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Haynes Hustles to Claim Precision Wallboard LM 50

With the threat of rain looming, the Saturday racing action rolled without delay, offering fast-paced action in six divisions.

The 604 Late Model class came back with a vengeance as the Precision Wallboard 50 was on the schedule with a $2,000 payday awaiting the winner. Defending track champion Phillip Cobb grabbed the early lead from Daniel Woody, becoming the first driver to test the outside line. Cobb was able to power away, leaving a host of contenders battling for second, led by Keith Nosbisch. A lap 18 caution wiped pout Cobb’s large lead. On the restart, Jimmy Waldrop moved to second, bringing Waylon Haynes up to third. Cobb was again able to develop breathing room as the top three drivers were committed to the same line. Shortly after the halfway mark, the caution for a Haynes spin in turn. On the restart, Waldrop slipped by only to have Cobb regain the lead. It was a moot point as the caution returned before a lap was completed, charged to Wallace Peacock, who hit the backstretch wall while running fifth. The next restart saw the surging Travis Varnadore take the lead away on lap 34, but it would be short-lived. On the next lap, Nosbisch grabbed the lead. His time at the front was also brief as a new leader emerged in Waylon Haynes. After he was sent to the back, Haynes found determination and drive as he made his way back into position to move out later in the race. Varnadore mounted a last-ditch effort and came up short in a bid for the $2,000 top prize. Cobb and Josh Peacock claimed earlier heats.

The night’s program opened with the Gagel’s Open Wheel Modifieds with defending track champion Bryan Bernhardt finally getting his first win of the regular season. Bernhardt, who won the March 6 Modified event as part of the World of Outlaws program, seized the lead from Austin Sanders on two occasions early, but each was nullified by caution flags. Bernhardt was able to seal the deal on lap eight and head off to Victory Lane. Bernhardt and Tyler Clem were best in heat races.

Doug Dyal recorded his first Q Auto & Injury Medical Malpractice Mini Sprint main of the 2021 season after coming close on several occasions. Bryce Comer held the early lead with Dyal in close pursuit. Bruce Comer made it a three-car battle, eventually taking the high line to the front. Dyal patiently pursued Comer and finally saw an opportunity to grab the lead and move on for the win. The race was red flagged on lap five when David Hall flipped in turn four, landing atop Charles Landis’ ride. The drivers were uninjured and continued in the race. Dyal and Bruce Comer were heat winners.

Two-time and defending track champion Austin notched his third feature win in the Mod Lites. To get the win, Martin made a nice move in turn one to dispatch leader Alex Cline. From that point, Martin stayed true to the low side and brought home the victory, backing up an earlier heat win. Jeff Bonnema recorded his first heat win of the season.

Jason Burnside became a first-time winner in the V-8 Warriors, holding off Nick Brown through the late stages. Burnside remarked in Victory Lane how he had run second many times, including five in a row and it felt good to again be the feature winner. Brown did score the heat win.

A field of 17 Gladiators were on hand. Daniel Bowman had the early lead in the 15-lap feature, keeping the bottom line through the race. Bowman had a variety of challengers, but the best drive was coming from Charles Paris Jr., who had been relegated to the rear due to his win last time the Gladiators competed. Paris was able to come through the field and camp behind Bowman, making contact with the leader in turn four. The two managed to stay in front and soon, it was Paris driving by for the win. Derrick Edwards scored a heat race win and a top-five in the feature. Robert Kissam added a heat win.

Racing action continues June 12 with the first appearance of the Florida Pro Late Models, joined by Street Stocks, V-8 Warriors, Q Micro Sprints and Gladiators.

604 Late Models

Feature: Waylon Haynes (11), Travis Varnadore (95), Keith Nosbisch (02), Brenden Smith (17ssJR), Josh Peacock (21), Tom Fiebelkorn (45T), Jimmy Waldrop (9), Jimmy Wagner (17W), Tim Dowling (12D), Mavrick Varnadore (41), Phillip Cobb (03), John Norris (87), Wallace Peacock (P1), Cole Crawford (4), Thomas Burnside (13), Daniel Woody (29), Scotty Williams (7JR)


Feature: Bryan Bernhardt (B69), Austin Sanders (64), Tyler Clem (14), Pat Passanise (333), Scott Bane (23B), Anthony Bennett (7B), Tim McLeod (192), Paul Rivall (15R), Chris Bailey (77B)


Feature: Doug Dyal (97D), Bruce Comer (21), Bryce Comer (9), Dallas Casey (87), David Hall (67), Charles Landis (12), Justin Webster (21W), Josh Davis (7S), Shanna Walters (13), Jo Jo Davis (7J), Joe Bartow (3)


Feature: Austin Martin (97), Alex Cline (07c), Andrew Smith (71), J.T. Joiner (6J), Jeff Bonnema (5B), Dylan Dunn (22), Terry Joiner (6), Rocky Scott (4), Brodrick Kennedy (24), Jeff Wolfe (83), Bo Bass (41B)


Feature: Jason Burnside (12J), Nick Brown (12), George Handy (105), Gary Lucas (106), Wayne Kissam (107), Matt Bozeman (0), Cody Mezyk (40), Macy Bozeman (58). DNS – Mike Wilson (68)


Feature: Charles Paris Jr. (03), Daniel Bowman (46), David Zeman (13), Derrick Edwards (17), Daniel Casey (3D), Wayne Kissam (07), Jeff Smith (15), Callie Gubich (513), Ricky Rutledge Sr. (4), Robert Kissam (911), Logan Casteel (7), Patrick Tabb (03), Rodney Martin (21), Davey Martin (55), Hunter Lovelady (68), Ricky Rutledge Jr. (124). DNS – Alyssa Grant (47)



Attention Late Model Racers

Crate Racin’ USA officials are amending the Official Tire Rule for both the Dirt Late Model Touring Series, Weekly Racing Series, and Late Model Sportsman Divisions. Effective May 26th, 2021, Crate Racin’ USA will allow the Hoosier HTS 1350 and HTS 1600 tire as an option to the Crate Racin’ USA D21 and D55. This will be in effect until June 30th, and then a two-week “burn-off” will be allowed to let those tires be used up by competitors that have purchased them.
We appreciate everyone’s support and understanding and will update accordingly.

Repeat Winners Dominate East Bay Action

Five drivers were able to make a return visit to Victory Lane Saturday night as East Bay Raceway Park wrapped up the action for the month of May.

Kenny Brewer opened the night’s action by posting a victory in his first appearance of the 2021 season in the Q Auto & Injury Medical Malpractice Attorneys Mini Sprints. Brewer swept around early race leader Doug Dyal to take command and move out to the win. Heat race winners Bruce Comer and his nephew, Bryce Comer, experienced mechanical difficulty in their bid to sweep the events. The issues for Bruce Comer stopped a win streak that had extended back to November 2020. The second heat race was red flagged when Josh Davis climbed the backstretch wall and flipped. He was treated and released and able to compete in the feature.

Nick Brown started the 15-lap V-8 Warrior main event in the back, but it was more about where you finish than where you start. Brown had moved into the top three before the halfway mark, making his pass on leader George Handy en route to his third win of the season. Brown and Jason Burnside had won the earlier heats.

Frank Beck prevailed in the battle to become the first two-time winner in the class. Beck, who won the season opener, gingerly worked through lapped traffic. Behind him, Garrett Green had to stave off the constant efforts of Joe Zuczek and Steve Diamond, but Green prevailed to add a second place run to his feature win earlier in the year. Zuczek and Bryan Eckley won the 6-lap heats.

Rich Livernois powered to victory, but not without a hard challenge from Jerry Bruce from the mid-point of the race. Bruce was able to pull alongside Livernois on occasion, but each effort was wiped out by a caution. Zack Amundsen and Tim Gay scored heat wins.

Alex Cline inherited the lead after previous leader Darren Bass was caught up in a spin by a car about to be lapped. Cline made the best of his good fortune by staying on the bottom of the track to prevail over heat race winner Bo Bass. Darren Bass claimed the other preliminary.

The final feature of the night saw Charles Paris Jr. return to victory in the Gladiator main. Alyssa Grant led the early stages and managed to keep Paris and Wayne Kissam behind her through the early going. Once Paris was able to slip by, he kept a steady pace through the field as Kissam attempted to close in. Paris backed up his earlier heat win. The division’s other heat was claimed by David Zeman, who notched his first East Bay win.

As the calendar changes to June, the action rolls along with the Precision Wallboard 50 for 604 Late Models taking place on Saturday, June 5, paying $2,000 to the winner. Joining the Late Models will be the Gagel’s Modifieds, V-8 Warriors, Mod Lites, Q Mini Sprints and Gladiators. Special event pricing is in effect.


Feature: Kenny Brewer (45), Doug Dyal (97D), David Hall (67), Michael Luckert (93), Jo Jo Davis (7J), Charles Landis (12), Bryce Comer (9), Joe Bartow (3), Bryce Comer (21), Justin Webster (21W), Josh Davis (7s)


Feature: Nick Brown (12), Jason Burnside (12J), Wayne Kissam (107), Mike Wilson (68), Gary Lucas (106), Juston Meeks (10), Michael Hart (99), Kalen Maynard (2), Dalton Ellis (52B), Cody Mezyk (40), Jeremy Simpson (X). DNS- Derek Gray. DQ – George Handy (105)


Feature: Frank Beck (89), Garrett Green (82), Joe Zuczek (50), Steve Diamond (9), Bryan Eckley (12B), Tim George (1*), Matt Wedgewood (15W), Danny Jones (14), Nathan Barouch (13), Guy Bos (3k), Louis Brashear (14X)


Feature: Rich Livernois Jr. (71), Jerry Bruce (35), Zack Amundsen (20), Jim Baker (69x), Kyle Bowman (46k), Nick Hebrank (7), Buck Woodhouse (55), Brad Langford (B46), Robert Allen (98), Allen Bailey (51), Timmy Gay (90)


Feature: Alex Cline (07c), Bo Bass (41B), Dylan Dunn (22), Anthony Stewart (33), Jeff Wolfe (83), Terry Joiner (6), Rocky Scott (4), Brent Lavy (X8), Brodrick Kennedy (24), Jeff Bonnema (5B), Darren Bass (14B), Thomas Walsh (32T), J.T. Joiner (6J)


Feature: Charles Paris Jr. (03T), Wayne Kissam (07), Rodney Martin (21), David Zeman (13), Jeff Smith (15), Derrick Edwards (17), Davey Martin (55), Patrick Fiore (88), Ricky Rutledge Sr. (4), Callie Gubich (513), Tracy Maynard (16), Brett Calonge (09x), Alyssa Grant (47), Robert Kissam (911), Daniel Bowman (46), Trevor Johnson (05), Patrick Tabb (03). DNS – Logan Casteel (7)



602 Late Model Rules Addendum

ADDENDUM TO SHOCK RULES – Effective May 27, 2021
1 – Seven (7) shocks allowed on car MAXIMUM (1 LF, 1 RF, 2 LR, 1 Fifth Coil and 1 90/10 over rear end)
2 – Shocks can be steel or aluminum
3 – Non-adjustable shocks only, no remote reservoirs
4 – No thru-rod or J-damper shocks allowed. No air shocks. No dump shocks.
5 – Schrader valves and piercing valves for gas replacement/adjustment OK
6 – Shock claim rule is $250 per shock. You must finish on the lead lap and in the top 3 to claim shocks. Any driver finishing in the top 3 may claim shocks from any car that finished in the top 3. Shock claim does not include springs or coilover kits, but it does include anything attached to the shock shaft (bump stops, bump springs, shock/extensions)

Nadine Burnside

East Bay Raceway Park owners and staff would like to send our deepest sympathy and prayers to the Burnside family on the passing of Nadine Burnside.  We have watched over the years as Henry and all three boys have raced in different classes at East Bay and Nadine was always their biggest cheerleader and was a very important person to many people who were lucky enough to know her.   Please remember this family and lift them up in your prayers in the coming days.  The service will take place June 1 from 6-8 pm at Cremation Services of Tampa Bay at 110 N. MacDill  Tampa, FL 33609.

Stewart, Kissam Join 2021 East Bay Winner’s List

A warm May Saturday night led to a good crowd on hand as the 2021 East Bay Raceway Park season rolled along with a five-division program.

Garret Stewart used the outside line to take command of the Gagel’s Modified 15-lap feature in his first appearance at East Bay in 2021. Early race leader Bryan Bernhardt held the early point until a restart near the mid-point of the race. Stewart, who was running second, chose to take the high line in the Ybor City-style restart, giving the bottom to third-running L.J. Grimm. It was Grimm who made the move to slip Bernhardt to second on lap 8 as Stewart stayed committed to the top. Three laps later, Stewart used that line to chew out the lead on Grimm and hold it to the finish. Stewart and Mavrick Varnadore opened the night with heat wins, each making their first start of 2021 at the track.

Nick Brown became a return winner in the V-8 Warriors, but not without seeing challenges throughout the contest. Mike Wilson provided the first threat to Brown’s lead, but Wilson had his own battle going with heat winner Derek Gray. Brown was able to move away, but the real charge was coming from Jason Burnside who started inside the seventh row and steadily worked into the top five. With only two laps to go, Burnside had closed to Brown’s bumper, but could not find a way by. Brown backed up his earlier heat win with the feature victory.

Doug Dyal scored a heat win, his fourth in as many weeks, and captured his third A main in the Q Auto & Injury Medical Malpractice Attorneys Micro Sprints. Dyal was able to slip past race leader William Burnside, who was experiencing issues due to a shock, which gave Dyal the green light to pull away for the win.

Brandon Yates backed up a heat win with his third feature win of the season in the 602 Late Model class.

A field of 25 Gladiators took the green flag for their 15-lap main after Jerry Moore, Wayne Kissam and Robert Kissam topped heats. Tracy Maynard took the early advantage as the field began to settle in for the early laps. Wayne Kissam was bursting through to challenge, but it would not take long for Robert Kissam to bring his new car to the lead. In just the third race in the car, Robert Kissam added his name to the list of winners in 2021.

The next action will be Saturday, May 29 with Q Auto & Injury Medical Malpractice Attorneys Sprints, V-8 Warriors, Street Stocks, Mod Lites, Q Mini Sprints and Gladiators to close off a busy month of May.


Feature: Garret Stewart (67), L.J. Grimm (25), Bryan Bernhardt (B69), Mavrick Varnadore (205), Scott Bane (23B), Tim McLeod (192), Pat Passanise (333), Paul Rivall (15R), Chris Bailey (77B), Austin sanders (64)


Feature: Nick Brown (12), Jason Burnside (12J), George Handy (105), Derek Gray (189), Collin Kruse (92), Mike Wilson (68), Kayla Handy (104), Gary Lucas (106), Raymond Vann (1), Cody Mezyk (40), Michael Hart (99), Wayne Kissam (07), Ricky Rutledge Jr. (124), George Christensen (92c). DNS – Mark Roadarmel Jr.


Feature: Doug Dyal (97D), William Burnside (13), Paul Seburn (23), William Brannon Jr. (60), Cliff Eveans (24), Kaylee Dyal (11D). DNS – Frank George (18), Wade Evans (20X)

602 LM

Feature: Brandon Yates (86), Austin Leamon (18), John Wayne Haynes (52)


Feature: Robert Kissam (911), Wayne Kissam (07), Tracy Maynard (62), Patrick Tabb (03), Daniel Bowman (46), David Zeman (13), Rodney Martin (21), Derrick Edwards (17), Bailey Purcell (103), Thomas Adams (T2), Brett Proctor (1), Callie Gubich (513), Ricky Rutledge (4), Tim Simmons (16), Dalton Goldhammer (18), Danny Fox (69G), Brett Calonge (09X), Trevor Johnson (21W), Daniel Casey (3D), Randy Shields (222), Patrick Fiore (88), Alyssa Grant (47), Jerry Moore (70), Hunter Lovelady (68), Charles Paris Jr. (03T)

Waldrop Scores First Career East Bay Win


Six divisions of racing greeted fans on Saturday night as East Bay Raceway Park continued a full night of Saturday racing action.

A first-time winner crossed the line in front at the checkered flag in the 604 Late Model main event as Jimmy Waldrop brought home the victory. An emotional Waldrop dedicated his win to the late Bill Crouse, who was instrumental in Waldrop’s involvement in the sport. Tonight’s winner had been on the short end of tough breaks in the past racing action, but there was no denying him on this night. Waldrop had to re-take leader Doug Horton on lap 6 to get out front in the 30-lap main. From that point, contenders would close on occasion. At one point, Steve Mathis Jr. slipped beneath Horton and closed up to show his nose to the leader. The move only inspired Waldrop who powered on to claim the win, giving him valuable points for the Crate Racing USA standings. Waldrop and Horton also claimed their heat races.

Rich Livernois Jr. backed up a feature win from earlier this season to become the second two-time winner in the division in 2021. The winner chose to go to the top of the race track and let those who chose to battle on the bottom. Runner-up Thomas Pratt gave a late race effort after moving from fourth to second on the last restart, but ran out of time as the gap was closing. Pratt and Zack Amundsen started the night with heat wins.

Defending Outlaw 4s champion Stephen Hohlbaugh scored his second win of the year, topping the field in the 15-lap main. Hohlbaugh hunted down early leader Mark Moniz to take the top position on the fourth lap. The feature win backed up the earlier heat race victory, giving Hohlbaugh the clean sweep in the division.

Two-time and defending Mod Lites track champion Austin Martin equalled his 2020 win total in just his third appearance with Martin bringing home a second feature win. Martin, who had won the heat earlier, found himself starting in the third row. Using the strategy to get to the front as quickly as possible, Martin wasted little time assuming command by the third lap. Former feature winner Darren Bass joined Martin as heat race winner.

Bruce Comer pointed out that he had been without a win in competition in the Q Auto & Injury Medical Malpractice Mini Sprints until November of last year. Since that point, only his absence for the class competition has kept him out of Victory Lane as he scored his fourth win in as many tries. Comer had to get by a strong early effort by Charles Silva, who was rebounding from a crash two weeks previous. Comer did get to the front of the sixth lap to cruise home with the win. Jo Jo Davis opened the night with his first heat win of the year. Comer added his third preliminary to his personal total.

Danny Bowman scored the double by winning the heat and feature in the Florida Old Time Modified portion of the program.

Racing resumes Saturday, May 22 with 602 Later Models, Gagel’s Modifieds, Q Micro Sprints, V-8 Warriors, Gladiators and 4.6L Fords.


Feature: Jimmy Waldrop (9), Steve Mathis Jr. (95), Doug Horton (46), Jesse Brown (7jr), Travis Varnadore (41), Wallace Peacock (P1), Jason Pope (102), Matt Herlong (131), Jimmy Wagner (17W), John Norris (87), Skyler Camper (28), Tim Dowling (12D). DNS – Josh Peacock (21), Daniel Woody (29)


Feature: Rich Livernois Jr. (71), Thomas Pratt (22), Jimmy Baker (69x), Jimmy Wagner (17W), Zack Amundsen (20), Kyle Bowman (46K), Philip Ellis (29), Brad Langford (B46), Jerry Bruce (35), Danny Yannone (53), Doug Johnson (09)


Feature: Stephen Hohlbaugh (23s), Mark Moniz (41e), Vernon Hart Jr. (D4R), Thomas Braswell Jr. (88), Terry Burke (73), Rachelle Rudolph (77), Eric Knight (7). DNS – Billy Dukes (82)


Feature: Austin Martin (97), Alex Cline (07c), Darren Bass (14B), Bo Bass (41B), Andrew Smith (71), Jeff Bonnema (5B), Dylan Dunn (22), Anthony Stewart (33), Rocky Scott (4), Thomas Walsh (32T), J.T. Joiner (6J)


Feature: Bruce Comer (21), Doug Dyal (97D), David Hall (67), Jo Jo Davis (7J), Chris Silva (26S), Joe Bartow (3), Charles Landis (12), Adam Barnes (64), Shanna Walters (13), Ron Leonardini (4L), Dallas Casey (87), Bill Gise (00)


Yates, Handy, Paris and Burnside are East Bay Winners

Two new names were added to the 2021 feature winners’ list after the Saturday, May 8 racing competition. The divisions had previously been scheduled to compete on April 24, but a track issue had postponed the class to tonight’s program.

The Q Auto & Injury Medical Malpractice Attorneys Micro Sprints opened the night’s action. William Burnside used the bottom of the track to take the early lead. Defending track champion Paul Seburn and heat race winner Doug Dyal provided competition for Burnside early in the race, but Burnside was determined to make a drive to Victory Lane. His quest was fulfilled when the checkered arrived after 15 laps. Burnside had earlier related that he spent until 3 in the morning doing engine work on the car to be prepared for the night’s action.  The effort proved to be the right recipe for his first win in the class for 2021.

V-8 Warriors took to the surface next, joined by the lone 4.6L Ford that led to combining the classes. George Handy would be the early leader until Jason Burnside made an outside pass on lap 4 for the top spot. Handy would get the lead back, just in time for a lap six restart. Burnside would have his hands full with Nick Brown, who started at the tail. The two waged a war for second place, allowing Handy to cruise out front for the remainder of the race. Heat winners were Gary Lucas and Raymond Vann.

The 602 Limited Late Models saw Brandon Yates return to Victory Lane for the second time of the year. Yates gave credit to his crew, who took a car that was not handling in the heat race and converted it into an unstoppable force in the main. Tim Dowling took the preliminary.

A field of 21 cars graced the pits for the Gladiator division with Daniel Bowman, Charles Paris Jr. and Robert Kissam on top in their heat races. It would be Paris Jr. who prevailed in the 15-lap main, giving him his second feature win of the year. In an earlier heat race, Ricky Rutledge Sr. flipped twice after contact with a disabled car, bringing out the red flag. Rutledge climbed from the car on his own, but could not continue competition.

The racing action returns on Saturday, May 15 with 604 Late Models, Outlaw 4s, Street Stocks, Q Mini Sprints, Mod Lites and Florida Old Time Modifieds on the schedule.

602 LLM

Feature: Brandon Yates (86), Tim Dowling (12D), Robert Vaughn Jr. (32), Austim Leamon (18), John Wayne Haynes (52)


Feature: George Handy (105), Jason Burnside (12J), Nick Brown (12), Gary Lucas (106), Kayla Handy (104), Derek Gray (189), Juston Meeks (10), Wayne Kissam (107), Mike Wilson (68), Raymond Vann (1), Cody Mezyk (40), Michael Hart (99), George Christensen (4.6L Ford #92)


Feature: William Burnside (13), Doug Dyal (97D), Paul Seburn (23). DNS – Cliff Evans (24), Kaylee Dyal (11D)


Feature: Charles Paris Jr. (03T), Tracy Maynard (62), Robert Kissam (911), Rodney Martin (21), Daniel Bowman (46), Wayne Kissam (07), Patrick Tabb (03), Derrick Edwards (17), Alyssa Grant (47), Jerry Moore (70), Callie Gubich (513), Trevor Johnson (21W), Daniel Casey (3D), Brett Proctor (1), Davey Martin (55), Ricky Rutledge Jr. (124), Tim Simmons (16). DNS – Brittany Hart (99), Patrick Fiore (88), Ricky Rutledge Sr. (4). DQ – Jeff Smith (15)