We left Florida on March 22 headed for points north on our Northeast portion of the AMSOIL Great American Circle Track Tour. Our trip this year will take us to the upper right part of the map of America and our first race is in Maryland. We try to limit our distance per day in the motorhome to less than 500 miles and our rest stop was in Longs, South Carolina, just a few minutes from Myrtle Beach where we have friends.

We scheduled a two-day stay at Willow Run RV Park, a very modern and well-equipped park, and discovered we needed all of that. Seems like our LP system was acting up and we needed to have the bus looked at. We contacted the local Camping World RV center and to our surprise, it took us in right away. It had the problem fixed in less than two hours and we were back on the road.

If any of you have spent any time at all in an RV, then you know that to remain sane, you must treat every problem as a challenge and expect the unexpected. There will be problems from time to time and knowing that and expecting those helps you cope.

Luckily, our Fleetwood RV has been great with pretty much the usual maintenance items needed. It's much more durable than what I imagined. This stint will take us to colder weather on the first part of our Tour for 2011 and we're working our LP bus heater hard. The heat pump A/C unit just doesn't want to keep up well at temperatures hovering around 32 degrees and lower, like we've seen. Some nights we keep the water running to keep the hoses from freezing up.

On Thursday March 24, we continued our journey to the R&D Family Campground just across the Potomac River from our first racetrack, Potomac Speedway in Mechanicsville, Maryland, for the Friday night show. This is a small campground and our big rig definitely stood out. But we squeezed in and out without any problems.

Potomac Speedway
The promoters of this speedway are also connected with Winchester Speedway, a track we missed last year due to a rain-out. Denise Hollidge is the general manager along with the promoter, Greg Gunter, for both tracks.

Having missed Winchester, we now had a chance to see how these two managed a racetrack and we were very pleased. This is one gem of a racetrack. There were lots of competitors for each division and being the first race of the season for some of the classes, the cars were perfect, with nice paintjobs, new sheetmetal, updated safety equipment, and crews that were ready to do battle.

The track itself was well groomed and rolled with a pig's foot roller that punches holes deep into the clay mixture. This lets the water penetrate into the dirt much deeper than if it were spread over a smooth surface. What this does is help the dirt stay moist and the track to stay tight longer without going all the way to dry slick.

As I walked the pits, I noticed lots of very well prepared Super Late Models and some great looking Street Stocks. All in all, there were a total of 72 race cars present with 17 Super Lates. The Street Stock division was next with 16 entries and the four-cylinder division last with only 3.

I felt that the four-cylinder might be a growing class from what I see at other tracks and we can expect those numbers to increase across the country. And, the competition among all of the divisions was excellent. As for the Super Late Models, the winner was surprised.

Last year's Super LM champion, David Williams, didn't have a ride lined up for this season, but when past promoter Pete Cameron asked David to drive his car that was for sale, he jumped at the opportunity. The owner felt that running the car was the best way to advertise it and David drove it to Victory Lane. I don't know for sure, but I suspect it had a good chance at being sold after that performance.