Two dirt late model drivers fail tire tests at Bubba Raceway Park

Mark Whitener and Jeff Mathews fail dirt late model tire tests in NeSmith Late Model Series

CARTERSVILLE, GA – Mark Whitener of Middleburg, FL and Jeff Mathews of Brandon, FL have been disqualified from the February 23 Rock Winter Shootout race for the NeSmith Chevrolet Dirt Late Model Series at Bubba Raceway Park in Ocala, FL. Tire samples taken after qualifying from both drivers’ cars failed to meet the required chemical benchmark.

Independent laboratory results of tire samples from the tires on the cars of Group A fast qualifier Mathews and Group B fast qualifier Whitener were the only two tires of the ten tire samples taken over the three days of competition at Bubba Raceway Park that failed to meet the required chemical benchmark.

Both Whitener and Mathews will forfeit their points and earnings for the Friday night NeSmith Late Model Winter Shootout race. NeSmith Racing officials have fined each driver $500 and they will serve a 30-day suspension.
Whitener has already been suspended indefinitely by NeSmith Racing officials for unsportsmanlike conduct after being the aggressor in a physical altercation on Saturday night after the Chevrolet Performance World Championship Race at Bubba Raceway Park.

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With the disqualification of Whitener and Mathews from the Friday night Winter Shootout NeSmith Late Model race, NeSmith Racing officials have adjusted the series’ point standings after the first four races of the eight-race series. The adjusted point standings are posted at

The next pair of races for the NeSmith Chevrolet Dirt Late Model Series will be at Smoky Mountain Speedway in Maryville, TN for the Tennessee Tip-Off on March 9 and 10. There will be a $2,000-to-win 40-lap race on March 9, and a $2,500-to-win 50-lap event on March 10. The two races will be Rounds 5 and 6 of the Winter Shootout Series.


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