South Boston: Toyota race report

Defending champ Hobgood earns first win with Toyota; Huffman retains championship points lead. SOUTH BOSTON, Va. (June 14, 2003) ­ 2002 NASCAR Goody's Dash Series champion Jake Hobgood won his first race of the year, and his first since ...

Defending champ Hobgood earns first win with Toyota; Huffman retains championship points lead.

SOUTH BOSTON, Va. (June 14, 2003) ­ 2002 NASCAR Goody's Dash Series champion Jake Hobgood won his first race of the year, and his first since switching a Toyota Celica stock car, on Saturday night in the Bid Daddy's South Boston Speedway Goody's Dash 150. Toyota-powered racers Brandon Ward (third) and Robert Huffman (fourth) also finished in the top five, with Huffman retaining the 2003 championship points lead.

Hobgood, from Winnsboro, S.C., drove his No. 64 Germain Toyota Celica past fellow Toyota racer Huffman on lap 82 and held off a strong field for the victory. The victory moved Hobgood up into third overall in the points championship, 84 points behind Huffman.

Huffman, a four-time series champion, qualified in eighth position and worked his way toward the front in the No. 37 White House Apple Juice Toyota Celica. His fourth-place finish, which is his fourth top-five finish in five races this season, added to two wins (Daytona and Charlotte) equals a 48-point lead in the championship.

Winston-Salem, N.C.,-native Brandon Ward, driver of the No. 11 Rayco Safety/Ram Fabrication/TRD Toyota Celica, collected his first Goody's Dash Series NASCAR Touring Bud Pole award setting a qualifying time of 16.235sec/88.599 mph. Hobgood qualified second to give Toyota its second front-row qualifying sweep of the season. Ward's third-place finish moved him up to fourth in the championship, 129 points behind Huffman. It was Ward's fifth top-five finish in the last seven Goody's Dash Series events going back to the end of the 2002 season.

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