RACE DAY INFORMATION

Adults – $17 – Seniors & Military $15 – Teens 13-17 $10

Children 12 & under free with paying adult

Hot Laps at 6 p.m. – Racing at 6:30

Next Race: June 19 – Larry Miller Memorial 50 for Gagel’s Modifieds, 604 Late Models, Outlaw 4s, V-8 Warriors, Mod Lites, Florida Old Time Modifieds

 

 

Gainey Claims Florida Late Model Challenge Main at East Bay

The Florida Late Model Challenge Series made its first 2021 appearance at East Bay Raceway Park, headlining a five-division program that also featured Street Stocks, V-8 Warriors, Q Micro Sprints and Gladiators.

Heat winner Nevin Gainey held the pole for the 25-lap main event as the 14-car field rolled off turn four for the green flag. Gainey wasted little time in building up a lead as the field began to string out in the early stages. Travis Varnadore held second, but only for a lap as Shan Smith, also a heat winner, worked around him for the second position on lap two. Smith set off in pursuit of Gainey, who hit lapped traffic by the fifth lap. As the laps ticked off under green, Smith would gain ground, only to slip back negotiating turn two. Gainey was picking his spots to bypass fellow competitors and this gave Smith a new chance. The lead duo was catching up to Waylon Haynes and Matt Herlong battling for position on lap 15 when a caution waved for a Thomas Burnside spin. On the restart, Phillip Cobb took over third, but the front two cars were able to keep the defending track champion from becoming a factor. Smith raced hard to catch Gainey and, on the white flag lap, looked poised to make a move. Gainey stayed committed to his line and charged home with the win.

The victory was Gainey’s second consecutive Florida Late Model Challenge Series win as the Fort White, Florida speedster took over the points lead in the series. Prior to the race, Gainey and teammate Richard Ferry were tied for the top position. Ferry claimed seventh in the main event.

William Burnside opened the night by parking his Q Auto & Injury Medical Malpractice Attorneys Micro Sprint in Victory Lane for the second time this season. Burnside was able to lead the entire race, but not without challenges from Mike Meyers and heat winner Doug Dyal. Burnside was up to the task in claiming the 15-lap win.

Richard Livernois Jr. went wire-to-wire in a 15-lap Street Stocks that nearly went caution free. The only caution came out on lap 14 for a Phillip Ellis spin, resetting the field and putting a hungry Jerry Bruce in a position to make a difference. On the restart, Livernois carried the lead into the first turn, but then saw the car push up in the second turn. Bruce saw the opening and attempted to power by, but heat winner Livernois would prevail. It marked the second consecutive week that Livernois and Bruce finished 1-2 in the main.

The V-8 Warrior main event became a classic example of “things aren’t always what they seem.” On the track, Michael Hart was able to hold off George Handy and  second-place finisher Nick Brown after Hart had taken over the top spot on lap 7. At the finish, Hart crossed the line first, but a protest on a suspension part nullified the victory. The win was Brown’s fourth of the season.

The Gladiator feature got off to a slow start, but once the action was underway, it became intense. David Zeman possessed the early lead, but only until Wayne Kissam slipped by on the second lap. The best racing was not for the lead as defending track champion Daniel Bowman held off numerous competitors who wanted to take away his second-place position. Deeper in the field, drivers were mixing into the top five with position changes on nearly every lap. Bowman finally yielded second spot to Dalton Goldhammer, who had to over come adversity to have a chance. Goldhammer had a flat at the start of the race, but the crew was able to get the car back on track without losing a lap. He was then caught up in a lap two crash, but soldiered on. The end result was a second-place finish behind Wayne Kissam, who scored his second win of the year. Bowman and Rodney Martin were earlier heat winners. Second-year driver Callie Gubich scored her first career heat race win on the eve of her birthday.

Racing action will kick in on Saturday, June 19 with the running of the Larry Miller Memorial 50 for Gagel’s Open Wheel Modifieds. Joining them will be 604 Late Models, Outlaw 4s, Q Mini Sprints, V-8 Warriors, Mod Lites and Florida Old Time Modifieds. Special event pricing is in effect.

FLORIDA LATE MODEL CHALLENGE SERIES

Feature: Nevin Gainey (17G), Shan Smith (32), Phillip Cobb (03), Travis Varnadore (41), Stevie Mathis Jr. (95), Brenden Smith (17SSJr), Richard Ferry (17F), David Markham (515), Matt Herlong (131), Waylon Haynes (11), Daniel Woody (29), Thomas Burnside (13), Bill Adkins (26), Chuck Jackson (45)

Q MICRO SPRINTS

Feature: William Burnside (13), Doug Dyal (97D), Mike Meyers (77), William Brannon Jr. (60), Paul Seburn (23), Kaylee Dyal (11D), Joe Taylor (29)

STREET STOCKS

Feature: Richard Livernois Jr. (71), Jerry Bruce (35), Jimmy Wagner (17w), Buck Woodhouse (55), Robert Allen (98), Brad Langford (B46), Phillip Ellis (29), Kyle Bowman (46K)

V-8 WARRIORS

Feature: Nick Brown (12), George Handy (105), Tommy Hill (5H), Jason Burnside (12J), Gary Lucas (106), Wayne Kissam (107). DQ – Michael Hart (99)

GLADIATORS

Feature: Wayne Kissam (07), Dalton Goldhammer (18), Daniel Bowman (46), Charles Paris Jr. (03T), Robert Kissam (911), Rodney Martin (21), Ricky Rutledge Jr. (124), Thomas Adams (T2), Patrick Fiore (88), Daniel Casey (3D), Brett Calonge (09X), Timmy Simmons (16), David Zeman (13), Callie Gubich (513), Derrick Edwards (17), Alyssa Grant (47), Ricky Rutledge Sr. (4), Bubba Diaz (45), Brett Proctor (1). DNS – Jerry Moore (70), Davey Martin (55)

Haynes Hustles to Claim Precision Wallboard LM 50

With the threat of rain looming, the Saturday racing action rolled without delay, offering fast-paced action in six divisions.

The 604 Late Model class came back with a vengeance as the Precision Wallboard 50 was on the schedule with a $2,000 payday awaiting the winner. Defending track champion Phillip Cobb grabbed the early lead from Daniel Woody, becoming the first driver to test the outside line. Cobb was able to power away, leaving a host of contenders battling for second, led by Keith Nosbisch. A lap 18 caution wiped pout Cobb’s large lead. On the restart, Jimmy Waldrop moved to second, bringing Waylon Haynes up to third. Cobb was again able to develop breathing room as the top three drivers were committed to the same line. Shortly after the halfway mark, the caution for a Haynes spin in turn. On the restart, Waldrop slipped by only to have Cobb regain the lead. It was a moot point as the caution returned before a lap was completed, charged to Wallace Peacock, who hit the backstretch wall while running fifth. The next restart saw the surging Travis Varnadore take the lead away on lap 34, but it would be short-lived. On the next lap, Nosbisch grabbed the lead. His time at the front was also brief as a new leader emerged in Waylon Haynes. After he was sent to the back, Haynes found determination and drive as he made his way back into position to move out later in the race. Varnadore mounted a last-ditch effort and came up short in a bid for the $2,000 top prize. Cobb and Josh Peacock claimed earlier heats.

The night’s program opened with the Gagel’s Open Wheel Modifieds with defending track champion Bryan Bernhardt finally getting his first win of the regular season. Bernhardt, who won the March 6 Modified event as part of the World of Outlaws program, seized the lead from Austin Sanders on two occasions early, but each was nullified by caution flags. Bernhardt was able to seal the deal on lap eight and head off to Victory Lane. Bernhardt and Tyler Clem were best in heat races.

Doug Dyal recorded his first Q Auto & Injury Medical Malpractice Mini Sprint main of the 2021 season after coming close on several occasions. Bryce Comer held the early lead with Dyal in close pursuit. Bruce Comer made it a three-car battle, eventually taking the high line to the front. Dyal patiently pursued Comer and finally saw an opportunity to grab the lead and move on for the win. The race was red flagged on lap five when David Hall flipped in turn four, landing atop Charles Landis’ ride. The drivers were uninjured and continued in the race. Dyal and Bruce Comer were heat winners.

Two-time and defending track champion Austin notched his third feature win in the Mod Lites. To get the win, Martin made a nice move in turn one to dispatch leader Alex Cline. From that point, Martin stayed true to the low side and brought home the victory, backing up an earlier heat win. Jeff Bonnema recorded his first heat win of the season.

Jason Burnside became a first-time winner in the V-8 Warriors, holding off Nick Brown through the late stages. Burnside remarked in Victory Lane how he had run second many times, including five in a row and it felt good to again be the feature winner. Brown did score the heat win.

A field of 17 Gladiators were on hand. Daniel Bowman had the early lead in the 15-lap feature, keeping the bottom line through the race. Bowman had a variety of challengers, but the best drive was coming from Charles Paris Jr., who had been relegated to the rear due to his win last time the Gladiators competed. Paris was able to come through the field and camp behind Bowman, making contact with the leader in turn four. The two managed to stay in front and soon, it was Paris driving by for the win. Derrick Edwards scored a heat race win and a top-five in the feature. Robert Kissam added a heat win.

Racing action continues June 12 with the first appearance of the Florida Pro Late Models, joined by Street Stocks, V-8 Warriors, Q Micro Sprints and Gladiators.

604 Late Models

Feature: Waylon Haynes (11), Travis Varnadore (95), Keith Nosbisch (02), Brenden Smith (17ssJR), Josh Peacock (21), Tom Fiebelkorn (45T), Jimmy Waldrop (9), Jimmy Wagner (17W), Tim Dowling (12D), Mavrick Varnadore (41), Phillip Cobb (03), John Norris (87), Wallace Peacock (P1), Cole Crawford (4), Thomas Burnside (13), Daniel Woody (29), Scotty Williams (7JR)

GAGEL’S OPEN WHEEL MODIFIEDS

Feature: Bryan Bernhardt (B69), Austin Sanders (64), Tyler Clem (14), Pat Passanise (333), Scott Bane (23B), Anthony Bennett (7B), Tim McLeod (192), Paul Rivall (15R), Chris Bailey (77B)

Q MINI SPRINTS

Feature: Doug Dyal (97D), Bruce Comer (21), Bryce Comer (9), Dallas Casey (87), David Hall (67), Charles Landis (12), Justin Webster (21W), Josh Davis (7S), Shanna Walters (13), Jo Jo Davis (7J), Joe Bartow (3)

MOD LITES

Feature: Austin Martin (97), Alex Cline (07c), Andrew Smith (71), J.T. Joiner (6J), Jeff Bonnema (5B), Dylan Dunn (22), Terry Joiner (6), Rocky Scott (4), Brodrick Kennedy (24), Jeff Wolfe (83), Bo Bass (41B)

V-8 WARRIORS

Feature: Jason Burnside (12J), Nick Brown (12), George Handy (105), Gary Lucas (106), Wayne Kissam (107), Matt Bozeman (0), Cody Mezyk (40), Macy Bozeman (58). DNS – Mike Wilson (68)

GLADIATORS

Feature: Charles Paris Jr. (03), Daniel Bowman (46), David Zeman (13), Derrick Edwards (17), Daniel Casey (3D), Wayne Kissam (07), Jeff Smith (15), Callie Gubich (513), Ricky Rutledge Sr. (4), Robert Kissam (911), Logan Casteel (7), Patrick Tabb (03), Rodney Martin (21), Davey Martin (55), Hunter Lovelady (68), Ricky Rutledge Jr. (124). DNS – Alyssa Grant (47)

 

 

Attention Late Model Racers

STATEMENT FROM CRATE RACIN’ USA
Crate Racin’ USA officials are amending the Official Tire Rule for both the Dirt Late Model Touring Series, Weekly Racing Series, and Late Model Sportsman Divisions. Effective May 26th, 2021, Crate Racin’ USA will allow the Hoosier HTS 1350 and HTS 1600 tire as an option to the Crate Racin’ USA D21 and D55. This will be in effect until June 30th, and then a two-week “burn-off” will be allowed to let those tires be used up by competitors that have purchased them.
We appreciate everyone’s support and understanding and will update accordingly.

Repeat Winners Dominate East Bay Action

Five drivers were able to make a return visit to Victory Lane Saturday night as East Bay Raceway Park wrapped up the action for the month of May.

Kenny Brewer opened the night’s action by posting a victory in his first appearance of the 2021 season in the Q Auto & Injury Medical Malpractice Attorneys Mini Sprints. Brewer swept around early race leader Doug Dyal to take command and move out to the win. Heat race winners Bruce Comer and his nephew, Bryce Comer, experienced mechanical difficulty in their bid to sweep the events. The issues for Bruce Comer stopped a win streak that had extended back to November 2020. The second heat race was red flagged when Josh Davis climbed the backstretch wall and flipped. He was treated and released and able to compete in the feature.

Nick Brown started the 15-lap V-8 Warrior main event in the back, but it was more about where you finish than where you start. Brown had moved into the top three before the halfway mark, making his pass on leader George Handy en route to his third win of the season. Brown and Jason Burnside had won the earlier heats.

Frank Beck prevailed in the battle to become the first two-time winner in the class. Beck, who won the season opener, gingerly worked through lapped traffic. Behind him, Garrett Green had to stave off the constant efforts of Joe Zuczek and Steve Diamond, but Green prevailed to add a second place run to his feature win earlier in the year. Zuczek and Bryan Eckley won the 6-lap heats.

Rich Livernois powered to victory, but not without a hard challenge from Jerry Bruce from the mid-point of the race. Bruce was able to pull alongside Livernois on occasion, but each effort was wiped out by a caution. Zack Amundsen and Tim Gay scored heat wins.

Alex Cline inherited the lead after previous leader Darren Bass was caught up in a spin by a car about to be lapped. Cline made the best of his good fortune by staying on the bottom of the track to prevail over heat race winner Bo Bass. Darren Bass claimed the other preliminary.

The final feature of the night saw Charles Paris Jr. return to victory in the Gladiator main. Alyssa Grant led the early stages and managed to keep Paris and Wayne Kissam behind her through the early going. Once Paris was able to slip by, he kept a steady pace through the field as Kissam attempted to close in. Paris backed up his earlier heat win. The division’s other heat was claimed by David Zeman, who notched his first East Bay win.

As the calendar changes to June, the action rolls along with the Precision Wallboard 50 for 604 Late Models taking place on Saturday, June 5, paying $2,000 to the winner. Joining the Late Models will be the Gagel’s Modifieds, V-8 Warriors, Mod Lites, Q Mini Sprints and Gladiators. Special event pricing is in effect.

Q MINI SPRINTS

Feature: Kenny Brewer (45), Doug Dyal (97D), David Hall (67), Michael Luckert (93), Jo Jo Davis (7J), Charles Landis (12), Bryce Comer (9), Joe Bartow (3), Bryce Comer (21), Justin Webster (21W), Josh Davis (7s)

V-8 WARRIORS

Feature: Nick Brown (12), Jason Burnside (12J), Wayne Kissam (107), Mike Wilson (68), Gary Lucas (106), Juston Meeks (10), Michael Hart (99), Kalen Maynard (2), Dalton Ellis (52B), Cody Mezyk (40), Jeremy Simpson (X). DNS- Derek Gray. DQ – George Handy (105)

Q AUTO & INJURY MEDICAL MALPRACTICE ATTORNEYS SPRINTS

Feature: Frank Beck (89), Garrett Green (82), Joe Zuczek (50), Steve Diamond (9), Bryan Eckley (12B), Tim George (1*), Matt Wedgewood (15W), Danny Jones (14), Nathan Barouch (13), Guy Bos (3k), Louis Brashear (14X)

STREET STOCKS

Feature: Rich Livernois Jr. (71), Jerry Bruce (35), Zack Amundsen (20), Jim Baker (69x), Kyle Bowman (46k), Nick Hebrank (7), Buck Woodhouse (55), Brad Langford (B46), Robert Allen (98), Allen Bailey (51), Timmy Gay (90)

MOD LITES

Feature: Alex Cline (07c), Bo Bass (41B), Dylan Dunn (22), Anthony Stewart (33), Jeff Wolfe (83), Terry Joiner (6), Rocky Scott (4), Brent Lavy (X8), Brodrick Kennedy (24), Jeff Bonnema (5B), Darren Bass (14B), Thomas Walsh (32T), J.T. Joiner (6J)

GLADIATORS

Feature: Charles Paris Jr. (03T), Wayne Kissam (07), Rodney Martin (21), David Zeman (13), Jeff Smith (15), Derrick Edwards (17), Davey Martin (55), Patrick Fiore (88), Ricky Rutledge Sr. (4), Callie Gubich (513), Tracy Maynard (16), Brett Calonge (09x), Alyssa Grant (47), Robert Kissam (911), Daniel Bowman (46), Trevor Johnson (05), Patrick Tabb (03). DNS – Logan Casteel (7)

 

 

602 Late Model Rules Addendum

ADDENDUM TO SHOCK RULES – Effective May 27, 2021
1 – Seven (7) shocks allowed on car MAXIMUM (1 LF, 1 RF, 2 LR, 1 Fifth Coil and 1 90/10 over rear end)
2 – Shocks can be steel or aluminum
3 – Non-adjustable shocks only, no remote reservoirs
4 – No thru-rod or J-damper shocks allowed. No air shocks. No dump shocks.
5 – Schrader valves and piercing valves for gas replacement/adjustment OK
6 – Shock claim rule is $250 per shock. You must finish on the lead lap and in the top 3 to claim shocks. Any driver finishing in the top 3 may claim shocks from any car that finished in the top 3. Shock claim does not include springs or coilover kits, but it does include anything attached to the shock shaft (bump stops, bump springs, shock/extensions)
NO AIR SHOCKS…NO DUMP VALVES!