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Burrows Edges Hughes for Winternationals Triumph

For the second night in a row, drama prevailed in the running of the Modified A Main as the outcome wasn’t decided until the last lap. On the second night of the action, the winner would take the top prize by a half car length at the checkers.

Shane Burrows went wire-to-wire in the 25-lap main, but not without challenges. The biggest challenge came from Oklahoma racer Jason Hughes, who broke from his own early race battle with fast qualifier Lucas Lee to put himself in a strong position. Hughes and Lee were battling for third behind Tuesday B feature winner Tait Davenport, but both were able to advance on lap 7. Hughes followed the line of leader Burrows in hopes of gaining ground and was able to steadily chip away.

The leaders hit lapped traffic on lap 18 with most of the cars in front of them steering clear of the lower groove. With just a lap remaining, things would get a little closer, but lapped traffic yielded, allowing the lead duo to duel it out. On the final lap, Hughes made an inside move in turn four, but just could not get the needed momentum to bypass Burrows. Shane Burrows gathered his second career Winternationals feature victory and became the second local winner in as many nights.

The initial start was called back for a Tod Neiheiser spin. The race stayed green for 10 laps until the caution flew as Roger Crouse was off the pace and could not get into the infield because of racing action around the entire track. From there, the race ran caution free.

Burrows opened his night by capturing the eight-lap heat event to start the racing program. Hughes, Lee, Davenport and Bryan Bernhardt were winners of the preliminaries. Neiheiser and Clay Harris advanced to the A main with B feature wins.

Richie Stephens made it back-to-back wins in Street Stock action, claiming the win in a 20-lap feature that was plagued with caution flags. Stephens and Nick Hebrank won heat events in the division.

Racing action continues tomorrow (Thursday, Jan. 23) with Street Stocks and Modifieds. A field of 46 Modifieds was on hand to contest tonight’s event.

MODIFIEDS

Feature: Shane Burrows (70B), Jason Hughes (12H), Tait Davenport (18), Bryan Bernhardt (B69), Lucas Lee (12L), Devin Dixon (313), Kevin Adams (23D), Nick Allen (21A), Kyle Bronson (33B), Mike Potosky (M20), Dale Kelley (22), Mavrick Varnadore (4), Tyler Nicely (25), Bill Roberts (5R), Curt Myers (1M), Brad DeYoung (7), Jeff Mathews (33), Chris Wilson (127), Clay Harris (21J), Jesse Wisecarver (65), Spencer Hughes (11), Roger Crouse (15), Jeremy Rayburn (12), Todd Neiheiser (72)

Dixon Opens Winternationals in Victory Lane

A chilly night greeted the hardy fans who attended the opening night of the 44th annual Winternationals at East Bay Raceway Park. On tap was a 25-lap main event for UMP/EBRP Modifieds and a 20-lapper for the companion Street Stocks.

A field of 45 Modifieds took to the track to qualify for a starting spot in one of the five heat events. When the final car had timed, it was Shane Burrows who stood in Victory Lane as the fastest of the group. Burrows had earlier forecast the outcome by being the fastest car in the hot lap session.

The eight-lap heat races offered four spots in the main event for the top finishers. Heat winners were Devin Dixon, Lucas Lee, Brian Skaggs, Kevin Adams and Phillip Cobb.

A pair of controversial B mains provided the last four spots for the feature. In the first event, contact between Clay Harris and race leader Curt Myers ended up with Myers stopped and Harris continuing. The rule dictated Myers to be sent to the rear, but he chose to withdraw from the event. Harris claimed the win with Travis Varnadore earning a feature spot.

In the second B-main, Tait Davenport pulled out to a dominant win, but the drama came from a second-place battle between Jeff Mathews and Donnie Moran. Mathews went high into the final corner and swopped down on Moran as they crossed the finish line. Moran ended up in the frontstretch wall and the damage to his car prevented him from starting the A main.

A field of 22 were able to answer the call to the green flag. Kevin Adams and Lucas Lee picked different lines with Adams going high and Lee choosing the bottom. Adams would gain the early advantage and a great run by Anthony Slusher kept him in the early conversation. Devin Dixon went to the high side as he crept into the top five and found himself gaining on Adams. A slight shift in attack worked for Dixon, who took the lead on lap 11. The caution returned three laps later. On the restart, Adams regained the lead, but Dixon was able to squeeze ahead again before another yellow on lap 21. While it looked like Adams might pull away, there was no denying Dixon. He powered out to the eventual victory to open the week.

Richie Stephens, who captured Street Stock wins in the 2019 Winternationals, got back on track by winning his heat and the 20-lap feature with a new car. David Barwick got back to his winning ways with a heat win.

The action continues tomorrow (Wednesday) with racing action underway at 7 p.m.

MODIFIEDS

Feature: Devin Dixon (313), Kevin Adams (23D), Nick Allen (21A), Kyle Bronson (33B), Tyler Nicely (25), Brad DeYoung (7), Brian Skaggs (20), Shane Burrows (70B), Bryan Bernhardt (B69), Phillip Cobb (03), Mark Dickson (0), Spencer Hughes (11H), Mavrick Varnadore (4), Jason Hughes (12H), Mike Potosky (M20), Dale Kelley (22), Anthony Slusher (2), Clay Harris (21J), Travis Varnadore (205), Ray Bollinger (77), Jessie Wisecarver (65), Lucas Lee (12)

Winternationals is Here

The 44th annual Winternationals start tonight with the UMP/EBRP Modifieds joined by Street Stocks for five consecutive nights of action. Main gate opens at 5 p.m.

A practice night was held Monday night with drivers getting their opportunity to shake down any off-season changes that may have been made in preparation for the racing. Drivers from throughout Florida were joined by top racers from the Midwest as they get set for the action. Street Stock racers from Ohio were also seen at the practice session.

The action will be carried live on floracing.com. Subscriptions and information for Modified Week can be found here.

Minors in the Pits

IMPORTANT:   IF YOU ARE 17 AND UNDER AND ARE RACING IN ANY OF OUR CLASSES DURING WINTERNATIONALS OR DURING OUR REGULAR SEASON, OR YOU ARE ENTERING THE PIT AREA,  YOU MUST HAVE BOTH BIOLOGICAL PARENT SIGNATURES ON A COMPLETED MINOR FORM BEFORE YOU WILL BE ALLOWED TO RACE.  IF THE PARENTS DO NOT SIGN THE FORM IN FRONT OF OUR EMPLOYEE, THEY MUST BE NOTARIZED.  THE FORMS ARE ON THE WEBSITE, PLEASE PRINT THEM OUT IN COLOR SO THE WRITING IN RED APPEARS AS SUCH.  IF ONE PARENT IS ACCOMPANYING YOU TO THE TRACK, THEY CAN SIGN IN FRONT OF US AND YOU WILL NEED A NOTARIZED MINOR FORM FROM THE OTHER PARENT.  IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS CONCERNING THIS, PLEASE CALL THE TRACK OFFICE AT 813.677.7223.

2020 Winternationals Preview

The 44th annual Winternationals at East Bay Raceway Park is now just days away from nearly 20 days of racing over the next month.

The activity opens with a practice night on Monday, January 20 for UMP/East Bay Raceway Park Modifieds and Street Stocks. The action gets underway the following night, opening five consecutive nights of scheduled action. The Modifieds will race for a top prize of $1,000 on the first two nights with the Street Stocks doing battle for $400 to win for the first three nights. The winner’s share jumps to $1,500 on the next two nights for the Modifieds while the Friday Street Stock winner claims $500. For the Saturday finale, the Modified winner will receive $5,000 with the Street Stock champion getting $1,000.

In 2019, 54 different Modified drivers from a dozen different states took part in the competition. Kyle Bronson won two of the four features with East Bay Raceway Park track champion Bryan Bernhardt and Tennessee racer Lucas Lee claiming the remaining events. Street Stocks were composed predominantly of Florida racers, but travelers came from as far away as Ohio for the action.

Activity will pick up again on January 29 with a practice session for the Durrence-Layne Chevrolet Late Models, Top Gun Sprints and V-8 Warrior/Thunder Stock divisions.  Three nights of racing will get underway the following night. For two nights, the Durrence-Layne Chevrolet Late Models will shoot for the $2,500 first place money with the top spot payoff doubling up on the first night of February. Top Gun Sprints will see $1,000 awarded to the winner each night. V-8 Warrior/Thunder Stock drivers have two nights with a $300 top payoff and $500 to the winner on the final night.

There were 31 crate Late Models, 24 Top Gun Sprints and 18 V-8 Warriors/Thunder Stocks last year.

Groundhog Day falls on a Sunday and you’ll have to look quick to catch the shadows of the practicing Lucas Oil Dirt Late Model Series as the elite racers get their lone warm-up time before setting out on six nights of competition. The East Bay visit will be the second stop of the season, which will see 56 races for the series. Last year, in six nights of racing, three different feature winners found Victory Lane. Eventual 2019 series champion Jonathan Davenport backed up a mid-week with Friday and Saturday victories. Tyler Erb opened the series with two consecutive wins and second-generation racer Hudson O’Neal won a photo finish feature. The Lucas Oil Dirt Late Models will compete over six night from Monday, February 3 through Saturday, Feb. 8

The final week of the 44th annual Winternationals will open with a bang. The Ollie’s Bargain Outlet All Star Circuit of Champions presented by Mobil 1 has added East Bay Raceway Park to its February schedule. Two nights of racing will transpire on Monday and Tuesday, Feb. 10-11. The visit marks the return of 410 Sprints to the Clay by the Bay, which have not been a part of the Winternationals in more than a decade. Texas racer Aaron Reutzel is the two-time defending champion of the series.

After a Wednesday practice, a trio of open wheel classes close off the action with 360 Sprints, Mini-Sprints and Micro-Sprints on tap for racing from Feb. 13-15.

Tickets for all of the activity are available from the East Bay Raceway Park track office.

The racing action for Modified Week (Jan. 21-25), Crate Week (Jan. 30 – Feb. 1)  and 360 Sprint Week (Feb. 13-15) will be available at www.floracing.com for those who cannot attend in person.

Winternationals Mini Sprint Payout

Here is the payout for the Mini Sprints, which will be in action Feb. 13-15 as part of the 44th annual Winternationals.

Thursday & Friday   $ 500.00 to win
1  500
2  200
3  150
4  100
5  100
6   85
7   80
8   75
9   75
10 70
11 and back  65

Saturday  $ 1000.00 to win
1  1000
2  250
3  150
4  100
5  100
6   90
7   85
8 and back  75

The Winternationals will begin on Tuesday, January 21 with the EBRP/UMP Modifieds and Street Stocks for five nights of racing.

Minors in the Pit Area

Please read the information below and call with any questions.

It is the biological parents or legal guardians responsibility to have the proper minor release form signed before a minor can enter the pit area at East Bay Raceway Park.  If both biological parents are present at the track with the minor and sign the minor release form in front of our employee, no notary is needed.  If one of the biological parents are  with the minor but one is not, we need the form printed off the website in color, filled out by the absent parent and notarized.  One side of the form is for the parent’s name and the other side is for the minor’s name.  Please fill this form out carefully and correctly or it will be no good.   If a minor is being brought to the track by a Grandparent, a Step-parent or any other family member or a friend, we will need both parents to complete a form each and have it notarized and send with the minor to the track.   If the minor comes without the form, they will not be allowed into the pit area.   This does not apply to the grandstands, only the pit area. If you have any questions, or if you need a copy of the notarized form to complete, please come by or contact the track office during the week.