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PJ Wiggins Memorial

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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!
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

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

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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