Bring the family and enjoy racing Saturday at East Bay Raceway Park.
Bring the family and enjoy racing Saturday at East Bay Raceway Park.
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.
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)
Q Auto Attorney Sprints
1.Dylan Colding (23d), 2. Joe Zuczek (50), 3, Bryan Eckley (12b), 4. Kurt Taylor (55), 5. David Slawiak (96x)
1.Daniel Bowman (46), 2. Daniel Casey (3D), 3. Robert Kissam (911), 4, Kever Raulerson (99R), 5. Bailey Purcell (14)
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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.
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.
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.
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)
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)
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)
Too many times over the last couple of years, East Bay Raceway has had to say goodbye to many drivers, employees and good friends.
It is with a very heavy heart that we say goodbye to our dear friend, Don Rehm! Don has been a part of our family for many years here at East Bay. Not only did he sell sprint tires and run the Top Gun Series that ran here during the year, his shop was on East Bay’s property and he was a daily lunch partner of Al’s.
What has made this even harder is how unexpected it was. It is in times like this that you reflect on those friendships and all the memories and good times that were shared to get you through the grief and pain that you are feeling.
Our hearts go out to Ann, Heather and Jennifer and the rest of the family. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Know that your racing family is feeling this loss with you and we are here for your family!! Rest in Peace Don!!!
Services will be at Southern Funeral Care in Riverview on Tuesday, July 24th from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm. Visitation and service to follow.