Greenville-Pickens race report 2002-07-13

The toughest thing Jake Hobgood tried to do Saturday night at Greenville-Pickens Speedway was keeping his brother, Justin, on the lead lap. It was a feat Jake couldn't complete, but everything else in the Kevin Whitaker 100 for Goody's Dash cars...

The toughest thing Jake Hobgood tried to do Saturday night at Greenville-Pickens Speedway was keeping his brother, Justin, on the lead lap.

It was a feat Jake couldn't complete, but everything else in the Kevin Whitaker 100 for Goody's Dash cars went just perfect.

Hobgood qualified fourth for the race, behind Robert Hoffman, Mike Watts and Scott Weaver. But an inversion of the top four drivers put Hobgood on the pole, and he was never seriously threatened through seven caution flags and restarts.

"My father, Will, won here in 1996, and I won here in 1998," Jake said. "I love this place. I love these fans, too. This win is especially neat because my grandmother is here tonight, the first race she has been able to attend in about five years."

The Hobgood family is from Winnsboro, and a win in his home state was an extra bonus.

The second-place finisher, in car No. 2, was Scott Weaver, who had qualified third.

"We had a real good race, but not quite as good as Jake," Weaver said.

Justin Hobgood was involved in an accident early in the race and lost a lap, and right at the halfway point he was able to start just inside his brother for a restart. Jake let his brother go until he started getting pressure from other cars, and then he was forced to pass Justin.

Then with 13 laps left, it was exactly the same thing. Justin was again trying to get his lap back, and Jake was willing to oblige, but pressure from other cars again dictated that Jake go on to the victory and let Justin shift for himself.

Danny Bagwell finished third, and figured he'd have finished higher if the race start hadn't been shuffled.

The Late Model Stock main event proved to be as exciting as any race on the program. Marty Ward started on the pole and stayed there until rain stopped the race on lap 20.

It had been a trophy dash by Ward, Gene Morgan, and Donnie Bishop for the first 20 laps, then Bishop and Morgan were involved in an accident and had to go to the rear of the field. David Roberts, in his Dodge, was another fast-moving casualty. Roberts ran in the top four until he spun early in the race, and then came the battles between Ward, Morgan and Bishop.

The final rundown saw Ron Hall finish second, followed by R.A. Brown, Dennis Southerlin, Kevin McCarson, and Roberts.

Greenville's Robby Robbins was the winner in the Super Stock main event, his first victory of the season.

"We had an accident early in the season, and have been struggling all year, and now we have the car handling decent, but it still isn't where we want it to be," Robbins said. "If it weren't for my engine men and my pit crew, we'd be way back."

Shane "Big Show" Gentry took the checkers in the Charger I feature, and after points leader John Weathers placed third in the Charger II event, Gentry's win enabled him to cut Weathers' points lead down to just 4 points. Roger Knight and Eddie Trammell placed ahead of polesitter Weathers in the second Charger feature.

-gps

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Series NASCAR , Stock car
Drivers Justin Hobgood , David Roberts