East Bay Winter Nationals Late Models


East Bay.........................Steve Shaver led all 40 laps

29th Annual Winternationals

TAMPA, FL Steve Shaver of Vienna, WV led all 40 laps in capturing his first career Lucas Oil NARA DirtCar Series event on night 4 of the 29th Annual Winternationals Thursday Night at the East Bay Raceway Park. Shaver earned $7000 for his third career East Bay win as he drove the Bill Bland owned Rocket Chassis Monte Carlo sponsored by Malcuit Race Engines, Richard Construction, Richard Construction, Bland’s Towing, The Farm Used Auto Parts, United West Virginia Bank, Chippy’s Transmissions and Hoosier Racing Tires. Billy Moyer of Batesville, AR finished second in the J&J Steel/Pro Power C.J. Rayburn Monte Carlo with Rick Aukland of Zanesville, OH coming home third in the K&E Trucking/Vic Hill Race Engines/MasterSbilt Grand Prix. Taking the fourth spot was Brady Smith of Solon Springs, WI driving the Willow River Saloon/Pr o Power/MasterSbilt Monte Carlo and rounding out the top was York, PA’s Rick Eckert behind the wjheel of the Raye Vest owned/Raye Vest Excavating/Cornett Engines/Rocket Ford Taurus. A total of 110 cars were on hand for the fourth straight night of racing competition at East Bay.

Shaver drew the number two starting spot for the main event as he would start alongside Billy Moyer in the front row. Shaver quickly moved to the low side of the race track in front of Moyer on the opening lap and that was a key starting point for the veteran driver that would enable him to stay out front the entire race. The first yellow flew on lap out for John Mason who stopped on the track with a flat tire. Shaver would lead with Moyer, Rick Aukland, Tim Dohm and Brady Smith running in the top five. Smith was on the move early passing two cars in the opening laps of the race. Smith would then move up one more position taking fourth from Dohm on lap seven. The front runners would remain in their same spots for the rest of the race and despite two caution flags on lap 20 and 22 Shaver would never get passed. Moyer did keep the pressure on the leader down to the wire getting right on Shaver’s rear bumper with two circuits remaining, but Shaver held a steady line and never slipped up out of the groove as he would ride home with the victory becoming the fourth different winner in four nights of racing competition at East Bay. Moyer took second just a car length back of Shaver at the finish. Aukland had his best Winternationals finish of the week taking third place. Smith continues to have an impressive week of racing garnering the fourth spot and Eckert was fifth at the pay window.

“I just want to thank all of my sponsors and crew and everybody that helps us,” said the 41 year old Shaver in victory lane afterwards.” Shaver also thanked the sponsor of the NARA DirtCar Series in his post race interview as he said “I want to thank Lucas Oil as well for stepping up with the NARA series this year, it’s good for the racers and we appreciate their efforts.” As far as winning the race it was all about keeping the low line. “I just had to keep the car right down on the bottom of the race track, I knew if I slipped up they would be by me, but I just tried to concentrate lap after lap and got in the right corners the same way everytime.”

Completing the top ten were Donnie Moran, Tim Dohm, Josh Richards, Brian Birkhofer and Matt Miller.

In preliminary events Brady Smith captured the Oval Racing Racing Aluminum Designs Fast Time Award with a fast lap of 15.438 seconds. The VP Racing Fuels “Makin’ Power” Heat Races were taken by Dohm, Shaver, Aukland, Josh Richards, Moran and Moyer. The first B-Main sponsored by Rebel Shock Dyno was won by Steve Francis with the Real Wheels Second B-Main won by Jimmy Mars. The final two B-Mains went to Tim McCreadie and Billy Drake, who both advanced to the main event. Pat Doar of New Richmond, WI won the Gulf Coast Produce Strawberry Dash.

Racing will continue on Friday Night, February 11 with the fifth straight night of the Lucas Oil NARA DirtCar Series with a full racing program and a $10,000 to win main event.

Race Summary

Lucas Oil NARA DirtCar Series

East Bay Raceway Park

Tampa, FL

Thursday Night, February 9, 2005

Entries: 111

Oval Craft Racing Aluminum Designs Fast Time: Brady Smith 15.438 seconds

VP Racing Fuels First Heat: 1) Tim Dohm 2) Brady Smith 3) Rohn Moon 4) Darren Miller 5) Keith Nosbisch 6) Steve Francis 7) Trent Follmer 8) Rod Conley 9) Dale Hammond 10) Michael Lloyd 11) Dave Hess 12) Brian Shirley 13) Kristin Flory 14) John Kuchar 15) Rick Sowders 16) Evan Herrell 17) Ronnie Smith 18) Scott Riggs 19) Mike Mataragas

VP Racing Fuels Second Heat: 1) Steve Shaver 2) Brian BIrkhofer 3) Matt Miller 4) Jimmy Mars 5) Terry Casey 6) Dan Schlieper 7) Anthony Rushing 8) Don O’Neal 9) Corey Conley 10) Shane Tankersley 11) Johnny Chastain 12) John Gill 13) Kenny Pettyjohn 14) Matt Hubbard 15) Mike Hammerle 16) Lee Thomason 17) Brad Looney 18) Jon Krogstad 19) Shannon Babb

VP Racing Fuels Third Heat: 1) Rick Aukland 2) Rick Eckert 3) John Mason 4) Mark Voigt 5) Butch McGill 6) Barry Bragdon 7) Earl Pearson, Jr. 8) Mike Marlar 9) Bill Cunningham 10) Eric Jacobsen 11) Pat Doar 12) Michael Jackson 13) Russ Scheffler 14) Garrett Durrett 15) Randy Korte 16) Wes Steidinger

VP Racing Fuels Fourth Heat: 1) Josh Richards 2) Jason Montgomery 3) Dennis Erb, Jr 4) Tim McCreadie 5) Billy Drake 6) Eddie Carrier, Jr. 7) Greggie Oliver 8) Scott Pounds 9) Freddie Carpenter 10) Greg Johnson 11) R.J. Conley 12) Jeff Choquette 13) Patrick Sheltra 14) Wayne Johnson 15) Joe Ramey 16) Marshall Green 17) Delmas Conley

VP Racing Fuels Fifth Heat: 1) Donnie Moran 2) Terry English 3) Ray Cook 4) Robbie Blair 5) Steve Hillard 6) Michael England 7) Ricky Elliott 8) Davey Johnson 9) Ken Schaltenbrand 10) Bo Feather 11) Gerald Davis 12) Dan Stone 13)Zach Carney 14) Jason Flory 15) Dennis Little 16) Steve Harvey 17) Freddy Smith

VP Racing Fuels Sixth Heat: 1) Billy Moyer 2) Shane Clanton 3) Jackie Boggs 4) Jayme Zidar 5) Mike Benedum 6) Jason Smith 7) Brad Neat 8) Roy Deese, Jr. 9) Anthony White 10) Jeff Matekja 11) Jeff Gress 12) Marshall Austin 13) Steve Lucas 14) John VanDenBerg 15) Scott James 16) Chris Conley 17) Joe Morris

Rebel Shock Dyno First B-Main: 1) Steve Francis 2) Mark Voigt 3) Anthony Rushing 4) Darren Miller 5) Rod Conley 6) Johnny Chastain 7) Corey Conley 8) Eric Jacobsen 9) Brian Shirley 10) Brent Robinson 11) Evan Herrell 12) Terry Casey 13) Mike Hammerle 14) Kenny Pettyjohn 15) Barry Bragdon 16) John Kuchar 17) Scott Riggs

Real Wheels Second B-Main: 1) Jimmy Mars 2) Trent Follmer 3) Dan Schlieper 4) Shane Tankersley 5) Keith Nosbisch 6) Butch McGill 7) John Gill 8) Dave Hess 9) Bill Cunningham 10) Matt Hubbard 11) Rick Sowders 12) Kristin Flory 13) Earl Pearson, Jr. 14) Jon Krogstad 15) Russ Scheffler 16) Lee Thomason 17) Mike Mataragas 18) Ronnie Smith 19) Pat Doar

Third B-Main: 1) Tim McCreadie 2) Steve Hillard 3) Eddie Carrier, Jr. 4) Ricky Elliott 5) Jason Smith 6) Greg Johnson 7) Scott Pounds 8) Ken Schaltenbrand 9) Wayne Johnson 10) Dennis Little 11) Jayme Zidar 12) Zach Carney 13) Jeff Matejka 14) Andy Anderson 15) Gerald Davis 16) Chris Conley 17) Freddy Smith

Fourth B-Main: 1) Billy Drake 2) Robbie Blair 3) Jason Flory 4) Michael England 5) Mike Benedum 6) Dan Stone 7) Anthony White 8) Jeff Gress 9) Greggie Oliver 10) Bo Feathers 11) Joe Morris 12) Brad Neat 13) Scott James 14) Ronnie DeHaven, Jr. 15) Freddie Carpenter

Gulf Coast Produce Strawberry Dash: 1) Pat Doar 2) Eddie Carrier, Jr. 3) Keith Nosbisch 4) Dan Stone 5) Corey Conley 6) Mark Voigt 7) Michael England 8) Ronnie Smith 9) Dennis Little

Lucas Oil NARA DirtCar Series A-Main: (40 Laps): 1) Steve Shaver 2) Billy Moyer 3) Rick Aukland 4) Brady Smith 5) Rick Eckert 6) Donnie Moran 7) Tim Dohm 8) Josh Richards 9) Brian Birkhofer 10) Matt Miller 11) Rohn Moon 12) Terry English 13) Shane Clanton 14) Steve Francis 15) Ray Cook 16) Billy Drake 17) Tim McCreadie 18) Dennis Erb, Jr. 19) Jimmy Mars 20) John Mason 21) Jackie Boggs 22) Don O’Neal 23) Jason Montgomery 24) Shannon Babb 25) Dan Schlieper 26) Scott James

Race Statistics

Cautions: 2

Lap Leaders: Shaver 1-40

NARA Provisionals: Don O’Neal and Scott James

R.A.C.E. Provisionals: Dan Schlieper and Shannon Babb

PPM Hard Charger of the Race: Steve Francis advanced five positions



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