Lathroum Prevails for Coveted Potomac Late Model Triumph

Kable Flawless in E-Mod Contest

By Doug Watson

Budds Creek, MD- Hometown favorite Jamie Lathroum drove to his second win of the season in last Sunday nights 35-lap Late Model feature at Potomac Speedway. The win for Lathroum, worth a cool $3500 payday, came steering his trusty Lacey Motorsports Rocket no.45 and would be his 16th career division feature win at the track. 

Lathroum blasted from the pole and would lead the first 10-laps of the event. Dale Hollidge made a nifty three-wide move off turn two to become the new leader on the 11th lap and set sail. Unfortunately, Hollidge’s run would come to an end as his car quit under caution on the 21st lap handing the lead and eventual win back to Lathroum.

Eventual runner-up Derick Quade, in his track legal Limited Late Model, chased Lathroum to the finish but was no match for the speedy Lathroum as he zipped under the checkered flag for his overall 63rd career Potomac victory. Lathroum’s win came on Three Mule Welding Supply night at the track, a long-time Lathroum sponsor. “Doc Oliver and all the people from Three Mules have been with me since the beginning of my career and it’s nice to win on their night.”

Lathroum stated in victory lane. “I got pinched behind a lapped car and Dale got by, but I guess he broke, and we were able to come out on top.” Daryl Hills came on strong at the end for third with Steven Axtell Jr. and Brent Bordeaux, in a career-best finish, rounded out the top-five. Lathroum and Hollidge took heat race wins. 

Ray Kable Jr. continued his hot streak in the Mid-Atlantic Modifieds as he took his 3rd win in the last 4 events in the divisions 20-lap main. Kable, who lined up second for the start, took the lead on the first lap and held off a pesky series point leader Brad Kling for the $1000 win. The win for the Kable family was a big one as Ray’s father was a former three-time Late Model champion at Potomac. “I have to thank my dad and everyone on this team for the win here tonight.”

“Tony Shipp got us a great motor for this car and it ran pretty well here tonight.”

Tenth starting Cody Williams took third with Cody Oliver and Mike Corbin completing the top-five. Heats went to Kable and Oliver.

In support class action Ed Pope Jr.continued his domination of the Street Stock ranks as he drove to his 7th win of the season in the divisions 16-lap feature and current point leader and defending track champion Mikey Latham picked up his 5th win of the season in the 15-lap Hobby Stock contest.

During the running of the U-Car feature fourth turn flagman, Bucky Bellere was seriously injured. Bellere was hit by a car that slid to the top of the track seriously injuring the 30-plus year veteran corner flagman. Bellere was then airlifted out of the speedway to the shock trauma unit in Baltimore Maryland for treatment.

An updated status on Bellere’s condition will be released via the track website when that information is obtained.

Late Model feature finish

1. Jamie Lathroum 2. Derick Quade 3. Daryl Hills 4. Steven Axtell Jr. 5. Brant Bordeaux 6. Kevin Palmer 7. Sam Archer 8. David Dill 9. Billy Tucker 10. Dale Hollidge 11. Andy Anderson 12. Brandon Long 13. Scott Wilson 14. James Snead

Mid Atlantic Modified feature finish

1. Ray Kable Jr. 2. Brad Kling 3. Cody Williams 4. Cody Oliver 5. Mike Corbin 6. Josh Hughes 7. James Sparks 8. Justin Cullum 9. Dale Smith 10. Kyle Lloyd 11. Frank DiBella 12. Haley Kaiser 13. Andy Bosely 14. Joey Polevoy 15. Jerry Foster 16. Adam Hoegerl

Street Stock feature finish

1. Ed Pope Jr. 2. Marty Hanbury 3. Paul Jones 4. Brad Seibert 5. Chris Cooke 6. Ben Pirner 7. Doug Barber 8. PJ Hatcher 9. Dalton Dillman

Hobby Stock feature finish

1. Mikey Latham 2. Greg Morgan 3. Buddy Dunagan 4. Mason Hanson 5. Dave Adams 6. Hilton Pickeral 7. Billy Crouse 8. Erik Hanson 9. Jerry Deason 10. Stevie Gingery 11. James Rainey 12. Kyle Nelson 13. Colin Long 14. Wyatt Hanson (DNS)

David M. Higgins II

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