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Dominates MACS Event to Win $6,000 at Potomac Speedway
Creek, Md.,--Fifty-six cars attempted to qualify for the 24-car field
Mid-Atlantic Championship (MAC) Series, a regional late model touring series,
50-lap late model feature this past Saturday night. The event was Potomac Speedway’s biggest late model event
of the season, paying $6,000 to the winner, with $500 going to drivers for just
taking the green flag.
Bille Timme Overflo Warehouse, Cliff’s Heating and
Air and Gunter’s Honey sponsored the big event.
Gary Stuhler of Greencastle, Pa., who started sixth on the grid, came up
the big winner, taking his third career checkered flag at the track.
It was Stuhler’s fourth win with the MAC series this year.
During the post-race interview, Stuhler said, “Well, the credit goes to
these guys right here (his pit crew). They
picked the tires. I haven’t ran
here in a while so we weren’t sure what the setup was going to be like.”
“Jerry (Foster) was running a neat line, so I just watched him for a
little bit and waited. Then, I just
got him on the outside.”
Bo Feathers of Winchester, Va., and also a one-time feature winner this
year at Potomac Speedway, was the True Value Hard Charger of the race award
winner. Feathers came from a 22nd
place starting position, to move into the fourth place spot.
Feathers was then involved in an incident, causing to him to spin and
putting him in the back of the field. Feathers
charged to the front again, finishing in the fifth-place spot.
Also on hand for the first time ever at Potomac Speedway were the INX
Legends cars. Rick Utsman was the
30-lap feature event winner.
Jay Dee Supply sponsored the children’s bike giveaway.
Nine-year-old Mark Davis of Highland, Md., was the lucky bike winner.
Six different heat races determined who would qualify for the MACS event.
The top three finishers were automatically advanced.
Booper Bare, Jack Pencil, and David Williams advanced from the first
heat, with Bare winning the event.
Ray Kable won the second heat followed by D.J. Myers
and Les Hare in second and third.David Hill was the third heat winner.
Gary Stuhler and Rodney Franklin were the second and third place
runners.The fourth heat winner was Carl Billet.
Along with Billet, Jim Bernheisel, and Chris Shuey advanced to the
feature.Jerry Foster took the checkered flag in the fifth heat, with Scott
Rhodes and Lynn Geisler finishing in second and third.James Adkins, Jr., was the
sixth and final heat race winner. Adkins
was followed by Andy Fries and Andy Anderson in second and third.
Drivers finishing out of the top three positions were then divided up
between two more consolation heat races. The
top two finishers of each heat would then advance to the feature.
Allen Brannen was one of the consolation heat winners with Tommy Armel
finishing second. Nathan Durboraw
was the second heat consolation winner with Bo Feathers taking second.
Since the 1999 Potomac Speedway Budweiser Late Model points champion,
Jeff Pilkerton, experienced problems, hindering him from qualifying or starting
the event, second-place points finisher David Hoffman received a special
provisional starting position. Hoffman
and James Adkins, Jr., were the only Potomac Speedway regular drivers to advance
to the feature event.
Drivers then drew a pill number to determine their starting position.
When the field went to green flag racing, Ray Kable and Jerry Foster made
up the front starting row. Foster
led the field to complete the first few laps.
On lap five, the first of 11 cautions came out for Chris Shuey.
Foster led the way on the restart with Scott Rhodes making a bid to take
over the top spot on the outside. Foster
was able to hold him off.
By lap 10, Gary Stuhler challenged Rhodes for second.
The two ran side-by-side down the backstretch, with Stuhler making the
pass in turns three and four. Stuhler then
set his sights on Foster. By lap
15, Stuhler was glued right to Foster’s rear bumper.
A caution came out on lap 19 for debris on the track.
On the restart, Stuhler went to the outside of Foster in turns three and
four. He was able to make the pass
for the lead before they crossed the start-finish line.
Once Stuhler took the lead, he never looked back.
He opened up his lead to a straight-a-way advantage at times.
The best battle on the track was the battle for second between Rodney
Franklin and Booper Bare. Franklin
won the battle and finished second. Bare
finished third, followed by Rhodes in fourth, and Bo Feathers in fifth.
In the INX Legends 30 lap feature event, Rick Utsman started third on the
field, but made his way out to the front of the pack to lead lap one.
Utsman enjoyed a comfortable lead, easily showing the way through several
caution flags, until a caution on lap 22, when Denny Rettermel spun in turn two.
On the restart, second-place runner, Travis Dillman stayed glued to
Utsman’s rear bumper. Utsman went on to
lead the rest of the feature, unchallenged for the lead. He dominated the event, by leading all 30 laps.
Dillman was second, followed by Carey May in third, George Graker in
fourth, and Dave Hendershott in fifth. Utsman
and Carey May won the heats.
This coming weekend, October 8th and 9th at Potomac
Speedway will be the Southern Maryland Nationals.
The Southern Maryland Nationals is
the annual big race for the pure-streets with the 40-lap $1,500 to win. Along with the pure-streets there will be a 30-lap, $600 to
win, semi-late feature and a 25-lap, $500 to win, four-cylinder feature.
Qualifying is set for Friday, with action starting at 7:30.
Features will get underway on Saturday at 6:00.
The Enduros and Classic Cars will have features each
night also. The raindate is set for
October 10th. Sponsors for the big event are Jerry’s Roofing &
Siding, W & W Racing Tires, and Jay Dee Supply.
For more information about any of these upcoming
events, contact Potomac Speedway at (301) 884-4624 or check out the web site at
M.A.C.S - Late Models
Gary Stuhler-19, 2. Rodney Franklin-01, 3. Booper Bare-00B, 4. Scott Rhodes-83R,
5. Bo Feathers-00F, 6. Andy Anderson-25A, 7. Tom Armel-15A, 8. David Hill-75H,
9. Jim Bernheisel-119, 10. James Adkins, Jr.-28, 11. Lynn Geisler-1C, 12. Robbie
Blair-W11, 13. David Williams-25D, 14. Jack Pencil-14, 15. Jerry Foster-5, 16.
D.J. Myers-70J, 17. Andy Fries-82, 18. David Hoffman-15, 19. Allen Brannon-4N,
20. Carl Billett-33, 21. Ray Kable-15T, 22. Nathan Durboraw-24, 23. Les Hare-40,
24. Chris Shuey-21C
Failed to Qualify
Ferguson-11L, Dave Padula-112, Scott Brode-42B, Jerry Wierman-7J, Skeet
Beckner-30, Lance Lauffenberger-6T, Jim Mazur-13, Mike Altobelli-80, Jeff
Leiphart-8L, George Moreland-24M, Bill Daniels-89, Harold Dorsey-92,
DNS – Chuck Finch-16F, Doug Cooke-15D, Rick Hulson-18, Mike
Warshaver-7W, Roy Deese-05, Kenny Pettyjohn=38, Deane Guy-44, Tom Rawlings-31,
Paul Cursey-37, Bill Timme-31, Pat Wood-3W, Duane Wolford-33W, Scott
Richwine-2G, Steve Radich-77R, Jack Bland-41, Butch Campion-21, Rob Nichols-7N,
Timmy Booth-48B, Barry Lear-51K,
Rick Utsman-18U, 2. Travis Dillman-22D, 3. Carey May-23, 4. George Graker-2C, 5.
Dave Hendershott-2K, 6. Brandon Utsman-20, 7. Donald Potts-37, 8. Lawrence
Garrison-29G, 9. Don Stevens-6D, 10. Denny Rottermel-7R, 11. Willy Raneow-41,
12. Don Serbo-29, 13. Jim Lowery-12JP