Godbee Breaks Track Record @ Jaxâ€¦But loses Race By: Donnie Helmly Jacksonville, Florida (March 21, 1999) A packed grandstand saw Jeff Godbee break the track record for the Late Model division at Jax Raceways Â½ mile NASCAR sanctioned dirt...
Godbee Breaks Track Record @ Jax…But loses Race By: Donnie Helmly
Jacksonville, Florida (March 21, 1999) A packed grandstand saw Jeff Godbee break the track record for the Late Model division at Jax Raceways ½ mile NASCAR sanctioned dirt track on Saturday night, but couldn't keep Buddy Geiger behind him in the feature event.
Godbee set the record last year, broke it last week, and went out and broke it again on Saturday night, turning the lightning fast track in 19.129. Geiger set second fast time, which put the two competitors on the front row for the 30 lap main event. The drop of the green flag saw the two drivers dive off into turn one, with Geiger driving in deeper, and driving it out harder, to take the lead from his outside starting spot. Godbee would stay glued to Geiger for the whole event, taking a few shots at him, but settled for the runner up spot. For Geiger it was his second win of the young season. Dirt track veteran Wayne Shugart of St Augustine was third, with Steve Whitener and Vel Lowdenslager rounding out the top five. Six through ten was JO Nobles, Mike Harper, Buster Delay, Travis Burris and Homer Leonard.
The Pure Stock Division saw a familiar face in the winner circle, as Darren Greenslet kept his year a perfect 100%. Greenslet came into the event with two wins in two starts, and left with three wins and three starts, leading in flag to flag fashion. Michael Lloyd crossed the strip in second, with fast qualifier Chad Grogan in third. Fourth through ten was made up of Priscilla Yergy, Bill Burkhart, John Taylor, Jimmy Balkcom, Joey Zimmermen, James Martin and John Shortridge.
The Hobby Stock action saw a couple of former champions pairing off for the win. Lee Blacksher took the lead from Tim Noland after motor failure put Noland in the pits for the night. Blacksher would have his hands full for the entire event, as Eddie Holton coming off a pair of wins this season, was hot on his tail for the remaining laps. Holton settled for second, with Randy Clark Jr coming from the rear of the field to take home third, Joey Miller and Creg Hall rounded out the top five. Sixth through tenth was Perry Dowling, Mark Beebe, Luke Noland Jay May and Toney Callaway.
The Open Wheel Modified Division had a third new winner in victory lane this season, as Marty Whitener kept the front spot through out the 20 laps, to add his name to the winner circle list. Ronnie Ponce crossed the line in second, with Keven Bayless, Jerry Campbell and Keny Porter finishing off the top five. Sixth through tenth was made up of V. Pipken Bobby Balkcom, Pete Parkes, Ray Knight and Kenny Bayless.