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Mark Whitley wins the RaceApe.com Legends Semi Pro opening event at Lowes Motor Speedway Summer Shootout. Whitley finished forth in his heat race and with the field inverted started 11th for the feature event. The RaceApe.com/OMP ...

Mark Whitley wins the RaceApe.com Legends Semi Pro opening event at Lowes Motor Speedway Summer Shootout.

Whitley finished forth in his heat race and with the field inverted started 11th for the feature event. The RaceApe.com/OMP #115 Legends car went quickly toward the front. A tangle on the backstretch caused Mark to spin in the grass in order to avoid the wreck. When the green flag dropped for the restart, Whitley quickly put his RaceApe/OMP car to the outside and to the front.

Mark led the last two laps to take the win and start off the season on the right foot.

"Well we got caught up in a shuffle on the back straight and I had no where to go but the grass and after all the rain this week it was pretty slick. I spun a few times and worked the throttle so I wouldn't get stuck. Once we got back on the race track, I knew the car was still good enough to win," said Mark Whitley.

"It is hard to run the outside grove here because the race track is so flat but I knew it was the only way to get back to the front. We worked our way up and once we got to the leader it was difficult on the outside so I arced it late in turn two and got a run on him up the back straight and got underneath him in three. Once we got by, I just tried to be as smooth as I could for two laps and it paid off. We are happy to be part of the Summer Shoot Out Series and to win in the RaceApe.com Division and with the RaceApe /OMP Sponsored car is really special. I look forward to adding some more wins this season."

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