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Great Weather and Great Racing at Ocala

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Ocala, Fl- An almost perfect night greeted racers and fans at the historic Ocala Speedway on Friday as four racing divisions kicked off their championship points seasons.  Meanwhile back in the pit area the Mini Stock racers in attendance all met privately with Ocala Speedway owner, Mike Peters, to discuss rule changes that could possibly help that division grow stronger.  Several options were voted on, and everyone came away from the meeting feeling confident with the results.

And it was with that in mind that the Mini Stocks opened the night of racing with defending 2009 points champion Paul Combast leading the way.  Combast was looking for a measure of success on the night as his 2010 performance had not yet been up to champiocala-rew_5071_.jpgonship standards, so a heat race win and the pole position for the feature race was a good start.  The only problem was Combast had Keith Briggs, plus Nick and Dan Kerr, all right on his tail, and none of those three like to follow anyone.

Paul Combast got his much needed win, but Keith Briggs and Dan Kerr both made him work for it as one or the other challenged him periodically throughout the race.  Dan Kerr got past Briggs to take the second spot, while Nick Kerr Placed right behind Briggs in the fourth spot.  Ray Ethridge took the fifth spot in his first outing of 2010.

Fans know that when the Amsoil V8 Thunder Stocks hit the clay that there is probably going to be collateral damage done before it is over.  Those who are into bent sheet metal saw their fantasies come true as 23 cars started the feature event, and 20 laps later more than half of those cars were in the pit area in various states of disrepair.  Jason Gamble climbed back behind the wheel of the 17 car and looked to be the early favorite, only to falter on lap 3 and head for the pits.  Gamble returned to the race only to be collected in a five car fracas in turn 4, then returned one more time to end up the victim of another's mishap yet again.

Gamble's problems left Michael Stalnaker and Augie Burttram in front, and those two spent most of the rest of the race trading paint, position, and probably a few choice words and gestures as well.  Both drivers dominated the race, and while Burttram maintained the upper hand early, Stalnaker managed to swipe the lead later on.  Meanwhile a string of cautions for this and that behind them only added to their frustrations with each other, and their battle finally ended when Michael Stalnaker spun on the front stretch and wound up on the rear of the field.

It was all Augie Burttram from that point as he cruised to a victory, followed by Eddie Lentz for the second spot.  Sean Babcock placed third and Brian Shea wound up fourth, with Jerrid Bennett overcoming all sorts of misfortunes to take the fifth position at the checkers.

ocala-rew_5119_.jpgA strong field of late models took the green with Shane Williams leading the way, but Keith Nosbisch had the car to beat on the night.  Nosbisch drove the 101 machine out front and dominated the race while everyone else battled for position behind him, including Ivedent Lloyd Jr.  Lloyd started in the 5th position and picked his way up to the second spot by lap 8, then began stalking Keith Nosbisch lap after lap.

Despite the best efforts of the hometown favorite, Ivedent Lloyd, it looked as if Keith Nosbisch was simply too tough to tame.  Lloyd made several attempts to pass, but each time was rebuffed by the race leader.  But in the final laps as the two frontrunners began lapping some stragglers, both cars ended up nose to tail with traffic, and on the white flag lap Ivedent Lloyd used a slower car as a sort of rolling pick to steal the lead from Nosbisch and win the race.  Mark Whitener also managed to sneak past the 101 car and grab the second spot as Keith Nosbisch settled for third.  Joe Kump and Christian Augspurger rounded out the top five.

The Gladiators were the final division to race and inherited a dry-slick track from the late models.  Casey Feaster pounced on pole sitter Ann Moon at the start and grabbed the lead, as a determined Tony LaPorta fell in behind him.  Feaster and LaPorta had quite a battle, albeit a civil one with next to no pushing and shoving, as LaPorta tried continually to make his way around the 20 car.  ocala-rew_5144_.jpgBut Feaster's Ford focus proved to be more than LaPorta could manage and Casey Feaster placed himself as the division points leader with a win.  LaPorta earned second place, followed by the 55 of Devin Walker in the third spot.  Troy Sullivan and Steve Johnson were fourth and fifth, respectively.

Next Friday night Ocala Speedway presents a special event, featuring action from the Top Gun Sprint Car Series.  The Top Guns feature a competitive field of top 360 sprint cars and are respected as the top dirt sprint car touring series in the region.  In addition to the sprint cars, fans will also be treated to action from Tee Pee Tire Hobby Stocks, The Amsoil V8 Thunder Stocks, and the Mini Stocks.  Visit www.OcalaSpeedway.com for more details, or call the speedway at 352-622-9400.
April 21, 2014

Summerland 2014 Music Festival to play North Central Florida!

by BRP Media
Ocala, Florida: Gainesville/Ocala CHR/Top 40 radio station All the Hits Q92 (WMFQ 92.9) announces the Summerland 2014 Music Festival on Sunday June 15th at Bubba Raceway Park in Ocala. The Summerland 2014 Music Festival headliner Everclear, Billboard’s Modern Rock Artists of the Year in 1998 with multiple hit songs including “Santa Monica”, “Father of Mine”, and “Everything to Everyone”, joins Soul Asylum, Eve 6, and Spacehog, for a family friendly day of affordable entertainment on Father’s Day. “All the Hits Q92 is committed to bringing major national talent to North Central Florida,” says Bill Barr, Director of Programming for Q92. “The Summerland 2014 Music Festival is a perfect fit for our area featuring world class artists and a great family friendly venue for the show!” Barr added, “This show starts at $22… we hope all moms, dads, kids, and grandparents come out to enjoy a day of affordable music! This is just the beginning of our 2014 live concert series right here in our hometown!” “With so many music fans having to travel over an hour to see a concert, it is exciting to be able to bring in top-notch world class concerts to North Central Florida”, said Chad Hallmark, Director of Client Services for Long Island Events. “Our goal is to bring our listeners their favorite artists, not just once or twice… we will do it all year long!” Summerland 2014, featuring Everclear, Eve 6, Soul Asylum, and Spacehog, will be hosted at Bubba Raceway Park located at 9050 NW… read more
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… 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

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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

by BRP Media
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

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