JAX Speedway: "Mr. Excitement" takes three wins in two nights

Jacksonville, FL June 14.2000 (Donnie Helmly) Racing action around North Florida and South Georgia last weekend saw one Late Model driver make a dream come true. Chuck Chitty of Jacksonville had done just about everything that could be done in a...

Jacksonville, FL June 14.2000 (Donnie Helmly) Racing action around North Florida and South Georgia last weekend saw one Late Model driver make a dream come true. Chuck Chitty of Jacksonville had done just about everything that could be done in a dirt Late Model in area Motorsports. He has logged feature wins at Jax Raceways, Golden Isle Speedway in Brunswick, Georgia, Lake City Speedway, and Waycross Speedway. Chitty has championships at Golden Isles and Jax Raceways, as well. This past weekend he added another impressive page in his record book that few have been able to lay claim to. Chitty, known by race fans as "Mr. Excitement", laid claim to three feature wins in local Late Model competition in just two nights of racing.

Chitty passed Mike Misho, after Misho experienced mechanical failure at Golden Isles Speedway, deemed the fastest dirt track in the South, Friday night and sped away to win what would be his first of three feature wins.

Saturday night Chitty traveled to Jax Raceway's NASCAR sanctioned track to compete in a pair of feature events. Chitty set fast time in qualifying action circling the "D" shaped dirt track in 19.0495 seconds, to place him on the pole for the first event. Chitty would lead every lap of the event with former division champion Steve Whitener in second.

The second event of the night wouldn't come as easy for the seasoned veteran. Chitty had to begin from the eighth position, to make claim to his third event. David Crews took off from the drop of the green flag to lead the first two laps, when Whitener went to the front. Whitener would pit with a flat tire a couple of laps later, giving up the lead to Rookie of the Year contender Joshua Manning, for three laps. Chitty had moved up to the second spot by then and passed the young gun on the outside, and held on to claim his third win of the weekend. " It's a dream come true", said an elated Chitty. " I have won championships in the past, but never three features in one weekend. I just can't believe this has happened, everything just seemed to fall in place". Manning followed in second with Fred Schell following in third with his best finish of the season.

Steve Whitener missed the winner circle in Late Model action, but he found it in the Open Wheel Modified's. Whitener became the most winning driver in the division after leading the 20 lap feature event in flag to flag fashion, to lay claim to his fifth win of the year. Eric Tatum and Eddie Holton, a pair of teammates followed in second and third respectively.

Robin Clark went flag to flag to win the Powder Puff feature. Clark's feature win didn't come easy as she held of series champion Cindy Holton, with Shelly Meyers crossing the line in third.

Bobby Padgett also saw a flag to flag victory on Saturday night as he paced the Sportsman division for all 20 laps to beat out last week's winner Joey Miller and Randy Clark Sr. who came from the tenth starting spot to finish third.

The Pure Stock division saw a new face in victory lane, as Bill Burkhart also won the feature flag to flag. Priscilla Yergy made her way to the second spot on lap four, and chased Burkhart across the stripe, with Dustin David in third.

{TB} Lumber Unlimited Late Model Division Feature # 1

1. Chuck Chitty 6. Terry Pless 2. Steve Whitener 7. David Crews 3. Michael Murrer 8. Homer Leonard 4. Michael Harper 9. Nick Ramsey 5. Joshua Manning 10. Lee Blackshear

Fastest Qualifier: Chuck Chitty

Lumber Unlimited Late Model Division feature # 2

1. Chuck Chitty 6. Terry Pless 2. Joshua Manning 7. Homer Leonard 3. Fred Schell 8. Nick Ramsey 4. Michael Murrer 9. Steve Whitener 5. David Crews 10. Michael Harper

Sportsman Division

1. Bobby Padgett 6. Chad Grogan 2. Joey Miller 7. Lee Blackshear 3. Randy Clark Sr 8. Bill Adkins 4. Rick Hutchinson 9. Bud Richey 5. Randy Clark Jr 10. Gary Godwin

Heat Wins: Joey Miller and Gary Godwin

Hollywood Satellite Modified Division

1. Steve Whitner 6. Kenny Bayless 2. Gene Tatum 7. Don Halliday 3. Eddie Holton 8. Shane McKendree 4. Marty Whitener 9. John Carlisle 5. Creg Hall 10. Kevin Bayless

Fastest Qualifier: Steve Whitener

Rusty Acres Automotive Pure Stock Division

1. Bill Burkhart 6. Robert Hyers 2. Priscilla Yergy 7. Tommy Pyrtle 3. Joshua David 8. Chris Thompson 4. John Taylor 9. Windal Clark 5. Dustin David 10. Chris Mimbs

Heat Wins: Ronald Broughton and Bubba Watson

Hollywood Satellite Ladies Powder Puff Division

1. Robin Clark 5. Tammy Stone 2. Cindy Holton 6. Shawn Thompson 3. Shelly Meyers 7. Jennifer Zimmerman 4. Kim Lester

Donnie Helmly can be heard as the host of "The Race Report" Monday nights at 7:00 P.M. on 1320 A.M. WJGR, Jacksonville, Florida

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Series NASCAR
Drivers John Taylor , Joey Miller , Chris Thompson