Greenville-Pickens race report 2002-04-20

Bishop edges Ward for win at Greenville-Pickens Speedway. If close got a cigar, then Marty Ward was smoking Saturday night at Greenville-Pickens Speedway. But it was Donnie Bishop who collected the victory. Bishop and Ward started on the front...

Bishop edges Ward for win at Greenville-Pickens Speedway.

If close got a cigar, then Marty Ward was smoking Saturday night at Greenville-Pickens Speedway. But it was Donnie Bishop who collected the victory.

Bishop and Ward started on the front row for the Late Model main event, and were right together through 35 laps and three caution flags.

"The fastest car did not win this week," Bishop said after edging Ward for the win. "Marty's car was faster than mine, and I tried my best to give him room to go by, inside, but it seems that my car was a little better coming off the corner than his."

Bishop, a six-time track champion, was trying hard, during every caution period, to keep his tires warm, every time the green flag flew, Bishop managed to stay out front.

"It was a hard race," Bishop said. "Marty was giving me everything I wanted."

Ward agreed.

"I really thought I had the fastest car tonight, and that if I could have gotten out front, I could have gone on. But I couldn't get there. I could get under Donnie, but every time I did, i would just light up my tires. It really was a good, close race."

Gene Morgan was the third-place finisher, since the car Toby BIshop was driving was disqualified for problems with the fuel. Asheville's Jack Ingram, the owner of the car Porter drove, said the car has been running at other tracks, and has been running the fuel required at those tracks.

"They disqualified us due to the color of the fuel, and it's just impossible to get the other fuel washed out the fuel cell enough to not change the color of the fuel we use here," Ingram said. "But, what are you going to do?"

Gary Greenwood, Jr., was fourth, with Kenneth Headen, Tyler Bob Mangum, Brandon McCarson, Steven Howard, Dennis Southerlin and David Roberts rounding out the top 10.

Greg Dodgens held off the field to record his third season Super Stock victory, while Chris Meinders came from back in the pack to score the victory in the B.F.Goodrich Street Stock event. Chargers winners included current points leader Shane Gentry and first time winner Jamie Passmore.

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