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With the opening of the 2009 racing season less than a week away, over 80 cars and racers took advantage of the opportunity to hit the clay at Ocala Speedway on Saturday during the only open practice session scheduled for this year.  Teams began arriving at 11AM for the 1PM practice, and due to requests from many race teams, the session was extended to well past the scheduled 5PM closing.  And in addition to the racers and crew members, a solid group of loyal fans turned out to watch their favorite racers test and tune on a beautiful afternoon.

Fans were especially excited to see some racers making moves upward in divisional racing for 2009.  Keith Briggs and the Extreme Racing Team arrived with a freshly painted and numbered open wheel modified as the 2008 Mini Stock Champion tries his hand at something new this season.  Briggs spent the afternoon getting adjusted to the new ride until a power steering issue caused him to park it.  Briggs later said that the plan was to take the move to the modified division slow and easy, and carefully learn how to handle the far more powerful machine than he was used to driving.

Another 2008 champion making moves up the divisional ladder is Guy Bacelo Jr, the Gladiator champion.  Bacelo shook out his V8 Thunder Stock for the first time and began the process of adapting to a much heavier machine with rear wheel drive.  Bacelo also says that he is eager to improve as he invades the most popular division at Ocala Speedway, and from the look of his practice laps he is quickly learning the ropes.

Mark Whitener led a strong contingent of late model racers who were prepping for Friday's United Dirt Late Model Challenge Series event at Ocala, and the late models took every opportunity to get in as many laps as possible.  The UDLMCS will open 2009 at Ocala along with a $500 to win Hobby Stock feature and the Mini Stock division, this Friday night with the gates open at 5PM for fans who want the best seats.
 
The next time these racers and their cars hit the clay at Ocala Speedway, it will be for purse money and points toward the 2009 divisional championships.  The consensus among drivers in the pits was that they were ready to get things underway, and welcome the return of weekly racing to Ocala.  Many said they plan to be in the points battle this season, dedicating their Fridays to Ocala and then racing at other tracks, or with touring series, on Saturdays.

BUBBA RACEWAY PARK NEWStHE LATEST NEWS, RESULTS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

November 09, 2016

Results 11.5.16

by Lisa Mamph
Hobby Stock - Feature Finish Start Car Driver Hometown Points 1 5 64 Trevor Gamble Deleon Springs, Fl 50.00 2 2 28E Brandon Elwood Anthony , Fl 48.00 3 4 57 Justin Durbin Candler , Fl 46.00 4 3 37 Tyler Sistrunk Lake City, Fl 44.00 5 6 38 David… read more
October 30, 2016

Results 10.29.16

by Lisa Mamph
Eagle Jet Top Gun Sprint Cars - Feature Finish Start Car Driver Hometown Points 1 1 3A A.j. Maddox Brandon , Fl 0.00 2 2 82 Matt Kurtz Jacksonville Beach, Fl 0.00 3 9 3 Dennis Misuraca Sanford , Fl 0.00 4 5 19 Keith Butler , Fl 0.00 5 6 20 Frank… read more
October 18, 2016

Results 10.15.16

by Lisa Mamph
V-8 Thunderstock - Feature Finish Start Car Driver Hometown Points 1 5 33D Jason Gamble Ocala , Fl 50.00 2 3 5 James "jimbo" Warden Lowell , Fl 48.00 3 8 81P David "buddy" Pope , Fl 46.00 4 11 18D Mike Eubanks Ocala , Fl 44.00 5 22 19B Brad Nixon… read more
October 18, 2016

Results 10.15.16

by Lisa Mamph
V-8 Thunderstock - Feature Finish Start Car Driver Hometown Points 1 5 33D Jason Gamble Ocala , Fl 50.00 2 3 5 James "jimbo" Warden Lowell , Fl 48.00 3 8 81P David "buddy" Pope , Fl 46.00 4 11 18D Mike Eubanks Ocala , Fl 44.00 5 22 19B Brad Nixon… read more
October 10, 2016

Attention V-8 Thunder Stock Drivers

by Lisa Mamph
Bubba Raceway Park has agreed to allow the 602 crate engine as an option in V-8 Thunder Stocks for the remainder of the 2016 Season. This is not a guaranteed option for the 2017 season, this is a trial basis. In the spirit of competition and… read more
October 08, 2016

Racers and Fans

by Lisa Mamph
Attention Racers and Fans, due to the passing of Hurricane Matthew, Bubba Raceway Park has made the decision to cancel all racing events for Saturday Oct. 8th. We will resume racing on Saturday Oct. 15th with $1000 to win V-8 Thunder Stock Event,… read more
October 04, 2016

Results 10.1.16

by Lisa Mamph
Late Model - Feature Finish Start Car Driver Hometown Points 1 2 02 Keith Nosbisch Valrico , Fl 50.00 2 4 03 Phillip Cobb Dover , Fl 48.00 3 8 21 Ivedent Lloyd, Jr. Ocala , Fl 46.00 4 5 B69 Bryan Bernhardt Versailes, In, Fl 44.00 5 6 51 Larry… read more
October 04, 2016

Results 10.1.16

by Lisa Mamph
Late Model - Feature Finish Start Car Driver Hometown Points 1 2 02 Keith Nosbisch Valrico , Fl 50.00 2 4 03 Phillip Cobb Dover , Fl 48.00 3 8 21 Ivedent Lloyd, Jr. Ocala , Fl 46.00 4 5 B69 Bryan Bernhardt Versailes, In, Fl 44.00 5 6 51 Larry… read more