The National Late Model Series Southern Tour put on a fantastic show where 2 series scored points and both were shaken and stirred. Ivedent Lloyd, Jr. passed Mark Whitener for the lead on lap 5, only for it to be taken away after the lap 12 restart for Dillon Wood and his broken rear-end. Lap 16 saw Casey Barrow spin and hit the tire, ending his night. On the next few laps it was shredded tires that took Tyler Ivey and Jeff Mathews to the back. On lap 19 the 21 overtook the 58 for the lead. Again. The restart saw David Clegg on his side and Travis Carter on 2 wheels as they nearly flipped. Both finished their races after climbing the wall. The next 2 cautions, laps 28 and 32, were for Brandon DeWitt slowing and stopping near turn 1. A 1 lap run was ended by debris. On lap 37 the lead chnaged hands for good when Ivedent Lloyd, Jr. blew the engine. On lap 39 Hunter Peacock stopped in turn 1 setting up a GWC. NLMS rules call for a 2 lap dash for the cash so the race was extended to 41 green laps. Whitener took his 4th of 2011 with "IceMan" Austin Kirkpatrick 2nd. Bo Allen and Rich Pratt impressed with 3rd and 4th, respectively, and Tyler Ivey drove back up to the top 5. Brandon DeWitt survived to take 6th, Christian Augspurger 7th, Jack Nosbisch 8th, "Self Professed Worst Late Model Driver" Bubba Clem proved himself wrong with a fantastic run to 9th (and he made a fan very happy with that $400 payday), and Ivedent Lloyd, Jr. received a break with 10th and a DNF.
Steve Johnson took the early lead but Reid Christensen took it away on lap 2. After 5 more laps Tommy Ausburn, Jr. spun setting up a restart with Christensen the leader, Denica Hetznecker 2nd, and the S&S Boyd 3rd and 4th. Another 5 laps passed and Brandon Hunter found his #9 on the hook after a slip up in turn 1. The next lap saw a debris caution thorwn setting up a 2 lap dash between Christensen, Hetznecker, and Cox. Win #5 fell upon Reid Christensen and Art Souther's team with Hetznecker 2nd, Cox 3rd to comfort his injured wife, Steve Johnson crawled home 4th, and Ausburn, Jr. rounded out the top 5. Ray Hunter was 6th, Chase Gustafson 7th, Matt Kramer 8th, Billy Holmes 9th, and Brandon Hunter 10th.
Next week-end it's the Wingless Top Gun Sprints in Round 5 of 6, UMP Open-Wheel Modifieds, Amsoil V-8 Thunderstocks, $500 to win Double Points night for Mini Stocks, and the Gladiators run as well. For more information you can check out www.bubbaracewaypark.com or call the Speedway hotline at 352-622-9400.
Bubba Raceway Park Results (10/15/11)
Top Gun Sprint Car Series (Round 4- Wingless A)
1- 24 Danny Martin, Jr.
National Late Model Series Southern Tour's BubbatoberFest 40 (Also a RaceCar Engineering Late Model Points Race)
1- 58 Mark Whitener
Barrett's Race Cars Hobby Stocks
1- 44 Tim Powers
1- 30 Reid Christensen
BubbatoberFest 40 Starting Order
1- Whitener (Draw) 16.1