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February 22
Bubba Raceway Park,
Ocala, FL
Sanction: Crate Racin’ USA Winter Series (Bubba Army Winter Nationals ) - $2,000
Information provided by: Series and track reports (last updated February 23, 1:23 pm)
After rally from 13th, Whitener edges Bronson
Bubba Army Winter Nationals
  1. Mark Whitener
  2. Kyle Bronson
  3. Walker Arthur
  4. Devin Dixon
  5. Don O'Neal
  6. Tyler Bare
  7. Hudson O'Neal
  8. Logan Roberson
  9. Jimmy Elliott
  10. Ivedent Lloyd Jr.
  11. Justin Williams
  12. Corey Almond
  13. Sam Seawright
  14. Ronnie Johnson
  15. Connor Meade
  16. Rodgerick Dykes
  17. Ben Garner
  18. Andy Picklesimer
  19. Riley Hickman
  20. Drew Kennedy
  21. Austin Burns
  22. Dennis Franklin
  23. Keith Barbara
  24. Dillon Brown
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Mark Whitener earned $2,000 in the weekend opener at Ocala, Fla.
What won the race: Holding off a charging Kyle Bronson in a four-lap shootout, 13th-starting Mark Whitener of Middleburg, Fla., won Thursday’s 40-lap Bubba Army Winter Nationals event at Bubba Raceway Park. Whitener took the lead from Bronson on lap 23 and led the remaining distance. After slipping back to third, Bronson of Brandon Fla., bounced back to finish second. Tenth-starting Walker Arthur of Forest, Va., finished third.
Quotable: “I knew Kyle was gonna be on the outside. I knew he wouldn’t sit there and follow me. I know I wouldn’t,” winner Mark Whitener said of Bronson’s last-lap charge.
Key notes: Whitener finished .334 of a second ahead of Bronson. He led by 4.311 seconds when the seventh and final caution came out. … Seventeen cars finished the race, with 15 completing all 40 laps. … Kyle Bronson said his car’s handling faded a bit, allowing Whitener to slip by. “I just got tight on that last restart and Mark got by me,” Bronson said. … The race was the third of the eight-race NeSmith RockAuto.com Winter Shootout Series. … Leading the NeSmith Winter Shootout Series points entering the race, Ronnie Johnson of Chattanooga, Tenn., had to use a provisional to start the feature. … Don O’Neal of Martinsville, Ind., piloted the car of Tyler Clem, son of track co-owner Bubba "The Love Sponge" Clem. … Action continues Friday with another 40-lapper.
On the move: Race winner Mark Whitner of Middleburg, Fla., started 13th; Jimmy Elliot of Cleveland, Tenn. rallied to ninth after starting 24th.
Winner's sponsors: Whitener's brand new Barry Wright Race Car is backed by United Land Clearing, CWI Maintenance and Carter Trucking.
Car count: 51
Fast qualifier: Kyle Bronson
Time: 14.974 seconds
Polesitter: Kyle Bronson
Consolation race winners: Dennis Franklin, Don O'Neal, Mark Whitener, Riley Hickman
Provisional starters: Ronnie Johnson, Jimmy Elliott
Next series race: February 23, Bubba Raceway Park (Ocala, FL) $2,000
Editor's note: Adds fourth consolation winner.

Feature lineup

Row 1: Bronson, Meade
Row 2: Dixon, Barbara
Row 3: H. O’Neal, Roberson
Row 4: Lloyd, Picklesimer
Row 5: Burns, Arthur
Row 6: Franklin, D. O’Neal
Row 7: Whitener, Hickman
Row 8: Williams, Kennedy
Row 9: Seawright, Bare
Row 10: Almond, Brown
Row 11: Dykes, Greenfield
Row 12: Johnson, Elliot

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