Gough Breaks Through for East Bay Win

While repeat winners dominated the racing action at East Bay Raceway Park, it was the one who hadn’t been to Victory Lane who may have deserved it the most.

Late Model Sportsman point leader Forrest Gough had fought his way to the top of the standings with steady finishes, only finishing outside of the top five once in 2018. The only missing was a win…until now. Gough held off the late race challenge of Phillip Cobb, who dialed in the leader in the late stages of the race. Cobb’s last-ditch effort came up short as the drivers raced clean to the end with Gough claiming the win by a car length.

Gough and Cobb had started the event on the front row, thanks to heat race wins. Gough was able to sweep to the lead in the early stages while Cobb was left to fend off challengers. Gough becomes the sixth different winner in six appearances by the class with no driver having more than one.

Defending Street Stock champion Jimmy Baker made it back-to-back mains by dominating the 15-lap feature. Baker’s second place run in the heat race put him on the outside of the front with point leader and heat race winner John Bradley on the inside. Baker went to work immediately and never dealt with a serious challenge, winning by half of the track at the checkered flag. Rich Livernois Jr. came from the back of the field to claim third, his best finish of the season.

After two exciting heat races that came down to the very end, a field of 16 V8 Warriors provided an action packed main. Heat winners Gary Lucas and Michael Hart would share the front row, but it would be Jon Basquin knifing through from the second row to take the lead after lap 1. After a debris caution, the field set sail again, but misfortune struck as Basquin spun coming off turn four. Miraculously, no one made contact and the race stayed green. George Handy gained the advantage and held it until driveline damage sidelined Robert Grant on lap 5, bringing out a caution. On the restart, Jessica Robbins advanced to third behind Handy and Hart, but Scott Bane soon took that third position away. Bane was able to bypass Hart, who began to slip back through the field. Collin Kruse was going the other direction, but he could not catch Handy and Bane. Handy’s second feature win would help his quest to defend his 2017 division championship.

The Todd’s Motorsports Mini Sprint team finished in three of the top four spots at the conclusion of the Mini Sprint main. Race winner Robby Hoffman celebrated his third feature with a victory donut to the delight of the fans. Early challenger Jamie Tinkham dropped from the competition on a restart, moving Dirk Miller in a second-place position he would never relinquish. Paige Moss ran a strong third, ahead of point leader David Hall, who charged through the pack after a mid-race spin. Russ Heider rounded out the top five.

The night concluded with 15 Gladiators set for the 15-lap shootout. Daniel Casey ran a steady race throughout the night, ahead of the battle between Robert Kissam and Kever Raulerson who swapped second. Point leader Daniel Bowman had started last on the field and found himself in the top five with a handful of laps remaining. Bowman picked his way through to slip by Casey, who hung tough until Kissam gunned him down the last lap. For Bowman, it was his fourth win of the season.

East Bay Raceway Park will return to action Sept. 29 with the Jack Nosbisch Sr. Memorial, highlighting twin 20-lap mains for Pro Late Models, V8 Warriors, Outlaw 4s, Micro Sprints and Gladiators. Race time is 6:30 p.m.

STREET STOCKS

Feature: Jim Baker (69x), Henry Burnside (31), Rich Livernois Jr. (71), John Bradley (57), Josh Jones (B75), Allen Bailey (51), Jeff Rodgers (95). DNS – Zach Amundsen

V8 WARRIORS

Feature: George Handy (105), Scott Bane (23B), Collin Kruse (92), Jason Burnside (12J), Michael Hart (99), Raymond Vann (32), Jessica Robbins (09), Wayne Kissam (07K), Gary Lucas (23), Wayne Haynes (52), Jon Basquin (6B), Charles Roach (14), Alan Smith (67), Justin Meeks (10), Jeff Weaver (26), Robert Grant (36). DNS – Nate Whitehurst (07), Kalen Maynard (2)

MINI SPRINTS

Feature: Robby Hoffman (66), Dirk Miller (68), Paige Moss (95), David Hall (67), Russ Heider (86), Eddie Moss (33X), Don R Quinn (33), Brad Sutton (9), Carl Parker (16), Michael Luckert (93), Donnie Quinn (33D), Jamie Tinkham (51), John Crowder (30)

LATE MODEL SPORTSMAN

Feature: Forrest Gough (21), Phillip Cobb (03), Bruce Harvey (27), Noah Cornman (30), Trent Wilson (64), John Norris (110), Buck Woodhouse (55), Thomas Burnside (13). DQ – Megan Meyers (11M), Wallace Peacock (21P)

GLADIATORS

Feature: Daniel Bowman (46), Robert Kissam (911), Daniel Casey (3D), Kever Raulerson (99R), Brittany Hart (81H), Jeff Smith (15), Kayla Handy (07), Ricky Rutledge Jr. (124), Dustin Wilson (42), Johnathan Wood (56B), Logan Casteel (7), Thomas Adams (T2), Rick Rutledge (4), Davey Martin (55), Rodney Martin (21)

Varnadore, Colding Top East Bay Winners List

Mother Nature finally cooperated for race fans to enjoy a night of exciting action at East Bay Raceway Park. A five-division program greeted the fans on Firefighter & EMT Appreciation Night.

In Micro Sprint action, Kevin Strife rebounded from a misfortunate last outing to capture his fourth feature event of the season. Strife started the night by defeating a strong field in his preliminary before repeating the feat in the feature. William Brannan topped the first heat race.

Jimmy Baker’s new Street Stock proved itself to be the class of the field in the division’s 15-lap main. The 2017 track champion finished second with the car in the first appearance earlier this year and bested that by getting the win in only the third time in the car (and second time at East Bay). Baker snatched the lead from point leader John Bradley in the early stages to hold the margin until the checkered flag. Some spirited racing could be found for third through most of the race with Thomas Pratt, Jason Pope and Bradley mixing it up. Bradley and Henry Burnside won heat races.

Dylan Colding held off the charge of point leader Joe Zuczek in the Q Auto and Injury Attorneys Sprint main. Colding’s second win didn’t come easy as a caution flag waved on lap 14, setting up a one-lap shootout. Colding was able to pull away from Zuczek for the win. Frank Beck claimed the preliminary.

The Pro Late Models faced a 30-lap main event and a field of 19 cars was on hand for the initial green. Heat winners Adam Boyd, Scotty Williams and Kenny Monahan earned starting spots in the first three positions. Before the first lap could be completed, Williams got crossed up and collected Monahan and Philip Cobb. Cobb and Williams were out of the race while Monahan brought his car to the crew in the pits to fix right front damage. Monahan was able to rejoin, but found himself at the back of the 17-car field. Travis Varnadore moved to the outside front row for the complete re-start and wasted no time shooting into the lead. Boyd gave chase, followed by Steve Mathis Jr. The leader hit lapped traffic by lap 5 when the first caution appeared. Varnadore would face subsequent challenges from Jack Nosbisch Jr., who retired after spinning to avoid Eric Moon on lap 12 and being collected in an incident. Mathis slipped by Jimmy Waldrop for second and set his sights on the leader, who had a constant challenge from backmarkers. Mathis gave it a good run inside in a race to the checkers with Varnadore holding the position.

The night concluded with Dan Darnell’s victory in the Florida Old Time Modifieds main. Darnell made it two for two by claiming the heat earlier in the night. In both cases, he had started last in the race to go from worst to first.

East Bay Raceway Park will continue action on Saturday, Sept. 22 with Late Model Sportsman, V8 Warriors, Gladiators, Street Stocks and non-wing Mini-Sprints. Hot laps begin at 6 with green flag for racing at 6:30 p.m.

MICRO SPRINTS

Feature: Kevin Strife (46), William Burnside (13), Chris Livernois Jr. (71), Jerod Meyers (0), William Brannan Jr. (17), Mike Meyers (7), Steve Diamond (9), Bruce Comer (8), Matt Wedgewood (4). DNS – Paul Seburn (23)

STREET STOCKS

Feature: Jimmy Baker (69x), Thomas Pratt (22), Jason Pope (55), John Bradley (57), Henry Burnside (31B), James McPeak (7), Allen Bailey (51), Kenny Lawrence (38), Robert Tyler (99), Justin Rodgers (95). DQ – Jesse Brown (12)

Q AUTO & INJURY ATTORNEYS SPRINTS

Feature: Dylan Colding (23D), Joe Zuczek (50), Frank Beck (89), Kurt Taylor (55), Guy Bos (3K), Mike Steinruck (44A), Johnnie Alexander (8)

PRO LATE MODELS

Feature: Travis Varnadore (95V), Steve Mathis Jr. (95), Jimmy Waldrop (9), Josh Peacock (21P), Roger Crouse (15), Andrew Hopkins (13H), Shan Smith (14), Kenny Monahan (311), Eric Moon (00), Steven Brendle (141), John Norris (87), Keven Devrieze (99), Thomas Burnside (13), TJ LaFlamboy (44), Jack Nosbisch Jr. (12), Dustin Perez (8), Adam Boyd (6), Scotty Williams (27W), Phillip Cobb (03)

FLORIDA OLD TIME MODIFIEDS

Feature: Dan Darnell (111), Gonzo Godwin (22G), Roger Herbach (4), Robert Campbell (11), Jamie Frankland (1)

William E. Bridges

“East Bay Raceway Park would like to send deepest sympathy to the Bridges family on the loss of their Dad/Grandfather Mr. William E. Bridges.  Our thoughts and prayers go out to Billy Bridges (Sprint Car Driver) and his Dad, Jerry “Smoke” Bridges.  Services are Wednesday, September 12th at 11:00.  Family will receive friends at 10:00 at the Dover Advent Christian Church at 14202 Downing Street in Dover.”

East Bay Rained Out

A persistent rainshower struck at East Bay Raceway Park at 6:15 p.m., bringing an end to the night’s action. Track workers had spent the day working to offset the rain that arrived during the week, but the Saturday evening thunderstorm made all of the work for naught.

East Bay Raceway Park will return to action on Saturday, Sept. 15 with Firefighters & EMT. All Firefighters and EMTs will be admitted free into the grandstands with proper ID. The racing action will consist of Pro Late Models, Q Auto & Injury Attorneys Sprints, Street Stocks, Florida Old Time Modifieds and Micro Sprints.

Hot laps begin at 6 p.m. with racing underway at 6:30 p.m.

Next Racing Sept. 8

Due to excessive amounts of rainfall in the past week and a forecast for more, racing at East Bay Raceway Park for Sept. 1 has been cancelled.

Racing will resume Saturday, Sept. 8. Hot laps are 6 pm, racing starts at 6:30pm