GODBEE BACK IN WINNERS CIRCLE AT JAX RACEWAYS By: Donnie Helmly JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA, (August 16, 1999) Rain showers stayed away from Jax Raceways Â½ mile NASCAR sanctioned dirt track last weekend, and cooler temperatures allowed the fans the...
GODBEE BACK IN WINNERS CIRCLE AT JAX RACEWAYS By: Donnie Helmly
JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA, (August 16, 1999) Rain showers stayed away from Jax Raceways ½ mile NASCAR sanctioned dirt track last weekend, and cooler temperatures allowed the fans the comfort to watch some great racing action among four divisions.
The night started out with qualifying for the NASCAR Winston Racing Series Late Models and Pure Stock divisions. Rookie of the year contender Michael Murrer set fast time in the Late Model division, but a four on the spin of the wheel would put him back in the pack, which placing Chuck Chitty on the pole. Chitty took off in the early lead, with point's leader Jeff Godbee hot on his bumper. Chitty's lead wouldn't last long, as Godbee quickly disposed of him, and pulled away to a full strait-a-way lead, where he would stay for the remainder of the laps. Last weeks winner Robert McCormick followed in a distant second, with Murrer in third, Chitty in fourth and Buster Delay rounding out the top five. Sixth through tenth was Terry Pless, JO Nobles, Steve Whitener, Kenny Bayless and Fred Schell. The win was Godbee's 11 victory in the 1999 season.
The Pure Stock division had Priscilla Yergy setting fast time, and starting from the pole. Yergy would lead until the first yellow flag was displayed, and then she substained damage after she was hit by a car that didn't see the yellow flag. Yergy's chance at another win was cut short, and she was in the pits for the night. The lead then went to Hardy Jarvis with Chad Grogan in second. Hardy Jarvis would lose the lead to Grogan, for two laps, when Jarvis would make a bump and run move on Grogan, putting Grogan in a spin, and being collected by Windel Clark. Both Clark and Grogan required medical attention, but were checked out ok. Jarvis would lead the remaining laps to claim his first win of the season, and take over the points lead for the first time this year. Former division champion John Taylor chased Jarvis across the line for second with Bill Burkhart, Wade McBride, and Chris Combs rounding out the top five. Sixth through tenth was Darren Greenslet, Mike Thomas, Buddy Jeffers, James Martin and Dan Rice.
The Hobby Stock feature event was once again filled with entertainment value as the top three cars exchanged the lead numours times before the checkered flag was displayed. Marty Kelly took the lead at the drop of the green flag, with Joey Miller and Randy Clark SR. in pursuit. Clark would take his turn at the front next, but just for a few laps until Miller made his way to the front. Miller would hold off both Kelly and Clark through out the remainder of the laps, with Kelly holding on for second and Clark in third. Rounding out the top five was Randy Clark JR., and James Jeffers. Sixth through tenth was made up of Calvin Pike, Mark Beebe, points leader Eddie Holton, John Wood, and Tony Callaway.
The Open Wheel Modified division saw Keny Porter taking up where he left off a week ago. Porter would lead the event, with Steve Whitener in second, until Porter lost a engine, and was forced to the pits for the night. After the oil was cleaned up on the track, Whitener took off in the lead, holding back a hard charging Gary Porter, for the win. Porters teammate Ronnie Ponce crossed in third, with Kenny Bayless and his team mate Robert Balkcom making up the top five. Sixth through tenth was Kevin Bayless, Doodle Pipken, Marty Whitener, Steve Persinger, and Keny Porter. Donnie Helmly can be heard as the host of "The Race Report" Monday nights at 7 PM on 1320AM WJGR Jacksonville Florida