Adkins Takes Checkered in the Final I.T.S.I. Event at Potomac Speedway By: Vicki Adkins Budds Creek, Md., -- Potomac Speedway hosted its 10th and final I.T.S.I. Budweiser Late Model feature event of the 2000 racing season this past Friday night.
Adkins Takes Checkered in the Final I.T.S.I. Event at Potomac Speedway
By: Vicki Adkins
Budds Creek, Md., -- Potomac Speedway hosted its 10th and final I.T.S.I. Budweiser Late Model feature event of the 2000 racing season this past Friday night. James Adkins, Jr., of Waldorf, Md., and Allen Brannon of Winchester, Va., proved that it would be a battle for the checkered flag as both of them won their heat race events.
When the checkered flag waved in the 40-lap, $2,000 to win Budweiser/Guy Distributing sponsored event, it was Adkins who ended up in victory lane with his third win of the series and his fourth win of the year. Brannon didn't go home empty handed as he took the points championship title in the I.T.S.I., picking up a $4,000 bonus. George Moreland, the current Budweiser Late Model points leader, came home second in the series.
Paul Cursey of Baltimore, Md., picked up his seventh win of the year in the Bell Motor Company Semi-Lates. Mike Latham of Mechanicsville, Md., won his third feature of the year in the Coors Light Pure-Street Stocks. Craig Tankersley was the M.A.R.F. Hard Charger of the race award winner. Tankersley came from a 17th place starting position to finish eighth. Greg Gunter of Berryville, Va., took the checkered flag in the Mac Tools Four-Cylinders. Scotty Nelson of Mechanicsville, Md., visited victory lane for the first time ever in the make-up Mac Tools Four-Cylinders event. Ray Weaver of Pasadena, Md., picked up his first win of the year in the Gardiner Outdoor Products Enduros feature.
Peggy and Jerry Scott sponsored the children's bike giveaway. Five-year-old Robbie Hampshire of Huntingtown, Md., was the lucky bike winner.
Adkins and Allen Brannon started on the front row of the 40-lap, $2,000 purse event. When the green flag waved, the two battled for the lead. Brannon got the position as they entered turns one and two to lead lap one. Adkins looked to the inside of him as they exited turn four, but couldn't make the pass. The first of four caution flags flew on lap six for an incident involving Deane Guy, Tom Rawlings, Mike Christopher, and John Emory in turn one. Brannon led the way on the restart and then began to pull away. He had about a five-car length advantage by lap eight. Adkins then began to reel him back in by lap 11. He was then glued to Brannon's rear bumper by lap 17. The top two ran nose-to-tail the next 9 laps. On lap 26, Adkins made his move. He dove to the inside of Brannon in turns one and two, making the pass for the lead on the backstretch. Once Adkins took over the lead, he never looked back. He went on to take the checkered flag, finishing with about a three-fourth straight-a-way advantage over Brannon. During the post-race interview, Adkins said, "Allen Brannon, he's a good racer. He just left a little hole there and I took it." "He races me clean and I try to race him clean." Tommy Wagner, Jr., finished third, followed by Pat Wood in fourth, and Ray Kable in fifth. Adkins and Brannon won the heats.
In the 20-lap Bell Motor Company Semi-Late feature, Bill Daniel and Charles Burch battled for the lead. Burch took the position to lead lap one. Darryl Hills, who had moved into second on lap one, dove to the inside of Burch as they exited turn four, and making the pass for the lead as they entered turns on and two on lap two. Hills showed the way for the next three laps. On lap five, Hills got caught up behind a lapped car. Then second-place runner, Paul Cursey, used that to his advantage to challenge for the lead. Cursey was able to complete the pass to take over the top position. He went on to lead the rest of the feature event, holding off a challenge from Junior Lathroum on lap 19. Cursey took the checkered flag, followed by Lathroum in second, Hills in third, Burch in fourth, and Ronnie Hollidge in fifth. Hollidge and Lathroum won the heats.
Bobby Tipton, Jr., led the way as the green flag waved in the 15-lap Coors Light Pure-Street Stock feature. On lap five, Mike Latham made a bid for the lead, taking over the top spot from Tipton. Tipton experienced problems on lap seven and pulled in the pits while the field was under caution for an incident involving Jeff Thomas. On the restart, Latham led the way. He went on to take the checkered flag, unchallenged for the lead. A good battle for second developed between Bill Tippett and Jimmy Jesmer . On the last lap, the two battled side-by-side with Tippett crossing the start-finish line by about a half car length. Jesmer finished third, followed by Johnny Smith in fourth, and Tom Turner in fifth. Chris Nelson and Mike Latham won the heats.
In the 12-lap Mac Tools Four-Cylinders feature, Greg Gunter led the way to complete lap one as the caution flag waved twice before the first lap was underway. Gunter then began pulling away from the rest of the field. By lap three, he had about a five-car length advantage. He went on to take the checkered flag, unchallenged for the lead and finishing with about a half-track lead over second-place finisher Wayne Graves. Joe Blocker finished third, followed by Deuce Wright in fourth, and Bob Tester, Jr., in fifth. Blocker and J.T. Mclanigan won the heats.
In the 12-lap Mac Tools Four-Cylinders make-up feature, Scotty Nelson started on the pole and led the way as the green flag waved. Deuce Wright challenged for the lead, but Nelson held him off. Nelson and Deuce Wright continued to battle for the top spot. Wright was able to take the position on lap four. On lap six, Wright spun in turns one and two, but was able to continue. Nelson then retook the lead. He then went on to take the checkered flag, followed by Bob Tester, Jr., in second, J.T. Mclanigan in third, Andy Self in fourth, and Jerry Dick in fifth.
In the 20-lap Gardiner Outdoor Products Enduro feature, Ray Weaver and Ben Bowie battled for the lead at the drop of the green flag. Bowie won the battle to lead lap one. By lap three, he had about a five-car length advantage. The race was red flagged on lap seven for an incident involving Deuce Wright in turns one and two. On the restart, Bowie led the way. On lap 13, Weaver pulled right up on Bowie's rear bumper. He made a bid for the lead, going to the inside of Bowie on the backstretch. The two made contact in turns three and four and again in turn two. As they entered turn three, they made contact again, pushing Bowie up the track and allowing Weaver to take over the lead. Weaver went on to take the checkered flag as Bowie fell back to fourth with a flat tire. Chet Gagnon finished second, followed by Wayne Suite in third, and Joe Adams in fifth. Ray Weaver and John Ballou won the heats.
This coming Friday night, September 22nd, the regular show will be on hand at Potomac Speedway, along with the Chesapeake Web Design Bombers. It will be the last points races of the season for all divisions with double points for the Budweiser Late Models. 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 look us up on the Chesapeake Web Design maintained website at www.potomacspeedway.com.
<pre> Budweiser Late Models
1. James Adkins, Jr., -28, 2. Allen Brannon-4N, 3. Tommy Wagner, Jr., -50, 4. Pat Wood-3, 5. Ray Kable-90, 6. Jeff Pilkerton-8, 7. David Hoffman-15, 8. Mike Christopher-85, 9. George Moreland-24, 10. Jackie Booth-33, 11. Deane Guy-44, 12. Bill Timme-81, 13. Tom Rawlings-31, 14. Frank Smith-17, 15. Steve Radiche-77R, 16. John Emory-99, 17. Roy Deese, Jr.,-41, DNS - Larry Emory-1
Bell Motor Company Semi-Lates
1. Paul Cursey-37, 2. Junior Lathroum-16, 3. Darryl Hills-7, 4. Charles Burch-21, 5. Ronnie Hollidge-0, 6. Sommey Lacey-45, 7. Dale Smith-81, 8. Steve Benjamin-94, 9. Rodney Holt-007, 10. Kevin Belcher-35, 11. Jeff Treuting-21J, 12. Bill Daniel-89, 13. Barry Lear-51, 14. Aaron Atherholt-58, 15. Kevin Nelson-66X, DNS - Fireball Latham
Coors Light Pure-Street Stocks
1. Mike Latham-78, 2. Bill Tippett-37, 3. Jimmy Jesmer-47, 4. Johnny Smith-82, 5. Tom Turner-25T, 6. Ray Morgan-2M, 7. Rusty Alton-3, 8. Craig Tankersley-18, 9. Chuck Marks-13, 10. Jamie Lathroum-6, 14. Matt Tarbox-24, 15. Jimmy Suite-1, 16. Jeff Thomas-33, 17. Ken Coron-51, 18. Bobby Tipton, Jr., -12, 19. Scott Thompson-25, 20. Chris Nelson-66X, 21. Dan Dotson-2D, 22. Walt Homberg-23, DNS - Bobby Myers-67, Billy Lackey-11
Mac Tools Four-Cylinders
1. Greg Gunter-15, 2. Wayne Graves-24Jr., 3. Joe Blocker-23, 4. Deuce Wright-1, 5. Bob Tester, Jr., -5, 6. Scotty Scott-42, 7. Andy Self-99, 8. J.T. Mclanigan-13, 9. Calvin Wright-94, 10. Jeff Auman-6, 11. Chappy Knaack-88, 12. Scotty Nelson-69, 13. Jerry Dick-29 DQ: David Lee-21
Mac Tools Four-Cylinders (Make-Up)
1. Scotty Nelson-24Jr., 2. Bob Tester, Jr., -5, 3. J.T. Mclanigan-13, 4. Andy Self-99, 5. Jerry Dick-44, 6. Deuce Wright-1, 7. Wayne Graves-24, 8. Chappy Knaack-88, 9. Scotty Scott-42, 10. Calvin Wright-94
Gardiner Outdoor Products Enduros
1. Ray Weaver-11, 2. Chet Gagnon-30, 3. Wayne Suite-00, 4. Ben Bowie-17, 5. Joe Adams-69, 6. Kevin Sprague-55, 7. John Burch-12, 8. Paul Schendel-8, 9. John Ballou-112, 10. Robert Bruce-7, 11.Mike Hickerson-19, 12. Ray Meader-41, 13. George Heinz, Jr., -56, 14. Marty Page-29, 15. Deuce Wright-9, 16. Jimmy Suite-1, 17. Win Quinlin-3, 18. James Helsel-52