(Woodstock, GA) In his fist ever UDTRA PRO DirtCar Series event, young rookie driving sensation, Justin Wakefield of Woodstock, GA went up against the best dirt late model pilots in the country at Dixie Speedway and scored his first ever-national...
(Woodstock, GA) In his fist ever UDTRA PRO DirtCar Series event, young rookie driving sensation, Justin Wakefield of Woodstock, GA went up against the best dirt late model pilots in the country at Dixie Speedway and scored his first ever-national sanctioned top-10 finish. 19 year old Wakefield, motored his #17 Woodstock Auto Exchange/MRV Motorsports sponsored GRT Monte Carlo to an 8th place finish in the 50 lap $10,000 to win UDTRA event on Saturday July 20th. Wakefield's top-10 finish makes the young driving phenomenon eligible for the $54, 000 to win UDTRA Hardee's Shootout in October.
"All those guys who race on the UDTRA are the best in the business and racing against them was a thrill," states Justin after his 8th place finish in the UDTRA Dixie Speedway event.
Justin produced his best finish of the season this past Saturday night at Dixie Speedway when the talented young gun from Woodstock, GA started in 12th position and powered his way through the field to finish 4th in the 40-lap"Bill Ingram Memorial."
Wakefield is currently in his rookie year at Dixie Speedway in the Super Late Model division and has produced two top-10 finishes this season in weekly racing action at the 3/8-mile clay oval of Dixie Speedway. The Georgia based team is tentatively planning on a regional campaign of dirt late model events in the 2003 season along with national big money events including the $100,000 to win DREAM at the famed Eldora Speedway.
Justin teamed up with veteran car owner, Mike Vaughn of MRV Motorsports in the latter part of the 2001 as they two fielded an entry in the Sportsmen Division at Dixie Speedway. Wakefield moved into the ranks of Super Late Model this season and has found the move very rewarding and full of experience."Running against the Late Model guys is fun and competitive, and it helps having an owner like Mike with me. He knows a lot about racing and has had his share of good drivers and brings a lot of experience not only to me but for the team," suggests Wakefield.
Mike Vaughn, owner of MRV Motorsports, has been a mainstay in the short track-racing arena and has fielded entries for several of the sport's more notable and seasoned hot shoes over the past decade. Two - time Southern All-- Stars champion, Mike Head drove the Woodstock Auto Exchange machine in the 2001 season and produced MRV Motorsports first win in the annual winter classic,"Ice Bowl" at the Talladega Short Track along with several wins on the Southern All-Stars tour during the 2001 season. Dirt Late Model Hall of Fame Member and NASCAR Busch Grand National driver, Jeff Purvis is another lead foot that has strapped into a MRV Motorsports dirt car. Purvis still enjoys a strong relationship with MRV Motorsports and hopes to return behind the wheel of a dirt late model in the near future.
Justin Wakefield and MRV Motorsports will travel to Crossville, TN for the reopening of the famous Tennessee clay oval of Crossville Speedway this Friday night (8/2). The team will then return to weekly racing action at Dixie Speedway on Saturday night (8/3).
Justin's racing efforts are sponsored by Woodstock Auto Exchange, and Temples Construction of Cartersville, GA. MRV Motorsports campaigns GRT Race Cars by Clint Smith Racing with power supplied by RaceTek engines.