Varnadore Victorious At EBRP!













East Bay Raceway Park 3/24/18

It was a perfect night for racing at the “Clay By the Bay” as 5 classes of racing took to the track to compete for victory.  At intermission the top-5 in points from the 2017 racing season for the Late Models,  Outlaw 4’s and Gladiators were honored on the track with a trophy ceremony.

In the Outlaw 4’s it was Billy Dukes Jr. taking home the win.  He fought off hard charging Eric Knight and Nick Hebrank for the victory.  Knight finished 2nd and Hebrank 3rd.  Mark Moniz and Bryan Sykes rounded out the top 5.  Cecil Martin and Dukes won the heat races.

The Gagels Open Wheel Modifieds saw Mavrick Varnadore battle Bryan Bernhardt during the early portion of the race.  Varnadore would pull away for the victory at the end.  Bernardt finished 2nd.  Roger Crouse finished third.  Phillip Cobb and Austin Sanders rounded out the top-5.   Phillip Cobb won the heat race.

In the Micro Sprints, Mike Meyers started on the pole and dominated the race.  The best battle of the race was Kevin Strife and Paul Seburn who switched positions for most of the 15 lap event.  Meyers won the race, with Strife finishing 2nd and Seburn 3rd.  Don T. Quinn and Joseph Bartow rounded out the top-5.  Seburn and Strife were victorious in the heats.

The Pro Late Models was a tale of two races, the early part of the race was a caution filled event with multiple yellow flags leading the way.  Steve Mathis,  Jr. held the lead through those cautions and for several laps on the restarts.  All the while, Keith Nosbisch, Doug Horton and Jack Nosbisch Jr were lurking waiting for their opportunity.  That opportunity would arrive for Keith Nosbisch when he was able to take the lead on a late restart and pull away for the win.  Hard charging Doug Horton finished 2nd.  Mathis ended up 3rd.  Jack Nosbisch and Andrew Hopkins rounded out the top-5.

The final event of the night was the largest, 23 cars were entered in the Gladiators feature.  It was a caution filled event early, seeing DJ Taylor land on his roof between turn 1 and 2 after several cars got together.  This would cause a red flag to be thrown.  During that time Robert Kissam noticed that he had a flat tire, he went to the pits and had the tire changed before the field went back to green. Kissam was able to battle his way through the field, eventually catching leader Daniel Bowman.  Kissam would take the lead and the win.  Jeff Smith with a strong run came home 2nd.  Daniel Casey was 3rd.  Logan Casteel and Bowman rounded out the top-5.  DJ Taylor, Bowman and Zavier Safie won the heat races.

East Bay Raceway Park resumes the 2018 season next Saturday, March 31 with a full slate of racing action.  Check the website for details.












Top 5 results

Outlaw 4’s

1. 15 Billy Dukes, 2. 7v Eric Knight, 3. 7 Nick Hebrank, 4. 41e Mark Moniz, 5. 23s Brian Sikes

Micro Sprints:

1. 7. Mike Meyers, 2. 46 Kevin Strife 3. 23 Paul Seburn 4. 3d Don T. Quinn 5. 3 Joseph M. Bartow

Gagels Open Wheeled Modified

1. 4 Mavrick Varnadore 2. B69 Bryan Bernhardt 3. 15 Roger Crouse 4. 03 Philip Cobb 5. 64 Austin Sanders

Pro Late Models

1. 02 Keith Nosbisch 2. 11 Doug Horton 3. Steve Mathis Jr. 4. 12 Jack Nosbisch Jr. 5. 13H Andrew Hopkins


1. 911 Robert Kissam, 2. 15 Jeff Smith, 3. 3D Daniel Casey, 4. 7 Logan Casteel 5, 46 Daniel Bowman.

Campbell Captures East Bay Regular Season Opener

East Bay Raceway Park – March 17, 2018

The luck of the Irish was no match for the skill and talent of drivers in the field at East Bay Raceway Park as the 2018 regular season opened on St. Patrick’s Day.

Hayden Campbell kept his 2018 Top Gun Sprint feature win streak intact with his fourth straight win and third at East Bay in 2018. Campbell, who picked up a pair of victories during the 42nd annual Winternationals, captured the lead at the end of the first lap of the 25-lap feature. From there, Campbell eased away from the pack while those behind him were locked in continuous battles. Justin Webster, East Bay’s 2017 Sprint champion, was lurking in second as the frontrunners hit lapped traffic on lap 5. Campbell was forced from his comfortable racing line on several occasions, but the car was working wherever it would go. Webster would face a challenge from heat winner A, J, Maddox, who swept by into second on lap 7. Webster would have an issue on lap 16 while running third, bringing out the caution flag. Campbell was able to power away on restart and roll to the win and add to his 2018 points lead.

Bryan Bernhardt put in a wire-to-wire performance in the Gagel’s Open Wheel Modifieds to back up an earlier preliminary victory. A series of early race cautions forced numerous restarts before the green would come out to stay. While Bernhardt was hitting his marks and maintaining a fast pace, position battles were drawing plenty of attention. Austin Sanders pushed past Roger Crouse after the two had gone wheel-to-wheel for a number of laps.

Collin Kruse raced from the front row to snag the opening feature in V8 Warriors. Kruse, who had won his heat race, avoided the pressure from the pack en route to the popular win.

Jamie Tinkham earned success in his bid to defend his 2017 East Bay Raceway Park Mini Sprint championship. Tinkham moved to the top of the point standings in the early going with a dominant run, winning by more than a straightaway.

Roger Herbach won the Florida Old Time Modifieds main, ending a yearlong victory drought.

East Bay Raceway Park will return to action on Saturday March 24. Pro Late Models will make their season debut with Gagel’s Open Wheel Modifieds returning. Gladiators, Micro Spints and Outlaw 4s will join the card. The intermission ceremony will honor champions and top finishers from 2017 in Pro Late Models, Outlaw 4s and Gladiators.

Feature finishes

Top Gun Sprints – Hayden Campbell, A.J. Maddox, Matt Kurtz, Anthony D’Alessio

Gagel’s Open Wheel Modifieds – Bryan Bernhardt, Austin Sanders, Roger Crouse, Travis Varnadore, Don Crandall

V8 Warriors – Collin Kruse, Jason Burnside, Raymond Vann, Tommy Hill, Nick Brown

Mini Sprints – Jamie Tinkham, Robby Hoffman, Austin Craddock, Kenny Brewer

Florida Old Time Modifieds – Roger Herbach



































Robert Wing Photos

March 17th Info.

March 17th Top Gun Sprints, Gagle’s Open Wheel Modifieds, V8 Warriors, Mini Sprints, FL Old Time Modifieds

Race Time: 6:30p.m.

We will be Honoring 2017 Champions

You must be here to get your Trophy & Winnings no one else can pick them up for you.


1st Bill Howard, 2nd Roger Crouse, 3rd Eric Moon, 4th & Rookie, Ronnie Whitley

Mini Sprints

1st Jamie Tinkham, Rookie Bubba Ham

Due to the Rain Out on March 10th

Champions for Gladiator will be on March 24th

Champions for Late Model Sportsman March 31st

East Bay Opener Postponed

East Bay Opener Postponed

The fickle Florida weather turned unfavorable on Saturday, causing the postponement of the 2018 season opener. A near perfect afternoon gave way to persistent pesky showers which forced the end of the program after the second Late Model Sportsman heat.

East Bay Raceway Park will return to action on Saturday. March 17 at 6:30 p.m. Scheduled classes include Top Gun Sprints, Gagel’s Open Wheel Modifieds, V8 Warriors, Mini Sprints and FL Old Time Mods.

Late Model Sportsman Rules & Tire Clarification

Late Model Sportsman

Tire Rule Clarification for beginning of 2018 season

Due to the delay in manufacturing of the Hoosier HTS-1300s, they will not be available until after March 15, 2018.  Therefore, we will allow the Hoosier D-21, D-55, D-70, HTS 1600 or DR 1600 until July 1, 2018.  Grooving and Siping will be allowed only on Hoosier D-21, D-55 or D-70 until July 1, 2018.  No grooving or siping will be allowed on the HTS 1600 or DR 1600.


After July 1, 2018, the tire rule for the Late Model Sportsman class will be the Hoosier HTS Spec 1300 or Spec 1600 only with no grooving, siping or chemical treatment allowed.


NOTE: NO Crate Racing D-21 or Crate Racing D-55 will be allowed to run in the Late Model Sportsman class.  Also, the Hoosier open comp 1300 that the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series used will not be allowed at anytime.

Tire Rule for Florida Late Model events remains only Hoosier D-21, D-55 or D-70.



VORTEC HEADS: In an effort to have the East Bay Raceway Park Late Model Sportsman and the Florida Late Model rules be closer, we are doing away with the Vortec head rules and going strictly with the Florida Late Model rule of “Any steel head meeting the following requirements 1. Chevy 23 degree head +/- 1 degree with no larger than a 1.94” intake valve.”

PRO Late Model – Tire Clarification

Pro Late Model
Tire Clarification for beginning of 2018 Season

Due to the delay in manufacturing of the Hoosier HTS 1300s, they will not be available until after March 15. Therefore, we will allow the Pro Late Models to run the Hoosier D-21s, D-55s , D-70s, Crate Racing D-21 or 55, HTS 1600 or DR1600s thru the burn off period of July 1st. Grooving and siping will be allowed on all but the HTS 1600 or DR1600.
After July 1, 2018, only the HTS Spec 1300 or HTS Spec 1600 will be allowed. THERE WILL BE NO GROOVING OR SIPING ALLOWED ON EITHER THE HTS 1300 OR HTS 1600 AFTER JULY 1, 2018. Unless we have to make addendum changes due to rain outs.

Note: The Hoosier 1300 that was used by the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series IS NOT the same as the HTS Spec 1300 and will not be allowed.

Positions Available


HELP WANTED: We are in need of an able bodied employee to do mowing, weedeating and miscellaneous odd jobs around track.  Starting at $10.00 per hour.  Tuesday thru Friday 9am-5pm.  Hours may vary depending on weather conditions or odd jobs that need to be done.  Please contact office to fill out an application.  813/677-7223

Saturday Night Help Wanted: We are in need of a few people to work various gates around race track and front entrance on race nights. If you are interested, Please contact Janet, Tuesday thru Friday from 10am to 4pm. Phone: 813/677-7223

Saturday nights only!!  Thru-out Regular Season!!!

  •  In need of someone to handle sales of Sunoco fuel at fuel pumps by Pit gate from 5:00pm til 9:30 pm.
  • Also in need of someone to handle sales of Hoosier Tires in Tire Shed from 4:00pm til 7:00pm.

If interested in either of these positions, please call Janet, 813/677-7223

Tuesday thru Friday from 10am til 4:00pm.

McCarl Crowned King of the 360s












Gibsonton, FL – Feb. 17, 2018 –

The 42nd annual Winternationals at East Bay Raceway Park concluded with the running of the Ronald Laney Memorial King of the 360s and it was a familiar face beneath the crown who was holding the scepter.

Iowa racer Terry McCarl logged his third title in the hotly contested event, utilizing his pole starting spot and mastery of traffic to claim the victory. McCarl added the 2018 triumph to victories in 2006 and 2016.

McCarl had scored a pair of fourth place finishes leading into the weekend finale, good enough to earn his place among the top six in points who locked into the 40-lap A Main.  Prior to the drawing for starting positions, McCarl expressed a desire not to be the one to lead the field to the green, but a young fan reached down and pulled the number one position. McCarl would start on the front row with Pennsylvania’s Tim Shaffer on the outside.

The first caution flew on lap one for a spin involving Danny Martin Jr. and Phil Gressman, who were both able to continue. On the restart, McCarl moved out with the trio of Thomas Kennedy, Mark Smith and Shaffer in hot pursuit. Another yellow for a four-car incident slowed the pace, but the field would endure a long green flag period that forced the frontrunners to mingle with lapped traffic. McCarl masterfully picked his way through, but could not build a substantial lead through the mid-stages. Shaffer darted past Smith and Kennedy to give chase from second. The final caution flew on lap 27, setting the stage for late race drama. Shaffer closed and caught McCarl going into turn one on lap 37. The pass did not stick as McCarl regained control on the backstretch and pushed on for the win.

Shaffer in second was chased by Kennedy, Smith and two-time King of the 360s Wayne Johnson.

Robby Hoffman backed up his Thursday victory in the Mini Sprints with a strong run in the 25-lap main. Hoffman bypassed early race leader Whitey Kidd and darted through traffic to successfully hide from challengers. Kidd finished third behind Tyler Walton.

ASCS 360 Sprints A Main “King of the 360s Ronald Laney Memorial” Results

Feature (40 laps) – 1. 24 – Terry McCarl; 2. 49x – Tim Shaffer; 3. 21k – Thomas Kennedy; 4. 1M – Mark Smith; 5. 2C – Wayne Johnson; 6. 16B -Max Stambaugh; 7. 1 – Travis Rilat; 8. 3A – A.J. Maddox; 9. 89 – Robbie Stillwaggon; 10. 4 – Danny Smith; 11. 47x – Dylan Westbrook; 12. 28 – Phil Gressman; 13. 61-Parker Evans; 14. 82 – Matt Kurtz; 15. 5 – Andy Teunessen; 16. 43 – Derek Hagar; 17.  77x – Alex Hill; 18. 10 – Mitch Brown; 19. 49 – Shawn Dancer; 20. 20B – Cody Bova; 21. 24M – Danny Martin Jr.; 22. 17w – Harli White; 23. 7 – Carson McCarl; 24. 28c – John Carney

Heats – Martin, Rilat, Johnson

B Mains – Westbrook, Brown










Mini Sprints (Top 5) – 1. 66 Robby Hoffman 2. 68T Tyler Walton; 3. 46 Whitey Kidd ; 4. 97 Luke Thomas; 5. 3 Micah McCall

Mike Horne Photos