Robbie Smith ran a masterful race to claim the win in the Top Gun Sprints 25-lap main event at East Bay Raceway Park.
Smith, who had his heat earlier, captured the lead on the third lap and utilized strong restart and consistent lines to strike the winning combination. Because of his win in the preliminary, Smith claimed the Jeff & Lee Barfield Memorial Clean Sweep Award, which paid an additional $300.
Heat winners A.J. Maddox and Dylan Colding were in hot pursuit as they had a shot at the extra money, but Smith would not be denied.
The event was the fifth completed event of the year for the Top Gun Sprints and Smith joined Maddox and Garrett Green as victors in the 2019 campaign. Top Gun Sprints will return to East Bay on August 3.
Bryan Bernhardt notched his third feature win in Gagel’s Modifieds, fighting off the challenges of Austin Sanders and Billy Howard. Howard swept past Sanders on a late race restart, but could not catch Bernhardt, who had won his heat race as well.
Nick Brown seized an opportunity with a few laps remaining to slide by race leader Jason Burnside en route to his second feature win in V-8 Warriors. The field was sticking to the bottom of the race track and Brown was able to squeeze through without contact in making the winning pass. Wayne Kissam and George Handy won the heat races.
Larry Rarer made it five feature wins in a row, taking the lead on the third lap after starting in the second row of the Q Auto & Injury Attorneys Micro Sprints. Once he got out front, Rarer was never threatened and remains perfect on the year. Doug Dyal was able to hold off the field in the heat for his first victory of the season.
It was a new name in Victory Lane for the second straight time when the checkers fell on the Studio Red Gladiators. Patrick Fiore replaced his original 2019 race car with one that had been retired to a field and it was the right decision. Fiore went wire to wire to take home the victory, holding off Tracey Maynard who claimed the win the last time the class was in action. Kever Raulerson and Daniel Bowman were tops in the heat races.
The night also included the Florida Old Time Modifieds and the Daytona Antique Auto Racing Association (DAARA). Danny Bowman brought the Buzzie Reutimann tribute car home first in the heat and main for the Florida Old Time Modifieds. The three classes of DAARA saw heat winners double up by taking their mains. Those winners were Bob Jordon, Cole Nicholas and Jim Meltner.
East Bay Raceway Park will be back in action on Saturday, June 1 with the running of the Prevatt Family Memorial 50 for Pro Late Models. They will be joined by V-8 Warriors, Studio Red Gladiators, Q Auto & Injury Attorneys Wingless Mini-Sprints and Mod Lites. Race time is 6:30 p.m.
TOP GUN SPRINTS
Feature: Robbie Smith (6S), Dylan Colding (23D), A.J. Maddox (3A), Brandon Grubaugh (G6), Keith Butler (19), Hayden Campbell (5), Bryan Eckley (12B), Garrett Green (82), Harley Zimmerman (00), Tim George (1*), Frank Carlsson (20), Luke Hill (41), Nikki Voisey (96), Mike Steinruck (44A), Andrew Griffin (32), Aileen Collins-Love (17C), Billy Bridges (11B), Kyle Connery (91), Jeff Parks (7), DJ Peeples (30). DNS – Justin Webster (21)
Feature: Bryan Bernhardt (B69), Billy Howard (47), Austin Sanders (64), David Pollen Jr. (88), Dale Kelley (22), Drew Jackson (08), Randy Shields (69XL), Don Crandall (9c), Keven Devrieze (99)
Feature: Nick Brown (12), Jason Burnside (12J), Gary Lucas (23), George Handy (105), Wayne Kissam (07), Derek Gray (66), Jeff Weaver (26), Macy Bozeman (58), Nate Whitehurst (07W), B.J. Feiden (115). DNS – Jessica Robbins (09)
Q AUTO & INJURY ATTORNEYS MICRO SPRINTS
Feature: Larry Rarer (97z), Chris Livernois Jr. (17), Mike Meyers (7), Paul Seburn (23), Joe Bartow (3), William Burnside (13), William Brannan Jr. (60), Doug Dyal (97D), Corey Dyal (00D)
STUDIO RED GLADIATORS
Feature: Patrick Fiore Sr. (88), Tracey Maynard (62), Robert Kissam (911), Kever Raulerson (99R), Daniel Bowman (46), Patrick Tabb (03), Davey Martin (55), Rodney Martin (21), Ribert Zutz (47), Ricky Rutledge Jr. (4), Jeff Smith (15), Tim Maiden (91), Johnathan Wood (99W), Kenneth Roe (33), Alyssa Grant (36G), Kyle Bowman (46k), Logan Casteel (7). DNS – Daniel Casey (124)
FLORIDA OLD TIME MODIFIEDS
Feature: Danny Bowman (00), Charlie Sanders (7A), Jamie Frankland (1), Dan Darnell (111), Charlie Mixon (57), Tom McDonald (22)