Photos by TOM RIFE

  • Naples resident Frank Warren, 75, poses in his old drivers suit alongside a replica of his No. 79 Dodge Magnum put together by friend Tom Baker. Warren raced the NASCAR circuit  from 1963-80.
  • Naples resident Frank Warren, 75, poses in his old drivers suit alongside a replica of his No. 79 Dodge Magnum put together by friend Tom Baker. Warren raced the NASCAR circuit  from 1963-80.
  • With the smoke from his engine still surrounding him, Winter Classic Big Feature winner Eddie Chesser is interviewed by the Speed channel before climbing out of his Pro Modified 4-wheel-drive machine called The Rapture. The cable/satellite network will air Sunday's competition in about a month on its Lucas Oil On The Edge program.
  • Ooooooh, that water was cold when winning swamp buggy driver Eddie Chesser and Swamp Buggy Queen Megan Hoolihan staged the traditional post-race Queen's Mudbath at the end of Sunday's Winter Classic at the Florida Sports Park. It was a cold, gray day -- one of the chilliest ever at the Mile-O-Mud.
  • Eddie Chesser throws up in hands in victory as he crosses the finish line to win the Big Feature in Sunday's Winter Classic at the Florida Sports Park. It was Chesser's first Big Feature win since March of 2007.
  • In the wildest race of Sunday's Winter Classic swamp buggy races at the Florida Sports Park, Troy Ortega's Terminator III, left, roars off the starting line against Dan Greenling's Roll On. Ortega won the Pro Modified 2-wheel drive class final even though he and Greenling nearly wrecked each other on the final turn of the race.
  • Megan Hoolihan is this year's Swamp Buggy Queen.
  • Dan Greenling and 'Roll On' are in the lead after the first day of the Budweiser Fall Classic at Florida Sports Park.
  • Don Healy
  • Scanned 01/24/2004
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This is Eddie Chesser driving the Hi-Tech Redneck
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  • Brian Ohlis.
  • Longtime local speedboat racer Brian Ohlis is leading the effort to bring the ChampBoat Series national finale to Naples. The two-day charity Naples ChampBoat Grand Prix will take place Nov. 1-2 on Lake Avalon at Sugden Park in East Naples.
  • Amy Grossklag of Bonita Springs focuses on a return during the Bush Florida Open girls 16 singles championship match Thursday at The Landings in Fort Myers. She was the No. 1 seed, but bowed in the finals to unseeded Nelo Phiri of Yonkers, N.Y., 7-6 (1), 6-2. Tom Rife/Staff
  • After Saturday's racing at the Florida Sports Park, reigning Swamp Buggy Queen Ashleydawn Wells presented winning driver Dan Greenling with a special airbrush painting. The woman in the left of the picture is race official Sandy Montz The artwork depicted the Queen's Mudbath flyin' leap the two took together this past October when Greenling won the Budweiser Fall Classic.
  • En route to winning the V8 Super Stock final at the Florida Sports Park on Saturday, Lorrie Johns hangs onto the wheel of her Lady Liberty racer. Trailing is the Git Er Dunn piloted by Kris Houser.
  • Led by Steve Armstrong's Evil & Wicked machine (15), Jeeps negotiate the watery depths of the Florida Sports Park's Mile-O-Mud track during Saturday's action. Armstrong won the class, setting himself up as the Jeep to beat in Sunday's Dixie Drainfields Winter Classic.
  • Why wouldn't Florida Sports Park mascot 'Swampy' be wearing a big smile? On Saturday, he enjoyed the affections of Miss Florida Sports Park Jenn Frostad, left, and reigning Swamp Buggy Queen Ashleydawn Wells.
  • Swamp buggy driver Dan Greenling muscles his Roll On machine through a hard right-hand turn en route to winning Saturday's Pro Modified Challenge at the Florida Sports Park east of Naples. Greenling posted the fastest lap of 50.56 seconds, edging out Eddie Chesser's lap of 51.72 aboard the Hi-Tech Redneck buggy. Greenling, the Big Feature winner in October, takes a three-point Budweiser Cup Series lead into Sunday's Dixie Drainfields Winter Classic. The four-hour show starts at 12:30 p.m.
  • Somewhere in that massive splash is the Jeep driven by Rod Kincheloe during Saturday's racing at the Florida Sports Park.
  • Naples Heat batter Ray Guttierrez, who turns 62 on Nov. 24, connects for a base hit in Sunday's Senior Softball USA Easton Winter National Championships.
  • Dan Greenling's buggy called Roll On won the Pro Modified Challenge time trials Saturday at the Florida Sports Park with a lap of 51.09 seconds. But will he be favored in today's Budweiser Fall Classic that starts at 12:30 p.m.
  • Leonard Chesser was the driver of the Aches-N-Pains machine in Saturday's Pro Modified Challenge at the Florida Sports Park. In today's Budweiser Fall Classic, look for Leonard to be back at the wheel of the familiar orange Dats Da One.
  • Bonnie Walsh concentrates on the test run she is about to make at the Florida Sports Park on Saturday. The former world champ, one of her fiercest and friendliest competitors is husband, Terry, in the background. She drivers Fatal Attraction. He pilots Bounty Hunter, both in the Pro Modified division. 'He  thinks he's the fastest,' says Bonnie.
  • Race engine builder John Gifford, left, and driver Troy Ortega go over the Terminator III buggy after the machine had an oil line come loose during Saturday's test runs at the Florida Sports Park.
  • In the pits at the Florida Sports Park, Scott Rickard of Community Citgo Tiire and Lube tends to the racing fuel tanks used by swamp buggy drivers in their homespun machines. Rickard says the 117-octain gas used by the big buggies goes to $16 a gallon.
  • Ashleydawn Well, the 2007-08 Swamp Buggy Queen, talks to the crowd Sunday at the Florida Sports Park, explaining that she has narrowed her choice of gowns down to two for today's post-race Queen's Mudbath with the overall champion of the Budweiser Fall Classic at the Florida Sports Park. Racing starts at 12:30 p.m.
  • Swamp buggy names can be as original as the mud-slinging sport itself. On Saturday, Dan Armstrong's Frog Spit won the Jeep final at the Florida Sports Park over nephew Jeremy White's General Lee and Russell Borgering's Spider's Dream.
  • Steve Dunson steers the swamp buggy called Pump It Out to victory in Saturday's V8 Super Stock final at the Florida Sports Park.
  • Barron Collier's Sam Lange look for an opening at the net, which is clogged up by Fort Myers' Muki Kangwa (7) Courtney Greenberg (5) and Whitney Loubier (12) during Thursday night's Class 5A District 15 chammpionship at Fort Myers High. The top-seeded Green Wavc prevailed, 21-25, 25-14, 27-25, 25-17.
  • A pair of familiar rivals squared off in the Class 5A District 15 volleyball semifinals Wednesday night at Fort Myers High. Gulf Coast won over Barron Collier and will play Fort Myers tonight for the title.
  • Barron Collier's Christine Stetler (8) bumps the ball with teammates Carley Comeriato (12) and Carly Jacob (14) getting in on the action in Wedesday night's Class 5A Disrtrict 15 semifinal at Fort Myers High. BC beat Gulf Coast in three games to advance to tonight's championship at 7 at Fort Myers High.
  • Holly Reschke, on left, goes up for a kill for Gulf Coast while Barron Collier's Kelsey Assarian attempts to block in the district semifinal Wednesday night at Fort Myers High.
  • Barron Collier's Lauren Welch celebrates winning a point against Gulf Coast during Wednesday night's district semifinal at Fort Myers High. At left is Gulf Coast's Lucy Shellito.
  • With teammate Kelli Appezzato backing her up, Carley Comeriato of Barron Collier stretches to bump the ball in Wednesday night's Class 5A District 15 semifinal match against Gulf Coast at Fort Myers High. BC won in three games, advancing to tonight's championship game against Fort Myers.
  • Casey Weston of Gulf Coast shakes the hand of Barron Collier head coach Brynn Wilson during pregame introductions in district action Wednesday night at Fort Myers High School.
  • Seeing his Golden Eagles football team run its record to 5-0 with a 59-7 win at Gulf Coast on Friday, Naples High head coach Bill Kramer tells his players to keep their  focus during the one-sided ball game. Naples is ranked No. 3 in Class 3A and how has outscored its opponents 212-19 in the first five games.
  • Naples High defensive coordinator Sam Dollar, center, instructs and motivates the Golden Eagles during the second half of Friday night's 59-7 win over Gulf Coast High t Sharks Stadium. The hosts scored their only TD late in the fourth period.
  • Even though their Sharks didn't fare well in Friday night's football game against Naples High, members of the GCHS dance team kept up their enthusiasm. Danielle Killion, left, and Lauren Eddy were still rockin' to the beat in the fourth quarter.
  • Members of the 320-strong Gulf Coast High School Marching Band play the 'Jaws' theme song during a break in Friday night's football game at Sharks Stadium.
  • Adding to the spirit of Friday night's football game at Gulf Coast were Naples High cheerleaders Karina Garcia, left, and Daniella Rico. They had plenty to cheer about. Their Golden Eagles won 59-7.
  • In a first half of big plays, Naples High's junior running back Greg Pratt breaks loose on a 46-yard touchdown gallop during the second quarter of Friday night's Collier County Athletic Conference game at Gulf Coast High. Defending in the picture is the Sharks' Cody Colosimo.
  • Scenes from Friday night's high school football matchup between Naples High School and Gulf Coast High School.
  • Junior QB Jeff Schmidt of Gulf Coast High was under heavy pressure much of Friday night's game agaisnt local rival Naples at Sharks Stadium.
  • Naples High linebacker Kyle Lindquist (45) puts his meat hooks around Gulf Coast receiver Morisma  Rossini after a short pass from Jeff Schmit in Friday night's non-district game at Sharks Stadium. Jay Bonaquist (31) of NHS gets in on the play as well.
  • Senior quarterback Craig Wingate of Naples High (8) carries into the Gulf Coast line in Friday night's intra-county matchup at Sharks Stadium. Wingate scored on a 1-yard TD run in the one-sided first half.
  • The unbeaten Naples High Golden Eagles storm onto the field at Gulf Coast High for Friday night's game against the Sharks.
  • Class 3A third-ranked Naples High worked up an appetite for football Friday night at Gulf Coast High, feasting on the Sharks in a Collier County Athletic Conference game. At the half, the Golden Eagles had cruised to a 45-0 lead.
  • Sophomore Angie Caple of Gulf Coast High bumps the ball during Thursday night's Class 5A District 15 showdown against visiting Fort Myers High. The Green Wave rallied to win in five games, likely earning the No. 1 seed in the district tournament in the process. Laurie Gegen (16) minds the net for Fort Myers.
  • Gulf Coast's Holly Reschke goe up to blast one of her 19 kills against Fort Myers High during Thursday night's match. Making the block attempt was the Green Wave's Courtney Greenberg (5).
  • Enthusiastic Gulf Coast High School students cheer on their Sharks during Thursday night's Class 5A District 15 clash with Fort Myers High. The fifth-ranked Green Wave beat the eighth-ranked Sharks in a five-game match.

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