By Brad Vores
The dirt, or mud, is finally flying on the All-Star Circuit of Champions 410 Sprint car tour in Ocala, Fla.
After three straight nights of rainouts with this series combined with five other nights of rainouts prior to the 410 Sprints arriving, Bubba Raceway Park finally was able to get a show in on Sunday night.
Obviously track conditions weren’t ideal with the amount of rain, and numerous teams decided not to race in the opening night show, but when the mud finally settled, Dave Blaney won the first 410 Sprint car race of the season. Blaney started on the pole and led all the way to score the ASCoC win.
Tim Shaffer finished second over Steve Buckwalter, Kerry Madsen and Dale Blaney. Greg Hodnett started 14th and finished ninth, while Danny Dietrich was 12th, Logan Schuchart 20th and Jacob Allen 21st.
Bubba was scheduled to race Monday night then the teams will head to Volusia Speedway Park for All-Star racing Wednesday and Thursday, followed by three nights of World of Outlaws racing this weekend.
Of course, the Central PA season is supposed to see its first green flag next week at Lincoln Speedway and I’d say it’s a pretty safe bet to say we won’t be seeing any racing in the near future in Central PA. Long-range forecasts continue to show cold weather and with the six inches of hard-packed snow on the ground, a bigtime warm-up will be needed before we see anything racing locally.