2010 Budweiser Shootout at the Swamp

Click on image to view multi-media presentationThe World Famous Naples Swamp Buggies wrapped up their 2009/2010 season March 5~6 crowning Eddie Chesser as the Budweiser Shootout Champion. Running in front of yet another packed house at the Florida Sports Park, the buggies put on a fantastic display of wheel-to-wheel racing. No one in the stands went home disappointed.

In the paddock it was a different story, though. Swamp Buggy racing is a win or go home proposition, so needless-to-say, many competitors see their hopes of victory gone in 60 seconds or less. With the season point's championship on the line, it was Eddie Chesser taking home the big feature win and the season championship. Chesser ended up with 39 points, 11 more than Bud Cup runner-up Lorrie Johns, the driver of the V8 Sportsman entry called Lady Liberty. Third place in the points went to Ortega’s Terminator.

The big story of the weekend, however, was the retirement of the winningest man in Swamp Buggy history, Leonard Chesser. Known as the Godfather of Swamp Buggy, you'd have to go pretty deep in the Everglades looking for someone who doesn't agree the title is well-deserved. Leonard began racing in 1956 and has won more Big Feature races than anyone. Chesser is known for his competitiveness, a long list of buggy innovations and his unrelenting work ethic.

Though Leonard claims he won't miss driving, he still plans to keep on helping his son, Glen, and his daughter, Amy, with their racing futures.