Four classes of racing were on the card Saturday night at the Clay by the Bay as racing resumed after last week’s rainout.
The highlight of the night was the annual 50-lap Scott Thompson Memorial race in the Pro Late Model Division. Ashton Winger led the last five laps to capture the win. Phillip Cobb led the first 45 laps with Winger and Horton close behind. Cobb looked to be the dominant car, but Winger would not be denied. Working through lapped traffic, the Georgia driver would take the lead as the laps wound down. Once in the lead, Winger pulled away for the decisive victory. Doug Horton was second with Cobb third. Jack Nosbisch, Jr. and Travis Varnadore rounded out the top-5. Mark Whitener, Stevie Mathis Jr. and Cobb were victorious in the heat races.
In the Outlaw 4s, Billy Dukes went to victory lane in the 15-lap feature. Vernon Hart Jr. finished second, ahead of Steven Hohlbaugh, Mark Moniz and Bob Fleming. Nick Hebrank won the heat race.
The V8 Warriors put on a good show as Nick Brown went to victory lane. It was a battle upfront most of the race as Brown sparred with 2017 track champion George Handy, Tommy Hill and Raymond Vann for most of the early race. Handy finished second with Hill coming home third. Michael Hart drove to a fourth place finish. Jon Basquin had been in the mix early but fell to the rear, fighting back for a fifth place finish. Hill and Handy won the heats.
In the Gladiator division, Kever Raulerson picked up the win. Robert Kissam was second with Jeff Smith third. Daniel Bowman came home fourth after a wild ride as the laps wound down coming off turn 4. Daniel Casey rounded out the top five. Raulerson and Steve Ashmore won the heat races.
The action cranks up again, Saturday, April 21, when the Top Gun Wingless Sprints, Late Model Sportsman, Street Stocks, FL Old Time Mods, and Mini Sprints hit the track for a night of racing. We will also be honoring the 2017 champion in the Street Stocks. The racing starts at 6:30pm.
Billy Dukes Jr. , Vernon Hart Jr., Stephen Hohlbaugh, Mark Moniz, Bob Fleming
Nick Brown, George Handy, Tommy Hill, Michael Hart, Jon Basquin
Pro Late Models – Scott Thompson Memorial
Ashton Winger, Doug Horton, Phillip Cobb, Jack Nosbisch Jr, Travis Varnadore
Kever Raulerson, Robert Kissam, Jeff Smith, Daniel Bowman, Daniel Casey
Tonight (April 14) will mark the 12th running of the annual Scott Thompson Memorial for Pro Late Models. The race has traditionally offered a winning prize of $3,800 (in tribute to the Thompson family’s #38). This year’s top prize has been boosted to $4,000, thanks to a donation by Robert Romano. The winner will also receive the prestigious specially designed trophy offered to the champion.
Kyle Bronson is the defending champion of the race and could be considered among the favorites for the 2018 crown. Bronson has already scored a big Late Model win at East Bay, picking up the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series finale of the 42nd annual Winter Nationals.
A strong field of challengers will do their part to ensure that the winner did not have an easy path to Victory Lane. Several former champions are expected in the field as well as a group of drivers seeking that breakthrough win.
Saturday racing will begin at 6:30 p.m. The Pro Late Models will be joined by V8 Warriors, Outlaw 4s and Gladiators.
PAST WINNERS OF THE SCOTT THOMPSON MEMORIAL
2007 – Keith Nosbisch
2008 – Rich Pratt
2009 – Keith Nosbisch
2010 – Doug Horton
2011 – Travis Varnadore
2012 – Mark Whitener
2013 – Mark Whitener
2014 – Jason Fitzgerald
2015 – Kyle Bronson
2016 – Mark Whitener
2017 – Kyle Bronson
The winner of the Scott Thompson Memorial for Late Models on April 14 will have a little extra to collect at the pay window.
THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT OF RACING AT EAST BAY RACEWAY PARK!
It is with extremely heavy hearts that we learn that our good friend, A.T. (Tom) Maxwell has passed away this past weekend. Tom has been a huge part of East Bay’s family for many years. He has been involved in working on Travis and Mavrick Varnadore’s cars for years. He considered them “his boys”. He could be found at the race track, even when the boys weren’t racing, because he loved racing so much. If he wasn’t at a race track, he was looking at racing or listening to racing on his phone or television. He would volunteer to help in the pit area if we were short help on nights he wasn’t helping “his boys” if they were racing. He would be there to work on push trucks or whatever might be needed if he was called to do so. He just loved East Bay and racing and Dean and his boys.
We would like to send our deepest sympathy to Tom’s children and also to Dean and his family. Tom will be missed greatly! Please keep all of Tom’s family and friends in your prayers during this time. We will post information on Tom’s services when they become available.
Inclement weather has struck East Bay Raceway Park for the second time in the 2018 season. The scheduled five-division program for April 7 has been cancelled. The championship ceremonies for 2017 Street Stock and Micro Sprint competitors will be re-scheduled for a later date.
Next up on the East Bay schedule is the running of the Scott Thompson Memorial for Pro Late Models. The 50-lap main event will pay $3,800 to the winner. The Pro Late Models will be joined by V8 Warriors, Outlaw 4s and Gladiators. Special event pricing will be in effect for the April 14 program.
There will be a practice session on Friday, April 13 from 7 – 11 p.m.
2018 East Bay Raceway Park
Florida Street Stock
Regular Season Rules
After various conversations with Street Stock drivers, it has been brought to our attention that the other Florida race tracks are allowing the Nesmith Open motor option to continue this season. We were under the assumption that this was not going to be the case, but in our continued effort to have all tracks in Florida have common motor rules, we are going to allow the NeSmith Open motor as an option as well for the 2018 East Bay Raceway Park season. The weight for this option will be 3200 lbs. just as the other tracks are running it. This change is in effect immediately. The rules on the website will be changed to reflect this.
March 31, 2018 – East Bay Raceway Park welcomed the Easter Bunny and five divisions of racing action to wind up the month of March. A trio of 2017 champions were also honored in a special intermission ceremony.
V8 Warriors opened the night’s action for their second visit in 2018. Nick Brown took the early lead in the 15-lap main, but some of the best battles were inside the top five. Jon Basquin and Raymond Vann had a stretch of several laps battling for position until Basquin dropped out of contention. No one could catch Brown, who rolled into Victory Lane, but his victory was denied in post-race inspection. Brown’s misfortune gave the victory to 2017 class runner-up Jason Burnside. Brown and Vann were heat race winners.
The Florida Mini Sprints gathered for open wheel action, this time as winged competitor (the class competed two weeks previous as an East Bay class without wings). Kenny Brewer won his heat race while Robby Hoffman moved from the last row to the front in his heat on the first lap to claim victory. Hoffman utilized a front row starting spot in the main to break out into the lead at the drop of the green. Austin Craddock would give chase, but Hoffman masterfully sliced through lapped traffic to maintain the point. When the checkered flew, Hoffman had passed all but two cars for a convincing victory.
After enduring an opening night rainout, Street Stocks were finally able to get their season underway. With nearly 20 cars in the pit, the division showed some competitive racing through the night. Heat races were won by Jesse Brown and Justin Rodgers, who came from the back to take the six-lap preliminary. Neither heat winner would get the benefit of a good starting position in the 15-lap main and outside pole sitter Tim Gay took advantage of the fortunate draw. Gay had command of the pack until Brown worked past, only to lose the lead due to a caution. Brown moved to the top of the track to make the pass for the lead. Gay began to experience mechanical issues, falling out with less than five laps remaining. Brown still had to hold off Rodgers, but managed to get the job done.
Late Model Sportsman action saw Terry Bronson move from the second row into an immediate lead by the time the field returned to the front straightaway. Bronson would only be challenged for a brief time when Forrest Gough passed the leader on a restart. Caution nullified the move and Bronson never allowed Gough or anyone else to steal the point. Bronson backed up his heat race win with the convincing Feature victory.
The final event of the night saw Frank Beck assume command in the Q Auto & Injury Sprints. Beck was committed to keeping his car on the bottom of the track, which proved to be the course for most of the competitors. No one was able to get around the inspired winner, who dedicated the victory to his mother who had passed away a month earlier. Billy Boyd Jr. and 2017 Q Auto & Injury Sprint champion Justin Webster opened the night with heat wins.
East Bay Raceway Park will open a busy April with another five-division program on April 7. Pro Late Models, Gagel’s Open Wheel Modifieds, Street Stocks, Gladiators and Micro Sprints will do battle at the Clay by the Bay. The 2017 top finishers in Street Stocks and Micro Sprints will be honored on the frontstretch at intermission.
Feature: Jason Burnside, George Handy, Bill Whitney, Gary Lucas, Jessica Robbins, Robert Grant, Jon Basquin, Collin Kruse, Nate Whitehurst, Scott Bane, David Parr, Michael Hart, Thomas Adams Jr. DQ-Nick Brown, Raymond Vann, Jeff Weaver. DNS – Kevin Cassaday
Florida Mini Sprints
Feature: Robby Hoffman, Jamie Tinkham, Austin Craddock, David Hall, Dirk Miller, Kenny Brewer, Eddie Moss, AJ Parrish, Dustin Cates, John Crowder, Carl Parker, Dallas Casey, Don Quinn, Scott Barberis, Ty Nevins, Russ Heider, Paige Moss
Feature: Jesse Brown, Justin Rodgers, Jim Baker, Richard Livernois Sr., Matt Bozeman, Waylon Haynes, David Riner, Randy Shields, Billy Barstow, Robert Tyler, David Barwick II, Roy Woodhouse, Doug Johnson, Jay Steal, James McPeak, Timmy Gay, Henry Burnside, Thomas Braswell. DNS – Matthew Grissom
Late Model Sportsman
Feature: Terry Bronson, Forrest Gough, Tom Fiebelkorn, Mark Evans, Jesse James Foster, Johnny Allen, Jason Pope, Roger Crouse
Q Auto & Injury Sprints
Frank Beck, Johnnie Alexander, Justin Webster, Joe Zuczek, Dylan Colding, Billy Bridges, Guy Bos, Ric Voisey, Aileen Collins-Love, Billy Boyd Jr. DNS – David Kelley, Kurt Taylor.