Bronson Controls BRP Late Model Battle
OCALA, Fla. – The stars of the NeSmith Crate Late Models, Bubba Army Hobby Stocks, 1-800-ASK GARY Thunder Stocks, Rent-N-Roll Gladiators and Limited Late Models all attacked Bubba Raceway Park hoping for that shining moment in Coors Light Winner’s Circle.
Action opened up with the Limited Late Models, and Dale Pope took the early lead from outside pole. On lap seven, Pope and Tyler Clem saw trouble hit as Clem spun trying to grab the lead, and Pope had a tire go down soon after. Nevin Gainey would inherit the lead, but Forrest Gough stole that lead away on the restart.
Clem fought his way up through the pack, and he found himself behind Gough until lap thirteen as that’s when the young driver made his move. Clem walked away to win his first career race at just ten years old, and neither him nor his father would stop smiling in Twenty-one Means Twenty-one Victory Lane.
The Tony Stewart Racing Developmental Driver was quite excited to give his dad a father’s day gift, one that neither will ever forget. Gough again found himself the runner-up with Gainey, 2012 champion J.O. Nobles, and Dale Pope the top five.
The Hobby Stocks were not to be outdone, so they started with Scotty Kay Jr. on pole. Kay had just driven up from Tampa after the water put a damper on their card, and he held his lead through the lap seven caution for James Erickson. After getting Erickson off course, the drivers kept their cool and put on an impressive show for every position.
Trevor Gamble brought out new equipment and put it right in Coors Light Winner’s Circle after making the winning pass on the restart. The win ties him with Tim Powers for most in the Modern Era of the track (2008-Present).