Devin Dixon Notches Third East Bay Main of 2018

 

Some of the biggest fields of the year pulled through the pit gate Saturday night for Father’s Day weekend competition at East Bay Raceway Park. Those expecting exciting action were not disappointed.

The evening was highlighted by the Larry Miller Memorial, a 50-lap contest for Gagel’s Open Wheel Modifieds. A field of 19 were gridded for the showdown, which included a $2,000 winner’s share.

Mavrick Varnadore grabbed the early race lead from the outside pole. Varnadore’s efforts to keep the top spot were stymied by cautions flags every two laps through the early stages. Varndaore’s first challenger was current division point leader Bryan Bernhardt, who pestered the race leader through the halfway mark. Behind the lead duo, several battles made the top five spots look different with each passing lap. Devin Dixon vaulted from fourth to put himself in position to slip past Varnadore on lap 28. This moved Varnadore back to the clutches of Bernhardt, but Bernhardt spun to give third to Jeff Mathews. Polesitter Austin Sanders was starting a charge to become a factor in the top five, but Dixon had moved out to a somewhat comfortable lead. Sanders claimed second on lap 36 with Steve Miller charging to third. Miller would drop out on lap 44. Mathews seized the chance on a late race restart to move into second and give chase on Dixon. The leader, who had also won the Rusty Dixon Memorial Modified event and the Dnnie Tanner Memorial for Pro Late Models, cruised across the line victorious, ahead of Mathews and Varnadore. Sanders, Bernhardt and Varnadore had won heat races.

Robby Hoffman wasted no time in getting to the front in the 15-lap Mini Sprint main event. Hoffman grabbed the lead, only to lose it briefly to teammate David Hall. Hoffman slipped back past and rolled on for his second win of the year. Jamie Tinkham and Kenny Brewer won their respective heats.

An exciting Street Stock feature race saw side-by-side racing throughout the 22-car field. When the checkered flag flew, it was veteran John Bradley back in Victory Lane. Bradley grabbed the lead from Zach Amundsen, who was nursing a car with left front damage. Bradley was able to make the pass on lap five, but the remaining laps saw Thomas Pratt and a hard charging Tim Powers give the eventual winner something to worry about. Bradley, Pratt and David Barwick II were heat race winners.

The Gladiator class welcomed a new member to the honor roll of victory. Daniel Casey led from start to finish to score his first career feature win in only his second year of competition. To get the win, Casey had to hold off defending class champion Daniel Bowman and he was able to accomplish the feat. Casey dedicated his win to his mother, who had passed away earlier this year.

John “Gonzo” Godwin had a storied career in asphalt racing, but told the East Bay crowd in Victory Lane “I wish I had started racing dirt a long time ago.” Godwin prevailed in the 15-lap main for the Florida Old Time Modifieds. He was chased by heat winner Lars Amundsen, who was driving a Dover Brake Buzzie Reutimann Mod in competition.

Next week, East Bay Raceway Park will be hosting a “Full House Night” with Pro Late Models, Q Auto & Injury Sprints, Gagel’s Open Wheel Modifieds, Late Model Sportsman, Street Stocks, V8 Warriors, Outlaw 4s and Gladiators.

LARRY MILLER MEMORIAL

Devin Dixon (313), Jeff Mathews (33), Mavrick Varnadore (4), Austin Sanders (64), Bryan Bernhardt (B69), Roger Crouse (15), Shane Burrows (70B), Rich Pratt (78), Seth Geary (7G), Steve Miller (8S), Pat Passanise (24), Dale Kelley (22), Matt Miller (8M), Travis Varnadore (205), Buzzie Reutimann (00), John Zuidema (47Z), Phillip Cobb (03), Michael Cherry(17c), Sean Monaghan (21)

MINI SPRINTS

Robby Hoffman (66), David Hall (67), Kenny Brewer (12), Carson Canaday (1), Brad Sutton (9), Scott Barberis (14), Joe Bartow (3), Jamie Jewell (6), Dallas Casey (87), Jamie Tinkham (51). DNS – Joe Askew (78j), Cody Bryson (41)

STREET STOCKS

John Bradley (57), Thomas Pratt (22), Tim Powers (44), Jim Baker (69x), Brian Morgan (9M), Craig Montesi Jr. (39), Buck Woodhouse (55), Henry Burnside (31B), Matt Bozeman (58), Kenny Lawrence (38), Randy Shields (49), Josh Jones (B75), Justin Rodgers (95), Robert Tyler (9), Rich Livernois Sr. (71), Thomas Braswell (67), Robert Allen (98), Jesse Brown (12), David Barwick II (89), Billy Barstow (75), Zach Amundsen (20), Allen Bailey (51). DNS – James McPeak (7)

GLADIATORS

Daniel Casey (3D), Daniel Bowman (46), Kever Raulerson (99R), Dustin Wilson (42), Ricky Rutledge Jr. (124), Brittany Hart (81H), Mark Roadarmel Jr. (81), Michael Meeks (41), Jeff Smith (15), Logan Casteel (7), Johnathan Wood (56B), Bailey Purcell (14), Cade Cannon (500), Patrick Tabb (03), Ribert Kissam (911), Rick Rutledge Sr. (4)

FLORIDA OLD TIME MODIFIEDS

John Gonzo Godwin (22G), Lars Amundsen (00), Roger Herbach (4), Robert Campbell (11), Jamie Frankland (1), David Kelley (46), Tom McDonald (22), Dan Darnell (111)

 

Maddox Claims East Bay Top Gun Sprints

 

 

A.J. Maddox survived a blown right rear tire on the last lap of the 25-lap Top Gun Sprints main to claim his second series victory at East Bay in 2018. Maddox, who had earlier won his heat race, which gave him the keys to the Jeff Barfield Memorial Clean Sweep Award, limped to the line ahead of early race leader Billy Bridges.

Maddox took the lead from Bridges on the sixth lap and endured a combination of cautions and lapped traffic en route to stretching out the lead. Several position battles took place inside the top five, but Maddox clearly had the car to beat on this night.

Dylan Colding and Justin Webster joined Maddox as heat race winners

George Handy opened the night’s features by claiming his first victory in V8 Warrior action. Handy had to hold off the charge of last week’s feature winner Tommy Hill. Handy’s win allowed him to take a positive step in the defense of his 2017 track championship. Raymond Vann and Kalen Maynard has won the division’s preliminary events.

Brandon Yates broke through for his first 2018 feature win in the Outlaw 4 class. Yates went wire-to-wire to claim the title with heat race winner Nick Hebrank lurking in second.

Daniel Bowman fought off the challenges of Wayne Kissam through the late stages of the Gladiator 15-lap feature to claim victory in the final event of the night. Kissam worked the top side, but just couldn’t complete the pass for victory. Kissam and Bowman won their heat races.

The Daytona Antique Auto Racing Association brought cars in three classes with David Kelley (Sprints), Bob Jordan (Midgets) and Jerry Jarrett (Modifieds) winning their 15-lap features.

East Bay Raceway Park will return to action on June 16 with the Larry Miller Memorial for the Gagel’s Open Wheel Modifieds. The 50-lap main event will pay $2,000 to the winning driver. The Modifieds will be joined  by Street Stocks, Gladiators, Mini Sprints and the Florida Old Time Modifieds.

TOP GUN SPRINTS

A.J. Maddox (3), Billy Bridges (11B), Justin Webster (21), Matt Kurtz (82), Dylan Colding (23D), Frank Carlsson (20), Shane Kreidler (52), Harley Zimmerman (00), Nikki Voisey (96), Keith Butler (19), Bryan Eckley (12B), Guy Bos (3K), Robbie Smith (6S), Clint Reynolds (07), Frank Beck (89), Kurt Taylor (55), Brandon Grubaugh (6G), Hayden Campbell (5), Ailenn Collins-Love (17C0. DNS – Anthony D’Alessio (01)

V8 WARRIORS

George Handy (105), Tommy Hill (5H), Raymond Vann (32), Jason Burnside (12J), Jessica Robbins (09), Scott Bane (23B), Robert Grant (36), Kalen Maynard (2), Michael Hart (99), Alan Smith (67), Bo Anderson (95), Charles Roach (14), Nick Brown (12), Bill Whitney (9), Gary Lucas (23)

OUTLAW 4S

Brandon Yates (53), Nick Hebrank (7), Eric Knight (7V), Jake Hampton (19), Billy Dukes Jr. (15), Mark Moniz (41E). DNS – Cecil Martin

GLADIATORS

Daniel Bowman (46), Wayne Kissam (07), Michael Meeks (41), Jeff Smith (15), Bryttany Hart (81H), Mark Roadarmel (81), Ricky Rutledge Jr. (124), Rick Rutledge Sr. (4), Bailey Purcell (14), Patrick Tabb (03), Johnathan Wood (56B), Robert Kissam (911), Daniel Casey (3D), Rodney Wingate (8), Thomas Adam (T2), Dave Wilber (24)

DAARA

Midgets

Bob Jordan (5), Barry Watson (41), Boyd Vannslyde (9), Wes Hill (V6)

Stock

Jerry Jarrett (97), Roger Herbach (4), Richard Iversen (61K), Carl Doughty (3), Steve {Parrish (38)

Sprints

David Kelley (46), Louis Brashear (4K), Charlie Dean (52), Merle Strickland (21), Jimmy Miltner (4×4). DNS – Josh Rynd (15)

Dixon Takes the High Line to Victory at East Bay

Racing action resumed at East Bay Raceway Park after an unplanned two-week vacation due to inclement weather. Mother Nature smiled upon the Clay by the Bay for a Saturday program, headlined by the Donnie Tanner Memorial 50-lap main for Pro Late Models.

A field of 19 cars gathered for the start of the event with polesitter Jack Nosbisch Jr. taking the early lead. Keith Nosbisch kept his car down low for second, forcing Phillip Cobb to the top line. Point leader Doug Horton, who started on the outside of the front row, exited the track at the first caution on lap 3 and rejoined at the tail end for the restart. Horton clawed his way toward the front of the field over the course of the next 15 laps, moving into the top five by lap 21. He continued his assault and moved to second behind Jack Nosbisch at the halfway mark. In the meantime, fifth-starting Devin Dixon was a near constant force inside the top five, using the outer edge of the racetrack while most were content to stay on the bottom. A red flag on lap 30 broke the momentum for the field with Horton as the new leader, trailed by Jack Nosbisch, Ivedent Lloyd, Keith Nosbisch and Dixon. Position battles were fierce and Dixon was able to pull into the lead from the outside by lap 38. Despite another caution, no one could catch Dixon, who nearly didn’t run the event. Using a team car to Jeff Mathews, Dixon and his crew thrashed to get the ride ready and made the right set-up calls to charge to victory. Horton came home second, ahead of Jack Nosbisch, Lloyd and Mathews. Heat wins went to Horton, Jack Nosbisch and Keith Nosbisch.

Kevin Strife recorded his second feature win of the season in Micro Sprint racing action. Strife, who also won his preliminary eased out to a wire-to-wire run. Mike Meyers, who finished second, also won his heat race.

The Street Stock action saw Tim Gay notch his second main of the season. Starting on the pole, Gay took advantage of the clear space, but still had to hold off challenges throughout the 15-lap main. Zach Amundsen and john Bradley were heat race winners.

The V8 Warriors lived up to their name with exciting action. Several lead changes throughout the night kept the fans occupied but racing throughout the pack saw a position battle somewhere in the field for every lap. When it was all said and done, Tommy Hill squeezed by George Handy in the late laps to claim his first 2018 win. Handy and point leader Jason Burnside started their nights with heat wins.

East Bay Raceway Park will return to action on Saturday June 9 with the return of the Top Gun Sprints. The winged warriors will be joined by the V8 Warriors, Outlaw 4s, Gladiators and Daytona Antique Auto Racing Association.

DONNIE TANNER MEMORIAL

Devin Dixon (313), Doug Horton (11), Jack Nosbisch Jr. (12), Ivedent Lloyd (21), Jeff Mathews (33), Adam Boyd (6B), Megan Meyer (11M), Keven Devrieze (99), Roger Crouse (15), TJ LaFlamboy (44), Keith Nosbisch (02), Andrew Hopkins (13H), Noah Cornman (30), Scotty Williams (27W), Thomas Burnside (13), Phillip Cobb (03), Bruce Harvey (27), John Norris (87). DQ-Kenny Monahan (311)

MICRO SPRINTS

Kevin Strife (46), Mike Meyers (7), Cliff Evans (17), William Burnside (13), Steve Diamond (9), Joe Bartow (3), Chris Livernois Jr. (71), Matt Wedgewood (4). DNS – Mariah Austin (5), Paul Seburn (23)

STREET STOCKS

Tim Gay (90), Zach Amundsen (20), John Bradley (57), Henry Burnside (31), Matt Bozeman (58), Randy Shields (49), Billy Barstow (75), James McPeak (7), Allen Bailey (51), Rich Livernois Sr. (71), David Barwick II (89), Robert Tyler (9)

V8 WARRIORS

Tommy Hill (5H), George Handy (105), Raymond Vann (32), Jason Burnside (12J), Michael Hart (99), Nick Brown (12), Jessica Robbins (09), Kalen Maynard (2), Robert Grant (36), Gary Lucas (23). DNS-Jeremy Simpson (73)