Schmauss Wins LM Feature at East Bay
TAMPA, Fla. – Late Models, Limited Late Models, Q Auto & Injury Attorneys Street Stocks and the Motorstats.com 4 Cylinder Bombers were all in action on Mother’s Day weekend at East Bay Raceway Park.
First feature of the night went to the Q Auto & Injury Attorneys Street Stocks as Thomas Burnside and Tim Gay won their heat races. For the feature it was Buck Woodhouse and Tim Gay making up the front row for their 15 lap feature event.
When the green flag waved, Tim Gay quickly jumped out in front to take over the top spot. Gay was looking to make it five wins in just five starts. Gay was making his way throught lapped traffic by lap eight and then on lap ten the first caution came out as Roberto Morfin, Sr. spun in turn two.
Gay would lead the field to green on the restart as Woodhouse right was right on his back bumper until the second and final caution came out as David Barwick, II spun in turn two. Gay would lead the field to the checkered flag picking up his fifth feature win of the season. Rounding out the top five were Woodhouse, Thomas Burnside, Matt Bozeman and Billy Barstow.
Next up were the Limited Late Models with Forrest Gough and Tim Dowling winning their heat races. Henry Burnside and Dowling would make up the front row for their 15 lap feature and when the green waved Dowling would take the lead until lap two when Louis Ledlow spun in turn four bringing out the first caution.
On the restart, Dowling would lead until the next lap as Forrest Gough would cross the line by half a car length over Dowling. The two swapped positions on the next lap and Dowling would this time led Gough by a car length. Dowling led until Gough took over on lap seven and would open up his lead and was getting thru lapped traffic by lap ten. Caution would come out on laps twelve and thirteen as Richard Livernois, Jr spun on twelve and Jessica Robbins spun on lap thirteen.
The final restart on thirteen Gough led the field to the green and went on to win his fourth straight feature win of the season. Rounding out the top five were Henry Burnside, Dale Pope, Jason Russell and Jessica Robbins.
Late Models were up next for their 25-lap feature event with Doug Horton and Dave Schmauss winning their heat races. Dalton Myers and Schmauss made up the front row for the feature and when the green waved Myers spun in turn two collecting four other drivers in the spin. Myers, Shan Smith, Roger Crouse, Bryan Bernhardt and Kyle Musselman were all involved in the incident. Musselman would be the only driver to continue leaving Crouse and Bernhardt with heavily damaged cars.
When the race was restarted it was Doug Horton leading for the first thirteen laps until he slowed on the backstretch. That turned the lead over to Dave Schmauss. Schmauss would lead with Phillip Cobb and Kenny Monahan the top three. With only five laps to go second place Cobb slowed and would retire to the pits ending his night. Schmauss, the defending late model champion, was able to hold off Musselman to pick up his first win of the season. Rounding out the top five was Musselman, Kenny Monahan, Megan Meyer and Phillip Cobb.
Last feature of the night was the Motorstats.com 4 Cylinder Bombers with Richard Humfeld and Kayla Jones winning their heat races. For the feature it was Jones and Humfeld making up the front row and when the green waved it was Humfeld leading with Jones right behind him.
The two were side by side at the line on lap two with the two battling and swapping positions for the next two laps until Jones took over on lap five. Caution would come out before lap six was completed with Gary Lucas slowing in turn one ending his night with a thirteenth place finish.
Jones would lead the field to the green once more until lap nine as Devon Smith and Eddie Summitt tangled in turn four. Smith’s night ended as he took the car to the infield and after running in the second position, Wayne Kissam pulled to the infield as well also ending his night. With just six laps remaining it would be a single file restart with Jones leading over Humfeld.
When the green waved, Jones led the way with George Handy charging past Humfeld to take over second as he tried to make it back to back wins. Handy won the last feature for the Bombers back on April 19th. When the checkered waved it was Jones winning her first feature of the season with Handy second followed by Richard Humfeld, Cindy Mann and Brett Calonge rounding out the top five.