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Bubba Raceway Park’s UMP DIRTcar Modified Finale

The night belonged to Kyle Bronson.

For the final time this SpeedWeeks the Modifieds and Amsoil V-8 Thunderstocks took to the clay for glory and cash!
(Contributed by Jimmy Rouse, Bubba Raceway Park’s Media with Photos by R.E. Wing Photography)

The Amsoil V-8 Thunderstocks started off on a bad note for 2 big hitters as Mike Stalnaker found himself shedding pieces and Davey Kinsey had a tire go down. However, 25 laps is a long race and you can never count a driver out. Grady Christian took the lead from David Miller, Jr. on lap 2 and held it for a while, even through the lap 6 caution when hard-charging Kinsey and Vaughn Woodall made contact sending Woodall’s 3W around. The accident also collected Richard Calmes, Justin Durbin, and the 2nd Woodall car of Marlon Durbin.

On the restart Brian Shea got loose and bounced off of Jonathan Appleby and staright into unfortunate bystander David Miller, Jr. The final caution came on lap 11 when JD Gillette spun out of turn 4 with the leaders right behind him.

The restart allowed Shea to get around Christian but the battle was far from over. Kinsey came hard and on lap 20 Grady Christian fell back allowing Shea and Kinsey to duke it out. Contact led to Shea’s left front tire going down and a quick trip through the infield earned him the nickname “Flyin” Brian Shea. Driver #19 kept in it and finished 3rd just narrowly getting beat out by Patrick Williams in the Eddie Lake-owned 96L.

Someone's sense of humor, showing David's reconfigured name. You will notice they replaced "David" with "Danica" over the drivers door.

The night, however, belonged once more to Davey Kinsey and the Big Frog Motorsports crew. The 58 was 3-for-3 and has won 4 consecutive dating back to last season. Jonathan Appleby finished 4th while Jason Blackmer had the quietest top 5 you’ll ever see. Jason Gamble put the #73 in 6th, Richard Calmes won the B Main and finished an impressive 7th, and Gordon Cade found 8th by the end of the night. Robert Donaly and Vaughn Woodall completed the top 10.

James Cheney (98C) Robert Donaly (9D) Donnie Dobbins (34) and Jason Gamble make it four wide racing.

Just 3 times in 50 laps did yellow wave in this battle between 3 generations and 3 of the toughest multi-car teams in Florida. Lap 1 saw Chad Olsen spin in turn 4 while part of the lead-pack wad cars up in turn 2.

Glenn Baum (54), Marlon Durbin (5W), and James Sullivan (14) fight for position.

Kenny Wallace and Wayne Hammond were big losers in the accident which ultimately ended Fast Qualifier Hammond’s night. The next 25 laps were green and Kyle Bronson pulled out a gap in the first 2 laps and kept David Reutimann and Ivedent Lloyd, Jr. at bay through the competition caution on lap 26. Bronson, David Reutimann, Lloyd, Kyle Strickler, and “4-time” Jeff Mathews were the top 5.

Kenny Wallace.

On lap 32 Curt Myers hit the back stretch wall and brought the yellow out. As Myers made his way to the apron he about took Buzzie Reutimann out with him but all was okay between the 2 drivers. Reutimann kept Bronson honest but the driver of the 40B never let him have a shot and took victory with ease leading all 50. Reutimann finished 2nd with Lloyd, Strickler, and Mathews in pursuit.

#75 Bart Hartman and #6B David Baldwin.

Buzzie Reutimann was 6th, Kenny Wallace an impressive 7th off the comeback trail, 8th was Bart Hartman’s, Nick Hoffman 9th, and Buzzy Adams completed the top 10.

# 3F Rob Fuqua.

Next week USAC Amsoil Sprints hit the clay for practice Wednesday and racing, alongside the Florida Mini Sprints Association, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. You won’t want to miss the action that you can learn more about at 352-622-9400 or at www.bubbaracewaypark.com!

 

Kenny Wallace and David Reutimann talking to each other while looking the track over.

Bubba Raceway Park Results
UMP Open-Wheel Modifieds
1- 40B Kyle Bronson
2- D00 David Reutimann
3- 33L Ivedent Lloyd, Jr.
4- 8 Kyle Strickler
5- 33 Jeff Mathews
6- 00 Buzzie Reutimann
7- 36 Kenny Wallace
8- 75 Bart Hartman
9- 2H Nick Hoffman
10- 40 Buzzy Adams
11- 145 Jason Davis
12- 41 Barry Sheffield
13- 6B David Baldwin
14- 10C Chad Olsen
15- D4 David Jamison
16- 07S Scott Harper
17- 67 Garret Stewart
18- 47T Collin Thirlby
19- 72 Todd Nieheisher
20- 91 Curt Myers
21- 18 David McWilliams
22- 11 Chuck Gustafson
23- 3F Rob Fuqua
24- 66H Wayne Hammond

Amsoil V-8 Thunderstocks
1- 58 Davey Kinsey
2- 96L Patrick Williams
3- 19 Brian Shea
4- 60 Jonathan Appleby
5- 39 Jason Blackmer
6- 73 Jason Gamble
7- 4C Richard Calmes
8- 121 Gordon Cade
9- 9D Robert Donaly
10- 3W Vaughn Woodall
11- 21 David Miller, Jr.
12- 54 Glenn Baum
13- 98C James Cheney
14- 34 Donnie Dobbins
15- 49 JD Gillette
16- 09 William Edwards
17- 36 Grady Christian
18- 9B Sean Babcock
19- 29L Daniel Laird
20- 12D Justin Durbin
21- 77 Mike Stalnaker
22- 5W Marlon Durbin
23- 14 James Sullivan
24- 118 Ron Adams
DNS- 72 Terry Dunbar


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