Hobgood Dashes To Victory
February 11, 2001 | 12:15 P.M. EST
The 21-year-old driver, whose father won the race eight years ago, beat polesitter Derrick Kelley by 1.87 seconds.
"He was on the radio all the time, helping me out, telling me how to work the draft" Hobgood said of his father, Will. "I was looking in the mirror 95 percent of the time on those last laps."
It was the third career Dash Series win for Hobgood, who averaged 113.319 mph in the race. His 25-year-old brother, Jake, who started sixth, wound up 32nd after developing an engine problem.
Hobgood took the lead for the second and final time on the 58th of a scheduled 80 laps. An additional three laps were added to prevent the race from ending under caution.
Third in the opening race of the season was rookie Tim Nichols, followed by Scott Weaver and B.J. Mackey as Pontiacs took the first five spots.
Robert Huffman was sixth in a Toyota, the highest-finishing non-Pontiac. All but eight of the 42 cars were Pontiacs.
Eight drivers were transported to the infield care center from a rash of accidents, but there were no serious injuries.