Come and Get ‘Em

Points money and trophies are now available for pick up at the Track Office during regular office hours, Tuesday through Friday from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.

If you cannot make it to the office during July, we will hold the money and trophies until we race again.

We need the space to work in the office, so come and get ’em!

Statement about Canceled Champion’s Banquet

“Many of you have been asking about the Champion’s banquet that we had to postpone in March. We have made the decision to not reschedule it as the COVID virus seems to be going back up in numbers so we do not see the potential at this point of being able to have the banquet and honor our Champions from 2019.  We will be refunding all money that was paid toward the banquet tickets. We will also have the Points money and trophies available for pick up at the Track Office during regular office hours  starting July 7th. The office is open Tuesday through Friday from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. If you cannot make it to the office during July, we will hold the money and trophies until we race again in August.

If you have any questions, please contact the office at (813) 677-7223.  We regret not being able to have the banquet as we were looking forward to it as we have not had one in the past several years.  Hopefully we will be able to have one next year.  We hope you and your family remain safe and we will see you in August.  “

Pratt Prevails in Modified Shootout at East Bay

Despite near record heat, a good crowd was on hand for the five-division racing card at East Bay Raceway Park. The June 27 event marked the third consecutive week of racing and served as the last before the mid-summer break with the next event on August 1.

Fresh from a Friday night win at Bubba Raceway Park the night before, Rich Pratt held off the charge of Jeff Mathews to capture the Gagel’s Open Wheel Modified main. In Victory Lane, Pratt praised the level of competition seen by Modified racers at East Bay, realizing his win was no easy chore.

Drew Jackson held the early lead with Pratt tucked behind. It was a matter of only a few laps before Mathews asserted himself in a charge to the front. He pulled up beside Pratt, but a caution moved Mathews back to third. In less than a half lap, Mathews was by Pratt and in pursuit of Jackson. Mathews caught the leader as the field was coming down to complete lap 10, but the two made contact in the first and second turns, sending both to the rear with nine laps complete.

Pratt gained the lead at this point, but a spate of cautions began to show with top five cars getting caught up in the mishaps. Pratt held the lead, but would have different challengers until defending track champion Bryan Bernhardt gained the spot with five laps to go. Mathews slipped into second a lap later and began the charge to the front, actually nosing ahead at the white flag. Mathews and Pratt raced wheel-to-wheel into turn three, but Pratt was steady enough on the bottom to bring home the victory. Mathews and Jackson were heat race winners.

The night was not completely lost for Jeff Mathews as he opened the program with a dominant win in the Late Model Sportsman main. The race saw just one caution early, allowing Mathews to score a convincing win. Forrest Gough closed at the mid-race point, but slipped back as Tanner Cobb claimed second late in the race. Cobb and Mathews were heat winners.

The tech man had a say in the outcome of the V-8 Warrior feature event. Juston Meeks dominated the race and went to Victory Lane, but the next stop was the tech shed and Meeks saw his feature taken for incorrect tires. The outcome gave the win to Gary Lucas who had fought hard to hold onto second throughout the race and put himself in position for his first win of the year. Lucas and Wayne Kissam won their respective heats.

Paul Seburn added his second feature win of the year, backing up a March triumph with a Saturday night win in the Q Auto & Injury Medical Malpractice Attorneys Micro Sprints. Seburn hunted down early race leader Doug Dyal and scooted away for the feature win to back up his earlier heat win.

Kyle Bowman topped the Gladiator main event for his first feature win of the season. Rodney Martin led from the start with Bailey Purcell in tow. Kyle Bowman grabbed the lead on lap six and found himself defending against a familiar foe as brother Daniel had used the high line to grab second. Kyle prevailed in the main. Daniel Bowman and Bailey Purcell brought home heat wins.

The next racing event will be held August 1 with a visit from the Top Gun Sprints with Mod Lites, Gagel’s Open Wheel Modifieds, Street Stocks, V-8 Warriors, and Q Auto & Injury Medical Malpractice Attorneys Mini-Sprints. Special Event pricing is in effect.

GAGEL’S OPEN WHEEL MODIFIEDS

Feature: Rich Pratt (13), Jeff Mathews (33), Bryan Bernhardt (B69), Dale Kelley (22), Billy Howard (47), Frank Lewis (72L), Drew Jackson (08), Jim Baker (69X), Scott Bane (23B), Pat Passanise (19), Roger Crouse (15), Megan Rae Meyer (11M), Jerry Bourland (777). DNS – Austin Sanders (64)

LATE MODEL SPORTSMAN

Feature: Jeff Mathews (33), Tanner Cobb (c03), Forrest Gough (21), Scotty Williams (27W), Jesse Brown (7), Steve Brendle (141), Megan Rae Meyer (11M), Tim Dowling (12D), Thomas Burnside (13), Cole Crawford (4), Jason Pope (102), Buck Woodhouse (55), Hunter Boyd (6), Keven Devrieze (99)

V-8 WARRIORS

Feature: Gary Lucas (106), George Handy (105), Collin Kruse (92), Mark Roadarmel Jr. (81), Kalen Maynard (2), Cody Mezyk (40), Macy Bozeman (58), Wayne Kissam (107), Robert Grant (124), Randy Shields (49), Kayla Handy (104), Bill Whitney (15). DQ – Juston Meeks (10)

Q AUTO & INJURY MEDICAL MALPRACTICE ATTORNEYS MICRO SPRINTS

Feature: Paul Seburn (23), Jerod Meyers (7), William Burnside (13), Jo Jo Davis (27), Joshua Davis (J), Doug Dyal (1G)

GLADIATORS

Feature: Kyle Bowman (46K), Daniel Bowman (46), Patrick Tabb (07), Alyssa Grant (46A), Davey Martin (55), Derrick Edwards (17), Ricky Rutledge Sr. (4), Nick McAllister (97M), Hunter Lovelady (68), Callie Gubich (513), Rodney Martin (21), Bailey Purcell (14), David Zeman (13), Tracy Maynard (62), Nick Sperbeck (34)

 

Mathews Charges Back to Win Pro Late Model Precision Wallboard 50

A six-division program greeted fans of East Bay Raceway Park on Father’s Day weekend with car count topping 80 cars for the second straight week.

The highlight of the night was the 50-lap Precision Wallboard 50, which brought 21 cars through the pit car with 20 able to start the feature. The night started with heat race wins for second generation racer Tanner Cobb, Jeff Mathews and Travis Varnadore. The inversion ended up as a two, giving the heat winners their respective starting spots in the second third rows.

At the green flag, Steve Mathis Jr. wasted no time getting out in front of the field with Phillip Cobb tucked right behind him. The lead duo maintained a toriid pace, catching the tail of the 20-car field on lap 7. Two laps later, the caution came out for the first time as Forrest Gough exited with a flat tire.

The tire situation would rear its head throughout the night. The field settled in for a long green flag run, getting all the way to lap 32 before the next caution appeared. On lap 26, Mathews slipped ahead of Kenny Monahan for third. Up front, Cobb had been held up in lapped traffic, which allowed Mathis to gain some breathing room before the caution. As the field was settling for a restart, Tanner Cobb stopped with a flat, forfeiting his fifth place on the restart. The caution quickly returned as Varnadore pulled up while running fifth with tire issues. On the lap 37 restart, Cobb regained second as Mathews began to slip back with a tire issue. Monahan regained third and Mathews finally came to a stop on lap 40.

The quick work of his crew got Mathews back into the action without the loss of a lap, posting him at the back of the seven cars on the lead lap and just ahead of Phillip Cobb, who was in the same predicament. Mathews immediately began to charge forward, working his way to third and getting past Monahan for second in hot pursuit of the leader. With three laps remaining, Mathis entered the backstretch and felt the right rear tire give way, spinning from the lead and putting Mathews in position to win. He kept Monahan back through the late stages and took home the $2,000 victory.

William Pugh took the early lead in the 15-lap Street Stock main event, but could not hold back the challenge of Mike Wilson, who moved by on lap two. Caution showed for a lap four spin by defending class champion Matt Bozeman, which set up a restart. When the green returned, Richard Livernois Jr. vaulted up front, but track officials determined he had jumped the restart and faced a two-position penalty. A restart on lap 8 allowed Livernois to fall back those two spots and give Wilson the point at the halfway mark. Livernois had to deal with Bozeman, who was now second and wasn’t able to get by until late in the race. It gave Wilson the advantage and the win. The feature winner pointed it that it took 10 months to get a win last year and he was relieved to get one earlier, especially since he gets to pick where the crew eats the post-race meal.

Nick Hebrank backed up a heat race win with a victory in the Outlaw 4s, sliding past Stephen Hohlbaugh who stayed right with Hebrank to the end. Eric Knight claimed the division’s other heat race.

The impactful role of a father and its effect on children who follow in the racing footsteps has been well chronicled, but it manifested itself in a couple of ways tonight.

In the Q Auto & Injury Medical Malpractice Attorneys Mini-Sprints, Don R. Quinn earned his first feature win of 2020 in dramatic fashion, outduelling former track champion Jamie Tinkham throughout the 15-lapper. Quinn started the contest on the outside of the front row, joined in the formation by his father, Donnie Quinn. Don Quinn led the first lap, only to see Tinkham take it on lap two. Quinn came back out front just before the halfway mark, but Tinkham was the leader two laps. Quinn got the lead for good on lap 10 and endured a lap 13 caution to grab the checkered flag. Tinkham won the heat race.

The remaining two divisions showed the father-son relationship in a grand way. After Danny Bowman won the Florida Old Time Modifieds feature, he was joined by his son Kyle in Victory Lane. Not to be outdone, Daniel Bowman put himself in Victory Lane by taking the 15-lap Gladiator main event. The former track champion grabbed the lead from Rodney Martin, who set the early pace. Bowman went to the bottom of the track to make the pass and head to victory. Last week’s feature winner Patrick Tabb started 20th and finished second. Daniel Bowman, Tracy Maynard and Kyle Bowman claimed the heat races.

The final race of the month of June will take place next Saturday (June 27) with Gagel’s Open Wheel Modifieds, Late Model Sportsman, V-8 Warriors, Gladiators and Q Auto & Injury Medical Malpractice Attorneys Micro Sprints. East Bay will be idle for the month of July with the schedule picking up again in August.

PRO LATE MODELS

Precision Wallboard 50 – Jeff Mathews (33), Kenny Monahan (311), Phillip Cobb (03), Waylon Haynes (11), Tim Dowling (12D), Steve Mathis Jr. (95), Dustin Perez (8), Wesley Livernois (44), Daniel Woody (29), Rich Pratt (1A), Megan Meyer (11M), Travis Varnadore (41), Tanner Cobb (c03), Steve Brendle (141), Raymond Rogers Sr. (48), Thomas Burnside (13), Wallace Peacock (P1), Forrest Gough (21), John Norris (87), Jimmy Waldrop (9). DNS – Mavrick Varnadore (95M). Results pending tire samples.

STREET STOCKS

Feature: Mike Wilson (68), Richard Livernois Jr. (71), Matt Bozeman (58), Ken Lawrence (38), Billy Barstow (756), William Pugh (15), Doug Johnson (09), PeeWee Dowling (55). DNS – Derek Gray

OUTLAW 4S

Feature: Nick Hebrank (7H), Stephen Hohlbaugh (23s), Eric Knight (7), David Tullis (38), Cecil Martin (15), Candice Kealy (D4R), Thomas Braswell Jr. (88), Mark Moniz (41e), Vernon Hart Jr. (48). DNS – Michael Leo (57), Terry Burke (73)

Q AUTO & INJURY MEDICAL MALPRACTICE ATTORNEYS MINI SPRINTS

Feature: Don R. Quinn (33), Bruce Comer (21), Jamie Tinkham (51), Donnie T. Quinn (33D), Dallas Casey (87), Mike Meyers (6), Ryan Meeks (12)

GLADIATORS

Feature: Daniel Bowman (46), Patrick Tabb (03), Rodney Martin (21), Wayne Kissam (07), Nick McAllister (97M), Kyle Bowman (46K), Tyler Davis (1), Patrick Fiore (88), Bailey Purcell (14), Derrick Edwards (17), Ricky Rutledge Sr. (4), Alyssa Grant (46A), David Wood (21W), Robert Kissam (911), David Zeman (13), Callie Gubich (513), Nicholas Sperbeck (34), Tracy Maynard (62), Johnathan Wood (56B), Ricky Rutledge Jr. (124). DNS – Hunter Lovelady (68), Davey Martin (55).

Sanders, Cobb Lead East Bay Winners

After 13 weeks of inactivity, the spectator gates at East Bay Raceway Park opened for competition and the crowd was hungry for action. The program featured six divisions, each making their second appearance of the year, bringing 85 cars for the action.

A brief rainshower struck as the first Gladiator heat was lined up and parading, leading to a 45-minute delay that did not diminish the spirits of Competitors and fans in attendance.

In the Gagel’s Open Wheel Modified main, Austin Sanders led the field from start to finish, but faced several challenges throughout the contest. Sanders held off the charge of Drew Jackson in the early stages, who had his own battle with Billy Howard. Howard dropped out of the contest with mechanical issues and Jackson could not hold off the charge of Jimmy Baker. Baker managed to get a nose close to Sanders but could never secure the pass as Sanders took the checkered in the 15-lap main. Sanders joined Jackson as heat winner.

Tanner Cobb became the first double winner of the 2020 season backing up a March win in the Late Model Sportsman class with a victory in June. Cole Crawford grabbed the early lead, but lost the handle and forfeited the top spot on lap 3. Cobb inherited the top spot with Jesse Brown and Kenny Monahan in tow. Monahan slipped by and closed in on Cobb. Catching a driver is one thing, but passing is an entirely different matter. Cobb cruised to the win. Tim Dowling and Thomas Burnside prevailed in the heat races.

George Handy became the second driver to secure a repeat win by topping the field in the V-8 Warriors. Handy dutifully started the 15-lap main at the back of the 13-car field and marched steadily to the front. George Christensen took the early lead, but had an issue on lap three, handing the lead to Bill Whitney. Gary Lucas took over two laps later and saw a big lead wiped out by a lap 11 caution. On the restart, Handy was able to move by Lucas, who wasn’t content with second. Lucas kept the pressure on, but Handy claimed the win by a carlength. Wayne Kissam and Randy Shields were heat winners.

Doug Dyal, who won two feature events in 2019, notched his first of the season in the Q Auto & Injury Medical Malpractice Attorneys Micro Sprints. Dyal shot to the lead and held it when a caution appeared on lap nine. As the field was approaching for a restart, March feature winner Paul Seburn saw an opportunity and slipped by for the lead. Dyal renewed his challenge and made his way back to the front on lap 12 to cruise home a winner. Seburn won the heat race.

The Mod Lites saw a first-time winner in Mason Ford, who held back 2019 track champion Austin Martin throughout the entire race. Martin was able to pass Ford at the line on a couple of occasions, but could not seal the deal. The duo would trade the high and low lines at the end with Ford coming out on top and giving Martin his second runner-up finish of the year. Martin and Alex Cline opened the night with heat wins.

A field of 27 Gladiators set up four heat races with Bailey Purcell, Patrick Tabb, Kyle Bowman and defending class champion Logan Casteel coming home winners. A field of 25 cars answered the call for the 15-lap main that saw Tabb jump out front and never give up the lead.

Racing action returns to East Bay on Saturday, June 20 with the Precision Wallboard 50 for Pro Late Models, Outlaw 4s, Street Stocks, Gladiators, Q Auto & Injury Medical Malpractice Mini Sprints and Florida Old Time Modifieds.

GAGEL’S OPEN WHEEL MODIFIEDS

Feature: Austin Sanders (64), Jimmy Baker (69x), Bryan Bernhardt (B69), Phillip Cobb (03), Drew Jackson (08), Seth Geary (7G), Garrett Stewart (67), Brandon Wells (39), Don Crandall (9c), Billy Howard Jr. (47), Dale Kelley (22), Jerry Bourland (777). DNS – Bill Howard (47)

LATE MODEL SPORTSMAN

Feature: Tanner Cobb (03), Kenny Monahan (311), Jesse Brown (7), Buck Woodhouse (55), Brenden Smith (17SS Jr.), Tim Dowling (12D), Jason Pope (102), Jimmy Wagner (17w), Thomas Burnside (13), Hunter Boyd (6), Keven Devrieze (99), Cole Crawford (4). DNS – Jimmy Waldrop

V-8 WARRIORS

Feature: George Handy (105), Gary Lucas (106), Randy Shields (49), Dalton Ellis (71), Kalen Maynard (2), Kayla Handy (104), Wayne Kissam (107), Cody Gibson (40), Bill Whitney (15), Ricky Rutledge Jr. (124), George Christensen (92), Mark Roadarmel Jr. (81), Macy Bozeman (58)

Q AUTO & INJURY MEDICAL MALPRACTICE ATTORNEYS MICRO SPRINTS

Feature: Doug Dyal (97D), Paul Seburn (23), Jerod Meyers (7), JoJo Davis (27), Wade Evans (20), William Burnside (13). DNS – Joshua Davis (J)

MOD LITES
Feature: Mason Ford (4M), Austin Martin (97), Bo Bass (41B), Stephen Ford (86), Alex Cline (07c), Andrew Smith (71), Steve Olone (20), Jeff Bonnema (5B), Darren Bass (14B), Dylan Dunn (22), Thomas Walsh (1), Terry Joiner (6)

GLADIATORS

Feature: Patrick Tabb (03), Daniel Bowman (46), Bailey Purcell (07), Kyle Bowman (46k), Rodney Martin (21), Nick McAllister (97M), Ricky Rutledge Sr. (4), Robert Kissam (911), Tyler Davis (1), Tracy Maynard (62), Hunter Lovelady (68), Derrick Edwards (17), Trevor Appling (07A), Alyssa Grant (46A), Callie Gubich (513), Davey Martin (55), David Wood (21w), Nicholas Sperbeck (34), Robert Gullett (2), Trevor Johnson (16), Ethan Dansby (6), David Zeman (13), Thomas Adams (T2), Terry Amador (41). DNS – Johnathan Wood (56B), Logan Casteel (7). DQ – Patrick Fiore (88)