Short Track Super Series Opens ‘Sunshine Swing’ with 46 Modifieds & 36 Crate 602 Sportsman at Bubba Raceway Park

Written by Chris Moore

OCALA, FL – The Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series (STSS) Fueled By Sunoco kicked off the ‘Sunshine Swing’ at Bubba Raceway Park Tuesday night with an Open Practice session.

A total of 46 STSS Modifieds and 36 Crate 602 Sportsman filed into the pit area at the unique three-eighths-mile Ocala facility. Both division’s car counts topped last year’s edition of the Sunshine State invasion.

Thousands tuned in on Dirt Track Digest TV ( to watch a free broadcast presented by Precision Hydraulic & Oil of Wrightstown, N.J.

Matt Sheppard of Savannah, N.Y., (Modified) and fellow Empire State driver Brian Fish (Crate 602 Sportsman) won the Jake Marine Memorial ‘Mr. Consistency’ Awards, going to the driver posting the fastest average lap time in the three timed practice sessions in each division.

Sheppard and Fish are locked into the feature redraws for Wednesday night’s feature events. Sheppard averaged 15.178 seconds and Fish’s three sessions averaged 16.432 seconds.

Bobby Flood of Montgomery, N.Y., joined Sheppard as the Hazer’s World-sponsored $250 bonus winner for the fastest single-lap time of the night in each division. Sheppard set the quick time for the night in his first session at 14.566 seconds for the Modifieds. Flood’s quick time for the Crate 602 Sportsman went in session No. 2 with a time of 16.005 seconds.

Attention turns to the first night of racing on Wednesday, Jan. 27 with the STSS Modifieds racing 30 laps for a $4,000 top prize and Crate 602 Sportsman battling 25 laps with $1,700 up for grabs. This event is scheduled to be the 100th Modified race in Short Track Super Series history. Florida residents with ID will receive FREE grandstand admission on Wednesday during ‘Locals Night’ at the track!

Complete pricing and times for the week can be found at the following link:

Bubba Raceway Park is a three-eighths-mile facility with a history of racing dating back to 1952 as both a pavement and dirt track. The speedway was converted back to a clay surface in 2008 and an overhaul was completed to include MUSCO lighting, a new sound system, modern restrooms, and a reworked pit area.

The speedway was resurfaced with 75 loads of clay in preparation for the upcoming Speedweek events.

Bubba Raceway Park is located at 9050 N.W. Gainesville Road Ocala, FL 34482. Contact the track by phone at 352.622.9400 or visit the official website at “Like” Bubba Raceway Park on Facebook.

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The Short Track Super Series is presented by American Racer/Lias Tire, Sunoco Race Fuel, Insinger Performance, Bob Hilbert Sportswear, Hurlock Auto & Speed, Velocita-USA, Design for Vision/Sunglass Central, Behrent’s Performance Warehouse, Beyea Custom Headers, Bicknell Racing Products, Dirt Track Digest, EIBACH Springs, Fast Axle, Fox Racing Shocks, Henry’s Exhaust, Hig Fab, HyperCo, Kirkey Racing Fabrication, K&N, Precision Hydraulic & Oil, Belmont’s Garage, QA1, Racing Optics, Superior Remodeling, Teo-Pro Car, VAHLCO, Velocita, WELD Racing & Wilwood.