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JOHNSON WINS STORMPAY.COM DIRT LATE MODEL SERIES EAST BAY FINALE
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

TAMPA, FL - Ronnie Johnson of Chattanooga, TN won the 40-lap
StormPay.com Dirt Late Model Series 30th Annual East Bay Winternationals
finale Wednesday night at
East Bay Raceway Park.  Johnson took the lead on
lap 16 in his Miller Brothers Coal Warrior/604, and then held off Keith
Nosbisch of
Valrico, FL to take the win.
       Nosbisch, who was looking for his third straight
East Bay
win with the StormPay Dirt Late Model Series, made several challenges for
the lead, but came up one spot short and had to settle for second in the
Adams Used Auto Parts Rocket/604.
      "I knew Nosbisch was coming on the inside, so I knew I had
to cover the bottom and not make a mistake," Johnson said.  "If he was going
to get by me, it was going to have to be on the outside.  Winning here at
East Bay means a lot to me.  I won here many years ago, but at this stage in
my career, this one is special."
      Polesitter Phillip Cobb of
Tampa, FL finished third in the
Top Notch Home Repair Warrior/604.  Cobb, who was celebrating his birthday
on Wednesday night, got the celebration started early by winning the six-lap
StormPay.com Lightning Quick 6 Dash to earn the pole position.  That race
was run among the top six in points earned from the first two nights of
racing.
      Jeff Fields of
Aragon, GA came from the 12th starting spot
to finish fourth in the Summerville Junkyard Matersbilt/604.  Owen Osteen of
Woodruff, GA took the fifth spot in the Dustin Osteen Mastersbilt/604.
     After starting 18th, Jeff Matthews of
Seffner, FL charged
through the field to bring the Tampa Bay Haven Rocket/604 home in the sixth
position to earn the NeSmith Chevrolet Hard Charger of the Race Award.
     Roger Crouse of
Plant City, FL led the first 15 laps of the
race, but then faded to finish seventh in the Mid Florida Tree Service
Rayburn/604.  Jackie Nosbisch was eighth in the Crate Mart Metals Recycling
Rayburn/604.
     Rusty Dixon of
Riverview, FL took the ninth spot and the Kinser Air Filters
Rookie of the Race honors.  Jimmy Kay of
Taylorsville, GA rounded out the
top ten in the Ice Bowl 2007/NeSmith Chevrolet
GRT/604.
       Crouse took the lead at the drop of the green flag from his
outside front row starting spot followed by Cobb, Johnson, Keith Nosbisch,
and the defending StormPay.com Dirt Late Model Series National Champion
Denny Slayton of Rossville, GA in the Pete Slayton Motorsports
GRT/604.
Osteen got around Slayton for the fifth spot on lap two.
     Johnson began to put heavy pressure on Cobb for second on
lap three.  Cobb slipped up the banking in turn two on lap eight, and
Johnson drove by to take the second spot.  The Chattanooga Flash chased down
Crouse when the leader encountered lapped traffic on lap 10.
     A caution flag on lap 13 cooled down the battle for the lead when
Dixon spun
on the frontstretch with a flat right-rear tire while running seventh.
Crouse led Johnson, Cobb, Keith Nosbisch, Osteen, Slayton, Jeff Purvis of
Clarksville, TN, Fields, Matt Barrett of Knoxville, TN in the Tennessee
Appraisal Service Warrior/604, and Jackie Nosbisch down for the restart.



Johnson immediately began to battle Crouse for the lead on the restart,
while Slayton got around Osteen for the fifth spot.  Johnson was able to
wrestle away the inside line from Crouse on lap 16, and took the lead coming
off the second turn.  Fields was putting on a show, as he moved up to the
sixth spot on lap 17.
      The second caution flag of the race came out on lap 18 when Purvis cut down
a left-rear tire on his StormPay.com Warrior/604, and Steve Mathis of
Plant
City
, FL
cut down a right-front tire on his Strawberry Palace Rayburn/604.
When the field went back to green, Johnson pulled away, and Cobb got
underneath Crouse for the second spot in turn two.
     Slayton spun in turn two while running fifth on lap 19 to bring out caution
flag number three.  That moved Fields into the top five for the restart
behind Johnson, Cobb, Crouse, and Keith Nosbisch.  Sixth through tenth at
the halfway point were Osteen, Jackie Nosbisch, Shannon Buckingham of
Morristown, TN in the S&S Millwright Barry Wright/604, Matthews, and
Barrett.
     Keith Nosbisch and Fields drove by Crouse on the restart to take over the
third and fourth spots respectively.  Barrett spun out of his top ten spot
in turn one of lap 20 to bring out the fourth caution flag of the race.
    When the field went back to green flag action, Keith Nosbisch was in attack
mode, and he passed Cobb for the second spot coming off the fourth turn.
Fields drove in Nosbisch's wake, as he passed Cobb to move up to the third
spot on lap 21.  Keith Nosbisch turned up the wick, and caught Johnson by
lap 25.
    Keith Nosbisch was all over Johnson as they worked lapped traffic on lap 28.
Nosbisch took several looks on the inside, but Johnson would not give him
enough room to try and make a pass.  The battle for the lead was slowed when
the caution flag came out on lap 32 when Kenny Wallace of
St. Louis, MO
Stalled the StormPay.com Rayburn/604 in turn two.
      For the restart, Cobb got up on the wheel and passed Fields for the third
spot before the sixth caution light of the race blinked on lap 33 when Todd
Alexander of
Plant City, FL spun the Blue Ribbon Tomato GRT/604 in turn
four.
     Johnson led Keith Nosbisch, Cobb, Fields, Osteen, Jackie Nosbisch, Matthews,
Crouse,
Dixon, and Josh Peacock of Dover, FL in the Peacock Farms Rocket/604
down for the restart.  The yellow came out for the final time in the race
when Slayton spun in turn four.
     Johnson was able to maintain a two to three car-length advantage over Keith
Nosbisch in the last eight laps of the race.  Behind the leaders, Matthews
was able to get around Jackie Nosbisch for sixth, and Kay passed his way
into the top ten in the closing laps of the race.
     The next event for the StormPay.com Dirt Late Model Series National Tour
will be a two-day $5,000-to-win show at Modoc Speedway in Modoc, SC on March
31 and April 1.  For more information about the StormPay.com Dirt late Model
Series visit the series web site at www.stormpayracing.com.
OFFICIAL RESULTS AT EAST BAY RACEWAY PARK IN TAMPA, FL ON 2/15/06:

POS       STRT                CAR #                DRIVER
HOMETOWN                     LAPS                $
WON
1.             3                5                Ronnie Johnson
Chattanooga, TN                40                $3,000

2.             5                12                Keith Nosbisch
Valrico, FL                           40                $1,500

3.             1                03                Phillip Cobb
Tampa, FL                           40                $1,250

4.             12                16                Jeff Fields
Aragon, GA                          40                $1,100

5.             9                20                Owen Osteen
Woodruff, SC                       40                $1,000

6.             18                007                Jeff Matthews
Seffner, FL                           40                $950

7.             2                32                Roger Crouse
Plant City, FL                 40                $750

8.             10                19                Jackie Nosbisch
Valrico, FL                           40                $700

9.             6                97                Rusty Dixon (R)
Riverview, FL                      40                $650

10.          15                90                Jimmy Kay
Taylorsville, GA                  40                $600

11.          19                95                Steve Mathis
Plant City, FL                 40                $550

12.          13                21                Josh Peacock
Dover, FL                           40                $500

13.          8                44                Shannon Buckingham
Morristown, TN                 40                $450

14.          14                P1                Wallace Peacock
Dover, FL                           38                $400

15.          16                1                Todd Alexander
Plant City, FL                 35                $350

16.          11                99b                Matt Barrett (R)
Knoxville, TN                      32                $300

17.          4                99s                Denny
Slayton
Rossville
, GA
                      32                $380

18.          7                15                Jeff Purvis
Clarksville, TN                    31                $250

19.          20                15w                Kenny Wallace
St. Louis, MO                             30                $250

20.          17                6                Adam Boyd
Riverview, FL                      27                $250



ENTRIES:  20

LEAD CHANGES:  1

LAP LEADERS:  Crouse, 1-15; Johnson, 16-40

LAPS LED:  Johnson, 25; Crouse, 15

NeSMITH CHEVROLET HARD CHARGER:  Matthews (started 18th and finished 6th)

KINSER
AIR FILTERS ROOKIE OF THE RACE:  Dixon

CAUTIONS:  7

TIME OF THE
RACE:  38 Minutes, and 36.422 Seconds



STORMPAY.COM LIGHTNING QUICK 6 DASH - 6 LAPS:  1. Cobb; 2. Crouse; 3.
Johnson; 4. Slayton; 5. K. Nosbisch; 6. Dixon (R).



R - Denotes Rookie of the Year Candidate

 
 
 
   
   
   
   
   

 

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