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With six divisions on the schedule, the excitement was non-stop as the countdown continues to the end of the 2021 season. Only three events in December remain and point battles remain intense.
A 30-lap 604 Late Model feature served to show how intense the racing can be at the Clay by the Bay. After Josh Peacock led the opening lap, Steve Mathis Jr. swept into the lead. Point leader Doug Horton grabbed second from Peacock on lap four. Mathis would begin to add distance between himself and his challengers as the race stayed green through the early stages. Slipping through the field as backmarkers gave the leader plenty of room, Mathis stretched out his margin as the green remained. On lap 22, the leader had four lapped cars between himself and Horton. The only caution showed on lap 25 when Wallace Peacock slowed, bringing out the yellow. On the restart, Mathis picked up where he left off, cruising to his second win of the season. Daniel Woody and Jimmy Waldrop had claimed heat races.
A pair of drivers notched their sixth feature victories of the season as Nick Brown (V-8 Warriors) and Austin Martin (Mod Lites) were best in their respective classes. Martin, a two-time track champion racing a part-time schedule in 2021, had his hands full with point leader Alex Cline, who had taken the early lead from Jeff Bonnema to become the third different leader after Dylan Dunn paced the opening lap. Martin was able to slide by Cline on the eighth lap for the win. Martin and Cline had won heats. A red flag flew in a Mod Lite heat when Jeff Wolfe ended up on his roof in turn four. Wolfe was OK, but unable to continue in the preliminary.
Brown’s victory in the V-8 Warriors provided welcome redemption for a clutch issue that took victory away from the point leader the week before. Brown had to hold off the charge of George Handy, but Brown kept the #12 in front to claim the win. Brown and Handy had been heat winners.
A wild Outlaw 4 race saw a new winner as Brian Barse parked in Victory Lane in just his third start of 2021. Barse, who won his heat, was never headed in going wire-to-wire. Several potential competitors found themselves in on-track incidents that diminish their chances for a win. Brad Button recorded his first East Bay victory with a heat win.
Bryce Comer powered to the Q Mini Sprint feature, his second main event win of the year. Early challenger Kenny Brewer suffered through an early race spin, but managed to make it back to the runner-up position. Brewer had won his heat race. The other preliminary was the first 2021 win for Charles Landis.
Danny Bowman was best in Florida Old Time Modifieds after Dan Darnell won the heat.
Racing action will resume December 4 with the return of 604 Late Models, Gagel’s Modifieds, V-8 Warriors, Mod Lites, Q Mini Sprints and Gladiators.
604 LATE MODELS
Feature: Steve Mathis Jr. (95), Doug Horton (46), Josh Peacock (2), Keith Nosbisch (02), Daniel Woody (29), Phillip Cobb (03), Jimmy Waldrop (9), Cole Crawford (4), John Norris (87), Thomas Burnside (13), Kevin Devrieze (99), Wallace Peacock (P1)
Feature: Austin Martin (97), Alex Cline (07c), Bo Bass (41B), Dylan Dunn (22), Rocky Scott (4), Jeff Bonnema (5B), Brodrick Kennedy (24), Terry Joiner (6), Jeff Wolfe (83). DNS – Anthony Stewart (33), Doug Dyal (97D), J.T. Joiner (6J)
Feature: Nick Brown (12), George Handy (105), Wayne Kissam (107), Jason Burnside (12J), Kalen Maynard (2), Gary Lucas (106), Randy Shields (49), Dalton Ellis (52B), Macy Bozeman (58), Shane Koperda (124).
Feature: Brian Barse (82), Eric Knight (7), Vernon Hart Jr. (D4R), Rachelle Rudolph (77), Dalton Ellis (63), Terry Burke (73), Randy Johnson (1), Brad Button (25), Mark Moniz (41), Stephen Hohlbaugh (23s), Thomas Braswell Jr. (88). DNS – Fred Smith (5)
Q MINI SPRINTS
Feature: Bryce Comer (9), Kenny Brewer (45), David Hall (67), Bruce Comer (21), Jo Jo Davis (21W), Chris Diamond (94), Charles Landis (12), Paul Seburn (23), Doug Dyal (97D), Joe Bartow (3), Shanna Walters (13)
A busy night with seven classes brought exciting action as East Bay Raceway Park returned to action as the 2021 season starts winding down.
The night saw the final round of competition in the Q Auto & Injury Medical Malpractice Attorneys Sprints for 2021. Two-time feature winner Frank Beck held a 40-point lead and needed to finish in front of Tim George to clinch the title. When the green flag came out for the heat, George coasted to a stop in turn one, unable to compete, which gave the championship to Beck.
In the 15-lap feature, a determined Steve Diamond took the lead on lap three and made the best of it, despite the late race challenge by Beck. Diamond, the 2020 track champion, was racing with a heavy heart after the death of a family member earlier in the week. In an emotional Victory Lane, Diamond thanked everyone for their support of the racing program and through the difficult times.
The race was marred by a Billy Bridges flip in the early laps. Bridges was unhurt and able to walk away from the crash. Bridges and Andrew Griffin won their heat races.
In the Gagel’s Modified main, eventual winner Austin Sanders and runner-up Bryan Bernhardt treated the fans to one of the best displays of clean side-by-side racing that had been seen in a long time. Sanders, who admitted in Victory Lane that he had no brakes, never held more than a length lead over Bernhardt throughout the contest. Travis Varnadore was best in the heat race.
Rich Livernois Jr. rolled to his sixth victory of the season in Street Stock action, locking up the 2021 points title in the process. Livernois found himself in command of a responsive car that drove exactly as expected throughout the contest. The best challenge came from Jimmy Baker, who had to go to the pits on a lap two incident but roared back to move into second by the halfway mark. Baker gave chase, but could not bypass the eventual winner. Baker and Kyle Bowman were heat winners.
John Wayne Haynes backed up his first career win from October 23 by scoring the victory in the 602 Late Model main. The crew made some changes between the heat and feature and found the winning combination. Brandon Yates topped the heat.
Chris Kennedy became a back-to-back winner in the Q Micro Sprints. Kennedy, who recorded the win on October 23 in only his second visit in the Micro Sprint, appeared to be relegated to second place when a mechanical issue forced race leader William Burnside from the top spot. Kennedy had slipped by Burnside at one point, only to lose the lead in the second corner on the next lap. Paul Seburn broke through for his first heat race win of the year.
The V-8 Warrior main event was rough for anyone who held a lead. Initial leader George Handy was only able to stay up front for a lap until his car stopped the track. Handy continued from the tail, but dropped out a few laps later. Heat winner Nick Brown inherited the lead with Jason Burnside, who won his preliminary, trailing. Michael Hart grabbed second, but got loose off turn two and slipped back to fourth. Hart quickly regained second, but Brown was building up a big lead. The leads were wiped out by cautions throughout the second half of the race. As Brown came to the white flag, his car showed smoke and the leader slowed, allowing Hart to drive by for the win.
Thomas Adams etched his name in the record books as a winner in 2021. Adams, who had finished second to Rodney Martin in the last meeting of the class, stayed at the front from start to finish. Wayne Kissam and Brittany Hart were heat winners.
The action continues with a six-division program on Nov. 20 featuring the 604 Late Models, Outlaw 4s, V-8 Warriors, Q Mini Sprints, Mod Lites and Florida Old Time Modifieds.
Q AUTO & INJURY MEDICAL MALPRACTICE ATTORNEYS SPRINTS
Feature: Steve Diamond (9), Frank Beck (89), Andrew Griffin (32), Danny Jones (14), Guy Bos (3k), Bryan Eckley (12B), Dustin Burtron (97), Matt Wedgewood (15W), Nathan Barouch (13), Chris Hahn (2), Steven Muller (29), Billy Bridges (11B), Tim George (1*). DNS – Joe Zuczek (50)
Feature: Austin Sanders (64), Bryan Bernhardt (B69), Travis Varnadore (205), Scott Bane (23B), Pat Passanise (333), Cam Canova (6), Tyler Clem (14), Billy Howard (47). DNS – Jerry Bourland (777)
Feature: Rich Livernois (71), Jimmy Baker (69x), Buck Woodhouse (55), Josh Jones (05), Jerry Bruce (35), Matt Bozeman (58), Allen Bailey (51), Kyle Bowman (46K), Brad Langford (B46), Doug Johnson (09)
602 LATE MODELS
Feature: John Wayne Haynes (52), Brandon Yates (86), Frank Williams (6). DQ – Wesley Livernois (44)
Q MICRO SPRINTS
Feature: Chris Kennedy (2), Paul Seburn (23), Wade Evans (24), Michael Mason (3), William Burnside (13), Rudy Rodriguez (1), Doug Dyal (97D). DNS – Josh Davis
Feature: Michael Hart (99), Jason Burnside (12J), Macy Bozeman (58), Nick Brown (12), Randy Shields (49), Justin Scarberry (24), Derek Gray (189), Shane Koperda (124), George Handy (105). DNS – Wayne Kissam (107). DQ – Juston Meeks (10)
Feature: Thomas Adams (T2), Robert Kissam (911), Wayne Kissam (07), Rodney Martin (21), Davey Martin (55), Charles Paris Jr. (03T), Patrick Tabb (03), Callie Gubich (513), Ricky Rutledge Jr. (124), Logan Casteel (7), Jeff Smith (15), David Kincaid (X26), Brittany Hart (99), Britt Mann (4×4), Rick Rutledge (4). DNS – Derrick Edwards.
The rainout of Nov. 6 has led to a schedule change involving the Gagel’s Modifieds.
This division has been added to the Nov. 13 schedule. The Modifieds will be removed from the Nov. 20, allowing those who wish to run in the Reutimann Memorial race the opportunity to do so without conflict or losing their standing in the points battle.
Additional schedule changes, if any, will be announced at a later time.
The persistent rain that began falling early Friday morning and continued throughout the remainder of the afternoon has caused conditions at East Bay Raceway Park to become flooded. The six-division racing program scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 6 has been cancelled. The next events will be held on November 13.
The cancellation means there are only 5 events remaining on the 2021 schedule, which directly impacts point battles. Each remaining event now carries additional weight in determining a season championship.
East Bay Raceway Park wishes to extend condolences to the friends and family of Bob O’Leary, known to many as OSF (Old Sunshine Fan). Bob passed away on Thursday, October 21 at the age of 76.
Bob was a frequent visitor to East Bay Raceway Park, arriving early and sitting in the handicapped seating area. He was an ardent supporter of racing in all classes and enjoyed making friends with fans and racers who shared his passion for the sport.
Bob was born in Quincy, Massachusetts on March 9, 1945. His family moved to Florida and Bob attended Dixie M. Hollins High School. He joined the U.S. Navy after high school and returned to Florida as a law enforcement officer in Pinellas County. He later served as National Safety Director for MV Transportation.
At Bob’s request, no services will be held. He also requested no clapping and crying either. Bob will be laid to rest at National Veterans Cemetery in Bushnell, Florida. Race in Peace OSF.
After Mother Nature won the first few nights where the Gary Gay Memorial was scheduled for 2021, a perfect night of racing developed on Saturday night and the annual event drew nearly 20 of the top Street Stocks in Florida.
Three heat races were held with the top two finishers in each race locked into a dash to determine starting positions for the feature. Rich Livernois Jr. ended up with the last draw and came away with the pole for the dash, but the event went to Jimmy Baker, who inherited the pole for the 25-lap main.
Livernois had the lead by the time the field came around to complete the first lap with Baker in tow. Defending Gary Gay Memorial winner Tim Powers was in hot pursuit in third as the field maintained a fast pace. Lapped traffic entered the picture on lap seven, but the first caution appeared at that point. On the restart, Baker chose to line up outside, but was not able to slip around Livernois. On lap 12, Tim Gay spun in turn two, collecting David McCormack and Paul Davis. On the restart, Powers moved around Baker for second, but a hard-charging Jerry Bruce, who had started 18th in the last row, was on the move. A lap 19 spin put Bruce beside Powers on the restart and Bruce seized the opportunity to vault into second. As the field was approaching turn two, Powers spun in the middle of the track collecting 10 cars. Most were able to continue, but Livernois would continue his effort and pick up his fifth East Bay feature of the season. In his Victory Lane interview, Livernois recalled how he said during the Winternationals how he had hoped to win a special race. Ironically, the car he drove to victory had been purchased two years earlier from Tim Gay.
The night saw two new faces in Victory Lane. Chris Kennedy made a pass on lap 10 of the Q Auto & Injury Medical Malpractice Attorneys Micro Sprint feature, slipping around leader Doug Dyal, to notch his first win. The driver who recently relocated to Florida from Harrisburg, Pennsylvania was making his second start in this car. Kennedy shared in Victory Lane that the day started with the burial of his grandmother and this victory held special meaning. Earlier in the night, Kaylee Dyal won her first heat of the year.
In the 602 Late Models, John Wayne Haynes was finally able to prevail for the 10-lap main. Haynes, who had finished second when the class last raced, held the lead the entire way and began pulling away from Austin Leamon by the fourth lap. Haynes also won the heat.
Rodney Martin made a triumphant return to Victory Lane, taking an outside line around Charles Paris Jr. and pulling away for the 15-lap win. Martin, who had won the opening night feature, has been in the top three of the Gladiators point standings throughout the season, currently 25 points behind Paris with four races remaining. Callie Gubich, who finished a career-best fifth in the feature, and Robert Kissam won their heart races. Following the feature, eight drivers participated in a special “Bump Challenge” with Patrick Tabb defeating Kissam in the final race.
East Bay Raceway Park will be off on October 30, returning to action on Nov. 6 with 604 Late Models, Gagel’s Modifieds, Street Stocks, Mod Lites, Q Mini Sprints and Gladiators.
Feature (Gary Gay Memorial): Richard Livernois (71), Jerry Bruce (35), Brian Morgan (9), Thomas Pratt (22), David McCormick (26), Buck Woodhouse (55), Tim Powers (44), Josh Jones (05), Brad Langford (B46), Jason Burnside (12), Dan Yannone (53), Kyle Bowman (46k), Jimmy Baker (69x), Justin Rodgers (95), Phillip Powers (44P), Tim Gay (90), Paul Davis (10), Doug Johnson (09). DNS – Matt Bozeman (58)
Dash: Baker, Livernois, T. Powers, Pratt, Gay, McCormick
Q MICRO SPRINTS
Feature: Chris Kennedy (2), Doug Dyal (97D), William Burnside (13), Kaylee Dyal (11D), Paul Seburn (23)
602 LATE MODELS
Feature: John Wayne Haynes (52), Austin Leamon (18), Wesley Livernois (44)
Feature: Rodney Martin (21), Thomas Adams (T2), Charles Paris Jr. (03T), Robert Kissam (911), Callie Gubich (513), Davey Martin (55), Wayne Kissam (07), Derrick Edwards (17), Daniel Casey (3D), Jeff Smith (15), Patrick Tabb (03), Calvin Moore (70), Britt Mann (4×4), David Wood (21w), Ricky Rutledge Jr. (124), Tracy Maynard (62), Ricky Rutledge Sr. (4)
A seven-division program greeted the fans who gathered in mid-October to witness the Saturday night racing with the third event of the month on tap. Three new winners made appearances in Victory Lane throughout the night.
Steve Mathis Jr. had to hustle past early race leader Jack Nosbisch Jr. at the halfway mark of the 30-lap 604 Late Model main to move to his first win of the year. Mathis started seventh on the grid and began to pick off competitors as polesitter Nosbisch eased out to a lead in the first five laps. Josh Peacock gave Mathis all he wanted to protect his spot, but Mathis was able to sneak by into second. On a lap 14 restart, Mathis took advantage of a slight bobble by the leader, proving races can be won by those who put themselves in a position to make a winning move. The win came on the heels of an earlier Mathis heat race. Keith Nosbisch claimed the other preliminary.
Mark Moniz ran a strong race in a hotly contested Outlaw 4 feature. Moniz lost his lead on lap 10 to Billy Dukes, but came right back to take the lead on the next circuit. As the lead duo faced lapped traffic, Moniz swooped down in front of Dukes to prevail over the final laps. Eric Knight and Vernon Hart kept racing interesting in a clean duel for third. Moniz commented that it had been a while since he had been in victory lane and thanked many, including the competitors who made such a great race, Hart and Dukes were winners of the six-lap heats.
Gary Lucas claimed the V-8 Warrior main, his first of the season, on Saturday night as he was celebrating his birthday. Lucas made an inside pass off turn four on race leader George Handy to claim his spot in front. Handy and Mark Roadarmel were winners of the preliminaries.
The program opened with the Mod Lites back for another round as point leader Alex Cline claimed his third feature of the season. Cline had built up a good lead, but experienced some anxious moments late in the race by making heavy contact with a tire barrier. Undaunted, Cline motored on to the win, backing up an earlier heat race victory. Brian Teeters, who won a heat race, gave pursuit to again finish second in the division.
The Q Auto & Injury Medical Malpractice Attorneys Mini Sprint feature looked like it was going to be back to back for Bryce Comer, but Comer retired on lap six with front end damage on his race-leading race car. The unfortunate turn of events put Kenny Brewer in front and Brewer capitalized on it to roll to his second win of the year. Brewer and Bruce Comer added heat wins.
Austin Sanders weathered several restarts to prevail in the Gagel’s Modified 15-lap main. Sanders, who gathered in his third win of the year, settling it to hitting his marks throughout the race, confident in his race car’s ability to go where directed. Garret Stewart and Roger Crouse claimed heat wins.
Danny Bowman parked in Victory Lane for the Florida Old Time Modifieds, slipping past car owner Jamie Frankland for the eventual win.
Racing continues October 23 with Street Stocks competing in the Gary Gay Memorial, offering $700 to the winner. They will be joined 602 Late Models, Q Micro Sprints and Gladiators. Youngsters are invited to join the drivers on the frontstretch at intermission for the annual East Bay Trick or Treat.
604 LATE MODELS
Feature: Steve Mathis Jr. (95), Jackie Nosbisch (12), Doug Horton (46), Josh Peacock (2), Travis Varnadore (41), Daniel Woody (29), Jimmy Waldrop (9), John Norris (87), Cole Crawford (4), Thomas Burnside (13), Kevin DeVrieze (99), Scotty Williams (7JR), Keith Nosbisch (02)
Feature: Mark Moniz (41E), Billy Dukes (82), Eric Knight (7), Vernon Hart Jr. (D4R), Stephen Hohlbaugh (23S), Brad Button (25), Randy Johnson (1), Dalton Ellis (63), Rachelle Rudolph (77), Thomas Braswell Jr. (88), Terry Burke (73)
Feature: Gary Lucas (106), George Handy (105), Wayne Kissam (107), Mark Roadarmel Jr. (81), Nick Brown (12), Dodge Carlbert (2), Dalton Ellis (52B), Jason Burnside (12J), Mason Cassidy (17), Mike Nelson (72), Cody Mezyk (40). DNS – Jerry Rogers (10R). DQ – Juston Meeks (10)
Feature: Alex Cline (07c), Brian Teeters (44), Dylan Dunn (22), Jeff Bonnema (5B), Anthony Stewart (33), Thomas Walsh (32T), Brodrick Kennedy (24), Rocky Scott (4), J.T. Joiner (6J), Jeff Wolfe (83), Doug Dyal (97D), Bo Bass (41B)
Q MINI SPRINTS
Feature: Kenny Brewer (45), Chris Diamond (94), Jo Jo Davis (21W), David Hall (67), Charles Landis (12), Bruce Comer (21), Bryce Comer (9), Paul Seburn (23), Doug Dyal (97D). DNS – Dallas Casey (87)
GAGEL’S OPEN WHEEL MODIFIEDS
Feature: Austin Sanders (64), Travis Varnadore (205), Eric Moon (18), Garret Stewart (67), Patrick Passanise (333), Roger Crouse (15), Scott Bane (23B), Paul Rivall (15R), Cody Overton (33), Cam Canova (6), Tim McLeod (192), Bryan Bernhardt (B69), Jason Jack (54), Anthony Bennett (7B)