Four Classes Hit Clay At The Bay
GIBSONTON, Fla. — Four classes were in action Saturday night at East Bay Raceway Park.
First feature of the night belonged to the Street Stocks as Mike Wilson and Jeff Rodgers won their heats. For the feature it was Dennis Williams and Mike Wilson on the front row. When the green waved on the first lap it was Williams and Wilson side by side. On lap two Wilson led but not by much as Wilson would take over on lap three. With just two laps remaining William Burnside found himself spun around in turn four as it was the only caution of the race. Wilson found himself trying to hold on as point’s leader Dennis Wilson, Jr as he was right on his rear bumber on the restart. When the checkered waved it was Wilson picking up his second feature win of the year followed by Thomas Burnside, Dennis Wilson, Jr., Dennis Williams and Buck Woodhouse rounding out the top five.
Next up were the Limited Late Models. Winning their heats were Dale Pope and Ricky Land. For the feature it was Jesse Brown and Land on the front row. When the green waved it was Pope diving to the inside and taking over the top spot out of turn two and not looking back as the feature went without a caution with Pope winning followed by Roger Crouse, Jesse Brown, Ricky Land and Shane Koperda rounding out the top five.
V8 Warriors were next with Marco Reyes and Tim Stoffel winning their heats. For the feature it was Bill Whitney and Jeff Weaver starting on the front row. When the green waved as the field was coming out of turn four Ron Smith would find himself upside down bringing out the red flag. Smith was ok but the car was unable to continue. When the race resumed Weaver was the leader with Bill Whitney right on his rear bumper. Whitney would have problems on lap six and had a right rear flat ending his night. Weaver would hold on to win his fourth feature of the season with Marco Reyes, Tim Stoffel, Bill Whitney and Jessica Robbins. Whitney and Robbins moved up after Glenn Keller and Brett Phillips were dq’d in tech for no mufflers after they crossed the line fourth and fifth.
Next were the Late Models. Sixteen cars were on hand as Josh Peacock and Phillip Cobb won their heats and would make up the front row for the feature. Travis Varnadore would lead lap one with Cobb right behind him until several cars got together in turn four bringing out the first caution. On the restart it was Peacock and Varnadore side by side at the line. On the next two laps the two would exchange the lead until caution came out as David Schmauss spun in turn one. Schmauss would have to go the end of the longest line on the restart. When the green waved on lap four it was Peacock, Varnadore and Cobb the front three until lap thirteen when Adam Boyd slowed in turn two. Schmauss had made his way up to the third position in just nine laps finding himself in the hunt for a win. On the restart Peacock was leading with Varnadore in tow as they headed into turn four. Schmauss would make a bold move and dove to the bottom and found himself leading the way on lap fifteen and found his way into Victory Lane for the second time this season. “We bought a new car just two weeks ago right off the scales and thought about running it tonight, but decided to finish the year out in this one which was up for sale in the beginning of the year” Schmauss stated. Schmauss thanked his sponsor Cardinal Paint & Body for their continued support throughout the years and all his friends who have stuck with him as well. He also thanked another sponsor Outlaw Race Parts South. Travis Varnadore, Josh Peacock, Steve Miller and Dalton Myers rounded out the top five.
Final feature of the night was the Motorstats.com 4 Cylinder Bombers. Winning their heats were Raymond Vann and Jimmy Baker. Starting on the front row of the feature were Jeremey Douglas and George Handy. On the second try for the start of the feature it was Patrick Fiore, Sr. who rolled over in turn one bringing out the first red of the feature. Driver was ok as the car was unable to continue. So when the green waved again on the third retry, Raymond Vann took over the lead until lap five when Kayla Jones found herself upside down in turn one bringing out the second red of the feature. Driver again was ok but car again not able to continue. On the restart on lap five Vann had George Handy and Don Quinn trying to take the lead away. Handy had brought out the last caution as he stopped on the backstretch with Vann holding on and picking up the win. Don R. Quinn, Jimmy Baker, John Moore and Jeremey Douglas rounded out the top five.