Greenville-Pickens race report 2002-06-15

Ward is double winner at Greenville-Pickens; they call it a double dip. But whatever they call it, Marietta's Marty Ward was a double winner Saturday night at the Greenville-Pickens Speedway. Ward won both of the Gatorade Twin 25-lap races in...

Ward is double winner at Greenville-Pickens; they call it a double dip.

But whatever they call it, Marietta's Marty Ward was a double winner Saturday night at the Greenville-Pickens Speedway.

Ward won both of the Gatorade Twin 25-lap races in the Late Model Stock division.

"I used to not like these twin 25's too good. It ain't a very long race, and you have to go right off from the get-go," said Ward. "But I'm starting to like them a whole lot more now."

Ward, who was track champion at Greenville-Pickens in 1990 and 1991, is the current points leader. He has been at the top of the points standings for much of the season, although his lead had taken a serious challenge of late.

He found a way to win with his silver No. 97 Chevrolet even when things were made a bit more difficult Saturday night as he took to the track for Round 2.

The second Late Model Stock race featured an inverted field for the top finishers from the first 25-lap race. That meant Ward started at a slight disadvantage in fourth place. But as the cars moved to Lap 4, Ward took the lead and never let go.

With his fourth win of the season and his third straight victory Saturday night, he's breathing a little easier.

Donnie Bishop of Greenville finished second to Ward in both Late Model Stock races. Gary Greenwood Jr. of Anderson was third in the first race, while Brandon McCarson of Greenville took third place in the second race.

The Street Stock division provided the most exciting finish of the night for many racing fans.

William "Red"' Ables of Dacusville started in fourth place but won the race after a heated battle with last-place starter Stephen "Bubba" Horton.

Horton, from Greenville, skidded past the checkered flag to take second place, with his car spinning into the wall and coming to rest a half dozen or so car lengths from the finish line.

Horton was unhurt, but the same couldn't be said for his car.

The Super Stock division race, won by C.M. Knight of Simpsonville, saw impressive moves through the pack by two drivers from Greenville.

Robin Darnell moved from ninth place at the start to second at the finish while Robby Robbins made his way from fifth place to third.

In the Charger features, Nathan Bagwell made a daring first lap move in turn one to grab a lead he never relinquished enroute to the victory. Iva's Robbie Jackson held off a hard charging Frank Dean at the line to win by inches in the Charger II feature event.

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