Greenville Pickens race report

Bishop conquers CARQUEST "Road to Charlotte" Bishop rolls to second victory at Greenville-Pickens Speedway The only thing that didn't go Donnie Bishop's way Saturday night at Greenville-Pickens Speedway was the top spot in qualifying. That...

Bishop conquers CARQUEST "Road to Charlotte"
Bishop rolls to second victory at Greenville-Pickens Speedway

The only thing that didn't go Donnie Bishop's way Saturday night at Greenville-Pickens Speedway was the top spot in qualifying.

That went to Gary Greenwood, Jr. And Bishop was second-fastest.

Greenwood made his qualifying position pay in the first Late Model heat race, while Bishop repeated the feat in the second heat.

The two started side by side in the Carquest Road to Charlotte main event, and Bishop used his outside position to lead coming out of the fourth turn. From there it was 35-laps with Greenwood, and the rest of the field, trying chase Bishop down.

Nothing worked.

And Greenwood was the only driver in the top six that is not a former track champion at Greenville-Pickens Speedway.

"Gary made me run until my tongue was hanging out tonight. I have run against him a lot of times, and he has always raced me hard. He is going to be a force to be reconed with soon. He qualified well, and is a good race car driver." Bishop said.

It was Bishop's second victory of the season, having won the opener. Marty Ward was third, with Dennis Southerlin taking fourth and Gene Morgan fifth. Randy Porter took sixth, with Tyler Bob Mangum, David Roberts, Gordon Stanley and R.A. Brown rounding out the top 10.

Morgan was the night's hard-charger. Morgan was not able to start his heat race, and had to drop in on the rear of the main event.

In the Super Stock main event, Greg Dodgens worked his way from fourth to first with Ken Guthrie coming up from sixth to take second. C.M. Knight, who started 11th, came up to third, followed by Anthony Anders and Ted Somero.

Bryan Beckner was sixth, followed by Robby Robbins, Dave McKibben, Jon Martin, and Todd Buchanan.

William "Red" Ables came from fifth place to victory in the Street Stock division, with Travis Allen, who started third, taking second. Michael Bruton was the third place driver, as Chris Meinders and Stephen "Bubba" Horton were fourth and fifth, respectively.

Stanley Pressley, Greg Jarrett, Jimmy Mann, Jr. and Tim Sams rounded out the field.

In the first 10-lap Charger main event, Nathan Bagwell started second and finished first, as John Weathers, the pole sitter, slipped to third place. Eddie Trammell, who was the sixth-place starter, climbed all the way into second place. Dale Anders was the fourth-place finisher, followed by Jamie Passmore, Johnny Taylor, Jr. and James Johnson. Zane Jannelli, Wayne Clayton and Scott Mann rounded out the top 10.

Frank Dean started on the pole position and was never threatened in the second Charger main event. Shane Gentry, who finished second, climbed from 14th place, but could not get close enough to seriously challenge for the win. Roger Knight, Bryan Davis and Joel Cox rounded out the top five. Donny Henry was sixth, followed by Pete Porter, Michael Pittman, Ed Hodges and Norman Reeves.

-Reese Fant, special writer for GPS

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Series Stock car
Drivers Randy Po , John James , David Roberts , Anthony Anders