Bishop Earns Win at Swainsboro Raceway!
By: Candy Carroll
Mother Nature loomed dark over Swainsboro Raceway Saturday evening as summer thunderstorms lurked all around. After several weeks with no racing action, drivers were eager to hit the track. Track officials worked and prepared diligently to keep the track in top notch condition in an effort to beat the beast. With only a short shower, drivers were able to qualify during hot laps for their feature event.
In the 602 Crate Late Model division, Luke Scott grabbed the pole position with Ahnna Parkhurst outside. On the first start, Scott pulled to the lead with Austin Scarboro second. Flagman called a no start. Back to green Scott pulled out front with Parkhurst on his bumper down the back stretch. Parkhurst gained ground in the corners but Scott continuously pulled away on the straight away. Lap four, Phil Pittman moved into third and started tracking down the leaders. Without a caution, the front two pulled away. Luke Scott celebrated another win for the season, Ahnna Parkhurst second, Phil Pittman third, Austin Scarboro fourth, and Joey May fifth.
Up next in the Zaxby’s Crate Late Model division, Joshua Bishop and Brandon Carpenter both earned the front row eager for a win. On the start, Bishop takes the lead with Carpenter hard on the outside. Lap two, caution for debris. On the double file restart, Carpenter held of Ben Faircloth for second. Lap eight, Faircloth takes over second but Carpenter regains off turn two. Lap twelve, Faircloth gets loose off turn four and falls back. Joshua Bishop takes the checkered with a huge lead over Brandon Carpenter second, Jimmy Thomas third, Jim Manka fourth, and Ken Ricks finished out the top five.
Rolling out in the Scare House of the South 440 division, Rod Morris took the lead with Daniel Rogers in second. Lap three, John Hooks took the lead. Battle of the fours on lap four as Tommy Davis tries the inside of Hooks off turn four to take the lead. Davis and Hooks get together coming off turn four, Daniel Rogers lets out to avoid contact causing Rod Morris to get into the back of Rogers. Unfortunately both Morris and Rogers were forced to pit. Tommy Davis continues to lead with John Hooks running the outside lane. Richard Lastinger moves inside Tyler Davis for the third position. Tyler Davis forced up the track ends up pitting with rear end damage. Three to go, Hooks off the pace in second is forced to pit. Tommy Davis grabs the win in memory of his son Austin, Richard Lastinger second, Terry Davis third, Michael Wallis fourth, and Randy Bird fifth.
Front row in the Sunoco Super Street division, Andy Stewart and Daniel Roland led the field to green. As the green falls, Stewart takes the lead, Johnnie Tucker Jr slides into third. Roland lose off three holds on. Lap four, Stewart starts to pull away. As the field is spread out, Joshua Bishop challenges for the fourth position with five to go. Andy Stewart held off Daniel Roland for the win, Johnnie Tucker Jr third, Joshua Bishop fourth, and Jimmy Maness ended fifth.
Preparing for the upcoming $5000 payday, Jamey Foskey and Justin Thompson sat front row in the Roger Wheeler Construction Road Warrior division. Foskey took the lead but Luke Scott stole second from Thompson. Lap four, Alf Wimberly battle side by side Thompson for fourth. Lap seven, three wide battle for fifth with Wimberly, Fate Carroll, and Robbie Bland. After contact in turn two, Bland was forced to pit. On the restart, Scott holds off Gene Thompson for second. Two to go, Justin Thompson tried inside of Gene Thompson for third. Jamey Foskey led flag to flag for the win, Luke Scott second, Gene Thompson third, Justin Thompson fourth, and Logan Tanner fifth.
After a couple rough starts in the Daniel Chevrolet Pure Stock division, George Williamson took the lead as outside driver Tripp Giffin began to fall back. Derrick Screws moved into the second position with Kip Poole third. Lap five, Glen Watkins, Giffin, and Andy Stewart battle for fourth. Just past half way, Screws makes a move on Williamson for the lead off turn two but fails. Poole moves in on Screws for second but can’t make the pass. George Williamson fought to hold off the heat behind him for a celebration in victory lane, Derrick Screws took second, Kip Poole third, Glen Watkins fourth, and coming from the rear, Brent Herndon grabbed fifth.