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Deese becomes all-time leading Late Model winner at Potomac Speedway

By Vicki Adkins

BUDDS CREEK, MD (June 25, 1999) - The racing action resumed this past Friday night at Potomac Speedway, with double points for all five divisions of racing.

Roy Deese of Odenton, Md., has not raced at the track this year on a regular basis. When Deese visited the raceway this past Friday night, he made his presence known. Deese cruised into victory lane in the Jeff Foy owned machine to win his 38th career Budweiser Late Model feature, making him the all-time leading late model feature winner at Potomac Speedway.

In the post-race interview, Deese said, “I would like to thank Jeff Foy. He gives me good equipment to work with.”

The highlight of the evening was the 25-lap Mike Wathen Memorial Coors Light Pure-Street Stock feature. Deano Painter of Waldorf, Md., took the checkered flag for the second time this year.

Jackie Booth of Accokeek, Md., was the True Value Hard Charger of the race award winner. Booth came from a 20th place starting position to finish third.

Darryl Hills of Lexington Park, Md., picked up his second win of the season in the Bell Motor Company Semi-Lates. Hills is one of the handful of Ford drivers in that division. Former semi-late driver Charles Burch made a big comeback. Burch had been injured in a very serious car accident in November, 1998. Burch returned to the track to race for the first time, coming home with a sixth place finish.

Greg Gunter of Berryville, Va., won his seventh race in the Mac Tools Four-Cylinders. Rodney Holt of Glen Burnie Md., picked up his second win in the Gardiner Outdoor Products Enduros.

Coors Light Pure-Street Stock driver Jerry Scott and his family donated the bicycle for the children’s bike giveaway. Nine-year-old Jessica Michaels was the lucky bike winner.

In the 25-lap Budweiser Late Model feature, Bill Timme and rookie driver Tom Rawlings started on the front row. When the green flag waved, Rawlings led the way to complete lap one.

A caution came out on lap two for Barry Lear and Will Rowe. On the restart, Rawlings again led the way. One more lap was completed when defending points champion and the second-place points runner James Adkins suffered a misfortune. Adkins got loose as he exited turn four, hitting the frontstretch wall. The car then bounced back out in front of Les Hare who had no where to go. The race was red flagged for a brief period. Adkins and Hare were uninjured. When the race went back to green, Rawlings again showed the way. He led the next few laps. On lap seven, Roy Deese, who started fifth, had moved into second.

Deese made a bid for the lead the following lap. As they entered the backstretch on lap eight, Deese went to the outside of Rawlings. They ran side-by-side into turns three and four. Deese was able to make the pass for the lead as they exited turn four. Once Deese took over the lead, he never looked back. By lap 15, he had about a straight-a-way lead over then second-place runner Ronald Cusic. A caution on lap 20 brought the field back together. On lap 23, Ronald Cusic looked to the inside of Deese in turn two on a caution restart, but couldn’t make a move. Deese went on to take the checkered flag.

“I knew our car was going to be better in the end of the race. It was good at the beginning, but better at the end.” Cusic finished second, followed by Jeff Pilkerton in third, David Hoffman in fourth, and Deane Guy in fifth. Hare and Guy won the heats.

In the Bell Motor Company Semi-Late 20-lap feature, J.C. Windsor took the early lead. As they entered the backstretch, third-place starter Fireball Latham went to the inside of Windsor, taking over the lead. Darryl Hills then passed Windsor for second on lap three. As Hills was about to make a bid for the lead, a caution came out for Ryan Hackett Alton and Rich Green. Latham led the way on the restart. Hills challenged for the lead on the inside in turns one and two, but Latham held him off. Hills challenged for the lead again on lap eight as they exited turn two. They ran side-by-side down the backstretch with Latham powering his way out front. Just as they crossed the start-finish line on lap 10, Hills went to the outside of Latham again. They ran side-by-side in turns one and two. Third-place runner Sommey Lacey made a bold move, going to the inside of both Latham and Hills, making it three-wide. Hills got the advantage as they exited turn four, with Lacey taking second. Latham fell back to fourth. Hills went on to lead the rest of the feature unchallenged for the lead. Lacey finished second, followed by Paul Cursey in third, Steve Benjamin in fourth, and Latham in fifth. Dennis Windsor and Benjamin won the heats.

In the 25-lap Mike Wathen Memorial Coors Light Pure-Street Stock feature, the field went through two cautions before leader Mike Latham completed the first lap. Stump Moreland made a bid for the lead on lap four, going to the inside of Latham as they exited turn two. They ran side-by-side into turns three and four, with Latham getting the advantage as they exited four. Latham and Moreland made contact in turn four on lap five. Both Johnny Smith and Deano Painter were able to get by Moreland. Smith then set his sights on Latham. As Latham went wide in turn four, Smith went to the inside of him, making the pass for the lead. Latham came battling back in turn two and edged Smith as they crossed the start-finish line to lead lap eight. The two continued to battle side-by-side. On lap 10, Latham slowed on the backstretch, giving the lead to Smith. Smith showed the way until lap 14. A caution came out for Moreland who came to a stop off turn four. On the restart, Deano Painter went to the outside of Smith in turns one and two. The two ran side-by-side with Painter leading the lap. The two continued to battle side-by-side for the lead. Painter got the advantage in turns three and four. On lap 24, Smith made one last charge to retake the lead. He went to the inside of Painter on the backstretch. They ran side-by-side in turns three and four. Painter edged Smith as they exited turn four and went on to win the race. Smith finished second, followed by Jackie Booth in third, Stevie Long in fourth, and Jerry Scott in fifth. Rick Green and Jamie Lathroum won the heats.

Chappy Knaack started on the pole of the 12-lap Mac Tools Four-Cylinder feature and led the way when the green flag waved. By lap nine, Knaack had almost a straight-a-way advantage. He went on to take the checkered flag, leading all 12 laps. After post-race inspection, Knaack was disqualified, giving the win to second-place runner Greg Gunter. Calvin Wright finished second, followed by Jerry Dick in third, Linda Wright in fourth, and Joe Blocker in fifth. Gunter and Calvin Wright won the heats.

In the 20-lap Gardiner Outdoor Product Enduro feature, Rodney Holt started on the pole and led the way as the green flag waved. Bill Tippett made a bid for the lead in turns one and two on lap four. The two ran side-by-side the whole circuit around. Holt led the lap by about a half-car advantage. The two continued to run side-by-side with Tippett leading lap five. Holt had the advantage on lap six, retaking the lead. The two settled down for two laps and then began battling for the lead again. On lap 15, Holt and Tippett made contact on the front straight-a-way. Kevin Sprague then joined in the battle. As Holt continued to lead, Tippett and Sprague battled for second. Holt went on to take the checkered flag, with Tippett taking second. Sprague finished third, followed by Kevin Mann in fourth, and Chet Gagnon in fifth.

This coming Friday night, July 2nd, at Potomac Speedway will be the regular show along with Potomac Speedway’s annual July spectacular fireworks display. The event is sponsored by Howlin Concrete, Inc. 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.



1. Roy Deese-9, 2. Ronald Cusic-23, 3. Jeff Pilkerton-8, 4. David Hoffman-15, 5. Deane Guy-44, 6. Timmy Booth-48, 7. Jerry Foster-5, 8. Tim Murphy-21M, 9. Pat Wood-3, 10. Bill Timme-81, 11. Tom Rawlings-31, 12. Will Rowe-94, 13. Barry Lear-51, 14. Jack Bland-41, 15. James Adkins-28, 16. Les Hare-77, DNS – Larry Emory-117, Harold Dorsey-92


1. Darryl Hills-7, 2. Sommey Lacey-45, 3. Paul Cursey-37, 4. Steve Benjamin-94, 5. Fireball Latham-41, 6. Charles Burch-50, 7. J.C. Windsor-94W, 8. Dale Smith-81, 9. Ronnie Hollidge-0, 10. Jeff Treuting-21J, 11. Billy Tucker-6, 12. Rich Green-2, 13. Bill Danel-89, 14. Jeff Burroughs-98.7, 15. Dennis Windsor-4, 16. Ricky Taylor-8, 17. Ryan Hackett-56, DNS – Bobby Mazingo-15M, Rusty Alton-6


1. Deano Painter-24, 2. Johnny Smith-82, 3. Jackie Booth-33, 4. Stevie Long-44, 5. Jerry Scott-88, 6. Walt Homberg-00H, 7. Tim Shelton-55, 8. Rick Green-59, 9. Dan Dotson-2D, 10. Lloyd Deans-00, 11. Kirk Confair-81, 12. Mike Roop-04, 13. Bobby Tipton, Jr.-12, 14. Stump Moreland-23, 15. Tommy Hitt-7T, 16. Jamie Lathroum-6, 17. Scott Thompson-25, 18. Mike Latham-78, 19. Dana Quade-10, 20.Gary Trevenner-31, DNS – Bruce Cole-28, Doug Baker-7


1. Greg Gunter-15, 2. Calvin Wright-94, 3. Jerry Dick-44, 4. Linda Wright-1, 5. Joe Blocker-23, 6. Curtis Manuel-17M, 7. Sam Woods-00, 8. Faron Hamblin-96, 9. Allen Harper-33, 10. Deuce Wright-2D, 11. Scotty Nelson-24Jr., 12. Sam Truitt-17, 13. Scotty Scott-42, 14. Ben Allen-24, DNS – Bob Tester, Jr.-5, DQ – Chappy Knaack-88


1. Rodney Holt-007, 2. Kevin Sprague-55, 3. Kevin Mann-22, 4. Chet Gagnon-30, 5. Parran Nelson-24, 6. Tom Turner-25, 7. Wayne Weaver-57, 8. Gary Holt-117, 9. Arnold Murion, Jr.-117X, 10. John Burch-12, 11. Bob Kolbe-9, 12. Joe Adams-69, 13. George Heinz, Jr.-357, 14. Jeff Hammett-3, 15. Carl Rye-33, 16. Bill Bryant-42B, 17. John Wayne Suite-00, 18. Ray Weaver-11, 19. Josh Moxley-23, 20. Paul Schendel-8, 21. Bill Kessler-44, DQ – Bill Tippett-37