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North Florida Speedway UDLMCS action

North Florida UDLMCS winner, Mark Whitener.

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UDLMCS: Traffic Management Gives Whitener North Florida Victory

LAKE CITY, Fla. - July 17. Taking advantage of lap 13 lapped traffic in what was scheduled to be a 50-lap feature event, Mark Whitener added to his points lead with the United Dirt Late Model Challenge Series (South) with Saturday's win in a curfew-shortened race in the tour's stop at North Florida Speedway.

Mark Whitener - Patrick Williams - Rick Warren

Patrick Williams challenged leader Mark Whitener (#58) early on before dropping a drive shaft late in the race. (Rick Warren)

After a field of 23 competitors completed qualifying and heat races, Jason Davis and Keith Nosbisch earned front row starts, with Nosbisch grabbing the lead. Whitener quickly moved past a fading Davis to chase Nosbisch, while Ivedent worked his way into the top five, then drove by Davi and Jordy Nipper to take over third.

While Whitener was putting the pressure on, Nosbisch lead would come under a greater threat by slower traffic. As one car failed to heed the move-over flag, Whitener took advantage, dove low on the track, and came out on to to lead

Mikie Nasworthy - North Florida UDLMCS

Mike Nasworthy spins his #0 during UDLMCS action at Lake City. (Rick Warren)

lap 14, with Lloyd following into second. Nosbisch was able to retake second from Lloyd on a lap 15 restart.

With several cautions and drivers requiring a special caution period to replace tearoffs on the very dusty track, Lloyd called it a night and pitted under one of those cautions, and Patrick Williams dropped from the top five with a broken driveshaft while Nosbisch chased Whitener in a distant second for the remainder.

Doug Watson - Jordy Nipper - UDLMCS at North Florida Speedway

Jordy Nipper races #07 Doug Watson before eventually winding up third in the final rundown. (Rick Warren)

Due to community-imposed time constraints, the race was to be completed in 50 laps or one hour, whichever came first, and a surprised crowd saw the checkered flag fly early as Whitener claimed the win over Nosbisch and Nipper.

UDLMCS - North Florida Speedway
1. Mark Whitener, 2. Keith Nosbisch, 3. Jordy Nipper, 4. John Kellum, 5. Jason Davis, 6. Phillip Cobb, 7. Doug Watson, 8. Darrell Padgett, 9. Kyle Van Sickle, 10. Christian Augspurger, 11. Seth Caudill, 12. David Shugard, 13. Mike Nasworthy, 14. Dave Barber, Jr., 15. Justin Tilton, 16. Chuck Chitty, 17. Dennis Williams, 18. Patrick Williams, 19. Ivedent Lloyd, 20. Travis Carter, 21. Brian Barse, 22. Josh Peacock, 23. Johnny Collins 

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