Mark Whitener pocked $1,500 for his Winter Shootout victory.
What won the race: Mark Whitener of Middleburg, Fla., overtook fellow Floridian and polesitter Shan Smith on the 10th lap amid traffic Friday afternoon at Volusia Speedway Park and raced to a Crate Racin' USA Winter Shootout victory. Whitener, who struggled without brakes the last 10 laps, earned $1,500 in the 25-lap Sunshine Nationals opener held over from Thursday night.
Key notes: Whitener, who was sore after his rollover accident in Thursday's Super Late Model division, won by .0259 of a second over Shan Smith. ... Whitener survived a scare on the 20th lap when a slower car entering the turn-four pits held up the leaders. ... The lone caution flew on the 12th lap for Garrett Mosley's turn-two spin. .... Facing difficult track conditions and a late-running program, officials postponed the opening Sunshine Nationals feature to Friday. afternoon. ... The Crate Racin' USA Winter Shootout chases a $2,000-to-win purse Friday evening and a scheduled $10,000-to-win event Saturday. ... The Crates are on the undercard to the World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model Series.
Winner's sponsors: Whitener's Savage Chassis is sponsored by Baker Farms and Competition Racing Equipment.
Points chase: Before Thursday: 1. Cory Hedgecock (100); 2. Jake Knowles (96); 3. Josh Adkins (94); 4. Jody Knowles (92); 5. Austin Horton (90).
Current weather: Broken Clouds, 70°F
Car count: 82
Fast qualifier: Mark Whitener
Time: 17.795 seconds
Polesitter: Shan Smith
Heat race winners: Wil Herrington, Jody Knowles, Mark Whitener, Shan Smith, Nevin Gainey, Cory Hedgecock
Consolation race winners: Tom Fiebelkorn, Bo Allen, Justin Williams
Next series race: January 22, Volusia Speedway Park (Barberville, FL) $10,000