Greenville-Pickens race summary 2002-08-24

Ward closes in on GPS track title. It's not official -- the third annual Pete Blackwell Memorial Race will be contested in two weeks -- but it's all right to chalk Marty Ward's name on the Greenville-Pickens Speedway wall as the 2002 track ...

Ward closes in on GPS track title.

It's not official -- the third annual Pete Blackwell Memorial Race will be contested in two weeks -- but it's all right to chalk Marty Ward's name on the Greenville-Pickens Speedway wall as the 2002 track champion.

Ward entered Saturday's Late Model race 54 points ahead of Gene Morgan, but for the second straight race, it appeared that Morgan had the hot hand.

Morgan had been the top qualifier in his Ford, with Ward in second, and Morgan had won the first heat race. Not to be outdone, Ward was the winner of the second heat.

But Morgan's hopes to gain in the points race were dashed on the very first lap of the main event.

Ward took the lead going into the first corner and stayed ahead of Morgan for the next 35 laps. Now, Ward has a 56-point edge on Morgan with one more chance in the Late Model Stock division.

Ward didn't want to talk about the points race, since there is that race remaining, but he was quick to give the credit for his victory to the men who work on his car each week.

"What we have been able to achieve, we've done because of the hard work by the crew and by my Kevin Whitaker sponsorship," Ward said.

By winning, Ward also received an invitation the Little Trees Racing Road To Charlotte program.

Greenville-Pickens Speedway will be closed the next two weeks for the South Carolina Upper State Fair and the Shrine race on Sept. 14. Then, the All Pro race, postponed by rain last week, will run on Sept. 21.

Robby Robbins, the defending champion in the Super Stock division, had finally leaped past Greg Dodgens to take the lead with only two races remaining. Robbins came in two points behind, but by leading from start to finish, vaulted into first. Greg Dodgens, the leader coming into the race, finished fourth, behind Anthony Anders and Randy Ballew.

William "Red" Ables won the Street Stock main event, but the big news of the race was Chris Meinders taking the lead from Tim Sams in the points battle. Sams had mechanical problems and finished seventh.

In the first Charger main event, Jason Morrow, Roger Knight, and Nathan Bagwell fought every lap for the lead. Going into the third turn on the last lap, Morrow was hard-pressed to protect the lead he had held since the start. But he and Knight collided, and Bagwell -- who started ninth -- came around the outside to win.

Bryan Davis won the second Charger main event, leading from start to finish.

NEXT RACE: The 3rd annual PETE BLACKWELL MEMORIAL SHRINE RACE, sponsored by Kevin Whitaker Chevrolet. Saturday, September 14, 2002. All proceeds benefit the Greenville Shriner's Children's Hospital. Adult general admission for the Shrine Race will $15.00. Advance tickets will be $12.00, available until Friday, September 13 from Shrine headquarters and usual business outlets. Children under 12 admitted free with a paying adult. For more information, call the speedway office at (864)269-0852, or visit their website at greenvillepickens.com.

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Drivers Anthony Anders