Strader Finishes Eighth In Sponsors' Race MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (August 11, 2001) - "You especially want to win, when the sponsor on your race car is the sponsor of the race," said current points leader, Cam Strader. "We wanted to repeat from last...
Strader Finishes Eighth In Sponsors' Race
MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (August 11, 2001) - "You especially want to win, when the sponsor on your race car is the sponsor of the race," said current points leader, Cam Strader. "We wanted to repeat from last year here in Myrtle Beach and win the race for all the people at Wesson, Peter Pan, and Piggly Wiggly. It's really great exposure for the Series and drivers when nationally-known sponsors get involved with sponsoring an event."
"I'm real happy for Jake," said Strader. "I'm a firm believer that good things happen to good people, and if we can't win, I can't think of a group of people more deserving than the Hobgood family," he continued. "Jake and Justin are real tough competitors, and they work hard on their equipment. Will Hobgood knows how to make these cars work, and he proved it tonight."
Jake Hobgood of Winnsboro, S.C. outlasted his younger brother, Justin, to claim his first victory in the 2001 in the Piggly Wiggly "150" presented by Wesson Cooking Oil and Peter Pan Peanut Butter at the Myrtle Beach Speedway.
"I have to thank my dad. He came up with some new setup ideas and they worked like a charm. It has been a long dry spell and it feels good to get a victory in my home state," Hobgood said.
Justin Hobgood won the Bud Pole Award with a time of 20.879 seconds, and an average speed of 92.763 miles per hour. Jake Hobgood started on the outside of the front row.
On the initial start, the Hobgoods led the field into turn one and they continued to race side by side through the first lap. Jake nosed ahead at the line to lead the first circuit. Headed down the backstretch, Jake was able to pull out in front. Jake set a blistering pace early on and led the first 52 laps. The first of seven cautions came on lap 34 for debris on the track. The second caution came when Roger Sawyer's machine slowed suddenly. He crept into the pits and later rejoined the field. David Hutto and Shane Hmiel made strides early in the event; Shane Hmiel had to start from 25th place after his qualifying time was disallowed due irregularities uncovered in a post-qualifying inspection. Hmiel thundered through the field passing nine cars in the first 16 laps. By lap 38, he was fighting Hutto for fifth place. Hutto, the 1995 Goody's Dash Series Champion, was making his first short track start in two years.
Most of the leaders came in for gas during the second caution period. Danny Bagwell stayed on the track to lead lap 53. Randy Humphrey had pitted under the first caution and inherited the lead on lap 54. He would hold the top spot until lap 61, when Jake Hobgood came back to the front.
Hobgood shocked everyone when he entered the pits for a splash of fuel on lap 82, giving up the lead in the process. Will Hobgood explained: "We are were not getting the best fuel mileage, and frankly I was afraid we would run out near the end. So we had to pit twice for fuel. Not only that, I knew our cars would be loose when the fuel load was light. We wanted Justin to come as well, but he stayed out."
Justin took over the lead and stayed there until lap 136 when Jake returned to the front. Jake went low on Justin headed into turn one and completed the pass. Jake later commented, "Dad made some adjustments to the setup and the car was awesome. Justin had been able to protect the bottom, but his light fuel load changed the way his car handled and allowed me to slip underneath him. My car was so hooked up tonight -- it's a great feeling." Hutto, running in fourth, tagged the wall on the backstretch. "When I hit the wall I think it knocked the power steering loose. It was hard to drive those last few laps," said Hutto. Robert Huffman got by and closed in on Hmiel.
As the Hobgoods were taking the white flag, officials spotted a tail pipe from Hutto's car on the backstretch and called for caution. Since the white flag had already been displayed, the race ended under caution.
The Dash Series returns to the high banks of the Bristol Motor Speedway on Wednesday, August 22nd.