East Bay Finally Beats Mother Nature
GIBSONTON, Fla. – East Bay Raceway Park competitors and officials finally got a clear day on Saturday night, allowing them to complete a night of racing for the first time since May 25.
The first feature of the night went to the Q Auto & Injury Attorneys Street Stocks with Dennis Wilson Jr. and Thomas Burnside winning their heats. For the feature it was David Barwick, II and Tommy Hill making up the front row. Tommy Hill led the first lap until the caution came out as Billy Barstow spun in turn four.
Hill would lead the next two laps until Jeff Rodgers and Mike Wilson tangled on the back stretch bringing out the second and final caution of the race. Tommy Hill would go on to cross the finish line first but was later DQ’d in tech for the wrong tires. Hill from Clewiston made his return after five years and had borrowed tires from a fellow competitor. Buck Woodhouse who finished second was declared the winner with Thomas Burnside, Dennis Wilson, Jr., William Burnside and Jeff Rodgers rounding out the top five.
Next were the Outlaw Fours. Zack Amundsen and Eric Knight won their heats. For the feature it was Billy Howard and Stephen Hohlbaugh on the front row. When the green waved it was Howard taking the lead for the first six laps until he came to rest in turn four ending his hopes for a feature win. Hohlbaugh would take over the top spot with Jesse James Foster in second trying to reel in the leader on the restart.
On lap eight it was Eric Knight coming to rest in turn one and would end his night as well. On the restart it was third place Foster who spun in turn three and tagged the wall coming to rest and would end his night as well. When the green waved, Hohlbaugh would go on to win his third feature in a row with Zack Amundsen, Nick Hebrank, Bill Mort and Brandon Yates rounding out the top five. Hebrank picked up an extra $100 courtesy of Alafia Boat & Marine in Gibsonton.