Street Stock racers had been circling the date on the calendar when word started spreading about the first Gary Gay Memorial event for Street Stocks. Through the support of nearly two dozen businesses and supporters, racers were contesting one of the highest purses available for the class. The race was worthy of the payout.
Tim Gay, who scored two previous feature wins at East Bay Raceway Park in 2018, grabbed the lead from Tim Powers on lap five of the 25-lap main and waltzed away from the field. Gay lapped all but 4 other cars in his quest for the victory in the race named in honor of his father. Closest competitor Rich Livernois Jr. had his best run of 2018 with a second place finish. Livernois and fourth-place finishing Dennis Williams started the night with heat wins.
Point leader Joe Zuczek appeared on his way to his second Q Auto & Injury Attorney Sprint main, but 2017 track champion Justin Webster had something to say about that. Webster suffered through a broken suspension part in the heat, forcing him near the back of the field for the 15-lap main. While Zuczek was trying to hold off Keith Butler on a restart, Webster moved from fifth to third and set his sights on the lead duo. Webster moved to the top of the track and started closing the gap. He was able to hunt down Zuczek and pull to the front as the field rumbled off turn four. It was a veteran move from a second-year driver who made a triumphant return to Victory Lane.
Kevin Strife solidified his points lead in Micro Sprints by taking his sixth feature of the season. The lead pass on William Burnside came early and Strife, who won the heat race, could not be caught.
An exciting finish to the Gladiator main carried through the checkered flag. Hard driving to the end, Daniel Casey led the field to the finish line with Daniel Bowman and Brittany Hart charging behind. Bowman was not able to slow in the turns and rolled his car. The point leader was not injured and later got some good news in the pit area. Race winner Casey was disqualified when his muffler was dislodged during the race, handing the victory to Bowman. It was Bowman’s seventh win of the season and solidified his point lead. Gladiators still have three more events on the calendar.
The Daytona Antique Auto Racing Association featured three divisions of action with Midgets, Sprints and a combined V-8/6-cyk class. Heat winners doubled up by taking victory in their respective 10-lap main. Wes Hill (Midget), Cush Revette (V-8/6 cyl) and Stan Butler (Sprints) took top honords.
East Bay Raceway Park will honor Veterans of military service next Saturday (Nov. 10) with free grandstand admission with ID. It’s Full House Night with Pro Late Models, Gagel’s Open Wheel Modifieds, Late Model Sportsman, Street Stocks, V8 Warriors, Gladiators, Outlaw Fours and Mini Sprints in action.
Gary Gay Memorial – Tim Gay (90), Rich Livernois Jr. (71), Tim Powers (44), Dennis Williams (24), Jim Baker (69x), John Bradley (57), Thomas Pratt (22), Charles Christian (36), Craig Montesi (39), Henry Burnside (31), Justin Rodgers (95), David McCormick (26), Robert Tyler (99), Marco Reyes (93), Trent Wilson (3H), Allen Bailey (51)
Q AUTO & INJURY ATTORNEYS SPRINTS
Feature: Justin Webster (21), Joe Zuczek (50), Keith Butler (19), Tim George (1*), Kurt Taylor (55), Billy Bridges (11B), Guy Bos (3K), Mike Steinruck (44a), Travis Bliemeister (3), Brian Eckley (12B), Johnnie Alexander (1L)
Feature: Kevin Strife (46), William Burnside (13), William Brannan Jr. (17), Mike Meyers (7), Bruce Comer (8), Wade Evans (27), Jerod Meyers (0), Joe Bartow (3). DNS – Chris Livernois Jr. (71)
Feature: Daniel Bowman (46), Brittany Hart (81H), Kever Raulerson (99r), Wayne Kissam (07), Johnathan Wood (56B), Thomas Adams (T2), Jeff Smith (15), Patrick Tabb (03), Rick Rutledge Sr. (4), Davey Martin (55), Ricky Rutledge Jr. (124), Bailey Purcell (14), Kipp Cooper (2), Robert Kissam (911), Rodney Martin (21), Kayla Handy (8). DQ – Daniel Casey (3D). DNS – Kelton Watson (124w)
Kyle Bronson swept to the lead on lap 21 of the 50-lap Pro Late Model main event in a triumphant return to East Bay Raceway Park. Bronson, who focuses on traveling Late Model events, made a special stop at East Bay to honor the late Gene Slaughter, East Bay’s long time tire man.
Keith Nosbisch took the early race lead in the 19-car field. Steve Mathis moved to challenge Nosbisch on lap 6 and held the spot for five laps before Doug Horton swept past. On lap 18, Bronson moved to the top three and asserted himself at the front three laps later.
Bronson’s earlier visit to Victory Lane came during Winternationals earlier this year. He told the crowd he would be back for the season finale on Dec. 15.
Doug Watson, Mathis and Nosbisch were heat winners.
The Gagel’s Open Wheel Modifieds held a 20-lap feature that saw point leader Bryan Bernhardt run a masterful race to victory. Heat races were won by Buzzie Reutimann and Mavrick Varnadore.
In preparation for next week’s Gary Gay Memorial paying a hefty purse, Street Stocks opened the night’s features will an exciting battle between Jimmy Baker and Dennis Williams. In the end, it would be Baker coming out on top as the defending divisions champion continues to showcase the abilities of his new racecar at his command. Baker and Williams had started the night with preliminary wins.
Non-winged Mini Sprints brought Robby Hoffmann back to the winner’s circle in a race that saw multiple leaders. Dusty Cates and Jamie Tinkham each took a turn at the front, but those two collided after Hoffmann moved out front. Cates and Hoffmann claimed heat wins.
The Gladiator class was strong with 20 cars in attendance. Brittany Hart picked up her first career heat race win and recorded her best feature finish, chasing eventual winner Daniel Bowman to he checkered flag for second place. Bowman solidified his point lead in a quest to repeat as division champion. Bowman and Daniel Casey joined Hart as preliminary winners.
The next action for East Bay Raceway Park is Saturday, November 3. The Gary Gay Memorial for Street Stocks, Q Auto & Injury Attorneys Sprints, Gladiators and Micro Sprints provide the excitement.
PRO LATE MODELS
Feature: Kyle Bronson (40B), Doug Horton (11), Keith Nosbisch (02), Travis Varnadore (95V), Josh Peacock (21P), Doug Watson (07), Steve Mathis Jr. (95), Steven Brendle (141), Eric Moon (00), John Norris (87), Adam Boyd (6), Megan Meyer (11M), Roger Crouse (15), Dustin Perez (8), Phillip Cobb (03), TJ LaFlamboy (44), Thomas Burnside (13), Billy Boyd Sr (3), Jack Nosbisch Jr. (14).
GAGEL’S OPEN WHEEL MODIFIEDS
Feature: Bryan Bernhardt (B69), Phillip Cobb (03), Dale Kelley (22), Roger Crouse (15), Buzzie Reutimann (00), Michael Cherry (17c), Billy Howard Jr. (47), Eric Moon (18), Seth Geary (7G), Rick Hall (53), Sean Monaghan (21), Ray Durrance Jr. (2), Rich Pratt (78), Don Crandall (9c), Pat Passanise (24), Jerol Stepp (23), Mavrick Varnadore (4)
Feature: Jimmy Baker (69x), Dennis Williams (24), Timmy Gay (90), David Barwick II (89), John Bradley (57), Henry Burnside (31), Tim Dowling (55), Allen Bailey (51), Robert Tyler (99), Ken Lawrence (38), Thomas Pratt (22)
Feature: Robby Hoffmann (66), Jamie Tinkham (51), Dusty Cates (6), Austin Craddock (17), David Hall (67), Brad Sutton (9), AJ Parrish (17A), Michael Luckert (93), Dallas Casey (87). DNS – Ronnie Whitley
Feature: Daniel Bowman (46), Brittany Hart (81H), Jeremy Lanier (22), Bailey Purcell (14), Kever Raulerson (99R), Robert Kissam (911), Logan Casteel (7), Jeff Smith (15), Kayla Handy (8), Daniel Casey (3D), Rick Rutledge Sr. (4), Ricky Rutledge Jr. (124), Kip Cooper (2), Davey Martin (55), Johnathan Wood (56B), Mark Roadarmel Jr. (81), Rodney Martin (21), Ethan Dansby (26), Patrick Tabb (03). DQ – Andrew Hall (99H)
Again, our hearts are heavy as our racing family lost another member, Robert “Lee” Barfield on Saturday, October 20. Mr. Barfield and his wife were a huge part of the sprint car racing family. They were big supporters and sponsors of the Top Gun Series here at East Bay and other local tracks. He sponsored the “Clean Sweep” award at the sprint car races. Mr. Barfield and his wife were always here for our Winternationals Sprint Car Races. He will be missed greatly. Mr. Barfield was laid to rest on Friday, October 26 in Lakeland. We would like to send our thoughts and prayers to his family during this time.
Children under the age of 12 can get a head start on Halloween at East Bay Saturday October 27. Youngsters will get the chance to meet the drivers on the track, who will be handing out goodies from their race cars. Drivers, here’s your opportunity to bring some extra joy to young race fans, so we encourage you to get some candy and join the fun.
The racing will be top notch as a treat for fans of all ages. The Gene Slaughter Memorial Races will bring extra payouts, which is sure to attract top competitors. Take a look at the trophies!
Racing starts at 6:30 p.m. Come have a ghouly good time at East Bay Raceway Park,
REVISED OCTOBER 24
Let’s turn the night into a sea of Purple for a very special part of East Bay Raceway Park’s legacy.
Check out the local businesses who have contributed to make this a great event and be sure and thank them for their support.
Series point leader Hayden Campbell was troubled by his car’s performance in hot laps and the preliminary heat race during the racing program at East Bay Raceway. When the checkered fell on the preliminary, Campbell brought the car to the pits and relayed his concerns to his crew. While other divisions were finishing their heat races, Campbell’s crew went to their notes to find answers to improve performance. When the 25-lap feature took the green flag, it was obvious that the work was not in vain. Campbell dominated the entire event, slicing through lapped cars and stretching out a decisive win for the feature event.
Heat race winners Justin Webster and AJ Maddox lined up in the second row at the start with designs on winning the Jeff Barfield Clean Sweep Award, which would have brought $200 to the driver who wins a heat and backs it up with the feature. An additional $500 could have been on the line for the Top Gun Sprints BG Oil Challenge, which requires heat race winners to scratch their starting spot in the feature and go to the tail. Neither driver chose that option.
At the start, Campbell jumped to the lead, chased by Webster. Maddox slipped past Mark Ruel Jr. for third on lap three with Billy Bridges gaining a spot on the next lap. Campbell entered lapped traffic with only six laps completed, working through the field. Maddox took second from Webster on lap eight, then trouble struck for Webster. The car spun in turn two to bring out a caution and send the 2017 East Bay Sprint champion to the rear. On the restart, trouble found Webster again as the car scraped the wall in turn one and slid to a stop in turn two.
On the previous restart, Campbell had the benefit of a lapped car between himself and Maddox, but that would be wiped out with the next restart. Undaunted, Campbell shot out front and was never seriously challenged, winning by about 1/3 of the track distance.
The evening opened with the Outlaw 4s which saw Brandon Yates capture his sixth feature in eight starts this season. Yates took the lead from Eric Knight on the seventh lap before cruising to the win. The feature victory backed up an earlier heat win.
Jerod Meyers made a second stop in Victory Lane with his 15-lap triumph in the Micro Sprints. Meyers had to fend off the charge of Chris Livernois and his path to the win was not without incident. Meyers and a lapped car made contact in turn two, allowing Livernois to close, but no pass could be made. The feature win completed a sweep for Meyers in the division after a heat race win.
V8 Warrior point leader George Handy hunted down early race leader Raymond Vann to claim his third feature win of the season. Handy, who had won his heat earlier, was able to put his car in good position consistently through the laps. Jason Burnside won the opening heat.
Scotty Williams doubled up in the Late Model Sportsman class with convincing victories in the heat and feature. The breakthrough win has boosted the confidence of a team that has experienced plenty of bad luck throughout the season.
Danny Bowman claimed a win in the Florida Old Time Modified main after Jayme Frankland had won the preliminary.
Next week, East Bay Raceway Park will feature the Gene Slaughter Memorial Races, honoring the long time Hoosier Tire rep who provided service to so many racers. The Pro Late Models will race for 50 laps, Gagel’s Open Wheel Modifieds have a 20-lap main with higher purses also offered for Gladiators, Street Stocks and Wingless Mini Sprints. The night will also feature Halloween candy for kids at intermission as drivers provide on track candy stops for the youngsters.
TOP GUN SPRINTS
Feature: Hayden Campbell (5), AJ Maddox (3A), Billy Bridges (11B), Frank Beck (89), Mark Ruel Jr. (83), Frank Carlsson (20), Harley Zimmerman (00), Guy Bos (3K), Garrett Green (82), Aileen Collins-Love (17c), Nikki Voisey (96), Justin Webster (21), Brandon Grubaugh (6G). DNS – Kurt Taylor (55)
Feature: Brandon Yates (53), Eric Knight (7v), Cecil Martin (15), Nick Hebrank (7), Vernon Hart (48), Mark Moniz (41e), Trey Ford (40F), Billy Dukes (15)
Feature: Jerod Meyers (0), Chris Livernois Jr. (71), Wade Evans (27), Willliam Burnside (13), Joseph Taylor (29), Matt Wedgewood (4), William Brannan Jr. (17), Mike Meyers (7), Joe Bartow (3)
Feature: George Handy (105), Jason Burnside (12j), Raymond Vann (32), Gary Lucas (23), Justin Meeks (10), Wayne Kissam (07), Charles Roach (14), David Parr (36), Bill Whitney (15), Jessica Robbins (09x)
LATE MODEL SPORTSMAN
Feature: Scotty Williams (27w), Wesley Livernois (44), Buck Woodhouse (55), Keven Devrieze (99)
FLORIDA OLD TIME MODIFIEDS
Feature: Danny Bowman (00), Dan Darnell (111), Jamey Frankland (1), Gonzo Godwin (22G)