GREENVILLE, SC (June 30, 2001)- Donnie Bishop pushed his Greenville Pickens Speedway season win total into double digits on Saturday, picking up his 10th season win by jumping from the pole and leading every lap of the 35 lap feature event. But...
GREENVILLE, SC (June 30, 2001)- Donnie Bishop pushed his Greenville Pickens Speedway season win total into double digits on Saturday, picking up his 10th season win by jumping from the pole and leading every lap of the 35 lap feature event. But the 10th win did not come without a test, as outside polesitter Randy Porter stayed within a few car lengths of Bishop the entire race. "Randy was tough, I knew he was going to be tough tonight," Bishop said in victory lane. "He was fast all day, a little faster than we were actually. Our car was consistent and stayed pretty steady, and that's what I worked at."
The win padded Bishop track points lead at midseason, and secures his position at the top of NASCAR's Blue Ridge Regional standings. Porter finished a close second, with Leicester NC's Pete Silva taking third. Brandon McCarson turned in his best season showing by placing fourth, with Liberty's Kenneth Headen in fifth. Hendersonville NC's Jimmy Doyle, Central's Jay White, Fletcher NC's James Young, Irmo's R.A. Brown, and Simpsonville's David Roberts rounded out the sixth through tenth place positions.
In the 15 lap Super Stock event, Easley's Greg Dodgens got the jump on defending champion C.M. Knight of Simpsonville, and held off a determined Knight in the closing circuits to record his second season win. Knight settled for second, his best showing of the 2001 season, with Easley's Michael Cain in third. Phillip Lynch of Greenville was fourth, and Easley's Randy Ballew was fifth. Points leader Robby Robbins of Greenville was sixth.
Liberty's Chris Meinders stayed out front for most of the 15 lap B.F. Goodrich Street Stock race, avoiding several major tangles which slowed the action. Meinders went on to record his second consecutive win, his third overall of the season. Bubba Horton, who moved from the Charger ranks earlier in the season, recorded a season high second place Street Stock finish, with Easley's Billy Lusk placing third. Stanley Pressley was fourth, with Travis Allen rounding out the top five.
In the Charger races, Travelers Rest's Roger Knight held off a charging Pete Porter to record his third win of the season. Michael Pittman of Greenville was third, with Joel Cox in fourth. Frank Dean started on the pole but fell to fifth.
Jimmy Mann started on the outside pole of the Charger II event, but overtook polesitter Eddie Trammell and held off points leader Ted Somero of Greer to record his second season victory. Ryan Dombrosky, who ran second most of the race, was overtaken by Somero in the closing laps and placed third. Easley's Kennith Powell was fourth, and Danny Henry was fifth.