"Covert Prevails in Epic Potomac Late Model Battle"

"Bowie Scores Career First in RUSH Crates"

By Doug Watson

               Budds Creek, MD-  Fresh off his win at Williams Grove Speedway the weekend prior, Jason Covert kept his win streak going with his win in last Friday nights 35-lap Late Model headliner at Potomac Speedway. The win for Covert, worth $2500, came aboard his potent Camerom/Mann owned Rocket no.72 and was the 15th of his career at the Southern Maryland bull ring.
              Daryl Hills and Kyle Lear shared the front row for the start of the event with Lear surging into the race lead as the field went hard into turn one. While Lear was setting a torrid pace in the lead, 5th starting Jason Covert reached second by the 13th lap and the race was on. Covert hounded Lear for the next 10 circuits before gaining the top spot on the 24th lap. Lear kept pace with Covert for a few laps, however, Covert got stronger in the caution free race over the final 6 laps to post the win. "That was a lot of fun racing with Kyle tonight, he gets around this place pretty good." Covert stated post race. "I followed him for a bunch of laps and when he rolled into one he lifted early to protect the bottom and I was able to roll the top and get the lead." While in victory lane, Covert dedicated the win to a special friend. "I'd like to dedicate this win to my neighbor Fran Rhebein." Covert said with a heavy heart. "He's battling stage 4 cancer and this win here tonight is for him." Daryl Hills, Jamie Lathroum and Steven Axtell Jr. trailed at the finish. Heats went to Lear and Lathroum.
             In the companion 20-lap RUSH Crate Late Model main, Chuck Bowie rose to the occasion and took his first career win in the class. Bowie took the lead from Austin Bussler on the 6th lap and held off the repeated challenges from eventual runner-up and defending track champion Darren Alvey to score the break through win. "We've been in this class for two years now and we've been close to getting one a few times, I guess tonight was finally our night." Bowie said in victory lane. "I just want to thank my car owner Shawn Corbin." Said Bowie. "He loves to race just as much as I do and its great to finally get him a win." In a career best performance, Megan Mann was third with Darin Henderson and Jamie Sutphin completing the top-five. 
             In support class action, Jeremy Pilkerton nailed down his 3rd win of the season in the 16-lap Street Stock feature, Jonathan Knott collected his first career Potomac win in the 15-lap Hobby Stock event, Nabil Guffey posted his 2nd win of the season in the 15-lap Strictly Stock main and Dustin Arnold also became a first time Potomac winner with his victory in the 15-lap U-Car contest. 

Late Model feature finish
1. Jason Covert 2. Kyle Lear 3. Daryl Hills 4. Jamie Lathroum 5. Steven Axtell Jr. 6. Dale Hollidge 7. Amanda Whaley 8. Tyler Emory 9. Nick Davis 10. Brandon Long 11. Bren Bordeaux 12. Ross Robinson (DNS)

RUSH Crate Late Model feature finish
1. Chuck Bowie 2. Darren Alvey 3. Megan Mann 4. Darin Henderson 5. Jamie Sutphin 6. Timmy Booth 7. James Marshall 8. Jeff Pilkerton 9. Paul McGinley 10. Austin Bussler

Street Stock feature finish
1. Jeremy Pilkerton 2. Ed Pope Jr. 3. Brandon Lowery 4. Troy Kassiris 5. Kyle Nelson  6.Sam Archer 7. Mike Raleigh (DQ)

Hobby Stock feature finish
1. Jonathan Knott 2. Jonathan Raley 3. Hilton Pickeral 4. Mikey Latham 5. Colin Long 6. Greg Morgan 7. Ray Bucci 8. Aaron Drummond 9. Billy Crouse 10. Tommy Randall 11. Jamie Marks 12. Stevie Gingery 13. Matt Randall

Strictly Stock feature finish
1. Nabil Guffey 2. Jeff Block 3. Greg Mattingly 4. John Hardesty 5. Johnny Hardesty 6. Ed Pope Sr. 7. Jimmy Suite 8. Scott Shelton 9. Drew Payne 10. Andrew Mills (DNS)

U-Car feature finish
1. Dustin Arnold 2. Savannah Windsor 3. Ryan Quade 4. Stephen Suite 5. Ben Pirner 6. Joey Suite 7. Stephanie Homberg 8. Cody Stamp 9. Dominic King 10. Larry Lamb (DNS) 11. Andrew Walker (DNS)     



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