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“Edmonds Wires Potomac Field for Emotional Nationals Victory”
“Williams In Charge of LLM 30”


By Doug Watson


Budds Creek, MD- Winchester Va.’s Rick Edmonds drove the race of his career as he was triumphant in the 20th annual running of the Southern Maryland Nationals last Saturday night at Potomac speedway. In scoring his first-ever street stock feature win at the track, Edmonds became the 16th different driver to score a win in this highly coveted event and the hefty $2500 winners share that went with it.

2009 nationals winner Mike Corbin and Edmonds paced the 26-car starting field to the initial green flag of the event. Utilizing the high-side of the speedway, Edmonds out-dragged Corbin as the pack raced of turn two to garner the top-spot. From that point on, Edmonds would eventually go on to lead all 35-laps of the race but not without numerous challenges by eventual runner-up Mike Corbin.

“I cant believe we finally won the nationals. “The emotional Edmonds stated as the tears rolled down his cheeks. “We’ve been trying so hard for a lot of years to win this race, and to get my first-ever win here at Potomac in this race is a dream come true.” Despite Edmond’s dominating performance, his mount was starting to falter near the end of the race. “This thing was spitting and sputtering with about five to go and I was about to cry inside the car.” Edmonds emphasized. “She held together and I cant thank everyone enough who helped me get here tonight.” Kyle Nelson, in his first start of the season, came home third, 26th starting Terry Staton took fourth and 13th starting Mike Rose completed the top-five. Setting fast-time in time trials over the 38-car field was Mike Rose with a one-lap time of 18.266. Heats went to Darren Alvey, Mike Corbin, Kurt Zimmerman and Scottie Nelson with twin consolations going to Jimmy Jessmer Jr. and Mike Grady Jr.

David Williams, the 2011 Potomac late model champion, scored his second win of the season and his 10th overall feature win of 2011, with a dominating performance in the 30-lap limited late model headliner.

After three aborted starts, third starting Williams inherited the top spot as the field finally went green. That was all Williams needed as he would lead every lap over runner-up Bruce Kane to post his 34th career limited late model win at Potomac. “We set a goal of 10 wins this season , and I’m glad we were able to reach that goal. The car was just about perfect tonight which made my job that much easier.” David Puckett took third, track champion Ben Bowie was fourth and Bubby Tharp filled the front-five. Heats for the 17-cars on hand went to Williams and Kane.

Second year racer Chris Arnold drove the race of his career as he was the winner of the 30-lap modified contest for his first feature win anywhere. Arnold wrestled the top-spot from Travis Larouqe on the 17th lap and would then drive away to a convincing victory. “Man this is awesome.” Arnold stated. “I’m really happy that my first win came here at Potomac, this is one of my favorite tracks.” Larouqe held on for second, Brandon Galloway was third, Rich Marks took fourth and Eric Erwin completed the top-five. Heats for the 16 cars went to Arnold and Mike Reynolds.

Jonathon Raley appeared to have capped of a successful rookie season in the hobby stock division as he rolled to his fourth win of the season and the $1000 top prize that went with it. However Raley refused a post-race inspection after his victory handing the win to second place finisher and 2009 nationals winner Jimmy Randall. John Burch was second, Wesley Givens took third, Brandon Sandridge was fourth and Danny Loth was the top-five. Heats for the 24-cars entered went to Ricky Douglas, Randall and Brian Adkins.

In other weekend action, 2011 track champion John Hardesty scored his third win of the season in the 30-lap strictly stock feature and Josh Wilkins was victorious in the rain-shortened 10-lap u-car feature.

Street stock feature finish

1. Ricky Edmonds 2. Mike Corbin 3. Kyle Nelson 4. Terry Staton 5. Mike Rose 6. Danny Zechman 7. Scottie Nelson 8. Kurt Zimmerman 9. Ed Pope 10. Mike Latham 11. Paul Quattro 12. Darren Alvey 13. Jimmy Jessmer Jr. 14. Dale Reamy 15. Jimmy Combs 16. Rick Stouffer 17. David Kaiser 18. Billy Farmer 19. Bryan Kerns 20. Troy Kassiris 21. Stephen Quade 22. Mike Grady Jr. 23. Michael Carter 24. Dave Stouffer Jr. 25. James Sparks 26. Craig Tankersley
 

Limited late model feature finish

1. David Williams 2. Bruce Kane 3. David Puckett 4. Ben Bowie 5. Bubby Tharp 6. Derrick Quade 7. Paul Cursey 8. Tommy Wagner Jr. 9. Tyler Emory 10. Barry Lear 11. Pat Wood 12. Kevin Cooke 13. Matt Quade 14. Sam Archer 15. Glenn Elliott 16. CJ Brown 17. Allan Canter

Modified feature finish

1. Chris Arnold 2. Travis Larouqe 3. Brandon Galloway 4. Rich Marks 5. Eric Erwin 6. Brian Dobie 7. Paige Harrison 8. Jimmy Duncan 9. Russell Erwin 10. Lance Grady 11. Brandon Greither 12. Tim Schulte 13. Tony Quade 14. Mike Reynolds 15. Dan Arnold 16. Craig Ramich

Hobby Stock feature finish

1. Jimmy Randall 2. John Burch 3. Wesley Givens 4. Brandon Sandridge 5. Danny Loth 6. Joey Dean 7. Andrew Tarbox 8. Matt Tarbox 9. Bud Pickeral 10. Jerry Deason 11. Mark Guthrie 12. Ryan Toole 13. Jimmy Meek 14. Bobby Meixsall 15. Brian Adkins 16. Ricky Douglas 17. Wil Nelson 18. James Sutphin 19. Don Breach 20. Brittany Wenk 21. David Bowler 22. David Savage 23. Jonathon Raley (DQ)

 

 

 

 

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Aug.  19, 2011 Reults

“Stevie Long Beats the Rain for Potomac Fourth”
“Zimmerman Collects No.5 in Wild SS Event”


By Doug Watson


Budds Creek, MD- Even with threatening skies and impending precipitation, Mechanicsville Md.’s Stevie Long was victorious for the fourth time this season in last Friday nights 20-lap limited late model feature at Potomac speedway.

Defending class champion Tommy Wagner Jr. and Allan Canter paced the field to the initial green flag. Wagner darted into the top-spot as the pack entered turn one and appeared as he would score his third win of the season as he lead comfortably through the early potion of the race. Meanwhile, sixth-starting Stevie Long had worked his way into second by the third lap. A lap-seven caution was the opportunity Long needed as he would sweep by Wagner to become the race leader by the eighth circuit. Despite the constant pressure from Wagner, Long would go on to lead the remaining laps to post his 10th career win in the division. “I wasn’t going to be denied tonight.” Long stated. “Tommy slipped just that once in turn four and I knew that would be my shot to get the lead. We had some contact there, but I know Tommy is a good racer and I was glad we were able to hold him off for the win.” Wagner would hold on for second, Tyler Emory was third, Allan Canter was fourth and Sam Archer completed the top-five. Points leader Ben Bowie took the heat race win.

In a wild finish, defending track champion Kurt Zimmerman, scored his fifth feature win of the season in the 16-lap street stock feature. Mike Latham shot into the lead as the field took the green flag to start the event. As Latham lead, sixth-starting Zimmerman was in heavy traffic as he charged to the front. Zimmerman would reach second by lap-nine and set his sights on leader Latham. Coming down the backstretch to complete the eleventh lap Latham and Zimmerman made contact in turn three with Zimmerman gaining the top spot. Then as the duo entered turn one, contact was made again with Zimmerman spinning and Latham be forced from the event on a rough-riding call. Point leader Troy Kassiris then inherited the race lead and appeared headed for his second straight win. In a mad dash from the rear of the field, Zimmerman would re-take the race lead on the final lap to score his 21st career win at Potomac. “I try to race everyone as clean as I can.” Zimmerman said. “Mike and I made contact up there in three, it was just hard racing, but I guess he didn’t like it. I’m really proud we were able to come from the back to win.” Kassiris hung on for second, Ricky Edmonds was third, Dale Reamy took fourth and Scotty Nelson rounded out the top-five. Heats went to Latham and Darren Alvey.

In other action, Don Breach took the win in the 20-lap summer championship for the hobby stocks, Defending track champion Larry Fuchs took top honors in the 12-lap four cylinder feature and Eastside (VA) speedway regular David Rhodes took his first-career Potomac win in the 10-lap U-car feature.

Limited late models

1. Stevie Long 2. Tommy Wagner Jr. 3. Tyler Emory 4. Allan Canter 5. Sam Archer 6. Ben Bowie 7. Kevin Cooke 8. Cody Lear (DQ) 9. Dave Adams (DNS)
 

Street stocks


1. Kurt Zimmerman 2. Troy Kassiris 3. Ricky Edmonds 4. Dale Reamy 5. Scotty Nelson 6. Darren Alvey 7. Mark Garner 8. Donnie Smith 9. Scott Wilson 10. Joey Dean (DNS) Disqualified…Mike Reynolds, Jeff Reynolds, Mike Latham, James Sparks.

 

 

 

 

 

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August 13, 2011


“On a Mission…Williams Sweeps LM Action Friday at Potomac”
“Bowie Scores Convincing LLM Victory”


By Doug Watson


Budds Creek, MD- “This is the kind of night a race car driver can only dream about” Were the words from Charlotte Hall Md.’s David Williams as he captured two late model wins last Friday night at Potomac speedway. Williams, the defending Potomac late model champion, collected his fourth win of the season in the 25-lap make-up event from July 3 and would then drive to his 30th career Potomac LM victory in the regularly scheduled 35-lap main for his fifth triumph of the season aboard his Pete Cameron and Roland Mann owned, Rocket no.72.

In the July 3rd make-up event, Williams made the most of his front-row starting spot as he would blast into the race lead and eventually go on to lead all 25-laps of the feature. Runner-up DJ Myers followed Williams the entire distance, but Williams was up to the challenge and would score the $2000 win. Kenny Moreland was third, Dale Hollidge placed fourth and Roland Mann would complete the top-five.

Williams win in the regularly scheduled 35-lap feature, was not quite as easy. Dale Hollidge took-off from his pole starting spot and appeared headed to his first Potomac win of the season. Unfortunately, Hollidge suffered a flat right rear tire on the lap-30 forcing him to pit, ending a brilliant run. Kenny Moreland then took the top spot and was poised for his first-ever Potomac late model win. As the field came to the green flag after the Hollidge caution, Moreland suffered the same fate as a flat right rear tire would force him from the event. Meanwhile, Williams had come from sixth on the grid, but was third behind Hollidge and Moreland for most of the event. As the field finally went back green, Williams was up on the wheel, as he first held off Jamie Lathroum and then eventual runner-up Keith Jackson to score his second $2000 win of the evening. “That was a wild finish, I’d rather be lucky than good any night.” Williams stated. “We had a third-place car in this feature and it’s a bad deal for Kenny and Dale because they were the ones to beat, but I cant thank Pete and Roland and all the people who help on this car enough, this has been a dream season.” Twelfth-starting Daryl Hills took third, Lathroum faded to fourth and Jeff Pilkerton rounded out the top-five. Heats went to Williams and Jackson.

In the 20-lap limited late model event, current point leader Ben Bowie collected his second feature win of the season. Bowie started on the pole and would eventually lead every lap over runner-up Tommy Wagner Jr. to score his 9th career win in the division. Three-time winner Stevie long was third, Tyler Emory was fourth and Kevin Cooke filled the front-five. Wagner took the heat race win.

Current points leader Troy Kassiris drove to his second win of the season, and first since opening day, in the 16-lap street stock feature. Kassiris would wire the field for the win over James Sparks, who posted his career-best finish at Potomac. Mike Latham was third, Mike Reynolds was fourth and Ricky Edmonds completed the top-five. Heats went to Billy Farmer and Kassiris.

In other action, class rookie Jonathon Raley captured his third win of the season in the 15-lap hobby stock feature and Nabil Guffey broke through for his first-ever Potomac feature win in the 20-lap strictly stock main.

Late model make-up

1. David Williams 2. DJ Myers 3. Kenny Moreland 4. Dale Hollidge 5. Roland Mann 6. Jeff Pilkerton 7. Daryl Hills 8. Jonathon DeHaven 9. Deane Guy 10. Jamie Lathroum 11. Kyle Lear 12. Derrick Quade 13. Booper Bare (DNS) 14. Matt Quade (DNS) 15. Rick Hulson (DNS) 16. Louie Littlepage (DNS)

Late model regular (35-laps)

1. David Williams 2. Keith Jackson 3. Daryl Hills 4. Jamie Lathroum 5. Jeff Pilkerton 6. Roland Mann 7. Kenny Moreland 8. Larry Ramsey 9. Jason Miller 10. Dale Hollidge 11. Cody Lear 12. DJ Myers 13. Jonathon DeHaven 14. Deane Guy (DNS) 15. Kyle Lear (DNS)

Limited late models

1. Ben Bowie 2. Tommy Wagner Jr. 3. Stevie Long 4. Tyler Emory 5. Kevin Cooke 6. Allan Canter 7. Dave Adams 8. DJ Myers (DNS)

Street stocks

1. Troy Kassiris 2. James Sparks 3. Mike Latham 4. Mike Reynolds 5. Ricky Edmonds 6. Craig Tankersley 7. Kurt Zimmerman 8. Darren Alvey 9. Stephen Quade 10. Jimmy Jessmer Jr. 11. Dale Reamy 12. Scott Wilson 13. Billy Farmer 14. Teddy Dickson 15. Donnie Smith

Hobby stocks

1. Jonathon Raley 2. Brian Adkins 3. Mark Guthrie 4. Bud Pickeral 5. Jimmy Randall 6. Matt Tarbox 7. Jerry Deason 8. Don Breach 9. Wil Nelson 10. Tom Pickeral Sr. 11. James Sutphin 12. Brittany Wenk

Strictly stocks
1. Nabil Guffey 2. John Hardisty 3. Justin Gilroy 4. Greg Morgan 5. Josh Blocker 6. Rob Cataldi 7. JJ Silvious 8. Ed Pope Sr. 9. Megan Emory 10. Buddy Dunagan

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Aug. 6, 2011

“Keith Jackson Continues Hot-Streak With Friday Potomac Score”
“Zimmerman Dominates for Fourth Street Stock Triumph”


By Doug Watson


Budds Creek, MD- Odenton Maryland’s Keith Jackson has been as hot as the summer weather as of late. Last Friday night the youthful pilot steered his Jack Bland owned, Rocket no.41, to his first late model feature win of the season in the 35-lap Gene VanMeter memorial and the $2000 top prize that went with it. It was the third overall win of the season for Jackson as he’s also scored wins in two of the last three events for the late models over at the Winchester (VA) speedway as well.

After scoring a convincing heat race victory, Jackson drew the pole for the start of the late model main. As the green flag flew, Jackson would blast into the race lead and go on to lead all 35 caution-free laps of the race to post his second career late model win at Potomac. Eventual runner-up Jamie Lathroum kept Jackson in his sights, but would have to settle for second place money. “I’ll tell you what it really feels good to win here, and especially to beat Jamie Lathroum, because he’s so good down here.” Jackson stated. “I just want to thank Jack Bland and all the guys on the crew. It took us a while to get this car figured out for my driving style, but the hard work seems to be paying-off right now.” Deane Guy posted a solid third, DJ Myers was fourth and David Williams completed the top-five. The VanMeter family was on hand for the event and donated an extra $200 to the leader of the twelfth lap making Jackson’s take for the night a cool $2200.

Defending track champion Kurt Zimmerman made up for his previous weeks misfortune as he collected win number four in the 16-lap street stock feature. Just Like Keith Jackson in the late models, Zimmerman started on the pole and would lead every lap of the contest over eventual second-place man Mike Latham to post his 20th career Potomac street stock win. Darren Alvey took third, points leader Troy Kassiris was fourth and 12th starting Stephen Quade filled the top-five. Heats went to Latham and Ricky Edmonds.

In other action, Brian Adkins was victorious for the second time this season in the 15-lap hobby stock feature, Jonathon Oliver raced to his first-career Potomac feature win in the 20-lap strictly stock main and current points leader Justin Bottorf annexed the 12-lap u-car feature.

Late model feature finish

1. Keith Jackson 2. Jamie Lathroum 3. Deane Guy 4. DJ Myers 5. David Williams 6. Roland Mann 7. Dale Hollidge 8. Jeff Pilkerton 9. Kevin Cooke 10. Ryan Hackett

Street Stock Feature finish

1. Kurt Zimmerman 2. Mike Latham 3. Darren Alvey 4. Troy Kassiris 5. Stephen Quade 6. James Sparks 7. Mike Reynolds 8. Dale Reamy 9. Donnie Smith 10. Teddy Dickson 11. Ricky Edmonds 12. Billy Farmer 13. Scott Wilson (DNS) 14. Kirk Evans (DQ)

 

 

 

 

 

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July 30, 2011

“Long Strikes Again, Takes Second-Straight Friday at Potomac”

“Corbin Scores in Street Stock Challenge”
 

By Doug Watson


Budds Creek, MD- Mechanicsville Md.’s Stevie Long became the first three-time winner of the season as he scored his second win in a row in last Friday nights 30-lap limited late model headliner at Potomac speedway. With his win. Long earned himself a guaranteed starting spot in the season-ending Southern Maryland Nationals in September.

David Williams and Long would bring the field down to the initial green flag of the event. Long blasted into the top-spot as the pack raced off turn-two. Just like his win the week prior, Long would eventually go on to lead every lap of the event to secure his 9th career limited late model win at Potomac. Eventual runner-up David Williams kept Long in his sights, but could not get close enough to mount a challenge.

“I’ll tell you what, it’s always nice to win at home.” Long stated. “Anytime you can out run David Williams here at Potomac your doing something right and to earn a starting spot in the nationals is pretty neat because that race is one we want to get.” Kenny Moreland would take third, Ben Bowie was fourth and Cody Lear would complete the top-five. Point leader and defending track champion Tommy Wagner Jr. had a rough night. After heavy contact with Winchester regular Andy Anderson on lap-six of the event, Wagner showed his displeasure to Anderson, while the race was under caution, and was subsequently disqualified from the event. Bowie took the heat race win.

In the 25-lap Potomac/Winchester challenge event for the street stocks, Mike Corbin became the 8th different Potomac winner of the season with his victory in the $500 event. Pole-sitter Mike Latham grabbed the early lead and held the top-spot for the first seven laps of the race. Defending track champion Kurt Zimmerman would then snare the race lead on the 8th go round until he would bobble off turn two on the 17th lap allowing eventual winner Mike Corbin to assume the race lead. Corbin would go onto lead the final 8-laps to post the win, but had to repel the advances of 20th starting Mike Bennett to score the popular win. “Mike (Bennett) is a real clean racer.’ Corbin said. “He let me know he was back there a few times but we were able to hold him off.” Zimmerman held on for third, Darren Alvey was fourth and 14th starting Scottie Nelson rounded out the top-five. Attrition was high in the event as only six of the original 24 feature starters were around for the finish. Heats for the 27 cars on hand went to Latham, Zimmerman and Mike Rose.

In other action, Rich Marks continued his hot-streak with his second in a row and third of the season in the 20-lap modified main, Ageless Jerry Dick, 79 years young, took top honors in the 12-lap four-cylinder feature and in twin 15-lap hobby stock features Jimmy Randall, the defending class champion, took his fourth win of the season in the make-up event from July 3 and rookie Jonathon Raley wired the field in the nightcap event for his second win of the season.

Limited late models

1. Stevie Long 2. David Williams 3. Kenny Moreland 4. Ben Bowie 5. Cody Lear 6. Kevin Cooke 7. Dave Adams 8. And Anderson 9. Tommy Wagner Jr. (DQ) 10. David Puckett (DNS)

Street Stocks

1. Mike Corbin 2. Mike Bennett 3. Kurt Zimmerman 4. Darren Alvey 5. Scottie Nelson 6. David Kaiser 7. Craig Bowling 8. Mike Reynolds 9. Troy Kassiris 10. James Gray Jr. 11. Michael Carter 12. Eric Johnson 13. Robbie Cairns 14. Mike Latham 15. Donnie Smith 16. Mike Rose 17. James Sparks 18. Mike Raliegh 19. Mike Hanbury 20. Jimmy Jessmer Jr. 21. Teddy Dickson 22. Billy Farmer 23. Scott Wilson 24. Stephen Quade DNQ- Dale Reamy, Mike Grady Jr., Craig Parrill

 

 

 

 

 

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July 23, 2011

“DJ Myers Dream Season Continues With Saturday Win at Potomac”
“Stevie Long Romps to second LLM Win”


By Doug Watson

Budds Creek, MD- Greencastle Pa.’s DJ Myers continued his personal best season with his second late model feature win of the 2011 campaign in last Saturday night’s 38th anniversary event at Potomac speedway which was run under the “Three State Flyers Series” banner. The win for Myers was his 10th overall victory this season aboard his Greg Gunter owned, PPM chassis no.70J.

After scoring a win in the dash, Myers would start on the pole for the 35-lap main. Myers would then make the most of his good fortune as he would beat fellow front row starter Kyle Lear into the first turn as the field went green. Myers would then go on lead every lap of the event unchallenged , for his fifth career late model win at Potomac. As Myers lead, the race for second was a dandy. Keith Jackson and Kyle Lear raced hard for second and third for much of the event before Lear secured the spot for good on lap-fourteen. However, Lear was no match for Myers, and would settle for runner-up money. Jackson hung on for third, eighth-starting Jason Covert took fourth and Daryl Hills would complete the top-five.

“I knew if we could beat Kyle (Lear) into the first turn, we’d be ok tonight.” Were the words from race winner DJ Myers in Potomac’s victory lane. “We tried some things on the car last night at Winchester that we thought would help here tonight, because we knew the track would tack rubber being as hot as it is, and the changes worked really good for us.” Myers reflected on his superb 10-win season to date. “I always told myself if we were lucky to get one a season we were doing pretty good. “ Myers stated. “A lot of racers wait their whole career to get just one, and we’ve been fortunate enough to get ten this year, I just hope we can keep it going.” Heats went to Myers and JT Spence.

In the 20-lap limited late model headliner Stevie Long scored his second feature win of the season becoming only the second repeat class winner of the season. Long started fourth in the main and would take the top spot on lap-three after race leader Ben Bowie spun in turn-two. From that point on, it would be a race for second as Long would cruise to a relatively easy win over runner-up Tommy Wagner Jr. Paul Cursey, in his first start of the season, would take third, Bruce Kane was fourth and Bowie would rebound for fifth. Cursey was the heat race winner.

In other action, Stephen Quade drove to victory lane for the third time this season in the 16-lap street stock feature, current point leader Ray Bucci captured his fourth win of the season in the 20-lap strictly stock event and 15-year old Austin Stover collected his first career feature win in the 20-lap u-car summer championship.

Weekend “Three State Flyers Series Notes-

Three drivers were able to score top-five feature finishes in both events over the weekend. Jason Covert (1st and 4th), DJ Myers (1st and 3rd) and Keith Jackson ( 3rd and 5th)….Jamie Lathroum opted to skip the Potomac show on Saturday to compete in the “Summer Heat 50” at the Virginia Motor speedway where he finished third in his MasterSbilt no.6…Defending Potomac late model champion, and point leader coming into Saturday’s event, David Williams was also a no-show for the Potomac event as he was racing Sommey Lacey’s Rocket no.45 steel-block LM at VMS where he was third in the divisions main…After a 15th place showing at Winchester on Friday, Kyle Lear rebounded for a solid runner-up performance at Potomac on Saturday wheeling Moe DeFino’s MD1 chassis no.1MD…In the five LM races run at Potomac this season only David Williams (3) and DJ Myers (2) have found victory lane…JT Spence made a rare Potomac start with his Rocket no.91. He would win his heat race and then come from the back of the pack after an early race spin to collect sixth at the checkered flag…After suffering suspension damage during hot-laps Saturday at Potomac, Jason Miller repaired his Bob Pierce race cars no.19 for the feature where he would come for 14th to finish 9th in the 35-lap LM main… Dale Hollidge, second in LM points at Potomac entering Saturday’s program, Only made 13 laps with his MasterSbilt no.0 as he was forced pit side with mechanical issues placing 13th in the final rundown…Both shows were run under absolutely scorching weather conditions as both venues had thermometers exceeding the century mark at race time…Winchester had the highest car count of the weekend doubleheader with 26 late models on hand while Potomac could only muster a very disappointing 14-car turnout, in the tracks highest paying LM event of the season.

Late model feature finish

1. DJ Myers 2. Kyle Lear 3. Keith Jackson 4. Jason Covert 5. Daryl Hills 6. JT Spence 7. Deane Guy 8. Roland Mann 9. Jason Miller 10. Jeff Pilkerton 11. Nick Dickson 12. Scott LeBarron 13. Dale Hollidge 14. Tommy Armel

Limited late model feature finish

1. Stevie Long 2. Tommy Wagner Jr. 3. Paul Cursey 4. Bruce Kane 5. Ben Bowie 6. Cody Lear 7. Dave Adams 8. Tyler Emory

Street stock feature finish

1. Stephen Quade 2. Kurt Zimmerman 3. Mike Reynolds 4. Darren Alvey 5. Donnie Smith 6. Sam Archer 7. Troy Kassiris 8. Craig Bowling 9. Teddy Dickson 10. Mike Raleigh 11. Dale Reamy 12. James Sparks 13. Scott Wilson 14. Craig Parrill 15. Robbie Cairns 16. Mike Latham (DQ) 17. Mike Freidman (DNS) 18. Mike Bennett (DNS)

 

 

 

 

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July 16, 2011

“Bowie and Wagner Share Spotlight Friday at Potomac”


“Scottie Nelson Joins Street Stock Win List”


By Doug Watson

Budds Creek, MD- Brandywine’s Ben Bowie and defending track champion Tommy Wagner Jr. of Mechanicsville Md. each scored a win in the two features run for the limited late models last Friday night at Potomac speedway.

Bowie, second in the point standings coming into the night, became the seventh different winner of the season as he won the make-up event from July 3, and Wagner, the current class points leader, became the first repeat winner of the season in the regularly scheduled event. In the make-up feature, Bowie started on the pole and would completely dominate the race as he would lead all 20 caution-free laps to post the win, the 8th of his career in the division at Potomac. “We got this car new at the beginning of the season and it’s taken us a while to get it right, but it was just about perfect in this race. I’d like to thank Joey Pingleton for helping set-up the car and all the people who helped get us here tonight, We sure want to keep close to Tommy (Wagner) in the championship.” Bruce Kane was second, Glenn Elliott was third, Tommy Wagner Jr. collected fourth and Dave Adams completed the top-five.

Wagner’s run in the nightcap 20-lap affair was just as dominating as Bowie’s in the first, as he would start on the pole and romp to a green-checker feature win, for his 10th career Potomac LLM win. Eventual runner-up Derrick Quade got close to Wagner on more than one occasion but could not overhaul Wagner for the win. “Man we were junk in the first feature.” Wagner stated. “Tommy Raley and all the guys on the crew really had this car right for the second feature. Scott and Patti Thompson foot all the bills on this car and they give us whatever we need to run up front.” Glen Elliott posted his second top-three of the night in third, Bruce Kane was fourth and Dave Adams was fifth for the second time of the night. Wagner took the heat race win.

Scottie Nelson, who was making only his second start of the season, drove to victory in the 16-lap street stock feature. Nelson took the lead from Kurt Zimmerman on lap-2 and would then go on to lead the remaining laps to post the win. Two-time winner Stephen Quade crossed the stripe second, but was later disqualified following a post race inspection moving Troy Kassiris, the current point leader, up to second. Mike Latham came from 12th to finish third, Zimmerman held on for fourth and Donnie Smith completed the top-five. Kassiris took the heat race win.

In other action, Rich Marks scored his second win of the season in the 30-lap modified feature, Brian Adkins collected his first-career Potomac feature win in the 15-lap hobby stock event and Greg Gunter rolled to his fourth win of the season in the 12-lap four-cylinder feature.

Limited late model make-up

1. Ben Bowie 2. Bruce Kane 3. Glenn Elliott 4. Tommy Wagner Jr. 5. Dave Adams 6. Tyler Emory 7. Pat Wood 8. Cody Lear (DNS) 9. David Puckett (DNS) 10. Kyle Hardy (DNS) 11. Kevin Cooke (DNS) 12. Stevie Long (DNS)

Limited late model feature two

1. Tommy Wagner Jr. 2. Derrick Quade 3. Glenn Elliott 4. Bruce Kane 5. Dave Adams 6. Tyler Emory 7. Ben Bowie 8. Pat Wood

Street stock feature finish

1. Scottie Nelson 2. Troy Kassiris 3. Mike Latham 4. Kurt Zimmerman 5. Donnie Smith 6. Mike Reynolds 7. Teddy Dickson 8. Dale Reamy 9. Scott Wilson 10. Mike Raleigh 11. Mike Friedman 12. Darren Alvey 13. Stephen Quade (DQ)

 

 

 

 

 

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July 3, 2011

“Zimmerman Romps to Third Street Stock Win Sunday at Potomac”


“Late Evening T-Shower K-O’s Rest of Program”
 

By Doug Watson


Budds Creek , MD- Pasadena Md.’s Kurt Zimmerman was victorious in last Sunday nights 25-lap Potomac/Winchester street stock challenge event . The win, for Zimmerman, was his third feature triumph of the season and his career 19th at Potomac.

Stephen Quade and Zimmerman brought the field to the initial green flag of the event. Quade got a good jump at the start as he darted into the race lead. Already a two-time Potomac street stock winner this season, Quade appeared as though he would score number three this night as he lead the first 20 -laps of the event. Meanwhile, Zimmerman was hanging tough in second but could not get close enough to make the pass. Quade’s undoing came when he came down to complete lap-20 as he bobbled in turn two-allowing Zimmerman to make what would eventually be the winning pass. Zimmerman would then go on to lead the final four-laps to post the win. As Zimmerman took the checkered flag, heavy rain hit the speedway washing out the late model, limited late model and hobby stock features.

Eric Johnson would come from 9th to finish second, Eighteenth-starting Donnie Smith came home third, Winchester regular Mike Rose collected fourth and Quade would rebound from the lap-20 mishap to complete the top-five. Heats for the 27 cars on hand went Scottie Nelson, Mike Bennett and Stephen Quade with Billy Farmer claiming the consolation.
Heats for the 16 late models went to Jamie Lathroum and David Williams, with Ben Bowie and Glenn Elliott claiming limited late model qualifiers and hobby stock heats went to Jimmy Randall and Brian Adkins. Those three events will be made up at a later date.

Street Stock Feature Finish (25-laps)

1. Kurt Zimmerman 2. Eric Johnson 3. Donnie Smith 4. Mike Rose 5. Stephen Quade 6. Mike Latham 7. Ricky Edmonds 8. Troy Kassiris 9. Scottie Nelson 10. Sam Archer 11. Darren Alvey 12. James Sparks 13. Scott Wilson 14. Jimmy Jessmer Jr. 15. Teddy Dickson 16. Terry Staton 17. Mike Raleigh 18. Craig Parril 19. David Kaiser 20. Robbie Cairns 21. Mike Bennett 22. Kirk Evans 23. Mike Corbin 24. Billy Farmer DNQ- James Gray, Dale Reamy, Mike Grady Jr.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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June 25, 2011

“Hardy Outruns Wagner to Become Sixth Potomac Winner”
“Latham Scores Career 22nd Street Stock Main”


By Doug Watson


Budds Creek, MD- Winchester Va.’s Kyle Hardy added his name to the Potomac winners list with his first career limited late model feature win in last Friday nights 30-lap Potomac/Winchester challenge event . The win was Hardy’s second career Potomac score as he was a late model winner at the track in 2010. Hardy’s $1000 win also made him the sixth different driver to score a win in the six races run for the class this season.

Defending track champion and current class point leader Tommy Wagner Jr. darted into the race lead from his pole starting spot. As Wagner lead, fellow front-row starter, Kyle Hardy stayed glued to Wagner’s bumper until he would make what would be the winning pass on lap-fourteen. From that point on it would be a race for second as Hardy would go on to win by a wide margin over eventual runner-up Wagner. “This car was awesome tonight.” Hardy stated. “I have to thank my mom and dad, without them, we wouldn’t be here right now.” Stevie Long came home third, Brad Ritter collected fourth and Kris Eaton rounded out the top five. Heats for the 19 cars on hand went to Derrick Quade and Stevie Long.

Mike Latham ended his Potomac win drought with a win in the 16-lap street stock main event. Latham was the class of the field as he would start on the pole and go onto lead every lap of the race over runner-up Ricky Edmonds to score his 22nd career win in the division. Mike Reynolds was third, Stephen Quade took fourth and Eric Johnson completed the top-five. Heats went to Quade and Darren Alvey.

In other action, defending track champion Jimmy Randall annexed his third win of the season in the 15-lap hobby stock feature, Buddy Dunagan wired the field for his first-career win in the 20-lap strictly stock main and James Lichliter scored his first win of the season in the 12-lap four-cylinder feature.

Limited late model feature finish

1. Kyle Hardy 2. Tommy Wagner Jr. 3. Stevie Long 4. Brad Ritter 5. Kris Eaton 6. Ben Bowie 7. Ed Pope 8. Kenny Moreland 9. Dale Smith Jr. 10. Bruce Kane 11, Tyler Emory 12. Dave Adams 13. Richard Hawkins 14. Jamie Lloyd 15. Glenn Elliott 16. Bubby Tharp Jr. 17. Jimmy Richards 18. Derrick Quade 19. David Williams (DNS)

 

 

 

 

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June 10, 2011

Williams Continues Potomac Dominance With Friday Victory”


“Quade Two for Two in Street Stock Action”


By Doug Watson


Budds Creek, MD- Charlotte Hall Md.’s David Williams continued his winning ways as he was victorious in last Friday nights 35-lap Bobby Allen Memorial at Potomac Speedway.
The $2000 win, for the current LM point leader and defending track champion, was his third of the season and career 28th in the late model division at Potomac.

Williams and fellow front row starter Keith Jackson paced the field to the initial green flag of the event. Jackson darted into the race lead as the pack raced off turn-two. Jackson appeared as though he would collect his second career Potomac late model win as he would lead the first seventeen caution free laps of the feature. However, David Williams had other ideas.

Williams had stalked Jackson the entire event until he made what would be the winning pass on lap-18. Prior to the winning pass, Williams and Jackson made contact on the backstretch that resulted in a flat right rear tire on Jackson’s mount forcing him to pit, ending a brilliant run. Williams would then go on to lead the remaining 18-laps, despite the constant pressure from eventual runner-up Kyle Lear, to post his overall 80th career Potomac speedway feature win.

“It’s such an honor to drive this car.” Williams stated. “I knew at the start of the season we’d be pretty good down here, but I had no idea we would have won three of the first four races. I cant thank Pete Cameron and Roland Mann enough for giving me this opportunity.” The lap-17 contact with Keith Jackson was the turning point in the race. “I don’t think he knew I was there.” Williams bottom-lined. “He moved up going into three and we touched. I didn’t mean for it to happen but I had a run on the outside and I wasn’t sure who was behind me so I kept my foot in it and we were able to get the lead. It’s a bad deal for Keith, but that’s happened to me before.” Daryl Hills came home third, Steven Axtell Jr. came from 12th to finish fourth and Dale Hollidge completed the top-five. Hills and Williams scored heat race wins.

Stephen Quade liked winning so much the week prior, he cam from his 12th starting spot to score his second 16-lap street stock victory in a row. As the race got under way Troy Kassiris, the current class point leader, shot into the race lead. Quade, meanwhile, was on the move as he reached second by lap-13 and would then become the new leader on the 14th circuit and eventually take the win over Kassiris. Mike Latham was third, Eric Johnson took fourth and Donnie Smith filled the top-five. Latham took the heat race win.

In other action, Bud Pickeral scored his second win of the season in the 15-lap hobby stock feature, Ray Bucci collected his third win in the 20-lap strictly stock event, Brian Lederhouse annexed the 10-lap u-car feature and Fred Krickbaum triumphed in the vintage car event.

Late Model Feature Finish

1. David Williams 2. Kyle Lear 3. Daryl Hills 4. Steven Axtell Jr. 5. Dale Hollidge 6. Matt Quade 7. Jeff Pilkerton 8. Roland Mann 9. Keith Jackson 10. DJ Myers 11. Deane Guy 12. Tommy Wagner Jr. 13. Ryan Hackett 14. Richard Hulson 15. Booper Bare

Street Stock Feature Finish
1. Stephen Quade 2. Troy Kassiris 3. Mike Latham 4. Eric Johnson 5. Donnie Smith 6. Kurt Zimmerman 7. Scott Wilson 8. James Sparks 9. Mike Raleigh 10. Dale Reamy 11. Billy Farmer 12. Mike Friedman 13. Craig Bowling 14. Robbie Cairns

 

 

 

 

 

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June 3, 2011


“Quade up to the Challenge Friday at Potomac”


“Stephen Quade Notches First Career SS Victory”


By Doug Watson


Budds Creek, MD- Mechanicsville Md.’s Derrick Quade, the 2007 limited late model track champion, became the fifth different winner of the season in last Friday nights 30-lap Potomac/Winchester Challenge at Potomac speedway. Quade’s win was his fifth career in the division and was worth a cool $1000 pay day.

Brad Ritter and Tommy Wagner Jr. brought the field down to the green flag for the start of the event. Ritter got a good start as he darted into the race lead. As Ritter lead, 19th starting Stevie long was on the move. Long reached third by the fifth lap and set his sights on leader Ritter. Long snared the top-spot on lap-seven and appeared headed to his second consecutive Potomac win. Meanwhile, Derrick Quade was on the move as well after he pitted for fresh rubber early in the event that placed him at the rear of the field. Quade reached second by lap-eight and would then battle Long for the next 19-laps. A caution on lap-26 was what Quade needed as went to the high side of the speedway to grab the lead from Long as the duo exited turn-two. Quade would then lead the remaining circuits to post the win.
“Man this is what we needed.” Quade stated. “I cant thank Joe and Stretch and all the guys who work on this car enough for giving me such a good car tonight.” The lap-26 caution was the opportunity Quade was looking for. “I knew we had a fast race car as soon as we hit the track tonight.” Said Quade. “I could tell early we picked the wrong tire so we made a pit stop to make changes, and after that it was just a matter of getting through lapped traffic, but Stevie is fast down here and it was fun racing with him the way we did and I sure am happy we were able to pull off the win.” Long held on for second, David Williams also came from the rear to finish third, Ben Bowie was fourth and Glenn Elliott rounded out the top-five. Heats for the 20 cars on hand went to Bowie and Wagner.
Stephen Quade finally put it all together as he scored his first career Potomac feature win in the 16-lap street stock feature. Quade clearly had the car to beat as he would start on the pole and go on to lead every lap of the event as he would take the win by a wide margin over runner-up Troy Kassiris. Sam Archer was third, 16th starting Kurt Zimmerman took fourth and Scott Wilson completed the top-five. Heats went to Quade and Kassiris.

In other action, Tony Quade kept the Quade name in victory lane with his second win of the season in the 20-lap modified feature, Jimmy Randall collected his second win of the season in the 15-lap hobby stock main and John Hardisty also rolled to win number two in the 20-lap strictly stock feature.

Limited late model feature finish

1. Derrick Quade 2. Stevie Long 3. David Williams 4. Ben Bowie 5. Glenn Elliott 6. Dale Smith 7. Brad Ritter 8. Ed Pope 9. Jimmy Richards 10. Kevin Cooke 11. Tyler Emory 12. Pat Wood 13. Dave Adams 14. JT McGlanigan 15. Neil Alexander 16. Tommy Wagner Jr. 17. Bubby Tharp 18. Kris Eaton 19. Richard Hawkins 20. Chaz Walls

Street Stock feature finish

1. Stephen Quade 2. Troy Kassiris 3. Sam Archer 4. Kurt Zimmerman 5. Scott Wilson 6. Donnie Smith 7. Eric Johnson 8. Jimmy Jessmer Jr. 9. Craig Bowling 10. Teddy Dickson 11. Dale Reamy 12. Mike Raliegh 13. Mike Reynolds 14. Mike Latham 15. Darrin Alvey 16. James Sparks 17. Dave McBrayer

 

 

 

 

 

 

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May 30, 2011

“Williams Over Hollidge in Potomac Thriller”


“Zimmerman From 19th, for Second Street Stock Score”


By Doug Watson


Budds Creek, MD- Charlotte Hall Maryland’s David Williams continued his winning ways as he was triumphant in last Sunday nights, 22nd annual Vern Harris Memorial, at Potomac Speedway. The win, for Williams, was his career 27th in the late model division and made him the first repeat winner of the season.

Dale Hollidge and Jeff Pilkerton paced the field to the initial green flag of the event. As the field came off turn four to complete the first circuit a wild scramble occurred that saw the car of Roland Mann get upside down on the front stretch, and also involving several other cars. Fortunately Mann was not hurt in the mishap. Once the field settled down Hollidge jumped into the race lead. As Hollidge lead effortlessly, David Williams was making his way to the front after the first-lap crash sent him to the rear. Williams would reach second by the 13th lap and then set his sights on leader Hollidge. The duo would put on another epic Potomac speedway battle before Williams would wrestle the top-spot from Hollidge on the 26th lap. Hollidge would stay close, but Williams would not be denied as he drove off to his overall 79th career Potomac feature win, and his third Vern Harris memorial trophy.

“It’s all about them.” As Williams pointed to his crew members in victory lane. “They work their guts out on this car and the results show. I get the easy part driving it.” Slick track conditions played a part in Williams winning effort. “I knew the car was good, I just had to wait for the car to come to me.” Williams stated. “Dale was running a good line, but his car wasn’t real good on the bottom so that’s where I knew I needed to be and everything worked out really good tonight.” Ryan Hackett scored a solid third, DJ Myers rebounded from the lap-one mishap for fourth, and 15th starting Keith Jackson completed the top-five. Heats went to Kyle Hardy and Roland Mann.

In the 16-lap street stock main defending track champion Kurt Zimmerman came fro his 19th starting spot to score his second feature win of the season. Zimmerman took the top spot from Donnie Smith on lap-12, and would then lead the remaining laps to post his 18th career win at Potomac. Smith held on for second, Kirk Evans was third, 12th starting Sam Archer took fourth and Craig Parrill completed the top-five. Heats went to Troy Kassiris and Mike Corbin.

In other action John Burch notched his 46th career Potomac win in the 15-lap hobby stock event, Brian Maxey annexed his second win of the year in the 20-lap modified headliner while Ray Bucci also scored win number two of the season in the 20-lap strictly stock feature.

Late Model Feature Finish

1. David Williams 2. Dale Hollidge 3. Ryan Hackett 4. DJ Myers 5. Keith Jackson 6. Kyle Hardy 7. Jonathon DeHaven 8. Tim Shelton 9. Kerry King 10. Kevin Cooke 11. Jeff Pilkerton 12. Richard Hulson 13. Roland Mann 14. Deane Guy 15. Daryl Hills

Street Stock Feature finish

1. Kurt Zimmerman 2. Donnie Smith 3. Kirk Evans 4. Sam Archer 5. Craig Parrill 6. Jimmy Jessmer Jr. 7. Troy Kassiris 8. Stephen Quade 9. Darrin Alvey 10. Teddy Dickson 11. David Kaiser 12. James Sparks 13. Mike Latham 14. Craig Tankersley 15. Mike Corbin 16. Ricky Edmonds 17. Mike Raleigh 18. Scott Wilson 19. Dave McBrayer 20. Dale Reamy 21. Eric Johnson (DNS)

 

 

 

 

 

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May 21, 2011

“DJ Myers Scores Potomac First in Ed Canupp Memorial”


“Archer Dominates for First-Ever Street Stock Win”


By Doug Watson


Budds Creek, MD- Greencastle Pa.’s DJ Myers made his first Potomac start of the season a profitable one as he was victorious in last Friday night’s 35-lap Ed Canupp memorial at Potomac speedway. Myers fourth career Potomac late model feature win was worth a cool $2200 pay day.

Dale Hollidge and Roland Mann brought the field to the initial green flag of the event. Mann flexed his muscle early as he jumped into the race lead by the completion of the first circuit. As Mann lead, fourth starting DJ Myers reached second by the second lap and applied heavy pressure to race leader Mann, but was unable to make the pass. A Lap-thirteen caution was the opportunity Myers needed as he would go high in turn two on the ensuing re-start to grab the top-spot. Myers would then go on to lead the final twenty-two laps to score the win wheeling his Greg Gunter owned, PPM chassis no.70J. As Myers went on to win, the battle for second was a dandy that saw teammates David Williams and Roland Mann race side by side for the final 18-laps of the contest with Mann prevailing at the stripe for second. Williams would settle for third, Jamie Lathroum took fourth and Dale Hollidge completed the top-five.

“I cant thank Greg Gunter (car owner) and all the guys on the crew for this win tonight.” Myers said. “With the economy the way it is today if it weren’t for Greg allowing me to drive his cars, I probably wouldn’t be racing.” The lap-thirteen caution was the turning point in the event. “Roland was running a pretty good line and I knew my only shot would come on a re-start and the car was working really good so I went high in turn two and the car stuck and we were able to pull off the win. I have to dedicate this win to my mother. She had surgery during the week and she wasn’t able to be here, but I know she would be real proud that we won tonight.” Heats went to David Williams and Roland Mann.

Sam Archer scored his first-ever Potomac street stock feature win in a dominating flag-to-flag performance in the divisions 16-lap event. Archer’s win made him the fourth different winner in the four races run for the class this season. Craig Tankersley was second, Troy Kassiris came home third, 12th starting Kurt Zimmerman was fourth and Stephen Quade rounded out the top-five. Heats went to Tankersley and Quade.

In other action Rich Marks backed up his runner-up performance from the week prior to score his first win of the season in the 20-lap modified main. Defending track champion Jimmy Randall collected his first win of the season in the 15-lap hobby stock feature while Greg Gunter continued his domination of the four-cylinders with his third straight win in the divisions 12-lap feature.
Late model feature finish

1. DJ Myers 2. Roland Mann 3. David Williams 4. Jamie Lathroum 5. Dale Hollidge 6. Daryl Hills 7. Keith Jackson 8. Deane Guy 9. Rick Hulson 10. Dave Adams 11. Ryan Hackett 12. Duane Harbaugh
Street Stock feature finish

1. Sam Archer 2. Craig Tankersley 3. Troy Kassiris 4. Kurt Zimmerman 5. Stephen Quade 6. Kirk Evans 7. Ricky Edmonds 8. Donnie Smith 9. Eric Johnson 10. Chuck Bowie 11. Darrin Alvey 12. Teddy Dickson 13. James Sparks 14. William Farmer 15. Mike Reynolds 16. Mike Latham 17. Dave McBrayer (DNS) 18. Dale Reamy (DNS) 19. Mike Raleigh (DNS)

 

 

 

 

 

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May 13, 2011


“Stevie Snares Long-Awaited Victory Friday at Potomac”


“Quade Collects career-First Modified Main”


By Doug Watson


Budds Creek, MD- “Man we needed this one bad!” Were the words from Stevie Long as he scored his first feature win of the season in last Friday night’s 20-lap limited late model feature at Potomac speedway. Long’s win made him the fourth different winner in the four limited late model races run to date.

Pole-sitter Glenn Elliott and fellow front row starter Stevie Long paced the field to the initial green flag of the event. Long got a great jump at the start and would lead the field into the first turn. From that point on, it would be a race for second, as Long would lead every lap of the caution-free event, for his 7th career win in the division. Defending class champion Tommy Wagner Jr. and Elliott would chase Long the entire distance but could not get close enough to mount a challenge.

“It always helps to start up front, but there are a lot of good race cars here, so nothing is easy here at Potomac.” Superb track conditions aided in Long’s winning run. “This track has really changed the last two years.” Long stated. “This place is really racy and you have a top, bottom and middle to run here now and our car seemed to be the best up-top tonight.” Wagner settled for second, Glen Elliott was third, Ben Bowie was fourth and Derrick Quade completed the top five. Heats went to Kenny Moreland and David Williams.

Tony Quade, a ten-time winner in the hobby stock division, finally put it all together as he scored his first career win in the 20-lap modified feature. Quade started second, and would get the lead on the first lap. Quade would eventually lead every lap of the event, but would have to survive a late-race rush by Rich Marks to preserve the win. Dan Arnold was third, point-leader Brian Maxey was fourth and Chris Arnold rounded out the top-five. Maxey took the qualifying event win.

In other action, defending track champion John Hardesty scored his first win of the season in the 25-lap strictly stock main, Jerry Deason captured his first-ever Potomac feature win in the 15-lap hobby stock event and Vinnie Wroble annexed his first-ever Potomac win in the 10-lap u-car feature.


Limited late model feature finish

1. Stevie Long 2. Tommy Wagner Jr. 3. Glenn Elliott 4. Ben Bowie 5. Derrick Quade 6. David Williams 7. Kenny Moreland 8. Ed Pope 9. Pat Wood 10. Dave Adams 11. JT McGlanigan 12. Tyler Emory 13. Kevin Cooke (DNS)


Modified feature finish

1. Tony Quade 2. Rich Marks 3. Dan Arnold 4. Brian Maxey 5. Chris Arnold 6. Craig Ramich 7. Travis Larouqe

 

 

 

 

 

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May 7, 2011

"Williams Adds to Potomac Win Total With Friday Victory”


“Zimmerman Scores in Street Stock Debut”


By Doug Watson


Budds Creek, MD- Charlotte Hall Md.’s David Williams is now two-for-two in early season action at Potomac speedway. After scoring a late model win back in March, the tracks most prolific winner, scored his first limited late model feature win of the season in last Friday night’s program. In scoring his 33rd career limited late model win at Potomac, Williams became the third different division winner in the three-week old season.

Williams left little doubt he was the man to beat as he snared the race lead on the first lap of the event from his sixth starting spot. Williams would then go on to lead every lap of the event. As Williams Lead, defending track champion Tommy Wagner Jr. and Derrick Quade , had their own personal battle for second that lasted the final sixteen-laps of the feature. As Williams took the checkered flag for his overall 78th career Potomac feature win, Wagner would take second, Quade settled for third, While Dave Adams collected fourth and rookie Tyler Emory completed the top-five.

“This was a tough night for us.” Williams stated. “A mount in the rear broke during the heat race and the guys worked up until feature time to get it fixed. I just cant thank Sommey and Ruth Ann (Lacey) for allowing me to drive their car, it’s a lot of fun to drive such a well-prepared car.” With a big lead during the closing laps of the race, Williams slowed his pace to conserve equipment. “We only have one motor right now and it has a lot of laps on it, so I figured to take it easy the last few laps, because we need this thing to last until the other motor is done.” Quade took the qualifying event win.

Defending street stock champion Kurt Zimmerman made his first start of the season a good one as he took top honors in the division’s sixteen-lap event. Zimmerman, who started fourth, took the lead from Troy Kassiris on the sixth lap and would have to survive a couple late race cautions to score his 17th career Potomac street stock feature win. Kassiris would hang on for second, Stephen Quade was third, Sam Archer took fourth and 12th starting Eric Johnson completed the top-five. Heats went to Archer and Darren Alvey.

In other action, Class rookie Jonathon Raley scored his first-ever feature win in the 15-lap hobby stock main, Ray Bucci annexed the 20-lap strictly stock contest and Greg Gunter scored his second win of the season in the 20-lap four-cylinder event.

Limited late model feature finish


1. David Williams 2. Tommy Wagner Jr. 3. Derrick Quade 4. Dave Adams 5. Tyler Emory 6. Ben Bowie 7. Kevin Cooke

Street stock feature finish

1. Kurt Zimmerman 2. Troy Kassiris 3. Stephen Quade 4. Sam Archer 5. Eric Johnson 6. Mike Latham 7. James Sparks 8. Teddy Dickson 9. Ed Pope 10. Craig Tankersley 11. Kirk Evans 12. Barry Williams Sr. 13. Donnie Smith 14. Mike Reynolds 14. Mike Raliegh 15. Chuck Bowie 16. Darren Alvey (DNS) 17. Robbie Cairns (DNS)

 

 

 

 

 

 

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March 27, 2011 (results for 3/25/11)


“Defending Potomac Champion Scores First Win for New Car Owner”
 

By Doug Watson
 

Budds Creek, MD- “I couldn’t be happier than to be standing here in victory lane right now.” Were the words from defending Potomac speedway late model champion David Williams after his victory in the 35-lap Cody Endicott memorial last Friday night at Potomac speedway.

The late model division was making it’s first 2011 appearance of the season, and for race winner David Williams, it was his first-ever start for new car owner Pete Cameron.

Polesitter Dale Hollidge and fellow front row starter David Williams brought the field down to the initial green flag of the event. Williams flexed his muscle early as he would grab the top spot as the pack raced off turn two. Williams would eventually go on to lead every lap of the 35-lap grind, but it was by far no easy trip to victory lane. Dale Hollidge kept Williams in his sights through the first 14-laps, but Walker Arthur, the defending “Steel Block Bandits” late model series champion, was the story of the show. Arthur, who started 8th, reached third by lap-seven. Utilizing the high-side of the speedway Arthur would then take second on lap-17and set his sights on leader Williams. Arthur would get close to Williams on more than one occasion, but would have to settle for runner-up money.

“This is a great way to start the season.” A very happy David Williams stated. “We put a lot of pressure on ourselves to do good here (Potomac) because this is our home track.” Winning for the first time in a car owned by former track promoter Pete Cameron was very gratifying for the Charlotte Hall Md. Chauffeur. “This deal came together late in the winter.” Williams said. “They want to try and sell this car, so they figured the best way to do that was to put it on the track and I’m very fortunate they asked me to drive it.” Williams knew he had his work cut out for him when he saw Walker Arthur’s number show up on the scoreboard. “Oh yeah, I knew he was there.” Williams replied. “He had to start pretty far back and when I saw he was in second I knew he must have been pretty good, but the track came to us late in the race and I was able to hold him off.” The $2000 win for Williams was his 26th career Potomac late model feature win and his overall 77th career win at the speedway. Dale Hollidge would settle for third, Ninth-starting Keith Jackson was fourth and Matt Quade would complete the top five. Heats for the 17 cars on hand went to Hollidge and DJ Myers.

Coming off a second place finish in the season opener the previous week, defending track champion Tommy Wagner Jr. completely dominated the 20-lap limited late model feature. Wagner started second and would take the lead on the first lap. From that point on, it would be a race for second as Wagner would decimate the field to post his 9th career limited late model win at Potomac. Ben Bowie took second, Brad Rigdon was third, Derrick Quade rebounded from an early race spin to collect fourth and Tanner Kerr rounded out the top-five. The heat win also went to Wagner.

In other action, Eric Johnson ended a six-year win drought with his win in the 16-lap street stock feature. Bud Pickeral was victorious in the 15-lap hobby stock main, while five-time track champion Greg Gunter drove to his 55th career win in the 15-lap four-cylinder feature.

Late Model Feature Finish

1. David Williams 2. Walker Arthur 3. Dale Hollidge 4. Keith Jackson 5. Matt Quade 6. DJ Myers 7. Roland Mann 8. Kyle Hardy 9. Deane Guy 10. Kyle Merkel 11. Wesley Bonebrake 12. Jamie Lathroum 13. Ryan Hackett 14. Kyle Lear 15. Sean Merkel 16. Rick Hulson 17 Daryl Hills (DNS)

Limited late Model Feature Finish

1. Tommy Wagner Jr. 2. Ben Bowie 3. Brad Rigdon 4. Derrick Quade 5. Tanner Kerr 6. Dave Adams 7. Kenny Moreland 8. Tyler Emory
Potomac Notes-

* On a very cold night in St.Mary’s County Potomac general manager Denise Hollidge was quite pleased with the late model turnout. “We hoped to get more than 17, but there are a lot of good cars here tonight and the racing was very good. I just want to thank all the teams and fans for supporting us.”

* Great Mills Md.’s Daryl Hills became the first flip victim of the 2011 Potomac season. During the second LM heat race Hills and Rick Hulson tangled off turn two, which resulted in Hills MasterSbilt no.7 rolling over several times. Hills emerged from the battered race unharmed and would repair the car in time to race at Winchester Va. On Saturday night where he would finish 5th in the feature.

* Mechanicsville Md.’s Jamie Lathroum exploded a left rear tire Friday night while running third on lap-26 of the LM feature forcing he and his MasterSbilt no.6 from the event. Lathroum would then tow to Winchester on Saturday and finish second to race winner Roy Deese Jr.

* Glibertsville Pa.’s Kyle and Sean Merkel made the tow to Potomac on Friday while on the way to a “Steel Block Bandit” race in North Carolina that ultimately was cancelled due to rain. Kyle had the best run of the duo taking tenth in the feature while Sean was fifteenth in the final rundown.

* Odenton Md.’s Keith Jackson had a solid weekend in his newly acquired ride, the Jack Bland owned Rocket no.41. Jackson would take a fourth at Potomac on Friday and third on Saturday at Winchester.

* Potomac race winner David William’s mount, a 2006 Rocket, sported the no.72 on its doors, the number car owner Pete Cameron used when he was a top late model racer back in the day.

* Forest Va.’s Walker Arthur, the 2010 “Steel Block Bandit” series champion, had two top-five feature runs this weekend as well. Wheeling his trusty Cecil B Arthur Rocket no.87, the Virginia wheelman would take second at Potomac on Friday night and than a solid fourth at Winchester on Saturday night.

* Greencastle Pa.’s DJ Myers was on hand for both shows this weekend. Myers would recover from an early race spin to finish sixth at Potomac Friday and would then drive his Greg Gunter owned PPM chassis no.70J to his second top-ten with a seventh place finish at Winchester on Saturday.

* Mechanicsville’s Dale Hollidge drove to a heat race win and a third place feature finish on Friday at Potomac with his MasterSbilt no.0 but could only muster a 16th-place showing at Winchester on Saturday.

* Potomac and Winchester braved the elements to host their events this weekend as many area speedway’s including, Hagerstown (MD), Port Royal (PA) and Selinsgrove (PA) all threw in the towel cancelling their programs due to abnormally cold weather conditions

 

 

 

 

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“The Jet” Sets New Track Record in Potomac Season Opener”


By Doug Watson


Budds Creek, MD- Mechanicsville Md.’s Jamie “The Jet” Lathroum was victorious in last Friday night’s season opening, 20-lap limited late model feature at the Potomac speedway.

By the luck of the draw, Lathroum drew the pole for the start of the feature, as he and fellow line mate Glenn Elliott would bring the field down to the green flag. Elliott, a one-time Potomac winner last season, jumped into the early race lead. However, his lead wouldn’t last long. Lathroum settled in and made what would be the winning pass coming off turn four to complete lap-three. Lathroum and Elliott would then race nose to tail for several laps before Elliott would be forced to pit with mechanical problems on the thirteenth lap. With Elliott’s departure, Lathroum, wheeling his familiar MasterSbilt no.6, was in a class by himself and would drive off to a very convincing win, his 35th career limited late model win at Potomac. “Doc (Oliver) had this limited motor sitting in the shop and he said lets use it, so here we are.“ The non-stop 20-lap feature was spun-off in a time of five minutes, 39 seconds, which established a new track record. “The car was a little loose in the heat race so we made some changes. These limited cars don’t have the power like the late model cars do, so it’s hard to recover if you make a mistake, but the track was in good shape tonight which made my job pretty easy.” Defending track champion Tommy Wagner Jr. came home second, Ben Bowie was third, Kenny Moreland posted fourth and Dave Adams completed the top-five. Elliott won the qualifying event.

Troy Kassiris totally dominated the 16-lap street stock feature. Kassiris drew the pole for the feature and would have to survive two early caution periods to post the win. Eventual runner-up Craig Tankersley reached second by the fifth-lap and would get close to Kassiris on more than one occasion, but could not make the pass. Darren Alvey came home third, Eric Johnson was fourth and Donnie Smith completed the top-five. Johnson scored the qualifying event win.

In other action, Brian Maxey posted the win in the 20-lap modified event, Jimmy Suite took the win in a wild 15-lap hobby stock main, and Ed Pope Sr. took top honors in the 20-lap strictly stock feature.

Limited late models (20-laps)

1. Jamie Lathroum 2. Tommy Wagner Jr. 3. Ben Bowie 4. Kenny Moreland 5. Dave Adams 6. Derrick Quade (DNF) 7. Glen Elliott (DNF)
Street Stocks (16-laps)

1. Troy Kassiris 2. Craig Tankersley 3. Darren Alvey 4. Eric Johnson 5. Donnie Smith 6. Mike Latham (DNF) 7. Dale Reamy (DNF) 8. Mike Raleigh (DNF) 9. Ed Pope (DNS) 10. James Sparks (DNS) 11. Mike Reynolds (DQ)

 

 

 

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