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Close Shaves With 5 Divisions On Night Of A Thousands At Bubba Raceway Park

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With a rain storm on the way, Bubba Raceway Park had 5 divisions to run for $1000 each, including the UMP Open-Wheel Modifieds, Amsoil V-8 Thunderstocks, Mini Stocks, Gladiators, and Florida Mini Sprints Association. In fact, at one point the fans and pits were being sprinkled on, but barely a drop, if anything, hit the clay surface of Bubba Raceway Park. As always, all 5 divisions put on a fantastic show for the fans that left everyone wondering, "What next?"

First up were the Mini Stocks which have been dominated by Ray Folwell in 2011. Folwell, however, was unable to make it to Bubba Raceway Park leaving Ryan Babcock and Brittany Yates knowing that they could leave the points leader. In the feature, a yellow for debris in turn 2 on lap 2 slowed the field. Charlie Staats was out front holding off Buddy Pope, Roberto Morfin, Jr., and Brittany Yates. After a 5 lap run, Cody Kinsey spun and brought the yellow out. On lap 11, Dan Kerr spun and with nowhere to go, Arnold Perkins ran over the front end of Kerr's 73 and barrel-rolled the 55. Both drivers did get out of their cars under their own power. Roberto Morfin, Jr. took the lead with 7 to go, and a lap later front-running Shirlene Hammond spun and most of the field had to make evasive moves. As the lead pack took the 2-to-go sign, Morfin, Jr. slowed and Charlie Staats took the lead back. Staats held the rest of the pack off for the final laps and took home his first win of the season. Buddy Pope kept the 81 clean and brought home a 2nd-place finish. Jesse Brown was 3rd, Morfin in a "What could've been?" 4th, and Brittany Yates rounded out the top 5.

Up next were the Florida Mini Sprints Association, and they were making their 1st of 9 appearances at Bubba Raceway Park in 2011. On lap 3, the 1M took the lead, but 8 laps later driver 711, took it from him. With 3 to go, the 15 spun in turn 4 giving the field another chance at the 711. Another lap and debris was found on the clay and the yellow was displayed. The 30 and the 23 stopped in turn 2 and that was the final shot for the field. The green/white-checkered was shown and 711 held off a hard-charging 83, 71, 11, and 88 for a feature win.

Going 3rd was the UMP Open-Wheel Modifieds and a lap 1 spin by Scott Mooers, Joe Watson, and Ronald Schron slowed the field for the first time. On the restart, David Moheng, Steve Whitener, Ronald Schron, Chris Northrup, and Scott Mooers wrecked in turn 4 and once again slowed the field with Jeff Mathews, Kyle Bronson, and Garret Stewart at the front. Lap 4 saw Joe Watson, Jeff Bagent, Jamie Carter, Chris Northrup, David Moheng, and Scott Kurtzner spin in turn 1 bringing out the yellow. Back-and-forth racing was going on at the front, and on the restart while going down the backstretch, Jason Davis spun and as the field took evasive action, contact was made and a 7-car pile-up occurred. Included in the pile-up were Ivedent Lloyd, Jr., Ronald Soltis, Henry Hall, Scott Kurtzner, Michael Flick, Jim Smith, and Jim Passino. The re-start was a 9-lap run that was slowed by the spin of Joe Watson. As the leaders were right behind the spin they had to take evasive action and Jeff Mathews was hit in the left-front by the spinning Watson. Mathews ended his night at that point. A 7-lap run to the green watched Kyle Bronson lead Garret Stewart, Rich Pratt, Kyle Owen, and Jim Smith over the line. A birthday gift for the 21-year old Bronson to say the least.

The Amsoil V-8 Thunderstocks went to the clay next and gave the fans what they've come to expect- a rough battle for every position on the track. In the heat races the 3rd place man in points, Chris Watson, had a scary accident when his throttle stuck down the backstretch and went into the turn 3 wall near-head-on. Watson was okay after the night. In the feature, Mike Tovet and Chad Scranton quickly moved to the front leaving the rest of the field for 3rd. Coming out of turn 4, Jason Gamble found his 27G in the air as it barrelrolled multiple times. Luke Sadler and Brian Shea were involved but able to continue. Gamble quickly left the 27 and was holding his elbow which he cut. Gamble was okay and laughed about the accident by night's end. There was still a feature winner to be determined, however. On lap 13 Gordon Cade found his 121 sideways and the 4C of Richard Calmes ran out of racetrack and hit the 121. At the end Scranton was able to hold off Mike Tovet, while John Thorpe took 3rd, Jason Blackner in 4th, and Brian Mullins in 5th.

The Gladiators had an eventful feature, and on lap 6 the lapped car of Kody Fisher spun and collected the Christiansons, George and Reid, and Harold Lewis. On lap 9 the 77 of Michael Carr made it 3 flips on the night at Bubba Raceway Park. Carr climbed out on his own power and was okay after the accident. The restart gave Steve Cox another chance and he took it. Cox led the final 5 laps and beat Kevin Underwood, Reid Christianson, Harold Lewis, and Greg Boynge to take home the cool $1000.

Next week-end the Late Models return and will race with the Hobby Stocks, Amsoil V-8 Thunderstocks, Mini Stocks, and Gladiators. Gates open at 4:30 with racing at 7. Also, there is practice on Sunday, June the 12th from 12:00 to 6:00 for $10. For more information you can check out www.bubbaracewaypark.com or call the Speedway hotline.

Bubba Raceway Park Results (6/11/11)

UMP Open-Wheel Modifieds

1- 40B Kyle Bronson
2- 67 Garret Stewart
3- 78 Rich Pratt
4- 2 Kyle Owen
5- 40 James Smith
6- 56 Dave Barber
7- 31 Henry Hall
8- 7S Ronnie Chance
9- 1o Gene Owen
10- 1S unlisted driver
11- 9 Ronald Schron
12- 61 Ronald Soltis
13- 73 Joe Watson
14- 12 David Moheng
15- 60 Chris Northrup
16- 33 Jeff Mathews
17- 145 Jason Davis
18- 333 Ivedent Lloyd, Jr.
19- 33F Michael Flick
20- 1K Scott Kurtner
21- 34 Jim Passino
22- 75 Jamie Carter
23- 94 Jeff Bagent
24- 10 Scott Mooers
25- 8W Steve Whitener
B Main- 97 John Gamble
B Main- 429 Tim Brown
B Main- 0 Richard Dickenson
B Main- 52 Jay Miller
DNS- 54 Larry Burkins
DNS- 2H Cory Hupp

Mini Stocks

1- 09 Charlie Staats
2- 81 Buddy Pope
3- 7JR Jesse Brown
4- 7M Roberto Morfin, Jr.
5- 53 Brittany Yates
6- 21 Ray Etheridge
7- 9 Ryan Babcock
8- 22H Shirlene Hammond
9- 47 Tim Zackery
10- 11D Dean Kinsey
11- 9B Sean Babcock
12- 11K Cody Kinsey
13- 39 Larry Stepp
14- 1AR Travis Staats
15- 41 Robbie Storer
16- 28 Brandon Elwood
17- V3 Rex Christianson
18- 74 Mike Gibb
19- 29 Chris Zimmermann
20- 73 Dan Kerr
21- 55 Arnold Perkins
DNS- 02 Johnnie Harris

Amsoil V-8 Thunderstocks

1- 27S Chad Scranton
2- 30 Michael Tovet
3- 114 John Thorpe
4- 39 Jason Blackner
5- 28 Brian Mullins
6- 76 Chris Shea
7- 21 Willard Driggers
8- 57 Matt Schell
9- 42 Roy Bare
10- 64 Jonathan Gillette
11- 14M Tim Mathieu
12- 19 Brian Shea
13- 3 Jeff Baer
14- 60 Jonathan Appleby
15- 15S Luke Sadler
16- 121 Gordon Cade
17- 3W Vaughn Woodall
18- 15V Michael Valdez
19- 73 Brandon Tillander
20- 4C Richard Calmes
21- 5W Jeff Barrett
22- 33 Donnie Dobbins
23- 27G Jason Gamble
24- 2 David Miller, Jr.
25- 96Z Ronald Lentz
B Main- 44 Todd Roberts
B Main- X Justin Dean
DNS- 21F Danny Fletcher
DNS- 0 Jason Tovet
DNS- 14S James Sullivan
DNS- 18 Chris Watson

Gladiators

1- P38 Steve Cox
2- 5 Kevin Underwood
3- 30 Reid Christianson
4- 48 Harold Lewis
5- 44 Greg Boynge
6- 20F Casey Feaster
7- 86 David Morr
8- 60 James Smith
9- 3H Brandon Haseleu
10- 43 Richard Todd
11- 20P Benjamin Parker
12- 82 Kyle Morse
13- 77K Matthew Kramer
14- 83 Kody Fisher
15- X Keith Dean
16- 0 Rick Elwood
17- 69JR Tommy Ausburn, Jr.
18- 47M Collin Kruse
19- 49 Larry Langston
20- 77C Michael Carr
21- 48M Roberto Morfin, Sr.
22- 3B George Christianson
23- 71 Bill Bollier
DNS- 21 Troy Sullivan
DNS- 31 Jonathan Green
DNS- 55 Kenny Cox

Florida Mini Sprint Association (as reported by www.flminisprints.com)

1- 711David Pleaugh
2- 83 Justin Kolves
3- 71John Craddock
4- 116 Harold Matthews
5- 88 Morgan Blanchard
6- 5 Steve Crabtree
7- 21 Lenny Dallman
8- 1M Eddie Moss
9- 61 Andy Detten
10- 24 Ken Penta
11- 34 Pete Smith
12- 15 Paul Lanza
13- 67 David Hall
14- 92 Darrin Davis
15- 22 Andrew Kurjack
16- 14 Brian Penrose
17- 68 Dirk Miller
18- 62 Joey Spivey
19- 23 Rae Moss
20- 23D  Dylan Colding
21- 30 John Crowder
22- 2JR Sheldon Kinser
23- 167 Kurtis Hughes
24- 8 Eddie Moss Jr.
25- 14x Scott Barberis
26- 16 Chris Pacetti
27- 55 Alan Craig
28- 4 Terry Taylor
29- 7 Gavin Thomas
30- DNS-0 Luke Fidler
31- DNS-18 Jody Mc Kenzie

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