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Maddox Takes Non-Wing Top Gun Sprint Main

East Bay Raceway Park provided the backdrop for the first non-wing competition of the 2020 season for the Top Gun Sprints with a field of 25 cars answering the call.

Heats were won by Bryan Eckley, Justin Webster, Steve Diamond and Shane Butler, which gave the quartet a shot at an additional $600 with a feature win. The good luck from the preliminaries did not carry through to feature as none of them were able to finish the 25-lap main.

The initial start was waved off after Cole Nichols came to a stop at the outside of turn one. On the restart, polesitter and series point leader Garrett Green fell in behind Shane Butler, but trouble struck when Green went low in turn four and began to flip through the turn, coming to rest in the middle of the track. Green was unhurt. During the clean-up, a fire broke out in Eckley’s car, which was extinguished and the car was pushed back to the pit while the on-track work continued. Nichols was able to return under the red flag and Eckley pushed out in turn to rejoin with no laps complete.

Justin Webster seized the early lead. Going to the top of the track and maintaining a fast pace. The leaders caught the back of the pack by the third lap, slicing through traffic in an attempt to hide from pursuers. A.J. Maddox began to make his move, taking third on lap four and gaining second on the next lap. On Lap seven, leader Webster went hurtling into turn one and hit the wall, collecting Shane Butler and Steve Diamond, ending the night for all three and leading to a red flag for clean-up.

Maddox inherited the lead while the action continued to heat up deeper in the field. Stan Butler passed Andrew Griffin for second with Ryan Bartholomew dispatching Griffin another spot. Three laps later, it was a hard charging Brandon Grubaugh who shot to second with Tyler Clem following through for third. Clem, who started 25th after failing to make the heat, was pressuring Grubaugh until a mechanical issue ended his night early.

The third red flag appeared on lap 18 as Stan Butler collected the frontstretch and did one complete flip. He was uninjured, but the car was damaged to the point of elimination. On the restart, Maddox had the advantage of three lapped cars between himself and Grubaugh and took advantage to scoot away to an insurmountable lead. The win gave the 2019 Top Gun Sprints champion his first series victory of the year and avenged some of the sting from a narrow defeat in East Bay’s last non-wing race in 2019.

Bryan Bernhardt prevailed in the Gael’s Open Wheel Modified main, but it was anything but easy. Bernhardt led the first five laps, only to see Roger Crouse sweep by for the top spot. As Bernhardt dealt with Crouse, heat winner Austin Sanders made it a three-car challenge and the lead was never clearly decided lap after lap through the middle stages. Bernhardt would prevail for his second feature win of the year. Tyler Clem, doing double duty in Modifieds and Sprints, scored a Modified heat.

The last time fans saw the V-8 Warriors in action George Handy won the feature with his wife Kayla close behind. Whether it proved to be motivation or just a desire to not let it happen again, the tables were turned on this night as George would be congratulating Kayla on her first feature victory of the season. She secured the win by passing Gary Lucas on the fourth lap and never let anyone put on a serious challenge, running a consistent line throughout the race. Heats were won by Wayne Kissam and Jason Burnside.

Paul Seburn captured his third Q Auto & Injury Medical Malpractice Attorneys Micro Sprint main, slipped past Jerod Meyers. Seburn had utilized a last lap pass to win the heat, but made his move earlier in this event on a lap 12 restart.

Patrick Tabb grabbed his second Gladiator main of the season in convincing fashion. Tabb, who won his heat race, had to come from the fifth starting spot to get the lead. In her first start of the year, Brittany Hart won the opening heat.

Dan Darnell brought his new car to victory lane in winning the 10-lap Florida Old Time Modified main after Danny Bowman topped the heat race.

Racing action continues Saturday, October 3 with Gagel’s Open Wheel Modifieds, Pro Late Models, Street Stocks, Mod Lites and Q Auto & Injury Medical Malpractice Mini Sprints.


Feature: A.J. Maddox (3A), Brandon Grubaugh (G6), Luke Hill (41), Frank Carlsson (20), Ryan Bartholomew (11G), Tim George (1*), Billy Bridges (11B), Andrew Griffin (27), Sheldon Kinser Jr. (17C), Scott Baldwin (4), Nathan Barouch (13), Jeff Bye (26), Cole Nichols (N20), Tyler Clem (6S), Chris Hahn (2), Stan Butler (81), Ric Voisey (96), Andy Cobb (111), Jimmy Miltner (4×4), Justin Webster (21), Shane Butler (18), Steve Diamond (9), Bryan Eckley (12B), Garrett Green (82), Kyle Connery (91)


Feature: Bryan Bernhardt (B69), Roger Crouse (15), David Pollen (88), Austin Sanders (64), Tyler Clem (14), Billy Howard Jr. (47), Seth Geary (7G), Garret Stewart (67), Drew Jackson (08), Scott Bane (23B), Patrick Passanise (19), Dale Kelley (22), Megan Rae Meyer (11M), Rick Fenical (74), Keven Devrieze (99), Jerry Bourland (777), Jason Pope (102)


Feature: Kayla Handy (104), George Handy (105), Jason Burnside (12), Wayne Kissam (107), Gary Lucas (106), Randy Shields (49), Juston Meeks (10), Kalen Maynard (2), Cody Mezyk (40), Jeremy Simpson (73)


Feature: Paul Seburn (23), Jerod Meyers (7), Doug Dyal (97D), William Burnside (13), Joshua David (9), JoJo Davis (7J), William Brannon Jr. (60)


Feature: Patrick Tabb (03), Daniel Bowman (46), Brittany Hart (99), Patrick Fiore (88), Rodney Martin (21), Robert Kissam (911), Ricky Rutledge Sr. (4), Derrick Edwards (17), Nicholas Sperbeck (34), Bailey Purcell (07), Tracy Maynard (62), Robert Grant (36). DNS – Callie Gubich (513), Alyssa Grant (46A), Davey Martin (55)

November Schedule Change

In order to accommodate competitors who wish to take part in the Reutimann Memorial at Volusia Speedway Park, East Bay Raceway Park has altered its November schedule. The program originally scheduled for Nov. 21 has been moved in its entirety to Saturday, November 28.

On November 21, East Bay Raceway Park will host 2Xtreme Racing Monster Truck Series. Details will be announced.

Next on the Schedule

This Saturday (Sept. 26) is First Responder/Police/Fire Night. Free front gate admission for those with proper i.d. The admission does not apply to family members/guests. Saturday’s show includes Top Gun Sprints (non-wing, presented by, Gagel’s Open Wheel Modifieds, V-8 Warriors, Gladiators, Q Auto & Injury Medical Malpractice Attorneys Micro Sprints and Florida Old Time Modifieds. Special event pricing for grandstand admission.

Varnadore Powers to East Bay Pro Late Model Win


Travis Varnadore found himself in a fill-in role Saturday night for the running of the 30-lap Pro Late Model main event as part of a six-division show at East Bay Raceway Park. Varnadore took the seat of Steve Mathis Jr., who was attending a wedding and found the car to his liking, going wire-to-wire for the victory.

Varnadore had early challenges from Phillip Cobb, but contact in a lead challenge ended up costing Cobb’s right rear tire, forcing him out of the race. That left the responsibility of the challenge to Daniel Woody, who could not close until a late race caution tightened the field. When the green returned, the last ditch effort came up just short and Varnadore claimed his first feature of the year. Heat races were won by Phillip Cobb and Jimmy Waldrop.

Steve Diamond made it back-to-back wins in his 2020 Q Auto & Injury Medical Malpractice Attorneys Sprint campaign, taking the 15-lap event in start-to-finish fashion. Diamond was hounded early by Bryan Eckley, but Diamond maintained consistent lines on the start and restarts to make it impossible to be caught. Defending track champion Joe Zuczek was best in the heat.

When the season opened in March, Richard Livernois Jr. became the first Street Stock driver to be a feature winner. At the end of the 15-lap main, Livernois became the first two-time winner in the class. His work commitments had kept him from the seat, but he did not miss a beat in getting the hang of running up front in the class. Tommy Hill, who finished second in the main, won a heat race to start the night.

Defending V-8 Warrior champion George Handy laid claim to his third feature win of the year, but not without a challenge from a soon-to-be-familiar foe. In the early stages, George Handy had to hold off his wife, Kayla Handy, until Kayla spun in the second turn and fell to the back of the field. Wayne Kissam and Jason Burnside were doing battle to see who could inherit the opportunity to challenge George Handy, only to make contact and take themselves out. When the restart came about near the end of the race, Kayla Handy had worked back to second and she stayed right on the leader’s bumper as the field took the green. George Handy was able to get enough breathing room to pick up the win, but it will be interesting to see what transpires the next time the V-8 Warriors are in action.

Defending track champion Austin Martin zipped past Alex Cline on lap seven to roll out to his second Mod Lite feature win of the year. Cline was the second leader of the race after Andrew Smith set the pace for the first two laps. Bo Bass and North Carolina racer Morghan Johnson were heat race winners.

The Q Auto & Injury Medical Malpractice Attorneys Mini Sprints kicked off the night as heat winner Jamie Tinkham parked in Victory Lane for his first of the season. The former track champion built up a big lead early and made his way through the field, lapping up to sixth place. Tinkham was joined in heat wins by Bruce Comer.

The next scheduled racing action is Saturday, September 12 with a five division program, featuring Late Model Sportsman, Street Stocks, Outlaw 4s, Gladiators and Q Auto & Injury Medical Malpractice Attorneys Micro Sprints.


Feature: Travis Varnadore (95), Daniel Woody (29), Waylon Haynes (11), Steve Brendle (141), Jimmy Waldrop (9), John Norris (87), Thomas Burnside (13), Dennis Williams (24), Phillip Cobb (03), Tanner Cobb (03c), Dustin Perez (8)


Feature: Steve Diamond (9), Bryan Eckley (12B), Joe Zuczek (50), Billy Bridges (11B), Tim George (1*), Jeff Bye (26), Frank Beck (71)


Feature: Rich Livernois Jr. (71), Tommy Hill (1H), Jerry Bruce (35), Buck Woodhouse (55), Justim Rodgers (05), Tyler Douglas (29)


Feature: George Handy (105), Kayla Handy (104), Raymond Vann (1), Mark Roadarmel Jr. (81), Cody Mezyk (40), Gary Lucas (106), Wayne Kissam (107), Jason  Burnside (12), Ravin Lee (3L), Ricky Rutledge Jr. (124), Randy Shields (49)


Feature: Austin Martin (97), Alex Cline (07), Darren Bass (14B), Bo Bass (41B), Morghan Johnson (1), Andrew Smith (71), Dylan Dunn (22), Jeff Bonnema (5B), Thomas Walsh (1W), Steve Olone (20), Rocky Scott (42), Terry Joiner (6)


Feature: Jamie Tinkham (51), Bruce Comer (21), JoJo Davis (7J), Don R. Quinn (33), Marv Almand (1), Mike Meyers (6), Randy Thomas (4T), Ryan Meeks (12), Donnie Quinn (33D). DNS – Joe Bartow (3)

Nevin Gainey Wins Florida Late Model Challenge Series Main

The only 2020 East Bay Raceway Park visit from the Florida Late Model Challenge Series brought the cream of the crop to the Clay by the Bay Saturday night with Nevin Gainey becoming the first two-time winner in the series this season.

Gainey grabbed the lead from the onset, but caution came quickly for a Tom Fiebelkorn spin on lap 2. On the restart, Phillip Cobb moved into second and began closing the gap on the leader. The field again experienced a caution on lap 6 and it took three restarts to get momentum going once again. A lap nine caution for a Hunter Sweet spin racked the field for the next green. As the field thundered to turn two, Cobb spun while running second and the field did a masterful job to avoid making it worse than it was. Series point leader Adam Bedenbaugh made contact with Cobb, but was able to continue and lined up behind Travis Varnadore, who had moved from a starting spot of 11th in the 23-car field to the runner-up position. Turn two continued to give drivers a challenge as a Clay Bedenbaugh spun slowed action again. Larry Perry Jr. brought out the next caution in the same area and Varnadore retired from the race, heading second to Adam Bedenbaugh. A long period of green flag racing saw many position battles, but none of them were for the front spot as Gainey masterfully worked through lapped traffic. In the final five laps, Sweet started marching through the field and held third on the final restart. No one could catch Gainey as the winner went wire-to-wire for his triumph, backing up an earlier win at North Florida.

Earlier action saw heat wins go to Adam Bedenbaugh, Perry and Cobb.

Three of the remaining four-divisions saw first time winners grace victory lane, led by Steve Diamond, who captured the Q Auto & Injury Medical Malpractice Attorneys Sprint 15-lap feature. Diamond had been an early leader two weeks previous in a Top Gun Sprints race, only to see victory slip away. He would put a strangehold on triumph on this night, running a near flawless race to come home a winner in this division for the first time in his career. Bryan Eckley won the heat race.

Paul Davis became the fourth different winner in as many events by taking the Street Stock feature from start to finish. Davis, who had finished second two weeks before, commented about moving up from third to second then getting the win. Buck Woodhouse won his second heat in as many tries while Tommy Hill claimed the second preliminary.

In Outlaw 4 action, Stephen Hohlbaugh was finally able to break through after numerous top 3 finishes over the past two years. The race was called after 7 laps due to an overwhelming number of cautions. Brittany Folwell won the heat.

Daniel Bowman scored his second feature of 2020 by charging to the lead early. Bowman and brother Kyle Bowman won the heats.

Action continues next week (Aug. 22) with Gladiators offering up a 25-lap feature. They will be joined by Gagel’s Open Wheel  Modifieds, V-8 Warriors, Q Auto & Injury Medical Malpractice Attorneys Micro Sprints and Florida Old Time Modifieds.


Feature: Nevin Gainey (17G), Adam Bedenbaugh (26), Hunter Sweet (15S), Joe Kump (15K), Scotty Williams (27w), Jimmy Wagner (17w), Larry Perry Jr. (21P), Steve Mathis Jr. (95), Forrest Gough (21G), Cole Crawford (4), Raymond Rogers (48), Shan Smith (17ss), Travis Varnadore (41), Bryce Alexander (0), Phillip Cobb (03), Clay Bedenbaugh (6), Daniel Woody (29), John Norris (87), T.J. LaFlamboy (4×4), David Markham (50), Thomas Burnside (13), Raymond Folwell (173), Tom Fiebelkorn (45T). DNS – Jimmy Waldrop (9), Cameron Saunders (29S)


Feature: Steve Diamond (9), Joe Zuczek (50), Bryan Eckley (12B), Tim George (1*), John Kahl (13), Steven Muller (29), Jimmy Miltner (4×4), Chris Hahn (2), David Kelley (12)


Feature: Paul Davis (10D), Matt Bozeman (58), Tommy Hill (1H), Billy Barstow (756), Justin Rodgers (05), Jacob Bell (77), Mike Wilson (68), Buck Woodhouse (55), Chris Livernois Jr. (71), Doug Johnson (09), Tyler Davis (29)


Feature: Stephen Hohlbaugh (23s), Eric Knight (7), Mark Moniz (41E), Brittany Folwell (22), Vernon Hart Jr. (48), Dorsey Strickland (15), Thomas Braswell Jr. (88)


Feature: Daniel Bowman (46), Hunter Lovelady (68), Patrick Tabb (03), Wayne Kissam (07), Rodney Martin (21), Ricky Rutledge Sr. (4), Alyssa Grant (46A), Derrick Edwards (17), Kyle Bowman (46K), James Williams (8W), Bailey Purcell (911), Nick Sperbeck (34), Callie Gubich (513), David Zeman (13). DNS – Robert Kissam (911), Tracy Maynard (62), Mathew Evat (19).

Green Rebounds from Late Race Flat Tire to Win Top Gun Main at East Bay

After the planned July hiatus, regular season action returned to East Bay Raceway Park with a six-division program that included the third appearance of the Top Gun Sprints.

The August 1 program marked the sixth appearance of the season schedule for the Top Gun Sprints, who have had to endure everything from pandemic to weather issues in putting the 2020 schedule to work. The series had its last appearance on June 13, so racers were anxious to get back on track. A field of 19 cars past through the pit gate, including 14 of the 15 cars in the point standings.

Heat races were won by Steve Diamond (with an exciting last lap pass), Brandon Grubaugh and Andrew Griffin. This trio of drivers put themselves in position to claim the Lee and Jeff Barfield Memorial award, which paid an additional $300 if a heat winner could repeat in the feature.

Luke Hill would start the 25-lap main on the pole with the three heat winners filling up the next spots. Diamond would take the early lead, but Hill bounced right back to take the top spot on lap two. Griffin moved to second on the next lap as mechanical issues ended Diamond’s challenge. When the caution came out, two-time East Bay Top Gun winner Garrett Green had moved to fourth and started picking off spots when the race returned the faster paced action. Green would secure the lead, bypassing Hill on lap 9 just before a caution was displayed. Grubaugh charged into third near the halfway mark and Shane Butler advanced into the top five by lap 14.

Disaster struck for the race leader on lap 17 as Green suffered a flat tire and the same situation also send Justin Webster to the pits. The crews were able to get the changes made and get the cars back onto the track without losing a lap, but they tagged the end of the field. Hill regained the lead with Grubaugh in second, ahead of 2018 series champion Hayden Campbell. Hill would suffer a flat right rear on the next lap, yielding the top spot to Grubaugh. Campbell grabbed the lead on lap 21 after Grubaugh’s tire issue and a Shane Butler spin tightened the field with Green now in the top three. On the restart, Green moved to second to hunt down Campbell’s whose race ended on lap 24. From the final restart, no one could catch the series point leader, who added his third feature win of the year.

It was another driver named Garret who would stop in Victory Lane when the Gagel’s Open Wheel Modifieds closed off their 15-lap main. Garret Stewart took the lead at the start of the feature, never to succumb despite the challenges of many different drivers who had their own battles to deal with. Devin Dixon and Tyler Clem locked in a late race battle for second, but Clem’s efforts were nullified by a flat right rear tire. For Stewart, it marks an infrequent appearance at East Bay despite the driver’s positive feeling about racing at the Clay by the Bay. “This one has been a long time coming,” he said in Victory Lane. “This is my third feature win this year at three different tracks.” Stewart prefers a dry slick surface, but knew the track would not favor that and chose his set-up accordingly. Bryan Bernhardt and Shane Burrows won heat races.

Billy Barstow recorded his first win in an East Bay Street Stock main by making an inside pass on 2019 track champion Matt Bozeman on lap 9, powering on to the win. Barstow purchased the car in July, only to have it severely damaged on July 17 in a heat race accident. It was the work of fellow competitors Bozeman, Mike Wilson and Derek Gray that put Barstow’s ride on the road to recovery that ended in Victory Lane. Bozeman and Buck Woodhouse won heat events.

Raymond Vann was on a mission in the 15-lap V-8 Warrior main. Vann wasted no time in getting the lead and becoming one of the few to hold off track champion George Handy for a win. Handy and Jason Burnside had captured heat races earlier in the program.

In Mod Lites, 2019 track champion Austin Martin made it clear that he was here to start his 2020 winning ways but convincingly winning the 15-lap feature. Martin had been denied in two previous attempts, but this one would change all of that. He started the night with his third heat win of the year and then made his winning move between Bo Bass and Darren Bass to assert himself at the front. Darren Bass had also been a heat winner.

The Q Auto & Injury Medical Malpractice Attorneys Mini Sprints brought 19 cars to the race action as Kenny Brewer carried a lead in the 15-lap feature from start to finish. Brewer, who last appeared in Victory Lane in 2018, had challenges from heat winners Joe Askew and Jamie Tinkham throughout the event. Brad Sutton also scored a heat win.

East Bay Raceway Park will be in action on August 15 with the Florida Late Models contesting a 25-lap main. They will joined by the Q Auto & Injury Medical Malpractice Attorneys Sprints, Outlaw 4s, Street Stocks and Gladiators.


Feature: Garrett Green (82), Justin Webster (21), Frank Carlsson (20), Luke Hill (41), Stan Butler (81), Scott Baldwin (4), Jimmy Miltner (4×4), Cole Nichols (N20), Hayden Campbell (5), Shane Butler (18), Robbie Smith (6S), Brandon Grubaugh (G6), Billy Bridges (11B), Bryan Eckley (12B), Andrew Griffin (27), A.J. Maddox (3A), Steve Diamond (9D). DNS – Tim George (1*), James Alexander (113)


Feature: Garret Stewart (67), Devin Dixon (69), Dale Kelley (22), Bryan Bernhardt (B69), David Pollen (88), Austin Sanders (64), Shane Burrows (70B), Rick Fenical (74), Pat Passanise (19), Billy Howard Jr. (47 JR), Jerry Bourland (777), Jimmy Baker (69x), Rick Hall (53), Tyler Clem (14), Bill Howard Sr. (47), Don Crandall (9c), Scott Bane (23B), Drew Jackson (08)


Feature: Billy Barstow (756), Paul Davis (10D), Matt Bozeman (58), Buck Woodhouse (55), Doug Johnson (09), Tyler Douglas (29), Thomas Burnside (31), Jerry Bruce (35), Mike Wilson (68), Chris Livernois Jr. (71), Ken Lawrence (38)


Feature: Raymond Vann (1), Jason Burnside (12J), George Handy (105), Randy Shields (49), Alan Smith (31), Wayne Kissam (107), Mark Roadarmel Jr. (81), Kayla Handy (104), Derek Gray (189), Gary Lucas (106), Cody Mezyk (40), Kalen Maynard (2), Macy Bozeman (58), Ricky Rutledge Jr. (124). DNS – Mark Schiedler (29S). DQ – Juston Meeks (10)


Feature: Austin Martin (97), Bo Bass (41B), Darren Bass (14B), Fred Wilson (12), Dylan Dunn (22), Jeff Bonnema (5B), Jeff Wolfe (83), Alex Cline (07c), Mitch Gilbert (7), Terry Joiner (6), Andrew Smith (71), Thomas Walsh (1), Brian Teeters (44T), Ronald Boyette (42), Kyle Nornberg (26)


Feature: Kenny Brewer (45), Joe Askew (78J), Jamie Tinkham (51), Don R Quinn (33), Bruce Comer (21), Brad Sutton (9), Chris Silva (26), Michael Luckert (93), Adam Barnes (64), Brian Baxter (98), Jo Jo Davis (7j), Ron Leonardini (4), Marvin Almand (1), Mike Meyers (6), Randy Thomas (4T), Ryan Meeks (12), Dennis Sanchez (11). DNS – Joe Bartow (3), Bill Gise (21X)

Mathews, Morgan Capture Rock’n July Throwdown


Results of Friday, July 17 Rock’N July Throwdown

Late Models: Jeff Mathews (33), Travis Varnadore (41), Raymond Rogers (48), Kenny Monahan (311), Tanner Cobb (c03), Cameron Saunders (29s), Joshua Kunstbeck (11K), Shawn Taylor (83), Thomas Burnside (13), Shan Smith (32), Blake Spencer (6), John Norris (87), Dennis Williams (24), Brenden Smith (17ssjr), Megan Rae Meyer (11M). DNS – Phillip Cobb (03). DQ – Jimmy Waldrop (9)

Dirt’s 4 Racing Street Stocks: Brian Morgan (26), Thomas Pratt (22P), Paul Davis (10D), Tommy Hill (1H), Jerry Bruce (35), James McPeak (7M), Jimmy Wagner (17w), Josh Sanford (31), Buck Woodhouse (55w), Jacob Bell (77), Danny Esposito Jr. (40), Nick Hebrank (7), Tim Gay (29), Matt Bozeman (58). DNS – Chris Livernois (71), Robert Allen (98), Mike Wilson (68), Doug Johnson (09), Billy Barstow (756). DQ – Just McGauley (15)

Thunder Stocks/V-8 Warriors: Scotty Kay Jr. (34), James Warden (5), Trent Wilson (17), Joe Belkey (12), George Handy (105), Greg Crowe (89), Gary Lucas (106), Raymond Rogers Jr. (48), Wayne Kissam (107), Johnny Allen (68), Juston Meeks (10), Jason Burnside (12j), Kalen Maynard (2), Randy Shields (49), Mark Roadarmel Jr. (81), Ravin Lee (3L), Mike Valdes (15), Michael Hart (99), Henry Lanier (X), Patrick Thomas (25). DNS – Cody Mezyk (40)

Gladiators: Daniel Bowman (46), Bailey Purcell (07), Kyle Bowman (46k), Zachary Thomas (X), Patrick Tabb (03), Rodney Martin (21), Tyler Davis (1), Chuck Frater (6F), Ricky Rutledge (4), Davey Martin (55), Alyssa Grant (46A), Robert Kissam (911), Tarcy Maynard (62), Robert Gullett Sr. (2), Ethan Dansby (6), Hunter Lovelady (68), Derrick Edwards (17). DQ – Logan Casteel (24)