Bronson Bags 12th Modified Trophy
OCALA, Fla. – As October begins to close the season does as well at Bubba Raceway Park.
The Scorpion Racing Products UMP DirtCar Modifieds, Buddy’s Home Furnishings Limited Late Models, Hobby Stocks, 1-800-ASK GARY Thunder Stocks and Barfield Law Group Mini Stocks took to the third-mile dirt oval and put on some of the best shows of 2012.
First up were the Hobby Stocks who saw championship contender Trevor Gamble shoot from pole to the early lead. On lap 11 caution would fly for the first time when Don Woosley grabbed too much of the berm and spun his No. 81 in turn two right in front of the leader.
Just one caution slowed the feature event that Trevor Gamble seemed to win with ease and it helped him extend his points lead.
Rodney Wright was second all night but he lost points in a critical race. Hunter Gustafson took a career night to the end and finished third with Mike Stalnaker and Joe Boyd the end of a solid top five.
Buddy’s Home Furnishings Limited Late Models would go out next but on lap one J.O. Nobles triggered a multi-car crash including Tyler Clem, Steve Shead, and the McGillivray boys. Christian McGillivray would be the only retirement.
David Showers would take the early lead from his pole position but would lose it on a lap four restart as Forrest Gough shot to the lead. Gough would hit the wall with six to go as he tried to pass lapped traffic. Gough would retire and Showers would have his lead back.
On the last chance restart Caleb McGillivray spun from second while Ricky Land’s kamikaze didn’t stick and the caution flew to end the race.
The order from the last scored lap was the finishing order, minus McGillivray and Land. That meant David Showers, Paul Shead, Shane Koperda, J.O. Nobles, and David Ponton would finish as the top five – big points for “Big Chief!”
Scorpion Racing Products Modifieds were the middle event of the night and Kent Corbin became the third oldest driver to lead a lap in 2012 as he led until lap seven when Kyle Bronson finally got around “Cartoon Kent.”
With just 3 to go the first caution would fly when Kent Corbin stopped in turn four ending a stellar night for driver No. 7. Kyle Bronson would have to hold “4-Time” Jeff Mathews off – pressure? No.
“The Killer” took No. 12 of 2012 while Mathews had to settle for second. Rich Pratt finished third with Dalton Lanich besting his teammate Garret Stewart.
The 1-800-ASK GARY Thunder Stocks had a race with everything but up front it was Shane Nichols. On lap five Joey Durbin spun out of turn four and kept going but caution flew as he spun in front of the field.
With six to go Brian Mullins made a daring pass on Nichols that stuck for all of three seconds as the lapped traffic of Tommy Gamble made Mullins take an evasive action and eventually spin because of it.
Nichols would hold on to take his seventh win of 2012 while Brandon Elwood made it up to second. Mullins would fall to third over fellow Camaro-style-body drivers Bubba Durbin and James Erickson.
The Barfield Law Group Mini Stocks had a tough race but Buddy Pope took the field to the house as he took win number seven of 2012 as he chases that championship.
Reid Christensen finished a career-tying-best second while he tries to win a championship as well. Dean Kinsey finished third but it was all about Buddy “Fluffy” Pope as he chases his championship.