"New Late Model Winner plus: A Family Affair at Jax Raceways" By: Donnie Helmly: JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA, (May 11, 1999) Beautiful weather conditions brought out a grandstand load fans for the racing action at Jax Raceways last weekend, as they ...
"New Late Model Winner plus: A Family Affair at Jax Raceways"
By: Donnie Helmly: JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA, (May 11, 1999) Beautiful weather conditions brought out a grandstand load fans for the racing action at Jax Raceways last weekend, as they witnessed a new winner in the NASCAR Winston Racing Series, Late Model Division. As well as a brother and sister sharing victory lane.
Chuck Chitty, given the nick name of "Mr. Excitement" set fast time in qualifying action at Jax Raceways on Saturday night turning the fast ½ mile "D" shaped oval in 19.462, putting him on the pole for the 30 lap Late Model feature event. Steve Whitener set second fast time of 19.702 placing him on the outside pole. Chitty who was coming off a second place finish last week, would get the jump on the fire of the race and lead every lap, to claim his 1st win. Steve Whitener passed Chitty early in the event, but lost the position when the yellow came out before the lap could be completed. Whitener would play chase for the rest of the event, being passed on the final lap by Jeff Godbee who would hold on to finished second, Whitener was third. Point leader Buddy Geiger crossed the line in fourth with Lee Blackshear rounding out the top five. Six through tenth was made up of Buster DeLay, Homer Leonard, David Crews, Chuck Meredith and J.O. Nobles.
It was a family affair in the Powder Puff and Hobby Stock feature events, as a brother and sister found their way to victory lane.
Eddie Holton took the front spot away from last weeks winner Lee Blackshear on the 6th lap of the Hobby Stock race, and was never challenged again as he took home his 6th win of the season, and continue to stretch out his points lead. Defending division champion Tony Callaway followed in second with Randy Clark JR in third, Blackshear and Joey Miller finished off the top five. Six through tenth was Calvin Pike, Marty Kelly, Mark Beebe, Rick Hutchinson and Bill Adkins.
Current points leader Cindy Holton took the front spot away from Julia Callaway on lap three of the ten lap Powder Puff race, and sped away to her 3rd win of the season. Shelly Petteway crossed in second, with Kim Lester in third; Jennifer Jones and Robin Wilson finished off the top five. Sixth through tenth was Misty Beebe, Patty Duren, Karen Greenslet, Tammy Stone and Callaway.
The Pure Stock feature event saw Ray Pruett take the lead from the drop of the green flag, and lead until the final lap. Wade Shrowder had been following Pruett for all 14 laps, and made a move to the bottom side entering turn three, when the two made contact. Pruett spun off the track, Shrowder fell back out of the top 10, and Points leader Darren Greenslet drove through, and took home his 7th win of the season. Former division champion John Taylor followed Greenslet across the line to finish second, with Windal Clark in third, Pricilla Yergy and Jimmy Balkcom rounding out the top five. Six through tenth was Joey Zimmerman, Bill Burkhart, Mark Whitener, Chad Grogen and Bobby Simms.
It was a pair of Kenny's setting fast time in qualifying action for the Open Wheel Modified division, placing them on the pole, for the 20-lap event. Keny Poter set the fastest putting him on the pole, turning in a time of 21.353. Kenny Bayless set second fast time and got the jump at the start of the race, and led every lap to become the winningest driver of the division, claiming his 3rd victory of the season. Marty Whitener made his way to the second spot on lap eight, where he would stay through the checkered flag. Porter crossed the line in third, with Eric Tatum and Ronnie Ponce making up the top five.