GREENVILLE, SC (July 7, 2001)- Almost four months after Pete Silva's opening night Late Model victory, he rolled his Monte Carlo into Greenville Pickens Speedway victory lane for a second time in a most unconventional way. Silva started the 35...
GREENVILLE, SC (July 7, 2001)- Almost four months after Pete Silva's opening night Late Model victory, he rolled his Monte Carlo into Greenville Pickens Speedway victory lane for a second time in a most unconventional way. Silva started the 35 lap feature on the outside of turn one, with 10 time winner and points leader Donnie Bishop on the pole. Bishop secured the lead by turn two on the first lap, and continued to build on that lead as the laps clicked off. As the checkered flag fell on Bishop, most fans had already exited the speedway believing that Bishop had secured his 11th season win, sit firmly atop the Late Model points chase, was in total control of NASCAR's Weekly Racing Series Blue Ridge region, and was a top contender for the national championship as well.
After Bishop's victory lane appearance, the cars headed to the technical inspection area, where Silva's team lodged an official protest of the Bishop Chevrolet's engine height and weight. When Bishop refused technical inspection, Silva was declared the winner.
The protest came on True Value double points night, so Silva vaulted into the track points lead by picking up 100 points on Bishop. More importantly, the loss for Bishop removes him for now from the top regional spot and may have national championship title implications as well.
"Donnie did not want them to look at the car, so I had no choice but to disqualify Donnie," head technical inspector Gene Harris said.
Liberty's Kenneth Headen equaled his best season showing by placing second, with Marietta's Marty Ward placing third. Defending track champion Gene Morgan was fourth, with Irmo's R.A. Brown in fifth. Central's Jay White, Simpsonville's David Roberts, Belton's Ron Hall, and Greenville's Blair Addis and Brandon McCarson rounded out the sixth through tenth place positions.
Ken Guthrie of Greenville passed points leader Robby Robbins midway through the 15 lap Super Stock event, and held him off in the final circuits to secure his first win of the season. Michael Cain of Easley was third, and Greenville's Phillip Lynch placed fourth. Josh Bradley of Fountain Inn placed fifth.
Liberty's Chris Meinders made a daring white flag lap pass of race long leader Greg Jarrett and won his third consecutive B.F. Goodrich Street Stock race. Jarrett settled for second, with Easley's Billy Lusk placing third. Travis Allen of Greenville was fourth, and Travelers Rest's Stanley Pressley rounded out the top five.
Scott Mann held off Ryan Dombrosky and Brain Davis to win the first Charger race. Greenville's Pete Porter lead from flag to flag and held off a fast charging Kennith Powell in the final laps to win the Charger II race. Greenville's Shane Gentry was third.
GREENVILLE PICKENS SPEEDWAY OFFICIAL RESULTS July 7, 2001
1. Pete Silva Leicester, NC 2. Kenneth Headen Liberty 3. Marty Ward Marietta 4. Gene Morgan Travelers Rest 5. R.A. Brown Irmo 6. Jay White Central 7. David Roberts Simpsonville 8. Ron Hall Belton 9. Blair Addis Greenville 10. Brandon McCarson Greenville 11. Gordon Stanley Greenville 12. Jimmy Driver Williamston 13. Benny Youngblood Arden 14. Andy Driver Anderson 15. Bobby Capps Piedmont 16. Daryl Burris Alexander 17. Stephen Gahagan Hot Springs, NC 18. Bobby Adams Travelers Rest 19. Greg Wallace Mooresville, NC 20. Greg Nix Travelers Rest 21. James Young Fairview, NC 22. Bruce Fender Canton, NC 23. Mike Clardy Greenville 24. J.R. Robbs Gaffney 25. Tyler Bob Mangum Powdersville
1. Ken Guthrie Greenville 2. Robby Robbins Greenville 3. Michael Cain Easley 4. Phillip Lynch Greenville 5. Josh Bradly Fountain Inn 6. C.M. Knight Simpsonville 7. Jackie Williams Greenville 8. Chris Headen Greenville 9. Greg Dodgens Easley 10. Jayson Brown Fountain Inn
1. Chris Meinders Liberty 2. Greg Jarrett Easley 3. Billy Lusk Easley 4. Travis Allen Greenville 5. Stanley Pressley Travelers Rest 6. Tim Sams Greenville' 7. Red Ables Easley 8. Michael Burton Fountain Inn
1. Scott Mann Easley 2. Ryan Dombrosky Greenville 3. Brian Davis Greenville 4. Frank Dean Powdersville 5. Donny Henry Greenville 6. James Johnson Greenville 7. Chris Black Fountain Inn 8. Will McClure Greenville 9. John Cordell Greenville 10. Bryon Mabrey Greenville 11. Jamie Passmore Greenville 12. Joel Courage Easley 13. Joel Cox Greenville 14. Ed Hodges Fountain Inn 15. James Madden Liberty
1. Pete Porter III Greenville 2. Kennith Powell Easley 3. Shane Gentry Greenville 4. Michael Pittman Greenville 5. Terry King Slabtown 6. John Weathers Greenville 7. Ted Somero Greer 8. Chuck Kellner Lilberty 9. Lee Bright Greenville 10. Debbie Brannon Fountain Inn 11. Steve Brown Pendleton 12. Tony Raines Greenville 13. Sterling Morgan Seneca 14. Brad Miller Easley 15. Jimmy Mann Jr. Greenville 16. Wayne Clayton Moore