GREENVILLE, SC (April 14, 2001)- Donnie Bishop continued his mastery of the Greenville Pickens Speedway oval on Saturday, making it to victory lane for the fourth time in five tries to collect the Carquest Auto Parts "Road to Charlotte" checkers.
GREENVILLE, SC (April 14, 2001)- Donnie Bishop continued his mastery of the Greenville Pickens Speedway oval on Saturday, making it to victory lane for the fourth time in five tries to collect the Carquest Auto Parts "Road to Charlotte" checkers. The Greenville native and six time track champion's win did not come without controversy, as a lap 17 fourth turn tangle with Simpsonville's David Roberts caused Roberts to spin as Bishop tucked low as the pair rounded the turn. Roberts lost control and came to a stop, bringing out the caution and sending him to the back of the pack. Bishop somehow managed to wrestle his fishtailing stock car under control as to not lose momentum or his position. On the restart, Bishop was moved to second behind Asheville, NC's Pete Silva, but a backstretch flat tire forced Silva to the pits and Bishop inherited a lead he would never relinquish.
Roberts managed to fight his way back to eventually finish 10th, but the controversial lap 17 call was still on his mind after the race. "Donnie was a little faster but I had my line," Roberts said after the race. "My spotter called me and said he's got a good run, he's coming. I moved up to give him his room down there and he pushed up and got into me and turned me completely around. It's a hard pill to swallow," said Roberts.
The controversial call by NASCAR officials proved to be the correct call, but Bishop was greeted by both cheers and boos as he wheeled into victory lane. "Well, you got to run as hard as you can run for 35 laps. You got to take the good with the bad," Bishop said in victory lane. "It was not a give me tonight, I had to work for it. I hate some of the guys got in trouble. We just got together there, it was just a racing deal. I was a little bit quicker than David and I finally got up beside him going into 3 down there and we got together. I felt like I gave him plenty of room before that, I backed off several times. I hate it if he is mad, I apologize if I done something wrong. But I tried to win the race, it's what I come for," said Bishop.
Liberty's Kenneth Headen turned in his best showing of the season by passing R.A. Brown of Columbia in the closing circuits to place second. Brown held on to claim third, and Silva came back after the backstretch tire problem to place fourth. Kevin Bishop of Spartanburg placed fifth.
In other races, Phillip Lynch of Greenville scored his third consecutive Super Stock win, with Easley's Randy Ballew passing Greenville's Robby Robbins in the final laps to claim second. Robbins was third, and Greg Dodgens was fourth. Robin Darnell rounded out the top five. The win put Lynch atop the Super Stock points chase with a 2 point lead over Robbins.
Tim Sams started up front and never looked back in the 15 lap B.F. Goodrich Street Stock race. Dacusville's Red Ables held off Travelers Rest's Daryl Culbertson to place second. Kevin Fuller of Piedmont placed fourth, and Easley's Billy Lusk was fifth. The win was Sams second of the season, and set up a three-way tie in the points chase between himself, Culbertson, and Liberty's Chris Meinders.
In the Charger events, Bubba Horton of Greenville came from back of the pack to score the Charger I victory. Ryan Dombrosky also advanced through the crowded field to place second. Travelers Rest's Roger Knight was third. In the Charger II race, Travis Hardin held off points leader Ted Somero to score his second season win. Last week's winner Kennith Powell of Easley placed third.