Lathroum Prevails for Career First Late Model Title
By Doug Watson
Budds Creek, MD- Cumberland Md’s Matt Cosner scored the Late Model win in last Saturday nights 35-lap “Larry Hills Memorial” at Potomac Speedway. The win for Cosner, steering his potent Rocket no.66C, was worth $3000 and it would also mark his first career feature win at the venerable Southern Maryland oval.
Cosner drew the pole for the start of the event and would burst into the lead on the first lap and eventually lead the distance. Newly crowned Delaware International Speedway Late Model champion Amanda Whaley chased Cosner for the final ten-laps but was no match for Cosner as he clearly had the car to beat. Jamie Lathroum took third with Dale Hollidge and 9th starting Kyle Lear rounding out the top-five.
With his 3rd place effort, Jamie Lathroum was crowned the 2019 track champion. Heats for the 23 cars entered went to Lathroum, Cosner and Daryl Hills.
Dale Hollidge drove to his 4th win of the season in the companion 25-lap RUSH Late Model main. Hollidge drove into the lead on the first lap and would lead to the finish over runner-up Ben Bowie. Matt Hill, Jeremy Pilkerton, and Darren Alvey completed the top-five.
With his 5th place finish, Darren Alvey wrapped up his second career RUSH Late Model track title. Heats went to Hollidge and Hill.
In support class action, Craig Parrill drove to his first win of the season in the 16-lap Street Stock feature, Jonathan Knott collected his 2nd win of the season in the 15-lap Hobby Stock main, John Hardesty nailed down his 7th win of 2019 in the 15-lap Strictly Stock event with Cody Stamp claiming his 6th win of the season in the 15-lap U-Car contest.
Ed Pope Jr. collected his second-straight and third career Street Stock championship, Mikey Latham secured his second consecutive Hobby Stock crown, John Hardesty took his second straight and career 5th Strictly Stock title with Sophomore sensation Cody Stamp securing his first career U-Car championship.
2019 Potomac Speedway Track Champions
- 23 Late Models, 14 RUSH Late Models, 9 Street Stocks, 13 Hobby Stocks, 13 U-Cars and 9 Strictly Stocks lined the pit area.
- Jamie Lathroum’s Late Model title would be his 5th overall at Potomac. Jamie has 3 Limited Late Model titles (2003-04 and 2006) and one Street Stock title that came in 2001.
- Ed Pope Jr’s 3rd career Street Stock title may just be his last, as rumor has it he will be moving up to the RUSH Late Models for next season.
- Megan Mann will be upgrading her equipment for next season as she will be getting the Rocket XR-1 chassis that Jason Covert has been driving this season.
- Defending RUSH LM champion Chuck Bowie was not on hand for the event as he was competing at Pittsburgh’s Pennsylvania Motor Speedway.
- John Hardesty’s Strictly Stock win was his career 25th, which is second all-time.
Late Model feature finish
1. Matt Cosner 2. Amanda Whaley 3. Jamie Lathroum 4. Dale Hollidge 5. Kyle Lear 6. Steven Axtell Jr. 7. Andy Anderson 8.Daryl Hills 9. Jonny Oliver 10. Billy Tucker 11. Brent Bordeaux 12. David Frazier 13. Tyler Emory 14. Kevin Palmer 15. Sam Archer 16. James Snead 17. Brian Booze 18. Brandon Long 19.Tommy Armel 20. Kirk Baker 21. Scott Wilson 22. Dale Murphy 23. Jason Miller
RUSH Late Model feature finish
1. Dale Hollidge 2. Ben Bowie 3. Matt Hill 4. Jeremy Pilkerton 5. Darren Alvey 6. Brad Rigdon 7. Jonathan Raley 8. Mike Raleigh 9.Timmy Booth 10. Carl Vaughn 11. Megan Mann 12. James Sparks 13. Ben Scott 14. Austin Bussler
Street Stock feature finish
1. Craig Parrill 2. John Ballou 3. Doug Barber 4. Brad Seibert 5. Ben Pirner 6. Ed Pope Jr. 7. Marty Hanbury 8. PJ Hatcher
Hobby Stock feature finish
1. Jonathan Knott 2. Hilton Pickeral 3. Colin Long 4. Mason Hanson 5. Tommy Randall 6. Kyle Nelson 7. Wyatt Hanson 8. Mikey Latham 9. Paige Vasallo 10. Jerry Deason 11. Stevie Gingery 12. John Burch 13. Erik Hanson
U-Car feature finish
1. Cody Stamp 2. Mark Pollard 3. Brad Saylor 4. Justin Knight 5. Larry Lamb 6. Dominic King 7. Ryan Quade 8. Tim Steele 9. Stephen Suite 10. Joey Suite 11. Mackenzie Smith 12. Owen Lacey 13. Brian Johnson 14. Robert Wilson
Strictly Stock feature finish
1. John Hardesty 2. Ed Pope Sr. 3. Nabil Guffey 4. Johnny Hardesty 5. JJ Silvious 6. Daniel Knodle 7. Casey Sheckles 8. Tim Steele 9. Dale Simpson
All images courtesy of Larry Burnett WRT