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Pratt Charges To Victory at Ocala

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0 Rich PrattZUBER, FL- It has been a long and hard summer at Ocala Speedway.  Nature has played havoc with the schedule as rain and wet conditions have kept racers and fans at home on more Friday nights than at the track.  But a Friday night with no rain presented the first opportunity for racing in July, and racers and fans came out in droves to take advantage of it.

A strong field of top Late Models took the green with Jason Davis on the pole, but Davis' night would not go well from there.  Meanwhile local favorite Rich Pratt earned a so-so starting position on the outside of the third row, and began the task of making it better in the opening laps.  Pratt was relentless, and as the laps ticked off he continued to work his way up front, using the high line and making his passes to the outside.

With Davis falling back, Keith Nosbisch took over at the point and looked like the car to beat. But Rich Pratt was charging up behind him by lap 7, with Jeff Mathews zigging when Pratt would zag, briefly wrestling 2nd from Pratt until another car caused Mathews to lose momentum and Pratt immediately pounced on the opportunity.  Rich Pratt would get past Nosbisch on lap 15 on a restart and never look back, leaving Mathews to settle for second place.  Jason Fitzgerald fought his way forward to claim the third spot, followed by Dillon Wood and Shan Smith.

As the Mini Stocks hit he track Paul Combast was sporting a brand new race car that was more or less untested, and Combast wasted no time in figuring out what it would do.  Sean Babcock had the early lead but submitted to Calvin Christian on the second lap, then Christian was outpaced by Combast on lap 5.  Combast was far better than the rest of the field, cruising to a decisive victory as Sean Babcock followed in the second spot.  Greg Bonynge took his 44 to a third place finish while Travis Staats battled from a back row start to fourth place at the checkers.  Calvin Christian had a tough time on the night, and the body work on his car showed it as he claimed the fifth spot.

The Amsoil V8 Thunder Stocks were ready for action on Friday night as Courtney Eubanks readied herself to defend her win from a few weeks back.  Unfortunately for Eubanks, things would not go so well this time around, as the racing gods applied a little payback for her previous success.  Two lost wheels and a lot of bent sheet metal later, she still managed to finish the race just outside of the top ten.
 
And while Eubanks struggled, Jason Gamble was on the move.  Gamble was fast, and systematically worked his way forward from a deep starting position toward the front, taking advantage of others' mistakes and some restarts along the way.  Geoffrey Eisenhower had started in the front of the pack and did his best to remain there, doing battle with David Walls.  But no one could contain Gamble, who rocketed out front and stayed there for the win.  James Edwards also battled hard and claimed second, while Eisenhower settled for a respectable third place.  David Walls and Sean Babcock rounded out the top five.

The scariest moment of the night came early in the Gladiator feature, as 12 year old Kody Fisher found himself in a tangle with two other racers on the front stretch.  As a result of that contact, Fisher's car went straight to the turn one wall, violently smacking it head on.  While the car was trashed, Kody Fisher climbed out under his own power and walked away.

From that point the race became the Mike Lane show, as he made his first appearance at Ocala Speedway into an impressive one.  Lane's 911 car was hooked up and blasted away from the rest of the field, while Harold Lewis gave chase for the second spot.  Austin Gamble struggled a bit early on, but recovered to place third, while Paul Hahn and Eddie Lentz placed fourth and fifth.

The Hobby Stocks will return to Ocala Speedway on Friday, July 31st, as they go at it in a $1000 to win event.  The Open Wheel Modifieds will return as well, plus the Amsoil V8 Thunder Stocks, Mini Stocks, and Gladiators, will be racing.  Gates will open at 5PM with heats beginning at 8PM.  For more info, go to www.OcalaSpeedway.com, or call 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

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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

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