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Kissam Scores Big Gladiator Win

With Thanksgiving Thursday and Black Friday behind us, we turned our attention to “Let’s Go Racing” Saturday as East Bay Raceway Park hosted the six-division program that included a special event for the Gladiator class. The planned 25-lap race originally was set to pay $250 for the winner, but anonymous donations drove the winner’s share to $770 for the race.

Heat winner Derrick Edwards grabbed the lead at the start of the Gladiator feature and held off challenges for the first two laps. Robert Kissam, who started inside the second row, made his move in turn two to wrest away the lead as the field headed for the backstretch, Dalton Ellis would grab second before the first caution flew for debris from a blown tire. Logan Casteel moved past Ellis for second when Ellis was pinned by a lapped car on lap 9 and the two would spend the rest of the time swapping the position throughout the race.

Several cautions would slow the race between lap 14 and lap 15. On lap 16, Daniel Bowman, who started at the rear due to his win in the previous event, had charged to the top five when contact with Patrick Tabb brought the car to a stop on the back straightaway. At the other end of the track, the field was slowing for the yellow when Rodney Martin tangled with another car and ended up stranded on an infield barrier tire. While the safety crews worked to free Martin, the field circulated past the incident site when Eric Davis’ car suddenly caught fire. Davis pulled from the track and attempted to get out the car to escape the flames. Driver Joe Garrita saw what was happening, stopped his car and jumped out to assist the driver. Both were able to escape the flames. But Davis was done for the event.

As the race began to wind down, Kissam continued to lead the way with Casteel and Ellis pre-occupied with their own battles. The checkered flag arrived, giving Kissam his biggest payday of his career and first feature win of the season.

In addition to Edwards, Ellis and Bowman claimed heat wins. A field of 23 cars were on hand for the event.

Tanner Cobb became the first driver to clinch a class championship as the second-generation racer scored his fifth victory in Late Model Sportsman action. Tim Dowling led to the halfway mark with Cobb picking up spots from his fifth starting position to second. Cobb moved inside Dowling on lap 8 and rolled out to the win, backing up an earlier heat victory.

Attrition appeared in the Gagel’s Open Wheel Modifieds before the field took the green. After Austin Sanders and Bryan Bernhardt won their heat races, a number of cars would not make the call to the feature lineup, leaving only 5 cars to start the 15-lap feature. Throughout the event, several incidents involving contact between drivers left the field reduced to three cars through the final laps. Bernhardt recorded his fourth win of the season as the defending class champion cruised to the win.

The closest feature finish of the night would come in the 15-lap event for Street Stocks. Heat winner Paul Davis took command early on, but soon would become the object of attention for fellow heat winner Richard Livernois. Livernois had gotten past Buck Woodhouse to claim second and began reeling in Davis. As the duo raced off turn four, it was anyone’s race and Davis had enough to drive through for his second feature win of the year.

Kenny Brewer took the lead on the second lap of the Q Auto & Injury Medical Malpractice Attorneys Mini Sprint feature and rolled out to his second main event triumph of the year. Ryan Meeks charged to second to record his best finish of the season while heat winner Dennis Sanchez scored third for his best run.

Danny Bowman collected the checkered flag for the Florida Old Time Modifieds.

Three more nights of racing remain on the 2020 scheduled with consecutive weeks continuing on December 5. That’s the night of the 2020 Top Gun Sprints’ final race, which will be the annual Don Rehm Classic, a wingless main event in honor of the series founder. The Gagel’s Open Wheel Modifieds and Q Mini Sprints return and the Mod Lites make their final appearance of the year. The Daytona Antique Auto Racing Association will feature the finest in vintage racing action.


Feature: Robert Kissam (911), Dalton Ellis (46K), Logan Casteel (7), Ricky Rutledge Sr. (4), Bailey Purcell (07), Alyssa Grant (47), Rodney Martin (21), Davey Martin (55), Patrick Tabb (03), Tracy Maynard (62), Ricky Rutledge Jr. (124), Joe Garrita (15), Joshua Ashmore (29), Daniel Bowman (46), Eric Davis (20), Wayne Kissam (811), Derrick Edwards (17), Randy Shields (222), Dustin Higdon (44), David Zeman (13), Randy Tyler (22), Callie Gubich (513). DNS – Chuck Frater


Feature: Tanner Cobb (03c), Kenny Monahan (311), Megan Rae Meyer (11M), Cole Crawford (4), Tim Dowling (12D), Steve Brendle (141). DQ – Wallace Peacock (P1)


Feature: Bryan Bernhardt (B69), Billy Howard Jr. (47), Megan Rae Meyer (11M), Austin Sanders (64), Drew Jackson (08). DNS – David Pollen (88), Chris Bailey (77B), Bill Howard (47), Doug Dyal (97D), Tim McLeod (192)


Feature: Paul Davis (10D), Richard Livernois (71), Buck Woodhouse (55), Matt Bozeman (58), Billy Barstow (756), Allen Bailey (51), Doug Johnson (09D), Jimmy Baker (5), Roger Crouse (15). DNS – Mike Wilson (68)


Feature: Kenny Brewer (45), Ryan Meeks (12), Dennis Sanchez (11), Mike Meyers (6), Don R Quinn (33), JoJo Davis (7j), Trey Almand (1), Donnie T. Quinn (33D), Shanna Walters (13). Jamie Tinkham (51). DNS – Randy Thomas (4T)



Purse Increase for Gladiator Race This Week

The racing action returns Saturday night (Nov. 28) with six classes taking the track as the 2020 season heads into its final weeks.

The night will showcase the popular Gladiator class, who had a previously announced $250 to win race on the schedule. However, thanks to the generous donation of Mike W, the purse has been increased with the winner now getting $350. The second and third place finishers will have an additional $100 each in their pay envelope.

The Gladiators will be joined by the Gagel’s Open Wheel Modifieds, Late Model Sportsman, Street Stocks, Q Auto & Injury Medical Malpractice Attorneys Mini Sprints and Florida Old Time Modifieds.

Pit Gates open at 3 p.m., main grandstands open at 5 p.m. and racing starts at 6:30 p.m.

East Bay Raceway Park will continue its 2020 season into the month of December with three exciting nights of racing to be held on December 5 and December 12 with the year’s action ending on Dec. 19.


Nosbisch Claims Gene Slaughter Memorial 50 at East Bay

A field of 24 Pro Late Models gathered at East Bay for the re-scheduled running of the Gene “Coyote” Slaughter Memorial, a 50-lap main event for the class. The turnout for the event, postponed from October, was the highest car count of the season.

Ashton Winger, Ivedent Lloyd and Devin Dixon opened the night with heat race wins, but found themselves starting from row two back after the inversion. At the green flag, it was Jimmy Waldrop who took the early lead. On lap three, the lead change took place with Travis Varnadore securing the top spot as the first caution came out. On the restart, Winger would slip past Waldrop with Jimmy Sharpe Jr. grabbing third on lap five. The field was slowed for a Jeff Mathews frontstretch spin and it was Sharpe on the move when the green flag returned, jumping up to second ahead of Winger. The field began to move through lapped traffic by lap 12 and Varnadore was slicing through with ease while Sharpe and Winger were faced with challenges. Those obstacles went away with the next yellow flag for a stalled Dustin Perez. Winger re-gained second place and chased Varnadore until a red flag for a multi-car incident on lap 15. Dixon gained third and briefly threatened Winger until retiring on lap 31.

On the restart, Varnadore began to have issues keeping the car in the racing groove. Keith Nosbisch, who had charged from outside the top five into second, was beginning to pester the leader, finally able to slip by on lap 36. As Nosbisch moved into clear air, Phillip Cobb and Winger put on a battle for second that stretched for three laps before Cobb spun out of position. Attrition was beginning to show as only one-third of the original 24-car fields on the track with 10 laps remaining. Nosbisch would not be contested as he cruised to a decisive win.

George Handy picked up his fourth win of the season, solidifying his point lead with a single event left for the V-8 Warriors. Handy battled Collin Kruse in the early stages, then found a formidable challenge coming from Juston Meeks. Meeks took the lead on a lap 8 restart, only to spin on the exit of turn four and going from first to worst. Heat winner Michael Hart picked up the challenge, but Hart’s second place was snatched by Wayne Kissam until the last lap. Hart was able to get back by, but Handy had the victory in his grasp. Jason Burnside also won a heat.

Stephen Hohlbaugh found himself in a place he didn’t want to be the Outlaw 4 points co-leader watched Vernon Hart Jr. make a pass for the lead at the halfway mark of the 15-lap feature. Hohlbaugh and heat winner Billy Dukes made contact in turn, leaving Hohlbaugh stranded and he was collected by Eric Knight and Mark Moniz. Knight was given his spot back in second behind Hart while Hohlbaugh went to the tail. As the last laps started winding down, Hohlbaugh was charging in pursuit of Hart. As the leader took the white flag, transmission issues rendered the car uncompetitive, allowing Hohlbaugh to slip by for his second feature win of the year.

Paul Seburn made short work of the Q Auto & Injury Medical Malpractice Attorneys Micro Sprints with his fifth feature win of the season. Joshua Davis scored his third heat win of the season.

The Gladiators closed the night’s action with Daniel Bowman bypassing race leader Robert Kissam with two laps remaining, en route to his class-leading fourth feature of the season. Patrick Tabb and Kissam took home heat wins.

Racing action returns to East Bay Raceway Park on the Saturday after Thanksgiving, Nov. 28. The Gagel’s Open Wheel Modifieds, Late Model Sportsman, Street Stocks, Gladiators, Q Mini Sprints and Florida Old Time Modifieds will provide the competition.


Feature: Keith Nosbisch (02), Ashton Winger (912), Doug Horton (46), Jimmy Sharpe Jr. (33S), Phillip Cobb (03), Cole Crawford (4), John Norris (87), Travis Varnadore (41), Thomas Burnside (13), Devin Dixon (2D), Steve Mathis Jr. (95), Mike Baker (54B), Waylon Haynes (11), Kenny Monahan (311), Raymond Rogers (48), Jimmy Waldrop (9), Forrest Gough (21), Daniel Woody (29), Megan Rae Meyer (11M), Dustin Perez (8), Billy Boyd Jr. (ZERO), Ivedent Lloyd (21L), Jeff Mathews (33), Steve Brendle (141)


Feature: George Handy (105), Michael Hart (99), Wayne Kissam (107), Kayla Handy (104), James Warden (5), Jason Burnside (12), Juston Meeks (10), Gary Lucas (106), Derek Gray (189), Mark Roadarmel Jr. (81), Kalen Maynard (2), Macy Bozeman (58), Cody Mezyk (40), Collin Kruse (92), Ricky Rutledge Jr. (124), Randy Shields (49)


Feature: Stephen Hohlbaugh (23s), Vernon Hart Jr. (48), Michael Heard (21), Eric Knight (7), Thomas Braswell Jr. (88), Billy Dukes (82), Mark Moniz (41E). DNS-Terry Burke (73)


Feature: Paul Seburn (23), Joshua Davis (9), Doug Dyal (97D), Jerod Meyers (7), William Burnside (13)


Feature: Daniel Bowman (46), Robert Kissam (911), Patrick Tabb (03), Bailey Purcell (07), Alyssa Grant (47), Ricky Rutledge Sr. (4), Callie Gubich (513), Joshua Ashmore (29), Hunter Lovelady (68), David Zeman (13), Brittany Hart (99), Davey Martin (55), Amanda Tabb (Ms 03), Tracy Maynard (62), DNS – Rodney Martin (21), Derrick Edwards (17), Logan Casteel (7)

Diamond Claims Bob & Marge Long Memorial

With threatening weather looming from an impending tropical storm, a five-division program greeted fans at East Bay Raceway Park to start an eventful November schedule.

The Q Auto & Injury Medical Malpractice Attorneys Sprints were the headline act with the annual Bob & Marge Long Memorial 20-lap feature. When the green flag flew, Tyler Clem grabbed the early lead while several competitors diced for position behind the leader. Three-time feature winner Steve Diamond fell into second ahead of Justin Webster. Frank Beck got past Webster to move to third as Diamond fought to keep Clem in his sights. A lap six caution flew as Billy Bridges lost power on the frontstretch and had to be assisted to the pits. On the restart, Clem slipped ahead, but was not able to get much of an advantage over Diamond. At the halfway mark, Diamond was able to get by and held the lead to the finish. Beck would make a last lap pass on Clem for second with lapped cars in the mix, but the pass was nullified by the tech man, giving Clem the runner-up spot. The decision also gave Clem the heat win with Brandon Grubaugh also scoring a heat. Bridges was awarded the Hard Luck award with Tim George getting Hard Charger.

Phillip Cobb jumped into a team car for Bryan Bernhardt and brought it home to Victory Lane in the 15-lap main for the Gagel’s Open Wheel Modified. Cobb had never turned a lap in the car, but relied on track champion Bernhardt’s team to prepare the machine to perfection. Dale Kelley had the early race lead when third-running Seth Geary spun on the initial lap. Kelley was able to keep the top spot on the restart, but Cobb slipped by a few laps later. Back in the field, Austin Sanders and Bernhardt were locked in a position battle for several laps with side by side racing. Travis Varnadore got past Kelley for second late in the race. Sanders and Geary were heat winners.

It had been exactly eight months since Bo Bass parked his Mod Lite in Victory Lane at East Bay. Bass, the winner of the first event of the year on March 7, was able to go wire-to-wire for the victory and put himself within three points of the division leader Austin Martin, who finished fourth. Andrew Smith (second) and Jeff Bonnema (third) posted their best finishes of the year. Alex Cline, who experienced mechanical difficulty in the main, and Bonnema won preliminaries.

Zack Amundsen found victory in only his second start of the year after battling overheating issues in his last appearance at the Gary Gay Memorial. There would be no such  problem on this night as Amundsen got around race leader Paul Davis on the fourth lap to move ahead. Davis made several late race efforts to get back in front, but Amundsen was able to power away on the straights. Buck Woodhouse and Nick Hebrank opened the night with heat wins.

“Finally”. That was the exclamation of Bruce Comer, who won his first feature in the Q Auto & Injury Medical Malpractice Attorneys Mini Sprints. Comer grabbed the early race lead from the second row and forced Jamie Tinkham to chase him throughout the entire race. Comer, who was out of the area the last time the class competed, gave up the seat to defending track champion Robby Hoffmann, who promptly won the main. That turn of events put the pressure on Comer. “Robby won with it, so I had to win or it would look like I was problem. It’s been a long time coming,” he joked. Comer and Tinkham had won their heat races.

The next action at East Bay Raceway Park will be the re-scheduled Gene Slaughter Memorial, a 50-lap main for Pro Late Models on Saturday, November 14. Joining the action will Outlaw 4s, V-8 Warriors, Gladiators and Micro Sprints.


Feature: Steve Diamond (9), Tyler Clem (6S), Joe Zuczek (50), Tim George (1*), Justin Webster (21), Brandon Grubaugh (G6), John Kahl (13), Andrew Griffin (27), Ric Voisey (96), Billy Bridges (11B). DQ – Frank Beck (89)


Feature: Phillip Cobb (C69), Travis Varnadore (205), Austin Sanders (64), Bryan Bernhardt (B69), Dale Kelley (22), Seth Geary (7G), Drew Jackson (08), Scott Bane (23B), Pat Passanise (19), Paul Rival (15R), Chris Bailey (77B), Billy Howard (47), Shane Burrows (70B). DNS – Tyler Clem (14)


Feature: Bo Bass (41B), Andrew Smith (71), Jeff Bonnema (5B), Autin Martin (97), Jeff Wolfe (83), Terry Joiner (6), Broderick Kennedy (24), Rocky Scott (42), Darren Bass (14B), Dylan Dunn (22), Alex Cline (07), Steve Olone (20), Thomas Walsh (32T)


Feature: Zack Amundsen (20), Paul Davis (10D), Billy Barstow (756), Buck Woodhouse (55), Matt Bozeman (58), Mike Wilson (68), Allen Bailey (51), Nick Hebrank (7), Anthony Bennett  (97B), Brian Barse (5), Doug Johnson (09)


Feature: Bruce Comer (21), Jamie Tinkham (51), Ryan Meeks (12), Don Quinn (30), Mike Meyers (6), Donnie Quinn (33D), Stephen Thomas (4T), Chuck Kalck (22), Bill Gise (00), Marv Almand (1)

Schedule Changes for 2020

With only two months remaining in the 2020 regular season, there have been a few schedule adjustments.

Nov. 28 – This will be a special event for Gladiators, paying $250 to win.

Dec. 5 – Street Stocks have been removed from the schedule

Dec. 12 – Gagel’s Open Wheel Modifieds have been added to the schedule.

Bernhardt, Cobb, Hart Lead East Bay Winners List

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.


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)


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)


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)