Greenville Pickens race report 2001-05-01

Bishop Express Rolls On At Greenville Pickens Speedway, Picking Up 6th Consecutive Victory GREENVILLE, SC (May 5, 2001)- With the previous week off to figure out how to derail the Donnie Bishop express at Greenville Pickens Speedway, the ...

Bishop Express Rolls On At Greenville Pickens Speedway, Picking Up 6th Consecutive Victory

GREENVILLE, SC (May 5, 2001)- With the previous week off to figure out how to derail the Donnie Bishop express at Greenville Pickens Speedway, the Late Model competition was once again sent back to the drawing boards scratching their heads at evening's end. Bishop grabbed the pole and held off an early challenge by Marietta's Marty Ward to sail to his sixth consecutive victory in seven NASCAR Weekly Series races this season. The division took last week off as the Gatorade All Pro Series took center stage.

"We really did a lot of major work on this car in the last two weeks," Bishop said. "Most people don't realize we've won a few races but we basically rebuilt the rear section of the car this week. We didn't feel like it was turning quite as good as it should so we went home and did our homework."

Ward, a former track champion, offered Bishop a serious challenge in the opening circuits, but fell off the pace as the laps wound down. "He's got his act together and he's tough here and I'm just going to have to keep struggling to try and run with him," Ward said after the race. "We're going to have to go back and do a little more homework because he's doing his."

Bishop's current winning streak is the longest since Dexter Canipe reeled off eight in a row in 1997. Canipe won the track, regional and national NASCAR short track championship that year, tying David Pearson's long time number of season track wins at 17 in the process.

Defending track champion Gene Morgan of Travelers Rest made a return to the track after a two week hiatus, and placed third. "The car's not right yet, but it is getting there. We are closer," Morgan said after the race.

Liberty's Kenneth Headen, Asheville's Pete Silva, and Simpsonville's David Roberts staged the best race of the evening for the fourth place position, with Headen muscling his racer over the line to claim the point. Silva's Chevrolet crossed the stripe just inches in front of Roberts. Spartanburg's Kevin Bishop, Fletcher, NC's James Young, Columbia's Dan Shumaker, and Anderson's Gordon Stanley rounded out the seventh through tenth place positions.

In other races, Greenville's Robby Robbins passed early leader Greg Dodgens and coasted to his fifth season win. Greenville's Phillip Lynch followed Robbins to the front and held on to claim second. Dodgens fell to third, and Easley's Michael Cain placed fourth. Robin Darnell of Greenville was fifth.

Greenville's Tim Sams moved to the front of the 15 lap Street Stock field, and left Daryl Culbertson of Travelers Rest and Chris Meinders of Liberty to battle for the second place position. Culbertson held off Meinders at the stripe, with Greenville's Billy Rowland placing fourth. Greenville's Anthony Anders rounded out the top five.

In the Charger races, Bubba Horton of Greenville held off brother Robert to take the checkers in the Charger I race. Ted Somero of Greer came from back of the pace to place third, with Greenville's Travis Hardin placing fourth. Donnie Leonard was fifth. In the second race, Travelers Rest's Roger Knight bested Greenville's Donny Henry and Ryan Dombrosky to score his first win of the season. Easley's Scott Mann was fourth, and Easley's Bryan Davis was fifth. -GPS-

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Drivers David Pearson