Sept. 24, 2011 – The night started off with the Street Stock division. J.R. Welden and Donnie Reed picked up heat wins early in the night. Points leader Jarod Gay was supposed to start on the pole, but had transmission problems in his heat race. That put Curtis Book and Jim Baker on the front row. When the green flag dropped, Donnie Reed took over the lead on lap two and never looked back. On lap eleven, last weeks feature winner, Andy Lee had problems and slowed down with four laps to go bringing out a caution and brought Baker and Book right behind him. But, Reed was able to hold the challenges of the two giving him his third feature win of the season. Baker, Book, Mike Eaton and Welden rounded out the top five.
Old Time Mods we next up and the front row was Tom McDonald and George Hall brought the class to the green flag. Jamie Frankland quickly took over the lead with Tommy Zwally right behind him. The two battled for the entire race, but Zwally was able to pass Frankland picking up the win. Dan Darnell, Frankland, Don Land, and Roger Herbach made up the top five.
The Gagel’s Open Wheel Modifieds had a good field of cars. The familiar orange Double Zero of Buzzie Reutimann and John Inman started up front. Inman and points leader Austin Sanders won their heat races. Reutimann was in charge when the green flag dropped, and the race went the distance without one caution. It was a battle for second place as David Pollen, Jr., Sanders and Jerry Bruce, Jr. all battled for the second spot gaining on Reutimann with just a few laps to go, but was not able to catch him. Pollen, Jr., Bruce, Jr., Sanders and Rich Livernois, Jr. were your top five.
The Q Auto & Injury Attorneys Limited Late Models were up next with JR Prather, Jr and John Gross on the front row. The first caution came out on lap six for debris from the front end of Shane Koperda. Prather was still leading the race when five cars got tangled up in turn three bringing out the red flag. All drivers were able to continue and the cars lined back up for the restart. Prather was being chased all race by Scotty Williams and Williams was able to pass Prather with a few laps to go giving him the feature win. Prather, Jr. finished second, Ricky Land, Forrest Gough and Jason Pope rounded out the top five. Gough and Koperda won the heat races earlier on in the night.
Last on the track were the Motorstats.com 4 Cylinder Bombers. Mathew Odell, Mike Meadows, and Raymond Vann all won their heat races. Kayla Jones and last weeks feature winner Raymond Vann brought the field to the green flag. Vann led the entire 15 lap feature with no one able to catch him, making it his third feature win in a row. Second on back was a continuing battle between at least seven to eight drivers. When the checkered flag dropped, it was Patrick Fiore, second, Don R. Quinn with his third top five in a row finishing third. Rober Kissam started fifteenth and finished fourth while Jones finished fifth. The biggest mover of the night went to Roberto Morfin, Sr. and he started twenty-fifth and finished sixth.
ASA sanctioned racing returns to East Bay Raceway Park on Saturday, October 1, 2011. The program will Late Models, Q Auto & Injury Attorneys Limited Late Models, Street Stocks, Outlaw 4’s, Motorstats.com 4 Cylinder Bombers, Dirt Daubers and the Big Jim Bargo Memorial for the Fan Participation drivers during intermission. For more information, go to www.eastbayracewaypark.com or call the track office.