MECHANICSVILLE, Md. – The Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC RUSH Dirt Late Model Touring Series kicked off night one of the two-night Mid-Atlantic States Classic on Friday at Potomac Speedway.
Rick Singleton won the inaugural Sweeney RUSH Tour event last year at Hagerstown Speedway, but failed to another Tour event for the remainder of the 2013 season. Singleton made his 2014 Tour debut a successful one winning the last event at Roaring Knob Motorsports Complex for the Bill Hendren Memorial.
On Friday night in his first ever race at Potomac, Singleton made it two in a row winning his heat, the K&N Dash, and the 30-lap feature! All told, Singleton earned $2,625 plus the $100 K&N certificate! The Hills Family posted a $100 bonus to the driver leading lap seven.
“I get to have all the fun, but Clint (Enyeart) gets this check so I don’t know how all that works out,” joked the 49-year-old Front Royal, Virginia racer. “I do have to thank Clint though as he works on these cars day and night and I’m not really around that much. That was good racing even though there were a lot of cautions. It’s tough to win these races. Sometimes it’s better to start back there as when you’re up front you don’t know which line is better. I couldn’t figure out if I wanted to run the top or bottom. I didn’t know if anyone was putting pressure on me or not. I’ve never been here before so I didn’t know what the quick way around this place is.”
“I love this RUSH Series,” continued Singleton. “I love the whole concept. They checked our tires last week. They check your motor. If you’re not legal with this Series you’re going to get caught and that’s what I like. Quite honestly I like racing with guys that have equal equipment and that’s what this is all about.”
By virtue of the K&N Dash win, Singleton earned the pole for the feature and took off in the lead. Several cautions slowed the event early on most for spins and debris with the exception of a hard hit that Timmy Booth suffered when he made contact with the frontstretch wall in his first ever Tour start.
Eric Wilson and Cody Dawson swapped the second position three different times in the first four laps with Wilson getting the spot on the fourth circuit. John Waters and John Imler moved into fourth and fifth respectively past Ryan Montgomery on lap five, while shortly after Singleton began to pull away under a longer stretch of green flag laps.