Bubba Raceway Park
Tuesday, July 3, 2012
Bubba Raceway Park is the New Florida Home for the NeSmith Chevrolet DLMS
by Roby Helm
CARTERSVILLE, Ga. -- Bubba Raceway Park in Ocala, FL is the new home in the Sunshine State for the NeSmith Chevrolet Dirt Late Model Series and the NeSmith Chevrolet Weekly Racing Series. Bubba Raceway Park will host the $10,000-to-win 100-lap 8th Annual NeSmith Chevrolet World Championship Race on Novermber30-December 1.
In addition to presenting the 2012 season finale for the NeSmith Chevrolet Dirt Late Model Series Touring Division, Bubba Raceway Park will also open the 2013 season with the first five races during Florida Speedweeks. The first four races will be 40-lap $2,000-to-win events on January 29 through February 1, 2013 and the fifth race will be a 50-lap $3,000-to-win event on February 2, 2013.
Bubba Raceway Park will also be a part of the 2013 NeSmith Chevrolet Weekly Racing Series and drivers in the Bubba Raceway Park NeSmith Chevrolet Weekly Racing Series Late Model Division will compete against drivers at other sanctioned tracks throughout the Southeast through a points system during a 27-week season using their top 14 weekly point totals.
The NeSmith Chevrolet Weekly Racing Series has a $20,000 point fund that pays $10,000 to the Champion and pays back through the Top 10 in the point standings. Bubba Raceway Park competitors will also compete for a track point fund.
Bubba Raceway Park is owned and promoted by nationally syndicated radio personality Bubba The Love Sponge Clem, who has embraced the concept and the growing popularity of the economical Chevrolet Performance sealed engine for the weekly Late Models at his track.
“We couldn’t be more excited about our new partnership with the NeSmith Dirt Late Model Series” said track owner Bubba the Love Sponge Clem ®. “This partnership is a win for the racers, the fans, the NeSmith Chevrolet Performance Powered Series and Bubba Raceway Park in Ocala Florida. NeSmith has built a great reputation as the premier dirt late model crate motor powered series in America and we are honored to now be part of it.”
The NeSmith Chevrolet World Championship Race has become the premier event for the NeSmith Chevrolet Dirt Late Model Series Touring Division since its inception in 2005, and has drawn some of the top dirt late model drivers in the country to compete for the $10,000 top prize. Past winners have included Jimmy Owens, Randy Korte, Shanon Buckingham, Tim McCreadie, Doug Horton, and Jonathan Davenport.
The race has been held in the past at East Bay Raceway Park in Tampa, FL where it gained popularity and stature, but when series and the East Bay Raceway Park ownership could not reach an agreement regarding the 2012 World Championship Race, Bubba The Love Sponge Clem reached out to the series to give it a new home in Florida and keep the World Championship Race alive around the Performance Racing Industry Show in Orlando, FL.
“The NeSmith Chevrolet Dirt Late Model Series is looking forward to working with Bubba The Love Sponge Clem and his staff at Bubba Raceway Park for the World Championship Race on November 30 and December 1, and in the future for the 2013 season,” NeSmith Chevrolet Dirt Late Model Series Founder and Director Mike Vaughn said. “When it became clear that the future growth of the World Championship Race at East Bay was not obtainable, we were fortunate to have Bubba Raceway Park share our vision for both the race and the series as a whole.”
Vaughn is also pleased that his seven-year quest to bring the NeSmith Chevrolet Weekly Racing Series to Central Florida has finally been fulfilled by Bubba Raceway Park.
“After seven years of trying to bring the NeSmith Chevrolet Weekly Racing Series to Central Florida, we’re happy to have finally found a home at Bubba Raceway Park for drivers in the area,” Vaughn said. “Just about every Central Florida driver that has bought a membership over the past seven years has expressed an interest in competing for the NeSmith Chevrolet Weekly Racing Series Championship, and now thanks to Bubba Raceway Park, these drivers will finally have their opportunity to compete weekly on a national stage and receive the publicity and notoriety they deserve.”
Bubba Raceway Park is located at 9050 N.W. Gainesville Road, Ocala, FL 34482. For more information call 352-622-9400, or visit the track web site at www.bubbaracewaypark.com. You can also follow the track on Facebook at Bubba Raceway Park and on Twitter @BubbaRaceway.
For more information about the NeSmith Chevrolet Dirt Late Model Series visit the series web site at www.nesmithracing.com, or visit the series on Facebook at NeSmith Racing. Becoming a fan of the NeSmith Racing Facebook page will make you eligible for special prizes that will be given away each month. You can follow us on Twitter @NeSmithRacing.
NeSmith Chevrolet, Buick, GMC of Claxton, GA is the Title Sponsor of the NeSmith Chevrolet Dirt Late Model Series. NeSmith Chevrolet, Buick, GMC is the nation’s number one GM Powertrain Dealer four years running, with free delivery anywhere in the Southeast. Chevrolet Performance Parts is an Official Sponsor of the NeSmith Chevrolet Dirt Late Model Series. Hoosier Racing Tire is the Official Tire Sponsor of the NeSmith Chevrolet Dirt Late Model Series. VP Racing Fuel is the Official Racing Fuel of the NeSmith Chevrolet Dirt Late Model Series. Hedman Hedders is the Official Hedder of the NeSmith Chevrolet Dirt Late Model Series and the Hedman Husler Award sponsor. Bilstein Shocks is the Official Spec Shock of the NeSmith Chevrolet Dirt Late Model Series. RockAuto.com is an Official Sponsor of the NeSmith Chevrolet Dirt Late Model Series. NeSmith Chevrolet Dirt Late Model Series Contingency Sponsors for 2012 are Dominator Race Products, Race Car Engineering, KRC, QA 1 Precision Products, Modern Images, Mike Custom Tanks, Shorty’s Shock Service, Schoenfeld Headers, Integra Racing Shocks, J.T. Kerr Racing Equipment, Kinser Air Filters, Trak-Star Race Cars, Warrior Race Cars, Rocket Chassis, GRT Race Cars, TNT Race Cars, and Stinger Race Cars.