FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE JULY 13, 1997 HOBGOOD DOMINATES BUT POWELL CELEBRATES Greenville, SC. Will Hobgood of Winnsboro, SC led 94 laps of the scheduled 100 lap feature for the NASCAR Goody's Dash Series' ...
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE JULY 13, 1997
HOBGOOD DOMINATES BUT POWELL CELEBRATES
Greenville, SC. Will Hobgood of Winnsboro, SC led 94 laps of the scheduled 100 lap feature for the NASCAR Goody's Dash Series' Budweiser 100, Saturday evening at Greenville- Pickens Speedway, SC. But it was rookie point leader, Charles Powell III from Goose Creek, SC who ended up collecting his first win of the 1997 season. Hobgood jumped into the lead ahead of pole sitter Scott Weaver when the green flag fell for the start of the evening's main event, and then stretched out his advantage to as much as a full straight away at one point of the race. But for the second race in a row, the 1994 Series Champion ended up facing the wrong direction against the inside retaining wall just short of the checkered flag. This time, it was contact from Robert Huffman that sent Hobgood spinning out of control as the two battled for the lead coming out of turn four. "Will was pushing up the track coming out of four" said Huffman after the race. "I don't know if he cracked the throttle, or what, but the gap between us closed up real fast. Before I could get out of it, I was in to the back of him. It certainly wasn't deliberate. We were both driving hard and just touched." On the resulting restart, Charles Powell III, who had been running in third position for a good portion of the race, was able to get the jump on Huffman going into turn one. The former Winston Racing Series Champion dove under Huffman and made the pass, to score a much needed victory for the Alibi's Race Team. Behind Powell, Robert Huffman, Monk Gulledge, Brian Sockwell and another of the 1997 rookie challengers, Michael Cogdell, rounded out the top five. Powell's win moves him to eighth in the overall point standings and stretches his advantage in the Rookie of the Year standings to four points over fellow rookie contender, Ricky Bryant who finished seventh in Saturdays event. Current Series point leader, Mike Swaim Jr. finished tenth, one lap down to the leaders, but still managed to increase his point lead to a 145 point advantage over Will Hobgood, who ended up being posted in the fourteenth finishing position. With four of the top ten finishers in Saturday's event coming from the 1997 freshman class, the Rookie of the Year battle continues to be one of the best in NASCAR. The strong rookie contingent will face their next challenge at the Southern National Speedway in Kenly, NC. The driver who is currently second in the rookie race, Ricky Bryant, is a former track champion at the Kenly track and is hoping to close that four point deficit between himself and this weeks winner, Charles Powell III.
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