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Whitener holds off Eiland at East Alabama

April 21, 2008, 9:54 am
From series reports
Mark Whitener earned $4,000. (Jay Vaquer)
Mark Whitener earned $4,000. (Jay Vaquer)

PHENIX CITY, Ala. (April 19) — Polesitter Mark Whitener of Middleburg, FLa., took the lead from fellow front-row starter Jay Johnson at East Alabama Motor Speedway and led the rest of the way for a United Dirt Late Model Challenge Series victory worth $4,000. Hometown veteran Dana Eiland pressured Whitener before settling for second while Johnny Collins of Jacksonville, Fla., finished third ahead of Keith Nosbisch of Valrico, Fla. Shan Smith's 14th-to-fifth run put the Dade City, Fla., driver into the points lead on the first-year tour. | April recaps

Notes: Evan Becton was the top finishing rookie in 15th. ... East Alabama's next special event is a $1,500-to-win Top Tracks Challenge race for Crate Late Models on July 4. ... UDLMCS returns to East Bay Raceway Park in Gibsonton, Fla., on April 26 to complete the April 5 event that was curtailed by rain. The series plans a 20-lap qualifier to transfer more cars into the 40-lap feature, which will pay $3,000 to the winner.

UDLMCS @ East Alabama: (1) Mike Whitener, (2) Dana Eiland, (3) Johnny Collins, (4) Keith Nosbisch, (4) Shan Smith, (6) Dewayne Johnson, (7) Jack Nosbisch Jr., (8) Terrance Nowell, (9) Adam Bedenbaugh, (10) Montana Dudley, (11) Roger Crouse, (12) Jeff Mathews, (13) Dusty Cone, (14) Marshall Austin Jr., (15) Evan Becton, (16) Russell Brown Jr., (17) Bill Howard, (18) Shane Williams, (19) William Thomas, (20) Jordy Nipper, (21) Ricky Culpepper, (22) J.R. Mosley, (23) Justin Choquette, (24) Jeff Culpepper, (25) Jeff Conyers, (26) Richie Stephens, (27) Larry Harrod, (28) Bobby Eiland. Fast qualifier (among 46 cars): Whitener.

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