Six divisions of racing action greeted fans at East Bay Raceway Park on a beautiful Saturday night and the action was thrilling with new winners joining dominant names in Victory Lane.
Defending Gagel’s Open Wheel Modified champion Bryan Bernhardt made a late race pass on Seth Geary to secure his third win of the 2020 season. Geary held the lead against the assault of Bernhardt and Shane Burrows, managing to keep the lead until lap 13. Bernhardt slipped past and Burrows followed through as the checkered flag flew. Burrows had won the earlier heat.
Tanner Cobb made a triumphant return to Victory Lane in Late Model Sportsman action, gathering in his fourth victory of the 2020 season. Cobb, who was also credited with a heat race win, got pressure from 2019 track champion Forrest Gough, but held his line throughout the entire 15-lap run for the victory.
Nick Brown backed up a heat race win with a wire-to-wire run in the 15-lap feature in V-8 Warriors. The win was Brown’s first of the season in limited action. Derek Gray and Kayla Handy, each winners of earlier heat races, kept up a battle for position behind Brown until Handy was able to slip into second.
Vernon Hart Jr. became another new name in the winner’s circle, his first feature win on a dirt track in his career. Hart was clearly in command from start to finish. Attrition came early as point leader Stephen Hohlbaugh left near the halfway mark with tire issues, leaving only five competitors to finish the event. Dorsey Strickland and defending track champion Brandon Yates claimed the preliminaries.
Doug Dyal ended a four-month dry spell, capturing the 15-lap main for the Q Auto & Injury Medical Malpractice Attorneys Micro Sprints. Joshua Davis started the night with a heat race win.
The Gladiators closed the night with Daniel Bowman making a triumphant return to Victory Lane. Bowman suffered transmission issues on the first lap of last week’s race, forcing him to spend all free time in making the repairs needed to get the car on track for the Saturday action. Bowman and Bailey Purcell claimed heats.
The next racing action for East Bay Raceway Park is Saturday, Nov. 7 with Veterans Appreciation night. Action includes the Bob & Marge Long event for Q Auto & Injury Medical Malpractice Attorneys Sprints. The Mod Lites, Gagel’s Open Wheel Modifieds, Street Stocks and Q Auto & Injury Medical Malpractice Attorneys Mini Sprints will join the event.
GAGEL’S OPEN WHEEL MODIFIEDS
Feature: Bryan Bernhardt (B69), Shane Burrows (70B), Seth Geary (7G), Billy Howard Jr. (47J), Austin Sanders (64), Roger Crouse (15), Eric Moon (18), Drew Jackson (08), Buzzie Reutimann (00), Patrick Passanise (19), Megan Rae Meyer (11M), Scott Bane (23B), Dale Kelley (22), Bill Howard Sr. (47). DNS – David Pollen (88)
LATE MODEL SPORTSMAN
Feature: Tanner Cobb (03c), Forrest Gough (21), Megan Rae Meyer (11M), Keven Devrieze (99), Skyler Camper (28), Dustin Perez (14), Cole Crawford (4). DQ – TJ LaFlamboy (4×4)
Feature: Nick Brown (12), Kayla Handy (104), Derek Gray (189), Wayne Kissam (107), Jeremy Simpson (73), Juston Meeks (10), Michael Hart (99), George Handy (105), Jason Burnside (12), Rhett Wilson (64), Randy Shields (49), Gary Lucas (106), Kalen Maynard (2), William Doyle (09), Mark Roadarmel Jr. (81), Don McCourt (22), Raymond Vann (1), Cody Mezyk (40), Ricky Rutledge Jr. (124)
Feature: Vernon Hart Jr. (48), Dorsey Strickland (15), Brandon Yates (22), Billy Dukes (82), Eric Knight (7), Thomas Braswell Jr. (88), Stephen Hohlbaugh (23s), Mark Moniz (41E), Terry Burke (73). DNS – Michael Heard (1)
Q AUTO & INJURY MEDICAL MALPRACTICE ATTPRNEYS MICRO SPRINTS
Feature: Doug Dyal (97D), Paul Seburn (23), Jarod Meyers (7), Wade Evans (24), William Burnside (13), JoJo Davis (27), Joshua David (9)
Feature: Daniel Bowman (46), Brittany Hart (99), Robert Kissam (911), Rodney Martin(21), Bailey Purcell (07), Derrick Edwards (17), Alyssa Grant (47), Tracy Maynard (62), Callie Gubich (513), Patrick Fiore (88), Ricky Rutledge Sr. (4), Davey Martin (55), Patrick Tabb (03). DNS – Hunter Lovelady (68), David Wood (21W)