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


Bernhardt Leads Easter Weekend Winners

A five-division program marked the return of racing at East Bay Raceway Park after a planned weekend off. The Easter Weekend activity featured a visit by the Easter Bunny and candy for the kids in addition to the on-track action.

Bryan Bernhardt, the 2018 track champion in Gagel’s Modifieds, set the early pace in the 15-lap feature. Bernhardt, who won his heat race, was being chased by heat race winner Austin Sanders from the start. Sanders stayed within a few lengths of the leader through the race, but Bernhardt kept the car pasted to the bottom of the track. Sanders only hope was to move up the middle, which was not a good plan and Bernhardt went on to his first win of the year.

Another defending track champion returned to Victory Lane as Forrest Gough prevailed in the Late Model Sportsman main. Gough ran wire-to-wire for his third main event of the season, backing up his heat win of earlier in the night.

Nick Hebrank made a triumphant return to the Outlaw 4 class with his first feature win of the season. Hebrank started the season in the Street Stock class, but experienced catastrophic engine failure and dusted off the Outlaw 4 for the night’s action. Eric Knight, who suffered a flat tire in the main event, won the heat.

Larry Rarer kept his feature win streak alive in the Micro Sprints, capturing his fourth victory in as many tries for the 2019 campaign. Rarer had to overcome steering issues that had developed late in the heat race and the crew put the car back into perfect racing condition. Rarer took the lead on lap 5 of the 15-lap main and rolled away to a convincing victory. Jerod Meyers and Rich Livernois Jr. won heat races. The second heat was stopped after Chris Livernois Jr. flipped along the backstretch wall on the last lap of the event. Livernois was able to walk away from the crash, but could not compete in the remainder of the program.

Dan Darnell used the high side of the race track to power away from the field in the 12-lap Florida Old Time Modified main.

The racing action continues next week with the running of the Brandon Ford 40, paying $1,500 to the winner of the Gagel’s Modified main. Street Stocks, V-8 Warriors, Studio Red Salon Gladiators and Mini Sprints will join the Modifieds.


Feature: Bryan Bernhardt (B69), Austin Sanders (64), Seth Geary (7G), Dale Kelley (22), Billy Howard Jr. (47), Jim Baker (69X), Roger Crouse (15), Don Crandall (9C), Jerry Bourland (777), Drew Jackson (08)


Feature: Forrest Gough (21), Scotty Williams (27W), K.D. Kelley (00), Wesley Livernois (44), Buck Woodhouse (55), Keven Devrieze (99), Thomas Burnside (13B)


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


Feature: Larry Rarer (97Z), Richard Livernois Jr. (17), Joseph Taylor (29), Mike Meyers (7), Paul Seburn (23), Joe Bartow (3), William Brannan Jr. (27), Don Quinn Sr. (3D), Jerod Meyers (0), Christopher Singleton (12C). DNS – Corey Dyal (00D), William Burnside (13), Doug Dyal (97D), Chris Livernois Jr. (71)


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