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Potter honored for Super Cup season

Jeff Birchfield • Sep 18, 2018 at 3:19 PM

Mike Potter isn't slowing down with age.

The 69-year-old Johnson City racing veteran capped off a memorable season in the Super Cup Stock Car Series last weekend, highlighted by a strong performance on the track and a trio of awards at the series' banquet in Jennerstown, Pennsylvania.

Potter was honored for his third-place finish in the series' point standings. He also picked up awards for hard charger of the year and car owner of the year.

The banquet came a day after Potter made his presence known in a pair of 50-lap feature races at Jennerstown Speedway. Potter started from the pole in the first race, but overheating issues relegated him to a season-worst 16th place finish.

Armed with a fast car and plenty of determination in the second race, Potter started 14th, but quickly charged through the field to contest former series champion Harvey Harrison for the lead.

Potter and Harrison battled for the win on a green-white checkered finish and they came to the white flag side by side. Potter, however, got confused thinking it was the final lap and let off the gas, letting Bob Schacht slip by for the runner-up spot. Potter quickly got back on the throttle and managed to hold on to third-place, both in the race and the point standings.

Schacht, a former star of the ARCA Series, captured the Super Cup title at 68 years old. Potter, who entered the weekend second in points, showed consistency throughout the season. He was the only driver who finished in the top 10 in each of the first 10 races.

Potter, a veteran of 60 NASCAR Cup Series races, had one of his best performances at his home track of Kingsport Speedway back in June. Starting alongside another Johnson City veteran, Brad Teague, on the front row, Potter raced to the lead and led the first 38 laps. Ben Ebeling, competing in a Potter-owned car, passed him and went on to win the race.

Potter recovered from getting spun out in a battle for second and charged back to a sixth-place finish. In the second feature, Potter took fourth. He had plenty of reason to celebrate as Ebeling swept the races.

There is more reason to celebrate now after a resurgence that marked some of Potter's best performances in nearly three decades.

VOLUNTEER SPEEDWAY

There is a six-division program of championship points racing scheduled at Volunteer Speedway on Saturday night.

Features for the Crate Late Model and Sportsman Late Model divisions headline the program, with races also scheduled for the Modified Street, Open Wheel Modified, Classic and 602 Street classes.

A driver's meeting is scheduled for 6:45 p.m. to be followed by hot laps, qualifying and feature racing.

IOWA NIGHTMARE

Jimmy Owens, nicknamed the "Newport Nightmare," won the dirt late model version of the Lucas Oil Knoxville Nationals this past Saturday night at Knoxville (Iowa) Raceway.

Two-time Knoxville champion Scott Bloomquist of Mooresburg finished fourth in the 100-lap feature, held annually at the famed Iowa dirt track.

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