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Adkins bounces back, wins Vernon Harris
Memorial at Potomac Speedway
By Vicki Adkins
BUDDS CREEK, MD (July 17, 1999) - The last three weeks have not been good for
Budweiser Late Model defending points champion James Adkins, Jr., of Waldorf,
Md. Adkins was leading the points when he was involved in a crash off turn four,
giving the points lead to Jeff Pilkerton. With Pilkerton’s consistency, plus
racking up another feature win, he was able to stretch out his points lead to a
comfortable 188 points, after Adkins finished out of the top 10 three weeks in a
row. With double points on the line, Adkins made a strong comeback by taking the
checkered flag in the $5,000 to win, 100-lap Vernon Harris Memorial Budweiser
Late Model feature this past Saturday night at Potomac Speedway. It was
Adkins’ third feature win of the season. The key to Adkins’ victory, Adkins
said, "The car stayed consistent for the whole 100 laps."
Jim Bernheisel was the True Value Hard Charger of the race award winner.
Bernheisel came from a 14th place starting position to finish fifth.
Other feature winners included, Paul Cursey of Baltimore, Md., taking the
checkered flag for the fourth time this year in the 25-lap Bell Motor Company
Semi-Late feature; Walt Homberg of Aquasco, Md., picking up his second win in
the 20-lap Coors Light Pure-Street Stock feature; and Greg Gunter winning his
eighth feature of the year in the 20-lap Mac Tools Four-Cylinders feature.
The Gardiner Outdoor Products Enduros had two feature events this weekend, a
20-lapper on Friday night and a 30-lapper on Saturday. Defending points
champion, John Burch of Owings, Md., made it a double weekend, taking the
checkered flag on both Friday and Saturday night.
Entertainment was provided on Saturday night by Speedo the Clown. CMS Sheet
Metal sponsored the child’s bike giveaway. Eleven-year-old James Ledford of
Charlotte Hall, Md., was the lucky bike winner.
The weekend of racing started on Friday night with time trials for all of the
divisions of racing except for the Gardiner Outdoor Products Enduros. Les Hare
of New Park, Pa., had the fastest qualifying time for the Budweiser Late Models,
turning a lap of 17.23 seconds. Roy Deese was not far behind Hare with a lap of
17.42 seconds. The qualifying positions then determined where the drivers would
start in their heat races. The top two fastest qualifiers, along with the top
two heat race finishers, would all advance to a dash race to determine starting
positions. The finishing order of the dash would then determine the starting
order, for all of the cars involved, in Saturday’s feature events. David
Williams, George Moreland, Jerry Foster, and David Hoffman all advanced to the
dash along with the top two qualifiers, Hare and Deese. When the green flag
waved, Hare and Williams battled for the lead. Hare was able to grab the top
spot and went on to take the checkered flag, leading all six laps. Hare was then
set to start on the pole for Saturday’s feature event. Williams finished
second, followed by Deese in third, Foster in fourth, Hoffman in fifth, and
Moreland in sixth.
When the green flag waved in the 100-lap event, Hare immediately jumped out
front to lead the way for the 24-car starting field. As Hare led, Deese and
Foster battled for position. Foster won the battle and was able to take second.
Three laps were completed when the first of 20 cautions came out for an incident
involving Pat Wood, Tom Rawlings, and Harold Dorsey in turn two. Hare led the
way when the green flag waved, only to be slowed again for a second caution.
When the race went back to green, Hare jumped out front. Four more laps were
completed when Foster almost spun in turn two. He was able to save the car, but
fell back to fifth place. Deese then moved into second. On lap 18, Deese made a
bid for the lead, going to the inside of Hare in turn three. Hare was able to
hold him off. Deese then got caught behind some lapped cars, allowing Hare to
pull away with about a half straight-a-way advantage. The caution flag waved on
lap 30 for George Moreland. On the restart, James Adkins, who started seventh,
made a bid to take second-place away from Deese. Adkins was able to make the
pass, along with David Hoffman. Adkins then set his sights on Hare. As Hare
continued to lead the way, Adkins stayed glued to his rear bumper. A caution
came out on lap 47 when Hoffman spun in turns one and two. As they entered turns
one and two on the restart, Adkins looked to the inside of Hare to make a bid
for the lead, but was unable to make a move. Hare showed the way on the next
four laps, when the race was red-flagged for the halfway fuel stop. When the
race went back to green, Hare again led the way, with Adkins following close
behind. A caution came out on lap 67, when Jack Bland, who had been running in
sixth-place, slowed with motor problems. On the restart, the lapped car of Lenny
Skelton was in between Hare and Adkins. Hare was able to jump out front with a
six car length advantage. Three more laps were completed when a caution came out
for Rick Hulson in turn two. Adkins again pulled right up on Hare’s rear
bumper on the restart. He looked to the inside of Hare as they exited turn two
to make a bid for the lead, but was unable to make the pass. On lap 76, just as
Adkins was about to go to the inside of Hare in turn two, Hare slowed with
engine trouble. Then third-place runner, Timmy Booth, went to the outside of
Adkins. The caution flag waved for a multi-car incident, forcing everybody back
in line. On the restart, Adkins easily led the way. On lap 82, Booth went wide
in turn two, opening the door for Foster. Foster dove to the inside of Booth to
retake second. Adkins had about a four-to-five car length lead. As the laps
wound down, Foster was able to make up some ground. On lap 91, Adkins got caught
behind a lapped car. Foster used this to his advantage by diving to the inside
of Adkins. Adkins was able to pull back out front to hold onto the top spot. He
then went on to take the checkered flag, leading 24 of the 100 laps. Foster
finished second, followed by Booth in third, Deane Guy in fourth, and Jim
Bernheisel in fifth. After the race, Adkins said, "I knew we had a good
shot because we set the car up for the last 50 laps. I knew if we were patient
for the first 50, we’d have a good shot at the last 50."
For the Bell Motor Company Semi-Lates, Paul Cursey had the fastest time, turning
a lap of 18.70 seconds. Darryl Hills was the second fastest qualifier with a lap
of 19.06 seconds. Cursey, Hills, Steve Benjamin and Sommy Lacey all advanced to
the five-lap dash. When the green flag waved, there was almost a four-way battle
for the lead. Cursey won the battle to take the top spot. He went on to lead all
five laps, finishing with about a five car length lead over second-place
finisher Benjamin. Hills finished third, followed by Lacey in fourth.
In the 25-lap feature event, Cursey started on the pole and led the way as the
green flag waved. The first and only caution came out before the first lap was
completed for Fireball Latham in turn two. The field had a complete restart.
When the race went back to green, Cursey again led the way. By lap five, he had
about a four-to-five car length advantage. He led all 25-laps unchallenged for
the lead, finishing with about a five-to-six car length lead, over second-place
finisher Benjamin. Lacey finished third, followed by Hills in fourth, and Jeff
Reeley in fifth. During the post-race interview, Cursey said, "Twenty-five
laps without a yellow, that’s how to run 25-laps."
Jamie Lathroum and Tommy Hitt were the two fastest qualifiers for the Coors
Light Pure-Street Stocks. Lathroum turned a lap of 19.98 seconds, with Hitt
turning a 20.22 second lap. Lathroum, Hitt, Jackie Booth, and Walt Homberg all
advanced to the four-lap dash. Lathroum led the way at the green flag and went
on to take the checkered. Booth finished second, followed by Homberg in third,
and Hitt in fourth. He finished with about a three-car length advantage over
second place finisher Booth. Homberg finished third, followed by Hitt in fourth.
In the 20-lap Coors Light Pure-Street Stock feature, Booth and Homberg battled
for the lead at the drop of the green flag. Pole-sitter Lathroum, was unable to
start the feature. Homberg won the battle for the top spot in turn four to lead
lap one. Homberg led the way through five caution flags, and held off several
challenges from second-place runner Johnny Smith. He went on to take the
checkered flag, leading all 20 laps. Smith finished second, followed by Deano
Painter in third, Stevie Long in fourth, and Tim Shelton in fifth.
Greg Gunter turned the fastest lap in the Mac Tools Four-Cylinders qualifying.
Gunter set a lap of 20.92 seconds. Sam Woods was the second fastest qualifier
with a lap of 21.24. Gunter, Woods, Andy Ball, and Jason Randall all advanced to
the four-lap dash. Gunter led all four-laps of the dash, putting him on the pole
for the feature event. Woods finished second, followed by Randall in third, and
Ball in fourth.
In the 20-lap Mac Tools Four-Cylinder feature, Greg Gunter and Sam Woods battled
side-by-side when the green flag waved. Gunter won the battle to lead lap one.
He went on to lead all 20-laps, unchallenged for the lead. The race was slowed
one time for a caution. Gunter finished with almost a straight-a-way advantage
over second-place finisher Wayne Graves. Following a post-race inspection,
Graves was disqualified for a carburetor infraction giving Woods second,
followed by Calvin Wright in third, Bob Tester in fourth and Jason Randall in
In the Fridays 20-lap Gardiner Outdoor Product Enduro feature, David Bryant led
the way as the green flag waved. A caution came out before the first lap was
completed, giving the field a complete restart. When the race went back to
green, John Burch took over the top spot. He went on to take the checkered flag,
leading all 20-laps, and holding off challenges from Kevin Sprague. Ray Weaver
finished second, followed by Sprague in third, Wayne Weaver in fourth, and
Bryant in fifth. Bryant and Paul Schendel won the heats.
In the 30-lap feature event, Josh Moxley led the way for the first 12 laps when
Sprague took over the top spot. On lap 23, Burch made a bid for the lead. He was
able to make the pass and went on to take the checkered flag. He finished with
about a three-fourth straight-a-way advantage over second-place finisher
Sprague. Tom Turner finished third, followed by Wayne Suite in fourth, and Chet
Gagnon in fifth. Moxley and Barry Lear Jr., won the heats.
This coming Friday night, July 23rd, at Potomac Speedway the regular show will
be on hand. Coors Light will sponsor all of the racing action. Pit and
grandstand gates open at 6:00 p.m., with racing starting at 7:30 p.m.
BUDWEISER LATE MODELS
FEATURE: 1. James Adkins-28, 2. Jerry Foster-5, 3. Timmy Booth-48, 4. Deane
Guy-44, 5. Jim Bernheisel-119, 6. Roy Deese-9, 7. George Moreland-24, 8. David
Hoffman-15, 9. Jeff Pilkerton-8, 10. Tom Rawlings-31, 11. Rick Hulson-55B, 12.
Pat Wood-3, 13. Tim Murphy-21M, 14. Larry Emory-117, 15. Lenny Skelton-7, 16.
Bill Timme-81, 17. Barry Lear-51, 18. Les Hare-77, 19. Jack Bland-41, 20. Jeff
Leiphart-8L, 21. Fred Harden-10, 22. Harold Dorsey-92, 23. David Williams-25,
24. Ronald Cusic-45 (semi-late). DNS – Steve Axtell-70L.
BELL MOTOR COMPANY SEMI-LATES
FEATURE: 1. Paul Cursey-37, 2. Steve Benjamin-94, 3. Sommy Lacey-45, 4. Darryl
Hills-7, 5. Jeff Reeley-21J, 6. Ronnie Hollidge-0, 7. J.C. Windsor-94W, 8. Billy
Tucker-J18, 9. Ricky Taylor-8, 10. Bill Daniel-89, 11. Dale Smith-81, 12. Jeff
Burroughs-44 (pure-street), 13. Fireball Latham-41.
COORS LIGHT PURE-STREET STOCKS
FEATURE: 1. Walt Homberg-00H, 2. Johnny Smith-82, 3. Deano Painter-24, 4. Stevie
Long-44, 5. Tim Shelton-55, 6. Dan Dotson-2D, 7. Lloyd Deans-00, 8. Jerry
Scott-88, 9. Mike Roop-04, 10. Rusty Alton-3, 11. Rick Green-59, 12. Gary
Tavenner-31, 13. Mike Latham-78, 14. Scott Thompson-25, 15. Tommy Hitt-7T, 16.
Jackie Booth-33, 17. Kirk Confair-81, DNS – Jamie Lathroum-6, Bobby Tipton-12,
MAC TOOLS FOUR-CYLINDERS
FEATURE: 1. Greg Gunter-15, 2. Sam Woods-00, 3. Calvin Wright-94, 4. Bob
Tester-5., 5.Jason Randall-17, 6. Linda Wright-1, 7. Marty Deen-33, 8. Ben
Allen-24, 9. Chappy Knaack-88, 10. Joe Blocker-23, 11. Andy Ball-99, 12. Jerry
Dick-44, 13. Deuce Wright-2D, 14. Scotty Scott-42 DQ- Wayne Graves-24Jr.
GARDINER OUTDOOR PRODUCTS ENDUROS
FEATURE (20 laps): 1. John Burch-12, 2. Ray Weaver-37, 3. Kevin Sprague-55, 4.
Wayne Weaver-57, 5. David Bryant-42B, 6. John Ballou-112, 7. Chet Gagnon-30, 8.
Wayne Suite-00, 9. Parran Nelson-24, 10. George Heinz-357, 11. Paul Schendel-8,
12. Joe Adams-69, 13. Robert Dunaway-117X, 14. Jimmy Suite-80, 15. Barry Lear,
Jr.-99, 16. Bill Quinlin-3, 17. Bob Kolbe-9, 18. Cory Hanson-21R, 19. Gary
Holt-117, 20. Josh Moxley-23, 21. Kevin Mann-22, 22. Tom Turner-25.
FEATURE (30 laps): 1. John Burch-12, 2. Kevin Sprague-55, 3. Tom Turner-25, 4.
Wayne Suite-00, 5. Chet Gagnon-30, 6. David Bryant-42B, 7. Joe Adams-69, 8. John
Ballou-112, 9. Josh Moxley-23, 10. Wayne Weaver-57, 11. Parran Nelson-24, 12.
Gary Holt-117, 13. Robert Dunaway-117X, 14.Jimmy Suite-80, 15. Paul Schendel-8,
16. George Heinz-357, 17. Barry Lear, Jr.,-99, 18. Kevin Mann-22, 19.Ray
Weaver-9 DNS: Bob Kolbe-11.