Gibson and Sorel Win Twins!
After weeks and weeks or rainouts, Greenville-Pickens Speedway got in a complete twin 40-lap late-model stock program, and it also turned out to be dropped valve night among the front-runners.
Engine problems hit Marty Ward first, as he dropped a valve in the opening race and was not able to compete in nightcap.
Will Burns, driving Toby Porter's car in the nightcap, dropped a valve and could not finish the race, and shortly after Anthony Anders dropped a valve in his car but still managed to finish third.
Jeremy Sorel, from Stateville, NC, was making his first-ever start at Greenvlle-Pickens, and he started in the front for the second race and led the entire race. Sorel, who normally races at Hickory, was also the top qualifier. Ryan Walker took second in the nightcap, with Anders in third, Trey Walker fourth, and Greg Tinsley was fifth.
In the first 40-lap main event, Trey Gibson, who qualified second and started fourth due to the inversion, but as soon as the green flag fell he jumped to the front and was never headed. Already the youngest driver ever to win a late-model stock main event at the historic halfl mile, Gibson thanked a lot of people from Victory Lane but most especially his grandfather, Ed Porter, for allowing him to race. Current points leader Anthony Anders passed Ryan Walker with just three laps remaining for second place, and Will Burns, driving Toby Porter's racer, finished fourth. Jeremy Sorel was fifth, and Marty Ward, who lost a cylinder in his racer midway though the race, finished sixth.
Anthony Anders Takes the Checkers
Race fans got their money's worthnight at Greenville-Pickens Speedway as the top drivers in the Late-Model Stock division battled tooth and nail for the victory. Current points leader Anthony Anders collected the win, as Trey Gibson was right behind and pressing in every corner until the laps wore out. The grandstand fans were standing as Anders and Gibson battled, and Roger Powell collected the third spot. Marty Ward was the fourth-place finisher and another bright spot was the fifth-place finisher.
Kummer qualified second, delighting the fans, and when the green flag fell to start the race she didn't drift back at all but held onto her fifth-place spot. Kummer had plenty of pressure, but she held on for the fifth-place finish. But, after the race, there was a problem with Kummer's tires during inspection and she was relegated to the rear of the finishing order.
"I lost my power steering early in the race, and it was getting tougher and tougher to drive as the tires wore down," Anders said in Victory Lane. "I am just glad this car was set up so well. Actually, we haven't raced this particular car in the past two years."
Powell Edges Anders for the Win
Roger Powell had his hands full, but he proved capable of the task night at Greenville-Pickens Speedway. winning the Late-Model Stock main event in spite of everything Anthony Anders tried to do.
"Anthony raced me clean the entire race," Powell said in Victory Lane. "My car was handling good for the first half of the race, but got real loose about halfway and I was just able to hold on against Anthony. Two weeks ago we knocked the rear end out of line but we just shoved it back and let it go. If it weren't for all the hard work of these guys working on my car, I couldn't ever be here."
Trey Gibson Back in Victory Lane
Trey Gibson chalked up his second victory in as many weeksnight at Greenville-Pickens Speedway in the Late-Model Stock main event, as current points leader Anthony Anders suffered his first racing glitch of the season and finished 11th. With Gibson taking the win, and not running for points, Marty Ward, who sits second to Anders in the points race, too second to make a huge jump in the standings.
"I qualified on the pole, then threw that that die and rolled another four," Gibson said in Victory Lane. "This was my second race in as many weeks, and if the Lord is willing, I am going to try and win again next week. After I rolled that four, and started fourth, on a restart after a caution I washed up the track and managed to get by Ralph Carnes to take the lead. Then, Anthony and I were racing hard and I held my line and we got together." After the contact, Anders' car was off the pace while Gibson drove on to the win.
Gibson and Anders take Memorial Day Weekend Twins
Anthony Anders, already the points leader in the Late-Model Stock division at Greenville-Pickens Speedway, padded his edge with second and first places in the Twin 40's main event as part of the Bryan Ramey Trial Lawyers Memorial Day Classic.
Anders took the point by passing Ralph Carnes and pulled away as the field fought for position behind him. Trey Gibson, who won the opening race, finished second in the nightcap, while Carnes was third and Will Burns finsihed fourth. Jeremy Burns was fifth and Marty Ward finished sixth.
In Victory Lane, Anders said his car was a little too tight in the opening race and too loose in the nightcap. "If we could get that worked out we will be even better than we showed tonight," Anders said. With Anders, Gibson and Carnes in the top three spots the Burns brothers, Will and Jeremy, took fourth and fifth, respectively and Marty Ward was sixth.
Dylan Hall, Ryan Walker, Maxie Bush and Brandon Fox completed the top ten.
In the opening 40-lapper, there were lots of spins and cautions, but it didn't bother Trey Gibson, who led from start to finish.
Gibson got pressure from Marty Ward, from Roger Powell, and Anthony Anders but nothing seemed to faze him as he kept jumping out front restart after restart.
When Gibson got to Victory Lane, he received a hug from his grandfather, Ed Porter, and Gibson thanked him for being allowed to complete.