Roberson Named Winner of Crate Racin’ USA Night #2

The second night of the Crate Racin’ USA 604 Late Models and 602 Sportsman saw a similar car count as 21 602s returned and the field of 604 Late Models grew to 76.

Qualifying procedure utilized a combination qualifying hot lap session with as many as five cars taking times for their qualifying group. Doug Horton from the final qualifying group posted the fastest overall time with a blistering 15.809. Other group top qualifiers were Travis Varnadore, Jeremy Shaw, Brian Smith, Logan Roberson, Drew Kennedy, Keith Nosbisch and David Showers Jr.

A good qualifying run proved to be a ticket to the A main as Varnadore, Shaw, Smith, Roberson, Kennedy, Nosbisch and Horton won their heats from the pole. Showers was the odd man out, having to run a B main after his preliminary saw Jeff Choquette come away a winner in his first night of action.

The heats left many drivers seeking a last chance into the A-main through four B features. Mark Whitener, Jason Welshan, Walker Arthur and Showers Jr. punched their ticket to the 30-lap main.

Horton led the field to the green, holding the early lead with Nosbisch chasing in second. On a lap 13 restart, Nosbisch fell out, handing second to Roberson, who was attacking from the high side. Jeremy Shaw had begun to move into the top five, sweeping past Travis Varnadore and Rodney Wing to get into the conversation. Through the long green flag runs, Horton was beginning to catch the backmarkers, who were occupying the same line. Roberson tried to counter, staying to the high side, but Horton masterfully weaved through traffic to cross the line in front of the field. Horton went to Victory Lane, but an hour later, series officials announced a disqualification and the unofficial win reverts to Roberson.

Thursday runnerup Seth Wimpey led the field of 21 602 Sportsman cars in qualifying with a 16.650 run. Wyatt Gainey and Richie Stephens were best in their qualifying groups. Stephens, Joe Denby and Wimpey were heat winners.

A caution filled feature negated any attempts at long green flag runs. Stephens led Wimpey as the field managed to get a lap in before a caution with five cautions in five laps costing valuable race time. On each restart, Stephens went low and Wimpey stayed high, each looking for the ticket to victory. With 13 laps completed, the field was stopped for another caution, which led race officials to order a green-white-checkered to end the race. Stephens would take the 15-lap win over Wimpey for the second straight night.

The final night of Crate Racin’ USA Action in the 46th annual Winternationals goes on Saturday night. Race time is 7:00 p.m.


Feature: Logan Roberson (22), Jeremy Shaw (1s), Travis Varnadore (41), Steve Mathis Jr. (95), Jason Welshan (01), Cody Overton (97), Nevin Gainey (17), Rodney Wing (10), Jeff Choquette (89), Andy Nezworski (7), Drew Kennedy (K37), Mark Whitener (05w), Brenden Smith (17ss), Walker Arthur (87), Cory Hedgecock (23), Matt Cooper (18), Jody Knowles (66), Trevor Collins (72), David Showers Jr. (118), Jamie Burford (19), Dillon Brown (6), Keith Nosbisch (02), Garrett Mosley (38), Mack McCarter (51), Brian Smith (7s), Joe Denby (27), Rodgerick Dykes (5). DQ – Doug Horton (46); Varnadore, Nosbisch, B. Smith disqualified 2-17-22

Feature: Richie Stephens (00), Seth Wimpey (24), John Wayne Haynes (52), David Showers Jr. (18), Tucker Anderson (22), Micha McCall (3), Joe Denby (27), Wyatt Gainey (8G), Kyle Beck (4), Troy Dixon (7), Brandon Yates (53), Craig Montesi Jr. (93), Zack Owens (8), Chuck Hargrove (H28), Jamie Anderson (2), Austin Leamon (18L), Quentin Steedly (11), Jason Hayes (10H), Justin Rabon (5), Matt Thompson (22M), Mario Gresham (10)

Hardy, Stephens Take Crate Racing USA Winternationals Openers

With nearly 100 cars in the pit area, intense competition was expected for the opening night of the Crate Racin’ USA Dirt Late Model Series with two divisions. With 19 states represented, the 604 Late Models and 602 Sportsman cars offered a diverse field.

The night opened with qualifying for the 75 604 Late Models, each getting two laps with the faster of the laps entering the record books. Garrett Mosley posted a time of 16.606 to lead the first group while Trey Bayne lowered it to 16.298 in the second group. Rodney Wing came out last for the third group and blasted a 16.304 time to lead that group. The fastest time would be lowered with group four when Steve Stratton Sr. dropped a 16.256 lap as his best. Fast time in group five came from Chuck Kimble’s 16.544 while Kenny Monahan nearly matched in group six, leading that pack with a 16.552. The final two groups tried to coax more speed out and group seven’s Nevin Gainey came close with a 16.307. In the final group, Steve Mathis Jr. succeeded in lowering the top time thanks to a 16.160 lap, but that wasn’t enough. Jimmy Waldrop rolled to the top of the group and the top of the overall charts with a 16.082 lap.

Top two drivers from each of the eight heat races would advance to the 30-lap A main. Each of the heats were won by the fast qualifier in each group, except for the second heat where local racer Tanner Cobb got the lead early and gained the win.

Four intense B mains helped determine eight starting spots in the feature. Mack McCarter. Wil Herrington, Travis Varnadore and Cory Hedgecock captured the consies.

A field of 28 cars included provision starters and fell in line behind polesitter Waldrop for the 30-lap main. Waldrop had a great start wiped out by a multiple car incident in turn one. On the subsequent start, Waldrop used the inside line to rocket to a lead as the field completed one lap before caution returned for simultaneous spins at each end of the track. Waldrop led the race until suddenly slowing on lap 10, exiting the race track under caution. The misfortune of the fast qualifier handed the lead to Tanner Cobb with 11th starting Trey Bayne now in second. The man on the move was 2021 feature winner Kyle Hardy who had also started in the sixth row. Hardy was committed to the outside line and began reducing the gap between himself and the lead duo. Cobb and Bayne found themselves impeded by lapped traffic while Hardy often had a clear line. When Hardy got right behind the two, he had a car in his line and dropped to the bottom, quickly returning to the top. With three laps to go, Hardy was able to cross in second and chip away at Cobb’s advantage. On the white flag lap, Hardy swept outside and rolled to the victory in a thrilling finish.

Richie “Rocketman” Stephens topped the charts in 602 Sportsman qualifying with a 16.404 the best for the 21 cars on hand. Seth Wimpey led his group with a 16.527 while Mario Gresham was best in group one with a 16.849. The top qualifiers were able to parlay their pole starting spot into heat race wins,

Gresham grabbed the early lead in the 20-lap main, but the race was stopped three times before three laps were complete. Gresham was trying to hold back Stephens and Wimpey. As the field found the back of the pack, Wimpey’s decision to use the high side proved fruitful as Gresham was mired behind a pair of backmarkers battling for position. Stephens stayed in pursuit from the bottom and used a strong restart on lap 16 to grab the lead. Stephens would not be denied through the late stages, though Wimpey was gaining ground.

The two classes return Friday night for a similar program. Race time is 7 p.m.

604 LATE MODELS (Unofficial finish revised 2-18 following tire test results

Feature: Kyle Hardy (14c), Tanner Cobb (26), Trey Bayne (21), Nevin Gainey (17), Rodney Wing (10), Wil Herrington (14), Chuck Kimble (5x), Cory Hedgecock (23), Garrett Mosley (38), Trevor Collins (72), Jason Welshon (01), Travis Varnadore (41), Keith Nosbisch (02), Dillon Brown (6), Kenny Monahan (311), Brian Smith (7s), T.J. Brittain (05), Daniel Woody (29), Jody Knowles (66), J.C. Wilson (02), Jimmy Waldrop (9), Mack McCarter (51), Tyler Neal (20N), Matt Cooper (18), Steve Stratton Sr. (42), David Showers Jr. (118) (Cobb, Gainey, Waldrop disqualified 2-17-22)


Feature: Richie Stephens (00), Seth Wimpey (24), Tucker Anderson (22), John Wayne Haynes (52), Joe Denby (27), Zack Owens (8), Wyatt Gainey (8G), Kyle Beck (4), Brandon Yates (53), Matt Thompson (22M), Jason Hayes (10H), Troy Dixon (7), Mario Gresham (10), Justin Rabon (5), Quenton Steedly (11), Micha McCall (3), Craig Montesi Jr. (93), Jamie Anderson (2), Chuck Hargrove (H28), Austin Leamon (18L)


David Strickland

East Bay Raceway Park would like to extend condolences to friends and family on the recent passing of David Strickland.

Services for David  will be held at Hillsboro Memorial Funeral Home and Memorial Gardens at 2323 West Brandon Boulevard in Brandon. Viewing will take place on Thursday, Feb. 10 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. with services the following morning (Feb. 11) at 11 a.m. Dress is casual.

Week 2 Concludes with Repeat Winners in Top Gun, Modifieds

The Saturday finale of week 2 put the “winter” back in Winternationals with cold windy conditions reducing the fan count, but drivers turned in for the final night of competition.

With the top six in points locked in for the DIRTCar UMP Modified 75-lap main, six heat races were held to move two drivers from each heat to the main event. Heat winners were Travis Varnadore, Tyler Nicely, David Pollen Jr., Bradley Jameson, Devin Dixon and Tyler Clem. The three B-mains gave the final chance for drivers to secure a spot for the $5,000-to-win finale. Those consolations resulted in wins for Corey Bevard, Seth Geary and Brandon Hutchinson.

The top six drivers were entitled to a special hot laps session, but only five chose the extra laps. Following that, drivers gathered on the front stretch to draw for position in the order of points. Lucas Lee went first and took the outside front row with Victor Lee, driver of #4, drawing the 4. When the draw came to the final competitor, defending winner Kevin Adams had no choice but to take the last pill – which was the pole position #1.

After all the competitors were set, the field came onto the track with the thermometer reading 40 degrees. Lucas Lee took the early lead and the field was slowed on lap 5 for an incident between Bradley Jameson and Seth Daniels. On the next lap, Drake Troutman slowed to a stop, ending his night as the two-time winner in 2021 was held out of victory lane this year. On the restart, Adams shot to the lead from the outside. Lucas Lee gained the top spot on the next circuit and led until lap 16 when Victor Lee charged top the front. Wednesday runner-up Chris Wilson, who changed an engine overnight, made it up to second when caution waved on lap 23. The yellow wiped out a big lead that Victor Lee had accumulated, but Lee picked up right where he left off. The yellow returned on lap 35 for the mandatory fuel stop with Victor Lee, Lucas Lee, Kevin Adams, Shane Burrows (from 18th) and Nicely rounding out the top five.

On the return to action, Lucas Lee lasted only a couple laps before dropping the from the contest. Burrows contin uing his charge on the bottom, grabbing second on lap 49. By the time the caution returned on lap 58, Victor Lee had built up a 6.2-second lead, more than a half track in distance. Adams was able to eventually slip past Burrows who kept charging along the low line. The effort ended on lap 73 when Burrows stopped on the front stretch, setting up a two-lap shootout. No one could catch Victor Lee, who cruised to his second win of the week.

By the time Victory Lane had completed for the DIRTCar UMP Modifieds, the temperature had sunk to 37 degrees. It was time for the 25-lap A main for the Top Gun Sprints. Billy Bridges, Shane Butler and two-time feature winner Danny Martin Jr. won the preliminaries. The Lee and Jeff Barfield Memorial Clean Sweep, awarded to a heat winner who could win the feature, stood at $600.

At the start of the main, Shane Butler took the early lead but encountered a rough spot in the surface, which sent the car flipping. Multi-time series champion A. J. Maddox was collected in the incident and out of the race before a lap was completed. When the race went green, Martin wasted no time going from eighth to the front, passing Frank Beck on lap two. By lap nine, Martin had built up a half track lead on the field. As the leader was approached a lapped car, the car spun and continued right in front of the leader, a close call at the midpoint of the race.

After a lap 15 restart, trouble struck for runner-up Mark Ruel Jr. who attempted to pass a lapped car on the outside and hit the turn four wall. With eight laps remaining, Ohio’s Justin Clark used the outside line to make his way to second, but Martin could not be caught. Defending series champion Tyler Clem was able to pull Clark to claim at the end.

The 2022 Winternationals will continue with three nights of Late Model racing with the arrival of CrateUSA Racing 602 and 604 classes for Feb. 3-5.


Feature: Victor Lee (4), Kevin Adams (40), Seth Geary (7G), Travis Varnadore (205), Allen Weisser (1), Devin Dixon (33), Bryan Bernhardt (B69), Bradley Jameson (757), Dale Kelley (22K), Shane Burrows (70B), Aaron Branham (38B), Chase Holland (45), Tyler Nicely (25), David Pollen Jr. (88), Brandon Hutchinson (85A), Chris Wilson (17), Dawson Cook (242x), Lucas Lee (12L), Brian Skaggs (20), Brian Shaw (1s), Tyler Clem (14), Corey Bevard (c8), Drake Troutman (7), Seth Daniels (21s), Patrick Passanise (54).


Feature: Danny Martin Jr. (24), Tyler Clem (6s), Justin Clark (78), Larry McVay (83), Andrew Griffin (32), Brad Shanks (4j), Kristina Pratt-McVay (83k), Luke Hill (41), Dustin Burtron (97B), Josh Bricker (1X), Danny Jones (14), Troy Thompson (T15), Owen Dimm (17), Mark Ruel Jr. (20), Garrett Green (82), Nathan Barouch (13), Billy Bridges (1), Frank Beck (89), Brandon Grubaugh (G6), Skip Feriance (2M), Shane  Butler (18), A,J, Maddox (17D)



Geary Arrives for Modified Winternationals Win

The third night of the DIRTCar UMP Modified portion of the 2022 Winternationals resulted in the third winner of the week while the Top Gun Sprints saw a repeat winner in the 25-lap main.

With the Modified drivers getting a last opportunity to secure valuable points for Saturday’s main event, there was plenty on the line for the night’s competition. Tyler Nicely set the pace with the fast time for the second time of the week, but this time he drew a “2” for the inversion, moving the fast timer of each group to the outside front row. Heat winners were Jeremy Rayburn, Brian Shaw, Nicely, Brian Skaggs, Seth Geary and Shane Burrows. The 12-lap B mains went to Drake Troutman, Pat Hoffman and Chris Wilson.

Nicely took the early lead from the pole at the start of the 30-lap feature event, keeping his car on the bottom and forcing challengers to the middle and higher. Trouble struck early as a Travis Varnadore spin collected Kevin Adams on lap 3. On the restart, Nicely had to fend off the challenges of Brian Shaw, who grabbed the lead briefly before Nicely got back in front. Shaw’s persistence resulted in a lead change on lap 11. His time in front would be short as Seth Geary took control on lap 13. Through several restarts, Geary was undaunted as Nicely began to pester the local racer. Geary cruised to the win, backing up his March 2021 regular season victory. Geary revealed the work commitments kept him home for the first two nights, but the Friday win was very special, considering the level of competition.

Throughout the week, drivers had been accumulating points to determine Saturday racing fields. The top six in points were locked in to the 75-lap, $5,000-to-win main event while the remainder of the field will go through heats and consolations to determine the starting field. The top six through three nights were Lucas Lee, Victor Lee, Chris Wilson, Drake Troutman, Bryan Bernhardt and Kevin Adams.

A field of 28 cars were on hand for the second night of the 2022 Top Gun Sprints season opener. The opening events were won by Billy Bridges, Shane Kreidler, Tyler Clem and Joe Zuczek. Four cars advanced from the B main to round out the field, led by Ohio’s Justin Clark.

At the start of the 25-lap main, the red flag flew before the first lap was completed. Brandon Grubaugh moved outside, but ended up in the wall and the car toppled. Grubaugh was unhurt but done for the night. Frank Beck took the early lead, but Garrett Green drove to the point on the second lap. As Green darted into lapped traffic, he had Thursday winner Danny Martin Jr. closing the gap. On lap six, Martin slipped to the inside to take the lead. Shane Butler mounted his own charge, making his way past Green for second on lap 17, but Martin was not to be denied.

The final night action is set for Saturday to complete week three of the 2022 Winternationals.

DIRTCar UMP Modifieds

Feature: Seth Geary (7G), Tyler Nicely (25), Victor Lee (4), Chris Wilson (17), Lucas Lee (12L), Allen Weisser (1), Jeremy Rayburn (11), Drake Troutman (7), Bradley Jameson (757), Bryan Bernhardt (B69), Jimmy Lennex Jr. (8), Tyler Clem (14), Kevin Adams (40), Brian Shaw (1s), David Pollen Jr. (88), Travis Varnadore (205), Jake Hartung (05), Mike Potosky (M20), John Clippinger (16c), L.J. Grimm (25G), Brian Skaggs (20), Pat Hoffman (308), Shane Burrows (70B), Dawson Cook (242x)

Top Gun Sprints

Feature: Danny Martin Jr. (24), Shane Butler (18), Garrett Green (82), Tyler Clem (6s), Mark Ruel Jr. (20), A.J. Maddox (17D), Joe Zuczek (50), Luke Hill (41), Larry McVay (83), Andrew Griffin (32), Danny Jones (14), Brad Shanks (4j), Kristina Pratt-McVay (83k), Josh Bricker (1X), Dustin Burtron (97B), Justin Clark (78), Billy Bridges (1), Shane Kreidler (52), Owen Dimm (17), Tommy Denton (X), Frank Beck (89), Troy Thompson (T15), Brandon Grubaugh (G6), Skip Ferianc

Victor Lee Makes Late Race Pass Count for Winternationals Win

The second night of the DIRTCar UMP portion of the 2022 Winternationals saw an increase in car count as well as the addition of the season opener for the Top Gun Sprints series. The pit area saw 63 Modifieds and 26 Sprints for a Thursday night racing.

Two-time 2021 Winternationals Modified winner Drake Troutman topped the field in qualifying and drew a 1 to set the fields for the six heats. Preliminary events went to Lucas Lee, Tyler Nicely, Victor Lee, Troutman, Steve Stevenson and Travis Varnadore. The top three in each of the preliminary events moved to the A main while three B mains set the rest of the field. The B features were won by Dawson Cook, Bradley Jameson and Allen Weisser.

Stevenson took the early lead in the 30-lap DIRTCar UMP Modified main in his first start in a newly acquired race car. The field was slowed for a caution on lap 5. On the restart, trouble hit as the field was approaching the green flag. Stevenson drove deep into the restart zone without picking up the pace, causing a chain reaction collision that involved a dozen cars. Lucas Lee’s ride climbed over Stevenson’s wheel and safety crews had to separate the cars. Race officials charged the caution to Stevenson, giving the lead to Lucas Lee. The new leader committed to the low line as the field shuffled behind in position battles. Kevin Adams and Troutman committed to the top line and tried to advance on the lower line. Tyler Nicely put on the best attempt to get past Lee, but found himself running out of racing room off the second turn with six laps to go. The new challenger would be Victor Lee, who last competed at East Bay 21 years ago. Victor Lee swept past Lucas Lee with three laps to go and roared to an exciting win. In victory lane, Lee dedicated the win to the late C.J. Rayburn, who had been an integral part of Lee’s racing operation.

The Top Gun Sprints held four heat events with A.J. Maddox, Luke Hill, Danny Martin Jr. and Garrett Green winning their heat races. In the 25-lap main event, Maddox held the lead for the first lap until Green moved out for the lead on the next lap. On the next lap, Martin slipped into second, as the fast cars moved to the top to make their way around the back of the field. Martin made his move for the lead on lap 7, sweeping low in an open area to complete the pass. The first caution waved on lap 10, but Martin was strong on restarts. Green was chasing and averted disaster late in the race when Danny Jones spun in front of the challenger. With his win, Martin picked up the Lee and Jeff Barfield Memorial Clean Sweep bonus of $300.

The action continues Friday night with 25 laps offered for Top Gun Sprints and 30 laps for the DIRTCar UMP Modifieds.

DIRTCar UMP Modifieds

Feature: Victor Lee (4), Lucas Lee (12L), Allen Weisser (1W), Drake Troutman (7), Jeff Parsons (44), Kevin Adams (40), Brian Skaggs (20), Travis Varnadore (205), Tyler Clem (14), Jimmy Lennex Jr. (8), Chris Wilson (17), Ray Bollinger (77), Steve Stevenson (33), David Pollen Jr. (88), Devin McLeod (21), Seth Daniels (21s), Dawson Cook (242x), Mike Potosky (M20), Jake Hartung (05), Tyler Nicely (25), Pat Hoffman (308), Bryan Bernhardt (B69), Bradley Jameson (757), Cole Perine (C8)


Feature: Danny Martin Jr. (24), A.J. Maddox (3A), Garrett Green (82), Tyler Clem (6s), Brandon Grubaugh (G6), Joe Zuczek (50), Shane  Butler (18), Luke Hill (41), Justin Clark (78), Billy Bridges (1), Danny Jones (14), Andrew Griffin (32), Kristina Pratt-McVay (83k), Brad Shanks (4J), Larry McVay (83), Owen Dimm (17), Nathan Barouch (13), Josh Bricker (1X), Tommy Denton (X), Tyler Orzechowski (38), Scott Baldwin (4), Troy Thompson (T15), Frank Carlsson (20), Frank Beck (89).

Bernhardt Win Kicks Off DIRTCar UMP Modified Winternationals

After a Tuesday rainout, the DIRTCar UMP Modified portion of the 46th annual Winternationals got started on Wednesday with a field of 60 cars opening the program, representing 15 states.

Kentucky’s Tyler Nicely posted the fastest qualifying time of the night with a 16.964 and drew a “1” to create a straight-up start for the heats. Winners of the preliminaries were Dale Kelley, Nicely, Chris Wilson, Lucas Lee, Chase Allen and Drake Troutman.

The top three finishers in each heat advanced to the 25-lap feature, sending the rest to one of three 12-lap B mains. The B features were won by Shane Burrows, Tyler Clem and Kevin Adams.

Heat winner Chase Allen forfeited his sixth starting spot after an issue with his car, taking over Zachary Hawk’s ride for the feature and moving to the rear. At the start, Nicely pulled out to a solid advantage, but trouble struck early. As Nicely came roaring into the fourth turn on the third lap, the car spun and the field took evasive action. The action continued hot and heavy at the front as Chris Wilson took over the top spot. Wilson had to hold off the challenges of Lucas Lee and Dale Kelley with Bryan Bernhardt coming from the fourth row to challenge. As the field hit the halfway mark, Kelley lost the handle and spun to the inside. That opened the door for Bernhardt to move to second. It didn’t take long for the 2021 track champion to move to the front as Wilson bobbled in the second turn and Bernhardt was out front. On several subsequent restarts, Bernhardt was able to pull out, leaving Wilson and Lee to spar for position. A lap 22 caution for Shane Burrows slowed the field for the final time, but no one could catch the eventual winner.

Drivers began accumulating points for the events that will allow the top six after Friday to be locked in for the Saturday 75-lap $5,000-to-win finale.

Feature: Bryan Bernhardt (B69), Chris Wilson (17), Lucas Lee (12L), Travis Varnadore (205), Kevin Adams (40), David Pollen Jr. (88), Mike Potosky (M20), Drake Troutman (7), Brian Skaggs (20), Chase Holland (45), Victor Lee (4), Jeremy Rayburn (11), Jake Hartung (05), Tyler Clem (14), Bradley Jameson (757), Dale Kelley (22K), Garrett Jameson (0), Shane Burrows (70B), Corey Bevard (8c), Seth Daniels (21s), Brian Shaw (1s), Tyler Nicely (25), Brandon Bollinger (242), Chase Allen (54)

2022 Regular Season Schedule Announced

The 2022 regular season will open on Saturday, March 12 at the Clay by the Bay with a five-division program on the opening night, featuring Q Auto & Injury Medical Malpractice Attorneys Sprints, Florida Late Models, Mod Lites, V-8 Warriors and Gladiators. The schedule, subject to change due to tire availability, has been released for the first half of the season through June 25. there will be no racing in July and the events for August through December will be announced at a later date.

The popular Gladiator class will be busy early in the year, racing three times in each month of the new season. Special events on the schedule include the 604 Late Model Donnie Tanner Memorial (April 2), V08 Warrior Jody Robbins Memorial (April 16), Gagel’s Open Modifieds Rusty Dixon Memorial (April 30), 604 Late Model Precision Wallboard 50 (June 4) and Gagel’s Open Wheel Modifieds Larry Miller Memorial (June 18)

No increase in gate admission will be seen in 2022. Regular admission is $14 adults, seniors & military $12, teens 13-17 $9 and children under 12 free with a paying adult. Special event pricing remains $17 adults, $15 seniors and military, teens 13-17 $10 with children under 12 free with paying adult. Race time is 6:30

The 2022 schedule can be seen here.