Whitener Breaks Track Record, Godbee breaks Whiteners Record By: Donnie Helmly Jacksonville, Florida (March 29, 1999) A cool night, a packed grandstand, and a record breaking night, was the topic of conversation, as former division champion,...
Whitener Breaks Track Record, Godbee breaks Whiteners Record By: Donnie Helmly
Jacksonville, Florida (March 29, 1999) A cool night, a packed grandstand, and a record breaking night, was the topic of conversation, as former division champion, Steve Whitener broke the track record for qualifying in the Late Model division, at Jax Raceways ½ mile NASCAR sanctioned dirt track on Saturday night, but didn't hold it for very long. Whitener turned the track in 19.023 but wouldn't hold it long, as Jeff Godbee circled the track in 18.784 a speed that has not been seen at the track since the Hav A Tampa Super late models were there track, some years back.
Godbee, and Whitener set on the front row for the featured event, but a false start by Whitener, would send him to the tail. Godbee would take the lead from the next restart, and lead every lap, to claim his 2nd feature of the young season. Buddy Geiger was second, with Whitener third, Robert McCormick, J. O. Nobles, Buster Delay and Homer Leonard rounded out the field.
Kevin Bayless made a last lap pass on Keny Porter to win the Open Wheel modified event, Marty Whitener was third, Jerry Campbell and Roy Knight rounded out the top five. Six through tenth was made up of, Steven Skipper, Ronnie Ponce, Anthony Stamps, Pete Parkes and John Byers.
The Hobby Stock continues to be dominated by Eddie Holton this year, as he came from the 7th place spot to take the lead on lap 12 and pull away from the field to claim the win. Mitch McCoy crossed in second with Tony Callaway, Lee Blacksher and Joey Miller making up the top five. Rick Hutchinson was sixth, with Randy Clark Sr., Bud Richey, Fred Cox and Luke Noland make up the top ten.
Mark Whitener took the lead from Windal Clark on lap 8 and held on to win his first Pure Stock event of the season. Points Leader Darren Greenselet cross the stripe for second, with Hardy Jarvis, Joey Zimmerman, Ray Pruett, John Taylor, Joey Meyers, Bobby Simmion, Bubba Watson and Bill Burkhart made up the top ten.
The Powder Puff race was the final event of the night, and saw a last lap pass by Cindy Holton to claim her first trip to victory lane this season. Three time defending champion Karen Greenslet was second, with Robin Wilson, Shelly Petaway and Debora Bedell rounding out the top five.
(Donnie can be heard as the host of "The Race Report", The Fastest Show on radio Monday nights @7 PM on 1320 AM WJGR Jacksonville, Florida)