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Modified Purse for March 6

The UMP Modifieds will be competing with the World of Outlaws  NOS Energy Sprint Car Series at East Bay Raceway Park on Saturday, March 6. Tickets are available here.

The winner of the Modified feature will receive $1,500 to win the East Bay event with $100 minimum to start. In addition to the feature purse, additional money will be given to the top three Modifieds who compete at Volusia Speedway Park on March 5 and East Bay on March 6. Points will be awarded at each event and the driver with the highest point total will get a $750 bonus. The driver who is second will get $500 while third place will pay $250.

The winner of the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Sprint Car feature will receive $10,000. The March 6 event marks the 18th appearance at East Bay Raceway Park,  but the first in 38 years. Complete details may be found at the World of Outlaws website.

 

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PLEASE NOTE THAT FANS PLANNING TO ATTEND THIS EVENT WILL SUBJECT TO TEMPERATURE CHECK BEFORE ADMISSION

The World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Cars will return to action at the beginning of March with the addition of eight new events and four postponed events finding new dates.

The Greatest Show on Dirt will pick up where it left off in Florida with a weekend doubleheader, including a return to East Bay Raceway Park for the first time since 1983, before trekking through the south and Midwest to fill out a full slate of racing throughout March into April.

The best Sprint Car drivers in the world will converge at Volusia Speedway Park for the third time this year when the season resumes on March 5.

On March 6, the Series will return to East Bay Raceway Park in Tampa, FL for the first time in 38 years. Steve Kinser was the last driver to win at the track in 1983. The World of Outlaws have made 17 previous appearances with Doug Wolfgang winning seven events.

The UMP Modifieds will be a companion division on March 6.

Additional details including ticket information will be coming soon. East Bay Raceway Park will open for the regular season on the following weekend, March 13.

World of Outlaws Appearances at East Bay Raceway Park
(information provided by www.thethirdturn.com)

Feb. 7, 1979 – Doug Wolfgang
Feb. 8, 1979 – Johnny Anderson
Feb. 9, 1979 – Ron Shuman
Feb. 10, 1979 – Doug Wolfgang
Feb. 6, 1980 – Sammy Swindell
Feb. 7, 1980 – Doug Wolfgang
Feb. 8, 1980 – Sammy Swindell
Feb. 9, 1980 – Doug Wolfgang
Feb. 10, 1981 – Doug Wolfgang
Feb. 12, 1981 – Danny Smith
Feb. 13, 1981 – Rick Ferkel
Feb. 14, 1981 – Doug Wolfgang
Feb. 13, 1982 – Sammy Swindell
Feb. 9, 1983 – Doug Wolfgang
Feb. 11, 1983 – Danny Smith
Feb. 14, 1983 – Keith Kauffman
Feb. 15, 1983 – Steve Kinser

Cancellation – More Information

East Bay Raceway’s Late Model Sportsman Appearance Canceled
ADAIRSVILLE, Ga. — The inaugural appearance of the Crate Racin’ USA
602 Late Model Sportsman division scheduled Feb. 18-20 as part of the
traditional Florida Winternationals at East Bay Raceway Park in
Gibsonton, Fla., has been canceled due to recent inclement weather, and
a prediction for more rain through the coming weekend.
The announcement cuts short a solid opportunity for both the track and
the Adairsville, Ga-based sanctioning body to showcase a fast-growing
division on a larger stage during the annual Florida Speedweeks
festivities, but that disappointment will only be temporary. Both track
officials and Crate Racin’ USA management personnel hope to reschedule
the division for next year’s version of the annual speed celebration
in the Sunshine State.
“It’s a decision we sure didn’t want to make, and we hope to make
this class a permanent part of our annual Florida Winternationals,”
track owner/promoter Al Varnadore said. “We’ve had about five inches
of rain here in the last few days, and it absolutely poured here last
night after we’d already had rain for a couple days. Due to the bad
weather we haven’t had a lot of time to prepare the track surface they
way we’d like, and now with more rain coming in the forecast and some
of these drivers locked in by cold and snow in their home regions, we
felt it was best to do this early. We don’t want them coming
unnecessarily, and we want them to have multiple chances to race for
money. Right now with weather forecasts and our current situation here
at the track with muddy conditions, it’s possible we’ll only be able
to get one or two shows completed rather than all three.”
One of five different classes that are under the highly-successful
sanctioning banner of the Crate Racin’ USA Weekly Racing Series, Late
Model Sportsman competitors are a strong piece of the company’s weekly
racing foundation, even though the division was only established four
years ago, and will soon be entering its fifth campaign. Former Weekly
Racing Series National Champions include Kyle Clifton (2017), Haden
Duncan (2018), Bryson Mitchell (2019) and last year’s titlist Ryan
King.
“This is a division we’ve been getting more and more excited about
as it continues to grow beyond what we ever expected,” Crate Racin’
USA series director Adam Stewart said. “The future looks really bright
for the competitors in this division, and we felt that having a chance
to be part of a huge weekend during Florida Speedweeks was a huge step
for the class. Unfortunately the weather isn’t going to allow us the
opportunity this year, but we’ll look forward to being a part of the
Florida Winternationals during the 2022 season.”
The inclement weather that has spread across the company’s home region
has some race teams unable to travel, as snow and ice continues to
affect the main area such as Mississippi, Alabama and Tennessee.
“We’ve heard from a dozen or more teams that they’re going to be
unable to attend, and we know they had been planning to make the
trip,” Stewart said. “There’s also another round of bad weather
coming to the region, and we don’t see where the situation is going to
improve for the next few days. We’ve got to take our teams and fans
into consideration, and we do not want to have them traveling in those
conditions. This is something we were really looking forward to have
happen for this division and its competitors, because East Bay Raceway
Park is among the best tracks in the country to showcase your
organization in February.
“Sometimes you’ve just got to step back and take a second glance.
It’s best for all concerned to make this decision as early as
possible, and to start planning for next year.”
The economical 602 Chevrolet Performance Circle Track Engine is utilized
by competitors on the series. It’s in stock and available for free,
next-day delivery from Newsome Raceway Parts in Hartsville, S.C.
The company gives a portion of the sales from each engine sold back to
the series point funds in four different divisions. Each engine is built
and sealed at the factory to prevent any expensive modifications. To
place an order, call 1-877-497-3624.
For more information and rules about the division, visit the
organization’s website at www.crateracinusa.com [1], or follow our
extensive social media programs on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Feb. 17-20 Events Cancelled

The remaining events on the 2021 Winternationals scheduled (Feb. 17-20) have been cancelled. The winter conditions elsewhere have made it impossible for Crate Racing USA officials and competitors to travel. Current oversaturated track conditions and prospective weather issues locally for the rest of the week have contributed to the decision. The next racing at East Bay Raceway Park will be the 2021 regular season opener on Saturday, March 13.

Shaffer Captures Night #2 in East Bay 360 Winternationals

After a runner-up finish on opening night, “The Steel City Outlaw” Tim Shaffer seemed determined to better his fates when the second night of the three-race “King of the 360s” series hit the track on Friday night. Shaffer prevailed by making a lap 11 pass on the backstretch, having exchanged the top spot on several occasions with fellow Pennsylvania racer Mark Smith.

A field of 48 cars graced the pit area, setting six heat races that would determine the first 16 starting spots through passing points in the preliminaries. Winners of the heat races were Smith, Terry McCarl, Carson McCarl, Brett Wright, Dale Howard and Shaffer. Both Smith and Shaffer advanced from the third starting spot, leaving them with enough points to snare the front row for the 25-lap A main.

Three B-mains were contested to fill the final nine spots. Max Stambaugh, Davie Franek and Connor Loeffler led the way in each of their 12-lap last chance races.

When the 25 car field roared to the green flag for the start of the A feature, it would be Smith with the lead ahead of Shaffer and Eric Riggins. The leaders caught the back of the field on lap five as Smith worked to find racing room. This turn of events allowed Shaffer to close the gap, sweeping past Smith on lap seven. The new leader could not gain a significant advantage and it took just a couple of laps for Smith to find his way back to the lead. Now, it was Shaffer’s turn to be the hunter and he powered down the back straightaway on lap 11 to take the lead despite the lapped cars in front.

The first caution came flying on lap 15 for a Brett Wright incident. The New York driver, who shared the ;point lead after the first night and briefly held the top spot after the Friday heats, was done, diminishing his chances of staying in the top six lock-in. When the race resumed, Thursday winner Danny Martin was the man on the love, squeezing past Terry McCarl and bypassing Riggins to grab third. A lap later, Smith fell to Martin’s advances as Shaffer sought refuge among lapped traffic. The top two drivers matched lines as Martin tried to power closer. It looked like Shaffer would get the win, but a Matt Kurtz spin on lap 24 settled the field for a green and white restart, Shaffer had no issue keeping the field back, but Smith was determined to get back to second. He swung low on the track and pulled ahead of Martin in turn one, racing back to the checkered as the runner-up.

The top six drivers, based on passing points and feature finish points, are locked in the Saturday night “King of the 360s” feature event while the remainder will battle in heats for a starting spot. Those exempt six are Dale Howard, Tim Shaffer, Terry McCarl, Mark Smith, Danny Martin Jr. and Eric Riggins Jr.

Jim Kradel made the best of an infrequent start at East Bay with his first win at the track, holding off Steve Diamond Jr. for the Mini Sprint main. Jerod Meyers was the best of the bunch in the Micro Sprint main.

360 Sprints A-Feature

1.Tim Shaffer Aliquippa, Pa. 2. Mark Smith Sunbury, Pa. 3. Danny Martin Jr Sarasota, Fl. 4. Eric Riggins Jr Charlotte, Nc. 5. Terry McCarl Altoona, Ia. 6. Dale Howard Byhalia, Ms. 7. Max Stambaugh Lima, Oh. 8. Carson McCarl Altoona, Ia. 9. Cody Bova Struthers, Oh. 10. Zane Devault Plymouth, In. 11. Ben Brown Marshall, Mo. 12. Paul Colagiovanni Jr Central Square, Ny. 13. Denny Peebles Lowville, Ny. 14. Garet Williamson Columbia, Mo. 15. Slater Helt Cactus Flats, Mo. 16. Davie Franek Sussex, Nj. 17. Tyler Gunn Napoleon, Oh. 18. Connor Leoffler Myrtle Beach, Sc. 19. Phil Gressman Fremont, Oh. 20. Robbie Stillwaggon Burlington, Nj. 21. Cale Conley Vienna, Wv. 22. Nick Snyder Marco Island, Fl. 23. Matt Kurtz Jacksonville, Fl. 24. Brett Wright East Chatham, Ny. 25. Aj Maddox Valrico, Fl

Mini Sprints A-Feature

1.Jim Kradel Navarre, Fl. 2. Steve Diamond Jr Apollo Beach, Fl. 3. Stephen Thomas Dover, Fl. 4. Don Quinn Wesley Chapel, Fl. 5. James McNulty Nayame, Fl. 6. Ryan Kradel South Weber, Ut. 7. Jojo Davis Riverview, Fl. 8. Donald Quinn Wesley Chapel, Fl.

Micro Sprints A-Feature

  1. Jerod Meyers Lakeland, Fl. 2. Doug Dyal Auburndale, Fl. 3. Paul Seburn Seffner, Fl. 4. William Brannan Jr Plant City, Fl. 5. Joshua Davis Riverview, Fl. 6. Richard (koot) Sapp Jr Plant City, Fl. DNS. William Burnside Tampa, Fl.

 

360 SPRINT POINTS THROUGH TWO NIGHTS

Place Driver # Total Races 2/11/2021 2/12/2021
1 Dale Howard 47H 601 2 311 290
2 Tim Shaffer 72 601 2 291 310
3 Terry McCarl 24m 598 2 301 297
4 Mark Smith M1 596 2 288 308
5 Danny Martin Jr 24 587.5 2 300 287.5
6 Eric Riggins Jr 47 571 2 274 297
7 Brett Wright 14B 570 2 311 259
8 Tyler Gunn 27w 548 2 291 257
9 Ben Brown 7B 541 2 268 273
10 Connor Leoffler 22 533 2 280 253
11 Max Stambaugh 5s 533 2 256 277
12 Davie Franek 28F 529 2 270 259
13 Terry Gray 10G 515 2 278 237
14 Phil Gressman 7c 512.5 2 257.5 255
15 Paul Colagiovanni Jr 10 510.5 2 241 269.5
16 Carson McCarl 27 509 2 223 286
17 Garet Williamson 24w 501.5 2 243 258.5
18 Cale Conley 3c 501 2 271 230
19 Jacob Karklin 5k 497 2 277 220
20 Slater Helt 22s 494.5 2 231.5 263
21 Cody Bova 20B 487 2 209 278
22 Zane Devault 16B 487 2 213.5 273.5
23 Mark Reul Jr 83 481 2 257 224
24 Robbie Stillwaggon 89 475 2 224 251
25 Dustin Gates 6 469 2 251 218
26 Todd Gracey 3G 466 2 256 210
27 Ryan Ruhl 71H 464 2 253 211
28 Nick Snyder 116 449 2 198 251
29 Conner Morrell 28m 445.5 2 256 189.5
30 Greg Wilson 20w 445 2 225 220
31 Danny Smith 4 443.5 2 223 220.5
32 Denny Peebles 3 439 2 177 262
33 Aj Maddox 3a 432 2 208 224
34 Chris Martin 44 427 2 232 195
35 Ryan Bickett 17B 419.5 2 223 196.5
36 Frank Neill 88n 401 2 195.5 205.5
37 Michael Walter Ii 33w 401 2 194 207
38 Brandon Grubaugh 20 399.5 2 186.5 213
39 Rj Jacobs 18j 397.5 2 185.5 212
40 Ryan Timms 5T 392 2 199.5 192.5
41 Dylan Opdahl 2 389 2 191 198
42 Justin Whittall 67 388 2 189.5 198.5
43 Adam Cruea 21m 386 2 201.5 184.5
44 Billy Boyd 4B 369 2 180 189
45 Matt Kurtz 92 315 2 68 247
46 Will Hull 61 278 2 216 62
47 Austin McCarl 99 235 1 235 0
48 Tyler Boyd 4B 235 2 184 51
49 Garret Green 82 213 1 213 0
50 Gregg Jones 7j 142 1 0 142

Bill Crouse

East Bay Raceway Park wishes to extend our prayers  to the Crouse family on the passing of Bill Crouse.  Bill has been around East Bay and the racing communities for many years.  It is very apparent that his love for racing was passed on to his son Roger who has won many races and championships with his Dad cheering him on and helping him on his cars.  Please keep the Crouse family in your prayers during this time.

Outdoor gravesite service will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday (Feb. 16) at Hillsborough Memorial Garden, 2323 Brandon Boulevard (east of mall entrance). The family expresses all are welcome to attend and anyone wishing to speak may do so.

Martin Opens 360 Sprint Winternationals with Thursday win

The opening night of week 4 of the 2021 Winternationals saw a field of 49 360 Sprints from 18 states as the competitors set the stage for the Saturday “King of the 360ds” with some exciting action.

Six heat races opened the program with the top 16 cars based on passing points earning an automatic bid into the A main. The races were won by Connor Leoffler, Terry Gray, Danny Martin Jr., Dale Howard, Ben Brown and Tyler Gunn. When the passing points were tallied, Brett Wright, who started eighth in his heat and finished second, would prevail and earn the pole position for the 25-lap A main.

Nine more spots were filled through a trio of B main events with Max Stambaugh, Cale Conley and Eric Riggins Jr. earning the top spots.

At the start of the 25-lap feature, Howard took the early lead from outside the front row. Wright held second while Martin was battling Terry McCarl for this in the early laps. The man of the move was Tim Shaffer, who started 14th, but sat in the top five after only four laps. The leaders hit lapped traffic on the fifth lap with Howard keeping the car on the low side to work through the backmarkers. This allowed Martin, who had bypassed Wright on lap five, to narrow the gap on the leader. By lap seven, Martin was able to sweep past and began to find racing room. Howard fell to Shaffer, who now set his sights on hunting down Martin. With both drivers using the same groove, catching was easier than passing and Shaffer couldn’t find a place to sweep by. Martin kept putting lapped cars between himself and Shaffer, playing a game of hide and seek among the cars going a lap down to the leaders. The caution showed on lap 21 for a stalled car in turn one shortly after Austin McCarl left the race in a hurry into the infield with heavy smoke from the engine compartment. The remaining laps saw no additional challenge as Martin was able to cruise out for a Winternationals win. He told the crowd that his team had opted out of a 360 race last week to run with the Top Gun series to get lap time at East Bay. Martin ran second in two Top Gun races, but became the man to beat with the 360 powerplants.

The racing action included Micro Sprints and Mini Sprints with Doug Dyal prevailing in the Micro Sprints and Bruce Comer coming out on top in Minis.

Night number two will be held on Friday with the point standings tallied at the end of the night to set lineups for the King of the 36os finale on Saturday.

360 Sprints A-Feature

Danny Martin Jr, Sarasota, Fl. 2. Tim Shaffer Aliquippa, Pa. 3. Dale Howard Byhalia, Ms. 4. Mark Smith Sunbury, Pa. 5. Eric Riggins Jr Charlotte, Nc. 6. Terry McCarl Altoona, Ia. 7. Brett Wright East Chatham, Ny. 8. Tyler Gunn Napoleon, Oh. 9. Max Stambaugh Lima, Oh. 10. Cale Conley Vienna, Wv. 11. Connor Leoffler Myrtle Beach, Sc. 12. Terry Gray Bartlett, Tn. 13. Jacob Karklin Indian Land, Sc. 14. Davie Franek Sussex, Nj. 15. Conner Morrell Palmetto, Fl. 16. Todd Gracey Glenville, Pa. 17. Ben Brown Marshall, Mo. 18. Phil Gressman Fremont, Oh. 19. Mark Ruel Jr Jacksonville, Fl. 20. Paul Colagiovanni Jr Central Square, Ny. 21. Ryan Ruhl Coldwater, Mi. 22. Dustin Gates Haughton, La. 23. Austin McCarl Altoona, Ia. 24. Slater Helt Cactus Flats, Mo. 25. Garet Williamson Columbia, Mo.

Mini Sprint A Feature

Mini Sprints A-Feature

1.Bruce Comer Ruskin, Fl. 2. Jim Kradel Navarre, Fl. 3. Don Quinn Wesly Chapel, Fl. 4. Jojo Davis Riverview, Fl. 5. James McNulty Nayame, Fl. 6. Stephen Thomas Dover, Fl. 7. Donald Quinn Wesley Chapel, Fl. 8. Ryan Kradel South Weber, Ut.

Micro Sprint A Feature

Micro Sprints A-Feature

1.Doug Dyal Auburndale, Fl. 2. Paul Seburn Seffner, Fl. 3. Richard (koot) Sapp Jr Plant City, Fl. 4. Joshua Davis Riverview, Fl. 5. William Burnside Tampa, Fl.