Parker, Owens among winners at Bronson Speedway

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Race report from June 16

By Ryan Butler

A full evening of racing at the Bronson Motor Speedway on June 16 saw six winners in six different racing divisions. Wade Parker and Chip Owens put on some of the most impressive performances of the night, winning their respective races by nearly a lap apiece.
Race 1:  In his first career win, Paul White of Eustis directed the No. 25 car to a win by less than a car length over Mark Lands in the pro challenge race. Running third at the start of the race, White flew past Lands and polesitter Kevyn Terry of Citra to take the lead.
“I just let the guys in front of me take care of themselves,” White said.
After the pass, the No. 25 wouldn’t relinquish the lead. He held off a tough charge from both cars to win the most exciting race of the night. He came from fourth place after qualifing fourth in the five-car field.
Race 2: Trailing until lap 18 in the pure stock race, the No. 58 car made a bold pass with only two laps remaining to take the checkered flag in the evening’s second race. The polesitting No. 5 car had held the lead against the No. 58 and No. 3 cars for most of the race. The pack remained tight throughout the first half of the race. The No. 58 took second place from the No. 3 on lap 13 and was so close to the No. 5 that he bumped into him on turn four during lap 13. He held the narrow lead for five more laps until the No. 58 finally got through.
It was a much tougher race for him after leading wire-to-wire during the preliminaries.
Race 3: A three-wide pass early in the race proved the pivotal move in Chip Owen’s win in the sportsman race. The No. 22 car then went on to to dominate the race’s second half, building his lead to nearly a lap over second-place Sheldon Bowers of Trenton. “I figured I’d make my move and get gone,” Owen said. Ft. White’s Brian Hall in the No. 16 car finished third, one of two car not lapped by the No. 22.
The win followed a strong showing in qualifing, where he easily won the pole.
Race 4- In the quick hornet division, Archer’s Wade Parker beat the three-car field by a huge margin. He took the lead on the third lap from Jackson Fowler of Newberry and never looked back, winning by nearly a lap.
Race 5- : Polesitting for No. 51 didn’t work for long in the mircro sprints division. The No. 14 took over on lap 1 and never looked back, passing all but two cars in the commanding win.
Race 6- : The night ended in exciting fashion in the modified series with three cars jockeying for first in a race won by Jason Garver of Starke. He held off second-place Chip Owen of Interlachen and a hard-charging Kevin Terry to win the longest race of the night. Garver worked his way from third to second on lap three and took the lead on an inside pass on Owen during lap 5. A caution flag on lap 5 regrouped the pack and the top two stayed tight for the next 20 laps. Terry made up impressive distance down the final few laps, but it was too little too late to take the leaders.