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Swamp Buggy Winter Classic 2012

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Bobby Williams in his pro-modified swamp buggy, races off the starting line during the Winter Classic Swamp Buggy races at the Florida Sports Park in Naples on Jan. 29, 2012.

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Greg Kahn/Staff Bobby Williams in his pro-modified swamp buggy, races off the starting line during the Winter Classic Swamp Buggy races at the Florida Sports Park in Naples on Jan. 29, 2012.

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Bonnie Walsh jumps into the muddy water with swamp buggy queen Jennifer Federico after Walsh won the Winter Classic Swamp Buggy races at the Florida Sports Park in Naples on Jan. 29, 2012.
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Jerry Coudill races toward the finish line in his 8 cylinder swamp buggy during the Winter Classic Swamp Buggy races at the Florida Sports Park in Naples on Jan. 29, 2012.
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Skip Kent, left, puts his hands in the air while crossing the finish line as both other racers in his opening heat broke down during the Winter Classic Swamp Buggy races at the Florida Sports Park in Naples on Jan. 29, 2012.
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A patron sleeps in the flatbed of a truck before Sunday racing began at the Winter Classic Swamp Buggy races at the Florida Sports Park in Naples on Jan. 29, 2012.
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Keri Barnicle, 9, left, searches the race track with binoculars during the Winter Classic Swamp Buggy races at the Florida Sports Park in Naples on Jan. 29, 2012.
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Racers take off in the finale during the Winter Classic Swamp Buggy races at the Florida Sports Park in Naples on Jan. 29, 2012.
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Troy Ortega in his pro-modified swamp buggy, races ahead of Eddie Chesser, during the Winter Classic Swamp Buggy races at the Florida Sports Park in Naples on Jan. 29, 2012.
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From left, Ashley Belanger, second runner-up, Alexandria Karolyi, first runner-up, Riley Stone, third runner-up, and Jennifer Federico, swamp buggy queen, cheer on drivers in the jeep competition during the Winter Classic Swamp Buggy races at the Florida Sports Park in Naples on Jan. 29, 2012.
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Angela Engel, left, hacks away brush with a machete, as Jen Swanson, and her son Luke Swanson Waggoner, 1, looks on during the Winter Classic Swamp Buggy races at the Florida Sports Park in Naples on Jan. 29, 2012.
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Mark Grimshaw, of Tampa, tries to light his cigarette while covering his legs to brave the heat from a fire during the Winter Classic Swamp Buggy races at the Florida Sports Park in Naples on Jan. 29, 2012.
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Bobby Williams in his pro-modified swamp buggy, races off the starting line during the Winter Classic Swamp Buggy races at the Florida Sports Park in Naples on Jan. 29, 2012.
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Fans watch radio control airplanes during intermission at the Winter Classic Swamp Buggy races at the Florida Sports Park in Naples on Jan. 29, 2012.
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Fans watch swamp buggies turn the back corner during the Winter Classic Swamp Buggy races at the Florida Sports Park in Naples on Jan. 29, 2012.
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Scenes during the Winter Classic Swamp Buggy races at the Florida Sports Park in Naples on Jan. 29, 2012.
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Swamp Buggy Queen Jennifer Federico watches racing action during the Winter Classic Swamp Buggy races at the Florida Sports Park in Naples on Jan. 29, 2012.
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Bonnie Walsh jumps into the muddy water with swamp buggy queen Jennifer Federico after Walsh won the Winter Classic Swamp Buggy races at the Florida Sports Park in Naples on Jan. 29, 2012.
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A fan watches action on the course during the Winter Classic Swamp Buggy races at the Florida Sports Park in Naples on Jan. 29, 2012.
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Bonnie Walsh climbs out of her swamp buggy, named Fatal Attraction, after winning the Winter Classic Swamp Buggy races at the Florida Sports Park in Naples on Jan. 29, 2012.
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Bonnie Walsh climbs out of her swamp buggy, named Fatal Attraction, after winning the Winter Classic Swamp Buggy races at the Florida Sports Park in Naples on Jan. 29, 2012.
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Bonnie Walsh climbs out of her swamp buggy, named Fatal Attraction, after winning the Winter Classic Swamp Buggy races at the Florida Sports Park in Naples on Jan. 29, 2012.
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Brett Jameson, left, Terry 'T-Bone' Walsh, right, and driver Bonnie Walsh, center, drive into victory lane after Walsh won the Winter Classic Swamp Buggy races at the Florida Sports Park in Naples on Jan. 29, 2012.
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From left, Ashley Belanger, second runner-up, Jennifer Federico, swamp buggy queen, Alexandria Karolyi, first runner-up, and Riley Stone, third runner-up, react to a crash in the Jeep feature during the Winter Classic Swamp Buggy races at the Florida Sports Park in Naples on Jan. 29, 2012.
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Swamp Buggy Queen Jennifer Federico cheers on racers during the Winter Classic Swamp Buggy races at the Florida Sports Park in Naples on Jan. 29, 2012.
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Scenes during the Winter Classic Swamp Buggy races at the Florida Sports Park in Naples on Jan. 29, 2012.
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Scenes during the Winter Classic Swamp Buggy races at the Florida Sports Park in Naples on Jan. 29, 2012.
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Scenes during the Winter Classic Swamp Buggy races at the Florida Sports Park in Naples on Jan. 29, 2012.
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Jeeps race during the Winter Classic Swamp Buggy races at the Florida Sports Park in Naples on Jan. 29, 2012.
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Scenes during the Winter Classic Swamp Buggy races at the Florida Sports Park in Naples on Jan. 29, 2012.
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Scenes during the Winter Classic Swamp Buggy races at the Florida Sports Park in Naples on Jan. 29, 2012.
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Scenes during the Winter Classic Swamp Buggy races at the Florida Sports Park in Naples on Jan. 29, 2012.
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Keri Barnicle, 9, climbs up scaffolding to sit with friends during the Winter Classic Swamp Buggy races at the Florida Sports Park in Naples on Jan. 29, 2012.
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Swamp buggies race around the track during the Winter Classic Swamp Buggy races at the Florida Sports Park in Naples on Jan. 29, 2012.
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Buggies race around the track during the Winter Classic Swamp Buggy races at the Florida Sports Park in Naples on Jan. 29, 2012.
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Fans watch action on the course during the Winter Classic Swamp Buggy races at the Florida Sports Park in Naples on Jan. 29, 2012.
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A radio-controled flying lawnmower buzzes around the sky during the Winter Classic Swamp Buggy races at the Florida Sports Park in Naples on Jan. 29, 2012.
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Troy Ortega in his pro-modified swamp buggy, races ahead of Eddie Chesser, during the Winter Classic Swamp Buggy races at the Florida Sports Park in Naples on Jan. 29, 2012.
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Troy Ortega in his pro-modified swamp buggy, races ahead of Eddie Chesser, during the Winter Classic Swamp Buggy races at the Florida Sports Park in Naples on Jan. 29, 2012.
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Scenes during the Winter Classic Swamp Buggy races at the Florida Sports Park in Naples on Jan. 29, 2012.
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Litter sits in piles under the bleachers after the Winter Classic Swamp Buggy races at the Florida Sports Park in Naples on Jan. 29, 2012.
  • Action during the Winter Classic Swamp Buggy races at the Florida Sports Park in Naples on Jan. 29, 2012. Photo submitted by Gary Lefebvre
  • Action during the Winter Classic Swamp Buggy races at the Florida Sports Park in Naples on Jan. 29, 2012. Photo submitted by Gary Lefebvre
  • Action during the Winter Classic Swamp Buggy races at the Florida Sports Park in Naples on Jan. 29, 2012. Photo submitted by Gary Lefebvre
  • Action during the Winter Classic Swamp Buggy races at the Florida Sports Park in Naples on Jan. 29, 2012. Photo submitted by Gary Lefebvre
  • Dan Greenling's Roll On churns up the Mile-O-Mud waters during Saturday's Pro Modified Challenge at the Florida Sports Park. He was fastest among the eight Pro Modified entries that participated in the time trials and as a result, will be the man to beat in Sunday's Winter Classic that begins at 12:30 p.m.
  • Young swamp buggy race fan Marcial Irizarry gets the thrill of sitting in the driver's seat of Dan Greenling's machine called Roll On after Saturday's time trials at the Florida Sports Park. The 9-year-old Irizarry attends Sabal Palm Elementary.
  • Saturday's Jeep final at the Florida Sports Park was a photo finish in which Steve Armstrong's Evil & Wicked nosed out Scott Vanwagner's Splendid Blend.
  • Flag man Kyle Holcombe gets the Jeeps off and running in a heat race at the Florida Sports Park. Saturday's action was the preliminary to Sunday's Winter Classic.
  • Lorrie Johns pilots her V8 Sportsman racer called Lady Liberty during Saturday's racing at the Florida Sports Park. She was the fastest in her class when running against the clock in the time trials.
  • Cheering on the Jeeps, from left, were Alexandria Karolyi, Ashley Belanger and reigning Swamp Buggy Queen Jennifer Federico.

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