East Bay Raceway Park will resume the interrupted 2020 racing season with three scheduled nights of competition in June.
Following an open practice session on Wednesday, June 10 from 7-10 p.m., the long-awaiting green flag flies on Saturday June 13 with a six-division program. Featured classes on June 13 are Gagel’s Open Wheel Modifieds, Mod Lites, V-8 Warriors, Late Model Sportsman, Gladiators and the Q Auto & Injury Medical Malpractice Attorneys Micro Sprints.
Racing continues on June 20 with the Precision Wallboard Pro Late Model 50 lap main, Outlaw 4s, Street Stocks, Gladiators, Q Auto & Injury Medical Malpractice Attorneys Mini Sprints and Florida Old Time Modifieds.
The month will conclude with the return of six divisions with Gagel’s Open Wheel Modifieds, Late Model Sportsman, V-8 Warriors, Gladiators and the Q Auto & Injury Medical Malpractice Attorneys Micro Sprints.
The rest of the schedule remains unchanged with events from August through the season’s end staying on the original schedule. There will be no racing in July.
Spectators will be allowed and East Bay Raceway Park will continue to abide by the regulatory wishes. Any restrictions to a “normal” race night will be announced closer to race day. Fans and participants are encouraged to continue to practice safe and healthy habits for the benefit of all.
Thank you for your patience and we look forward to finally seeing you at the races.
BATAVIA, OH (May 1, 2020) – Lucas Oil Products proudly announces the return to racing in 2020 for the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series, after several postponements and cancellations – due to the COVID-19. Lucas Oil’s love for the sport, race teams, fans, Team Lucas, and LOLMDS sponsors, couldn’t be more evident at this moment. The “Lucas Oil Reopening Tour” generously provides the purse for six newly added May events. With the newly added events, along with the races contested at Speedweeks, the series drivers will still compete in 54 of the 57 original 2020 LOLMDS tour events. As an added bonus, the number of scheduled televised races will remain as originally scheduled. Series Officials and teams are all excited to get back to racing, but things will still not be as usual…just yet.
Because of the scheduling changes, a pair of unique $7,000-to-win events, on Tuesday and Wednesday, May 12th – 13th, at Lucas Oil Speedway, in Wheatland, MO, will signal the return, with all late model teams invited. These events will be fan-less, but fans will get a chance to tune in live – via LucasOilRacing.tv, and free on the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Facebook page at 7:30PM ET/6:30PM CT. In addition to the back-to-back weekday races, Lucas Oil Speedway will hold a practice session on Monday, May 11th (closed to the public).
Racing will not stop after Lucas Oil Speedway, as the series will be racing (fan-less, once again), on May 19th – 20th, at Golden Isles Speedway, and May 26th, – 27th, at East Bay Raceway Park. Race teams will be gunning for over $70,000 in purse money, at each venue. These races will pay $7,000 to-win, each night. All races are full series points races, with a five-person limit – per team. Further details will be available on LucasDirt.com in the coming days. To view the revised 2020 schedule, please see below or visit: www.lucasdirt.com/events/schedule.
In addition to race schedule updates, the “Sunoco Road to Wheatland” is now the “Sunoco Road to East Bay”. All teams that have perfect attendance with the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series in 2020, through May 27th, will receive the $1,500 bonus from Sunoco Race Fuels.
Regarding refunds for pre-purchased tickets to the NAPA Auto Parts North Star Nationals at Deer Creek Speedway – please send a self-addressed, stamped envelope to: Deer Creek Speedway PO Box 591 Grand Meadow, MN 55936, and a refund will be mailed to you.
Cancellations and Postponements:
May 8 – Buckeye Spring 50, Atomic Speedway – cancelled
May 9 – 23rd Annual Indiana Icebreaker, Brownstown Speedway – cancelled
May 14 – Triple 777 Trucking Lucy 50, 34 Raceway – cancelled
May 15 – Truck Country 50, 300 Raceway – Postponed to July 13
May 16 – NAPA Auto Parts North Star Nationals, Deer Creek Speedway – cancelled
May 21 – 7th Annual Cowboy Classic – cancelled
May 22 – The Tribute to Don and Billie Gibson – cancelled
May 23 – 28th Annual Lucas Oil Show-Me 100 – postponed to July 18 (single day $20,000)
July 18 – 14th Annual Diamond Nationals – moved to Sunday July 19
Lucas Oil Reopening Tour (Fan-less, available for viewing on LucasOilRacing.TV, and Lucas Oil Late
Model Dirt Series Facebook Live):
Monday, May 11 – Lucas Oil Speedway – Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Practice
Tuesday, May 12 – Lucas Oil Speedway – $7,000 to win*
Wednesday, May 13 – Lucas Oil Speedway – $7,000 to win*
Tuesday, May 19 – Golden Isles Speedway – $7,000 to win*
Wednesday, May 20 – Golden Isles Speedway – $7,000 to win*
Tuesday, May 26 – East Bay Raceway Park – $7,000 to win*
Wednesday, May 27 – East Bay Raceway Park – $7,000 to win*
*A-Main Purse (40 laps)
1. $7,000, 2. $3,500, 3. $2,500, 4. $2,000, 5. $1,500, 6. $1,400, 7. $1,300, 8. $1,200, 9. $1,150, 10. $1,100, 11. $1,050, 12. $1,000, 13. $975, 14. $950, 15. $925, 16. $900, 17. $875, 18. $850, 19. $825, 20. $800, 21. $800, 22. $800, 23. $800, 24. $800
About Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
Founded in 2005, the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series showcases the talents of the top dirt late model drivers from across the country. In 2020, the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series will sanction 57 events across 18 states, including some of the biggest marquee events in the industry, providing dirt slinging, sideways, door-to-door racing action lap after lap.
The series receives national exposure through a television package filmed, produced and edited by Lucas Oil Production Studios. Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series events will broadcast on four networks including CBS, NBC Sports, CBS Sports Network and the MAVTV Motorsports Network.
The in your face excitement of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series is second to none in motorsports. For more information, including the latest news, tour schedule, driver information, and more, visit the official website at: www.LucasDirt.com.
Due to the continuing and ever-changing situation surrounding the spread of the COVID-19, East Bay Raceway Park will remain closed until conditions improve. With the existing regulations preventing gatherings of the nature of the business, East Bay Raceway Park will continue to monitor and support recommendations made by officials. At the point where it is feasible, plans for 2020’s remaining schedule will be announced.
Thank you for your patience and please stay safe!
The second night of the 2020 racing season at East Bay Raceway Park offered a six-division program as a suitable distraction from world news headlines. The racing action was the first night for all six divisions with new faces in Victory Lane.
In the Q Auto & Injury Medical Malpractice Attorneys Sprints, Shane Butler took the lead from Tim George on the fourth lap and rolled away to take the 15-lap main. Butler, who had captured the 2019 Don Rehm Classic Top Gun Sprint win in thrilling fashion, made this a little less dramatic. It marked Butler’s first win in regular season competition at East Bay Raceway Park. Bryan Eckley, who captured the heat race, came home second.
Tanner Cobb made his first appearance in Victory Lane with a decisive win in the Late Model Sportsman class. Cobb, who finished second to Mark Evans in his heat race, rolled from the pole position to go wire-to-wire. Tim Dowling made it interesting near the mid-point of the race, closing on Cobb until he struck a tire barrier and brought a caution. Cobb picked up the pace on the restart and came home a winner. It marked the second straight week with a Cobb in Victory Lane after Phillip Cobb won the Pro Late Models on March 7.
A strong field of 17 cars were on hand for the opening of V-8 Warrior competition, but the hopes of a new winner were dashed by defending class champion George Handy. The reigning champ inherited the lead when Mark Roadarmel lost the handle while leading on lap three, giving Handy a spot he would not relinquish. Heat winner Gary lucas and Wayne Kissam were the pursuers throughout the contest, but it was Handy who came home victorious, adding the feature to an earlier heat race win.
The Q Auto & Injury Medical Malpractice Attorneys Micro Sprints saw Paul Seburn parked in Victory Lane. Seburn, who had picked up a win during the 2020 Winternationals, utilized steady performance to be the class of the 15-lap main. Doug Dyal won the division’s only heat race.
Eric Knight took advantage of heat race winner Stephen Hohlbaugh’s mechanical misfortune to roll to a win in the Outlaw 4s feature. Hohlbaugh battled an issue with the right front A frame, which allowed the 2019 division runnerup Knight to power to a victory. Hohlbaugh’s runnerup was his best finish since a feature win in May, 2015.
The final feature of the night featured the Gladiators, who filled the pits with 23 cars in their opening appearance. Defending class champion Logan Casteel and Thomas Adams were early leader as Kyle Bowman grabbed the top spot away in the early stages. As a caution was waving for Tyler Davis at the hjalfway mark, Bowman slammed the wall, ending his night and giving the lead to Patrick Tabb. The new leader’s time at the top was short lived and Adams took command, bringing home the win. Bowman and Jeremy Lanier were heat winners with both suffering misfortune to end their features early.
The 2020 racing action continues on Saturday March 21. Pro Late Models, Gagel’s Modifieds, Street Stocks, Gladiators, Q Auto & Injury Medical Malpractice Attorneys Mini Sprints and Florida Old Time Modifieds are on the card. Race time is 6:30 p.m.
Q AUTO & INJURY MEDICAL MALPRACTICE ATTORNEYS SPRINTS
Feature: Shane Butler (18), Bryan Eckley (12B), Tim George (1*), Andrew Griffin (27), Nathan Barouch (13), Steven Muller (29), Steve Diamond Jr. (9), Jimmy Miltner (4×4), Billy Bridges (11B)
LATE MODEL SPORTSMAN
Feature: Tanner Cobb (03), Mark Evans (28), Jesse Brown (7), Tim Dowling (12D), Thomas Haynes (11), Dennis Williams (24), Buck Woodhouse (55), Forrest Gough (21)
Feature: George Handy (105), Wayne Kissam (107), Gary Lucas (106), Nick Brown (12), Kayla Handy (104), Michael Hart (99), Randy Shields (49), Kalen Maynard (2), Juston Meeks (10), Mark Roadarmel Jr. (81), William Doyle (09W), Cody Gibson (40), Macy Bozeman (58), Bill Whitney (15), Anthony Orlando (52), Bo Anderson (95). DNS – Mark Pickelsimer (6)
Q AUTO & INJURY MEDICAL MALPRACTICE ATTORNEYS MICRO SPRINTS
Feature: Paul Seburn (23), Doug Dyal (97D), Corey Dyal (00D), Jerod Meyers (7), Trey Ford (17F), William Burnside (13), Joseph Davis (27)
Feature: Eric Knight (7), Stephen Hohlbaugh (23s), Terry Burke (73). DNS – Thomas Braswell Jr. (88). DQ – Robert Schrunk (03)
Feature: Thomas Adams (T2), Logan Casteel (7), Rodney Martin (21), Daniel Bowman (46), Robert Kissam (07), Patrick Tabb (03), Bailey Purcell (14), Ricky Rutledge Jr. (124), David Wood (21w), Derrick Edwards (17), Jeff Smith (15), Amanda Tabb (Mrs. 03), Charles Paris (09), Kyle Bowman (46K), Tyler Davis (1), Tracy Maynard (62), Nicholas Sperbeck (34), David Zeman (13), Bubba Diaz (45), Jeremy Lanier (22), Alyssa Grant (36g). DNS – Davey Martin (55), Bob Zutz (47)
East Bay Raceway Park Statement
After careful and deliberate consideration of the events currently affecting our world, East Bay Raceway Park has made the decision to continue business as usual for the foreseeable future. That decision includes continuation of our regular schedule of events, including tonight’s (March 14) racing program.
This decision is based in large part on an understanding that our competitors, staff and spectators can and will employ common sense in their actions. While headlines have been dominated by large scale sports shutdowns, most businesses are operating as normal throughout the area without undue panic. Countless officials have proclaimed the need for common sense in matters of hygiene and personal conduct and we support those statements. It is an individual’s responsibility and the burden should not be placed on others to do the thinking for that individual.
These times are without precedent and our resiliency has gotten us through past challenges. We will continue to monitor the ever-changing world and make decisions based on the best interests of our staff and customers for the future. For now, let’s go racing.
The 2020 regular season got underway with a five-division program, highlighted by a 30-lap main event for the Pro Late Models that ran without a caution flag.
Phillip Cobb grabbed the lead at lap 10 and masterfully picked his way through the field to open his season with a win. Only five cars were on the lead lap at the end and Cobb was threatening to [pass the fifth-place car as the race ended. Steve Mathis Jr. won the division’s heat race.
Cobb was doing double duty on the night, competing in the Gagel’s Open Wheel Modified division, which closed the evening’s program. The field endured several restarts before a lap was recorded and Cobb grabbed the early lead. Defending division champion Bryan Bernhardt stayed glued to the leader’s bumper through the mid-point of the race as the lead duo escaped the late race trouble that developed when third-place Dale Kelley bobbled and collected Brad Goff and Austin Sanders. Goff was able to keep going, but a late race spin pushed the Ohio racer out of the top five. As Cobb collected what appeared to be his second win of the night, the remaining cars were clearing tech. When Cobb arrived, he crossed the scales and the car was too light, handing the win to Bernhardt. Goff and Kelley were heat winners.
The night opened with the Q Auto & Injury Medical Malpractice Mini Sprints. Defending track champion Robby Hoffmann and Dusty Cates claimed preliminaries. The 15-lap main opened with Jamie Tinkham taking the early advantage. Tinkham kept his car on the bottom while Hoffmann was navigating the top of the track. After several laps pf passing the flagstand side by side, Hoffmann gained the advantage near the halfway mark. He opened the 2020 season right where he left off in 2019, capturing the victory.
The Mod Lites returned for their second year of action and a new name was declared from Victory Lane as Bo Bass prevailed in the 15-lap feature. Bass stated that it was a new car that they had started building last November and had problems with it in Winternationals competition. The East Bay race was the first feature where the car had been running at the finish and it ran right to Victory Lane.
Street Stock action capped the night’s events and Rich Livernois became a name to remember for the 2020 season. Competing against the top finishers of the 2019 points race, Livernois kept his shiny #71 glued to the bottom. He swept past early race leader Matt Bozeman on a lap three restart and moved into a comfortable lead. Bozeman was giving chase until contact with a sinning Doug Johnson claimed the right front of Bozeman’s car, ending his night. Livernois had been the class of the heat race earlier in the night.
The East Bay Raceway Park schedule includes racing action on each Saturday night throughout the month of March. Six new divisions will get their first crack at points racing when the Q Auto & Injury Medical Malpractice Attorneys Sprints, Late Model Sportsman, Outlaw 4s, V-8 Warriors, Gladiators and Q Auto & Injury Medical Malpractice Attorneys Micro Sprints get into action. Racing begins at 6:30
PRO LATE MODELS
Feature: Phillip Cobb (03). Bruce Harvey (27), Steve Mathis Jr. (95), Waylon Haynes (11), Wallace Peacock (P1), Thomas Burnside (13), Megan Rae Meyer (11M), Dustin Perez (8), Wesley Livernois (44)
GAGEL’S OPEN WHEEL MODIFIEDS
Feature: Bryan Bernhardt (B69), Drew Jackson (08), Jimmy Baker (69x), Scott Bane (23B), Brad Goff (41), Jerry Bourland (777), Dale Kelley (22), Austin Sanders (64), Bill Howard (47), Don Crandall (9c), Frank Lewis (72L), Keven Devrieze (99). DNS – Brandon Wells (39). DQ – Phillip Cobb (03)
Q AUTO & INJURY MEDICAL MALPRACTICE ATTORNEYS MINI SPRINTS
Feature: Robby Hoffmann (66), Jamie Tinkham (51), Dustin Cates (6), Dirk Miller (68), David Hall (67), Wade Evans (24), Jacob Salvati (17j), Chris Diamond (9), Ryan Meeks (12), Bruce Comer (21), Mike Meyers (0)
Feature: Bo Bass (41B), Austin Martin (97), Tim McLeod (192), Alex Cline (07c), Jason Tretheway (28), Andrew Smith (71), Thomas Walsh (87T), Terry Joiner (6), Darren Bass (14B), Steve Olone (20), Eric Serabian (9), Dylan Dunn (22)
Feature: Rich Livernois (71), Billy Barstow (756), Mie Wilson (68), Derek Gray (57), Matt Bozeman (58), Doug Johnson (09), Thomas Braswell (67).