‘Thugg Nasty’ Logan Roberson was not to be denied in the Sweeney Chevrolet GMC RUSH Dirt Late Model Touring Series powered by Pace Performance contest at Potomac Speedway (MD) on Friday.
Hailing from Waynesboro, Va., the hot-shoe Roberson rocketed to the lead over Ross ‘The Boss’ Robinson and withstood multiple restarts during the closing stages en route to recording his first RUSH Dirt Late Model Touring Series triumph and milestone 50th career feature win in Crate Model competition.
“It is awesome to now have 50 career wins,” Roberson expressed in the winner’s circle. “And to accomplish the 50th with the RUSH Touring Series … it just means a lot to me.”
Roberson, 20, also increased his mark as the all-time winningest driver in Crate Model history at the Budds Creek, MD circuit and increased to third in the ‘Battle of the Bay’ Speedweek presented by Pancho’s Racing Products championship standings.
Following a triumph in the RUSH Dirt Late Model Touring Series appearance at Georgetown Speedway on Thursday, points leader Robinson earned the pole award for the event and posted a runner-up finish to Roberson.
“Running second to [Logan Roberson] here is pretty good,” Robinson said. “He’s got a mess of laps around here in a Crate Model. I thought the race track was going to do something different. I should’ve snugged it up a little. Live and learn.”
“But, a first, a third and a second in the last three nights gives us so much momentum going into tomorrow at Winchester [Speedway].”
Max Blair, who recorded the ‘Battle of the Bay’ Speedweek opening night win at Delaware Int’l Speedway on Wednesday, remained quiet throughout the 30-lap feature and snatched the final spot on the podium.
Delaware native Matt Hill and Chuck Bowie completed the top five positions.
Hosting the third round in the inaugural ‘Battle of the Bay’ Speedweek, officials from Potomac welcomed 41 Crate Models to their 3/8th-mile circuit for the $2,000 to win feature.
Entering the evening second in the championship points standings, Blair earned fast time in FK Rod Ends ‘Shock the Clock’ Qualifying, beating out Roberson and Jamie Sutphin, who was making his Speedweek debut.
Rocketing from pole position in heat one, Blair cruised to a win in his qualifier.
Roberson, Sutphin, Robinson, and Amanda Whaley also tallied heat race victories.
Riding a momentum wave from a win the previous night in Delaware, Robinson scored the pole position for the feature after winning the K&N Dash, a four lap event that determines the main event lineup.
During the 30 lap feature, Robinson controlled the opening stages.
However, after the second caution with 20 laps remaining, it was ‘Thugg Nasty’ time.
On a restart, Roberson utilized the high side to rocket pass Robinson for the top position. From there, cautions hindered the No. 17R Pancho’s Racing Products machine from extending his lead advantage over the field.
Having to hold back Robinson and Blair on various restarts, including a final four-lap shootout, Roberson remained cool, calm and collected and captured the checkers with a substantial advantage over two regular Super Late Model competitors.
“Ross [Robinson] is really good,” Roberson explained. “I just wanted to be smart and be there at the end. Luckily, we had a really good racecar and that definitely made it a lot easier for us to win.”
Sutphin, Matt Glanden, Jason Knowles, Braeden Dillinger, and Darrell Bossard rounded out the top-10 positions.
Following two top fives during the RUSH Dirt Late Model Touring Series Speedweek, female standout Whaley was plagued with handling issues, forcing her to retire from the feature and relegating the No. 4W to a 20th-place result.
Moving past Potomac, the RUSH Dirt Late Model Touring Series now prepares for their ‘Battle of the Bay’ Speedweek finale at Winchester Speedway (VA) on Saturday, which is slated to start at 5:30 p.m. ET.
“Hopefully, we can come out with another win [at Winchester],” Roberson added. “I’d be doubting myself if I didn’t think I could win tomorrow. I hope I can (smiles).”
-By Marshall Gabell, Speed51.com Mid-Atlantic Correspondent
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