SUMMERVILLE, S.C. (July 1, 2000) - Justin Hobgood of Winnsboro, S.C., proved that his first career win, which came earlier this season at Florida Speed Park in St. Augustine, Fla., wasn't just a stroke of luck. The talented young driver used a ...
SUMMERVILLE, S.C. (July 1, 2000) - Justin Hobgood of Winnsboro, S.C., proved that his first career win, which came earlier this season at Florida Speed Park in St. Augustine, Fla., wasn't just a stroke of luck. The talented young driver used a strong fourth place qualifying effort and the 'luck-of-the-draw' to start from the second place position in the SKY FIRE presented by WCSC TV 5, Bumper-to-Bumper 100. Hobgood then took the lead on the initial start from pole-sitter, Jimmy Britts of Orange Park, Fla., and led every lap to capture an emotional victory.
"We had a great car tonight," related Hobgood following the event. "Tonight is really for my Dad. He got hurt pretty bad racing a few weeks ago, but he was here tonight cheering us on and that means a lot to everyone on the team."
Justin's father, Will Hobgood is a former Goody's Dash Series, NASCAR Touring champion and he currently owns two teams that compete in the series. He also fields a car for Justin's brother Jake.
Late in the race Hobgood was pressured heavily by former series champion and two-time series winner this season, Johnny Chapman. Chapman, who started sixth worked his way through the field patiently, while Hobgood built what seemed to be an insurmountable lead at different points during the event.
"I didn't expect the race to go green as long as it did during the mid-stages," offered Hobgood, referring to only 14 laps of caution during the event. "We really had to be careful that we didn't use up our tires, which can happen pretty easily here because the track is fast and abrasive. I saw Johnny coming there when we had that late race yellow, but I just kept focused and it worked out for us."
Chapman, who has posted Goody's Dash Series victories at South Boston (Va.) Speedway and Louisville (Ky.) Motor Speedway this season, had to contend with lapped traffic and strong competition all night on the .400-mile high-banked oval to claim second.
"This is a very challenging race track," stated Chapman, following the event. "Each end is different and to be good at one end you have sacrifice the other. We had a pretty good though, we just ran out of time in the end. Justin had everyone covered tonight. He ran a great race."
B.J. Mackey of Rock Hill, S.C., ran in second position for much of the event before being passed by Chapman for second. Mackey wound up finishing third.
Cam Strader of Wilson, N.C., a NAPA Filter Rookie of the Year contender, moved from eighth to finish fourth while Britts rounded out the top-five. Strader was the highest finishing rookie in the event and earned the Rookie of the Race Award.
Defending series champion and current series point leader, Robert Huffman of Claremont, N.C., finished sixth. Huffman, who has dominated the series in recent years has struggled of late.
"We've had some tough luck over the past few races," related Huffman. "Tonight we finished in the top ten. We never got going like we would have liked to you, but we'll take it."
Jake Hobgood of Winnsboro, S.C., Roger Sawyer of Orlando, Fla., Keith Roggen of Winter Haven, Fla., and Ricky Bryant of Archdale, N.C., rouned out the ten.
Joey Miller of Wilmington, N.C., scored his first career Bud Pole Award in qualifying posting a time of 16.440 seconds (87.591 mph). Hobgood won the Gatorade Front Runner Award.
The next event for Goody's Dash Series, NASCAR Touring competitors is this Saturday at the .500-mile Greenville-Pickens Speedway in Greenville, S.C., for a 100-lap event.