It is with heavy hearts that we announce that we have lost another member of our racing family. Though probably best known as a pavement Late Model racer, Joe did some racing at East Bay and is family to several of our racers – Billy Boyd Sr. and Jr. and Adam Boyd. We ask that you keep the Boyd family in your prayers and we here at East Bay send our deepest sympathy to the family. Arrangements will be posted here as soon as we have them.
Plan to attend the pre-season practice night, which will be held from 7-10 p.m. on Saturday, February 29. This is being held one week before the start of the 2020 racing season.
The March 7 opener will feature Pro Late Models, Mod Lites, Gagel’s Open Wheel Modifieds, Street Stocks and Q Auto & Injury Medical Malpractice Attorneys Mini Sprints
The 2020 Winternationals concluded with a new winner’s name being added to the prestigious list of past champions in the King of the 360s. Texas racer Aaron Reutzel honored the memory of fellow Lone Star racer Ronald Laney, winning the memorial race named in Laney’s honor.
Reutzel was among the six drivers locked in to compete in the 40-lap feature, due to the points accumulated on Thursday night. The standard format calls for points to be accrued through Thursday and Friday action, but, for the first time in 18 years, one of those events was rained out, forcing track officials to honor points from a single night. Thursday winner Mark Smith, along with top finishers Terry McCarl, Dylan Westbrook, Carson McCarl and Brock Zearfoss joined Reutzel in the elite group.
The remaining 47 competitors were lined up in five heat races with the top two finishers advancing to the A-main. A pair of B features brought eight more into the field and the final spot was dedicated to the winner of the Wetherington Tractor Service dash, setting the stages for 25 racers.
Heats were won by Eric Riggins Jr., Brett Wright, Dale Howard, Dustin Gates and Danny Smith. The B mains were captured by Johnny Gilbertson and Tim Shaffer. Matt Kurtz prevailed in the WTS Dash for the final position.
The top six drivers drew for their starting spots and Reutzel, who chose fourth, pulled the #1 box to set himself on the inside of two-time defending champion Terry McCarl for the start of the race.
At the green, it was McCarl who would move to the early advantage. A lap three caution for a stalled Max Stambaugh bunched the field. On the restart, Mark Smith shot past Reutzel for second and held the spot as the next caution flew for a Jason Sides spin. Riggins displaced Reutzel four laps later in the early stages of a long green flag period. Smith closed the gap on McCarl, attempting a pass on lap 13 and finally completing it on lap 14. Meanwhile, Reutzel found something to his linking on the high side of the race track and started the march to the front. He pulled into second by the 20th lap. Four laps later, he shuffled by Smith to take the lead.
On lap 26, a red flag was displayed for a Derek Hagar flip. McCarl slipped into second and the red flag reappeared when Washington racer Trey Starks climbed the backstretch wall on lap 28.
On the restart, Reutzel moved out to a lead but encountered lapped traffic with seven laps to go. Despite finding slower cars in his groove, Reutzel was able to adjust and maintain the effort necessary to pick up his win.
Reutzel had appeared at East Bay earlier in the week to compete with the All-Star Circuit of Champion, winning the opening night feature. He is the two-time defending series champion of that series.
Jim Young made it a clean sweep in the Mini Sprints with his second triumph. The Johnstown, Pennsylvania pilot grabbed the lead at the halfway as early leader Dustin Cates showed signs of brake wear. Young and 2019 East Bay Raceway Park Mini Sprint champion Robby Hoffmann won the heat races.
Bill Gise won the Micro Sprint heat and appeared on his way to his second feature when early race mechanical problems changed the scenario. It set the stage for Paul Seburn’s triumphant return to the winner’s circle after a disappointing Thursday.
The 2020 regular season opener on Saturday, March 7 is the next scheduled action for East Bay Raceway Park, who would like to thank all fans, racer and supporters who helped make the 44th annual Winternationals a success.
Ronald Laney Memorial King of the 360s
Feature: Aaron Reutzel (87), Terry McCarl (4), Mark Smith (M1), Brock Zearfoss (3Z), Eric Riggins Jr. (47), Tim Shaffer (28), Dylan Westbrook (47X), Sam Hafertepe Jr. (15H), Brett Wright (14B), Danny Martin Jr. (24), Jason Sides (7S), Parker Price-Miller (67x), Cale Conley (3c), Danny Sims III (24D), Ben Brown (7B), Carson McCarl (27M), Cory Eliason (26), Trey Starks (44), Derek Hagar (43H), Max Stambaugh (97), Dustin Gates (6), Matt Kurtz (20), Johnny Gilbertson (22G), Dale Howard (47H), Danny Smith (4s)
Feature: Jim Young (8), Robby Hoffmann (66), Dustin Cates (6), Dirk Miller (68), Micha McCall (3), Joe Askew (78j), Seth Gransbury (7), David Hall (67), Steve Diamond Jr. (9), Bruce Comer (21), Adam Barnes (64), Russ Heider (86), Freddie McCall Jr. (1), Chuck Kalck (22), Jojo Davis (7j), Jacob Salvati (17J)
Feature: Paul Seburn (23), Doug Dyal (97D), Jerod Meyers (7), Jojo Davis (27), Bill Gise (1G). DNS – Brian Baxter (98)
Rain moved onto the grounds at East Bay Raceway Park at 5:45 p.m. as drivers were gathering for the pre-show drivers’ meeting. Persistent showers forced cancellation of the night’s program 30 minutes later.
The Saturday night racing format will be similar to the Thursday night agenda. All drivers will be required to run their heats in the 360 Sprints to qualify for the Saturday A-main. Points accumulated on Thursday will no longer have relevance to feature lineups (no drivers are automatically locked in for Saturday).
There is no make-up for the Friday program. The Saturday show will begin with drivers’ meeting at 5:45, hot laps at 6 and racing at 7 p.m.
The Saturday, Feb. 15 program will be the final night of action for the 2020 Winternationals. There were two rainouts, both on Friday this year.
East Bay Raceway Park’s regular season will open on Saturday, March 7.
The final segment of the 2020 Winternationals kicked off with three divisions of winged race cars. A field of 53 360 Sprints gathered at the Clay by the Bay for the first of three nights of racing action.
The night started with six heat races with the preliminary events determining the starting lineu0p for the 25-lap A main. A passing points system was implemented, giving the top 16 in passing points an automatic bid into the A main. The remaining cars would go to one of two B-mains, which would each graduate four cars to the feature.
Mark Smith, who started seventh, won the first heat. Terry McCarl powered from the outside front row to claim the second heat. Terry Witherspoon led wire-to-wire from the pole to bring home the third heat. Race #4 saw car #4 of Danny Smith prevail. The fifth race was a win for polesitter Terry Gray while the final heat went to Pennsylvania racer Brock Zearfoss.
Trey Starks of Puyallup, Washington won the first B main while Cory Eliason would get the job done in the second feature. The Wetherington Tractor Service Dash was added to give non-qualified racers an additional opportunity and the win went to local racer Danny Sams III.
The field of 24 was set for the 25-lap A main with Mark Smith and Canadian racer Dylan Westbrook on the front row. The field consisted of racers from 14 states and one Canadian province.
The initial start was called back, due in part to a flat left rear tire for Witherspoon with Danny Dietrich exiting the track during the caution. Witherspoon returned at the tail and the field gathered for the new start. Smith quickly jumped into the lead and immediately began putting distance between himself and second place Westbrook. A lap 8 caution for a three-car tangle in the backstretch brought the field back together and it was a short green flag period as the race was under caution on lap 11 for two cars stopped in turn two. From there, the caution flag stayed holstered but there were some anxious moments. Starks and Danny Smith made contact in a position battle and Smith’s car was momentarily airborne, but the veteran regained control without a need for a yellow.
Terry McCarl was charging on the top side to move to second in the late stages. By then, Smith had literally run away and hid from the rest of the field. Despite dealing with lapped traffic through the remaining 10 laps, Smith was able to cruise to a convincing victory.
Smith became the second Pennsylvania racer to visit Victory Lane on Thursday night. Johnstown, PA racer Jim Young prevailed in the 25-lap Mini Sprint feature. Heat race wins went to Young and Dustin Cates.
The 20-lap Micro Sprint race saw Bill Gise make a last lap pass on Paul Seburn to get to the checkers first. Gise had won the heat race earlier.
The second night of these divisions will take place on Friday, Valentine’s Day. Hot laps are at 6 p.m. with racing underway at 7 p.m.
Feature: Mark Smith (M1), Terry McCarl (4), Dylan Westbrook (47x), Brock Zearfoss (3z), Aaron Reutzel (87), Carson McCarl (27M), Cory Eliason (26), Derek Hagar (43H), Trey Starks (44), Dustin Gates (6), Danny Smith (4), Eric Riggins Jr. (47), Brett Wright (14B), Dale Howard (47H), Terry Gray (10G), Glenn Styres (0), Parker Price-Miller (67X), Hayden Campbell (5), Terry Witherspoon (43), Ben Brown (7B), Todd Gracey (3), Jim Huppunen (0H), Sam Hafertepe Jr. (15H), Danny Dietrich (48)
Feature: Jim Young (8), Robby Hoffmann (66), Dustin Cates (6), Steve Diamond Jr. (9), Bruce Comer (21), Freddie McCall (1), Don Quinn (33), Seth Gransbury (7), David Hall (67), Jacob Salvati (17v), Micha McCall (3), Jojo Davis (7j), Chuck Kalck (22)
Feature: Bill Gise (1G), Paul Seburn (23), Doug Dyal (97D), Jared Meyers (7), Brian Baxter (98), Jojo Davis (27), John Inman (59x). DNS – Trey Ford (17F)
Certainly synonymous with winning, especially in an open wheel automobile, ‘Yung Money’ Kyle Larson nearly swept Ollie’s Bargain Outlet All Star Circuit of Champions presented by Mobil 1 action on Tuesday night at East Bay Raceway Park, eventually leading every circuit of the inaugural Jean Lynch Classic presented by Winn-Dixie for a $5,000 payday.
The 30-lap triumph, the product of an outside-front row starting position, was just one portion of Larson’s near-domination to close-out the 2020 All Star Circuit of Champions Florida visit. The Elk Grove, California-native set the evening’s fastest time during qualifying time trials, followed by a convincing victory during the second of two dashes.
Now with two consecutive All Star victories in the Sunshine State, the first occurring during Volusia Speedway Park’s DIRTcar Nationals on Thursday, February 6, Baughman-Reutzel Motorsports’ Aaron Reutzel continued his Florida dominance with a convincing All Star Circuit of Champions presented by Winn-Dixie victory at East Bay Raceway Park on Monday evening, February 10, taking command for the first time on lap three before escaping from the rest of the field to snag the $5,000 payday. In addition, the win was Reutzel’s 27th during Series competition, doing so from sixth on the grid.
For the first time in a decade, the powerful 410 Sprints will be taking on The Clay by the Bay in Winternationals competition.
The Indiana-based Ollie’s Bargain Outlet All-Star Circuit of Champions presented by Mobil 1 and locally by Winn-Dixie will have two nights of racing action, Feb. 10-11. The Monday and Tuesday programs will feature hot laps at 6 p.m., qualifying at 6:45 p.m. and racing underway at 7 p.m.
The All-Star season opened with a pair of events last week at Volusia Speedway Park. Brad Sweet of Grass Valley, California captured the opening night’s 25-lap feature. Two-time defending series champion Aaron Reutzel rebounded from an opening night DNQ to take the win in the second race.