By: Doug Watson
The name Jamie Lathroum has been a mainstay at Maryland’s Potomac Speedway for close to two decades.
Within that span, Jamie has accomplished just about anything any driver would want, except winning a track championship in the tracks Late Model class. Lathroum arrived as the regular winner at Potomac back in the 2001 season where he took the Street Stock track title and would amass 13 career wins in the class before moving up to the Limited Late Models in 2002. Jamie would leave his mark with the class as he drove his familiar MasterSbilt no.6 to the 2003-04 and 2006 track titles and would secure 35 feature wins before his move to the Late Models the following year.
Jamie quickly established himself as a formidable threat with the faster class, however, he would only race at Potomac on occasion as he hit the road with long-time crew chief and close friend Huey Wilcoxon. The team was a force to be reckoned with and even with the limited starts at Potomac that followed, Jamie would still produce wins with the Late Models. After Wilcoxon’s untimely passing Lathroum joined forces with long-time Potomac car owner Sommey Lacey for the 2018 season. Steering Lacey’s potent Rocket no.45 the team would hit pay dirt in 2019 as Lathroum would take 2 feature wins and the Late Model championship in the process.
Lathroum’s 2-win campaign upped his Late Model total to 16 as he would out-point Dale Hollidge for the title by just 19-points. It would be a career first Late Model championship for both Lathroum and car owner Lacey and the team would also click for one feature win in Delaware at Brett Deyo’s Georgetown Speedway. Dale Hollidge, Jason Covert, Steven Axtell Jr., and Matt Cosner each took one victory on the season.
Limited Late Models- Eventual track champion Derick Quade was the class of the field more often than not as he was triumphant in 6 of the 13 races run for the class this season. Quade’s title came in his Black Diamond no.74 and it would be his second career division championship with his first coming back in 2007. Derick’s six-win season, which leads the division, upped his career total at the track to 19 victories. 2018 champion Tyler Emory and Sam Archer each won twice with a single event wins going to Walker Arthur, Jonny Oliver, and Samuel Bryant.
RUSH Late Models- Darren Alvey drove his Rocket no.30 to 4 feature wins and his second career RUSH Late Model championship. Alvey’s 4-win season moved him to second all-time on the Potomac win list with 11 victories. Despite the tremendous season, Alvey’s car was recently sold to Jeremy Pilkerton as he plans to step away from the sport. Dale Hollidge paced the class with 5 wins, Alvey took 4, Ben Bowie was a 3-time winner, Logan Roberson triumphed twice with solo wins going to Kyle Lear, Chuck Bowie, and Austin Bussler.
Street Stocks- After succumbing to multiple equipment failures early in the season, Ed Pope Jr. rallied in the second half of the season to outpoint Marty Hanbury by 13-markers to claim his second consecutive Street Stock championship. Ed would tally 8 feature wins during the season giving him 22, which is fourth all-time with the class. Pope will not defend his crown as his car is for sale as he plans to move up to the RUSH Late Models for 2020. Marty Hanbury and PJ Hatcher were the only other multiple winners with two each as Jonathan Raley, Tyler Gray, Mike Warrenfeltz, Mike Grady Jr. Craig Parrill, and Deuce Wright each scoring once.
Hobby Stocks- A win in the 3rd race of the season gave the fans a glimpse of what they would see quite often in 2019, Mikey Latham in victory lane. Latham Would tally 5 wins on the season to secure his second consecutive track title. Latham’s 5 wins give him 12 career with the class and with 18 U-Car triumphs, Latham owns 30 overall career track wins. Colin Long had a superb season with 4 wins, Greg Morgan scored 3-times, two-time winners were Kyle Nelson and Jonathan Knott with Billy Crouse and Buddy Dunagan each with one victory.
U-Cars- Proving the youth movement is alive and well at Potomac, second-year racer Cody Stamp drove to his first career class championship. At just 15 years old, Stamp lead the way with 6 feature wins and would take the title by just 16-points over fellow 15-year-old driver Justin Knight who was a 4-time winner on the season as well. Allen Griffith Jr. scored 3 wins, former 3-time class champion Savannah Windsor won twice with Stephen Suite, Larry Lamb, Tim Steele and Mark Pollard each tallying one victory. Savannah Windsor’s two-win season give her 20 for her career, which is first on the all-time win chart.
Strictly Stocks-Veteran John Hardesty romped to 8 feature wins and his 5th career division championship in the 10-year span the class has been full-time at Potomac. Hardesty now sits second all-time with 26 career wins only 3 behind all-time winner Ed Pope Sr. who has tallied 29 division feature wins. Former champion Nabil Guffey drove to 4-wins, 2017 champion Greg Mattingly was a 3-time winner Ed Pope Sr. scored twice with Jeff Bloch taking one victory.