Robbie Smith collects USCS FMSA 600s $1000 at Bubba Raceway Park
Ocala, Fla. – October 17, 2015 - After finishing second during Friday’s Florida State Championship preliminary main event at Bubba Raceway Park, Ocala, Fla. young gun Robbie Smith made sure there was no doubt who the fastest mini-sprint was in town on finale night.
Smith, who started the A-main from 14th, wrestled the top spot away from Shreve, Ohio hot-shoe Trevor Baker on a lap 17 restart and drove into the Florida night, gapping the field by a near-straightaway over the final eight laps en route to his first-career www.rockauto.com USCS 600 Sprint Series win Saturday night in the Todd’s Tomatoes and Produce Farms 25 at the three-eighths mile clay oval.
While Baker was afforded one final shot to get back around the Camper’s Paradise No. 77 with seven laps remaining after a red flag for Tommy Thompson’s flip in turn three, there was no stopping 16-year-old Smith from taking the $1,000 winner’s share of the purse.
“I didn’t know if I could catch [Trevor] or not [if the caution hadn’t come out], but I just tried to not lose hope and not make mistakes. His car was handling bad at the end – I knew we were faster – but he had such a lead that I just didn’t think there would be enough time.”
“Thank God for the caution. That’s what saved us. My dad had this car hooked up tonight, and to come from 14th to win it is incredible. What a great track. We had two lanes, you could go to the bottom or the top top make passes, and it was great racing all the way around. I’m so blessed to be able to take a trophy home here tonight.”
A late-race pass by 13-year-old Danny Sams III netted the Georgetown, Ky. young gun the runner-up position at the checkered flag, while Baker tied his USCS career-best finish of third after leading laps five through 17 of the main event.
Baker said that the second yellow of the night – for a crash by Michael Barton on the backstretch – was the moment that sealed his fate at the front of the field; a handling issue giving him fits on the short runs at the end.
“At the end the car just wasn’t tight enough,” Baker lamented. “I thought I had it going there, and was just too loose there at the end when the track slicked off. We made her go there, the best we could, but man – I thought we had it tonight.”
15-year-old 2013 USCS 600 Rookie of the Year, Brandon Taylor from Cumming, Georgia came home fourth ahead of K&N Filters polesitter John Craddock, who rounded out the top five in his Orlando, Fla.-based No. 71 machine.
Two-time Florida Mini Sprint Association champion Eddie Moss Jr. led the next group of drivers with his sixth-place effort, and 12-year-old Connor Morrell, from Bradenton, Fla., followed Moss home in seventh. Series points leader Remeno Loyal crossed the line eighth to move one step closer to the 2015 championship and Dirk Miller finished ninth after a crash during the “Dash for Cash” event early in the night. Paige Moss, from Deland, Fla., was the highest-finishing female racer in the field and was the last car inside the top 10 at the conclusion of the night.
Smith kicked off the night by grabbing the win in the Hoosier Tire Speed Dash, worth $100 courtesy of Todd’s Tomatoes and Produce Farms. The six-lap event was stalled briefly for a hard crash by Austin Craddock that saw the No. 71A get airborne as the top wing broke apart. The younger Craddock was uninjured in the crash and spent the remainder of the night turning wrenches on his father John’s car.
Eddie Moss Jr. took the win in the Engler Machine and Tool First Heat. Miller notched the win in thewww.rockauto.com Second Heat, and John Craddock claimed the checkers in the Schoenfeld Headers Third Heat.
Moss Jr. was the provisional polesitter after scoring the most passing points in heat race action, but when a six was rolled on the K&N Inversion Die, the elder Craddock grabbed the K&N Filters Pole Position. On his way to victory, Smith passed the most cars in the main event (13) to garner the Wilwood Disc Brakes Hard Charger Award.
The www.rockauto.com USCS 600 Sprint Car Series season continues on Friday, Oct. 30 at the Carolina Speedway in Gastonia, N.C.
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RESULTS: www.rockauto.com USCS 600 Sprint Car Series @ Bubba Raceway Park; Oct. 17, 2015
Todd's Tomatoes Dash pres. by Hoosier: Robbie Smith, John Moss, David Hall, Dirk Miller, Austin Craddock, Gavin Thomas (DNS).
Engler Machine and Tool First Heat: Eddie Moss Jr., Paige Moss, David Hall, Tommy Thompson, John Crowder, Tyler Diel, John Moss.
www.rockauto.com Second Heat: Dirk Miller, Brandon Taylor, Trevor Baker, Rae Lynn Moss, Connor Morrell, Michael Barton, Gavin Thomas (DNS).
Schoenfeld Headers Third Heat: John Craddock, Danny Sams III, Remeno Loyal, Don Quinn, Robbie Smith, Matt Carr, Austin Craddock (DNS).
www.rockauto.com USCS 600 Sprint A-Main 25 laps:
1. #77 – Robbie Smith, Ocala, FL
2. #24X – Danny Sams III, Georgetown, KY
3. #13 – Trevor Baker, Shreve, OH
4. #07 – Brandon Taylor, Cumming, GA
5. #71 – John Craddock, Orlando, FL
6. #8 – Eddie Moss Jr., Deland, FL
7. #28 – Connor Morrell, Bradenton, FL
8. #2X – Remeno Loyal, Snellville, GA
9. #68 – Dirk Miller, Sanford, FL
10. #04 – Paige Moss, Deland, FL
11. #67 – David Hall, Cassellberry, FL
12. #9D – Tyler Diel, Ocala, FL
13. #21B – Michael Barton, Castalian Springs, TN
14. #88 – Don Quinn, Tampa, FL
15. #10B – Tommy Thompson, Ten Mile, TN
16. #8M – Matt Carr, Fayetteville, NC
17. #23 – Rae Lynn Moss, Deland, FL
18. #30 – John Crowder, Summerfield, FL (DNS)
19. #44M – John Moss, Deleion Springs, FL (DNS)
20. #66 – Gavin Thomas, Jacksonville, FL (DNS)
21. #71A – Austin Craddock, Orlando, FL (DNS)
USCS 600 Sprint Race Awards:
Todd’s Tomatoes Dash for Cash pres. by Hoosier: #77 – Robbie Smith
Engler Machine and Tool First Heat: #8 – Eddie Moss Jr.
www.rockauto.com Second Heat: #68 – Dirk Miller
Schoenfeld Headers Third Heat: #71 – John Craddock
K&N Filters Pole Award: #71 – John Craddock
Bell Helmets Focus Award: #24X – Danny Sams III
K&N Filters Podium (3rd place) Award: #13 – Trevor Baker
Brown and Miller Racing Solutions Fourth Place Award: #07 – Brandon Taylor
Wilwood Disc Brakes Hard Charger Award: #77 – Robbie Smith
Keizer Aluminum Wheels Top Five Award: #71 – John Craddock
Saldana Racing Products Super Sixth Award: #8 – Eddie Moss Jr.
DMI/Bulldog Rear Ends Top Ten Award: #04 – Paige Moss
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