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Consistency Is The Key for Tim O'Donnell

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As the few remaining days before the Ocala Speedway Winternationals count down, so does the anticipation of race fans from all over the country. Many will travel to Florida to be on hand this Friday and Saturday to witness the O'Reilly All Star Circuit of Champions, plus many more top sprint car teams from other series, gather at Florida's oldest speedway for two days of thundering action.

But while the All Stars are headlining the event, another group of dedicated sprint car racers is gearing up for their big event, known as the Winter Shootout.  The Florida Mini Sprint Association will be hitting the track opposite the All Stars as part of the Winternationals events, and will thrill the out of town crowd with the same action packed racing that has entertained Florida fans for years.  And leading the pack will be 2009 Florida Mini Sprint Champion, Tim O'Donnell.

Originally from Ohio, and coming from a background that included harness racing rather than the sort of horsepower featured at Ocala Speedway, O'Donnell began racing dirt bikes before discovering the thrill of racing on four wheels instead of two.  But as O'Donnell puts it, when the bikes begin to beat you up, it is time to find something else, and in 1998 Tim O'Donnell began racing with the Florida Mini Sprints.

As the 2009 racing season got underway, O'Donnell set a goal of finishing every race and achieved it in grand fashion.  Not only did he never score a DNF, but every finish was inside the top five with the exception of one sixth place finish.  That consistency earned him the 2009 championship, and sets the bar very high as he prepares to race in the Winter Shootout at Ocala.

And while Tim O'Donnell was busy demonstrating consistency last year, his son, Brett, was doing something that his dad could not accomplish during the 2009 season.  Brett O'Donnell managed to score a victory in his rookie season with the Florida Mini Sprints, and finished seventh in the final point standings, which earned him Rookie of the Year honors.  Brett will begin his second season at Ocala, and would like nothing more than to beat his dad yet again.

When asked about appearing opposite the best in sprint car racing, Tim O'Donnell shrugs it off.  After all, he is not racing against those guys, and as he sees it, their presence only matters in that the big wheeled, alcohol fueled powerhouses will provide the mini sprints with a very fast and smooth surface.  Tim O'Donnell's team is focused on two nights of tough racing action versus the rest of the Florida Mini Sprints, but admits that he will probably watch the O'Reilly All Stars as much as he can.

So as the top teams in sprint car racing exit the track and go to work in their pit areas January 29th and 30th, Ocala Speedway's fans will be thrilled by Tim O'Donnell and the rest of the Florida Mini Sprint Association.  Gates will open on Friday and Saturday at 5PM with racing at 8PM, and a complete schedule of events and prices can be found at www.OcalaSpeedway.com, listed under the 2010 schedule.
April 06, 2014

Jeff Mathews Wins 2014 Mike Peters Open in Memory of Niokoa Johnson

by BRP Media
Winner of the 2014 Mike Peters Open in Memory of Niokoa Johnson is the #33 of Jeff Mathews!!! Congratulations to Jeff and thank you so much to all the fans who came out to support the Johnson family. The support of the entire racing community has been humbling. The entire staff of Bubba Raceway Park thank you from the bottom of our hearts for your support and generosity. Late Model - Feature Finish Start Car Driver Hometown Race Points 1 7 33 Jeff Mathews Brandon , Fl 50.00 2 6 11 Austin Kirkpatrick Ocala , Fl 48.00 3 3 12 Jack Nosbisch Riverview , Fl 46.00 4 5 46P Darrell Padgett Jacksonville , Fl 44.00 5 8 58 Mark Whitener Middleburg , Fl 42.00 6 16 1X Shane Williams Deland , Fl 40.00 7 14 14T Tyler Clem - 38.00 8 13 J17 Joe Kump Lake Helen, Fl 36.00 9 17 55 Devin Walker Mayo , Fl 34.00 10 23 17 Shane Blanchette - 32.00 11 12 33S Carter Stokes New Smyrna, Fl 30.00 12 1 21 Ivedent Lloyd, Jr. Ocala , Fl 28.00 13 15 7 Donald "billy" Holmes Groveland , Fl 27.00 14 20 1 Jeff Bagent Silver Springs, Fl 26.00 15 10 6 Kyle Bridges Moultrie , Ga 25.00 16 11 26 Greg "adam" Bedenbaugh Lake City, Fl 24.00 17 9 32 Phillip Cobb Riverview , Fl 23.00 18 2 47 Tyler Ivey Tallahassee , Fl 22.00 19 24 74 Danny Fogal - 21.00 20 19 54 Dalton Myers Riverview , Fl 20.00 21 21 10X David Ponton Lake City, Fl 20.00 22 22 51 Larry Anderson Jacksonville , Fl 20.00 23 18 09 Scott Oniel - 20.00 24 4 02 Keith Nosbisch Valrico , Fl 20.00 25 25 41K John Kellum Jacksonville , Fl 0.00 E-Mods - Feature Finish… read more
April 04, 2014

Dick Berggren's Speedway Illustrated, will be at Bubba's Raceway Park on Saturday, April 5th

by BRP Media
National Racing Magazine, Dick Berggren's Speedway Illustrated, will be at Bubba's Raceway Park on Saturday, April 5th to assist in raising donations in memory or Niokoa Johnson. Speedway Illustrated directs its focus toward hometown tracks, the… read more
March 28, 2014

Bubba Raceway Park will be holding The Mike Peters Open in Memory of Niokoa Johnson

by BRP Media
Next Saturday April 5th Bubba Raceway Park will be holding The Mike Peters Open in Memory of Niokoa Johnson who tragically lost her life after injuries she sustained while racing on March 22nd. The Gladiator class will be running a special 17 lap… read more
March 15, 2014

Bubba Raceway Park Results for 03/15/2014 (2)

by BRP Media
Modified - Feature Finish Start Car Driver Hometown Race Points 1 3 64 Austin Sanders Seffner , Fl 50.00 2 1 65 Billy "shane" Nichols Ocala , Fl 48.00 3 5 00B Buzzy Reutimann Zephyrhills , Fl 46.00 4 8 61 Ronald Soltis Ocala , Fl 44.00 5 4 10… read more
March 09, 2014

Bubba Raceway Park Results for 03/08/2014

by BRP Media
Bubba Army Sprints - Feature Finish Start Car Driver Hometown Race Points 1 2 24 Danny Martin, Jr. Sarasota , Fl 0.00 2 1 83 Mark Ruel, Jr. Jacksonville , Fl 0.00 3 3 88 Sport Allen - 0.00 4 8 52 Shane Kreidler - 0.00 5 12 38 Tony Agin Ft. Myers, Fl… read more
March 04, 2014

OPENING NIGHT HONORS TO RHOADS, STALNAKER, SNYDER, APPLEBY AND WHITENER

by BRP Media
OPENING NIGHT HONORS TO RHOADS, STALNAKER, SNYDER, APPLEBY AND WHITENER ON A BEAUTIFUL CLEAR SATURDAY NIGHT, THE 2014 SEASON OPENER WAS READY TO GO. HEAT RACE ACTION FOR THE BUBBA ARMY HOBBY STOCKS WAS WON BY MIKE STALNAKER AND SEAN MONAGHAN. THE… read more
March 02, 2014

Bubba Raceway Park Results for 03/01/2014

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Late Model - Feature Finish Start Car Driver Hometown Race Points 1 5 58 Mark Whitener Middleburg , Fl 50.00 2 6 32 Phillip Cobb Riverview , Fl 48.00 3 3 40B Kyle Bronson Brandon , Fl 46.00 4 7 59 Jake Perkins - 44.00 5 4 14T Tyler Clem - 42.00 6 8… read more
February 23, 2014

CLAUSON CLOSES "WINTER DIRT GAMES V" WITH OCALA WIN

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Winner Bryan Clauson is joined by Justin Grant and Chase Stockon on the Bubba Raceway Park podium. (Rich Forman Photo)Ocala, Florida…….Defending AMSOIL Sprint Car National Champion Bryan Clauson let it be known that his title defense will be strong… read more

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