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Driver Appreciation Night At BRP

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IMG 2121Limited Late Model Feature Winner #44 Tim Powers (Photo by photosbytrace.com)By- Jim Rouse
 
8-10-13. Ocala, FL- The Limited Sprints, Limited Late Models, Hobby Stocks, 1-800-ASK GARY Thunder Stocks, and Rent-N-Roll Gladiators all put on some impressive racing on Driver Appreciation Night, a way for Bubba to reward the drivers with free entry for the night.
 
The Limited Late Models opened up the night, but Jason Pope tried to climb the fence out of turn four. Pope would climb out of the car, but his night was over. Tim Powers would open up a lead after the restart, but it went away on lap five when Shane Koperda spun in turn one. Powers again pulled away, just to see his lead disappear when Chuck Jackson looped his #0 in turn two. Powers quickly put a few seconds on Shane Koperda and Tyler Clem- in a damaged race car- who were battling for second. Powers would win an easy one over Koperda, Forrest Gough, Kevin Mills, and Clem.
 
Our very own Hobby Stocks would be up second, and Smokin' Joe Belkey, Jr. took control of the point early. David McCormack would lead lap two after Belkey washed up the track. The culprit was found on lap four when Belkey brought the caution out with a flat tire. McCormack, Tim Powers, Mike Stalnaker, and Brian Morgan rocketed away from the pack and put on a tussle. Stalnaker would lead lap six, but lost control in turn two and made contact with Powers. Powers would pit with a flat right rear, among other damages, while Stalnaker would go back on the hook. McCormack, Morgan, and Sean Monoghan would lead the field back to green on lap six. Brian Morgan would slip up and make contact with team-mate McCormack that sent both cars around; Morgan would go to the tail with no troubles and McCormack would bring the field back to green.
 
Matt Kurtz jumped out front of the Limited Sprints race quickly, but Mark Ruel, Jr. would steal the lead in lapped traffic. On lap fourteen, the lapped cars of Johnny Alexander and Tanner Witherspoon made contact right in front of the leaders, but Ruel, Danny Martin, Jr., and Kurtz would make it through. Tyler Clem, in his debut race in the Tony Stewart Racing #14, would bring the caution out with just four to go after Clem nosed it into the fence out of turn number four. Ruel, Martin, and Kurtz would have to fight through another restart and Martin tired his hardset to get around "The Peruvian Outlaw." Ruel would take the win over Kurtz and Martin. Robbie Smith finished fourth after a great battle with Martin and AJ Maddox rounded out the top five.
 
The 1-800-ASK GARY Thunder Stocks started off with Melvin Fockler in the lead. Jeff Stalnaker, Jr. would bring the yellow flag out on lap two as his tire would go flat. Fockler continued to stave off the fight from Bubba Durbin and Randy Strehle, but made a mistake out of turn four that put his #33 into the wall. He continued on, but had to pit. Randy Strehle spun from second just four laps later, allowing Brandon Tillander a shot at Bubba Durbin for the win. Durbin would end up taking home the win, and Melvin Fockler would finish in the second position after rebounding from the back. James Erickson, Jon Layerd, and Randy Strehle rounded out the top five.
 
The Rent-N-Roll Gladiators put on a spirited battle and Tom Sheehan led the opening lap. Ray Hunter would quickly end Sheehan's reign, but Hunter would get into an accident on lap six that ultimately led to his retirement from the race. Jonathan Green inherited the lead, lost it to team-mate Kevin Benjamin for a coupld laps, then re-gained it and won over his team-mate Benjamin. John Windham's wild night resulted in a third place finish with Stephen Frankland and Dustin Baxter the top five.
 
Next week is Back To School Night at Bubba Raceway Park! We'll have school-themed give-a-ways and Kiddy Rides, as well as Kid's Bike races. The Crate Late Models, Scorpion Racing Products UMP DirtCar Modifieds, Hobby Stocks, 1-800-ASK GARY Thunder Stocks, and Rent-N-Roll Gladiators will take the fight to the 3/8 mile. For more info, please visit www.bubbaracewaypark.com or call us at 352-622-9400!


Bubba Raceway Park Results (8/10/13):
 
Limited Sprint Cars:
 
Job Site Concrete Heat 1

1- 6 Robbie Smith
2- 22 Shawn Murray
3- 99 Tanner Witherspoon
4- Z1 Harley Zimmermann
5- 02 unlisted driver
6- 9 JR Steele
SCR- 43 Terry Witherspoon
 
Job Site Concrete Heat 2

1- 3A AJ Maddox
2- 92 Matt Kurtz
3- 98 Bruce Durden
4- 38 Tony Agin
5- 8 Rich Alexander
6- 2X AJ Parrish
7- 17 Johnny Alexander
 
Job Site Concrete Heat 3

1- 24 Danny Martin, Jr.
2- 83 Mark Ruel, Jr.
3- 55 Kerry Gilbert
4- WEE3 Otto Scrape
5- 14 Tyler Clem
6- 3T Brian Mayer
7- 7 Kyle Pitts
 
Feature

1- 92 Matt Kurtz
2- 24 Danny Martin, Jr.
3- 6 Robbie Smith
4- 3A AJ Maddox
5- 43 Terry Witherspoon
6- 22 Shawn Murray
7- 38 Tony Agin
8- Z1 Harley Zimmermann
9- 8 Rich Alexander
10- WEE3 Otto Scrape
11- 17 Johnny Alexander
12- 2X AJ Parrish
13- 99 Tanner Witherspoon
14- 55 Kerry Gilbert
15- 98 Bruce Durden
16- 3T Brian Mayer
17- 9 JR Steele
18- 14 Tyler Clem
DSQ- 83 Mark Ruel, Jr.
SCR- 7 Kyle Pitts
SCR- 02 unlisted driver

Hard Charger Presented by Job Site Concrete
43 Terry Witherspoon (11 Positions)
 
Limited Late Models:
 
Heat 1

1- 21 Forrest Gough
2- 102 Jason Pope
3- 15 Shane Koperda
4- 0 Chuck Jackson
5- 14 Tyler Clem
6- 30 Jeff Bagent
 
Heat 2

1- 44 Tim Powers
2- 01 Kevin Mills
3- 22 Jamie Dayhaw
4- 27 Miles Cox
5- 14 Jerome Dipple
 
Feature

1- 44 Tim Powers
2- 15 Shane Koperda
3- 21 Forrest Gough
4- 01 Kevin Mills
5- 14 Tyler Clem
6- 0 Chuck Jackson
7- 27 Miles Cox
8- 22 Jamie Dayhaw
9- 102 Jason Pope
SCR- 14 Jerome Dipple
SCR- 30 Jeff Bagent
 
 
Bubba Army Hobby Stocks:
 
Heat 1

1- 9 Brian Morgan
2- 8 Mike Stalnaker
3- 44 Tim Powers
4- 12 Joe Belkey, Jr.
5- 24 Dennis Williams
6- 55 Heath Walker
7- 17 Joey Forsyth
8- 7 Tommy Conquest
9- 210 Ray Ethridge
 
Heat 2

1- 64 Trevor Gamble
2- 1 Tommy Hill
3- 51 Sean Monoghan
4- 26 David McCormack
5- 55 Devin Walker
6- 98 Tim Arnold
7- 63 Jeff Sargent
8- 73 Chris Sargent
SCR- 82 Brian Kohl
 
Feature

1- 26 David McCormack
2- 64 Trevor Gamble
3- 1H Tommy Hill
4- 12 Joe Belkey, Jr.
5- 55 Devin Walker
6- 17 Joey Forsyth
7- 9 Brian Morgan
8- 98 Tim Arnold
9- 55 Heath Walker
10- 24 Dennis Williams
11- 63 Jeff Sargent
12- 51 Sean Monoghan
13- 44 Tim Powers
14- 8 Mike Stalnaker
15- 7 Tommy Conquest
16- 82 Brian Kohl
SCR- 73 Chris Sargent
SCR- 210 Ray Ethridge
 
 
1-800-ASK GARY Thunder Stocks:
 
Heat 1

1- 27 Chad Scranton
2- 6 Tony Campbell
3- 13 William Gillam
4- 75 Jon Layerd
5- 51 Cory Ross
6- 85 Chuck Cessna
7- 16 James Erickson
 
Heat 2

1- 9 Jeff Stalnaker, Jr.
2- 24 Randy Strehle
3- 33 Melvin Fockler
4- 33 Jason Gamble
5- 69 Jonathan Appleby
6- 28 Brandon Elwood
 
Heat 3

1- 12 Bubba Durbin
2- 28 Brian Mullins
3- 73 Brandon Tillander
4- 15 Mike Valdes
5- 34 Shane Guessford
6- 1 Joey Durbin
7- 8 Justyn Elwood
 
Feature

1- 12 Bubba Durbin
2- 33 Melvin Fockler
3- 16 James Erickson
4- 75 Jon Layerd
5- 24 Randy Strehle
6- 13 William Gillam
7- 1 Joey Durbin
8- 28 Brandon Elwood
9- 73 Brandon Tillander
10- 6 Tony Campbell
11- 34 Shane Guessford
12- 51 Cory Ross
13- 8 Justyn Durbin
14- 9 Jeff Stalnaker, Jr.
15- 69 Jonathan Appleby
16- 33 Jason Gamble
17- 15 Mike Valdes
SCR- 85 Chuck Cessna
SCR- 28 Brian Mullins
SCR- 27 Chad Scranton
 
 
Rent-N-Roll Gladiators:
 
Heat 1

1- 28 Jonathan Green
2- 7UK Stephen Frankland
3- 28 Kevin Benjamin
4- 65 John Windham
5- 75 Tom Sheehan
6- 79 Ray Hunter
7- 32 Dustin Baxter
 
Feature

1- 28 Jonathan Green
2- 28 Kevin Benjamin
3- 65 John Windham
4- 7UK Stephen Frankland
5- 32 Dustin Baxter
6- 75 Tom Sheehan
7- 79 Ray Hunter

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