Adkins ends dry spell at Potomac Speedway Budds Creek, Md. -- The weekend showers held off long enough to get the second week of exciting racing action, sponsored by the Metropolitan Area Auto Racing Fans (M.A.R.F.) in the books at Potomac ...
Adkins ends dry spell at Potomac Speedway
Budds Creek, Md. -- The weekend showers held off long enough to get the second week of exciting racing action, sponsored by the Metropolitan Area Auto Racing Fans (M.A.R.F.) in the books at Potomac Speedway. After going through a winless season for the various times he visited the track last year, James Adkins Jr. of Waldorf, Md., made his way back to victory lane to pick up his first win of the season and the lucky number 13th of his Budweiser Super Late Model career.
Adkins, who started sixth in the field of 17 cars, passed race leader Tommy Wagner Jr. for the lead on lap 16 of 25, to go on to take the checkered flag. "The car was perfect. I just had a perfect racecar. At first, I thought I was going to have trouble getting around Tommy (Wagner). Tommy was fast. I just changed my driving style. I tried not to be so aggressive. I really want to thank Jenny and Charles Buckler. They've helped me out a lot," said Adkins.
The Bell Motor Company Limited Late Model and the Potomac Speedway Four-Cylinder feature winners were decided after the post-race inspections when race winners Dale Smith and J.T. Mclanigan, were disqualified (Smith refused to allow his engine to be pumped and Mclanigan had his right rear wheel bead locked). Johnny Smith of Severn, Md. then picked up his first win of the year for the Bell Motor Co. Limited Late Models while Scotty Nelson of Mechanicsville got the win for the four-cylinders. Rookie driver Jamie Lathroum of Mechanicsville, Md., won the M.A.R.F. Hard Charger of the Race award for finishing second in the Limited Late Model feature after starting 11th on the grid.
Rookie driver Deuce Wright, of Nanjemoy, Md., took the checkered flag in the Coors Light Street Stocks for his first win of the season and first win in the street-stock division. Ben Bowie of Welcome, Md., took the checkered flag in the Hobby Stock feature while Dale Moore Jr., became the first repeat winner of the year with the win in the Chesapeake Web Design Bombers.
Eleven-year-old Ray Copsey of Mechanicsville, Md., was the lucky winner of the boy's bike donated by Nancy's Guys and Gals Hair Salon while 11-year-old Alysha Hanson of Mechanicsville, Md., was the lucky girl's bike winner donated by M.A.R.F.
In the 25-lap Budweiser Super Late Model feature, Tommy Wagner Jr. started from the pole position with Tim Murphy on the outside. Wagner led the way as the green flag waved. Before the first lap was completed, the caution flag waved for a multi-car incident in turns one and two. The field then had a complete restart.
Wagner led the way to put lap one in the books. By lap three, James Adkins Jr., moved into the second place position and began to pressure Wagner. On lap six, Adkins dove to the inside of Wagner in turns three and four but Wagner was able to hold him off.
On lap eight, a caution came out for Bill Timme who spun in turn two. Wagner led the way on the restart with Adkins in tow. On lap 14, Adkins made his move again. He dove to the inside of Wagner in turns one and two but Wagner again held him off.
As they entered turns three and four on lap 16, Adkins dove to the inside groove. The two ran side-by-side. Adkins completed the pass as they exited turn four to take over the top spot.
On lap 17, as Adkins entered turn two, the slower car of Bill Timme got loose in front of him. Adkins had no where to go and made contact with Timme sending him to the wall to bring out the caution. Adkins' car was undamaged as he continued to lead.
Adkins went on to take the checkered flag, finishing with about a four-car length advantage over Wagner. Darryl Hills finished third, followed by Murphy in fourth, and Rick Jones in fifth. Hills and Jones won the heats.
In the 20-lap Bell Motor Company Limited Late Model feature, John Moser, Jr. and Dale Smith made up the front starting row. Smith took the early lead but the field was forced to go to a complete restart as Fireball Latham spun after contact from Chet Gagnon before the first lap was completed. Gagnon was sent to the rear of the field for the incident.
On the restart, Smith again jumped out front to show the way. On lap six, the second caution flag waved when Ronnie Hollidge spun after contact with Paul Cursey. Cursey was sent to the rear for the contact with Hollidge. On the restart, Smith again led the way.
While Smith led, Kevin Nelson and Sommey Lacey battled for second. By lap 10, Smith had almost a straight-a-way advantage as Lacey won the second place position.
A caution came out on lap 13 for Moser who spun in turns three and four. While under caution, Lacey experienced mechanical problems and pulled his car in the pits. Nelson then resumed the second position. On the restart, Smith jumped out front as Nelson and Johnny Smith battled for second. Johnny Smith was able to get the position on lap 15.
Johnny Smith then set his sights on Dale Smith. He was able to reel him in but was not able to pass him as Dale Smith took the checkered flag. During the post race inspection, Dale Smith was disqualified for refusing to pump his engine then giving the win to Johnny Smith. Jamie Lathroum then finished second, followed by Nelson in third, Ronnie Hollidge in fourth, and Paul Cursey in fifth. Johnny Smith and Lathroum won the heats.
The 15-lap Coors Light Street Stock feature was cut short at nine laps as the race expired from their time limit as the race was slowed six times from various cautions. Jeff Thomas led the way to putting lap one in the books. On lap two, Mike Latham passed Thomas for the lead on the backstretch to take over the top spot. On lap four, the caution flag waved for a multi-car incident in turn four. Latham was tagged in the incident causing him to fall back to fourth. Deuce Wright then took over the lead.
On lap six, a caution came out for Matt Tarbox on the backstretch. On the restart, Latham dove to the inside of Wright. The two ran side-by-side the whole lap with Latham leading the lap by inches. The two continued to battle with Wright retaking the lead. Wright went on to take the checkered flag followed by Bobby Tipton in second, Latham in third, Stevie Long in fourth, and Thomas in fifth. Latham and Wayne Suite won the heats.
In the Potomac Speedway Four-Cylinder 12 lap feature, Scotty Nelson started from the outside pole and led the way as the green flag waved. On lap nine, J.T. Mclanigan closed in on Nelson and made a bid for the lead as they entered turn three. The two ran side-by-side in turns three and four. Mclanigan edged Nelson at the line to lead the lap. The two continued to battle for the position with Mclanigan taking the spot and holding onto it on lap 11.
Mclanigan went on to take the checkered flag but was moved to the last car on the lead lap during the post-race inspection due to a bead lock on his rear wheel. Nelson then took the win followed by Linda Wright in second, Scotty Scott in third, Jerry Dick in fourth, and Billy Crouse in fifth. Dick won the heat.
In the Potomac Speedway Hobby Stock feature, Ray Weaver started on the pole and led the way as the green flag waved. He continued to show the way the first nine laps. On lap 10, Ben Bowie went to the inside of Weaver, making the pass for the top spot. Bowie went on to take the checkered flag followed by Weaver in second, Jeff Helsel in third, Ray Meador in fourth, and Barry Lear Jr. in fifth. John Burch won the heat.
Cory Hanson led the way at the drop of the green flag in the 15-lap Chesapeake Web Design Bomber feature. He held off challenges from Jerry Oliver on laps four and five with Dale Moore Jr. joining in the battle on lap six. Moore went to the outside of Hanson at the start finish line and completed the pass on the inside groove in turns one and two. He went on to take the checkered flag followed by Kyle Nelson in second, David Cooper in third, Jimmy Suite in fourth, and David Williams in fifth. Brian Maxey won the heat.
This week at Potomac Speedway will be the regular show along with the Classic Cars. Minor Buckler Electric will sponsor the racing action. 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 website at www.potomacspeedway.com..
Budweiser Super Late Models
1. James Adkins Jr. -24A, 2. Tommy Wagner Jr.-50, 3. Darryl Hills-7, 4. Tim Murphy-21M, 5. Rick Jones-88, 6. Mike Christopher-66, 7. Harold Dorsey Jr.-92, 8. Scott Cross-07, 9. Ernie Jones-22, 10. Billy Tucker-B1, 11. Deane Guy-44, 12. Frank Smith-17, 13. Brian Miller-12, 14. P.J. Hatcher-77, 15. Eddie Drury-72, 16. Bill Timme-81, 17. Bobby Beard-23
Bell Motor Company Limited Late Models
1. Johnny Smith-82, 2. Jamie Lathroum-6, 3. Kevin Nelson-66X, 4. Ronnie Hollidge-0, 5. Paul Cursey-37, 6. Chet Gagnon-30, 7. Fireball Latham-41, 8. Bill Daniel-8D, 9. Paul Hoffman-27H, 10. Sommey Lacey-45, 11. John Moser Jr.-23, 12. David Puckett-19, 13. Kirk Confair-81, DNS - Walt Homberg-00, DQ - Dale Smith-77
Coors Light Street Stocks
1. Deuce Wright-2, 2. Bobby Tipton-12, 3. Mike Latham-78, 4. Stevie Long-44, 5. Jeff Thomas-29, 6. Craig Tankersley-18, 7. Wayne Suite-00, 8. Rick Green-1, 9. Matt Tarbox-24X, 10. Matt Valliquette-27, 11. Bob Kolbe-3, 12. Jeff Snavely-99, 13. Jimmy Jesmer-47, 14. Quenten Mise-8, 15. Rusty Alton-3, 16. Billy Lackey-84, 17. Billy Tippett-37, 18. Chester Sellers-10, 19. Chris Nelson-66X, 20. Joe Scaggs-5, DNS - Barry Moore-75, Ken Coron-51
Potomac Speedway Four-Cylinders
1. Scotty Nelson-33, 2. Linda Wright-1, 3. Scotty Scott-42, 4. Jerry Dick-44, 5. Billy Crouse-8, 6. Calvin Wright-94, 7. J.T. Mclanigan-13, 8. Chris Mclanigan-82, 9. Andy Self-99
1. Ben Bowie-17, 2. Ray Weaver-11, 3. Jeff Helsel-23, 4. Ray Meador-3, 5. Barry Lear Jr.-99, 6. Jerry Lee-33, 7. Bill Kessler-44, 8. John Latham-78, 9. John Sellner-5, 10. John Burch-12, 11. Chuck Williams-2
Chesapeake Web Design Bombers
1. Dale Moore Jr.-5, 2. Kyle Nelson-66X, 3. David Cooper-27, 4. Jimmy Suite-1, 5. David Williams-2, 6. Cory Hanson-121, 7. Kyle Lear-51, 8. Jerry Oliver-3, 9. Eric Hanson-21, 10. Thomas Dickerey-81, 11. Jimmy Cardwell-12, 12. Brian Maxey-04X, DNS - Jeff Callahan-18