Three-time Kalamazoo Speedway Outlaw Super Late Model track champion and former Intimidator 100 winner Mike “Bubba” Brooks is taking son Bubbie to Anderson for the CRA Junior Late Model race at the 1/4-mile oval. With how the day’s schedule is laid out, the elder Brooks will get behind the wheel of the same car his son will pilot to make his JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour debut.
“I’ve got a JEGS car sitting there but I had an unfortunate incident at Springport earlier in the year. This race was already kind of on our schedule to begin with,” Brooks told Speed51. “We’re mainly going to Anderson because my son is running the Junior CRA race. We decided why not, he’s running the Junior race earlier in the day and switch everything over and run the JEGS race at night.”
Brooks detailed how the process will go with changing the car between the CRA Junior Late Model and the Pro Late Model to compete with the JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour. Junior Late Model heat races are expected to begin at 1:15, with the first JEGS Tour practice scheduled for 2:15. The Junior Late Model feature is slated for 3:30, with Pro Late Model qualifying at 5:30.
My son just turned 14 not too long ago and he’s just a little bit taller than me so we use the same seat and we fit in the car the same. They’ll practice in the morning and then it’s JEGS practice, so I’ve got to change shocks, change carburetor, change gear. We’ll practice for a little bit and switch it all back over for him to race, and then switch it over again for the JEGS race.
Brooks was a long-time regular at Kalamazoo Speedway, making the jump to Outlaw Super Late Models in 2012. He won three straight track championships from 2013-2015 while also adding an Intimidator 100 win in 2014.
In recent years, he has spent his time in Modifieds and Street Stocks, while also helping his son make the move to full-sized cars. With the experience he has garnered across multiple divisions, he feels it will take no time to get acclimated to the Pro Late Model.
“The JEGS car I have, I raced it as a template Sportsman earlier this year and the second race at Springport when I raced with my kid, it wasn’t much different. Everything pretty much drives the same to me. Street Stocks are really fun, until people get in one and drive them I don’t think people will realize just how much fun they are. At the end of the day we’re in racing to have fun.”
His main focus on Saturday will be on Bubbie’s race with the Junior Late Models and getting him more seat time. As for his own race with the JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour, his goal is just to finish the race.
“My kid got to start at Anderson last year with the Junior CRA deal and that was pretty much all he raced last year. This year after Kil-Kare rained out, I’ve had him somewhere each week racing, whether it be Kalamazoo, Spartan, Springport, just turning laps on a weekly basis. The main goal is taking him and making sure that’s our top priority.”
Saturday’s JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour race at Anderson will be broadcasted live on Speed51.TV. Click here to watch live.
-Story by: Koty Geyer, Speed51 National Correspondent – Twitter: @kgeyer3
-Photo credit: Bubbie Brooks / Facebook