Smith Scores Top Gun Sprint Win at East Bay

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.


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)


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)


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)


Feature: Danny Bowman (00), Charlie Sanders (7A), Jamie Frankland (1), Dan Darnell (111), Charlie Mixon (57), Tom McDonald (22)

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Fans Get Action Packed Full House Night

A features-only, 10-class racing program offered the perfect start to the month of May at East Bay Raceway Park. A good crowd turned out to see what the local drivers had in store and saw top talent rise to the top.

Classes that featured a higher car count were given additional laps in feature presentations, so six divisions saw their 15-lap main grow to a 20-lapper. The remaining classes stayed at 15 laps, except for the Pro Late Models, which was planned for 30 laps.

In that Pro Late Model main, Keith Nosbisch moved past leader Phillip Cobb in the late stages to secure his fourth win of the season. Cobb maintained a torrid pace at the head of the field, forcing Nosbisch to look to the high line for his pass. Nosbisch had to fight off the challenges of Travis Varnadore before moving in on Cobb.

Dale Kelley returned to Victory Lane in the 20-lap Gagel’s Modified feature. Kelley, who experienced a rough week in the Brandon Ford 40 a week ago, was able to maintain a steady line and was never challenged as positions within the top five were changing often. Travis Varnadore finished second in his second start of the regular season.

Bryan Eckley ran wire-to-wire to claim the win in the Q Auto & Injury Attorneys Sprint 20-lapper. The race was marred by a turn crash that saw the 3K of Guy Bos get vertical after contact with the wall. Bos walked away from the crash, but no one was able to catch Eckley through the remainder of the contest.

Forrest Gough inherited the Late Model Sportsman win after believed winner Raymond Folwell’s car was found to be without a muffler and in violation of the rules. For Gough, the 2018 division champion, the victory marked the fourth main of the year.

Robby Hoffmann rolled to his fifth straight feature victory in the Mini Sprint class. Hoffman grabbed the lead on lap 3 and moved out front in the 20-lap main. Behind him, Zack Amundsen and Jamie Tinkham provided an entertaining battle for the runner-up position, eventually claimed by Amundsen.

Austin Martin backed up an April win with a convincing run in the Mod Lites. Martin started on the outside of the sixth row, but wasted little time getting into the mix at the front of the field. Once he had asserted himself in the position, Martin was able to keep the spot through numerous restarts. The best effort came from James McGroarty, who moved low on Martin, but it proved to be too low as the car struck a tire barrier and lost a wheel.

Timmy Gay returned to Victory Lane in the 15-lap Street Stock main, Gay had built up a half-track lead by lap 5. When the race was ended, only three cars were on the lead lap and Gay was parked in the winner’s circle for the third time this year.

Nick Brown shook the monkey from back in convincing fashion, claiming the 15-lap V-8 Warrior main. Brown found something to his liking on the outside line, choosing to go there from his third row starting position. His objective was to hunt down race leader George Handy and once that mission was accomplished, he was unstoppable.

A new face in Victory Lane came in the Studio Red Gladiators when Tracy Lee Maynard rallied to claim the victory. Maynard, in his second East Bay start, started on the pole and led the early laps before yielding the top spot to Robert Kissam. Daniel Bowman got by and appeared headed to stretch the lead, but faltered on a restart. Maynard was sent to the tail for contact with Kissam, causing a caution. Kyle Bowman got into the mix, only to suffer a flat right front tire. Steadily, Maynard got back into the top five and then slipped past Bowman to take the lead, racing the final laps with the field in hot pursuit.

Defending division champion Brandon Yates made a triumphant return to Victory Lane, claiming his second Outlaw 4 win of the season. Vernon Hart ran a steady race to stay in the top three and claim his best finish with a second place run.

East Bay Raceway Park will be idle next Saturday (May 11), returning to action in May 18. The Top Gun Sprint Series will make its first regular season appearance, joined by Gagel’s MOdifieds, V-8 Warriors, Micro Sprints, Studio Red Salon Gladiators, Florida Old Time Modifieds and Daytona Antique Auto Racing Association. Race Time is 6:30.


Feature: Keith Nosbisch (02), Travis Varnadore (95V), Phillip Cobb (03), Jimmy Waldrop (9), Josh Peacock (9x), Jesse Brown (7jr), Dustin Perez (8), Jason Russell (75R), John Norris (87), Keven Devrieze (99), Steve Mathis Jr. (95), Megan Meyer (11M)


Feature: Dale Kelley (22), Travis Varnadore (205), Bill Howard Jr. (47), Phillip Cobb (03), Bryan Bernhardt (B69), Drew Jackson (08), Jim Baker (69x), Don Crandall (9c), David Pollen Jr. (88), Kenny Monahan (311), Randy Shields (69XL), Austin Sanders (64)


Feature: Bryan Eckley (12B), Billy Boyd Jr. (4), Robby Smith (6S), Tim George (1*), Brandon Grubaugh (2), Joe Zuczek (50), Billy Bridges (11B), Travis Bliemeister (3), Frank Beck (89), Guy Bos (3k), Garrett Green (82), Andrew Griffin (32)


Feature: Forrest Gough (21), K.D. Kelley (00), Buck Woodhouse (55), Thomas Burnside (13B), Wesley Livernois (44), Bryce Alexander (8), Scotty Williams (27w). DQ – Raymond Folwell (58)


Feature: Robby Hoffmann (66), Zack Amundsen (12), Jamie  Tinkham (51), David Hall (67), John Crowder (30), Dirk Miller (68), Brad Sutton (9), Don Quinn (33), Dennis Sanchez (32), Joe Bartow (3), Donnie Quinn (33D), Justin Thibodeau (13), Steve Diamond (9D)


Feature: Austin Martin (97), Larry Hubbard Jr. (56), Bo Bass (41B), Brian Teeters (44T), Larry Hubbard III (77), Bill Leonard (8), Russell Campbell (44), 71 Andrew Smith (71), Freddie Wilson (12), Aaron Stalling (31A), Dylan Dunn (22), Darren Bass (14B), James McGroarty (07), Dalton Ellis (11). DNS – Tim McLeod (28M), Jeff Bonnema (5)


Feature: Tim Gay (90), Mike Wilson (68), Matt Bozeman (58), Billy Barstow (56), Mark Roadarmel Jr. (B75), Robert Allen (98), Allen Bailey (51), Robert Tyler (99), Henry Burnside (31)


Feature: Nick Brown (12), George Handy (105), Jason Burnside (12j), Gary Lucas (23), Wayne Kissam (07), Jessica Robbins (09), Juston Meeks (10), Nate Whitehurst (07)


Feature: Tracy Lee Maynard (62), Robert Kissam (911), Daniel Bowman (46), Logan Casteel (7), Ricky Rutledge Jr. (124), Robert Zutz (47), Shawn Strickland (34), Kyle Bowman (46K), Davey Martin (55), Jeff Smith (15), Trevor Johnson (05), Alyssa Grant (36G), Rodney Martin (21), Rick Rutledge Sr. (4), Johnathan Wood (99W), David Wood (21w), Kever Raulerson (99R), Thomas Adams (T2)


Feature: Brandon Yates (53), Vernon Hart (48), Nick Hebrank (7H), Mark Moniz (41e), Eric Knight (7), Stephen Hohlbaugh (23s), Candice Kealy (D4R), Bob Fleming (88), Cecil Martin (15), Alan Weeks (5)


V-8 Warrior Rules Addendum

V-8 Warrior Rule Addendum/Clarification

MAY 2, 2019

Exhaust System:  All exhaust systems must exit inside frame rail, parallel to the ground in stock location.

Maximum 3” collector on header with a maximum 2.5” pipes that must exit behind driver seat.


Bernhardt Claims Brandon Ford 40 at East Bay

The Gagel’s Modifieds were back in action at East Bay Raceway Park with the “Brandon Ford 40” headlining the night’s five-division action.

The Modifieds had made an appearance the week before, giving drivers a chance to tune up for the big event that paid $1,500 to win. Defending track champion Bryan Bernhardt claimed last week’s win, then moved into the lead on lap 25 to back up the victory.

The 22-car field was led to the green by Drew Jackson with Bernhardt starting in the second row. Heat winner Mavrick Varnadore grabbed the early lead from the second row and paced the field with Shane Burrows in pursuit. While the lead dup was working the bottom, Austin Sanders chose to go to the top of the track and eventually worked his way to the front. Varnadore was able to come back to the front on lap 17. The field was shuffled on a restart, only to have that lap wiped out by another caution and resetting the field back to the way it had been. On the lap 21 restart, heat winner Bernhardt began to slice through using the middle of the race track and swooping into the lead just before a caution waved again. Burrows would be the main challenger and closed to the back of Bernhardt within five laps to go, but Bernhardt could pull away to the win, leaving others to fight for finishing positions. Phillip Cobb joined Varnadore and Bernhardt in claiming heat wins.

Tim Gay suffered a mechanical issue in his heat race on the white flag lap, sending his crew scurrying to diagnose and fix the problem. It was a job well done as Gay was able to parlay the front row starting spot into a wire to wire victory in the Street Stock main, his second visit to Victory Lane in the 2019 season. Matt Bozeman and Mark Roadarmel Jr. picked up preliminary wins.

The V-8 Warriors found their first two-time feature winner in the person of Gary Lucas. Running a consistent line from start to finish, Lucas was able to hold back challengers throughout the 15-lap main event. George Handy and Nick Brown were heat winners.

Robby Hoffmann kept his perfect streak alive by capturing the heat and feature in the Mini Sprints. Hoffmann took the lead on the third lap and cruised to a decisive win.

Jeff Smith showcased his new sponsor, Q Auto & Injury Attorneys, and parked his car in Victory Lane to record his first main in the Studio Red Salon Gladiators competition. Smith, who had been dealing with early season transmission issues, did not have an easy time as a constant late race threat developed from hard charging former feature winners Daniel Bowman and Kever Raulerson. Raulerson and Kyle Bowman topped the field in their heat race.

Next week, East Bay Raceway Park offers up Full House Night, which is a features-only presentation for 10 racing classes. Special event pricing is in effect. Racing starts at 6:30 p.m.


Brandon Ford 40: (Results unofficial pending tire samples) Bryan Bernhardt (B69), Shane Burrows (70B), Mavrick Varnadore (4), Garret Stewart (67), Seth Geary (7G), Eric Moon (18), Phillip Cobb (03), Don Crandall (9C), Drew Jackson (08), Buzzie Reutimann (00), Jim Baker (69X), Josh Sanford (3), Billy Howard (47), Rick Hall (53), Roger Crouse (15), Dale Kelley (22), Austin Sanders (64), Jamie Carter (15J), Keven Devrieze (99), Travis Varnadore (205), Pat Passanise (19), Randy Shields (69XL). DNS – David Pollen Jr. (88)


Feature: Tim Gay (90), Matt Bozeman (58), Billy Barstow (56), Henry Burnside (31), Mark Raodarmel Jr. (B75), Robert Allen (98), Allen Bailey (51), Kenny Lawrence (38), Doug Johnson (09). DNS – Mike Wilson (68), Thomas Braswell (67)


Feature: Gary Lucas (23), Jason Burnside (12J), John Bradley (X), George Handy (105), Nick Brown (12), Juston Meeks (10), Scott Bane (23B), Wayne Kissam (07), Jessica Robbins (09), Macy Bozeman (58), Nate Whitehurst (07W), Kalen Maynard (2)


Feature: Robby Hoffmann (66), Zach Amundsen (12), Jamie Tinkham (51), Trynt Lloyd (68B), Dirk Miller (68R), Steve Diamond (9), David Hall (67), Bruce Comer (21), Joe Bartow (3)


Feature: Jeff Smith (15), Logan Casteel (7), Kever Raulerson (99R), Kyle Bowman (46K), Robert Kissam (911), Daniel Bowman (46), Davey Martin (55), Rick Rutledge Jr. (124), Rick Rutledge Sr. (4), Robert Zutz (47), Thomas Adams (T2), Alyssa Grant (36G), Johnathan Wood (99W), Tracy Maynard (62), David Wood (21W). DNS – Rodney Martin