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November 22, 2009
Fans Flock to Ocala for Final Night of Season
Saturday, November 21, 2009
By: Jessica Combast

Fans and drivers gathered for an exciting night of racing to finish off the season with a bang at Ocala Speedway! The Sportsman, V-8 Thunderstocks, Gladiators, Open Wheel Modifieds, and Mini Stocks took to the track to see who would claim the final victory in 2009. In addition to these classes, the ladies got behind the wheel in a very entertaining Powder Puff race!

The Sportsman feature started off the night of action-packed racing. As soon as the green was thrown, the battle for the top spots began! The 35 of David Miller grabbed the lead on lap one, but the very quick 58 of Augie Burtram had him in his sight. Burtram moved through traffic from the fourth spot to the second spot by lap four, and was soon closing the huge gap between himself and Miller. The 56 of Tony Sansom passed the 10 of Steve Shead on lap nine to take over the fourth spot. The 80 of Paul Shead was holding down the third spot while the battles in front and behind him were happening. Burtram took the lead on lap eleven and put the petal to the metal. Steve Shead, who was running strong in the top five, found himself having problems, allowing the 65 of Shane Nichols to move into the fifth spot. A caution on lap fourteen due to the 5 of Tim Gigon crawling to a stop at the pit entrance, bunched the cars up for the restart. Nichols challenged Sansom for the fourth spot on the restart and won the battle on lap fifteen. Sansom, who was holding down the fifth position, also found himself having problems, was forced to drop back several spots and allowed the 77 of Dewey Hall to take over the fifth spot. Paul Shead also found himself under siege by Nichols for the third spot. Nichols grabbed it on the last lap. Paul Shead collided with a lap car while looking at the checkers coming out of turn four. He somehow managed to hang on, although he was barely able to skid by the flag stand with his broken right front axle. Augie Burtram’s powerful car took home the win. He was followed by David Miller in second, Shane Nichols in third, Paul Shead in fourth, and Dewey Hall in fifth.

The excitement level was kicked into high gear as the V-8 Thunderstocks took to the track! After three heats, the field of twenty-one cars were ready to go racing one last time in 2009. The battle for positions began the second the green was thrown! The field remained bunched up for the entire first lap, as no one was willing to give in. The 9D of Justin Durbin and the 72 of Terry Dunbar found themselves spinning, bringing out the first caution on lap one. The 118 of Chris Watson found himself in the fifth spot on the restart after coming from the tail end of the field. There was soon more bumper car action and fights for positions as the green flew again. Through the chaos, Watson made his way into the second spot and soon passed the 96 of Eddie Lake. The 9 of Jeff Stalnaker, Jr. was on the move from the fourth spot and soon battling for the lead. Debris on the track from the 47 of Chris Fontaine brought out another caution on lap three. Fontaine’s journey from the tail of the field ended with a trip to the pits, which relegated him back to the rear. Durbin, Dunbar, and the 17 of Jason Gamble traveled through the pack in unison, bringing all three just outside of the top five spots. Gamble and Watson found themselves spinning while battling for the second spot and were sent to the rear, allowing Dunbar to take over the fifth position. Gamble put the petal to the metal on the restart and quickly found himself in the fifth spot behind Dunbar and Fontaine. He challenged everyone in front of him and took second from Durbin on lap thirteen. Gamble then found himself getting caught in slower traffic and slipped back to fourth. He battled again and took back over the second spot and soon caught up to Stalnaker, Jr., who was the leader and virtually uncontested throughout the race. Slow traffic got in the way on the last lap coming out of turn four and both drivers gave it all they had. After review of photos and video, the race was declared a tie between Gamble and Stalnaker, Jr. They were followed by Fontaine, Durbin, and Dunbar.

Eighteen Gladiators saw the green for their feature event. The 21 of Troy Sullivan had his work cut out for him, as he started on the last row. The banging and clanging began as positions were up for the picking. The 78 of Paul Hahn and the 81 of Steve Johnson had problems with their cars as the first caution of the night brought the cars back together, and the two drivers to the pits. The 8 of Harold Lewis took the lead from the 71 of Talt Hall on the restart. Sullivan, who had been on the move from the rear of the field, passed Hall to take over the second spot and soon challenged for the lead. He won that battle on lap nine. The 88 of Steve Cox settled into the third spot. The 70 of J.R. Miller challenged the 96 of Matt Shea for the fifth spot, but Shea managed to get it back on the last lap. Troy Sullivan brought home the win to finish off the season. He was followed by Harold Lewis in second, Steve Cox in third, Talt Hall in fourth, and Matt Shea in fifth.

The Open Wheel Modifieds turned up the action on the track for their feature. The battle for real estate was on! Some moved up, while others were pushed back on the start. The 09 of Rob Underwood, the Z06 of Larry Mott, and the 1 of Chip Owen tangled together on lap two and brought out the caution. The 33 of Jeff Mathews and the 27H of Tom Hagberg battled for fourth, while the 2 of Kyle Owen held onto the lead. Wayne Hammond in the 40 machine challenged and took the lead from Owen. The 40H of Kyle Bronson went spinning in turn four, bringing out another caution and sending him to the rear of the field. Bronson soon found himself in the fourth spot behind Mathews. Owen and Mathews got tangled in their battle for real estate, bringing out another caution and sending them to the rear. This allowed Bronson to move into second, Mott to take over third, Underwood to move into fourth, and the 41 of Gary Sexton to fifth. Owen and Mathews were on the move on the restart and found themselves back in the top five. Bronson found himself tangled with lap cars on lap nineteen and was forced to the pits, but returned under caution to start at the rear yet again. Mathews challenged Owen for the second spot, but clipped the front stretch wall and could not continue the race. While Bronson was on the move for the lead, Owen found himself with a flat tire, giving up the second spot to Underwood. He returned to the field under caution and was soon on the move again. Hammond, who was the leader, found himself in trouble while Underwood and Bronson took advantage and moved into first and second on lap twenty. Bronson challenged for the lead and got it while looking at the white flag coming out of turn four. Owen was still on the move and advanced to second. Overcoming obstacles and coming from the rear several times, Bronson took home the win. He was followed by Kyle Owen in second, Rob Underwood in third, Gene Owen in fourth, and Chip Owen in fifth.

The Mini Stocks were the last regular season class to get the green for their feature. After not being able to make the heat race, the 81 of Buddy Pope went spinning on turn two when the green was flown and was not able to continue in the race. The 11Z of Johnny Zackery and the 19C of Paul Combast went at it for the lead. Zackery held off Combast in this dogfight for ten laps until a lap car got in the way. At that point, it was who was going to let up first? Combast kept on the gas and passed Zackery to take the lead. Positions were held throughout the race. Paul Combast brought home another win. He was followed by Johnny Zackery in second, Sean Babcock in third, David Miller in fourth, and Miguel Hernandez in fifth.
The night of racing wasn’t over just yet! Twelve ladies took to the track and showed what they had for a Powder Puff race! The 17 of Mariah Berry took an early lead and left everyone behind her in the dust! The 83 of Kathy Fisher took over the second spot and never looked back! The 11Z of Jessica Zackery held down the third spot. While some crept along, the top three were on the move! Berry raced strong and hard and passed everyone on the track except for Fisher! The crowd was on their feet for this very entertaining race. Mariah Berry took home the win. She was followed by Kathy Fisher in second, Jessica Zackery in third, Romaine Hake in fourth, and Melony Shea in fifth.

Ocala Speedway would like to thank all of the drivers and fans for your support this year! Please come and join us at our banquet on January 9, 2010 as the champions are crowned. The banquet is at Barbazons Sports Bar and Grill in Ocala. For more information or to purchase tickets, please contact the speedway office at 352-622-9400.

Sportsman
#58 Augie Burtram
#35 David Miller
#65 Shane Nichols
#80 Paul Shead
#77 Dewey Hall
#10X David Ponton
#56 Tony Sansom
#8 Tim Dowling
#81 Don Woosley
#10 Steve Shead
#5 Tim Gigon
DNS #24 Alton Dowling
DNS #01 Kevin Mills

V-8 Thunderstock
TIE #17 Jason Gamble
TIE #9 Jeff Stalnaker, Jr.
#47 Chris Fontaine
#9D Justin Durbin
#72 Terry Dunbar
#118 Chris Watson
#96 Eddie Lake
#19 Brian Shea
#01 AnthonyLignore
#3W Vaughn Woodall
#31 Frank Ziesmer
#36 Mike Dubbs
#5W Sean Babcock
#28 Glen Vincent
#35 David Walls
#8 Mike Stalnaker
#04 Jon Layerd
#81 Courtney Eubanks
#65 Dan Geer
#99 David Antis
DNS #07 Ryan Lisak

Gladiators
#21 Troy Sullivan
#8 Harold Lewis
#88 Steve Cox
#71 Talt Hall
#96 Matt Shea
#70 J.R. Miller
#55 Devin Walker
#69 Chris Shea
#77 Matthew Kramer
#83 Kody Fisher
#23 Thomas Rule
#10 Ann Moon
#27S Alan Scott
#82 Kyle Morse
#13 David Miller
#78 Paul Hahn
#81 Steve Johnson
DNS #49 Larry Langston

Open Wheel Modified
#40H Kyle Bronson
#2 Kyle Owen
#09 Rob Underwood
#4 Gene Owen
#1 Chip Owen
#0 Richard Dickinson
#41 Gary Sexton
#40 Wayne Hammond
#33 Jeff Mathews
#Z06 Larry Mott
#7 Joe Willis
#75C Charlie O’Neill
#Z Tim Zackery
#27H Tom Hagberg

Mini Stock
#19C Paul Combast
#11Z Johnny Zackery
#9B Sean Babcock
#40M David Miller
#72 Miguel Hernandez
#9 Ryan Babcock
#81 Buddy Pope

Powder Puff
#17 Mariah Berry
#83 Kathy Fisher
#11Z Jessica Zackery
#9 Romaine Hake
#19 Melony Shea
#72 Jamie Head
#96 Robin Wilde
#8 Dawn Watson
#77
#59 Roxanne Collins
#118 Shiloh Benninghoff
#69 Yv

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November 14, 2009
Top Gun Sprints Attract Huge Crowd at Ocala
Saturday, November 14, 2009
By: Jessica Combast

It was a perfect fall night for racing at Ocala Speedway. Fans packed the stands, and bundled up to stay warm, for an exciting night of racing, as the Top Gun Sprints roared through the night with three heat races to set the field for their twenty-five lap feature. The Hobby Stocks, V8 Thunderstocks, Gladiators, and Mini Stocks also took to the track for the green flag. The night was in for several firsts, as a few racers experienced their first wins of the season.

The Hobby Stocks were the first to take to the track for their feature. The battle for the top three spots started as soon as the green was thrown. By lap two, the K3 machine of Davey Kinsey was in first, the 12 of Trevor Gamble held down second, and the 04 of Bubba Christian was in third. Meanwhile, the XX of Mike Eubanks was creeping into the fourth spot. Gamble passed Kinsey to take the lead on lap five and broke away from the pack.

A caution on lap eight due to the 55 of Heath Walker sparking, and flames coming from underneath his car, brought all of the cars, who were spread out, back together. Eubanks put the petal to the medal on the restart and battled Christian for the third spot for three laps, ultimately taking over. Trouble found the leader, Gamble, on lap fourteen as a lap car loses the right rear tire, and with no where to go they collided. The battle for the top spots wasn’t over just yet. The 83 of Joe Boyd found himself challenged by the 1 of Alan McCafferty, but held down the fifth spot. Trevor Gamble dominated the race and snagged his first win of the season. He was followed by Davey Kinsey in second, Mike Eubanks in third, Bubba Christian in fourth, and Joe Boyd in fifth.

Fourteen Gladiators took the green flag for their feature. The 55 of Devin Walker took an early lead while the rest of the field battled for positions. The 21 of Ephrain Southern moved into second, and took the lead on lap three, leaving Walker in second and the 31˝ of Troy Sullivan in third. Meanwhile, the 70 of J.R. Miller and the 20 of Casey Feaster battled for fourth.

A caution on lap ten brought the cars together again. Sullivan gave Walker a challenge for the second spot, but Walker held on. Trouble found the leader on lap thirteen which pushed him back to the third spot, allowing Walker to re-take the lead and Sullivan to move into second. The battle for first lasted until the checkers waved. Trevor Walker had the crowd on their feet, as they were shocked at the driver’s age and size. He didn’t look old enough to even be in a car, let alone get his first win of the season. He was followed by Troy Sullivan in second, Ephrain Southern in third, J.R. Miller in fourth, and Casey Feaster rounded out the top five.

A field of eighteen V8 Thunderstocks made the call for their feature. The battle for the top five was on! The 3D of Jesse Corbitt and the 17 of Jason Gamble challenged each other for first. Gamble overpowered Corbitt and never looked backed. The 47 of Chris Fountaine settled into the second spot by lap three.

A caution due to debris on the track brought the cars back together on lap eight. When the green flew, a battle for fourth between the 8 of Mike Stalnaker, the 9 of Jeff Stalnaker, Jr., and the 9D of Justin Durbin began. Ultimately, Stalnaker won the battle. Meanwhile, Gamble and Fountaine found themselves separated from the rest of the field by lap cars. The 118 of Chris Watson, who was holding down the third spot, found himself spinning.

The 07 of Ryan Lisak took advantage of the bumping between Stalnaker, Jr. and Durbin and scooted into the fourth spot. The last lap brought excitement as Stalknaker, Jr. tried with all his might to pass Lisak coming out of turn four for the checkers, but Lisak was having none of it. Jason Gamble overpowered the field and brought home another win. He was followed by Chris Fountaine in second, Mike Stalnaker in third, Ryan Lisak in fourth, and Jeff Stalnaker, Jr. in fifth.

The Top Gun Sprints took to the track with twenty-one cars for their twenty-five lap feature. The huge crowd of fans were provided with entertainment and excitement from the get-go! The 02 machine of Gene Lasker started dead last, but he wouldn’t be there for long! The 83 of Mark Ruel, Jr. took an early lead but was soon challenged by, what seemed like, everyone behind him. The 16 of Shane Kreidler and the 14 of Ryan Partin battled for second, with Partin taking the position.

A spin on lap eight brought out the caution and bunched the very spread out cars together. In eight laps, Lasker was already in the seventh spot and fans had their eye on him. As soon as the green flew, Lasker was on the move. He soon found himself in the fourth spot by lap nine, in the third spot by lap twelve, and in second by lap fifteen. However, the 27 of Troy Knowles brought out a caution on lap fifteen which pushed Lasker back to the third spot.

Meanwhile, the 11D of Danny Jones and the 44 of Michael Miller found themselves battling for fifth. Lasker was on the move and passed Partin for the second spot on lap sixteen. A caution on lap seventeen brought the cars together again. This wasn’t good for the leader, Kreidler, because now Lasker was right behind him. Lasker took the lead on lap twenty and never looked back. His powerful machine went from last to first and brought home the win. He was followed by Shane Kreidler in second, Michael Miller in third, Ryan Partin in fourth, and Danny Jones in fifth.

The Mini Stocks finished off the night of racing. Positions were settled into quickly. The 81 of Buddy Pope took the lead, but was challenged by the 19C of Paul Combast. Combast won the battle on lap two. The 11Z of Johnny Zackery settled into third. The cars spread out on the track and positions were held. The only close calls were the leaders trying to pass lap cars later in the race. Combast brought home another win. The was followed by Buddy Pope in second, Johnny Zackery in third, the 9B of Sean Babcock in fourth, and the 40M of David Miller, Jr.

Come out and join us for the last night of racing next Friday, November 20, 2009 as the Open Wheel Modifieds return to Ocala. Joining them will be the Sportsmans, V8 Thunderstocks, Mini Stocks, Gladiators, and a Powder Puff Race!

Ocala Speedway Results for 11/13/09
Top Gun Sprints
1. # 02 Gene Lasker
2. #16 Shane Kreidler
3. #44 Michael Miller
4. #14 Ryan Partin
5. #11D Danny Johnson
6. #21A Amanda Ferguson
7. #15 Rocky Sullivan
8. #9 Tim Grubaugh
9. #27 Troy Knowles
10. #18 Jeanette Burnett
11. #83 Mark Ruel, Jr.
12. #2 Rich Pratt
13. #8 Rich Alexandor
14. #4 Brandon Grubaugh
15. #21M Darrin Miller
16. #X Rick Martin
17. #30 John Crowder
18. #6 Mike Schroeder
19. #21B Mark Beldock

Hobby Stocks
1. #12 Trevor Gamble
2. #K3 Davey Kinsey
3. #XX Mike Eubanks
4. #04 Bubba Christian
5. #83 Joe Boyd
6. #1 Adam McCafferty
7. #95 Steve Mooers
8. #15 Jason Murphrey
9. #08 William Edwards
10. #23 Glem Baum
11. #37 Tyler Sistrunk
12. #55 Heath Walker
13. #21 David Miller, Jr.
14. #89 Paul Passamonter
15. #99 Danny Miller, Jr.
DNS #59 William Stalnaker

V-8 Thunderstock
1. #17 Jason Gamble
2. #47 Chris Fountaine
3. #8 Mike Stalnaker
4. #07 Ryan Lisak
5. #9 Jeff Stalnaker, Jr.
6. #9D Justin Durbin
7. #1 Phillip Rook
8. #3W Vaughn Woodall
9. #19 Brian Shea
10. #5W Sean Babcock
11. #04 Jon Layerd
12. #118 Chris Watson
13. #81 Courtney Eubanks
14. #28 Glen Vincent
15. #65 Dan Geer
16. #3D Jesse Corbitt
17. #72 Terry Dunbar
18. #35 David Walls

Mini Stocks
1. #19C Paul Combast
2. #81 Buddy Pope
3. #11Z Johnny Zackery
4. #9B Sean Babcock
5. #40M David Miller, Jr.
6. #9 Ryan Babcock
7. #44 Greg Bonynge

Gladiators
1. #55JR Devin Walker
2. #31˝ Troy Sullivan
3. #21 Ephrain Southern
4. #70 JR Miller
5. #20 Casey Feaster
6. #82 Kyle Morse
7. #69 Chris Shea
8. #77 Matthew Kramer
9. #20P Wade Parker
10. #83 Kody Fisher
11. #96 Matt Shea
12. #13 David Miller


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TRACK FACTS:
Track Length: 3/8 mile
Surface:semi-banked, dirt
Location: Ocala
CLASSES:Late Models, Hobby Stocks, Mini Stocks, Gladiators
Fridays
at 7 PM
DIRECTIONS:
 6 miles north of Ocala on I-75 to exit 71- then east 3/4 mile on SR 326. Then north  1.2 miles on CR25-A
CONTACT:
352- 622-9400

Owner/Promoter:
Mike Peters / Angie Clifton

2004 Track Champions

2003 Track Champions:
SUPER LATE MODELS:
E.J. Wise, Ocala  (First Half Champion)
Rich Pratt, Anthony  (Second Half Champion)
MODIFIEDS:
David Baxley, Anthony (First Half Champion
John Gerstner, Tampa   (Second Half Champion)
SPORTSMAN:
1) Frank Buchanan, Belleview   (Second Half Champion)
2) Patrick Mennenga, Belleview (First Half Champion)
STREET STOCKS:
1) Tommy Roberts, Belleview (Second Half Champion)
FOUR CYLINDER STOCKS:
1) Rick Kuhn, Ocala (1st & 2nd Half Champion)
MINI STOCKS (First Half Only)Marlon Durbin, Belleview 
V-8 STOCKS (Second Half Only):Laura Fletcher, Ocala

2001 Track Champions:
SPORTSMAN TOM ROBERTS 4 CYLINDER BOMBER DARREN DUKES JUNIOR CUP CONNER BAXLEY MODIFIED JOHN 'RED' VANN PURESTOCK ORIN ALDERMAN

1999 Track Champions:
Late Model         -Herb Neumann Jr.
Open Wheel         -Scott Grossenbacher
Hobby
Stocks      -Mike Wilson Pure Stock            - Larry Bowden
4 Cylinder Bomber -
Brock Oglesby
Figure 8                 -Alan McCafferty

 
 

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