NOSBISCH TAKES NIGHT ONE OF STORMPAY.COM DIRT LATE MODEL
SERIES ACTION AT EAST BAY
TAMPA, FL - Keith Nosbisch of Valrico, FL just missed a
first lap pile-up to go on and win the 25-lap StormPay.com Dirt Late Model
Series feature race Monday night at East Bay Raceway Park in hastily put
together Adams Used Auto Parts Rocket/604. Nosbisch was without a ride a
few days prior to the race, but teamed up with his brother to put together
the winning effort.
"I had just sold all of my stuff and didn't have a ride when
my brother suggested the other day that I drive his car for these three
races," Nosbisch said. "We got the crate engine yesterday, put it in the
car, and just ran great right off the trailer."
Nosbisch took the lead from his outside front row starting
spot on a complete restart. Nosbisch was to originally start on the outside
of the second row, but when outside front row starter Devin Dixon of
Riverview, FL was sidelined after a crash on the original start, that moved
Nosbisch up one row for the restart.
"It was pretty close up in turn two, and I was almost in
that wreck," Nosbisch said. "I just got to the bottom of the track, and
just missed Devin. I think we needed some laps to get the heat in the tires
on a cold night. That's all that happened to Devin because his tires were
cold, and they wouldn't stick."
After taking the lead, Nosbisch pulled away and was never challenged for the
25-lap race. At the checkered flag, Nosbisch held a full straightaway lead
on the 1/3-mile clay oval over the second place finisher Ronnie Johnson of
Chattanooga, TN in the Miller Brothers Coal Warrior/604. Rusty Dixon of
Riverview, FL took the third spot in the Transportation Specialists
The defending StormPay.com Dirt Late Model Series National
Champion Denny Slayton of Rossville, GA finished fourth in the Pete Slayton
Motorsports GRT/604, and Jeff Matthews of Seffner, FL was fifth in the Tampa
Bay Haven Rocket/604. Phillip Cobb of Tampa, FL took the sixth spot in the
Top Notch Home Repair Warrior/604.
Jackie Nosbisch of Valrico, FL took over the seat of the
Crate Mart Metals Recycling Rayburn/604 from Thomas Evonoski of Tampa, FL
between the heat and feature races. The driver change put Jackie Nosbisch
starting at the tail of the 21-car field. Nosbisch rallied through the
field to finish seventh, and earn the NeSmith Chevrolet Hard Charger of the
National Dirt Late Model Hall of Fame inductee Jeff Purvis
of Clarksville, TN finished eighth in the StormPay.com Warrior/604, and Matt
Barrett of Knoxville, TN was ninth in the Tennessee Appraisal Service
Warrior 604 to earn the Rookie of the Race honors. Roger Crouse of Plant
City, FL rounded out the top ten in the Coastal Trucking Rayburn/604.
The race got a wild start as polesitter Johnson and outside
front row starter Devin Dixon brought the field down for the green flag.
Johnson took the early lead, but the outside running Devin Dixon spun in
turn two while running in the second spot.
The rest of the field made a wild scramble to avoid Dixon, but when it was
all said and done, six other cars piled into Dixon's New Homes of Tampa Bay
Rocket/604. Three were able to restart, but Dixon went to the pits for the
night along with Owen Osteen of Woodruff, SC in the Dustin Osteen
Mastersbilt/604, and Bryan Bernhardt of Versailles, IN in the Terry Eaglin
Nosbisch moved up to the outside front row for the restart, and beat Johnson
into the first turn to take the lead. Adams Boyd of Riverview, FL spun his
Boyd Hauling Larry Shaw/604 in turn three on lap two to bring out the
Nosbisch led Johnson, Rusty Dixon, Shannon Buckingham of Morristown, TN,
Slayton, Cobb, Matthews, Crouse, Purvis, and Wallace Peacock of Dover, FL in
the Peacock Farms Rocket/604 down for the restart. Coming down for the
green flag, Barrett spun in turn four to necessitate another single-file
Once the field came up to full song under green, Buckingham began to lose
positions from his fourth spot. Buckingham was involved in the seven-car
pile up on the opening lap, and the result of that crash spoiled the
handling on his S&S Millwright Barry Wright/604. Buckingham brought out the
final caution flag of the race on lap six when he stalled in turn four.
After the restart, Nosbisch began to pull away from Johnson and Rusty Dixon,
while Slayton and Cobb dueled back and forth swapping the fourth position.
Jackie Nosbisch was putting on a show, and even got up to sixth spot,
joining the Slayton/Cobb battle for a few laps.
Slayton and Cobb pulled away from Jackie Nosbisch, who then battled with
Purvis and Matthews for the sixth spot. Matthews rallied late in the race
to take the fifth spot. Keith Nosbisch, a multi-time East Bay Raceway Park
Late Model Champion, used his home-track experience to masterfully work
lapped traffic, and extend a big lead over Johnson.
In preliminary action, Rusty Dixon won the first ten-lap heat race, and then
drew the number six pill for the field inversion in the feature race.
Buckingham won the second ten-lap heat race.
The StormPay.com Dirt Late Model Series returns to East Bay Raceway Park on
Tuesday night for another $2,000-to-win 25-lap feature as a part of the 30th
Annual East Bay Winternationals.
OFFICIAL RESULTS FROM EAST BAY RACEWAY PARK IN TAMPA, FL ON 2/13/06:
POS STRT CAR # DRIVER
HOMETOWN LAPS $ WON
1. 4 12 Keith Nosbisch
Valrico, FL 25 $2,000
2. 1 5 Ronnie Johnson
Chattanooga, TN 25 $1,250
3. 6 97 Rusty Dixon
Riverview, FL 25 $850
4. 7 99s Denny Slayton
Rossville, GA 25 $800
5. 11 007 Jeff Matthews
Seffner, FL 25 $650
6. 9 03 Phillip Cobb
Tampa, FL 25 $550
7. 21 19 Jackie Nosbisch
Valrico, FL 25 $600
8. 8 15 Jeff Purvis
Clarksville, TN 25 $450
9. 16 99b Matt Barrett (R)
Knoxville, TN 24 $400
10. 10 32 Roger Crouse
Plant City, FL 24 $375
11. 15 16 Jeff Fields
Aragon, GA 24 $350
12. 12 P1 Wallace Peacock
Dover, FL 24 $300
13. 14 21 Josh Peacock
Dover, FL 24 $280
14. 17 90 Jimmy Kay
Taylorsville, GA 24 $260
15. 20 1 Todd Alexander
Plant City, FL 23 $250
16. 18 20w Jimmy Waldrop
Seffner, FL 22 $240
17. 19 6 Adam Boyd
Tampa, FL 20 $220
18. 5 44 Shannon Buckingham
Morristown, TN 5 $200
19. 2 2 Devin Dixon
Riverview, FL 0 $200
20. 3 20 Owen Osteen
Woodruff, SC 0 $200
21. 13 B69 Bryan Bernhardt
Versailles, IN 0 $200
LEAD CHANGES: None
LAP LEADER: K. Nosbisch, 1-25
NeSMITH CHEVROLET HARD CHARGER: J. Nosbisch (started 21st and finished 7th)
ROOKIE OF THE RACE: Barrett
TIME OF THE RACE: 23 Minutes and 22.118 Seconds
1ST HEAT - 10 LAPS: 1. R. Dixon; 2. K. Nosbisch; 3. D. Dixon; 4. Slayton;
5. Cobb; 6. Matthews; 7. Evonoski; 8. Bernhardt; 9. Fields; 10. Kay; 11.
2ND HEAT - 10 LAPS: 1. Buckingham; 2. Osteen; 3. Johnson; 4. Purvis; 5.
Crouse; 6. W. Peacock; 7. J. Peacock; 8. Barrett (R); 9. Waldrop; 10.
R - Denotes Rookie of the Year Candidate