2. Kris Eaton-15, 3. Bobby Beard-5, 4. Johnny Smith-82, 5. Tim Shelton-55, 6. Jamie Lathroum-6, 7. Walter Crouch-92W, 8. Mike Warenfeltz-95, 9. Chris Clark-11C, 10. Larry Fuchs-2, 11. Ken Berwager-77B, 12. Dan Dotson-2D, 13. Mike Franklin-74M, 14. Tom Turner-25T, 15. Matt Kerns-1, 16. Deano Painter-24, 17. Ronnie Dennis-19, 18. Bobby Tipton, Jr.-12, 19. Donnie Danielle-3D, 20. Ron Schultz-31, 21. Craig Tankersley-18, 22. Stevie Long-44, 23. Rusty Alton-3, 24. Bryan Kerns-83, 25. Mike Latham-78, 26. Tommy Hitt-7T, 27. Carl Brooks-79, 28. Joey Carter-33X, 29. Bill Tippett-37, 30. Eugene Conlee-3Z
Bell Motor Company Semi-Lates
1. Allen Brannon-44, 2. Darryl Hills-7, 3. Bernie Beard-X, 4. Junior Lathroum-16, 5. Doug Hardy-00X, 6. Sommey Lacey-45, 7. Dennis Lamb-55, 8. Paul Cursey-37, 9. Steve Benjamin-94, 10. Mike Corbin-0M, 11. Barry Lear-51, 12. Billy Tucker-B1, 13. Kevin Belcher-35, 14. Dale Smith-81, 15. Jeff Trueting-21J, 16. Erin Atherbolt-58, 17. Rodney Holt-007, 18. Ronnie Hollidge-0, 19. Jeff Reeley-21, 20. John Moser-23, 21. Craig Guido-00, 22. Craig Bowling-75, 23. Doug Cooke-5, 24. Roy Anderson-0C, DNS - Anthony Combs-66, Jeff Burroughs-10oz.
Mac Tools Four-Cylinders
1. Leo Nichols-11N, 2. Brian Miller-97, 3. Dean Holmes-98, 4. Wayne Graves-24, 5. Eric Hollenbach-21E, 6. Scotty Nelson-24Jr., 7. Deuce Wright-1, 8. Randy Wible-65, 9. Jerry Dick-44, 10. Calvin Wright-94, 11. Sam Woods, Jr., -00, 12. Robert Holmes-71, 13. Andy Self-99, 14. David Lee-21, 15. Andy Holmes-99X, 16. Ronald March-2, 17. Chappy Knaack-88, 18. Todd Chicklo-21C, 19. Greg Gunter-15, 20. Bob Tester, Jr., -5, 21. Brian Swain-12, 22. Ken Miller-21M, DNS - Farran Hamlin-44F
Gardiner Outdoor Products Enduros - Friday Feature
1. John Ballou-112, 2. John Burch-12, 3. Joe Adams-69, 4. Wayne Suite-00, 5. Kevin Sprague-55, 6. Ben Bowie-17, 7. Chet Gagnon-30, 8. Ray Meador-41, 9. Greg Moats-5A, 10. Dave Bryant-42B, 11. Jimmy Suite-1X, 12. Richard Toot-13, 13. James Long, Jr., -10, 14. Barry Lear, Jr., -99
Gardiner Outdoor Products Enduros - Saturday Feature
1. Wayne Suite-00, 2. John Ballou-112, 3. John Burch-12, 4. Kevin Sprague-55, 5. Greg Moats-5A, 6. Dave Bryant-42B, 7. 7, 8. Richard Toot-13, 9. Joe Adams-69, 10. Ben Bowie-17, 11. Jimmy Suite-1X, 12. 1, 13. Barry Lear, Jr.,-99
Chesapeake Web Design Bombers - Friday Feature
1. Brian Thompson-41, 2. Rob Hitt-47, 3. Ronnie Doss-11, 4. Dennis Maxey-04X, 5. Robert Doss-38, 6. Cindy Hall-22, 7. Frankie Latham-21, 8. Cory Hanson-28, DNS - Emma Wagner-50, David Cooper-27
Chesapeake Web Design Bombers - Saturday Feature
1. Cory Hanson-21, 2. Brian Thompson-41, 3. 5, 4. Frankie Latham-28, 5. Rob Hitt-47, 6. Robert Doss-38, 7. Ronnie Doss