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Sheppard Wins in Dramatic Fashion at Bubba Raceway Park

February 23rd, 2017

OCALA, FL – The former Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Rookie of the Year, Brandon Sheppard took the lead on the final lap from Scott Bloomquist to win Sunday night’s Lucas Oil Winter Nationals – presented by GEICO at Bubba Raceway Park. The exciting finish brought the packed grandstand to its feet as Sheppard charged from his 11th starting spot to take the win.

Bloomquist finished in second, followed by Dennis Erb Jr. in the Vomac Trucking, Clements Racing Engines, Black Diamond Chassis. Earl Pearson Jr. came home fourth in the Dunn-Benson Ford, Larry Wallace Racing Engines, Longhorn Chassis. Frank Heckenast Jr. completed the top five in the St. Louis-U-Pic-A-Part, Capital Race Car. Sheppard ended the Georgia-Florida Speedweeks with his second win in the Mark Richards Racing, Valvoline, Seubert Calf Ranches, Gunter’s Honey, Sallack Well Services, Sunoco, Durham-powered Rocket House Car.

In Lucas Oil Victory Lane for the sixth time in his career, the 24-year-old racer was at a loss for words; “Anytime you can pass Scott [Bloomquist] for the lead, it’s pretty big. He is probably one of the greatest in our sport. I guess you could say it was an honor to pass him on the last lap for the win.” “It was crazy out there. Turns three and four and down the front stretch were pretty slippery. You had to make sure you hit the little bit of brown on the bottom of three and four,” said Sheppard.

“The caution with two laps to go, let us pack the top of one and two and made it so we could roll around on the top better. Scott was running on the top before that caution come out. I kind of expected him to go to the top and then he went to the bottom on the restart. I guess I just grinned a little bit and got on the gas and went right by him on the outside.”

At the start of the race Josh Richards and Bloomquist led the field to the green flag. Bloomquist led the first lap and Richards took over the point on lap two. Richards then started to receive heavy pressure from Don O’Neal who had moved by Bloomquist into second place.

As Richards and O’Neal exited off turn four on lap 20, a car spun directly into front of them, leaving those two drivers with nowhere to go and they came to a halt with heavy damage to both cars. Richards went pit-side and made repairs to re-join the field on the tail while O’Neal was done for the night.

Bloomquist inherited the lead, which he held until a caution with two laps to go for a slowing car in turn two, which bunched the field for a green-white-checker finish. Erb, who had been all over Bloomquist in the final five laps of the race charged to the bottom trying to get by Bloomquist as Sheppard swung out wide and went by both to take the win.

Bloomquist crossed the line in second even though it wasn’t the result he was looking for. “We were pushing badly at the end, especially in three and four. The tire was starting to give-up a little bit. The crew guys pointed to get to the bottom on the restart. I didn’t expect him [Sheppard] to get a run like that, and the car didn’t feel as good at the end, it was just one of those things. We had a good race and I am sure that everybody enjoyed watching that one.”

Erb took third, and commented on his podium finish, “We had a good car all night long. From the time we hot lapped, qualified, ran the heat, this car stayed good and to be running up front near the end, we are real pleased with that. We worked on this car all week-long and finally brought it out tonight, we made a lot of changes on this car, but at least we are going in the right direction.”

Completing the top ten were Tim McCreadie, Chub Frank, Boom Briggs, Jonathan Davenport, and Josh Richards.

Tyler Clem Spooks the Competition at Bubba Raceway Park

November 6th, 2016

St. Petersburg, Florida- 14-year-old, Tyler Clem had no fear on Saturday night as he topped the Late Model portion of the Halloween Spooktacular at Bubba Raceway Park in his Vahlco Wheels #14 K&N Filters/ Rocket Chassis Late Model.

Competing in both the Late Model and Sprint Car division, Tyler Clem returned to the familiar confines of Bubba Raceway Park (Ocala, Florida) on Saturday night for the annual Halloween Spooktacular. In a field of 13 Late Models, Clem finished 3rd in his heat race, which gave him the 5th-starting position for the A-Main.

Quickly charging his way to the front of the field, Tyler reeled in his seventh victory of the season, topping Shan Smith, Bryan Bernhardt, Caleb Mcgillivray, and Taylor Gant at the finish line.

In a field of 14 Sprint Cars for the Eagle Jet Top Gun Sprint Car Series sanctioned program, Tyler battled mechanical issues as he dropped to a 13th-place finish in the main event.

“Our Late Model was on a rail in the feature,” said Clem. “Luck wasn’t on our side in the Sprint Car, but it was still a fantastic night for our entire team. I just want to thank my family, my sponsors, and my fans for all of their support.”

Full results from this event are available atwww.BubbaRacewayPark.com .

The team is currently evaluating when their next event will be. Keep your browsers pointed towww.TylerClem.com for the latest team plans.

Tyler Clem and Clem Racing Inc. would like to thank all of their principle and associate sponsors including Miller Welders, K&N Filters, Rent ‘N Roll, WingHouse, Shooters World, Vahlco Wheels, Hedman Hedders, Stanton Race Engines, Keyser Manufacturing, Rocket Chassis, Sunoco Fuels, Braille Battery, JE Pistons, Ferrea Valves, Whelen Engineering, 1-800-Ask-Gary, Tony Stewart Racing, Elder Ford, Leaf Race Wear, Winters Racing Products, Bell Helmets, Aurora, Dan Olson Racing Products, Impact, Race Optics, Redline Oil, Stepp’s Towing, BR Motorsports, AR Bodies, DB Plugs, Jones Racing Products, Ole NE Jewelers, Callies Performance Products, Willy’s Carburetors, Toyo Tires, Durst Motorsports, Gates Belts, Butlerbuilt Seat Systems, Zero Error Racing, Superior Bearing & Supply, AR Bodies, NGK Spark Plugs, and MSR Mafia Marketing & Website Services.

For more information on Tyler Clem, please visit his official website atwww.TylerClem.com .

Tyler Clem Enjoys Outstanding Weekend with USCS at BRP

September 24th, 2016

St. Petersburg, Florida – 14-year-old, Tyler Clem enjoyed an outstanding weekend in his Vahlco Wheels #14 Bubba Army/ J&J Chassis Sprint Car with the United Sprint Car Series at Bubba Raceway Park.

“There was a lot of veterans in that field, and I feel like we gave them a run for their money both nights,” said Clem. “If you had told me at the start of the weekend that I would get a 2nd and a 3rd, I would’ve definitely have been happy. We are just a tick away from winning some of these big shows. Thanks to my team, sponsors, and fans for their support!”

On Friday night Tyler Clem visited Bubba Raceway Park (Ocala, Florida), powering his Bubba Army #14 Sprint Car in the opening round of the two-day United Sprint Car Series (USCS) Outlaw Thunder Tour presented by K&N Filters weekend at the 3/8-mile oval. Starting the night off with the Engler Machine & Tool heat race victory, Clem earned the pole position for the opening night A-Main. Tyler paced the field for the first three circuits before Losing the top spot on lap 8 to Johnny Gilbertson Tyler would slip one more spot before the checkered flag waved to record a podium finish. He crossed the finish line in 3rd behind Danny Martin Jr. and Johnny Gilbertson with Nick Snyder and Shawn Murray rounding out the Top 5.

For the second night of action with the USCS, Clem started his night by landing a runner-up finish behind Danny Martin Jr. in the Hoosier Tire Speed Dash. He then followed up his dash performance by winning his heat race for the second-straight night, which positioned him starting 3rd on the feature grid. Moving up one spot in the 30-lap affair, Tyler chased Martin Jr. throughout the feature before ultimately, notching a 2nd-place finish behind Martin Jr. with Morgan Turpen, Nick Snyder, and Danny Sams III completing the Top 5 finishers.

Overall it was great weekend of accomplishments for Tyler against a stiff field of competitors.

Full results from these events are available atwww.BubbaRacewayPark.com .

This Saturday, September 24 will take Clem to Volusia Speedway Park (Barberville, Florida) to compete in the Modified division. For more information on the event, please visitwww.VSPDirtLife.com .

For more information on Tyler Clem, please visit his official website atwww.TylerClem.com .

Tyler Clem Charges to BRP Checkers; Returns to BRP this Saturday

August 24th, 2016

St. Petersburg, Florida – 14-year-old, Tyler Clem visited victory lane for the fourth time in 2016 on Saturday night with a triumph at Bubba Raceway Park in his Vahlco Wheels #14 Bubba Army/ Rocket Chassis Late Model.

On Saturday night Tyler Clem returned to Bubba Raceway Park (Ocala, Florida), where he competed in the Late Model division. After drawing the 7th-starting position for his heat race, Clem landed a 4th-place finish, which positioned him 8th on the starting grid for the feature.

With 25 laps to work his way forward, Tyler had raced his way into a podium spot by lap 8. Passing for the lead on lap 12, Tyler Clem held off the field for the remaining 13 laps to capture up his fourth victory of the 2016 by nearly six-car lengths.

This win marks Tyler’s second Super Late Model victory, along with one in the Modified division and one in his Sprint Car. Phillip Cobb, Shan Smith, Kenny Monahan, and J.O. Nobles trailed Clem across the finish line in the feature event.

“When you are starting deep in the field, you really never know if you have a good chance of picking up the win, but this car was just awesome from the drop of the green flag so I knew we would be strong,” said Clem. “I want to thank my team, my sponsors, and my fans for their awesome support.”

Full results from this event are available at www.BubbaRacewayPark.com .

Tyler will return to Bubba Raceway Park this Saturday, August 27 to compete in a $2,000-to-win, Late Model event. For more information on the program, please visit www.BubbaRacewayPark.com .

For more information on Tyler Clem, please visit his official website at www.TylerClem.com.

Tyler Clem Inherits Late Model Win at BRP; Enjoys Strong Holiday Weekend

July 7th, 2016

St. Petersburg, Florida- 14-year-old, Tyler Clem enjoyed a successful holiday weekend in three divisions as he competed in his Vahlco Wheels #14 Rocket Chassis Late Model, his #14 J&J Sprint Car and his Bubba Army #14 K&N Filters/ Larry Shaw Modified. Among his accomplishments was a Late Model win on Friday night at Bubba Raceway Park.

“We kind of backed into that win because the guy that initially won was light at the scales, so we were bumped up from 2nd to the victory” said Clem. “I know that’s a tough way to lose a race, but we’ve had our fair
share of bad luck this year, so we’ll definitely take this win.”

Competing in two separate divisions, Tyler Clem returned to Bubba Raceway Park (Ocala, Florida) on Friday night, battling in his Sprint Car and Late Model. Bringing home his first Late Model win of the season, Clem initially finished 2nd in the main event, but inherited the top spot when the race winner weighed in 60 lbs light at the scales. The victory marked Tyler’s 3rd overall of the season.

After placing 3rd in his heat race in the Sprint Car division, Tyler notched a 5th-place finish in the Top Gun Sprints sanctioned A-Main, trailing Matt Kurtz, Johnny Gilbertson, Mark Ruel Jr., and Keith Butler to the checkers.

Making his third start of the weekend – all in different divisions – Tyler Clem visited Volusia Speedway Park (Barberville, Florida) on Sunday night for the $3,000-to-win Daytona Sportswear Modified event. In a field of 17 entries, Clem recorded a 3rd-place finish in his heat, securing his spot into the 30-lap A-Main. Posting his third Top-5 finish of the weekend, Tyler scored a 4th-place finish behind Larry Burkins, Todd Neiheiser, and Dillon Buhr with David Reutimann finishing 5th.

Full results from these events are available at www.BubbaRacewayPark.com and www.VolusiaSpeedwayPark.com .

Tyler’s plans for the weekend call for him to tentatively return to Volusia Speedway Park this Saturday, July 9 to compete in the Modified division. For more information on the event, please visit www.VolusiaSpeedwayPark.com .

For more information on Tyler Clem, please visit his official website at www.TylerClem.com .

Tyler Clem Takes Eagle Jet Top Gun Sprint Car Win at BRP

May 4th, 2016

St. Petersburg, Florida – 13-year-old, Tyler Clem piloted his Bubba Army #14 Valken Racing/ J&J Sprint Car to his first win of the season on Saturday night with an Eagle Jet Top Sprint Series win at Bubba Raceway Park.

On Saturday night Tyler Clem returned to competition behind the wheel of his Sprint Car at Bubba Raceway Park (Ocala, Florida) for an Eagle Jet Top Gun Winged Sprint Car Series event at the 3/8-mile oval. Starting in the
4th-position in a field of 16 entries, Clem worked his way to the front early in the feature and ultimately captured the win, picking up his first victory of the 2016 season, with Matt Kurtz, Garrett Green, Dennis Misuraca, and Brandon Denton rounding out the top five.

“This car was phenomenal all night, and I knew if I did my job that we could get the win,” commented Clem. “I want to thank my family, my crew, my sponsors, and all of my great fans for their support.” Full results from this event are available at www.BubbaRacewayPark.com .

Tyler will be idle from racing this coming weekend, but will return to competition on Saturday, May 14 at Bubba Raceway Park with a $2,000-to-win, Late Model event. For more information on the event, please visit www.BubbaRacewayPark.com .

Tyler Clem and Clem Racing Inc. would like to thank all of their principle and associate sponsors including Miller Welders, K&N Filters, Rent ‘N Roll, WingHouse, Shooters World, Vahlco Wheels, Hedman Hedders, Stanton Race Engines, Keyser Manufacturing, Rocket Chassis, Sunoco Fuels, Braille Battery, JE Pistons, Ferrea Valves, Whelen Engineering, 1-800-Ask-Gary, Tony Stewart Racing, Elder Ford, Leaf Race Wear, Winters Racing Products, Bell Helmets, Scorpion Race Products, Aurora, Dan Olson Racing Products, Impact, Race Optics, Redline Oil, C&R Racing Radiators, Stepp’s Towing, BR Motorsports, Oakley, AR Bodies, Strange Oval, DB Plugs, Jones Racing Products, Ole NE Jewelers, Callies Performance Products, Willy’s Carburetors, Toyo Tires, Durst Motorsports, Gates Belts, Worldwide Bearings, Butlerbuilt Seat Systems, Zero Error Racing, Superior Bearing & Supply, AR Bodies, NGK Spark Plugs, WD-40, Safety-Kleen, MSD Ignition, Fast Shafts, and MSR Mafia Marketing & Website Services.

For more information on Tyler Clem, please visit his official website at www.TylerClem.com .

Doug Horton Takes Mike Peters Open at BRP for Big Frog Motorsports

April 23rd, 2016

Ocala, Florida – Doug Horton made his debut behind the wheel of the Big Frog Motorsports #58 Dave’s Towing/Rocket XR1 Late Model one to remember as he claimed the $3,000 payday in the Mike Peters Open at Bubba
Raceway Park.

Behind the wheel of the Big Frog Motorsports #58 Super Late Model, Doug Horton traveled to Bubba Raceway Park (Ocala, Florida) on Saturday night for the 6th Annual Mike Peters Open. Posting the fastest time in a field of
twenty cars, Doug went on to earn the 3rd-starting spot for the feature after capturing a heat race victory. Battling for a $3,000 payday in the United Dirt Late Model Challenge Series (UDLMCS) sanctioned A-Main, Horton
topped the 50-lapper, picking up his first win of the season in the Big Frog Motorsports machine with Tyler Crowder, Mark Whitener, Ivedent Lloyd Jr. and Dillon Wood rounding out the top five.

Complete results can be found at www.BubbaRacewayPark.com .

With Horton’s appearance in the car, many questions have been asked about the latest plans for the team. To dispel any rumors, team owner, Augie Burttram made the following statement.

“We’ve amicably parted ways with Austin Kirkpatrick. He’s a great driver and a great person, but we just couldn’t seem to get things in motion together. Sometimes it just goes that way, so we wish him the best of luck. We currently aren’t sure, who will become the full-time driver for the team, but I can say that after his great performance last week that Doug Horton will be back in the driver’s seat at Volusia Speedway Park on Saturday, April 23. We’ll go from there on making decisions. We want to thank all of our sponsors and fans for their support.”

The team will compete in the $2,500-to-win event at the ½-mile confines of Volusia Speedway Park (Barberville, Florida) this Saturday, April 23. For more information on the event, please visit www.VSPDirtLife.com .

For the latest team news and updates on Big Frog Motorsports please visit www.BigFrogMotorsports.com .

Ballou Banks Winter Dirst Games Gold Ocala

February 21st, 2016

Some might consider putting the #1 on a racecar in the year following a championship as a well-earned honor. On the other hand, some might consider it a curse.Defending series champion Robert Ballou quickly put the latter notion to rest by leading all 30 laps in his Ballou Motorsports/MPHG Promotions – Blakesley’s Auto/Maxim/Ott to win night two of “Winter Dirt Games VII” in Friday night’s USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship feature at Bubba Raceway Park in Ocala, Florida. The Rocklin, California driver started on the pole position, quickly jumping out to a sizable lead in the opening laps. Throughout the duration of the race, Ballou rarely encountered trouble, magnificently maneuvering through lapped traffic by the tenth lap. Just two laps later, a Kyle Robbins turn four spin ridded the leaders of traffic, supplying Ballou with an advantage on the lap 12 restart with the lapped car of Kent Schmidt sandwiched between him and second-running Brady Bacon at the green flag.

Bacon was Ballou’s most serious threat in the early going, yet it was previous night’s second place finisher Kyle Cummins riding the cushion around Bacon in turn two for the second spot on lap 14. A flip by Jarett Andretti into turn one on lap 21 created one last restart with ten laps remaining. Cummins’ left rear appeared to be low on air as the field prepared to come to the green and Bacon was quickly able to charge past Cummins to claim the second position.

Ballou’s commanding lead quickly shrank as Bacon once again was looking at a clear racetrack through his visor. One last move by Bacon on Ballou coming out four to the checkered flag wasn’t enough as Ballou earned his first victory of the year, beating Bacon, Cummins, Bryan Clauson and Dave Darland to the line at the finish. Ballou tallied his 23rd career series win, tying him for 19th on the all-time USAC National Sprint Car win list with A.J. Foyt and Roger McCluskey.

“I thought we had a car that was capable of winning last (Thursday) night, but we forgot to put a bleeder in and it just kind of messed up the night,” said Ballou who finished 10th in Thursday night’s feature. We didn’t point any fingers; we just kept digging. We put our heads down today and I said, ‘it’s a new night; we’ve
got to start over; it’s a long season.’ We had to dig deep, but we hit everything where we needed to tonight.”
Bacon, the 2014 series champ and a USAC Sprint feature winner in Ocala, Fla. one season ago, discovered during his run Friday night that the high side was the place to be.

“Before the next to last yellow, I tried the bottom and it just didn’t work and Cummins got around me,” admitted Bacon, the driver of the Dynamics, Inc./Mean Green – Lykins Oil/XXX/Williams Mopar. “But the next restart, I went back up top and was able to get back around him. I felt like I was better the first few laps after a restart than a couple of those guys, but everyone was pretty equal up on the top and that was pretty much the only option.” Third place finisher Cummins, who carries the series point lead into Saturday night’s “Winter Dirt Games VII” finale, backed up his second place run on Thursday night with another podium finish in his Hank Byram/Vincennes University – Tim Mason ReMax/Mach-1/Cummins.

“I kind of found a different groove when I was chasing Robert and I’d catch him, but then lose him again,” Cummins said. “This thing is right on the edge of being a handful to drive right now and we just haven’t found a good setup to calm it down. We changed quite a bit from last night and it still acted sort of the same. Finishing third is alright, but we’ll have to try some drastic stuff tomorrow to really get after it. We’re fast. We just have to be better.”

Friday night’s contingency award winners included Max McGhee (ProSource Fast Qualifier & Simpson Race Products First Heat); Shane Cottle (Competition Suspension (CSI) Second Heat); Clauson (Benic Enterprises Third Heat & KSE Hard Charger); Brady Short (Indy Race Parts Fourth Heat); Cummins (Schroeder/Pac Springs 3rd Place finisher); Darland (Schoenfeld Headers 5th Place Finisher); Chris Windom (Schroeder/Pac Springs 8th Place Finisher); Ballou (Top Maxim Finisher).

Clauson Cruises to National Sprint Season Opener in Ocala

February 19th, 2016

Although his determined charge to the front was interrupted by three early yellow flags, Noblesville, Indiana’s Bryan Clauson was undeterred as he took the checkered flag during “Winter Dirt Games VII” in his Dooling-Hayward/B & H Contractors – Cancer Treatment Centers of America/Spike/Stanton Mopar in Thursday night’s USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship season opening feature at Bubba Raceway Park in
Ocala, Fla.

Starting in the fourth position, Clauson quickly pounced to the front, immediately putting pressure on outside front row starter Chase Stockon for the lead by the end of the first lap. However, a turn four spin by Jarett Andretti brought out the yellow before the first lap could be completed, bringing about a complete restart. On the ensuing restart, Clauson once again shot to the front, taking the lead on the third lap when the rear end on Aric Gentry’s car locked up, bringing out the second caution of the 30-lap event. On lap seven, Stockon’s tail tank was shadowed around the 3/8-mile D-shaped clay oval by Clauson when Kody Swanson came to a stop
backwards in turn four.

Clauson, tired of seeing yellow, was intent on making the most of an extended green flag run, finally claiming the top spot for good on the eighth lap, sliding up in front of Stockon entering turn one and eventually pulling away to a half straightaway lead over Stockon.

Clauson was never challenged despite encountering lapped traffic in the final few circuits, taking his fourth USAC-sanctioned win of the year over Kyle Cummins, Thomas Meseraull, Max McGhee and Chad Boespflug. Clauson, who won three of the five USAC Southwest/West Coast Sprint features at the “Winter Challenge” at Peoria, Arizona’s Canyon Speedway in January likens his success at Bubba Raceway Park to Canyon. “This place has always been a place since day one that I’ve taken a liking to,” Clauson said. “I kind of like to call it the Canyon of the south for me. Our cars are always really good and I’m proud to drive this thing. It’s been a rocket ship since we unloaded it at Eldora last year.”

As the track slicked off a bit, Clauson felt that the conditions suited his style to park it in victory lane for the fourth time in “Winter Dirt Games” competition, also picking up victories in 2011, 2013 and 2014.
“Our car, historically, the slicker it gets, the better be are,” Clauson said.

“We were licking our chops all night. Our Spike chassis and Stanton power were getting to the ground and we felt like we had really good forward drive all night long. We were able to maneuver; that was the big thing. When Chase took our line away up top, I could go to the middle and still make some runs at him. That’s what we
work on every night, not only to be fast but to be able to make multiple lines work.”

Cummins, of Princeton, Indiana, had a superb run, taking second at the checkered, passing Stockon during a three abreast battle along with Meseraull, who collected the third spot. “At the beginning I felt like I sucked everywhere, but I made some adjustments and it seemed like going into the middle of one, everybody was kind of hanging, and I could make up a little bit of ground. In three and four, I could just run in the
middle. Going into one and getting off turn four was my best by far. It seemed like I could make up a huge amount on the guys.”

Brady Short, who owns the lead for the Wilwood Brake Systems Passing Master Award for the weekend, was the KSE Hard Charger for the night, moving from 18th to the 11th in the feature. The contingency award winner for Schoenfeld Headers was fifth-place finisher Boespflug while Meseraull (3rd) and Brady Bacon (8th) won contingencies from Schroeder/Pac Springs. The top-finishing driver in a Maxim chassis was McGhee in the fourth spot.

NEXT USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP EVENTS:
DATE: February 19-20, 2016
SERIES: USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship
TRACK: Bubba Raceway Park (Ocala, Florida) – 3/8 Mile, Semi-Banked D-Shaped Dirt Oval
EVENT: “Winter Dirt Games VII”
STARTING TIMES: Friday, February 19

Pits open 4pm. Grandstands open at 5pm. Hot laps at 7pm. Racing at 8pm. Saturday, February 20 Pits open at 3pm. Grandstands open at 4pm. Hot laps at 6pm. Racing at 7pm.

TRACK ADDRESS: 9050 NW Gainesville Rd, Ocala, FL 34482
TRACK PHONE: (352) 622-9400
TRACK WEBSITE: http://www.bubbaracewaypark.com/
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$19.95 (1-Day Pass), $34.95 (2-Day Pass) $49.95 (3-Day Pass) http://loudpedal.tv/ members receive 10% off

“WINTER DIRT GAMES” FEATURE WINNERS
2-8-2010: East Bay Raceway Park – Damion Gardner
2-10-2010: East Bay Raceway Park – Damion Gardner
2-17-2011: Ocala Speedway – Damion Gardner
2-18-2011: Ocala Speedway – Bryan Clauson
2-19-2011: Ocala Speedway – Damion Gardner
2-9-2012: Bubba Raceway Park – Damion Gardner
2-11-2012: Bubba Raceway Park – Darren Hagen
2-21-2013: Bubba Raceway Park – Bryan Clauson
2-22-2013: Bubba Raceway Park – Tracy Hines
2-23-2013: Bubba Raceway Park – Tracy Hines
2-20-2014: Bubba Raceway Park – Brady Bacon
2-22-2014: Bubba Raceway Park – Bryan Clauson
2-20-2015: Bubba Raceway Park – Robert Ballou
2-21-2015: Bubba Raceway Park – Brady Bacon
2-22-2015: Bubba Raceway Park – Dave Darland
2-26-2015: Eastbay Raceway Park – Kevin Thomas, Jr.
2-27-2015: Eastbay Raceway Park – Robert Ballou

2016 USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP SCHEDULE & RESULTS
Feb 18: Ocala, FL – Bubba Raceway Park
WINNER: Bryan Clauson
Feb 19: Ocala, FL – Bubba Raceway Park
Feb 20: Ocala, FL – Bubba Raceway Park
Apr 2: Lawrenceburg, IN – Lawrenceburg Speedway
Apr 15: Bloomington, IN – Bloomington Speedway
Apr 16: Haubstadt, IN – Tri-State Speedway
Apr 23: Montpelier, IN – Montpelier Motor Speedway
May 6: Rossburg, OH – Eldora Speedway
May 7: Rossburg, OH – Eldora Speedway
May 20: Gas City, IN – Gas City I-69 Speedway
May 21: Brownstown, IN – Brownstown Speedway
May 25: Terre Haute, IN – Terre Haute Action Track
Jun 7: Bechtelsville, PA – Grandview Speedway
Jun 8 – Abbottstown, PA – Lincoln Speedway
Jun 9 – New Egypt, NJ – New Egypt Speedway
Jun 11 – Port Royal, PA – Port Royal Speedway
Jun 12 – York Haven, PA – Susquehanna Speedway
Jun 23 – Jackson, MN – Jackson Motorplex
Jun 24 – Eagle, NE – Eagle Raceway
Jun 25 – Kansas City, KS – Lakeside Speedway
Jun 26: Kansas City, KS – Lakeside Speedway
Jul 1: Putnamville, IN – Lincoln Park Speedway
Jul 8: ***Gas City, IN – Gas City I-69 Speedway
Jul 9: ***Kokomo, IN – Kokomo Speedway
Jul 10: ***Lawrenceburg, IN – Lawrenceburg Speedway
Jul 13: ***Terre Haute, IN – Terre Haute Action Track
Jul 14: ***Putnamville, IN – Lincoln Park Speedway
Jul 15: ***Bloomington, IN – Bloomington Speedway
Jul 16: ***Haubstadt, IN – Tri-State Speedway
Jul 29: Granite City, IL – Tri-City Speedway
Jul 30: Granite City, IL – Tri-City Speedway
Aug 20: (SE) Brandon, SD – Badlands Motor Speedway
Aug 21: (SE) Brandon, SD – Badlands Motor Speedway
Aug 24: (SE) Kokomo, IN – Kokomo Speedway
Aug 25: Kokomo, IN – Kokomo Speedway
Aug 26: Kokomo, IN – Kokomo Speedway
Aug 27: Kokomo, IN – Kokomo Speedway
Sep 16: Terre Haute, IN – Terre Haute Action Track
Sep 17: Haubstadt, IN – Tri-State Speedway
Sep 24: Rossburg, OH – Eldora Speedway
Oct 1: Lawrenceburg, IN – Lawrenceburg Speedway
Oct 15: Flora, IL – Route 45 Raceway
Nov 4: ### Queen Creek, AZ – Arizona Speedway
Nov 5: ### Queen Creek, AZ – Arizona Speedway
Nov 10: ### Perris, CA – Perris Auto Speedway
Nov 11: ### Perris, CA – Perris Auto Speedway
Nov 12: ### Perris, CA – Perris Auto Speedway
———————— KEY DEFINITIONS ————————-
Races noted with (SE) represent a non-points-paying “Special Event”
Races noted with %%% represent Eastern Storm
Races noted with @@@ represent California Sprint Week.
Races noted with *** represent Indiana Sprint Week
Races noted with ### represent a race with the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car Series.
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2016 USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP STATISTICS
FEATURE WINS:
1. (1) Bryan Clauson (Bubba Raceway Park on Feb. 18) FEATURE LAPS LED:
1. (23) Bryan Clauson
2. (7) Chase Stockon
TOP-FIVE FEATURE FINISHES: 1. (1) Chad Boespflug, Bryan Clauson, Kyle Cummins, Max McGhee Thomas Meseraull
TOP-TEN FEATURE FINISHES: 1. (1) Brady Bacon, Robert Ballou, Chad Boespflug, Bryan Clauson, Kyle Cummins,
Justin Grant, C.J. Leary, Max McGhee & Thomas Meseraull & Chase Stockon
PROSOURCE FAST QUALIFYING TIMES:
1. (1) Max McGhee
HEAT RACE WINS:
1. (1) Bacon, Ballou, Shane Cottle Jon Stanbrough
SEMI WINS:
1. (1) Casey Shuman

KSE RACING PRODUCTS HARD CHARGER OF THE RACE
2/18: Bubba Raceway Park – Brady Short (7 Positions)

ALL-TIME USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CAR DRIVER FEATURE WINS
1. [57 wins] Dave Darland
2. [52 wins] Tom Bigelow
3. [47 wins] Tracy Hines
4. [46 wins] Jack Hewitt
5. [45 wins] Larry Dickson
6. [42 wins] Pancho Carter
7. [40 wins] Gary Bettenhausen
8. [37 wins] Sheldon Kinser
9. [35 wins] Bryan Clauson, Jon Stanbrough & Rich Vogler
12. [32 wins] Rollie Beale
13. [28 wins] Levi Jones & J.J. Yeley
15. [26 wins] Tony Elliott & Dave Steele
17. [25 wins] Steve Butler & Jay Drake
19. [23 wins] A.J. Foyt & Roger McCluskey
21. [22 wins] Robert Ballou, Rick Hood, Bubby Jones & Sam Sessions
25. [21 wins] Greg Weld
26. [17 wins] Jerry Coons, Jr., Parnelli Jones & Bud Kaeding
29. [15 wins] Brady Bacon, Bobby East, Damion Gardner, Cory Kruseman, Jud Larson Brian Tyler
35. [14 wins] Billy Cassella, Jim Hurtubise, Lee Kunzman & Bruce Walkup
39. [13 wins] Don Branson & Steve Chassey
41. [12 wins] Eric Gordon
42. [11 wins] Daron Clayton & Greg Leffler
44. [10 wins] Tony Stewart & Chris Windom
46. [9 wins] Mario Andretti, Robbie Stanley & Kevin Thomas Jr.
49. [8 wins] Mike Bliss, Chet Fillip, Johnny Rutherford, Joe Saldana & Hunter Schuerenberg
54. [7 wins] Kevin Doty, Darren Hagen, Kenny Irwin Jr., Doug Kalitta, Jim Keeker, Bobby Santos III, Kevin Thomas, Bobby Unser &Josh Wise
63. [6 wins] Kevin Briscoe, Jac Haudenschild, Jason McCord, Jan Opperman, Brady Short, Tom Sneva, George Snider, Chase Stockon & Dick Tobias
72. [5 wins] Larry Cannon, Dana Carter, Derek Davidson, Gene Lee Gibson, Jeff Gordon, Chuck Gurney, Shane Hmiel, Kevin Huntley, Frankie Kerr, Kelly Kinser, Eddie Leavitt, Jim Mahoney, Andy Michner, Johnny Parsons, Bill Puterbaugh & Cole Whitt
88. [4 wins] Rob Chaney, Cary Faas, Jesse Hockett, Steve Kinser, Michael Lewis, Don Nordhorn, Lee Osborne, Red Riegel, Ken Schrader, Al Smith & Danny Smith
99. [3 wins] Chuck Amati, Sonny Ates, Jeff Bloom, Mark Cassella, Shane Cottle, Jerry Daniels, Bob East, Bob Frey, Dickie Gaines, Justin Grant, Wayne Hammond, Tray House, Kenny Jacobs, Tony Jones, Kyle Larson, Ralph Liguori, Charlie Masters, Mike Mosley, Larry Rice, Ron Shuman, Mitch Smith & Doug Wolfgang
121. [2 wins] Chad Boat, Marvin Carman, Ed Carpenter, Brad Doty, Nic Faas, Cy Fairchild, Brad Fox, Arnie Knepper, Danny Lasoski, Mack McClellan, James McElreath, Lealand McSpadden, Thomas Meseraull, Danny Milburn, Mat Neely, Ryan Newman, Jerry Poland, Casey Riggs, Bill Rose, Mickey Shaw, Terry Shepherd, Dean Shirley, Brad Sweet, Kevin Swindell, Sammy Swindell, Mike Spencer, Bud Tingelstad, Billy Vukovich, Mike Ward & Carl Williams
151. [1 win] Donnie Adams, A.J. Anderson, Brad Armstrong, Tony Armstrong, Tommy Astone, Dick Atkins, Jeff Bland Jr., Chad Boespflug, Stan Bowman, Alan Brown, Karl Busson, Johnny Capels, David Cardey, Bob Cicconi, Henry Clarke, Troy Cline, Duke Cook, Mel Cornett, Allen Crowe, Bill Engelhart, Cotton Farmer, Aaron Farney, Gary Fedewa, Blake Fitzpatrick, Joe Gaerte, Russ Gamester, Rickie Gaunt, Elmer George, Brian Gerster, Todd Gibson, Ron Gregory, Richard Griffin, Garrett Hansen, Jerry Hansen, Jim Hemmings, Bob Hogle, Jackie Howerton, Chuck Hulse, Logan Jarrett, Marc Jessup, Gordon Johncock, Chet Johnson, Page Jones, Bob Kinser, Mike Kirby, Fred Linder, Steve Long, Hank Lower, Brett Mann, Bobby Marshman, Larry Martin, Mike Martin, Brad Marvel, Justin Marvel, Rusty McClure, Bob McCoy, Jim McElreath, Bobby Olivero, Gary Patterson, Billy Pauch, Dave Peperak, Jiggs Peters, Aaron Pierce, Paul Pitzer, Terry Pletch, Billy Puterbaugh Jr., Bud Randall, Byron Reed, Boston Reid, Rodney Ritter, Jr., David Roahrig, Billy Shuman, Jimmy Sills, Smokey Snellbaker, Wib
Spalding, Greg Staab, Randy Standridge, Ron Standridge, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Kody Swanson, Tanner Swanson, Mike Sweeney, Jeff Swindell, Clark Templeman, Bill Tyler, Rick Ungar, Lennie Waldo, Tyler Walker, Kenny Weld, Bob Wente, Matt Westfall, Johnny White, Rip Williams, Jacob Wilson & Eddie Wirth

ALL-TIME USAC SPRINT CAR DRIVER CHAMPIONS
1956: Pat O’Connor (Midwest) &Tommy Hinnershitz (Eastern)
1957: Elmer George (Midwest) &Bill Randall (Eastern)
1958: Eddie Sachs (Midwest) &Johnny Thomson (Eastern)
1959: Don Branson (Midwest) &Tommy Hinnershitz (Eastern)
1960: Parnelli Jones (Midwest) &A.J. Foyt (Eastern)
1961: Parnelli Jones
1962: Parnelli Jones
1963: Roger McCluskey
1964: Don Branson
1965: Johnny Rutherford
1966: Roger McCluskey
1967: Greg Weld
1968: Larry Dickson
1969: Gary Bettenhausen
1970: Larry Dickson
1971: Gary Bettenhausen
1972: Sam Sessions
1973: Rollie Beale
1974: Pancho Carter
1975: Larry Dickson
1976: Pancho Carter
1977: Sheldon Kinser
1978: Tom Bigelow
1979: Greg Leffler
1980: Rich Vogler
1981: Sheldon Kinser
1982: Sheldon Kinser
1983: Ken Schrader
1984: Rick Hood
1985: Rick Hood
1986: Steve Butler
1987: Steve Butler
1988: Steve Butler
1989: Rich Vogler
1990: Steve Butler
1991: Robbie Stanley
1992: Robbie Stanley
1993: Robbie Stanley
1994: Doug Kalitta
1995: Tony Stewart
1996: Brian Tyler
1997: Brian Tyler
1998: Tony Elliott
1999: Dave Darland
2000: Tony Elliott
2001: J.J. Yeley
2002: Tracy Hines
2003: J.J. Yeley
2004: Jay Drake
2005: Levi Jones
2006: Josh Wise
2007: Levi Jones
2008: Jerry Coons, Jr.
2009: Levi Jones
2010: Levi Jones (National) & Shane Hmiel (Pavement)
2011: Levi Jones (National) & Bobby Santos (Pavement)
2012: Bryan Clauson
2013: Bryan Clauson
2014: Brady Bacon
2015: Robert Ballou

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Davenport Wins in First Lucas Oil Visit to Bubba Raceway Park

February 15th, 2016

OCALA, FL – Defending Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series National Champion, Jonathan Davenport took the lead on lap 31 from Scott Bloomquist and sped on to win the LOLMDS event on Sunday Night at Bubba Raceway Park. Scott Bloomquist was in command of the race until Davenport and Josh Richards went by him. A few laps later Bloomquist’s night ended with a flat right rear tire.

Richards finished second to Davenport, followed by Brandon Sheppard, Eddie Carrier Jr., and Frank Heckenast Jr.

“We got beat around out there pretty good early in the race. We’d pass a couple of cars then there would be a caution and I would have to go back. It got to be quite frustrating for a while. I just kept being patient though. The ignition problems we have been having were in the back of my mind tonight. I know Kevin, Lee Roy and Brian went to work on the car and they looked it over meticulously to have it ready for me and once we got past Josh [Richards] there it really took off.”

Richards completed a successful Georgia-Florida Speedweeks with the LOLMDS series garnering a runner-up spot to Davenport. “The new Rocket car has been exceptional since we came down here. We have been here several times before and that definitely helped tonight. The track was different than what we have seen in the past. We made the right choice on tires and set-up. Congrats to Jonathan on the win, he deserved it! Anytime we can run close to him the way he has been running the last couple of years, says a lot for our team and our preparation.”

Sheppard, who started 15th on the grid made his way to third as the 23-year-old unofficially moved to second in the championship points standings. “We have been here before and won, so we had some experience with set-ups and such. Mark Richards came over and helped us some tonight. It was another strong points night for the Best Performance Motorsports Team.”

Completing the top ten were Tim McCreadie, Ivedent Lloyd, Jr. Don O’Neal, Gregg Satterlee, and Jared Landers.

In preliminary action, Jonathan Davenport set the overall Miller Welders Fast Time (Group B) amongst the 26 entrants, with a lap of 14.185 seconds. Josh Richards set the fastest time in Group A with a time of 14.249 seconds. Scott Bloomquist, Eddie Carrier Jr., and Ivedent Lloyd Jr. won their respective heat races.

For the latest breaking news on the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series, including the latest series standings, 2016 tour schedule, driver information, and more visit the official website at: www.lucasdirt.com
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Bubba Raceway Park Welcomes Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series

February 2nd, 2016

WAYCROSS, GA – The nation’s premier dirt late model tour will make their first ever visit to Bubba Raceway Park in Ocala, FL to conclude the annual Georgia-Florida Speedweeks.

The 5th Annual Bubba Army Winter Nationals will take place on Sunday night, February 14th. A full program of racing is on tap for the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series, featuring: Hot Laps, Miller Welders Time Trials, Heat Races, B-Mains, and the 50-lap, $10,000-to-win main event.

The nation’s top dirt late model drivers will converge on the 3/8-mile oval, including: defending National Champion, Jonathan Davenport, two-time champion, Scott Bloomquist, three-time champion, Jimmy Owens, four-time champion, Earl Pearson Jr., 2014 champion, Don O’Neal, defending Rookie of the Year, Brandon Sheppard, Darrell Lanigan, Steve Francis, Dennis Erb Jr., Eddie Carrier Jr., Jared Landers, and more! For tickets or more information, visit: www.bubbaracewaypark.com or call (352) 622-9400.

Track Information:
Phone Number: (352) 622-9400
Track Promoter: Bubba Clem
Location: 9050 N.W. Gainesville Road, Ocala, FL 34482
Website: www.bubbaracewaypark.com

Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Tire Rule:
Left Rear/Fronts – Hoosier Rib 1300
Right Rear – Hoosier 01, LM40
In the Event of a Day Time “Makeup” Show:
Left Rear/Fronts – Hoosier Rib 1350
Right Rear – Hoosier 03, LM40
*Must use the same set of 4 tires for Time Trials, Heat Races, and B-Main.
*For the Feature, competitors may use 2 new rear tires of choice.
5th Annual Bubba Army Winter Nationals Event Purse – 1. $10,000, 2. $5,500, 3. $3,500,
4. $2,750, 5. $2,250, 6. $1,800, 7. $1,500, 8. $1,300, 9. $1,200, 10. $1,100, 11.
$1,075, 12. $1,050, 13. $1,025, 14. $1,000, 15. $950, 16. $925, 17. $900, 18. $875,
19. $850, 20. $825, 21. $800, 22. $800, 23. $800, 24. $800.

5th Annual Bubba Army Winter Nationals Schedule of Events:Registration and Tech
Inspection begins at 2PM
Pit and Grandstand Gates Opening at 2:00PM
Drivers Meeting at 5:30PM
Hot Laps 6:00PM
Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Time Trials – 2 Laps
Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Heats – 10 Laps
Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series B-Mains – 12 Laps
Intermission/Track Prep (as needed)
Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Feature – 50 laps $10,000-to-win

For the latest breaking news concerning the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series, including the latest series standings, 2016 tour schedule, driver information, and more visit the official website at: www.lucasdirt.com

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Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Marketing Partners Include: Allstar Performance, AR Bodies, ASi Racewear, Bad Boy Mowers, Barry Wright Race Cars, Black Diamond Chassis, Sweet-Bloomquist Race Cars, BRODIX, Clements Race Engines, COMP Cams, C&R Racing Inc., CV Products, DirtonDirt.com, Dunn-Benson Ford, Dyers Top Rods, E3 Spark Plugs, Edelbrock, Eibach Springs, Fast Shafts, Fast Orange, FK Rod Ends, GEICO, General Tire, Georgia Boot, Grover Race Engines, Heath Lawson Photography, Hoosier Tire, Hot Rod Processing, Hot Rod Tracker, Jay Dickens Racing Engines, Keyser MFG, Lucas Oil Products, Lucas Oil Racing TV, Longhorn Chassis, MAVTV Motorsports Network, Midwest Sheet Metal, Miller Welders, Öhlins Shocks, Optima Batteries, Outerwears, Performance Bodies, PFC Brakes, Pierce Race Cars, Pro Power Racing Engines, Protect The Harvest, QA1, Rocket Chassis, Simpson Race Products, Sunoco Race Fuels, Super Clean, WELD Racing, Wrisco Aluminum, 5150 Race Trailers

About Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
Founded in 2005, the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series is the nation’s premier dirt late model sanctioning organization. In 2016, the LOLMDS will sanction 53 events in 19 states. The series is owned by the parent company Lucas Oil Products Inc. and receives national exposure through a TV package filmed, produced and edited by Lucas Oil Production Studios. LOLMDS events will be broadcast on four TV Networks including CBS, NBC Sports, CBS Sports Network and the MAVTV Motorsports Network. For more information about the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series visit the official website at: www.LucasDirt.com.

About Lucas Oil Racing TV
The Future of Motorsports is HERE! Get Lucas Oil Racing TV and experience racing excitement like you’ve never seen! Lucas Oil Racing TV is the online app for all your favorite devices and Smart TVs. No matter where you are or when you want to watch, you can stream the best and most exciting motor racing on the planet! Lucas Oil Racing TV has all your favorite motorsports – from grass roots to international competition, as well as exclusive LIVE EVENTS and behind the scenes interviews and footage that you won’t see anywhere else! But that’s just the beginning! Lucas Oil Racing TV brings you some of motorsports greatest broadcasters and build specialists… from Dave Despain to the mechanics of Two Guys Garage, as well as all the latest news, reviews, and interviews from every genre of racing. Lucas Oil Racing TV is the Exclusive, Unlimited, 24/7 All-Access Motorsports App and it’s available NOW! For more information or to sign up, go to: www.LucasOilRacing.TV.

About MAVTV Motorsports Network
Owned and operated by Lucas Oil Products, MAVTV is a television network with its roots deep in the automotive world. MAVTV offers an unparalleled line-up of exclusive motorsports, that includes prestigious events such as the Chili Bowl, The AMA Pro Motocross series, the Lucas Oil Challenge Cup and NHRA Drag Racing. But MAVTV goes far beyond the national mainstream events and also covers multitudes of grassroots series’ from across the globe: Drag boats, sprint boats, drag racing, pro pulling, rally racing, drifting, dirt racing, ice racing and everything in between.

MAVTV also knows you don’t have to be a race fan to be an automotive enthusiast, which is why we have developed a package of automotive reality and custom build shows that is truly second to none. If it has a motor, it’s on MAVTV…MAVTV is THE motorsports network. To learn more about MAVTV go to: www.MAVTV.com.

About Lucas Oil Products
Founded in 1989 by Forrest and Charlotte Lucas, Lucas Oil Products, Inc. has established itself as one of the fastest-growing lubrication product lines in the consumer automotive aftermarket, featuring a line of engine oils, greases, gear lubes, problem-solving additives, and car-care products. Through innovative product research and development, along with aggressive marketing programs, Lucas Oil has established itself as a worldwide leader in the lubrication industry. Motorsports has always been part of the Lucas Oil culture and the cornerstone of the company’s marketing strategy. Such passion for motorsports has inspired Lucas Oil to sponsor many race teams, events and series at all levels, including, NHRA, IRL, ASCS, NASCAR, IHRA and many more. Lucas Oil has also taken ownership and operational control of a number of high profile racing properties, such as: Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series, LucasOil Drag Boat Series, Lucas Oil Pro Pulling League, Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series, Lucas Oil Modified Series, Lucas Oil Speedway in Wheatland, MO. and the Lucas Oil I-10 Speedway in Blythe, CA.

In 2007 Lucas Oil founded its own production house, Lucas Oil Production Studios, dedicated to producing high action motorsports television. Currently Lucas Oil Production Studios produces over 300 hours of original programming for networks such as CBS, CBS Sports, NBC Sports and MAVTV. More information about Lucas Oil Products, Inc. visit the company website at: www.LucasOil.com

Tyler Clem Qualifies for First Ice Bowl; NeSmith at BRP Next

January 17th, 2016

St. Petersburg, Florida – Tyler Clem lifted the lid on his 2016 campaign over the weekend by competing in the 25th Annual Ice Bowl, where he qualified for his first Ice Bowl finale in his Bubba Army #14 Rocket Late Model.

Tyler Clem kicked off the 2016 season by making the trip to Talladega Short Track (Eastaboga, Alabama) for the 25th Annual Ice Bowl. Drawing sixty-five Crate Late Models for the NeSmith Winter sanctioned event, Clem recorded the 5th fastest qualifying time in his group. Falling one spot short of a transfer position with a 4th place outing in his heat, Tyler headed to the B-Main with one last shot at the $3,000-to-win, A-Main. Following a consolation win, Tyler Clem improved eight spots from 20th to 12th in the feature.

“It was special to make the Ice Bowl finale, and it was an accomplishment to be able to advance eight spots in the feature,” said Clem.

For full results from this event, please visit www.TalldegaShortTrack.com.

Tyler now turns his attention to the end of the month, when he will take part in the annual Bubba Army Winternationals. He will compete in a total of four NeSmith Late Model Series events, which will be contested January 28th-30th. For more information on the events, please visit www.NeSmithRacing.com and www.BubbaRacewayPark.com.

Tyler Clem and Clem Racing Inc. would like to thank all of their principle and associate sponsors including Miller Welders, K&N Filters, Rent ‘N Roll, WingHouse, Shooters World, Vahlco Wheels, Hedman Hedders, Stanton Race Engines, Keyser Manufacturing, Rocket Chassis, Sunoco Fuels, Braille Battery, JE Pistons, Ferrea Valves, Whelen Engineering, 1-800-Ask-Gary, Tony Stewart Racing, Elder Ford, Leaf Race Wear, Winters Racing Products, Bell Helmets, Scorpion Race Products, Aurora, Dan Olson Racing Products, Impact, Race Optics, Redline Oil, C&R Racing Radiators, Stepp’s Towing, BR Motorsports, Oakley, AR Bodies, Strange Oval, DB Plugs, Jones Racing Products, Ole NE Jewelers, Callies Performance Products, Willy’s Carburetors, Toyo Tires, Durst Motorsports, Gates Belts, Worldwide Bearings, Butlerbuilt Seat Systems, Zero Error Racing, Superior Bearing & Supply, AR Bodies, NGK Spark Plugs, WD-40, Safety-Kleen, MSD Ignition, Fast Shafts, and MSR Mafia Marketing & Website Services.

For more information on Tyler Clem, please visit his official website at www.TylerClem.com.

Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Expands 2016 Slate!

December 27th, 2015

WAYCROSS, GA- The Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series has expanded an already aggressive 2016 slate. The updated tour schedule now features a record-breaking 53 events at 33 different venues across 19 states.

Bubba Raceway Park in Ocala, FL will host their first-ever Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series event on Sunday, February 14th. The 50-lap, $10,000-to-win Winternationals becomes the tenth event on the 2016 Georgia-Florida Speedweeks docket. For tickets and more information, visit: www.bubbaracewaypark.com.

Sharon Speedway in Hartford, OH will also host their first-ever Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series event, in 2016. The Steel Valley 50 will be a 50-lap, $10,000-to-win event on Friday, April 22nd. The Steel Valley 50 precedes the 35th Annual Stanley Schetrompf Classic, a 60-lap, $12,000-to-win event, on Saturday, April 23rd at Hagerstown Speedway in Hagerstown, MD. For tickets and more information, visit: www.sharonspeedway.com.

Atomic Speedway in Chillicothe, OH will host their biggest event in the 60+ year history of the 3/8-mile oval. The inaugural Buckeye Nationals will take place May 13th-14th, and boast an impressive $50,000 payday. This blockbuster weekend will kick off on Friday, May 13th with Time Trials and Heat Races for the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series.

The action on Saturday, May 14th will include B-Mains, followed by the “10 Not In” Non-Qualifier Race. The top 10 drivers that did not transfer into the Buckeye Nationals (via preliminary events) will be eligible to start the $3,000-to-win, $300-to-start, non-qualifiers race – held prior to the main event. The winner of the “10 Not In” has the choice of keeping their $3,000 winnings, or forfeiting their earnings to start last in the main event. The 75-lap, $50,000-to-win, $3,000-to-start, Buckeye Nationals main event will cap off the weekend action.

“The hard work of the entire Atomic Speedway staff has led us to be able to give the best fans in motorsports the biggest event in the track’s history. I want to thank the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series for believing in the quality of the events that we can produce at Atomic Speedway,” stated Brad McCown, Atomic Speedway Promoter. For tickets and more information, visit: www.atomicspeedway.net.

I-80 Speedway in Greenwood, NE will host their first of two Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series events, in 2016, on Tuesday, May 24th. For tickets and more information on the 50-lap, $10,000-to-win event, visit: www.i80speedway.com.

The 24th Annual Lucas Oil Show-Me 100 – Presented by ProtectTheHarverst.com will see a bigger, richer format in 2016. The new format features the 3rd Annual Cowboy Classic, on Thursday, May 26th and the Tribute to Don and Billie Gibson on Friday, May 27th. Both events will be 40 laps, paying $6,000-to-win, $600-to-start, followed my the 100-lap, $30,000-to-win Show-Me 100 on Saturday, May 28th. The preliminary features will have more meaning than money. While some details remain to be finalized, the first 18 starters in the Show-Me 100 will be determined by the average finish from Thursday and Friday. Previously, those positions were set through time trials and heat races on a feature-less Friday.

The total purse for the weekend, which is co-sanctioned with the Lucas Oil Midwest Latemodel Racing Association (MLRA), will grow to nearly $170,000. “The evolution of the Show-Me 100, which included the addition of the popular Cowboy Classic on Thursday night, in recent years, precipitated the changes. Friday’s action, which has consisted of Show-Me 100 time trials, heat races, Manufacturers Dash and Past Champions race – but no main event – left a void,” said Lucas Oil Speedway General Manager, Dan Robinson.

For tickets and more information, visit: www.lucasoilspeedway.com.

2016 Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Schedule: Date Track Event Title Location To Win Laps
February 4     Golden Isles Speedway     Georgia Boot Super Bowl of Racing      Brunswick, GA     $7,000     30
February 5     Golden Isles Speedway     Georgia Boot Super Bowl of Racing      Brunswick, GA     $10,000   50
February 6     Golden Isles Speedway     Georgia Boot Super Bowl of Racing      Brunswick, GA     $15,000   60
February 8     East Bay Raceway Park     40th Annual Winternationals                Tampa, FL             $5,000     25
February 9     East Bay Raceway Park     40th Annual Winternationals                Tampa, FL             $5,000     25
February 10   East Bay Raceway Park     40th Annual Winternationals                Tampa, FL             $7,000      35
February 11    East Bay Raceway Park     40th Annual Winternationals                Tampa, FL             $7,000     45
February 12   East Bay Raceway Park      40th Annual Winternationals                Tampa, FL             $10,000  50
February 13   East Bay Raceway Park      40th Annual Winternationals                Tampa, FL             $12,000  60
February 14   Bubba Raceway Park          Winter Nationals                                      Ocala, FL                $10,000  50
March 18        Atomic Speedway                Buckeye Spring 50                                   Chillicothe, OH     $10,000 50
March 19        Brownstown Speedway      19th Annual Indiana Icebreaker           Brownstown, IN    $12,000  60
April 1             Boyd’s Speedway                                                                                       Ringgold, GA         $10,000 50
April 2             East Alabama Motor Speedway                                                             Phenix City, AL     $12,000 60
April 15, 16     Batesville Motor Speedway            Bad Boy 98                                    Batesville, AR       $20,000 98
April 22          Sharon Speedway                         Steel Valley 50                                  Hartford, OH        $10,000 50
April 23          Hagerstown Speedway      35th Annual Stanley Schetrompf Classic Hagerstown, MD 12,000 60
April 29          Tri-City Speedway                 Spring Spectacular                                 Granite City, IL     $10,000 50
April 30         Macon Speedway                   St. Louis U-Pic-A-Part 100                    Macon, IL              $12,000 100
May 13, 14    Atomic Speedway                   Buckeye Nationals                                   Chillicothe, OH    $50,000 75
May 20          Oshkosh Speedzone Raceway Spring Shootout                                   Oshkosh, WI         $10,000 50
May 21           LaSalle Speedway                      Spring Shootout                                   LaSalle, IL             $12,000 60
May 24           I-80 Speedway                                                                                           Greenwood, NE    $10,000 50
May 26           Lucas Oil Speedway              3rd Annual Cowboy Classic                  Wheatland, MO    $6,000 40
May 27           Lucas Oil Speedway             The Tribute to Don and Billie Gibson Wheatland, MO     $6,000 40
May 28          Lucas Oil Speedway             24th Annual Lucas Oil Show-Me 100 Wheatland, MO      $30,000 100
June 3           Tazewell Speedway               Toyota Knoxville 50                                   Tazewell, TN       $10,000 50
June 4           Florence Speedway               30th Annual Ralph Latham Memorial Union, KY             $30,000 75
June 16, 17, 18 Magnolia Motor Speedway      Clash at the Mag                              Columbus, MS      $20,000 100
July 1            201 Speedway                             Bob Miller Memorial                               Sitka, KY             $10,000 50
July 2           Portsmouth Raceway Park       Independence 60                                  Portsmouth, OH   $12,000 60
July 3           Muskingum County Speedway                                                                       Zanesville, OH $12,000 60
July 7          Fayetteville Motor Speedway Dunn-Benson Ford Wayne Gray Memorial Fayetteville, NC $10,000 50
July 8          Cherokee Speedway 18th Annual Grassy Smith Memorial                      Gaffney, SC        $10,000 50
July 9           Smoky Mountain Speedway                                                                         Maryville, TN      $12,000 60
July 15         Tri-City Speedway      NAPA Auto Parts 50                                                   Granite City, IL $10,000 50
July 16         Lucas Oil Speedway   10th Annual Diamond Nationals                             Wheatland, MO $12,000 60
July 21, 22, 23 I-80 Speedway         6th Annual Silver Dollar Nationals                         Greenwood, NE $40,000 80
August 11, 12, 13 Florence Speedway 34th Annual Sunoco North/South 100                         Union, KY $50,000 100
August 18, 19, 20 Batesville Motor Speedway 24th Annual COMP Cams Topless 100 Batesville, AR $40,000 100
August 26      Ponderosa Speedway    13th Annual John Bradshaw Memorial         Junction City, KY $10,000 50
August 27       Lawrenceburg Speedway    Whiskey City 50                                          Lawrenceburg, IN $12,000 60
September 2  Attica Raceway Park                                                                                                 Attica, OH $10,000 50
September 3  Portsmouth Raceway Park     River Days Rumble                                          Portsmouth, OH $12,000 60
September 4  I-77 Raceway Park            48th Annual Hillbilly Hundred                                      Ripley, WV $25,000 100
September 15 Knoxville Raceway          13th Annual Late Model Nationals                               Knoxville, IA $7,000 25
September 16 Knoxville Raceway           13th Annual Late Model Nationals                              Knoxville, IA $7,000 25
September 17 Knoxville Raceway           13th Annual Late Model Nationals                              Knoxville, IA $40,000 100
September 23, 24 Brownstown Speedway 37th Annual Jackson 100                                  Brownstown, IN $20,000 100
October 1          Dixie Speedway                 Dixie Shootout                                                          Woodstock, GA $12,000 60
October 2          Rome Speedway            Rome Showdown                                                                  Rome, GA $10,000 50
October 7, 8      Pittsburgh’s Pennsylvania Motor Speedway 28th Annual Pittsburgher 100 Imperial, PA $20,000 100
October 14, 15   Portsmouth Raceway Park 36th Annual Dirt Track World Championship Portsmouth, OH $100,000 100

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13-Year-Old, Tyler Clem Dominates Modified Action at BRP

November 18th, 2015

St. Petersburg, Florida – 13-year-old, Tyler Clem parked his Bubba Army #14 Larry Shaw Xtreme Modified in victory lane on Friday evening at Bubba Raceway Park (Ocala, Florida). The victory was his first of the year in the Modified ranks and his third overall on the season.

Clem started his outing by powering from the 6th starting spot to a heat race win. In the redraw he pulled the 3rd starting spot, and that’s where he started on the grid for the finale. Tyler wasted little time working his way to the front of the pack as he snared the top spot with a daring three-wide pass on the first lap. From that point he cruised to the victory at the 3/8 mile oval. Billy Nichols, Jason Garver, Roger Crouse, and Rich Pratt completed the top five finishers. “My car was great from the time we unloaded it,” Clem said with a smile. “I just want to thank my family, my sponsors, and my crew for their great support of my racing program.”

Full results from the event are available at www.BubbaRacewayPark.com.

Tyler now has sights set on the 11th Annual NeSmith World Championship, which will be held November 19th-21st at Bubba Raceway Park (Ocala, Florida). The event culminates with a $10,000-to-win, 100 lap finale for the NeSmith Late Model Series. For more information on the event, please visit www.NeSmithRacing.com.

Tyler Clem and Clem Racing Inc. would like to thank all of their principle and associate sponsors including Miller Welders, K&N Filters, Rent ‘N Roll, WingHouse, Shooters World, Vahlco Wheels, Hedman Hedders, Stanton Race Engines, Keyser Manufacturing, Rocket Chassis, Sunoco Fuels, JE Pistons, Ferrea Valves, Whelen Engineering, 1-800-Ask-Gary, Tony Stewart Racing, Elder Ford, Leaf Race Wear, Winters Racing Products, Bell Helmets, Scorpion Race Products, Aurora, Dan Olson Racing Products, Impact, Race Optics, Redline Oil, C&R Racing Radiators, Stepp’s Towing, BR Motorsports, Oakley, AR Bodies, Strange Oval, DB Plugs, Jones Racing Products, Ole NE Jewelers, Callies Performance Products, Willy’s Carburetors, Toyo Tires, Durst Motorsports, Gates Belts, Worldwide Bearings, NGK Spark Plugs, WD-40, Safety-Kleen, MSD Ignition, and MSR Mafia Marketing & Website Services.

For more information on Tyler Clem, please visit his official website at www.TylerClem.com.

2016 Florida Sprint Car Openers Set at Ocala

October 30th, 2015

Race fans and teams can begin planning their 2016 USAC racing calendars with the announcement of the February 18-20 “Winter Dirt Games VII” AMSOIL USAC National Sprint Car races at Bubba Raceway Park in Ocala, Fla.

An open practice on February 17 precedes the three-night racing program at the 3/8-mile dirt track which has hosted the USAC Sprint Car openers the past five years. Ironically, the winner of the Ocala series opener the past two years has gone on to claim the AMSOIL USAC National Championship and current point leader Robert Ballou opened the 2015 campaign with an Ocala victory.

The Florida events continue a long history of USAC racing in the Sunshine State. Bob Sweikert captured the inaugural USAC Sprint race at Southland Speedway in West Palm Beach in 1956 and the 77 USAC races held in Florida to date include a number of different series. Damion Gardner, winner of two of the three races in USAC’s 2011 Ocala debut, leads all drivers with five career USAC Florida victories.

In addition to the numerous vacation opportunities within easy driving distance of Ocala, race fans can expect exciting racing at Bubba Raceway Park. Last year’s three races produced three different winners, Ballou, Brady Bacon and Dave Darland. Race fans can also take advantage of Bubba Raceway Park’s free camping facilities on its 45-acres and they are welcomed to bring RVs or tents to enjoy the great racing and great weather in central Florida.

The remainder of the 2016 AMSOIL USAC National Sprint Car calendar is expected to be released the week of the Performance Racing Industry Show in Indianapolis in early December.

Bubba Pollard’s Cross-Country Trip Rewarded with $25,000 Pay Day- Georgia Driver Wins Inaugural Winter Showdown at Kern County

March 5th, 2015

SENOIA, Ga. — Bubba Pollard made the 2,212-mile trip from Senoia, Georgia to Bakersfield, California for the Winter Showdown at Kern County Raceway Park this past weekend, and he certainly made it worth it.

Pollard started second, but finished one spot better to take home the inaugural Winter Showdown trophy and the big $25,000 check.

“These big races seem to bite me,” said Pollard. “This weekend I took a different approach and I didn’t consider it a big race even though it was. I felt confident when we got here. I felt calm.”

Pollard ran behind polesitter Derek Thorn for much of the first half of the race, but he didn’t feel any urgency to make a move until after the midway break.

“We followed him for the first half of the race,” he said. “I wanted to see what it was going to take to pass him. Our car, when we tucked him right behind him, I feel like we had a better race car there but we couldn’t make the pass. I felt like we had to make some adjustments at the break to make it possible.”

It was clear that the changes Pollard and his team made during the break worked because he was able to get by Thorn for the lead and eventual win, even though he had to deal with a late-race caution.

“It’s nothing new for me,” Pollard said. “A thousand things start running through your mind. I knew I had to get a good restart.”

Pollard said his life was made easy this weekend thanks to a fast race car right from the start.

“My guys gave me a fast race car when we unloaded,” said Pollard. “I can’t thank those guys enough. It’s tough for them to come across (the country) and travel with us. It’s all volunteer guys, so I can’t thank them enough.”

With one big win under his belt in 2015, Pollard will look to add another big Super Late Model win to his resume when he travels to Kinston, Alabama for the Rattler 250, the season-opening event for the Southern Super Series.

For more information on Bubba Pollard, visit www.bubbapollard.net and follow him on Twitter at @bubbapollard26.

Madsen makes it two UNOH All Star wins in a row at Bubba Raceway Park

February 14th, 2015

OCALA, FL. – Kerry Madsen seems to have found something at Bubba Raceway Park that the competition hasn’t discovered as yet. The Sydney, Australia native led all 30 laps Saturday to score his second straight University of Northwestern Ohio All Star Circuit of Champions feature win in as many nights.

“The Mad Man” survived heavy lapped traffic and a couple of restarts to score his fifth career All Star victory – 3 of which have now come at Bubba Raceway Park.

“When you have Dale Blaney behind you there’s no letting up. We had a good run and a good car. I just really want to thank our sponsors, American Racing Custom Wheels, Earthex Logistics…big hello and thank you to the guys at home, Bob Gavranich and Pete Gavranich and a big thank you to our engine builder to Brian Meyers…the things just rip. Steve Kent at KCP Chassis…just fantastic race cars. Thanks to my wife…hope she’s listening out there in Iowa,” said Madsen of his Keneric Racing machine.

“I really enjoy being here and appreciate the effort of Bubba (Clem, track promoter) and Tony (Stewart, All Star owner) and everyone puts in. It was an enthusiastic crowd…we really appreciate that,” continued Madsen.

As for winning three in a row?

“You really come here just to have a good run. When you win a race the stars are aligned. It’s as simple as that. Tomorrow night is a new night and there are a lot of quick cars here. We’ve got a great package and we’ll see,” concluded Madsen.

Five time All Star champion Dale Blaney would hound Madsen and a few times in heavy lapped traffic closed to within a car length of the leader. And after suffering a mechanical failure on the season opener the previous night, Blaney was happy to finish second.

“I’m disappointed in qualifying. We raced really well after that. For what ever reason the last two nights we haven’t qualified good and I put 50 percent of that on me at least…maybe 80. I just haven’t made very good laps,” said Blaney beside his Kennedy Cattle/Winchester Ag Services/Penske Shocks backed machine.

“Kerry was a little bit better…traffic was pretty cool for awhile. It was fun. Kerry’s been running pretty good and to run second to him…I’ll take it,” said Blaney.

Steve Kinser would hold off a charging Danny Holtgraver for a third place finish.

“We didn’t make any headway. Started third and finished third. I just couldn’t get through three and four very good. I was pretty good in one and two. I could get through three in four about one every five or six times. I was just losing too much time there,” said Kinser beside his Tony Stewart/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports/Bad Boy Buggies #11.

Blaney and Madsen would bring the field to the green for the 30-lap feature with Madsen gaining the upper hand. The leaders would set a lightening quick pace, hitting lapped traffic by only the fourth circuit.

Blaney would drive to Madsen’s inside to challenge by lap five and six but once clear of traffic Madsen would pull away.

Behind the lead duo, Kinser, Steve Buckwalter, Wayne Johnson and Danny Holtgraver were battle for third.

Action would grind to a halt on lap 11 when Mark Coldren would tumble in turn four. After Coldren walked back to the infield and the track was cleared the green would fly with Madsen pulling away from Blaney with Kinser, Holtgraver, Buckwalter, Johnson, Chad Kemenah and Caleb Armstrong would follow.

The caution would fly soon after for a Tyler Clem spin. Again when the green flew so did Madsen who would catch the rear of the field at the halfway point as Blaney slowly closed with Kinser trying to hold off Holtgraver.

With 12 laps to go the running order was Madsen, Blaney, Kinser, Holtgraver, Johnson, a charging Danny Smith, Kemenah and Buckwalter.

Blaney and Kinser would get one more shot at Madsen when the caution would fly for the final time on lap 23 for an Armstrong spin. But, when the green reappeared Madsen would drive off.

At the checkers it was Madsen over Blaney, Kinser, Holtgraver and Johnson in the top five.

The UNOH All Stars will wrap up their three night event at Bubba Raceway Park on Sunday, Feb. 8. Bubba Raceway Park is located at 9050 NW Gainesville Rd in Ocala, Fla. Ticket and event information is available by calling (352) 622-9400, visiting www.BubbaRacewayPark.com or Facebook.com/BubbaRacewayPark. The UNOH All Star Circuit of Champions Sprint Car Series is the original winged sprint car tour. Follow the All Stars during their 50 plus race season on Twitter.com/@ASCoC, www.facebook.com/AllStarCircuitofChampions and www.Instagram.com/AllStarSprints using the hashtag #TheNewAllStars. An all new website has been launched at www.AllStarSprint.com.

Madsen scores last lap pass for win to open new era for UNOH All Stars

February 12th, 2015

OCALA, FL. – Australian Kerry Madsen opened the new era for the University of Northwestern Ohio All Star Circuit of Champions with an exciting last lap pass of Aaron Reutzel to score the season opening victory at Bubba Raceway Park Friday night.

“The Mad Man” actually recorded the fastest lap of the entire race on that last lap. But it was a caution flag with three laps to go that gave him the opportunity as Reutzel’s motor began to sour. Madsen now has four career All Star wins.

“On that last lap I saw him (Reutzel) go to the bottom in one. I said a Hail Mary and went for it to the outside and it stuck. That was insane!” said Madsen who opened the All Star season in 2014 with a win at Bubba as well.

“I have to thank Tony (Stewart) and Bubba (Clem) for deciding to rework the track after qualifying. It made for a great feature. I have to thank my guys in the shop. They worked hard all winter and it showed tonight. Bob and Peter Gavranich (team owners) hopefully got to watch this on TV,” added Madsen beside his American Racing Custom Wheels, Earthex Logistics, Keneric Racing backed #29.

Reutzel, who already has a 410 win in 2015, looked to be on his way to his first All Star victory. The 24-year-old racer from Texas took the lead on lap two when Caleb Armstrong made contact with the turn four guard rail and threaded his way through lapped traffic like a surgeon.

But, with three laps to go Danny Smith, who was battling with Madsen for second, slipped off the racing groove in turn four and made contact with the front stretch wall to bring out the caution.

While under yellow, Reutzel actually developed a small oil fire. When the green flew on the restart Reutzel’s motor began to sound sour. As they raced to the white flag Madsen was right on Reutzel’s rear bumper and when Reutzel went to the bottom of turn one, Madsen shot around on the high side and drove to the win.

“I knew my motor was laying down…I was just trying to block those last couple of laps. I hate this for all the people who have helped me and supported me but we’ll be back tomorrow,” said Reutzel beside his BC Fundz/Basic One Services/Lone Star Hydro and Maintenance backed #87.

Aliquippa, Pennsylvania’s Tim Shaffer, a four time All Star champion, would drive a solid race to finish third.

“I have Ripper (Kyle) who came down with me to help work on the car. That allows me to watch the track and the competition and that is huge. I have to thank Bryan Grove for the opportunity and Gressman Powersports…they build a great engine for small tracks and big tracks,” said Shaffer of his Canton Erectors/Brilex LLC/Helms and Son Excavating backed #45.

Reutzel and Armstrong would bring the field to green for their 30-lap feature with Armstrong gaining the advantage. However, after leading the first lap, as he rocketed through turns three and four to complete lap 2, Armstrong slipped up the track and made contact with the outside fence, bringing out the caution.

On the restart Reutzel now led Smith, Madsen, Shaffer and Steve Kinser. But, the racing would grind to a halt shortly after as the team cars of Bradley Howard and Jordan Givler tangled in turn three with Howard getting upside down. Howard was uninjured but done for the night.

When the green flew again so did Reutzel as he pulled away from Smith. The leaders found lapped traffic by lap 9 and Reutzel’s lead began to evaporate. At the halfway point the running order was Reutzel, Smith, Shaffer, Madsen, Kinser and Chad Kemenah.

Reutzel, a rookie to 410 sprint car racing, sliced and dices his way through traffic and with five laps to go held a 6 car length lead over Smith who now had his hands full with Madsen. With three to go, Smith slipped up high in turn four and made contact with the turn four fence, ending his night and setting up the fantastic finish.

The UNOH All Stars will be back in action Saturday, Feb. 7 and Sunday, Feb. 8 at Bubba Raceway Park. Bubba Raceway Park is located at 9050 NW Gainesville Rd in Ocala, Fla. Ticket and event information is available by calling (352) 622-9400, visiting www.BubbaRacewayPark.com or Facebook.com/BubbaRacewayPark.

The UNOH All Star Circuit of Champions Sprint Car Series is the original winged sprint car touring organization. Follow the All Stars during their 50 plus race season on Twitter.com/@ASCoC, www.facebook.com/AllStarCircuitofChampions and www.Instagram.com/AllStarSprints using the hashtag #TheNewAllStars. An all new website has been launched at www.AllStarSprint.com

Saturated Surface Postpones All Star Opener at Bubba Raceway Park Three-Day Affair Will Now Be Contested Friday, Saturday and Sunday

February 7th, 2015

OCALA, Fla. – Heavy overnight rains that lingered late into the morning have forced All Star Circuit of Champions and Bubba Raceway Park officials to postpone tonight’s scheduled season opener for the 2015 UNOH All Star Circuit of Champions Sprint Car Series.

There was simply no way we could put together a quality race surface for the teams and an entertaining show for the fans tonight,” said promoter Bubba Clem. “Everyone has worked so hard to get here the past couple of weeks, the last thing we wanted to do is have them tear up their equipment, so we’re going to race on Sunday and give the racers their full three day show.”

The three-day Bubba Army Winter Nationals, paying $5,000-to-win each night, now shifts to Friday, February 6, Saturday, February 7 and Sunday, February 8. Friday and Saturday’s events will begin at 7:30 p.m. while Sunday’s racing will feature a special early start time of 5:30 p.m.

Bubba Raceway Park is located at 9050 NW Gainesville Rd in Ocala, Fla. Ticket and event information is available by calling (352) 622-9400, visiting www.BubbaRacewayPark.com or Facebook.com/BubbaRacewayPark.

The UNOH All Star Circuit of Champions Sprint Car Series is the original winged sprint car tour. Follow the All Stars during their 50 plus race season on Twitter.com/@ASCoC, www.facebook.com/AllStarCircuitofChampions and www.Instagram.com/AllStarSprints using the hashtag #TheNewAllStars. An all new website has been launched at www.AllStarSprint.com.

Taylor Ferns Opens 2015 Season in Florida

February 5th, 2015

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — When the trailer door closed for the last time in 2014, Taylor Ferns began counting down the days until the 2015 racing season began. For the 19-year-old, that wait comes to an end this week, as she heads to Florida to compete in the Bubba Army Winter Nationals at Bubba Raceway Park in Ocala, Florida.

The 2015 Bubba Army Winternationals for the UNOH All Star Circuit of Champions is set for Thursday, February 5, Friday, February 6 and Saturday, February 7. Ferns, who drives the Eco-Mend Maxim, will hit the track for a full night of racing each night at the three-eighths-mile. A night of practice opens the event on Wednesday, February 4.

“I haven’t raced since the end of October, so it’s been one of the longest off-seasons I’ve ever had,” said Ferns. “Normally, things come back pretty naturally after the off-season, when you take a couple of laps. We’ve never been to Ocala, so having a practice night will be important as well. We’re hoping to have three good runs and start the season on a strong note.”

Ferns last competed during Speedweeks in Florida in 2013, when she was racing with the Honda USAC National Midget Series, which visited New Smyrna Speedway, near Daytona. She qualified among the top-10 in both events at the paved half-mile, and finished just outside of the top-10 in the finale of that two-night event. The races this week will mark her first starts on dirt in the Sunshine State.

“Racing in the winter in Florida is kind of a preview of what’s to come when the season starts back in the Midwest in April,” she shared. “We’ll try a few things and see what works on the car, so that we have a good baseline when the spring comes. There is always a good field of cars in Florida, so it’s a good test as well to see where your program is at and how it stacks up against the other teams.”

Last season marked a return for Ferns to winged sprint car racing, after a nearly four-year break, to compete in a variety of other types of racing machines. This year Ferns will compete solely in winged sprint cars, with a variety of series across the Midwest.

Ferns, who claimed the 2011 USAC D1 Midget Series title, picked up her first career 410-winged sprint car win last May with the Ohio Valley Sprint Car Association (OVSCA) at Southern Ohio Speedway. She swept that entire race program, setting a new track record in time trials, winning her heat race and claiming the A-Feature.

Gaining experience at a variety of tracks and with four different series in 2014, Ferns picked up eight top-10 finishes. She also set quick time with the All Stars at Atomic Speedway in July, as well earning a spot in the dash at the track during Ohio Sprint Speedweek, in a program that saw 62 cars in attendance.

Along with racing with the All Stars and OVSCA in 2014, Ferns also raced with the Renegades Sprint Series and made her debut with the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series at the famed Eldora Speedway in Ohio, during the Four-Crown Nationals, as well as making an appearance with the series at Bloomington Speedway in Indiana.

“Having a full season under my belt now in the winged car is a huge confidence booster heading into this season,” she stated. “I know what I have to do now in a winged car and can apply everything I learned last year. There was a big learning curve last year and we had that rookie stripe, so to speak, and hopefully all of that will pay off this year.”

A complete 2015 schedule is still being finalized, which will see Ferns race predominately in the Midwest this season, with different winged sprint cars series and at a variety of tracks.

“Our goal this year is to be more consistent,” said Ferns. “Last year we started out strong, running the local shows and then didn’t quite have the finishes we were hoping for when we raced with the All Stars. The competition is tough when you race with a group like the All Stars and we want to be consistent and in contention when we run with different series and tougher competition.”

Competitors Turn in Outstanding Performances During 4-Night Winter Nationals at Bubba’s

February 6th, 2015

(Ocala, FL)…With cold temperatures and snow relentlessly pounding the Northeast last week, a contingent of eight Sweeney RUSH Dirt Late Model Series drivers headed south to participate in the “Winter Nationals” January 28-31 at Bubba Raceway Park in Ocala, FL with sister series, NeSmith.

The four-night Crate Late Model extravaganza featured a 40-lap feature event on Wednesday, 50 lap mains on Thursday and Friday followed by the 100-lap 10th annual “World Championship” on Saturday night. RUSH racers captured two fast time awards, one $2500 to-win feature event, and numerous top 10s, which included four of the top 10 positions in Saturday night’s $10,000 to-win finale!

Sweeney RUSH racers that made the trip included Cody Dawson (Westover, MD), Max Blair (Centerville, PA), Michael Lake (Uniontown, PA), Greg Lemley (Waynesburg, PA), Rick Singleton (Hesston, PA), Mark Tatalovic (Guys Mills, PA), and Jacob Hawkins (Fairmont, WV). Also, John Over (Uniontown, PA) and Doug Horton (formerly of Bruceton Mills, PA) split time in a second Bobby Lake Motorsports entry. A total of 44 different drivers participated over the four nights.

Blair, the 2013 Sweeney RUSH Weekly Series and Pace Performance “Summer Chase” Champion, led the contingent qualifying for all four feature events including a Fast Time Award and recorded three top three finishes. Blair opened the “Winter Nationals” with a fine third place finish then out-dueled current NeSmith point leader, Walker Arthur, on Thursday night for the $2,625 victory.

Blair dropped out of Friday night’s feature before returning on Saturday with an impressive performance. Due to not being at the rained out “World Championship” event back in November, Blair had to start ninth in Saturday’s B main where he raced to second place to transfer to the 100-lap feature. Blair pitted early on in the event after making some contact in an early race skirmish. He then would charge through the field advancing as high as second before dropping out of the top five then made a late race charge for a third place effort. The third place was worth $3,000 and brought his four-night earnings to $6,650!

Thirteen-year-old Lake made history on Wednesday night as he became the youngest driver in the 11-year history of NeSmith to earn a Fast Time Award during qualifications! Lake laid down a 15.755 lap to earn the pole position in the feature event. Lake led the feature until lap 14 when he began to slide through the field and eventually pulled off on lap 17. Later information revealed that Lake had seriously jarred his neck resulting in severe pain, which caused him to exit the event.

Lake was back at it Thursday through Saturday where he qualified for all three feature events and recorded three top 15 finishes. Saturday’s event marked Lake’s first 100-lap feature of his career and he stated earlier in the day his goal was to just finish the race. Lake did just that and more with a 10th place finish, worth $1,000. Lake had actually moved through the field and was as high as fifth before having his tires go away late in the race.

Hawkins was aboard the Jerry Haseleu-owned #RJ1 and was able to qualify for three of the four feature events. His best performance was on Wednesday night when he raced to a second place finish in the 40-lap feature to earn $1,000. Hawkins had problems in the B main on Thursday and failed to qualify for the feature and then dropped out of Friday’s feature where he was credited with a 20th. With Darrell Lanigan unable to return for Saturday’s rescheduled “World Championship”, Hawkins inherited the pole position. He stayed near the front of the pack for the duration and finished sixth for $1,500.

Fresh off an amazing 2014 season that saw Singleton and car owner Clint Enyeart win over 20 feature events in Late Model competition including the Pace “Summer Chase” and “Bill Emig Memorial Wild Card Weekend”, the 2015 season didn’t get off to a good start for the #99*. Singleton earned his way into the feature on both Wednesday and Thursday night with finishes of 23rd and 17th; however, Singleton was unable to qualify for the feature on Friday night as he fought an ill-handling car all three nights and then headed back north as he didn’t participate on Saturday.

Pennsylvania racers Greg Lemley and Mark Tatalovic made their first ever appearances at Bubba’s. Lemley, a regular at Roaring Knob Motorsports Complex, competed in all four events in his #4L, but was unable to qualify for any of the features. Tatalovic participated the first three nights in his #32 without qualifying for a feature, and then helped out in Blair’s pit area on Saturday night. Tatalovic purchased Tri-City Raceway Park in 2014 and is reopening the half-mile in Franklin, Pa. in 2015 after the speedway was closed for four years. His son Sam, who will help with the operations at the track, will also compete in the Sweeney RUSH Sportsman Modified Series for the first time this season.

Another northern racer making his first start at Bubba’s was Cody Dawson. The 20-year-old is beginning his second season of having Max Blair as a teammate. Dawson is coming off two straight top six Sweeney Touring Series point finishes, but will have Blair with him on the road in 2015 for the first time. The week started off strong on Wednesday when Dawson’s #36 timed fifth fastest; however, it came to a screeching halt on lap two of the feature when Dawson got into the wall while running sixth ending his week.

The final northern entry was the second #27 Bobby Lake Motorsports car, which was driven on Thursday by Over, and on Friday and Saturday by Horton. Over was making his first start in a race car since a scary barrel-roll flip in his own #K2 on June 21 in Sweeney Tour event at Winchester (VA) Speedway. Over was credited with a 19th after dropping from the feature on Thursday, while Horton turned in a pair of top 10 finishes including a sixth and a ninth to earn $1,650.

“Three years ago when Mike Vaughn and myself formed an alliance between Sweeney RUSH and the NeSmith Series, it was our goal to work together on a daily basis for the betterment of Crate Late Model racing, not only in our own individual regions but throughout the entire country, stated RUSH Co-Director Vicki Emig. “In just a short period of time, this alliance, that features an identical technical rules package including the Hoosier Crate Racin D21 and D55 spec tires, has already allowed competitors from as far north as Brighton, Ontario, Canada and into the deep south to easily and successfully participate in major events such as this and of course our upcoming ‘Crate Racin USA Late Model Nationals’ in June.”

“I believe the theory is obviously working as our RUSH competitors were in the mix each and every night setting fast times, winning a feature, and turning in several top 10 finishes as they battled some the best Crate Late Model racers in the country,” continued Emig. “It would be impossible to tell you how proud we were of each and every one of our guys’ performances- they were simply outstanding!”

RUSH Late Model marketing partners include Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC, Pace Performance, Hoosier Tire, Bilstein Shocks, Sunoco Race Fuels, MSD Ignition, Maxima Racing Oil, Jones Racing Products, Alternative Power Sources, Precise Racing Products, ARbodies, The Brake Man, K&N Filters, Lincoln Electric, TurboStart, Beyea Headers, FK Rod Ends, Bobby Lake Motorsports, Crate Innovations Inc., Moroso Performance Products, Velocita-USA, High Gear Speed Shop, CrateInsider.com, B.R.A.K.E.S., RockAuto.com, and Valley Fashions.

UNOH All Stars Kick-Off 2015 Season at Bubba Raceway Park and Volusia Speedway Park

January 24th, 2015

CAMARGO, IL. – One of America’s oldest traveling sprint car organizations, the University of Northwestern Ohio All Star Circuit of Champions, will kick off their 2015 racing season with the traditional journey to sunny Florida.

The UNOH All Star teams will battle during five events – all paying $5,000 to win and $400 to start the A-Main – at two tracks over eight days.

It begins at Bubba Raceway Park in Ocala, Florida with three shows – Thursday, Feb. 5; Friday, Feb. 6; and Saturday, Feb. 7. The UNOH All Stars then travel a short distance to Volusia Speedway Park in Barberville, Florida, to be part of the DIRTcar Nationals. The UNOH All Stars will compete Wednesday, Feb. 11 and Thursday, Feb. 12.

The UNOH All Stars are part of the Bubba Army Winter Nationals at the Ocala speedplant. The Winter Nationals features 14 nights of the best dirt racers in the world with the World of Outlaws Late Models; the UNOH All Star sprints; the DIRTcar UMP Open Wheel Modifieds; the USAC Amsoil National Sprint Cars; and the Nesmith Crate Dirt Late Model Series.

During the 2014 Winter Nationals at Bubba Raceway Park, NASCAR Sprint Cup driver Dave Blaney scored his 46^th career UNOH All Star win and 2014 Kings Royal winner Kerry Madsen would score his third career series victory on Feb. 10.

The DIRTcar Nationals at Volusia Speedway Park runs Tuesday, Feb. 10, through Saturday, Feb. 21. Nearly 200 teams are expected compete during the 12 nights of racing at the high-speed, half-mile oval. Besides the UNOH All Stars, the DIRTcar Nationals features the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series; the UMP Modifieds; the World of Outlaws Late Models; the UMP Late Models; and the Super DIRTcar Series Big Block Modifieds. You never know who you’ll see in the pits each night, but NASCAR racers like Austin and Ty Dillon will be among those from all over the country and Canada trying to earn their share of nearly half a million dollars in winnings — not to mention one of the prized Gator trophies.

Last year at Volusia, the UNOH All Stars lost the opening event to rain, but Joey Saldana, who sits third in career All Star wins, would record his 71^st series victory.

The big question coming into the 2015 season is can Dale Blaney, who scored his fifth career UNOH All Star Championship with 16 series wins in 2014, keep his hot streak rolling. Expect young chargers like Sheldon Haudenschild, Danny Holtgraver, Ryan Smith, Aaron Reutzel, Cale Thomas, and more like veteran Jac Haudenschild to
challenge Blaney.

INFO for Bubba Raceway Park:

WHAT: The Fourth Annual Bubba Army Winter Nationals is a 19-night event at Bubba Raceway Park in Ocala, Florida.

WHO: UNOH All Star Circuit of Champion Sprints; World of Outlaw Late Models; NeSmith Dirt Late Model Series; UMP Modifieds; UMP Late Models; Florida Mini-Sprints; USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Cars; Bilstein Mod Lite Stars; Lucas Oil ASCS 360 Sprints.

WHERE: Bubba Raceway Park is a 3/8^th mile D-shaped, semi-banked clay track that is the oldest dirt track in the state of Florida, celebrating its 63^rd season in 2015. Bubba Raceway Park is located at 9050 NW Gainesville Road, Ocala, Florida, just off of I-75.

THE RECORD: On Feb. 8, 2013, Daryn Pittman of Pittsboro, Ind., established the winged sprint car track record of 11.840 during UNOH All Star Circuit of Champions competition. That equates to 114.4 mph on the 3/8^th of a mile track.

WHEN: The event kicked off Jan. 27 and runs through Saturday, Feb. 28. There are 11 combo ticket prices available the day of the show. There is free camping and parking (VIP parking available $10 per day). All grandstand tickets may be upgraded to a pit pass for the difference of the pit entry on same event day. Kids five and under get in free with paid adult. No coolers allowed.

MISC.: Go to www.bubbaracewaypark.com (http://www.bubbaracewaypark.com/) for detailed information on the Fourth Annual Winter Nationals.

INFO for Volusia Speedway Park:

WHAT: The DIRTcar Nationals is a 12-night event at Volusia Speedway Park kicking off the 2015 dirt track racing season with the sport’s biggest names in competition.

WHO: World of Outlaws Sprint Cars, including teams owned by NASCAR stars Tony Stewart and Kasey Kahne; World of Outlaws Late Models; Super DIRTcar Big-Block Modifieds; DIRTcar UMP Modifieds; DIRTcar Late Models; and UNOH All Star Circuit of Champions Sprint Cars.

WHERE: Volusia Speedway Park is the world’s fastest half-mile dirt track located 15 miles west of I-95 on State Road 40 in Barberville, Fla.

THE RECORD: On Feb. 10, 2011, World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series driver Paul McMahan blazed a trail around half-mile Volusia Speedway Park in 12.569 seconds at 143.209 mph, making it the fastest half-mile oval in racing. For comparison’s sake, the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series’ track record at half-mile Bristol Motor Speedway, regarded as the fastest half-mile oval in NASCAR, is 14.813 seconds at 129.535 mph.

WHEN: The event kicks off on Tuesday, Feb. 10, and runs through Saturday, Feb. 21, with double-headers every night. The grandstands open nightly at 5 p.m. with qualifying at 6 p.m. and opening ceremonies at 7:20 p.m.

DAILY SCHEDULE (with advance reserved seat ticket prices):

Tuesday, Feb. 10 – DIRTcar UMP Modifieds & Sprint Car Open Practice — $20
Wednesday, Feb. 11 – UNOH All Star Circuit of Champions Sprint Cars & DIRTcar UMP Modifieds — $29
Thursday, Feb. 12 – UNOH All Star Circuit of Champions Sprint Cars & DIRTcar UMP Modifieds — $29
Friday, Feb. 13 – World of Outlaws Sprint Cars & DIRTcar UMP Modifieds — $39
Saturday, Feb. 14 – World of Outlaws Sprint Cars & DIRTcar UMP Modifieds — $39
Sunday, Feb. 15 – World of Outlaws Sprint Cars & DIRTcar UMP Modifieds — $39
Monday, Feb. 16 – DIRTcar Late Models & DIRTcar UMP Modifieds ‘Gator Championship’ — $35
Tuesday, Feb. 17 – DIRTcar Late Models & DIRTcar UMP Modifieds Triple 20s — $35
Wednesday, Feb. 18 – DIRTcar Late Models & Super DIRTcar Series Big-Block Modifieds — $39
Thursday, Feb. 19 – World of Outlaws Late Models & Super DIRTcar Series Big-Block Modifieds — $39
Friday, Feb. 20 – World of Outlaws Late Models & Super DIRTcar Series Big-Block Modifieds — $39
Saturday, Feb. 21 – World of Outlaws Late Models & Super DIRTcar Series Big-Block Modifieds — $39

MONEY SAVING SUPER-VALUE PACKAGES

Week #1:
DIRTcar UMP Modifieds and All-Star Sprints 3-Day Package (Feb. 10-12) – $75
DIRTcar UMP Modifieds and World of Outlaws Sprint Cars 3-Day Package (Feb. 13-15) – $100

Week #2:

DIRTcar UMP Late Models and Modifieds 3-Day Package (Feb. 16-18) – $100
World of Outlaws Late Models and Super DIRTcar Series Big-Block Modifieds 3-Day Package (Feb. 19-21) – $100
– Every ticket comes with a free pit pass fans can acquire after entering the main gate
– Reserved seats are $2 more day of show
– Children 10-and-under are free in General Admission

TICKETS: Tickets to the event can be purchased online at www.DIRTcar.com/tickets (http://www.dirtcar.com/tickets) or by calling 877-395-8606.

ONLINE: The official website for the event is www.DIRTcarNationals.com (http://www.dirtcarnationals.com/) . Fans can follow the event on Twitter @DIRTcarNats or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/DIRTcarNationals.

CONTACTS: Event manager is Jeff Hachmann (315-283-3367/jhachmann@dirtcar.com (mailto:315-283-3367/jhachmann@dirtcar.com) ) and public relations/credentials is Chris Dolack (704-467-7643/cdolack@dirtcar.com (mailto:704-467-7643/cdolack@dirtcar.com)

Mark Whitener Stays Red-Hot with BRP Win; Volusia Up Next

November 3rd, 2014

Middleburg, Florida – Mark Whitener and Big Frog Motorsports enjoyed an exceptional outing on Saturday night during the United Dirt Late Model Challenge Series (UDLMCS) event at Bubba Raceway Park (Ocala, Florida), where Whitener powered the #58 Dave’s Towing/B&B Produce/Barry Wright Late Model to yet another victory.

The $3,000-to-win program drew fourteen Super Late Models to the oval, and after qualifying fifth overall Mark went on to finish second in his preliminary heat race. As a result he would roll off from the third position on the feature grid.

When the race went green, Whitener wasted no time getting to the front and took control from pole-sitter Austin Kirkpatrick to lead lap one. From there Whitener went unchallenged throughout the 50 lap finale en route to his fifth victory of the season.

Whitener now tops the UDLMCS all-time win list with 21 series victories. Full results from the event as well as the latest series’ standings are available at www.UnitedDirtLateModelSeries.com .

Whitener will return to action with the UDLMCS this Saturday at Volusia Speedway Park (Barberville, Florida) with another $3,000-to-win event. For more information on the event please visit www.UnitedDirtLateModelSeries.com.

Big Frog Motorsports would like to thank their principal and associate sponsors including Dave’s Towing, B&B Produce, Big Frog Shocks, Big Frog Signs and Graphics, FK Rod Ends, Schaeffers Oil, Racecar Engineering, Sunoco Race Fuels, Koury Racing Engines, Custom Racing Engines, Ohlins Shocks, American Race Tire, Barry Wright Race Cars, Daytona Sensors LLC, Schoenfeld Headers, COMP Cams, AR Bodies, and MSR Mafia Marketing Services.

UNOH All Stars to kick off 2015 in big way!

September 4th, 2014

CAMARGO, IL. – The University of Northwestern Ohio All Star Circuit of Champions will kick off the 2015 season in a huge way with five events in eight days at just two tracks. AND, each event will pay $5,000 to win!

Bubba Raceway Park in Ocala, Florida starts the UNOH All Star season with three shows, Thursday, Feb. 5, Friday, Feb. 6 and Saturday, Feb. 7. Then the All Stars head to Volusia Speedway Park in Barberville, Florida on Wednesday, Feb. 11 and Thursday Feb. 12.

Each show pays the standard UNOH All Star purse of $5,000 to win with a breakdown to $1,000 for 10^th and $400 to start the A-Main.

“We want to thank the great folks at Bubba Raceway Park and Volusia Speedway Park for what they are doing to support the All Stars and the teams. We will work hard to make sure the fans are treated to an entertaining and fun start to the 2015 racing season,” said Guy Webb, President of the UNOH All Stars. “This is a great event for the teams and fans. Not only is there a lot of money on the line for the teams, but they take place in a little over a week’s time with very little travel.”

Tom Deery, President of World Racing Group, owner of Volusia Speedway Park, is excited about the DIRTcar Nationals and the UNOH All Stars’ role in the annual event.

“The DIRTcar Nationals have become the traditional kick-off to the season for winged 410 sprint cars and the All Stars are an important part of the five days of sprint cars at Volusia. The warm temperatures and great racing is the perfect way for the fans up north to have fun and kick off their racing season,” said Deery.

The official hotel partners for the UNOH All Star teams and fans will be announced soon – one in Ocala and one in the Daytona area.

In a further 2014 schedule adjustment, the Thursday September 4^th event scheduled at Canandaigua Motorsports Park has been cancelled due to the tragic events that occurred at the track last month.

Keep up with more breaking news about the UNOH All Star Circuit of Champions at www.allstarsprint.com

Huge Events at Bubba Raceway Park This Weekend!

June 14th, 2014

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Saturday Night it’s Bubba Raceway Park’s Summer Spectacular! See the South’s Fastest Late Model and Sprint Car Drivers
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Mark Whitener Bags Second Win of 2014 with BRP Triumph

March 8th, 2014

Middleburg, Florida – Another race and another win for Mark Whitener as he raced to his second $3,000 victory of the season on Saturday night with a triumph at Bubba Raceway Park (Ocala, Florida).

An eighth to second run in his qualifying heat race locked Whitener into the fifth starting for the main event. Mark drove from his third row starting spot to claim the win in the #58 Big Frog Motorsports/Dave’s Towing/B&B Produce/Barry Wright Late Model, while Phillip Cobb, Kyle Bronson, Jake Perkins, and Tyler Clem completed the top five.

“After all the bad luck we had during Speedweeks it feels good to get back in the win column again,” said Whitener. “The car was awesome tonight, and I have to thank Big Frog Motorsports and all of our great sponsors.”

Complete results from the event are available at www.bubbaracewaypark.com .

Big Frog Motorsports will next be in action on Saturday, March 15th at Waycross Motor Speedway (Waycross, Georgia). The program will be highlighted by a $3,000-to-win event, which will be sanctioned by the United Dirt Late Model Challenge Series (UDLMCS). For more information on the race please visit www.UnitedDirtLateModelSeries.com and www.WayXSpeedway.com.

Big Frog Motorsports would like to thank their principal and associate sponsors including Dave’s Towing, B&B Produce, Big Frog Shocks, Big Frog Signs and Graphics, FK Rod Ends, Schaeffers Oil, Racecar Engineering, Sunoco Race Fuels, Koury Racing Engines, Custom Racing Engines, Ohlins Shocks, American Race Tire, Barry Wright Race Cars, Daytona Sensors LLC, Schoenfeld Headers, COMP Cams, AR Bodies, and MSR Mafia Marketing Services.

For the latest team news and updates on Big Frog Motorsports please visit www.BigFrogMotorsports.com

Tracy Hines Finishes Second & Sixth with USAC Sprints at Bubba Raceway Park

February 27th, 2014

NEW CASTLE, Ind.–Another year, another successful trip to Florida for Tracy Hines. That is becoming the norm for the veteran driver with the Amsoil USAC National Sprint Car Series. Following a pair of wins at Bubba Raceway Park in 2013, the native of New Castle, Ind., recently returned to the Sunshine State to open his 2014 campaign and recorded a pair of solid finishes. He led a number of laps in the opener at the three-eighths-mile en route to a runner-up finish and was sixth in the finale aboard The Carolina Nut Company DRC with a Chevy-powered Stanton Racing Engine under the hood, and heads back north just a handful of markers out of the point lead as he chases his second series title.

The Bubba Army Winternationals at Bubba Raceway Park in Ocala, Fla., kicked-off on Thursday, Feb. 20, and concluded on Saturday, Feb. 22. With his second-place performance on the first night, Hines has now finished among the top-five in three of his last five starts at the track and has been among the top-10 in five of his last six appearances at the venue dating back to 2012.

In the opener, Hines took the lead at the start of the main event and crossed the line out front at the completion of the first circuit, before polesitter Dave Darland took the top spot on the second go-around. Hines powered his way back around Darland on lap-3 and would pace the field for the next 15 laps, before eventual winner Brady Bacon took the lead. The main event was slowed by four cautions and one red flag period.

“It was a good run for the first night of the season,” said Hines. “I was having trouble getting off (turn) four. I tried just about everything I could and nothing seemed to work. We were a lot better in the slick that we have been, but still need to find a little more. We have some new things this year with the team, and it was great to be fast every time we hit the track and to lead quite a few laps in the main event as well.”

Hines timed in fifth-fastest of the 34 drivers that took a lap in time trials in the opener. He lined up fifth in the first heat race and charged to the front to win that eight-lap contest to earn a spot in the 30-lap main event. He took the green flag for the A-Feature on the outside of the front row, next to Darland.

The final night of the Bubba Army Winternationals on Saturday, Feb. 22, saw Hines take to the grid for the 30-lap main event in the ninth spot. He gained a position in the early going and worked his way up to sixth just before the halfway point of the race. A rash of cautions slowed the event, leading to a total of six restarts. When the final checkered flag flew, Hines was sixth, and wrapped up the event as one of just three drivers that finished among the top-six on both nights at Bubba Raceway Park.

Hines timed in sixth-fastest of the 32 entrants to open the night. He finished fifth in the second heat race, coming up just one spot short of transferring to the main event, and thus requiring him to run the B-main. Hines won the “B,” which slotted him on the inside of the fifth row for the main event.

“We had a tough heat race and that was all the difference,” shared Hines. “If we would have transferred through that we would have started on the front row of the main event. We were able to make up a few spots in the feature and passing was at a premium. We have a good baseline to build on now and will work hard in the shop for a few weeks and be ready for the next race.”

The second night of the Bubba Army Winternationals originally scheduled for Friday, Feb. 21, was rained out and not rescheduled.

Hines, who is currently fourth in points, just eight markers out of the top spot, returns to action with the Amsoil USAC National Sprint Car Series in the traditional Midwest opener on Saturday, April 5 at Lawrenceburg Speedway in Indiana.

Tracy Hines Opens 2014 Sprint Car Season in Florida

February 20th, 2014

NEW CASTLE, Ind.– Tracy Hines had a pretty successful trip to Florida last season, winning two of the three Amsoil USAC National Sprint Car Series races at Bubba Raceway Park in Ocala. Making the feat even more impressive was the fact that those races were the first three events he ran in a self-owned machine, after quickly putting a team together in the short couple of months following the 2012 campaign.

With a full year of team ownership now under his belt, Hines returns to the Sunshine State to open the 2014 Amsoil USAC National Sprint Car Series season this week at Bubba Raceway Park, with a new primary sponsor, The Carolina Nut Company, adorning his familiar No. 4 DRC with a Chevy-powered Stanton Racing Engine under the hood.

The Amsoil USAC National Sprint Car Series portion of the Third Annual Bubba Army Winternationals at Bubba Raceway Park is set for Thursday, Feb. 20, Friday, Feb. 21 and Saturday, Feb. 22. An open practice night will open the event tonight.

“We are definitely ready to get back to the track,” said Hines. “We have The Carolina Nut Company on-board this year and that has us even more excited to get the season underway. That along with the support of our returning and other new sponsors has enabled us to make some upgrades to our program. We’ve brought on Taylor Courtney as a full-time employee. We built another new car to start the year, and have some engines that we believe will put us in the hunt, night in and night out.”

Hines scored victories on the second and third nights of the 2013 Bubba Army Winternationals. He finished 11th in the opener, after getting caught up in a four-car accident on the fourth circuit. On the second night, he took the lead on the final lap, from Robert Ballou, who suffered a flat tire. In the finale of the 2013 Bubba Army Winternationals, Hines led all 30 laps to earn the win.

“Last year we obviously opened the season on a strong note in Florida,” shared the veteran driver. “We had a good combination for the track, and caught things just right those two nights. Florida is pretty unique compared to the rest of the races and tracks we go to during the season. The surface at Ocala has a sandy-base and they have added some clay, the last couple years, but you still have to do things a bit different than you would at tracks in the Midwest or on the West Coast. We’ll take a look at the surface when we get there and see what changes they’ve made and go from there.”

In his career at Bubba Raceway Park, Hines has made eight starts, dating back to 2011. He has three top-10 finishes in those races and has finished 13th or better in seven of those eight races. Along with his two wins last season, he was ninth in the finale at the three-eighths-mile in 2012.

Last season, Hines competed in 33 races with the Amsoil USAC National Sprint Car Series earning two wins and recording 20 top-10 finishes. He scored a pair of runner-up finishes at Canyon Speedway Park in Arizona, late in the season during the Hall of Fame Classic. Hines found himself on the podium during the Eastern Storm Tour at Susquehanna Speedway in Pennsylvania, as well as at the Terre Haute Action Track in his home state of Indiana and at I-96 Speedway in Michigan. The native of New Castle, Ind., stopped the clocks first on four occasions with the series in time trials in 2013. He wrapped up the season sixth in points in his first season driving his self-owned machine.

Hines opens the 2014 Amsoil USAC National Sprint Car Series season with 45 career wins, which is fourth all-time, just one behind Jack Hewitt, two back of Dave Darland and seven in arrears to Tom Bigelow, the winningest sprint car driver in USAC history. The 2014 season will take the 2002 series champion to 22 tracks in 10 tracks over the course of the nearly 40-race season.

“We’ve really worked hard on our short track program this year,” said Hines. “We only have a handful of races on half-miles, so we have to be at our best on the smaller tracks. Last year we had a good set-up for the larger tracks and we strive to have the same consistency on the smaller tracks. We’ve worked hard this off-season and expect to win races and be in contention every time we pull into the pit area.”

Along with contesting the entire Amsoil USAC National Sprint Car Series calendar, Hines will also race the full Traxxas USAC Silver Crown Series schedule and Honda USAC National Midget Series campaign.

Super-Sub Sheppard Powers To Convincing Victory In Saturday’s Bubba Army Dirt Late Model Winter Nationals A-Main

February 17th, 2014

OCALA, FL – Just call him Super Sub. Continuing his spectacular performance as the interim driver of the Rocket Chassis house car, Brandon Sheppard of New Berlin, Ill., powered to a convincing victory in Saturday night’s 50-lap World of Outlaws Late Model Series A-Main at Bubba Raceway Park.

Sheppard, 21, surged forward from the fifth starting spot to take the lead from hometown favorite Ivedent Lloyd Jr. of Ocala, Fla., on lap seven and never looked back. The 2014 DIRTcar Summer Nationals and DIRTcar Late Model national champion easily handled four restarts over the remaining distance to defeat Friday-night winner Brady Smith of Solon Springs, Wis., by 4.348 seconds in the second night of action during the third annual Bubba Army Dirt Late Model Winter Nationals.

Lloyd, who started from the pole position and led laps 1-6, swapped second place with Smith twice before settling for a career-best WoO LMS finish of third. Tim Fuller of Watertown, N.Y., ran as high as second midway through the race but slipped to fourth at the finish and outside-polesitter Darrell Lanigan of Union, Ky., placed fifth after starting from the outside pole.

The $10,050 triumph was Sheppard’s first of the young 2014 WoO LMS season and the fourth of his career on the national tour. Two of his World of Outlaws checkered flags have come behind the wheel of Mark Richards’s familiar Valvoline-sponsored Rocket No. 1, which he is steering while reigning WoO LMS champion Josh Richards is sidelined by undisclosed medical issues.

Sheppard also earned his first-ever win during Georgia/Florida Speedweeks, which he has been attending annually since he was a high-school student.

“We’ve been trying a lot of years to get a win down here and had never been able to do it,” said Sheppard, who had made all his previous Speedweeks appearances in family-owned equipment. “We never really had any runs to write home about, but this year we’ve had a really good car the whole time we’ve been down here. This team is awesome and I felt like it was a matter of time before we’d get one.”

Sheppard’s great start in the first 50-lapper of the WoO LMS campaign proved to be key to his success. He passed three cars on the opening lap to reach second place and then measured Lloyd’s Snow Brothers car for several circuits before grabbing the lead on lap seven with an inside move rounding turn four.

“Everything fell into place right,” said Sheppard. “We came up through there pretty quick. We had a ton of traction off of four. I feel like that’s where a lot of guys would lose time, but I could really get through there and get down on that bottom pretty good and drive off.”

Sheppard maintained a modest edge once in command, holding his rivals at arm’s length as he marched to a victory that gave him a rare sweep of a WoO LMS program. He had some close calls in lapped traffic late in the distance but turned up the wick to power away from the 36-year-old Smith in the final circuits.

“I seen my guys telling me they were getting a little bit close to me when I was in lapped traffic,” said Sheppard, whose perfect night included fast-time honors in qualifying and a heat-race win. “I was kind of trying to save my tires a little bit there, but I knew we were pretty good on the top. I looked up and seen a couple laps to go and put it on the top and got something done.”

Smith, who hustled his Rocket machine forward from the eighth starting spot to reach second for the first time with a lap-26 restart pass of Fuller, happily accepted his runner-up finish.

“I’m not gonna complain about a second,” said Smith, who ended the night tied for the WoO LMS points lead with Sheppard. “I was probably a little too conservative trying to save my tires, but we’ll take second.”

Lloyd, meanwhile, felt a prime opportunity to snatch a memorable first-ever WoO LMS win on home turf might have slipped through his fingers.

“The track got a little rough and we had hard tires on,” said Lloyd, whose previous career-high WoO LMS finish was a fourth in last year’s Winter Nationals opener at BRP. “I never would’ve thought four 10s (soft compound tires) would beat us here, but thhttps://bubbaracewaypark.ticketsocket.comat’s how it goes. We were hoping for a little bit better, but it was a pretty good run. It’s an accomplishment to run third with these guys.”

Finishing in positions 6-10 was Tim McCreadie of Watertown, N.Y., who charged forward from the 19th starting spot after running a B-Main for the second consecutive night; Mike Marlar of Winfield, Tenn., who briefly cracked the top five; 17th-starter Rick Eckert of York, Pa.; Frankie Heckenast Jr. of Orland Park, Ill., who ran as high as sixth; and Casey Roberts of Toccoa, Ga.

Four caution flags slowed the event, including a notable lap-14 spin between turns one and two by Shane Clanton of Zebulon, Ga., who was bidding for fourth place when he lost control of his car. Other cautions flew for Eric Wells of Hazard, Ky., who spun in turns one and two on lap 10; Raymond Merrill of Sallisaw, Okla. (flat tire on lap 26); and Rick ‘Boom’ Briggs of Bear Lake, Pa. (slowed on lap 32).

Thirty cars were signed in for the event.

Sheppard was fastest in Ohlins Shocks Time Trials for the second consecutive night, turning a lap of 13.955 seconds. He was just over two-tenths of a second off the track record of 13.771 seconds set by Josh Richards exactly one year ago.

Heat winners were Sheppard, Lloyd and Clanton, and McCreadie captured the B-Main.

The Bubba Army Dirt Late Model Winter Nationals conclude on Sunday (Feb. 16) with the inaugural 60-lap ‘Super Sunday Showdown,’ which offers a $12,000 first-place prize. Gates are scheduled to open at 12 noon with hot laps set to start at 4 p.m.

For more information on the WoO LMS, visit www.worldofoutlaws.com.

Fans can also follow the WoO LMS on Twitter at Twitter.com/WoOLateModels and Facebook at Facebook.com/WorldofOutlaws .

The World of Outlaws Late Model Series is brought to fans across the country by many important sponsors and partners, including: American Racing Custom Wheels (Official Custom Wheel), Arizona Sport Shirts (Official Apparel Company), Armor All (Official Car Care Products), Hoosier Racing Tires (Official Racing Tires), KMC (Official Custom Truck Wheel), STP (Official Fuel Treatment), Vicci (Official Uniform), VP Racing Fuel (Official Racing Fuel), DirtonDirt.com (Hard Charger Award) and McCarthy’s One Hour Heating & Air Conditioning (Raye Vest Memorial Pill Draw Award); in addition to contingency sponsors: Butlerbuilt, Cometic Gasket, Comp Cams, Dominator Race Products, Edelbrock, Eibach Springs, JE Pistons, JRI Shocks, Klotz Synthetic Lubricants, MSD Ignition, Ohlins Shocks, QuarterMaster, Roush Yates Performance Parts, Superflow Dynos, Wrisco Aluminum and XS Power Racing Batteries; along with manufacturer sponsors Capital Race Cars, Integra Shocks, GRT Chassis, Jake’s Carts, Racing Electronics, Rocket Chassis, TNT Rescue, and Warrior Chassis.

>National Tour’s Season Kicks Off Feb. 14-16 With Bubba Army Dirt Late Model Winter Nationals At Bubba Raceway Park

February 13th, 2014

OCALA, FL – For a driver who’s about to tackle the World of Outlaws Late Model Series with a new race team, Shane Clanton is remarkably cool, calm and collected.

That’s probably because Clanton’s 2014 racing effort is only ‘new’ in the strictest sense of the word.

Yes, Clanton, 38, of Zebulon, Ga., has a new car owner this season after ending his two-year run with the Kennedy Motorsports operation in December. But when he begins his pursuit of the ’14 WoO LMS title with the third annual Bubba Army Dirt Late Model Winter Nationals on Feb. 14-16 at Bubba Raceway, he expects to seamlessly pick up where he left off last year – a campaign that was arguably his best on the WoO LMS since he became a tour regular in ’05.

“Really, our deal this year ain’t much different than it was before,” said a confident Clanton, who in 2013 won four WoO LMS A-Mains and finished third in the points standings. “We have the same (Capital) cars and basically the same (Clements) motors. We’re still at the same shop, have the same parts and the same crew chief (Brock Wise).

“Basically, I worked everything out with (John) Kennedy where I got just about everything I had last year. We just have a different truck (transporter) and somebody different paying the bills.”

That person is Ron Davies, the western Pennsylvania dirt Late Model veteran who also happens to be Clanton’s father-in-law and the soon-to-be grandfather of Clanton’s first child with wife Michelle (she’s due to give birth on May 22). When Clanton decided to leave Kennedy Motorsports about a month after the final checkered flag of 2013, Davies stepped up to make sure Clanton could continue racing as a national touring professional.

“I was going to try to do it on my own,” said Clanton, “but it costs a lot to do a full racing deal like I’ve been doing. I was gonna have to cut back on my schedule, but then Ron said, ‘There’s no sense in doing that. Just go ahead and do what you’ve been doing the last few years and make it work.’ “I’m lucky to have somebody who’s really interested in racing behind me.”

After spending the short off-season reworking one of the machines he campaigned for Kennedy in 2013 and building two new mounts with his Capital Race Cars partner Marshall Green, Clanton made his debut under the Weldbank Energy Racing banner – so named for Davies’s successful Warren, Pa.-based business – during last month’s Winter Extreme series at Tucson (Ariz.) International Raceway. He fell short of Victory Lane but capped the six-race meet with a solid runner-up finish on Jan. 19, proving he’s ready to be a contender again in ’14.

“Anytime you go to the racetrack you’re supposed to learn something and I feel like we did out there,” Clanton said of his Spring Training-type trip west. “We made progress all week at Tucson and hopefully we can use what we learned there to our advantage when we go racing in Florida.

“The main thing is to have at least as good of a season as we had last year, but hopefully get more wins like Josh (Richards) and (Darrell) Lanigan do. They get eight, 10, 12 wins a year, and we have to step up our program to win at that kind of rate. If you can win races like, you’ll be better in the points and make more money.”

With the 2014 WoO LMS championship race taking on a new look following the recent announcement that reigning titlist Josh Richards of Shinnston, W.Va., will miss the season-opening events at Bubba Raceway Park and Volusia due to undisclosed medical issues, Clanton seems well-positioned to make a run at the $100,000 crown. He flashed impressive, career-best consistency last year – his 40 top-10 finishes in 46 events was topped only by Richards’s 41 – and believes he can not only match that steadiness but improve upon it.

“By far, this is the best I’ve been sitting in a good little while for the start of the season,” said Clanton, who has finished as high as second in the WoO LMS points standings (2006). “I feel that we have what it takes to win the championship, but it’s gonna depend a lot on how things go down in Florida. We have to get off to a good start.”

Clanton has never won a dirt Late Model feature at Bubba Raceway Park, but he’s certainly contended for victories at the demanding egg-shaped, three-eighths-mile oval. He understands that breaking through during the always highly-competitive events in the Sunshine State can take some time.

“There are just so many good cars down there, it’s hard to win,” said Clanton, who was triumphant in last year’s WoO LMS season opener at Screven Motor Speedway in Sylvania, Ga., but couldn’t duplicate the success when the circuit moved on to Florida. “You gotta have Lady Luck on your side plus have a good car – and we’ve had a good car many times but just haven’t had the best luck to get the job done.

“I’ve always said, though, that luck is what you make of it, so if you’re not winning races you gotta work on your race car and make it better and that’s what we’re trying to do.”

If recent Speedweeks results are any indication, Clanton is on the verge of grabbing a checkered flag at BRP. In the six Bubba Army Dirt Late Model Winter Nationals A-Mains run at BRP over the past two years, Clanton has three top-five finishes (his best: third in the 2012 opener) and just one finish worse than seventh (a 14th in the second ’12 feature after a late-race flat tire knocked him out of second place).

“I think I’ve had three or four flats there running second or third late in the race,” Clanton said of his history of misfortune at BRP. “But that’s Lady Luck – and really, if my car was a little better I wouldn’t have worn my tires out.

“Overall, I’ve run pretty good (at BRP). It’s a tough place, with two distinct, different corners – you haul the mail in one corner, but you better slow whoa up for the next one. Getting around that place takes a different style that a lot of people can’t get used to, but I’ve been lucky enough to figure it out enough to run up front. We just gotta finish the job.”

Bubba Army Dirt Late Model Winter Nationals at Bubba Raceway Park includes three complete WoO LMS programs: a 35-lap A-Main paying $7,000 to win on Fri., Feb. 14; a 50-lapper for $10,000 to win on Sat., Feb. 15; and the 60-lap ‘Super Sunday Showdown’ offering a $12,000 top prize on Feb. 16.

Advance-sale tickets for the Bubba Army Dirt Late Model Winter Nationals are available on-line at www.bubbaracewaypark.com or by calling the track office at 352-622-9400.

For more information on the WoO LMS, visit www.worldofoutlaws.com.

Fans can also follow the WoO LMS on Twitter at Twitter.com/WoOLateModels and Facebook at Facebook.com/WorldofOutlaws.

Unfortunately Mother Nature wins again

February 1st, 2014

NeSmith Crate Late model races for Thursday night at Bubba Raceway Park have been canceled due to continued lack of cooperation by Mother Nature. Winter Storm LEON has continued to dump rain that the track simply can not recover from.

All grandstand tickets and Pit Pass bands will be honored at face value for any rescheduled NeSmith Crate Late Model race this week.

The new revised race schedule will be as follows:

Friday gates open at 4PM with racing starting at 7:00PM Grandstand tickets will be $15 for all adults and $10 for Children 6-12 and pit passes are $35. The Friday Feature Race will now be 50 laps for the NeSMITH Crates and the purse will increased to $2,500 to win.

Saturday will be a double header with the afternoon Feature being 40 laps and $2,000 to win. Gates will open at 9AM with racing starting at NOON. Grandstand tickets will be $15 for all adults and $10 for Children 6-12 and pit passes are $30. For the Evening 50 lap $3,000 to win Feature gates will open as soon as we can clear the stands and pits from the afternoon show with racing starting at 7:00PM. Grandstand tickets will be $20 for all adults and $10 for Children 6-12 and pit passes are $35.

All three races will count for NeSmith season points and there will be no other races scheduled. It should be an exciting action packed weekend of racing with 3 Features in 2 Days.

For complete information and advance tickets to all Winter National Shows featuring the best from NeSmith Crate Late Models, UMP Open Wheel MODS, World of Outlaws, All Star Winged 410 Sprints and USAC National Sprints please go to www.bubbaracewaypark.com

Several Sweeney RUSH LM racers to join NeSmith at Bubba Raceway Park

January 27th, 2014

(Ocala, FL)…While the 2014 Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC Dirt Late Model Series season is still a little more than two months away, several race teams are prepared to head south to compete with the NeSmith Series under the Crate Racin’ USA banner at Bubba Raceway Park in Ocala, Florida for five consecutive nights of action January 28-February 1.

After practice on Monday, January 27, the following four nights will pay $2,000 to-win with the 50-lap, $3,000 to-win finale on Saturday, February 1. This year’s known RUSH contingent will include Mike Pegher, Jr., Will Thomas III, Kyle Lukon, Michael Lake, Paul Jablonski, and George Kowatic. Ryan Montgomery was set to go; however, family work commitments have most likely nixed his trip. RUSH will have one provisional each night with it going to the highest driver in 2013 Sweeney Tour points.

Pegher leads the contingent of Pennsylvania racers set to convene at BRP. The Wexford, Pa. 28-year-old is coming off a tremendous 2013 that included nine feature wins with five coming in Sweeney Tour competition to propel him to the $5,000 championship for Lynn Geisler. Pegher also finished second in the Sweeney Weekly Series standings and third in the Pace Performance “Summer Chase” to add another $4,000 to his take, which he received on January 18 at the awards banquet. Pegher also enters competition at Bubba’s with confidence as he recorded a $5,000 runner-up November 22 driving for Bobby Lake, whose car he’ll again pilot in the Sunshine State.

Will Thomas is set to begin his third full season in Crate Late Models. The former asphalt standout won the Sharon Speedway track championship in his first full season of dirt competition in 2012. Last year, Thomas finished runner-up in points with five victories. The 38-year-old Sharpsville, Pa. racer also tied for fifth in the Sweeney Weekly Series points. With his confidence growing and his father’s health improved, Thomas plans to hit the road more in 2014 in his Colonial Metals #9.

Another driver planning on doing more travel in 2014 is Kyle Lukon in the Lukon’s Reb-Fab #1. The 24-year-old Burgettstown, Pa. driver is coming off another strong season at Pittsburgh’s PA Motor Speedway where he won five features and the track championship. Lukon won his first career Sweeney Tour feature on July 13 and also picked up the $500 Sunoco bonus for utilizing the 260 GT Plus! Lukon finished eighth in the Sweeney Weekly standings and seventh in the Pace Summer Chase for an added $1,550.

Michael Lake will be headed to BRP for the third time in the past year. Last year during Speedweek, Lake became the youngest driver in the history of NeSmith to qualify for a feature event at the age of 11! The 2013 season was a quite a year for the Uniontown, Pa. seventh grader winning seven features including the $2,000 Sweeney Tour at Roaring Knob Motorsports Complex on Labor Day Weekend plus the $200 “Futures Cup” Trifecta finale at Roaring Knob. In addition, Lake finished second in the “Futures Cup” points, 10th in the Sweeney Tour, and 13th in Sweeney Weekly!

Paul Jablonski will be making his first ever visit to BRP. The 51-year-old Carnegie, Pa. resident was a regular at Pittsburgh in 2013 where he competed in all 24 events with 12 top 10 finishes including a pair of season best seventh place finishes. Jablonski drives the Classic Landscaping #3, and was the 2012 winner of the Sweeney/Pace GM 604 engine giveaway at Sharon Speedway!

George Kowatic is another driver part of Bobby Lake Motorsports. The 31-year-old Moon Township, Pa. resident made only a limited number of starts in 2013, but has had success in the past in Crate Late Model racing with a pair of victories at Sharon.

For more information on the events at BRP, check out www.bubbaracewaypark.com or www.nesmithracing.com.

2013 RUSH marketing partners include Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC, Pace Performance, RainEater Wiper Blades, Hoosier Tire, Sunoco Race Fuels, Bazell Race Fuels, Precise Racing Products, ARbodies, The Brake Man, K&N Filters, Lincoln Electric, TurboStart, K1 RaceGear, Beyea Headers, FK Rod Ends, Bobby Lake Motorsports, Wrisco Industries, High Gear Speed Shop, Utsinger’s Towing, RockAuto.com, and Valley Fashions.

E-mail can be sent to the RUSH Racing Series at info@rushracingseries.com and snail mail to 4368 Route 422, Pulaski, PA 16143. Office phone is 724-964-9300 and fax is 724-964-0604. The RUSH Racing Series website is www.rushracingseries.com. Like our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/rushlatemodels and follow us on Twitter @RUSHLM.

Standout Roster Of Title Hopefuls Ready For Start Of Milestone World of Outlaws Late Model Series Campaign Feb. 14-16 At Bubba Raceway Park

January 18th, 2014

OCALA, FL – The running of the third annual Bubba Army Dirt Late Model Winter Nationals on Feb. 14-16 at Bubba Raceway Park will mark two significant milestones for the World of Outlaws Late Model Series.

For starters, a season-long celebration of the 10th anniversary of the national tour’s rebirth in 2004 will begin with the weekend tripleheader at the unique egg-shaped, three-eighths-mile oval. In addition, the opening night of the meet – a 40-lap, $8,000-to-win event on Fri., Feb. 14 – is set to be the 400th WoO LMS A-Main contested since the circuit resumed action 10 years ago under the World Racing Group banner.

Landmarks aside, the tour’s visit to BRP will also kick off the chase for the prestigious WoO LMS championship. A typically star-studded roster of drivers is eyeing the $100,000 title in 2014, including:

* Josh Richards. The three-time and defending WoO LMS champion from Shinnston, W.Va., is geared up to pursue another points crown with his father Mark’s Rocket Chassis house car team after making his triumphant return in 2013 following a season spent pursuing his NASCAR aspirations. There will be a couple new looks to Richards’s effort in ’14: veteran wrench-turner Randall Edwards has come on board to serve as his chief mechanic (’13 WoO LMS Crew Chief of the Year Matt Barnes won’t travel as extensively with Richards this season) – and sometime during the season, Richards, who turns 26 on March 22, plans to become a married man by tying the knot with Andrea Cleveland.

* Darrell Lanigan. A two-time champion who led the tour in victories in ’13 but finished second to Richards in the standings, Lanigan enters 2014 following an off-season that saw him make headline-grabbing news. The 43-year-old driver from Union, Ky., ended his longtime affiliation with Rocket Chassis to start a chassis-building partnership with veteran mechanic Ronnie Stuckey, who will assist in the development of the ‘Club 29’ machines that Lanigan hopes will allow him to continue his spectacular recent success on the WoO LMS. He’s won 27 World of Outlaws A-Mains over the past two years – more than half of his alltime series-best total of 53 victories.

* Shane Clanton. After enjoying arguably the strongest WoO LMS season of his career in 2013 (four wins and a third-place finish in the points standings), the 38-year-old from Zebulon, Ga., decided to leave the Kennedy Motorsports team in December and launch his own operation. He’s confident of picking up right where he left off in ’13 – with solid backing from his father-in-law, western Pennsylvania racer Ron Davies, and essentially the same Capital Race Cars he ran last year, he has the goods to contend.

* Rick Eckert. It’s steady-as-she-goes for the 48-year-old WoO LMS stalwart from York, Pa., who will look to improve upon a 2013 season during which he won just once but tallied six runner-up finishes en route to placing fourth in the points race. The 2011 series champion’s self-owned effort has been bolstered for ’14 with the recent addition of Horton Coal Company and Sorbera Family Chiropractic as sponsors.

* Tim McCreadie. The 2006 WoO LMS titlist will fire off into 2014 with a renewed vigor after spending the off-season assembling new Rocket Chassis machines, putting him back exclusively in the West Virginia’s company’s camp for the first time since 2010. Watertown, N.Y.’s McCreadie, who turns 40 on April 12, drove Warrior Chassis cars to eight WoO LMS wins over the past two seasons (three in ’12, five in ’13) and a pair of top-five points finishes, but struggled with inconsistency.

* Eric Wells. The 2013 WoO LMS Rookie of the Year hopes to take another step forward this season with his father David’s Bloomquist Chassis equipment. Buoyed by the addition of Tommy Hicks, Scott Bloomquist’s longtime crew chief, on a fulltime basis this season, the 25-year-old from Hazard, Ky., sits primed to improve upon a 2013 campaign that saw him win once and finish a solid sixth in the points standings.

* Morgan Bagley. Coming off his first season of competition on a national tour, the 2013 WoO LMS Rookie of the Year runner-up returns to the circuit this year with Jay Bohannon assuming crew-chief duties alongside car chief Nick Hoover. The 27-year-old from Longview, Texas, steered Wayman McMillan’s Rocket cars to just a single top-five finish on last year’s WoO LMS but is expecting better results with one season of traveling under his belt.

* Chub Frank. A WoO LMS regular for a decade, the veteran from Bear Lake, Pa., struggled to a ninth-place finish in the 2013 points standings and went winless on the circuit for a fourth consecutive season. Frank, who will celebrate his 52nd birthday on Jan. 22, hopes to put together a strong start in ’14 to keep him traipsing down the road with the Outlaws for another season.

* Bub McCool. The Mohawked driver from Vicksburg, Miss., reached Victory Lane once on last year’s WoO LMS, but that was one of the few highlights of a frustrating sophomore season for the tour’s 2012 Rookie of the Year. He managed just two other top-five finishes and fell to 10th in the points standings. If he can put ’13 behind him and build from his solid 2012 campaign (nine top-five finishes, seventh in points), McCool, 36, will remain one of the circuit’s top draws.

* Clint Smith. Save a handful of noteworthy runs, the 2013 season was a washout for the 48-year-old driver known as ‘Cat Daddy.’ He finished 11 th in the standings, falling short of a points-fund-paying spot. But the Senoia, Ga., racer has renewed hope for 2014 thanks to his pairing with Florida’s Todd Wood, who will provide the Rocket machines that Smith plans to make his primary ride on the WoO LMS.

* Chase Junghans. A 21-year-old open-wheel Modified convert from Manhattan, Kan., who competed fulltime in the dirt Late Model division for the first time in 2013, Junghans has announced his intention to step up to a national level this season and pursue the WoO LMS Rookie of the Year award. He’s already shown a glimpse of his talent this year, finishing third in Wednesday night’s Winter Extreme event at Tucson (Ariz.) International Raceway.

Advance-sale tickets for the Bubba Army Dirt Late Model Winter Nationals, which also include a 50-lap, $10,000-to-win event on Sat., Feb. 15, and a 60-lap grand finale paying $12,000 to win on Sun., Feb. 16, are available on-line at www.bubbaracewaypark.com or by calling the track office at 352-622-9400.

The season-opening burst of WoO LMS action in Florida also includes three nights of competition (Feb. 20-22) as part of the DIRTcar Nationals Presented by Summit Racing Equipment at Volusia Speedway Park in Barberville. More information on the DIRTcar Nationals by Summit can be obtained by visiting www.DirtCarNationals.com.

For more information on the WoO LMS, visit www.worldofoutlaws.com.

Fans can also follow the WoO LMS on Twitter at Twitter.com/WoOLateModels and Facebook at Facebook.com/WorldofOutlaws .

The World of Outlaws Late Model Series is brought to fans across the country by many important sponsors and partners, including: American Racing Custom Wheels (Official Custom Wheel), Arizona Sport Shirts (Official Apparel Company), Armor All (Official Car Care Products), Hoosier Racing Tires (Official Racing Tires), KMC (Official Custom Truck Wheel), STP (Official Fuel Treatment), Vicci (Official Uniform), VP Racing Fuel (Official Racing Fuel), DirtonDirt.com (Hard Charger Award) and McCarthy’s One Hour Heating & Air Conditioning (Raye Vest Memorial Pill Draw Award); in addition to contingency sponsors: Butlerbuilt, Cometic Gasket, Comp Cams, Dominator Race Products, Edelbrock, Eibach Springs, JE Pistons, JRI Shocks, Klotz Synthetic Lubricants, MSD Ignition, Ohlins Shocks, QuarterMaster, Roush Yates Performance Parts, Superflow Dynos, Wrisco Aluminum and XS Power Racing Batteries: along with manufacturer sponsors Capital Race Cars, Integra Shocks, GRT Chassis, Jake’s Carts, Racing Electronics, Rocket Chassis, TNT Rescue, and Warrior Chassis.

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2014 Bubba Army Winter Nationals

January 14th, 2014

It’s the Third Annual Bubba Army Winter Nationals featuring 14 nights of the best dirt racers in the world from The World of Outlaws, UNOH All Star Winged 410 Sprints, UMP Dirt Open Wheel Modifieds, USAC Amsoil National Sprint Cars and the Nesmith Crates Dirt Late Model Series.

Come see Tony Stewart live as he roots on his World of Outlaw Sprint car drivers including Tony Stewart Racings 5 time champion Donny Schatz and of course the 20 time champion Steve “The King” Kinser at his first stop on his farewell tour. Come root on The King as he shows how it’s done one last time in Ocala.

Also racing in UMP Open wheel Modifieds will be Speed TV’s and former NASCAR driver Kenny Wallace and NASCAR’s Kenny Schrader and David Reutimann.

All the big names will be at the Third Annual Bubba Army Winter Nationals:
Crate Late Models: Ronnie Johnson, Cecil Eunice, Jason Fitzgerald, Josh Adkins, Ray Cook, Mark Whitener, 11 year old Tyler Clem, Ivedent Lloyd, Jeff Matthews, Bryan Bernhardt, and Florida’s own Rookie of the Year Kyle Bronson and many more

410 Winged Sprints: Donny Schatz, Steve “The King” Kinser, Danny Lasoski, Dale Blaney, Jac Haudenschild, Sammy Swindell, Kraig Kinser, and many more

UMP Open Wheel Modifieds: Kenny Wallace, Kenny Schrader, two time National Champion Devin Gilpin, Jeff Matthews, Kyle Bronson, Buzzie Reutimann, David Reutimann and many more

WOO Super Late Models: Josh Richards, Darrell Lanigan, Shane Clanton, Rick Eckert, Tim McCreadie, Chub Frank, Bud McCool, Clint Smith, Billy Moyer, Dillion Wood, Ivedent Lloyd, Mark Whitener, Tyler Ivey, Jeff Matthews and many more

USAC Amsoil National Sprint Cars: Tony Stewart Racings Bryan Clausen, Dave Darland, Brady Bacon, Chase Stockon, Kevin Thomas Jr, Tracy Hines, Robert Ballou, Chris Windom, Tyler Courtney, Shane Cottle, Damian Gardner and many more

* All Combo ticket prices available day of the show
* FREE! Camping for all February events
* FREE! General Parking!
* VIP parking available $10 per day
* ATM available on-site
* All Grandstand Tickets may be upgraded to a Pit Pass for the difference of the Pit Entry on same event day
* Kids 5 and under FREE with paid adult

WEEK ONE NeSmith Dirt Late Model Winter Nationals

WEEKLY PIT PASS: 6 Day Pit Pass $165 (includes mon practice)
WEEKLY PIT PASS: 5 Day Pit Pass $150
WEEKLY GRANDSTAND PASS: Adults $60 / Kids 6-12 $30

Mon Jan 27, 2014 NeSmith Dirt Late Model Winter Nationals PRACTICE
PITS $15

Tues Jan 28, 2014 NeSmith Dirt Late Model Winter Nationals ^$2,000 TO WIN
GENERAL ADMISSION: KIDS 6-12 $6 / ADULTS $12 / PITS $30

Wed Jan 29, 2014 NeSmith Dirt Late Model Winter Nationals ^$2,000 TO WIN
GENERAL ADMISSION: KIDS 6-12 $6 / ADULTS $12 / PITS $30

Thurs Jan 30, 2014 NeSmith Dirt Late Model Winter Nationals ^$2,000 TO WIN
GENERAL ADMISSION: KIDS 6-12 $6 / ADULTS $12 / PITS $30

Fri Jan 31, 2014 NeSmith Dirt Late Model Winter Nationals ^$2,000 TO WIN Plus: V8 THUNDERSTOCKS
GENERAL ADMISSION: KIDS 6-12 $8 / ADULTS $15 / PITS $30

Sat Feb 01, 2014 NeSmith Dirt Late Model Winter Nationals ^$3,000 TO WIN Plus: V8 THUNDERSTOCKS
GENERAL ADMISSION: KIDS 6-12 $10 / ADULTS $20 / PITS $30

WEEK TWO UMP Openwheel Modifieds / 410 UNOH All Star Circuit of Champions Sprints
WEEKLY PIT PASS: 4 Day Pit Pass $135 (includes Wed practice)
WEEKLY PIT PASS: 3 Day Pit Pass $120
WEEKLY GRANDSTAND PASS: Adults $100 / Kids 6-12 $55

Wed Feb 05, 2014 UMP Openwheel Modifieds PRACTICE
PIT PASS $15

Thurs Feb 06, 2014 UMP Openwheel Modifieds ^$1,500 TO WIN 410 Winged Sprints ALLSTARS $3000 To WIN GENERAL ADMISSION: KIDS 6-12 $15 / ADULTS $30 / PIT PASS $35

Fri Feb 07, 2014 UMP Openwheel Modifieds ^$1,500 TO WIN 410 Winged Sprints ALLSTARS ^$4,000 TO WIN
GENERAL ADMISSION: KIDS 6-12 $20 / ADULTS $35 / PIT PASS $40

Sat Feb 08, 2014 UMP Openwheel Modifieds ^$5,000 TO WIN 410 Winged Sprints ALLSTARS ^$7,000 TO WIN
GENERAL ADMISSION: KIDS 6-12 $25 / ADULTS $40 / PIT PASS $45

WEEK THREE World of Outlaws Late Model Bubba Army Winter Nationals
WEEKLY PIT PASS: 4 Day Pit Pass $145 (includes Thurs practice)
WEEKLY PIT PASS: 3 Day Pit Pass $130
WEEKLY GRANDSTAND PASS: Adults $110 / Kids 6-12 $65

Thurs Feb 13, 2014 World of Outlaws Late Model Bubba Army Winter Nationals Practice PIT PASS $15

Fri Feb 14, 2014 World of Outlaws Late Model Bubba Army Winter Nationals ^$7,000 TO WIN Plus: FLORIDA MINI SPRINT ASSOCIATION MINI-SPRINTS GENERAL ADMISSION: KIDS 6-12 $20 / ADULTS $35 / PIT PASS $40

Sat Feb 15, 2014 World of Outlaws Late Model Bubba Army Winter Nationals ^$10,000 TO WIN Plus: FLORIDA MINI SPRINT ASSOCIATION MINI-SPRINTS GENERAL ADMISSION: KIDS 6-12 $25 / ADULTS $40 / PIT PASS $45

Sun Feb 16, 2014 World of Outlaws Late Model Bubba Army Winter Nationals ^$12,000 TO WIN Plus: FLORIDA MINI SPRINT ASSOCIATION MINI-SPRINTS
GENERAL ADMISSION: KIDS 6-12 $25 / ADULTS $40 / PIT PASS $45

WEEK FOUR USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Cars Winter Dirt Games V
WEEKLY PIT PASS: 4 Day Pit Pass $120 (includes Wed practice)
WEEKLY PIT PASS: 3 Day Pit Pass $105
WEEKLY GRANDSTAND PASS: Adults $70 / Kids 6-12 $70

Wed Feb 19, 2014 USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Cars PRACTICE
PITS: $15

Thurs Feb 20, 2014 USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Cars ^$5,000 TO WIN
GENERAL ADMISSION: KIDS 6-12 $25 / ADULTS $25 / PIT PASS $35

Fri Feb 21, 2014 USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Cars ^$5,000 TO WIN Plus: HOBBY STOCKS
GENERAL ADMISSION: KIDS 6-12 $25 / ADULTS $25 / PIT PASS $35

Sat Feb 22, 2014 USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Cars ^$5,000 TO WIN Plus: HOBBY STOCKS
GENERAL ADMISSION: KIDS 6-12 $25 / ADULTS $25 / PIT PASS $35

Big Frog Motorsports Bags Lucky #13 Win to Close 2013

December 27th, 2013

Middleburg, Florida – It may have come via unexpected circumstances, but never-the-less Big Frog Motorsports was able to claim their thirteenth win of 2013 on Saturday in their final event of the season.

Mark Whitener was eager to claim the $2,000 win in the Florida State Championship at Bubba Raceway Park (Ocala, Florida) on Saturday night in his #58 Big Frog Motorsports/Dave’s Towing/B&B Produce Late Model. However, Whitener caught a flu bug earlier in the week, which ultimately forced him to the hospital. With Mark not available the team contacted good friend, Ivedent Lloyd Jr. to pilot the entry, and he would prove to be a great choice.

Lloyd Jr. started his outing by storming from the 6th starting spot in his heat race to claim the win. After drawing the pole for the feature Ivedent went on to lead flag-to-flag to score the victory, which came over Dalton Myers, Kyle Bronson, Scott Lagasse Jr., and Carter Stokes.

Full results from the event are available at www.BubbaRacewayPark.com.

The team has now concluded the 2013 campaign as they turn their attention to a rapidly approaching 2014 season. They would like to thank all of their sponsors and fans for their great support this season. The team is also currently looking for new principal, associate, and product sponsors for 2014. Interested parties can find more information on Big Frog Motorsports at www.BigFrogMotorsports.com .

Big Frog Motorsports would like to thank their principal and associate sponsors including Dave’s Towing, B&B Produce, Big Frog Shocks, Big Frog Signs and Graphics, FK Rod Ends, Schaeffers Oil, Racecar Engineering, Sunoco Race Fuels, Koury Racing Engines, Custom Racing Engines, Ohlins Shocks, American Race Tire, Barry Wright Race Cars, Daytona Sensors LLC, Schoenfeld Headers, COMP Cams, AR Bodies, and MSR Mafia Marketing Services.

For the latest team news and updates on Big Frog Motorsports please visit www.BigFrogMotorsports.com .

Thanks!
Ben Shelton, Owner
MSR Mafia – www.MSRMafia.com

The Midsouth Racing Scene – www.MidSouthRacing.com

Florida State Dirt Championship Races A Success at Bubba Raceway Park

December 26th, 2013

Ocala, FL- The Florida State Championships were a hit for the Late Models, Scorpion UMP Modifieds, Limited Late Models, Mini Sprints, Hobby Stocks, 1-800-ASK GARY Thunder Stocks, TQ Late Models, and Rent-N-Roll Gladiators as all eight winners would take home some cash and a beautiful championship ring.

Limited Late Models kicked the night off with Forrest Gough leading the pack as many others struggled in the opening laps. Cecil Eunice would grab the lead from Gough on lap eight as they opened up a half lap over the field. A caution with eight to go would give 2013 division champion Tyler Clem a shot at Eunice and Gough but he wouldn’t make the most of it. 22 99 14 77 61

The Mini Sprints started with Robbie Smith toppling his #77 in turn two. Smith would continue on after the yellow with Jim Young, Connor Borah, and Austin Craddock leading the way. A toople by Robby Hoffman would halt the field on lap four and leave Young to hold off Eddie Moss, Jr. and David Hall. On lap 17, Connor Borah would make contact with traffic and go for a wild tumble in turn four as Jim Young was closing in on lapping him. Borah would climb out of the wreckage under his ownpower. Young would take a dominant win over Eddie Moss, Jr., David Hall, Austin Craddock, and Kenny Brewer.

The Hobby Stocks would start off with Eddie Kilbury leading a caution-marred event over Trent Wilson and Mike Stalnaker after Brian Morgan would cut a tire on lap two. Stalnaker would grab the lead from Kilbury on lap four before giving it over to Wilson for two laps. On lap six Wilson would spin from the lead while Morgan had worked his way from 20th back to 10th. On lap 15 Wilson and Kilbury would come together and set up a ‘next flag ends it’ finish with Stalnaker leading Brian Morgan. Morgan would grab the lead right before a caution came out and gave Morgan the improbable win over Stalnaker. Kevin Durden, Dennis Williams, and Rodney Wright
completed the top five.

Paul Snyder would lead the Scorpion Racing Products UMP DirtCar Open-Wheel Modifieds to green with Jeff Mathews, Rich Pratt, and Kyle Bronson the top four. Mathews and Bronson would jump to the front before contact sent Mathews reeling to the tail and Bronson peeling to the front. By lap 15 the GRT machines of Bronson and Snyder had pulled away but would lose that advantage when Scott Kurtzner spun in turn one as Rich Pratt pulled off the track. Bronson would win easily over Snyder, Roger Crouse, Bruce Harvey, and Shane Nichols.

The TQ Late Models would start off with Terry Wright rocketing from seventh to the lead and pulling away as the field tried to stay in the same zip code as the #007. With three to go Wright would have to hold off Don Strosahl, Jr. and John Hopke for the win which he did. Strosahl would finish second, Hopke would grab third and a championship with Dave Rader and Dalton Hopke completing the top five.

Late Model action began with Ivedent Lloyd, Jr. taking the Big Frog Motorsports #58 (yes, you read that correctly) to the front as Scott Lagasse, Jr. and Shan Smith gave chase. Lloyd would dominate the race until JO Nobles slowed to set up a one lap dash for the win. Lloyd would fend off the always feisty Dalton Myers, Kyle Bronson, Lagasse, and Carter Stokes.

The 1-800-ASK GARY Thunder Stocks started off with Shane Williams jumping to the front and staying there. On lap five William Arnette barrelrolled his #0 in turn one as Alan Peacock grabbed the lead from Williams. Arnette climbed from the car under his own power. Peacock would hold on to that lead and win the ring over Williams, Jeff Stalnaker, Jr., Brian Morgan, and Chris Fontaine.

The final event of the night would be the Rent-N-Roll Gladiators with Stephen Frankland leading the first two laps before Steve Johnson would overtake him. Frankland would get the lead back when Johnson pitted on lap three with a flat right front tire. By lap nine Frankland was leading Robert Gullett, David Walls, John Windham, and Johnson. Frankland would wrap the season up with a big win over Windham, Walls, Gullett, and Johnson.

Another season has been completed at Bubba Raceway Park. Congratulations to all of our champions! For more info please go to www.bubbaracewaypark.com or call us at 352-622-9400. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Florida State Championships To Bring The Best In The Business Out Once More

December 22nd, 2013

Ocala, FL- Bubba Raceway Park will open it’s gates less than 96 hours from Christmas and will send eight drivers home with wins and a combined $6850 to spend on last minute gifts or maybe race car parts. Better yet, those eight will be forever remembered as Champions of the race AND get that beautiful Super Bowl-style ring.

The Late Models will race with $2000 on the line and with names such as Mark Whitener, Ivedent Lloyd, Jr., Tyler Ivey, Rich Pratt, and Jason Fitzgerald leading the fight you know it’ll be a good one. Others such as Tyler Clem and Jeff Mathews will have work to do to join Whitener as a champion of this prestigious event.

The Scorpion UMP Modifieds have a four-way championship battle between Charlie O’Neill, Pratt, Mathews, and Scott Kurtzner but defending champion Kyle Bronson, PJ Wiggins Memorial champion Paul Snyder, and rookie Bryan Bernhardt will all try to play spoiler and grab a ring and $1250.

Tyler Clem has been the dominant figure in the Limited Late Models and will clinch the title as long as he scores a point, making him one of the youngest recorded champions in stock car racing history. JO Nobles, Nevin Gainey, and Kyle Chappell will all try to grab the ring and $800 and keep Clem from grabbing the prestigious event.

The Mini Sprints will again run a non-FMSA sanctioned event with $750 and a ring on the line this time. Nick Snyder, Dirk Miller, and Eddie Moss, Jr. will lead the fight for a big win with just glory and cash on the line.

The Hobby Stocks will be gunning for the same prize as the Mini Sprints and with the champion already two months into his reign, it’s just for glory and cash in this division as well. Devin Walker will try to end his title season on the highest of highs while Mike Stalnaker, Tim Powers, Brian Morgan, and Rodney Wright will all do their best to grab the cash and ring.

The 1-800-ASK GARY Thunder Stocks have $600 and a ring to win but Brandon Elwood has a championship to hold on to. Elwood has said he’s going all out for the ring but a title thought may approach his mind every now and again. The Stalnaker brothers will most likely attack the prize as will Melvin Fockler, Tony Campbell, Jonathan Appleby, Jason Gamble, and defending race winner Justin Durbin.

The TQ Late Models have $500 and a ring waiting for the winner and a title battle is there for the taking as well. That title will be going back to Jacksonville. John Hopke leads Terry Wright by just 10 points while Dalton Hopke sits 61 behind his father John. Those three will have two different mindsets while Don Strosahl, Jr., Sean Babcock, and Dave Rader will go all out for the ring.

Stephen Frankland has won the Rent-N-Roll Gladiators title but he wants the ring, $200, and a piece of history with it. Others like Ray Hunter, Brandon Haseleu, and Steve Johnson will try to chase him down and grab the prizes.

Racing will start at 4:30 with hot laps starting around 3:15. Don’t miss the incredible action at Bubba Raceway Park! For more info, please visit www.bubbaracewaypark.com or call us at 352-629-6900!

Leftovers Classic To Be An Early Christmas For Fans And Drivers Alike

November 29th, 2013

Ocala, FL- “What offseason?” is the question that has been running around the paddocks and pits of all forms of motorsports and that does not skip over the local short tracks. Bubba Raceway Park will keep the gates open and run a Sunday show right after Thanksgiving with five of the grittiest divisions in Florida running for some cash just three-and-a-half weeks before Christmas!

The Hobby Stocks come off of a huge $2000 to win show that Tim Powers grabbed while the likes of Brian Morgan, Devin Walker, Rodney Wright, and Mike Stalnaker all ran up front but had something just not go their way. A $750 prize will go to this Sunday’s winner and man of the names from last week-end will be back in action.

The Mini Sprints will run for $600 with no sanction on their event, though the FMSA will wrap their season up the night before, meaning the series’ champion will race for the first time with their crown less than 24 hours later. No points, no sanctioning, just $600 to the driver that tops the Mini Sprints that are anything but predictable.

Our very own 1-800-ASK GARY Thunder Stocks will put on a show with $500 to the one that tops them all. Last time out the division nearly went caution-free which could play into the hands of less experienced drivers Melvin Fockler and Brandon Tillander while Jeff Stalnaker, Jr., Jonathan Appleby, and Brandon Elwood try to grab a win and become the first to five on the season.

The TQ Late Models will be back in action with $500 on the line and they will hope to have the winning car actually make it to Victory Lane this time. Don Strosahl, Jr. became the first driver with multiple wins in the division last time out while Terry Wright, Sean Babcock, and Dave Rader will attempt to join him as a two-timer.

Finally, the Rent-N-Roll Gladiators will battle for $150 and could make it the best battle of the year. Though the season has been dominated by Stephen Frankland, a driver could make their season with a win on Sunday.

Gates will open at Noon on Sunday with grandstands at 1:00 and racing schedule to start at 3:00. For more info, please visit www.bubbaracewaypark.com or call us at 352-622-9400! Happy Thanksgiving and we’ll see you Sunday at Bubba Raceway Park for the Leftover’s Classic.

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Sweeney Rush Tour Top Point Men Pegher and Montgomery Excel in Nesmith World Championship at Bubba

November 27th, 2013

(Ocala, FL)…While the 2013 Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC RUSH Dirt Late Model Series season ended a month ago and most are beginning to prepare for the 2014 season, five local racers made the tow south to compete in NeSmith’s “World Championship” this past weekend (November 22-23) at Bubba Raceway Park in Ocala, Florida.

When the checkered flag waved in the 100-lap event on Saturday night it was Brasstown, North Carolina’s Ray Cook charging from the 19th starting spot to capture the $10,100 top prize. It was the second straight season that Bubba Raceway Park hosted the season finale for the NeSmith Series that once again attracted several Northeast racers. The ninth annual event drew 49 race teams from 11 different states!

Mike Pegher, Jr., who beat out Ryan Montgomery by three points to win the Sweeney Tour championship, led all local competitors with an impressive runner-up finish worth $5,000! The Wexford, Pa. 27-year-old started his first event in the Bobby Lake Motorsports-owned #1 Warrior Chassis from the ninth starting spot after finishing third in his heat on Friday night. Pegher captured five Sweeney Tour wins in 2013 and also finished runner-up in the Sweeney Weekly Series Championship driving the Lynn Geisler-owned #1c.

Five-time Sweeney Tour winner and second place point man, Ryan Montgomery, continues to impress no matter where he competes. The 16-year-old Fairmont, West Virginia racer finished second in his heat on Friday night and crossed the finish line in 10th after 100 laps to pocket $1,000. Montgomery’s #12 will be back in action this weekend in a $20,000 to-win non-sanctioned Crate Late Model event at Swainsboro (GA) Raceway.

Moon Township, Pennsylvania’s George Kowatic received the long tow provisional and finished 25th in Saturday’s feature. Muse, Pennsylvania’s W.L. Stile, who finished 12th in the Sweeney Tour points, made his first ever trek south to B.R.P., but missed out on qualifying for the feature as did Joe Krcelich of Carmichaels, Pa. Bruceton Mills, West Virginia native Doug Horton, who now resides in Florida, missed the feature by one spot in his last chance B main.

Twelve-year-old Michael Lake of Uniontown, Pa., who finished runner-up in the RUSH “Futures Cup” standings and won the $2,000 Sweeney Tour event on Labor Day at Roaring Knob, failed to qualify for the feature. Back in January during Speedweek, Lake became the youngest driver in the history of NeSmith to qualify for a feature event. Like Montgomery, Lake will also be in action this weekend, but his travels will take him to East Bay Raceway Park in Gibsonton, FL. Lake will drive his grandfather’s #27 Warrior in a weekly event in preparation for competing with the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series in February!

“It’s great to see our racers go on the road and have success,” stated RUSH director Vicki Emig. “Mike and Ryan had a tremendous season here in the Northeast so it wasn’t surprising they were able to shine against some of the best Crate Late Models in the country. It says a lot about the caliber of competition in the Northeast. With our Sweeney RUSH rules identical to NeSmith’s, it paves the way for our racers to compete in these big events.”

The NeSmith Series will open their 2014 season January 28 through February 1 at B.R.P. where several Sweeney RUSH teams are again expected to compete for the second straight year. The first four nights will pay $2,000 to-win, while Saturday’s 50-lap finale will pay $3,000 to the feature winner.

2013 RUSH marketing partners include Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC, Pace Performance, RainEater Wiper Blades, Hoosier Tire, Sunoco Race Fuels, Bazell Race Fuels, Precise Racing Products, ARbodies, The -Brake Man, K&N Filters, Lincoln Electric, TurboStart, K1 RaceGear, Beyea Headers, FK Rod Ends, Bobby Lake Motorsports, Wrisco Industries, High Gear Speed Shop, Utsinger’s Towing, RockAuto.com, and Valley Fashions. e-mail can be sent to the RUSH Racing Series at info@rushracingseries.com and snail mail to 4368 Route 422, Pulaski, PA 16143. Office phone is 724-964-9300 and fax is 724-964-0604. The RUSH Racing Series website is www.rushracingseries.com. Like our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/rushlatemodels and follow us on Twitter @RUSHLM.

Leftovers Classic To Be An Early Christmas For Fans And Drivers Alike

November 25th, 2013

Ocala, FL- “What offseason?” is the question that has been running around the paddocks and pits of all forms of motorsports and that does not skip over the local short tracks. Bubba Raceway Park will keep the gates open and run a Sunday show right after Thanksgiving with five of the grittiest divisions in Florida running for some cash just three-and-a-half weeks before Christmas!

The Hobby Stocks come off of a huge $2000 to win show that Tim Powers grabbed while the likes of Brian Morgan, Devin Walker, Rodney Wright, and Mike Stalnaker all ran up front but had something just not go their way. A $750 prize will go to this Sunday’s winner and man of the names from last week-end will be back in action.

The Mini Sprints will run for $600 with no sanction on their event, though the FMSA will wrap their season up the night before, meaning the series’ champion will race for the first time with their crown less than 24 hours later. No points, no sanctioning, just $600 to the driver that tops the Mini Sprints that are anything but predictable.

Our very own 1-800-ASK GARY Thunder Stocks will put on a show with $500 to the one that tops them all. Last time out the division nearly went caution-free which could play into the hands of less experienced drivers Melvin Fockler and Brandon Tillander while Jeff Stalnaker, Jr., Jonathan Appleby, and Brandon Elwood try to grab a win and become the first to five on the season.

The TQ Late Models will be back in action with $500 on the line and they will hope to have the winning car actually make it to Victory Lane this time. Don Strosahl, Jr. became the first driver with multiple wins in the division last time out while Terry Wright, Sean Babcock, and Dave Rader will attempt to join him as a two-timer.

Finally, the Rent-N-Roll Gladiators will battle for $150 and could make it the best battle of the year. Though the season has been dominated by Stephen Frankland, a driver could make their season with a win on Sunday.

Gates will open at Noon on Sunday with grandstands at 1:00 and racing schedule to start at 3:00. For more info, please visit www.bubbaracewaypark.com or call us at 352-622-9400! Happy Thanksgiving and we’ll see you Sunday at Bubba Raceway Park for the Leftover’s Classic.

NeSmith World Championships A Wild Success!

November 25th, 2013

Ocala, FL- The NeSmith Late Model Series and Bubba Army Hobby Stocks put on a fantastic show with $10,000 going to the 100-lap Late Model winner and $2000 to the 50-lap Hobby Stock winner. Our Hobby Stock race, of course, was sponsored by Power House Machine Shop, AP Motor Sales, Coyotes on the Square, the Trexler family, Augusta Delivery Service, Team Snyder Concessions, and RaceCar Engineering; we also had Hobby Stock event sponsors in our Heat Race sponsor Extreme Graphics and Signs, Qualifying sponsor Big Frog Shocks, Halfway Bonus sponsor Jason Brown, and Hard Charger sponsor Dirts 4 Racing and our Turkey Give-A-Way sponsor Sunbelt Rentals.

The Hobby Stocks kicked off the action with Brian Morgan snatching the lead from outside pole. Morgan would be dispatched on an early restart and Trent Wilson would grab the lead over Devin Walker and Mike Stalnaker with 45 to go. Nearly the entire field would grab damage in turn four after Eric Moon got spun up the track and left just four cars circling before the track was cleared. The field continued to struggle to get a tempo flowing and Tom Burnside had used up the three spin rule by lap eleven. A lap 24 caution occurred when Tommy Hill got stuck sideways and Wally Schneider and Tony Campbell made contact and spun around themselves. Trent Wilson still had the lead but Rodney Wright had “The Shiner Special” up to second and Stalnaker was still in third. Stalnaker would dispatch both drivers on lap 27 as Wright got around Wilson to invert the order from the restart but they would have to give chase to some lapped traffic. The caution would fly with 18 to go and leave “Hometown Boy” Stalnaker to stave off the battle from “First Coast Fighter” Wright and “Big Lake Boy” Tim Powers. Stalnaker would slip up the track in turn four and allowed Powers to steal the lead with just a little over ten to go. Stalnaker would lose his wheel on lap 39 after a major battle with Wright and Powers; the restart would see Powers restart in front of Wright and “The Mayo Missile” Devin Walker with just ten laps to go. With six to go Rodney Wright would lose his wheel but he would be able to get a fresh one and return to the battle. Powers would hold on to beat his fellow “Big Lake Boy” Brian Morgan for the $2000 win. Hard Charger Kevin Durden would complete the podium while Scotty Kay, Jr. and Devin Walker completed the top five.

The NeSmith Late Models would run their final 100 laps around the 3/8 mile of Bubba Raceway Park with Ivedent Lloyd, Jr. on the pole. Dalton Myers would be the second highest Florida driver in seventh while Carter Stokes would complete the top ten on the grid. Shan Smith would sit on the inside of row six and Kyle Bronson would slot right behind him in 13th while Jeff Mathews would complete the “Sweet Sixteen.” Mark Whitener would start 17th with Austin Kirkpatrick 20th and Jake Perkins 26th in the Bubba Raceway Park Crate Late Model Points Provisional. Ivedent Lloyd, Jr. jumped to an early lead that would shuffle hands between himself, Justin McRee, and Shan Smith. As Smith, Lloyd, and McRee fought for the front three spots Kyle Bronson was hunting them down and himself and McRee misjudged a Bronson slide job and McRee would smack the turn four wall. Bronson would have a tire go down a few laps later and found himself in the mid-pack once more. At the quarter mark of the 100-lapper, three Florida drivers were up front with Lloyd leading Smith and Mark Whitener. Kyle Bronson had jumped back into tenth while Austin Kirkpatrick, Jeff Mathews, Carter Stokes, and Jake Perkins found themselves outside of the top fifteen. Whitener would jump to the lead out of the caution and leave Lloyd in second as Smith slipped to fourth. Jeff Mathews would watch his race go up in smoke on the lap 35 restart as Whitener, Lloyd, and Smith had to deal with William Thomas and Ryan Montgomery. On lap 40, race leader Mark Whitener would unhinge his #58 which allowed Ivedent Lloyd, Jr. to pit as his right rear tire had started to deflate. William Thomas, Ray Cook, and Kyle Bronson would lead the field back to green. Ray Cook would lead at halfway while Bronson bounced around on the podium. Shan Smith had slipped through the order and Lloyd had fought back into a battle for ninth while Perkins and Stokes were caught a lap down or more. Jeff Smith would spin out of turn four on lap 61 and Ivedent Lloyd, Jr. would have slight contact with the wall and Smith that would end his night. Ray Cook would win the Ninth Annual World Championships in a final sendoff before climbing into the Mastersbilt House Car. Kyle Bronson would finish third, Shan Smith seventh, Carter Stokes 14th, and Jake Perkins finished 15th.

Nesmith World Championships B-Mains In The Book

November 24th, 2013

Ocala, FL- Thirteen of the forty-nine Nesmith Late Model Series entries came from the state of Florida and six were able to grab positions in the “Sweet Sixteen” that locked into the feature on Friday night. Leaving five of the remaining seven to earn their spots through the B-Mains. The Hobby Stocks also locked 16 drivers in and left 12, plus a few late entries, to earn their spots through the B-Mains.

The Floridians made a statement on Friday night as defending World Championship race winner Ivedent Lloyd, Jr. set Quick Time and earned a heat race victory to claim the pole while Dalton Myers finished second in Heat 3 and started seventh. Carter Stokes and Shan Smith finished third in Heats 2 and 3, respectively, and claimed the tenth and eleventh spots on the gird with Stokes ahead of Smith. Kyle Bronson claimed thirteenth on the grid by finishing fourth in Heat 1 and Jeff Mathews claimed the final spot in the “Sweet Sixteen” with a fourth place finish in Heat 4. Mark Whitener and Chris O’Connor would start from the transfer spots in B Main 1 while Austin Kirkpatrick earned the pole for B Main 2. Tyler Clem started eighth in B Main 2 and Jake Perkins started eleventh in B main 2 with both needing to jump into the top three.

Nesmith Late Model Series 20 lap B-Mains kicked off the racing action with two races locking in three drivers each to boost the field to 22 starters. The first B-Main (to earn grid positions 17, 19, and 21) would start with Riley Hickman, Mark Whitener, and Chris O’Connor holding onto transfer spots. Whitener would quickly grab the lead and put Hickman and Ray Cook in tow as O’Connor slipped out of the bubble spot. O’Connor would make contact with the turn four wall and have to pray for help in the Last Chance Showdown; meanwhile Whitener would open up a 1.8 second lead before Hickman’s right front broke, costing him the transfer spot and brought a caution out with four to go. Whitener would have Cook and Jeff Smith on his tail for the restart. While O’Connor would fail to transfer through the B-Main, Whitener would earn starting position 17 with his B-Main victory over Ray Cook and Jeff Smith who also locked into the feature by the B-Main.

Nesmith Late Model Series B-Main 2 would be run to earn starting spots 18, 20, and 22 and it kicked off with Austin Kirkpatrick, Rodney Wing, and Brent Barrett in the all-important transfer spots. Tyler Clem, seeking history, would start eighth and Jake Perkins would grid up in tenth. Wing would grab the lead from Kirkpatrick as Barrett settled down in third; Clem and Perkins would remain on the edges of the top ten. Shannon Lee would grab second from Kirkpatrick who would allow Barrett by him as well to fall out of the transfer spots. Johnny Stokes would later knock Kirkpatrick down to fifth while Clem moved into seventh, right behind 2013 Nesmith Late Model Series champion Ronnie Johnson. Clem would unhinge the #14 in turn two and with the motor went his chances at history, at least for now. Kirkpatrick would restart fifth and Perkins would have eighth as Wing, Lee, and Barrett tried to hold Stokes off for the transfer spots. Shannon Lee would get loose in turn one and took Johnny Stokes, Ronnie Johnson, and Jake Perkins with him. Kirkpatrick would grab third as all but Lee, who went to the tail as the cause of the caution, would be done for the race. Clem and Perkins would have work to do if they wanted a chance in the Last Chance Showdown while Rodney Wing, Austin Kirkpatrick, and Brent Barrett would lock into the now-22 car field.

There were also four provisional positions handed out with two from the Nesmith Late Model Series points, Longest Haul, and top driver in the Bubba Raceway Park Crate Late Model standings.

*Perkins may not be able to race due to damage; however, Tyler Clem earned the spot but blew the engine in B-Main action. If Perkins cannot use his provisional, the spot will be left vacated and only 25 cars will start.

NeSmith Chevrolet DLMS 2013 $10K-To-Win Grand Finale Set for Bubba Raceway Park

November 23rd, 2013

For the past nine years, the NeSmith Chevrolet Dirt Late Model Series Touring Division has saved the best for last. The $10,000-to-win 100-lap 9th Annual Chevrolet Performance World Championship Race this Thursday through Saturday at Bubba Raceway Park in Ocala, FL will bring the 2013 season to a close. Not only will 50 plus drivers from throughout the nation be battling for the $10,000 top prize, but the traveling regulars on the NeSmith Chevrolet Dirt Late Model Series Tour will be battling for Top 10 points fund paying spots. National Dirt Late Model Hall of Fame Inductee Ronnie Johnson of Chattanooga, TN has clinched the 2013 NeSmith Chevrolet Dirt Late Model Series National Championship to earn the NeSmith Cup and the $20,000 check out of the $50,000 points fund. Johnson will be looking to pick up where he left off in February at Bubba Raceway Park. Johnson’s first of three wins so far this season on the tour came at Bubba Raceway Park on February 2.

Another driver looking for another win at Bubba Raceway Park this season currently sits second in the NeSmith Chevrolet Dirt Late Model Series point standings, and will also be honored at his home track this weekend. Kyle Bronson of Brandon, FL as had to travel more miles this season than any other driver on the tour, which started out with a win at Bubba Raceway Park on January 31. Bronson has been in the top five of the standings all season. By starting the World Championship Race, he will finish second in the point standings, and he will also be recognized as the 2013 Rookie of the Year. Tait Davenport of Benton, KY will claim the third spot in the NeSmith Chevrolet Dirt Late Model Series point standings with one win so far this season. Johnny Stokes of Columbus, MS is fourth in the point’s chase, and three-time winner Justin McRee of Cottondale, AL is fifth. After leading the NeSmith Chevrolet Dirt Late Model Series point standings for the first half of the season before dropping off the tour, Ronny Lee Hollingsworth of Northport, AL has fallen to sixth in the standings. Hollingsworth won three of the first five races of the season at Bubba Raceway Park. A pair of 2013 NeSmith Chevrolet Dirt Late Model Series Rookie of the Year Candidates are tied for the seventh spot in the point standings.

Josh Adkins of Talladega, AL and Brent Barrett of Cleveland, MS will decide the seventh spot in the point standings this weekend at Bubba Raceway Park. Michael Blount of Sumrall, MS will finish ninth in the points chase. Three drivers will travel to Ocala, FL this weekend to battle for the tenth and final points fund paying spot worth $1,000. Two of the three drivers are former NeSmith Chevrolet Dirt Late Model Series National Champions. The 2012 NeSmith Chevrolet Dirt Late Model Series National Champion Matthew Turner of Dawsonville, GA is currently tenth in the point standings, and holds a 14-point advantage over two-time series David Earl Gentry of Murfreesboro, TN. Shannon Lee of Lumberton, MS still has a mathematical chance to earn a seat at the awards banquet, as he is 12th in the standings, 58 points behind Turner.

The Chevrolet Performance World Championship Race has also drawn some of the heavy hitters of super late model racing, as evidenced by the list of the former winners that include Jimmy Owens of Newport, TN (2005 and 2007), Randy Korte of Highland, IL (2007), Shannon Buckingham of Morristown, TN (2008), Tim McCreadie of Watertown, NY (2009), Doug Horton of Bruceton Mills, WV (2010), and Jonathan Davenport of Blairsville, GA (2011). Other notable top guns that have competed in the Chevrolet Performance World Championship Race through the years include Steve Francis of Ashland, KY, Dennis Erb Jr, of Carpentersville, IL, and last year, Don O’Neal of Martinsville, IN challenged for the win. This year, Ray Cook of Brasstown, NC will be looking the $10,000 top prize. The Florida contingent of dirt late model racers have also played an important role in the history of World Championship Race, as last year Ocala, FL driver Ivedent Lloyd Jr. kept the big money at home with a World Championship Race win.

Horton’s victory came driving a Tampa, FL-based car owned by Ken Nosbisch. Sunshine State drivers expected for the World Championship Race along with Bronson and Lloyd include Shan Smith of Dade City, FL, Austin Kirkpatrick of Ocala, FL, Bryan Bernhardt of Clearwater, FL, Jeff Mathews of Valrico, FL, Jason Fitzgerald of Middleburg, FL, Dalton Myers of Riverview, FL, Bobby Richardson of Eustis, FL, Tyler Clem of Clearwater, FL, and Ken Monahan of Lakeland, FL. The Eastern States RUSH Series, the northern sister series to the NeSmith Chevrolet Dirt Late Model Series, will also be represented at Bubba Raceway Park by a strong contingent of drivers at the 9th Annual Chevrolet Performance World Championship Race. Drivers expected from the RUSH Series include their 2013 Champion Mike Pegher Jr. of Wexford, PA, the 2013 Championship Runner-Up Ryan Montgomery of Fairmont, WV, Rick Singleton of Hesston, PA, Michael Lake of Uniontown, PA, W.L. Stile of Muse, PA, and Walker Arthur of Forest, VA. The on track action for the 9th Annual Chevrolet Performance World Championship Race will begin on Thursday night with an open practice session at Bubba Raceway Park from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.

The NeSmith Chevrolet Dirt Late Model Series Touring Division will compete in Qualifying and Heat Races on Friday night to set the front half of the 100-lap main event starting field. The pit gates opens at 4 p.m., NeSmith Chevrolet Dirt Late Model Series pre-race Registration and Technical Inspection will be from 1 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. The Drivers Meeting is set for 6:30 p.m., with hot laps scheduled for 7 p.m. and racing at 8 p.m. On Saturday night, November 23, the action will begin with B-Main Races to fill the back half of the 9th Annual Chevrolet Performance World Championship Race. That will be followed by the $10,000-to-win 100-lap main event. The pit gate opens at 4 p.m. with pre-race check in from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

The Drivers Meeting is set for 6:30 p.m., with racing scheduled for 7 p.m. The Howard Johnson’s Hotel in Ocala, FL at Exit 354 on I-75 is the Official Host Hotel for the NeSmith Chevrolet Dirt Late Model Series 9th Annual Chevrolet Performance World Championship Race at Bubba Raceway Park. The Howard Johnson’s Hotel is offering NeSmith Chevrolet Dirt Late Model Series fans and competitors a special discount rate of $75.99 per night plus tax. Rooms are going fast, so call 352-629-7021 to make reservations, and ask for the NeSmith Racing special discount rate. The physical address for the Howard Johnson’s Hotel is 3951 NW Blitchton Road, Ocala FL 34482. Bubba Raceway Park is located north of Ocala, FL at 9050 N.W. Gainesville Road, Ocala, FL 34482. For more information call 352-622-9400, or visit the track web site at www.bubbaracewaypark.com and on Facebook at Bubba Raceway Park. For more information and rules about the NeSmith Chevrolet Dirt Late Model Series, visit the series all-new web site at www.nesmithracing.com, or visit the series on Facebook at NeSmith Racing. Becoming a fan of the NeSmith Racing Facebook page will make you eligible for special prizes that will be given away each month.

You can follow us on Twitter @NeSmithRacing. NeSmith Chevrolet, Buick, GMC of Claxton, GA is the Title Sponsor of the NeSmith Chevrolet Dirt Late Model Series. NeSmith Chevrolet, Buick, GMC is the nation’s number one GM Powertrain and Performance Dealer six years running, with free delivery anywhere in the Southeast. Chevrolet Performance Parts is an Official Sponsor of the NeSmith Chevrolet Dirt Late Model Series. Hoosier Racing Tire is the Official Tire Sponsor of the NeSmith Chevrolet Dirt Late Model Series. Hedman Hedders is the Official Hedder of the NeSmith Chevrolet Dirt Late Model Series and the Hedman Husler Award sponsor. Bilstein Shocks is the Official Spec Shock of the NeSmith Chevrolet Dirt Late Model Series. Old Man’s Garage is the sponsor of the NeSmith Chevrolet Old Man’s Garage Weekly Racing Series. RockAuto.com is an Official Sponsor of the NeSmith Chevrolet Dirt Late Model Series. Racecar Engineering is the Official Parts Supplier of the NeSmith Chevrolet Dirt Late Model Series. Renegade Race and Performance Fuels are a series Associate Sponsor and fuel supplier. NeSmith Chevrolet Dirt Late Model Series Contingency Sponsors for 2013 are Dominator Race Products, Stealth Racing Carburetors, Modern Images, Mike Custom Tanks, Shorty’s Shock Service, Schoenfeld Headers, J.T. Kerr Racing Equipment, Kinser Air Filters, AR Bodies, Velocita Racewear, and Performance Rod & Custom. 2013 Chassis Sponsors are Trak-Star Race Cars, Warrior Race Cars, Rocket Chassis, GRT Race Cars, TNT Race Cars, Stinger Race Cars, and CVR Race Cars.  For tickets and information visit www.bubbaracewaypark.com or www.limerockmusicfestival.com

NeSmith World Championships Attack Bubba Raceway Park

November 19th, 2013

The NeSmith Late Model Series started their season with a five night spectacle at Bubba Raceway Park in late January and early February. Ronny Lee Hollingworth grabbed three of those five features while Kyle Bronson and Ronnie Johnson grabbed one each. Those three pursued the Series ninth championship with Hollingworth leading out of the gate over Rookie of the Year candidate Bronson and Hall-of-Famer Johnson. The summer was not kind to Hollingsworth as he lost valuable points in a stretch while Bronson and Johnson steadily plugged away. The slipper was a size off for Bronson as the Rookie just couldn’t quite keep step with the Hall-of-Famer and Johnson wrapped the championship up before heading to the southern most state in the continental U.S. Johnson will have his work cut out for him, however, as Bronson knows the 3/8 mile of Bubba Raceway Park a bit better than the Hall-of-Famer does. Joining “Team Florida” with Bronson will be the expected suspects in two-time track champion Mark Whitener and his Big Frog Motorsports team, defending World Championships winner Ivedent Lloyd, Jr., Tony Stewart Racing Developmental Driver eleven-year old Tyler Clem, and four-time UMP Modified track champion Jeff Mathews. With the title and Rookie of the Year honors already locked up it’s all about glory and cold hard cash- $10,000 of it!

The Hobby Stocks get a shot to impress and have $2500 on the line as well. “The Mayo Missile” Devin Walker will try to hold his ground has the “Big Lake Boys” led by Tim Powers, Brian Morgan, Trent Wilson, and Scotty Kay, Jr. make the trip up to steal the cash while the “Volusia County Vultures” led by Bubba Christian, Rodney Wright, and Donnie Ashford head west with a $2500 prize to be won. The Ocala area will send it’s own fleet with Mike Stalnaker and Joey Forsyth trying to keep the cash in the county limits.

You won’t want to miss the action of this two-night event that starts Friday and culminates on Saturday with plenty of cash and plenty of good racing. For more info, please visit www.bubbaracewaypark.com or call us at 352-622-9400!

OF NOTE: As Roby Helm and NeSmith will take care of the NeSmith Late Model coverage, I’ll go full on with covering the Hobby Stocks and giving a more “Team Florida” look at the NeSmith Late Models. Thank you for your understanding.

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NeSmith World Championships Attack Bubba Raceway Park

November 18th, 2013

The NeSmith Late Model Series started their season with a five night spectacle at Bubba Raceway Park in late January and early February. Ronny Lee Hollingworth grabbed three of those five features while Kyle Bronson and Ronnie Johnson grabbed one each. Those three pursued the Series ninth championship with Hollingworth leading out of the gate over Rookie of the Year candidate Bronson and Hall-of-Famer Johnson. The summer was not kind to Hollingsworth as he lost valuable points in a stretch while Bronson and Johnson steadily plugged away. The slipper was a size off for Bronson as the Rookie just couldn’t quite keep step with the Hall-of-Famer and
Johnson wrapped the championship up before heading to the southern most state in the continental U.S. Johnson will have his work cut out for him, however, as Bronson knows the 3/8 mile of Bubba Raceway Park a bit better than the Hall-of-Famer does. Joining “Team Florida” with Bronson will be the expected suspects in two-time track champion Mark Whitener and his Big Frog Motorsports team, defending World Championships winner Ivedent Lloyd, Jr., Tony Stewart Racing Developmental Driver eleven-year old Tyler Clem, and four-time UMP Modified track champion Jeff Mathews. With the title and Rookie of the Year honors already locked up it’s all about glory and cold hard cash- $10,000 of it!

The Hobby Stocks get a shot to impress and have $2500 on the line as well. “The Mayo Missile” Devin Walker will try to hold his ground as the “Big Lake Boys” led by Tim Powers, Brian Morgan, Trent Wilson, and Scotty Kay, Jr. make the trip up to steal the cash while the “Volusia County Vultures” led by Bubba Christian, Rodney Wright, and Donnie Ashford head west with a $2500 prize to be won. The Ocala area will send it’s own fleet with Mike Stalnaker and Joey Forsyth trying to keep the cash in the county limits.

You won’t want to miss the action of this two-night event that starts Friday and culminates on Saturday with plenty of cash and plenty of good racing. For more info, please visit www.bubbaracewaypark.com or call us at 352-622-9400!

OF NOTE: As Roby Helm and NeSmith will take care of the NeSmith Late Model coverage, I’ll go full on with covering the Hobby Stocks and giving a more “Team Florida” look at the NeSmith Late Models. Thank you for your understanding.

>Florida State Championship Races Hit Bubba Raceway Park

November 17th, 2013

Ocala, FL- With just each division’s respective Championship race left on the table at least for points) there will be four champions crowned this Saturday and a further four on December 21st in the second half of the Florida State Championship races. This week’s task, however, is the Scorpion Racing Products UMP DirtCar Open-Wheel Modifieds, Bubba Army Limited Sprints, Limited Late Models, and 1-800-ASK GARY Thunder Stocks.

The Limited Sprints will tackle a fifth race with seven drivers mathematically alive in the fight. Otto Scrape leads Robbie Smith by a slim ten point margin and “The Hammer” Danny Martin, Jr. is just one point behind Smith. AJ Maddox, believe it or not, is the top driver in the standings with a victory in the Limited Sprints (Martin won in the 360′s) but sits 28 markers out of the championship lead. A further two back is Terry Withersppon, 55 back is “The Peruvian Outlaw” Mark Ruel, Jr. (who has claimed three checkered flags but only has one trophy), and Gene Machuga sits 56 back. Last year’s division champion Matt Kurtz also claimed the inaugural Florida State Championship ring last season but will make his return this week after an injury kept him sidelined for a couple of months. Kurtz will be in a new ride; Martin, Tyler Godwin, and many others have comfort in their machines as they chase a ring and $1500.

The Scorpion Racing Products UMP DirtCar Open-Wheel Modifieds have been quite wild and that has left Charlie O’Neill as the championship leader by three points over Rich Pratt. If that’s not enough, four-times consecutive division champion Jeff Mathews is only five markers behind Pratt and Scott Kurtzner is only 22 behind O’Neill. With 65 points left on the table, the title is up for grabs between the four, but only Pratt and O’Neill control their destinies. While Pratt and Paul Snyder have won big races in the division, Kyle Bronson claimed both the second annual PJ Wiggins Memorial and the inaugural Florida State Championship race last
season. Can Bronson repeat or will a new name jump to the top and claim the ring and $2000 bonus?

The Limited Late Models will crown an 11-year old champion as Tyler Clem needs only to start the feature to clinch the title. Chuck Jackson kept Clem honest throughout the season and has actually clinched second in the title fight. Others such as Shane Koperda and Kevin Mills have had flashes of brilliance but have had bad luck spoil many good runs as well. Nevin Gainey and Tim Powers have multiple wins (as does Clem) and Forrest Gough finally knocked the monkey off of his back earlier this season. While Clem looks to set the bar with a fifth win he’ll have Powers, Gainey, Gough, and cast of many more chasing him down for a $1250 prize and a ring.

The 1-800-ASK GARY Thunder Stocks had a wild season that will wrap up with Brandon Elwood trying to maintain his 63-point gap over William Gillam. The Elwood team said the math for them is simple- start the feature and claim the crown; however, the young driver won’t say it’s his until he has it in his hands. Gillam has had an impressive year as well as he, along with Elwood, claimed his first feature win (and Randy Strehle won his first at the track). Melvin Fockler, Brandon Tillander, and Tony Campbell round out the top five and all could join Elwood and Gillam as first-timers. The division has three drivers with four feature wins- Jeff Stalnaker,
Jr., Elwood, and 2012 division champion Jonathan Appleby- while 2012 Florida State Championship winner Justin “Bubba” Durbin could grab a fourth win this week-end. With $1250 and a ring on the table, all of the big names will be out; the last time that happened, Mike Stalnaker won with the hood sitting on his windshield.

Pit gates open at 4:00pm, grandstands open at 5:00pm, and racing is scheduled for 7:00pm. Friday night is an open practice with plenty of other events to go with it as well. For more info, please visit www.bubbaracewaypark.com or call us at 352-622-9400.

Florida State Championship Races Hit Bubba Raceway Park

November 13th, 2013

Ocala, FL- With just each division’s respective Championship race left on the table (at least for points) there will be four champions crowned this Saturday and a further four on December 21st in the second half of the Florida State Championship races. This week’s task, however, is the Scorpion Racing Products UMP DirtCar Open-Wheel Modifieds, Bubba Army Limited Sprints, Limited Late Models, and 1-800-ASK GARY Thunder Stocks.

The Limited Sprints will tackle a fifth race with seven drivers mathematically alive in the fight. Otto Scrape leads Robbie Smith by a slim ten point margin and “The Hammer” Danny Martin, Jr. is just one point behind Smith. AJ Maddox, believe it or not, is the top driver in the standings with a victory in the Limited Sprints (Martin won in the 360′s) but sits 28 markers out of the championship lead. A further two back is Terry Withersppon, 55 back is “The Peruvian Outlaw” Mark Ruel, Jr. (who has claimed three checkered flags but only has one trophy), and Gene Machuga sits 56 back. Last year’s division champion Matt Kurtz also claimed the inaugural Florida State Championship ring last season but will make his return this week after an injury kept him sidelined for a couple of months. Kurtz will be in a new ride; Martin, Tyler Godwin, and many others have comfort in their machines as they chase a ring and $1500.

The Scorpion Racing Products UMP DirtCar Open-Wheel Modifieds have been quite wild and that has left Charlie O’Neill as the championship leader by three points over Rich Pratt. If that’s not enough, four-times consecutive division champion Jeff Mathews is only five markers behind Pratt and Scott Kurtzner is only 22 behind O’Neill. With 65 points left on the table, the title is up for grabs between the four, but only Pratt and O’Neill control their destinies. While Pratt and Paul Snyder have won big races in the division, Kyle Bronson claimed both the second annual PJ Wiggins Memorial and the inaugural Florida State Championship race last season. Can Bronson repeat or will a new name jump to the top and claim the ring and $2000 bonus?

The Limited Late Models will crown an 11-year old champion as Tyler Clem needs only to start the feature to clinch the title. Chuck Jackson kept Clem honest throughout the season and has actually clinched second in the title fight. Others such as Shane Koperda and Kevin Mills have had flashes of brilliance but have had bad luck spoil many good runs as well. Nevin Gainey and Tim Powers have multiple wins (as does Clem) and Forrest Gough finally knocked the monkey off of his back earlier this season. While Clem looks to set the bar with a fifth win he’ll have Powers, Gainey, Gough, and cast of many more chasing him down for a $1250 prize and a ring.

The 1-800-ASK GARY Thunder Stocks had a wild season that will wrap up with Brandon Elwood trying to maintain his 63-point gap over William Gillam. The Elwood team said the math for them is simple- start the feature and claim the crown; however, the young driver won’t say it’s his until he has it in his hands. Gillam has had an impressive year as well as he, along with Elwood, claimed his first feature win (and Randy Strehle won his first at the track). Melvin Fockler, Brandon Tillander, and Tony Campbell round out the top five and all could join Elwood and Gillam as first-timers. The division has three drivers with four feature wins- Jeff Stalnaker, Jr., Elwood, and 2012 division champion Jonathan Appleby- while 2012 Florida State Championship winner Justin “Bubba” Durbin could grab a fourth win this week-end. With $1250 and a ring on the table, all of the big names will be out; the last time that happened, Mike Stalnaker won with the hood sitting on his windshield.

Pit gates open at 4, grandstands open at 5, and racing is scheduled for 7. Friday night is an open practice with plenty of other events to go with it as well. For more info, please visit www.bubbaracewaypark.com or call us at 352-622-9400.

“What A Way To Win It”

November 11th, 2013

Ocala, FL- The Bubba Army Late Models, Bubba Army Hobby Stocks, 1-800-ASK GARY Thunder Stocks, TQ Late Models, and Florida Mini Sprints all put on fantastic shows to wrap up the non-special event season at Bubba Raceway Park.

Hobby Stocks kicked off the night with Wally Schneider jumping to the lead from the pole. Mike Stalnaker would take his chance at Schneider and lead for a few laps before giving way to Schneider and Devin Walker. On lap fifteen Schneider and
Stalnaker would go at it in turn two and Stalnaker would take the divebomb and loop Schneider. Schneider would be given the lead back and Stalnaker was dropped to the tail. With three to go Schneider would cut the right front and leave Walker, Dennis Williams, and Tom Burnside to fight for the win. Devin Walker would take home the win on his mother’s birthday with Dennis Williams, Tom Burnside, Joey Forsyth, and Dave Arivett the top five.

The TQ Late Models would take to the track second and Terry Wright would use the outside pole to take an easy lead, but he would have Don Strosahl, Jr. hunting him down. As David Showers, Jr. slowed in turn four to bring the yellow out, Strosahl nipped Wright at the line to grab the lead for the restart over Wright and John Hopke. With three to go Jeff Collins would stack the field up as his engine unraveled. Strosahl would lead Wright and Hopke, just as on the last restart. Don Strosahl, Jr. would grab the win after contact with Terry Wright put the #51 in the fence. Wright would finish second with John Hopke, Randy Glick, and Scott Gray the top five.

The Florida Mini Sprints kicked it off with Eddie Moss, Jr. leading from pole over Dirk Miller and Nick Snyder with every point meaning something. Snyder would grab the lead on lap seven and begin to rocket away from Moss, Miller, and Hall. Nick Snyder would grab another win to inch closer to his championship while Eddie Moss, Jr. kept his slim title hopes alive. Dirk Miller, Austin Craddock, and David Hall rounded out the top five.

Tyler Clem would lead the opening laps of the Late Model feature until team-mate Bryan Bernhardt grabbed the lead on lap seven. With eleven to go Jake Perkins would loop his #59 and leave Bernhardt to hold off Shan Smith and Rich Pratt. Smith would grab the berm and rip his nose off with eight to go leaving Bernhardt, Pratt, and Bobby Richardson as the top three. Bernhardt would grab the easy win over Pratt, Richardson, Clem, and Billy Holmes.

The 1-800-ASK GARY Thunder Stocks put on a show for the ages with Jeff Stalnaker, Jr. leading the first 12 laps before giving way to James Erickson. Erickson would grab the victory with Jonathan Appleby by his door. Buddy Pope, Stalnaker, and Eddie Kilbury, Jr. completed the top five.

Next week is the first half of the Florida State Championship races. The Scorpion Racing Products UMP DirtCar Open-Wheel Modifieds will race for $2000, the Limited Sprints for $1500, the 1-800-ASK GARY Thunder Stocks for $1250, and the Limited Late Models for $1250 as well. Of course, as custom, the winner will also receive the ring from Old Northeast Jewelers. For more info, please visit www.bubbaracewaypark.com or call us at 352-622-9400.

Try It Once More

November 7th, 2013

Ocala, FL- Five divisions head to Bubba Raceway Park for the final race of the season that doesn’t hand out rings and checks with extra ‘”0′s” and three of the five have drivers with championship clinching scenarios. Rich Pratt, Brandon Elwood, and Nick Snyder can all wrap up their respective championships- Late Models, 1-800-ASK GARY Thunder Stocks, and Florida Mini Sprints- while the TQ Late Models and Hobby Stocks shoot for glory as well.

Rich Pratt has a commanding 80 point lead over 11-year old Tyler Clem in the Late Models, but he has yet to return to Coors Light Winner’s Circle. Pratt has had a solid year but wants that win; Clem has been impressive and wouldn’t mind grabbing a victory either. Bryan Bernhardt sits third but has Mark Whitener, three race winner, and Kyle Bronson, the top candidate in the Nesmith Touring Series Rookie of the Year chase, are barreling down on him. It’s going to be a great finish to one of the best seasons in Late Model history at Bubba Raceway Park.

Devin Walker let some of his championship lead slip away last time out but he still holds a 500 point gap over Sean Monoghan. Walker has, of course, wrapped up the 2013 title and is the second-youngest Hobby Stock champion in the Modern Era (Bubba Christian in 2009). Mike Stalnaker grabbed his third victory of the season last week and slotted up into third, just ahead of fellow three-timer Hunter Gustafson and Brian Shea. With just two races left, there’s almost a guarantee of a first-time winner since there has been 10 on the year so far.

The 1-800-ASK GARY Thunder Stocks are not the closest championship, if you can believe it (The Modifieds top four is closer than second in the Thunder Stocks!). Brandon Elwood opened up his lead to 65 over William Gillam with just 130 points left on the table now. Now mathematically eliminated in the fight, Melvin Fockler is keeping his mind set on a feature victory and celebrating a remarkable first full-season that way; fourth placed Brandon Tillander will try to do the same as Fockler. Fifth placed Tony Campbell hopes to throw the monkey off of his back and jump to Coors Light Winner’s Circle for the first time.

The TQ Late Models will return and impress as they always do. Four different winners in their four events keeps every one coming back for more. Sean Babcock, Dave Rader, Terry Wright, and Don Strosahl, Jr. will all try to be the first repeat winner; drivers like John Hopke and 10-year old Austin Strosahl will go for their first victory.

Like his life-long counterpart Tyler Clem, “The Marco Island Missile” Nick Snyder has had an incredible year and is the championship leader. Snyder holds an 85-point gap over David Hall and that is with the FMSA drop night. If Snyder can leave with that gap in tact he will have all control in the finale at the end of the month. Eddie Moss, Jr. sits 91 markers behind young Snyder and Dirk Miller is outside of the 105-point mathematical gap that he needs to crawl inside of before he leaves Bubba Raceway Park. Hall and Moss must play catch up if they’re to prevent Snyder from becoming the youngest champion in FMSA history.

Pit gates open at 4, grandstands at 5, and racing is scheduled for 7. For more info, please visit www.bubbaracewaypark.com or call us at 352-622-9400.

November Rolls In At Bubba Raceway Park

November 6th, 2013

Ocala, FL- The Late Models return to the 3/8 mile as November opens and they’ll be joined by the Scorpion Racing Products UMP Modifieds, Hobby Stocks, 1-800-ASK GARY Thunder Stocks, and Florida Mini Sprints.

Rich Pratt has a commanding 80 point lead over 11-year old Tyler Clem in the Late Models, but he has yet to return to Coors Light Winner’s Circle. Pratt has had a solid year but wants that win; Clem has been impressive and wouldn’t mind grabbing a victory either. Bryan Bernhardt sits third but has Mark Whitener, three race winner, and Kyle Bronson, the top candidate in the Nesmith Touring Series Rookie of the Year chase, are barreling down on him. It’s going to be a great finish to one of the best seasons in Late Model history at Bubba Raceway Park.

The Scorpion Racing Products UMP Modifieds have had a wild season as well and it’s Charlie O’Neill a top the board. Sitting just three- yes, after all of that racing, THREE- points back is Rich Pratt and a further five back is Jeff Mathews. As those three try to break away, Scott Kurtzner will try to stay with them and close the 22 point gap he has to O’Neill. Bryan Bernhardt seeks his first career Modified win and a top five championship position with it.

Devin Walker let some of his championship lead slip away but he still holds a 500 point gap over Sean Monoghan. Walker has, of course, wrapped up the 2013 title and is the second-youngest Hobby Stock champion in the Modern Era (Bubba Christian in 2009). Mike Stalnaker grabbed his third victory of the season last week and slotted up into third, just ahead of fellow three-timer Hunter Gustafson and Brian Shea. With three points races left, there’s almost a guarantee of a first-time winner since there has been 10 on the year so far.

The 1-800-ASK GARY Thunder Stocks are not the closest championship, if you can believe it (The Modifieds top four is closer than second in the Thunder Stocks!). Brandon Elwood opened up his lead to 65 over William Gillam with just 195 points left on the table. Though mathematically still alive in the fight, Melvin Fockler is keeping his mind set on a feature victory and celebrating a remarkable first full-season that way; Brandon Tillander is unofficially eliminated mathematically, but will try to do the same as Fockler. Tony Campbell hopes to throw the monkey off of his back and jump to Coors Light Winner’s Circle for the first time.

Like his life-long counterpart Tyler Clem, “The Marco Island Missile” Nick Snyder has had an incredible year and is the championship leader. A 57 point gap is the margin between Snyder and Eddie Moss, Jr. and a further 25 back is Dirk Miller.
Those three have been in the fight all season long, while David Hall has climbed to within 100 points of the leading Snyder. A couple of events over the next few weeks at Bubba Raceway Park and the season-ending Turkey Trot is all that is left, meaning just 315 points are up for grabs. Will Snyder hold on to his lead, will Moss reclaim the crown, or will the Todd’s Tomatoes boys catch-up and steal the title?

Pit gates open at 4, grandstands at 5, and racing is scheduled for 7. For more info, please visit www.bubbaracewaypark.com or call us at 352-622-9400.

The 2013 BRP Enduro Entry Form is now available for download ON the BRP Website! Please remember that starting order for this race is determined by the order which entry forms are received. So get them as soon as possible.

2013 Bubba Raceway Park Enduro Entry Form

November Rolls In At Bubba Raceway Park

October 28th, 2013

Ocala, FL- The Late Models return to the 3/8 mile as November opens and they’ll be joined by the Scorpion Racing Products UMP Modifieds, Hobby Stocks, 1-800-ASK GARY Thunder Stocks, and Florida Mini Sprints.

Rich Pratt has a commanding 80 point lead over 11-year old Tyler Clem in the Late Models, but he has yet to return to Coors Light Winner’s Circle. Pratt has had a solid year but wants that win; Clem has been impressive and wouldn’t mind grabbing a victory either. Bryan Bernhardt sits third but has Mark Whitener, three race winner, and Kyle Bronson, the top candidate in the Nesmith Touring Series Rookie of the Year chase, are barreling down on him. It’s going to be a great finish to one of the best seasons in Late Model history at Bubba Raceway Park.

The Scorpion Racing Products UMP Modifieds have had a wild season as well and it’s Charlie O’Neill a top the board. Sitting just three- yes, after all of that racing, THREE- points back is Rich Pratt and a further five back is Jeff Mathews. As those three try to break away, Scott Kurtzner will try to stay with them and close the 22 point gap he has to O’Neill. Bryan Bernhardt seeks his first career Modified win and a top five championship position with it.

Devin Walker let some of his championship lead slip away but he still holds a 500 point gap over Sean Monoghan. Walker has, of course, wrapped up the 2013 title and is the second-youngest Hobby Stock champion in the Modern Era (Bubba Christian in 2009). Mike Stalnaker grabbed his third victory of the season last week and slotted up into third, just ahead of fellow three-timer Hunter Gustafson and Brian Shea. With three points races left, there’s almost a guarantee of a first-time winner since there has been 10 on the year so far.

The 1-800-ASK GARY Thunder Stocks are not the closest championship, if you can believe it (The Modifieds top four is closer than second in the Thunder Stocks!). Brandon Elwood opened up his lead to 65 over William Gillam with just 195 points left on the table. Though mathematically still alive in the fight, Melvin Fockler is keeping his mind set on a feature victory and celebrating a remarkable first full-season that way; Brandon Tillander is unofficially eliminated mathematically, but will try to do the same as Fockler. Tony Campbell hopes to throw the monkey off of his back and jump to Coors Light Winner’s Circle for the first time.

Like his life-long counterpart Tyler Clem, “The Marco Island Missile” Nick Snyder has had an incredible year and is the championship leader. A 57 point gap is the margin between Snyder and Eddie Moss, Jr. and a further 25 back is Dirk Miller. Those three have been in the fight all season long, while David Hall has climbed to within 100 points of the leading Snyder. A couple of events over the next few weeks at Bubba Raceway Park and the season-ending Turkey Trot is all that is left, meaning just 315 points are up for grabs. Will Snyder hold on to his lead, will Moss reclaim the crown, or will the Todd’s Tomatoes boys catch-up and steal the title?

Pit gates open at 4, grandstands at 5, and racing is scheduled for 7. For more info, please visit www.bubbaracewaypark.com or call us at 352-622-9400.

Spooktacular Action At Bubba Raceway Park

October 27th, 2013

Ocala, FL- The Limited Sprints, Hobby Stocks, 1-800-ASK GARY Thunder Stocks, TQ Late Models, and Rent-N-Roll Gladiators all took to the track with a spooky theme on board the property.

Hobby Stocks opened up the show with Mike Stalnaker the leader as Eric Moon chasing him until Moon’s rocketship stalled out on lap four. At the halfway point the caution would fly for the stopped car of Cory Hupp; Stalnaker would have to fend off Jon Layerd and Trey Cameron, III for the lead. Stalnaker would hold on for his third win of 2013 as Trey Cameron, III and Rebecca Paugh took career best finishes with second and third, respectively. Charles Cantley and Cory Hupp completed the top five.

TQ Late Models would attack the track next and ten-year old Austin Strosahl would lead lap one. John Hopke would steal the lead on lap two and proceed to pull away from the pack. After a few cautions Dave Rader would jump to the lead and leave John Hopke in his tire tracks. As Terry Wright fought for the lead with Rader, Wright spun the #007 machine around and had to go back to the tail. Dave Rader would win a shortened event to keep the division with no repeat winners. John Hopke would end up second over Austin Strosahl, Sean Babcock, and Kevin McKenzie.

The Limited Sprints went out third and Mark Ruel, Jr. opened up the gap over Tyler Godwin and Danny Martin, Jr. On lap fifteen, as he ran fifth, “Captain” Tony Agin would cross the #38 up in turn four and allow Godwin and Martin another shot at Ruel up front. Ruel would not be denied as he took a commanding victory over Godwin, Martin, Steve Darvalics, and Terry Witherspoon.

The 1-800-ASK GARY Thunder Stocks put on a fantastic event with Shane Nichols leading early on. A few cautions would slow his progress and keep Jonathan Appleby, Jason Gamble, and Brandon Elwood on his tail. It would be lap 12 before one- Appleby- would take advantage of a slip-up from Nichols and put his nose in the lead. Appleby would hold on to win a caution-marred event over Elwood, Gamble, William Gillam, and Mark Trexler.

The Rent-N-Roll Gladiators had quite a battle for second as Robert Gullett pulled out to a massive lead and never looked back. Brandon haseleu would get the better of Stephen Frankland for second while Tyler Bryden finished fourth.

Next week the Bubba Army Late Models return as well as the Scorpion Racing Products Modifieds. Hobby Stocks, 1-800-ASK GARY Thunder Stocks, and the Florida Mini Sprints will also help open up November! For more info please visit www.bubbaracewaypark.com or call us at 352-622-9400!

Mark Whitener Backs into $2k Payday at Bubba Raceway Park

October 27th, 2013

Middleburg, Florida – Mark Whitener didn’t cross the finish line in the first position in Saturday night’s $2,000-to-win event at Bubba Raceway Park (Ocala, Florida) in his #58 Big Frog Motorsports/Dave’s Towing/B&B Produce Late Model, but by the time that post race technical inspection was completed he was awarded the win.

The weekend started on a sour note on Friday night, when a broken rear-end in practice forced the team to go to their underpowered, Crate Late Model for Saturday’s program.

Heat race action on Saturday evening didn’t see much of an improvement in Whitener’s luck as a broken, right-rear brake caliper, while leading the heat race forced him pit side. As a result Mark started 12th on the grid for the feature, and had advanced to the 3rd position, when he made contact with Kyle Bronson, which resulted in Whitener getting sent to the tail. Over the remainder of the event Mark rebounded to a second place finish, but in post-race inspection the winner was found to have an illegal spoiler height. As a result Mark Whitener and Big Frog Motorsports were awarded the victory, which marked their 11th triumph of the 2013 season.

Full results are available at www.BubbaRacewayPark.com .

This Saturday, October 26th the team will once again travel to Bubba Raceway Park (Ocala, Florida), where they plan to enter a Weekly Racing Series Event. For more information on the event, please visit www.BubbaRacewayPark.com .

Big Frog Motorsports would like to thank their principal and associate sponsors including Dave’s Towing, B&B Produce, Big Frog Shocks, Big Frog Signs and Graphics, FK Rod Ends, Schaeffers Oil, Racecar Engineering, Sunoco Race Fuels, Koury Racing Engines, Custom Racing Engines, Ohlins Shocks, American Race Tire, Barry Wright Race Cars, Daytona Sensors LLC, Schoenfeld Headers, COMP Cams, AR Bodies, and MSR Mafia Marketing Services.

For the latest team news and updates on Big Frog Motorsports please visit www.BigFrogMotorsports.com .

Spooktacular Will Close Eventful October At Bubba Raceway Park

October 26th, 2013

Ocala, FL- A $1000 prize is on the line for any division that can reach the car count of 21 this week-end. The Limited Sprints, Hobby Stocks, 1-800-ASK GARY Thunder Stocks, TQ Late Models, and Rent-N-Roll Gladiators will all get that chance
as they chase cash, points, and glory. As it is the race preceding Halloween, it is the annual Spooktacular and there will be a free haunted house, a trick-or-treat, and all kids get a free General Admission ticket!

The Limited Sprints have put on some fantastic shows since they re-debuted at Bubba Raceway Park and it’s age leading the way with Robbie Smith up 40 points on Otto Scrape in the championship. Smith continues to finish in the bridesmaid spot while third placed Mark Ruel, Jr. has a win already. Eleven year old Tyler Clem sits fourth and last time out’s winner AJ Maddox completes the top five. No repeat winners so far in 2013 (at least in the Limited Sprint division) and all but three hope it remains that way.

The Hobby Stock title fight has gotten out of hand and Devin Walker has already wrapped up the championship. The fight is still very much on for second as sixth place sits just two features behind, a very small margin. Sean Monoghan will try to
grab win #1 while Mike Stalnaker knows that third placed Hunter Gustafson has moved up to the UMP Modified ranks for good and has left the position vulnerable. Brian Shea rounds out the top five in a division that has seen ten- yes, TEN- first time winners in 2013. Go ahead- name them!

The drama has unfolded in the 1-800-ASK GARY Thunder Stocks as William Gillam has slipped to 57 markers behind Brandon Elwood in the championship fight. Mathematically, Melvin Fockler and Brandon Tillander are still alive in the fight,
but it’s a two man battle and both will admit that they are just fighting for third (and wins, of course.) The good news for Elwood is that 57 points is extremely difficult to make up in just four nights of racing; the good news for Gillam is that in 2010, Scott Mooers was over 100 points behind with THREE races left and still pulled the title out. From the beginning it was known that the driver with the least bad luck would win the trophy and, for now, Elwood has had the least bad luck.

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PJ Wiggins Memorial A Success At Bubba Raceway Park

October 22nd, 2013

The Scorpion Racing Products UMP DirtCar Modifieds, Bubba Army Late Models, Limited Late Models, Hobby Stocks, and Rent-N-Roll Gladiators all fought for cash and glory as they honored a great racer in Florida in PJ Wiggins.

Limited Late Models were up first and would start with Shane Koperda up front. Tyler Clem would make quick work and had the lead by lap two. A lap eight caution for a Ricky Land spin set up Clem, Forrest Gough, and Koperda up front and Gough made quick work of the eleven year old. Lapped traffic would begin to play it’s hand, but Gough managed it and held the gap over Richard Ferry and Clem as the 25-lapper progressed. Gough would hold on to grab his first win at Bubba Raceway Park over Ferry, Clem, Koperda, and Ricky Land.

The Hobby Stocks saw Scotty Kay, Jr. lead the opening stint which included a wreck between Devin Walker, Chuck Cessna, and Heath Walker that saw the latter two retire. Eric Moon would rocket past Kay on lap ten and pull away, even through a couple of cautions for solo spins. As Moon entered turns three and four, the lapped car of John Florkowski would be present and Moon slipped and spun into the infield. Scotty Kay, Jr. was nearly two seconds back, but would pass the idle car of Moon and claim his first career win at Bubba Raceway Park and he buried the nickname of “Perennial Bridesmaid.”

Bryan Bernhardt opened up a lead in the Bubba Army Late Models but the gap would disappear when Mark Whitener made contact with Kyle Bronson as they raced for third. Whitener would go to the tail; Bronson would restart behind Bernhardt and John Kellum. Kellum would take it to the high side and grab the lead, but spun in front of the pack and would go to the tail and take Bryan Bernhardt with him; Bronson would be the leader over Brandon DeWitt and Roger Crouse. DeWitt used the restart to grab the lead from Bronson before the caution came out for Travis Carter on the backstretch. DeWitt would never look back and grabbed his first career win at Bubba Raceway Park! Mark Whitener would finish runner-up over Kyle Bronson, Roger Crouse, and Keith Nosbisch. DeWitt, however, would be disqualified due to an illegal spoiler and handed the win to Whitener for his third win of 2013. Bronson, Crouse, Nosbisch, and Rich Pratt completed the top five.

The PJ Wiggins Memorial opened up their 40-lapper with Austin Sanders opening the gap over Buzzie Reutimann. Kyle Bronson would bring the yellow out on lap twelve and would be stuck in traffic with 28 to go. Paul Snyder would snatch the lead from Sanders’ hands on the restart but inaugural PJ Wiggins Memorial champion Rich Pratt was barreling down on him. Yellow would fly with 16 to go and Snyder had Pratt and Kyle Bronson to hold off. Paul Snyder would stave off the fight from the first two winners and etch his name in the record books as a winner of the PJ Wiggins Memorial. Rich Pratt and Kyle Bronson completed the podium while Roger Crouse and Garret Stewart completed the top five.

The Rent-N-Roll Gladiators finished up the night and Stephen Frankland picked up an easy win over Brandon Haseleu and Charlie King, Jr.

Next week is the annual Spooktacular with Night of a Thousands for the Limited Sprints, Hobby Stocks, 1-800-ASK GARY Thunder Stocks, TQ Late Models, and Rent-N-Roll Gladiators. There will be a Trick-or-Treat for the kids as well as a haunted house. For more info, please visit www.bubbaracewaypark.com or call us at 352-622-9400!

PJ Wiggins Memorial Brings The Best To Town

October 18th, 2013

Ocala, FL- The PJ Wiggins Memorial will be run for the third time as we honor a fallen driver in the Modified ranks of Florida. PJ won his final race at Bubba Raceway Park in June of 2011 before he passed away just a few months later. Bubba had no question on what the first memorial race he would create would be and “One Last One For PJ Wiggins” was born. Rich Pratt defeated NASCAR star David Reutimann in a 40-lap thriller, and last year Kyle Bronson swept both nights of the two-night affair with Reutimann the runner-up on Saturday. While Pratt and Bronson look for their second “PJ Wiggins Memorial” victory, drivers like Jeff Mathews, Ronnie Chance, and Scott Kurtzner will try to take their first win in an event for a man who was loved and respected by all. Others, such as Bryan Bernhardt, Hunter Gustafson, and Paul Snyder will attempt to just make it into their first race. There is a raffle for a 32″ TV (generously donated by BendinRulesEmporium.com) with all proceeds going to PJ’s wife and his children. Who will leave their name in the history books as a winner of the PJ Wiggins Memorial at Bubba Raceway Park?

The main event is, of course, our $3000 to win Scorpion Racing Products UMP DirtCar Open-Wheel Modifieds feature. The Bubba Army Late Models will battle for $2000 and many drivers will most likely pull double duty (Bronson, Mathews, Late Model points leader Pratt, Bernhardt, and more) and chase a $5000 prize. The Limited Late Models have $1000 on the line and young Tyler Clem will fight to hold on to his points lead and grab the second largest payday of his young career. Hobby Stocks will race for $600 and no one has points to worry about as Devin Walker has wrapped up the division title early.

Pit gates open at 4:00, grandstands at 5:00, and racing is scheduled to kick off at 7:00. There is also an open practice for $15.00 on Friday night (Grandstands are free). For more info, please visit www.bubbaracewaypark.com or call us at 352-622-9400!

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Great Action From Bubba Raceway Park As October Hits Full Throttle

October 13th, 2013

Ocala, FL- The Bubba Army Late Models, Scorpion Racing Products UMP DirtCar Modifieds, Hobby Stocks, 1-800-ASK GARY Thunder Stocks, and Rent-N-Roll Gladiators all put on great racing as October opens up.

Rich Pratt opened up the Scorpion Racing Products UMP DirtCar Modifieds with the lead but Kyle Bronson had snatched it away by the end of lap four. Jim Passino would bring the caution out on lap twelve and leave Bronson to hold off “4-Time” Jeff Mathews and “The Kansas Kid” Paul Snyder in his brand new GRT by Fitzgerald with eight to go. Rick Scott spun and left the field bunched up with three to go. It wouldn’t effect the order up front as Bronson held off Mathews and Snyder. Hunter Gustafson would improve to fourth and Rich Pratt rounded out the top five.

The Hobby Stocks opened up with Hunter Gustafson (fresh off of a career best run in the Modifieds) leading the opening stint. Rebecca Paugh would bring the caution out with six to go after she looped her #23 in turn two; that would leave Gustafson to hold off Tommy Hill and Devin Walker. Walker would make quick work of Hill and would lead lap eighteen. Walker would clear two corners later and wave goodbye as he clinched the championship with four time Knoxville Nationals champion Danny Lasoski- the man who invested in him when he was a Gladiator driver four years ago- in attendance. Hunter Gustafson, Tommy Hill, Dave Arivett, and Rebecca Paugh rounded out the top five. Ivedent Lloyd, Jr. would rocket away from the pack until lap nine when Tyler Clem, running second at the time, would make an aggressive move to hold off Kyle Bronson and would eventually spin as he attempted to save the #14. Lloyd would be left with the task of holding off Kyle Bronson and Bryan Bernhardt. Lloyd would hold on for his second win of the season over Bronson, points leader Rich Pratt, Bernhardt, and John Koller.

The 1-800-ASK GARY Thunder Stocks had Jonathan Appleby open up a huge lead over the rest of the pack. Melvin Fockler would bring the yellow out on lap three as he spun from second. Appleby would dominate the event and fend off William Gillam, Brandon Elwood, Heath Walker, and Tony Campbell for his second consecutive checkered flag in the division. Gillam would be disqualified in tech, however, with an illegal rear end, thus moving Elwood into second. Walker, Campbell, and Melvin Fockler would round out the top five. The Rent-N-Roll Gladiators had a Lucky 7 showdown as Brandon Haseleu opened the event with the lead, but Stephen Frankland would prevail for the eleventh time in 2013.

Next week is the PJ Wiggins Memorial for the Scorpion Racing Products UMP DirtCar Modifieds. Late Models, Limited Late Models, and Hobby Stocks will also race with $2000 to win for Late Models, $1000 for the Limited Late Models, and $600 for the Hobby Stocks. For more info, please visit www.bubbaracewaypark.com or call us at 352-622-9400.

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October In Full Swing At Bubba Raceway Park

October 8th, 2013

Ocala, FL- The Bubba Army Late Models, Scorpion Racing Products UMP DirtCar Modifieds, Hobby Stocks, 1-800-ASK GARY Thunder Stocks, and Rent-N-Roll Gladiators will all take to the track with championships wrapping up quickly.

The Bubba Army Late Models are back for the first time in two months after the rain destroyed the month of August and Rich Pratt still has the #0 at the point. Eleven year old Tyler Clem sits 66 back in second place, an incredible feat for the Late Model rookie. Defending division champion Mark Whitener is now 100 markers back, and Bryan Bernhardt is a further 21 behind him. Jeff Mathews rounds out the top five. Pratt very well could win the title without a race victory, but he doesn’t want to do that. Can you name the last driver to win a title (in any division) at Bubba Raceway Park without a feature victory that year?

Jeff Mathews put his foot down (figuratively and literally) and now has a 19 point lead over Charlie O’Neill in the Scorpion Racing Products Modifieds championship. In fact, O’Neill is the only driver to make every feature, making Mathews feat more impressive. Scott Kurtzner sits only 38 markers behind Mathews, Rich Pratt is a further 12 behind Kurtzner, and Bryan Bernhardt is just two behind Pratt! The title is far from over and it can only get better as October begins to close.

Devin Walker is slowly closing in on wrapping up his first title and he now knows what his clinching scenarios are. Sean Monoghan is the only driver left that can prevent a Walker title, but Monoghan has already shifted focus to race victories and nothing more. Mike Stalnaker is right where he was last year- third- but has had a much different season than last season. Brian Shea and Hunter Gustafson wrap up the top five. Walker will look to become the youngest champion in the Modern Era, but the record may not last for long.

Timing is everything. When you hit your rough stretch, when you win, and even when you spin. Brandon Elwood has had a brilliant past few weeks with back-to-back wins included, while William Gillam has watched a 30-point lead shrink down to just five measly ticks. Those two have separated themselves from the rest of the group, but don’t think Melvin Fockler, Brandon Tillander, and Tony Campbell are laying back. In fact, Fockler and Tillander are in a fight for third, but they’re all seeking a big 1-800-ASK GARY Thunder Stock win at the 3/8 mile.

Never call it official until you have the trophy in hand, but Stephen Frankland has pretty much clinched the Rent-N-Roll Gladiators title. Tom Sheehan is a lonely 347 points back, while Bill Southard is third, 520 back. Tyler Bryden and Jerry Taylor round out the top five.

Pits open at 4, grandstands open at 5, and racing is scheduled for 7. For more info, please visit www.bubbaracewaypark.com or call us at 352-622-9400. Also, don’t forget the PJ Wiggins Memorial on October 19th and the 32″ TV raffle (courtesy of BendinRulesEmporium.com) with all proceeds going to PJ Wiggins’ family.

October Begins With A Bang At Bubba Raceway Park

October 9th, 2013

Ocala, FL- The Bubba Army Limited Sprints, Limited late Models, Hobby Stocks, 1-800-ASK GARY Thunder Stocks, and TQ Late Models all put on a fantastic show to start off September. Also, don’t forget that we have a 32″ TV being raffled off courtesy of BendinRulesEmporium.com and all proceeds will go the family of PJ Wiggins on the night of October 19th which is the PJ Wiggins Memorial.

Limited Late Models started the action off with Tyler Clem opening the gap up from pole. Richard Ferry would give chase, but a little past halfway he found his racecar slowing and would retire with that. Clem would continue to open the gap and
eventually beat Shane Koperda by over 17 seconds. Ricky Land would round out the podium with Chuck Jackson and Ferry the top five.

Brian Hansford opened up with the lead in the Hobby Stocks, but Tim Powers was hunting him down and had Mike Stalnaker with him. At the halfway point Heath Walker looped his #55 and left Hansford to fend off Powers and Stalnaker. On the restart Hansford didn’t fire and Powers made contact that sent the #2 around. Stalnaker, Joey Forsyth, and Wally Schneider were involved as well and the #57 of Schneider would retire as the right rear wheel fell off. Hansford would retire from the event (and was the caution causer anyway) leaving Powers, Stalnaker, and points leader Devin Walker up front. As lapped traffic came into play, Mike Stalnaker set up his move. As the front two entered turn one, Stalnaker used the lapped traffic of Donnie Reed and Dave Arivett to get around Tim Powers and grab the win. Devin Walker, Ray Ethridge, and Heath Walker completed the top five.

John Hopke opened up the TQ Late Models, but on lap five Don Strosahl, Jr. stole the lead. On lap 12, John Hopke and Terry Wright made contact that sent Hopke reeling. Both would restart at the tail leaving Don Strosahl, Jr., David Rader, and Scott Gray up front. Strosahl would hold on for the win with Rader, Wright, John Hopke, and Jerry Heflin the top five.

The Bubba Army Limited Sprints kicked it off with AJ Maddox pulling away from the field. On lap 16, Danny Martin, Jr. made contact with the lapped car of Otto Scrape and the caution would fly. Maddox, Martin, and Tyler Godwin would bring them back to life. Martin and Godwin would struggle with the damage and left Maddox to ease to victory. “Perennial Bridesmaid” Robbie Smith would finish in his usual spot over Godwin, Martin, and Mark Ruel, Jr.

The 1-800-ASK GARY Thunder Stocks finished the night with Jonathan Appleby opening up the gap and never looking back. With five laps remaining the caution was brought out by Buddy Pope and Kevin Hansford, leaving Appleby to stave off William Gillam and Tony Campbell. Gillam and Campbell would make contact and ended Campbell’s night and put Gillam at the back. Appleby held on to win, Brandon Elwood cut the championship lead down with a hard fought runner-up finish. Jason gamble unraveled the #33 on the final lap and fell to third. Melvin Fockler and Kevin Handsford rounded out the top five.

Next week the Late Models return as well as the Scorpion Racing Products UMP Modifieds, Hobby Stocks, 1-800-ASK GARY Thunder Stocks, and Rent-N-Roll Gladiators. For more info, please visit www.bubbaracewaypark.com or call us at 352-622-9400.

Championship Races Getting Tight At Bubba Raceway Park

October 2nd, 2013

Ocala, FL- The Bubba Army Limited Sprints will open up October at Bubba Raceway Park, as will the Limited Late Models, Hobby Stocks, 1-800-ASK GARY Thunder Stocks, and TQ Late Models.

The Bubba Army Limited Sprints have had two events thus far, but both winners are stuck deep in the points chase. Robbie Smith, still winless at Ocala’s 3/8 mile track, is the points leader by 12 over Terry Witherspoon who is also winless in his career at Bubba Raceway Park. Otto Scrape rides third, but he’s 30 markers behind Smith. Tyler Clem, the eleven year old, sits fourth, but the winner last time out- Mark Ruel, Jr.- is right behind him. Ruel has taken the checkers twice but only has one trophy in his shop; Matt Kurtz has the other after Ruel fell foul of the heavily monitored series’ rules.

Tyler Clem would drive in all five divisions if he could, but he’ll most likely stop at double duty. Clem (who will also race in the Limited Sprints) is the 49 point leader of the Limited Late Models and fell one lap- and one cut tire- from making it three in a row last week. Chuck Jackson continues to lose touch in second, while Nevin Gainey closed his gap down to a massive 168 points with his second win on the season. Kevin Mills and Tim Powers, two-time winner on the year, round out the top five.

With a five race lead in the standings, Devin Walker sets his sight on wrapping this championship up soon. The Hobby Stock division has been the most diverse, but hasn’t had a tight title chase since the end of May as Walker has been incredible over the summer. Sean Monoghan is closing in on his first career win and with Walker looking at points, Monoghan’s best time to strike could be now. Brian Shea was able to return last week and was a joy to see once more. Hunter Gustafson made it a real sweet sixteen as he won the feature from the rear and also made his UMP Modified debut (and took home a top five). Mike Stalnaker completes the top five in the wildest division of the season.

It’s been a ‘give some take some’ last six races for the 1-800-ASK GARY Thunder Stocks as the gap has shifted by about ten points in those six weeks. William Gillam is the leader by just 18 over three-time winner Brandon Elwood and Elwood’s three to Gillam’s one could be very important as the season comes to a close. Sitting over 150 out is Melvin Fockler and a further nine behind him is Brandon Tillander. Those two are both still seeking their first career wins and they know that Elwood and Gillam can’t afford to press the issue with that championship hanging in the balance. Tony Campbell also knows what the front two have at stake and could strike at any time.

The TQ Late Models have been a thrill to watch and John Hopke- still winless- is the leader by two over the winner of the last outing, Terry Wright. Sean Babcock, the other driver with a win, rides third and is only eight back. Dalton Hopke and Kevin McKenzie complete the top five, but anybody could win in this highly thrilling division.

Pit gates open at four, grandstands open at 5, and racing is scheduled for 7. For more information, please visit www.bubbaracewaypark.com or call us at 352-622-9400.

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Say It!

September 30th, 2013

Ocala, FL- The Scorpion Racing Products UMP DirtCar Modifieds, Limited Late Models, Hobby Stocks, 1-800-ASK GARY Thunder Stocks, and Rent-N-Roll Gladiators put on a fantastic show to wrap up September at Bubba Raceway Park.

Sean Monoghan opened up the night with the Hobby Stock feature lead, but a determined Devin Walker stole it away on a lap four miscue by Monoghan. As Mike Stalnaker and Monoghan made it three wide with Walker for the lead, Wally Schneider spun in turn four and brought out the yellow on lap seven. Stalnaker would slow on lap eight and contact with Walker forced both into the pits and left Hunter Gustafson- who started from the tail- with the lead over Monoghan and Joey Forsyth. Monoghan would slow on lap ten as Walker found himself fifth at the time. Gustafson would hold on for the win over Forsyth (a career best), a rebounding Devin Walker, Heath Walker, and Jon Layerd.

The Limited Late Models saw Dale Pope jump to the early lead over Tyler Clem, Richard Ferry, and Nevin Gainey as the rest of the pack watched their cars get smaller and smaller. Just past halfway, Ferry retired, Gainey slowed, and Pope made contact with Chuck Jackson who was at the tail of the lead lap. Removing Gainey (the caution causer) and Ferry, the order with seven to go was Pope, Clem, and Bill Adkins. Gainey rejoined at the tail of the lead lap. The downforce issue would cost Pope as Clem took to the lowside and pulled away after the restart. Clem would cut a tire with two to go and a resilient effort would fall short. nevin Gainey would win over Dale Pope, Bill Adkins, Tyler Clem, and Kevin Mills.

The Scorpion Racing Products Modifieds took off with Dalton Lanich rocketing to the lead. Garret Stewart would bring out the first caution on lap four when his #67 slowed in turn two. Rich Pratt jumped from row two to steal Lanich’s lead and Ronnie Chance tried the same on Lanich for second. Ronnie Chance rolled the dice and stole the lead on lap nine, just for Pratt to have it by a nose on lap ten. Chance made that short lived and had the point back on lap eleven. Hunter Gustafson, the birthday boy in his Modified feature debut, would bunch the field back up with seven laps left; Chance, Pratt, Lanich, Roger Crouse, and Jeff Mathews would restart as the top five. Pratt and Lanich began to duel and let Chance pull away. Chance held on for his first win at Bubba Raceway Park with Lanich, Pratt, Crouse, and Hunter Gustafson the top five.

The 1-800-ASK GARY Thunder Stocks opened up with Randy Strehle barrel-rolling and eventually landing on the wall. Strehle climbed out under his own power and sat in the stands to cheer on his team-mate Daniel Keene. A couple of spins kept the field tight before Keene and Jonathan Appleby spun from the top three. Melvin Fockler would lead until the halfway mark when Brandon Elwood took over the lead and held it to the checkered flag. Fockler would slip to fourth as Jimbo Warden took home secondand Jason Gamble finished third and won the Dirts 4 Racing Hard Charger Award. Buddy Pope completed the top five.

The Rent-N-Roll Gladiators had no medium as four of the seven drivers in the feature had feature wins and two others were making their first ever start at Bubba Raceway Park. Charlie Clay, one of the rookies, led the opening few laps before Stephen Frankland got by him. Clay would eventually get back to the point and lead lap ten, but Frankie would grab the lead and never look back, even through the caution for Emily Conley that nearly collected him. Frankland picked up his tenth win of the year (a new division track record) with Clay, Brandon Haseleu, Jerry taylor, and “Super” Dave Ladrie the top five.

Next week the Limited Sprints are back in action as well as the Limited Late Models. Hobby Stocks, 1-800-ASK GARY Thunder Stocks, and TQ Late Models will join them. For more info, please visit www.bubbaracewaypark.com or call us at 352-622-9400.

A Close To September At Bubba Raceway Park

September 26th, 2013

Ocala, FL- The Scorpion Racing Products UMP DirtCar Open-Wheel Modifieds, Limited Late Models, Hobby Stocks, 1-800-ASK GARY Thunder Stocks, and Rent-N-Roll Gladiators will all tackle the 3/8 mile of Bubba Raceway Park this Saturday. Also, beginning with the October races, the Ocala Tilted Kilt will have a “Race Replay” on Wednesday nights [the first screening will be on October 9th] as they show Sheila Rackley Production’s high quality videos from the previous Saturday’s action.

Jeff Mathews is now the championship leader by 12 in the Scorpion Racing Products Modifieds as he dispatched Charlie O’Neill in the last race. Bryan Bernhardt and Scott Kurtzner are tied for the third position, just 34 back. Rich Pratt still sits within a race of the leader, but this championship is far from over by any means.

Tyler Clem has opened up a 40 point lead now over Chuck Jackson as Clem strives to be the youngest recorded champion in stock car racing. Nevin Gainey and Tim Powers now sit over 175 back in third and fourth, respectively, and Forrest Gough rounds out the top five. History is on the line in the Limited Late Models.

Devin Walker seeks to become the youngest champion in Bubba Raceway Park history (unless Clem holds on) with a Hobby Stock championship. With a 351 point gap to Sean Monoghan, the title seems to already be in Walker’s hands, but Monoghan hasn’t given up just yet. Brian Shea, Mike Stalnaker, and Hunter Gustafson sit in the top five and are the only remaining drivers with a shot at overtaking Walker on the points board.

The 1-800-ASK GARY Thunder Stocks title fight is down to Summerfield’s William Gillam and Anthony’s Brandon Elwood. A 26 point gap in Gillam’s favor is not what he wants to see, but Elwood isn’t too upset after failing to finish last week’s race and only losing 13 points. Brandon Tillander is up to a career best third while Melvin Fockler and Tony Campbell complete the top five.

Stephen Frankland’s season in the Rent-N-Roll Gladiators has been impressive as he nearly has ten wins on the year. The championship is nearly over as Tom Sheehan is 325 back with just five races left. Bill Southard, rookie Tyler Bryden, and Josh Fincher complete the top five.

Pits open at 4, grandstands open at 5, and racing is scheduled for 7. For more info, please visit www.bubbaracewaypark.com or call us at 352-622-9400!

Fire And Ice

September 23rd, 2013

Ocala, FL- The Bubba Army Limited Sprints, Limited Late Models, Hobby Stocks, E-Mods, and 1-800-ASK GARY Thunder Stocks all put on some fantastic shows at Bubba Raceway Park on a wonderful summer night.

The 1-800-ASK GARY Thunder Stocks opened up action with Melvin Fockler leading until a lap four restart saw Brandon Elwood topple over in his #28. Elwood was okay and actually drove the car into the pits. Jason Gamble used the restart to hound Fockler for the lead and made the pass on lap seven, but he saw his lead vanish when he got loose in turn four and contact from Jonathan Appleby sent him spinning. A few late race cautions kept the field tight and Appleby would win over Gamble. Pat Mennenga finished third with Brandon Tillander fourth and William Gillam opening up his championship lead with a top five.

Shane Nichols dominated the E-Mod feature by leading the three caution affair from green to checkered. A late race spin from Devin Walker gave Jon Layerd a shot at Nichols but he couldn’t make the pass leaving Nichols with the win. Layerd, Devin Walker, Heath Walker, and Dave Arivett. Nichols received a $50 bonus from Lonestar Cable and Rick Scott.

The Limited Late Models saw Tyler Clem open up a half lap lead, just to see it begin to narrow towards the end of the race. Clem maintained his composure and held on for his third win of 2013 over Kevin Mills and Chuck Jackson. Clem received a $50 bonus from Rick Scott and Lonestar Cable which was added to the money Clem Racing donates to charity after Clem’s races.

Devin Walker built up some more cushion on his championship lead with a flag-to-flag win in the Hobby Stocks. Behind him, however, the fight for second was intense as Ray Ethridge and Sean Monoghan fought all night for the position. Ethridge would beat Monoghan out for second, just as Jon Layerd held off Joey Forsyth for fourth.

Rick Scott and Lonestar Cable offered a $100 bonus to the winner of the Bubba Army Limited Sprints race, but put an extra $100 up for Robbie Smith if he could come from the back to win the challenge. Mark Ruel, Jr. would jump to the lead and pull away until lap five when Robbie Smith looped the #6 in turn four. With Smith back in eighth- and with just twenty laps left- Ruel saw his opportunity. Incredible laps were put down by both Ruel and Smith, but the gap was too much to overcome and Mark Ruel, Jr. won the 25-lapper. Smith finished second (and Rick Scott gave him $50 in Victory Lane) with Terry Witherspoon, Scott Lagasse, Jr. (in his Sprint Car debut) fourth, and DJ Peeples completed the top five.

Next week we wrap September up with the Scorpion Racing Products UMP DirtCar Modifieds, Limited Late Models, Hobby Stocks, 1-800-ASK GARY Thunder Stocks, and Rent-N-Roll Gladiators. For more info, please visit www.bubbaracewaypark.com or call us at 352-622-9400.

A Chance For $1000 At Bubba Raceway Park

September 21st, 2013

Ocala, FL- The Limited Sprints, Limited Late Models, Hobby Stocks, E-Mods, and 1-800-ASK GARY Thunder Stocks will all take to the track and will race for $1000 if the car count reaches 21 cars.

The Limited Sprints hit that number (21) last time and drivers learned which lines to cross and which to not cross. Matt Kurtz took the win after tech disqualified Mark Ruel, Jr., but Kurtz has a new ride for the rest of the season. With Brandon Grubaugh, driver of the #G6, really pressing hard to get that number again, the racing should be great with quality and quantity the name in the Limited Sprints.

Tyler Clem took his second career win last time out in the Limited Late Models and it built up his led over Chuck Jackson to 34 points. Everyone else sits over 100 back, but Tim Powers and Nevin Gainey will be gunning for Clem to try to steal a win way from the eleven year-old’s playground.

The Hobby Stocks have 17 year-old Devin Walker atop the standings by an impressive number as Sean Monoghan tries to stay alive in the title fight. Brian Shea is now over 400 points out in third. Mike Stalnaker is up to fourth and could overtake Shea in the next event, as could Hunter Gustafson who is just two points behind Stalnaker. Who would’ve thought that the teenagers- Gustafson and Walker- would lead the division in wins?

The Name Game describes the E-Mods as Shane Nichols lead Shane Taylor by 15 points and Taylor leads his brother, Shawn Taylor, by a further 17. Charlie Howard, Jr. sits 100 back and Roy Crain is 38 more back. Bubba has said he wants to see the E-Mods out in full force this week-end and a $1000 prize sits just over the horizon.

William Gillam and Brandon Elwood have separated themselves from the rest of the pack in the 1-800-ASK GARY Thunder Stock championship. Gillam leads Elwood by 13 points, but Elwood currently has tie breaker with two wins to Gillam’s one. Brandon Tillander took a career best third place finish and is now tied for third in the championship with Melvin Fockler who has hit a rough patch recently. It’s anybody’s title in a great fight in the 1-800-ASK GARY Thunder Stocks.

Pits open at 4, grandstands at 5, and racing is scheduled for 7. For more info, please visit www.bubbaracewaypark.com or call us at 352-622-9400!

The 2013 BRP Enduro Entry Form is now available for download ON the BRP Website! Please remember that starting order for this race is determined by the order which entry forms are received. So get them as soon as possible.

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A Chance For $1000 At Bubba Raceway Park

September 20th, 2013

Ocala, FL- The Limited Sprints, Limited Late Models, Hobby Stocks, E-Mods, and 1-800-ASK GARY Thunder Stocks will all take to the track and will race for $1000 if the car count reaches 21 cars.

The Limited Sprints hit that number (21) last time and drivers learned which lines to cross and which to not cross. Matt Kurtz took the win after tech disqualified Mark Ruel, Jr., but Kurtz has a new ride for the rest of the season. With Brandon Grubaugh, driver of the #G6, really pressing hard to get that number again, the racing should be great with quality and quantity the name in the Limited Sprints.

Tyler Clem took his second career win last time out in the Limited Late Models and it built up his led over Chuck Jackson to 34 points. Everyone else sits over 100 back, but Tim Powers and Nevin Gainey will be gunning for Clem to try to steal a win way from the eleven year-old’s playground.

The Hobby Stocks have 17 year-old Devin Walker atop the standings by an impressive number as Sean Monoghan tries to stay alive in the title fight. Brian Shea is now over 400 points out in third. Mike Stalnaker is up to fourth and could overtake Shea in the next event, as could Hunter Gustafson who is just two points behind Stalnaker. Who would’ve thought that the teenagers- Gustafson and Walker- would lead the division in wins?

The Name Game describes the E-Mods as Shane Nichols lead Shane Taylor by 15 points and Taylor leads his brother, Shawn Taylor, by a further 17. Charlie Howard, Jr. sits 100 back and Roy Crain is 38 more back. Bubba has said he wants to see the E-Mods out in full force this week-end and a $1000 prize sits just over the horizon.

William Gillam and Brandon Elwood have separated themselves from the rest of the pack in the 1-800-ASK GARY Thunder Stock championship. Gillam leads Elwood by 13 points, but Elwood currently has tie breaker with two wins to Gillam’s one. Brandon Tillander took a career best third place finish and is now tied for third in the championship with Melvin Fockler who has hit a rough patch recently. It’s anybody’s title in a great fight in the 1-800-ASK GARY Thunder Stocks.

Pits open at 4, grandstands at 5, and racing is scheduled for 7. For more info, please visit www.bubbaracewaypark.com or call us at 352-622-9400!

Young Guns Shine At Bubba Raceway Park

September 17th, 2013

Ocala, FL- The NeSmith Crate Late Models, Scorpion Racing Products UMP DirtCar Modifieds, Hobby Stocks, 1-800-ASK GARY Thunder Stocks, TQ Late Models, and Rent-N-Roll Gladiators all put on a show for the ages at Bubba Raceway Park.

The TQ Late Models opened up the program with John Hopke jumping to the early lead. Terry Wright would steal it away on lap three as Hopke would have a right rear tire go flat. A few cautions early kept the field tight, but Terry Wright would never look back as he took home a big win over David Rader. Dalton Hopke slipped out of four at the end which allowed John Hopke to jump into third over Dalton. Jerry Heflin rounded out the top five.

Scorpion Racing Products Modifieds kicked it off with Roger Crouse shooting to the lead from fourth starting position. Rich Pratt would slow from fourth on lap fourteen and the resulting caution put Jeff Mathews in the pits as well; Crouse, Bryan Bernhardt, and Shane Nichols would restart as the top three with eleven to go. Mathews and Bernhardt would put on a mega fight, but Crouse won by a straightaway over Mathews and Bernhardt, respectively. Nichols and Scott Kurtzner completed the top five.

Devin Walker jumped out front of the Hobby Stocks early, but Jeff Sargent slowed the action when his right rear tire left and went to “Tarp City” in turn one. Walker would give up the lead to pit under caution leaving Sean Monoghan with the lead with 19 to go. Walker would take the lead just past halfway and Walker walked away with it for his fourth win of the season. Monoghan would finish second with Ray Ethrdige, Jon Layerd, and Eric Moon the top five.

Nesmith Crate Late Model action started off intense with eleven year old Tyler Clem leading the field and pulling away. Clem would cross it up out of four on lap seven and Bryan Bernhardt would steal the lead; however, Clem would not give up as he held on to second until Kenny Monohan spun on lap eleven and collected Billy Holmes in the wreck. Both would continue from the tail. Clem used the restart to grab the lead back on lap fourteen but Bernhardt would not leave the eleven year old alone. Bernhardt would lead lap seventeen but Clem continued to power down in one and two before slipping in three and four and letting “Double B” hold the point. Mathews would enter the battle and knock Clem down to third with Bernhardt the winner and Mathews second. Phil Cobb and Jake Perkins- in his dirt debut- rounded out the top five.

The 1-800-ASK GARY Thunder Stocks never disappoint and Brandon Elwood took the early lead as his #28 was hooked up. Jason Gamble was chasing him down but the #21 failed him on lap six and left William Gillam and Jonathan Appleby to take the fight to Elwood. Appleby would take that lead on lap twelve and hold on through the final caution to win over Elwood. Brandon Tillander took home a career best third, Joey Durbin finished fourth, and William Edwards completed the top five.

Stephen Frankland and Brandon Haseleu went at it in the Rent-N-Roll Gladiators with Frankland leading 11 of the 15 laps to win his ninth feature of 2013. Haseleu finished second and Tom Sheehan rounded out the podium.

Next week is Night of a Thousands (Must have 21 cars for the $1000 prize) for the Limited Sprints, Limited Late Models, Hobby Stocks, and 1-800-ASK GARY Thunder Stocks. E-Mods are on the schedule but are subject to change. For more info please visit www.bubbaracewaypark.com or call us at 352-622-9400!

The 2013 BRP Enduro Entry Form is now available for download ON the BRP Website! Please remember that starting order for this race is determined by the order which entry forms are received. So get them as soon as possible.

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Young Guns Shine At Bubba Raceway Park

September 15th, 2013

Ocala, FL- The NeSmith Crate Late Models, Scorpion Racing Products UMP DirtCar Modifieds, Hobby Stocks, 1-800-ASK GARY Thunder Stocks, TQ Late Models, and Rent-N-Roll Gladiators all put on a show for the ages at Bubba Raceway Park.

The TQ Late Models opened up the program with John Hopke jumping to the early lead. Terry Wright would steal it away on lap three as Hopke would have a right rear tire go flat. A few cautions early kept the field tight, but Terry Wright would never look back as he took home a big win over David Rader. Dalton Hopke slipped out of four at the end which allowed John Hopke to jump into third over Dalton. Jerry Heflin rounded out the top five.

Scorpion Racing Products Modifieds kicked it off with Roger Crouse shooting to the lead from fourth starting position. Rich Pratt would slow from fourth on lap fourteen and the resulting caution put Jeff Mathews in the pits as well; Crouse, Bryan Bernhardt, and Shane Nichols would restart as the top three with eleven to go. Mathews and Bernhardt would put on a mega fight, but Crouse won by a straightaway over Mathews and Bernhardt, respectively. Nichols and Scott Kurtzner completed the top five.

Devin Walker jumped out front of the Hobby Stocks early, but Jeff Sargent slowed the action when his right rear tire left and went to “Tarp City” in turn one. Walker would give up the lead to pit under caution leaving Sean Monoghan with the lead with 19 to go. Walker would take the lead just past halfway and Walker walked away with it for his fourth win of the season. Monoghan would finish second with Ray Ethrdige, Jon Layerd, and Eric Moon the top five.

Nesmith Crate Late Model action started off intense with eleven year old Tyler Clem leading the field and pulling away. Clem would cross it up out of four on lap seven and Bryan Bernhardt would steal the lead; however, Clem would not give up as he held on to second until Kenny Monohan spun on lap eleven and collected Billy Holmes in the wreck. Both would continue from the tail. Clem used the restart to grab the lead back on lap fourteen but Bernhardt would not leave the eleven year old alone. Bernhardt would lead lap seventeen but Clem continued to power down in one and two before slipping in three and four and letting “Double B” hold the point. Mathews would enter the battle and knock Clem down to third with Bernhardt the winner and Mathews second. Phil Cobb and Jake Perkins- in his dirt debut- rounded out the top five.

The 1-800-ASK GARY Thunder Stocks never disappoint and Brandon Elwood took the early lead as his #28 was hooked up. Jason Gamble was chasing him down but the #21 failed him on lap six and left William Gillam and Jonathan Appleby to take the fight to Elwood. Appleby would take that lead on lap twelve and hold on through the final caution to win over Elwood. Brandon Tillander took home a career best third, Joey Durbin finished fourth, and William Edwards completed the top five.

Stephen Frankland and Brandon Haseleu went at it in the Rent-N-Roll Gladiators with Frankland leading 11 of the 15 laps to win his ninth feature of 2013. Haseleu finished second and Tom Sheehan rounded out the podium.

Next week is Night of a Thousands (Must have 21 cars for the $1000 prize) for the Limited Sprints, Limited Late Models, Hobby Stocks, and 1-800-ASK GARY Thunder Stocks. E-Mods are on the schedule but are subject to change. For more info please visit www.bubbaracewaypark.com or call us at 352-622-9400!

More Action From Bubba Raceway Park

September 13th, 2013

Ocala, FL- The Nesmith Weekly Crate Late Models, Scorpion Racing Products UMP DirtCar Modifieds, Hobby Stocks, 1-800-ASK GARY Thunder Stocks, TQ Late Models,
and Rent-N-Roll Gladiators will all put their skills to the test this week-end and
see who can grab a trophy.

Bryan Bernhardt currently leads our track Crate Late Model points with Jeff Mathews
and 11-year old Tyler Clem barreling down on him. Those two sit within 30 points,
while fourth placed Carter Stokes and fifth placed Billy Holmes are still alive in a
tight championship fight. Bernhardt and Mathews have stolen the wins, but Clem is
closing in on history.

Charlie O’Neill continues to lead the Scorpion Racing Products UMP DirtCar
Modifieds, but three-time race winner on the season and four-time division champion
Jeff Mathews is closing in. Scott Kurtzner and Bryan Bernhardt sit within 35 points
and are both capable of a win, while Rich Pratt and 72-year old Buzzie Reutimann
both have wins and also sit within one race of the championship lead.

Devin Walker now holds a 337 point lead in the championship over new second-place
driver Sean Monoghan. Brian Shea has now fallen to third, just 50 points ahead of
Thunder Stock hero Mike Stalnaker and fifth placed Hunter Gustafson. The most
diverse division of 2013 continues to get better, and a new winner is just over the
horizon.

William Gillam gained four points in a tight 1-800-ASK GARY Thunder Stock title
fight and now has 19 markers over second-place Brandon Elwood. Melvin Fockler’s
incredible run took a hit as he missed the event due to work and now sits over 100
back. Brandon Tillander and Tony Campbell round out the top five, but the story of
the year will most likely end up being Mike Stalnaker’s win last week-end.

Sean Babcock hopes to remain the only TQ Late Model winner in Bubba Raceway Park
history while John Hopke, Terry Wright, and plenty of others try to displace “Yankee
Boy” from alone at the top of the record books.

Stephen Frankland continues to close in on his “Clinch number” and now holds a 321
point lead over Tom Sheehan. Bill Southard, Tyler Bryden, and Josh Fincher complete
the top five in the Rent-N-Roll Gladiators.

Pit gates open at 4, grandstands at 5, and racing is scheduled for 7. For more info,
please visit www.bubbaracewaypark.com or call us at 352-622-9400!

You’ve Got To See It To Believe It

September 9th, 2013

Ocala, FL- The Limited Late Models, Hobby Stocks, and 1-800-ASK GARY Thunder Stocks were all offered the big money with no car count limits and no entry fees for 30-lap events while the Florida Mini Sprints and Rent-N-Roll Gladiators joined them for a fantastic night of racing at Bubba Raceway Park. Also, over $500 was put up by wonderful sponsors in AP Motor Sales, Dirts 4 Racing, Jeremy with Rocky’s Villa Restaurant in Orange Lake, American Choice RV, Don Milam’s Auto Dr.’s of Ocala, Rick Elwood at L&R Racing Products, 100 Proof Saloon, Marion Machine And Tool, D&R Chassis, Mike Peters, and Davey Kinsey’s Power House Machine Shop.

The Mini Sprints opened it up with Dirk Miller running away from the pack before Daniel Bagley spun his #12 on lap two. John Moss would steal the lead on the restart as Miller slipped to third. Nick Snyder would use a mid-race restart to steal the lead with just three laps left. On the final lap, Eddie Moss, Jr. attempted to overtake his brother John and the lapped car of Scott Kreuger, but Eddie clipped the entrance of turn one and went into a wild spin and easy barrel roll. Moss would climb from the wreckage under his own power. Snyder, John Moss, and Connor Borah would bring the field back to life for a one lap dash with Snyder holding off Moss, David Hall, Dirk Miller, and Borah for the win.

Trent Wilson used the outside pole to open up the lead, but Mike Stalnaker stole it from him on lap three. Devin Walker would see his night go sour as the #55 slowed and the field had a little trouble getting by him. No one would retire due to the accident, however. Stalnaker slipped in turn one and allowed Brian Morgan by on lap eight, just before Stalnaker did a 360 on the backstretch and stayed in the top five, an impressive feat. With eight to go, The Big Lake Boys went at it and Tim Powers scooted around Morgan for the lead, right before Devin Walker slowed and brought another caution out. Powers held on through it all and took home the $1100! Eric Moon, Morgan, Wilson, and Bubba Christian rounded out the top five. In addition to Powers’ $1100, he received $50 in contingencies. Morgan received $110 and Wilson earned $20.

The Limited Late Models started off with Forrest Gough leading from P3. Tyler Clem would steal the lead in lapped traffic on lap four and he would not look behind him. Clem would never look back and he won by 1/3 of a lap over Nevin Gainey. Forrest Gough, Jamie Dayhaw, and Shane Koperda completed the top five. Clem would earn an additional $170 in contingencies (Gough got $10) to bring his total to $1270, a sum that Tyler will donate to charity as he always does.

The 1-800-ASK GARY Thunder Stocks always teach us something new, and tonight showed us that seeing is NOT believing. Sometimes. Shane Nichols opened up with the lead, however Mike Stalnaker had it by lap three. A coupld of cautions for various incidents- including a debris caution for the right side of the E+Z Shines-sponsored #8′s body- kept the field tight until halfway. The restart saw Stalnaker get away from Shane Williams and Mike’s brother, Jeff, yet on lap nineteen it got crazy when Stalnaker’s hood flew up right onto his windshield. For the final twelve laps, Stalnaker drove his #8- on a completely different line on the track- with the hood on his windshield. Better yet, Stalnaker would win the race by driving out of his window for the final twelve laps. Williams, Stalnaker, Jr., Eddie Lake, and Joey Durbin rounded out the top five in an event that every one will continue to hand down to their descendants. Stalnaker won $170 in contingencies and Nichols earned $10.

The Rent-N-Roll Gladiators finished up the night and Steve Johnson completely dominated the event over Stephen Frankland. Brandon Haseleu, Tyler Bryden, and Tom Sheehan completed the top five in an event that “Scooby” completely dominated from
start to finish.

Next week the Nesmith Crate Late Models, Scorpion Racing Products UMP Modifieds, Hobby Stocks, 1-800-ASK GARY Thunder Stocks, TQ Late Models, and Rent-N-Roll Gladiators invade the 3/8 mile! For more info, please visit www.bubbaracewaypark.com or call us at 352-622-9400!

Big Money On The Line At Bubba Raceway Park!

September 4th, 2013

Ocala, FL- With just three months left until the season ends with the Nesmith World Championships (though the second half of the Florida State Championship Races are in late December), Bubba wants to start the final third of the year off with money on the line. The Limited Late Models have $1200, Hobby Stocks have $1100 (yes, $1100), and the 1-800-ASK GARY Thunder Stocks have $1000 up for grabs with NO ENTRY FEES AND NO MINIMUM CAR COUNTS. Joining them will be the Florida Mini Sprints and the Rent-N-Roll Gladiators. Also, don’t forget about the practice session on Friday night!

Tyler Clem, one of three winners in the Limited Late Models this year, has a 20 point advantage in the standings, but two tough races has kept Chuck Jackson closer than what Clem would like. Jackson sits just 20 back, and he has a 49 point advantage over Jason Pope for second. Tim Powers has won both events he has entered this year and Nevin Gainey has been pretty good as well with a win last week and a podium to go with it. JO Nobles hasn’t won yet, but the defending division champion can never be counted out.

Devin Walker has a nearly 300 point lead over Brian Shea after Walker went runner-up last week-end. In 17 features, we’ve had 13 different winners, nine of which are first-timers in the division at Bubba Raceway Park! Sean Monoghan is still third, but Mike Stalnaker now sits within 50 points of him. Hunter Gustafson (who, along with Stalnaker is a first-timer this year) holds on to a top five spot, but Heath Walker wants to join his boy at the top of the standings. There’s no consistency in winners, so it’s an all-out wild draw here.

The 1-800-ASK GARY Thunder Stocks have the best championship fight, but William Gillam saw his lead shrink. And grow? Brandon Elwood clawed to within 15 points, while Melvin Fockler dropped 11 points to fall to 67 out of first. Brandon Tillander and Tony Campbell round out the top five in the standings. Jeff Stalnaker, Jr., Bubba Durbin, Brandon Elwood, Mike Tovet, and Randy Strehle all have multiple wins, so look for them to battle it out for the win, but don’t count anyone out in this division.

The Rent-N-Roll Gladiators had an incredible race last week with Tyler Bryden taking his first career win at Bubba Raceway Park. Stephen Frankland has shifted his focus from the wins record to clinching the championship after his engine sounded like it went sour towards the end of last week’s event. Tom Sheehan and Bill Southard are trying to keep their heads above water in the championship fight, but Frankie is slowly drowning them as he tries to become the first foreign-born champion in the Modern Era at Bubba Raceway Park. Bryden jumped to fourth in the championship with his win, and Josh Fincher rounds out the top five.

The Florida Mini Sprints are quite impressive and will be out in force as Dirk Miller, Eddie Moss, Jr., and Nick Snyder chase a championship. Different drivers always break out with wins and plenty of different drivers are looking for that elusive first victory.

Pit gates open at 4, grandstands at 5, and racing is scheduled for 7. For more info, please visit www.bubbaracewaypark.com or call us at 352-622-9400! Don’t miss out on some great dirt track action for the NASCAR race- it will be on in Bubba’s Pit Stop!

August Ends With Action At Bubba Raceway Park

September 2nd, 2013

Ocala, FL- The Bubba Army 360 Sprint Cars, Limited Late Models, Hobby Stocks, 1-800-ASK GARY Thunder Stocks, TQ Late Models, and Rent-N-Roll Gladiators all put on spectacular shows on a cool night at Bubba Raceway Park.

The Bubba Army Hobby Stocks kicked off the night with Devin Walker and Mike Stalnaker running away from the pack. Walker would lead the opening seven before Scott Washam spun exiting turn four. On lap ten, Stalnaker pulled out a daring crossover on Devin Walker, but contact resulted in Walker spinning. A great battle was over with Stalnaker pitting for a right front tire. Eric Moon rocketed to the lead on the restart with Walker falling into second, right in front of his father. “The Lunar Lander” Eric Moon took home his first career win at Bubba Raceway Park with Walker slotted in behind him. Stalnaker rallied to third while Joey Forsyth took home a solid fourth place finish and Heath Walker completed the top five.

Our Limited Late Models kicked action off with Kevin Mills, Tyler Clem, and Shane Koperda getting into a turn one melee with Clem and Mills retiring with excessive damage. On the next restart, leader Jordan Lockhart lost his left front and started a wreck that involved JO Nobles and Shane Koperda. Both would continue, but Lockhart was done for the night. Nevin Gainey would take the lead with JO Nobles and Shanke Koperda in tow. They would remain in that order with Gainey winning over Nobles, Koperda, Chuck Jackson, and Jordan Lockhart.

TQ Late Models were the third feature of the week and “Yankee Boy” Sean Babcock took the lead from his third place starting spot. Kevin McKenzie would get flung around in turn two before rejoining the field after the caution came out. Terry Wright was barreling down on leader Sean Babcock, but Wright looped his #007 in turn one, bringing a yellow out with six to go. Babcock would hold on to take the first ever TQ Late Models win at Bubba Raceway Park with John Hopke trailing. Randy Glick completed the podium while Dalton Hopke and Terry Wright rounded out the top five.

The Bubba Army 360 Sprints powered down with Danny Martin, Jr. setting the early pace at 100 MPH on average. A caution free affair for the Sprints saw Martin nearly lap second place Tony Agin, and he certainly would have with a few more laps. Agin was second all night long with AJ Maddox, Robbie Smith, and Andy Cobb the top five.

The Rent-N-Roll Gladiators put on a spectacular show with young Tyler Bryden taking a huge lead over Stephen Frankland. With just two to go, Bryden and the lapped car of Bill Southard came together on the frontstretch. Southard’s night would end there, but Bryden would get the lead back and never look back. Bryden would take the win over Stephen Frankland and Southard for his first win at Bubba Raceway Park.

The 1-800-ASK GARY Thunder Stocks were given the privilege of wrapping the night up and Jonathan Appleby rocketed to the front. On lap ten, Mike Valdes spun right in front of Melvin Fockler and destroyed Fockler’s race as smoke poured from the front of the #33. The restart allowed Jeff Stalnaker, Jr. to get around Appleby and never look back, even after the lap sixteen caution for Cory Ross. Stalnaker’s fourth win of 2013 would keep Appleby out of Coors Light Winner’s Circle as Appleby was the bridesmaid over Justyn Elwood. Brandon Elwood gained valuable points with a fourth place finish and John Thorpe completed the top five.

Next Saturday we have Limited Late Models for $1200, Hobby Stocks for $1100, and 1-800-ASK GARY Thunder Stocks for $1000, all with no entry fee or minimum car counts. The Florida Mini Sprints and Rent-N-Roll Gladiators will join us as well. For more info, please visit www.bubbaracewaypark.com or call us at 352-622-9400!

August Ends With Action At Bubba Raceway Park

September 1st, 2013

Ocala, FL- The Bubba Army 360 Sprint Cars, Limited Late Models, Hobby Stocks, 1-800-ASK GARY Thunder Stocks, TQ Late Models, and Rent-N-Roll Gladiators all put on spectacular shows on a cool night at Bubba Raceway Park.

The Bubba Army Hobby Stocks kicked off the night with Devin Walker and Mike Stalnaker running away from the pack. Walker would lead the opening seven before Scott Washam spun exiting turn four. On lap ten, Stalnaker pulled out a daring crossover on Devin Walker, but contact resulted in Walker spinning. A great battle was over with Stalnaker pitting for a right front tire. Eric Moon rocketed to the lead on the restart with Walker falling into second, right in front of his father.”The Lunar Lander” Eric Moon took home his first career win at Bubba Raceway Park with Walker slotted in behind him. Stalnaker rallied to third while Joey Forsyth took home a solid fourth place finish and Heath Walker completed the top five.

Our Limited Late Models kicked action off with Kevin Mills, Tyler Clem, and Shane Koperda getting into a turn one melee with Clem and Mills retiring with excessive damage. On the next restart, leader Jordan Lockhart lost his left front and started a wreck that involved JO Nobles and Shane Koperda. Both would continue, but Lockhart was done for the night. Nevin Gainey would take the lead with JO Nobles and Shanke Koperda in tow. They would remain in that order with Gainey winning over Nobles, Koperda, Chuck Jackson, and Jordan Lockhart.

TQ Late Models were the third feature of the week and “Yankee Boy” Sean Babcock took the lead from his third place starting spot. Kevin McKenzie would get flung around in turn two before rejoining the field after the caution came out. Terry Wright was barreling down on leader Sean Babcock, but Wright looped his #007 in turn one, bringing a yellow out with six to go. Babcock would hold on to take the first ever TQ Late Models win at Bubba Raceway Park with John Hopke trailing. Randy Glick completed the podium while Dalton Hopke and Terry Wright rounded out the top five.

The Bubba Army 360 Sprints powered down with Danny Martin, Jr. setting the early pace at 100 MPH on average. A caution free affair for the Sprints saw Martin nearly lap second place Tony Agin, and he certainly would have with a few more laps. Agin was second all night long with AJ Maddox, Robbie Smith, and Andy Cobb the top five.

The Rent-N-Roll Gladiators put on a spectacular show with young Tyler Bryden taking a huge lead over Stephen Frankland. With just two to go, Bryden and the lapped car of Bill Southard came together on the frontstretch. Southard’s night would end there, but Bryden would get the lead back and never look back. Bryden would take the win over Stephen Frankland and Southard for his first win at Bubba Raceway Park.

The 1-800-ASK GARY Thunder Stocks were given the privilege of wrapping the night up and Jonathan Appleby rocketed to the front. On lap ten, Mike Valdes spun right in front of Melvin Fockler and destroyed Fockler’s race as smoke poured from the front of the #33. The restart allowed Jeff Stalnaker, Jr. to get around Appleby and never look back, even after the lap sixteen caution for Cory Ross. Stalnaker’s fourth win of 2013 would keep Appleby out of Coors Light Winner’s Circle as Appleby was the bridesmaid over Justyn Elwood. Brandon Elwood gained valuable points with a fourth place finish and John Thorpe completed the top five.

Next Saturday we have Limited Late Models for $1200, Hobby Stocks for $1100, and 1-800-ASK GARY Thunder Stocks for $1000, all with no entry fee or minimum car counts. The Florida Mini Sprints and Rent-N-Roll Gladiators will join us as well. For more info, please visit www.bubbaracewaypark.com or call us at 352-622-9400!

It’s Not Funny Anymore- Stay Away Rain!

August 31st, 2013

Ocala, FL- After our second consecutive rain-out at Bubba Raceway Park, it’s getting pretty aggravating. The Bubba Army 360 Sprints will try to be the deterrent of the rain, while the Limited Late Models, Hobby Stocks, 1-800-ASK GARY Thunder Stocks, TQ Late Models, and Rent-N-Roll Gladiators have received the call as well. It’s set to be a great night of racing this Saturday!

In the Bubba Army 360 Sprints, Robbie Smith holds an eight point advantage over “Capatian” Tony Agin. Both drivers are winless at the track since the reconversion to dirt in 2008, but both are very consistent. A couple more winless drivers sit within 25 of the leader in Terry Witherspoon (-22) and rookie Andy Cobb (-24). AJ Maddox completes the top five, but sits 37 back after a couple of rough finishes. Danny Martin, Jr. and Matt Kurtz have a win each in the points paying rounds, and Kurtz has a non-points win on the season.

Tyler Clem holds a 16 point advantage over Jason Pope in the Limited Late Models after three rounds, one of which was won by now-11-year-old Clem. Chuck Jackson sits a further seven back, while Tim Powers- two time winner in 2013- is fourth, 46 back. Forrest Gough continues to see wins go to the wayside with misfortunes, but it will make that win so much sweeter. We’ll see what’s in store in this wild division as they take to the track for the fourth time in 2013.

The Hobby Stocks have 17 year old Devin Walker up front with a 230 point lead over Brian Shea. Walker enters with a win on his birthday this past Saturday, while She has, unfortunately, missed the past few races. With Shea’s absence, Sean Monoghan has closed in on second and sits just 31 markers behind him. Hunter Gustafson has fallen to fourth after leading the standings in April, while Dennis Williams has fought his way into the top five from the beginning. Walker eyes his seventh win of 2013 (and fifth at Bubba Raceway Park) as he chases his father’s family mark of nine wins in a season.

As is the custom in Ocala, the 1-800-ASK GARY Thunder Stocks have taken it upon themselves to have the most dramatic championship finale. From four-point wins, to not knowing the winner until the third check, it’s always a nail-biter. William Gillam sits in the vulnerable spot as he’s only got one way to go and it’s not up. Gillam has been mighty consistent and is keeping the gambling Melvin Fockler 56 back. Brandon Elwood has said he doesn’t race for points, but a 22 point gap has him thinking about rethinking that philosophy. Brandon Tillander and Tony Campbell are about 160 markers back and have pretty much put their focus towards bringing home the trophy or the steering wheel.

Stephen Frankland holds a 259 point lead as he seeks to become the oldest champion in the modern era at Bubba Raceway Park. Though the rain is hampering his chase of the record for wins, he does have the division record for wins in a season. Tom Sheehan rides second in points, 77 clear of Bill Southard. Behind them, Josh Fincher and Tyler Bryden will duke it out for fourth, but both have been mathematically eliminated from championship contention.

It’s going to be wild at Bubba Raceway Park as we wrap up August, and you don’t want to miss it! Pits open at 4, grandstands at 5, and racing is scheduled for 7. For more info, please visit www.bubbaracewaypark.com or call us at 352-622-9400!

Rain Still Sucks

August 20th, 2013

Ocala, FL- The Bubba Army Late Models, Scorpion Racing Products UMP DirtCar Open-Wheel Modifieds, Hobby Stocks, 1-800-ASK GARY Thunder Stocks, and Florida Mini Sprints will all try their hand on the 3/8 mile at Bubba Raceway Park.

Rich Pratt currently has a 66-point lead over young Tyler Clem at the top of the Late Model pile. Pratt comes off of a runner-up finish while Clem’s last outing wasn’t as delightful. Mark Whitener is now 100 markers back, even with his two wins on the season. A further 21 back is Bryan Bernhardt who sits just 13 ahead of Jeff Mathews. The best will be gunning for the front and a new winner could rise from the dust.

The Scorpion Modifieds have Charlie O’Neill leading the way, but his lead is just a slim three points over Jeff Mathews who has been dominant this year, much like he was from 2008-2011. Scott Kurtzner sits 28 out of the lead, but he’s looking to break through with a win. Bryan Bernhardt sits 31 points out of the lead and Rich Pratt- looking for the season double- is 53 points out of the lead in a wide open division.

Devin Walker has built up a massive championship lead over Brian Shea in the Hobby Stock division. After a few runner-up finishes in his career, Walker has his eyes set on clinching the prize early. Sean Monoghan has sneaked into a very distant third after overtaking Hunter Gustafson in the season standings. Dennis Williams rounds out the top five in this wild division.

Now, while you can’t rule anyone out until the numbers say you can, it seems like the championship is down to three drivers in the 1-800-ASK GARY Thunder Stocks. William Gillam has the advantage with a 22 point lead over Brandon Elwood. Elwood has 34 between himself and third placed Melvin Fockler who can take the risks the front two can’t afford to take. Brandon Tillander and Tony Campbell round out the top five.

The Mini Sprints have gone through a rough patch over the last month, but they’ll look for comfort at Bubba Raceway Park. A track that can open up a driver’s title hopes, the 3/8 mile may just look to make someone’s year. Nick Snyder and Eddie Moss, Jr. have a win each at the larger Ocala track, while Dirk Miller does not. We’ve seen wild things- including 10 different winners in the last 12 features- from the FMSA at BRP.

Pit gates open at 4, grandstands at 5, and racing is slated for 7. For more info, please visit www.bubbaracewaypark.com or call us at 352-622-9400!

“Back To School Night” Falls Upon Bubba Raceway Park

August 14th, 2013

Ocala, FL- The Nesmith Weekly Crate Late Models, Scorpion Racing Products UMP DirtCar Open-Wheel Modifieds, Hobby Stocks, 1-800-ASK GARY Thunder Stocks, and Rent-N-Roll Gladiators will put on a final show for the kids before they make the dreaded trek (for them, anyways) back to school. We’ll also have Kiddy Rides and Kids Bike Races on this wonderful night on which backpacks and plenty of other great school supplies will be given away, all courtesy of Bubba Raceway Park and our wonderful drivers.

Charlie O’Neill continues his underdog reign of the championship lead in the Scorpion Racing Products Modifieds, but his lead has dwindled to just three points over “Four-time” Jeff Mathews. Mathews, the 2008-2011 division champion, leads the
division with four wins in seven features. Scott Kurtzner has the #1K in third, but he sits 28 behind the leader and only three ahead of Bryan Bernhardt, Mathews’ team-mate. Rich Pratt, the only other feature winner in the top five, sits over 50 points out of the lead, but it’s about wins for the Late Model points leader.

Bernhardt and Mathews have rocketed to the top of the Crate Late Model championship with Bernhardt the 20 point leader, even though Mathews has two wins to Bryan’s one. Eleven year old Tyler Clem, a Tony Stewart Racing Developmental Driver, rides in third, just 34 behind the leader, in his first full competitive season. Richard Childress Racing Developmental Driver Carter Stokes sits fourth, only 16 behind
Clem, but Stokes hasn’t hit his best performances yet. Billy Holmes, 71 markers back, rounds out the top five.

Three-time winner Devin Walker has extended his championship lead to an outstanding 230 points over Brian Shea as Shea has been unable to make it to the track for the past few week-ends. Sean Monoghan rides third, 31 behind Shea, after coming very close to a big win on the dirt. Hunter Gustafson started the year off strong, but has fallen off and is now fourth in the championship. Dennis Williams continues to fight the challengers off for fifth, but he has a slim two-point lead over Mike Stalnaker for the spot.

William Gillam has one win on the year and a 22 point lead to go with it. Brandon Elwood sits that 22 behind him with his two victories, but as those two continue to fight each other for top tens, another driver is fighting back from what at one-point was an insurmountable lead. Melvin Fockler was over 125 points back at one time, but he has cut the deficit to 56 with plenty of time to make that back up at this rate. As those three battle for the title, Brandon Tillander and Tony Campbell try to play spoiler from that 150 point deficit as they are fourth and fifth in the championship.

Stephen Frankland is chasing that championship and he has a 259 point advantage over Tom Sheehan for it. As Frankland tries to get the numbers to know when he clinches the championship, Sheehan is trying to get his car right for next year and hold his 77 point gap over Bill Southard for second. Southard could see third slip away if he’s not careful, as Josh Fincher and Tyler Bryden are close enough to strike and spoil his rookie campaign, even though they’re rookies as well.

Pits open at 4 with grandstands opening at 5 and racing scheduled for 7. For more info on Back To School Night, please contact us at www.bubbaracewaypark.com or call us at 352-622-9400.

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Driver Appreciation Night At BRP!

August 14th, 2013

Ocala, FL- The Limited Sprints, Limited Late Models, Hobby Stocks, 1-800-ASK GARY Thunder Stocks, and Rent-N-Roll Gladiators all put on some impressive racing on Driver Appreciation Night, a way for Bubba to reward the drivers with free entry for the night.

The Limited Late Models opened up the night, but Jason Pope tried to climb the fence out of turn four. Pope would climb out of the car, but his night was over. Tim Powers would open up a lead after the restart, but it went away on lap five when Shane Koperda spun in turn one. Powers again pulled away, just to see his lead disappear when Chuck Jackson looped his #0 in turn two. Powers quickly put a few seconds on Shane Koperda and Tyler Clem- in a damaged race car- who were battling for second. Powers would win an easy one over Koperda, Forrest Gough, Kevin Mills, and Clem.

Our very own Hobby Stocks would be up second, and Smokin’ Joe Belkey, Jr. took control of the point early. David McCormack would lead lap two after Belkey washed up the track. The culprit was found on lap four when Belkey brought the caution out with a flat tire. McCormack, Tim Powers, Mike Stalnaker, and Brian Morgan rocketed away from the pack and put on a tussle. Stalnaker would lead lap six, but lost control in turn two and made contact with Powers. Powers would pit with a flat right rear, among other damages, while Stalnaker would go back on the hook. McCormack, Morgan, and Sean Monoghan would lead the field back to green on lap six. Brian Morgan would slip up and make contact with team-mate McCormack that sent both cars around; Morgan would go to the tail with no troubles and McCormack would bring the field back to green.

Matt Kurtz jumped out front of the Limited Sprints race quickly, but Mark Ruel, Jr. would steal the lead in lapped traffic. On lap fourteen, the lapped cars of Johnny Alexander and Tanner Witherspoon made contact right in front of the leaders, but Ruel, Danny Martin, Jr., and Kurtz would make it through. Tyler Clem, in his debut race in the Tony Stewart Racing #14, would bring the caution out with just four to go after Clem nosed it into the fence out of turn number four. Ruel, Martin, and Kurtz would have to fight through another restart and Martin tired his hardset to get around “The Peruvian Outlaw.” Ruel would take the win over Kurtz and Martin. Robbie Smith finished fourth after a great battle with Martin and AJ Maddox rounded out the top five.

The 1-800-ASK GARY Thunder Stocks started off with Melvin Fockler in the lead. Jeff Stalnaker, Jr. would bring the yellow flag out on lap two as his tire would go flat. Fockler continued to stave off the fight from Bubba Durbin and Randy Strehle, but made a mistake out of turn four that put his #33 into the wall. He continued on, but had to pit. Randy Strehle spun from second just four laps later, allowing Brandon Tillander a shot at Bubba Durbin for the win. Durbin would end up taking home the win, and Melvin Fockler would finish in the second position after rebounding from the back. James Erickson, Jon Layerd, and Randy Strehle rounded out the top five.

The Rent-N-Roll Gladiators put on a spirited battle and Tom Sheehan led the opening lap. Ray Hunter would quickly end Sheehan’s reign, but Hunter would get into an accident on lap six that ultimately led to his retirement from the race. Jonathan Green inherited the lead, lost it to team-mate Kevin Benjamin for a coupld laps, then re-gained it and won over his team-mate Benjamin. John Windham’s wild night resulted in a third place finish with Stephen Frankland and Dustin Baxter the top five.

Next week is Back To School Night at Bubba Raceway Park! We’ll have school-themed give-a-ways and Kiddy Rides, as well as Kid’s Bike races. The Crate Late Models, Scorpion Racing Products UMP DirtCar Modifieds, Hobby Stocks, 1-800-ASK GARY Thunder Stocks, and Rent-N-Roll Gladiators will take the fight to the 3/8 mile. For more info, please visit www.bubbaracewaypark.com or call us at 352-622-9400!

“Back To School Night” Falls Upon Bubba Raceway Park

August 14th, 2013

Ocala, FL- The Nesmith Weekly Crate Late Models, Scorpion Racing Products UMP DirtCar Open-Wheel Modifieds, Hobby Stocks, 1-800-ASK GARY Thunder Stocks, and Rent-N-Roll Gladiators will put on a final show for the kids before they make the dreaded trek (for them, anyways) back to school. We’ll also have Kiddy Rides and Kids Bike Races on this wonderful night on which backpacks and plenty of other great school supplies will be given away, all courtesy of Bubba Raceway Park and our wonderful drivers.

Charlie O’Neill continues his underdog reign of the championship lead in the Scorpion Racing Products Modifieds, but his lead has dwindled to just three points over “Four-time” Jeff Mathews. Mathews, the 2008-2011 division champion, leads the division with four wins in seven features. Scott Kurtzner has the #1K in third, but he sits 28 behind the leader and only three ahead of Bryan Bernhardt, Mathews’ team-mate. Rich Pratt, the only other feature winner in the top five, sits over 50 points out of the lead, but it’s about wins for the Late Model points leader.

Bernhardt and Mathews have rocketed to the top of the Crate Late Model championship with Bernhardt the 20 point leader, even though Mathews has two wins to Bryan’s one. Eleven year old Tyler Clem, a Tony Stewart Racing Developmental Driver, rides in third, just 34 behind the leader, in his first full competitive season. Richard Childress Racing Developmental Driver Carter Stokes sits fourth, only 16 behind Clem, but Stokes hasn’t hit his best performances yet. Billy Holmes, 71 markers back, rounds out the top five.

Three-time winner Devin Walker has extended his championship lead to an outstanding 230 points over Brian Shea as Shea has been unable to make it to the track for the past few week-ends. Sean Monoghan rides third, 31 behind Shea, after coming very close to a big win on the dirt. Hunter Gustafson started the year off strong, but has fallen off and is now fourth in the championship. Dennis Williams continues to fight the challengers off for fifth, but he has a slim two-point lead over Mike Stalnaker for the spot.

William Gillam has one win on the year and a 22 point lead to go with it. Brandon Elwood sits that 22 behind him with his two victories, but as those two continue to fight each other for top tens, another driver is fighting back from what at one-point was an insurmountable lead. Melvin Fockler was over 125 points back at one time, but he has cut the deficit to 56 with plenty of time to make that back up at this rate. As those three battle for the title, Brandon Tillander and Tony Campbell try to play spoiler from that 150 point deficit as they are fourth and fifth in the championship.

Stephen Frankland is chasing that championship and he has a 259 point advantage over Tom Sheehan for it. As Frankland tries to get the numbers to know when he clinches the championship, Sheehan is trying to get his car right for next year and hold his 77 point gap over Bill Southard for second. Southard could see third slip away if he’s not careful, as Josh Fincher and Tyler Bryden are close enough to strike and spoil his rookie campaign, even though they’re rookies as well.

Pits open at 4 with grandstands opening at 5 and racing scheduled for 7. For more info on Back To School Night, please contact us at www.bubbaracewaypark.com or call us at 352-622-9400.

Driver Appreciation Night At Bubba Raceway Park

August 13th, 2013

Ocala, FL- The Limited Sprints, Limited Late Models, Hobby Stocks, 1-800-ASK GARY Thunder Stocks, and Rent-N-Roll Gladiators all put on some impressive racing on Driver Appreciation Night, a way for Bubba to reward the drivers with free entry for the night.

The Limited Late Models opened up the night, but Jason Pope tried to climb the fence out of turn four. Pope would climb out of the car, but his night was over. Tim Powers would open up a lead after the restart, but it went away on lap five when Shane Koperda spun in turn one. Powers again pulled away, just to see his lead disappear when Chuck Jackson looped his #0 in turn two. Powers quickly put a few seconds on Shane Koperda and Tyler Clem- in a damaged race car- who were battling for second. Powers would win an easy one over Koperda, Forrest Gough, Kevin Mills, and Clem.

Our very own Hobby Stocks would be up second, and Smokin’ Joe Belkey, Jr. took control of the point early. David McCormack would lead lap two after Belkey washed up the track. The culprit was found on lap four when Belkey brought the caution out with a flat tire. McCormack, Tim Powers, Mike Stalnaker, and Brian Morgan rocketed away from the pack and put on a tussle. Stalnaker would lead lap six, but lost control in turn two and made contact with Powers. Powers would pit with a flat right rear, among other damages, while Stalnaker would go back on the hook. McCormack, Morgan, and Sean Monoghan would lead the field back to green on lap six. Brian Morgan would slip up and make contact with team-mate McCormack that sent both cars around; Morgan would go to the tail with no troubles and McCormack would bring the field back to green.

Matt Kurtz jumped out front of the Limited Sprints race quickly, but Mark Ruel, Jr. would steal the lead in lapped traffic. On lap fourteen, the lapped cars of Johnny Alexander and Tanner Witherspoon made contact right in front of the leaders, but Ruel, Danny Martin, Jr., and Kurtz would make it through. Tyler Clem, in his debut race in the Tony Stewart Racing #14, would bring the caution out with just four to go after Clem nosed it into the fence out of turn number four. Ruel, Martin, and Kurtz would have to fight through another restart and Martin tired his hardset to get around “The Peruvian Outlaw.” Ruel would take the win over Kurtz and Martin. Robbie Smith finished fourth after a great battle with Martin and AJ Maddox rounded out the top five.

The 1-800-ASK GARY Thunder Stocks started off with Melvin Fockler in the lead. Jeff Stalnaker, Jr. would bring the yellow flag out on lap two as his tire would go flat. Fockler continued to stave off the fight from Bubba Durbin and Randy Strehle, but made a mistake out of turn four that put his #33 into the wall. He continued on, but had to pit. Randy Strehle spun from second just four laps later, allowing Brandon Tillander a shot at Bubba Durbin for the win. Durbin would end up taking home the win, and Melvin Fockler would finish in the second position after rebounding from the back. James Erickson, Jon Layerd, and Randy Strehle rounded out the top five.

The Rent-N-Roll Gladiators put on a spirited battle and Tom Sheehan led the opening lap. Ray Hunter would quickly end Sheehan’s reign, but Hunter would get into an accident on lap six that ultimately led to his retirement from the race. Jonathan Green inherited the lead, lost it to team-mate Kevin Benjamin for a coupld laps, then re-gained it and won over his team-mate Benjamin. John Windham’s wild night resulted in a third place finish with Stephen Frankland and Dustin Baxter the top five.

Next week is Back To School Night at Bubba Raceway Park! We’ll have school-themed give-a-ways and Kiddy Rides, as well as Kid’s Bike races. The Crate Late Models, Scorpion Racing Products UMP DirtCar Modifieds, Hobby Stocks, 1-800-ASK GARY Thunder Stocks, and Rent-N-Roll Gladiators will take the fight to the 3/8 mile. For more info, please visit www.bubbaracewaypark.com or call us at 352-622-9400!

Driver Appreciation Night At Bubba Raceway Park!

August 7th, 2013

Ocala, FL- The Limited Sprint Cars will tackle the 3/8 mile oval, as will the Limited Late Models, Hobby Stocks, 1-800-ASK GARY Thunder Stocks, and Rent-N-Roll Gladiators. All drivers receive free entry for this week-end’s races and all drivers have a shot at a $1000 prize!

The Limited Sprints will make their first appearance of the season, but the same cast should be playing similar roles. Matt Kurtz and Danny Martin, Jr. have dominated the Sprint Car ranks for the past three seasons, but drivers like “Captain” Tony Agin, Terry Witherspoon, and Robbie Smith are closing in on a big win. With a different rules package for the Limited Sprints, we could see a magical run dethrone Kurtz and Martin, but it won’t be the easiest thing to do.

In what will be the third Limited Late Model race of 2013, Tim Powers and Tyler Clem enter as the drivers with victories. Powers has more Hobby Stock wins than Clem has years on earth, but the eleven year old Clem will be looking for back-to-back victories. Nahunta, Georgia’s JO Nobles, last year’s division champion, will join the fight up front and make it a battle of the states after his impressive win in his Late Model last week.

Devin Walker, twice a championship runner-up, has built up a 177-point lead over Brian Shea in the Hobby Stock division on the strength of three wins in the points season, plus a win during Winter Nationals. Sean Monoghan overtook Hunter Gustafson for third in the championship, but they sit over 250 points behind Walker who is having an incredible third season in the Hobby Stock division. Mike Stalnaker stole his first Hobby Stock victory last week and that catapulted him into fifth in the championship fight.

In what always seems to be the most dramatic championship fight, William Gillam leads Brandon Elwood by fifteen points in the 1-800-ASK GARY Thunder Stocks. As those two reel off top tens, however, third placed Melvin Fockler continues to reel off top fives and pick up points on the front two. Fockler had a wild night last week, but has gained nearly 100 points on Gillam and Elwood in the last four months. Brandon Tillander is a career high fourth in the championship, but he sits 152 markers back, effectively making it a three man championship fight. Tillander is back in his main car, so don’t count him out too quickly. Tony Campbell has slipped to fifth in the championship battle as he has missed a few races.

In the Rent-N-Roll Gladiators, Stephen Frankland has built up a 252-point lead over Tom Sheehan, the new second-placed driver. Sheehan comes off of a career best second place finish while Frankland comes off of his eighth win of 2013. Bill Southard was unable to make it to the feature last week while Josh Fincher and Tyler Bryden round out the top five in points.

Pits open at 4 and the drivers get in for no cost as Bubba says thank you to each and every one of our great race car drivers. Grandstands open at 5 and racing is scheduled for 7. For more info, or to check out the schedule- including August 17th’s “Back To School Night” and September 6th and 7th’s “PJ Wiggins Memorial”- visit www.bubbaracewaypark.com or call us at 352-622-9400!

Loyalty is High at Bubba

August 5th, 2013

Ocala, FL- The Bubba Army Late Models, Bubba Army Hobby Stocks, 1-800-ASK GARY Thunder Stocks, and Rent-N-Roll Gladiators put on an incredible show to reward the incredible fans at Bubba Raceway Park.

Our very own Bubba Army Hobby Stocks opened us up with outside pole sitter Mike Stalnaker snatching the lead away from Trevor Gamble. On lap six Devin Walker and Sean Monoghan ended a fantastic battle for fourth with their bumpers stuck together in turn one. Gamble would use the restart to take the lead away from Stalnaker, but the fight was far from over. Just past the halfway mark in turn one, Gamble slipped high and allowed Stalnaker to sweep below him to retake the lead. Just a few laps later Devin Walker, racing for his Grandfather who passed away during the week, encountered trouble in turn four. Stalnaker and Gamble went at it into turn one with Gamble nearly losing second to Heath Walker in the process. “Hometown Hero” Mike Stalnaker held on for his first win in the Hobby Stocks while Gamble had to settle for second. Heath Walker held on to finish third over Joe Belkey, Jr. and Joey Forsyth.

The Bubba Army Late Models started with Rich Pratt leading the early stint from his outside pole position. On lap fifteen JO Nobles attacked the Pratt as he struggled to bypass the lapped traffic of Dalton Myers. Pratt wouldn’t allow Nobles to check out, but Nobles would not be denied and he took the cash back to Nahunta. Pratt finished second to extend his championship lead, but was left wondering what could have been. Bryan Bernhardt finished a lonely third while Steve Mathis held Tyler Clem off for the fourth position. Our Bubba Army Late Models put on a spectacular show with a caution-free event that saw Rich Pratt and JO Nobles put on one of the best shows of the season.

Randy Strehle opened up the 1-800-ASK GARY Thunder Stocks with the lead, but Jeff Stalnaker, Jr. and Melvin Fockler had a heated exchange that ended with Stalnaker falling to the tail for the first caution. As he attempted to make his way through the pack, Brandon Tillander spun and beached his #73 in turn two on lap eleven that allowed Jason Gamble and Fockler to take a shot at Strehle for the win. They gave it their all, but Strehle was not to be denied and he led every inch en route to his second win at Bubba Raceway Park. Jason Gamble finished second in the Donnie Dobbins-owned #33 with Jeff Stalnaker, Jr. charging through the field to finish third. Melvin Fockler and Justyn Elwood completed the top five.

Stephen Frankland and Tom Sheehan put on a battle for the ages in a six-lap battle in the Rent-N-Roll Gladiators. Frankland led the full show but Sheehan was never too far behind. Stephen was excited in Victory Lane and Sheehan was happy to see a good performance from his #75.

Limited Sprints, Limited Late Models, Hobby Stocks, 1-800-ASK GARY Thunder Stocks, and the Rent-N-Roll Gladiators join us next week for Night Of A Thousands on Driver Appreciation Night. All drivers receive free entry to the pits for next week’s activities!!! For more info and to keep up with all of the news, check out www.bubbaracewaypark.com or call us at 352-622-9400.

Bubba Army Late Models Headline Beginning Of August At Bubba Raceway Park

August 3rd, 2013

Ocala, FL- The Bubba Army Late Models return to the 3/8 mile oval in Ocala while the E-Mods, Hobby Stocks, 1-800-ASK GARY Thunder Stocks, and Rent-N-Roll Gladiators join them for an outstanding night of racing.

Anthony, Florida’s Rich Pratt has taken his Groeb Farms #0 to the lead in the championship, but he has yet to win in a few years in the Late Model division. Pratt has shown the speed necessary to win, but two-time winner and defending champion Mark Whitener needs his third win in the Dave’s Towing #58 so he can close the 37-point gap to Pratt. A further 22 back is St. Petersburg’s not-yet-a-teenager Tyler Clem, a Tony Stewart Racing Developmental Driver. Clem, already a winner in the Limited Late Model ranks, has been brilliant in his Elder Ford of Tampa #14 and no one would be surprised if he soon becomes the youngest winner in North American Late Model racing. Dover, Florida’s Jeff Mathews has moved his Night Hawk Towing #33 into fourth and he sits only 71 behind the leader. Kyle Bronson continues to chase the NeSmith Touring Series Rookie of the Year (and championship too) in his Brandon Ford #40B, but he is fifth in the standings at Bubba Raceway Park.

Ocala’s Shane Nichols, a four-time winner already, leads the E-Mod Championship by 15 points over Trenton, Florida’s Shane Taylor. Another 17 back is Taylor’s brother Shawn, also from Trenton. Gainesville’s Charlie Howard, Jr. has jumped up into fourth, but he’s 100 markers behind Nichols. Rounding out the top five is Roy Crain, Jr. of Live Oak. Nichols won the opening four races, but a couple of bad runs has allowed the Taylor’s to get right back into the championship battle.

Mayo, Florida’s Devin Walker- a Danny Lasoski Racing Developmental Driver- has been impressive, okay, spectacular in 2013. Coming off of his third win of the season, he now leads the division in wins and has himself a 125 point lead over second year driver Brian Shea. Shea, an Ocala boy, has something Walker does not, however, as Shea won the 2011 Thunder Stock title. Now 218 points behind, Howey-In-The-Hills’ Hunter Gustafson is still in third but he sees his fellow youngster walking away with a championship. Sean Monoghan of Ocala and Dennis Williams of Zephyrhills round out the top five, but both have given up on their title aspirations.

Summerfield’s own William Gillam gained some momentum last week as he put his championship lead up to 14 over Anthony, Florida’s Brandon Elwood. Belleview’s Melvin Fockler slipped back a bit and is now 71 markers back in his #33, but he picked up some points on Elwood after driver #28 had a DNF. Tony Campbell of Mt. Dora lost a few points and is now 103 points behind the leader and Ocala’s Brandon Tillander rounds out the top five, 150 points out. Every driver knows they’ll hit a bad stretch, but no one knows when it will happen. Survival is key in this tight championship battle.

Stephen Frankland of Barnsley-North Yorkshire, England now has a 223-point lead over Ocala’s Bill Southard. Frankland just earned his seventh win of the year, tying the division record- he’ll need eight more for the Modern Era Overall record set by Keith Briggs in the 2008 Mini Stocks. Tom Sheehan, also from Ocala, is up to third, but he’s let Dave Arivett drive his car for the last couple weeks. Ocala’s Josh Fincher, once the championship leader, is now 322 back and Tyler Bryden of Ocala is 345 back, but he’s closing in on that first career win.

Racing is scheduled for 7 with pits opening at 4 and grandstands at 5. Night of a Thousands and Back To School Night are also coming up, so check out the schedule at www.bubbaracewaypark.com or call us at 352-622-9400 for any other info you may need!

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Bubba Army Late Models Headline Beginning Of August At Bubba Raceway Park

August 1st, 2013

Ocala, FL- The Bubba Army Late Models return to the 3/8 mile oval in Ocala while the E-Mods, Hobby Stocks, 1-800-ASK GARY Thunder Stocks, and Rent-N-Roll Gladiators join them for an outstanding night of racing.

Anthony, Florida’s Rich Pratt has taken his Groeb Farms #0 to the lead in the championship, but he has yet to win in a few years in the Late Model division. Pratt has shown the speed necessary to win, but two-time winner and defending champion Mark Whitener needs his third win in the Dave’s Towing #58 so he can close the 37-point gap to Pratt. A further 22 back is St. Petersburg’s not-yet-a-teenager Tyler Clem, a Tony Stewart Racing Developmental Driver. Clem, already a winner in the Limited Late Model ranks, has been brilliant in his Elder Ford of Tampa #14 and no one would be surprised if he soon becomes the youngest winner in North American Late Model racing. Dover, Florida’s Jeff Mathews has moved his Night Hawk Towing #33 into fourth and he sits only 71 behind the leader. Kyle Bronson continues to chase the NeSmith Touring Series Rookie of the Year (and championship too) in his Brandon Ford #40B, but he is fifth in the standings at Bubba Raceway Park.

Ocala’s Shane Nichols, a four-time winner already, leads the E-Mod Championship by 15 points over Trenton, Florida’s Shane Taylor. Another 17 back is Taylor’s brother Shawn, also from Trenton. Gainesville’s Charlie Howard, Jr. has jumped up into fourth, but he’s 100 markers behind Nichols. Rounding out the top five is Roy Crain, Jr. of Live Oak. Nichols won the opening four races, but a couple of bad runs has allowed the Taylor’s to get right back into the championship battle.

Mayo, Florida’s Devin Walker- a Danny Lasoski Racing Developmental Driver- has been impressive, okay, spectacular in 2013. Coming off of his third win of the season, he now leads the division in wins and has himself a 125 point lead over second year driver Brian Shea. Shea, an Ocala boy, has something Walker does not, however, as Shea won the 2011 Thunder Stock title. Now 218 points behind, Howey-In-The-Hills’ Hunter Gustafson is still in third but he sees his fellow youngster walking away with a championship. Sean Monoghan of Ocala and Dennis Williams of Zephyrhills round out the top five, but both have given up on their title aspirations.

Summerfield’s own William Gillam gained some momentum last week as he put his championship lead up to 14 over Anthony, Florida’s Brandon Elwood. Belleview’s Melvin Fockler slipped back a bit and is now 71 markers back in his #33, but he picked up some points on Elwood after driver #28 had a DNF. Tony Campbell of Mt. Dora lost a few points and is now 103 points behind the leader and Ocala’s Brandon Tillander rounds out the top five, 150 points out. Every driver knows they’ll hit a bad stretch, but no one knows when it will happen. Survival is key in this tight championship battle.

Stephen Frankland of Barnsley-North Yorkshire, England now has a 223-point lead over Ocala’s Bill Southard. Frankland just earned his seventh win of the year, tying the division record- he’ll need eight more for the Modern Era Overall record set by Keith Briggs in the 2008 Mini Stocks. Tom Sheehan, also from Ocala, is up to third, but he’s let Dave Arivett drive his car for the last couple weeks. Ocala’s Josh Fincher, once the championship leader, is now 322 back and Tyler Bryden of Ocala is 345 back, but he’s closing in on that first career win.

Racing is scheduled for 7 with pits opening at 4 and grandstands at 5. Night of a Thousands and Back To School Night are also coming up, so check out the schedule at www.bubbaracewaypark.com or call us at 352-622-9400 for any other info you may need!

July Showers Better Bring August Flowers. And Racing.

July 25th, 2013

Ocala, FL- After Bubba rained out for consecutive weeks for the first time in his reign on the oldest track in Florida, we hope to get one week-end of racing in the books in July. The Florida Mini Sprints make their third trip to Bubba Raceway Park and the E-Mods, Hobby Stocks, 1-800-ASK GARY Thunder Stocks, and Rent-N-Roll Gladiators will join them for a fantastic night of racing.

Shane Nichols holds on to a fifteen point lead over Shane Taylor in the E-Mod division, even though Nichols has four wins in six features this season. Shawn Taylor makes it a true “name game” as he is stuck in third. Charlie Howard, Jr. and Roy Crain are 100 or more back, but they have climbed into the top five as they inch closer to the front.

Devin Walker has built up a massive championship lead over Brian Shea, but Shea has updated his equipment and could put on a rally that would challenge his 2011 Thunder Stock title run. Hunter Gustafson, equal on wins with Walker at two-a-piece, is third, but he must fight hard to hold off the challenge from Sean Monoghan and Dennis Williams. Monoghan and Williams haven’t committed to a full season, but they always challenge up front.

William Gillam, Brandon Elwood, and Melvin Fockler have put on the best championship battle thus far as Gillam took his first career victory and holds a four point lead over two-time winner (both this season) Elwood. Fockler had a rough start to the year, but has out-scored the front two by nearly fifty points over the last two months. Tony Campbell and Brandon Tillander have hit some rough patches, but they still sit within 150 points with more than enough time to make it up.

Stephen Frankland, a six time winner in 2012, holds a lead of 168 points over Bill Southard as he chases his first championship in the United States. Tom Sheehan had a hired gun in his #75 last time out and they found some speed that could propel Sheehan to his first career victory and even into second in the championship. Josh Fincher has slipped to over 250 out and Tyler Bryden continues to impress, even though he’s 280 points out.

As of June 1st, Dirk Miller holds a twenty-seven marker lead over Eddie Moss, Jr. as Miller chases his first title. Moss comes off of a trip to the Upper Midwest where he tested his talents against some of the best Mini Sprints in the United States, but returns to some pretty tough competition in it’s own right. Nick Snyder sits thirty-nine back in third with a win to his credit at Bubba Raceway Park, David Hall is seventy-one out in fourth and Jody McKenzie is over a race out in fifth.

Pits open at 4, stands open at 5, and racing is scheduled for 7. For more info, please visit www.bubbaracewaypark.com or call us at 352-622-9400.

Big Night Of Racing This Weekend At Bubba Raceway Park

July 18th, 2013

Ocala, FL- The Bubba Army Late Models will take their shot at the 3/8 mile as will the Scorpion Racing Products UMP DirtCar Modifieds, E-Mods, 1-800-ASK GARY Thunder Stocks, and the Rent-N-Roll Gladiators this Saturday night.

Rich Pratt still has a stranglehold on the Late Model points standings with a 35-point advantage over two-time winner Mark Whitener. “The Magic Man” sits another twenty-two up on Tyler Clem, the young driver that continues to impress at just ten years old. Jeff Mathews is up to fourth over good friend Kyle Bronson. Bronson won our season opener and has been as high as third in the Nesmith Touring Championship standings. Who will strike next in the Late Model division?

Charlie O’Neill is using consistency to stay ahead in the UMP Modified division, but his gap is down to three markers over Jeff Mathews. Mathews finally lost his streak of wins last time out, but he still leads the division in wins. Scott Kurtzner is only twenty-eight behind O’Neill, and Bryan Bernhardt- the Modified rookie- is only three behind Kurtzner in the tightest championship battle in recent history in the UMP Modifieds. Rich Pratt rounds out the top five.

Shane Nichols, the driver that won the first four features in E-Mod history, still holds his slim fifteen point lead over Shane Taylor. As the Shanes battle up front, Shawn Taylor- Shane Taylor’s brother- sits in third just seventeen behind his brother. Charlie Howard, Jr. is fourth at exactly 100 out, and Roy Crain rounds out the top five.

William Gillam is once more the championship leader, even if just by four points over Brandon Elwood. Elwood, however, has two wins to Gillam’s one on the campaign. Melvin Fockler is up to third in the title chase in his first full championship run, and Tony Campbell sits fourth in the standings. Brandon Tillander rounds out the top five as he puts his efforts towards the title.

Stephen Frankland is the Gladiator points leader as he has won more features than the rest of the pack combined. Bill Southard is second, but he’s slowly being caught by Tom Sheehan for that position. Sheehan sits within twenty of Southard and the battle is on for the position. Josh Fincher once led the championship, but he’s slipped down to fourth, only twenty-three clear of rookie Tyler Bryden. It’s going to get wild throughout this pack.

Racing is scheduled for 7 with pits opening at 4 and grandstands opening at 5. For more info, please visit www.bubbaracewaypark.com or call us at 352-622-9400!

Bubba Raceway Park Rains Out

July 15th, 2013

Bubba has made the call we all dreaded and has decided that, in order to save the racer’s and fan’s time and money, Bubba Raceway Park will not race tonight. A projected on-and-off rain plus darkening skies has forced the call that no one wanted to hear. Bubba has been the last to rainout since he took over control of the 3/8 mile in May 2011, but this summer has not been kind to short track racing in Florida. All of us at Bubba Raceway Park hope you have a fantastic week-end and hope to see you July 20th for some Late Model action where 100 MPH laps are closely being approached. The Scorpion Racing Products UMP DirtCar Open-Wheel Modifieds, Bubba Raceway Park E-Mods, 1-800-ASK GARY Thunder Stocks, and Rent-N-Roll Gladiators will join them for an incredible night of racing. For more info, please visit www.bubbaracewaypark.com or call us at 352-622-9400!

Bubba Raceway Park Returns To Action With 360 Sprints On Tap

July 11th, 2013

Ocala, FL- The Bubba Army 360 Sprint Cars return to the 3/8 mile in Ocala this week-end, as do all the fans and employees after a well deserved week-end off to enjoy with friends and family. The Hobby Stocks and Limited Late Models will join them, and the 1-800-ASK GARY Thunder Stocks will battle for a $500 prize. There is also a Kid’s Bike Race scheduled.

Robbie Smith has yet to win at the 3/8 mile, but he is our current points leader- if only be eight points- over “The Captain” Tony Agin who is also winless. In fact, the whole top 5 is winless as both of our winners (Matt Kurtz and Danny Martin, Jr.) have been hit-or-miss in 2013. Terry Witherspoon sits twenty-two out, but has rookie Andy Cobb breathing down his neck with just two points separating them. AJ Maddox is mired thirty-seven back after some bad luck, but it may be a hit-or-miss year if Kurtz and Martin are the ones to go by.

Tyler Clem, still happy to have a double digit age, is the Limited Late Models points leader with a runner-up finish to Tim Powers and a win last time out. Clem can’t breathe easy as Jason Pope is just eleven back and Chuck Jackson rides a further eleven down the board. Powers is fourth, fifty-eight back, and Nevin Gainey sits fifth with half of Clem’s tally as his points score.

Devin Walker has been phenomenal this season with a couple of wins to his credit and a 114-point lead. Brian Shea hasn’t been able to keep chase as a couple of missed races for family functions has him stuck in that deficit. Hunter Gustafson took his first couple of wins early on, but has fallen to over 150 points behind Walker in the standings. “Crossover” Sean Monoghan is juggling an asphalt schedule with some dirt races and that has kept him from pursuing the title, but he always runs towards the front and that has him fourth over Dennis Williams. Williams has been selecting his races wisely, but just like Monoghan, he always runs towards the front.

William Gillam stole his points lead back, even if only by four points, after the last event. Brandon Elwood now rides second, but currently owns the tie breaker with two wins to Gillam’s one. Melvin Fockler jumped up to third which shows the dedication and consistency he’s had since getting thrown over 100 back after six features. Fockler is still sixty-seven out, but has scored the most points in the summer stretch. Tony Campbell now sits fourth, nearly one-hundred out, after a dismal week-end last time out, and Brandon Tillander has had to pull the back-up machine out to try to stay in the championship fight.

Racing is scheduled for 7, pits open at 4, and grandstands at 5. For more info, and to look at the schedule through Christmas, check out www.bubbaracewaypark.com or call us at 352-622-9400.

The Mike Peters Open At Bubba Raceway Park

July 1st, 2013

Ocala, FL- The Bubba Army Late Models, in conjunction with the Sunoco United Dirt Late Model Challenge Series presented by Buddy’s Home Furnishings, ran a 50-lapper to honor the man who saved the 3/8 mile oval in Ocala, Florida. The Scorpion Racing Products UMP DirtCar Open-Wheel Modifieds also ran 50 laps, the Hobby Stocks and 1-800-ASK GARY Thunder Stocks both ran for $500, and the Rent-N-Roll Gladiators closed out the night.

UMP Modifieds opened up the night with Bryan Bernhardt leading the opening stint from Pole. Buzzie Reutimann’s night would come to an end in turn two- just three laps in- with some mechanical troubles, and Rich Pratt also came to a halt there on lap five while riding second. Tim Gay and Justin Galbreath were fighting at the tail of the field and a spin from Gay resulted in Bernhardt receiving front-end damage. Bernhardt would retire due to the damages leaving Kyle Bronson with the lead. Bronson would put his foot down and lap all the way past fourth placed Paul Snyder. Roger Crouse finished second while Jeff Mathews finished third, just in front of Bronson. Snyder was fourth and Chuck Gustafson, Jr. rounded out the top five.

Hobby Stocks ran second and it was Devin Walker stealing the early lead from outside pole. Sean Monoghan took the lead away from Walker on a lap three restart, but Tim Powers would steal the lead from Monoghan on lap six. Dennis Williams found himself spinning in turn three after struggling to get around the lapped car of Alvin Adkison on lap ten, setting up a restart with Powers, Monoghan, and Brian Morgan the top three. Walker would stop in turn two with troubles with just five to go, setting up Powers, Brian Morgan, and Monoghan. Powers held on to beat his fellow “Big Lake Boy” Brian Morgan for the $500 win. Jeff Stalnaker, Jr., Sean Monoghan, and Bubba Christian rounded out the top five.

The Late Models kicked off their feature with outside pole-sitter Mark Whitener leading lap one. Adam Bedenbaugh smacked the wall on lap fifteen giving Austin Kirkpatrick and Tyler Ivey another shot at Whitener. The cautions remained at a minimum as the drivers had amazing battles all over the track, except for the lead as Mark Whitener dominated the Mike Peters Open. Tyler Ivey was his only close competitor while Rich Pratt and Kyle Bronson duked it out for third. Pratt won that battle while Austin Kirkpatrick completed the top five.

1-800-ASK GARY Thunder Stock drivers put on a clinic for an opening stint as they ran seven laps caution free with side-by-side action deep in the field. Randy Strehle had opened up a gap, but continued to work hard on each restart. Brandon Elwood and Melvin Fockler had some fun as they battled for fifth and that brought out the final caution with just three laps left. Strehle held on to win over Jeff Stalnaker, Jr. in what is Strehle’s first win at Bubba Raceway Park. John Florkowski finished a career best third with Shane Guessford and Melvin Fockler the top five.

The Rent-N-Roll Gladiators tried five-wide for the lead, but that didn’t work. Dave Arivett used the second attempt at a race start to take the lead that he held for most of the race. With just four to go, Ray Hunter passed Arivett as he went on to win the feature. Arivett, John Moore, Stephen Frankland, and Kody Fisher rounded out the top five. Moore was found illegal in tech, so Frankland is credited with third, Fisher with fourth, and Tyler Bryden now finishes fifth.

We take next week-end off as NASCAR will be racing in Daytona, but we return on the 13th with an action packed Saturday night! For more info, please visit www.bubbaracewaypark.com or call us at 352-622-9400!

Mike Peters Open Brings The Best In The Business To Bubba Raceway Park

June 27th, 2013

Ocala, FL- The Bubba Army Late Models will race in the Third Annual Mike Peters Open at the track Peters saved in the mid-2000′s with a $5000 prize up for grabs. For the second consecutive week, it will be a United Dirt Late Model Challenge Series race. Our very own Scorpion Racing Products UMP DirtCar Open-Wheel Modifieds will run for $3000, the Hobby Stocks and 1-800-ASK GARY Thunder Stocks will fight it out for a $500 reward, and the Rent-N-Roll Gladiators will return as well.

Mike Peters, a U.S. Army veteran, is credited with the revival of Bubba Raceway Park in the mid-2000′s, and rightfully so. After putting a piloting career to the side, Peters worked tirelessly to save the oldest race track in Florida. In 2008, he did the unthinkable by throwing dirt on top of the asphalt that had been put down in the early 1990′s. Needless to say, the decision was the right one as the 3/8 mile track became the place to be for Friday night racing. In early 2011, Peters negotiated a deal with Bubba The Love Sponge and completed his role in the revival of the oldest race track in Florida. Bubba opened his reign on May 13, 2011- yes, a Friday the 13th!- with the First Annual Mike Peters Open which was won by Tyler Ivey of Talahassee, Florida. Last season, Ivedent Lloyd, Jr. won the race that had been rescheduled for April. The rain-out earlier this season forced the race to be moved, and why not give it a new month to be raced in? Peters will be laughing it up as he watches a fantastic event at the track he saved so that we can all still enjoy the oldest track in Florida- Bubba Raceway Park!

Anthony, Florida’s Rich Pratt was able to escape with the points lead, but has some work to do to his car after a rough week-end in turn one. Middleburg’s Mark Whitener never did get a fair chance to attack eventual winner Ivedent Lloyd, Jr. last Saturday, and that leaves us with four different winners in four races this season, including “The Magic Man” who also leads the UDLMCS points. Tyler Clem sits third in the points after a solid top-ten run went sour with just a few laps to go for the St. Petersburg driver. Clem comtinues to impress, but more importantly, he continues to learn from some of the best in the business. Jeff Mathews, the Dover, Florida native, is in the top ten as he has been consistent but he has yet to crack into Coors Light Winner’s Circle. Mathews will shoot for that $5000 prize, as will fifth-placed Darrell Padgett of Jacksonville. “The Derailer” has a win to his credit in 2013 and he’s coming off of a solid top five night. Ivedent Lloyd, Jr. will shoot for two wins-in-a-row, Kyle Bronson looks to take his Crate-powered machine to the top, and all of the big names will be working hard to claim the $5000 prize and the coveted trophy for the Mike Peters Open.

Belleview’s Charlie O’Neill has a slim lead over Jeff Mathews as Mathews chases a fifth title in six seasons at Bubba Raceway Park. Scott Kurtzner is just nineteen points behind O’Neill, and Versailes, Indiana’s Bryan Bernhardt is just seven points behind Kurtzner! Zephyrhills’ Buzzie Reutimann sits only thirty-three markers behind the leaders, so this championship looks set to go down to the wire. This week-end will throw a wrench in everything as Mathews and Bernhardt may have to split their focus, and the big names will try their hands at the 3/8 mile as well. Rich Pratt will drive the Macaloso-owned #78, “The Wellsville Wheelman” Paul Snyder looks set to return after a trip to Kansas, and plenty more will be fighting it out for the $3000 prize.

“The Mayo Missile” Devin Walker now has a one-race advantage over Ocala’s Brian Shea, even after a dismal week-end for driver #55. The Walker team hopes to recover and make-up for the struggles with a $500 win. Shea was unable to make the Friday night part, so he started in an early hole that he was never able to dig himself out of, but he recovered quite well. Howey-In-The-Hills’ Hunter Gustafson also missed Friday night, but had contact early in the feature that eliminated him and pushed him deeper in the points standings. Ocala’s Sean Monoghan sits well back in fourth, but made a spectacular run towards the end of the feature last Saturday. Dennis Williams of Zephyrhills had a solid top five run all night and hopes to build upon it and visit Coors Light Winner’s Circle.

Anthony, Florida’s Brandon Elwood stole the points lead back and sits three up on Summerfield’s William Gillam. A strong week-end for Elwood, paired with Gillam’s struggles the past two week-ends allowed driver #28 to take over the top spot, but a fire has been lit under Gillam, much like the one that led to his first career victory. After a month of struggles, Mt. Dora’s Tony Campbell was finally able to get over the hump and had a decent week-end, but the standings don’t show his progress. Melvin Fockler had a great Friday and a decent Saturday as the Belleview driver gained a few points and opened up a gap over fifth placed Brandon Tillander of Ocala. Tillander had a terrible Friday, but looks to make up for it with a solid run throughout the rest of the summer and a trip to Coors Light Winner’s Circle would be perfect.

Barnsley- North Yorkshire, England’s Stephen Frankland has opened up a one-hundred point gap over Ocala’s Bill Southard, easily the largest lead of all divisions. Tom Sheehan was a happy car owner over the past week-end as his Thunder Stock driver won Fast Qualifier and finished on the podium in the feature, but still looks to better his career-best third place finish that he matched a few weeks ago. Josh Fincher and Jerry Taylor round out the top five, but they sit well behind Frankland in the points table.

Gates open at 5 on Friday, grandstands open at 6, and Late Model and UMP Modified Qualifying and Heat Races will begin at 8. For more information, including a look at the schedule through January of 2014, check out www.bubbaracewaypark.com! You can like our page on Facebook, and you can also call us at 352-622-9400! Don’t miss the Mike Peters Open at Bubba Raceway Park!

The Summer Spectacular At Bubba Raceway Park!

June 24th, 2013

Ocala, FL- The Bubba Army Late Models, Hobby Stocks, 1-800-ASK GARY Thunder Stocks, and E-Mods all put on wonderful shows that kept the fans excited throughout the night.

Bubba Christian opened up the night from pole and he led through the first few cautions for minor spins. On lap fifteen, his Uncle Grady got around him and would not look back. Plenty of restarts kept everybody close, and with five to go it looked like Tim Powers had saved his equipment for the right time, but he got shuffled to the high side and never recovered. “The Altoona Assassins” put “The Big Lake Boys” back in their spots as Grady Christian led nephew Bubba across the line in a 1-2 for the Fastech team. Powers finished third, Dennis Williams ran as hisgh as second but slipped to fourth in the final rundown, and Brian Hansford completed the top five.

The E-Mods started off with three different leaders in three laps, Shane Taylor being the first of those three. Taylor gave way to Tim Grubaugh, Jr. only for Grubaugh to let David Whitener sneak in and steal the lead. Grubaugh and Taylor put the yellow out on lap three when Grubaugh got loose and spun both drivers out of turn four. Whitener couldn’t be stopped as he won convincingly over Shane Nichols. Shane Taylor finished third, Shawn Taylor was fourth, and Daryl Larson completed the top five.

Darrell Padgett took his machine to the front for the Late Models, and he stayed there until Ivedent Lloyd, Jr. made the most of a restart to overtake Padgett on lap twelve. A few minor cautions set up a lap twenty-eight restart on which Kyle Bronnon stole the lead from “The Professor.” The final caution came out with eight to go after Tyler Clem’s #14 stopped on the backstretch while he was running well inside of the top ten. Lloyd had the lead back by lap forty-four, and won the fifty lapper for his first win of 2013 on his home turf. Bronson wound up second, right in front of Jason Fitzgerald. Tyler Ivey and Padgett rounded out the top five.

The Summer Spectacular At Bubba Raceway Park!

June 20th, 2013

Ocala, FL- Bubba Raceway Park has a special event line up for the next two week-ends, the first of which is the Summer Spectacular this Friday and Saturday (June 21st and 22nd). On Friday, the Bubba Army Late Models will have a Practice Session, while the Hobby Stocks and 1-800-ASK GARY Thunder Stocks will Qualify and Heat Race. On Saturday, the Late Models will race for $3000, while the Hobby Stocks and Thunder Stocks will each battle for $2000. The E-Mods will join the fun on Saturday night.

Only three races have been run this season, but the three winners have been usuals in Kyle Bronson, Darrell Padgett, and Mark Whitener. Rich Pratt is the points leader in his Groeb Farms #0, a gap he hopes to build upon with a victory. Pratt has won in his UMP Modified this season, but Tyler Clem will try to stop him and take his own Winghouse #14 to the top step after his first career Limited Late Model win last week. Right behind Clem is Jeff Mathews, a driver with multiple wins in his Gator Core Recycling-sponsored Crate Late Model and UMP Modified. Last year’s division champion, Mark Whitener, was unstoppable last time out, and hopes to go back-to-back in his Dave’s Towing #58, something he’s done quite a bit since he joined Big Frog Motorsports in 2010. Billy Holmes rounds out the top five in his Rent-N-Roll #7, and Holmes hopes to decipher the field and claim the $3000 prize. Expect the big names- Ivedent Lloyd, Jr. and Tyler Ivey, to name a couple- as they chase the cash at Bubba Raceway Park.

Only three drivers have won multiple races in 2013 but for good reason. Last time out it was “The Gambler” Trevor Gamble taking the win- his eleventh in the Modern Era, a division record- in a brand new Gamble Racing Chassis-sponsored entry. Gamble will join points leader Devin Walker at the front as Walker tries to take the Lasoski Racing #55 to the prize. Brian Shea is second in the standings, a place he knows he can win a championship from as he won a Thunder Stock title in 2011. Shea will try to chase Walker down in his BP Electric #19, while Hunter Gustafson tries to get the Precision Race Cars #15 to P1. Sean Monoghan and Don Woosley complete the top five in the standings, with Woosley already having a win in 2013. “The Altoona Assassins” will be there with Bubba and Grady Christian headlining their group, and “The Big Lake Boys” have Tommy Hill, Scotty Kay, Jr., and Brian Morgan representing them, as well as a few others. Hill has a win thus far, and Morgan- as well as Walker and Gustafson- has two. The likes of Mike Stalnaker and plenty others will attack as well, and the greatest race of 2013 could very well happen on this week-end.

Only three men in the 1-800-ASK GARY Thunder Stocks top five have never won, as points leader William Gillam took his JNM Ironworks #13 to Coors Light Winner’s Circle for the first time a month ago, and Brandon Elwood- who sits just two points behind Gillam- took career dirt wins #1 and #2 earlier this year in his Hunley Express #28. Tony Campbell has slipped back into third in his Zellwood Truck Stops #6, but is focused on the $2000 prize and, maybe, the standings. Melvin Fockler will do his best to claw back into title contention in his BK Graphics #33, and the same is true for the TNT Auto Works #73 driver, Brandon Tillander. After a couple of years in which he struggled, Tillander has a strong car and what better way to prove so then with a win ‘Money Race’ win? Jeff Stalnaker, Jr., Jeffrey Smith, Mike Tovet, and Randy Strehle will try their hands at it and maybe steal a win from the championship contenders.

The E-Mods will have open air, especially since Shane Nichols reign is over. Nichols actually got involved in an accident, so he still hasn’t finished and lost a race in the division. He leads the championship in his #65 by just thirteen over Shane Taylor. Now, if that’s not confusing enough for announcers, Shawn Taylor- Shane’s brother- sits twelve behind his brother. After the name game up front, Charlie Howard, Jr. and Roy Crain complete the top five as both consistently run up front and make the most of the Taylor’s misfortunes and Nichols’ as well.

Pits will open at 5:00 on Friday, with grandstands opening at 6:00, and opening ceremonies scheduled for 8:00. For more info on the Summer Spectacular or the 29th’s Mike Peters Open, check out www.bubbaracewaypark.com or call us at 352-622-9400!

Excellence In Education Night At Bubba Raceway Park

June 13th, 2013

Ocala, FL- As the elementary school and preschool kids reap rewards for A/B Honor Roll, the NeSmith Crate Late Models rejoin the Hobby Stocks, 1-800-ASK GARY Thunder Stocks, and Limited Late Models for some great racing. There will also be a Powder Puff race and a Fan Participation race.

The NeSmith Crate Late Models will return and try to keep Jeff Mathews out of Coors Light Winner’s Circle. Mathews is just six points out of the championship lead that Bryan Bernhardt holds after a win himself in the season opener. As those two duke it out up front, Tony Stewart Racing’s Developmental Driver- Tyler “Ten Means Ten” Clem- and “Showtime” Shan Smith sit just twenty-seven back of Bernhardt. Clem continues to impress and must fight harder to impress his fellow fifth-graders. Just eight back of Clem and Smith is Richard Childress Racing Developmental Driver Carter Stokes who impressed in the common Late Model division last week-end. Experience, mixed with youth, has made the Crate Late Models a must-watch division.

The Hobby Stocks will fight once more, but with a championship battle that seems to have gotten out of hand. Devin Walker, a Lasoski Racing Developmental Driver, has a fifty-five point lead over 2011 Thunder Stock champion Brian Shea. Shea was absent last time out, but we’ve seen incredible comebacks from driver #19. Hunter Gustafson, a further forty out, was a victim of misfortune last week as his clutch failed him just three laps in. Sean Monoghan has fallen to nearly 200 back, and Matt Kramer is fifth with over 200 points to make-up. Walker will try to walk away with this, and it’s up to the others to prevent “The Mayo Missile” from wrapping it up.

Our 1-800-ASK GARY Thunder Stocks have the battle to watch as we’ve already had three first-time winners (Brandon Elwood, William Gillam, and now Jeffrey Smith) and a rookie points leader. Gillam is that rookie, as he has a twenty-three point lead over sophomore dirt-driver Elwood. Those two never get away from each other on the track, and that has kept the gap stable for the moment. Over fifty back is Tony Campbell who hopes to shake his own bad luck. In fact, Campbell bought a tire cart and joked that, with his luck, he’ll never have to use it- either way, he’ll have made a wise investment. “TC” will try to keep P3 while two drivers that have finally broken through try to prove their worth. Though both are over eighty points behind Gillam, Melvin Fockler and Brandon Tillander have put runs worthy of being within a point of him in. It’s wide open in this “class”- who wants to be the “class” of the field?

The Limited Late Models returned a couple week-ends ago, and it was Tim Powers who took the victory. Tyler Clem was his runner-up, a second consecutive P2 for Tizzy in the division, while Jason Pope finished third. Devin Walker also pulls Double Duty, and he found himself the fourth place finisher in the Limited Late Models, just ahead of Chuck Jackson. Who will step up and take this division?

Pits open at 4, stands at 5, and racing starts at 7. For all kids in elementary school and under, bring your report cards with A/B Honor Roll and you will earn a bundle of prizes, including a free kid’s coke and an autographed photo of Tyler Clem! Schools receive $4.00 from a paying adult’s ticket. For more information, and to check the schedule- including June 22nd’s Summer Spectacular and the 29th’s Mike Peters Open- please visit www.bubbaracewaypark.com or call us at 352-622-9400!

What Rain?

June 10th, 2013

Ocala, FL- Bubba Raceway Park had 6 divisions on tap as all other tracks in Florida suffered with the water. The Late Models, Scorpion Racing Products UMP DirtCar Open-Wheel Modifieds, E-Mods, Hobby Stocks, 1-800-ASK GARY Thunder Stocks, and Rent-N-Roll Gladiators all put on spectacular shows and left the fans wanting more of the excitement!

The Hobby Stocks opened the night up, and Brian Morgan took his #9 straight to the top. The opening half saw a coupld of cautions for spins by Bubba Christian, but Donnie Ashford couldn’t muster up enough to get around Morgan. Ashford brought out the final yellow with 4-to-go after a spin in turn 2. Morgan fended the pack off and went back-to-back, the first driver to do so in the division this season. “The Bridesmaid” Scotty Kay, Jr. has been cursed with that nickname until he can go 1 spot better as he finished 2nd for the 3rd time. Rodney Wright finished 3rd with Dennis Williams and Trent Wilson the top 5.

The Scorpion Racing Products UMP DirtCar Open-Wheel Modifieds were stuck with Jeff Mathews on point and he held it the whole way. Of course, Larry Mott didn’t make it easy as he was stuck in a peculiar position with leaders Mathews and Roger Crouse barreling down on him. Crouse was able to overtake Mathews, but it mattered not as Jeff Barrett brought the caution out. Mathews held Crouse off for the win to stay undefeated in Modified competition in 2013 with Rich Pratt in 3rd. Chuck Gustafson, Jr. had a solid run in 4th and Scott Mooers completed the top 5.

Tim Grubaugh, Jr. led lap 1 in the E-Mods, but quickly gave way to Shane Taylor in the #82. Taylor’s brother, Shawn, spun out on lap 3 and did not return to the track. Bud Chauncey overtook Shane Taylor on lap 5, and moments later, the slowing #82 was rear-ended by Shane Nichols who had nowhere to go. Both driver’s nights were over, but they were okay. Chauncey made it look easy over the next 15 laps and took a convincing win from Roy Crain. Daryl Larson finished 3rd with Charlie Howard, Jr. and Mike Stalnaker the top 5.

The Bubba Army Late Models put Rich Pratt on point for the opening stint that ended when Brandon Cameron spun in turn 4. Mark Whitener overtook Pratt at that point and pulled away, even through a couple of cautions. Whitener could not be stopped as he returned to familiar territory- Coors Light Winner’s Circle! Pratt finished runner-up over Ivedent Lloyd, Jr. in the Clem Racing #14. Carter Stokes and Jeff Mathews rounded out the top 5.

The 1-800-ASK GARY Thunder Stocks started off with Melvin Fockler the leader. Fockler held it through 4 cautions for various spins, but lost it to Jeffrey Smith in a fantastic 3-car battle on lap 13. Smith staved Brandon Elwood off over the final 7 to win by half-a-car-length and grab his 1st career win. Daniel Keene grabbed 3rd after Melvin Fockler spun around and saw a good night go south. William Gillam had an eventful night- he was happy with 4th, as was John Florkowski with 5th.

Tyler Bryden led the 1st 5 laps of the Rent-N-Roll Gladiators event before heeding way to Steve Johnson. On lap 8, Bryden broke the right rear, ending his night. Casey Feaster and Ray Hunter took the fight to Johnson before Feaster’s #20 gave up with 2-to-go. Hunter couldn’t do anything with “Scooby-Doo” as Johnson took the win. Hunter finished 2nd with Kody Fisher, Stephen Frankland, and Tom Sheehan the top 5. In tech, however, Fisher was DQ’d for an illegal rear-end, while Frankland was DQ’d for not having a Rev Limiter. Sheehan was credited with 3rd, Feaster 4th, and Bryden 5th.

Next week the NeSmith Crate Late Models, Hobby Stocks, 1-800-ASK GARY Thunder Stocks, and Limited Late Models attack Bubba Raceway Park. There will also be a Powder Puff race and a Fan Participation race. It’s Excellence In Education night, so bring your report cards! All elementary/preschool students on AB Honor Roll will receive plenty of prizes and might even win a free bicycle! For more info, please visit www.bubbaracewaypark.com or call us at 352-622-9400!

Six Divisions To Tackle Bubba Raceway Park This Saturday

June 6th, 2013

Ocala, FL- The Bubba Army Late Models will return for the first time since April 6th, and they will be joined by the Scorpion Racing Products UMP DirtCar Open-Wheel Modifieds, Bubba Army Hobby Stocks, Bubba Raceway Park E-Mods, 1-800-ASK
GARY Thunder Stocks, and Rent-N-Roll Gladiators. The Hobby Stocks will battle for $600 and the E-Mods will fight for a $750 payday.

After a long rest, the Bubba Army Late Models return to Bubba Raceway Park with Anthony’s Rich Pratt on top of the standings. While that may be familar and deserving for Pratt, he has yet to fulfill the final part of his mission- visit
Coors Light Winner’s Circle. He’s already done that in the Modified ranks, but has yet to do so in his AirGas-sponsored Late Model that is now in his former colors. Just fifteen points behind him is Versailes, Indiana’s Bryan Bernhardt, the Bubba Army Performance Engines #B69 driver who took his Crate Late Model to the top earlier this year. Bernhardt, now trying to master three disciplines, hopes to steal the spotlight- and with it, the points lead- from Pratt. Placed third is the Wells Farms driver out of Jacksonville, “The DeRailer” Darrell Padgett. Padgett won the last race, but any advantage from then may be gone. In a tie for fourth is John Koller. The Grand Island driver is only thrity-eight points back, but he must fight to hold off the driver tied with him- Tyler Clem. Clem, the St. Petersburg driver, is exceeding everyone’s expectations and a victory does not seem out of range at this point for the Tony Stewart Racing Developmental Driver.

The Scorpion Racing Products UMP DirtCar Open-Wheel Modifieds will run their sixth event of the season, and it’s Modified-rookie Bryan Bernhardt a top the standings. Bernhardt has been bridesmaid too many times already in his Mathews Motorsports 33L, but a win is very close for the Versailes, Indiana driver. Just seven points behind him is Zephyrhills’ Buzzie Reutimann. Reutimann, seventy-two, has a victory this season, but he lost the lead after taking the last race off to be with David Reutimann in Charlotte. Belleview’s Charlie O’Neill is the only driver to start all five features so far and that has him placed third in the standings in his Aerotech Aluminum #75. Behind him is the B&S Auto Salvage-sponsored driver Scott Kurtzner. Rough luck has hit Kurtzner, but he continues to fight off fifth-placed Jeff Mathews. Mathews has only started three features, but he’s won all three. “The Repo Man” out of Dover, Florida will most likely pull Double Duty and go for a second-consecutive sweep.

With $600 on the line, anything can- and will- happen in the tenth Bubba Army Hobby Stock event. The parity has been incredible, with six drivers taking their first win on the 3/8 mile (and three of those being first-time-ever winners!) in 2013. Even better, the only two repeat winners are the teenagers in Hunter Gustafson and “The Mayo Missile” Devin Walker. Walker stole the points lead back after a podium finish last week-end, but it’s win-or-nothing for the Lasoski Racing Developmental Driver. Sitting behind him is Ocala’s Brian Shea, driver of the BP Electric #19. Shea is only six points back and a win would help him with more than just a $600 payday. Gustafson, the Howey-In-The-Hills driver, is placed third in his Precision Race Cars #15, but must continue to fight off Ocala’s Sean Monoghan. Monoghan looked mighty strong in the last race, but he must continue to reel points off to get back into championship contention. Rounding out the top five is Dunnellon’s Matt Kramer. “The Big Lake Boys” will also return, and they’re batting .500 in money races.

The E-Mods have had a wild season, but Shane Nichols has been doing his best to keep everyone else off the winner’s list. In the three events that have official results, Nichols has won all three. The other one- also won by Nichols- has yet to be deemed official by UMP and Bubba himself. With the un-confirmed results, Ocala’s “Sweetfeet” Shane Nichols is still credited with the points lead. Behind him is Shane Taylor. Shane, and brother Shawn- both out of Trenton-, have their cars placed second and third. Lake City’s Swede Melgaard is fourth and a $750 payday would be “Swede” for Melgaard. Charlie Howard, Jr. of Gainesville sits just four points behind Melgaard, but he’s looking at the cash on the line.

With the 1-800-ASK GARY Thunder Stocks strolling out to Bubba Raceway Park for the tenth time, the points battle still remains close. The leader is Summerfield’s William Gillam. Gillam, one of the two drivers to win his first career race this season, sits twenty-seven points ahead of two-time winner Brandon Elwood out of Anthony. Elwood, the other first-time winner this year, has his #28 up to second, but must fight to hold off Mt. Dora’s Tony Campbell. “TC” has been close to victory a few times, but has yet to break through and celebrate in Coors Light Winner’s Circle. Belleview’s Melvin Fockler comes off of three consecutive podium finishes, but he’s tired of the consolation prizes- he’s ready to win his first career race. The final driver in the top five is Brandon Tillander. Tillander sits only seventy-seven points out of the lead, but he’s also very close to Coors Light Winner’s Circle and becoming the third first-timer of 2013.

Stephen Frankland, “The Barnseley Bullet,” is the Rent-N-Roll Gladiators points leader. With five of the nine feature victories this season, he has certainly stamped his name on the record books, but he wants more- he wants a championship. Sitting thirty-four points behind him is Ocala’s Bill Southard. Southard has been fighting hard and he continues to learn. Tom Sheehan has climbed into third, but sits over one-hundred points out. Josh Fincher is in fourth and Jerry Taylor, the only other feature winner in the top five, rounds out the top five.

The pits open at 4, grandstands open at 5, and racing is scheduled for 7. You won’t want to miss any of the action! Don’t forget Excellence In Education Night on June 15th. On this night we’ll give all elementary-school aged kids with an A-B Honor Roll Report Card (as long as you bring it in!!!) a free kid’s Coke, free kid’s popcorn, and an autographed picture of Tyler Clem. We’ll also donate $4.00 from each paying adult’s ticket back to the school. On June 22nd is our Summer Spectacular with a $5000 to win Late Model headliner, and on the 29th is the Mike Peters Open, another $5000 to win Late Model race. For more information, please visit www.bubbaracewaypark.com or call us at 352-622-9400!

Championship Races Take Wild Turns At Bubba Raceway Park

June 3rd, 2013

Ocala, FL- The Hobby Stocks, E-Mods, and Rent-N-Roll Gladiators all returned to Bubba Raceway Park while the Limited Late Models ran a special $600-to-win feature and the 1-800-ASK GARY Thunder Stocks ran a $500-to-win race.

The Hobby Stocks put on an impressive show and by lap 4 it was Heath Walker up front in the Suwanee Salvage #55. On lap ten he was overtaken by Mike Stalnaker in his brand new #8. Just two laps later, Alvin Adkison brought out the first caution when he spun in turn 4. Stalnaker lost the lead on lap 14 as Brian Morgan was too much to handle in his #9. Morgan held on through two late cautions to win the race. Stalnaker finished bridesmaid once more with Devin Walker taking third and the points lead. Heath Walker and Sean Monoghan rounded out the top five.

Shane Nichols led the opening ten-lap stint before a competition caution came out, and a message as well- Bubba made it clear to Nichols: “If you drop to the tail and come back to win, I’ll give you $200.” The fans cheered for him to do so, but he ultimately decided to hold station up front. Nichols was hounded by Shane Taylor for the next seven laps until Taylor spun in turn 1. Nichols took the win- his fourth consecutive- over Shawn Taylor, Shane Taylor- who rebounded nicely, Bubba Byers, and Lenny O’Neill. The top 3 are ‘frozen’ as they are awaiting a ruling from UMP on a spring rule, with Nichols the man who may lose the argument, and history, unfortunately. The rest of the field’s order is confirmed.

The Limited Late Models also had an amzing fight up front and Tim Powers had the job of holding off Tyler Clem. Clem would not remove himself from Powers’ rear bumper, and driver #14 gave the fans a true feel-good story. In the end Powers did win, but admitted in Victory Lane that ‘The Kid’ was definitely coming. Clem finished second with Jason Pope, Devin Walker, and Chuck Jackson in tow.

William Gillam led the opening stint for the 1-800-ASK GARY Thunder Stocks, and actually held on through two early cautions. On lap seven, Jason Gamble got loose and spun the Donnie Dobbins-owned #33 and made unfortunate contact with Tony Campbell. Both driver’s nights were over, but they were okay. Gillam held the lead until lap twelve when Jeff Stalnaker, Jr. took over the point. Stalnaker held on through the final restart and went from worst-to-first to record his second win of the season. Gillam came across in second, Melvin Fockler finished third, James Erickson finished fourth, and Brandon Elwood rounded out the top five.

The Rent-N-Roll Gladiators also had an impressive finish with three cars on three different strategies. Kyle Moore was extremely aggressive on corner entry, Stephen Frankland was smooth, and Tyler Bryden was simply waiting and learning. Moore led the first two laps before handing the lead to Frankland. Frankland led Moore and Bryden until two-to-go, as that’s when Bryden called it go-time. Bryden used the outside to get around Moore and gave it all he had in turn three on the final lap. Bryden came up a car-length short in the end, but he certainly showed Frankland, the winner, that more competition has arrived. Moore finished third behind Frankland and Bryden. Tom Sheehan finished fourth and Bill Southard completed the top five.

The Late Models return next week-end with the Scorpion Racing Products Modifieds, 1-800-ASK GARY Thunder Stocks, Rent-N-Roll Gladiators, and the $750-to-win E-Mods. You won’t want to miss another exciting race at Bubba Raceway Park! For more information, please visit www.bubbaracewaypark.com or call us at 352-622-9400!

Action Begins To Heat Up At Bubba Raceway Park

May 29th, 2013

Ocala, FL- A June 1st race is always nice, and we’ll run our Bubba Army 360 Sprints, Bubba Army Hobby Stocks, E-Mods, and the Rent-N-Roll Gladiators. We also have a Fan Lawnmower Race scheduled.

The Bubba Army Sprints have a wild top five in points as both of the points-paying feature winners- Matt Kurtz and Danny Martin, Jr.- have missed a race. That has allowed Robbie Smith to put his Cosmo’s Cafe #6S at the top. He leads Ft. Myers’ “The Captain” Tony Agin by just eight points and Jacksonville’s third-placed Terry Witherspoon by twenty-two. Behind them is a rookie-wheelman out of Dade City in Andy Cobb. Cobb is only two points behind Witherspoon, and he leads Brandon, Florida’s AJ Maddox by thirteen. Only Kurtz and Martin have won in the 360-Era- can anyone join them?

The Hobby Stocks have a brilliant fight at the top as Ocala’s Brian Shea has his BP Electric #19 up by seven over “The Mayo Missile” Devin Walker. Walker comes off of his second win in the points fight, tied for tops in the division. The Lasoski Racing developmental-driver has a 25-point advatage over the other two-timer in Howey-In-The-Hills’ Hunter Gustafson. Gustafson, the Precision Race Cars Factory Driver, is one of four first-time winners (in the Modern Era) in the division this season (William Edwards, Tommy Hill, and Don Woosley are the others). Over one-hundred points out, in fourth, is Dunnellon’s Matt Kramer. Kramer, however, sits forty-six up on fifth-placed Sean Monaghan out of Ocala. Anything can happen- and we’ve seen it- this season!

Only one driver has won in our previous three E-Mod races- Shane Nichols. Nichols, the Ocala driver nicknamed “Sweetfeet”, has max points and even has a Thunder Stock win this season. Nichols’ advantage over second-placed Shane Taylor is just nine points, however. Shane Taylor leads Shawn Taylor by twelve in a battle of Trenton natives, but it may be for P2. Lake City’s Swede Melgaard sits only thirty-three out of the lead and Gainesville’s Charlie Howard, Jr. is just four behind Melgaard. Nichols looks for that impressive four-in-a-row (which he’s done in a Thunder Stock before) as every one else looks to slot into second on the All-Time win’s list.

The Rent-N-Roll Gladiators have an Englishman on top of the standings in Barnsley, England’s Stephen Frankland. “The British Bulldog” saw his consecutive wins streak end at four last week-end, but he now has a twenty-four point advantage over Ocala’s Bill Southard in the championship. Josh Fincher has slipped to third, and is now fifty-eight behind the leader. In fourth is a feature-winner this season in Ocala’s Jerry Taylor. Taylor became one of just four drivers to win in a Rear-Wheel Drive car since the beginning of 2011. Tied on points with Taylor is Tom Sheehan. Sheehan races a Gladiator and, occasionlly, races the other cars he owns- a Thunder Stock, an E-Mod, a Late Model, and a Mini Sprint. Who will take the task of preventing another four-peat by Frankland?

The pits open at 4, grandstands at 5, and racing begins at 7. Don’t miss any of the action at Bubba Raceway Park! For more information on our division history you can visit www.frontstretchfanatic.com, but to check out our schedule or to find ticket prices you can visit www.bubbaracewaypark.com or call u at 352-622-9400! Also, looking ahead t the month of June, on the 15th we have Excellence In Elementary School Education Night. On that night, any child in elementary school may bring their Report Card in and, if they are on the A-B Honor Roll, they will receive a free kid’s Coke, free kid’s popcorn, and a free autographed photo of Tyler Clem. We will also donate $4.00 back to the school. Then, on the 21st and 22nd, we have our Summer Spectacular! On the 21st, we will Qualify and Heat Race our Late Models, Hobby Stocks, and Thunder Stocks. On the 22nd, the Late Models will race for $5000 while the Hobby Stocks and Thunder Stocks will race for $2000. The E-Mods will also race on Saturday. We hope to see you out at Bubba Raceway Park for some of the best racing in the Southeast!

Memorable Action On Memorial Day Week-End At Bubba Raceway Park

May 28th, 2013

Ocala, FL- The Bubba Army 360 Sprints headlined the night with the Scorpion Racing Products UMP DirtCar Open-Wheel Modifieds, Hobby Stocks- who raced for $750, 1-800-ASK GARY Thunder Stocks, and the Rent-N-Roll Gladiators taking part as well.

The Scorpion Modifieds kicked the action off and Rich Pratt took the Woodstown Ice and Coal #78 right to the front. Pratt, a heat race winner, ran a dominant race and won easily over the other heat winner Bryan Bernhardt and Chuck Gustafson, Jr. In fact, Pratt nearly lapped Gustafson and beat Bernhardt by over 13 seconds. Pratt now has at least 1 win in each season he’s driven the #78. Chris Littrell was the first car 1 lap down in 4th and Jeff Stalnaker, Sr. finished 5th after a 3,000-mile flight earlier in the day.

An always exciting Hobby Stock race got better with $750 on the line and Brian Morgan on point. Hunter Gustafson brought the yellow out on lap 3 when he spun while battling inside of the top 5. Before the yellow flew, however, Devin Walker passed Morgan for the lead. A 14-lap run was halted when Jerome Dipple spun right in front of the leaders. The final 8 were run without a problem and Walker walked away with the cash. Scotty Kay, Jr. played bridesmaid once more while Sean Monoghan, Morgan, and Tommy Hill completed the top 5. Hill, Gustafson, and Kay won their respective heat races.

The Bubba Army Sprints embarked on their new mission and Robbie Smith led them into battle. AJ Maddox spun on lap 2 and brought a caution out; the restart gave Terry Witherspoon and Matt Kurtz a shot at the #6S. On lap 17, Kurtz found his way around Smith and began to sail away, but “The Jacksonville Jet” was brought back down to earth when Tanner Witherspoon spun with 3-to-go. Fortunately for Kurtz, Smith had used his stuff up and- after a blistering 13.5 second lap- Kurtz won easily over Smith. “The Captain” Tony Agin finished 3rd, Bob Auld was a solid 4th, and Tanner Witherspoon rounded out the top 5. Maddox and Smith won their heats.

The 1-800-ASK GARY Thunder Stocks started off with Melvin Fockler leading and a bunch of his fellow title contenders behind him. On lap 6, Brandon Tillander’s motor quit while he was in a good position and set up another restart. Just 5 laps later, Jeff Stalnaker, Jr. cut his left rear while racing with Brandon Elwood for the 2nd position. Fockler had to hold Elwood off, and he did for 7 and 3/4 laps, but Elwood muscled to the inside as the white flag waved. Elwood stole a win from Fockler, but driver #33 has learned his lesson after 2 consecutive runner-up finishes. Mike Valdes finished 3rd with William Gillam and Tony Campbell in tow. However, Valdes was disqualified when his exhaust pipe was found to be too short. That moved Gillam to 3rd, Campbell to 4th, and John Florkowski to his 1st career top 5. Stalnaker and Valdes won their heats, but Valdes’ DQ means Brandon Tillander gets his first career heat win.

The Rent-N-Roll Gladiators saw a real fight and Ray Hunter led the opening stint. Hunter, however, couldn’t stave off David Walls and Walls went on to win the caution-free event. Hunter held on to 2nd while Stephen Frankland found himself in an unfamiliar 3rd place. Tom Sheehan rebounded from a dismal week last week to finish 4th. Bill Southard completed the top 5. Frankland won the heat and gained the points lead.

Next week the Bubba Army 360 Sprints return as do the Hobby Stocks and Rent-N-Roll Gladiators. The E-Mods will do battle once more and history can be made there as well. For more information, please visit www.bubbaracewaypark.com or call us at 352-622-9400!

The Biggest Week In Motorsports

May 24th, 2013

Ocala, FL- The professionals all have huge events this week-end (The Grand Prix of Monaco, The Indianapolis 500, and the World 600) but Bubba Raceway Park has a huge night of racing to challenge. The Bubba Army 360 Sprint Cars return while the
Scorpion Racing Products UMP DirtCar Modifieds, the Bubba Army Hobby Stocks who will race for $750, the 1-800-ASK GARY Thunder Stocks, and the Rent-N-Roll Gladiators defend their turf.

The Bubba Army Sprint Cars have a shocker a top the standings- Danny Martin, Jr. is the leader. Okay, “The Hammer” has been here plenty of times but he does have Robbie Smith and “The Captain” Tony Agin on his tail. While Smith and Agin have been quite succesful at the 3/8 mile, neither has won in quite some time. Johnny Gilbertson made his first trip to Bubba Raceway Park in the Bubba Era and found himself P4 in the standings. Rookie driver Andy Cobb rounds out the top five after an impressive debut so far. It’s hammer down if they’re to beat “The Hammer”.

The Scorpion Modifieds see experience on top as the top two have won all four features this season. Buzzie Reutimann is the points leader and has been all year long; however, Jeff Mathews is just forty-four points behind. Mathews has won
three-consecutive and is currently undefeated in Modified competition at the 3/8 mile. Mathews has his team-mate, Bryan Bernhardt, right behind him. Bernhardt has been learning and speed is in the car- he just needs to find a way to beat his car owner! Charlie O’Neill slipped to fourth last week but could lose more with “The Wellsville Wheelman” Paul Snyder right behind him. Who can stop “The Repo Man”?

The Bubba Army Hobby Stocks saw a shake up at the top with Brian Shea going from fourth to first after a big week. With Shea the points leader for the first time since his 2011 Thunder Stock championship, he has a target upon his back again.
“Young Guns” Devin Walker and Hunter Gustafson will have to be smart and chase Shea down for a championship. Matt Kramer remains within a night’s worth of points but Alvin Adkison is chasing him down for the fourth position. Last week’s top five now has a combined one Hobby Stock win in the Modern Era, but that $750 prize may bring the heavy hitters out in force.

The 1-800-ASK GARY Thunder Stocks had four non-winners in the top five, including first-timer William Gillam. Gillam took “MAX POINTS” and now has the points lead for the first time in his career. Tony Campbell hopes to do what Gillam just did and regain his championship lead. Brandon Elwood, also a winner in 2013, sits just twenty-two back in third. A career run didn’t end like it should’ve for Brandon Tillander but so many positives will come from a brilliant performance for driver
#73. Tillander jumped to fourth and he brought Melvin Fockler with him. Fockler took a career-best second place and feels that his time in Victory Lane is nearing. Will it be reunion or new friends visiting Coors Light Winner’s Circle?

The Rent-N-Roll Gladiators have an exciting battle for the championship with just three points separating the top two. Josh Fincher is still the leader, but Stephen Frankland’s record-tying fourth consecutive win is making defense tough. Behind those two is Bill Southard, who is hoping for an error from the top two. Southard, however, can’t slip or Jerry Taylor will strike! Taylor has already won this season and hopes to get his second and prevent history for Frankland. Rounding out the top five is Tom Sheehan. Sheehan is all alone as he’s well behind Taylor and he has a massive gap over the rest of the pack. Does history await or does it wait longer?

The pits open at 4, stands open at 5, and racing is scheduled for 7. For more info you can check out www.bubbaracewaypark.com or call us at 352-622-9400! Also, don’t forget our exciting month of June- the 15th is Excellence In Education Night. On the 15th, any elementary grade student may bring in their report card and, if they are
on the A-B Honor Roll, they will receive a free kid’s Coke, a free kid’s popcorn, and an autographed photo of Tyler Clem. We will also donate $4.00 back to the school. Of course, on the week-end of the 22nd we have our Summer Spectacular for
the Late Models, Hobby Stocks, and Thunder Stocks. Don’t miss a huge month of June at Bubba Raceway Park!

First Timers and Four Timers

May 20th, 2013

Ocala, FL- The NeSmith Crate Late Models, Scorpion Racing Products UMP DirtCar Open-Wheel Modifieds, Bubba Army Hobby Stocks, 1-800-ASK GARY Thunder Stocks, and the Rent-N-Roll Gladiators all tackled the 3/8 mile and it was intense for every one.

Buzzie Reutimann opened the Modifieds up with the lead but lost it to fellow heat race winner Jeff Mathews on lap 5. Reutimann actually spun on lap 8 and collected Paul Snyder which made both driver’s nights much more difficult. Cory Hupp spun on lap 16 setting up a 9-lap dash with Mathews leading team-mate Bryan Bernhardt and Chris Littrell. Mathews held his team-mate off for the win while Reutimann and Snyder rebounded to 3rd and 4th, respectively. Littrell rounded out the top 5.

Eric Moon jumped to P1 in the Hobby Stock event and held it through the lap 3 caution for a Don Woosley spin. On lap 8, Moon was overtaken by Brian Shea for the lead and retired on lap 14 after heavy contact with Jerome Dipple. James Erickson got around Shea and then they spun each other after Shea ran out of talent. In the end, Don Woosley took home a huge win simply by surviving (and making his mistake early). Erickson finished 2nd over Shea, heat race winner Rebecca Paugh, and Chuck Cessna. James Sullivan, III won the other heat.

Jeff Mathews made history in the Crate Late Model race that he started from pole in. Mathews lost his lead on lap 16 to Bryan Bernhardt, but regained it when Bernhardt made the same mistake he had made earlier. Mathews became the first driver in the Bubba Clem Era to win in 2 different disciplines on the same night. Bernhardt was twice his bridesmaid with Dalton Myers, Shan Smith, and “Cadillac” Bobby Richardson the top 5. The team-mates, Bernhardt and Tony Stewart Racing developmental driver Tyler Clem, won their heat races!

William Gillam jumped to an early lead in his Thunder Stock but gave it away on lap 4 to Brandon Elwood. Elwood gave it up a further 4 laps later and Brandon Tillander took charge! On lap 14, the Brandon’s got hooked together- literally- and fell to the tail. Randy Strehle, a heat race winner, inherited the lead but his engine went sour and gave Gillam the lead once more. Gillam wouldn’t relinquish again and became the 2nd 1st-timer of the night and also gained “MAX POINTS.” Melvin Fockler finished a solid 2nd while Elwood rebounded to 3rd. Jon Layerd finshed 4th and Chuck Cessna made it a double top 5 night.

Stephen Frankland took his 4th consecutive win in the Gladiators but it wasn’t easy. Frankland began slowing and Bill Southard nearly jumped to the lead. Frankland did hold on to tie the division record for most consecutive wins. Southard fiished 2nd, rookie driver Tyler Bryden finished a solid 3rd, and Tom Sheehan finished an outstanding 4th.

Next week the Bubba Army 360 Sprints return along with the Scorpion Racing Products Modifieds, Bubba Army Hobby Stocks for $750, 1-800-ASK GARY Thunder Stocks, and the Rent-N-Roll Gladiators. For more info please visit www.bubbaracewaypark.com or call us at 352-622-9400!

Try It Again

May 15th, 2013

Ocala, FL- After a wash-out on May 11th, Bubba made the call to re-schedule the race for this up-coming week-end and he’s added an extra division! The NeSmith Crate Late Models, Scorpion Racing Products UMP DirtCar Modifieds, Bubba Army Hobby Stocks, Rent-N-Roll Gladiators, and now the 1-800-ASK GARY Thunder Stocks will take to the 3/8 mile for some action. The Bigwheel Race will also be run at Intermission. Don’t miss this big show!

Versailes, Indiana’s Bryan Bernhardt leads Dover, Florida’s “The Repo Man” Jeff Mathews in a tight battle in the Crate Late Models. St.Petersburg, Florida’s rising son, Tyler Clem, is third and could leave as the youngest points leader- and youngest NeSmith sanctioned event winner- with a slip-up by the front two. Lakeland’s Kenny Monohan and Dade City’s Shan Smith round out the top five. Plenty of others will join them as they chase victory in this impressive division.

The age jokes are getting quite old in the Scorpion Racing Products UMP DirtCar Modifieds. Now aged seventy-two, Zephyrhills, Florida’s Buzzie Reutimann holds a lead over Belleview’s Charlie O’Neill. Behind them is a two-time winner this season and a four-time division champion in Jeff Mathews. Mathews missed the opening race but has made up a huge chunk of points with his victories. Ocala’s Ronnie Soltis sits in fourth with a car that is quick but unreliable. Soltis may have a win in the cards, and the same goes for Bryan Bernhardt. Bernhardt, driving a second Mathews Motorsports car, sits in the top five in all three divisions he has run this season- an incredible feat! It’s wide open and anyone could take the win!

Devin Walker, “The Mayo Missile,” leads fellow teenager Hunter Gustafson by two points in an exciting championship battle. Gustafson, the Howey-In-The-Hills driver, has two wins to Walker’s one. Placed in third is Dunnellon’s Matt Kramer, but just three points behind him is Ocala’s Brian Shea. Shea, the 2011 Thunder Stock champion, has work to do, however, if he’s to hold off Gainesville’s William Edwards in the title fight. New winners and a new champion are on the horizon in the Bubba Army Hobby Stocks!

With eight drivers within one race of each other for the championship, the 1-800-ASK GARY Thunder Stocks are on it. Tony Campbell, a Mt. Dora native, leads Summerfield’s William Gillam by just two points in a championship just as tight as the Bubba Army Hobby Stocks. In third is Anthony, Florida’s Brandon Elwood who is already a first-time winner in 2013. Placed in fourth is Citra’s James Erickson, but he may skip the race to focus on his Hobby Stock. Brandon Tillander, the Ocala driver, wouldn’t mind that as he constantly improves and chases the front two for a title and a first craeer win.

The Rent-N-Roll Gladiators top three is in a flip-flopped position. Winless challenger Josh Fincher is the points leader over one-time winner Jerry Taylor. In third, coming off of three consecutive wins, is “The British Bulldog” Stephen Frankland who knows he’s chasing history and a championship. Rookie drivers Bill Southard and Tom Sheehan continue to improve and are hoping to jump into Coors Light Winner’s Circle by season’s end.

Pits open at 4, grandstands at 5, and racing starts at 7. It’s going to be a great night of racing that you won’t want to miss! For more information, please visit www.bubbaracewaypark.com or call us at 352-622-9400!

Rain, Rain, Stay Away.

May 7th, 2013

Ocala, FL- After the Mike Peters Open was postponed for the “R-word,” we hope to get back to action at Bubba Raceway Park. The NeSmith Crate Late Models are on tap as well as the Scorpion Racing Products UMP DirtCar Modifieds, Bubba Army Hobby Stocks, and the Rent-N-Roll Gladiators. Those 4 divisions will bring the heat but may be overshadowed by the Bigwheel Race for the fans.

Bryan Bernhardt is incredible. The driver out of Versailles, IN, has all 3 cars he has driven in the top 5 in points and that includes the Bubba Raceway Park Crate Late Models points lead. As he tries to keep his Bubba Army Performance Engines #B69 up front it’ll be Dover, Florida’s Jeff Mathews chasing him in the Gator Core Recycling #33. Mathews owns Bernhardt’s Modified ride so that just adds to the tight battle between the two. Tyler Clem is in an outstanding third place and sits just nineteen points behind the leader. The St. Petersburg driver born in 2002 hopes to earn a trophy and show it to his fellow 5th-graders. Lakeland’s Kenny Monohan is fourth in his #311 but must hold off fifth placed Shan Smith. The Dade City, Florida driver hopes to take his Outlaw Race Parts #17SS back to Coors Light Winner’s Circle and right to the front of the standings.

Seventy-one year-old Buzzie Reutimann has his UNOH #00 at the front (no surprise) of the points leaderboard. The Zephyrhills driver is chased by Belleview’s Charlie O’Neill, no spring chicken himself. O’Neill must work hard to keep the Aerotech Aluminum #75 in position as four-time champion Jeff Mathews chases in the Gator Core Recycling #33. The driver slotted in fourth is Ocala’s Ronnie Soltis, driver of the Team GRT #61. Soltis has had some rough luck to start the season but there’s strength in ‘The Little Engine That Could.’ Rounding out the top-five is Versailles, Indiana’s own Bryan Bernhardt. Bernhardt is in the Mathews Motorsports second car and hopes to take the Night Hawk Towing machine right to the top with his team-mate.

The Thunder Stocks get a lot of credit for a tight points battle but our Bubba Army Hobby Stocks are pretty close as well. Mayo, Florida’s Devin Walker has the JD Criswell #55JR on top by just ONE finishing position over the Howey-In-The-Hills driver Hunter Gustafson. Right behind them is Dunnellon’s Matt Kramer who sits just thirty-five points out of P1. Sitting pretty in fourth is the Ocala, FL driver Brian Shea. Shea won the 2011 Thunder Stock title but has yet to win a feature in his BP Electric #19- could it be time for Shea? William Edwards rounds out the top-five. The Gainesville driver has a win this year and wouldn’t mind doubling his total in the Cantley Roofing #14.

Josh Fincher leads the standings in his A-Action Air #88 but has Shade Tree Racing’s #31 of Jerry Taylor breathing down his neck. Driver #31 went to Coors Light Winner’s Circle earlier and hopes to return to familiar territory. The driver slotted third- Stephen Frankland- is one of the few drivers to win three-consecutive features and hopes to keep it up. The Barnsley, England driver could be looking at history in his Night & Day Cleaning #7UK! Bill Southard of Ocala is fourth in his CrossFit Training #83S and hopes to stay towards the front. Tom Sheehan is fifth in his Sheehan Racing #75 and “The Ultimate Race Fan” continues to improve.

Pits open at 4, grandstands at 5, and racing is scheduled for 7. Don’t miss a spectacular night of racing at Bubba Raceway Park! For more info please visit www.bubbaracewaypark.com or call us at 352-622-9400!

Mike Peters Opener Postponed at Babba Raceway Park

May 5th, 2013

Ocala, FL- Bubba Raceway Park Officials have deemed that the track will not be in proper conditions for this week-ends show and have called off all action at the 3/8 mile in Ocala. After torrential rains on Wednesday and Thursday and an 80%+ chance of rain, Bubba decided to make sure all fans, drivers, and families got a proper racetrack for this great event. The make-up date has been set for July 19th and 20th.

We hope to see you on May 11th for some hot action with the NeSmith Crate Late Models, Scorpion Racing Products UMP DirtCar Modifieds, Bubba Army Hobby Stocks, and the Rent-N-Roll Gladiators. There will also be a Big Wheel Race at Intermission. For more information visit www.bubbaracewaypark.com ( http://www.bubbaracewaypark.com/ ) or call us at 352-622-9400!

The Third Annual Mike Peters Open At Bubba Raceway Park

May 4th, 2013

Ocala, FL- For the first-time in the 2013 season we’ll have a 2-day show at Bubba Raceway Park for the Mike Peters Open. The United Dirt Late Model Challenge Series will be in action over the race week-end in a 70-lap shootout for $5000. Our Scorpion Racing Products UMP DirtCar Modifieds will battle for $3000 while the Hobby Stocks, 1-800-ASK GARY Thunder Stocks, and the Florida Mini Sprints will attack the track as well. Late Models and Modifieds will qualify and heat race Friday night; all 5 divisions will race their features on Saturday.

Rich “The Brat” Pratt has his Groeb Farms #0 on the top of the standings board for the first time in recent memory but he doesn’t care because he hasn’t put his car in Coors Light Winner’s Circle yet. Pratt has gone back to his old paint scheme and is ready to go back to his winning ways as well. Bryan Bernhardt has won a Crate Late Model race in 2013 but has yet to take home the trophy in a Bubba Army Late Model show. Bernhardt will try to get his Bubba Army Performance Engines #B69 into Victory Lane, just as the Wells Farms sponsored driver Darrell Padgett did last time out. “The DeRailer” is off to a much better start than last year and plans to keep the #46P up front. Tyler Clem is off to a brilliant start in his Ferrea #14 and sits just 38 points back, as does John Koller. Clem and Koller will try to chase the top 3 down and play spoiler in the biggest race of the early season.

The Scorpion Racing Products UMP DirtCar Modifieds see age as the advantage in the standings. Buzzie Reutimann, weeks away from his 72nd birthday, won the opening race and has his UNOH Racing #00 up on the Aerotech Aluminum driver Charlie O’Neill by 39 points. Jeff Mathews has won the other 2 races this season and, if you combine his Crate Late Model results, has 3 consecutive wins in his Gator Core Recycling #33 on the 3/8 mile. Ronnie Soltis had some mechanical problems on his Team GRT #61 but still sits 4th in the points table. “The Jack Of All Race Cars” Bryan Bernhardt is in the top-5 in 3 divisions. Bernhardt has the Mathews Motorsports 2nd car in 5th place and hopes to go to Coors Light Winner’s Circle soon; how about with $3000 on the line?

While age is the advantage for the Modifieds it’s a Youth Movement in the Hobby Stocks. Devin Walker, a feature winner this season in his JD Criswell #55JR, is the points leader at his 2 home tracks- the one closest to home and the one he grew up at- but only by 2 at Bubba Raceway Park. Another driver who’s grown up at Bubba Raceway Park is Hunter Gustafson. Gustafson has 2 feature wins and is 5-for-5 in his heats this season which puts him just 2 points out of the lead in his Gustafson Racing #15. In 3rd is yet another teenager in Matt Kramer. Kramer hopes to stay towards the top in his #77 but Brian Shea is chasing him down. Shea has the BP Electric #19 behind Kramer and right in front of feature winner William Edwards and the Cantley Enterprises team. It’s wide open and age means nothing.

The 1-800-ASK GARY Thunder Stocks are a statistician’s nightmare. The top 8 drivers are within 1 night of the points lead and 5 have never won a feature, including the top 2 in the standings. Tony Campbell has the Zellwood Truck Stops #6 on top but by just 2 points over JNM Ironworks driver William Gillam. Both drivers have been close to Coors Light Winner’s Circle but have yet to crack in. Brandon Elwood is 3rd in his Hunley Express #28 and has a feature win this season. James Erickson is up to 4th but has yet to win this season in the Jer-Air #16. Erickson feels no pressure because he knows how to get to Victory Lane; he just needs to do it again. Rounding out the top 5 is TNT Auto Works driver Brandon Tillander. Once the rookie that every one tried to avoid, Tillander is now a major threat and many believe he’s in prime position for a championship run. It’s anyone’s game in this wild division.

Finally, the Florida Mini Sprints will attack Bubba Raceway Park with 2 drivers- Nick Snyder and Chase Cabre- both taking win #1 at the course and Cabre taking his first FMSA win. Dirk Miller leads Snyder by 5 points after 4 events but Miller has been hit-or-miss at the 3/8 mile in his career. Chasing those 2 is 2-time champion Eddie Moss, Jr. Moss plays 4 roles (President, Driver, Father/Car Owner, and Crew Chief) and does all 4 extrememly well as his daughters are both in the top 10 as well. David Hall and Jody McKenzie are off to brilliant starts and that has them 4th and 5th, respectively, in the standings.

Grandstands open at 6 on Friday with the pits opening at 5 and qualifying slated for 8:00. On Saturday, pits open at 4 with stands at 5 and racing at 7. Don’t miss the Mike Peters Open this week-end at Bubba Raceway Park!

The Third Annual Mike Peters Open At Bubba Raceway Park

May 2nd, 2013

Ocala, FL- For the first-time in the 2013 season we’ll have a 2-day show at Bubba Raceway Park for the Mike Peters Open. The United Dirt Late Model Challenge Series will be in action over the race week-end in a 70-lap shootout for $5000. Our Scorpion Racing Products UMP DirtCar Modifieds will battle for $3000 while the Hobby Stocks, 1-800-ASK GARY Thunder Stocks, and the Florida Mini Sprints will attack the track as well. Late Models and Modifieds will qualify and heat race Friday night; all 5 divisions will race their features on Saturday.

Rich “The Brat” Pratt has his Groeb Farms #0 on the top of the standings board for the first time in recent memory but he doesn’t care because he hasn’t put his car in Coors Light Winner’s Circle yet. Pratt has gone back to his old paint scheme and is ready to go back to his winning ways as well. Bryan Bernhardt has won a Crate Late Model race in 2013 but has yet to take home the trophy in a Bubba Army Late Model show. Bernhardt will try to get his Bubba Army Performance Engines #B69 into Victory Lane, just as the Wells Farms sponsored driver Darrell Padgett did last time out. “The DeRailer” is off to a much better start than last year and plans to keep the #46P up front. Tyler Clem is off to a brilliant start in his Ferrea #14 and sits just 38 points back, as does John Koller. Clem and Koller will try to chase the top 3 down and play spoiler in the biggest race of the early season.

The Scorpion Racing Products UMP DirtCar Modifieds see age as the advantage in the standings. Buzzie Reutimann, weeks away from his 72nd birthday, won the opening race and has his UNOH Racing #00 up on the Aerotech Aluminum driver Charlie O’Neill by 39 points. Jeff Mathews has won the other 2 races this season and, if you combine his Crate Late Model results, has 3 consecutive wins in his Gator Core Recycling #33 on the 3/8 mile. Ronnie Soltis had some mechanical problems on his Team GRT #61 but still sits 4th in the points table. “The Jack Of All Race Cars” Bryan Bernhardt is in the top-5 in 3 divisions. Bernhardt has the Mathews Motorsports 2nd car in 5th place and hopes to go to Coors Light Winner’s Circle soon; how about with $3000 on the line?

While age is the advantage for the Modifieds it’s a Youth Movement in the Hobby Stocks. Devin Walker, a feature winner this season in his JD Criswell #55JR, is the points leader at his 2 home tracks- the one closest to home and the one he grew up at- but only by 2 at Bubba Raceway Park. Another driver who’s grown up at Bubba Raceway Park is Hunter Gustafson. Gustafson has 2 feature wins and is 5-for-5 in his heats this season which puts him just 2 points out of the lead in his Gustafson Racing #15. In 3rd is yet another teenager in Matt Kramer. Kramer hopes to stay towards the top in his #77 but Brian Shea is chasing him down. Shea has the BP Electric #19 behind Kramer and right in front of feature winner William Edwards and the Cantley Enterprises team. It’s wide open and age means nothing.

The 1-800-ASK GARY Thunder Stocks are a statistician’s nightmare. The top 8 drivers are within 1 night of the points lead and 5 have never won a feature, including the top 2 in the standings. Tony Campbell has the Zellwood Truck Stops #6 on top but by just 2 points over JNM Ironworks driver William Gillam. Both drivers have been close to Coors Light Winner’s Circle but have yet to crack in. Brandon Elwood is 3rd in his Hunley Express #28 and has a feature win this season. James Erickson is up to 4th but has yet to win this season in the Jer-Air #16. Erickson feels no pressure because he knows how to get to Victory Lane; he just needs to do it again. Rounding out the top 5 is TNT Auto Works driver Brandon Tillander. Once the rookie that every one tried to avoid, Tillander is now a major threat and many believe he’s in prime position for a championship run. It’s anyone’s game in this wild division.

Finally, the Florida Mini Sprints will attack Bubba Raceway Park with 2 drivers- Nick Snyder and Chase Cabre- both taking win #1 at the course and Cabre taking his first FMSA win. Dirk Miller leads Snyder by 5 points after 4 events but Miller has been hit-or-miss at the 3/8 mile in his career. Chasing those 2 is 2-time champion Eddie Moss, Jr. Moss plays 4 roles (President, Driver, Father/Car Owner, and Crew Chief) and does all 4 extrememly well as his daughters are both in the top 10 as well. David Hall and Jody McKenzie are off to brilliant starts and that has them 4th and 5th, respectively, in the standings.

Grandstands open at 6 on Friday with the pits opening at 5 and qualifying slated for 8:00. On Saturday, pits open at 4 with stands at 5 and racing at 7. Don’t miss the Mike Peters Open this week-end at Bubba Raceway Park!

Winners And Losers

April 29th, 2013

Ocala, FL- Night of a Thousands was once more upon Bubba Raceway Park with the Bubba Army 360 Sprints, Scorpion Racing Products UMP DirtCar Modifieds, Hobby Stocks, 1-800-ASK GARY Thunder Stocks, and the Rent-N-Roll Gladiators all chasing the cash.

Hobby Stock action was first with Tommy Hill the original leader from outside pole. Grady Christian and Charlie Seroki spun early and kept the field tight enough for Jerome Dipple to lead a lap before spinning the #14 around. Dipple left Devin Walker with the lead but Walker relinquished it back to Hill. Tommy Hill was able to stave the threats from Walker and his team-mate, Scotty Kay, Jr., off to win the cool $1000. Kay made it a 1-2 while Walker settled for 3rd. Walker is now, unofficially, the points leader by a few points over Hunter Gustafson. Brian Hansford and Don Woosley completed the top 5. Gustafson, as well as Dennis Williams and Tim Gay, won their heat races.

The Scorpion Racing Products UMP DirtCar Modifeds started off with “The Wellsville Wheelman” Paul Snyder leading from 3rd staring spot. On lap 3 Jeff Mathews made the move on Snyder to take the lead. Ron Burgess spun in turn 2 to bring the race’s first yellow out on lap 15. Bryan Bernhardt, a heat winner along with Buzzie Reutimann, had a tire go flat under yellow and forced him to relinquish 3rd place. A few other cautions allowed drivers a shot at Mathews but there was no stopping “The Repo Man.” Reutimann finished 2nd over Bernhardt, Snyder, and Kenny Monohan (in a 3rd Mathews Motorsports car).

Tony Agin used his pole position to lead the first few laps of the Bubba Army 360 Sprints race before allowing Sport Allen to take a shot at it. Allen lost the lead on lap 15 to Danny Martin, Jr. Allen soon knew what had happened- his wing had broken off of the back mounts! Allen stayed out for a few laps but eventually brought a caution out. Martin wouldn’t let a smoking engine stop him from sweeping as he climbed to the top over heat race winner Robbie Smith, Agin, Johnny Gilbertson, and Mike Tharp.

The 1-800-ASK GARY Thunder Stocks made the night interesting. Drivers such as Mike Tovet, Brandon Elwood, Brandon Tillander, and James Sullivan nearly (or did) wreck their equipment. Shane Nichols took the Valdes Home Improvements #15 to the front and stayed there. Nichols fought through cautions for drivers like Tommy Hill, Chuck Cessna, and James Erickson. Nichols went home $1000 richer as he held off hard-charging Jeffrey Smith. William Gillam, Brandon Elwood, and Kevin Cassaday completed the top 5. Mike Stalnaker, Elwood, Tony Campbell, and first-timer Melvin Fockler won their heats.

Stephen Frankland jumped to the lead from his pole position and never gave it up. Frankland had to beat some good drivers including heat winner Jerry Taylor. Bill Southard finished 3rd over Tom Sheehan and Kyle Moore. Frankland and Taylor certainly entertained the Rent-N-Roll Gladiator fans for a great ending to the night.

We return Friday night for the Mike Peters Open Preliminary Events (Qualifying and Heats for Late Models and Modfieds). For more info please go to www.bubbaracewaypark.com or call us at 352-622-9400.

Night Of A Thousands Returns To Bubba Raceway Park

April 26th, 2013

After another succesful Monster Jam Summer Heat event it’s time for the clay to see race cars again. With $1000 up for grabs for each of our 5 winners it’s bound to be a good one. The Bubba Army 360 Sprints return to th 3/8 mile as do the Scorpion Racing Products UMP DirtCar Modifieds, Bubba Army Hobby Stocks, 1-800-ASK GARY Thunder Stocks, and the Rent-N-Roll Gladiators. “The Jacksonville Jet” Matt Kurtz jumped out to his usual territory with an easy win last time out in the #92. Kurtz was followed across by Sport Allen and Terry Witherspoon. They sit that way in the standings as well with Kurtz at 65, Allen at 62, and Witherspoon at 59. Danny Martin, Jr. had mechanical problems that left him in the grandstands early while team-mate AJ Maddox couldn’t quite sneak into the top 3. Martin and Maddox hope to challenge in this next race and get the Edwards Concrete Team in Coors Light Winner’s Circle.

Experience is the key in the Scorpion Racing Products UMP DirtCar Modifieds as Buzzie Reutimann and Jeff Mathews are at 1 win each. Reutimann has his UNOH #00 in the points lead by 6 over Team GRT driver Ronnie Soltis. Soltis has just over the Interstate Batteries-sponsored driver Scott Kurtzner in a tight battle at the front. Charlie O’Neill has his Steve Mooers-prepared #75 in 4th, just 22 back, and Jeff Mathews has his Gator Core Recycling #33 up to 5th after a big feature win. The conditions are right for a first-timer in a very tough division.

Youth, however, leads the way in the Hobby Stocks. Hunter Gustafson, the only 2-time winner this season, has the Gustafson Racing #15 3 points up on “The Mayo Missile” Devin Walker. Walker, the Champion Race Helmets driver, was able to break through and get his 1st win of the points-paying season last time out in a ‘max points’ night. The Walker’s had planned on traveling but the points race is mighty lucrative when this close after April. Matt Kramer is in 3rd after a brilliant start to his 2013 campaign. Kramer has had 2 early-race DNFs but has used consistency to stay within 13 of the
leader. Brian Shea, the 2011 Thunder Stock champion, will put the pressure on the young drivers and, unlike the other 3, he has a championship trophy at home. Sitting 63 out is the Cantley Roofing #14 driver William Edwards. Edwards took a big win earlier and hopes to get back to Coors Light Winner’s Circle and jump up the pylon.

The 1-800-ASK GARY Thunder Stocks have a similar situation as non-feature winners are at the top in Tony Campbell and William Gillam. Campbell kept the Zellwood Truck Stops #6 in the lead but has just 3 over William Gillam and the JNM Ironworks team. A further 4 markers back is the Jim’s Pit BBQ driver Jonathan Appleby. Appleby has yet to win in the points season and hopes to return to Coors Light Winner’s Circle soon. James Erickson is 12 back in 4th but has also failed to get back into Coors Light Winner’s Circle in 2013. Brandon Tillander comes off of a career night in which he
finished 2nd in his heat and took a career-best 5th in the feature. The ever-improving driver of the TNT Auto Works #73 has gone from flashes of brilliance to a real threat for serious points and hopes to join the long list of feature winners in the closest division at Bubba Raceway Park. Finally, our Rent-N-Roll Gladiators have a storm brewing as Josh Fincher holds on to a 43-point lead over Jerry Taylor. Taylor has a feature win in 2013 but must chase and defend because Stephen Frankland is just 41 behind him. Frankland, the only 2-time winner this season, is coming on strong and hopes to become the $1000 winner. Bill Southard, the Crossfit #83S driver, and BK Graphics driver Kody Fisher round out the top 5 but have work to do to chase the leaders.

Racing starts at 7 with pits opening at 4 and grandstands at 5. Don’t miss a second of Night Of A Thousands! For more information, please visit www.bubbaracewaypark.com or call us at 352-622-9400!

Night Of A Thousands Returns To Bubba Raceway Park

April 24th, 2013

After another succesful Monster Jam Summer Heat event it’s time for the clay to see race cars again. With $1000 up for grabs for each of our 5 winners it’s bound to be a good one. The Bubba Army 360 Sprints return to th 3/8 mile as do the Scorpion Racing Products UMP DirtCar Modifieds, Bubba Army Hobby Stocks, 1-800-ASK GARY Thunder Stocks, and the Rent-N-Roll Gladiators.

“The Jacksonville Jet” Matt Kurtz jumped out to his usual territory with an easy win last time out in the #92. Kurtz was followed across by Sport Allen and Terry Witherspoon. They sit that way in the standings as well with Kurtz at 65, Allen at 62, and Witherspoon at 59. Danny Martin, Jr. had mechanical problems that left him in the grandstands early while team-mate AJ Maddox couldn’t quite sneak into the top 3. Martin and Maddox hope to challenge in this next race and get the Edwards Concrete Team in Coors Light Winner’s Circle.

Experience is the key in the Scorpion Racing Products UMP DirtCar Modifieds as Buzzie Reutimann and Jeff Mathews are at 1 win each. Reutimann has his UNOH #00 in the points lead by 6 over Team GRT driver Ronnie Soltis. Soltis has just 6 over the Interstate Batteries-sponsored driver Scott Kurtzner in a tight battle at the front. Charlie O’Neill has his Steve Mooers-prepared #75 in 4th, just 22 back, and Jeff Mathews has his Gator Core Recycling #33 up to 5th after a big feature win. The conditions are right for a first-timer in a very tough division.

Youth, however, leads the way in the Hobby Stocks. Hunter Gustafson, the only 2-time winner this season, has the Gustafson Racing #15 3 points up on “The Mayo Missile” Devin Walker. Walker, the Champion Race Helmets driver, was able to break through and get his 1st win of the points-paying season last time out in a ‘max points’ night. The Walker’s had planned on traveling but the points race is mighty lucrative when this close after April. Matt Kramer is in 3rd after a brilliant start to his 2013 campaign. Kramer has had 2 early-race DNFs but has used consistency to stay within 13 of the leader. Brian Shea, the 2011 Thunder Stock champion, will put the pressure on the young drivers and, unlike the other 3, he has a championship trophy at home. Sitting 63 out is the Cantley Roofing #14 driver William Edwards. Edwards took a big win earlier and hopes to get back to Coors Light Winner’s Circle and jump up the pylon.

The 1-800-ASK GARY Thunder Stocks have a similar situation as non-feature winners are at the top in Tony Campbell and William Gillam. Campbell kept the Zellwood Truck Stops #6 in the lead but has just 3 over William Gillam and the JNM Ironworks team. A further 4 markers back is the Jim’s Pit BBQ driver Jonathan Appleby. Appleby has yet to win in the points season and hopes to return to Coors Light Winner’s Circle soon. James Erickson is 12 back in 4th but has also failed to get back into Coors Light Winner’s Circle in 2013. Brandon Tillander comes off of a career night in which he finished 2nd in his heat and took a career-best 5th in the feature. The ever-improving driver of the TNT Auto Works #73 has gone from flashes of brilliance to a real threat for serious points and hopes to join the long list of feature winners in the closest division at Bubba Raceway Park.

Finally, our Rent-N-Roll Gladiators have a storm brewing as Josh Fincher holds on to a 43-point lead over Jerry Taylor. Taylor has a feature win in 2013 but must chase and defend because Stephen Frankland is just 41 behind him. Frankland, the only 2-time winner this season, is coming on strong and hopes to become the $1000 winner. Bill Southard, the Crossfit #83S driver, and BK Graphics driver Kody Fisher round out the top 5 but have work to do to chase the leaders.

Racing starts at 7 with pits opening at 4 and grandstands at 5. Don’t miss a second of Night Of A Thousands! For more information, please visit www.bubbaracewaypark.com or call us at 352-622-9400!

Monster Jam’s SUMMER JAM Attacks Bubba Raceway Park This Weekend!

April 18th, 2013

Ocala, FL- The Summer Jam Tour will invade Ocala, Florida’s Bubba Raceway Park this Friday, Saturday, and Sunday in the annual event. With an 8:00 show on Friday and Saturday night and 2:00 shows on Saturday and Sunday afternoon there will be plenty of seats and opportunities to see the spectacle led by Four-Time World Champion Grave Digger! Tickets start at $12 so don’t miss the action at Bubba Raceway Park! For more information you can visit www.bubbaracewaypark.com or call us at
352-622-9400!

Youth Proves An Advantage At Bubba Raceway Park

April 15th, 2013

Ocala, FL- The Scorpion Racing Products UMP DirtCar Modifieds headlined a 5-division night with the Hobby Stocks, 1-800-ASK GARY Thunder Stocks, Rent-N-Roll Gladiators, and Florida Mini Sprints that proved to be the best action of the season.

Our very own Hobby Stocks opened the night and Don Woosley jumped to the lead. Woosley had a career night early on but did lose the lead to William Edwards on lap 3. Richard Calmes, Jr., Brian Shea, and Alvin Adkison combined to bring out 5
cautions with solo spins on the night. On lap 6 it was “The Mayo Missile” Devin Walker stealing the lead from Edwards and, after a few solo spins- including a lap 9 spin by Edwards- from the previous 3, Walker held off his father, Heath, for the win. The Walker family- the heat race winners- was followed by Brandon Elwood in the Flintstones Mobile, William Edwards, and Richard Calmes, Jr.

The Florida Mini Sprints went 24 and 3/4 laps caution-free before a wreck in turn 4 on the last lap as some drivers fought for the win. Early on, Kat Thomas led from her pole position as Chase Cabre fell off from outside pole. Thomas relinquished the lead on lap 5 as John Kahl made a move to grab the top spot. Dirk Miller, David Hall, and Eddie Moss, Jr. had work cut out for them as all 3 started from Row 7 or worse but they made their way to the front by the end. Kahl did not work the traffic as he needed to and Cabre made his move and stole the lead on lap 18. Traffic worked both drivers hard and Cabre got pinned to the bottom on the last lap. Kahl went high, Cabre stayed low, and traffic hit Kahl and spun the #13 by accident allowing Cabre to take the checkers. Dirk Miller finished 2nd as scoring went to the
previously scored lap (minus Kahl). Nick Snyder finished 3rd, David Hall finished 4th, and Austin Craddock completed the top 5. Miller, Hall, Jody McKenzie, and Gavin Thomas scored Heat Race wins.

Rich Pratt got the early jump on the Scorpion Racing Products but Jeff Mathews got around him on lap 3. Mathews gave it back on lap 7 and Pratt pulled away before Jeff Bagent slowed and let Mathews take another shot at the #78. Buzzie Reutimann spun on a restart but was able to rebound over the next 15 laps. Mathews cleared Pratt again on lap 13 and, after heat race winner Bryan Bernhardt cut a tire on his Mathews Motorsports #33L, cruised to a win in his old stomping ground and put on another heat-feature sweep. Pratt finished bridesmaid again with Ronnie Soltis 3rd in the GRT, Bernhardt 4th, and Reutimann 5th.

The 1-800-ASK GARY Thunder Stocks, not to be outdone, had an outstanding fight with “TC” Tony Campbell the lap 1 leader. William Gillam, who had the number game on his side (#13 on 4-13-13) took over on lap 2. He held the lead through a couple of solo spins and a lap 3 crash between William Edwards, Kyle Goulard, Harold Erickson, and John Florkowski. After a lap 7 restart, Gillam relinquished his lead to Melvin Fockler who would lead until lap 12 when heat race winner Jeff Stalnaker, Jr. got around him. Stalnaker held on through a couple of restarts to take home a big win over Brandon Elwood. Jonathan Appleby, a heat winner, finished 3rd after a melee happened at the mid-pack. Heat Race winner James Erickson finished a very quiet 4th and Brandon Tillander took home his 1st career top 5.

The Rent-N-Roll Gladiators finished the night with a caution-free event that Stephen Frankland went wire-to-wire in. In fact, Frankland won his heat and feature! Jerry Taylor made it difficult for the British driver but couldn’t do anything with him. Taylor finished in 2nd over Bill Southard in a career-best 3rd. Southard had a great battle with Kody Fisher and Tom Sheehan throughout the event beofre pulling away in the closing laps. Fisher held Sheehan off for 4th.

Next week is the Monster Jam Summer Jam Tour. We return to racing action in 2 weeks and we hope to see you for Night of a Thousands

UMP Modifieds Return To Bubba Raceway Park For Ultra Night Of Action

April 13th, 2013

Ocala, FL- The Scorpion Racing Products UMP DirtCar Modifieds will join the Bubba Army Hobby Stocks, 1-800-ASK GARY Thunder Stocks, Rent-N-Roll Gladiators, and the Florida Mini Sprints for a mega night of action on the 6th week-end of action at Bubba Raceway Park.

Age rules in the Scorpion Racing Products UMP DirtCar Modifieds as Buzzie Reutimann, the UNOH-sponsored driver, leads the standings after a 1200th-or-so feature win. Reutimann is pursued by Larry Mott who comes off a career-night in which he won his heat and took 3rd place home in his Mott Concrete #Z06. Scott Kurtzner has the Interstate Batteries #1K in 3rd position while the other Scott- Scott Mooers- is 4th in the Aerotech Aluminum #10. Mooers will have to fight hard to hold off 5th-placed Ronnie Soltis. Soltis finished 2nd in the feature but didn’t start his heat in his all-new GRT Chassis. Reutimann has a tough task ahead if he’s to go 2-for-2.

Hunter Gustafson took the Team Gustafson #15 back to Coors Light Winner’s Circle and became the 1st repeat winner of 2013 in the division. Gustafson leads a charge of youth that sees “Maniac” Matt Kramer in a career-best 2nd plac. Kramer has used perseverance, over anything else, to put himself within striking distance of his fellow high-school student. The elder statesman of the group, ripe-old Devin Walker, has his Lasoski Racing #55JR in 3rd. Walker has 2 runner-up finishes so far and hopes to scratch that as season-best soon. Donnie Ashford has last year’s championship-winning, Wayne Automatic Fire Sprinklers car in 4th but has something Walker and Kramer don’t- a feature win! Ashford, much like the kids ahead of him, doesn’t own his race car so decisions will be left to Rick Friend. The only driver-owner in the top 5 is 2011 Thunder Stock champion Brian Shea. Shea still seeks his first feature win and really feels that his time is near and he hopes to take the BP Electric #19 to the front.

Of course, the 1-800-ASK GARY Thunder Stocks have to make it all confusing! After 4 races we’ve had 4 different points leaders! Tony Campbell is the lucky driver up front in his Zellwood Truck Stops #6 but he has the task of holding off the JNM Ironworks #13 of William Gillam. “TC” and “Tinker” will fight hard but must hold off 2-time feature winner Bubba Durbin. Durbin knows what the points lead feels like and also knows what Coors Light Winner’s Circle feels like. Defending division champion Jonathan Appleby has the Jim’s Pit Bar-B-Q #69A in 4th place and James Erickson, a 3-time feature winner in 2012, is 5th in his Jer-Air #16. Erickson has already announced he won’t race this week so Codie Carroll, last year’s Powder Puff champion, gets the hot seat for the night. Oh, and the top 2 in points have never won a feature- it’s anyone’s game!

Josh Fincher, the A-Action Air #88 driver, continues to rack up points but still seeks that break-through win. Jerry Taylor, 2nd place, has already taken the Shade Tree Racing #31 to Coors Light Winner’s Circle but must now fend off the #2 of Robert Gullett. Gullett, as well as 4th-placed Stephen Frankland, has a feature win this season. Frankland put the Night And Day Cleaning #7UK up front and finally shook the monkey off his back. There is no resting because Bill Southard will do all he can to put the #83S into the mix as well. All heck can break loose, especially in the Rent-N-Roll Gladiators!

Finally, the Florida Mini Sprints will fight to the checkers but must trump Nick Snyder. Snyder, the Atlantic Powder Coating driver, must fend off championship-contender Eddie Moss, Jr. (who knows his way around Bubba Raceway Park) and his daughters, “Front” Paige and Rhea Lynne. The Moss Racing family knows that there’s plenty of other competition, including the Todd’s Tomatoes team-mates of Dirk Miller and Davd Hall. Finally, never count out the Jesse James Demolition drivers- Gavin Thomas and Jesse Teed. Who knows what will happen- 9 of the last 10 FMSA non-Winter Nationals races at Bubba Raceway Park have different winners!

Racing will start at 7 this Saturday with pits opening at 4 and grandstands at 5. For more info please visit www.bubbaracewaypark.com or call us at 352-622-9400!

Final Four

April 10th, 2013

Ocala, FL- The NeSmith Weekly Late Models headlined the 5th night of racing at Bubba Raceway Park while the Hobby Stocks, E-Mods, 1-800-ASK GARY Thunder Stocks, and Rent-N-Roll Gladiators joined them in a fantastic night of racing.

The E-Mods kicked the night off with Shane Nichols jumping to the top from outside pole. Nichols, along with Mike Stalnaker, won their heats but had opposite nights after that. Stalnaker fell off with mechanical issues while Nichols went flag-to-flag to win his 3rd consecutive feature, this 1 caution-free. Shane Taylor, again, found himself the bridesmaid with Shawn Taylor in pursuit. Swede Melgaard finished in a strong 4th and Charlie Howard, Jr. rounded out the top 5.

Jeff Mathews took advantage of the tussle between Bryan Bernhardt and Josh Peacock and the 4-wide racing of others to jump to the lead from 4th starting spot. Austin Kirkpatrick slotted into 2nd and Dalton Meyers, a heat winner, had to battle with “Showtime” Shan Smith for 3rd. By the NeSmith Late Models running 15 caution-free laps it started the night with 35 laps of green! Kenny Monohan brought the 1st yellow out when he spun off of turn 4. Meyers spun on lap 20 and he made contact with Tyler Clem on the next lap. Mathews had to hold Kirkpatrick and Smith at bay, even through a 1-lap dash after Carter Stokes stopped with a shredded left rear. Mathews completed the task and returned to Coors Light Winner’s Circle while Kirkpatrick went back to the board. Bryan Bernhardt, the other heat winner, finished 3rd with “Showtime” and Tyler Clem rounding out the top 5.

The 1-800-ASK GARY Thunder Stocks had a rough night as Joey Durbin and heat race winner William Gillam both jump-started when given the chance to start from pole. Bubba Durbin, who had inherited the 4th starting spot, jumped up front and held on through the cluster of restarts. In just 2 laps there were 3 cautions- a spin by Jeff Stalnaker, Jr., Taylor Gant’s misfortune, and Melvin Fockler’s ride in turn 4 that ended with some Christmas card info being exchanged with Chuck Cessna. On lap 7it was inherited pole-sitter Brandon Tillander going for the spin after having a career-night until that point. Bubba Durbin had opened up a lead on James Sullivan, III and Tillander but it all went away and Jeff Stalnaker, Jr. inherited 3rd. The timer had run out under caution meaning the next flag would end the race. That flag was the yellow after Stalnaker and Joey Durbin got together in turn 4. Bubba Durbin was able to take win #2 of 2013 over Sullivan and James Erickson. Tony Campbell had a career-night with a heat win and a 4th place finish and Jonathan Layerd finished 5th in the Tom Sheehan-owned #7.

The Hobby Stocks put on a clinic and went caution-free. Hunter Gustafson stole the lead from 3rd place starting spot and never looked back as he swept the night. The heat race winner survived, unlike Matt Kramer who is chasing him in the standings now, and took victory home over William Edwards. Gustafson and Edwards have split the last 3 features while Marty Smith awaits a trip to Coors Light Winner’s Circle. Brian Shea finished a solid 4th and Jonathan Appleby finished 5th as he pulled double-duty.

Finally, it was a double anthem in the Rent-N-Roll Gladiators as Josh Fincher, Bill Southard, Tom Sheehan, and Kyle Moore were given the task of stopping heat race winner “The British Bulldog” Stephen Frankland from making it to Coors Light Winner’s Circle. Frankland woudn’t be stopped and had a 1/3 lap lead before Kyle Moore spun into the wall on lap 8. Moore refired and finished 3rd. Frankland had Fincher all over him for the last 7 laps but swatted him away for his 1st win at the 3/8 mile track. Fincher finished 2nd with team-mate Kyle Moore in 3rd. Bill Southard finished 4th and Tom Sheehan rounded out the top 5.

Next week has been revised. It is no longer the Mike Peters Open but rather the Scorpion Racing Products UMP DirtCar Modifieds, 1-800-ASK GARY Thunder Stocks, Rent-N-Roll Gladiators, and the Florida Mini Sprints. For more info please continue to visit www.bubbaracewaypark.com or call us at 352-622-9400!

The April Assault Begins At Bubba Raceway Park

April 7th, 2013

Ocala, FL- The 5th week of racing at Bubba Raceway Park will be intense as the Crate Late Models will run their first points race for the NeSmith Weekly Series. Joining them will be the E-Mods, Hobby Stocks, 1-800-ASK GARY Thunder Stocks, and the Rent-N-Roll Gladiators.

The Crate Late Models ran a race earlier in 2013 with Bryan Bernhardt the victor. He now leads the standings over Jeff Mathews. Mathews, a 4-time Modified champion, will take the fight to Bernhardt but must also fight off 3rd place drivers Kenny Monohan and 10-year old Tyler Clem. Monohan has excelled in both disciplines so far while Clem continues to mature and has embraced the confidence that comes with being 10-and-a-half. Bernhardt has a tough task ahead of him if he’s to stay undefeated in the Crate Late Models.

After 2 shots for the E-Mods they get another chance to take Shane Nichols down. Nichols is up by a few points on Shane Taylor and Roy Crain. The Taylor boys, Shane and Shawn, will put the fight on and, along with Crain, try to end the reign of car #65. Nichols has won 4-in-a-row before and he’s hlfway there again; can he do it again?

The Bubba Army Hobby Stocks have a coupld of young drivers at the top of the board in Hunter Gustafson and Devin Walker. Gustafson leads Walker by just 3 points after 3 races while Donnie Ashford sits 42 out after failing to start the last feature. Walker, however, claimed early in 2013 that the Walker Team would travel throughout Florida- if he leaves his spot open, Sean Monoghan could snatch it from him and chase a championship himself. It’s wide open, just like in the next division.

Of course, the 1-800-ASK GARY Thunder Stocks are just as competitive as ever! Defending champion Jonathan Appleby said his car was ‘trashed’ in last week’s crash so he leaves the door open in his title defense. Harold Erickson leads Tony Campbell by just 2 points and William Gillam sits 3 behind Tony. Those 3 all struggled last week and allowed Brandon Tillander to jump into 4th and he has a chance at the lead. Gillam, a rookie, will try to get career win #1 as well as Tillander and Campbell; Erickson has plenty of wins but has shown no interest in running for championships. Again, the
door is wide open.

Finally, the Rent-N-Roll Gladiators have a tight battle between Jerry Taylor and Josh Fincher. Taylor leads Fincher by just 5 points while Robert Gullett sits well back, 41 out. Taylor and Gullett each have a feature win while Fincher has a career best of 2nd. Stephen Frankland will take the fight to them along with Devan Pegel, Tom Sheehan, and Kody Fisher and the door here is also wide open!

Bubba Raceway Park starts racing at 7 with the pits opening at 4 and the grandtsands at 5. For more info lease visit www.bubbaracewaypark.com ( http://www.bubbaracewaypark.com ) or call us at 352-622-9400!

Attention Crate Late Model Owners/Drivers

In a constant quest to keep the costs of racing down. Bubba Raceway Park will now allow Crate 21′s and Crate 55 tires to be used on Late Models with Sealed GM 604 engines ONLY running during regular Late Model races. This new rule will also be posted on brp website.

The April Assault Begins At Bubba Raceway Park

April 3rd, 2013

Ocala, FL- The 5th week of racing at Bubba Raceway Park will be intense as the Crate Late Models will run their first points race for the NeSmith Weekly Series. Joining them will be the E-Mods, Hobby Stocks, 1-800-ASK GARY Thunder Stocks, and the Rent-N-Roll Gladiators.

The Crate Late Models ran a race earlier in 2013 with Bryan Bernhardt the victor. He now leads the standings over Jeff Mathews. Mathews, a 4-time Modified champion, will take the fight to Bernhardt but must also fight off 3rd place drivers Kenny Monohan and 10-year old Tyler Clem. Monohan has excelled in both disciplines so far while Clem continues to mature and has embraced the confidence that comes with being 10-and-a-half. Bernhardt has a tough task ahead of him if he’s to stay undefeated in the Crate Late Models.

After 2 shots for the E-Mods they get another chance to take Shane Nichols down. Nichols is up by a few points on Shane Taylor and Roy Crain. The Taylor boys, Shane and Shawn, will put the fight on and, along with Crain, try to end the reign of car #65. Nichols has won 4-in-a-row before and he’s hlfway there again; can he do it again?

The Bubba Army Hobby Stocks have a coupld of young drivers at the top of the board in Hunter Gustafson and Devin Walker. Gustafson leads Walker by just 3 points after 3 races while Donnie Ashford sits 42 out after failing to start the last feature. Walker, however, claimed early in 2013 that the Walker Team would travel throughout Florida- if he leaves his spot open, Sean Monoghan could snatch it from him and chase a championship himself. It’s wide open, just like in the next division.

Of course, the 1-800-ASK GARY Thunder Stocks are just as competitive as ever! Defending champion Jonathan Appleby said his car was ‘trashed’ in last week’s crash so he leaves the door open in his title defense. Harold Erickson leads Tony Campbell by just 2 points and William Gillam sits 3 behind Tony. Those 3 all struggled last week and allowed Brandon Tillander to jump into 4th and he has a chance at the lead. Gillam, a rookie, will try to get career win #1 as well as Tillander and Campbell; Erickson has plenty of wins but has shown no interest in running for championships. Again, the door is wide open.

Finally, the Rent-N-Roll Gladiators have a tight battle between Jerry Taylor and Josh Fincher. Taylor leads Fincher by just 5 points while Robert Gullett sits well back, 41 out. Taylor and Gullett each have a feature win while Fincher has a career best of 2nd. Stephen Frankland will take the fight to them along with Devan Pegel, Tom Sheehan, and Kody Fisher and the door here is also wide open!

Bubba Raceway Park starts racing at 7 with the pits opening at 4 and the grandtsands at 5. For more info lease visit www.bubbaracewaypark.com or call us at 352-622-9400!

Night Of A Thousands A Success At Bubba Raceway Park

April 4th, 2013

Ocala, FL- Night of a Thousands was upon Bubba Raceway Park for the first time in 2013 with the Bubba Army Late Models, 1-800-ASK GARY Thunder Stocks, Rent-N-Roll Gladiators, and the Florida Mini Sprints. Fans were treated to some intense racing because some drivers will do anything for $1000.

The Florida Mini Sprints opened the night up with Rhea Lynne Moss on point. Moss led through a few 1-car cautions before being overtaken on lap 9 by John Kahl. Kahl led just 1 lap as Nick Snyder jumped to the point. Moss’s night ended in the pits as did Kahl’s after both ran strong early on. Snyder held on through 2 restarts and led the final 10 circuits to pick up his 1st win at Bubba Raceway Park. Eddie Moss, Jr. finished 2nd, Gavin Thomas was 3rd, David Hall drove to 4th, and “Hollywood” Scott Kreuger rounded out the top 5.

1-800-ASK GARY Thunder Stock action kicked off after that and “One Shot” Mike Tovet stole the early lead. That lead was shortlived as Bubba Durbin got around him and held on through a coupld of minor cautions for debris and a solo spin by Brandon Tillander. On the 9th lap, after a restart, Tovet got back around Durbin and began to pull away. After a lap 14 caution for Kyle Gaulard and Chuck Cessna there was a major pile-up on the backstretch. Jonathan Appleby went around while in a feisty battle with James Erickson. Appleby was then T-boned by the innocent Eddie Kilbury, Jr. Thankfully both drivers were okay but the cars weren’t so lucky. The drivers got the hint and went 6 caution-free laps to end the race. Tovet held on in his Fastech #1 while Durbin could only finish 2nd. Chad Scranton finished a quiet 3rd with James Erickson and Mike Stalnaker the top 5.

Darrell Padgett jumped to the top of the pylon right away in Bubba Army Late Model action with Rich Pratt and Tyler Ivey in tow. Billy Holmes slowed action on lap 1 when he looped his #7 before Richard Ferry’s flat tire did the same on lap 9. The restart for Ferry’s troubles allowed Adam Higginbotham to steal 3rd and he even took 2nd after Bryan Bernhardt’s tire failed him. Dalton Meyers lost a tire on lap 15 and that gave Ivey his shot to get back around Higginbotham- he used it perfectly and, after the caution for John Koller and Tyler Clem, got back to 3rd. The final caution flew for Richard Ferry and John Koller as they looped their racecars in turn 4 with just 3 to go. “The DeRailer” Darrell Padgett couldn’t be stopped as his #46P was on a rail right into Coors Light Winner’s Circle. Rich Pratt and Tyler Ivey completed the podium while Higginbotham and Jeff Mathews completed the top 5.

The Rent-N-Roll Gladiators closed Night of a Thousands with a 15-lapper. Josh Fincher started on pole and led the first 3 laps before Stephen Frankland made us get the anthem ready for The Queen. Frankland led until lap 6 when Art Souther got
around him; Souther led through a few cautions for Roy Taylor, Kody Fisher, and Hayden McCormick but lost the lead to Jonathan Green with just 2-to-go. Green took the win and the cash away from Souther in a great battle between the 2 drivers while Robert Gullett found himself in 3rd. Stephen Frankland finished 4th and Brett Calogne finished in 5th.

Next week we have our first NeSmith Weekly Racing Series race for the Crate Late Models. They will be joined hy the E-Mods, Hobby Stocks, 1-800-ASK GARY Thunder Stocks, and Rent-N-Roll Gladiators. For more info please visit
www.bubbaracewaypark.com or call us at 352-622-9400!

“Night of a Thousands” Ends Exciting March at Bubba Raceway Park

March 27th, 2013

Ocala, FL- The first Night of a Thousands of 2013 at Bubba Raceway Park will highlight 4 divisions of tough racing and will include an Easter Egg Hunt on the frontstretch. After the hunt it’ll be time for the Bubba Army Late Models, 1-800-ASK GARY Thunder Stocks, Rent-N-Roll Gladiators, and Florida Mini Sprints Association to hunt for Coors Light Winner’s Circle and a place in the history books.

The Bubba Army Late Models kicked the 2013 season off with a 50-lap thriller in conjunction with the UDLMCS and it was Kyle Bronson who found himself the winner. Bronson is, of course, the points leader, however, “Catfish” Keith Nosbisch is just 2 points behind him. Nosbisch won 2 races last season but they both came on Friday nights and he’ll hope to break the Saturday-night curse this week. Rich Pratt quietly finished 3rd and feels like a new driver as he enters the season. Pratt has returned to his old days and is back in the red and yellow paint scheme that he always loved. Kenny Monohan has been quick this season with 2 top-5′s at the 3/8 mile after a podium finish in his Crate Late Model. Monohan will hope to make that the rule and hold 5th-place Brandon DeWitt off both on the track and on the points board.

The 1-800-ASK GARY Thunder Stocks have always been a division in which 1 type of car- the Camaro- would carry you to championships and a few wins while the boxier Monte Carlo would grab you wins when it mattered most. That doesn’t seem so any more as the top 3 in the standings are all driving Monte Carlos and, other than Brandon Elwood’s win last week, the Camaros have been quicker. Elwood used his first-career win to jump to a 14-point lead over Harold Erickson. Erickson hopes to return to Victory Lane but championship-hopeful William Gillam sits just 7 markers behind him. Gillam
hopes to join Elwood as a first-time winner as would 5th-place “Fan Favorite” Melvin Fockler. Fockler has really hit a stride in his young career as he seems to have his car set-up for his driving style. And, no division is complete
without the defending champion sitting 4th in the standings, trying to ruin every one’s “Cindrella Story”- Jonathan Appleby doesn’t mind being that guy as he searches for his 7th-career points-paying win.

Jerry Taylor has also used a big win to jump to a points lead- his is 8 points and Josh Fincher is the man riding behind him. Bill Southard is in 3rd but sits 58 behind Taylor while Robert Gullett is just 1 behind Southard. “Hard Time” Todd Roberts sits 5th and hopes to grab a win in the Hatchback and show his young team-mate Devan Pegel how it’s done on the 3/8 mile of Bubba Raceway Park. Stephen Frankland has set up a challenge as has Tom Sheehan and “The Ultimate Race Fans” will try to put their number on top of the pylon.

The FMSA wil return to Bubba Raceway Park for the first time since the 2012 Winter Nationals and these drivers are ready to take the fight to the track. Dirk Miller, the points leader, will try to chase a big win down as he leads his Todd’s Tomatoes Team into Bubba Raceway Park. He’ll have to hold off John Crowder and “Young Gun” Nick Snyder both on the track and in the standings and the Moss family won’t make it much easier- Eddie Moss, Jr., the defending series champion, rides 4th and daughter Rhea Lynne is right on his tail. “Front” Paige Moss is just a few spots away in 7th and will attempt to overtake both of her relatives. Other stars include Ocala’s own Sean Babcock and “Hollywood” Scott Kreuger as well as Chase Cabre who has run all of 2 races with a wing on. For more on this series check out www.flminisprints.com.

The pits will open at 4, grandstands at 5, and racing is scheduled for 7. You won’t want to miss any of the excitement at Bubba Raceway Park but to find more information you can visit www.bubbaracewaypark.com or call us at 352-622-9400! Get ready for some wild action at Bubba Raceway Park- it’s Night of a Thousands!

“Night of a Thousands” Ends Exciting March at Bubba Raceway Park

March 29th, 2013

Ocala, FL- The first Night of a Thousands of 2013 at Bubba Raceway Park will highlight 4 divisions of tough racing and will include an Easter Egg Hunt on the frontstretch. After the hunt it’ll be time for the Bubba Army Late Models, 1-800-ASK GARY Thunder Stocks, Rent-N-Roll Gladiators, and Florida Mini Sprints Association to hunt for Coors Light Winner’s Circle and a place in the history books.

The Bubba Army Late Models kicked the 2013 season off with a 50-lap thriller in conjunction with the UDLMCS and it was Kyle Bronson who found himself the winner. Bronson is, of course, the points leader, however, “Catfish” Keith Nosbisch is just 2 points behind him. Nosbisch won 2 races last season but they both came on Friday nights and he’ll hope to break the Saturday-night curse this week. Rich Pratt quietly finished 3rd and feels like a new driver as he enters the season. Pratt has returned to his old days and is back in the red and yellow paint scheme that he always loved. Kenny Monohan has been quick this season with 2 top-5′s at the 3/8 mile after a podium finish in his Crate Late Model. Monohan will hope to make that the rule and hold 5th-place Brandon DeWitt off both on the track and on the points board.

The 1-800-ASK GARY Thunder Stocks have always been a division in which 1 type of car- the Camaro- would carry you to championships and a few wins while the boxier Monte Carlo would grab you wins when it mattered most. That doesn’t seem so any more as the top 3 in the standings are all driving Monte Carlos and, other than Brandon Elwood’s win last week, the Camaros have been quicker. Elwood used his first-career win to jump to a 14-point lead over Harold Erickson. Erickson hopes to return to Victory Lane but championship-hopeful William Gillam sits just 7 markers behind him. Gillam hopes to join Elwood as a first-time winner as would 5th-place “Fan Favorite” Melvin Fockler. Fockler has really hit a stride in his young career as he seems to have his car set-up for his driving style. And, no division is complete without the defending champion sitting 4th in the standings, trying to ruin every one’s “Cindrella Story”- Jonathan Appleby doesn’t mind being that guy as he searches for his 7th-career points-paying win.

Jerry Taylor has also used a big win to jump to a points lead- his is 8 points and Josh Fincher is the man riding behind him. Bill Southard is in 3rd but sits 58 behind Taylor while Robert Gullett is just 1 behind Southard. “Hard Time” Todd Roberts sits 5th and hopes to grab a win in the Hatchback and show his young team-mate Devan Pegel how it’s done on the 3/8 mile of Bubba Raceway Park. Stephen Frankland has set up a challenge as has Tom Sheehan and “The Ultimate Race Fans” will try to put their number on top of the pylon.

The FMSA wil return to Bubba Raceway Park for the first time since the 2012 Winter Nationals and these drivers are ready to take the fight to the track. Dirk Miller, the points leader, will try to chase a big win down as he leads his Todd’s Tomatoes Team into Bubba Raceway Park. He’ll have to hold off John Crowder and “Young Gun” Nick Snyder both on the track and in the standings and the Moss family won’t make it much easier- Eddie Moss, Jr., the defending series champion, rides 4th and daughter Rhea Lynne is right on his tail. “Front” Paige Moss is just a few spots away in 7th and will attempt to overtake both of her relatives. Other stars include Ocala’s own Sean Babcock and “Hollywood” Scott Kreuger as well as Chase Cabre who has run all of 2 races with a wing on. For more on this series check out www.flminisprints.com.

The pits will open at 4, grandstands at 5, and racing is scheduled for 7. You won’t want to miss any of the excitement at Bubba Raceway Park but to find more information you can visit www.bubbaracewaypark.com or call us at 352-622-9400! Get ready for some wild action at Bubba Raceway Park- it’s Night of a Thousands!

March Madness

March 25th, 2013

Ocala, FL- The Bubba Army Sprint Cars opened up a new era of racing as the powerful 360s were brought out to headline a night of racing that included the Scorpion Racing Products UMP DirtCar Modifieds, Bubba Army Hobby Stocks, and 1-800-ASK GARY Thunder Stocks.

The Bubba Army Hobby Stocks started things off, and after Hunter Gustafson took a heat win for the 3rd consecutive night and Dennis Williams joined him, with Wally Schneider leading lap 1 after inheriting the pole when Alvin Adkison spun in front of the field and gathered Hunter Gustafson and Devin Walker- both youngsters drove away but neither finished the race. Schneider got caught out on a restart for Gustafson’s final spin and William Edwards jumped to the top of the pylon. Edwards and Heath Walker then put on a show for the first 10 laps as they went back-and-forth for the lead
before Edwards made the winning pass on Walker at the halfway point. Edwards took the checkers for his 1st win on the dirt at Bubba Raceway Park as a Walker finished 2nd for the 3rd consecutive night; this time, however, it was Devin’s father Heath as the bridesmaid. Schneider finished 3rd with Sean Monoghan once more 4th and Rebecca Paugh an impressive 5th. The Scorpion Racing Products UMP DirtCar Modifieds opened up more madness as “The Wellsville Wheelman” Paul Snyder joined Mr. Larry Mott as Heat winners. For those counting, it was a first win for Mott and meant that, for a moment, he was the points leader and set the record for the oldest points leader in the Modern Era. Scott Mooers, however, got the last laugh as he used his 2nd-place starting spot to lead the 1st few laps before Buzzie Reutimann stole it from “The Osteen Assassin.” Snyder’s car broke on lap 4 and Mooers spun 2 laps later which left the running order as Reutimann, Ronnie Soltis from the back, and Mott. As the race wound down Adam Harvey brought out 2 cautions that allowed Mooers to take a shot at the leaders; the shot backfired as Mooers spun on the penultimate lap and it knocked him down to 5th overall. Reutimann took the win to break Mott’s 90-minute old record as Oldest Points Leader while Soltis finished a solid 2nd. Mr. Mott finished 3rd and sits just 3 points out of the points lead while Scott Kurtzner finished 4th and Scott Mooers finished in a what-could’ve-been 5th.

The inaugural Bubba Army Sprint Car race opened up with heat race winner Greg Leonard leading the 1st 4 laps before the other heat race winner, Matt Kurtz, stole the show. Just 3 laps later Shawn Cornell and Robbie Smith ended up with torn-up race cars after a wild crash that started when Cornell had problems and collected Smith in the melee- both drivers were okay. Kurtz then pulled away and won an easy race but found out in Coors Light Winner’s Circle that his right rear tire had been punctured- he, however, had punctured the hopes of the other drivers. Sport Allen finished 2nd in his return to the 3/8 mile and Terry Witherspoon finished a solid 3rd. Dennis Misuraca and Mike Tharp rounded out the top 5.

The target was on Harold Erickson’s back early on in the 1-800-ASK GARY Thunder Stocks as he led from pole but was involved in a lap 4 caution with Jonathan Appleby who had won his heat earlier. Official review deemed that Appleby had caused the contact and gave Erickson the lead back over Brandon Elwood and James Erickson. On the restart Tony Campbell found himself with a shot at the lead but gave it up when he, and Harold Erickson, spun in turn 4- Campbell was sent to the tail while Erickson retained the lead. From there it was caution-free but Brandon Elwood took the lead and cruised to his first career dirt track win- a complete sweep as he also won his heat. James Erickson finished 2nd, Appleby rebounded from the tail to finish 3rd with Harold Erickson and William Gillam the top 5.

Next week is Night of a Thousands and will have the Bubba Army Late Models, 1-800-ASK GARY Thunder Stocks, Rent-N-Roll Gladiators, and the Florida Mini Sprints Association. We’ll also have an Easter Egg Hunt for the kids. For more information please visit www.bubbaracewaypark.com or call us at 352-622-9400!

The Upsets Continue

March 20th, 2013

Ocala, FL- The third week of racing at Bubba Raceway Park will feature yet another 4-division card. After 7 of our first 9 features have seen 8 different winners, including 7 first-timers in their respective divisions, we put it all on the line again with the debut of our Bubba Army 360 Sprint Cars, Scorpion Racing Products UMP DirtCar Open-Wheel Modifieds, Hobby Stocks, and 1-800-ASK GARY Thunder Stocks.

The Bubba Army 360 Sprint Cars will fight for the first time and many of the drivers who ran in the Eagle Jet International Top Gun Sprints Series will return with a new slate. Our former champions- Danny Martin, Jr. and Matt Kurtz- have been rumored to go at it on the 3/8 mile as well as Martin’s team-mate AJ Maddox, “The Peruvian Outlaw” Mark Ruel, Jr., and 2009 Top Gun champion Ryan “Jenson” Partin. Of course, the Sprint Car world went through a massive silly season so to get all the information and make your own opinions about the future check out www.floridasprintcarfans.com.

The Scorpion Racing Products UMP DirtCar Open-Wheel Modifieds will duel on the track for the first time in 2013 and take the fight to “The Killer” Kyle Bronson. Bronson won 13 features last season, was runner-up 3 times, and had 3 mechanical DNFs in 20 features last year in a season that will likely never be matched. Of course, he won the championship and ended Jeff Mathews’ 4-year reign in the division and “The Repo Man” looks to get back on top of his former playground. Rich Pratt and Dalton Lanich stand on the outside looking in but both will give it their all and try to end both driver’s reign on Bubba Raceway Park.

After 2 features we have 2 first-timers in the Hobby Stocks with 2 completely different career paths- Donnie Ashford, the points leader for the Friend’s Racing Team, won Race 1 in a long career that features mostly Mini Stock wins; the other
driver is Hunter Gustafson, the 15-year old who broke through for the family and put Team Gustafson in Coors Light Winner’s Circle for the first time. Gustafson sits just 4 points behind Ashford in the standings but he’s in 3rd- “The Mayo Missile” Devin Walker sits 2nd just 2 points behind Ashford as he has finished 2nd in both races. Walker knows how to win and is tired of 2nd-place while his father, who hasn’t raced at Bubba Raceway Park since his engine shut off while leading in the 2010 Track Finals, will return and try to show his son who the real boss is. A tight points battle and the most competitive division in Florida- what else do you need?

Finally, our 1-800-ASK GARY Thunder Stocks will return and maybe they can produce a new winner too! Of course, the favorites will do their best to prevent that as Jonathan Appleby and Jason Gamble, former champions, continue to fight up front as well as our current points leader Bubba Durbin, Jeff Stalnaker, Jr., and Brandon Elwood. Plenty of drivers will be able to take the fight to the front but Elwood looks to be the first-timer and avenge what could’ve been last season. Plenty of other characters such as Melvin Fockler, Taylor Gant, William Gillam, and Brandon Tillander will take the fight to the front-runners and try to become the first-timer!

Racing starts at 7 with pits opening at 4 and grandstands at 5. For more information you may visit www.bubbaracewaypark.com or call us at 352-622-9400!

A Warm Welcome Back

March 20th, 2013

Ocala, FL- The Crate Late Models opened their season up with a non-points race for the NeSmith Weekly Series while the E-Mods, Hobby Stocks, and Rent-N-Roll Gladiators all put points and glory on the line in the second week of racing at Bubba Raceway Park.

Hobby Stock action was the opener and it started with Hunter Gustafson jumping to the lead from outside pole. Devin Walker and Donnie Ashford found themselves chasing the 15-year old driver until a lap 10 caution for James Erickson. Erickson took a wild ride as his car smacked the wall and the contact flipped his #16 right over after heavy contact with the fence. Erickson, who was 3rd at the time, got out under his own power and his only complaint was that he wrecked a beautiful racecar. The final 10 went caution-free but not drama-free as Walker, who’s feathers had been ruffled already by Gustafson, made a move that was seen differently by everyone. Regardless, Gustafson held Walker off and took home his first ever feature win and the whole family took the trip to Coors Light Winner’s Circle. Hunter was teary-eyed, his father Chuck was speechless, and brother Chase had a grin from ear-to-ear. Walker was a frustrated 2nd and wants to go 1-spot better soon! Ashford finished 3rd to maintain a slim points lead over the teenagers while Sean Monoghan and Pat Buckley completed the top 5.

The E-Mods were much the same as pole-sitter Shane Nichols held the lead through the lap 6 caution for Kyle Arvin’s turn 2 spin. Nichols had a fierce battle with Shane Taylor around lap 13 but Taylor could not get around “Sweetfeet” Shane Nichols. “Sweetfeet” took his 2nd consecutive feature and remains the only winner in division history. Shane Taylor took home a 2nd-place finish while Swede Melgaard finished a solid 3rd. Shawn Taylor finished 4th and Roy Crain rounded out the top 5.

Our Crate Late Models opened the season up with a few young guns up front- Carter Stokes, the outside pole sitter, actually led the first 3 laps before spinning on his own after Tyler Clem brought out a caution moments earlier. Shan Smith inherited the lead but lost it as Jeff Mathews took the inside line straight to the front. After a restart for a Billy Holmes spin it was Mathews who made the mistake and let Bryan Bernhardt have the inside line and Bernhardt made the most of it as he led lap 6. Mathews took it back on lap 7 but slipped up and gave it right back to Bernhardt on lap 8. On lap 10 Mathews spun and Kenny Monohan made contact with him in turn 4. Mathews made himself work and used the rebound trail to finish 2nd in the feature because no one could catch Bryan Bernhardt. Bernhardt’s win meant that we had yet another first-time winner and a first-time points leader! Mathews fought back to 2nd with Kenny Monohan a strong 3rd, Tyler Clem an impressive 4th, and Carter Stokes a hard-fought 5th.

The Rent-N-Roll Gladiators closed the night with “The Rookie” Hayden McCormick leading. Robert Oneail and Jerry Taylor gave chase and took advantage of McCormick’s misfortune when his right rear wheel broke off with 7-to-go. Oneail inherited the lead but lost it to Taylor on the restart before his car gave out itself! Taylor took home a huge win and Josh Fincher finished a strong 2nd. Tom Sheehan finished a career-best 3rd with Bill Southard and Oneail the top 5.

Next week we get another chance to debut the all-new Bubba Army 360 Sprints. The Scorpion Racing Products UMP DirtCar Open-Wheel Modifieds will open their season up as well and they will be joined by the Hobby Stocks and the 1-800-ASK GARY Thunder Stocks. For more information please visit www.bubbaracewaypark.com or call us at 352-622-9400!

More First-Timers?

March 12th, 2013

Ocala, FL- After 4 of the 5 winners last week were first-timers in their respective division at Bubba Raceway Park it leaves us wondering- can we do it again? Of course, the Crate Late Models will as it’s their first time out without the NeSmith Touring Series on site and the E-Mods will battle for just the 2nd time in history. The 2 that leave questions, of course, are the Hobby Stocks and the Rent-N-Roll Gladiators. Those 4 divisions will put on a fantastic show that you won’t want to miss!

The Bubba Raceway Park Crate Late Models will go at it on the 3/8 mile but just for track points as the NeSmith Weekly Series does not count races until March 25th. Kyle Bronson, coming off of a big win in the United Dirt Late Model Challenge Series, has already won a NeSmith Touring Championship race so he knows how to win in the Crate Late Model on the big scale. Ivedent Lloyd, Jr. and Christian Augspurger will take their talents into the Crate Late Models and we’ll get a real solid look at 10-year old Tyler Clem as he’ll be on a level playing field with the stars. It’s going to be a great season for the Crate Late Models and it’s almost ready to start!

Shane Nichols has seen every inch of Bubba Raceway Park (including some parts he wishes he’d never seen) and he won a feature in his 3rd different discipline last week-end in his E-Mod. “Sweetfeet” is now the points leader but his win didn’t come easy as he did have to pass Roy Crain and hold him off. The Taylor boys, Shawn and Shane, ran up front as well and Jeff Stalnaker, Sr. took home a top 5. We’ll have to wait and see what the division has in store but 1 thing is for certain- it’s going to be an exciting division to watch!

The Hobby Stocks foolowed suit and put another driver on the list of winners as Donnie Ashford swept the night in the defending champion’s car. Ashford will be running the full schedule for the Friend’s Racing team and started just as he needed to. Devin Walker finished a solid 2nd and never let Ashford rest while James Erickson was ecstatic with his 3rd place finish in his return to the division. Charlie Seroki ran a very quiet race last week and is towards the top of the points table while young Hunter Gustafson took a heat win and a 5th-place finish home. With 2nd place Rodney Wright and 3rd place Mike Stalnaker out for the first few events of the season and Mark Maresca having engine troubles it leaves the door open for Ashford, Gustafson, and Brian Shea to pull away. Get those points now before they’re gone!

The Gladiators will continue to excite and with Robert Gullett taking a first career win it’s all wide open now. Todd “Hard Time” Roberts made the rookies work while Jerry Taylor, Josh Fincher, Kody Fisher, and Devan Pegel all finished behind him. Plenty of other drivers will throw their hats into the mix but who will stay on course and be crowned champion- that has yet to be answered.

Bubba Raceway Park will open up the pits at 4 and the grandstands at 5. Racing will start at 7. For more information you can check out www.bubbaracewaypark.com or call us at 352-622-9400! Don’t miss the exciting action at Bubba Raceway Park!

More Than Just An Hour Lost

March 11th, 2013

Ocala, FL- Bubba Raceway Park kicked off the 2013 season with a wild night of action that included a $3000 to win Late Model race, Hobby Stocks, the all new E-Mods, Thunder Stocks, and Gladiators. The season just started and it’s already getting intense!

Action got off quick as the Hobby Stocks put on a 20-lap thriller. Devin Walker used a solid starting spot to lead the first 3 laps but Donnie Ashford, the new driver of the Friend’s Racing #12 after Trevor Gamble’s job forced him to take a sabbatical, would steal it from “The Mayo Missile.” Jeff Sargent’s motor let go soon after and stacked the field up for another shot at the lead. Walker would fall to 3rd as Sean Monoghan got by him as well but over the next 12 laps Ashford, Walker, Hunter Gustafson, and Monoghan put on a fantastic 4-car battle. Gustafson fell off the pace on lap 15 with mechanical issues but the Gustafson Racing team is excited for the future. Ashford nearly lost it in traffic but he would not be denied victory in this one. With Ashford getting the trophy and Walker going 2nd it left Monoghan in 3rd- however, he was disqualified for technical reasons so James Erickson jumped on to the podium. Charlie Seroki finished 4th and Gustafson rounded out the top 5.

With 1 first-timer out of the way the E-Mods were brought out meaning we’d have at least 2 first-time winners! Roy Crain got the early lead and held it through a couple of cautions including a 5-car pile-up on lap 2. On the final restart of the race Crain got caught napping and Shane Nichols (yes, the Nichols who’s won Sportsman and Thunder Stock features before) took full advantage and pulled away to an easy win. In fact, Nichols won the first Sportsman race in the Modern Era too! “Sweetfeet” was followed across the line by Crain and Shane Taylor who spun twice early in the race. Shawn
Taylor finished 4th and Jeff Stalnaker, Sr. completed the top 5 in the first-ever E-Mod feature.

The Late Models went 50 laps in a United Dirt Late Model Challenge Series-sanctioned event that saw Keith Nosbisch lead the first 12 laps after he set Fast Qualifying Time at a 14.429 (93.56 MPH). On lap 12, after 3 restarts in the feature, Kyle Bronson made a bold move in turn 3 as he not only overtook Nosbisch for the lead but Mark Whitener for 2nd! “Catfish” had a tire go down and an 8 car pile-up ensued as drivers tried to avoid Nosbisch. Bronson spun himself on the restart and it left 2 very strong cars outside of the top 15. To recap the lap 20 restart event, which was confirmed by
video evidence, Kyle Van Sickle nudged Mark Whitener down course which cut the entire inside lane off. Though the first 2 cars made it through, every one else in the field piled into a nasty accident which nearly flipped Jason Fitzgerald’s car over. All drivers were okay but some cars were not. Drivers got the message and went 17 caution-free which allowed 23rd-place starter Ivedent Lloyd, Jr. to take the lead from Whitener on lap 30. With 5 to go Whitener slowed and allowed Austin Kirkpatrick to have 2nd to himself with Keith Nosbisch on his tail- the top 3 had all been outside of the top
20 at 1 point in the race! Lloyd pulled away but Kirkpatrick reeled him in and made the winning pass on lap 48 to go from 24th-place starting spot to win the feature after a transmission problem kept him out of heat race action. Lloyd finished 2nd with Kyle Bronson, Keith Nosbisch, and Rich Pratt the top 5. But wait! Kirkpatrick’s dream became a nightmare when he was DQ’d for having an illegal tire compound on the #11. Lloyd would inherit the win but he, too, was in err as he had 2 carburetor spacers on- 1 more than UDLMCS rules allow. So, Kyle Bronson took his Warrior to the top step and gained $3000 while Nosbisch, Pratt, Kenny Monohan, and Brandon DeWitt went home the official top-5.

The 1-800-ASK GARY Thunder Stocks took the opportunity to act respectful and they did. Taylor Gant led the opening laps but Bubba Durbin took over for the final 16. With 5 left on the board Melvin Fockler, driving for Nanny this week, brought out the only yellow when he spun the #33F. No harm was done, however, as Tony Campbell broke an axle and Jason Gamble blew his motor within 10 seconds of the spin. Jonathan Appleby’s motor also decided to let go and left just half of the original 18-car field on track! Durbin pulled away once more and claimed an easy win over Taylor Gant. Jeff Stalnaker, Jr. finished a hard-fought 3rd with Brandon Elwood and Joe Boyd a solid top-5.

Devan Pegel made the Rent-N-Roll Gladiators more exciting than he needed to when he flipped his #96 in turn 1. Pegel did a complete barrel-roll in mid-air and kept the car running when it hit the ground. Pegel would retire from the race and was okay. Robert Gullett seized his opportunity and promptly danced away from the field as Todd Roberts couldn’t catch driver #2. Roberts finished 2nd to our 4th first-timer of the night, Gullett, while Jerry Taylor finished 3rd. Josh Fincher finished a respectable 4th and Kody Fisher finished 5th in his last race as a 15-year old.

Next week we put the Crate Late Models on track for the first time without the NeSmith Late Model Series stars while the Hobby Stocks, E-Mods, and Gladiators will all return. For more information you may visit www.bubbaracewaypark.com or call us at 352-622-9400!

Restart!

March 5th, 2013

Ocala, FL- This week we’ll try it again after most tracks cancelled racing plans due to the uncomfortable cold. Bubba Raceway Park will now open 2013 up with the Late Models, Hobby Stocks, all-new E-Mods, Thunder Stocks, and Gladiators.

The Late Models 2012 season was the most competitive in recent history and this race will be the 75th points-paying event since the reconversion back to dirt in 2008! Mark Whitener will go to work defending his 2012 title while home-town hero Ivedent Lloyd, Jr. will look for yet another win at his playground. Christian Augspurger took home a big-money race last season and knows there’s more to reach- in fact, there’s a chance to be crowned the youngest champion of the division by a few years. Bo Allen and Bryan Bernhardt will try to break the curse and visit Coors Light Winner’s Circle but Jeff Mathews and Richard Ferry will try to put a few more checkmarks in the “W” column. The main question is yet to be answered, however: Can anyone stop Whitener and Lloyd?

Many people are saying that the most competitive division in the Southeast United States right now is the Florida Street Stocks and when you have 10- yes, 10- drivers that can win on any given night and finish, well, 10th the next night it’s tough to argue. Drivers like Brian Hansford and Scotty Kay, Jr. made names for themselves last year as did “Ragin” Rodney Wright. You can never count out the last 2 Bubba Raceway Park champions in Tim Powers and Trevor Gamble or hired guns Kevin Durden, Mike Tovet, Grady Christian, and 16-year old Devin Walker. Add Tim Gay, Brian Morgan, and Mike Stalnaker to the mix and you have 12 of the best drivers in the business right now!

The E-Mods will throw the eraser into a statistician’s book because there are no numbers to look at! Going off of rumors, Facebook posts, and everything that means very little it seems as if former Thunder Stock champion Jason Gamble and some of his fellow competitors, John Thorpe and JD Gillette, will be the favorites. Exactly what I meant by a statistician’s nightmare! We’ll let the on-track action speak for itself and see what stats these drivers can put in the books.

The 2012 Thunder Stocks ran 37 features with 14 different winners. Jonathan Appleby took the title with 6 wins but may become the 5th consecutive champion to leave his crown on the table as he pursues a Late Model career. With “Jonny’s” absence it leaves young driver Brandon Elwood as a favorite as well as Bubba Durbin, “Hothead” Brian Mullins, and “Sweetfeet” Shane Nichols. The James’s from Citra- James Erickson and James Sullivan- will be up front as well as Brandon Tillander. Don’t forget, however, that nobody expected some of the former champions to win the title because, in the Thunder Stocks, it’s anybody’s game!

With 2012 champion Steve Johnson backing out of points racing some young guns like Brandon Haseleu, Devan Pegel (who will be racing for a special reason this week), and Jordan McMillon seem the favorites for a title. Casey Feaster seems ready to attack the championship once more and could finally break his curse at the 3/8 mile in Ocala. And, as we saw in 2010 with Matt Shea, a young driver could come from nowhere and take home the title- even with a Rear Wheel Drive machine!

Racing is scheduled for 7:00 while grandstands open at 5:00 and the pits at 4:00. You won’t want to miss this racing and for more information you can visit www.bubbaracewaypark.com or call us at 352-622-9400!

Bubba Raceway Park Opens Regular Season Up This Saturday!

March 1st, 2013

Ocala, FL- Bubba Raceway Park is ready to throw some mud once more after an exciting Bubba Army Winter Nationals in which drivers such as Tony Stewart, Ken Schrader, Steve Kinser, and Bryan Clauson tore it up and put on 13 exciting nights of racing for the fans. We open up our points-paying season this Saturday at 7:00 with the Scorpion Racing Products UMP DirtCar Modifieds and the 1-800-ASK GARY Thunder Stocks. Joining them after a 1-year hiatus from the 3/8 mile track will be the always exciting Florida Mini Sprints Association and the debut of the all-new Bubba Army 360 Sprint Cars.

Last year we ran Sprint Cars but it was always run under the Top Gun Sprint Car Series banner; this year, we move on to host our very own class of 360s and put on some great shows. The Sprint Car Silly Season in Florida has been quite odd over the winter but www.floridasprintcarfans.com can help you keep up to date. Insiders say that Robbie Smith, Danny Martin, Jr., Matt Kurtz, and Tyler Godwin will look to attack the 3/8 mile track and etch their name in the track history books.

Kyle Bronson’s claimed his first championship and in the process ended Jeff Mathews’ 4-year reign at Bubba Raceway Park. Bronson ran 20 races, winning 13, finishing 2nd 3 times, and DNFing 3 times due to mechanical woes. He also tied the track record, in the Modern Era (2008-Present), for most feature wins in a season. Now, there were other drivers too including Mathews, the only other driver with more than 1 win, and Dalton Lanich, who finished as runner-up and took home his first feature win in the Chris Williams Racing #2L. Buzzie and David Reutimann each took home a win and Mark Whitener also visited Coors Light Winner’s Circle once. Rich Pratt also took home a trophy after taking home the checkers in his Macaloso Racing #78. Bronson hopes to continue his dominance while the field looks to end driver #40B’s dominance.

The Florida Mini Sprints last ran a points race at Bubba Raceway Park in 2011 when 8 of their 9 races had different winners, the only repeat winner being eventual champion Chris Pacetti. After an exciting 2012 season that saw “Young Gun” drivers Dylan Colding, Nicholas Snyder, and Paige Moss really step up it was still about veterans up front in Eddie Moss, Jr. and Dirk Miller. Now, a name that has the Series shaking is David Showers, Jr., the Late Model Ace who is 1-for-1 in his Sprint Car career. “Hollywood” Scott Kreuger hopes to return to action and fight for the flag just as all of the FMSA drivers do every week!

As diverse as the division seemed there was still dominance in the 1-800-ASK GARY Thunder Stocks. In 37 features we saw “IceMan” Chad Scranton win 9 times, Shane “Fly High” Nichols win 8 times, and division champion Jonathan Appleby win 6 times! Then there were 11 other winners including Bubba Durbin, the 2012 Florida State Thunder Stock Champion, 2009 division champion Jason Gamble, and Mark Trexler, a perennial back-marker that finally broke through and took home win #1 in a career that dates back to the early-1990s. Appleby seems ready to move into a Late Model which could open the door for Trexler, Nichols, Durbin, and Brandon Elwood who will start his 2nd full season of dirt racing. The door is always wide open in this wild division- who’s going to put their foot in the door first?

Bubba will put on a Happy Hour from 1-3 in Bubba’s Pit Stop before opening the pits at 4 and grandstands at 5. Racing is scheduled for 7:00 for 4 incredible classes of cars. To check up on rule packages, ticket deals, and much more check out www.bubbaracewaypark.com or call us at 352-622-9400!

Tracy Hines Takes USAC Win In 2013 Bubba Army Winter Nationals Finale

February 24th, 2013

Ocala, FL–The USAC Amsoil National Sprint Cars and the Southern States Midgets Series were given the honor to complete the 26 day Bubba Army Winter Nationals and they completed it in style!

The Southern States Midgets went into the night with a tie atop the standings- Ryan Partin of Florida and Aaron Farney of Indiana both had 163 to their name! Farney won Fast Qualifier with a 16.003 and won the Heat meaning he needed only to finish 2nd to wrap up the Florida portion of the championship. Damon Fortune would jump to the lead while Farney and Partin chased just as they had done 24 hours prior. Farney took the lead for a brief moment but didn’t take it completely until lap 8. On lap 10 Partin would end his night and bring out the race’s only caution. Farney took an easy win in the race and a hard-fought championship with it. Fortune would wind up 2nd while Andy Bradley, Darrin Davis, and Partin completed the top 5.

USAC Preliminary Events started with Qualifying and it was Chase Stockon again on top with a 13.936 (96.87 MPH) which was just .117 off of Bryan Clauson’s NTR set on Thursday. Stockon would win his heat as would Chris Windom, who had flipped the night before and was using a back-up car. Landon Simon won his first career USAC Heat and Brady Bacon rounded Heat race action up with another win. Robert Ballou would win the B Main and Chris Gurley, again, used a Provisional to make the 23-car field.

The feature started with young Tyler Courtney on pole and Tracy Hines on the outside. Hines jumped to the early lead over Hunter Schuerenberg and Courtney before a lap 4 caution for a caution involving Gurley and Dallas Hewitt. A couple of cautions marred the early part of 15 laps but the real yellow flew with just 4 to go when Simon slowed right after Schuerenberg and Hines had gone at it for 5 laps. The final yellow flew with 2 to go when Justin Grant’s tire went flat while running 3rd! The top 3 during the whole race jumped at it for 2 laps but Hines held off all challengers to go flag-to-flag at Bubba Raceway Park and pick up career win #45. Tyler Courtney took a career best 2nd and Chase Stockon was a happy podium finisher in 3rd. Robert Ballou finished a solid 4th and Schuerenberg completed the top 5.

The Bubba Army Winter Nationals were a huge success and we wish all of the competitors from the NeSmith Late Models presented by CrateRacinUSA, UMP DirtCar Modifieds, UNOH All Star Circuit of Champions 410 Sprints, World of Outlaws Late
Models, USAC Amsoil National Sprint Car Series, and the Southern States Midgets Series a wonderful 2013! With every series setting a new track record it shows the progress Bubba has made with the track and it’s only getting better! We hope to see you next Saturday for the regular season opener featuring the Florida Mini Sprints Association, our 1-800-ASK GARY Thunder Stocks, our Scorpion Racing Products UMP Modifieds, and our brand new Bubba Army 360 Sprint Cars! For more information you can visit us at www.bubbaracewaypark.com or call us at 352-622-9400!

Tracy Hines Steals The Show At Bubba Raceway Park

February 23rd, 2013

Ocala, FL–Once more the USAC stars took to the 3/8 mile clay oval and the Southern States Midgets Series joined them to put on a fantastic night of racing. There was even a special appearance from Kyle Larson who will start 21st in tomorrow’s NASCAR Nationwide Series season-opening 300-miler at Daytona.

The Southern States Midgets were up first and they did not disappoint. Damon Fortune jumped to the lead from his pole position but Aaron Farney and last night’s winner Ryan Partin were able to keep pace with him. As those 3 worked their way around the track with laps close to 16.175 (Farnay’s Fast Qualifer time) it was Darrin Davis who again struggled and parked half-way through. On lap 11 Fortune ran out of luck and spun while leading and he collected Partin with him; Fortune was done but Partin continued on with a damaged right front suspension. Aaron Farnay, the young driver from Indiana, was able to capitalize and take home the trophy while Partin fought back to 2nd place. Andy Bradley won the family battle with Scott Bradley and Fortune finished in 5th position.

USAC Preliminary Events started with Qualifying where 2 cars broke the track record and into the 13-second bracket. Bryan Clauson did so on his first lap and eventually put up a 13.819 (97.69 MPH) to set the mark for tomorrow night or maybe forever! Chase Stockton won Heat 1 before Brady Short took down Heat 2. “The Throttle” Shane Cottle won Heat 3 and Brady Bacon won Heat 4. Those 4 heats locked in the top 4 to give us 16 drivers and a B Main, won by Nick Drake, put 6 more cars in. Chris Gurley would take a Provisional to make a 23-car field.

The feature got crazy right from the start when Drake, the 8th place starter, spun with Tyler Courtney- the wreck ended both driver’s nights but they were okay. A few early cautions slowed the field twice but the lap 9 yellow came for Levi Jones who slowed while in 3rd, his night ending there. Just 1 lap went in the books before Chris Windom went for a wild ride in his #21X in turn 3. Windom was okay but the front end of his machine wasn’t as lucky. The drivers got the message after that and went caution free to the end but that doesn’t mean it was boring. Robert Ballou had led the entire event but Tracy Hines was never too far back and when Ballou opened the door on the inside of turn 1, on lap 30, Hines attacked. About that same time (maybe before the pass, maybe after) Ballou’s right rear tire shredded and cost him either 12 or 13 spots, depending on how you look at it- he finished 14th regardless. Hines was a very happy winner while Bryan Clauson was able to jump into 2nd position to hold on to the USAC Amsoil National Sprint Car Championship lead. Hunter Schuerenberg, the man who also broke the Track Record, finished a solid 3rd with Chase Stockton and Dave Darland in tow.

The final event of the Bubba Army Winter Nationals is tomorrow! The pits will be open all day and the grandstands open at 4:30 with cars scheduled to hit the clay at 6:30. This information all comes from USAC Officials just a few minutes after the conclusion of Friday night’s action. To keep up with everything please visit www.bubbaracewaypark.com or call us at 352-622-9400!

This Time Clauson Takes The Trophy

February 22nd, 2013

Ocala, FL-The USAC Amsoil National Sprint Car Championship began their season with a thriller at Bubba Raceway Park while the Southern States Division II Midgets put on some exciting racing as well.

The Midgets had a wild 15-lapper that started with Aaron Farnay, Darrin Davis, and Ryan Partin the starting order. Partin made quick work of Davis who’s car started to smoke as the race came to a close. With Davis’ off the pace it left just Partin to defend home soil and he did just that as he strolled to his first ever win on the 3/8 mile track. Farnay finished in a solid 2nd place and Davis went back to the chalkboard in 3rd.

USAC Preliminary Events started with Chase Stockton falling less than 0.15 off of the track record but he did walk away with the Fast Qualifer Award. Nick Drake would start the heat races off with a win and Brady Scott, “The Wild Child” Jac
Haudenschild, and Shane Cottle followed in his footsteps. The 4 heats locked 16 cars in and a B Main, won by Chris Windom, secured 6 more spots on the 22-car starting grid.

Feature action started with Dave Darland and Coleman Gulick going at it up front before a lap 3 red flag when Shane Cottle flipped his #2. “The Throttle” walked away from the crash but lost valuable time and cash. On the restart Gulick found himself doing 2 full 360s before the yellow was displayed; however, under yellow, he lost his cool and rammed Darland (who he was upset with for the restart that seemed slow) and was immediately parked. Action didn’t stop there as he pulled to the pit exit and showed his displeasure to Darland who nearly earned a black flag himself. The hoopla allowed Bryan Clauson, Brady Bacon, and Kevin Thomas to slot in positions 2-4 behind Darland. The final caution came on lap 5 of the 30-lapper when Brady Short cut a tire down and didn’t maintain a reasonable pace. After the restart Clauson
hounded Darland and as they approached lapped traffic it gave Clauson his shot and he led for a brief moment on lap 21 but gave it right back to Darland. With white flag in view Clauson made another move against the cushion and it stuck- Clauson, unlike last year when he spun to the infield at the checkers, took the trip to Victory Lane in the Tony Stewart Racing #20 to keep TSR a perfect 3-for-3 at Bubba Raceway Park in 2013. Darland would wind up in 2nd but had to fend off Brady Bacon who finished a quiet 3rd. Hunter Schuerenberg and Robert Ballou rounded out the top 5.

Tomorrow night we again start at 8 and it’s still USAC and the Southern States Midgets! Pits open at 5 and grandstands at 6- don’t miss the action and you can look everything up on www.bubbaracewaypark.com or call us at 352-622-9400!

Rocket Man Pockets $20,000 For Super Sunday Showdown Victory

February 19th, 2013

Ocala, FL–The best drivers in Late Model racing made the trip to Bubba Raceway Park for the 5th event of the World of Outlaws Late Model Series tour. The winner’s prize would be $20,000 after 75 grueling laps around the 3/8 mile.

Action got started with Ohlins Shocks Qualifying and the middle group was the place to be and Mason Zeigler used his qualifying position to take his first career Fast Qualifier Award with a 13.948 (96.79 MPH). Zeigler would also dominate his heat, another first for him, to join Darrell Lanigan, Josh Richards, and an ill Jimmy Owens. After some intense heat racing the World of Outlaws moved on to the Last Chance Showdowns where Brady Smith and Pat Doar clinched spots in the Feature with exciting victories. Casey Roberts earned the 23rd starting spot after dominating the Keyser Manufacturing Last Chance race. Tim Fuller and 2013 Rookie of the Year candidate Dillon “The Atlantic Assassin” Wood earned the 2 World of Outlaws provisional positions and 2012 track champion Mark Whitener earned a Promoter’s Choice Provisional but would, unfortunately, scratch from the race. Kent Robinson used his Emergency Provisional to put 27 cars on the starting line-up. The redraw favored the heavy hitters as “The Newtown Nightmare” drew the coveted 1 spot and “Scrub” Rick Eckert found himself on the outside pole. “Rocket Man” Josh Richards drew a very quiet 3rd and “The Real Deal” Don O’Neal pulled a 4. Mike Marlar and Darrell Lanigan were again next to each other, this time on the grid in row 3 while Mason Zeigler got a nasty first taste of the redraw system and pulled a 7, right ahead of Shane Clanton.

Decisions had to be made on strategy as 75 laps, or 28.2 miles, were to be run with $20,000 up for grab. Jimmy Owens shot to the lead like he was fired out of a cannon but Josh Richards was riding on a Rocket up to 2nd. On lap 9 the track time paid off as Richards took the lead. On the very next lap it was track position and Owens used lapped traffic to take the point back, however, on lap 17, Richards sped back to the front. Just past lap 25 Mike Marlar, last night’s heartbreak story, cut a right rear tire and brought out the first of 4 cautions. The next yellow flew 2 laps later when Steve Francis cut his left rear tire in front of team-owner Clint Bowyer who had just qualified 18th in a historic Daytona 500 qualifying session. Richards would lead the field to green with Owens and Don O’Neal in tow. After a further 7 laps it was Casey Roberts’ turn to bring the caution out when his #101 began to lose life. Richards was still the leader but Scott James had fought to move his Warrior into 2nd and Owens was holding on to 3rd. The final yellow flew on lap 48 for Dillon Wood who also lost power in the #1W. Richards would have his hands full with James and Owens in tow but Owens began to freefall after the restart. O’Neal pounced into 3rd and Eckert jumped up to 4th but they would become stationary as the other 2 pulled away. Chub Frank had powered his way up from outside of the top 15 to run in 5th place but James was chasing his place in the history books. From lap 60-65 Richards was caught in traffic and James was sniffing the blood- the problem, however, was that James used his tires up and didn’t make the crucial pass. Richards strolled home after the threat- he even lapped Darrell Lanigan who completely missed it tonight- and earned a cool $20,000 while James finished a hard fought and well deserved 2nd. “The Real Deal” admitted that he gave valuable time up over the last 2 days but that 3rd was a great result. Rick Eckert was able to make his ill mother smile with a solid 4th place finish and “Chubzilla” finally shook the monkey off of his back with a top 5 finish.

After an exciting week-end of the World of Outlaws we move on to our final week of the Bubba Army Winter Nationals with USAC and the Southern States Midgets Series. The stars of USAC such as Bryan Clauson and Darran Hagen will try to break the track record of 14.366 (93.97 MPH) set by Brady Bacon last year. It’s going to be a wild final week of the Bubba Army Winter Nationals and you won’t want to miss it! Racing on Thursday and Friday will start at 8 meaning pits open at 5 and grandstands at 6. On Saturday we wrap it all up with a 7 PM start time while pits open at 4 and grandstands at 5. For more information visit www.bubbaracewaypark.com or call us at 352-622-9400!

Darrell Lanigan Is Unstoppable At Bubba Raceway Park

February 18th, 2013

Ocala, FL-Once more the World of Outlaws Late Models and Bubba Army Hobby Stocks presented by Ferrea Racing Components took to the 3/8 clay oval for some hot action. The Hobby Stocks were fighting for some pride and cash while the 7th feature event for the World of Outlaws at Bubba Raceway Park would pay $10,000 to the winner. In the previous 6 events only former series champions had won- Darrell Lanigan the first 3 and the 6th, while Josh Richards won the 4th and Rick Eckert the 5th. Other series champions like Shane Clanton and Tim McCreadie were mighty quick on Friday as well as 3-time track champion Ivedent Lloyd, Jr. Would history repeat itself or would a fresh face visit Coors light Winner’s Circle at Bubba Raceway Park?

The Bubba Army Hobby Stocks presented by Ferrea Racing Components feature started with Brian Morgan jumping out to the lead over a handful of drivers like Devin Walker, Grady Christian, and Donnie Ashford. Walker would take over the top spot
around the lap 5 mark and never look back as he strolled to a dominant win in the caution-free 20-lapper. “Shady” Grady Christian and Donnie Ashford had a nice tussle for 2nd and Christian held on just barely as those 2 went 3-wide with Kevin Durden for 2nd-4th. With Ashford in 3rd and Durden 4th after struggling most of the night it left Brian Morgan down in 5th place. Walker won a Winter Nationals event for the 2nd consecutive year and the #55 team was ecstatic.

In preliminary action Josh Richards was again Ohlen Shocks Fast Qualifier but only ran a 15.046 this time. Richards promptly won his heat as did Scott James, Mike Marlar, and Darrell Lanigan. The Last Chance B Mains were won by Billy Moyer and Chub Frank, proving how much talent is at Bubba Raceway Park, while the Keyser manufacturing Last Chance race was won by “The Wizard” Dave Hess, Jr. Jonathan Davenport drew pole while Richards got stuck with the 8, Lanigan drew outside pole, and Marlar would draw the #4.

Jonathan Davenport and Darrell Lanigan were given the honors of bringing the World of Outlaws to life for a 50-lapper worth $10,000. Lanigan made quick work of “Superman” and had the lead by the lap 3 caution for Casey Roberts cut tire. Mike Marlar restarted in 2nd and on lap 10 squeezed through the door Lanigan had left open in turn 3. On lap 20 Billy Moyer brought the yellow flag out and left Marlar in front of Lanigan, Tim McCreadie, Richards, and Shane Clanton. The final 30 went green but they weren’t easy. Marlar and Lanigan caught traffic on lap 35 and had to work it methodically as McCreadie began to barrel down on them. On lap 49, with the white flag in site, Marlar made the error and slipped up out of 4 and allowed Lanigan to attack and steal the lead. Nothing could be done as the “Bluegrass Bandit” strolled to his 2nd win of 2013 while Marlar was again left empty-handed. “T-Mac” would finish 3rd with Josh Richards in 4th. Shane Clanton was able to put his Capital Race Car in the top 5. So, after night 2 the Rockets look good with another win, a 2nd, and a 4th while the Warrior goes home with a 3rd place finish and the Capital breaks into the top 5.

It’s gonna get good tomorrow as more drivers will stroll in for the chance to win $20,000 in a 75-lapper. Pits open at 12, grandstands at 1, and hot laps have been rescheduled for 4:30. Don’t miss the final night of the World of Outlaws Late
Models! Also, at 12:30 there will be a Fan Gathering by the grandstand concession area with some give-a-ways and even a guest appearance by some World of Outlaws drivers. We encourage you to come meet up with us at 12:30 for the first ever World of Outlaws “Tweet-Up.” For more info on times and prices you may visit www.bubbaracewaypark.com or call us at 352-622-9400!

Lanigan STILL On A Roll In The World Of Outlaws

February 16th, 2013

Ocala, FL–It’s the World of Outlaws Late Model Series and the Bubba Army Hobby Stocks presented by Ferrea Racing Components turn to take to the 3/8 mile track of Bubba Raceway Park and the action is as hot as Darrell Lanigan’s 2012 season.

Our Hobby Stock drivers sent what Grady Christian called “6 of the best in Florida” and they all went at it for a $1000 prize. Kevin Durden dominated the first 13 laps but when it came to crunch time he had plenty of good company on his back. Going into turn 3 Sean Monoghan dove for 2nd and lost it all as his #51 broke loose to set-up the Green White Checkers. Durden had Tim Gay, winner last time out, and “Shady” Grady Christian trailing and when Gay fell off the pace it let Christian squeeze right into 2nd from starting position #6. Gay actually brought the yellow out as he was unable to exit the track which left “Big KD” to hold off “Shady Grady” and Brian Morgan. Christian seized the opportunity and forgot about the berm in turn 1, held his ground, and escaped the leader. Car #36 led just half a lap but it was the most important part and Grady Christian earned a cool $1000. Durden was a disappointing 2nd while Brian Morgan, Hunter Gustafson, and Devin Walker rounded out the top 5, respectively.

For the 6th time the World of Outlaws Late Models made the trip to Bubba Raceway Park and every driver was trying to make the trip worth it, especially with $7000 on the line. Action started off quickly when Josh Richards, Mike Marlar, and Darrell Lanigan all broke the track record set by Lanigan 364 days ago. Richards won the Ohlen Racing Shocks Fast Qualifer Award with a 13.771 (98.03 MPH) that probably won’t last very long with the way the track has been progressing. The 4 heat races were quite simple as the top 4 of each would lock-in to the A Main feature- Richards, Marlar, and Lanigan all won their heats from pole and Brady Smith won the fourth from the outside pole. The B Main races were quite entertaining as local driver and WoO Rookie of the Year candidate Dillon Wood charged to 2nd and earned the 20th starting spot. Wood joined Ivedent Lloyd, Jr. and Mark Whitener as the Local Representatives. Eric Wells dominated his B Main race and Shane Clanton cruised to victory in the 2nd B Main. The Keyser Manufacturing Last Chance Showdown pitted 3 of the biggest names in the sport right now- Clint Smith, Chub Frank, and Billy Moyer- against each other for 1 transfer spot. The catch, however, was that Frank and Smith had provisionals to fall back on. No matter as “Cat Daddy” Clint Smith won the Last Chance. Frank and Kent Robinson would use the Provisional starting spots while Moyer was sent to the grandstands for the night.

Rick Eckert drew pole for the 35-lapper with Scott James on his outside. Josh Richards and Darrell Lanigan made up row #2 and Ivedent Lloyd, Jr. would grid in 5th. After the field completed 1 lap Tim Fuller, Whitener, and Wood caused the biggest accident of the night and it would force Whitener to retire from the race. Fuller would struggle to a 17th place finish and Wood limped home in 13th. Action got back under way and Eckert was not pulling away from 3-time track champion Ivedent Lloyd, Jr. “The Professor” dove underneath of “Scrub” and put his family-owned #21 on top of the scoreboard as the yellow flew for a slowing Ray Cook. Review of the scoring devices would count the lap and give Lloyd the lead with 25 laps left. Lloyd held the point through a lap 13 caution for Fuller, “Cat Daddy,” and “Chubzilla” on the backstretch but gave it up when Darrell Lanigan used the high line to overtake the Ocala driver. With 2 to go Bub McCool, the reigning Rookie of the Year, stalled on the backstretch- bitten by the Sophomore Slump- setting up a restart with Lanigan leading Tim McCreadie (who had just used a Lloyd slip-up to jump to 2nd), Ivedent Lloyd, Jr., James, and “Rocket Man.” Lanigan waved goodbye while “Rocket Man” rocketed into 3rd as he barely got nipped at the line by “T-Mac.” Ivedent Lloyd, Jr. was the top finishing non-World of Outlaws champion in 4th but what could have been for “The Professor?” Scott James finished a solid 5th leaving the chassis builders with a nightmare: Rocket-Warrior-Rocket-Snow Brothers- Warrior!

Josh Richards carries the points lead into Saturday’s action which will be a 50-lapper for $10,000 while the Hobby Stocks will again battle for a $1000 prize. Action starts at 7 so pits open at 4 and grandstands at 5 for tomorrow- you don’t want to miss it! For more info check out www.bubbaracewaypark.com or call us at 352-622-9400!

Eckert Hoping History Repeats Itself During This Weekend’s Bubba Army Late Model Winter Nationals At Bubba Raceway Park

February 15th, 2013

OCALA, FL – Rick Eckert wouldn’t mind seeing history repeat itself during this weekend’s Bubba Army Late Model Winter Nationals at Bubba Raceway Park. Last year, of course, Eckert captured the big-money finale of the inaugural World of
Outlaws Late Model Series tripleheader at the three-eighths-mile track. This year he’ll try to duplicate his feat in an even bigger-money Winter Nationals headliner – a race that stands as the richest dirt Late Model event of 2013 Florida Speedweeks.

BRP co-owners ‘Bubba the Love Sponge’ Clem and Tom Bean have posted a $20,000 first-place prize for the winner of the 75-lap ‘Super Sunday Showdown’ on Feb. 17, which caps three consecutive evenings of Winter Nationals action. The meet also includes a 35-lap A-Main paying $7,000 to win on Friday night (Feb. 15) and a 50-lap feature with a $10,000 victor’s check on Saturday evening (Feb. 16).

Eckert, 47, of York, Pa., would love to sweep the weekend, making him the first driver in WoO LMS history to win three consecutive A-Mains in as many days at the same track. But even if he falls short of that lofty achievement, a triumph in the marquee race of the Winter Nationals – and all of Florida Speedweeks – would certainly satisfy him. “It meant a lot to us to win the big show last year (at BRP),” said Eckert, who earned $12,000 for topping last year’s 60-lap Winter Nationals finale at BRP. “It would mean even more this year. Getting that 20-grand would really help our team get through a long trip and keep going down the road.

“It’s cool to see somebody boost up the burst and have a real big race in Florida,” he added, hailing Clem’s move to enhance the second annual Winter Nationals at BRP with a true attention-grabbing special that represents the first Florida Speedweeks event since 2002 to pay $20,000 or more. “We’re all glad Bubba is doing it – and he’s a guy who can do it. He can pull down some sponsorship and get everybody talking to make it happen.”

Eckert has fond memories of the 2012 Winter Nationals finale, which served to bust him out of his struggles at the awkwardly-shaped BRP. He had never scored a top-five finish in his five previous A-Main starts there, including a pair of lackluster efforts (10th, 11th) in the first two features of last year’s Winter Nationals. “The racing was really aggressive the first couple nights last year and we struggled,” said Eckert. “Finally, for the third night, (the track) slowed down enough and changed the racing a little bit. I don’t know if we got any better or if the racetrack just came to us, but something clicked. We kept working and changed a lot of things, and then, when the track got more slippery and you had to drive a lot straighter than you had to the first several nights, we ended up being real good.”

Eckert emerged triumphant in an exciting, down-to-the-wire 60-lapper, a race that was widely hailed as arguably the best dirt Late Model feature of 2012 Florida Speedweeks. He worked hard for his money, falling back from his sixth starting spot before rallying during the second half. When Darrell Lanigan of Union, Ky., slid high in turn two moments after passing Mike Marlar of Winfield, Tenn., for the lead on lap 43, Eckert vaulted past both drivers to assume command and later survived a last-lap challenge from Marlar, whose bid ended against the turn-three wall. “The track got slippery, but you still had to be up on the wheel,” remembered Eckert. “It turned out to be great racing. I lost some spots early but was able to get back up through there. There were a couple incidents where guys got together and I slipped by and then I held on. It was pretty wild.”

Unpredictable racing has become a hallmark of the Bubba Army Late Model Winter Nationals at BRP. Eckert attributes much of the action to the fact that BRP is “shaped like an egg.” “It’s a fun racetrack,” said Eckert. “It has a half-mile (type) corner and quarter-mile (type) corner, and the straightaways just meet ‘em up. It makes it interesting. It’s hard to get your car really good at both ends, so you basically gotta pick your end to try to be at your best. “It is challenging,” he continued. “I enjoy racing there, because any racetrack that makes people make mistakes is easier to race on, easier to pass. If it’s just a big, smooth circle, it can be really hard to pass. But Ocala is hard enough to get around – you gotta change directions in (turns) three and four compared to one and two, and that makes people make mistakes and opens up opportunities to pass.”

Eckert is hoping his Team Zero by Bloomquist car, which sports a more black-dominated color scheme this year, will allow him to make winning moves at BRP. He wasn’t happy with his performance during last weekend’s season-opening ‘Winter Freeze’ doubleheader at Screven Motor Speedway in Sylvania, Ga., where he finished 18th in Friday’s 40-lap A-Main (after using a provisional) and seventh in Saturday’s 50-lapper.

“I’m gonna have to improve a lot from where I’m at right now to be at my best again for that last race (at BRP), let me tell ‘ya,” Eckert said prior to Saturday night’s program at Screven. “We had some motor trouble in practice (last Wednesday night at Screven) and got our backup car out (for Friday’s program), but we were missing something. We changed everything but the seat and steering wheel coupler (on Saturday afternoon) to try to get things right.”

Eckert did improve on Saturday night at Screven, but “we still need to get better,” he said. There will be plenty of hungry drivers for Eckert to deal with at BRP, including red-hot WoO LMS regulars Shane Clanton of Fayetteville, Ga., and Josh Richards of Shinnston, W.Va., who enter the Winter Nationals tied for the points lead after both scored a win and a runner-up finish at Screven. The roster of WoO LMS regulars ready for duty at BPR also includes Lanigan, the defending tour champion and a winner of one A-Main in each of the last three years at BRP; 2006 titlist Tim McCreadie of Watertown, N.Y.; Tim Fuller of Watertown, N.Y.; Clint Smith of Senoia, Ga.; Chub Frank of Bear Lake, Pa.; Pat Doar of New Richmond, Wis.; and 2013 Rookie of the Year contenders Morgan Bagley of Longview, Texas, Eric Wells of Hazard, Ky., and Dillon Wood of New Smyrna Beach, Fla.

Among the standout drivers expected to compete in all three events at BRP are Marlar, Jimmy Mars of Menomonie, Wis., Brady Smith of Solon Springs, Wis., Gregg Satterlee of Rochester Mills, Pa., Jonathan Davenport of Blairsville, Ga., Ron Davies of Warren, Pa., Brandon Sheppard of New Berlin, Ill., and multi-time BRP champion Ivedent Lloyd Jr. of Ocala, Fla.
Indications are that even more talent will join the field for the ‘Super Sunday Showdown,’ including Don O’Neal of Martinsville, Ind., Steve Francis of Ashland, Ky., Dennis Erb Jr. of Carpentersville, Ill., Jared Landers of Batesville, Ark., Austin Hubbard of Seaford, Del., and John Blankenship of Williamson, W.Va.

A three-day grandstand pass for the Winter Nationals is available for $90. General admission will be $35 on Friday and $40 on both Saturday and Sunday, with pit passes $40 on Friday and $45 on Saturday and Sunday. After an open practice night on Thursday, pit gates are scheduled to open at 5 p.m. on Friday, 4 p.m. on Saturday and 12 noon on Sunday with spectator gates unlocked one hour later each day. Racing is slated to begin at 8 p.m. on Friday and 7 p.m. on Saturday, while the ‘Super Sunday Showdown’ schedule will start earlier with hot laps at 3 p.m. and racing at 4 p.m. More information on the Bubba Army Late Model Winter Nationals can be obtained by logging on to www.bubbaracewaypark.com or calling 352-622-9400. For more information on the WoO LMS, visit www.worldofoutlaws.com. Fans can also follow the WoO LMS on Twitter at Twitter.com/WoOLateModels and Facebook at Facebook.com/WorldofOutlaws .

The World of Outlaws Late Model Series is brought to fans across the country by many important sponsors and partners, including Arizona Sport Shirts (Official Apparel Company), Armor All (Official Car Care Products), Gravely Tractors (Official Lawn Equipment), Hoosier Racing Tires (Official Racing Tires), STP (Official Fuel Treatment), Vicci (Official Uniform), VP Racing Fuel (Official Racing Fuel), DirtonDirt.com (Hard Charger Award) and McCarthy’s One Hour Heating & Air Conditioning (Raye Vest Memorial Pill Draw Award); in addition to contingency sponsors Butlerbuilt, Cometic
Gasket, Comp Cams, Dominator Race Products, Edelbrock, Eibach Springs, JE Pistons, JRI Shocks, Klotz Synthetic Lubricants, MSD Ignition, Ohlins Shocks, QuarterMaster, Roush Yates Performance Parts, Superflow Dynos, Wrisco Aluminum and XS Power Racing Batteries; along with manufacturer sponsors Capital Race Cars, Integra Shocks, GRT Chassis, Jake’s Carts, Longacre, Racing Electronics, Rocket Chassis, TNT Rescue, and Warrior Chassis.

Schatz Opens UNOH All Star Season with Win at Bubba Raceway Park

February 14th, 2013

Schatz, a five time World of Outlaws champion, passed 2012 UNOH All Star Eastern Region champion Daryn Pittman on the 11th lap and then held off Pittman in traffic to claim his 10th career UNOH All Star victory.

“There’s just nothing like winning. I think the media picking me to win the World of Outlaws title this year takes some of the pressure off. To know the media recognizes how good of a team we have helps us,” said Schatz beside his Tony Stewart Racing/STP/Armor All backed #15. “Bubba has worked very hard on this track trying to make it two grooves and it paid off tonight. The track was as good as I’ve ever seen Ocala.”

Three time UNOH All Star champion Dale Blaney and Pittman would bring the field to the green with Pittman grabbing the lead aboard his new Kasey Kahne Racing ride. Schatz, who drove around Blaney on the second lap to take the runner-up spot, would slip past Pittman for the lead on the 11th lap.

Things really got interesting after Schatz took the lead, as Kerry Madsen put his machine on its side, bringing out the red. On the restart, Schatz would pull away slightly from Pittman as Hanover, Pennsylvania’s Logan Schuchart slid around Blaney for third with Bellevue, Ohio’s Cap Henry getting around David Gravel for fifth.

Schatz? lead would evaporate in lapped traffic as Pittman closed to within three car lengths. The battle for the fifth spot would heat back up with five laps to go, with Henry, Gravel and Cody Darrah battled.

Schatz would hold off Pittman at the checkers with Schuchart taking third with Blaney and Gravel rounding out the top five.

“There were some lapped cars that give us some problems. I just had to pull out all the stops and puss the issue a little with some of them. Once I did that we were good,” said Schatz.

For Pittman, his debut in the Great Clips/Sage Fruit machine couldn’t have gone much better.

“I’m very pleased with how we ran tonight. It was a bit disappointing to watch Donny go by, but in the same token he didn’t pull away. I was able to hang with him and I think the last five laps I was quicker than he was and I had a shot at him in traffic. I think it helped me to be behind him. I was able to see where I was losing ground to him and where I needed to change my line. I learned a lot following him,” said Pittman.

For Schuchart, it was another good start to a racing season.

“Last year we started strong at Screven but struggled at Ocala. But tonight? I don’t know if it’s the new Hoosier tires or we found something with the car, but I felt good in the car. I could run with the fast guys and that felt really good,” said Schuchart beside his Rich Fogle Custom Pole Buildings/Your Auto Source Inc. /Newman’s Shell backed #1s.

“It was hard to pass tonight. When Blaney and Madsen got together, I was right there with them so on the restart I knew I could race with them. I was able to get to third and I knew I was fast up top. I can’t wait to race tomorrow,” added Schuchart.

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Bubba Army Winter Nationals- Week 2, Night 2

February 13th, 2013

Ocala, FL–UMP Modifieds and UNOH All Star Circuit of Champions 410 Sprints went all-out and what a race both series put on for the full-house!

The UMP DirtCar Modifieds went 30 laps for their $3000 payday but Kyle Bronson and Jeff Mathews would try to spoil the party from Row 1. Mathews, however, wouldn’t even make it through the warm-ups and ran just 1 lap at the tail. Rodney Sanders inherited the outside pole and quickly jumped to the lead over Bronson and Kyle Strickler before Nick Hoffman punted Hoffman in turn 3 in a racing incident. The race started off slowly but Sanders, Bronson, Nate Caruth, and Strickler pulled away. Caruth would fall out with a flat right rear tire and Bronson would fall out with a mechanical failure. Ivedent Lloyd, Jr. jumped at the chance and cautions to go from 25th to 3rd behind the leaders. Sanders never fell out of his lead and took a big win while Strickler held 2nd after inheriting it from Bronson. Ivedent Lloyd, Jr. took the biggest mover award with a 3rd place finish while Paul Snyder and Dave Hess, Jr.- each on completely different scenarios- took solid top 5 finishes. A $4000 prize sat waiting for the driver who could tackle the UNOH 410 All Star Circuit of Champions feature and Dale Blaney and Daryn Pittman had earned the front row from the Dash. Pittman would shoot to the lead and hold it through 11 before everything went crazy. Donny Schatz jumped to the lead at the line as Kerry Madsen toppled his #29 on it’s side. Madsen would climb from the car uninjured. A wild second half saw Schatz jump to a massive lead but win by just 3 car lengths over Daryn Pittman. Logan Schuchart finished a respectable 3rd with Dale Blaney and Cap Henry the top 5.

A $4000 prize sat waiting for the driver who could tackle the UNOH 410 All Star Circuit of Champions feature and Dale Blaney and Daryn Pittman had earned the front row from the Dash. Pittman would shoot to the lead and hold it through 11 before everything went crazy. Donny Schatz jumped to the lead at the line as Kerry Madsen toppled his #29 on it’s side. Madsen would climb from the car uninjured. A wild second half saw Schatz jump to a massive lead but win by just 3 car lengths over Daryn Pittman. Logan Schuchart finished a respectable 3rd with Dale Blaney and Cap Henry the top 5.

It’s The Ronnie And Ronny Show In BRP NeSmith Chevrolet DLMS Finale

February 10th, 2013

OCALA, FL – It was good to have the first name of Ronnie or Ronny this week at Bubba Raceway Park for the NeSmith Chevrolet Dirt Late Model Series Rock Auto.com Speedweeks Presented By Racecar Engineering at Bubba Raceway Park. Ronnie Johnson of Chattanooga, TN won the 50-lap main event Saturday night and Ronny Lee Hollingsworth of Northport, AL took the Speedweeks Championship. Johnson drove the NeSmith Chevrolet Special to the $3,000 win and posted his 15th career NeSmith Chevrolet Dirt Late Model Series victory, and his first in over two years. Hollingsworth, who posted Rock Auto.com Speedweeks Presented By Racecar Engineering wins on Tuesday night, Wednesday night and Friday night, picked up a $2,000 bonus for the taking the points title. Hollingsworth pocketed a total of $8,825 prize money and point fund awards during
the five nights of NeSmith Chevrolet Dirt Late Model Series racing at Bubba Raceway Park. Johnson finished second in the Rock Auto.com Speedweeks Presented By Racecar Engineering points and pocketed an additional $1,000 to bring his five night total to $5,860.

A total of 72 drivers representing 12 different states and Canada participated in the NeSmith Chevrolet Dirt Late Model Series Rock Auto.com Speedweeks Presented By Racecar Engineering over five nights at Bubba Raceway Park, with an average nightly car count of 62 race cars. Over $70,000 in prize money and contingency awards were paid out over the five
nights. The top 30 drivers in the Speedweeks point standings received at least $500 in point fund money, and received a product award worth between $900 and $500.

Johnson was glad to end his NeSmith Chevrolet Dirt Late Model Series victory drought on Saturday night at Bubba Raceway Park, as he took the lead on lap 23 from Justin McRee of Cottondale, AL in the High Roller Race Cars Special, and went on to post a 3.837 second margin of victory at the checkered flag.

“I’ve been waiting for a racing surface like this all week,” Johnson said. “The track has been good this week, but tonight was the kind of track that really suits my driving style. We could race from top to bottom, and that really helped me get through lapped traffic. This is a special win because we haven’t won a NeSmith race for a couple of years.”

Johnson also said the win was special because one of his heroes from his younger days of racing was at the race. “This race is also special because one of my heroes in racing, Larry Moore, was here tonight and he taught me a lot in the early days of my racing career,” Johnson said. Both Johnson and Moore are inductees in the National Dirt Late Model Hall of Fame. Ronnie Johnson of Chattanooga, TN drives his #5 NeSmith Chevrolet Special under Justin McRee of Cottondale, AL in the #25 High Roller Race Cars Special in turn three to take the lead in the 50-lap NeSmith Chevrolet Dirt Late Model Series Rock Auto.com Speedweeks 50 Presented By Racecar Engineering on Saturday night at Bubba Raceway Park in Ocala, FL. (Photosbytrace.com Photo)McRee finished second followed by Walker Arthur of Forest, VA in the third spot driving the Cecil B. Arthur Beef Farms Special. Hollingsworth was fourth in the Sparks Motorsports Special and Canadian driver Darren Peters of Fort Erie, ON took the fifth spot in the Billy Bones BBQ Rocket. Kyle Bronson of Brandon, FL, who was the Thursday night winner, finished sixth in the Brandon Ford Warrior, and took the Rookie of the Race Award.

Joey Coulter of Concord, NC was seventh in the Wolfpack Racing Rocket, and Josh Atkins of Talladega, AL took the eighth spot in the Yellow Hammer Construction Special. Andrew Satterlee of Rochester Mills, PA drove the W.G. Satterlee & Sons Rocket to a ninth-place finish, and Shan Smith of Dade City, FL rounded out the top ten in the Outlaw Race Parts TNT. Mack McCarter of Gatlinburg, TN started 24th in the McCarter Lumber CVR and finished 11th to earn the Hedman Husler of the Race Award. Hollingsworth and McRee brought the 27-car field down for the green flag in the main event, and the only caution flag of the race came out on the first lap when Brad Smith of Clemmons, NC tagged the front straightaway wall in the Smiley’s Race Products Special and collected several cars in the aftermath.

One of the cars involved was the AES Racing Special driven by Jonathan Davenport of Blairsville, GA, who was the Rock Auto.com Speedweeks Presented By Racecar Engineering point leader coming into the event. Davenport was able to continue for the restart and limped home for a 21st-place finish. The crash and the finish cost Davenport the Speedweeks Championship, but it earned him the Dominator Race Products Hard Luck of the Race Award. The complete restart saw McRee take the lead from Hollingsworth from his outside front row starting spot with Hollingsworth settling into second, Bronson in the third spot, Johnson in fourth, and Atkins in fifth. Johnson drove by Bronson on lap three to move up to the third spot, and Arthur moved into the top five on lap four.

McRee began to encounter the cars on the tail of the lead lap by the tenth lap, and that led to three and four wide racing and the leaders worked around the lapped cars. Arthur passed Bronson for the fourth spot on lap 16, and Johnson began to challenge Hollingsworth for second on lap 19. Johnson was able to pull inside of Hollingsworth coming down the front straightaway on lap 20, and passed him for the second spot in turn one. Johnson then set his sights on McRee in heavy lapped traffic. Johnson pulled inside of McRee in turn one on lap 23 and the two drivers raced side-by-side around the track before Johnson took the lead on the front stretch.

Arthur passed Hollingsworth for third on lap 27, but up front, Johnson was able to open up a full straightaway lead on McRee by lap 30, and he never looked back to take his first NeSmith Chevrolet Dirt Late Model Series win since July 10, 2010 at Smoky Mountain Speedway in Maryville, TN. In preliminary action, Hollingsworth out-qualified the 54-car field with a lap in 14.805 seconds to earn the Smiley’s Race Products Fast Time Award. The six ten-lap heat races were won by Johnson, Arthur, McRee, Hollingsworth, Bronson and Adkins.

The three 12-lap B-Main races were won by Ivedent Lloyd Jr. of Ocala, FL in the Harrod Logging Special, the 2012 NeSmith Chevrolet Weekly Racing Series Champion Chase Washington of Houlka, MS in the Jerry Inmon Racing Special, and Tait Davenport of Benton, KY in the Murtco Special. Cody Martin of Christiana, KY won the ten-lap Last Chance Race in the My Racing Graphics.com Warrior.

The next event for the NeSmith Chevrolet Dirt Late Model Series will be the $5,000-to-win 3rd Annual Rumble On The Gumbo 75 at Greenville Speedway in Greenville, MS on April 12-13. For more information about the NeSmith Chevrolet Dirt Late Model Series visit the series web site at www.nesmithracing.com, or visit the series on Facebook at NeSmith Racing.

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Hollingsworth Makes It 3 Out Of 4 In NeSmith Chevrolet DLMS BRP Speedweeks

February 10th, 2013

Ocala, FL- Ronny Lee Hollingsworth of Northport, AL celebrates his third NeSmith Chevrolet Dirt Late Model Series win in four nights in the Rock Auto.com Speedweeks Presented By Racecar Engineering on Friday night at Bubba Raceway Park in Ocala, FL.- Ronny Lee Hollingsworth of Northport, AL returned to familiar ground on Friday night at Bubba Raceway Park as he pulled his Sparks Motorsports Special into victory lane for the third time in four nights after winning the NeSmith Chevrolet Dirt Late Model Series Rock Auto.com Speedweeks Presented By Racecar Engineering 40-lap main event.

Hollingsworth started fifth and worked his way to the front of the pack to take the lead on the sixth lap. Right Foot Ronny then held off a late race challenge from Jonathan Davenport of Blairsville, GA to take the $2,000 victory. “We’ve been good here since we unloaded for practice on Monday, and tonight we just tried to stay out of trouble in the early laps,” Hollingsworth said. “Once we took the lead we were committed to the bottom of the race track. I got into Davenport one time, and I apologize for that, but I guess that’s just part of racing trying to hold your ground.”

Davenport took the second spot in the AES Racing Special for his best finish in four NeSmith Chevrolet Dirt Late Model Series Rock Auto.com Speedweeks Presented By Racecar Engineering races this week. Ronnie Johnson of Chattanooga, TN finished third for the second straight night in the NeSmith Chevrolet Special.

Tait Davenport of Benton, KY claimed the fourth spot in the Murtco Special. Ivedent Lloyd Jr. of Ocala, FL started 17th and finished fifth in the Harrod Logging Special to earn the Hedman Husler of the Race Award. Joey Coulter of Concord, NC was sixth in the Wolfpack Racing Rocket. John Over of Uniontown, PA drove the K2 Engineering Warrior to a seventh-place finish and Justin McRee of Cottondale, AL took the eighth spot in the High Roller Race Cars Special. Michael Blount of Sumrall, MS finished ninth in the Lamar Auto Salvage GRT, and Kyle Bronson of Brandon, FL rounded out the top ten in the Brandon Ford Warrior.

The early laps of the race were wild and action-packed with two first-lap multi-car tangles necessitating two complete restarts. The first accident took place in turn four that sent the Outlaw Race Parts TNT driven by Shan Smith of Dade City, FL and the Custom Spraying GRT driven by Brent Barrett of Cleveland, MS to the pit area.

The second pile-up coming off the fourth turn on the complete restart sent Jeff Smith of Chatsworth, GA in the Bilstein Shocks Warrior and Walker Arthur of Forest, VA in the Cecil B. Arthur Beef Farms Special to the sidelines and out of the race.

The field went green for the third time and polesitter Mike Pegher Jr. of Cranberry, PA in the 1 Cochran Rocket took the lead followed by Tait Davenport, Coulter and Hollingsworth. On lap two, Hollingsworth moved up to the third spot getting around Coulter. The third caution flag of the race came out on lap three when Jeff Mathews of Valrico, FL spun the CURS Warrior in turn four.

The caution was brought out for the fourth time on the restart when Jason Fitzgerald of Middleburg, FL in the M&M Transport Refrigeration GRT, Josh Adkins of Talladega, AL, and two-time NeSmith Chevrolet Dirt Late Model Series Champion and point leader coming into the race, David Earl Gentry of Murfreesboro, TN tangled in turn four.

Fitzgerald and Smith were done for the night, and Gentry lost five laps in the pit area making repairs to the Eads Farms/Hardy & Associates Warrior.

Gentry came back and salvaged an 18th-place finish, but he lost the point lead. That misfortune earned Gentry the Dominator Race Products Hard Luck Award.

The double-file restart was waved for the next restart, but the single-file order didn’t slow Hollingsworth down in his mission to the front of the pack. On the sixth lap, Hollingsworth passed Tait Davenport for the second spot going into turn one, and then grabbed the lead from Pegher coming off the fourth turn.

Johnson was also on the move, as he moved up to the second spot on lap seven, and began to chase down Hollingsworth, as the leader began to encounter lapped traffic on lap nine. Jonathan Davenport had moved up to fourth from his tenth starting spot by lap ten, and passed Pegher for third on lap 17. Jonathan Davenport got inside Johnson in turn one on lap 22 to take over the second spot, and Tait Davenport moved past Johnson on lap 24 to take over the third spot. Jonathan Davenport closed to within one car length of Hollingsworth on lap 29, and on the next lap tried to get inside of the leader in turn one.

Hollingsworth shut the door on Davenport, who had to slam on the brakes to keep from getting into the back of Hollingsworth, who pulled out to a four car-length advantage going down the backstretch.

The caution light was turned on for the fifth time on lap 33 when Pegher and Mack McCarter of Gatlinburg, TN in the McCarter Lumber CVR, who were battling for the sixth spot, tangled on the front stretch. Pegher was done for the night, and McCarter was ticketed for the caution. McCarter was able to rally back for a 12th-place finish and the Rookie of the Race Award. Ryan Montgomery of Fairmont, WV took over the sixth spot for the restart after starting 23rd in the Central Supply Warrior. Montgomery brought out the final caution flag of the race when he spun in turn four on the restart. Montgomery would hustle back through the field and salvage an 11th-place finish.

The line-up for the eight-lap dash to the finish saw Hollingsworth leading Jonathan Davenport, Tait Davenport, Johnson, Coulter, Lloyd, Over, McRee, Blount, and Mathews down to the green flag. Johnson would get to the inside on Tait Davenport going down the front straightaway on lap 34 to reclaim the third spot.

With five laps to go, Hollingsworth held a five car-length advantage over Jonathan Davenport, and he would go on to take the win with a .697 margin of victory. Lloyd got by Coulter for the fifth spot on the final lap, and Bronson would charge up into the top ten.

In preliminary action, Coulter out-timed the 57-car field with a lap in 14.774 seconds to take the Smiley’s Racing Products Fast Time Award. The six ten-lap Heat Races were won by Pegher, Adkins, Coulter, Hollingsworth, Tait Davenport, and Johnson.

The three 12-lap B-Main Races were won by Jake Teague of Oliver Springs, TN in the Wade’s Body Shop Special, McCarter, and Bronson. Greg Robertson of Waynesboro, VA won the ten-lap Last Chance Race in the Wynbridge Rocket. The NeSmith Chevrolet Dirt Late Model Series Rock Auto.com Speedweeks Presented By Racecar Engineering finale will take place at Bubba Raceway Park on Saturday night with a 50-lap $3,000-to-win main event. The $10,000 Speedweeks point fund that will reward the top 30 drivers in points will also be decided.

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Bronson Wins Wild NeSmith Chevrolet DLMS BRP Speedweeks Night 3 Races

February 4th, 2013

Ocala, FL.– Kyle Bronson of Brandon, FL survived a wild NeSmith Chevrolet Dirt Late Model Series 40-lap main event on Thursday night to win the Rock Auto.com Speedweeks Presented By Racecar Engineering event at Bubba Raceway Park. Bronson swapped the lead on several occasions before taking the $2,000 win driving the Brandon Ford Warrior.

Bronson led the first 14 laps of the race before dropping back to the fourth spot, but he rallied back to survive a tangle in front of him between the top two cars. That incident led to Bronson reclaiming the lead on lap 32. Bronson then held off a challenge from two-time NeSmith Chevrolet Dirt Late Model Series Champion David Earl Gentry of Murfreesboro, TN to take his first series career win with a 1.216 second margin of victory. Bronson finished second in the 40-lap NeSmith Chevrolet DLMS Rock Auto.com Speedweeks Presented By Racecar Engineering event on Tuesday night.

“There were slid jobs being thrown all over the place tonight, so when I saw how we were going to race, I got in there with them,” Bronson said. “There is some great competition here, so it feels great to win and we’re looking forward to the rest of the week.” Gentry finished second in the Eads Farms/Hardy & Associates Warrior to give the Knoxville-based chassis manufacturer a one-two finish. Gentry also took over the NeSmith Chevrolet Dirt Late Model Series point lead after the first three races of the 2013 season. Gentry had a ninth-place finish on Tuesday night and an eighth-place finish on Wednesday night. National Dirt Late Model Hall of Fame Inductee Ronnie Johnson of Chattanooga, TN took the third spot after a high-riding late-race charge in the NeSmith Chevrolet Special. Doug Horton of Bruceton Mills, WV had his best finish of the week with a fourth-place effort in the Mainland Transport Warrior.

Ivedent Lloyd Jr. of Ocala, FL drove the Harrod Logging Special to a fifth-place finish, and Jonathan Davenport of Blairsville, GA started 23rd and finished sixth in the AES Racing Special to claim the Hedman Husler Hard Charger of the Race Award. Davenport moved up to second in the NeSmith Chevrolet Dirt Late Model Series standings, two points behind Gentry. NASCAR Trucker and Rookie of the Year Joey Coulter of Concord, NC was seventh in the Wolfpack Racing Rocket, and Ryan Montgomery of Fairmont, WV took the eighth spot in the Central Supply Warrior. Shannon Lee of Lumberton, MS finished
ninth in the Billy Riels Racing GRT, and Jason Welshan of Maryville, TN rounded out the top ten in the Competition Racing Equipment Special. Bronson drew the pole position for the main event after winning the sixth ten-lap heat race. At the drop of the green flag, Bronson took the lead followed by Ronny Lee Hollingsworth of Northport, AL in the Sparks Motorsports Special, Horton, Justin McRee of Cottondale, AL in the High Roller Race Cars Special, and Darren Peters of Fort Erie, ON Canada in the Billy Bones Bar-B-Que Rocket.

Horton was the early race mover and shaker, as he passed Hollingsworth for the second spot coming off the fourth turn on lap two. Horton chased down Bronson on lap seven and began to challenge for the lead when the lead duo reached the cars on the tail of the lead lap on the eighth tour. The lead was exchanged on lap 12 when Horton drove under Bronson in turn one, but Bronson came off the second turn with a run on Horton to reclaim the point going down the backstretch. While Bronson tried to work lapped traffic on the bottom groove of the track, Hollingsworth went to the outside and got a run on the lead duo.

Hollingsworth sailed around the outside of Horton for second on lap 14 in turn three, and on lap 15, the high-flying Hollingsworth went around Bronson in turn four to take the lead in quest of his third straight NeSmith Chevrolet Dirt Late Model Series win at Bubba Raceway Park. Justin McRee of Cottondale, AL in the #25 High Roller Race Cars Special and Ronny Lee Hollingsworth of Northport, AL in the #18 Sparks Motorsports Special tangle on the backstretch at Bubba Raceway Park in Ocala, FL on Thursday night while battle for the lead in the 40-lap Rock Auto.com Speedweeks Presented By Racecar Engineering main event for the NeSmith Chevrolet Dirt Late Model Series. (Trace Crisp Photo)McRee picked up his pace on lap 17 when he dove under Horton in turn three to take the third spot, One lap later, McRee got by Bronson for the second position, and Horton also got by Bronson, dropping him back to fourth. The first of four caution flags came out on lap 19 when John Over of Uniontown, PA nosed the K2 Engineering Warrior into the front straightaway wall.

Hollingsworth led the doubled up McRee, Horton, Bronson, and Gentry back to green flag action. Bronson passed both Horton and McRee on the restart to move back up to the second spot, but McRee would take the position back on lap 20 by passing Bronson going down the backstretch. Horton was still in the fight, as he passed Bronson for third on lap 28. The second caution flag of the race came out on lap 29 when defending NeSmith Chevrolet Dirt Late Model Series Champion Matthew Turner of Dawsonville, GA stalled the J.T. Kerr Racing Equipment Special in turn four. The double-file restart order saw Hollingsworth leading McRee, Horton, Bronson and Gentry back to the green flag, and lead quartet would get busy in short order. McRee challenged Hollingsworth for the lead going into turn one on lap 31, but they tangled coming off turn two, and Hollingsworth spun to the infield on the backstretch. That brought out the caution flag and gave McRee the lead. Gentry moved up to the second spot for the restart followed by Bronson, Horton and Coulter.

Bronson turned up the wick on the restart by getting around Gentry for the second spot, and moved right up to challenge McRee for the lead. Larry Harrod of Plains, GA stalled the Harrod Logging Special in turn four on lap 32 to bring out the fourth and final caution flag. While the field circled the track under caution, something broke on McRee’s race car and forced him to give up the lead and head to the pit area. This misfortune earned McRee the Dominator Race Products Hard Luck Award. Bronson was once again in the lead followed by Gentry, Horton, Lloyd, Coulter and Johnson.

Johnson was ready to put on a show to heat up a chilly evening when the field went back to green flag racing for a nine lap dash to the finish. Johnson went to the outside and passed Coulter for the fifth spot on the restart. Lap 33 saw Johnson sail around the outside of Lloyd for the fourth spot, and he made the same move on Horton for third on lap 37. Meanwhile at the front of the pack, Gentry tried to get inside Bronson to challenge for the lead in the closing laps of the race, but Bronson would pull away with five laps to go, and hang on for the win. In preliminary action, Hollingsworth out-qualified the 62-car field with a lap in 14.774 seconds to take the Smiley’s Racing Products Fast Time Award. The six ten-lap heat races were won by Horton, Peters, Hollingsworth, Montgomery, McRee and Bronson. The three 12-lap B-Main races were won by Lloyd, Brent Barrett of Cleveland, MS in the Custom Spraying GRT, and Lee. Over won the ten-lap Last Chance Race.

The NeSmith Chevrolet Dirt Late Model Series Rock Auto.com Speedweeks Presented By Racecar Engineering at Bubba Raceway Park continues on Friday night with a $2,000-to-win 40-lap main event.

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NeSmith Chevrolet Dirt Late Model Series News Release

February 2nd, 2013

OCALA, FL – Ronny Lee Hollingsworth is on a roll in NeSmith Chevrolet Dirt Late Model Series Rock Auto.com Speedweeks Presented By Racecar Engineering action at Bubba Raceway Park. Right Foot Ronny made it two straight on Wednesday night with a win in the 40-lap main event driving the Sparks Motorsports Special.

Hollingsworth claimed his ground in the Bubba Raceway Park Victory Lane and hoisted the $2,000 check after taking a 2.340 second margin of victory over Walker Arthur of Forest, VA, who finished second in the Cecil B. Arthur Beef Farms Special. Justin McRee of Cottondale, AL took the third spot in the High Roller Race Cars Special.

After the first two nights of the NeSmith Chevrolet Dirt Late Model Series competition, Hollingsworth has a perfect 200 points and holds a 14 point advantage over McRee, who is in the second spot in the points chase with 186. Hollingsworth made it a “clean sweep” on Wednesday night by setting fast time honors, winning his ten-lap heat race, and taking the main event. Shan Smith of Dade City, FL was fourth in the Outlaw Race Parts TNT and defending NeSmith Chevrolet Weekly Racing Series Champion Chase Washington of Houlka, MS finished fifth in the Jerry Inmon Racing Special. Ryan Montgomery of
Fairmount, WV started 18th in the Central Supply Warrior and finished sixth to earn the Hedman Husler of the Race Award.

Ivedent Lloyd Jr. of Ocala, FL took the seventh spot in the Harrod Logging Special and two-time NeSmith Chevrolet Dirt Late Model Series Champion David Earl Gentry of Murfreesboro, TN was eighth in the Eads Farms/Hardy & Associates Warrior. Jeff Mathews of Valrico, FL drove the CURS Warrior to a ninth-place finish. Austin Kirkpatrick of Ocala, FL rounded out the top ten in the Sonny’s BBQ Special and was the Rookie of the Race.

Hollingsworth started of the evening by out-timing the 66 entrants with a lap around Bubba Raceway Park in 14.913 seconds to take the Smiley’s Racing Products Fast Time Award and earn the pole position for the third heat. Hollingsworth won that race, and then drew the number three pill for his starting spot in the main event. Tait Davenport of Benton, KY drove the Murtco Special to the win in the second ten-lap heat race and then drew the number one pill for the pole
position in the main event. Brad Smith of Clemmons, NC won the first ten-lap heat race and drew the number two pill for the outside front row starting spot in the Smiley’s Racing Products Special.

At the drop of the green flag for the 40-lap main event, Davenport took the lead followed by Smith, Hollingsworth, Arthur and McRee. The top four drivers battled for the lead in the opening laps of the race. Smith got an outside run on Davenport coming off the second turn on lap five, and took the lead going down the back stretch.

Smith tried to pull away, but couldn’t shake Davenport, Arthur and Hollingsworth. Davenport stayed glued to the inside groove of the speedway, but Bubba Raceway Park featured multi-grooves and drivers used all of them, as Arthur and Hollingsworth challenged Davenport for second running the outside cushion of the race track.

Arthur sailed around the outside of Davenport on lap seven to take the second spot, and Hollingsworth passed Davenport for third on lap nine. Smith began to encounter lapped traffic by lap ten, as Arthur, Hollingsworth and Davenport closed the gap. Hollingsworth was able get by Arthur for second on lap 11 coming off the fourth turn.

As the lead quartet came off the fourth turn on lap 12, Smith spun to bring out the first of two caution flags. That misfortune earned Smith the Dominator Race Products Hard Luck of the Race Award. Smith’s spin also gave Hollingsworth the lead, which he would never relinquish. Doubled up behind Hollingsworth for the restart were Arthur, Davenport, Nolan Dalton of Morgantown, WV in the Kahuna Motorsports Warrior, McRee, Mathews, Shan Smith, Kirkpatrick, Lloyd and Montgomery. Arthur was able to stay close to Hollingsworth after the restart, but the lead duo pulled away from Davenport.

The field was slowed for the final time on lap 24 when Kyle Bronson of Brandon, FL stalled the Brandon Ford Warrior in turn two. Hollingsworth led Arthur, Davenport, McRee, Mathews, Shan Smith, Kirkpatrick, Montgomery, Gentry, and Lloyd back to the green flag. Hollingsworth and Arthur once again pulled away from Davenport, who would begin to fade in the second half of the race. McRee threw a slider at Davenport in turn two on lap 25 to take over the third spot, and Shan Smith passed Davenport for fourth on lap 26. With ten laps to go, Hollingsworth eld a full straightaway advantage over Arthur. Behind the two leaders, McRee and Shan Smith would begin a side-by-side battle for the third spot on lap 35 that went on for the remainder of the race. Hollingsworth would enter lapped traffic on lap 36, but he had a big enough lead over Arthur that it didn’t come into play.

In other preliminary action, Arthur, Mathews and McRee won the fourth, fifth and sixth ten-lap heat races respectively. The three 12-lap B-Main Races were won by AES Racing teammates Dennis Franklin of Chesnee, SC and Jonathan Davenport of Blairsville, GA, and Jake Teague of Oliver Springs, TN in the Wade’s Body Shop Special. Darren Peters of Fort Erie, ON Canada won the ten-lap Last Chance Race in the Billy Bones BBQ Rocket.

Thursday night will see Night Three of the Rock Auto.com Speedweeks Presented By Racecar Engineering for the NeSmith Chevrolet Dirt Late Model Series at Bubba Raceway Park with a 40-lap $2,000-to-win main event. Hot Laps will begin at
6 p.m. with Qualifying at 7 p.m., and racing to follow. Bubba Raceway Park is located north of Ocala, FL at 9050 N.W. Gainesville Road, Ocala, FL 34482. For more information call 352-622-9400, or visit the track web site at www.bubbaracewaypark.com ( http://www.bubbaracewaypark.com ) and on Facebook at Bubba Raceway Park. For more information about the NeSmith Chevrolet Dirt Late Model Series visit the
series web site at www.nesmithracing.com (http://www.nesmithracing.com/ ), or visit the series on Facebook at NeSmith Racing. Becoming a fan of the NeSmith Racing Facebook page will make you eligible for special prizes that will be given away each month. You can follow us on Twitter @NeSmithRacing.

Hollingsworth Takes NeSmith Chevrolet DLMS Season Opener At BRP

January 31st, 2013

OCALA, FL – Ronny Lee Hollingsworth of Northport, AL picked up the NeSmith Chevrolet Dirt Late Model Series season opener and the first night of the Rock Auto.com Speedweeks Presented by Racecar Engineering at Bubba Raceway Park on Tuesday night. Hollingsworth led all 40 laps in the Sparks Motorsports Special.

Hollingsworth held off a late-race charge from Kyle Bronson of Brandon, FL in the Brandon Ford Warrior, but “Right Foot Ronny” was able to keep Bronson behind him to take the checkered flag with a .744 second margin of victory and pick up the $2,000 top prize. Bronson took the second spot with Jonathan Davenport of Blairsville, GA taking the third spot in the AES Racing Special. Justin McRee of Cottondale, AL finished fourth in the High Roller Race Cars Special and Jeff Mathews of Valrico, FL drove the CURS Warrior to a fifth-place finish. Ronnie Johnson of Chattanooga, TN was sixth in the NeSmith Chevrolet Special and Jake Teague of Oliver Springs, TN finished seventh in the Wade’s Body Shop Special.

Jason Fitzgerald of Middleburg, FL started 17th in the M&M Transport Refrigeration GRT and finished eighth to earn the Hedman Husler of the Race Award. Two-time NeSmith Chevrolet Dirt Late Model Series Champion David Earl Gentry of Murfreesboro, TN took the ninth spot in the Eads Farms/Hardy & Associates Warrior.

Shan Smith of Dade City, FL came back from a spin near the halfway point in the 40-lap race to round out the top ten in the Outlaw Race Parts TNT. Cody Martin of Christiana, TN finished 18th in the My Racing Graphics.com Warrior to earn the Rookie of the Race Award. Hollingsworth earned the pole position for the main event by winning the first of six 12-lap heat races. Hollingsworth took the lead at the start of the race followed by Bronson, Davenport, Mathews and Teague. Hollingsworth set a fast pace, as he was lapping cars by the fifth lap. The first of four caution flags came out on lap 19 when Smith spun in turn four. When the field went back to green for the double-file restart, it was Hollingsworth
leading Bronson, Davenport, Mathews, Teague, McRee, Johnson, Gentry, Ivedent Lloyd of Ocala, FL in the Harrod Logging Special, and Shannon Lee of Lumberton, MS in the Billy Riels Racing GRT. Teague, McRee, and Lloyd got by Mathews on the restart.

The second caution flag came out on lap 24 when Phillip Cobb of Dover, FL in the Mathis Farms Special triggered a multi-car tangle coming off the fourth turn. Hollingsworth led Bronson, Davenport, Teague, McRee, Mathews, Lloyd, and Johnson doubled up behind the leader back to the green flag. The restart saw the third caution flag of the race when Johnny Collins of Jacksonville, FL spun the Mills Concrete Special coming off the fourth turn. When the field went back to green flag action, McRee, Lloyd, and Mathews all got by Teague to take over fourth, fifth, and sixth respectively.
With ten laps to go, Bronson found a groove in the middle of the track that helped him close in on Hollingsworth to challenge for the lead. While Hollingsworth ran the inside groove, Bronson was able to get outside the leader on a couple of occasions in turns three and four. A late-race caution flag would interrupt the battle for the point. Lloyd would have problems on lap 36 while running fifth when he stalled in turn three to bring out the fourth and final caution flag. That misfortune earned Lloyd the Dominator Race Products Hard Luck Award. In the five lap dash to the checkered flag, Hollingsworth moved up the race track, which slowed Bronson’s momentum, and kept him in front for the win.

In preliminary action, Brent Barrett of Cleveland, MS was the Smiley’s Racing Products Fast Qualifier among the 67 entrants with a lap in 15.115 seconds driving the Custom Spraying GRT, The six 12-lap Heat Races were won by Hollingsworth, Davenport, Bronson, Keith Nosbisch of Valrico, FL in the Adams Used Auto Parts Rocket, Teague, and Mathews. Nosbisch scratched for the feature race.

The five 12-lap B-Main Races were won by Dennis Franklin of Chesnee, SC in the AES Racing Special, Collins, Smith, Lee, and Barrett. Tait Davenport of Benton, KY won the ten-lap Last Chance Race in the Murtco Special. The event was rain delayed for two hours by a rain shower after the second B-Main race.

History was also made on Tuesday night when 11-year-old Michael Lake of Uniontown, PA became the youngest driver to start a NeSmith Chevrolet Dirt Late Model Series main event. Lake, who has been racing go-karts since the age of three, finished second in the fifth B-Main race and earned the 20th starting spot for the big show. Lake finished 22nd in the Bobby Lake Motorsports Warrior.

Night two of the Rock Auto.com Speedweeks Presented by Racecar Engineering for the NeSmith Chevrolet Dirt Late Model Series at Bubba Raceway Park will be on Wednesday night at Bubba Raceway Park with a $2,000-to-win 40-lap main event. For more information about the NeSmith Chevrolet Dirt Late Model Series visit the series web site at www.nesmithracing.com, or visit the series on Facebook at NeSmith Racing. Becoming a fan of the NeSmith Racing Facebook page will make you
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BRP Winter Nationals Preview NeSmith Late Models presented by CrateRacinUSA

January 24th, 2013

The NeSmith Late Models presented by CrateRacinUSA will travel back to Bubba Raceway Park next week, the same place they finished their 2012 season up less than 2 months ago. Ivedent Lloyd, Jr. will have a busy month and it starts with trying to stay perfect in NeSmith-sanctioned races on his playground. David Earl Gentry, one of NeSmith’s most succesful drivers, will try to avenge his championship runner-up finish while 2012 champion Matthew Turner will hope to be more competitive this time around. Shan Smith and Doug Horton were the 2nd and 3rd place finishers in the 2012 World Championship Finale and will throw their names into the mix once more as they go for the glory, points, and the cash! A 5-day General Admission ticket is $60 while a pit-pass is $30 all 5 nights of racing. Monday night, January 28th, is a practice session and for $15 you can roam the pits and see the stars at their haulers. Tuesday-Friday (Jan. 29th-Feb. 1st) will pay $2000 to win each and the Saturday (Feb. 2nd) wrap-up will pay $3000. As always keep up with everything at www.bubbaracewaypark.com!

Large Contingent of Sweeney Rush Late Models set to Race at Bubba Raceway Park

January 18th, 2013

(Pulaski, PA)…While the start of the inaugural season is more than two months away for the Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC RUSH Dirt Late Model Series, more than a dozen Northeast Crate Late Model racers are making final preparations to head south in a little over a week to compete in the five-night “Bubba Army Winter Nationals” for the NeSmith Dirt Late Model
Series January 29-February 2 at Bubba Raceway Park in Ocala, FL.

When the Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC RUSH Dirt Late Model Series was announced two month ago, one of benefits was the alignment with southern stalwart, NeSmith Dirt Late Model Series. Both Series will be under the Crate Racin’ USA banner as it expands and further benefits and unites Crate Late Model racing in the nation!

While Bubba Raceway Park recently hosted the eighth annual $10,000 to-win NeSmith “World Championship” on December 1, B.R.P. will now for the first time host the “Winter Nationals”. All five nights will be full programs with $2,000 to-win the first four nights and $3,000 to-win on the Saturday finale. There will also be a $10,000 cash point fund as well as an
additional $10,000 in contingencies for the top 30 in points for the week-long “Winter Nationals”!

“Mike and I could not be more pleased with the large group of RUSH drivers that will be participating in the Winter Nationals,” stated Emig. “This event is going to be a great first step in the alignment of the Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC RUSH Late Models and NeSmith Series and how they will be able to compete together with relative ease in major events into the future.”

Doug Horton, who has been a big proponent of the new RUSH Series, will lead the Northeast contingent. The Bruceton Mills, WV standout has won numerous races in the Sunshine State. In 2010, he won five out of six starts at East Bay Speedway Park including the $10,000 “World Championship”. In the 2008 “World Championship”, Horton finished runner-up to Super Late Model star Jimmy Owens.

Horton’s protégé, Ryan Montgomery, will be starting his third year of Crate Late Model racing. The 2011 “Futures Cup” Champion is a 15-year-old from Fairmont, WV. Montgomery has won big crate races in the past at the now RUSH-sanctioned tracks of Sharon Speedway and McKean County Raceway. Montgomery’s #12 is expected to be one of the top contenders for the 2013 Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC RUSH Touring Series Championship.

One of the nation’s top Crate Late Model racers is Mike Pegher, Jr. The Wexford, Pa. racer will head south where he’s made quite a few successful trips in recent years to compete with various different sanctioning bodies and is always a threat to win. In 2010, Pegher won a $6,000 race at Mercer Raceway Park and $5,000 at Eldora Speedway. In 2011, he captured $30,000 at Volunteer Speedway in Bulls Gap, TN. Pegher will again be behind the wheel of the Lynn Geisler-owned #1C in many of the Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC RUSH Tour events in addition to competing in Geisler’s Super Late Model.

Making the trip with Pegher is the #2 of Andrew Satterlee. The Rochester Mills, Pa. up and coming racer has won numerous features in the Northeast at several tracks in recent years, and is the son of former Super Late Model star Dave Satterlee.

While he was a spectator and assisted Horton and Montgomery at the 2012 “World Championship” at B.R.P., John Over will take his always-sharp #K2 down to compete this time. The Uniontown, Pa. veteran is excited for the upcoming 2013 season, and was the 2010 and 2011 Roaring Knob Motorsports Complex champion before going on the road last season.

Fresh off his 2012 Roaring Knob Motorsports Complex Championship, Nolan Dalton will represent the Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC RUSH contingent at Bubba’s. The 48-year-old Morgantown, WV native has been a standout racer over the years throughout the Ohio Valley, Northeast, and Mid-Atlantic regions in Super Late Models and E-Mods in his #D2. Dalton recently made
the switch to Crate Late Models and has been a front-runner from the get-go.

In 2011, Wayne Robertson made the successful transition from the Super Stocks to Crate Late Models after winning the BRP CanAm Series title in 2010. Though the Corning, NY racer currently lives northeast of the hotbed of Crate Late Model racing in the region, Robertson has made the most of his limited starts with victories at several speedways including a $1,750 score at the “Fall Classic” at McKean County Raceway in 2011 and a $3,000 victory last August in the first ever crate race at the nearby Black Rock Speedway. Robertson has a knack for being fast wherever he travels, and is looking forward to making his first trip south to FL to compete at Bubba’s.

Michael Lake was also a spectator at last month’s “World Championship”, but this time, like Over, will be competing on the track driving his grandfather’s Bobby Lake Motorsports #27 entry. The sixth grader at Albert-Gallatin in Uniontown, Pa. is coming off a strong rookie season at Roaring Knob where he recorded eight top 10 finishes, a heat win, and the
$500 B feature win on October 21. Lake will be running for the 2013 RUSH “Futures Cup” Championship.

Four Canadian racers will be making the long tow south! Former Super Late Model racer, Darren Peters and his son Jorden will be entering their third year of Crate Late Model racing. Darren was the 2011 Humberstone Speedway Champion, while Jorden was last year’s champion winning the first two race of his career! The Peters look to many several trips to the states to run in 2013 and Jorden will be a contender for the “Futures Cup”.

Greg Belyea of Frankford, Ontario was a five-time winner at Brighton Speedway in 2012 and finished third in points, while 11th place Brighton Speedway point man Dave McDonald of Brighton. Both racers will join the Peters in their trek from the “Great White North”.

Super Late Model and Steel-Block standout, Walker Arthur, has picked up a Crate for his arsenal in 2013 and will get it started at Bubba’s. The Forest, Virginia racer expects to make several Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC Touring Series starts including the “Battle Down the National Pike” and “Mid-Atlantic Triple Crown” weekends.

Arthur won a pair of $10,000 races in 2012 at the “Fall Classic” at Natural Bridge Speedway and the “Victory Gang Junction” event at County Line Raceway. He was the 2010 and 2011 Steel-Block Bandit Champion, won the 2009 Natural Bridge and Eastside Speedways Two-Track Challenge, and was the 2008 Virginia Motor Speedway Champion.

An open practice will be held on Monday, January 28. For more information on the “Winter Nationals”, check out www.bubbaracewaypark.com or www.nesmithracing.com.

E-mail can be sent to the RUSH Racing Series at info@rushracingseries.comand snail mail to 4368 Route 422, Pulaski, PA 16143. Office phone is 724-964-9300 and fax is 724-964-0604. The RUSH Racing Series website is www.rushracingseries.com. Like our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/rushlatemodels and follow us on Twitter @RUSHLM.

Results from Bubba from the Hangover Derby!

January 10th, 2013

Ocala, FL– The Hobby Stocks and Thunder Stocks took to the track for 50 laps and $3000 while the UMP DirtCar Modifieds and Limited Late Models put on spectacular 20-lappers for the crowd.

Limited Late Models started the night off right with Roger Crouse dominating all 20 laps of the event. He had to hold Forrest Gough and Tyler Clem off, however, through a few cautions. A 9 lap run ended the race with Clem learning from the veteran and cutting the lead down to about 2 car lengths at the checkers. Crouse and Clem went 1-2 with Waylon Haynes, David Cline, and Ricky Land the top 5.

Next up were the Hobby Stocks who put on a show for the ages. Devin Walker drew pole position and led lap 1 but Kevin Durden quickly snatched it away. Walker actually cut a left front tire on lap 5 which forced him to restart 25th! A few laps after the restart Tim Gay got around Durden for the lead and 6 laps later Tim Powers had jumped to the lead! They would swap the lead back-and-forth 3 times each up to a lap 41 spin from Glenn Baum. Baum collected Don Woosley with him and both got to watch the finish. Gay stole the lead from Powers who fell back to 3rd while Durden gave chase to Gay. On lap 48 the final yellow slowed the field with Gay, Durden, and Powers the top 3. At the white flag Devin Walker had jumped up front and 4 drivers had the checkers in sight. Walker wound up spinning to the infield while Tim Gay picked up a cool $3000. Durden, Powers, Grady Christian, and Brian Morgan were the top 5.

UMP Modified action was crazy as usual and Kyle Bronson was ready to show that he still owns the joint. Rich Pratt spun from 2nd on lap 6 and parked the car at that point. On a lap 14 restart Bronson spun while leading leaving Buzzie Reutimann, Roger Crouse, and Paul Snyder as the top 3. With 6 laps left Bronson had work to do- he did it and led the final 2 laps to take home another win. Crouse ended up 2nd with Snyder, Reutimann, and Barry Sheffield the top 5.

Thunder Stocks went at it last and the word of the night was survival. Jeff Stalnaker, Jr. started the night wrong when a yet-to-be-identified-by-the-driver piece broke and sent the #33 around. Joe Boyd, Daniel Keene, Ryan Lisak, and Jimmy Carter also found a piece of the action and only Boyd continued on. Chad Scranton held the lead until lap 9 when Jason Gamble used the high line to pass driver #27. As the pack neared half-way Gamble was overtaken by Jonathan Appleby as Scranton faded before just pulling off course. Cautions marred the entire night but the last 15 were accompanied by a light drizzle and sparks everywhere. Appleby refused to let anyone bye him and Gamble found out when he got squeezed between the #69A and the wall. Coming to the white flag Shane Nichols drove in and sideswiped Appleby but both continued on! Appleby took the big win, his 8th career victory, over Nichols, Gamble, Tommy Hill, and Ray Wheeler.

Keep up with all of the WinterNationals news at www.bubbaracewaypark.com! NeSmith Crate Late Models, 410 Sprint Cars with Tony Stewart scheduled to race, UMP DirtCar Modifieds with Kenny Wallace and David Reutimann, World of Outlaws Late Models with a $20,000 to win race, and USAC! You won’t want to miss any of it!

Wild Hangover Derby Opening at BRP

January 5th, 2013

Ocala, FL–A wild opening night to HANGOVER DERBY at Bubba Raceway Park saw Tim Powers topple the time sheets for the Hobby Stocks with a 17.279 while Mike Stalnaker shot up front with a 18.555 in the Thunder Stocks. In each class 16 cars locked in to tomorrow’s $3000 to win 50-lapper. Of course, with 4 heats in each class it was the top 4 moving on. Below is a list of the provisional starting line-ups, qualifying order, and heat race results. B Mains take place tomorrow. We’ll see you tomorrow night for UMP Modifieds, Limited Late Models, Hobby Stocks, and Thunder Stocks! Racing starts at 7 and you won;t want to miss a second of the action!

Hangover Derby!!!

January 5th, 2013

Ocala, FL–This week-end Bubba Raceway Park opens the gates back up for a Friday night qualifying and heat race session for the Hobby Stocks and Thunder Stocks. On Saturday, both of those divisions will race 50-laps for a massive $3000 prize! As
they race for the heavy cash the UMP DirtCar Open-Wheel Modifieds will fight for $1000 and the Limited Late Models will race as a separate class for one final time. The Banquet, originally scheduled for Friday night, has now been moved to February 2nd at 3:00 PM. Racing begins at 8 on Friday with pits opening at 5 and the stands at 6. On Saturday the pits open at 4, stands at 5, and engines fire at 7. See ya at the track!

NeSmith Late Model Series World Championships Wrap Up Fantastic 2012 At Bubba Raceway Park

December 4th, 2012

Ocala, FL–With $10,000 on the line to the winner of the 100 lapper and $20,000 to the champion of the NeSmith Late Model Series there was green in every competitor’s eye. “Magic Man” Mark Whitener and Modified star, “The Killer” Kyle Bronson, made up the front row while row 2, also made up of heat race winners, had “The Professor” Ivedent Lloyd, Jr. ready to take everyone to school and Doug Horton, the only top 4 starter that hasn’t won a feature at Bubba Raceway Park before. Early on “Magic Man” Mark Whitener and Don “The Real Deal” O’Neal solidified their spots up front but Whitener held the advantage for quite some time. An early interruption on lap 16 came when Kyle Bronson and Jeff Mathews saw their nights take turns for the worse as contact ruined Bronson’s car and forced Mathews to park for the night. On lap 25 O’Neal overtook Whitener while David Earl Gentry looked good for a title in 3rd with Ivedent Lloyd, Jr. and Doug Horton trailing. Around the lap 33 mark O’Neal lost the advantage to #58 but the #7B took it right back. Ronnie Johnson, fighting hard in the top 3, brought a lap 38 caution out when he had nowhere to go but the wall; the contact ended his race. Just past halfway Whitener took the lead back for 15 laps before O’Neal made sure everyone knew that it was “The Real Deal.” However, just 2 laps after that a move by Whitener cause O’Neal to spin; O’Neal was not happy and made sure Whitener knew. That made the crews unhappy and a brawl was the result. With O”neal watching from his hauler it was Whitener’s race and he did exactly what was needed. Whitener took home his $10,000 check for the Big Frog Motorsports team
while Ivedent Lloyd, Jr. went back to the chalkboard with a 2nd place finish. Shan Smith, Doug Horton, and Keith Nosbisch rounded out the top 5. Chris Cantrell won Rookie of the Year honors and Matt Turner, who struggled most of the weekend, won the $20,000 NeSmith Late Model Championship!

Our very own 1-800-ASK GARY Thunder Stocks wrapped up a season of 37-points paying features (40 overall!) in spectacular fashion as they fought over a $2500 prize over 50 laps with a lap 25 competition caution scheduled beforehand. Up for a redraw after winning their heats were Jason Gamble, Joey Durbin, Chad Scranton, and Shane Nichols and also in the mix were heat race runners-up James Sullivan III, Bubba Durbin, Mike Stalnaker, and Brandon Elwood. Scranton drew outside pole and would lead early on. On lap 11 Mike Tovet brought out caution #1 when his 98T stopped on course. Just 4 laps later Harold Erickson got out of shape and contact from Luke Sadler sent both of them to the pit entrance. Literally. Both drivers escaped without injury but both cars need some work. On lap 25 James Sullivan, III spun in turn 2 and made it easy to call for a Competition Caution to re-fuel the machines. Bubba Durbin and Robert Ray exchanged Christmas card information on lap 26 which resulted in Ray being parked for the race. Chad Scranton, who had taken the Mike
Peters $250 award for Halfway leader and Pilot Travel Center’s Lap 20 leader $50 bonus, retired with a broken rear-end. Mike Stalnaker inherited the lead. The final 24 laps went caution free and Stalnaker had no easy task with Shane Nichols
breathing down his neck and Jason Gamble licking his chops in 3rd. Stalnaker coped with the pressure and earned his first victory since October of 2011. Nichols, Gamble, Bubba Durbin, and “Mr. Consistency” Brian Mullins rounded out the top 5. A
big thank you also to D&R Chassis for a $50 bonus for 24th place finisher Harold Erickson and Marion Machine and Tool for the $100 award for 21st place! Powerhouse Machine donated $100 to the Hard Charger and Ocala Entertainment put up $300 that was distributed in countless ways.

A congratulations to all of our feature winners and our champions. Matt Kurtz, Mark Whitener, Kyle Bronson, JO Nobles, Trevor Gamble, Jonathan Appleby, Buddy Pope, and Steve Johnson all worked hard and were crowned as champions in 2012. We will see you back at Bubba Raceway Park on Monday, January 28 of 2013, for the NeSmith Dirt Late Model Winter Nationals! To keep up with everything follow us on Twitter (@BubbaRacewayPrk), Facebook, www.bubbaracewaypark.com, or call us at 352-622-9400! Have a safe winter and we’ll see you in less than 60 days!

NeSmith Dirt Crate Late Model Series World Championships Hit Bubba Raceway Park

November 28th, 2012

Ocala, FL–The World Championships for the NeSmith Late Model Series will take place at Bubba Raceway Park for the first time in it’s 8 year history and it’s their closest points battle too! Matthew Turner leads David Earl Gentry by just 16 points and Larry Harrod sits within 100 points of Turner as well. Chris Cantrell, however, leads the fight for Rookie of the Year! With a $20,000 championship up for grabs it’s gonna be tight. On Friday they will qualify around the 1/3 mile and they’ll also heat race to lock-in some spots for the 100 lap feature on Saturday. Along with the feature there will be consolation, last chance, and B Main qualifiers to complete the grid for the 8th Annual NeSmith Crate Late Model World Championships. “The Real Deal” Don O’Neal and “T-Mac” Tim McCreadie will join the likes of Gentry, Turner, and our local drivers to take home the $10,000 reward for the race!

Our very own 1-800-ASK GARY Thunder Stocks will qualify and heat race with the NeSmith Crate Late Models on Friday to set up part of the field. On Saturday there will be last chance events, consolations, B Mains, and the 50-lap feature, the longest for the division in quite some time. With $2500 to the winner, $600 for 2nd, $400 for 3rd, $300 (usual winner’s purse) for 4th, and a top 5 will reward with $250 it’s going to get wild! A top 10 will be $130 and last starter will earn $75. There is a $25 entry fee for the event. Jonathan Appleby will have control of the championship but he’s out to take 1 more win before moving on to a new challenge. The fight is on and with names like Erickson, Scranton, Stalnaker, Appleby, Durbin, Gamble, Sullivan, and Nichols all set to appear you will have to beat the best in the business to take home the trophy and the cash!

Don’t miss out on an outstanding finale! Thursday night is practice, Friday is qualifying and heat races, and Saturday is the last chance, consolation, and feature races. For more information you can contact us on Twitter (@BubbaRacewayPrk), Facebook, www.bubbaracewaypark.com (http://www.bubbaracewaypark.com ), or call us at 352-622-9400!

Champions Crowned At Bubba Raceway Park

November 27th, 2012

Ocala, FL–The Scorpion Racing Products Modifieds, Buddy’s Home Furnishings Limited Late Models, Barfield Law Group Mini Stocks, and Rent-N-Roll Gladiators wrapped up their title fights while the 1-800-ASK GARY Thunder Stocks must wait another week to smell the trophy.

First up were the Rent-N-Roll Gladiators as they wrapped up the championship between Steve Johnson and Brandon Haseleu. A 10 lapper started with Reid Christensen out in front of the field as he looked for another win. Haseleu would struggle as he actually pulled off for the night early which allowed Steve Johnson to take home the title. On lap 6 David Pate smacked the outside wall out of turn 4 to bring the only caution of the race out. Steve Johnson would retire as his radiator began to steam and he knew the title was his. That left just Christensen and Stephen Frankland on track. They would finish in that order while Johnson, Pate, and Brandon Haseleu rounded out the top 5.

The 1-800-ASK GARY Thunder Stocks were up 2nd and Bubba Durbin would lead early. A lap 5 caution for DJ Horiski’s turn 4 spin gave Brandon Elwood the shot he needed to jump to the lead. Elwood would then lead through multiple cautions, including a completely synchronized spin from Brian Mullins and Jonathan Appleby, before giving way to “IceMan” Chad Scranton with just 4 to go. Scranton took home the $1000 prize, along with his weekend sweep, while Bubba Durbin finished 2nd. Elwood would finish a solid, yet disappointing, 3rd with Jonathan Appleby and Jeff Stalnaker, Jr. behind him.

Scorpion Racing Products Modifieds began with Dalton Lanich flying past his team-mate from 3rd to lead lap 1. Lanich, however, would have to hold off names like Pratt, Mathews, Bronson, Hammond, and both David and Buzzie Reutimann. On lap 11 Paul Snyder spun and Tyler Clem, who had held David Reutimann off for over 6 laps earlier, made contact as he had nowhere to go. Rich Pratt used the restart to take the lead and David Reutimann did the same as he took 2nd. A couple of cautions kept the pack bunched together. Rich Pratt, a GT Academy graduate, would take home win #1 of 2012 over NASCAR winner David Reutimann and Richard Petty Driving Experience driver Dalton Lanich. Bryan Bernhardt and Buzzie Reutimann rounded out the top 5.

Barfield Law Group Mini Stocks started with Keith “Hotshot” Briggs up front for an important reason. Reid Christensen brought the yellow out on lap 2 when he ran into the turn 4 wall. Buddy Pope spun in 2nd on lap 4 and didn’t lose a spot. With 2 to go Dean Kinsey brought a yellow out and gave Buddy Pope 1 last shot at Hotshot. Briggs would have to hold off Pope, Kody Fisher, Dean Kinsey, and Kris Prouty. Briggs would win in an emotional homecoming for his mom. Pope, Fisher, Prouty, and Kinsey were the top 5.
 
The final event of Bubba Is Thankful Weekend was our Buddy’s Home Furnishings Limited Late Models. JO Nobles would inherit pole and lead from the start but the youngsters Christian McGillivray and Tyler Clem were all over the division champion. On lap 5 Billy Holmes got loose and Shane Koperda had nowhere to go but into driver #7. Both were okay and Koperda continued on. McGillivray spun on the restart allowing Carter Stokes to jump to 2nd and Jason Pope to 3rd. Stokes would stall under caution and could not return to action leaving Jason Pope and Tyler Clem as the top 3. Ricky Land spun out of turn 4 on lap 13 and set up a great finish but Nobles would have his hands full with Pope and Clem. Nobles would not be denied his 12th win in 22 races while Jason Pope and Tyler Clem took career performances with 2nd and 3rd, respectively. David Showers and Christian McGillivray rounded out the top 5.

Next week is the NeSmith Crate Late Model Series finale and a $2500 to win 1-800-ASK GARY Thunder Stock battle! They both wrap their championships up and they are tighter than ever. You can contact us on Twitter (@BubbaRacewayPrk), Facebook, www.bubbaracewaypark.com, or call us at 352-622-9400!

Bubba Is Thankful Weekend Starts Off Strong

November 26th, 2012

Ocala, FL–The points season has wound down and tomorrow is our final night of action before we confirm all but one champion. The RaceCar Engineering Late Models, in conjunction with the penultimate round of the Sunoco/Buddy’s Home Furnishings United Dirt Late Model Challenge Series, and Twisted Tea Top Gun Sprint Cars ended their seasons while the Scorpion Racing Products Modifieds, 1-800-ASK GARY Thunder Stocks, and Rent-N-Roll Gladiators put points on the board before they wrap it all up.

Scorpion Racing Products Modifieds opened the show for us. Kyle Bronson led from outside pole as he chased history but had “4-Time” Jeff Mathews behind him. “The Killer” was struggling with lapped traffic while Mathews chased him down and this all on a 10-lap green run. The green run didn’t end until lap 15 when Rich Pratt’s #78 broke and slowed right in front of a group of 4 cars. Pratt never stopped but, in the name of safety, a caution was thrown. The caution allowed Mathews and Buzzie Reutimann to take another shot at Bronson. Dalton Lanich would bring out the second caution as he tried to avoid the broken-down car of Ivedent Lloyd, Jr. As the field approached the 2-to-go sign Jeff Mathews’ #33 broke leaving Bronson to take home his 13th win of 2012. Buzzie Reutimann finished 2nd while Garret Stewart bettered teammate Dalton Lanich for 3rd. Paul Snyder finished 5th in his debut.

The Twisted Tea Top Gun Sprint Cars knew that only 2 could win the title and that Matt Kurtz, barring a disaster, would clinch by starting (as you earn well over 60 points, base for the series). Tony Agin would use pole position to take the early lead while Matt Kurtz felt comfortable as he had 7 spots over Ruel. Lap 7 saw caution 1 as “THE Human Highlight Reel” Shane Kreidler spun out of turn 4; Agin, Kurtz, and AJ Maddox were the top 3. Agin would begin to struggle in the last 8 laps and Kurtz seized the moment. “The Jacksonville Jet” knew what the scenarios were and he did just enough as he took home the win and, with Mark Ruel, Jr. only 4th, the title! Agin finished a strong 2nd with Shawn Murray, Ruel, and AJ Maddox the top 5.

The middle race was our very own 2012 RaceCar Engineering Late Models with some UDLMCS drivers in the mix as well. With the UDLMCS championship closer than ever before we would see Mark Whitener go all out to catch Keith Nosbisch as Christian Augspurger prayed for a miracle mistake from the veterans. Augspurger did what he must- jump to the lead, as Keith Nosbisch and Ivedent Lloyd, Jr. fought for 2nd. Tyler Clem spun out on lap 7 to bring out the first caution- the top 3 was Augspurger, Lloyd, and Nosbisch with 43 left. On lap 16 Ivedent broke the right front as Nosbisch overtook Augspurger for the lead. Nosbisch would take it to the house while Whitener clinched his Bubba Raceway Park championship and put the gap at 70 for tomorrow. Augspurger is now over 100 out after a 3rd place finish with Bo Allen and Richard Ferry the top 5.

The 1-800-ASK GARY Thunder Stocks had a race marred by cautions including a lap 2 incident when Curtis Clark spun in turn 2 and Mike Stalnaker climbed over the hood of Clark’s #0. Both were okay but their nights were over. Robert Ray had been leading the race but the restart allowed Jeff Stalnaker, Jr. to steal the lead from him. Just a little past halfway a wild crash happened when Bubba Durbin and Jason Gamble tapped each other in turn 4. Gamble snapped sideways then spun and clipped John Thorpe’s #114. Thorpe went for a wild ride that tested the suspension and the roll cage. All involved were okay but Thorpe was disgusted. In the end Chad Scranton took the win after he led half the race. Stalnaker finished 2nd with Jonathan Appleby right behind him. James Sullivan, III and Bubba Durbin rounded out the top 5.

The Rent-N-Roll Gladiators had a wild race that started with Stephen Frankland, the British Bulldog, leading. A lap 5 caution for Devan Pegal gave Steve Johnson the chance he needed to take the lead. Johnson ended up taking the win with Frankland behind him. David Pate was 3rd with Todd Roberts and Pegal the top 5.

Tomorrow we wrap up 4 more championships. Bubba’s Pit Stop opens at 1 with some college football on! Pits open at 4, grandstands at 5, and racing is scheduled to start at 7. The Scorpion Racing Products Modifieds, 1-800-ASK GARY Thunder Stocks, and Rent-N-Roll Gladiators return with the Barfield Law Group Mini Stocks and Buddy’s Home Furnishings Limited Late Models. For more info check out Twitter (@BubbaRacewayPrk), Facebook, www.bubbaracewaypark.com, or call us at 352-622-9400! See ya at the track!

Make Your Point

November 21st, 2012

Ocala, FL–Bubba Is Thankful Weekend will see 6, maybe 7, champions crowned over the 2 days as the RaceCar Engineering Late Models, Scorpion Racing Products Modifieds, Buddy’s Home Furnishings Limited Late Models, 1-800-ASK GARY Thunder Stocks, Barfield Law Group Mini Stocks, Rent-N-Roll Gladiators, and Twisted Tea Top Gun Sprint Cars all get at least 1 more shot on the clay. Friday’s event will host Modifieds, Thunder Stocks, and Gladiators as well as the finale for Late Models and Sprint Cars.

Mark Whitener and the #58 Big Frog Motorsports team have put up some big numbers in 2012 and it seems inevitable that “The Magic Man” will take the title back to Middleburg. There’s still plenty to fight for, however, as glory and $3000 sits on the line. Christian Augspurger, fresh off of a win at his home track in the UDLMCS, will try to take home another big win (yes, his other win did come in a $3000 race over? #58). Ivedent Lloyd, Jr., Tyler Ivey, Richard Ferry, the Nosbisch brothers, Bo Allen, and Jeff Mathews will throw their hands into the mix and show what an All-Star caliber race is all about. A champion will receive his crown and it’s going to be magical.

Kyle Bronson and the #40B Hammond Motorsports team never flinched and have never trailed in the title battle. Bronson has been so dominant in 2012 that, with a weekend sweep, he will set a Modern Era record for most wins in a season (over all divisions). Incredibly, he’s won 12 of 18 races (with 3 runners-up and 3 DNFs) in a masterful season. Kyle Strickler, the Reutimann’s, Jeff Mathews, Wayne Hammond, and Mark Whitener are the only drivers to beat him, including Winter Nationals events! (Those make him 14/20 but the record only counts points races) Dalton Lanich comes off of a huge win and could prove to be a thorn in KB’s side as they fight for $2000. History is on Bronson’s side AND out his windshield!

Early in 2012 it seemed nobody wanted to win the title as 4 drivers were within 1 night of the lead. As the year progressed, however, Jonathan Appleby used the points system to his advantage and is 1 of just 2 drivers with back-to-back wins this year. Appleby, however, began to falter as Shane Nichols put up a span not to be forgotten: 1-1-4-1-1-1-1-2 (on a tie-breaker). That equates to 392/400 under the old system and 36 bonus points in the new system. Unfortunately, his car was totalled in a nasty crash last week which means Appleby, barring a miracle from Nichols’ camp, may cruise to a title. Don Winne and Appleby have sacraficed much in 2012 and the work may have paid off.

It’s down to this: 4-Cylinders, 3 Drivers, 2 Races, 1 Champion. Tony LaPorta, the
gray-haired driver, is still in with a chance but it seems as though driver #3T is done after a dominant year. Steve Johnson, the touch-of-gray driver, unofficially leads by 1 point but the S&S Roofing machine has had plenty of mechanical problems the last month. “The Youth” Brandon Haseleu, the no-gray-whatsoever kid, came out of nowhere to join the title fight back in September. Winless in over 50 features he’s taken 5 since Mid-August and could become the youngest champion in the Modern Era (possibly in track history) by 1 year and 76 days over Bubba Christian. Pick your generation- it’s gonna get wild!

Matt Kurtz and the #92 team will clinch the Twisted Tea Bubba Raceway Park championship by scoring 14 points (showing up, barring a DQ). Mark Ruel, Jr. must finish 6th to have a shot while Tony Agin would have to finish 5th AND 2 spots ahead
of Ruel to take the hardware home. On the Top Gun Sprint Car Series it’s also Kurtz and Ruel 1-2 while Danny Martin, Jr. is 3rd over Agin. Those 4 can all win it but Martin and Agin will be eliminated if Kurtz starts (without a DQ) on either night. Kurtz will clinch with 1 race remaining if he wins and Ruel finishes 4th OR beats Ruel by 4 spots (Kurtz holds tie-breaker in any case). Ruel is currently 142 down (150 to win) so it’s Kurtz’s to lose at this point. Anything could happen, however, but the Peruvian Outlaw will have to hope for problems on the Jacksonville Jet’s side.

Bubba’s Pit Stop opens at 1 while pits open at 4, stands at 5, and racing at 7. For more info reach us on Twitter (@BubbaRacewayPrk), Facebook (Bubba Raceway Park), on-line (www.bubbaracewaypark.com), or by phone at 352-622-9400. Cash is up for grabs, titles are on the line, and it’s going to be a show you don’t want to miss! See ya at the track!

Wheel In The Sky

November 13th, 2012

Ocala, FL–As the most intense season in recent history winds down, we see plenty of drivers fighting over 8 championship trophies. There are still a few races to be run, however, and the Twisted Tea Top Gun Sprint Cars joined the Scorpion Racing Products Modifieds, Hobby Stocks, 1-800-ASK GARY Thunder Stocks, and Rent-N-Roll Gladiators in 5 of those battles.

Hobby Stocks would take to the clay first and Mike Stalnaker led lap 1 from pole. On a restart Don Woosley, Kyle Morse, Marty Smith, and Thomas Burnside caused a 4-car pile-up in turn 1 that forced a red flag with 18-to-go. Up front it was Stalnaker upsetting the worlds of Trevor Gamble and Tim Powers. Gamble took the lead on the restart but after another caution he lost it to Tim Powers! The order after Robert Sirmons’ lap 7 spin from 4th was Powers, Gamble, and Stalnaker. Joe Boyd blew up on lap 10 right as time expired while Mark Maresca, Chuck McHone, and Rebecca Paugh spun to avoid. Powers, the 2011 champion, would have to hold off brand new champion Trevor Gamble and the rest of the pack! The 2012 season ended with 2011 champion Tim Powers the winner over newly crowned champion Trevor “The Gambler” Gamble. Mike Stalnaker finished 3rd in his underfunded #9 with Kyle Maynard and Brian Morgan rounding out the top 5. In tech, however, the Rick Friend team inherited the win when Powers carburetor was found illegal. Devin Walker inherited a top 5 but Gamble
took home 2 big trophies.

Twisted Tea Top Gun Sprint Car action was next and Mark Ruel, Jr. would take his Xpress Graphixx #83 to the lead but had Danny Martin, Jr. and Robbie Smith behind him. On lap 9 “The Hammer” breathed and put his #82 right between the wall and Ruel. Just 1 lap later the caution flew when Shawn Cornell’s #21 couldn’t quite get into the pits safely. Martin led Ruel and Smith for the restart. Martin pulled away as he ran 14.5 second laps consistently. Martin took his 2nd win in flying fashion over Mark Ruel, Jr., Robbie Smith, championship leader Matt Kurtz, and AJ Maddox.

Scorpion Racing Products Modifieds made a show of it with Dalton Lanich up front. On lap 3 Tyler Clem spun on the backstretch to bring out caution #1 with Lanich leading Rich Pratt and Buzzie Reutimann. Lanich began to pull away from the pack but it went away on lap 11 when Tyler Clem spun in the same exact spot. Lanich couldn’t be stopped as he beat his team-mate Garret Stewart to the punch to get Chris Williams a win at Bubba Raceway Park. Rich Pratt would put the Macaloso #78 in 2nd with Buzzie Reutimann 3rd, Gary Sexton a strong 4th, and Garret Stewart a dismal 5th.

The 1-800-ASK GARY Thunder Stocks put on a different kind of show with james Erickson up front for this one. Plenty of cautions plagued the event including an incident that involved 3 of the 4 Erickson’s and Stalnaker’s. The wreck cost Mike
and Jeff Stalnaker the 1st and 4th spot while James and Harold Erickson went from 2nd and 3rd to 1st and 2nd, respectively. One caution, however, came out for a flip that involved Luke Sadler and Shane Nichols. Sadler hit Nichols and the 15 put Nichols’ 65 into the wall and into the catch fence. Nichols and Sadler were both okay. More cautions would force Race Control to call the race after 6 laps of action leaving James Erickson the winner over his father Harold. Donnie Ashford put the Woodall Fencing #3W in 3rd over Jason Gamble and John Thorpe.

Brian Thorpe would lead early in the Rent-N-Roll Gladiator tussle before giving way to Reid Christensen on lap 9. A debris caution would slow the field just after the pass was official. The final run was intense as on the last turn of the last lap Thorpe cut his right front and Brandon Haseleu was spun from a potential 2nd by Shane Guessford. The final rundown saw Christensen beat Thrope, Guessford, David Pate, and Danny Brown. Christensen-Souther Racing had a solid night with a 1-3-5 before they go to a big race elsewhere.

Next week we take a break before our Bubba Is Thankful Weekend. After that is the NeSmith Crate Late Model Series World Finals in the tightest points battle in their series history! Racing is winding down but don’t miss these season finales. For more information you can reach us on Twitter (@BubbaRacewayPrk), Facebook (Bubba Raceway Park), on the web
(www/bubbaracewaypark.com), or call us at 352-622-9400! See you in 2 weeks!

November Heating Up

November 7th, 2012

Ocala, FL – Night Of A Thousands returns with the Twisted Tea Top Gun Sprint Cars, Scorpion Racing Products Modifieds, Hobby Stocks, 1-800-ASK GARY Thunder Stocks, and Rent-N-Roll Gladiators. Also, Fan Appreciation is back with $20 carloads! (A car with 5 seatbelts would get 5 people in for $20 total) This is the final shake-down before Bubba Is Thankful Weekend in 2 weeks so you won’t want to miss this all out tussle.

The last Twisted Tea Top Gun Sprint Car race saw a different face in Coors Light Winner’s Circle as Shawn Murray was able to beat some new faces in Brandon Grubaugh and Tony Agin at the end. Matt Kurtz had a rare DNF as he got taken out in an accident early on but he still has a sizable points lead over the field. Danny Martin, Jr. has the #82 back up to pace as he unlapped himself once and was 1 car away from twice unlapping himself in a drive that showed how he won the 2011 title. Mark Ruel, Jr. vowed to be back after a wild ride and you can never forget about Ryan Partin, Collin Cabre, Robbie Smith, and Tyler Godwin.

Kyle Bronson looks to tie a record for most wins in a single season, 13, in a division that races just 21 features! He’ll have 3 shots at it but odds say #40B will visit Coors Light Winner’s Circle soon. Jeff Mathews will try to spoil Bronson’s party as will Dalton Lanich of the Chris Williams team. Lanich and step-father Kent Corbin are always the sentimental favorites and both have been close the last month. Never count out Garret Stewart, Lanich’s team-mate, or Buzzie Reutimann as they know right where Victory Lane is. The season has been all about #40B but everyone else has everything to play for.

The Hobby Stock season has been the tightest in recent memory as the fight still isn’t over. Trevor Gamble, driver of the Friend Racing #12, will unofficially clinch the title by starting the race or beating Rodney Wright in his heat. Wright would like to steal another feature win and take home that category in his Sheffield Motorsports #99. Mike Stalnaker has won a race every year since the conversion back to dirt but by running Hobby Stock-only in an underfunded car he may see his streak end; however, it would be his sweetest if he could dethrone the heavy hitters. Hunter Gustafson and Mark Maresca could call it success with a heat win but the trophy is calling their names. Don’t miss the crowning of a champion and an upset that could be brewing.

Jason Gamble ended the TNT Auto Works team’s nightmare 2012 with a trip to Coors Light Winner’s Circle last week. Gamble will try to start his own streak (over 50% of his wins are back-to-back trips) while Shane Nichols tries to continue his dominance of the Fall Section of the year. Plenty of other drivers are still fighting for everything, including Brian Mullins and Jonathan Appleby, the 2 title contenders. After 33 features this divison has seen 13 different feature winners, including 3 first-timers, and 40 heat race winners. Diversity is the word and, with nothing ever certain in the
1-800-ASK GARY Thunder Stocks, it’s all to play for with $1000 on the line. The Rent-N-Roll Gladiators were looked at briefly as it seemed the championship was over, but, with Tony LaPorta losing Perfect Attendance and Brandon Haseleu reeling off 5 wins since September started the balance exists no more. Steve Johnson is the experienced driver while Haseleu is using youth and, sometimes, sheer will to keep up in the standings. The numbers are so close it’s going to be decided on the final night and it’s going to be a thriller for someone as they take a first career championship. Don’t miss the battle that has produced more drama than NASCAR’s Chase For The Cup!

Bubba’s Pit Stop opens at 1, pit gates open at 4, and grandstands open at 5. Racing is scheduled for 7. Don’t miss out on the dirt track action as the Pit Stop has College Football and NASCAR on throughout the night! Bring the whole family for $20 Carload night! Follow us on Facebook at “Bubba Raceway Park” on Twitter at “@BubbaRacewayPrk” on the web at
www.bubbaracewaypark.com or call us at 352-622-9400! See you at the track!

Points Taken

November 4th, 2012

Ocala, FL–The RaceCar Engineering Late Models, Buddy’s Home Furnishings Limited Late Models, 1-800-ASK GARY Thunder Stocks, Barfield Law Group Mini Stocks, Rent-N-Roll Gladiators, and Bubba Army Figure-8 Series opened up the final month of points racing with a bang. Championships are winding down but some are just getting started.

First up were the Buddy’s Home Furnishings Limited Late Models who saw David “Big Chief” Showers lead lap 1 from pole. JO Nobles, however, would take the lead on lap 5 as the leaders maneuvered through lapped traffic. On lap 10 Jason Pope made
contact with Matt Johnson (Johnson was being lapped) and it sent Johnson straight into the front stretch wall. Driver #96 was okay after the impact. A melee started when Cory Hupp spun in front of Billy Holmes, Shane Koperda, Cox, CJ Waldron, Carter Stokes, and Blaise Hetznecker in turn 4 on the restart. All would continue as Nobles led Showers and Forrest Gough up front. Nobles got caught in traffic but held on by a car length or so for his 11th win of 2012. David Showers finished 2nd with Ronnie Soltis 3rd. Tyler Clem took a career best 4th as he ran top 5 all day and beat Christian McGillivray who is 4 years his older.

The Barfield Law Group Mini Stocks went out 2nd and Nick Kerr was able to put on a fight with his good friend Buddy Pope. Kerr would lead from pole with Pope and Reid Christensen in tow. As the race progressed the gap fluctuated but in the end Nick Kerr took home the big win, his 3rd of 2012. Pope finished a strong 2nd while Christensen finished 3rd.

1-800-ASK GARY Thunder Stocks entertained as the middle class and they did not disappoint. On lap 2 “Hothead” Brian Mullins lost his right rear tire while running in 3rd position. Shane Nichols would lead with James Sullivan, III and Jason Gamble behind him. On lap 12 Jason Gamble overtook Shane Nichols for the lead as Nichols went for history. The race went checkers on lap 17 with Jason Gamble and Shane Nichols tied at the line. Bubba made the decision to do a 2-lap fight between the 2 for the win. Gamble shot to the front and ended Nichols’ run of wins as he won by a car length over Nichols. Joe Boyd finished a forgotten 3rd with Mike Valdes and Rick Kilbury the top 5.

RaceCar Engineering Late Models went out 4th and with some of the heavy hitters missing it was a fresh face in Coors Light Winner’s Circle. Grand Marshal Jason told them to fire the motors for 25 high-flying laps. Bryan Bernhardt would lead lap 1 in the caution free event. As the race progressed David Gentry closed in and made the winning pass on lap 16. Bernhardt’s misfortune was not over as Richard Ferry got around for 2nd. Gentry went on to win with Ferry, Christian Augspurger, Bernhardt, and Bo Allen the top 5. In tech, however, Gentry was disqualified for illegal tires moving Ferry to P1 and Joe Kump to the top 5.

The final regular division to run was the Rent-N-Roll Gladiator division and what a show it was. Paul Ashford led lap 1 but quickly gave it to Shane Guessford for 2 laps. Steve Johnson would take it on lap 4 and held it through a lap 9 restart. The caution had come out when Guessford’s 8B caught on fire; Guessford was okay. In lap 12 Reid Christensen overtook Johnson for the lead just as Johnson’s right front wheel broke off. Christensen would take the win over Brandon Haseleu. Paul Ashford finished 3rd with David Pate and Jordan McMillon the top 5.

We ended the night with the Bubba Army Figure-8 Event. Carl McPete would start with the lead before a lap 2 caution for Charles Herne. Michael Cherry would take the lead on the restart. “The Modern Day Mishap” began on lap 3 as Jonathan Appleby fell off pace with the lead group. The field slowed on lap 7 when Neil Herne stopped in the infield section. After about 4 laps the ‘X’ became a “Dust Bowl 2000” as the cars continued around the track. Michael Cherry held on to win ahead of team-mate Carl McPete. Mason Love, Charles Herne, and William Stansbury rounded out the top 5.

Next week is Night Of A Thousands for the Scorpion Racing Products Modifieds, Twisted Tea Top Gun Sprint Cars, 1-800-ASK GARY Thunder Stocks, and Rent-N-Roll Gladiators. The Hobby Stocks join them in their season finale. We also have Carload night which means that tickets are $20 for everyone in a car (If your car has 5 seatbelts you get those 5 in for $20 total.) Remember to keep up with the latest updates on Facebook at “Bubba Raceway Park” or on Twitter at “@BubbaRacewayPrk” and you can always visit our website, www.bubbaracewaypark.com, or call us at 352-622-9400!

More Than Circles

October 31st, 2012

Ocala, FL-This week we will see the RaceCar Engineering Late Models join the Buddy’s Home Furnishings Limited Late Models, 1-800-ASK GARY Thunder Stocks, Barfield Law Group Mini Stocks, and Rent-N-Roll Gladiators for some major points in tight championship battles. Also, the Figure-8 Race will take place!

Mark Whitener continued his dominance of the RaceCar Engineering Late Models at the 1/3 mile with yet another win for the entire Big Frog Motorsports team. As he closes in on a championship he will still have to fend off the challenges from Ivedent Lloyd, Jr. and Bo Allen. Others like Richard Ferry, Christian Augspurger, and Jeff Mathews have visited Coors Light Winner’s Circle in a division that seems more wide open than ever.

JO Nobles, who may pull double duty again, will have focus on his Buddy’s Home Furnishings Limited Late Model as he must continue to fend off “Big Chief” David Showers. As the #18′s battle for a championship, the youth of Carter Stokes, Christian and Caleb McGillivray, Tyler Clem, and Billy Holmes will show what their made of against some of the best drivers in Florida and anyone could end up with the trophy.

Jonathan Appleby and Brian Mullins looked as if they would run away with the 1-800-ASK GARY Thunder Stock championship but Shane Nichols has clawed back into contention in the race. In fact, Nichols has won 4-in-a-row which ties Mike Stalnaker for the record in the Bubba Clem Era! Of course, Mullins and Appleby will call upon drivers like Brandon Elwood, Jason Gamble, and John Thorpe to end this historic streak from driver #65.

Barfield Law Group sponsors our Mini Stocks and the field may want to call them to stop Buddy Pope’s dominance. Pope has been tough all season long while Travis Staats has missed a few events and Reid Christensen has missed a few set-ups during the course of 2012. “Fluffy” Pope will try to lock this fight up but he’ll have to battle with the likes of Christensen, Staats, Dean Kinsey, and Nick Kerr to do it.

The Rent-N-Roll Gladiators season took a massive turn last week but, unofficially, Tony LaPorta still leads the standings with Steve Johnson and Brandon Haseleu clawing their way up the leader boards. Jordan McMillon hasn’t quite gotten win #2 in the books yet but he’ll try to play spoiler in the championship race. Haseleu and Johnson must win, win, win but with Kody Fisher and Reid Christensen joining the fight it’s gonna be that- a fight!

Bubba’s Pit Stop opens at 1, pits at 4, stands at 5, and racing is scheduled for 7. We have racing and college football on in the Pit Stop so don’t miss the dirt track action! For updates on everything, follow us on Twitter (@BubbaRacewayPrk), Facebook (Bubba Raceway Park), visit www.bubbaracewaypark.com, or call us at 352-622-9400! See ya at the track!

No Roof? No Problems!

October 28th, 2012

Ocala, FL–The Twisted Tea Top Gun Sprint Cars took the wings off and the RaceCar Engineering Late Models went topless! Hobby Stocks, 1-800-ASK GARY Thunder Stocks, and Rent-N-Roll Gladiators joined them for an amazing night. Of course, the Trick-Or-Treating and Costume Contest at Intermission was the highlight for many people!

First up were Hobby Stocks and under the pace laps Bubba put it to Trevor Gamble and Rodney Wright: “Come from the back (and win) and I’ll give you an extra $100.” Both accepted the offer. Those 2 starting outside the top 15 allowed pole sitter Devin Walker to lead lap 1. On lap 9 Glenn Baum lost a wheel which would set the restart up like this- Walker, Wright, Gamble. Walt Kahrs set up a G-W-C after he spun out of turn 4 but the order was still the same. Devin Walker held on to play championship spoiler with Gamble bettering his rival Wright. Marty Smith finished 4th with Mark Maresca rounding out the top 5. JD with City Electric Supply put up $200 for the winner and Bubba split the $100 and gave Wright and Gamble each $50 for putting on a wonderful show.

Bo Allen would lead from pole as the RaceCar Engineering Late Models went lids off before Mark Whitener passed him on lap 6. The field slowed on lap 10 when Austin Dowling spun out of turn 4; Whitener, Allen, and Christian Augspurger made up the top-3. Whitener would not relinquish that lead as he took home a big win over Christian Augspurger in a 1-2 for Barry Wright chassis. Bo Allen and JO Nobles would finish 3rd and 4th, respectively, with the Bubba Army Performance Engines, and Bryan Bernhardt rounded out the top 5.

The race in the middle was the wingless Twisted Tea Top Gun Sprint Car Series feature. Danny Martin, Jr. shot to the lead from pole position but lost it when the #82 broke down on lap 4. Shawn Murray inherited the lead with Matt Kurtz and Dave
Slawiak in tow. On lap 6 Murray spun and collected Kurtz but further back Mark Ruel, Jr. went for a wild ride as he tried to avoid the wreck. Ruel would be okay after the incident. Dave Slawiak would inherit the lead after Murray was put to the tail and Kurtz retired. As they fought for the lead, Tim Grubaugh misjudged the gap to Slawiak- they made contact and both flipped their machines wildly. Both climbed out under their own power. Murray would go back to the lead with 5-to-go and Brandon Grubaugh behind him. Murray would win with Tony Agin 2nd and Brandon Grubaugh 3rd. Rich Alexander finished 4th and Dan Statter rounded out the top 5.

The 1-800-ASK GARY Thunder Stocks started like they seem to always end- with Shane Nichols leading. Cautions ate up much of the first few laps but Gamble and Nichols stretched their legs and put on a fantastic battle to the end. Nichols would hold Gamble off even as they had to pick their way through traffic towards the end. Gamble finished a relieving 2nd with James Sullivan, III 3rd. Brandon Elwood and Joey Durbin jumped up into the top 5 after Brian Mullins and James Erickson crashed themselves out of good top 5 finishes.

Rent-N-Roll Gladiators rounded up the night with Steve Johnson, Tony LaPorta, and Brandon Haseleu leading in a real championship decider. Johnson would retire on lap 2, however, when the right front broke off and left him stranded. LaPorta would miss a shift on the restart and that allowed Haseleu, Mike Patton, and Stephen Franklandaround him. He would quickly retake the lead and never give it up. Haseleu finished 2nd with Patton, Jordan McMillon, and Frankland the top 5. In tech, LaPorta was disqualified for not allowing his car to be claimed by the track which gave Haseleu the win over Patton, McMillon, Frankland, and Tonya Keene.

RaceCar Engineering Late Models, Buddy’s Home Furnishings Limited Late Models, 1-800-ASK GARY Thunder Stocks, Barfield Law Group Mini Stocks, and Rent-N-Roll Gladiators join us next week at Bubba Raceway Park. For more information you can contact us on Twitter now at @BubbaRacewayPrk! Also, check out the Facebook Page “Bubba Raceway Park” or check out www.bubbaracewaypark.com. And, as always, you can call us at 352-622-9400!

Halloween Spooktacular

October 23rd, 2012

Ocala, FL–The RaceCar Engineering Late Models will take the tops off this week and the Twisted Tea Top Gun Sprint Cars will go wingless while the Hobby Stocks, 1-800-ASK GARY Thunder Stocks, and Rent-N-Roll Gladiators make it a wild night with 5 spooktacular divisions. There will also be a Trick-Or-Treat on the frontstretch and a costume contest!

Matt Kurtz is putting up numbers not seen since Danny Martin, Jr. all of 1 year ago. Kurtz almost seems unstoppable at this moment but he has Martin, Mark Ruel, Jr., AJ Maddox, Stephen Darvalics, and Tyler Godwin chasing him down. In fact, Kurtz has 5 wins while those 5 have just 1 each (at Bubba Raceway Park)! Do not, however, count out drivers like former champion Ryan Partin, legendary Robbie Smith, and consistent Tony Agin. It’s up to the field to stop the Jacksonville Jet from flying away. Oh, and, he hasn’t lost yet when the wings are off in 2012.

Mark Whitener is looking for his 2nd title in 3 years at Bubba Raceway Park and he has a solid lead. Bo Allen and Ivedent Lloyd, Jr. are chasing him and could spoil the party quickly. Richard Ferry, Christian Augspurger, and Jason Fitzgerald have put up some big points and they’ve won big races in a division that seems more wide open than usual. Tyler Ivey, Jeff Mathews, and Keith Nosbisch have also visited Coor’s Light Winner’s Circle in 2012 as they show that for the first time in a few years the division is anyone’s to win in.

Two races left. You’ve spent countless hours on your racecar and fought so hard in the first 22 and it all comes down to this. Unofficially, “The Gambler” Trevor Gamble has clinching scenarios and this one is simple- Rodney Wright must win the feature or the fight is over. Those 2 have fought so hard and they’ve taken 12 of 22 races combined and the defending champ stole 5 more! Wins have been tough to come by and Ragin Rodney needs 1 now more than ever! Mike Stalnaker and Hunter Gustafson would love to play spoiler in this fight and the chances are high for both. Mark Maresca has a tough choice on hand but driver #77 is ready to go get that first win. The hands have been dealt- what can Wright do with The Gambler?

In a fight that never ends we see Brian Mullins and Jonathan Appleby struggling at the end of the season. Mullins can’t buy a break and Appleby has had motor troubles recently while Shane Nichols has taken 5 out of the last 6 including -in-a-row. That equates to an astounding 30 bonus points! Nichols has put himself into championship contention while drivers such as Jason Gamble and John Thorpe have been getting rusty in the grandstands. Those 2 have hinted they may return this week and give 1 final push for the title while Brandon Elwood and Bubba Durbin reel points off week after week. The fight is on and it’s anyone’s game!

Tony LaPorta is fighting for the older guys while Steve Johnson shows that the middle-aged driver has the upper-hand. Someone forgot to tell the youth that as Brandon Haseleu is fighting back like a teenager. Jordan McMillon hasn’t had the best of luck but the Little Big Show will put it all on the line and try to steal some points before 2012 closes. LaPorta has been the leader nearly all year while Johnson has never been truly dominant. Haseleu, though, has found something and driver #3 has shot to the front with 4 feature wins recently. Take who you want but 2 drivers need chauffeurs at this point.

The Spooktacular will start at 7 but Bubba’s Pit Stop opens at 1 and grandstands open at 5! Pit gates open at 4. For more information visit www.bubbaracewaypark.com or call us at 352-622-9400! Boo!

Under Pressure

October 22nd, 2012

Ocala, FL–As October begins to close the season does as well. The Scorpion Racing Products UMP DirtCar Modifieds, Buddy’s Home Furnishings Limited Late Models, Hobby Stocks, 1-800-ASK GARY Thunder Stocks, and Barfield Law Group Mini Stocks took to the 1/3 mile and put on some of the best shows of 2012 at Bubba Raceway Park.

First up were the Hobby Stocks who saw championship contender Trevor Gamble shoot from pole to the early lead. On lap 11 caution would fly for the first time when Don Woosley grabbed too much of the berm and spun his #81 in turn 2 right in front of the leader. Just 1 caution slowed the feature event that Trevor Gamble seemed to win with ease and it helped him extend his points lead. Rodney Wright was 2nd all night but he lost points in a critical race. Hunter Gustafson took a career night to the end and finished 3rd with Mike Stalnaker and Joe Boyd the end of a solid top 5.

Buddy’s Home Furnishings Limited Late Models would go out next but on lap 1 JO Nobles triggered a multi-car crash including Tyler Clem, Steve Shead, and the McGillivray boys. Christian McGillivray would be the only retirement. David Showers would take the early lead from his pole position but would lose it on a lap 4 restart as Forrest Gough shot to the lead. Gough would hit the wall with 6 to go as he tried to pass lapped traffic. Gough would retire and Showers would have his lead back! On the last chance restart Caleb McGillivray spun from 2nd while Ricky Land’s kamikazi didn’t stick and the caution flew to end the race. The order from the last scored lap was the finishing order, minus McGillivray and Land. That meant David Showers, Paul Shead, Shane Koperda, JO Nobles, and David Ponton would finish as the top 5- big points for “Big Chief!”

Scorpion Racing Products Modifieds were the middle event of the night and Kent Corbin became the 3rd oldest driver to lead a lap in 2012 as he led until lap 7 when Kyle Bronson finally got around “Cartoon Kent.” With just 3 to go the first caution would fly when Kent Corbin stopped in turn 4 ending a stellar night for driver #7. Kyle Bronson would have to hold “4-Time” Jeff Mathews off- pressure? No. “The Killer” took #12 of ‘12 while mathews had to settle for 2nd. Rich Pratt finished 3rd with Dalton Lanich besting his team-mate Garret Stewart.

The 1-800-ASK GARY Thunder Stocks had a race with everything but up front it was Shane Nichols. On lap 5 Joey Durbin spun out of turn 4 and kept going but caution flew as he spun in front of the field. With 6 to go Brian Mullins made a daring pass on Nichols that stuck for all of 3 seconds as the lapped traffic of Tommy Gamble made Mullins take an evasive action and eventually spin because of it. Nichols would hold on to take his 7th win of 2012 while Brandon Elwood made it up to 2nd. Mullins would fall to 3rd over fellow Camaro-style-body drivers Bubba Durbin and James Erickson.

The Barfield Law Group Mini Stocks had a tough race but Buddy Pope took the field to the house as he took win #7 of 2012 as he chases that championship. Reid Christensen finished a career-tying-best 2nd while he tries to win a championship as well. Dean Kinsey finished 3rd but it was all about Buddy “Fluffy” Pope as he chases his championship.

Next week is our Halloween Spooktacular! We will do a trick-or-treat and meet-the-driver on the front stretch with our RaceCar Engineering Late Models taking the lids off, Twisted Tea Top Gun Sprints going wingless, Hobby Stocks, 1-800-ASK GARY Thunder Stocks, and Rent-N-Roll Gladiators. Also, a costume contest for the kids will happen right on the frontstretch! For more information visit www.bubbaracewaypark.com or call us at 352-622-9400!

Back To Normal?

October 18th, 2012

Ocala, FL–Bubba Raceway Park has just 5 weeks of racing left and this one will showcase our Scorpion Racing Products UMP DirtCar Open-Wheel Modifieds as well as the Buddy’s Home Furnishings Limited Late Models, Hobby Stocks, 1-800-ASK GARY Thunder Stocks, and Barfield Law Group Mini Stocks.

In the Scorpion Racing Products Modifieds it seems as if Jeff Mathews has lost his reign but he has not quit yet as he took max points over Kyle Bronson last time out. Bronson has a massive lead and Mathews will have to win out to have a chance. Dalton Lanich isn’t in much better position but he can set up a strong 2013 with a few wins at the end of the season in his Chris Williams machine. Rich Pratt and Garret Stewart have contended for wins in 2012 but haven’t quite broken into Coors Light Winner’s Circle yet; their time will come and when it does it’ll get quite exciting for all.

JO Nobles and David Showers have separated themselves from the competition in the Buddy’s Home Furnishings Limited Late Models but Nobles looks to have the title wrapped up soon. Forrest Gough has had an interesting season and looks to complete it with a trip to Coors Light Winner’s Circle while he tries to hold off young Christian and Caleb McGillivray who are also seeking their first wins of 2012. Others such as Kevin Mills and David Showers, Jr. have broken into Victory Lane but 2012 has certainly been all about the #18.

As the season winds down for our Hobby Stocks there are just 3 races, including this week, left and Rodney Wright has a bit of work to do. He sits 9 points down on Trevor Gamble but the good news for Wright is that a heat is worth 3 and a feature 6 so it’s far from over! However, the good new for Gamble is that the math means he controls the fight at this point. This fight has been close all year and they’ve left drivers like Mike Stalnaker and Mark Maresca, coming off of a career drive, in the dust. It’s an all-out fight and the dust won’t settle before a champion is decided.

Real drama is in the 1-800-ASK GARY Thunder Stocks as Shane Nichols continues to steal points from the main contenders Jonathan Appleby and Brian Mullins. Nichols was able to tie Appleby for second-most wins in 2012 (Chad Scranton has 7 to their 6 each) while Mullins seems to finish 2nd every week. Jason Gamble, James Sullivan, III, John Thorpe, and Brandon Elwood all have speed but Thorpe has said he is done for 2012 and Gamble has missed a few races recently. The fight for 3rd is on but the title goes to the man who never quits!

Buddy Pope, Travis Staats, and Reid Christensen are at the top of the fight in the Barfield Law Group Mini Stocks and they all have a story on their way up. Pope set out last year to take it home but had some troubles which set him back. He never gave up and last year’s efforts have him favored for the 2012 title. Staats answered the call and recently became Pope’s main rival with some big wins but the deficit may have be too much to overcome. Christensen has had some troubles but his rookie campaign has exceeded expectations. Either way, it’s an all out fight between 3 deserving racers.

Bubba’s Pit Stop opens at 1 while stands open at 5. Pit gates open at 4. Racing is scheduled for 7 and have no fear- Bubba’s Pit Stop has all of the racing on from NASCAR to Formula 1 so you don’t have to miss a thing! For more information visit www.bubbaracewaypark.com or call us at 352-622-9400!

Florida State Sprint Car Championship

October 17th, 2012

Ocala, FL–The Florida State Sprint Car Championship wrapped up tonight with a bang while the Scorpion Racing Products Modifieds, Hobby Stocks, and 1-800-ASK GARY Thunder Stocks all made it a complete night on Fan Appreciation Weekend! All races had 5 laps added to them for the night (Sprints went 10 extra from a normal race).

First up were our Hobby Stocks who would ultimately go 25 laps. The race started off with a wild ride for William Gillam when he barrel-rolled the #13 on the backstretch. Gillam was okay but his night was over. Trevor Gamble would lead from
4th while title fighter Rodney Wright would have to fight from 10th. Trey Isgette, III would bring a caution out with 10-to-go and 4 laps later Kyle Maynard would do the same. Up front it was Gamble, Wright, and Mike Stalnaker. Trevor Gamble, though the car started going away, held off Rodney Wright for a massive win in a tight title fight. Mike Stalnaker and Hunter Gustafson solidified their statuses as top 5 drivers and Steve Branton took the #2S to 5th.

Scorpion Racing Products Modifieds went 30-laps and started with Chuck Gustafson, Jr. leading lap 1 over Tyler Clem at the front and Kyle Bronson coming from the back with Rich Pratt. Bronson took the lead on lap 3 before the yellow flew for Rich Pratt’s spin in turn 4. Jeff Mathews took the lead on lap 6 just before Bronson spun in turn 2 to bring the caution out with 23-to-go; Mathews would lead Kent Corbin and Pratt to the stripe. Pratt, however, would spin 1 lap later allowing Tyler Clem back into the top 3. With just 5 to go Dalton Lanich spun from 3rd putting Mathews and Bronson 1-2. Kent Corbin would restart 3rd. Jeff Mathews would hold on to win his 2nd race of 2012. Kyle Bronson finished 2nd after a strong result in Eldora with Kent Corbin, Chuck Gustafson, Jr., and Dalton Lanich in tow.

The final part of the Florida State Sprint Car Championship started with Tyler Godwin up front until he pitted under the lap 6 caution. Danny Martin, Jr. would inherit it from there with Matt Kurtz and “Haulin” Collin Cabre in tow. Martin,
however, would break on lap 15 giving the lead to Matt Kurtz as the field continued under green. On lap 20 Kyle Pitts spun out of turn 4 setting up a restart with Kurtz, Cabre, and Robbie Smith the top 3. No one could catch Kurtz as he cruised to his 5th win at Bubba Raceway Park in 2012 and the ring is his! Collin Cabre finished a strong 2nd with Mark Ruel, Jr., Robbie Smith, and AJ Maddox the top 5.

The 1-800-ASK GARY Thunder Stocks put on a wild 25-lapper with Bubba Durbin the early leader. On lap 4 James Sullivan, III lost his left rear wheel and, after Gordon Cade made contact and Joey Durbin stopped near them, saw 3 cars out in 1
caution. On the restart Shane Nichols took the lead from Durbin but lost it 2 laps later. On a lap 14 restart Nichols took the lead back from Durbin for good. Bobby Cox spun with just 3-to-go setting up a fight between Nichols, Durbin, and James Erickson. Nichols would hold on while Durbin ended up with a flat right rear. Brian Mullins finished 2nd, Erickson 3rd, Jonathan Appleby 4th, and Rick Kilbury 5th.

Next week we return with our Scorpion Racing Products Modifieds as well as the Buddy’s Home Furnishings Limited Late Models, Hobby Stocks, 1-800-ASK GARY Thunder Stocks, and the Barfield Law Group Mini Stocks. For more information you can contact us at 352-622-9400 or on www.bubbaracewaypark.com!

Fall Brawl

October 16th, 2012

Ocala, FL–The Fall Brawl highlights the Florida State Sprint Car Championship for our Twisted Tea Top Gun Sprint Cars while the Buddy’s Home Furnishings Limited Late Models, Barfield Law Group Mini Stocks, and Rent-N-Roll Gladiators put on a wonderful show as well on Fan Appreciation Weekend!

First up were our very own Barfield Law Group Mini Stocks and a great show was in store. Buddy Pope dominated the heat race and was dominant in the first half of the feature. Travis Staats began to catch Pope with 4-to-go in the 10-lapper but couldn’t do anything with him. Reid Christensen would stay 3rd the entire night but he showed real progress as his rookie campaign in the Barfield Law Group Mini Stocks class. Buddy Pope was excited with his run as he gained some big points with his win. Travis Staats was a solid 2nd and Christensen finished 3rd on a strong caution-free night!

Next up were the Buddy’s Home Furnishings Limited Late Models with JO Nobles the leader after 1 from his 4th place starting spot. Caution 1 would fly when Cheyanne Cox and Billy Holmes had trouble right in front of the lead pack; only those 2 would be involved, however. JO Nobles was simply on the path to victory before a caution came out with 2-to-go that allowed Waylon Haynes and David Showers a shot at him. It wouldn’t happen as Nobles held Haynes and Showers off with Christian McGillivray and Cory Hupp rounding out a strong top 5.

The Florida Sprint Car Championship was the 3rd of 4 races on the night. They put on a 30-lapper with a shot at the ring on the line and Mark Ruel, Jr. shot from pole to a comfortable lead. He wouldn’t keep it long as Tyler Godwin made the pass on lap 2. AJ Maddox smacked the backstretch wall on lap 8 but never got more than 2 wheels off the clay- he was uninjured, his car was not. Colin Cabre had a wild ride on lap 17 when he flipped his #12 in turn 4 all by himself. Cabre was okay but the #12 was not- he now moves on to the NASCAR Combines on Monday. With just 5 to go Stephen Darvalics made a pass on Godwin for the lead after his tie-rod broke, an unfortunate end to Godwin’s dominant night. Shane Kreidler flipped his #88K in the same region as Cabre and the result was the same- driver okay but car was not. Darvalics would not be denied a victory on this night. Robbie Smith, Matt Kurtz, Mark Ruel, Jr., and Tony Agin completed a tough top 5.

The Rent-N-Roll Gladiators ended the night with an amazing battle that you couldn’t believe. Steve Johnson took the early lead but lost it on lap 4 when he broke his right rear wheel off. Tony LaPorta would inherit the lead but had drivers such as Brandon Haseleu and Jordan McMillon behind him. The race had just 1 caution which allowed Brandon Haseleu to go from worst to first after he made an aggressive pass on LaPorta for the lead. Haseleu held on for yet another big win while LaPorta would finish a tough 2nd. Jordan McMillon finished 3rd with Shane Guessford and Steve Johnson the top 5.

Tomorrow we race the Twisted Tea Top Gun Sprint Cars again as they fight for a championship ring! The Scorpion Racing Products Modifieds, Hobby Stocks, and the 1-800-ASK GARY ( tel:1-800-ASK%20GARY ) Thunder Stocks will also fight for points and glory. Don’t forget the $1 Coors Banquet and Pabst, fountain sodas, hotdogs, and popcorn! Pits open at 4, stands at 5, and racing will start at 7! See you for the ending of the Florida State Sprint Car Championship.

Florida State Sprint Car Championship Highlights The Florida State Sprint Car Championship

October 10th, 2012

Ocala, FL–This week we host our last of the 4 majors with our Florida State Sprint Car Championship races. Joining them this Friday will be our Buddy’s Home Furnishings Limited Late Models, 1-800-ASK GARY Thunder Stocks (to make-up last weekend), Barfield Law Group Mini Stocks, and Rent-N-Roll Gladiators. It’s also Fan Appreciation Night this Friday as we have Raceway Brews (Coors Banquet and Pabst), fountain sodas, hotdogs, and popcorn for just a dollar! Don’t miss this great action and Fan Appreciation!

Our Twisted Tea Top Gun Sprint Car drivers will fight for a beautiful ring and some valuable championship points that leader Matt Kurtz would like to have. Kurtz has been dominant and made 2 beautiful last lap passes on some of the best in the business. Chasing driver #92 down is “Flyin” Ryan Partin. Partin, the 2010 champion, may have to go all-out-RoGro to take a win as he has a heavy downforce wing compared to the rest of the pack. AJ Maddox took a win earlier in 2012 and could very easily visit Coors Light Winner’s Circle again if he could buy a break. Tony Agin is in the top 5 as he methodically works his way into relevance every race. You never hear about his #38 but by the end he’ s made a statement. Mark Ruel, Jr. led the standings early in the year but has fallen off the pace since his big win a few weeks ago. Never count anyone out as there are plenty of other drivers- Danny Martin, Jr., Robbie Smith, Tyler Godwin, and Colin Cabre- who could take home a nice trophy and maybe even a ring.

Up front, as it has been in most features, in our Buddy’s Home Furnishings Limited Late Models is JO Nobles. Nobles leads a nice duo of drivers in David Showers and Forrest Gough as all 3 have shown their veteran status means something. Gough,
however, is still winless in the Bubba Clem Era and he’d like to scratch that from his record before too long. Then, in a fight from drivers who are maybe Freshman in high school, Christian and Caleb McGillivray fight for supremacy of the house while Carter Stokes, coming off of his big win in the RCR Developmental car, chases them down. Eddie Gainey, Kyle “Budda” Chappell, Phillip Cobb, and Kevin Mills have also won in 2012 and plenty of others could break through as well and show that they can fight for a title next season.

Cheater Racing’s Brian Mullins and Appleby-Winne Racing’s Jonathan Appleby continue to fight for the 1-800-ASK GARY Thunder Stock title while others take home the wins in this tight division. Mullins continues to use consistency while Appleby has racked up the wins- 6, so far- in his chase for a title. TNT Automotive driver Jason Gamble has driven 4 different cars to top 5 finishes in a season he may want to forget. Other than a win in April it’s benn dismal for the team that finished runner-up last year. Brandon Elwood is towards the top as is John Thorpe who both struggle to keep up on the engine developmental side but they use their driving talent to take their equipment to the front. Plenty of other drivers can win and many could take career win #1 and luck doesn’t have to be involved for it to happen.

Buddy Pope has had a bi-polar season but he’s still in a 3-way fight for the title with “The Terror” Travis Staats and rookie Reid Christensen. Pope and Staats have each won multiple features while Christensen has used consistency-the only one to start every feature so far- to stay in the fight. The season has been rough for all 3 as Staats missed a race early and had some problems in the tech shed. Pope has had his rough times on track as he’s been involved in a few wrecks, not of his doing, that cost him valuable points. Christensen is still getting used to “The Daytona Prototype” #30 as set-ups are hit-and-miss on an old asphalt racecar. Charlie Staats can never be counted out and we know it’s just a matter of time until the F-150 finds Victory Lane. Give it your all and you too could find Coors Light Winner’s Circle!

It’s been all about Tony LaPorta, Steve Johnson, Brandon Haseleu, and Jordan McMillon in this title fight for our Rent-N-Roll Gladiators. LaPorta has been the winner but Haseleu has shown that a track with character brings his winning
character out. LaPorta hasn’t found a handle on that surface so it’s damage control at that point. Johnson and McMillon are in the middle every time but Johnson has pounced a few times to take home 2 wins thus far. Luck nhasn’t been on “Scooby’s” side, though, as he’s let 2 slip away as well. McMillon and Haseleu show that a driver’s license doesn’t mean success while LaPorta and Johnson are trying to prove that they still have the fight in them. It’s been a wonderful fight so far in 2012 and nothing less is expected in the finish.

Pits will open at 5 with stands at 6 and racing scheduled for 8 on Friday!!! Don’t miss some of the best action in racing and Fan Appreciation Night! For more information visit www.bubbaracewaypark.com or call us at 352-622-9400!

Give It All You’ve Got

October 1st, 2012

Ocala, FL–As October starts we start the final run with our Scorpion Racing Products Modifieds, Hobby Stocks, 1-800-ASK GARY Thunder Stocks, Barfield Law Group Mini Stocks, and Rent-N-Roll Gladiators. Points mean everything but there’s plenty of glory to go around with them.

Points have been hard to come by in the Scorpion Racing Products Modifieds as Kyle Bronson does not lose. With 11 wins in the 16 races so far in 2012 he has a massive lead over Dalton Lanich and Jeff Mathews. Mathews took a win earlier but Lanich is still chasing that big win at the oldest track in Florida. Other competitors such as 71-year old Buzzie Reutimann, Wayne Hammond, NASCAR driver David Reutimann, and Mark Whitener have also won in 2012. As the season continues on we’ve seen that Hammond Motorsports and Kyle Bronson have found the set-up and they ran with it. Garret Stewart continues to chase a win and, of course, Kent Corbin continues to regain his old ways and how amazing would it be for him to win at the track his father built! Never count anyone out in the Scorpion Racing Products UMP DirtCar Open-Wheel Modifieds.

Friend’s Racing and Sheffield Motorsports picked 2 heavyweights to go all out for the Hobby Stock title and the fans have been rewarded with quite a fight. Gamble and Wright continue to go back and forth as Gamble takes the quicker Friend’s Racing #12 to the front (4 points-paying times exactly) but Wright keeps the Sheffield #99 in the top 5 every week and has reeled off 6 wins so far. Mike Stalnaker, Hunter Gustafson, and Mark Maresca have a nice fight going on for 3rd-5th as Stalnaker keeps his under-powered #9 up front. Gustafson continues to improve and has become a well-rounded driver while Maresca finds new speed and new life every week. However, none of those drivers have won as the likes of Tim Powers, Josh Byrd, Tim Gay, Josh Bedenbaugh, and Kevin Durden spoil the party and show why they are some of the best Hobby Stock racers in the Southeast. In fact, every driver has shown that they can compete in the most competitive Hobby Stock division around!

As they tackle their 30th points-paying feature of 2012 we watch 2 drivers who had never won before lead the way in the 1-800-ASK GARY Thunder Stock division. Jonathan Appleby has been more dominant as he has won 6 features compared to the more consistent Brian Mullins who has just 1 win. Appleby has DNQ’d for a couple races in 2012 while Mullins has never finished lower than 16th in the 29 features contested so far. Jason Gamble has fallen off the title chase as he chases the Hard Luck Award. Gamble has had more than 3 drivers’ fair share of bad luck in 2012 but you can never count the TNT Automotive driver out. Bubba Durbin, Brandon Elwood, and John Thorpe have shown consistency over anything else in 2012 but only Durbin joins the top 3 as a feature winner. Chad Scranton, James Erickson, and Shane Nichols have dominated the races they’ve run in 2012 while others such as Grady Christian, Eddie Kilbury, Jr., Mark Trexler, Mike Tovet, Ray Wheeler, and Robert Ray have all broken into Coors Light Winner’s Circle this season. Count no one out in the highly
competitive 1-800-ASK GARY Thunder Stocks.

Leave it to the Barfield Law Group Mini Stocks to entertain as Buddy Pope, Travis Staats, and Reid Christensen all chase a title. Pope and Christensen have been fighting all season but Staats has joined the mix as of late. Those 3 could swap spots the rest of the season while Nick Kerr and Charlie Staats chase them from the top 5. Pope has 5 wins on 2012 compared to Staats (and Shirlene Hammond who gives Hammond Motorsports an astounding 15 wins in 2012) who has just 3. Christensen has no wins to his credit but is the only driver to enter every race in 2012, a testament to his ability to stay out of accidents. Kerr took a coupld of big wins mid-way through the year while Zach Amundsen also won a feature over the course of 2012. The fight is on and you won’t want to miss the end of the Barfield Law Group Mini Stocks season.

It’s up to 4 now as Tony LaPorta, Steve Johnson, Brandon Haseleu, and Jordan McMillon chase a big Rent-N-Roll Gladiators championship. LaPorta has visited Coors Light Winner’s Circle more than the others but Johnson and Haseleu made real use of LaPorta’s absence at the end of the Summer Stretch. Haseleu has 3 wins, Johnson has 2, McMillon is winless, and LaPorta has 6 in 2012. McMillon knows he must win if he plans to stay in the fight but Johnson and Haseleu must do the same as LaPorta holds advantage at last count. Steve Cox, the defending series champion, has a win in 2012 as does first-timer Randy Harless. Billy Holmes and Reid Christensen have each stolen 2 wins as well but at this point it helps some in their chase for a championship. Never leave until the checkers fall in a wild Rent-N-Roll Gladiators division.

Bubba opens the Pit Stop at 1, pits at 4, and grandstands at 5. Racing is slated for 7. For more information you can go to www.bubbaracewaypark.com or call the Speedway at 352-622-9400!

Oh, The Taste Of Victory

October 1st, 2012

Ocala, FL–Night Of A Thousands was a huge success for our Twisted Tea Top Gun Sprint Cars, Scorpion Racing Products Modifieds, Hobby Stocks, 1-800-ASK GARY Thunder Stocks, and Rent-N-Roll Gladiators.

Hobby Stocks would start the night off right as “Ragin” Rodney Wright would lead lap 1 from outside pole. Wright had Tim Powers and Trevor Gamble breathing down his neckso there was no riding at any point. Up front after 4 cautions it was still Wright, Powers, and Gamble! Tim Powers stole the lead on the next restart and Gamble would jump up to 2nd spot while Wright saw a good night go bad. Just a few laps later Hunter Gustafson would spin out of turn 4 and Trey Cameron made slight contact to bring out another caution flag. The top 3 was now Powers, Gamble, and Wright. Trey Cameron would spin and Mark Maresca would tap him before Jonathan Appleby, Matt Kramer, Larry Isgette, Glenn Baum, Joseph Forsyth, Hunter Gustafson, and Don Woosley all made late contact which would bring out a red flag. Maresca would pit while Cameron, Woosley, Isgette, Baum, Forsyth, and Kramer would have to retire. All drivers were okay after the massive 9-car pile-up. Green-White-Checkered would give Gamble and Wright another shot but there was no stopping Tim Powers as he cruised to his 5th win of 2012. Gamble and Wright would finish 2nd and 3rd, respectively, as Mike Stalnaker and Kyle Maynard completed the top 5.

Scorpion Racing Products Modifieds would roll 2nd with “The Gunslinger” Garret Stewart the leader from pole position. The first 12 laps were green before Gary Sexton spun and collected Kent Corbin and Buzzie Reutimann. No damage was done to Reutimann’s car and the other 2 had minimal damage at most. Up front Garret Stewart was still leading Kyle Bronson and Rich Pratt. On lap 17 as they came to lap Charlie O’Neill “The Gunslinger” had to take evasive action to miss the #75C and it actually gained Stewart ground! On lap 22 Gary Sexton spun just as Bronson overtook Stewart for the lead. Just as it happened the #2S let go leaving the team-mate Dalton Lanich and Jeff Mathews to chase “The Killer.” Mathews would actually bring the yellow out with just 1 to go when he spun out of turn 4. Rich Pratt would inherit a podium spot
with a 1-lap fight ensuing. He led just 4 laps but it’s #11 for Kyle Bronson. Dalton Lanich would take a strong 2nd on a night that could’ve been for Chris Williams Motorsports. Rich Pratt rebounded to finish 3rd while Kent Corbin and Buzzie Reutimann showed the youth that they should never be counted out.
 
Twisted Tea Top Gun Sprint Cars ran their warm-up for the Florida State Sprint Car Championship which will run in just 2 weeks. Danny Martin, Jr. made a bold pass of Kerry Gilbert stick to lead lap 1 from his outside pole starting spot. Scott “Hollywood” Kreuger was very slow as he learned his way around the Top Gun Sprint Car but he adhered to every blue flag given to him. “Flyin” Ryan Partin would bring out caution #1 on lap 7 after a spin out of turn 2. Martin would lead Robbie Smithand Kerry Gilbert. With just 3 laps left Keith Butler would bring the yellow lights back on as he stopped on the apron in turn 3. Martin still led but Robbie Smith and Matt Kurtz would get to take their shots at him. Matt Kurtz would lead the last ½ lap as he took a big win, his 4th, of 2012 over “The Hammer.” Robbie Smith would finish a strong 3rd with Shane Kreidler 4th and Colin Cabre a very strong 5th before he heads off to the NASCAR Drive For Diversity Program.

1-800-ASK GARY Thunder Stocks would go 14-laps for $1000 and a full moon was above the track. On lap 5 rookie driver Casey Feaster would spin from the back of the pack to bring out a caution while Shane Nichols, Chad Scranton, and Bubba Durbin led the way. On lap 8 Brian Mullins and Jonathan Appleby had a solid fight going on for 5th but it was spoiled when Appleby rolled the right rear tire off forcing him to pit and the caution to wave once more. Caution would fly again when James Erickson lost his right rear wheel ending his night. Under caution Brian Mullins would pit with a flat tire- all even in the championship fight. On lap 10 John Thorpe would have a tire go down and he would bring the caution out. Chad Scranton took a shot at the lead and cut his right front in the process and brought a caution out when he couldn’t turn left. The finish would go 1 shot Green-White-Checkers. Shane Nichols would hold off Bubba Durbin in a fantastic finish as Durbin actually half-spun and barely beat Jason Gamble to the line. James Sullivan, III and Luke Sadler completed the top 5.

The finale for the night was our Rent-N-Roll Gladiators who did not disappoint. Action heated up quickly as Steve Johnson would lead from pole position but on lap 2 a title contender, Jordan McMillon, fell out of the race when the right front broke on his #68 machine. On the restart Johnson’s right front went down which would allow Billy Holmes to take the lead as the field circulated under yellow. On lap 4 a scary crash occurred when Brian Thorpe’s steering locked up and sent him into the turn 1 wall. Thorpe hurt his ankle but did climb out of the car under his own power. As the field took half-way Reid Christensen, fighting for the lead, broke the right front off of his #21 ending a solid run. A Green-White-Checkered would end the race and Billy Holmes held them off. Tony LaPorta would finish 2nd with Brandon Haseleu, Steve Johnson, and Nick Zackery the top 5. However, in tech, Haseleu was disqualified for an issue with the VIN numbers of his #3. That would move Johnson up to 3rd, Zackery to a career-best 4th, and Christensen would finish 5th.

Next week we enter Month 8 of our 9 Month Points Season with the Scorpion Racing Products Modifieds, Hobby Stocks, 1-800-ASK GARY Thunder Stocks, Rent-N-RollGladiators all coming back out and the Barfield Law Group Mini Stocks rejoining them for a 5-class spectacle.

It’s Wide Open Now

September 27th, 2012

Ocala, FL–This week is Night Of A Thousands and the Twisted Tea Top Gun Sprint Cars, Scorpion Racing Products Modifieds, Hobby Stocks, 1-800-ASK GARY Thunder Stocks, and Rent-N-Roll Gladiators will all race for that big prize.

In a season of change for the Twisted Tea Top Gun Sprint Cars we see that Matt Kurtz has been the dominant driver of 2012 while Ryan Partin has used conistency to stick within 32 points of the youngster. AJ Maddox took a big win earlier in 2012 and sits 3rd in the standings but he’s 42 behind Partin! Mark Ruel, Jr. and Danny Martin, Jr. have also broken into Coors Light Winner’s Circle and there are plenty of other drivers who could do the same. Watch as Partin, the 2010 champion, chases down young Kurtz and see if driver #92 can hold on!

So, with 10 feature wins, 2 runner-up finishes, and 3 DNFs (2 while leading) in just 15 events it’s pretty safe to say Kyle Bronson can wheel a Scorpion Racing Products Modifieds machine. As he chases down the title in the Hammond Motorsports #40B you have the 4-time defending champion, Jeff Mathews, scrambling as he, without a drastic change, has lost his reign at Bubba Raceway Park. Mathews can count 2012 a success, however, as he has won a feature in both his Modified and Late Model- 1 of only 2 drivers to do so this year. Dalton Lanich used the family equipment early but was picked up by the Chris Williams team and they have rocketed to the front as they’ve won together- the win at Bubba Raceway Park, however,Y is still coming after a patch of rough luck. His team-mate, Garret Stewart, can tell him all about bad luck as Stewart still seeks his first win on the 1/3 mile as well. Buzzie Reutimann, Rich Pratt, and Ivedent Lloyd, Jr. will throw themselves into the battle and take the fight to “The Killer” up front.

You wanted a heavyweight bout and you have it- call it a tie, basically, between Trevor Gamble of Friend’s Racing and Rodney Wright of Sheffield Motorsports in the Hobby Stock race. Wright has the feature wins and the guts; Gamble has the heat wins and has been very fast all season. As those 2 steal the spotlight Mike Stalnaker runs in a quiet 3rd. Stalnaker has not gone winless at Bubba Raceway Park in a long time but the streak may end as he is still underpowered and underfunded. Stalnaker can, and will, make the most of any door that is opened and a trip to Coors Light Winner’s Circle wouldn’t be surprising. The very young Hunter Gustafson has shown muscle in 2012 as has Mark Maresca and they are towards the top of the standings as a result. Tim Powers has been stealing the headlines lately but Gamble and Wright need points- how bad do they need them is the question.

Jonathan Appleby and Brian Mullins are both in their first ever true championship fights in the 1-800-ASK GARY Thunder Stocks. Appleby, driving for himself and good friend Don Winne, has taken 6 feature wins in 2012 but has failed to qualify for a few features this season. Brian Mullins and the Cheater Racing group, however, have just 1 win but have qualified for all 28 features- in fact, he hasn’t finished worse than 16th all season! As those 2 chase the title, 2010 champion Jason Gamble watches as his season continues to go up in smoke. Literally. The T&T Automotive team has had so much bad luck it shouldn’t be possible. The cars are fast, the drivers are strong, the engines are not but when they fix them, look out. John Thorpe, James Sullivan, III and Brandon Elwood have been towards the top of the standings all season and hope to stay there but Chad Scranton and Shane Nichols can eat points up quickly. Watch out because any one can win and there is a championship fight going on!

You want a real battle, though, look at this one- Tony LaPorta, Steve Johnson, Brandon Haseleu, and Jordan McMillon. McMillon, a rookie, who towers above them all, Haseleu who can’t legally drive by himself yet, Johnson who is old enough to be their father, and LaPorta who could be their grandpa! A diverse group of drivers it is in the Rent-N-Roll Gladiators! LaPorta has been dominant in 2012 while Johnson wins a couple of races a season. Haseleu took big #1, then #2, and then #3 within the past 6 weeks and has been trying his hardest to win this title while McMillon continues to improve as a driver and will attack at the precise moment. Anything could happen and you won’t want to miss it!

Bubba will open the Pit Stop at 1, pits at 4, and grandstands at 5. Racing is scheduled for 7. Don’t miss Night Of A Thousands!!! For more info contact us at www.bubbaracewaypark.com or call us at 352-622-9400!

No Falling Into Victory

September 24th, 2012

Ocala, FL–The RaceCar Engineering Late Models returned while the Buddy’s Home Furnishings Limited Late Models, 1-800-ASK GARY Thunder Stocks, Barfield Law Group Mini Stocks, and Rent-N-Roll Gladiators also put on spectacular shows.

First up were the Buddy’s Home Furnishings Limited Late Models. Christian McGillivray would lead from pole until a lap 2 restart which allowed Carter Stokes to get around him. Just moments after the lap was completed the yellow flew for Kevin Mills who had a flat tire on his SNM Racing #01. On lap 5, Forrest Gough, fighting for 3rd, went door-to-door with JO Nobles and spun as a result. Denica Hetznecker and Billy Holmes were also involved when Denica spun to avoid contact with Gough. All 3 would continue on. Stokes pulled away from the field but “Big Chief” David Showers and JO Nobles were hunting the young driver down. Stokes would hold on for win #1 on the dirt while JO Nobles would improve his points lead with a 2nd place finish. David Showers used his son’s machine to finish 3rd with Forrest Gough and Christian McGillivray the top 5.

Barfield Law Group Mini Stock’s went out 2nd and Travis Staats would lead lap 1 from outside pole. Meanwhile Buddy Pope was having a dismal night as he chases that championship. With 2 solo spins in 8 laps he was not enjoying his night. The Staats boys were, however, as they were 1-2 while Nick Kerr could not find his way around the AR Machines. Travis Staats would win with Charlie Staats 2nd in a dominat performance from the family. Nick Kerr was a dismal 3rd, Reid Christensen put in a beautiful drive but could only muster up 4th, and Buddy Pope finished 5th.

The RaceCar Engineering Late Models ran as the middle race of the night with Rich Pratt the leader after 2 laps. Len Parrish, Keith Nosbisch, Bug Rose, Cory Hupp, and Jim Cryer would pile-up in turn 2 on the restart while Rich Pratt, Mark Whitener, and the Mathews Motorsports cars of Jeff Mathews and Ivedent Lloyd, Jr. ran in the top 4. Cryer would be the only retirement from the accident as he broke the left front suspension. Whitener would steal the lead on the restart while Pratt would have to settle for P2. On lap 17 Austin Dowling would spin and allow Pratt and the Mathews cars another shot at Whitener. With 5 to go Dalton Meyers lost the left rear which ended a great run for driver #54. Mark Whitener would take home yet another win with Ivedent Lloyd, Jr., Rich Pratt, Keith Nosbisch (in relief for Bo Allen), and Christian Augspurger the top 5.

1-800-ASK GARY Thunder Stocks were the 4th race on the plate and Jason Gamble showed that the TNT Automotive machine was up to par- unfortunately just a few laps in the #21 started smoking handing the lead over to Jonathan Appleby who would not relinquish it. Brian Mullins finished 2nd, James Erickson could only muster up 3rd, Shane Nichols finished 4th, and John Thorpe rounded out the top 5.

Rent-N-Roll Gladiators finished the night up with a 10-lap no-points race. John Moore dominated while Randy Harless nearly spoiled it. Brandon Haseleu finished 3rd with Stephen Frankland and David Pate the top 5.

Next week is the Night Of A Thousands and it will highlight the Twisted Tea Top Gun Sprint Cars, Scorpion Racing Products Modifieds, Hobby Stocks, 1-800-ASK GARY Thunder Stocks, and the Rent-N-Roll Gladiators. For more information you can check
out www.bubbaracewaypark.com or call us at 352-622-9400!

It’s More Than Oval Racing!

September 20th, 2012

Ocala, FL– As the points paying season at Bubba Raceway Park begins to close we see that no division has more than 10 features scheduled through the season finale. A few of those divisions will come 1 race closer to deciding their champion; they are the RaceCar Engineering Late Models, Buddy’s Home Furnishings Limited Late Models, 1-800-ASK GARY Thunder Stocks, and Barfield Law Group Mini Stocks. Those 4 divisions will be joined by the first Figure-8 Race of the Bubba Clem Era!

Mark Whitener and Ivedent Lloyd, Jr. can make things pretty boring and 2012 has been no exception- they’ve won 9 of the 15 points-paying features held in 2012 with “The Magic Man” up 1 on Lloyd. However, those 6 they haven’t won have been won by 6 different drivers including top-5 points chasers Richard Ferry and “Cheddar” Christian Augspurger. Ferry held Lloyd off for 25-laps early in the season while “Cheddar” remembered a move Lloyd used to beat him and made full use of it as he beat Whitener by the nose of the car. Jason Fitzgerald and Tyler Ivey have won this season as well as Keith Nosbisch and Modified champion Jeff “4-Time” Mathews. Whitener and Lloyd are still the class of the field but there are, for the first time in a while, no surprises in the RaceCar Engineering Late Models.

In 17 features during their return to Bubba Raceway Park we’ve seen JO Nobles win 9 of the Buddy’s Home Furnishings Limited Late Models features (and he hasn’t entered all 17!), Eddie Gainey take 3, and 5 others have visited Coors Light Winner’s Circle. Nobles has been the dominator of 2012 but he has David Showers, Forrest Gough, the McGillivray brothers, David Showers, Jr., and Forrest Gough chasing him for a title. The Showers family each has 1 win as well as Phillip Cobb, Kyle Chappell, and Kevin Mills. The Showers boys have thrown the monkeys off their backs leaving just Gough to throw his off and that could happen any time!

The most competitive division is, however, the 1-800-ASK GARY Thunder Stocks. Chad Scranton has 7 wins, Jonathan Appleby (who is fighting for his first championship) has 5, Shane Nichols has 4, and James Erickson has 2; then you have the most consistent driver in Brian Mullins, Jason Gamble, Bubba Durbin, Mark Trexler, Grady Christian, Mike Tovet, Eddie Kilbury, Jr., Robert Ray, and Ray Wheeler all at 1 win each. That is ultra competitive, especially with just 2 drivers with consecutive wins (Appleby had 3-in-a-row and Nichols just swept the week-end). Mullins, Appleby, Gamble, and Scranton have been fighting for a title all season- 2 have championship trophies; the other 2 had never won a race before this year!

Buddy Pope and Reid Christensen have been quite dominant in 2012 but Travis Staats has been on fire as of late. Staats will fight hard to take this championship from Pope and he has something Buddy doesn’t- a team mate, his father Charlie. Shirlene Hammond, Zach Amundsen, and Nick Kerr have also broken into Coors Light Winner’s Circle in 2012 and this fight, though rarely talked about, is closer than you would think.

Bubba will open the Pit Stop at 1, pits at 4, grandstands at 5, and racing is scheduled for 7. For more information visit www.bubbaracewaypark.com or call us at 352-622-9400!

PJ Wiggins Memorial Night One

September 16th, 2012

Ocala, FL–The PJ Wiggins Memorial was a success as was the make-up race from the Florida State Modified Championship. The best Modifieds in the Southeast ran 70 laps of feature action while the Buddy’s Home Furnishings Limited Late Models, Hobby Stocks, 1-800-ASK GARY Thunder Stocks, and the Rent-N-Roll Gladiators put on fantastic features as well.

First up was the make-up race for the Florida State Modified Championship which went 30 laps. In turn 1 Bubba Christian smacked the wall while Wayne Hammond found the wall and had help from Ronnie Soltis to finish the job. Christian and Hammond would retire from the race while Soltis would continue on.Kyle Bronson went from 5th to 1st on lap 1 before Chuck Gustafson, Jr., Ivedent Lloyd, Jr., Dalton Lanich, and Scott Kurtzner piled up in turn 2; Bronson, Rich Pratt, and Ronnie Chance would lead the field. Just 2 laps later Rich Pratt would retire with mechanical problems and set up another restart. On lap 5, as he made the pass for 7th, David Reutimann fell out when the rear-end failed him leaving Bronson, Devin Dixon, and Buzzie Reutimann up front with 25-to-go. On lap 22 Larry Mott, running in the top 10, scraped the wall and brought a caution out for debris. After a great run in the top 5 all night Ronnie Chance blew the #7S up and brought out another caution. Bronson would have to keep Jeff Mathews and Buzzie at bay after Dixon pulled off! Bronson did just that and swept the Florida State Modified Championship! Jeff Mathews went runner-up with Buzzie Reutimann, Todd Neiheiser, and Tim Powers the rest of a very strong top 5.

Next up were the Buddy’s Home Furnishings Limited Late Models for a 20-lapper. David Showers would lead his son after a after they locked out the front row. On lap 6 Ricky Land stopped at the bottom of the track right before JO Nobles spun from 4th! That would leave 14-to-go with David Showers, David Showers, Jr., and Christian McGillivray the top 3.With 5 to go Ricky Land took the B99 around in turn 2 which would give Carter Stokes and David Showers, Jr. a shot at David Showers for the win!

Just 2 laps later Caleb McGillivray spun the 2X but now in 3rd was JO Nobles! “Big Chief” David Showers got the monkey off his back as Nobles overtook Junior on the last lap. Stokes and Forrest Gough completed the top 5.

Hobby Stocks put on the 20-lapper of the night as Kevin Durden stole the lead from outside pole. Tim Powers stole the lead on lap 3 before the lap 4 caution when Trevor Gamble felt the right rear go flat from 3rd. On lap 8 Gamble cut another right rear down on his Friend’s Racing #12 as Powers, Durden, and Rodney Wright led the field. Durden stole the lead back on lap 9 as Wright spun while side-by-side with Durden and Powers for the lead! Chad Scranton would inherit 3rd with Durden and Powers 1-2, respectively, while the title fighters were 8th and 16th. Ed Hill smcked the wall on the restart and collected Trey Cameron, III, Mike Stalnaker, Matt Kramer, and Rodney Wright who learned the value in staying up front. Kramer, Wright, and Cameron continued on but the other 2 were done for the night; all were okay after the accident. Durden, Powers, and Scranton were 1-2-3, respectively. Powers stole the lead back on lap 11 as Gamble went door-to-door with “IceMan” for 3rd. Durden would take it back on lap 15 in a wild race between 2 of the best in the Southeast! Powers got it back on lap 16 and never gave it back. Powers over Durden then Gamble, Joe Boyd, and Rodney Wright rebounded to complete the top 5.

The PJ Wiggins Memorial race went 40 laps with #22 on top all night and Kyle Bronson the leader of lap 1, again starting from behind the front row. On lap 3 Todd Nieheiser spun from 4th with Bronson, Buzzie Reutimann, and Jeff Mathews the top 3. Under caution on lap 12 Bronson had to pit leaving Mathews and David Reutimann as the top 2. Just shy of halfway it was Mathews, Reuti, and Buzzie the top 3.With 11 to go Chuck Gustafson, Jr. went around in turn 1 leaving Mathews, Devin Dixon, Reuti, and KB as the top 4. A 5 lap run allowed Reuti and Bronson to tussle and switch spots on track while Mathews and Dixon pulled away. Bronson went all out with 4 to go and took the lead from Mathews and Dixon. Bronson with the drive of the century took the PJ Wiggins Memorial over Mathews, Dixon, David Reutimann, and Dalton Lanich.

1-800-ASK GARY Thunder Stocks action was intense but, other than lap 1 with John Thorpe, “Sweetfeet” Shane Nichols dominated the event. The T&T Automotive cars had a rough night but Jonathan Appleby did not as he went P2. James Sullivan, III, William Gillam, and Brandon Elwood rounded out the top 5.

Rent-N-Roll Gladiators action was quiet until lap 11 when championship contender Brandon Haseleu slowed and eventually pitted. That wasn’t all because as the field came to the white flag Steve Johnson’s right rear broke leaving him vulnerable to the attacks of Tony laPorta and Jordan McMillon. Johnson led all the way to turn 4 but LaPorta and McMillon stole it from him out of the corner. LaPorta beat McMillon by a nose for the win while Johnson salvaged 3rd. Shane Guessford and Randy Harless completed the top 5.

Tomorrow night the Scorpion Racing Products Modifieds finish the PJ Wiggins Memorial alongside the Buddy’s Home Furnishings Limited Late Models, Hobby Stocks (who again race for $1000), 1-800-ASK GARY Thunder Stocks, and the
Barfield Law Group Mini Stocks! Bubba’s Pit Stop opens at 1, pits will open at 4, grandstands at 5, and racing is scheduled for 7! For more information check out www.bubbaracewaypark.com or call the Speedway at 352-622-9400! See you tomorrow!

PJ Wiggins Memorial

September 13th, 2012

Ocala, FL–This week-end’s 2-day show is the 2nd annual PJ Wiggins Memorial. Wiggins was an outstanding race-car driver but was, and still is, a great father figure to his children and evn children who watched him win with a smooth and graceful technique; more importantly, he was always a very thankful man. A victim to skin cancer, he is sorely missed in the racing community so we honor him with the 2nd annual PJ Wiggins Memorial for the Scorpion Racing Products Open-Wheel Modifieds. Racing alongside them Friday night will be the Buddy’s Home Furnishings Limited Late Models, Hobby Stocks, 1-800-ASK GARY Thunder Stocks, and the Rent-N-Roll Gladiators.

The Modifeds are actually going to race twice as they make-up the Florida State
Modified Championship race from July that was rained-out. So, Kyle Bronson and
Dalton Lanich will have twice as much wear on the equipment (though both could drive
2 different cars) as they chase a championship. Of course, defending PJ Wiggins
Memorial champion Rich Pratt isn’t out of either hunt and the Anthony, FL driver
knows a trick or two around Bubba Raceway Park. The driver we call “4-Time” is in
4th as he chases #5; Jeff Mathews, however, has work to do if he wants it. Jim
Passino went all Brett Favre on the sabbatical and was back behind the wheel of the
34A last time out. You can’t count any one out and don’t forget this- David
Reutimann isn’t on any of the NASCAR entry lists.

JO Nobles has been a little nicer recently as he hasn’t won since the night of the
rain-out, July 21st. Nobles’ main championship rivals aren’t getting those
all-important wins, though, as Forrest Gough, David Showers, and the McGillivray
brothers aren’t winning. Showers was the heat race driver of the summer season but
he’ll need to win features in the fall if he wants to take home the trophy. The
McGillivray brothers, Caleb and Christian, have been impressive in 2012 and 2013
looks to be a wonderful year for them and a championship could be their’s.
Interesting stat on Nobles- he seeks to be the first driver to win a title in 2
different divisions since the conversion back to dirt in 2008.

Talk about a fight for a championship between Trevor Gamble and Rodney Wright! I
mean, Gamble gets a top-3 and he lost a ton of points? Rodney Wright and the
Sheffield Motorsports team have been consistent all year and it’s paying off; the
pressure is now on Rick Friend’s #12 team and Gamble is a great driver to have in
that situation! Mike Stalnkaer is so comfortable in 3rd that they have installed a
sofa in the #9 machine. Of course, Stalnaker is never comfortable as he is yet to
win in 2012, a rare occurence for the Ocala driver. The battle for 4th is a
2nd-generation driver with family ties to the leader, the defending Thunder Stock
champion, and a Hobby Stock rookie. They are Mark Maresca, Brian Shea, and Hunter
Gustafson, respectively and all have been close to Coors Light Winner’s Circle but
have never visited; that could change by season’s end as Gustafson is ever-improving
and Maresca and Shea are smart drivers with fast cars.

So, with 25 races down and 13 different feature winners (plus 35 heat winners)
including 3 first-timers it truly is anyone’s game in the 1-800-ASK GARY Thunder
Stocks. Brian Mullins and Jonathan Appleby are great title fighters as both entered
2012 with plenty of laps led, races dominated, and 0 trophies. Appleby won race 9
then peeled off 4 of the next 8 while Mullins didn’t win until 19 races in. Mullins,
however, has scored at least 24 points in every feature while Appleby has missed a
couple of features! Jason Gamble, Bubba Durbin, and Brandon Elwood are in the top 5
and have been impressive with consistency and, for 2 of them, race wins. It’s a
3-man title fight and Chad Scranton’s part of it as he has won 7 features in 2012 (a
winning percentage of 28% and he hasn’t entered every race!) which leads the way.
Throw all of these guys in- Shane Nichols, Eddie Kilbury, Jr. (who will return this
week according to brother Rick), Mark Trexler, Grady Christian, Mike Tovet, Robert
Ray, Ray Wheeler, and James Erickson- with Mullins, Appleby, Gamble, Durbin, and
Scranton and you have 13 very good drivers and there are plenty that haven’t won a
points race in 2012!

You want a battle for the ages and you have it in the Rent-N-Roll Gladiators! Tony
LaPorta, an older gentlemen from the North, has been the class of the field while
the hard-working Steve Johnson slowly earns points every week. Those 2 are the
experience in the field. A driver with little, if any, high school experience is
Jordan McMillon but you couldn’t tell from the way he drives as he’s smooth and
quick. A driver who has impressed the racing community with his recent dominance is
Brandon Haseleu. Yet to earn his driver’s license, he shows what youth can do and
was actually the first driver to win in a rear-wheel drive car since Matt Shea on
October 22, 2010. Kody Fisher came to life as he won his first ever heat race and
looks to pull away from the battle for 5th and maybe join the title fight!

Gates will open at 5, grandstands at 6, and we are scheduled to start at 8:00 on
Friday night! For more information you may go to www.bubbaracewaypark.com or call
the Speedway at 352-622-9400!

Triple Double

September 12th, 2012

Ocala, FL, The Demolition Derby and Powder Puff Derby were a great addition to the Hobby Stocks, 1-800-ASK GARY Thunder Stocks, and Rent-N-Roll Gladiators. With the 3 regular divisions making up a feature from mid-July in addition to a regular night of racing it was the most exciting racing of 2012.

First up was the Hobby Stock make-up race with Scott Haas the leader from outside pole as a caution came out for Chad Scranton’s flattened right rear tire. Sean Monaghan had a tough opening to the race as he hit everything but the pace car before he stopped and brought the 2nd caution out. Rodney Wright would steal the lead out of turn 4 on the restart while Tim Powers attempted to swallow Haas up. Chad Scranton methodically worked through the field and was up to P4 after Haas retired just past halfway. Wright and Powers fought like brothers over the last dozen laps. Rodney Wright won the fight with Powers 2nd. Trevor Gamble was nearly a lap down in 3rd with Chad Scranton and Hunter Gustafson a lap down in 4th and 5th, respectively.

The 1-800-ASK GARY Thunder Stock make-up feature was caution filled and it all started on lap 5 when David Kinsey smacked the wall on a restart and stopped on the backstretch. Plenty of other cautions bunched up the field behind Rick Kilbury. The lap 13 caution for James Sullivan, III was a heart-breaker after he ran 2nd for a long time. That caution set up Kilbury’s heartbreak as he broke the left wheel off coming to the white flag. Chad Scranton led 2 laps all night and took home the cool $1000 with Alan Lane a smooth 2nd, Brian Mullins 3rd, John Thorpe and impressive 4th, and William Gillam in 5th. However, in Tech the #05 of Lane was found illegal for the night which moved up the field and put Brandon Elwood into the top 5.

The Rent-N-Roll Gladiators make-up race was a 10-lap caution-free event. Steve Johnson led early but on lap 3 Brandon Haseleu made the winning move and never looked back. Tony LaPorta finished a strong 2nd with Johnson, Kody Fisher, and Reid Christensen the top 5.

Hobby Stock feature #2 started with the rain that lasted less than 5 minutes. Rodney Wright jumped to an easy lead until Mick Kulak slid into the infield on lap 7. Under caution the #99 of Wright had a right front tire go flat leaving Tim Powers, DJ Nobles, and Scott Haas as the top 3. Nobles would blow it up on the restart moving Joe Boyd into the top 3. Rodney Wright hit the wall on lap 9 (after a rain delay) ending his night early. Tim Powers took an easy win with Joe Boyd, Trevor Gamble, Mick Kulak, and Sean Monaghan the top 5.

On lap 3 of the 1-800-ASK GARY Thunder Stock feature Alan Lane spun Marco Reyes to bring the caution out. Both would go to the tail. Plenty of other cautions marred the race but not William Gillam’s spirit. Gillam led the first half of the race but James Erickson led the half that mattered. Gillam went P2 with Brian Mullins 3rd. Eddie Woodall went an astounding 4th and Alan Lane rebounded to 5th. Of course, Lane was illegal, so 5th went to Jeff Baer.

The Rent-N-Roll Gladiators started with Brandon Haseleu jump to the lead from pole and he never relinquished it. Even the lap 8 caution for Tonya Sowles couldn’t stop him as he beat Steve Johnson, Tony LaPorta, Jordan McMillon, and Brian Thorpe for the win.

The Powder Puff Derby saw Codie Carroll beat Jody Hofaeker in a battle of the Thunder Stocks up front. Brenda Walker finished 3rd and was best in-class as she fought in a Gladiator.

The Demolition Derby began while Dakota Bare fought the team-mates but came up short. Jeff Cox finished runner-up to his team-mate Todd Cox!

Next week-end is a 2-day event for the Modifieds in the PJ Wiggins Memorial. They also will finish the Florida State Modified Championship on Friday. Buddy’s Home Furnishings Limited Late Models, Hobby Stocks for $1000, 1-800-ASK GARY Thunder Stocks, and Rent-N-Roll Gladiators also join them. For more information you can check out www.bubbaracewaypark.com or call the Speedway at 352-622-9400!

Triple Double

September 11th, 2012

Ocala, FL–The Demolition Derby and Powder Puff Derby were a great addition to the Hobby Stocks, 1-800-ASK GARY Thunder Stocks, and Rent-N-Roll Gladiators. With the 3 regular divisions making up a feature from mid-July in addition to a regular night of racing it was the most exciting racing of 2012.

First up was the Hobby Stock make-up race with Scott Haas the leader from outside pole as a caution came out for Chad Scranton’s flattened right rear tire. Sean Monaghan had a tough opening to the race as he hit everything but the pace car
before he stopped and brought the 2nd caution out. Rodney Wright would steal the lead out of turn 4 on the restart while Tim Powers attempted to swallow Haas up. Chad Scranton methodically worked through the field and was up to P4 after Haas
retired just past halfway. Wright and Powers fought like brothers over the last dozen laps. Rodney Wright won the fight with Powers 2nd. Trevor Gamble was nearly a lap down in 3rd with Chad Scranton and Hunter Gustafson a lap down in 4th and 5th, respectively.

The 1-800-ASK GARY Thunder Stock make-up feature was caution filled and it all started on lap 5 when David Kinsey smacked the wall on a restart and stopped on the backstretch. Plenty of other cautions bunched up the field behind Rick Kilbury. The lap 13 caution for James Sullivan, III was a heart-breaker after he ran 2nd for a long time. That caution set up Kilbury’s heartbreak as he broke the left wheel off coming to the white flag. Chad Scranton led 2 laps all night and took home the cool $1000 with Alan Lane a smooth 2nd, Brian Mullins 3rd, John Thorpe and impressive 4th, and William Gillam in 5th. However, in Tech the #05 of Lane was found illegal for the night which moved up the field and put Brandon Elwood into the top 5.

The Rent-N-Roll Gladiators make-up race was a 10-lap caution-free event. Steve Johnson led early but on lap 3 Brandon Haseleu made the winning move and never looked back. Tony LaPorta finished a strong 2nd with Johnson, Kody Fisher, and Reid Christensen the top 5.

Hobby Stock feature #2 started with the rain that lasted less than 5 minutes. Rodney Wright jumped to an easy lead until Mick Kulak slid into the infield on lap 7. Under caution the #99 of Wright had a right front tire go flat leaving Tim Powers, DJ Nobles, and Scott Haas as the top 3. Nobles would blow it up on the restart moving Joe Boyd into the top 3. Rodney Wright hit the wall on lap 9 (after a rain delay) ending his night early. Tim Powers took an easy win with Joe Boyd, Trevor Gamble, Mick Kulak, and Sean Monaghan the top 5.

On lap 3 of the 1-800-ASK GARY Thunder Stock feature Alan Lane spun Marco Reyes to bring the caution out. Both would go to the tail. Plenty of other cautions marred the race but not William Gillam’s spirit. Gillam led the first half of the race but James Erickson led the half that mattered. Gillam went P2 with Brian Mullins 3rd. Eddie Woodall went an astounding 4th and Alan Lane rebounded to 5th. Of course, Lane was illegal, so 5th went to Jeff Baer.

The Rent-N-Roll Gladiators started with Brandon Haseleu jump to the lead from pole and he never relinquished it. Even the lap 8 caution for Tonya Sowles couldn’t stop him as he beat Steve Johnson, Tony LaPorta, Jordan McMillon, and Brian Thorpe for the win.

The Powder Puff Derby saw Codie Carroll beat Jody Hofaeker in a battle of the Thunder Stocks up front. Brenda Walker finished 3rd and was best in-class as she fought in a Gladiator.

The Demolition Derby began while Dakota Bare fought the team-mates but came up short. Jeff Cox finished runner-up to his team-mate Todd Cox!

Next week-end is a 2-day event for the Modifieds in the PJ Wiggins Memorial. They also will finish the Florida State Modified Championship on Friday. Buddy’s Home Furnishings Limited Late Models, Hobby Stocks for $1000, 1-800-ASK GARY Thunder Stocks, and Rent-N-Roll Gladiators also join them. For more information you can check out
www.bubbaracewaypark.com or call the Speedway at 352-622-9400!

The Fight For First

September 5th, 2012

Ocala, FL–As we begin the 7th month of our 9 month points-paying season at Bubba Raceway Park we have a spectacular show in store. The Hobby Stocks, 1-800-ASK GARY Thunder Stocks, and Rent-N-Roll Gladiators will not only run their regular events but they will make up the rained-out features from mid-July. These races will be run in the sequence of Feature-Heat-Feature. Joining these 3 exciting divisions will be the Powder Puff Derby and the Demolition Derby!

So, after 6 months of racing Rodney Wright has a 32 point advantage over Trevor Gamble. They’ve had 16 features; how much closer can you get? Mike Stalnaker has been masterful with his under-powered equipment and a win is just around the corner and no one will be surprised. In 4th is Mark Maresca who, up until his last race, had been flying under the radar. Last time he was flying up front until he barrel-rolled the 77M. In 5th is Hunter Gustafson who has shown determination and improvement in his #15. Though the title contenders are very strong, he could find Coors Light Winner’s Circle and will be a massive threat for the title in 2013.

In 23 features the 1-800-ASK GARY Thunder Stocks have had 13 feature winners and over 30 heat race winners! In fact, we’ve had 7 consecutive different feature winners and #8 and #9 are likely. “Hothead” Brian Mullins nearly has a 2 race lead over “Flash” Jonathan Appleby as both chase a title. Both can break into Coors Light Winner’s Circle and start the final run the right way. In a distant 3rd is the 2009 champ and last year’s runner-up Jason Gamble. Gamble hasn’t won since early April but the #21 has been fast all seaon; consistency has been the trouble. The T&T Automotive crew has it worked out and driver #21 will be back to top form soon. Florida State Thunder Stock Champion Bubba Durbin is 4th but is over 4 races behind the leader! Durbin is always fast but will have to work to hold off young Brandon Elwood. Many in the paddock say Elwood will be the next to get that first win (on dirt) and join Mark Trexler, Mullins, and Appleby as a “first-timer.” It’s been a fantastic season and it may come down to who gets hot and who does not.

The fight is on in the Rent-N-Roll Gladiators as “Terrific” Tony LaPorta makes his return from his visit up North. Steve Johnson is trying to defend S&S Roofing’s title and he holds a 71 point lead over Jordan McMillon in his quest. McMillon joins Brandon Haseleu as part of a “Youth Movement” in the division while LaPorta is more of the “Old Dog.” LaPorta can win 15-lappers no question and Johnson can as well. Haseleu, though, seems to have his car hooked up and McMillon has been consistent ashe racks up top-5s and top-3s every week. Those 4 will steal the spotlight but Kody Fisher has a nice fight for 5th brewing. It’s anyone’s game and the question is-Youth or Experience?

Bubba opens up the Pit Stop at 1, pit gates at 4, and grandstands at 5. Racing starts at 7. For more information you can go to www.bubbaracewaypark.com or call the Speedway at 352-622-9400! See you at the track!

Wiener Nationals Highlight End Of The 6th Month

August 26th, 2012

Ocala, FL–The Wiener Nationals came to Bubba Raceway Park for the first time in it’s 5-year history and “The Longdogs” put on a great charitable show. RaceCar Engineering Late Models, Scorpion Racing Products Modifieds, Hobby Stocks, 1-800-ASK GARY Thunder Stocks, and Rent-N-Roll Gladiators also put on a wonderful night of racing.

Wiener Nationals were very exciting but no one could catch Wilhelm “Willie” Linebarier as he took title #4 with ease over a strong group of dogs including 2nd place Gator from the Sullivan Racing group and the 3rd placed Hammond Motorsports’
non-breed winner Lexi.

Scorpion Racing Products Modifieds started with Jeff Mathews leading a 1-2 for Mathews Motorsports. We’d go 3 laps before Bubba Christian spun on the backstretch. Dalton Lanich and Garret Stewart made contact on the restart which left Lanich very slow (though he would continue on) and stacked up Jim Passino, Gary Sexton, Wayne Hammond, Bubba Christian, and Chuck Gustafson, Jr. Mathews Motorsports led with Mathews leading Lloyd and Kyle Bronson sat in 3rd. On lap 10 Lloyd’s run ended when the #33L appeared to cut a right rear tire down and stopped in turn 1. Mathews would continue the chase as Bronson and Garret Stewart chased while Lloyd would have to come through the pack. On lap 17 Jim Passino, returning from his sabbatical, spun at the entrance to turn 3 which would give Bronson another shot at Mathews and give Dalton Lanich hope. Bronson used muscle in turn 4 to lead lap 21 before he lost handle and gave it back in turn 2. Mathews would take his first of 2012 over Bronson, Lloyd, Lanich, and Buzzie Reutimann in a thriller.

Hobby Stocks went 2nd in a 15-lapper to end the Summer Stretch. DJ Nobles led the first 2 but “Ragin” Rodney Wright took the lead as he fights for the title. On lap 3 Trevor Gamble spun from 4th out of turn 4. Eric Moon fell out with 1 lap to go which ghave Gamble a shot at Wright but it was no good. Wright won over Gamble, a very strong Hunter Gustafson, Mike Stalnaker, and DJ Nobles.

RaceCar Engineering Late Models put on a 25-lapper with Mark Whitener the early leader from outside pole. On lap 7 Len Parrish spun as the leaders attempted to lap him; Whitener got insignificant damage while Bo Allen was nearly taken out. Those 2 were 1-2 with Jeff Mathews stalking in 3rd. Bo Allen stole the lead out of 4 as a caution came out for a drive shaft out of Dalton Meyers’ #54. However, at the line Ivedent Lloyd, Jr. had found the lead with Allen still 2nd and Whitener in an unfamiliar 3rd. The race went green from there but it was #21 up front as Ivedent Lloyd, Jr. schooled the field. Mark Whitener, Jeff Mathews, Bo Allen, and Richard Ferry rounded out the top 5.

1-800-ASK GARY Thunder Stocks were shortened to 15 laps as many cautions hindered advancement. Taylor Gant led lap 1 from the pole but the other 14 went to James Erickson. As the race went on Rick Kilbury climbed to the front and would finish
2nd. William Gillam finished 3rd from outside pole as he had a career night. “Hothead” Brian Mullins took home another top 5 as he finished 4th which is why he leads the title fight. Jack Pate finished 5th in his debut of 2012 at Bubba Raceway Park.

Rent-N-Roll Gladiators went 13-laps caution-free before Nick Zackery stopped in turn 2. Brandon Haseleu cut a tire before the caution after he dominated the event which allowed Steve Johnson to steal one on the restart. Johnson took the chance and picked up win #2 of 2012. Jordan McMillon went home a quiet 2nd while Haseleu, Kody Fisher, and Danny Brown completed the top 5.

Next week Bubba Raceway Park takes a break for the Labor Day holiday! We return on September 8th when the Hobby Stocks, 1-800-ASK GARY Thunder Stocks, and Rent-N-Roll Gladiators make-up their feature from the July 21 rain-out. They will also run Heats and a 2nd Feature! As those 3 put on fantastic races the Powder Puff Derby and Demolition Derby will make it the best show of the year! For more information please go to www.bubbaracewaypark.com or call the Speedway at 352-622-9400! See you in 2 weeks and enjoy the Labor Day Holiday!

First Annual Bubba Army Wiener Nationals Runs In

August 22nd, 2012

Ocala, FL–As Month 6 of the 9 month season at Bubba Raceway Park comes to a close we watch some points battles tighten up as others become a 1-or-2-man battle. The RaceCar Engineering Late Models, Scorpion Racing Products Modifieds, Hobby Stocks, 1-800-ASK GARY Thunder Stocks, and Rent-N-Roll Gladiators will end the Second Third while the dogs will take to the track! All proceeds of the Bubba Army Wiener Nationals will go to Angels have Whiskers!

Florida State Late Model Champion “The Magic Man” Mark Whitener leads the RaceCar Engineering Late Models standings by 91 points over Christian Augspurger who comes off of that big win last Friday night. Bo Allen holds onto 3rd and still sits within that beautiful 100-mark. Richard Ferry, along with Whitener and Augspurger, has a win this season but some rough luck has taken him quite a few points off of championship contention. Bryan Bernhardt has been fast all season and has shown constant improvement and a win may be just around the corner. In fact, Jeff Mathews, Jason Fitzgerald, and Ivedent Lloyd, Jr. (6th-8th in the standings) have each visited Coors Light Winner’s Circle and 10th and 11th place Tyler Ivey and Keith Nosbisch, respectively, have as well! The division is more wide-open then it has been in a long time and we could realistically see a 10-winner season.

That is not so in the Scorpion Racing Products Modifieds as “The Killer” Kyle Bronson may only lead Rich Pratt by 58 points and Dalton Lanich by 61 but he’s won half of the season’s races- Pratt and Lanich have been so consistent and Bronson usually DNFs when not in Coors Light Winner’s Circle! Over 100 back but all alone in 4th is the 4-Time defending series champion Jeff Mathews. Mathews is winless in 2012 as are 5th and 6th place Jim Passino and Tyler Clem. In fact, every one from 2nd until 8th place Buzzie Reutimann is winless so far. It’s a ways down to 15th place Mark Whitener and 18th place Wayne Hammond but David Reutimann is farther down in 34th! There may not be many winners but the names are Hall-of-Fame worthy in Florida.

“Ragin” Rodney Wright and “The Gambler” Trevor Gamble go back-and-forth in 5 or 6 race incriments- right now it’s “Ragin” Rodney’s turn up front with a 29 point cushion. Those 2 have been very close over 2012 as the separation between them at
this point is nearly nothing- a feature in Wright’s favor and 2 heats in Gamble’s. Sometimes forgotten in the mix is “The Master” Mike Stalnaker. Stalnaker missed a few events in March and has never rebounded and the 116 point deficit explains it. In 4th is Mark Maresca who, for most of 2012, has been flying in from Minneapolis to race the 77M against some of the best in Florida! Maresca has missed just 1 event while Brian Shea, 5th place, has missed half of 2012 it seems. Shea must work if he’s to hold off the young Hunter Gustafson who truly is “Huntin’ the front.” Throw in top-30 points racers Tim Gay, Tim Powers, and Josh Byrd and 33rd-place Josh Bedenbaugh and you can see that the cream has risen to the top in the Hobby Stock division.

How about 12 different winners including 3 first-time winners including points leaders Brian Mullins and Jonathan Appleby? That’s the 1-800-ASK GARY Thunder Stocks of 2012! Mullins leads Appleby by 101 now while Jason Gamble, already a winner in 2012 and the 2009 series champion, is 3rd. Gamble is 166 back (2 races) but the car is fast- engine isn’t reliable yet but the T&T Automotive team is getting it there. Fresh off of his Friday night win that helped him take the Florida State Thunder Stock Championship, Bubba Durbin sits 4th but he’s 225 points back. Brandon Elwood, first of the non-winners, is 5th but nearly 300 back- a testament to Mullins’ quiet dominance. Mark Trexler is in the top 10 and took his first career win earlier this season. Throw in top-12 competitors Chad Scranton and Shane Nichols with drivers further down the order- Mike Tovet, Grady Christian, Eddie Kilbury, Jr., Robert Ray, and 53rd-place Ray Wheeler- and the most highly competitive division in 2012 is right here.

Rent-N-Roll Gladiator driver Steve Johnson leads the standings by 1 race over Jordan McMillon and 88 points over Tony LaPorta. Johnson and LaPorta have won while “Little Big Show” McMillon is winless so far. He will try to join 4th place Brandon Haseleu on the fresh-winners list as Haseleu comes off of a big first-win at Bubba Raceway Park. Those 4 are within 100 while Bobby Graham is 5th but 278 points out. Billy Holmes, Randy Harless, and Steve Cox are in the top-11 and have all won so far in 2012 including a first-ever win for Harless. Of course, Reid Christensen is ineligible for Gladiator points (as he is running a Mini Stock full-time) but can always put the Art Souther-owned 17D in Coors Light Winner’s Circle. Count no one out because it’s any one’s game!

Bubba’s Pit Stop opens at 1, pits at 4, grandstands at 5, and racing starts at 7. For more information visit www.bubbaracewaypark.com or call the Speedway at 352-622-9400!

Conclusion Of The Florida State Thunder Stock Championship

August 21st, 2012

As the 1-800-ASK GARY Thunder Stocks completed their Florida State Championship the RaceCar Engineering Late Models, Twisted Tea Top Gun Sprint Cars, and the Hobby Stocks put on a show not soon to be forgotten.

Hobby Stocks went first and outside pole sitter Mark Maresca took a wild ride very similar to the one he took nearly a year ago only this time it was 1 roll rather than a bunch. Joe Boyd would lead early on before a lap 3 caution for Scott Haas. Haas would allow Tim Powers and Tim Gay to close in on race leader Boyd. Under caution Hunter Gustafson, who was having a strong run, was parked for not having the Raceceiver all drivers are required to have. Just 2 laps later Richard Calmes, Jr. and Mick Kulak made contact that would destroy body work on both cars. The restart saw Tim Gay and Rodney Wright, who were fighting for 3rd, make contact- Wright went around and Gay went to the tail. Trevor Gamble and Mike Stalnaker, the fight for 5th, came in hot and Gamble cut across Stalnaker’s nose and nosed the #12 into the fence. Tim Powers made the pass for the lead on lap 8 and promptly began to pull away. Powers would not look back as he took an easy win. Joe Boyd, points leader Rodney Wright, Mike Stalnaker, and Trent Wilson completed a strong top 5.

Twisted Tea Top Gun Sprint Cars went out 2nd and put on a thrilling show. Tyler Godwin would take the early lead until DJ Peeples had hard contact with the turn 4 wall. Peeples was okay. That would leave 23 laps on the board with Godwin leading Rich Alexander and Shawn Murray. On lap 9 Rich Alexander brought the caution out as he could not get off the track though he continued to roll around. Godwin still held the lead with Murray and Matt Kurtz pursuing. With just 4 to go Brandon Grubaugh spun out of turn 4 leaving Godwin, Kurtz, and Murray to fight for the win. Tyler Godwin took home a big win with Matt Kurtz 2nd. Shawn Murray took a season best 3rd while Stephen Darvalics and AJ Maddox rounded out a strong top 5.

The RaceCar Engineering Late Models went 40 laps for $3000 and Tyler Ivey led lap 1 from pole! On lap 3 Brett Carlton spun Shane Williams, driving Bubba Clem’s #14, accidentally which put the #22C to the back. Ivedent Lloyd, Jr. would pit at this time and would not return. Ivey would have to contend with Mark Whitener and Jeff Mathews on the restart and he began to pull away. On lap 15, as Whitener reeled Ivey in, Richard Ferry slowed in turn 1 and brought the caution out. The restart saw 3-wide not work out as Bryan Bernhardt made contact with the wall, bounced off, and tore the rear-end of the #14 up. Both were okay but their cars ere not. A long green flag run was stopped with 9 to go after the lapped cars of Dalton Meyers and Brett Carlton made contact and spun. Ivey would have to hold Whitener and Jack Nosbisch, Jr. off with 3 miles of racing left. Ivey would take the checkers, his first at Bubba Raceway Park since May 2011, with Whitener, Mathews, Nosbisch, and DeWitt the top 5.

The Florida State Thunder Stock Championship started with Chad Scranton leading from outside pole. On lap 4 David Kinsey hit the wall and collected Tony Campbell with him. Both were okay but their cars weren’t as fortunate. On lap 8 Jason Gamble blew the motor of his T&T Automotive #21 ruining a great night for him. On a lap 15 restart Ray Wheeler and Chad Scranton made contact which cost Scranton over 10 spots as Wheeler pulled away. The race went 30 laps and Wheeler led the half that mattered as he won with severely burnt spark plugs. Brandon Elwood, Mike Stalnaker, Rick Kilbury, and Luke Sadler completed the top 5.

A big congratulations to Bubba Durbin on his big win in the Florida State Thunder Stock Championship! Next week is the First Annual Bubba Army Wiener Nationals where all proceeds from “The Long Dog Race” go to Angels Have Whiskers. RaceCar Engineering Late Models, Scorpion Racing Products Modifieds, Hobby Stocks, 1-800-ASK GARY Thunder Stocks, and the Rent-N-Roll Gladiators will take to the 1/3 mile and put on an unforgettable show as the 2nd of the 3 “Quarters” comes to a close. For more information please visit www.bubbaracewaypark.com or call the Speedway at 352-622-9400!

The Florida State Thunder Stock Championship

August 19th, 2012

Ocala, FL –The Florida State Thunder Stock Championship started with a bang as the RaceCar Engineering Late Models, Buddy’s Home Furnishings Limited Late Models, and Barfield Law Group Mini Stocks joined the 1-800-ASK GARY Thunder Stocks for a wonderful night of racing.

First up were the Barfield Law Group Mini Stocks and they went before the intermission. A 1 caution race happened as Reid Christensen spun in turn 2 on lap 2. That left Buddy Pope to dominate as he won by half-a-lap over Travis Staats and Charlie Staats. Christensen would finish 4th and Fisher would round out the top 5.

Buddy’s Home Furnishings Limited Late Models put on a 15-lapper with Phillip Cobb the early leader. On lap 6 Billy Holmes’ #7 put oil down (see NASCAR Watkins Glen race) and the leaders slipped through it- Officials gave David Showers, Jr., the only man to lose position due to the oil, his spot back as the #118 literally did a 360 in the oil. On lap 8 Forrest Gough flipped his #21 as he had spun and David Showers, Jr., with nowhere to go, literally flipped the #21 over with the contact. Both were okay but their cars were not as fortunate. With 7 to go Phillip Cobb, JO Nobles, and David Showers would lead the field. On lap 12, as he fought for the lead, Nobles broke the driveshaft ending his night. That would allow “Big Chief” David Showers and Carter Stokes to battle on the podium. Phillip Cobb earned redemption while Stokes and Blaise Hetznecker completed the podium. “ Big Chief” and Christian McGillivray rounded out the top 5.

RaceCar Engineering Late Models went 40-laps for a $3000 payday and it was quite intense. Christian Augspurger, quick qualifier, fell out of the lead after leading lap 1 with Tyler Ivey the new leader and Jeff Mathews in 3rd. Augspurger stole the lead back on lap 3 before Bubba Clem spun 1 lap later. With 36 to go “Cheddar” would lead Jason Fitzgerald and Mark Whitener. The major news though was Jeff Mathews as he broke the left-front ending his night prematurely. “Fitz” took the lead on the restart as Whitener and Lloyd had both found the top 7. At halfway “Fitz” still led with Ivedent Lloyd, Jr. and “Cheddar” 2nd and 3rd, respectively. Brandon DeWitt slowed in turn 4 with 17 left as Jason Fitzgerald, Ivedent Lloyd, Jr., and Tyler Ivey now the top 3. Ivedent used the lap 24 restart to take the lead from Fitzgerald and he would not look back. Ivey would also have troubles with a flat tire. Up front, with 13 to go, were Ivedent Lloyd, Jr., Jason Fitzgerald, and Christian Augspurger. With 10 to go Dent’s #21 started smoking but he continued to pull away. After 2 laps it was gone and “Cheddar” took the lead with “The Magic Man” in pursuit. After Augspuger took the white flag Bobby Richardson spun in turn 2. A 1 lap dash would follow- “Cheddar” held on as “Magic Man” dove in but came up short (and actually spun out after contact with “Cheddar”) by the fender lip in the greatest finish of the season. Fitzgerald, Richard Ferry, and Jack Nosbisch, Jr. completed the top 5.

The Florida State Thunder Stock Championship started with “Shady” Grady Christian up front. Alan Lane barrel rolled the #05 but was okay. On lap 5 “Shady” Grady spun out of the lead handing it over to Davey Kinsey. On lap 32, after making it through the field again, Jason Gamble spun and would retire after contact with Jeff Baer. Chad Scranton, running 2nd at the time, began to see his motor go but stayed out until it went on lap 35. The 5 lap finish saw Kinsey lead until lap 38 when Bubba Durbin used the highline to get by him. Durbin held Kinsey off to win The First Leg of the Florida State Thunder Stock Championship with Mike Tovet, Brian Mullins, and John Thorpe the top 5.

Tomorrow night, the 18th, will see the conclusion of the Florida State Thunder Stock Championship. The RaceCar Engineering Late Models, Twisted Tea Top Gun Sprints, Hobby Stocks, and the Spectators will also race! Pits open at 4, stands at 5, and racing will start at 7. Contact us through www.bubbaracewaypark.com or call us at 352-622-9400! Don’t miss the conclusion of the Florida State Thunder Stock Championship!

Florida State Thunder Stock Championship Roars In

August 16th, 2012

Ocala, FL -This week-end is the Florida State Thunder Stock Championship and the 2-day event will be a breath-taker. The Friday night event will see the 1-800-ASK GARY Thunder Stocks go all out as they fight for that title; in fact, they will time trial for the first time in history. Alongside them will be the RaceCar Engineering Late Models for $3000, the Buddy’s Home Furnishings Limited Late Models, and the Barfield Law Group Mini Stocks.

Brian “Hothead” Mullins leads the chase in the 1-800-ASK GARY Thunder Stocks and after that big win a couple of weeks ago he’d like to add that ring. “Flash” Jonathan Appleby and Jason Gamble are chasing but have some points to make up on the leader. If any 2 can do it, however, it’s these 2. Bubba Durbin sits 4th and has been quick all season- he could upset the event and take home the gold and few would be shocked. In 5th is Brandon Elwood as he has built a nice cushion over 6th place John Thorpe. Any one can win as drivers such as Chad Scranton, Shane Nichols, Eddie Kilbury, Jr., Mark Trexler, Grady Christian, Mike Tovet, and Robert Ray are part of the group of 10 feature winners in 2012.

Mark Whitener has pulled away from “The Grim Reaper” Bo Allen and has over a 1-race lead. As those 2 show the speed, as well as Ivedent Lloyd, Jr. (who fell out of 1st due to injury), they leave “Cheddar” Christian Augspurger, Richard Ferry, and Bryan Bernhardt in the dust. Of course, in a RaceCar Engineering Late Model class with more diversity than many of it’s predecessors, we’ve seen Whitener, Lloyd, and Ferry win as well as Keith Nosbisch, Jason Fitzgerald, and Jeff Mathews. There may be favorites but upsets are rare because every one has speed, skill, and a fire underneath them!

JO Nobles leads the Buddy’s Home Furnishings Limited Late Models by 1 full race over Forrest Gough. Gough, however, has just 17 points over “The G-Man” Eddie Gainey. Gainey, once the points leader, has missed a few events but still leads David Showers and Christian McGillivray. Showers comes off of a season-best 2nd, only behind his son, while McGillivray had a quiet night. Many will fight for the win but JO will not give up turf easily.

Reid Christensen leads Charlie Staats, both winless, by 9 points but 4-time winner Buddy Pope is chasing them down and has just 46 points to make up. Nick Kerr sits in 4th place with a few wins on 2012 and Travis Staats, with 1 win, is 5th. A division on the verge all the time, it’s never over until the checkers fall and any body could take a big win home.

Bubba opens up the Pit Stop at 1 while pits open at 4, grandstands at 5, and racing will start at 8 on Friday! For more information you can go to http://www.bubbaracewaypark.com or call the Speedway at 352-622-9400!

Florida State Thunder Stock Championship Roars In

August 15th, 2012

Ocala, FL–This week-end is the Florida State Thunder Stock Championship and the 2-day event will be a breath-taker. The Friday night event will see the 1-800-ASK GARY Thunder Stocks go all out as they fight for that title; in fact, they will time trial for the first time in history. Alongside them will be the RaceCar Engineering Late Models for $3000, the Buddy’s Home Furnishings Limited Late Models, and the Barfield Law Group Mini Stocks.

Brian “Hothead” Mullins leads the chase in the 1-800-ASK GARY Thunder Stocks and after that big win a couple of weeks ago he’d like to add that ring. “Flash” Jonathan Appleby and Jason Gamble are chasing but have some points to make up on the
leader. If any 2 can do it, however, it’s these 2. Bubba Durbin sits 4th and has been quick all season- he could upset the event and take home the gold and few would be shocked. In 5th is Brandon Elwood as he has built a nice cushion over 6th place John Thorpe. Any one can win as drivers such as Chad Scranton, Shane Nichols, Eddie Kilbury, Jr., Mark Trexler, Grady Christian, Mike Tovet, and Robert Ray are part of the group of 10 feature winners in 2012.

Mark Whitener has pulled away from “The Grim Reaper” Bo Allen and has over a 1-race lead. As those 2 show the speed, as well as Ivedent Lloyd, Jr. (who fell out of 1st due to injury), they leave “Cheddar” Christian Augspurger, Richard Ferry, and Bryan Bernhardt in the dust. Of course, in a RaceCar Engineering Late Model class with more diversity than many of it’s predecessors, we’ve seen Whitener, Lloyd, and Ferry win as well as Keith Nosbisch, Jason Fitzgerald, and Jeff Mathews. There may be favorites but upsets are rare because every one has speed, skill, and a fire underneath them!

JO Nobles leads the Buddy’s Home Furnishings Limited Late Models by 1 full race over Forrest Gough. Gough, however, has just 17 points over “The G-Man” Eddie Gainey. Gainey, once the points leader, has missed a few events but still leads David Showers and Christian McGillivray. Showers comes off of a season-best 2nd, only behind his son, while McGillivray had a quiet night. Many will fight for the win but JO will not give up turf easily.

Reid Christensen leads Charlie Staats, both winless, by 9 points but 4-time winner Buddy Pope is chasing them down and has just 46 points to make up. Nick Kerr sits in 4th place with a few wins on 2012 and Travis Staats, with 1 win, is 5th. A division on the verge all the time, it’s never over until the checkers fall and any body could take a big win home.

Bubba opens up the Pit Stop at 1 while pits open at 4, grandstands at 5, and racing will start at 8 on Friday! For more information you can go to www.bubbaracewaypark.com or call the Speedway at 352-622-9400!

The Toughest Task

August 12th, 2012

Ocala, FL-This week the Scorpion Racing Products Modifieds joined the Buddy’s Home Furnishings Limited Late Models, Hobby Stocks, 1-800-ASK GARY Thunder Stocks, and the Rent-N-Roll Gladiators for an all-out tussle as they prepared for next week’s Florida State Thunder Stock Championship.

First up were the Buddy’s Home Furnishings Limited Late Models. David Showers, Jr. jumped to the lead from pole with his father (David Showers), JO Nobles, and Forrest Gough in tow. A few minor cautions happened early which kept the likes of Shane Koperda, Denica Hetznecker, and Caleb and Christian McGillivray in the mix. On lap 8 Scotty Williams, who had shot up from 6th to 3rd moments before, broke the 27 and brought a caution out. That yellow flag allowed anyone who wanted to get tear-offs do so without penalty- only “Rowdy” Denica Hetznecker would take the offer. On the restart it became clear that father would allow his boy to take the lead uncontested so as to put Showers Chassis in Coors Light Victory Lane. The plan worked until with half a lap to go Ricky Land plowed into the wall. A 1 lap tussle would ensue with the son up front, father in 2nd, and JO Nobles watching in 3rd. Junior handled the toughest task and took the win with Senior 2nd, JO Nobles 3rd, Shane Koperda 4th, and Christian McGillivray 5th.

Hobby Stocks would go after it next with Tim Powers up front from outside pole. On lap 5 Mike Stalnaker had troubles and the 9 car found the wall. Stalnaker bounced off and made contact with Devin Walker who got some air after contact in the right rear. Trevor Gamble had nowhere to go and made heavy contact with Stalnaker- both walked away; their cars did not. Powers would lead “Ragin” Rodney Wright and “Shady” Grady Christian to the flag with 15 to go. On lap 12 Tom Sheehan, in his first competitive Hobby Stock race, smacked the wall in his 75 forcing a yellow flag. With just a lap to go “Ragin” Rodney shredded the right rear forcing the caution. Powers would have to hold off “Shady” Grady, Robert Sirmons in the drive of his season, Devin Walker, and Jeff Rodgers. In the end there was no stopping Powers as he dominated the field. “Shady” Grady accepted 2nd with Trey Cameron, III 3rd, Scott Haas 4th, and Sean Monaghan 5th. After review Robert Sirmons was reinstated to 3rd and Jeff Rodgers 4th as it was deemed that they were innocent in the final caution. Scott Haas would finish 5th while Devin Walker was put to the tail-end of the lead lap.

The Scorpion Racing Products Modifieds put on a wonderful show with “The Killer” Kyle Bronson leading from outside pole. On lap 2, however, Dalton Lanich spun on the backstretch forcing a caution flag to be thrown. On lap 4, as he ran 5th. Rich Pratt blew the motor on the #78. Up front, however, it was Bronson, “4-Time” Jeff Mathews, and Scott Kurtzner. On lap 14 Dalton Lanich went off-roading and when he came back on track it forced Reed Withers into a spin and Barry Sheffield went with him. Bronson would lead Mathews and Ivedent Lloyd, Jr. with 11 to go. Lloyd rocketed past “4-Time” only to have the 33L break moments later. With 4 to go Lanich had the right rear go down leaving Bronson to hold off Mathews and Bubba Christian in a spectacular run for driver #04. Only “The Killer” could stop himself and he wanted the trophy so he took it. Mathews, Christian, Kent Corbin, and Gary Sexton completed the top 5.

1-800-ASK GARY Thunder Stock competitors put it all on the line and early on Jason Gamble slapped the wall. On lap 9 Jonathan Appleby blew a right front putting him to the back. On lap 18 Alan Lane, while fighting for 5th, blew a tire and hit the wall. A 2 lap dash saw Robert Ray hold on with Bubba Durbin, Brian Mullins, Jeff Stalnaker, Jr., and Appleby in the top 5.

The Rent-N-Roll Gladiators ended a great night of racing as Brandon Haseleu jumped to an early lead. On lap 4 Bobby Graham nosed the 126 into the turn 4 wall ending his night early. Brandon Haseleu would end the drought and complete the toughest task as he took home the 25-lapper. “Rockin” Reid Christensen would take 2nd, ½ a lap behind, with Steve Johnson, Jordan McMillon, and Brian Thorpe the only other drivers on the lead lap.

Next week is the Florida State Thunder Stock Championship! They will race both Friday and Saturday night as will the RaceCar Engineering Late Models. Joining them Friday will be the Buddy’s Home Furnishings Limited Late Models and the Barfield Law Group Mini Stocks. For more information check out www.bubbaracewaypark.com or call the Speedway at 352-622-9400 

Keep On Keeping On

August 8th, 2012

Ocala, FL – The Scorpion Racing Products Modifieds, Buddy’s Home Furnishings Limited Late Models, Hobby Stocks, 1-800-ASK GARY Thunder Stocks, and Rent-N-Roll Gladiators take to the clay for an all-out battle! Kyle “The Killer” Bronson has dominated 2012 as he attempts to be the first champion of this division not named Jeff “4-Time” Mathews (who is actually
up to 4th). Bronson is holding off more than “4-Time” as Rich Pratt is in 2nd! Pratt, part of a group worthy of the ‘Hard Luck’ Award, hasn’t won in nearly a year and it’s nearing Pratt-Time. In 3rd is Dalton Lanich who comes off a
big win elsewhere a few weeks ago. Mathews just overtook Jim Passino who still holds 5th. He won’t be there long as he is on a sabbatical now meaning Tyler Clem will take 5th by merely starting the feature event.

JO Nobles is a points leader for the first time since 2009 when he won the Late Model title. Eddie Gainey has dropped out of the title chase but is still in 2nd place. Forrest Gough is 3rd with David Showers on his tail. These 2 have been fast all season and wins are in the future. In 5th is Christian McGillivray, the young driver making headlines with heat wins and top-5s in feature events. McGullivray is fast and he’ll look to beat the old dogs but experience wins in this division. Hobby Stock drivers Rodney Wright and Trevor Gamble are battling in the Wild West and it’s getting better. “Ragin” Rodney leads the way now after a big win (his 4th of 2012) while “Sheriff” Gamble had an unfortunate DNF in a back-up car. “The Master” Mike Stalnaker had a rough night but still held onto 3rd as “Dedicated” Mark Maresca just couldn’t get off of work. Last year’s Thunder Stock champion, Brian Shea, is 5th after a few weeks off.

1-800-ASK GARY Thunder Stock driver Brian “Hothead” Mullins took that big first win last week and hopes to become the 2nd to go back-to-back. Jonathan Appleby, the driver to win 3-in-a-row, is chasing “Hothead” as he tries for that Championship. Jason Gamble is now 2 races back but holds onto 3rd as Bubba Durbin is 1 and a half races behind Gamble! Also, Brandon Elwood has built a lead over John Thorpe for 5th proving that every position matters to every driver.

In the Rent-N-Roll Gladiators it is Reid Christensen out front but he is ineligible for points (the same way as in NASCAR. Another driver also accepted these terms) leaving “Terrific” Tony LaPorta as the points leader by 21. Steve “Scooby-Doo” Johnson is the man chasing and if he starts the feature he will lead the standings. In 3rd (after Christensen is removed) is “Little Big Show” Jordan McMillon as he attempts to be the youngest champion in the 60-year history of the track. Brandon Haseleu and Kody Fisher are seasoned veterans who have yet to win a feature on the 1/3 mile or become eligible for their driver’s license. Very mature drivers have flourished from this class and it truly is a Youth Movement against LaPorta and Johnson.

Bubba’s Pit Stop opens at 1, pits at 4, grandstands at 5, and racing starts at 7. Do not miss the warm-up for the August 17-18 Florida State Thunder Stock Championship!!! For more info please go to www.bubbaracewaypark.com or call
the Speedway at 352-622-9400!!!

August Assault

August 6th, 2012

Ocala, FL-The Twisted Tea Top Gun Sprint Cars, Hobby Stocks, 1-800-ASK GARY Thunder Stocks, and the Rent-N-Roll Gladiators fought on the 1/3-mile clay oval with everything on the line while RaceCar Engineering Late Models put on a spectacular non-points event.

Hobby Stocks were first up and pole sitter Mike Stalnaker held on to lead lap 1. “The Master” had company as Eric Moon and “Ragin” Rodney Wright were eating up his rear bumper. Chris Doane would spin for the 2nd time on lap 4 with Stalnaker leading Wright and Moon. Rodney Wright led lap 7 and would complete the pass in turn 1 as Tim Gay took a shot at “The Master.” On lap 9 Rebecca Paugh found the backstretch wall right in front of the leaders which would set up a restart of the cars numbered 99-90-9-19 (Wright, Gay, Stalnaker, and Brian Shea). On lap 15 Mick Kulak made hard contact with the front stretch wall but would drive off and even continue on in the race! Meanwhile “Ragin” Rodney was left to hold off Tim Gay, Stalnaker, Shea, and Eric Moon. Time expired leaving us with 1 shot at a Green-White-Checkered. Wright would take another win with Gay, Stalnaker, Shea, and Scott Haas in tow.

The Twisted Tea Top Gun Sprints had a tough task to follow but Robbie Smith would follow no one as he led early on. On lap 3, however, he’d throw it away as he spun after jumping the burm. Tyler Godwin would inherit the lead with AJ Maddox, Danny Martin, Jr., Stephen Darvalics, and Tony Agin in the top 5. On lap 6 Brandon Grubaugh’s G6 hit turbulence and the wall would meet the right side of his car. Godwin continued to lead Maddox, Martin, Darvalics, and Ryan Partin. Partin spun on lap 15 went 180 degrees, kept in the throttle, spun another 180 and almost prevented a yellow; it would fly anyway but a good effort from “Flyin” Ryan either way. Colin Cabre would inherit 5th as the top 4 remained unchanged. On lap 19 Shane Kreidler had troubles in a 3-car battle and nearly flipped the 88K. It would fall on it’s side but landed on 2 wheels on the clay and 2 on the fence the “proper” way. Kreidler got out as soon as he could but was obviously frustrated. Tyler Godwin would take the win with AJ Maddox, Danny Martin, Jr., Matt Kurtz, and Stephen Darvalics the rest of the top 5. However, Godwin was illegal giving Maddox P1 and Cabre a top 5.

Rent-N-Roll Gladiators put on the greatest show as “Rockin” Reid Christensen completely dominated. Robert O’Neill spun from 4th on lap 2 ruining driver #1’s night. Steve Johnson would have troubles from the front half-way through the race leaving him 1 lap down. Christensen led the final 13 that went green with pole sitter “Little Big Show” Jordan McMillon 2nd, Brandon Haseleu 3rd, Bobby Graham 4th, and Shane Guessford 5th.

RaceCar Engineering Late Models, though going for no points, showed us why they are the most exciting division around. On lap 4 JO Nobles, a top 5 runner, brought the caution out as Ivedent Lloyd, Jr. dominated the race. Darrell Padgett also pitted under yellow. On lap 9 2nd place Bryan Bernhardt spun in turn 1 costing him a great race; however his disappointment was Richard Ferry’s gain as he inherited P2. Shan Smith, Jeff Mathews, and Bo Allen completed the top 5 while Professor Lloyd continued to lead. The big one happened as nearly every one (save Lloyd and Ferry) spun in turn 4 thanks to Mathews and Smith who were fighting hard for 3rd spot. The accident would force Donnie Chappell to retire from the race. Richard Ferry and Bubba Clem had contact on lap 11 which put Ferry to the tail while Clem dropped to the back in a wonderful act of sportsmanship. Not only that, but Ferry got his spot back as Clem hinted that he caused the contact. Unfortunate as Bubba threw a top 5 away but he made fans with his class. By lap 11 nearly half the field had retired from the race. Lloyd would win for the first time since mid-May with Bo Allen, Shan Smith, John Koller, and Richard Ferry the rest of the top 5.

1-800-ASK GARY Thunder Stocks ended a fantastic night of racing with the biggest bang of all. At the beginning Mike Stalnaker and Pat Mennenga made contact which barrel-rolled the 33 twice; the accident also involved William Gillam, Brian Mullins, and Jonathan Appleby. Stalnaker climbed out and had a smile on his face by night’s end. On lap 3 after charging from 24th to 4th Jason Gamble retired with possible engine leakage. On lap 4, as they fought for the lead, Brandon Elwood and Jonathan Appleby made contact which cut Elwood’s left front and Appleby’s right front- both came out of the pits outside of the top 10. On lap 7 Appleby spun again ending his night prematurely. A race that took over 45 minutes saw just 10 laps completed. In fact, only 9 of the 22 starters finished the race! Brian “Hothead” Mullins, days after his 42nd birthday, went home with his first ever win followed by Bubba Durbin (who pitted 3 times). Billy Baldwin had a career night with a 3rd place finish. Brandon Elwood would finish 4th and William Edwards took home a solid top-5 on dirt. Baldwin, unfortunately, was disqualified moving Melvin Fockler into the top 5!

Next week the Scorpion Racing Products Modifieds, Buddy’s Home Furnishings Limited Late Models, Hobby Stocks, 1-800-ASK GARY Thunder Stocks, and the Rent-N-Roll Gladiators fight for glory on the fastest 1/3 mile in Florida! For more info please go to www.bubbaracewaypark.com or call the Speedway at 352-622-9400!

The Summer Stretch

August 1st, 2012

Ocala, FL–Final decisions have been made and this Saturday will be a repeat from last week. That means that the Twisted Tea Top Gun Sprint Cars, Hobby Stocks, 1-800-ASK GARY Thunder Stocks, and Rent-N-Roll Gladiators will go for the points while the RaceCar Engineering Late Models will battle all for glory.

The Twisted Tea Top Gun Sprint Cars will race with a great story on their season. “The Hammer” Danny Martin, Jr. has some work to do but the #82 is always fast. In 3rd, however, the 2010 champion, “Flyin” Ryan Partin, is helping the youngsters out. Partin knows how to win a title; 2nd place Matt Kurtz and leader Mark Ruel, Jr. must learn and we hope it’s not the hard way. Ruel and Partin aren’t the best of friends and these final 4 months will be spectacular as 2 young drivers go for a title and 1 former champion watches and will strike at the first mistake.

Well, with a United Dirt Late Model Challenge Series race elsewhere our very own RaceCar Engineering Late Models will have a no points all glory shootout! Mark Whitener and Christian Augspurger are at the top of both points standings so they will most likely battle elsewhere; however, JO Nobles, “4-Time” Jeff Mathews and Ivedent Lloyd, Jr. aren’t at the top in either meaning they could fight for that glory! Of course, Ivedent does want to show that the new car can win at the track in his backyard. With no points you could see the best finish for many drivers and it could be just the spark they need.

By far the best points battle of 2012 has been this Hobby Stock fight. “Sheriff” Trevor Gamble has the fastest car but the Rick Friend #12 is unreliable at times which has led to 3 DNFs on 2012. The Sheffield Motorsports #99 has just 1 DNF but the DQ has put them behind the 8 ball. In 3rd is Mike Stalnaker in his own equipment. Stalnaker is fighting the big operations- underpowered, underfunded, and under the radar. Who will take this one home and be crowned champion in the best 3-way title fight in years?

Brian Mullins, Jonathan Appleby, and Jason Gamble have pulled away from the rest of the Thunder Stock pack. Appleby has 5 wins, more than anybody not named Chad Scranton. Gamble has just 1 win in 2012 but has started over 35-consecutive features and has 5 wins in that time. Mullins has 5 runner-up finishes but no wins and he’s tired of it. Will he become Mr. August?

Tony LaPorta is visiting his mother in the Northeast region so he is hoping the others can’t catch him. Steve Johnson and Jordan McMillon lead an assault and hope they can beat him. Almost reminds you of the race for dinner at Thankksgiving-
Grandpa, Dad, and Son. A division where the older drivers can train the youth it really is entertainment for everyone.

Bubba’s Pit Stop opens at 1, pits at 4, and grandstands at 5. Racing is scheduled for 7. For more info please go to www.bubbaracewaypark.com or call the Speedway at 352-622-9400!

Power Outage Forces Bubba’s Raceway to Move features to Next Week!

July 30th, 2012

An odd dilemna was faced at Bubba Raceway Park as the power grid that included Bubba Raceway Park was knocked out meaning the only lights were those of the enclosed trailers, personal street cars, and cellphones. This all happened moments before the first feature was to take place.

Twisted Tea Top Gun Sprint Cars, Hobby Stocks, 1-800-ASK GARY Thunder Stocks, and Rent-N-Roll Gladiators will all race next Saturday. RaceCar Engineering Late Models will make their race up, albeit for no championship points. The Scorpion Racing Products Modifieds race will stay while the Demolition Derby, Buddy’s Home Furnishings Limited Late Models, and Barfield Law Group Mini Stocks will all be removed from that race date.

The Heat Races, as of 11:00 P.M. local time, would count for championship points. Check www.bubbaracewaypark.com for official results.

For the fans: No worries! All ticket stubs, pit passes, and armbands will be honored next Saturday night, August 4th! Have it with you and show it when entering and you will be good to go! For drivers: Armbands are good for whichever race(s) you were entered in. We will re-heat race to set that night’s line-up.

To recap: All ticket stubs, pit passes, and armbands will be honored.

Race Schedule For August 4, 2012:

Twisted Tea Top Gun Sprint Cars
RaceCar Engineering Late Models (No Championship Points Awarded)
Scorpion Racing Products Modifieds
Hobby Stocks
1-800-ASK GARY Thunder Stocks
Rent-N-Roll Gladiators

We hope to see you next week. For more info please go to www.bubbaracewaypark.com or call the Speedway at 352-622-9400!

It’s Only Getting Hotter

July 25th, 2012

Ocala, FL – After the Florida State Modified Championship saw the rain win the Second Half we return with the Twisted Tea Top Gun Sprint Cars, RaceCar Engineering Late Models, Hobby Stocks, 1-800-ASK GARY Thunderstocks, and the Rent-N-Roll Gladiators. These 5 divisions know how to put on a show on the 1/3 mile of Bubba Raceway Park.

Mark Ruel, Jr. took a big win last time out to extend his points lead and get the monkey off of his back. “The Peruvian Outlaw” will have to work hard as Matt Kurtz and Ryan Partin are chasing and both know how to get to Coors Light Victory Lane. Andrew Griffin and Tony Agin have shown strength throughout the season and a top 5 points position is their reward. Danny Martin, Jr. has won already this season and is always a favorite. Gene Lasker, Robbie Smith, and AJ Maddox have been fast all season and could break into Coors Light Victory Lane at any time.

Mark Whitener and the Big Frog Motorsports Team have a massive 74 point lead over “The Grim Reaper” Bo Allen. Many say Bo Allen is the next to break into Coors Light Victory Lane and after his dominant performance last week (before the motor failed) he deserves the support. “Cheddar” Christian Augspurger continues to change set-ups between his 2 chassis and 2 different motors and it has him in 3rd so far. Last time out he had his Crate motor in the Longhorn chassis but luck was not on his side. He’ll try to rebound and keep Richard Ferry and Bryan Bernhardt at bay. Ferry may have gotten back on track with a quiet run last week while Bernhardt has been very loud (and fast) in his Bubba Army Performance Engine powered #B69. With 2 drivers taking wins for the first time since the reconfiguration it seems it’s anybody’s game more than ever. Never count those 2 (Jason Fitzgerald and Jeff Mathews) out and Ivedent Lloyd, Jr. is always a favorite.

So, after nearly 5 months of action it’s pretty much a tie in the Hobby Stocks. “Sheriff” Trevor Gamble leads “Ragin” Rodney Wright by all of 9 points and the main separation is just 1 heat race win. And 1 DQ. These 2 are trying to pull away but Mike Stalnaker is stubbornly holding on. Though over 100 points out he has been slicing and dicing through the field. Even with an underpowered machine he has actually been disappointed with 3rd place finishes recently. Many say he will break through next while Mark Maresca and Brian Shea will try to steal his spotlight. Maresca has a fast car but has had troubles getting up front; Shea is rusty after over a month out of the racecar. Tim Gay, Josh Byrd, Josh Bedenabugh, and Kevin Durden have stolen wins from the full-time drivers and it’s gonna be a shoot-out.

Points leader Brian Mullins watched his teammate “IceMan” Chad Scranton take his 6th win of 2012 while he is still winless. “Flash” Jonathan Appleby saw his streak of wins ended but took home big points home in the Appleby-Winne #69A to close the gap to 53. “The Closer” Jason Gamble hasn’t won in a while but the Certified Automotive Repair Team has the #21 flying again. Eddie Tillander has told Gamble 3 things to join the title fight- win, win, win! Bubba Durbin fell out of the lead fight after missing a few weeks of action but he still holds onto 4th. Bubba’s luck has been, well, not good luck- he’s led a lap 20 that didn’t count and he’s twice had the fastest car and not been able to race it. The #12 is fast and many will be relieved when he finally gets into Coors Light Victory Lane. Brandon Elwood and John Thorpe are in a tight battle for the top 5 in a division that has nearly 15 full-time drivers. Anyone could get into Coors Light Victory Lane and join the 8 that have already in 2012.

You’re leading the points, have the fastest car almost every week, but have to leave for a month and a half to visit family. You’re name is Tony LaPorta. Driver #3T has said he will be out for 6-8 weeks starting this Saturday. He’ll hope to hold onto his lead over “Scooby-Doo” Steve Johnson. After the 2 “Old Dogs” comes the Youth Movement of Jordan McMillon, Brandon Haseleu, and Billy Holmes. McMillon has 1 win, late in 2011, and would like to add another in his #68. Haseleu has never won on the 1/3 mile while Holmes, already a winner, is far behind only due to missing a few events early on. “Rockin” Reid Christensen is always fast and with no points on the line it’s all for glory for driver #17D. Anything could happen but the question is this- Who wins, Old Dogs or Youth?

Bubba’s Pit Stop opens at 1, pits at 4, and grandstands at 5. Racing starts at 7. For more information you can check out www.bubbaracewaypark.com (http://www.bubbaracewaypark.com ) or call the Speedway at 352-622-9400! You won’t want to miss an all out tussle for points, cash, and glory!

It’s Only Getting Hotter

July 24th, 2012

Ocala, FL–After the Florida State Modified Championship saw the rain win the Second Half we return with the Twisted Tea Top Gun Sprint Cars, RaceCar Engineering Late Models, Hobby Stocks, 1-800-ASK GARY Thunderstocks, and the Rent-N-Roll Gladiators. These 5 divisions know how to put on a show on the 1/3 mile of Bubba Raceway Park.

Mark Ruel, Jr. took a big win last time out to extend his points lead and get the monkey off of his back. “The Peruvian Outlaw” will have to work hard as Matt Kurtz and Ryan Partin are chasing and both know how to get to Coors Light Victory Lane. Andrew Griffin and Tony Agin have shown strength throughout the season and a top 5 points position is their reward. Danny Martin, Jr. has won already this season and is always a favorite. Gene Lasker, Robbie Smith, and AJ Maddox have been fast all season and could break into Coors Light Victory Lane at any time.

Mark Whitener and the Big Frog Motorsports Team have a massive 74 point lead over “The Grim Reaper” Bo Allen. Many say Bo Allen is the next to break into Coors Light Victory Lane and after his dominant performance last week (before the motor failed) he deserves the support. “Cheddar” Christian Augspurger continues to change set-ups between his 2 chassis and 2 different motors and it has him in 3rd so far. Last time out he had his Crate motor in the Longhorn chassis but luck was not on his side. He’ll try to rebound and keep Richard Ferry and Bryan Bernhardt at bay. Ferry may have gotten back on track with a quiet run last week while Bernhardt has been very loud (and fast) in his Bubba Army Performance Engine powered #B69. With 2 drivers taking wins for the first time since the reconfiguration it seems it’s anybody’s game more than ever. Never count those 2 (Jason Fitzgerald and Jeff Mathews) out and Ivedent Lloyd, Jr. is always a favorite.

So, after nearly 5 months of action it’s pretty much a tie in the Hobby Stocks. “Sheriff” Trevor Gamble leads “Ragin” Rodney Wright by all of 9 points and the main separation is just 1 heat race win. And 1 DQ. These 2 are trying to pull away but Mike Stalnaker is stubbornly holding on. Though over 100 points out he has been slicing and dicing through the field. Even with an underpowered machine he has actually been disappointed with 3rd place finishes recently. Many say he will break through next while Mark Maresca and Brian Shea will try to steal his spotlight. Maresca has a fast car but has had troubles getting up front; Shea is rusty after over a month out of the racecar. Tim Gay, Josh Byrd, Josh Bedenabugh, and Kevin Durden have stolen wins from the full-time drivers and it’s gonna be a shoot-out.

Points leader Brian Mullins watched his teammate “IceMan” Chad Scranton take his 6th win of 2012 while he is still winless. “Flash” Jonathan Appleby saw his streak of wins ended but took home big points home in the Appleby-Winne #69A to close the gap to 53. “The Closer” Jason Gamble hasn’t won in a while but the Certified Automotive Repair Team has the #21 flying again. Eddie Tillander has told Gamble 3 things to join the title fight- win, win, win! Bubba Durbin fell out of the lead fight after missing a few weeks of action but he still holds onto 4th. Bubba’s luck has been, well, not good luck- he’s led a lap 20 that didn’t count and he’s twice had the fastest car and not been able to race it. The #12 is fast and many will be relieved when he finally gets into Coors Light Victory Lane. Brandon Elwood and John Thorpe are in a tight battle for the top 5 in a division that has nearly 15 full-time drivers. Anyone could get into Coors Light Victory Lane and join the 8 that have already in 2012.

You’re leading the points, have the fastest car almost every week, but have to leave for a month and a half to visit family. You’re name is Tony LaPorta. Driver #3T has said he will be out for 6-8 weeks starting this Saturday. He’ll hope to hold onto his lead over “Scooby-Doo” Steve Johnson. After the 2 “Old Dogs” comes the Youth Movement of Jordan McMillon, Brandon Haseleu, and Billy Holmes. McMillon has 1 win, late in 2011, and would like to add another in his #68. Haseleu has never won on the 1/3 mile while Holmes, already a winner, is far behind only due to missing a few events early on. “Rockin” Reid Christensen is always fast and with no points on the line it’s all for glory for driver #17D. Anything could happen but the question is this- Who wins, Old Dogs or Youth?

Bubba’s Pit Stop opens at 1, pits at 4, and grandstands at 5. Racing starts at 7. For more information you can check out www.bubbaracewaypark.com or call the Speedway at 352-622-9400! You won’t want to miss an all out tussle for points, cash, and glory!

Florida State Modified Championship Halted For Rain

July 23rd, 2012

Ocala, FL – The Scorpion Racing Products Modifieds, 1-800-ASK GARY Thunderstocks, Buddy’s Home Furnishings Limited Late Models, Hobby Stocks, Barfield Law Group Mini Stocks, and the Rent-N-Roll Gladiators were on deck but not everyone got to bat.

Barfield Law Group Mini Stocks started the night off with a bang as Buddy Pope shot to the top spot. Pope promptly lost the left rear wheel on lap 2 and collected Shirlene Hammond, Charlie Staats, and “Rockin” Reid Christensen. Only Pope would retire as he left Zach Amundsen the lead. Christensen spun on lap 11 which allowed the Staats boys and Nick Kerr to catch up with driver #20. He held ‘em off with Travis Staats 2nd, Charlie 3rd, Nick Kerr 4th, and “Rockin” Reid in 5th. Amundsen’s #20 was found illegal, however, which gave Travis Staats the win! Hammond would jump up to 5th with that.

On lap 5 of the Buddy’s Home Furnishings Limited Late Models leader David Showers saw his #18 go up in flames bringing out the red flag. Showers was okay but the car would not continue. Phillip Cobb, Forrest Gough, and Carter Stokes would inherit the top 3 spots. On lap 13 Ricky Land blew up the 66 giving Nobles a shot at Cobb. Nobles made a pass for the lead on lap 14 and just as Cobb crossed over the yellow flew for a turn 2 spin by “Rowdy” Denica Hetznecker. As a storm brewed the pass for the lead was the winning move- Nobles was the winner!!! Cobb an unbelievable 2nd, Stokes 3rd, Gough in 4th, and David Showers, Jr. a wonderful 5th. Moments after the big lap 14 pass the thunder roared sending fans into a frenzy for cover. The race was immediately given the checkered flag.

The racing was called for the night as lakes formed everywhere on the track with massive rain storms. We will run the 40-lap Modified feature on September 14th, the date set for the 2nd Annual PJ Wiggins Memorial! Next week the Top Gun Sprint Cars return! RaceCar Engineering Late Models, 1-800 ASK GARY Thunderstocks, Hobby Stocks, and the Rent-N-Roll Gladiators join them. For more info please go to www.bubbaracewaypark.com or call us at

Florida State Modified Championship Halted For Rain

July 22nd, 2012

Ocala, FL–The Scorpion Racing Products Modifieds, 1-800-ASK GARY Thunderstocks, Buddy’s Home Furnishings Limited Late Models, Hobby Stocks, Barfield Law Group Mini Stocks, and the Rent-N-Roll Gladiators were on deck but not everyone got to bat.

Barfield Law Group Mini Stocks started the night off with a bang as Buddy Pope shot to the top spot. Pope promptly lost the left rear wheel on lap 2 and collected Shirlene Hammond, Charlie Staats, and “Rockin” Reid Christensen. Only Pope would retire as he left Zach Amundsen the lead. Christensen spun on lap 11 which allowed the Staats boys and Nick Kerr to catch up with driver #20. He held ‘em off with Travis Staats 2nd, Charlie 3rd, Nick Kerr 4th, and “Rockin” Reid in 5th. Amundsen’s #20 was found illegal, however, which gave Travis Staats the win! Hammond would jump up to 5th with that.

On lap 5 of the Buddy’s Home Furnishings Limited Late Models leader David Showers saw his #18 go up in flames bringing out the red flag. Showers was okay but the car would not continue. Phillip Cobb, Forrest Gough, and Carter Stokes would inherit the top 3 spots. On lap 13 Ricky Land blew up the 66 giving Nobles a shot at Cobb. Nobles made a pass for the lead on lap 14 and just as Cobb crossed over the yellow flew for a turn 2 spin by “Rowdy” Denica Hetznecker. As a storm brewed the pass for the lead was the winning move- Nobles was the winner!!! Cobb an unbelievable 2nd, Stokes 3rd, Gough in 4th, and David Showers, Jr. a wonderful 5th. Moments after the big lap 14 pass the thunder roared sending fans into a frenzy for cover. The race was immediately given the checkered flag.

The racing was called for the night as lakes formed everywhere on the track with massive rain storms. We will run the 40-lap Modified feature on September 14th, the date set for the 2nd Annual PJ Wiggins Memorial!

Next week the Top Gun Sprint Cars return! RaceCar Engineering Late Models, 1-800 ASK GARY Thunderstocks, Hobby Stocks, and the Rent-N-Roll Gladiators join them. For more info please go to www.bubbaracewaypark.com or call us at 352-622-9400!

The First Annual Florida State Modified Championship

July 21st, 2012

Ocala, FL–The Scorpion Racing Products Modifieds, 1-800-ASK GARY Thunderstocks, Buddy’s Home Furnishings Limited Late Models, and the Barfield Law Group Mini Stocks put it all on the line and you may be surprised with the results.

Barfield Law Group Mini Stocks started off with the Staats family and Kyle Kruse up front. On a lap 2 restart Kruse and “Charging” Charlie Staats made contact which eventually put both on the rear as Staats had to pit. Buddy Pope would receive the worst as contact with Staats ended his night. Travis Staats and Shirlene Hammond door slammed for the lead- Hammond would spin and retire with damage and Staats would be put to the tail. Nick Kerr, Zach Amundsen, and “Rockin” Reid Christensen would lead with 13 to go. “Rockin” Reid Christensen spun from the battle for 2nd on lap 8 as Harold Brokaw stopped in turn 3 and Kyle Kruse slammed the turn 4 wall. Kruse would finish 5th with Zach Amundsen the first-time winner. Nick Kerr, Charlie Staats, and Reid Christensen would finish in the top 5 with Kruse rounding it out in a 10-lapper.

For 20 laps the Buddy’s Home Furnishings Limited Late Models battled on the clay. Christian McGillivray would lead lap 1 as Tyler Clem spun in turn 3. Tyler had more troubles on lap 2 as he spun it again on the backstretch. On lap 3 Caleb McGillivray got shot out of the sandwich which loosened his 2X. Eddie Gainey and Jeff Mathews got minimal damage while Tyler Clem and David Showers saw their nights end with heavy contact in the McGillivray incident. JO Nobles would steal the lead on the restart before Forrest Gough went reeling to the infield after contact with Eddie Gainey- both would restart at the back. Jeff Mathews was quick and stole the lead on lap 14 from the back row! Mathews would hold on with Nobles, David Showers, Jr., Eddie Gainey, and Forrest Gough the top 5. Mathews, however, was found illegal in tech moving everyone up one spot. Nobles the winner and Christian McGillivray would take home a top 5.

The Scorpion Racing Products Modifieds in the First Annual Florida State Modified Championship put on an amazing 40-lapper as “4-Time” Jeff Mathews roared to the lead from pole position. On lap 9 “The Gunslinger” Garret Stewart found his 2S in the wall after he binded it up out of turn 4. Mathews would lead with “The Killer” Kyle Bronson and Ronnie Chance in tow. A long green run lasted until lap 28 when Todd Neiheiser spun in turn 3 as Bronson passed Mathews for the lead! A red flag would occur to allow drivers to get tear-offs. With just 5 to go Larry Mott slowed in turn 2 giving “The Repo Man” Jeff Mathews another shot at “The Killer.” Bronson won it with Mathews a disgusted 2nd. Wayne Hammond, Ronnie Chance, and Dalton Lanich completed the top 5.

The 1-800-ASK GARY Thunderstocks put on a show for the ages with Jonathan Appleby the leader. On lap 7 Brandon Elwood looped the 28E setting up Appleby with Chad Scranton on his tail. Scranton would make a pass for the lead on lap 8. Davey Kinsey pulled off with overheating issues on lap 13 as Donnie Dobbins stopped in turn 1. The run to the end saw Scranton hold Appleby off to end his streak of wins. Mike Tovet, Brian Mullins, and Dean Jarvis would complete the top 5.

Tomorrow night is the second half of the Florida State Modified Championship! Alongside the Modifieds who will race for $2000 will be the 1-800 ASK GARY Thunderstocks racing for $1000, the Buddy’s Home Furnishings Limited Late Models, Hobby Stocks, Barfield Law Group Mini Stocks, and the Rent-N-Roll Gladiators. For more info please go to www.bubbaracewaypark.com or call us at 352-622-9400!

Florida State Modified Championship

July 18th, 2012

Ocala, FL–On Friday night the stars of the Scorpion Racing Products Modified ranks take to the clay as they look to be the best. The 1-800-ASK GARY Thunderstocks, Buddy’s Home Furnishings Limited Late Models, and Barfield Law Group Mini Stocks will join them and entertain like no one else can.

Kyle Bronson dominated early but the last 5 features have had 5 different winners from 3 teams. Bronson has led in nearly every feature and 2 of his losses have come from mechanical failures. Bronson is a heavy favorite but Rich Pratt knows how to win the big money- he won last year’s One Last One For PJ Wiggins! Pratt will have to get back on track and also hold off Dalton Lanich. Lanich is very quiet but makes plenty of noise with his underfunded #77 from the Kent Corbin shop. Jim Passino still sits within 100 points of the leader but will have plenty of work to do to catch him. “4-Time” Jeff Mathews will get in his Modified for the first time since that big win in the Late Model and could break into Coors Light Victory Lane in the car he’s always loved. And, don’t forget drivers like 71-year-old Buzzie Reutimann and 10-year-old Tyler Clem. Throw in Wayne Hammond, Mark Whitener, Garret Stewart, and maybe even David Reutimann (who has no NASCAR duties this week) and you could have the strongest field of Modifieds seen in all of Florida since SpeedWeeks.

Limited Late Models will also run both nights now and they’ll be running after Eddie Gainey as they have all season. “G-Man” will have to continue holding off JO Nobles who has just won his 100th feature event. Don’t forget about Forrest Gough who has climbed into 3rd. He has been fast all season and could jump into Coors Light Victory Lane at any time. David Showers and Adam Higginbotham have shown flashes of brilliance but have possibly been the unluckiest drivers this season. We could also see a new face up front with the McGillivray twins, the Shead family, and David Showers, Jr. all being very strong in 2012.

Jonathan Appleby hasn’t just been Eating Good In The Neighborhood, he’s been Out Of Town with his recent speed. As the 69A Team tries to stay up front he’ll have Cheater Racing’s Brian Mullins, the points leader, all over him. Mullins still searches for a trip to Coors Light Victory Lane. Jason Gamble can’t buy a break it seems. A strong drive in the Certified Automotive Repair 21 went sour when the engine did. “The Closer” lost a few points with that and fell to 3rd. Justin “Bubba” Durbin is 4th but with some more important issues on hand he has not been at the track the past 2 races. Durbin has been quick in 2012 but can’t quite lead the official lap 20. In 5th is Brandon Elwood after he secured his best career finish, a 3rd place, last week. The 28E is flying and we’ll see if he can get back to Coors Light Victory Lane and keep the win. Throw in drivers such as “IceMan” Chad Scranton, “One Shot” Mike Tovet, “Shady” Grady Christian, “Sweetfeet” Shane Nichols, and “Big Frog” Augie Burttram and this $1000 to win race is anything but a snoozer.

“Rockin” Reid Christensen continues a trend of winless points leaders so far in 2012. “Charging” Charlie Staats backs him up but 3rd place Buddy Pope ends it. The closest division, separated by just 30 points over the top 3, has also been quiet. Nick Kerr is 4th in points and joins Shirlene Hammond and Buddy Pope as the only feature winners so far in 2012. Travis Staats is 5th on the points board but has been fast all season. As those 5 chase a championship Hammond, Keith Briggs, Dean Kinsey, and many others will go all out for a big win.

These 4 divisions will go out on both nights while the Hobby Stocks and Rent-N-Roll Gladiators will join them for Staurday only. Bubba’s Pit Stop opens at 1, Pits at 4, Grandstands at 5, and racing starts at 7. For more info check out www.bubbaracewaypark.com or call the Speedway at 352-622-9400!

Rusty?

July 16th, 2012