Greenville-Pickens race notes 2003-03-22

Bishop takes season opener at GPS. Donnie Bishop showed a packed opening-night crowd at Greenville-Pickens Speedway that practice does not necessarily make perfect. Bishop, a six-time track champion whose season was cut short last year by an...

Bishop takes season opener at GPS.

Donnie Bishop showed a packed opening-night crowd at Greenville-Pickens Speedway that practice does not necessarily make perfect.

Bishop, a six-time track champion whose season was cut short last year by an accident and then mechanical problems, showed up Saturday without a single practice session, won the pole, and led every lap to take the Late Model Stock main event.

"I can't say enough about the people who helped with the car and the engine," Bishop said. "The only thing we used off the car from last year was the rear end, and so everything else was new."

There were two highlights in the caution-free main event. The first came when defending track champion Marty Ward passed Gene Morgan for third place, and the second came as lapped traffic allowed Dennis Southerlin to come to the rear bumper of Bishop with four laps remaining.

Bishop cut through the lapped traffic without problem and went on to the win. Southerlin was second, followed by Ward and Morgan.

Greg Dodgens, the defending champion in the Super Stock Division, made winning look easy. Dodgens picked right up where he left off in the Shrine Race, when he took the win and the championship.

Robin Darnell was second, followed by Anthony Anders, Daryl Culbertson, and Jimbo Mann.

In the first Charger main event, Rick Kelley celebrated the Wednesday birth of a son by taking the checkered flag. Shane Gentry, the defending division champion, won the second Charger main event.

The track's newest division, the Renegades, was represented by two cars, with area banker Chris Morgan outracing Eddie Wilson.

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Series NASCAR , Stock car
Drivers Chris Morgan , Anthony Anders