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Bubby "Ol' Bub" Jones


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Bubby having a drink


Bubby with another libation


'Ol Bub


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Bubby was the 2000 Wagsdash Grand Marshal


Bubby autographing an auction helmet


Bubby working hard


Bubby at Perris


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Bubby caught having a bite


Bubby in "the hat" he was famous for


Bubby suiting up


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Bubby relaxing


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Bubby with sage words


Bubby relaxing


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Bubby at Pocono in 1978


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Bubby in "that" hat


Bubby signing a wing? He ran one occasionally


Bubby in Manzy pits


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Bubby relaxing


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Bubby with Chuck Amati


Bubby and Rick Ferkel


Bubby with brotherin-law Ripper


Bubby and Sammy Swindell


Bubby with Jan Opperman


Bubby and jan


Bubby with Jan in the pits


Bubby getting hugged by Jan


Bubby with another driver who I am told is Dean Shirley


Bubby, right, with another driver


Bubby with brother in law Rip Williams


Bubby and Wags


Bubby with Rickie Gaunt


Bubby with Wags at Knoxville Nationals


Bubby with Ripper


Bubby


Bubby and Lealand McSpadden


Bubby with Mrs Wags


Bubby with Mrs Wags


Bubby and Wags


Bubby with Jimmy Oskie


Bubby with the Modern Day Cowboy


Bubby with Bruce Bromme Jr


Bubby with ????


Bubby With Wags


Bubby's hanging with Duke Cook at the Chili Bowl


Bubby with Rich Chesavage


Bubby with Biggie Steve Watt


Bubby and Jan Opperman


Bubby with his son Davey when he first drove a sprint car


Bubby with Mrs Wags


Bubby and Stan Atherton


Bubby with Stan Atherton and signing a helmet


Bubby with Keith Kunz


Bubby with Bruce Bromme Jr


Bubby and Bruce


Bubby driving the Bromme car


Bubby and Larry Henry in the early days


Bubby with Ripper


Bubby shaking hands


Bubby with brother in law Rip Williams


Bubby and Ray Sheetz


Bubby and Jac Haudenschild


Bubby hangin' in the pits


Bubby with Donnie Ray Everett


Bubby with Kathy


Bubby with Buster Venard


Bubby and Jan Opperman


Bubby and Walter Goodwin


Bubby with Jay Drake and Levi Jones


Bubby with Deano and Wags


Bubby with Dean Thompson and Wags


Bubby with Gale Forester


Bubby with Ray Sheet


Bubby with Bruce Bromme Sr


Bubby with Darleen Dils and Mrs Wags


Bubby with brither-in-law Rip Williams and Wally Pankratz


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Bubby with Bob Trostle and Jack Hewitt


Bubby, Steve Chassis and Jan Opperman


Bubby with Tom Downing and Mike English


Bubby with Ripper and Jack Jory


Bubby with Gary Howard and Eddie Wirth


Bubby with Dean Thompson


Bubby with fans


Bubby with Dave Argabright and Bill Hill


Bubby Jones in the pits at Ascot


Bubby with Jan Opperman and Roger Rager


Bubby a long time ago


Bubby with son Davey


Bubby with Davey and a nice photographer


Bubby with Tony and Ripper


Bubbby with Davey and Steve Lafond


Bubby with son Davey and Paul Newman


Bubby and son Davey working on Tony Stewart team car


Bubby with son Tony


Bubby and Tony


Bubby with sons Tony and Davey


Bubby with son Tony


Bubby and his family


Bubby with more family including Tony's son Kyle


Bubby and Davey


Bubby and Tony


Bubby and Tony


Davey's wife Michelle and son


Bubby with his son Tony


Bubby and his wife Patti at Knoxville Nationals walking behind the grandstands


Bubby with Tony Jones and Larry Henry


Tony and Bubby


Tony and Bubby


Tony and Bubby


Bubby with Jina


Emily with Rhonda Mercer


Tony and Bubby checking it out at the Wagsdash


Tony and Bubby


Tony and Bubby


Tony with Bubby and Davey


Bubby's daughter Emmy


Emmy with Blake Miller


Emmy with my Dog Dubya


Emmy with Mallory Gardner and my dogs Dubya and Dusty. Dusty was probably 6 weeks old


Emmy at Santa Maria. I think that is Nick Argo with the hat on


Bubby getting attacked by his wife Patti


Bubby with Grady and Kyle


Bubby with Tony and Larry Henry


Bubby with Tony and Davey


Ashley, Emily and Dalton Jones


Bubby with Emily, Jessica and Ashley


Emily with Ashley and Patti


Bubby and his 1st daughter Jina


Bubby with Jan Opperman, Rick Ferkel and Ron $human


Bubby with the Gas Chem crew


Bubby on September 17, 1978


Bubby wins in the Gas Chem car


Bubby with the Gas Chem crew


Bubby in the pits


Bubby with the Kazarians and Wags


Bubby with Billy Wilkerson, Parnelli Jones and Don Kazarian


Bubby with The Wags


Bubby getting chili from Kim Lafond


Bubby with Ray Sheetz and Ripper at Ascot


Bubby autographing for the fans


Bubby with levi Jones and son Davey


Bubby with Gary Patterson and Jan Opperman


Bubby with Steve Chassey, Pauncho Carter, Lee Kunzman ad Bill Vukovich


Bubby and Larry Henry with some other old timers


Bubby with Janet and Lealand McSpadden


Bubby with son Tony and a big crowd


Bubby and Jan Opperman at Springfield Mile 1975


Bubby with R Miller, Bob Grim, Parnelli Jones, Steve Stapp, Lee Kunzman and Merle Bettenhausen.


Bubby with the trophy girl at Terre Haute


Bubby holding the Terre Haute trophy after winning


Bubby


Bubby with Davey and Tony and car owner Gene


Bubby with Sokola


Bubby getting some love


Bubby with Dean Thompson and Jeff Haywood


Bubby with famous Ascot trophy girl Lesley Bremer


Bubby with the Gas Chem crew


Bubby interviewed at Ascot


Bubby with Deano


Bubby getting a platter


Bubby getting his championship trophy


Bubby with son Tony and car owner Gene Cowherd


Bubby and a hot trophy girl


Bubby and a trophy girl


Bubby with a baby, a trophy and another win


Bubby with Patti and another win


Bubby, Tony, Eric Kaufman and a trophy girl


Bubby with a trophy girl, a trophy and another win


Bubby interviewed by Chris Holt


Bubby gets a trophy from June Cochran Playboy model in 1979


Bubby on the podium with Deano


Bubby celebrating with the crowd after a win


Bubby interviewed


Bubby Getting another trophy after a big win


Bubby at a banquet with a big trophy on his table


Bubby and Opperman on the podium


Bubby and another trophy


Bubby getting another trophy


Bubby with a trophy girl


Bubby in victory circle


Bubby driving this blue car


Bubby at Ascot


Bubby on the podium with Steve Kinser


Bubby wins at Ascot


Bubby wins in a Bromme car


Bubby crew chiefed this car


Bubby with the crew and a plaque


Bubby in the Gas Chem car


Bubby in the car


Bubby about to race in this bomber


Bubby in the Gas Chem car


Bubby at Ascot


Bubby in # 76


Bubby in # 49


Ol' Bub


Bubby in # B 4


Bubby in the car


Bubby with # 72 Indy car


Bubby in # 1 with Oskie walking by


Bubby in the Gas Chem car


Bubby in a car


Bubby getting in the seat


Bubby buckling up


Bubby in his car


Bubby in # B4


Bubby in B4


Bubby and the checkered


Bubby in # 2



Bubby with # 51


Larry and 'Ol Bub in the beginning


Bubby and Ray Sheetz


Gas Chem


Bubby with the Tamale Wagon


Bubby in pits


Bubby with the # 24


Bubby working on the Modern Cowboy's car


Bubby and Patty when he worked on John Scott's car


Bubby and the Gas Chem car


Bubby visiting at Ascot


Bubby by # 44


Bubby at Ascot 1988


Bubby with the famous Gas Chem car


Bubby in the Alex Morales car


Bubby still racing


with # 55 and crew


Bubby and Larry Henry with "their" car


Bubby the winner, sayith Jan Opperman


Bubby with his car


Bubby with # B 4


Bubby and Davey in the pits


Bubby in the pits


Bubby with # 5 Tamalie Wagon at Ascot


Bubby with the crew of # 66


Bubby with the Gas Chem in the Ascot pits


Bubby with the Bromme # 2


Bubby with car owner Larry Henry


Bubby helping Darren Clayton


Bubby with his car


Bubby with # 49


Bubby with his ride


Bubby and # B 4


Bubby and the Gas Chem


Another Bubby photocard


Gas Chem


Nice helmet, wish I had that one!


Bubby's old t-shirt. Somewhere in my stash I have one


Bubby's Wagsdash photocard from his being the 2000 Grand Marshal


Dale Frye's work


Open Wheel


Ol' Bub graphic


Circle track


Ascot program


Ascot program


Ascot program


Ascot Program


Bubby's autograph


Ascot program


Speedway 117 program


Art


Hood


Looking into the Gas Chem car

and now Bubby driven cars


# 44 the Bruce Cogle Ford Bubby drove in California


Bubby once drove this car


Bubby's # 24 sitting next to Rickie Gaunt's # 68


# 1 Gas Chem


# 1 The car on display a few years ago at Perris


Bubby's #2


# 1


# 1


# 2 and # 1 (The Dean and Bibby Show was the best!)


# 1 wheel packing at Santa Maria


# 1 Bubby in Gas Chem car


# 1 Bubby always looked good in this pretty yellow car


# 1 Bubby in 1995


# 1 Bubby on the gas! Those were the days!


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# 2 Bubby in the gas Chem car


# 2 Bubby on the low groove


# 2 Gilbert car


# 2 Gilbert


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# 2 Gas chem


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# 2 Bromme/Nance car


# 4x


# B 4 Bubby in 1969


# B 4


# B 4


# B 4


# 4X


# 5


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# 5 Tamalie Wagon. Bubby won about 6 races in this car


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# 24 Bubby in the last car he drove


# 24


# 24 Bubby at Eldora


# 24


# 24. Bubby led the CRA race at Eldora when he "fell out of the seat". He looked strong until he couldn't finish


# 24 Larry Henry owned the first car and this the last car


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# 40 at DuQuoin 1977


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# 44


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# 49


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# 49 at Reading fairgrounds 1978


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# 51


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# 66


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# 71


# 72 Indy car


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# 76


# 76 the Siebert Olds Team car


# 76 winning at Terre Haute June 3, 1979


# 85


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# 85


# 87


Bubby leading Deano at Santa Maria in 1982


Bubby Jones leading Eddie Wirth


Bubby with followed by Brad and Todd Noffsinger Gary Howard


Bubby leading his heat


Bubby leading a fair race


Bubby and Richard Pratt # 91 on the front row at Dayton


Bubby with Deano,and Eddie Wirth in a trophy Dash at El Centro


Bubby and Ripper


Bubby with Ripper and John Redican


Bubby outside Jim Laurie with Eddie Wirth coming


Bubby in # 49 Bubby in # 51


Bubby # 49 against Ron $human


Bubby in # 49 and # 81 Lee Osborne at Manzy 1978


Bubby next to Jimmy Oskie with Eddie Wirth trailing


Bubby in # B 4


Bubby leading outside Brad Noffsinger and Steve Kinser at Eldora in 1990. Kinser won with Bubby 2nd when he fell out of the seat


# 2 against lealand McSpadden


# B 4 on the inside


# 44 leading Tommy Lee Noblin # 55 in 1974


# 66 with Duane Feduska


# 49 leading # 29


# 24 against Steve Kinser


The Dean and Bubby Show


Bubby against his brother in law the Ripper


Bubby with Buster Venard to his right


# 2 outside John Redican


# 2 outside Jim McCaskill


# 1 chasing Billy Boat at Ascot


# 2 leading Dean Thompson


# 2 leadin # 21


# 2 inside Billy Allen


# 2 Bubby Jones ahead of Midwest invaders Mike Brooks and Danny Smith at the 1981 Pacific Coast Open


Bubby in # 51


# 72 Bubby at Indy


# 72 Indy car


# 78 Indy car


Here is the way the hot dogs traveled across the country in the barnstorming days


Another example of "haulers of the day" back in those days

Norman "Bubby" Jones is without a doubt a hall of famer at the top of the list and in my top 2 best drivers of all time, Lealand McSpadden being the other. I am totally in awe of these two drivers, they are way ahead of everyone else! Bubby won 2 CRA championships with 81 CRA victories and according to Kevin Eckert over 220 total of wins back East before he came to California. I tried to research his wins years ago talking with family and Larry Henry, but no one kept a list as he was barnstorming the country for years. He was a very patient driver, to a point, as he moved to the front and occasionally a little tap let them know he wanted by. Watching the Dean and Bubby show was amazing, but his Ascot years were much of the same. Unlike today with fewer heros, in his racing years there were a lot of heavy hitters racing against him, and he prevailed a lot! I only wish I could have seen him at Eldora as a young man and he said it was his favorite track for many years. Bubby's warmth gave me a great feeling as I knew I was talking with a giant in our racing, yet he gave me a lot of his time and I still revel in those times with him.

Not being much of a collector of racing things because everything I collected went to make money for the low buck teams, so the time passed me by and I had very few things on my bucket list for me personally. Yet the three most desired items were always helmets from Bubby, his son Tony and Lealand. Tony made that happen for me last year thankfully, but I never even asked my two heroes, it wasn't the right time and now time has passed. But the memories I have of Bubby on the track are pretty well still planted in my memory, so I only need to sit back and roll the saved scenes thru my mind, and I'm happy with that.

These last two paragraphs from wikipedia

Norman "Bubby" Jones (born June 4, 1941, Danville, Illinois), is a former driver in the USAC Sprint Car series, with 22 victories, and a member of the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame, inducted in 1998. He also raced in the USAC Championship Car series, in the 1977-1978 seasons, with 2 career starts, including the 1977 Indianapolis 500. He failed in qualifying attempts at Indy in 1978 and 1981.

In 1980 "Ol' Bub" headed west to run in the prestigious California Racing Association (C.R.A.) Sprint Car Series as a regular, driving the Gas Chem Products Entry. After finishing 2nd in the C.R.A. Point Standings three years in a row (1980–82) behind Dean Thompson, Jones persuaded car owner Dan Kazarian to change from the Stanton Chassis they had been running, and to let Jones build them a new car himself. The result...Jones won two consecutive C.R.A. Point Series Championships (1983–84). In 1984, Jones won the coveted Pacific Coast National Open at Ascot, holding off a fast closing Steve Kinser despite blistering the right rear tire with 10 laps to go. Jones became one of the most well liked and highly respected drivers in the C.R.A. Series because of his straight, smooth and clean driving style.

MOTOR RACING : Drivers Honor Jones and Try to Beat Him July 26, 1990|PAT RAY

Norman (Bubby) Jones is hoping for one more flourish in a successful five-week run when his peers in the California Racing Assn. sprint car ranks both honor him and compete against him Saturday night at Ascot Park.

Although the featured driver this week easily could have been Billy Boat, who scored his first Ascot main event victory last Saturday, Jones' runner-up finish was also significant, showing that at 49 he can still challenge the likes of Boat, 24, and others half his age. To celebrate Jones' hot streak, early arrivals at Saturday's race will be given an autographed photo of the former two-time CRA champion.

He is in the midst of a streak reminiscent of his heyday in the early 1980s when he and retired Dean Thompson dominated the local sprint car ranks for five seasons.

Ol' Bub, as he is known around the track, came out of a two-year retirement this season to drive a Clark Drake-built car owned by Larry Henry, a lifelong friend who grew up with Jones in Danville, Ill., before moving to California.

Jones and Henry scored their first victory of his comeback during the CRA's annual Midwest Tour, when he won at Vermillion Speedway in his old hometown on a program honoring him. In addition, he was the top point-winner on the tour despite admitting that he was far from being in top shape after his long layoff.

Jones started his streak with a third place in a 30-lapper on June 30, then won the Firecracker 50 for the third time on July 3, and he has been second in the last two main events.

Although his streak is impressive, it is only the latest in a distinguished career. In the 1970s, Jones and Rick Ferkel of Ohio were the forerunners of what is now known as touring racers. They were on the road all summer, taking on all comers on their home tracks and usually coming out on top.

In 1977, Jones gave up his nomadic existence to compete in the United States Auto Club sprint car ranks. He posted 22 USAC victories, including 11 in 1979 when he led the point standings until the final race of the season before losing the championship. He also competed in the 1977 Indy 500, finishing 21st after starting last.

The next year, he came West to drive in CRA competition, and is second in career victories with 79. Thompson retired with 103.

Jones also set a one-season CRA victory record with 18 in 1983--the first of his two consecutive championship seasons--after finishing second three years in a row behind Thompson. Oddly enough, his first Ascot victory did not come in a sprint car. It was in a midget in 1975, when he won the Turkey Night Grand Prix. He is one of only three drivers to win both the CRA championship and the Turkey Night midget race. The others are Rick Goudy and Ron Shuman.

Jones' streak is frustrating the four-man group fighting for the title he twice held.

Updated 11/25/18

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