It’s nice to sweat
I been spoiled living in the south for the last 10 years. I
have forgotten how harsh and barren winter can be. The other day it was 75
Dallas, my home for the last 5 years, and 23 in Mattoon IL. My Mother told me
“Roger it takes hearty stock to live on the prairie.” And she would pull my sock
cap down over my ears and send me out in the winter day.
But I am in Florida thanks to Air Trans. It’s 76 and
humid. And I am setting hear with the motel door open enjoying it. Yea for the
Winternationals. I missed last year with a broken foot so it’s been a while.
East Bay is my favorite of the tracks running. If I had to pick one race each
year and that was all I could go to it would be East Bay on opening night of the
Lucas Oil Late Models.
The best drivers from every class come here. Modifieds,
Late Models, Sprint cars, Big Block Mods, and Mini Sprints run the dirt tracks,
Screven GA, North FL, Volusia, Bubbas Raceway in Ocala, and East Bay Raceway in
Tampa. They come from all across the country to race here. . At $4.00 a gallon
you are not gonna truck down here unless you think you can whip some ass.
Everyone has worked all winter getting the cars ready with
fresh parts and paint. They all are primed and ready to be Track Champ this
year. My brother Terry says “Lot of winners in the winter! Track Champs in the
garage!” And they have forgotten just how easy it is to tear one up and how
hard it is to fix it. Demolition Derby Time!
Rained out the first night of Mods at East Bay. Nice warm
summer type rain 73 Degrees when we got in the car. Al an Todd worked the track
hard trying to save it in the misty drizzle. 1208 miles for a rain out. What
is the longest you have went for a rain out.
On to Ocala an Bubbas Race way. All Star sprints and Mods.
Great field of sprints including Tony Stewart, Steve Kinser, and Donnie
Schatz. Tony won a heat on a nifty turn 4 move. They started all 26 mods in
the feature and Rodney Sanders at Ol Texas boy who runs USMTS won, Kyle
Strickler in the SRI Stock Car Steel car finished 2nd. . Good track
lots of moves in the mod feature.. The sprint feature was FAST FAST FAST. Tony
started 14th and passed one car and finished 10th.
Donnie Schatz won it. Darren Pitman in the Kasey Kane
Great Clips was second an very happy with his run. “To have came here, and not
a lap on the car, Quick Time it and run second with a new crew and Crew Chief
that I have never worked with before, I think is pretty good. I think we are
gonna do well this year.”
Dennis Erb won the opening night. Dennis is a driver the
way drivers should be. Clean and fast. He and Heather work as hard as anyone in
the business and he deserves his success. Check out the photos. Big Mack came
in on wed and finished the week. Thanks Mack.
If you weren't there you missed out.