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Riegelsville , Pennslyvania "hot shoe " James morris #75 laid claim to victory lane at Bubba Raceway Park's "Winternationals" for the Florida Mini Sprint Association Saturday night [2-15-14]
The action was wild as at least three racers got into crashes receiving heavy damage.
Kyle Lick finished second followed by Jim Young , David Hall and rounding out the top five was Brett micholski.
Johnstown , Pa.'s Jim Young #8Y kept all the money in the "Keystone State" as he brought home the checkers on both Friday and Sunday night at Bubba raceway park's "Winternationals" for the Florida Mini Sprint Association.
On Friday night [2-14-14] he bested a strong field with
Ocala , Florida's Robbie "The Rocket" Smith #77 finishing second followed by Kyle lick in third , James Morris in fourth and Shawn Murray rounding out the top five.
On sunday Jim came across the "checkers" first making for a complete Pennslyvania win sweep before heading to Eastbay raceway park [2-19-14]
A new tradition is happening in the mini sprint world as the "young Guns" are younger than ever and 11 year old Danny Sams Jr. #24 is ready to get going for 2014 .
13 year old Austin Rice #8R is also ready to get the show on the road and both are going to pick and choose their racing and look forward to learning the setups of the "Ultra bullets" but they are no strangers to racing.
Austin , Danny , Nicholas Snyder and Tyler clem all raced together on the TQ midget circuit and raced at the big show in Indianapolis during speedweeks weekend on the famous TQ track for USAC Tq's .
There are more "Young Gun's" entered this year and we will keep you updated on all of them this season.
Pennsylvania's Alex Bright more noted for his ability in a midget racer left Pa. with mini sprint owner Rich glosser at just after midnight Saturday morning and pulled into Bubba Raceway park's pit area just in time for "Hot Laps" on Saturday night.
Alex easily won his heat and looked as though he was on his way to a win when a spin in turn four realigned him in the back of the field where he charged through the field to get up to 6th place at the finish within a few laps..
It had been about a year and a half since "The Tampa Terror" Carlie Yent had showcased her superb driving talents in the local mini sprints wars .
In that time she had some tests and tunes in a 360 sprinter and racing a ford focus session preparing for her upgrade to maybe someday racing the big sprint cars or heading towards a run in another division. she went back to some TQ racing last summer with great success.
She and her dad Charlie made their return to Bubba Raceway Park on valentines night [2-14-14] in the Florida Mini Sprints Association with a Stallard Chassis that had been upgraded. Upgraded for speed I might add as Charlie told me she was turning some of the fastest laps just before it happened.
Tangling with another car Carlie careened into the fourth turn wall totaling her new racer and forcing the Yent racing team to go back to the chalkboard and start over.
Charlie Yent is proud of what Carlie has achieved as well as his other daughter who is in college but very athletic with deep involvement in college sports.
But his involvement in mini sprint racing has helped the sport progress to where it is today.
He always has the time to sit and talk about Carlie's racing or any racing and is a great proponent in "Building a better car".
" We've never brought a brand new mini sprint." said Charlie "We would rather find a like a 06' chassis and re-build it to our specs." "Adding different stuff that we have tried before or finding or trying something new."
"The weight of these cars is actually believe it or not one of the things that keep the safety factor there." exclaimed Charlie "If Carlie had hit the wall like she did with a 500 pound heavier car the outcome might have been different."
"The biggest concern I have is how it crushed in the left side and broke her seat from the upper frame being pushed over right near her head." "But it held up remarkably well and I feel confident of her safety in these racers the way we put them together."
The next night proved to be worse as "Young Gun" Connor Borah and John Moss tangled pretty close to the same spot as carlie and both cars rode the catch fence after careening into the wall with Connor's car finished and john Moss done for the rest of "Winter Nationals" month. Getting prepped now for the start of the 2014 regular season. [More on their website pages on this site.}
Overall the construction of these mini sprints has been proven again and again to help prevent serious injury and they are among the safest racers in the southeast.
Although these racers are best on small tracks the biggest concerns are the speeds they are reaching on the bigger half milers and how far the limits of safety can be stretched as they get faster.
Rick "Tatoo" Brayton is new to the mini sprint world here in Florida starting at the end of the 2013 season after a successful stint in the Sunshine Micro sprint series.
He's been a tattoo artist for 31 years now and his business in Ocala , Florida called Monkey Business tattoo is doing well and right now he has found a new hobby.
racing mini sprints and becoming a mini sprint "broker" of sorts.
"There's a ton of used mini sprints across the country for sale. " " I pick them up get them upgraded and resale them. Of course if I get a chance I try them out myself until they sell but right now I don't have them long." " Sold four since I started this and have four more I'm working on or going to go get some more soon."
"I feel like I'm helping the mini sprint racing by bringing in new racers just getting started." " this one here is a old Grant King chassis and for $4500.00 someone can get started racing."
"I've had the tattoo shop in Ocala for about five years myself and my wife and another guy Cody all tattoo and I've been doing it in Florida for 22 years." exclaimed Rick
"Before that I lived in Connecticut and moved downHere in 1989 before going into the service."
Rick's been racing for awhile living in the northeast he did his racing at Riverside park , Stafford Springs and Thompson Speedway in sportsman , Street Stocks and SK mods. Then moving down here he picked it right up again at New Smyrna Speedway and Volusia.
"I raced dwarf cars and mod lites there and when that class started dropping off I found a micro sprint then switched to mini sprints at the end of last year and here I am." said Rick
"Rules don't matter it's when you have a dog in the show and you set the rules to comply with your own car."
"A good impartial sanctioning body with non-players running the show is what is needed to make mini sprint racing explode.
"The racers are out there it's just a matter of time."
"You can't build a class with 20,000 dollar racers." "You need to build a class with 4 to 6 thousand dollar racers."
"Get rid of the 2012 and 2013 engines and run with older ones." "That will get more interested in a racing series." exclaimed Rick.