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AJ Maddox vaulted to the lead at the start of the 25-lap Top Gun Non-Wing main event and left his pursuers with the challenge of figuring a faster way around the Clay by the Bay. On this night, there were no answers as Maddox stormed to victory, earning the $1,300 Boomtrux.com winner’s share and an additional $800 in the Jeff Barfield Clean Sweep Award after winning his heat and then the feature.
The race was red flagged on the first lap when outside polesitter Keith Butler spun in turn two and collected four cars, including Johnnie Alexander who rolled over. On the subsequent restart, Maddox found himself moved to the front row. Once the racing started, Maddox asserted himself in the top spot, but faced immediate challenge from Brandon Grubaugh. Maddox was able to get several car lengths ahead of his challenger, who stayed dedicated to the purpose of hunting down the leader. Maddox maintained a steady line to keep challengers at bay to score the win. Grubaugh claimed second, ahead of Justin Webster, who rallied back from a lap 6 spin. Hayden Campbell and California racer Jeremy Ellertson rounded out the top five. Maddox, Ellertson and Guy Bos won the preliminaries.
Tim Gay swept by race leader Dennis Williams on the 13rd lap of the 15-lap Street Stock main to secure a spot in Victory Lane. Williams looked untouchable throughout the event as Gay and Thomas Pratt struggled through lapped traffic. Gay lost a spot to Pratt, but was able to get back in the thick of things before making the winning move. Williams would settle for second with Pratt third. Defending division champion Jim Baker came in fourth with veteran John Bradley rounding out the top five. Williams and Pratt were heat winner.
Dave Hall won the Mini Sprint preliminary, but the feature went to Dusty Cates. The 15-lap main was vindication for a decision to make the 2 ½ hour tow to go racing when threating skies made it a risky proposition. Cates was a wire-to-wire winner in the main with Hall and Joe Askew completing the top three.
Phillip Cobb grabbed the lead on the third lap of the 15-lap Late Model Sportsman main to secure victory in the 14-car field. The race was red flagged for a multiple car incident that blocked the track, which occur right after Cobb made the pass for the lead. Early leader Shan Smith cruised to second. The best battle on the track was between Steve Mathis Jr. and Andrew Hopkins for third. In the end, it would be Hopkins taking third, followed by Mathis and Daniel Woody. Heat race winners were Hopkins and Taylor Gant.
Jamie Frankland powered his 1934 Ford to a convincing in in the Florida Old Time Modified main. Andy Kelly had earlier won the preliminary.
East Bay Raceway Park will be back in action on Saturday, April 28, with the running if the second annual Rusty Dixon Memorial. The Gagel’s Open Wheel Modifieds will engage in a 50-lap main for the honors. They will be joined by V8 Warriors, Outlaw 4s, Gladiators and Street Stocks.
TOP GUN SPRINTS
AJ Maddox (3A), Brandon Grubaugh (G6), Justin Webster (21), Hayden Campbell (5), Jeremy Ellertson (89), Harley Zimmerman (00), Keith Butler (19), John Kahl (13), Nikki Voisey (96), Billy Bridges (11B), Dennis Misuraca (3), Matt Kurtz (82), Guy Bos (3K), Kurt Taylor (55), David Kelley (46), Johnnie Alexander (3T)
Timmy Gay (90), Dennis Williams (24), Thomas Pratt (22), Jim Baker (69X), John Bradley (57), David Barwick II (89), Jason Russell (75R), Jeff Rodgers (95), Matt Bozeman (58), Henry Burnside (31B), Kenny Lawrence (38), Billy Barstow (B75), Robert Tyler (9), Randy Shields (49), Thomas Braswell (67), Scott Gullett (G28), Rich Livernois Jr. (71), David Simpson (89X)
Dusty Cates (6), David Hall (67), Joe Askew (78J), Cody Bryson (41), Dallas Casey (87), Kolton Mithell (70), Jammie Jewell (6J), Chris Ham (13). DNS – Robby Hoffman (66)
LATE MODEL SPORTSMAN
Phillip Cobb (03), Shan Smith (17SS), Andrew Hopkins (13H), Steve Mathis Jr. (95), Daniel Woody (29), Shane Williams (1a), Buck Woodhouse (55), Keven Devrieze (99), Forrest Gough (21), Roger Crouse (52), Megan Meyer (11M), Jesse James Foster (14J), Taylor Gant (33), Wesley Livernois (44)
FLORIDA OLD TIME MODIFIEDS
Jamie Frankland (1), John Godwin (22G), Lars Amundsen (111), Roger Herbach (4), Andy Kelley (46). DNS – Lenny Goding (93G), Tom McDonald (22)
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.