Although Bubba Shobert has already wrapped up the 1986 Camel Pro championship, clinching his second straight championship Sept. 7 at Syracuse, there is still one feat that has eluded the 24-year-old Carmel Valley, Calif., rider--winning on Ascot Park's fast half mile.
Shobert will get another shot at it Saturday night when the Gardena track holds its 28th national program. With a $30,000 purse up for grabs, Shobert will shooting for the top prize of $5,095.
Shobert came close last year in the 20-lap race, finishing second to winner Ronnie Jones. Both are Honda riders.
Until this season, a second in a half-mile national would have been an oustanding performance for Shobert, who had been regarded as a specialist on the one-mile ovals.
Shobert holds the most lifetime wins on the mile tracks with 18, two more that Ricky Graham of Seaside, Calif., but lately Shobert has become a force on the smaller tracks, too.