March 17, 2012

“Bowie Begins Title Defense With Convincing Potomac Victory”

“Latham Sails to Street Stock Checkers”

By Doug Watson

Brandywine Md.’s Ben Bowie, the defending Potomac Speedway limited late model track champion, scored a convincing win in last Friday night’s season-opening 20-lap main event.

Kevin Cooke and Sam Archer paced the field to the initial green flag of the event with Cooke getting the jump at the start and blasting into the race lead. As Cooke lead, fifth-starting Ben Bowie had worked his way to second by the sixth lap, setting his sights on Cooke. Bowie would then snare the top-spot from Cooke on lap-seven and go on to lead the remainder of the race to post his 11th career limited late model win at Potomac.

“I knew we had a good car, but I just had to be patient getting up through there.” Bowie explained. “It’s way to early in the season to tear the car up so I just waited until the time was right to make my way to the front. I just want to thank all my sponsors and crew for all their support.” Sam Archer held on for second, Dave Adams was third, Cooke settled for fourth and Tommy Wagner Jr. completed the top-five. Bowie was the heat race winner as well.

Mike Latham put on a driving clinic as he scored a dominating victory in the 16-lap street stock feature. Kyle Nelson took the early race lead, with Latham in tow. Nelson’s lead would only last two circuits as Latham took the lead for good on lap-three and would drive off to his 23rd career Potomac street stock feature win. “This win is for my dad.” Latham stated. “He’s in the hospital and couldn’t be here tonight, so this one’s for him.” In a late race rush, Kurt Zimmerman collected runner-up honors with Nelson hanging on for third. Barry Williams Sr. came home fourth with Stephen Quade completing the top-five. Heats went to Nelson and Darren Alvey.

Jonathon Raley was victorious in another wild 15-lap hobby stock feature. Raley, who started second, would eventually go on to lead every lap of the event, but it was by far not an easy win. Eighth-starting Brian Adkins and sixth-starter John Burch battled Raley the entire distance, but to no avail, and would settle for second and third respectively. Jerry Deason would come home fourth with Shane Roloff rounding out the top-five. Heats went to Burch and Matt Tarbox.

In other action, defending Virginia Motor Speedway modified track champion Dan Arnold scored the win in the 20-lap modified event with Ed Pope Sr. claiming the win in the 50-lap strictly stock headliner.

Limited late models

1. Ben Bowie 2. Sam Archer 3. Dave Adams 4. Kevin Cooke 5. Tommy Wagner Jr. 6. Ed Pope (DNS)
Street stocks
1. Mike Latham 2. Kurt Zimmerman 3. Kyle Nelson 4. Barry Williams Sr. 5. Stephen Quade 6. Darren Alvey 7. Billy farmer 8. Ricky Edmonds 9. Dale Reamy 10. Dave McBrayer 11. Josh Williams 12. Mike Raleigh 13. Billy Crouse (DNS) 14. Jonathon Oliver (DNS)

Hobby Stocks

1. Jonathon Raley 2. Brian Adkins 3. John Burch 4. Jerry Deason 5. Shane Roloff 6. Robbie Gass 7. Will Nelson 8. Bud Pickeral 9. Don Breach 10. Brittany Wenk 11. Bobby Miexsall 12. Matt Tarbox 13. Tommy Randall 14. James Sutphin (DNS)


1. Dan Arnold 2. Chris Arnold 3. Aaron Harris 4. Brian Dobie 5. Curtis Barricks 6. Rich Marks (DNS) 7. James Sparks (DNS) Strictly stocks
1. Ed Pope Sr. 2. Ray Bucci 3. Buddy Dunagan 4. Nabil Guffey 5. JJ Silvious 6. Greg Morgan 7. John Hardesty 8. CJ Pannuty 9. Dave Mosely






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