Varnadore, Colding Top East Bay Winners List

Mother Nature finally cooperated for race fans to enjoy a night of exciting action at East Bay Raceway Park. A five-division program greeted the fans on Firefighter & EMT Appreciation Night.

In Micro Sprint action, Kevin Strife rebounded from a misfortunate last outing to capture his fourth feature event of the season. Strife started the night by defeating a strong field in his preliminary before repeating the feat in the feature. William Brannan topped the first heat race.

Jimmy Baker’s new Street Stock proved itself to be the class of the field in the division’s 15-lap main. The 2017 track champion finished second with the car in the first appearance earlier this year and bested that by getting the win in only the third time in the car (and second time at East Bay). Baker snatched the lead from point leader John Bradley in the early stages to hold the margin until the checkered flag. Some spirited racing could be found for third through most of the race with Thomas Pratt, Jason Pope and Bradley mixing it up. Bradley and Henry Burnside won heat races.

Dylan Colding held off the charge of point leader Joe Zuczek in the Q Auto and Injury Attorneys Sprint main. Colding’s second win didn’t come easy as a caution flag waved on lap 14, setting up a one-lap shootout. Colding was able to pull away from Zuczek for the win. Frank Beck claimed the preliminary.

The Pro Late Models faced a 30-lap main event and a field of 19 cars was on hand for the initial green. Heat winners Adam Boyd, Scotty Williams and Kenny Monahan earned starting spots in the first three positions. Before the first lap could be completed, Williams got crossed up and collected Monahan and Philip Cobb. Cobb and Williams were out of the race while Monahan brought his car to the crew in the pits to fix right front damage. Monahan was able to rejoin, but found himself at the back of the 17-car field. Travis Varnadore moved to the outside front row for the complete re-start and wasted no time shooting into the lead. Boyd gave chase, followed by Steve Mathis Jr. The leader hit lapped traffic by lap 5 when the first caution appeared. Varnadore would face subsequent challenges from Jack Nosbisch Jr., who retired after spinning to avoid Eric Moon on lap 12 and being collected in an incident. Mathis slipped by Jimmy Waldrop for second and set his sights on the leader, who had a constant challenge from backmarkers. Mathis gave it a good run inside in a race to the checkers with Varnadore holding the position.

The night concluded with Dan Darnell’s victory in the Florida Old Time Modifieds main. Darnell made it two for two by claiming the heat earlier in the night. In both cases, he had started last in the race to go from worst to first.

East Bay Raceway Park will continue action on Saturday, Sept. 22 with Late Model Sportsman, V8 Warriors, Gladiators, Street Stocks and non-wing Mini-Sprints. Hot laps begin at 6 with green flag for racing at 6:30 p.m.

MICRO SPRINTS

Feature: Kevin Strife (46), William Burnside (13), Chris Livernois Jr. (71), Jerod Meyers (0), William Brannan Jr. (17), Mike Meyers (7), Steve Diamond (9), Bruce Comer (8), Matt Wedgewood (4). DNS – Paul Seburn (23)

STREET STOCKS

Feature: Jimmy Baker (69x), Thomas Pratt (22), Jason Pope (55), John Bradley (57), Henry Burnside (31B), James McPeak (7), Allen Bailey (51), Kenny Lawrence (38), Robert Tyler (99), Justin Rodgers (95). DQ – Jesse Brown (12)

Q AUTO & INJURY ATTORNEYS SPRINTS

Feature: Dylan Colding (23D), Joe Zuczek (50), Frank Beck (89), Kurt Taylor (55), Guy Bos (3K), Mike Steinruck (44A), Johnnie Alexander (8)

PRO LATE MODELS

Feature: Travis Varnadore (95V), Steve Mathis Jr. (95), Jimmy Waldrop (9), Josh Peacock (21P), Roger Crouse (15), Andrew Hopkins (13H), Shan Smith (14), Kenny Monahan (311), Eric Moon (00), Steven Brendle (141), John Norris (87), Keven Devrieze (99), Thomas Burnside (13), TJ LaFlamboy (44), Jack Nosbisch Jr. (12), Dustin Perez (8), Adam Boyd (6), Scotty Williams (27W), Phillip Cobb (03)

FLORIDA OLD TIME MODIFIEDS

Feature: Dan Darnell (111), Gonzo Godwin (22G), Roger Herbach (4), Robert Campbell (11), Jamie Frankland (1)

William E. Bridges

“East Bay Raceway Park would like to send deepest sympathy to the Bridges family on the loss of their Dad/Grandfather Mr. William E. Bridges.  Our thoughts and prayers go out to Billy Bridges (Sprint Car Driver) and his Dad, Jerry “Smoke” Bridges.  Services are Wednesday, September 12th at 11:00.  Family will receive friends at 10:00 at the Dover Advent Christian Church at 14202 Downing Street in Dover.”

East Bay Rained Out

A persistent rainshower struck at East Bay Raceway Park at 6:15 p.m., bringing an end to the night’s action. Track workers had spent the day working to offset the rain that arrived during the week, but the Saturday evening thunderstorm made all of the work for naught.

East Bay Raceway Park will return to action on Saturday, Sept. 15 with Firefighters & EMT. All Firefighters and EMTs will be admitted free into the grandstands with proper ID. The racing action will consist of Pro Late Models, Q Auto & Injury Attorneys Sprints, Street Stocks, Florida Old Time Modifieds and Micro Sprints.

Hot laps begin at 6 p.m. with racing underway at 6:30 p.m.

Next Racing Sept. 8

Due to excessive amounts of rainfall in the past week and a forecast for more, racing at East Bay Raceway Park for Sept. 1 has been cancelled.

Racing will resume Saturday, Sept. 8. Hot laps are 6 pm, racing starts at 6:30pm

 

Campbell, Bradley Make Returns to East Bay Victory Lane

 

After a one-week break mandated by Mother Nature, East Bay Raceway Park returned to action on a hot summer Saturday night. Many of the drivers on hand worked hard to get their equipment in top shape and it showed with some great performances.

Jerod Meyers picked up his first feature victory of the 2018 season, dominating the competition in the 12-car Micro Sprint class. Meyers becomes the third different winner of the year and the victory will help move him into the top 10 with a lot of racing still on the schedule.

John Bradley made an outside pass to win his heat race, then repeated the feat in the feature to claim victory there. Bradley slipped past early race leader Matt Bozeman and set sail for the 15-lap win. It was Bradley’s second feature victory as the current points leader now has 8 top five finishes in 9 starts.

Gonzo Godwin got the best of the field in the Florida Old Time Modified 12-lap main. Dan Darnell made a late race charge, but fell just short as the laps wound down.

Hayden Campbell is no stranger to East Bay’s victory lane and he made a return visit tonight in the Bob & Marge Long Memorial 25-lap main event for the Q Auto & Injury Attorneys Sprints. Campbell shot to an early lead and encountered lapped traffic on lap 3. Campbell was able to slide by, but a hard charging Robbie Smith was not as fortunate, making contact and taking a tumble. Smith was OK, but clearly disappointed. On the subsequent restart, Billy Boyd and Andy Kelly made contact, resulting in Boyd flipping in turn one as the red flag returned.

Once the race went green, it stayed that way until a lap 20 caution for 2017 East Bay Sprints champion Justin Webster who stopped on the track. Campbell now had his hands full with Sport Allen’s effort, using the higher line to seek an advantage. There was none to be found as Campbell cruised back to Victory Lane.

The night’s action concluded with a last lap shootout in the Gladiators between race leader Daniel Casey and challenger Daniel Bowman. Bowman took the lead momentarily after a lap 12 restart, but caution flew again, putting Casey in control. The two renewed the battle through the last laps. Casey had the lead off turn four, but contact with Bowman got him sideways and Bowman was able to squeeze across the line in front.

 

MICRO SPRINTS

Jerod Meyers (0), Chris Livernois Jr. (71), Mike Meyers (7), Matt Wedgewood (4), Paul Seburn (23), Don Quinn Sr. (3D), Shannon Austin (60), William Burnside (13), Kevin Strife (46), Joe Bartow (3), Brian Baxter (98), Mariah Austin (5)

STREET STOCKS

John Bradley (57), Henry Burnside (31), Matt Bozeman (58), Jason Pope (55), Josh Jones (B75), Robert Allen (98), James McPeak (7), Allen Bailey (51), Billy Barstow (75), Kyle Kruse (1K), David Barwick II (89), Robert Tyler (9), Jesse Brown (12)

Q AUTO & INJURY ATTORNEYS SPRINTS

Hayden Campbell (5), Sport Allen (88), Brandon Grubaugh (G6), Dennis Misuraca (3), Frank Beck (89), Frank Carlson (20), Joe Zuczek (50), Dylan Colding (23D), Guy Bos (3K), Nikki Voisey (96), Justin Webster (21), Matt Kurtz (82), Johnnie Alexander (8), Andre Sheneman (29), David Slawiak (96x), Kurt Taylor (55), Michael Steinruck, Robbie Smith (6S), Billy Bridges (11B), Andy Kelly (11), Billy Boyd (4), Aileen Collins-Love (17c), DJ Peeples (30). DNS – Keith Butler (19), AJ Maddox (3A)

GLADIATORS

Daniel Bowman (46), Daniel Casey (3D), Robert Kissam (911), Jeff Smith (15), Socks Dittebrand (222), Brittany Hart (81H), Kever Raulerson (99R), Wayne Kissam (07), Ronald Sorensen (99), Logan Casteel (7), Bailey Purcell (14), Mark Roadarmel Jr. (81), Rick Rutledge Sr. (4), Davey Martin (55), Ricky Richards (37), Patrick Tabb (03), Ricky Rutledge Jr. (124), Ethan Dansby (26), Johnathan Wood (56B)

FLORIDA OLD TIME MODIFIEDS

John “Gonzo” Godwin (22G), Dan Darnell (111), David Kelley (46), Roger Herbach (4), Robert Campbell (11), Jamie Frankland (1), Danny Bowman (00)

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