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Opening Night At Bubba Raceway Park Ocala

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Tyler IveyWith a capacity crowd and capacity fields, Bubba the Love Sponge saw the love and support of fans and racers alike. The late models had a $5000 to win feature, the inaugural Mike Peters Open, while the Mini Stocks and the Amsoil V-8 Thunderstocks each had $500 to win feature nights. Also, new clay had just been put down on the 3/8 mile, adding to the night's excitement.

The Mini Stocks were up first and put on a great show for the fans. On lap 2, Ryan Zimmermann and Charlie Staats got the worst of a 5-car crash in turn 1, but both were able to continue. After the restart Travis Staats and Raymond Rogers had a battle going on for fifth while Ray Ethridge and Ray Caldwell battled up front. Rogers pushed Staats hard into turn 3 causing Staats to slide into the innocent Buddy Pope. While leading, Roberto Martin, Jr. pulled off on the frontstretch leaving himself and the fans wondering what could've been. After Cody Kinsey took the 11 for a spin, it was time for a green/white-checkered to end the night as a 20-minute race. The 21X of Ray Caldwell won, closely followed by Travis Staats after a spectacular run down the frontstretch to beat Ray Ethridge, Ryan Babcock brought the #9 home in fourth, and Arnold Perkins rounded out the top 5. In tech, however, Travis Straat's 1AR was found illegal therefore moving Ethridge to 2nd, Ryan Babcock to 3rd, Perkins to 4th, and Nick Kerr into the top 5.

The moment than arrived for the Late Models to take to the clay for a $5000 reward in the inaugural Mike Peters Open. There was no winner of the B-main because Bubba the Love Sponge said to let them all race. A 28-car, 30 lap feature for the Late Models had the fans on their feet as Bubba's Cream Machine paced the field. Phillip Cobb drew pole and before he could make use of it he found his car sideways, along with "Catfish" Keith Nosbisch, Jason Davis, and Jim Cryer while 24 others tried to make evasive action. On lap 2, Chuck Chitty got loose and Johnny Collins and Dillon Wood found each other spinning and brought out the yellow. As the green came out for the restart, Christian Augspurger pulled low on the track and the #35 rested there before pulling into the pit area for the night. While Ivedent Lloyd, Jr. dominated, Tyler Ivey and Keith Nosbisch worked their way up from the middle of the pack. Ivedent Lloyd, Jr. was half a lap away from taking another win at Bubba Raceway Park when Wood, Brandon DeWitt, and Shan Smith had a meeting in turn 1. As Lloyd passed them, contact was made with the left rear of Lloyd's #21, cutting the tire. But, Lloyd would stay out for the green/white-checkered. Tyler Ivey smelled blood and never hesitated to poke the 47 in there and he took the lead from Lloyd in turn 1. Ivey would take the win in the Mike Peters Open while Keith Nosbisch took 2nd, Dillon Wood beat Lloyd by a nose for 3rd, and Adam Bedenbaugh was 5th.

The Amsoil V-8 Thunderstocks had a 20-lap, $500 to win feature and all 24 drivers wanted the dough. On lap 2, Luke Sadler and Eddie Lentz spun on the backstretch, bringing out the yellow. The intense battle at the front was between Brian Shea, Ray Wheeler, Jason Gamble, and Chad Scranton. On lap 16 the hard-charging Jonathan Appleby met the frontstretch wall in his #60 machine and that was all for Appleby. However, Chad Scranton had a deflating tire and he pulled it off track and to the hauler. That left the battle at the front to Jason Gamble, Ray Wheeler, and Brian Shea. Gamble held on for the big win with Ray Wheeler in 2nd, Jason Blackmer in the 3rd spot, Mike Cobb in the 4th position, and Brian Shea rounded out the top 5. With Gamble's win it put the Certified Automotive Repair team in victory lane for the first time and everyone was ecstatic over it, especially team owner Eddie Tillander, a great supporter of Bubba Raceway Park.

Bubba Raceway Park is back in action on next Saturday night with Night of a Thousands for the Mini Stocks, Gladiators, and Amsoil V-8 Thunderstocks. Plus, the first Fan Participation race of the season which pays $500. The gates open at 5 with racing at 8, and for more information you may go to www.bubbaracewaypark.com or call the Speedway hotline. The Night of a Thousands is set to be a thriller!

Bubba Raceway Park Ocala Results (5/13)

Mini Stock:

1. 21X Ray Caldwell
2. 21 Ray Ethridge
3. 9 Ryan Babcock
4. 55 Arnold Perkins
5. 75 Nick Kerr
6. 47 Tim Zackery
7. 11M Megan Myer
8. 09 Charlie Staats
9. 22 Raymond Rogers
10. 7M Roberto Martin, Jr.
11. 9T Tim Smith
12. 12 Jimbo Bird
13. 75H Stephen Hohlbaugh
14. 81 Buddy Pope
15. 29 Chris Zimmerman
16. 9B Sean Babcock
17. 11K Cody Kinsey
DQ- 1AR Travis Staats (Tech)

Late Model (Mike Peters Open/$5000 to win)

1. 47 Tyler Ivey
2. 02 Keith Nosbisch
3. 1W Dillon Wood
4. 21 Ivedent Lloyd, Jr.
5. 26 Adam Bedenbaugh
6. 71 Bo Allen
7. 11 Austin Kirkpatrick
8. 22 Brandon Cameron
9. 4 Billy Boyd, Jr.
10. 46P Darrell Padgett
11. 5M Sean Meeks
12. 5K Ryan Mitchell
13. 99 Shan Smith
14. 24 Dennis Williams
15. 2X Phillip Cobb
16. 49 Justin Tilton
17. 1A Jim Cryer
18. 59 David Browning
19. 311 Kenny Monohan
20. 145 Jason Davis
21. 33 Jeff Mathews
22. 2 Brandon DeWitt
23. 07C David Clegg
24. 1* John Kohler
25. 35 Christian Augspurger
26. 3K Kyle Vansickle
27. 5C Johnny Collins
28. 66 Chuck Chitty

Amsoil V-8 Thunderstocks

1. 27G Jason Gamble
2. 27W Ray Wheeler
3. 39 Jason Blackmer
4. 24 Mike Cobb
5. 19 Brian Shea
6. 09 William Edwards
7. 18 Chris Watson
8. 47 Daniel Keene
9. 3W Vaughn Woodall
10. 26 Jody Wells
11. 31 Mike Tyre
12. 42 Roy Bare
13. 73 Danny Fletcher
14. 27S Chad Scranton
15. 60 Jonathan Appleby
16. 5W Johnny Zackery
17. 14 Tim Mathieu
18. 64 Jonathan Gillette
19. 69A Mark Trexler
20. 15 Luke Sadler
21. 121 Eddie Lentz
22. 86 Mickey Jackson

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