Mother Nature Can’t Stop East Bay Stars
GIBSONTON, Fla. – It seemed Mother Nature would spoil the night, but it turned out to be a very cool evening while late models, open-wheel modifieds, the Daytona Antique Auto Racing Ass’n, outlaw fours and the street stocks were all on hand to put on a show at East Bay Raceway Park Saturday.
First up was the outlaw fours with Billy Howard and Stephen Hohlbaugh winning their heats. For the feature it was Dorsey Strickland and Jesse James Foster on the front row. Strickland led the field until Thomas Braswell brought out the first caution. Strickland took the green once again until lap five when Chris Zimmerman spun in turn four.
Strickland was being chased by last week’s winner Hohlbaugh until lap eleven on the restart when Hohlbaugh tried to make a move on the inside spinning and bringing out the final caution. Strickland went on to pick up the win with Zach Amundsen, Nick Hebrank, Jesse James Foster and J.R. Baker rounding out the top five.
The next feature event was the Gagel’s Open Wheel Modifieds. Winning the heat was Dale Kelley. Matt Miller and Austin Sanders made up the front row for the feature. Sanders had led every lap of the race with a hard charging Matt Miller trying to pass several times but was not able to get by him. Sanders went on to win back to back feature wins with Tim Gay, Roger Crouse, Matt Miller and Bill Howard rounding out the top five.
Next up was the Daytona Antique Auto Racing Ass’n as they had five classes to run for their features. Picking up feature wins were for the Speedsters was Ed Daniels. Fred Stickland won his class as he drove the original sprint car that Donnie Tanner first drove owned by Robert Delgado.
For the Midgets it was Phil Pete picking up the win. In the modified division it was Steve Parrish and the V8 class was won by Jason Lenharts. And in the Caged Sprint division Roger Herbach went on to make it two in a row as he won the last feature last year when DAARA last race here.