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February 2
All-Tech Raceway,
Ellisville, FL
Sanction: Unsanctioned Crates (604) (Stevie Whitener Memorial) - $5,000
Information provided by: Track reports (last updated February 4, 6:21 pm)
Fired-up Clem captures $5,000 Whitener Memorial
Stevie Whitener Memorial
  1. Tyler Clem
  2. Jeremy Steele
  3. Mark Whitener
  4. Bubba Roling
  5. David Whitener
  6. Joseph Joiner
  7. Bubba Whitener
  8. Colton Trouille
  9. David Showers Jr.
  10. A.J. Miller
  11. Ty Giles
  12. Brandon Wells
  13. Derrick Shaw
  14. Nevin Gainey
  15. Cody Stevens
  16. Ivedent Lloyd Jr.
  17. Jason Lyles
  18. Freddie Carpenter
  19. Tanner English
  20. Jeff Smith
  21. Rob Pitcher
  22. Kyle Van Sickle
  23. Cole Exum
  24. Hunter Peacock
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Tyler Clem (co2) passes Jeremy Steele (22) and leads the final 17 laps to win $5,000.
What won the race: Overcoming a mid-race restart infraction and then overtaking Jeremy Steele to regain the point on lap 24, second-starting Tyler Clem of St. Petersburg, Fla., scored a $5,000 victory in Saturday's inaugural 40-lap Stevie Whitener Memorial for 604 Crate Late Models at All-Tech Raceway. Clem was ruled to have jumped the lap-20 restart and penalized a row, giving the top spot to the pole-starting Steele, who led laps 20-23 before ceding the position back to Clem and finishing 0.964 of a second back.
Quotable: “Yeah, I wasn’t happy (with the restart infraction ruling). My Raceceiver was buffering and I couldn’t hear very clearly, so I wasn’t really sure what was going on," Clem said. "That’s why I stopped up there (to communicate with officials). I guess I fired too early (on the restart), I really don’t know. Yeah, that pissed me off .. that lit a fire under my ass and I was coming for them."
Key notes: Clem led 36 of the 40 laps en route to capturing the unsanctioned 604 Crate Late Model victory. ... After appearing to cross the checkers in third, Cole Exum was disqualified in post-race technical inspection; apparent fifth-place finisher Hunter Peacock was also DQ'd. ... Nevin Gainey battled Exum for third for much of the race before slowing from fourth and pulling off on a lap-38 restart; Gainey was credited with 16th. ... Mark Whitener slipped as low as sixth before rebounding to finish third in a race that honored his late Uncle. ... Bubba Whitener finished seventh, giving all three Whiteners a top-10 result in the race that honors Steven "Stevie" Whitener, an accomplished racer in the Southeast who died on June 16, 2023, at the age of 64. ... Piloting the Warrior house car, Tanner English slowed while running second to draw the race's third caution on lap 19. He was found to have made contact with an infield tractor tire, folding the nose under his left-front tire. ... Saturday's feature was slowed by five incidents and lasted 27 minutes, with 10 drivers completing 40 laps and 15 running at the finish.
On the move: Cole Exum of Valdosta, Ga., started 22nd and finished third.
Winner's sponsors: Clem’s Big Frog Motorsports Savage Chassis carries sponsorship from Ocala Restaurant Supply, Inc., Whitener’s Tractor Service, Dave’s Towing, Gardner Energy Services, Hoosier Racing Tire, Integra Racing Shocks, VP Racing Fuels and Boswell Oil.
Current weather: Overcast, 57°F
Car count: 41
Fast qualifier: Tanner English
Time: 20.600 seconds
Polesitter: Jeremy Steele
Heat race winners: Jeremy Steele, Tyler Clem, Bubba Roling, Mark Whitener
Consolation race winners: Ty Giles, Jeff Smith
Editor's note: Updated results following post-race disqualifications

Feature lineup

Row 1: J. Steele, Clem
Row 2: Roling, M. Whitener
Row 3: B. Whitener, Gainey
Row 4: Joiner, English
Row 5: Trouille, I. Lloyd Jr.
Row 6: Lyles, F. Carpenter
Row 7: Pitcher, D. Whitener
Row 8: Stevens, Van Sickle
Row 9: Giles, Smith
Row 10: Shaw, Peacock
Row 11: Miller, Exum
Row 12: Showers Jr., Wells
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