Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Crews Wins Late Model Event, Murrer Second

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Crews Wins Late Model Event, Murrer Second

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The 2000 NASCAR Weekly Racing Series kicked off last weekend with a packed house joining in to witness five racing divisions compete at Jax Raceways on Pecan Park Road. The NASCAR Weekly Racing Series feature division Late Models saw a battle up front for all 30 laps between veteran David Crews and 1999 Rookie of the Year Michael Murrer. Crews got the jump from the drop of the green flag and battled to keep Murrer behind him for the entire event to claim top honors. Murrer was forced to settle for second, with Terry Pless in third and Jeff Henry and Steven Skipper making up the top five.

The NASCAR Shortrack Sportsmen division had Gary Godwin of Callahan taking the top spot from Rick Hutchinson on lap three, and pulled away to an impressive victory. Joey Miller came from the 14th starting position to give Godwin a challenge, but settled for second. Hutchinson followed across the line in third, with Randy Clark Jr. and Randy Clark Sr. making up the rest of the top five spots.

The Pure Stock division was once again a crowd-pleaser as the battle for the top position saw four leaders before the winner was declared in the 15-lap feature event. Priscilla Yergy took the lead from the drop of the green flag. The lead was short-lived, however, as Yergy was black-flagged and placed at the rear of the field for jumping a restart. That put Karen Moon up front, where she stayed for three laps when Chad Grogan made his way to the front. Windal Clark joined in and the two drivers diced back and fourth for three laps until Clark took the lead for the final time and held on for the win. Yergy had worked her way back to the front and finished second, with Bill Burkhart in third, Moon in fourth and Bobby Simmons taking fifth. Grogan suffered a flat tire on the final lap and ended up at the rear of the field.

The Grand American Modified's had Kenny Bayless taking the lead at the start of the 20-lap feature and held the spot until lap 12 when Steve Whitener motored by for the lead, where he stayed for the victory. …

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