Myrtle Beach race report

Hobgood Brothers Sweep Top Two Spots In Goody's Dash Series, Nascar Touring Event At Myrtle Beach MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (August 11, 2001) - Jake Hobgood, from nearby Winnsboro, S.C., outdueled his younger brother Justin to collect his first win in...

Hobgood Brothers Sweep Top Two Spots In Goody's Dash Series, Nascar Touring Event At Myrtle Beach

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (August 11, 2001) - Jake Hobgood, from nearby Winnsboro, S.C., outdueled his younger brother Justin to collect his first win in the 2001 Goody's Dash Series, NASCAR Touring season Saturday at Myrtle Beach Speedway in the Wesson Cooking Oil "150" presented by Peter Pan Peanut Butter. Hobgood said, "It has been a long dry spell...it feels great to win here in our home state." Hobgood now has four career victories. His last victory came in 2000 at Lakeland. The Hobgoods are sponsored by Tracker Boats and Holiday Kamper and Boats, which came on board just two weeks ago and has offered their program a solid boost.

Justin Hobgood won the Bud Pole Award with a time of 20.879 seconds, an average of 92.763 miles per hour. Jake Hobgood started on the outside of the front row. On the initial start the Hobgoods led the field into turn one and they continued to race side by side through the first lap. Jake nosed ahead at the line to lead the first circuit. Headed down the backstretch Jake was able to pull out in front. Jake set a blistering pace early on and led the first 52 laps.

The first of seven cautions came on lap 34 for debris on the track. The second caution came when Roger Sawyer's machine slowed suddenly. He crept into the pits and later rejoined the field. Those making strides early in the event were David Hutto and Shane Hmiel. Mag-Klip Rookie of the year contender Shane Hmiel had to start from 25th place after his time was disallowed due to a post-qualifying inspection. He thundered through the field passing nine cars in the first 16 laps. By lap 38 he was fighting Hutto for fifth place. Hutto, 1995 Goody's Dash Series, NASCAR Touring Champion, was making his first short track start in two years.

Most of the leaders came in for gas during the second caution period. Danny Bagwell stayed on the track to lead lap 53. Randy Humphrey had pitted under the first caution and inherited the lead on lap 54. He would hold the top spot until lap 61 when Jake Hobgood came back to the front. Hobgood shocked everyone when he entered the pits, for a splash of fuel, on lap 82 giving up the lead in the process. Will Hobgood explained, "We are were not getting the best fuel mileage, and frankly I was afraid we would run out near the end. So we had to pit twice for fuel. Not only that, I knew our cars would be loose when the fuel load was light. We wanted Justin to come as well, but he stayed out." Justin took over the lead and stayed there until lap 136 when Jake returned to the front. Jake went low on Justin headed into turn one and completed the pass. Jake later commented, "Dad made some adjustments to the setup and the car was awesome. Justin had been able to protect the bottom but his light fuel load changed the way his car handled and allowed me to slip underneath him. My car was so hooked up tonight. It is fun to drive a car like that."

Hutto, running in fourth, tagged the wall on the backstretch. "When I hit the wall I think it knocked the power steering loose. It was hard to drive those last few laps," said Hutto. Robert Huffman got by and closed in on Hmiel. The leaders were some twenty-five cars lengths ahead of third place. As the Hobgoods were taking the white flag, officials spotted a tail pipe from Hutto's car on the backstretch and called for caution. Since the white flag had already been displayed the race ended under caution.

In victory lane, the Hobgoods made it a family affair. Will Hobgood stood with his three sons for a photo. They honored the patriarch of the Hobgood family by wearing his familiar straw cowboy hat. Pop Hobgood, who for many years was a familiar presence in the pits, passed away in 1998.

When asked what it is like when his sons are racing for the win Will Hobgood replied, "Those boys race hard. They race each other the hardest. They know I am happy when either of them wins. It makes it even better when one wins and the other one comes in second." Jake grinned and said, "It was a pleasure for me to see that #65 (referring to his brother's car) go from my windshield to my rearview mirror. I have to thank my brother for racing me clean. It was a lot of fun." Rounding out the top five were: Shane Hmiel, Robert Huffman, and David Hutto.

Other notes: Points Leader Cam Strader had another solid run. Robert Huffman finished ahead of Strader and gained some valuable championship points. Jimmy Britts was pleased with finishing in the top ten. His car sustained significant damage from a brush with the wall during practice and they worked all afternoon making repairs. Larry Caudill used his top ten finish to protect his position at the top of the "most laps completed" category. Thirteen cars finished on the lead lap.

Next race: Bristol Motor Speedway on Wednesday, August 22, 2001, along with the Gatorade All-Pro Series, NASCAR Touring.

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Series NASCAR
Drivers Shane Hmiel , Cam Strader , Robert Huffman , Justin Hobgood