Greenville-Pickens: Round five preview

DAYTONA BEACH, FL (June 19, 2003) - Robert Huffman leads the charge as the Goody's Dash Series, NASCAR Touring heads to South Carolina to race at the historic speedway known as Greenville-Pickens. The series wrapped up their weekend at SoBo with...

DAYTONA BEACH, FL (June 19, 2003) - Robert Huffman leads the charge as the Goody's Dash Series, NASCAR Touring heads to South Carolina to race at the historic speedway known as Greenville-Pickens.

The series wrapped up their weekend at SoBo with an exciting dash to the finish. It was a Hobgood show at the end with brothers Jake and Justin showing the way. Jake let it be known during practice that he had, "quite a piece." This was Jake's first win since switching to the Toyota Celica.

Brandon Ward, also in a Toyota, earned the first Bud Pole of his career. The pre-race shuffle moved Justin Hobgood to the outside pole. The two drivers led the field to green at 7:30 with Hobgood beating Ward to the line to lead the first lap.

Local favorite, Wade Day, made his presence known throughout the early stages of the event.

>From the get go this race had a complexion reminiscent of all great short track racing. The size of the Goody's Dash Series cars allows the drivers to go three-wide at times diving and dicing back and forth to the delight of the diehard fans of stock car racing.

As the final laps ticked away, Jake Hobgood remained consistent and untouchable. Justin Hobgood stayed in his tracks. Robert Huffman fought to hold off a charging Brandon Ward. "We had problems with our fuel pickup all day," said Huffman. "I would lose a little accelerator coming off the corners and again at the end of the straightaway. Brandon was strong and able to get by me." Huffman would finish fourth and lose only minimal points to the brothers named Hobgood, in his quest for his fifth series' title.

Danny Bagwell brought his machine home in the 5th spot. "We are happy with that," Bagwell said. "It was so hot in the car. We had insulation on the floor, but it still got very hot." After the grueling event, Bagwell was found laying on a stack of tires trying to catch his breath. "Like I said before the race, this is a place where you grind to get to the front. Then you have to hold off the drivers who are behind you. I know I was holding the Hobgoods up. But, I wasn't about to give them that inside line. Jake finally passed me on the outside and then so did Justin. I know they were upset with me, but that is how we race. I wouldn't expect them to just pull over and give me the line either."

So, who is hot? Everyone will be at GPS. Go figure. It is June, we are in the heart of the racing season, with a final NASCAR Series Championship Title on the line. The Goody's Dash Series will continue beyond 2003, but this is the final chance for a driver to be a NASCAR Champion as a GDS competitor.

Flip a coin, spin the wheel, pull the one armed bandit, no matter how you shake it up the field is crammed with drivers who have hot shoes and are primed to win.

Greenville-Pickens is the Hobgoods favorite track and right in their backyard. They are from Winnsboro, just a few miles down the road. Huffman and Bagwell are ready to get back to victory lane. Scott Weaver is always a threat.

Break out drivers? Jay Godley, Randy Humphrey, and Chuck Gafrarar are anxious to get their first career wins. They have been hanging around the top ten, poised to pounce.

Brandon Ward has to be mentioned again. Pole sitter at SoBo and raced like mad against the likes of the Hobgoods and Huffman. He has one victory to his name, Bristol (2001).

You will not see better racing anywhere than this coming weekend at Greenville-Pickens Speedway. A track that knows history and makes history.

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Series NASCAR
Drivers Jay Godley , Robert Huffman , Justin Hobgood