“Lathroum “Jets” to Three State Flyers Win Friday at Winchester”
“Imler Collects Career-First in Crate Late Models”
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.
John Imler scored his first-career Winchester feature win and his first-ever Crate Late Model win in the divisions 15-lap main. Imler lined-up fourth for the start, but had the race lead as the field completed lap number one. Imler would go on to lead the distance to score the breakthrough win by a wide margin over runner-up Jonathon DeHaven. Kerry King was third, Jim O’Hara took fourth and class rookie Travis Carroll rounded out the top-five. DeHaven scored the heat race win.
Defending track champion Tommy Whitt was the winner of the 15-lap Four-Cylinder feature. Whitt started on the pole and would eventually lead all 15-laps to score the win over Roger Whitlock, who scored his second runner-up performance of the season. Justin Hottle was third, Scott McCartney was fourth with Allen Whitt Jr. completing the top-five. Heats went to McCartney and Allen Whitt Jr.
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.
Crate Late Model feature finish
1. John Imler 2. Jonathon DeHaven 3. Kerry King 4. Jim O’Hara 5. Travis Carroll 6. Darin Henderson 7. Jennae Piper
Four-Cylinder feature finish
1. Tommy Whitt 2. Roger Whitlock 3. Justin Hottle 4. Scott McCartney 5. Allen Whitt Jr. 6. Austin Stover 7. Ethan Ours 8. Shane Koller 9. Rich Newcomer 10. Daren Pingley 11. Kurt Knepper 12. Ed Gageby 13. Gary Newell