Miller edges Richards on the final lap at Potomac
BUDDS CREEK, Md. (July 23) — Jeremy Miller’s last-lap pass at Potomac Speedway gave him his first-ever Three State Flyers victory and a $5,000 payday. Miller, of Gettysburg, Pa., slipped past Josh Richards of Shinnston, W.Va., on the backstretch for a 40-lap victory at the 3/8-mile oval’s 37th anniversary race.
“I think Josh’s car had a broken shock or something," Miller said. "He was having a little trouble keeping his car on the bottom, and if I was going to make a move that’s where it would have to come from.”
Keith Jackson of Odenton, Md., followed Miller past Richards on the final lap while 21st-starting Jamie Lathroum of Mechanicsville, Md., and Austin Hubbard of Seaford, Del., rounded out the top five.
“That was a lot of fun," Miller said in victory lane. “The track got black like we expected but there was still plenty of traction and I was able to move around a little and find where the car worked best.”
Miller and Jackson started on the front row with Jackson taking the early lead. The fourth-starting Richards got into the mix early, taking command on the 12th lap in his Ernie Davis-owned No. 25, leaving Miller and Jackson to battle for second.
A lap-37 caution set the stage for the dramatic finish, and Miller capitalized exiting turn two on the final lap to make the winning pass in front of a capacity crowd.
Notes: Miller’s MasterSbilt Race Car is sponsored by USA Spares Precision Machining and Miller Fabrication. ... Miller notched his 19th career victory at Potomac and first in three years. ... Drivers failing to make the feature: Andy Anderson, Bryan Bernheisel, Walter Crouch, Dustin Mitchell, Chris Cromer, Deane Guy, Brian Tavenner, Kyle Lear, D.J. Myers and Coleby Frye.
37th anniversary special: (1) Jeremy Miller, (2) Keith Jackson, (3) Josh Richards, (4) Jamie Lathroum, (5) Austin Hubbard, (6) Darryl Hills, (7) Bo Feathers, (8) Nick Dickson, (9) J.T. Spence, (10) Roland Mann, (11) Ross Robinson, (12) Mike Lupfer, (13) Jeff Pilkerton, (14) David Williams, (15) Kirk Ryan, (16) Alan Sagi, (17) Dale Hollidge, (18) Scott LeBarron, (19) Matt Quade, (20) Booper Bare, (21) Jason Covert (22) Ronnie Dehaven Jr., (23) Walker Arthur, (24) Kyle Hardy. Heat race winners (among 34 cars): DeHaven, Miller, Richards, Hubbard. Consolation winner: Lathroum.