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Florida Mini Sprints Return to Ocala Speedway

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OCALA, FL-  Florida's oldest speedway is back in action this coming Friday night with a full slate of races scheduled.  Headlining the evening will be the very popular and competitive Florida Mini Sprint Association, making a regular season appearance at Ocala Speedway after an earlier visit during February as part of the Winternationals events.  Fans will also see action from Ocala's own Open Wheel Modifieds, the Amsoil Thunder Stocks, the Mini Stocks, and the Gladiators.

The Florida Mini Sprints are one of the most competitive and exciting traveling racing series in the state, and each of their visits to Ocala Speedway has produced top quality competition.  These little winged sprint cars are capable of speeds around 130 mph, and they scream around Ocala Speedway's tight turn 4 with reckless abandon.  The pure excitement that they generate is the reason that the FMSA is the only Florida based racing series that is invited to compete alongside the O'Reilly All Stars Sprint car series during Ocala's Winternationals, and a major reason why Ocala Speedway race fans enjoy seeing them on the schedule on a regular basis.

As the regular points season opens for Ocala's Modifieds, the racer with the most wins on the southeast's toughest 3/8ths mile in 2011 is Kyle Bronson.  Bronson picked up a win with the UMP Mods during Ocala's Winternationals, and he returned to Victory Lane on March 11th.  Meanwhile Jeff Mathews has one win this year which he scored during Winternationals as well.  Matthews is the defending division champion, and has dominated the division since Ocala's asphalt was covered with clay.  So now the question is whether Bronson can keep the pattern going and manage to unseat Mathews at the top of the heap, and Friday's race might be the first step in that direction.

Speaking of domination, Ray Wheeler has won every Amsoil V8 Thunder Stock race so far with just one exception, and has his streak of consecutive victories up to three going into Friday's race.  If anyone is primed to stop Wheeler, it would have to be Jason Gamble, who was the victor in the only race that Wheeler failed to win, and who raced Wheeler with everything that he had last Friday night, only to be forced to settle for second place. The way Wheeler and Gamble are racing, they could be the rivalry to watch this season at Ocala Speedway.

In 2010 the Mini Stocks at Ocala Speedway became the last remaining Mini Stock division running on dirt in the state.  This year two more tracks have added the division, and both are running rules packages that are in line with those at Ocala.  The hope for fans and racers is that this creates more support and gets some cars down from the jackstands that have held them for over a year, and this Friday may be a good indication as to whether that is happening or not.  Tim Zackery won the initial race of the season at Ocala with young Ryan Babcock finishing second, and this week brings the return of Ryans' father, Sean, to the division.  Cody Kinsey will also be back and looking to improve on his third place finish from earlier this month.

Casey Feaster was in the running to win the Gladiator Division Championship in 2010 when a mechanical issue with his tow vehicle caused him to miss a race, thus derailing his hopes at the worst possible time.  But that is in the past, and so far in 2011 Feaster has been the only winner in the division with two victories under his belt.  However, those races were non points events, and did not count toward the championship, so this Friday is Feaster's first chance this year to take the lead and make amends for last season's slip.  The only racer who has shown real signs of being able to outpace Feaster is Sammy Dale, but Dale's runs have been cut short by mechanical woes so far.  And never rule out Kyle Morse, who has figured out how to run up front and complicate matters for old guard of the division.

Ocala Speedway will open the grandstand gate at 5PM this Friday with heat races slated to begin at 8PM.  For more information, visit America's Dirt Track online at www.OcalaSpeedway.com, or call the track 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

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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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