OCALA, Fla. — Mark Whitener earned the pole for Saturday night’s $10,000-to-win 100-lap eighth annual Chevrolet Performance World Championship Race for the NeSmith Chevrolet Dirt Late Model Series at Bubba Raceway Park.
In Friday night preliminary action, three Florida drivers and four Florida cars won the four 15-lap heat races to take the top four starting spots for Saturday night’s big show. The four preliminary races were highlighted by three and four-wide racing.
Whitener, the 2012 Bubba Raceway Park Late Model Champion, drove the B&B Produce/Dave’s Towing Special to fast time honors and then won the first 15-lap heat race in dominating fashion to earn the inside front row starting spot.
Kyle Bronson was the second quick qualifier and won the second 15-lap heat race on Friday night in the Brandon Ford Warrior to earn the outside front row starting spot.
Ivedent Lloyd Jr. drove the Snow Brothers Special to third quick time and won the third heat race on Friday night, and will start on the inside of row two for Saturday night’s big show.
The 2010 Chevrolet Performance World Championship Race winner Doug Horton drove Ken Nosbisch’s Mainland Transport Warrior to a win in the fourth 15-lap heat race to start the Saturday night main event from the outside of row two.
In Friday night’s group qualifying, Whitener out-timed the 45-car field with a lap around the three-eighths-mile clay oval in 15.477 seconds. That gave him the pole position for the first heat race, which he went on to win.
Drivers that finished fifth on back in their respective heat races on Friday night will have one more opportunity on Saturday night to make the $10,000-to-win 100 lap main event through one of two 20-lap B-Main races where the top three finishers will transfer to the big show.