Ward surges past Bishop for Late Model victory. Marty Ward found a novel way to keep his edge in the points standings at Greenville-Pickens Speedway on Saturday night. He just went out and won the main event. It was novel, but it wasn't easy.
Ward surges past Bishop for Late Model victory.
Marty Ward found a novel way to keep his edge in the points standings at Greenville-Pickens Speedway on Saturday night.
He just went out and won the main event. It was novel, but it wasn't easy. In a main event without a single caution flag, Ward spent the first 25 laps filling the rearview mirror of leader Donnie Bishop. Every time Bishop looked back, there was Ward's blue and silver car.
"My car was very good on the long runs," Ward said. "It seemed that the longer we ran, the better my car handled. And when I managed to get my car down on the inside, it ran better than ever. I needed it, too, because Donnie Bishop had a very good car tonight."
And Bishop, who finished second, was driving his backup car. He was involved in a huge crash last week, and although in poor physical condition, was able to race that night. But he wasn't able to race well. This week, after having time to fine-tune his car and partially heal from the aches and pains of the wreck, Bishop managed his second-place finish.
Ward, Bishop and third-place finisher Gene Morgan are all former track champions. Ward maintained his lead, increasing it by four over Morgan and by two over Bishop.
David Roberts, in his Dodge, was almost the brightest spot of the evening. He had the top position through much of the qualifying until Bishop knocked him off. And in the main event, Robert was running a strong third place early but seemed to have handling problems and faded to sixth.
The Super Stock main event proved to be a wild affair, as C.M. Knight battled his way from third for the win. Anthony Anders was the leader much of the way.
In the Street Stock main event, Stephen "Bubba" Horton led from start to finish, but rest of the field was in constant scramble. Chris Meinders was in the rear with three laps to go and brought out a caution flag by spinning out.
But his racing was far from finished. A number of spins in the three final laps left Meinders in second, William "Red" Ables third, Tim Sams fourth and Jimmy Mann Jr., fifth.
Chuckie Greer was the constant in the Charge One race, leading from start to finish, with Frank Dean doing the same for second place.
In Charger Two, Nathan Bagwell came from seventh to the front for the victory.