News

Print

Mathews Dominates Modifieds At Ocala

. Posted in Racing News

ZUBER, FL-  For the first time in three weeks, Mother Nature showed mercy to Ocala Speedway and allowed the racers to finally feel the rush of hitting the clay, and a solid group of determined drivers thrilled the crowd with exciting action.  Joining the three regular divisions that were scheduled were the Florida Mini Sprints, which brought a competitive field of cars to challenge Ocala's tough mystique. 

Jeff Mathews and his crew somehow missed the mark on their initial set up for the races, and struggled a bit in their heat race, but by the time that the 25 lap feature rolled around Mathews had the car to beat.  But a first lap blunder in turn 4 almost ended it for the 33 when he tried to pass pole sitter Jason Davis on the outside and spun, collecting Wayne Hammond who slammed into the driver's side of Mathews' car.  Both drove away from that incident and Mathews returned to his original starting spot for a complete restart. 

The second start went far better for Mathews,and by lap 2 he had stolen the lead and was off and running with it.  With first place basically gone, everyone else had to fight for what was left and several drivers battled over second and third place.  Jason Davis managed to hold onto second until a late race slip allowed Dave Barber and Wayne Hammond to leave him behind.  In the end it was Jeff Mathews with a decisive victory as he pulled away from the field, followed by Dave Barber for second place.  Wayne Hammond collected third place finish with Jason Davis and John Bradley finishing out the top five.

The Florida Mini Sprints have a reputation for putting on an excellent show with each visit to Ocala Speedway, and they did not disappoint this time around.  There were some early lead changes before Tim O' Donnell managed to get his gree number 28 out front, and from there he drove to a solid victory.  Harold Matthews had managed to get through traffic and close the gap on O'Donnell towards the end, but ran out of laps and had to settle for second place.  Leroy Moore got a third place finish while Eddie Moss Jr. claimed fourth.  Rounding out the top five was Russ Heider.

At the beginning of the 2009 racing season, Bubba Christian was the second fiddle to his Uncle Grady, but almost halfway through the racing this year it looks like Bubba has emerged as quite the competitor, as he once more tamed Ocala Speedway and a tough field of Hobby Stocks.  The early laps saw more than one racer vying for the top spots, but by lap 5 Bubba was all over Kevin Durden and managed to squeeze by on lap 7 to take the lead.  Durden would have to hold off a hard charging Dave Kinsey plus chase Bubba Christian, but the race would end with Bubba as the winner and Durden settling for second place.  Kinsey claimed third while Patrick Williams overcame an earlier spin and fought back to the fourth spot.  Mike Eubanks would fight hard and earn the fifth place finish.


A deep invert had the Gladiators scrambling early in their feature race, and that scramble went well for some and not so well for others.  Dalton Strehle would fight his way to the front and take control, but would spend the remainder of the race attempting to hold off Steve Cox, who also had a not so promising starting position but had managed to pass his way to second.  Larry Langston had started in the back row and had to fight his way forward, eventually making his way to third place. 

But the real race was between Dalton Strehle and Steve Cox, as Cox stuck to Stehle like glue and was poised to pounce on any mistakes.  And on the final lap[s as Strehle attempted to negotiate his way through lapped traffic, Cox almost managed to steal the win in the final sprint down the front stretch.  As Cox positioned himself on the inside, Strehle was forced to drive down to block as they neared the checkers.  Dalton Strehle would take the victory by just a fender with Steve Cox almost side by side as they crossed the line.  Larry Langston raced to the third spot while Austin Gamble placed fourth and Chris Neville was fifth.

Friday, June 19th, is the scheduled make up for the 14th Annual Powell Memorial, featuring the United Dirt Late Model Challenge Series.  The prestigious, $5000 to win late model event had originally been scheduled for June 5th, but was washed out by a deluge from the heavens.  And according to Ocala Speedway owner Mike Peters, that worked in everyone's favor as up to six more late models should be able appear on the new date that could not be there on the original date.  Also on the card with the Powell Memorial will be the Amsoil V8 Thunder Stocks and the Gladiators.

Ocala Speedway Results for 6/12/09

Open Wheel Modified

1- 33 Jeff Mathews
2- 56 Dave Barber
3- 40 Wayne Hammond
4- 145 Jason Davis
5- 27 John Bradley
6- 12 Ronnie Soltis
7- Z Tim Zackery
8- 0 Richard Dickinson
9- 75C Len O'Neill
10- 90 Mark Buie
11- 75 Mark Ryder

Florida Mini Sprints

1- 28 Tim O' Donnell
2- 25 Harold Matthews
3- 8 Eddie Moss Jr.
4- 99 Leroy Moore
5- 5 Steve Crabtree
6- 86 Russ Heider
7- 7 Jessie Teed
8- 711 David Pleaugh
9- 1M Eddie Moss
10- 26 Eric Garey
11- 88 Lennie Dallman
12- 16 Chris Pacetti
13- 11 Brett O' Donnell
14- 14D Brian Penrose
15- 9 Billy Chivers
16- 32 Tommy Nelson
17- 19 Scott Greene
18- 81 Randy Carrier
19- 24 Ken Penta
20- 6 Walter Arnold
21- 116 Matthew Harrell
DNS- 15 Paul Lanza

Hobby Stock

1- 04 Bubba Christian
2- 35 Kevin Durden
3- XX David Kinsey
4- 56 Patrick Williams
5- 18 Mike Eubanks
6- 83 Joe Boyd
7- 35W David Walls
8- 08 William Edwards
9- 81 Donald Woosley
10- 83X Joey Brown
11- 98 Jamie Tinkham
12- 3W Vaughn Woodall
13- 89 Trey Cameron
14- 59 William Stalnaker

Gladiator

1- 73 Dalton Strehle
2- 88 Steve Cox
3- 49 Larry Langston
4- 23 Austin Gamble
5- 69 Chris Neville
6- 96 Eddie Lentz
7- 8 Harold Lewis
8- 12 Josh Hale
9- 83 Kody Fisher
10- 10 Ann Moon
11- 78 Paul Hahn

Next Week:  The 14th Annual Powell Memorial, featuring the United Dirt Late Model Challenge Series. plus the Amsoil V8 Thunder Stocks and Gladiators

BUBBA RACEWAY PARK NEWStHE LATEST NEWS, RESULTS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

June 29, 2015

Results June 26, 2015

by Lisa Mamph
Late Model - Feature Finish Start Car Driver Hometown Points 1 1 58 Mark Whitener Middleburg , Fl 50.00 2 4 1 Nevin Gainey Ft. White, Fl 48.00 3 6 14T Tyler Clem St Pete, Fl 46.00 4 5 84 Scott Gray - 44.00 5 2 17SS Shan Smith Dade City, Fl 42.00 6 3 311 Kenny Monahan Lakeland , Fl 40.00 7 8 55 Devin Walker Mayo , Fl 38.00 8 7 51 Larry Anderson Jacksonville , Fl 36.00 9 9 6 Shawn Taylor Trenton , Fl 34.00 10 10 119 Tim Walters Jr. Williston , Fl 32.00 Late Model - Heat 2 Finish Start Car Driver Hometown Points 1 1 58 Mark Whitener Middleburg , Fl 10.00 2 3 1 Nevin Gainey Ft. White, Fl 9.00 3 2 14T Tyler Clem St Pete, Fl 8.00 4 5 55 Devin Walker Mayo , Fl 7.00 5 4 119 Tim Walters Jr. Williston , Fl 6.00 Late Model - Heat 1 Finish Start Car Driver Hometown Points 1 1 17SS Shan Smith Dade City, Fl 10.00 2 5 311 Kenny Monahan Lakeland , Fl 9.00 3 3 84 Scott Gray - 8.00 4 4 51 Larry Anderson Jacksonville , Fl 7.00 5 2 6 Shawn Taylor Trenton , Fl 6.00 Hobby Stock - Feature Finish Start Car Driver Hometown Points 1 9 8 Michael Stalnaker Ocala , Fl 50.00 2 4 21 Scotty Kay Jr. West Palm, Fl 48.00 3 11 28E Brandon Elwood Anthony , Fl 46.00 4 7 73 Brandon Tillander Ocala , Fl 44.00 5 6 92 Rick Elwood Ocala , Fl 42.00 6 1 08E William Edwards Gainesville , Fl 40.00 7 2 55W Heath Walker Mayo , Fl 38.00 8 5 24 Dennis Williams Zephyrhills , Fl 36.00 9 3 76 David Arivett Ocala , Fl 34.00 10 10 98 Robert Allen San Antonio, Fl 32.00 11 8 9 Josh Bedenbaugh - 30.00 Hobby Stock - Heat 2 Finish… read more
June 22, 2015

Results 6-19-15

by Lisa Mamph
Limited Late Model - Feature Finish Start Car Driver Hometown Points 1 4 17SS Shan Smith Dade City, Fl 50.00 2 3 18JO J.o. Nobles Nahunta , Ga 48.00 3 1 127 Caleb Mcgillivray Sorrento , Fl 46.00 4 5 154 Caleb Mcgillivray Sorrento , Fl 44.00 5 9 71… read more
June 13, 2015

Results 6-12-15

by Lisa Mamph
Hobby Stock - Feature Finish Start Car Driver Hometown Points 1 4 92 Rick Elwood Ocala , Fl 50.00 2 1 55W Heath Walker Mayo , Fl 48.00 3 5 33G Taylor Grant - 46.00 4 8 08E William Edwards Gainesville , Fl 44.00 5 6 73 Brandon Tillander Ocala , Fl… read more
May 27, 2015

Results 5-22-2015

by Lisa Mamph
E-Mods - Feature Finish Start Car Driver Hometown Points 1 3 0 Nevin Gainey Ft. White, Fl 50.00 2 5 27 Garrett Lloyd Jacksonville , Fl 48.00 3 4 28E Brandon Elwood Anthony , Fl 46.00 4 2 58 Todd Greeninger - 44.00 5 9 10E Dillon Ennis Ocala , Fl… read more
May 18, 2015

Bubba Raceway Park Results 5/15/2015

by Lisa Mamph
May 15, 2015 Ocala, FL - A cool breeze in the air made the racing action hot this past Friday at Bubba Raceway Park. For the driver’s in attendance they were treated to a well prepared racetrack special thanks to Bubba himself and Jimmy Flores.… read more
May 14, 2015

Local Late Models Return to Bubba Raceway Park

by Scott McAllister
Finally…..local Late Models back in action at Bubba Raceway Park. Mark Whitener, Tyler Clem, Shan Smith, Ivedent Lloyd, Nevin Gainey and more will all be on hand here for a 25 Lap Feature event at the South’s Most Exciting Dirt Track in Ocala, FL.… read more
May 07, 2015

Sprint Cars Replaced with Triple Threat for Hobbys, Thunderstocks and E-Mods

by Scott McAllister
Bubba Raceway Park Officials have removed Sprint cars from the schedule for this Friday night and instead, making this weekend a “Triple Threat” show for Hobby Stocks, V8 Thunderstocks and E-Mods, all paying $500 to win each. Hot laps start at 7pm… read more
March 23, 2015

Results 3-20-15

by Lisa Mamph
Late Model - Feature Finish Start Car Driver Hometown Points 1 7 02 Keith Nosbisch Valrico , Fl 50.00 2 11 J17 Joe Kump Lake Helen, Fl 48.00 3 14 14 Tyler Clem St Pete, Fl 46.00 4 5 03 Phillip Cobb Riverview , Fl 44.00 5 20 59 Jake Perkins - 42.00 6… read more
March 04, 2015

MONSTER JAM® TO DEBUT NEW SHOW AT BUBBA RACEWAY PARK IN OCALA

by Scott McAllister
(Palmetto, FL) MONSTER JAM®, the world's largest specialized motor sports live event tour playing to over 5 million fans annually and televised on FOX Sports 1, will debut an all-new event format at the tour's return to Ocala and Bubba Raceway Park… read more