GREENVILLE, SC (April 7, 2001)- Greenville's Donnie Bishop left little doubt as to who will be the man to beat on the 1/2 mile oval in 2001. The six time track champion grabbed the pole for Saturday's Late Model feature event at Greenville...
GREENVILLE, SC (April 7, 2001)- Greenville's Donnie Bishop left little doubt as to who will be the man to beat on the 1/2 mile oval in 2001. The six time track champion grabbed the pole for Saturday's Late Model feature event at Greenville Pickens Speedway, and went on to conduct a 35 lap flag to flag driving clinic that found the #84 Chevrolet Monte Carlo well out front and in control as the checkered flag fell. The win was Bishop's third win in four tries, and lengthened his point lead in the early season standings.
Bishop jumped to a fast lead on the start, with Simpsonville's David Roberts close behind. Outside polesitter Pete Silva of Asheville fell to third, and defending track champion Gene Morgan of Travelers Rest was fourth. Roberts held back Silva and Morgan as Bishop built his lead in the early going. On lap 13, Silva muscled his Monte Carlo around Roberts between turns three and four. Morgan drafted quickly behind Silva and powered his Ford Taurus around Roberts as the trio entered turn one. By the halfway point of the race, Bishop had built a sizable lead with the rest of the field battling for position well behind the leader. Spartanburg's Kevin Bishop, Marietta's Marty Ward, and Liberty's Kenneth Headen provided some of the best racing of the evening as they battled for the sixth place position. But there was no catching Bishop, as he reeled off the last five circuits with a comfortable lead over Silva. Morgan placed third, and Roberts was able to hold off a charging Kevin Bishop to place fourth. Ward was sixth, and Headen placed seventh. Central's Jay White, Anderson's Gordon Stanley, and Taylor's Dennis Southerlin rounded out the seventh through tenth place positions.
In the 15 lap Super Stock race, Greenville's Phillip Lynch took an early lead and held off Greenville's Robby Robbins in the closing circuits to record his second consecutive win. Robbins, who won the first two races of the year, settled for second, and Easley's Randy Ballew placed third. Greenville's Greg Dodgens placed fourth, and Easley's Scott Mote rounded out the top five.
Greenville's Tim Sams was declared winner of the 15 lap B.F. Goodrich Street Stock race, after apparent winner Rick Cullen did not pass post race technical inspection. Liberty's Chris Meinders placed second, and Greenville's Travis Allen was third. Travelers Rest's Stanley Pressley and Greenville's Mike Hughes placed fourth and fifth respectively.
In the Charger events, Easley's Kennith Powell held off a charging Bubba Horton of Greenville to record his first season win. Greenville's Shane Gentry placed third, and Ryan Dombrosky was fourth. Powdersville's Frank Dean rounded out the top five. In the second Charger race, Greer's Ted Somero passed Greenville's Joel Cox and held on to win for the second time this season. Cox settled for second, and Greer's Mark Brockman was third. Terry King of Slabtown was fourth, and Pete Porter of Greenville placed fifth.