“Feathers Career-First at Potomac Comes in Non-Stop “Ernie Jones Memorial”
By Doug Watson
Budds Creek, MD- “This is the first time I’ve ever raced here in a late model.” Were the words from 21-year-old Winchester Va. native Trever Feathers after scoring his career-first Potomac speedway Late Model feature win in last Saturday nights 35-lap, Three State Flyers “Ernie Jones” memorial. Feathers win, worth $3022, plus bonus money, was run in record time as the 35-lap feature went non-stop from green to checker in just over 13 minutes with all 23 feature starters finishing the event
Defending Winchester speedway Late Model champion Kenny Pettyjohn and Feathers shared the front-row for the start of the event. Pettyjohn got the jump at the start, however, Feathers utilized the outside groove to snare the race lead as the mob roared off turn-two. From that point on, it would be a race for second, as Feathers sliced in and out of lapped traffic to lead the distance over eventual runner-up Pettyjohn. “I can’t believe I’m standing here right now.” A jubilant Feathers stated in Potomac’s victory lane. “We’ve been working on this car all season trying to get it right, and I can’t thank my mom and dad and all the people who help with this thing, this win is for them.” In a race that went non-stop, Feathers had to deal with heavy lapped traffic in the latter stages of the race. “I lost my brakes around lap-26.” Said Feathers. “I really had to take it easy over those final few laps because I wasn’t sure how big of a lead we had and I didn’t want to give this one away in lapped cars, but the track was just about perfect tonight and it was my job to get it done, and we did.” David Williams came home third, Mark Pettyjohn was fourth with Jamie Lathroum rounding out the top-five. Setting fast-time in time trials over the 24 car field was Mark Pettyjohn with a one-lap time of 16.086. Heat race wins went to Feathers, Williams and Mark Pettyjohn.
Late Model feature finish
1. Trever Feathers 2. Kenny Pettyjohn 3. David Williams 4. Mark Pettyjohn 5. Jamie Lathroum 6. JT Spence 7. Dale Hollidge 8. Scott LeBarron 9. Kyle Hardy 10. Jason Covert 11. Kenny Moreland 12. Brian Tavenner 13. Roy Deese Jr. 14. Gregg Satterlee 15. Ryan Hackett 16. Jason Miller 17. Pancho Lawler 18. Scott Cross 19. Colt White 20. Deane Guy 21. Tommy Wagner Jr. 22. Tyler Castle 23. Ray Kable Jr. 24. Keith Jackson (DNS)
“Lathroum “Jets” to Three State Flyers Win Friday at Winchester”
By Doug Watson
Winchester, VA- Mechanicsville Md.’s Jamie “The Jet” Lathroum was victorious in last Friday nights 35-lap Three State Flyers Series Late Model event at Winchester speedway. The win for Lathroum, worth $3000, was his first win of the 2013 season and made him the fourth different Winchester Late Model feature winner in the four races run to date.
Defending track champion Kenny Pettyjohn and Lathroum paced the field to the initial green flag of the event. Lathroum darted into the race lead as the pack raced off turn-two with Pettyjohn in tow. Pettyjohn hounded Lathroum for the first 20-laps, before Jason Covert secured the spot on lap-21. A caution flag on the 22nd circuit bunched Covert and the rest of the field on Lathroum’s back bumper, however, Lathroum was up to the challenges and would take the checkered flag by three car-lengths over eventual runner-up Covert. “You make your own luck in these races.” Lathroum stated in his post-race interview. “I know the fans probably don’t like time trials too much, but as a racer, if you time good you get to start up-front in the heat races and with the good cars that are usually at these races it means an awful lot.” Lathroum’s only scare in the race came after half-way as he encountered heavy lapped-traffic. “Those lapped cars were pretty hairy out there tonight.” Said Lathroum. “I know I had to do a slide job on a few to get by, because you never know how close the guy running second is until it’s to late. I just want to thank Huey with MBH and all the people on this team for giving me such a good car tonight.” Greg Satterlee came home third, Pettyjohn held on for fourth with DJ Myers rounding out the top-five. Setting fast time in time trials over the 34-car field was Satterlee, with a one-lap time of 14.192. Heat race wins went to Lathroum, Covert and Tyler Hershey with Brian Tavenner winning the consolation.
Late Model feature finish
1. Jamie Lathroum 2. Jason Covert 3. Gregg Satterlee 4. Kenny Pettyjohn 5. DJ Myers 6. Trever Feathers 7. Mark Pettyjohn 8. David Williams 9. Gary Stuhler 10. Dale Hollidge 11. JT Spence 12. Keith Jackson 13. Devin Friese 14. Bo Feathers 15. Roy Deese Jr. 16. Brian Booze 17. Pancho Lawler 18. Brian Tavenner 19. Denny Bonebrake 20. Tyler Hershey 21. Ron Delano 22. Kyle Hardy 23. Scott LeBarron 24. Tommy Armel DNQ- Jason Miller, Nick Dickson, Jerry Bard, Tony Crim, Chaz Walls, Chad McClellan, Jimmy Richards, Bubby Tharp Jr.
COVERT CLAIMS HAGERSTOWN’S THREE STATE FLYERS OPENER
March 30, 2013
COVERT CLAIMS HAGERSTOWN’S THREE STATE FLYERS OPENER
Hagerstown, Md. – “What a car,” Jason Covert said upon exiting the Barry Klinedinst #43A after claiming the Buchanan Auto Stores Three State Flyer late model opening event Saturday night at Hagerstown Speedway
“Thanks to the guys,” said Covert, of York Haven, PA. ”I had to work today and they took care of the car for me, so all the credit goes to them. They worked that hard so I thought I better drive that hard.”
After starting seventh in the stellar field, he battled and inched his way to the front until taking the lead from last season’s opening day winner, Gregg Satterlee.
“I sure hope the fans liked that race. From where I was sitting, it sure was fun,” Covert said.
Covert was also reminded that the triumph was his overall career 100th.
“That’s a long time for what I’ve done and where I came from,” Covert said. “It’s kind of humbling. When I first started, I didn’t know if I’d ever get one and then I got one and it was four or five years until I got another one.”
In time trials for the 44 entries, Jerry Bard toured the track in 18.916 seconds and it held on for a long time until Rick Eckert knocked him off the top with a lap of 18.893. The top two from each of the four heats drew for starting position and Keith Jackson who finished second in the fourth heat, was on the pole with Satterlee alongside.
Jackson powered to the front quickly followed by Satterlee, Trevor Feathers, Kenny Pettyjohn and Covert by of the opening lap. J.T. Spence, fifth quick and eighth starter, had the first mechanical issue when he coasted to a stop on the third lap.
Following a lap eight red flag when Gary Stuhler stopped on the front stretch with a fire under the hood, Jackson continued to fend off Satterlee and Pettyjohn while Jamie Lathroum battled with Covert and behind them, Eckert and Nick Dickson.
Jackson held his own until a 13th lap restart when Satterlee charged around the top of turn two to surge ahead while Pettyjohn tried his luck on the inside to charge into second as Jackson later coasted to a stop on the 16th.
Covert got past Pettyjohn on the restart to take second and then began working Satterlee over while Eckert advanced into the third position on the 22nd lap.
The green remained out as Covert powered past Satterlee on the 26th and ducked between two cars entering the first turn to make up some distance. Covert was getting where he needed and by the checkered, had two lapped cars and 1.584 seconds back to Satterlee.
“The yellows were hurting us,” Covert said. “We needed to get on a longer run. I was getting pinned on the restarts. Once I got clear I could start running the line I wanted. After that, our American Racer tires showed what they’ll do.”
Eckert held to third over Dickson and Dan Stone. Pettyjohn went on to finish sixth over Lathroum, Feathers, Mark Pettyjohn, who was Friday’s winner at Winchester and Kenny Moreland.
Eckert, K. Pettyjohn, Satterlee and Dickson were the heat winners while Rusty Sites and Gary Stuhler won the B mains. Scott LeBarron started 26th and advanced to 15th to collect the $100 Round Hill (VA) Auto Hard Charger award.
Nininger’s Tire and Auto will be sponsoring a point fund for the Three State Flyer events as Covert is the early leader in the series.
HAGERSTOWN SPEEDWAY RESULTS
Three State Flyers - Buchanan Auto Stores Late Model Championship Series, 35 Laps, 44 entries, (Lap Leaders Keith Jackson 1-13, Gregg Satterlee 14-25, Jason Covert 26-35): 1.Jason Covert, 2.Gregg Satterlee, 3.Rick Eckert, 4.Nick Dickson, 5.Dan Stone, 6.Kenny Pettyjohn, 7.Jamie Lathroum, 8.Trevor Feathers, 9.Mark Pettyjohn, 10.Kenny Moreland, 11.Marvin Winters, 12.David Williams, 13.Roy Deese Jr., 14.Glenn Elliott, 15.Scott LeBarron (Round Hill Auto Hard Charger), 16.Lindsay Barton, 17.Brian Tavenner, 18.Matt Parks, 19.Keith Jackson, 20.Devin Friese, 21.Dale Hollidge, 22.Jerry Bard, 23.C.S. Fitzgerald, 24.Rusty Sites, 25.Gary Stuhler, 26. J.T. Spence, DNQ – Brian Booze, Pancho Lawler, Justin Kann, Andy Fries, Tyler Hershey, Rick Hulson, Chaz Walls, Dominic Defino, Andy Haus, Keith Barbara, Frankie Plessinger, Brad Omps, Tyler Castle, Duane Harbaugh, Dan Swartzlander, DNS – Corey Weaver
“Mark Pettyjohn Dominate in Winchester Speedway Season-Opener”
March 29, 2013
By Doug Watson
Winchester, VA- Milton Delaware’s Mark Pettyjohn was victorious in last Friday nights 35-lap season opener at Winchester speedway, which also served as the first event of 2013 for the “Three State Flyers” late model series. The win for Pettyjohn, worth a cool $3000, was his second Winchester win in a row as he closed the 2012 season with a big win in the Raye Vest memorial last October.
By the luck of the draw Kenny Moreland and Petty john shared the front-row for the start of the event. After two aborted starts, the field finally settled down on the third try, with Pettyjohn taking the race lead as the mob raced off turn two. Pettyjohn would eventually go on to lead the distance, but some late-race drama, left the outcome uncertain. As the field came down to complete lap-33 Pettyjohn went into turn one high with second place runner Kenny Moreland charging the bottom. The duo made contact that nearly balled-up the rest of the field, however, Pettyjohn was able to keep his mount straight and would survive a late-race rush from eventual runner-up Rick Eckert to post the win in his Swartz Race Cars no.8Ball.
“I wasn’t sure who that was that got into us in turn one.” Pettyjohn stated in reference to the contact made be he and Moreland. “I was trying to protect my line and someone got in there and almost took us out, but we were fortunate enough to hold and get the win here tonight.” starting position was key to Pettyjohn’s winning run. “It helps a bunch to start towards the front.” Pettyjohn explained. “There are so many good cars here and the track was in really good shape, I just want to thank the lord for a safe race tonight.” Jason Covert took third, JT Spence was fourth with DJ Myers rounding out the top-five. Setting fast time in time trials over the 39-car field was Rick Eckert with a one-lap time of 14.611. Heats went to Tyler Hershey, Kenny Moreland, Mark Pettyjohn and DJ Myers with Dale Hollidge winning the consolation.
Late model feature finish
1. Mark Pettyjohn 2. Rick Eckert 3. Jason Covert 4. JT Spence 5. DJ Myers 6. Nick Dickson 7. Tyler Hershey 8. Dan Stone 9. Trever Feathers 10. David Williams 11. Scott LeBarron 12. Jerry Bard 13. Keith Jackson 14. Dale Hollidge 15. Brad Omps 16. Kenny Moreland 17. Gregg Satterlee 18. Gary Stuhler 19. Andy Haus 20. Tony Crim 21. Matt Cosner 22. Devin Friese 23. Duane Harbaugh 24. Brian Tavenner DNQ- David Pettyjohn, Kenny Pettyjohn, Roy Deese Jr., Pancho Lawler, Jamie Lathroum, Dan Swartzlander, Jimmy Richards, Justin Kann, Jason Miller, Kyle Hardy, CS Fitzgerald, Tyler Castle, Chuck Clise, Don Woodruff, Tommy Armel