GREENVILLE, SC (July 28, 2001)- With so much riding on the outcome of the second and final 'double points race' of the season at Greenville Pickens Speedway on Saturday, all eyes were on points leader Pete Silva and Donnie Bishop, the veteran ...
GREENVILLE, SC (July 28, 2001)- With so much riding on the outcome of the second and final 'double points race' of the season at Greenville Pickens Speedway on Saturday, all eyes were on points leader Pete Silva and Donnie Bishop, the veteran six-time track champion who has dominated the Late Model division this season. Bishop started on the pole and led from flag to flag to win in convincing fashion, with Silva placing several car lengths back in second position. Marty Ward placed third, marking the sixth straight week that the Marietta driver has placed in the top three. Easley's Toby Porter, driving Tommy Norris' Toyota of Easley Chevrolet Monte Carlo, made his first season appearance at the track and placed fourth, with defending track champion Gene Morgan of Travelers Rest placing fifth. Liberty's Kenneth Headen was sixth, and Simpsonville's David Roberts placed seventh.
With so much riding on the outcome, all attention turned to the technical inspection area were the top five finishers went through a complete post race inspection. The legality of the alternators on the cars of Toby Porter and Pete Silva brought up questions that required the assistance of NASCAR Southeastern Director Joe Collins. Collins, who was at Bowman-Gray Stadium in Winston-Salem, NC, was called and given complete details, and eventually ruled based on the information provided that both cars were within the specifications of NASCAR and each driver would hold his position.
Bishop, who entered the race 62 points behind Silva, only managed to pick up four points on Silva to trim his points lead to 58. There are only four Late Model races remaining in the season, with Silva's 58 point lead putting the 53 year old veteran in the driver's seat as he attempts to become a two time track champion. Silva, from Leicester, NC, won the Greenville Pickens Speedway track championship title as well as NASCAR's Weekly Racing Series--Blue Ridge regional title in NASCAR's 50th anniversary season in 1998.
Easley's Randy Ballew thrilled the Greenville Pickens Speedway crowd by overtaking Robby Robbins on lap 9, and holding on the remaining six circuits to record his first ever Super Stock victory. Ballew, the 1999 and 2000 Street Stock champion, moved up to the Super Stock ranks at the beginning of the season. Robbins, a 10 time winner this season and in solid control of the points race, settled for a close second place finish. Greenville's Ken Guthrie was third, with Easley's Michael Cain in fourth. Greg Dodgens of Easley rounded out the top five.
Liberty's Chris Meinders came from third to first on lap 9 of the 15 lap Street Stock event, overtaking Anthony Anders and Red Ables. Anders held on to place second, with Ables falling to third. Greenville's Bubba Horton placed fourth.
In the Charger races, Greenville's Joel Cox bested Robert Jackson and Shane Gentry to win for the second time this season. Ryan Dombrosky collected his second win of the year by passing Bryan Davis in the closing laps of the second Charger race. Points leader Ted Somero of Greer placed third.