'Bubba' Broderick Mixes Driving and Spectating Races Sprint Car at Black Rock, Spectates Nationwide Race at 'The Glen' BROOKFIELD, CONN. -- Jimmy 'Bubba' Broderick, young second-generation sprint car driver, turned the clock back a bit over the...
'Bubba' Broderick Mixes Driving and Spectating
Races Sprint Car at Black Rock, Spectates Nationwide Race at 'The Glen'
BROOKFIELD, CONN. -- Jimmy 'Bubba' Broderick, young second-generation sprint car driver, turned the clock back a bit over the weekend, taking his American Sprint Car Series Patriot Region sprinter to a track he raced in a Mini Sprint car earlier in his career.
"I went out for practice and it was nothing like the Mini Sprints," laughed 'Bubba.' "With 200 hp vs. 700 hp, it doesn't drive the same and that's a lot to try to learn in three laps. I've got to learn how to be a really good qualifier in about three hot laps."
He finished seventh in the first heat with his No. 5 Brownie's Towing/Arbitell/Buzz Chew Automotive Maxim chassis and had to race into the feature through the B-Main. He started and finished third in the B, earning a starting spot in the feature. "On the last lap [of the B] I closed up to the bumper of the second place car -- I started to get my rhythm," he added.
In the A-Main, he "just let it spread out" for the first few laps, watching the top five racers running around the top of the track and following their lead in the high line. By the end of the race, he was running virtually the same lap times as the top three cars, moving his way through traffic and earning the Hard Charger Award by moving from twentieth at the start to eleventh at the finish. "I believe that in two more laps, I could have passed for eighth or ninth," said Broderick. "Our results don't look as good as I wanted them to, but if you consider the progress we're making, it's pretty good."
After Friday night's ASCS race, he drove to Watkins Glen, where he joined friends in camping and watching the NASCAR Nationwide Series race on the historic Finger Lakes road course. Bubba admits that he prefers oval races to road races, but that there is a certain attraction to turning both ways. His next race on the calendar is slated for Humberstone Speedway, in Port Colborne, Ontario on August 24, making for an unusual hole in his schedule. "I won't know what to do with myself," he laughed. "I'm too used to going to a race track every weekend."
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