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Keepin’ it Short – Bubba buys a race track

Local short tracks are always trying hard to put cars in the pits and butts in the seats, while making some money for the people who own them. Unfortunately for many short track fans that last part ends up meaning the race track is sold to some investment partnership that turns it into a shopping mall. However, on April 13th we saw a nice change in that dynamic as syndicated radio personality “Bubba the Love Sponge” Clem purchased Ocala Speedway.

The Southeastern United States has lost two race tracks this year with Southside Speedway in Virginia and Tri-County Speedway in North Carolina shutting down for different reasons. There are several tracks rumored to be for sale at this point in time and it is very difficult to make a go of it running a race track during these trying economic times. It is refreshing to see someone with substantial resources who is willing to try to give back to the racers more than trying to turn a profit. Clem has the income from his syndicated radio show to help back him in this venture so this is being treated as an investment but also a labor of love.

The announcement from Thursday:

Bubba and his group of investors closed yesterday on the famed Ocala Speedway Wednesday, April 13th, 2011. Ocala Speedway, the oldest track in Florida, first opened in 1952 as a clay / dirt track. For 45 year in ran as a dirt track then turned to asphalt for 10 years before returning to its modern day surface clay in 2008. Ocala Speedway has hosted and continues to host some of the best dirt racing in America along with other speciality events, such as a special Monster Truck show this weekend with the Famed Grave Digger.

Racing sanctioning bodies such as USAC, WOO, ASCS, and UDLMS also have visited and will continue to visit the famed dirt oval located within 2.5 hours of almost anywhere in the state of Florida. Bubba, with his nationwide radio reach and relationships he has established within the racing community will market and promote the track quite aggressively.

”I obviously bought this place as a investment but also want to give back to the racers. I myself have raced here and other tracks in Florida and outside of Florida for over ten years, and for the most part track owners are greedy scum-bags,” Clem said. “They want to make a great living at the expense of the racers. Very few track owners want to give back [but] those days are over at my track. Most tracks here in this area and even outside of Florida dont even offer very attractive end of the year point funds; that will change as well.”

“And while we are changing things, I am announcing now the new name of the track will be Bubba Raceway Park. So if you’re a track owner, be mad or change your ways, and if you’re a racer, come to my track and have fun, be treated fair, and get paid square.”

After this weekends Monster Truck show, we will be closing down until Friday, May 13th. We then will be having a Re-Grand opening: $5000 to win late model race named the first annual Bubba Army Open.

Look for our new website Bubbaracewaypark.com to be up by early next week for details about May 13th race. Also information regarding the new, revised 2011 schedule and the $32,000 end of the year points fund which will start the night of May 13th.

While Bubba has made a name for himself by doing some outrageous stunts on his radio program and stirring the pot for the sake of publicity he’s not only a racing fan but he actually races. He’s now putting his money where his mouth is and professing to actually give back to the local racers at his new race track. While that sounds good, it can be a lot harder to accomplish in reality than one might think. Hopefully Clem will be able to make a huge success of his race track and more promoters will jump on the bandwagon to make money off of the front gate instead of the back gate.

*Denny Hamlin Short Track Showdown*

This Thursday night will see the fourth annual Denny Hamlin Short Track Showdown take place at Richmond International Raceway. 40 of the top Late Model drivers in the country will be in attendance along with 15 NASCAR/Celebrity drivers. The event will be carried live on SPEED at 7:00 PM ET. If you’re a local short track fan and can’t make it to the race track it will be worth your time to watch the action on SPEED to see some of the best local guys taking on the best NASCAR has to offer in relatively equal equipment at RIR.

Racing scheduled for the upcoming week:

Fri : Apr 22 – Batesville Speedway ; Batesville : AR – MARS
Fri : Apr 22 – Five Flags Speedway ; Pensacola : FL – Pro Late Model Series
Fri : Apr 22 – Waycross Motor Speedway ; Waycross : GA – Southern All Star Racing Series
Fri : Apr 22 – Jacksonville Speedway ; Jacksonville : IL – POWRI Midgets
Fri : Apr 22 – Dodge City Raceway Park ; Dodge City : KS – USAC National Midgets
Fri : Apr 22 – Ponderosa Speedway ; Junction City : KY – STARS Midwest Dirt Racing League
Fri : Apr 22 – Hattiesburg Motorsports Park ; Hattiesburg : MS – Mississippi State Championship Challenge Series
Fri : Apr 22 – Callaway Raceways ; Fulton : MO – United Late Model Association
Fri : Apr 22 – Attica Raceway Park ; Attica : OH – American Late Model Series
Fri : Apr 22 – Nashville Superspeedway ; Nashville : TN – NASCAR Camping World Truck Series
Fri : Apr 22 – Boyd Speedway ; Boyd : TX – Sprint Series of Texas
Sat : Apr 23 – Firebird Int Raceway (west) ; Chandler : AZ – Professional AutoSports
Sat : Apr 23 – Canyon Speedway Park ; Peoria : AZ – Total Seal Late Model Dirt Series
Sat : Apr 23 – All American Speedwawy ; Rossville : CA – Airport Auto Brokers Late Models
Sat : Apr 23 – Bakersfield Speedway ; Oildale : CA – National 3/4 Midget Association
Sat : Apr 23 – Giant Chevrolet Speedway ; Hanford : CA – Western AllStar Dirt Racing Series
Sat : Apr 23 – Ocean Speedway ; Watsonville : CA – Golden State Challenge
Sat : Apr 23 – Salinas Sports Complex ; Salinas : CA – AMA Grand National Series
Sat : Apr 23 – Shasta Raceway Park ; Redding : CA – USAC Western Clasic Racing Series
Sat : Apr 23 – North Florida Speedway ; Lake City : FL – Florida Mini-Sprint Association
Sat : Apr 23 – Cochran Speedway ; Cochran : GA – Southern All Star Racing Series
Sat : Apr 23 – Gresham Motorsports Park ; Jefferson : GA – MMRA / Mini-Cups
Sat : Apr 23 – Gresham Motorsports Park ; Jefferson : GA – Outlaw Late Models
Sat : Apr 23 – Gresham Motorsports Park ; Jefferson : GA – Pro Late Models
Sat : Apr 23 – Magic Valley Speedway ; Twin Falls : ID – Rocky Mountain Challenge Series
Sat : Apr 23 – Avcom Park ; Avon : IL – IMRA TQ Series
Sat : Apr 23 – Macon Speedway ; Macon : IL – POWRI Midgets
Sat : Apr 23 – Brownstown Speedway ; Brownstown : IN – Midwest Mini-Sprint Association
Sat : Apr 23 – Terre Haute Action Track ; Terre Haute : IN – USAC Silver Crown
Sat : Apr 23 – Dodge City Raceway Park ; Dodge City : KS – USAC National Midgets
Sat : Apr 23 – Lake Cumberland Speedway ; Jamestown : KY – STARS Midwest Dirt Racing League
Sat : Apr 23 – Hagerstown Speedway ; Hagerstown : MD – Three State Flyers
Sat : Apr 23 – Deer Creek Speedway ; Spring Valley : MN – Cornbelt Clash
Sat : Apr 23 – Central Missouri Speedway ; Warrensburg : MO – United Late Model Association
Sat : Apr 23 – Lucas Oil Speedway ; Wheatland : MO – United Late Model Association
Sat : Apr 23 – Scotland County Speedway ; Memphis : MO – United Late Model Association
Sat : Apr 23 – Springfield Raceway ; Springfield : MO – ASCS / Sooner Region
Sat : Apr 23 – West Plains Speedway ; West Plains, MO – MARS
Sat : Apr 23 – Whynot Motorsports Park ; Meridian : MS – Mississippi State Championship Challenge Series
Sat : Apr 23 – Caraway Speedway ; Asheboro : NC – NASCAR Southern Modified Tour
Sat : Apr 23 – Charlotte Motor Speedway ; Concord : NC – ChumpCar World Series
Sat : Apr 23 – Hickory Motor Speedway ; Hickory : NC – Allison Legacy Race Series
Sat : Apr 23 – Hickory Motor Speedway ; Hickory : NC – PASS Southern Late Model Series
Sat : Apr 23 – Stateline Speedway ; Busti : NY – United Late Model Series
Sat : Apr 23 – Toledo Speedway ; Toledo : OH – CRA All-Star Tour
Sat : Apr 23 – Toledo Speedway ; Toledo : OH – USA Modifieds
Sat : Apr 23 – Salina Highbanks Speedway ; Salina : OK – WoO Sprint Cars
Sat : Apr 23 – Tri-State Speedway ; Pocola : OK – Show Me Racing Series
Sat : Apr 23 – Port Royal Speedway ; Port Royal : PA – PA Sprint Series
Sat : Apr 23 – Susquehanna Speedway ; Newberrytown : PA – Central Pennsylvania LegendCars
Sat : Apr 23 – Williams Grove Speedway ; Mechanicsburg : PA – Super Sportsmen
Sat : Apr 23 – Nashville Superspeedway ; Nashville : TN – NASCAR Nationwide Series
Sat : Apr 23 – Volunteer Speedway ; Bulls Gap : TN – SASE
Sat : Apr 23 – Lone Star Speedway ; Kilgore : TX – Southern Thunder Sprints
Sat : Apr 23 – Dodge County Fairgrounds ; Beaver Dam : WI – Interstate Racing Association
Sun : Apr 24 – Firebird International Raceway (west) ; Chandler : AZ – Professional AutoSports
Sun : Apr 24 – Willow Springs Motorsports Park ; Rosamond : CA – AHRMA Motorcycles Road Racing
Wed : Apr 27 – RPM Speedway ; Hays : KS – United Rebel Sprint Series
Thu : Apr 28 – US 30 Speedway ; Columbus : NE – Good Ol Time Racing Association
Thu : Apr 28 – Tri-State Speedway ; Pocola : OK – USMTS Modifieds
Thu : Apr 28 – Richmond International Raceway ; Richmond : VA – Denny Hamlin Short Track Showdown
Thu : Apr 28 – Richmond International Raceway ; Richmond : VA – NASCAR Camping World East Series

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