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Faster Pastors Steal the Show at Ocala

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Owner Mike Peters said that he wanted to create a true "family night" at Ocala Speedway, and Church Night at the track turned out to be a wonderful family night, plus an exciting adventure many members of area church congregations. An excited and very vocal crowd filled the grandstands and got quite a show from racing reverends, three regular racing divisions, and the first shot at Ocala Speedway for the Sportsman cars.

Seven ministers borrowed race cars and hit the track to raise money for their ministries in the first annual Faster Pastor Race at Ocala Speedway.  The Reverend Blaine Whitt from Christian Disciples Church looked to dominate the race early on, but a late challenge from Reverend John Outlaw resulted in contact in turn two, which sent both preachers spinning.  Reverend Larry Miller from Ocala Springs Baptist Church wasted no time in taking advantage of the situation, passing the wreck and sprinting to the finish for the win. 

He was followed by the Reverend Blaine Whitt for second, and Reverend Craig Jacobs from First Baptist Church in Citra for third place.  Reverend Jerry Savery of The Word Baptist Church came home in the fourth spot followed by Reverend Jamie Watts of Meadowbrook Church for fifth place. The Sportsman Division racers have longed for a chance to challenge the clay on the southeast's toughest 3/8ths mile, but had been denied that chance until a scheduling conflict caused Ocala Speedway to cancel the Late Model division for a week and add the Sportsman cars to the schedule.  A solid field of Sportsman cars showed up and put on quite a race for the assembled fans.

Shane Nichols had the dominant car on the night, starting from the pole and managing to lead from flag to flag.  But behind him a whole lot of racing was going on as drivers mixed it up for position, and the right to chase down the leader.  Kevin Mills was strong and looked to be heading to the front, but he pushed his luck too far in turn one, making contact with Nichols' car and spinning out to cause a caution. From there Mills had to pick his way back through the field to salvage a top five finish.

Bobby Richardson was quite strong and held the second position for most of the race, eventually claiming the second place trophy behind Nichols.  Shaun Daughtery placed third followed by Kevin Mills and David Foster for fourth and fifth.

A full field of V8 Thunder Stocks took the green flag and pounded away at each other for 20 laps before determining a winner.  Up front it was  a Stalnaker family reunion as Jeff Jr. fought to hold off a hard charging Michael Stalnaker for the win.  Michael was followed by Harold Erickson in the third spot, with Jason Gamble and James Sealey rounding out the top five.

The Gladiators were led by Tonya Lewis as they took the green flag, but at the start Zachery Perry got on the gas and managed to drive past Lewis to take the lead.  Perry was able to drive away for the eventual second place finisher, Tonya Lewis, and claim the win.  Guy Bacelo Jr. raced to a third place finish after challenging Lewis for most of the race, and Brian Brogan collected a top 5 with his fourth place finish.  Newcomer Cody Fisher was the fifth place finisher.

Grady Christian led from the pole as the Hobby Stocks had their turn on the clay in Zuber, but his reign up front did not last long enough for him to claim a victory.  Christian was overtaken by David Kinsey on the 3rd lap,a then later had problems that eventually sent him to the pits for the night on lap 17.

Meanwhile David Miller Jr. was forced to start the race from the rear of the field due to a penalty, and he methodically picked his way through traffic to eventually take the lead by lap 13.  Daniel Miller Jr. fought hard to challenge the 21 car, but eventually settled for a second place finish behind David Miller Jr.  David Kinsey was also strong on the night and came home with a third place finish, followed by Alan McCafferty and Bubba Christian

Next week the Hobby Stock racers will square off in Race 5 of the Pepsi Six Pack Series, running 30 laps for $1000 to the winner.  Also racing on Friday will be the Open Wheel Modifieds, Mini Stocks, and Gladiators.  In addition Ocala Speedway will be gearing up for the 11th Annual Jeeptoberfest, which will run both Saturday ad Sunday, October 25th and 26th, on the jeep course located behind the main parking area.  For more information, please 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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