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Tire Test Results

The results of the tests taken on tire samples secured from three competitors in the April 3 604 Late Model Donnie Tanner Memorial have returned.

All three competitors have been found to be in compliance with the rules and the results of the race as posted are official.

East Bay Raceway Park returns to action on Saturday, April 17.

Mathews Doubles with Donnie Tanner LM and Modified Wins

Jeff Mathews prevailed in the 50-lap main for the 604 Late Models in honor of legendary racer Donnie Tanner and then jumped into his Modified and captured a 15-lap main event, dominating both events.

The 21-car Late Model event started with Phillip Cobb as the early leader. Travis Varnadore was able to grab second from John Norris on the second lap and stay near the leader. Mathews made his pass to grab second on lap 9 and backed it up with a move to take the lead. With the green flag staying out, Mathews was able to build up a straightaway lead. Five laps later, the lead was half the track as Mathews had lapped up to the 10th spot. Jesse Brown was about to take second on lap 23 when his car slowed in turn three and Brown retired from the event. The caution flag wiped out Mathews’ big lead, but on each subsequent restart, Mathews could not be caught. Cobb, Varnadore and Doug Horton won preliminaries.

After a brief respite in Victory Lane, Mathews dashed to his Modified in the infield and picked up right where he left off. He moved into the lead in the early going and rolled to a win for a return to Victory Lane in back-to-back races. Mathews and Tyler Clem had earned heat wins.

Garrett Green captured the Q Auto & Injury Medical Malpractice, taking the early race lead. The race was red flagged when Steve Diamond and Keith Butler made contact, sending Butler into a flip. The driver was okay, but both were eliminated from the competition. For Green, it ends a yearlong dry spell since his last visit to East Bay’s Victory Lane. Green had earlier won his heat as did Andy Cobb.

Winternationals Street Stock champion Tim Gay used the outside line to move through the pack and claim the 15-lap Street Stock main event. Gay won his heat race, along with 2020 track champion Billy Barstow.

Bruce Comer was absent for the first night of competition in the Q Mini Sprints, but his car was in Victory Lane thanks to Robby Hoffmann. Come knew the pressure was on, winning his heat and backing it up with a strong run to victory in the 15-lap main. Dallas Casey opened the night with his first heat win of 2021.

The Gladiators turned up in support of the first Mama Kathy Memorial, an event in honor of a top supporter of racing and the Gladiator class who passed away in 2020. Heat wins were taken by Baily Purcell, Rodney Martin and D.J. Taylor, with Taylor making his first racing start in three years. If there was any rust on Taylor, it was gone by the time the feature rolled around. Taylor powered from third to first on the 10th lap to score the feature win.

East Bay will be dark on April 10 with racing to resume on April 17. The Jody Robbins Memorial for V-8 Warriors will pay $400 to the winner with racing action in 604 Late Models, Modifieds, Mini Sprints, Mod Lites, Outlaw 4s and Florida Old Time Modifieds.


604 LATE MODELS – Donnie Tanner Memorial

Feature: Jeff Mathews (33), Travis Varnadore (41), Phillip Cobb (03), Doug Horton (46), Raymond Folwell (3), Tanner Cobb (03c), Josh Peacock (21), Shan Smith (32), Matt Herlong (131), John Norris (87), Wallace Peacock (P1), Daniel Woody (29), Waylon Haynes (11), Ken Elletson (11E), Thomas Burnside (13), Jimmy Waldrop (9), Jesse Brown (7JR), Charlie Ally (9A), Jason Russell (75R), Brandon Yates (86), Steve Mathis Jr. (95)


Feature: Jeff Mathews (33), Tyler Clem (14), Billy Howard (47), Scott Bane (23B), Bryan Bernhardt (B69), Chris Bailey (77B), Austin Sanders (64), Doug Dyal (97D). DNS – John Bradley (X27)


Feature: Garrett Green (82), Frank Beck (89), Dylan Colding (23D), Alex Boerner (1), Shane Butler (15), Guy Bos (3k), Tim George (1*), Andy Cobb (1C), Steven Muller (50K), Chris Hahn (2), Keith Butler (19), Steve Diamond (9). DNS – Danny Jones (14), Joe Zuczek (50)


Feature: Timmy Gay (90), Zack Amundsen (20), Jerry Bruce (35), Rich Livernois Jr. (71), Jimmy Wagner (17W), Billy Barstow (756), Brian Barse (5), Michael Cherry (19), Buck Woodhouse (55), Doug Johnson (09), Kyle Bowman (46K). DNS – Robert Allen (98)


Feature: Bruce Comer (21), Stephen Thomas (7S), Bryce Comer (6), Randy Thomas (4R), Dallas Casey (87), Jo Jo Davis (7j), David Hall (67), Brad Sutton (9), Mark Reynolds (1). DNS – Joe Bartow (3)


Feature: D.J. Taylor (00), Wayne Kissam (03W), Troy Dittebrand (222), Tracy Maynard (62), Jeff Smith (15), Rick Rutledge Sr. (4), Bailey Purcell (07), Joshua Genarie (93P), Timothy Simmons (16), Patrick Tabb (03), David Zeman (13), Daniel Bowman (46), Rodney Martin (21), Derrick Edwards (17), David Wood (21W), Callie Gubich (513), Kyle Kruse (1K), Hunter Lovelady (68), Patrick Fiore (88), Davey Martin (21D), Brett Proctor (1), Jerry Moore (70), Joshua Ashmore (29), Alyssa Grant


Late Model Registration Form

East Bay Raceway Park’s 602 Limited Late Model and 604 Late Model classes will be running under the auspices of Crate Racin’ USA in 2021. All competitors are required to fill out the CRUSA Membership Form, which must be done before you compete again.

604 Competitors are considered CRUSA Late Model

602 Competitors are considered CRUSA Sportsman

Forms are to be submitted to the track office before racing.


Yates, Brown and Livernois Post East Bay Wins

The third night of the 2021 season saw two divisions make their first appearance with four classes getting a second shot in the road to the season championship.

Brandon Yates, a former Outlaw 4 track champion, posted a second place run in his first appearance in the 602 Limited Late Models two weeks earlier and tonight did it one better by winning the 15-lap main after taking the heat win. With the win, Yates moved into the top spot in the division point standings.

A photo finish in the V-8 Warrior main topped the thrills on the night as Nick Brown edged Jason Burnside on the final lap. Burnside had led the bulk of the race, holding off challenges of Juston Meeks until Meeks spun just past the halfway mark. That moved Brown to second and a new challenge emerged. Brown was able to slip by on the bottom, but the appearance of a caution flag for a Cody Mezyk spin negated the pass. With few laps remaining, Brown had to quickly renew the challenge, grabbing the lead at the line to complete lap 13. The lead was short-lived as Burnside edged back out front under Derek Powell’s white flag. Brown again went to the bottom down the backstretch and appeared to have the advantage, but a last effort by Burnside nearly changed the outcome. Heat winners were Meeks and Gary Lucas.

The first Street Stock point race of the year saw the same winner in Victory Lane as the opening night of 2020. Rich Livernois Jr. was able to keep a hard-charging Zack Amundsen at bay, keeping the winning line down low. Amundsen and Michael Cherry were heat winners.

William Burnside was the early leader of the Q Micro Sprint 15-lap main. Doug Dyal, who won the feature two weeks previous, slipped past Paul Seburn for second and began to pursue Burnside, who had built up a lead. Dyal was able to catch the lead and move inside on lap 9, but a Joshua Davis incident reset the field. It took Dyal three laps before he could mount a serious challenge, slipping by for the lead on the backstretch and rolling to his second consecutive main event. Dyal and Seburn had taken preliminaries.

The 4.6L Ford class got its start on the year as Jesse Brown of Clewiston doubled down with a heat win and the 15-lap main event. Brown expressed how much he loved coming to East Bay despite the three-hour tow and thanked his wife for convincing him he needed to race again.

The Gladiator main event brought Charles Paris back to Victory Lane. “I’ve never had a Bomber that raced as good as this one,” he said after his 15-lap main win. The feature saw 23 cars take the green with Paris, Patrick Tabb and Robert Kissam owners of heat race wins.

Racing action continues with special events on the schedule for 604 Pro Late Models and Gladiators among the action. The annual Donnie Tanner Memorial will have the Late Models going 50 laps for $2,000 to win. Gladiators will be racing for increased purses in the Mama Kathy Memorial, honoring the late benefactor of many teams who passed away in 2020 (Fans are encouraged to wear purple in support). There will be racing the Gagel’s Open Wheel Modifieds, Q Auto & Injury Medical Malpractice Attorneys Sprints, Mini Sprints and Street Stocks. The Easter Bunny will be on hand as drivers hand out candy to kids on the frontstretch at intermission.


Feature: Brandon Yates (86KOC), Dewayne Dempsey (10), Skyler Camper (28), John Wayne Haynes (52)


Feature: Nick Brown (12), Jason Burnside (12J), George Handy (105), Derek Gray (189), Wayne Kissam (107), Juston Meeks (10), Kayla Handy (104), Cody Mezyk (40), Bo Anderson (95), Gary Lucas (106), Kalen Maynard (2), Mark Roadarmel Jr. (81), Mike Wilson (68)


Feature: Richard Livernois Jr. (71), Zack Amundsen (20), Jerry Bruce (35), Buck Woodhouse (55), William Pugh (15), Robert Allen (98), Doug Johnson (09), David Hildebrant (3H), Trent Wilson (39), Michael Cherry (19). DNS – Kyle Bowman (46K), Tyler Davis (8)

Q Micro Sprints

Feature: Doug Dyal (97D), William Burnside (13), Paul Seburn (23), Mike Meyers (0), Jo JO Davis (7), Wade Evans (20x), Joshua Davis (9), Clifford Evans (24), William Brannon Jr. (60)

4.6L Fords

Feature: Jesse Brown (29), Cody Benoit (2), Richard Pressley (24), George Christensen (92), Chris Oncken (883)


Feature: Charles Paris (03T), Daniel Bowman (46), Patrick Tabb (03), Brittany Hart (99), Robert Kissam (07), Rodney Martin (21), Hunter Lovelady (68), Alyssa Grant (47), Jeff Smith (15), Derrick Edwards (17), Logan Casteel (7), Tracy Maynard (62), Rick Rutledge (4), David Zeman (13), Callie Gubich (513), David Wood (21W), Joshua Genarie (93P), Ricky Rutledge Jr. (124), Kyle Kruse (1K), Timothy Simmons (16), Daniel Casey (3D), Patrick Fiore (88), Jerry Moore (70). DNS – Davey Martin (55)

Condolences of recent losses

Our deepest sympathy goes out to two members of our racing family.

David Schmauss, one of our Veteran drivers here at East Bay lost his wife Cathy this week.

Steve O’Lone, our techman, lost his dad this week as well.

Our thoughts and prayers are with both of these families during these difficult times.”
Services for Richard O’Lone (Steve O’Lone’s Father)
Moss Feaster Funeral Home
693 S. Belcher Road
Clearwater, FL  33764
Thursday, March 25
Gathering at 10:00 AM
Service at 11:00 AM
Details for Cathy Schmauss will be coming soon

Grubaugh, Geary Lead East Bay Winners

Brandon Grubaugh dominated his heat in the Top Gun Sprints action, then backed it up with a wire-to-wire win in the 25-lap A main. The leader quickly caught the back of the 17-car field, heading into lapped traffic by lap 3. The first yellow was displayed for a Harley Zimmerman spin, bunching up the field behind Grubaugh with Andrew Griffin settling into second. Griffin kept the spot until the next restart on lap 11 when Danny Martin Jr, snuck past to move to the runner-up spot. The caution returns on lap 18 as Shane Butler rolled to a stop. Soon after, some of the top runners started to experience tire issues,  but the issues did not strike the top two. With Martin closing, Grubaugh was often able to power away as the laps ticked off. When the checkered waved on the 25-lap main, Grubaugh had the series win and the additional $900 awarded in the Lee and Jeff Barfield Memorial Clean Sweep. Besides Grubaugh, Tyler Clem and Garrett Green won their heat events.

In the 604 Late Models, Jeff Mathews experienced a tight condition right from the start and dropped out of the top five. Just past the half way mark, the offending tire gave way, forcing Mathews to the pits. After a quick change, he was able to return on the lead lap and began his charge to the front. Mathews slipped past leader Jesse Brown with four laps to go to earn the win. Doug Horton led 25 laps until retiring from the event. Mathews and Horton were heat winners.

Seth Geary had been trying so hard to claim a win in the Gagel’s Open Wheel Modifieds, but could never quite seal the deal. The racer who hails 15 minutes from the track finally mounted the charge that got him his first win at the Clay by the Bay. Austin Sanders and Tyler Clem prevailed in the heats.

Former track champion Robby Hoffmann found victory lane in a relief role in the Q Mini Sprint 15-lap main. Hoffmann had to hold off heat winner Brad Sutton and was able to scoot home with the opening feature of the night.

Darren Bass was held out of victory lane in Mod Lites in 2020, but that drought has ended now that he parked in victory lane on Saturday night. Bass had control of the entire race, facing down challenges from heat winner Alex Cline. Dylan Dunn also won a heat event.

The final class of the night was the Outlaw 4s and 2020 track champion Stephen Hohlbaugh got his defense off to a good start.  The race stayed green for 12 laps with the only yellow showing when Hohlbaugh and Thomas Braswell made contact in the backstretch, damaging the left front of Hohlbaugh’s car. The damage was not enough to affect the performance as Hohlbaugh sparred with Billy Dukes to the end and came home victorious. Hohlbaugh and Dukes were heat winners.

The action returns on Saturday March 27 with the return of the 602 Limited Late Models, Street Stocks, V-8 Warriors, Micro Sprints, 4.6L Fords and Gladiators.



Feature: Brandon Grubaugh (G6), Danny Martin Jr. (24), Justin Webster (21), Tyler Clem (6S), Harley Zimmerman (00), Jeff Bye (26), Clint Weiss (0x), Cole Nichols (N20), Scott Baldwin (4(, Garrett Green (82), Shane Kreidler (52), Chris Hahn (2), Andrew Griffin (32), Shane Butler (18), Sheldon Kinser Jr. (17c), Tyler Orzechowski (38), Luke Hill (41). DNS – Frank Carlsson (20), Hayden Campbell (5)


Feature: Jeff Mathews (33), Josh Peacock (9J), Jesse Foster (14J), Thomas Burnside (13), Jimmy Wagner (17W), Jesse Brown (7JR), John Norris (87), Doug Horton (46), Phillip Cobb (03), Keith Nosbisch (02), Jason Pope (102), Jimmy Waldrop (9), Matt Herlong (131), Tim Dowling (12D)


Feature: Seth Geary (7G), Tyler Clem (14), Jeff Mathews (33), Bryan Bernhardt (B69), Tim McLeod (192), Austin Sanders (A69), Patrick Passanise (19), Scott Bane (23B), Jim LaFreniere (50). DNS – Paul Rivall (15R), Doug Dyal (97D)


Feature: Darren Bass (14B), J.T. Joiner (6J), Jeff Bonnema (5B), Alex Cline (07), Jeff Wolfe (83), Terry Joiner (6), Thomas Walsh (32T), Broderick Kennedy (24), Kevin McKenzie (41B), Dylan Dunn (22). DNS – Andrew Smith (71)


Feature: Robby Hoffmann (21), Brad Sutton (9), Michael Luckert (93), Stephen Thomas (7S), Jo JO Davis (7J), Randy Thomas (4R), Charles Landis (12)


Feature: Stephen Hohlbaugh (23s), Billy Dukes Jr. (82), Eric Knight (7), Vernon Hart Jr. (D4R), Mark Moniz (41E), Thomas Braswell Jr. (88), Randy Johnson (1), Brad Button (25), Michael Heard (21). DNS – Cody Risavalto (20), Andy Logan (1FL)



March 20 Schedule Change


The Street Stocks have been taken off the schedule for Saturday, March 20. This has been done to allow competitors to support the “One More for Turbo” race at Hendry County Motorsports Park.

Street Stocks have been added to the schedule on March 27.

Beck, Dowling, Martin Lead East Bay Winners


A five-division program kicked off the 2021 regular season at East Bay Raceway Park. The season schedule includes 31 Saturday nights of scheduled action.

A few drivers who were held winless in 2020 proved that the new year would lead to better fortune and a pair of drivers picked up right where they left off from the year before.

Frank Beck took the early lead in the 15-lap Q Auto & Injury Medical Malpractice Attorneys Sprint main and never let anyone past. Beck stayed committed to the bottom line throughout the entire race, fending off the early challenge of 2020 East Bay champion Steve Diamond. Diamond had his hands full with Tim George and both soon found themselves in the sights of Shane Butler. Soon, Butler was able to make the pass for second and motor off in pursuit of Beck. The leader stayed low, giving the high side to the pursuer, but the checkered flag arrived with Beck bringing the Amans Motorsports entry home for his first win since 2019. Butler won the heat event.

Defending track champion George Handy started deep in the 19-car field as the V-8 Warriors took the green for the 15-lap feature. Mike Wilson grabbed the early lead with Jason Burnside in pursuit. The race made it to lap three and a series of cautions broke any momentum for most of the competitors. Handy had managed to move inside the top five in the short time and soon found himself on the backside of the race leader. On lap five, Handy made the pass for the top spot. The race continued to experience a number of cautions, but no one was able to get the jump on Handy for the win. Heat races were won by Nick Brown, Juston Meeks and Gary Lucas.

The night opened with the Micro Sprint main, which saw Doug Dyal making his return to Victory Lane. Dyal, a two-time winner in 2020, was also the heat winner.

The 602 Late Models (formerly Late Model Sportsman) brought Tim Dowling to the win, ending a long victory lane drought. Dowling grabbed the lead off the fourth turn on the first lap and never faced a challenge. The feature win backed up his heat victory.

A field of 25 Gladiators entered the first night of the competition. Heat wins were taken by Robert Kissam, Rodney Martin and Kyle Kruse. In the 15-lap feature, Rodney Martin captured the win, powering away from the challenges going on behind him. Charles Paris and 2020 track champion Daniel Bowman were locked into a battle for second throughout much of the race with Paris eventually prevailing.

East Bay Raceway Park returns to action on Saturday, March 20 as the Top Gun Sprints make their visit after three nights of the 2021 Winternationals. Joining the Top Gun Sprints will be the 604 Late Models, Street Stocks, Outlaw 4s, Mini Sprints, Mod Lites, Gagel’s Open Wheel Modifieds and the Florida Old Time Modifieds.


Feature: Frank Beck (89), Shane Butler (1C), Steve Diamond (9), Tim George (1*), Matt Wedgewood (15W), Jeff Bye (26), Cole Nichols (N20), Alex Boerner (1), LJ Grimm (88)


Feature: George Handy (105), Mike Wilson (68), Derek Gray (189), Raymond Vann (1), Randy Shields (49), Mark Roadarmel Jr. (81), Macy Bozeman (58), Dalton Ellis (52B), Cody Mezyk (40), Michael Hart (99), Juston Meeks (10), Wayne Kissam (107), Kayla Handy (104), Kalen Maynard (2), Gary Lucas (106), Nick Brown (12), Jason Burnside (12J), Matt Bozeman (0), Ricky Rutledge Jr. (124), Bo Anderson (95)


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


Feature: Tim Dowling (12D), Brandon Yates (86), Dwayne Dempsey (10), Frank Williams. DNS – Wesley Livernois (44)


Feature: Rodney Martin (21), Charles Paris (03T), Daniel Bowman (46k), Derrick Edwards (17), Patrick Tabb (03), Jerry Moore (70), Brittany Hart (99), Jeff Smith (15), Kyle Kruse (1K), Daniel Casey (3D), Brett Proctor (1), Robert Gullett (2), David Wood (21w), Joshua Ashmore (29), Patrick Fiore (88), Ethan Dansby (6), Robert Kissam (911), Logan Casteel (7), Alyssa Grant (47), David Zeman (13), Tracy Maynard (62), Ricky Rutledge Sr. (4). DNS – Timothy Simmons (16), Davey Martin (55), Tony Williams (4T)