WHITENER BRINGS HOME WIN ON TOUGH TRACK AT NORTH FLORIDA
Photographer Rick Warren (RicksDarkRoom.com) caught the action at North Florida Speedway
The United Dirt Late Model Challenge Series continued its tradition of drawing huge crowds as fans flocked to see the stars shine at North Florida Speedway Saturday night for the 2nd Annual North Florida State Championship.
Mark Whitener managed to close the gap in the chase for the Championship with his second win in a row. Starting from the 7th position, Whitener positioned himself to take advantage of others' misfortunes as the race progressed.
Early on, Keith Nosbisch looked unbeatable as he pulled a full staightaway ahead of the pack and began to lap the rear of the field by the 11th lap.
The hopes for the driver of the Bubba the Love Sponge sponsored #101 were dashed with a flat tire at lap 28. Adam Bedenbaugh had caught Nosbisch and was fighting hard to take the lead, shortly before the caution that changed the complexion of the 50 lap, $3000 to win race.
Whitener inherited the lead when Adam Bedenbaugh was involved in a collision also on lap 28, and from then on was never seriously challenged for the lead.
John Kellum had a great night and a great car, starting in the top five and finishing second.
Mark Whitener is your winner at NFS
Full race report and links to radio broadcast of the show will follow: Visit www.uniteddirtlatemodels.com for more information.
START FINISH CAR# DRIVER 1. 7 5w Mark Whitener 2. 4 41K John Kellum 3. 8 26W Dillon Wood 4. 15 00B Russell Brown Jr. 5. 9 5c Johnny Collins 6. 14 7F Jason Fitzgerald 7. 12 J1 Jay Johnson 8. 21 1C Seth Caudill (Hildebrand Jewelers Hard Charger) 9. 17 56D Kevin Durden (Dough Boy Signs B Main Winner) 10. 18 0 Shane Williams 11. 13 J17 Joe Kump 12. 3 07 Ivedent Lloyd (Ziegler Racing Engines Fast Qualifier) 13. 6 12 Jack Nosbisch 14. 20 17 Shan Smith 15. 19 00C Billy Costello 16. 2 101 Keith Nosbisch 17. 1 26B Adam Bedenbaugh 18. 22 56B Dave Barber 19. 5 47 Tyler Ivey 20. 10 22B Brandon Cameron 21. 11 2 Brandon DeWitt 22. 23 18JO J.O. Nobles 23. 16 02 Travis Rhoden 24. 24 6 Clay Bedenbaugh