By :Roby Helm
By :Roby Helm
SAVANNAH, GA – With 15 wins in three different states already in his pocket for the 2016 season, Mark Whitener of Middleburg, FL will be looking to score his second Showdown In Savannah win of his career in the 19th Annual $10,000-to-win race at Oglethorpe Speedway Park on October 6. 7 and 8.
Whitener is one of the hottest Crate Late Model drivers in the country, having already won some of the biggest races in Georgia, Florida and Alabama during the 2016 season. He is fresh off winning the Alabama State Race on September 25 at East Alabama Motor Speedway in Phenix City, AL.
Also during the 2016 season, Whitener has won the Powell Memorial Race at Volusia Speedway Park in Barberville, FL, the Scott Thompson Memorial Race and the Donnie Tanner Memorial Race at East Bay Raceway Park in Tampa, FL, and three United Dirt Late Model Challenge Series Races.
With a 2016 win total of 15 and counting, Whitener considers this season and average year for him on paper, but on the other side of the page, this is a special season unlike the others that one can’t find in the statistics.
“In the past, I’ve won a lot of races for other car owners, but this year, this is my and my family’s race team,” Whitener said. “We make our own decisions, we make all of the money, and we pay all of the bills. That makes winning even more satisfying.”
There are still a lot of big races that pay big money left on Whitener’s racing calendar in 2016, with the $10,000-to-win Showdown In Savannah looming big on the horizon. Whitener and his crew are well into preparations for the Oglethorpe Speedway Park event.
“I’ve won the Showdown a couple of years ago for another car owner, but I’d like to win it again with my own team,” Whitener said. “We’re taking the same car we won the Alabama State Race with last weekend. We’re taking the car completely apart and checking everything for cracks, and anything that might break. We want to make sure everything is ready to go.”