Campbell, Bradley Make Returns to East Bay Victory Lane

After a one-week break mandated by Mother Nature, East Bay Raceway Park returned to action on a hot summer Saturday night. Many of the drivers on hand worked hard to get their equipment in top shape and it showed with some great performances.

Jerod Meyers picked up his first feature victory of the 2018 season, dominating the competition in the 12-car Micro Sprint class. Meyers becomes the third different winner of the year and the victory will help move him into the top 10 with a lot of racing still on the schedule.

John Bradley made an outside pass to win his heat race, then repeated the feat in the feature to claim victory there. Bradley slipped past early race leader Matt Bozeman and set sail for the 15-lap win. It was Bradley’s second feature victory as the current points leader now has 8 top five finishes in 9 starts.

Gonzo Godwin got the best of the field in the Florida Old Time Modified 12-lap main. Dan Darnell made a late race charge, but fell just short as the laps wound down.

Hayden Campbell is no stranger to East Bay’s victory lane and he made a return visit tonight in the Bob & Marge Long Memorial 25-lap main event for the Q Auto & Injury Attorneys Sprints. Campbell shot to an early lead and encountered lapped traffic on lap 3. Campbell was able to slide by, but a hard charging Robbie Smith was not as fortunate, making contact and taking a tumble. Smith was OK, but clearly disappointed. On the subsequent restart, Billy Boyd and Andy Kelly made contact, resulting in Boyd flipping in turn one as the red flag returned.

Once the race went green, it stayed that way until a lap 20 caution for 2017 East Bay Sprints champion Justin Webster who stopped on the track. Campbell now had his hands full with Sport Allen’s effort, using the higher line to seek an advantage. There was none to be found as Campbell cruised back to Victory Lane.

The night’s action concluded with a last lap shootout in the Gladiators between race leader Daniel Casey and challenger Daniel Bowman. Bowman took the lead momentarily after a lap 12 restart, but caution flew again, putting Casey in control. The two renewed the battle through the last laps. Casey had the lead off turn four, but contact with Bowman got him sideways and Bowman was able to squeeze across the line in front.

 

MICRO SPRINTS

Jerod Meyers (0), Chris Livernois Jr. (71), Mike Meyers (7), Matt Wedgewood (4), Paul Seburn (23), Don Quinn Sr. (3D), Shannon Austin (60), William Burnside (13), Kevin Strife (46), Joe Bartow (3), Brian Baxter (98), Mariah Austin (5)

STREET STOCKS

John Bradley (57), Henry Burnside (31), Matt Bozeman (58), Jason Pope (55), Josh Jones (B75), Robert Allen (98), James McPeak (7), Allen Bailey (51), Billy Barstow (75), Kyle Kruse (1K), David Barwick II (89), Robert Tyler (9), Jesse Brown (12)

Q AUTO & INJURY ATTORNEYS SPRINTS

Hayden Campbell (5), Sport Allen (88), Brandon Grubaugh (G6), Dennis Misuraca (3), Frank Beck (89), Frank Carlson (20), Joe Zuczek (50), Dylan Colding (23D), Guy Bos (3K), Nikki Voisey (96), Justin Webster (21), Matt Kurtz (82), Johnnie Alexander (8), Andre Sheneman (29), David Slawiak (96x), Kurt Taylor (55), Michael Steinruck, Robbie Smith (6S), Billy Bridges (11B), Andy Kelly (11), Billy Boyd (4), Aileen Collins-Love (17c), DJ Peeples (30). DNS – Keith Butler (19), AJ Maddox (3A)

GLADIATORS

Daniel Bowman (46), Daniel Casey (3D), Robert Kissam (911), Jeff Smith (15), Socks Dittebrand (222), Brittany Hart (81H), Kever Raulerson (99R), Wayne Kissam (07), Ronald Sorensen (99), Logan Casteel (7), Bailey Purcell (14), Mark Roadarmel Jr. (81), Rick Rutledge Sr. (4), Davey Martin (55), Ricky Richards (37), Patrick Tabb (03), Ricky Rutledge Jr. (124), Ethan Dansby (26), Johnathan Wood (56B)

FLORIDA OLD TIME MODIFIEDS

John “Gonzo” Godwin (22G), Dan Darnell (111), David Kelley (46), Roger Herbach (4), Robert Campbell (11), Jamie Frankland (1), Danny Bowman (00)

NEXT WEEK AT EAST BAY RACEWAY PARK

Colding Dominates in Q Auto and Injury Sprints Main

 

Saturday night, Mother Nature smiled on the racers and fans at the Clay by the Bay after last week’s rainout. The Q Auto and Injury Sprints were in action as Dylan Colding took the win in the 15-lap feature race in dominating fashion.  Colding started on the pole and never looked back, driving away from the nearest competitor by ¾ of a lap.  Joe Zuczek had a good car,but was no match for Colding.  Zuczek finished 2nd.  Bryan Eckley, Kurt Taylor and David Slawiak rounded out the top 5.

 

In the Street Stocks, Zach Amundsen went to Victory Lane.  Amundsen started 5th and drove through the field.  As the laps ran down, he made the pass to take the lead and ultimately the checkered flag.  Jim Baker finished 2nd.  David Barwick II led early, coming home with 3rd place finish.  Rich Livernois Sr. and John Bradley completed the top-5. Livernois Jr and John Bradley won the heat races.

 

The Late Model Sportsmans were up next with Andrew Hopkins taking the win after a stellar performance. He held off the challenge of Noah Cornman, who came across the line in 2nd  but was DQed after race for a tire issue.  Forrest Gough battled hard all night and finished 3rd.  Daniel Woody and Wesley Livernois rounded out the top 5.  Hopkins was the heat winner

 

In the Micro Sprints, Mike Meyers led start to finish to take the win.  He fought off the hard charging Kevin Strife early on.  Strife would drive to a second-place finish.  Chris Livernois, Jr finished third.  Matt Wedgewood and Steve Diamond rounded out the top-5.  In the heats, Strife and Livernois Jr. took the wins.

 

The Gladiators rounded out the evening in exciting fashion. Daniel Bowman and Daniel Casey battled most of the race with Casey leading the way.  Late in the race, Bowman passed Casey in turn 4 and was able to hold off the hard charging Casey for the win. Casey finished 2nd.  Robert Kissam ran third all night and finshed third.  Kever Raulerson and polesitter Bailey Purcell rounded out the top-5.  Jeff Smith and Bowman won the heats.

 

The action cranks up again, Saturday, August 11 when the Gagel’s Open Wheeled Modifieds, Late Model Sportsman, V8 Warriors, Outlaw 4’s and Mini Sprints hit the track for a night of racing. The racing starts at 7:30pm and hot laps at 7:00pm.

 

Street Stocks

1.Zach Amundsen (20) 2. Jim Baker (69X), 3. David Barwick III (89), 4. Rick Livernois Sr (71) 5. John Bradley (57)

Late Model Sportsman

1.Andrew Hopkins (13H), 2. Forrest Gough (21), 3. Buck Woodhouse (55), 4. Daniel Woody (29) 5.  Wesley Livernois (44)

Micro Sprints

  1. Mike Meyers (7), 2. Kevin Strife (46), 3. Chris Livernois Jr. (71), 4. Matt Wedgewood (4) 5. Steve Diamond (9)

Q Auto Attorney Sprints

1.Dylan Colding (23d), 2. Joe Zuczek (50), 3, Bryan Eckley (12b), 4. Kurt Taylor (55), 5. David Slawiak (96x)

Gladiators

1.Daniel Bowman (46), 2. Daniel Casey (3D), 3. Robert Kissam (911), 4, Kever Raulerson (99R), 5. Bailey Purcell (14)

 

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Racing Rained Out on July 28

A strong shower arrived just in time for driver’s meeting and washed out the night’s racing action at East Bay Raceway Park.

Track officials will be working with Florida Pro Late Model officials to find a suitable date for the return of the travelling series.

East Bay Raceway Park will be back in action on Saturday August 4 with Q Auto & Injury Sprints, Late Model Sportsman, Street Stocks, Gladiators, and Micro Sprints.

Ray Miller

Again this week, we are having to say goodbye to one of our racing family, Ray Miller, who passed away on Thursday.  Mr. Ray Miller was the promoter of the National Late Model Series that ran all over the South.  He brought his series to East Bay Raceway Park through the years.  Ray was a such a pleasure to be around and he never missed a chance to find humor in every situation.  He was a very caring person and very passionate about his racing series and the entire racing community.  He will be greatly missed in the racing community.  Ray’s visitation will be held in Fort Valley, Georgia on Monday, July 30th from 6:00 to 8:00 pm.  Our sympathy goes out to his family and also to Todd Hutto and his family, who were very close to Ray.

Repeat Winners Dominate East Bay Action

 

For three drivers, the Saturday night racing at East Bay Raceway Park brought each of them their third feature victory of the season.

Kevin Strife started the trend with his win in the Micro Sprint main. The current point leader backed up his heat victory by taking the top spot in the 15-lap for the third time. Strife was able to move out front early, but the position battles inside the top five were constantly contested. Steve Diamond was able to hold second until Cliff Evans slipped past on lap 9. Evans gave chase, but could not close the gap as Strife cruised to the win. Mike Meyers, who finished third in the main, won the first heat race.

Brandon Yates notched his third straight Outlaw 4 victory for the 2018 season to steady his point lead in the division. Eric Knight took the early lead with Yates on his tail. Yates slipped to the bottom on lap 6 to grab the lead that he would never relinquish. Three-time feature winner Billy Dukes was able to ease into second place. Yates had started the night with a heat race win.

Billy Boyd Jr. caught and passed 2017 East Bay track champion Justin Webster to secure the lead in the 15-lap Q Auto and Injury Attorney Sprint main. Webster’s bid was hampered by lapped traffic that did not yield and Boyd went to the high side in the first and second turns to find a clear path. It was Boyd’s third triumph of the season. Frank Beck and Joe Zuczek started their nights with preliminary wins.

Thomas Pratt grabbed the early lead from the pole at the start of the Street Stock main and came home victorious, but not without a battle. Two-time feature winner Tim Gay closed in on Pratt, who ran a steady and consistent line to hold off the challenges. Gay and Tim Dowling recorded heat wins.

David Kelley backed up a heat race win with a feature victory in the Florida Old Time Modifieds. Kelley, driving a 1940 Ford, had his hands full with steering issues and the challenge of Dan Darnell, but he was able to park in Victory Lane for the first time this season.

East Bay Raceway Park will be back in action July 28 with Gael’s Open Wheel Modifieds, Late Model Sportsman, Gladiators, V8 Warriors and Mini-Sprints. Summertime starting hours are in effect with hot laps at 7 p.m. and racing action is underway at 7:30 p.m.

Micro Sprints

Kevin Strife (46), Cliff Evans (17), Mike Meyers (7), Bruce Conner (80, Jerod Meyers (0), Steve Diamond (9), Matt Wedgewood (4), Chris Livernois Jr. (71), Joe Bartow (3), William Burnside (13). DNS – Mariah Austin (5), Shannon Austin (60)

Outlaw 4s

Brandon Yates (53), Billy Dukes Jr. (15), Eric Knight (7V), Cecil Martin (15), Nick Hebrank (7), Vernon Hart Jr. (48), Bryan Sykes (23S), Mark Moniz (41e)

Q Auto & Injury Attorney Sprints

Billy Boyd Jr. (4), Justin Webster (21), Joe Zuczek (50), Frank Beck (89), Dylan Colding (23d), Billy Bridges (11B), Nikki Voisey (96), Kyle Connery (91), David Slawiak (96x), Bryan Eckley (12B). DNS – Kurt Taylor (55)

Street Stocks

Thomas Pratt (22), Tim Gay (90), Tommy Hill (1H), John Bradley (57), David Barwick II (89), Robert Tyler (9), Henry Burnside (31), Thomas Braswell (67), Tim Dowling (55), Allen Bailey (51). DNS – Kenny Lawrence

Florida Old Time Modifieds

David Kelley (46), Dan Darnell (111), Roger Herbach (4), Jamie Frankland (1), Lars Amundsen (00), Gonzo Godwin (22G)