Bishop battles early, but sails late to record 9th season GPS victory GREENVILLE, SC (June 23, 2001)- Donnie Bishop's relentless march toward an unprecedented seventh track championship titled shifted into high gear Saturday at Greenville...
Bishop battles early, but sails late to record 9th season GPS victory
GREENVILLE, SC (June 23, 2001)- Donnie Bishop's relentless march toward an unprecedented seventh track championship titled shifted into high gear Saturday at Greenville Pickens Speedway, as the veteran driver battled early but sailed uncontested in the closing circuits to record his ninth season victory. Bishop started on row two behind polesitter Brandon McCarson of Greenville, with Leicester's Pete Silva on the outside of the first row. It was McCarson and Silva vying for the top spot as the green flag fell, with Silva eventually getting the upper hand and moving his Chevrolet to the point. With McCarson and Bishop battling for second, Silva managed to put some distance between himself and the rest of the pack. But by lap 8 Bishop had managed to shake a determined McCarson and set his sites on Silva who had built a 7 car length advantage. By lap 15, Bishop's black Monte Carlo had caught Silva's black Monte Carlo and the two race cars came bumper to bumper as they entered the first turn. Silva had the line and was doing a masterful job protecting it while Bishop looked first inside and then to the outside trying to find a place to pass the 1998 track champion. On lap 20, Bishop found the daylight he was looking for, as he darted to the outside coming off turn two and heading down the backstretch. The move vaulted Bishop to a lead that he would not relinquish enroute to his ninth season trip to victory lane. Silva stayed close in the remaining 15 circuits but did not mount a serious challenge for the top spot and settled for a close second place finish. Marietta's Marty Ward, winner of one feature event this season, was third. Polesitter McCarson dropped back and finished fourth, with defending track champion Gene Morgan of Travelers Rest placing fifth. R.A. Brown of Columbia, Liberty's Kenneth Headen, Dennis Southerlin of Taylors, Candler, NC's David Messer, and Augusta, GA's Brian Conner rounded out the sixth through tenth place positions.
In the 15 lap Super Stock event, Easley's Greg Dodgens won his first race of the season in convincing fashion. Dodgens started on the pole and led the entire race to score the win over Kenneth Guthrie, who recorded a season high second place finish. Points leader Robby Robbins of Greenville placed third. Michael Cain of Easley moved from back of the pack to place fourth, with Easley's Randy Ballew rounding out the top five.
Liberty's Chris Meinders held off a fast closing Bubba Horton in the 15 lap B.F. Goodrich Street Stock race, and recorded his second win of the season. Easley's Billy Lusk placed third with points leader Daryl Culbertson of Travelers Rest placing fourth. Tim Sams of Greenville was fifth.
In the Charger events, John Weathers of Greenville was declared winner of the first 10 lap event after apparent winner Ryan Dombrosky did not pass post-race technical inspection. James Johnson of Greenville was second, and Terry King of Slabtown placed third. In the second race, Greenville's Pete Porter held off points leader Ted Somero of Greer to record his first career win. Greenville's Joel Cox placed third.