Mathis, Moniz, Lucas First Time 2021 Winners in East Bay Action

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)

OUTLAW 4S

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)

V-8 WARRIORS

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)

MOD LITES

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)

 

 

 

Repeat Winners Dominate East Bay Action

A busy schedule with seven divisions plus the second visit of the Daytona Antique Auto Racing Association gave plenty of on-track action for those who turned out at East Bay Raceway Park for the Saturday action.

The Q Auto & Injury Medical Malpractice Sprints finally got the chance to hit the track after more than four months. Scheduled races were rainout victims, leading to the infrequent appearance, but a good turnout of 12 cars led to some great racing. Robby Hoffmann jumped into the Steve Diamond-owned #9 and claimed the heat race win while Billy Bridges added his first preliminary win of the year. Joe Zuczek grabbed the early lead, but it was Hoffmann who held the hot hand. The 2019 Mini Sprint champion, who had driven a Sprint during the Winternationals, made the best of the situation, adding the 15-lap main event win to his racing resume.

Doug Dyal notched his fourth feature win of the season and William Burnside was tops in the heat in the Q Micro Sprints action.

Point leader Nick Brown added his fifth feature win of the year in the V-8 Warrior class, backing up a heat victory from earlier in the night. Michael Hart scored the other heat for the class.

Tanner Cobb made his first start in the 602 Late Model class count, claiming the win in the heat and 15-lap feature. Cobb, racing a car carrying a “For Sale” sign on the right rear quarter panel, filled in for his father and brought home the wins.

Wayne Kissam led the entire distance to win his third Gladiator main event by staving off competition in the 15-lap feature. Brittany Hart and Kyle Kruse were winners of the six-lap heats.

The Outlaw 4s were added to the program after the class was cancelled at another track. Drivers turned around and headed to East Bay, bringing a field of 9 cars for the division’s action. Defending class champion Stephen Hohlbaugh prevailed in the 15-lap main. Billy Dukes was awarded the heat race win. The win was Hohlbaugh’s third of the season.

Vintage Sptrints and Midgets from the Daytona Antique Auto Racing Association ran 10-lap feature races. Dennis Sanchez claimed the Midget main, which was marred by a Barry Watson flip. Watson was okay, but not able to continue. The Sprint main went to David Kelley.

A busy night is planned for the next action on Saturday, Oct. 16 as the 604 Late Models, Gagel’s Open Wheel Modifieds, Mod Lites, V-8 Warriors, Outlaw 4s, Q Mini Sprints and Florida Old Time Modifieds hit the track. Race time is 6:30.

Q AUTO & INJURY MEDICAL MALPRACTICE SPRINTS

Feature: Robby Hoffmann (9), Joe Zuczek (50), Frank Beck (89), Billy Bridges (11B), Bryan Eckley (12B), Danny Jones (14), Matt Wedgewood (15W), Jeff Bye (26), Guy Bos (3k), Tim George (1*), Nathan Barouch (13), Chris Hahn (2).

Q MICRO SPRINTS

Feature: Doug Dyal (97D), William Burnside (13), Paul Seburn (23), Kaylee Dyal (11D), Neal Evans (24)

V-8 WARRIORS

Feature: Nick Brown (12), George Handy (105), Michael Hart (99), Collin Kruse (92), Juston Meeks (10), Wayne Kissam (107), Jason Burnside (12J), Danny Bowman (46), Cody Mezyk (40), Gary Lucas (106), Derek Gray (189), Shane Koperda (124)

602 LATE MODELS

Feature: Tanner Cobb (03c), Brandon Yates (86), Trent Wilson (64). DNS – Frank Williams (6)

GLADIATORS

Feature: Wayne Kissam (07), Patrick Tabb (03), Derrick Edwards (17), Charles Paris Jr. (03T), Robert Kissam (911), Tracy Maynard (62), Brittany Hart (99), Ricky Rutledge Jr. (124), Callie Gubich (513), Rodney Martin (21), Daniel Casey (3D), Kyle Kruse (46), Davey Martin (55).

OUTLAW 4S

Feature: Stephen Hohlbaugh (23s), Eric Knight (7), Mark Moniz (41E), Randy Johnson (1), Terry Burke (73), Brad Button (25), Rachelle Rudolph (77), Billy Dukes (82), Thomas Braswell Sr. (88)

DAARA

Midgets – Dennis Sanchez (35), Boyd Vander Syde (9), Wes Hill (V-6), Barry Watson (41)

Sprints – David Kelley (46), Darren Nichols (6), Ted Filides (2J), Josh Rynd (15). DNS – Bob Wolphert (52), Dan Darnell (111)

 

Revised 2022 Winternationals Schedule

Due to potential conflicts with other tracks and series schedules, the 2022 WinterNationals schedule at East Bay Raceway Park has been revised. The new schedule opens up opportunities for additional classes not previously involved, allowing for increased participation.

The 46th annual WinterNationals will open with five divisions. V-8 Warrior/Thunderstocks, Street Stocks, Gladiators, Mini Sprints and Micro Sprints will have a practice session on Wednesday, January 19 before beginning three nights of racing.  The V-8 Warriors/Thunderstocks will compete for $300 to win on Thursday and Friday with the winner’s share jumping to $500 on the Saturday night finale. The Street Stocks will see an increased purse each night with winner’s take being $400 on Thursday, $500 on Friday and $1,000 on Saturday. Gladiators, Mini Sprints and Micro Sprints will receive $150 for the winner of each class on Thursday and Friday with $300 as the top prize on Saturday.

Five nights of UMP DIRTcar /East Bay Raceway Park Open Wheel Modified racing will begin on Tuesday, January 25. The Tuesday and Wednesday shows will pay $1,000 to the Modified winner with fans getting a special admission price of only $10 to watch the action. The Thursday (January 27) show will add the Top Gun Sprints for the remaining three nights of the week. Modified winners receive $1,500 for victory on Thursday and Friday with the Saturday winner taking home $5,000. Top Gun Sprints compete for $1,000 to win each night. A practice session for the two divisions will be held on Monday, January 24.

Late Model fans won’t want to miss the appearance of the Crate Racin’ USA 602 and 604 divisions as they face three nights of action. The opening night (Thursday, February 3) will see the 602s battle for $500 to win with the 604 winner receiving $2,500. That same prize awaits Friday’s 604 winner, but the stakes double for the 602s as a top prize of $1,000 awaits. The final night of these two classes sees the biggest [payout with $5,000 to win for the 604 champ and $2,500 for the 602 winner.

The annual appearance of the Lucas Oil Dirt Late Model Series will once feature six nights of racing. The action begins Monday, Feb. 7 after a Sunday practice day. The top national competitors will battle it out with the purses increasing throughout the week. The winner of the Saturday finale will once again nab $15,000. In 2021, five different winners appeared in Victory Lane with only Tyler Erb able to double down on the week, including the Saturday finale.

For the third year, the All-Star Circuit of Champions 410 Sprints will thunder at the Clay by the Bay with two nights on the schedule. Valentine’s Day (Monday, February 14) starts off the action with the second show on Tuesday, February 15, each offering $6,000 to win. Last year, Mother Nature took the first night, but Donny Schatz grabbed the feature win on night #2 with eventual 2021 All-Star Champion Tyler Courtney grabbing fourth in his East Bay 410 Sprint debut. This year, the All Stars will be joined by the Mini Sprints, making a return appearance in the 46th annual WinterNationals.

The action concludes with the 21st running of the Ronald Laney Memorial King of the 360s. Preliminary events on Thursday and Friday (Feb. 17 and 18) pay $2,000 to winning driver. The Saturday finale carries a top prize of $10,000 to close the WinterNationals with a bang. The 360s will be joined by three nights of racing in Mod Lites with the Saturday winner taking home $500.

Additional information can be found here

Eddie Cox

East Bay Raceway Park would like to express our deepest sympathy to the friends and family of Eddie Cox, who passed away recently. Eddie worked at East Bay Raceway Park in 2002.

There will be no services. Please keep the family in your prayers.

Mathews Prevails as Gene Slaughter Memorial Race Winner

A field of 21 604 Late Models turned out for the fourth annual Gene Slaughter Memorial with $2,000 plus added contingencies on the line for the winner. When it was all said and done on the track, the tech officials determined the final outcome.

After heat races were won by Doug Horton, Mavrick Varnadore and Tom Fiebelkorn, the 20-car field assembled shortly after intermission in the six-division program. Travis Varnadore took the lead from the pole position with Fiebelkorn giving chase. The field was slowed on the second lap for a two-car incident. On the restart, Mavrick Varnadore scooted into second. Mavrick and Jack Nosbisch would exchange the spot behind Travis on subsequent restarts. On lap 19, two-time feature winner Shan Smith made himself a factor. On a lap 22 restart, Smith came from third to first and built up a big lead into lapped traffic. While Smith was stretching it out, none of the top five positions were certain as battles were brewing. Cody Overton, in his first East Bay start, slipped past Travis Varnadore for second as the white flag came out, but a caution nullified the pass. With the green and white waving, Smith shot off to leave the rest to decide their respective fates. Jeff Mathews vaulted into second at the checkered flag. The top finishers headed to the scale while Smith went to Victory Lane. After the ceremony, the unofficial winner reported to tech, only to be disqualified for a tire violation. The turn of events gave Mathews the win for the 50-lap main.

Mathews and Overton were doing double duty, competing in the Gagel’s Open Wheel Modifieds. Mathews won his heat race, as did David Pollen Jr. For the 15-lap feature, Billy Howard grabbed the initial lead, but Bryan Bernhardt soon asserted himself in the top position. Bernhardt would have his hands full as both Mathews and Overton hounded the leader. Overton was able to be the one to dispatch Bernhardt and claim the win. Not only was this the first appearance at East Bay for the Modified winner, it was also his first-ever Modified race. It became one to remember, adding to his third place run in the Late Models.

Overton’s win was one of many that would see Victory Lane welcome a new face in 2021. To open the program, the Q Auto & Injury Mini Sprint main was captured by Bryce Comer, who held off his uncle Bruce for the win. Bruce Comer had won the preliminary.

J.T. Joiner was a first-time winner in the Mod Lite class, which saw point leader Alex Cline secure the heat. Cline would be the hunter in the 15-lap main, trying to get by Joiner and score another feature. Joiner ran steady lines to keep the competition at bay, bringing home his first win of the year after starting the season with a runner-up finish.

Tommy Hill made the three-hour trip from home to race at East Bay on his birthday. No one was giving him gifts for the occasion as the Street Stock feature was a hard-fought win for the Clewiston driver. Jerry Bruce was best in class for the heat win.

Point leader Charles Paris Jr. notched his sixth win of the 2021 season, slipping by Derrick Edwards to move on to Victory Lane in the 17-car main. D.J. Taylor and Raymond Vann  won their heats, but found difficulty in the feature.

The racing continues next Saturday Oct. 9 as the Q Auto & Injury Medical Malpractice Attorneys Sprints headline a card that includes 602 Late Models, V-8 Warriors, Q Micro Sprints, Gladiators and the return of the Daytona Antique Auto Racing Association.

604 LATE MODELS

Feature: Jeff Mathews (33), Travis Varnadore (41), Cody Overton (33), Keith Nosbisch (02), Doug Horton (46), Mavrick Varnadore (95M), Phillip Cobb (03), Steve Mathis Jr. (95), Tom Fiebelkorn (45T), Jack Nosbisch (12), Brenden Smith (17SS), Matt Herlong (131), Trever Taylor (7T), Jesse Brown (7JR), Jimmy Wagner (17W), John Norris (87), Billy Boyd Jr. (ZERO), Daniel Woody (29), Thomas Burnside (13). DNS – Jimmy Waldrop (9). DQ – Shan Smith (32).

GAGEL’S OPEN WHEEL MODIFIEDS

Feature: Cody Overton (33), Bryan Bernhardt (B69), Jeff Mathews (33), Austin Sanders (64), Jason Jack (54), Patrick Passanise (333), Billy Howard Jr. (47), Paul Rivall (15R), David Pollen Jr. (88), Scott Bane (23B), Cam Canova (6), Ryan Thompson Jr. (54T)

Q MINI SPRINTS

Feature: Bryce Comer (9), Bruce Comer (21), David Hall (67), Charles Landis (12), Joe Bartow (3), Doug Dyal (97D), Shanna Walters (13)

MOD LITES

Feature: J.T. Joiner (6J), Alex Cline (07c), Dylan Dunn (22), Terry Joiner (6), Jeff Bonnema (5B), Anthony Stewart (33), Jeff Wolfe (83), Rocky Scott (4), Brodrick Kennedy (24), Bill Pennington (28P), Thomas Walsh (32T)

STREET STOCKS

Feature: Tommy Hill (1H), Richard Livernois Jr. (71), Paul Davis (10), Jerry Bruce (35), Buck Woodhouse (55), Danny Yannone (53), Kyle Bowman (46K), Brad Langford (B46), Harold Williams (98). DNS – Doug Johnson (09)4

GLADIATORS

Feature: Charles Paris Jr. (03T), Robert Kissam (911), Rodney Martin (21), Derrick Edwards (17), Wayne Kissam (07), Daniel Casey (3D), Patrick Tabb (03), Ricky Rutledge Jr. (124), Jerry Moore (70), Britt Mann (4×4), Dalton Goldhammer (18), Callie Gubich (513), Daniel Bowman (46), D.J. Taylor (00), J.B. Moffitt (6P), Raymond Vann (1), Tracy Maynard (62), Patrick Fiore (88), Ricky Rutledge (4)

Added to Tonight’s event!

Additional awards will be given during the running of the annual Gene Slaughter Memorial for 604 Late Models. Fit Together Fitness will award $50 to the leader of lap 10. RCP America will add $100 to the winner. Plumb Crazy Plumbing will award $100 to the leader on lap 24 and will give an additional $100 to last place.

In addition to the 604 Late Models, there will be racing in the Gagel’s Open Wheel Modifieds, Street Stocks, Mod Lites, Q Auto & Injury Medical Malpractice Attorneys Mini Sprints and Gladiators.

Pit gates open at 4, main gate opens at 5, races start at 6:30.

Admission is $17 for adults, seniors & military $15, Teens 13-17 $10. Children under 12 free with paying adult.

Dolores Knight

Graveside services for Dolores Knight will be held on Oct. 13 at 1 p.m. at the Blount & Curry Funeral Home @Garden of Memories, 4207 E. Lake Ave in Tampa. Mrs. Knight was the mother of track official Stacy Knight (Janet) and grandmother of Outlaw 4 driver Eric Knight.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her memory to the donor’s favorite charity or donations can be made to the AMI/YES program.