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Daily Dirt 09/23/2023 05:49:49

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August 25
Volusia Speedway Park,
Barberville, FL
Sanction: Florida Late Model Challenge Series - $1,000
Information provided by: Series and track reports (last updated August 27, 8:32 am)
David Whitener grabs Florida tour victory
  1. David Whitener
  2. Bud Chancey
  3. Richard Ferry
  4. Trevor Taylor
  5. Jimmy Waldrop
  6. Kyle Chappell
  7. Shan Smith
  8. Brian Smith
  9. John Bledsoe
  10. Brandon Smith
  11. Donnie Padgett
  12. Mark Steube
  13. Chuck Jackson
  14. Candie Kuhn
  15. Nevin Gainey
  16. Caleb McGillivray
  17. Jonathan Thomas
  18. Roger Thomas
  19. Gordon Peck
  20. Hamp Conley
  21. Jeremy Knoll
  22. Bug Rose
  23. Lisa O'Connor
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What won the race: Taking advantage of a caution just beyond midway, fifth-starting David Whitener of Middleburg, Fla., passed leader Bud Chancey on the restart and pulled away to win his first career Florida Late Model Challenge Series feature. Whitener dominated action in the second half of Saturday’s race, winning by 4.182 seconds ahead of Chancey for a $1,000 payday at Volusia Speedway Park. Polesitter Richard Ferry finished third.
Quotable: “(Bud) Chancey (showed) me (a faster line),” winner David Whitener said. “I was trying to hold the bottom down there because I thought I had a little bit of grip. Whenever he passed me on the outside and turned by (number) 5 around, I had to try it the next lap, and it stuck.”
Key notes: Whitener said he called his brother Mark before the race to help with his car’s setup. “I was on the phone with (Mark) trying to make this hot rod go faster. He was up there (racing) at Waycross (Ga.).” … Bud Chancey had a straightaway lead when the mid-race caution came out, giving Whitener a shot at the lead. … Nevin Gainey started second and led a handful of laps early before retiring with an overheating engine. … Eleven drivers completed all 25 laps. … A crash on a restart on lap five resulted in Roger Thomas’s No. 23 parked on top of Hamp Conley’s No. 46c, eliminating the pair from contention. … There have been four different winners in five series events. … Whitener became the tour’s third different winner at Volusia this season. … The series returns to Volusia on Oct. 27 and Nov. 10.
On the move: Jimmy Waldrop rallied from 24th to finish fifth.
Winner's sponsors: Whitener’s winning No. 5 is sponsored by United Land Clearing, CWI Maintenance, Burkins Chevrolet and Carter Trucking.
Points chase: After five events, Nevin Gainey and Shan Smith are tied atop the series standings with 345 points, followed by Brian Smith (327), Trever Taylor (322) and David Whitener (320).
Car count: 24
Heat race winners: Bud Chancey, Shan Smith, Nevin  Gainey
Next series race: November 21, Volusia Speedway Park (Barberville, FL) $1,000
Editor's note: Results and race details are unofficial.

Feature lineup

Row 1: Ferry, Gainey
Row 2: S. Smith, Chancey
Row 3: Whitener, Bledsoe
Row 4: Chappell, Bri. Smith
Row 5: Taylor, Padgett
Row 6: McGillivray, R. Thomas
Row 7: Steube, Knoll
Row 8: J. Thomas, Peck
Row 9: Jackson, Bre. Smith
Row 10: O’Connor, Conley
Row 11: Kuhn, Rose
Row 12: Adkins, Waldrop

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