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TUESDAY Night Febuary 5 2008 East Bay Winternationals
Posted by Racerchaser
TUESDAY Night Febuary 5 2008 East Bay Winternationals

Korte sitting out with back injury

Driver Randy Korte of Highland, Ill., had a bit of a scare during one of the early scrambles at Monday's opening feature at East Bay Raceway Park's Winternationals.

"It wasn't the worst wreck I've ever been in," said the 42-year-old Korte, "but it's the worst as far as pain."

Korte's back suffered a serious blow when, after a collision with Vic Coffey that bounced Korte's Riggs Motorsports entry into the air on the frontstretch, the car slammed back to the track.

"When I came down, it just knocked the breath out of me," said Korte, who said he didn't begin breathing normally until being given oxygen during his ambulance ride to the hospital. "I've never felt like that in my life."
Korte rolled to a stop near the turn-one exit and was attended by ambulance personnel before they put him on a stretcher and took him to Tampa General Hospital. He stayed there overnight wearing a neck brace and undergoing a CAT scan, and left about 7 a.m. with the diagnosis of a sprained and bruised back.

On Tuesday afternoon at East Bay, Korte was relaxing in a hauler with Scott Riggs (who owns the car Korte drove Monday) and Gary Gerstner (who owns the car Korte plans to drive later in the week). Korte is able to stand and walk briefly, but painful back spasms force him back to sitting, and he's been taking pain medication to ease his back. He plans on sitting out Tuesday's action.

Gerstner, who went to the hospital with Korte, asked him if he wanted to skip the rest of the week and head back to Illinois. "Naw buddy," Korte told him. "I'll be OK. We'll get things going."

Elliott among newcomers

Ricky Elliott of Seaford, Del., plans to enter Tuesday's action at East Bay driving the No. 9 Wild Chassis that Dan Schlieper drove to a third-place finish Feb. 1 at Golden Isles Speedway's Super Bowl of Racing.
Schlieper is committed to running his Rayburn Race Car at East Bay, so Wild Chassis founder Kevin Katzenberg is putting Elliott in the car. Elliott hot-lapped the car briefly at East Bay and Katzenberg swapped steering racks for Elliott's comfort. "He's used to all that East Coast modified stuff and their fast racks," Katzenberg said.

Other newcomers on Tuesday are Mark Andersen of Blanchard, Mich., who flipped his car in his last start at Golden Isles. Josh McGuire of Ashland, Ky., was at East Bay on Monday night but engine problems kept him out of action; he's ready to go Tuesday after a delivery of parts from his engine builder.

Earl Pearson Jr.'s car was unloaded so crew members Keith and Randall Edwards could work on it, but Keith said the team won't race until Wednesday.

More carnage at East Bay

Walking through the pits last night, observers heard the standard East Bay drumbeat: Bang! Bang! Bang! Crew members banged out sheet metal and removed panels from cars to make repairs after a night where there was plenty of beating and banging on the third-mile oval.

"Hopefully everyone will calm down tonight," said Kevin Cole of Buckner, Ill., who debuted a new car that didn't look exactly new after a night at East Bay. "That's what you get when you get a bunch of guys used to winning" with few transfer spots in heat races.

Chris Wall of Holden, La., missed the feature event with engine problems, but he wasn't too sad about missing the six caution flags in the first nine laps of the main event. "Hopefully everybody got that out of their blood last night," Wall said.

Odds and ends

After finishing fifth in a Monday night heat race, Tim Fuller's team discovered a broken valve spring and scratched for the rest of the night. The team, led by crew chief Smoke, swapped engines on Monday night and plan to race Tuesday. ...

Chris Wall of Holden, La., also had engine problems Monday when an intake bolt backed out, allowing water into the engine. He swapped engines (an identical 430 c.i. powerplant) late Monday night and plans to run Tuesday. ...

Wayne Chinn's team also swapped motors, but not because of any problems. "We just didn't have enough ponies," said Jim Chinn, team owner and Wayne's father. The pulled out a 400 c.i. steel block engine and went with a 433 c.i. aluminum block.
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By Racerchaser on 02-05-2008, 08:07 PM
Re: TUESDAY Night Febuary 5 2008 East Bay Winternationals

Matt Miller tops 67 East Bay qualifiers

GIBSONTON, Fla. (Feb. 5) � Matt Miller of Whitehouse, Ohio, was the fastest among 67 qualifiers Tuesday night in the second round of East Bay Raceway Park's Dart Winternationals. Miller's time of 14.348 seconds was the fastest in Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series competition at the third-mile oval near Tampa.

The other fast qualifiers in group qualifying: Josh Richards (14.704) of Shinnston, W.Va.; Damon Eller (14.833) of Crumpler, N.C.; Shannon Babb (14.420) of Moweaqua, Ill.; Tim Dohm (14.639) of Cross Lanes, W.Va.; and Canadian Dave Tyrchniewicz (14.860) of St. Andrews, Manitoba.

Miller and the other top qualifiers in each group will start on the pole of their heat races after Miller spun a "1" on the series wheel, meaning there'll be no heat-race inversion.

The six heat races will transfer three drivers apiece to the main event with two drivers from each of three consolation races advancing. Also, the winner of the night's non-qualifiers' race (tabbed the Strawberry Dash) tags the tail of the 25-car feature.

Pre-race notebook

There are six fewer entries from Monday's 73. ... Peyton Taylor nearly hit the turn-one wall in qualifying. ...

Joe Denby drew a pill to qualify, but he didn't make repairs in time to race. ...

Newcomers are Ricky Elliott (in the Wild Chassis car driven by Dan Schlieper last week in Brunswick, Ga.), Josh McGuire and Mark Andersen. Andersen didn't show up for qualifying. ...

Tuesday is the second of three non-points events for the Lucas Oil Series. Points begin counting (and provisionals are added to features) starting Thursday. ...

Evening temperatures are in the 70s.

Time trials (unofficial)

First group
Driver (car no.), hometown, time

Josh Richards (25), Shinnston, W.Va., 14.704
Clint Smith (44), Senoia, Ga., 14.876
Donnie Moran (99), Dresden, Ohio, 14.955
Billy Moyer (21), Batesville, Ark., 14.999
Dan Schlieper (9), Sullivan, Wis., 15.019
TIm McCreadie (39), Watertown, N.Y., 15.034
Steve Casebolt (c9), Richmond, Ind., 15.313
J.R. Hotovy, Covert, Mich., 15.341
John Mason (72), Millersburg, Ohio, 15.425
Ky Harper (34), Holland, Ohio, 15.451
Rohn Moon (56), Greenwood, Ind., 15.860
Doug Blashe (1), Marion, Wis., 16.694

Second group

Damon Eller (i4), Crumpler, N.C., 14.833
Dan Stone (21D), Thompson, Pa., 15.266
Jeff Beyers (27), Pana, Ill., 15.473
Jackie Boggs (4B), Grayson, Ky., 15.722
Josh McGuire (41), Grayson, Ky., 15.895
Dennis Erb Jr. (28), Carpentersville, Ill., 15.903
Scott Riggs (81jr), Harrisburg, Ill., 15.927
Anthony Ferguson (R25), Lancaster, Ky., 16.208
Kellen Chadwick (3c), Oakley, Calif., 16.515
Donald Beyers (27D), Pana, Ill., 17.655
Jim Borden (3), Bangor, Mich., 18.608
Shon Flanary (98), Mount Carmel, Tenn., no time

Third group

Shannon Babb (18), Moweaqua, Ill., 14.420
Don O�Neal (71), Martinsville, Ind., 14.750
Terry Casey (42), New London, Wis., 14.894
Wayne Chinn (1), Bradford, Ohio, 14.953
Steve Francis (19), Ashland, Ky., 14.98
Tim Fuller (19), Edwards, N.Y., 15.026
Rick Eckert (24), York, Pa., 15.090
Jared Hawkins (17H), Fairmont, W.Va., 15.384
Bob Geiger (38), Laurel, Del., 15.609
Joe Isabell (6), Pennellville, N.Y., 15.644
Brian Shirley (1cj), Chatham, Ill., 15.841

Fourth group

Tim Dohm (6T), Cross Lanes, W.Va., 14.639
Chris Wall (71), Holden, La., 14.706
Scott James (83), Lawrenceburg, Ind., 14.857
Tyler Boggs (1), Warsaw, Ind., 14.931
Jason McBride (77), Carbondale, Ill., 15.062
Bryan Collins (11z), Elsberry, Mo., 15.087
Eric Jacobsen (5), Santa Cruz, Calif., 15.154
Ray Cook (53), Brasstown, N.C., 15.364
Billy Drake (9), Bloomington, Ill., 15.498
Marshall Austin Jr. (42), Dover, Fla., 15.527
Peyton Taylor (14jr), Batesville, Ark., 17.988

Fifth group

Matt Miller (7), Whitehouse, Ohio, 14.348 Fast time
Justin Rattliff (16), Campbellsville, Ky., 14.603
Steve Shaver (30), Vienna, W.Va., 14.689
Matt Miller (7), Whitehouse, Ohio, 14.843
Eddie Carrier Jr. (28), Salt Rock, W.Va., 14.843
Tyler Ivey (47), Tallahassee, Fla., 14.844
Chuck Harper (00H), Beverly, W.Va., 15.074
Austin Hubbard (11), Seaford, Del., 15.280
Ricky Elliott (9), Seaford, Del., 15.467
Ronnie Lee Whitt (w4), Grayson, Ky., 15.630
Anthony White (2x), Clinton, Tenn., 16.576
Eric Wells (18), Hazard, Ky., 17.233

Sixth group

Dave Tyrchniewicz, St. Andrews, Manitoba, 14.860
Terry English (96), Benton, Ky., 14.900
Doug Horton (46), Bruceton Mills, W.Va., 15.004
Bryan Barber (10), Buffalo, Ky., 15.055
Vic Coffey (32c), Leicester, N.Y., 15.117
Kevin Cole (81c), Buckner, Ill., 15.230
Tim Lance (48), Mapleton, Ill., 15.328
Mark Andersen (85), Blanchard, Mich., 15.478
Danny Johnson (27j), Rochester, N.Y., 15.591
Jeep Van Wormer (55), Pinconning, Mich., 16.474
Russ Adams (74), Princeton, Ill., 16.655
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By Racerchaser on 02-05-2008, 08:19 PM
Re: TUESDAY Night Febuary 5 2008 East Bay Winternationals


Matt Miller of Whitehouse, Ohio, was the fastest among 67 qualifiers Tuesday night in the second round of East Bay Raceway Park's Dart Winternationals. Six heat races will transfer three drivers apiece to the main event with two drivers from each of three B - Mains races and the Strawberry dash winner getting the 25th starting position in the A - Main


First heat

Polesitter and overall fast qualifier Matt Miller zipped away from the outset for a 10-lap victory. Fifth-starting Eddie Carrier Jr. slipped past Steve Shaver on the seventh lap to grab second. Justin Rattliff, who started on the front row but lost lots of ground when he got too high in turn one on the first lap, recovered with a last-lap pass of Shaver to get the third and final transfer spot. Super Late Model rookie Tyler Ivey, the only driver of a Barry Wright car in the 67-car field, was fifth. The lone caution appeared on the second lap for Austin Hubbard, who stopped exiting turn two.


(1) Matt Miller, (2) Eddie Carrier Jr., (3) Justin Rattliff, (4) Steve Shaver, (5) Tyler Ivey, (6) Chuck Harper, (7) Ricky Elliott, (8) Anthony White, (9) Austin Hubbard, (10) Eric Wells, (11) Ronnie Lee Whitt.

Second heat

Starting outside the front row, Don O'Neal beat polesitter Shannon Babb out of turn two on the first lap and cruised the rest of the way. Babb then gave up the second spot to Steve Francis on the second lap, and Francis cut into O'Neal's half-straightaway lead but couldn't catch him. Meanwhile, Babb struggled exiting the turns and had his hands full with challenges from Tim Fuller and Rick Eckert in the closing laps. Third-starting Terry Casey was shuffled back at the start and finished sixth.


(1) Don O'Neal, (2) Steve Francis, (3) Shannon Babb, (4) Tim Fuller, (5) Rick Eckert, (6) Terry Casey, (7) Wayne Chinn, (8) Jared Hawkins, (9) Brian Shirley, (10) Joe Isabell, (11) Bob Geiger.

Third heat

Polesitter Tim Dohm, Scott James and Chris Wall took off on a three-car breakaway, appearing to lock up the three transfer spots early. Dohm was never challenged for the top spot while James finished a half-straightaway behind the winner. Wall, however, began to struggle in the race's later stages and Ray Cook pressured him to the finish. Tyler Boggs was further back in fifth, holding off Jason McBride. The first of two cautions appeared on the fourth lap when Bryan Collins spun in turn two (as Peyton Taylor slowed simultaneously). Another caution was thrown for a bad restart.


(1) Tim Dohm, (2) Scott James (3) Chris Wall, (4) Ray Cook, (5) Tyler Boggs, (6) Jason McBride, (7) Peyton Taylor, (8) Billy Drake, (9) Marshall Austin Jr., (10) Bryan Collins. Scratch: Eric Jacobsen.

Fourth heat

Third-starting Donnie Moran slid under polesitter Josh Richards in turn four on the third lap and led the rest of the way. Richards, making anther start in the Ernie Davis-owned No. 25, lost the second position to fifth-starting Dan Schlieper in turn three on the fifth lap but held on to third. Schlieper moved up to pressure Moran amid traffic on the final lap, but Moran survived. Billy Moyer pressured Richards through the middle stages, but damage and a flat left rear tire on the last lap pushed him to the tail. Eighth-starting John Mason was fifth. The first caution appeared on the first start when front-row starter Clint Smith got into the turn-one wall. Smith, feeling he was forced up into the wall by polesitter Josh Richards, leaned hard on Richards on the next start. Rohn Moon spun in turn two on the second start.


(1) Donnie Moran, (2) Dan Schlieper, (3) Josh Richards, (4) John Mason, (5) Tim McCreadie, (6) Clint Smith, (7) J.R. Hotovy, (8) Steve Casebolt, (9) Rohn Moon, (10) Ky Harper, (11) Billy Moyer.

Fifth heat

Starting outside the front row, Dan Stone fought off an early challenge from third-starting Jackie Boggs and roared to caution-plagued victory in his new Rocket Chassis. Polesitter Damon Eller botched the start and was fourth after one lap, but he recovered to move back up to third. Kellen Chadwick, who started ninth, was boosted by a variety of spins and cautions in moving up to fourth. The first of three cautions appeared on the eighth lap when Don Beyers and Scott Riggs got together in turn four; both cars spun. Jeff Beyers spun on the lap-eight restart to give up the fourth spot. Another lap-eight restart appeared when Jeff Beyers stopped in turn two. Jim Borden's lapped car was a challenge to pass throughout the race as several drivers, including the winning Stone, made contact in overtaking him.


(1) Dan Stone, (2) Jackie Boggs, (3) Damon Eller, (4) Kellen Chadwick, (5) Josh McGuire, (6) Dennis Erb Jr., (7) Shon Flanary, (8) Donald Beyers, (9) Jeff Beyers, (10) Jim Borden, (11) Scott Riggs. Scratch: Anthony Ferguson.

Sixth heat

Outside front-row starter Terry English grabbed the lead at the outset and raced to victory in the final heat. Bryan Barber, who started outside the second row, was the only driver who could keep up with English, pressuring him midway through the race. The battle for the third spot was a thriller. Kevin Cole slipped under Doug Horton to grab the third spot with fewer than three laps to go, but when Cole came upon a slower car in turn four on the final lap, Vic Coffey weaseled underneath as all three cars came together on the frontstretch. Cole ended up spinning into the infield after taking the checkered flag in the caution-free race.


(1) Terry English, (2) Bryan Barber, (3) Vic Coffey, (4) Kevin Cole, (5) Doug Horton, (6) Tim Lance, (7) Danny Johnson, (8) Jeep Van Wormer, (9) Dave Tyrchniewicz, (10) Russ Adams, (11) Mark Andersen.
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By Racerchaser on 02-05-2008, 09:21 PM
Re: TUESDAY Night Febuary 5 2008 East Bay Winternationals

3 B - Mains 2 Transfer

First B - MAIN

Rebounding after losing two transfer spots in his heat race, polesitter Steve Shaver led all the way for a 12-lap victory. Tim Fuller had his hands full with Rick Eckert through most of the race, but Fuller held on for the second and final transfer spot. Eckert, a four-time feature winner at East Bay, lost the third spot to Ivey and was fortunate to finish fourth. The race was slowed by several early cautions, including when Ricky Elliott spun in turn four. Elliott was clipped by two cars and then slammed by an onrushing Joe Isabell. Both cars were heavily damaged, but no one was injured.


(1) Steve Shaver, (2) Tim Fuller, (3) Tyler Ivey, (4) Rick Eckert, (5) Brian Shirley, (6) Jared Hawkins, (7) Austin Hubbard, (8) Eric Wells, (9) Bob Geiger.

Second B-MAIN

Starting outside the front row, Tim McCreadie led all the way for a victory while fifth-starting Jason McBride overtook Ray Cook after a lap-five restart to grab the second and final transfer spot. McBride pulled away from Cook over the rest of the race while Ky Harper finished further back in fourth. McBride, who nearly caught McCreadie, qualified for his first career East Bay feature. A fifth-lap caution appeared when something broke on fourth-running Steve Casebolt's car and, as he tried to pull off the track, Tyler Boggs spun sideways in front of onrushing traffic just past the start-finish line. Most of the onrushing cars avoided Boggs as everyone took evasive action.


(1) Tim McCreadie, (2) Jason McBride, (3) Ray Cook, (4) Ky Harper, (5) Peyton Taylor, (6) J.R. Hotovy, (7) Rohn Moon, (8) Marshall Austin Jr., (9) Tyler Boggs, (10) Doug Blashe. Billy Moyer (scratched ?)

Third B - MAIN

Polesitter Kevin Cole overtook front-row starter Kellen Chadwick on the ninth lap during a feisty three-car battle for two transfer spots in the final laps. While Cole pulled away the last two laps, Dennis Erb Jr. slipped under Chadwick on the last lap to deny Chadwick a starting spot in the feature. Cole qualified for his second straight feature. The race's lone caution appeared on the sixth lap when Doug Horton spun in turn two in a battle with Josh McGuire.


(1) Kevin Cole, (2) Dennis Erb Jr., (3) Kellen Chadwick, (4) Shon Flanary, (5) Josh McGuire, (6) Dave Tyrchniewicz, (7) Danny Johnson, (8) Tim Lance, (9) Donald Beyers, (10) Doug Horton, (11) Russ Adams, (12) Jim Borden.
Non-qualifiers' race

Third-starting Chuck Harper took the lead from fellow West Virginian and polesitter Jared Hawkins on the fifth lap and led the remainder of the nine-lapper to earn a feature transfer spot via the Strawberry Dash. Rick Eckert took the second spot from Hawkins just before the white flag but finished a half-straightaway behind in second. The race's lone caution appeared on the second lap when Jim Borden spun in turn four.


(1) Chuck Harper, (2) Rick Eckert, (3) Jared Hawkins, (4) Austin Hubbard, (5) Tyler Ivey.

8 cars took the green for 8 laps

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By Racerchaser on 02-05-2008, 10:06 PM
Re: TUESDAY Night Febuary 5 2008 East Bay Winternationals

Feb. 5 Feature Lineup

Row 1: Donnie Moran, Don O'Neal
Row 2: Micheal England, Matt Miller
Row 3: Tim Dohm, Dan Stone
Row 4: Eddie Carrier jr., Steve Francis
Row 5: Scott James, Dan Schlieper
Row 6: Jackie Boggs, Bryan Barber
Row 7: Justin Rattliff, Shannon Babb
Row 8: Chris Wall, Josh Richards
Row 9: Damon Eller, Vic Coffey
Row 10: Steve Shaver, Tim McCreadie
Row 11: Kevin Cole, Tim Fuller
Row 12: Jason McBride, Dennis Erb
Row 13: Chuck Harper (Strawberry Dash winner)

Miller overtakes O'Neal, earns $5,000

2...Don O'Neal
3...Shannon Babb
4...Terry English
5...Justin Rattliff
6...Eddie Carrier Jr
7...Dan Schlieper
8...Dan Stone
9...Tim McCreadie
10..Jackie Boggs
11..Scott James
12...Steve Shaver
13..,Chris Wall
14...Steve Francis
15...Damon Eller
16...Vic Coffey
17... Dennis Erb Jr
18... Tim Fuller
19...Donnie Moran
20... Josh Richards
21...Jason McBride
22...Tim Dohm
23... Bryan Barber
24... Chuck Harper
25... Kevin Cole
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By Racerchaser on 02-05-2008, 10:26 PM
Re: TUESDAY Night Febuary 5 2008 East Bay Winternationals

Miller overtakes O'Neal, earns $5,000

With race-long leader Don O'Neal fading in the high groove, a low-running Matt Miller took command with eight laps remaining Tuesday at East Bay Raceway Park's Winternationals and grabbed his first Winternationals victory in two years.

Miller earned $5,000 for the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series 30-lapper as he crossed the finish line a half-straightaway ahead of O'Neal, who started on the front row and was shooting for his second straight East Bay victory.

Shannon Babb rallied from the 14th starting spot to finish third while Terry English and Justin Rattliff rounded out the top five.

Miller, who made a 14th-to-third charge in last night's race, earned his second career East Bay victory and first since Feb. 9, 2006.

O'Neal pulled away in the early laps, but as he entered lapped traffic after the 10th lap, fifth-starting Tim Dohm closed up on the leader with Donnie Moran a close-running third. The frontrunners maneuvered through lapped traffic with O'Neal holding an edge as Dohm put on more and more pressure. But Dohm's chances ended on the 18th lap when he lost his driveshaft and slowed on the frontstretch. Moran had nowhere to go and ran into the back of Dohm as they both skittered toward the infield.

That moved the fourth-starting Miller into the second spot for the restart, and he went to work on O'Neal whose high line allowed Miller to nose underneath in each corner. Miller made the winning pass on the 22nd lap and pulled away the rest of the way.

"We had a good car," Miller said in victory lane. "I think we showed that once we got out front there." Miller dedicated the victory to Russell, a long-time friend of his Illinois-based car owner, Larry Moring.


Racing continues with four more Lucas Oil Series events at East Bay on Wednesday through Saturday.
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By Racerchaser on 02-05-2008, 11:13 PM
Re: TUESDAY Night Febuary 5 2008 East Bay Winternationals


thanks To;
Dirt On Dirt
Todd Turner
For The Results And Information





STARTING ABOUT 7:00pm (+/- hour thats L/S time)


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By Dirtfan_21 on 02-06-2008, 12:12 AM
Re: TUESDAY Night Febuary 5 2008 East Bay Winternationals

great finish for Shannon Babb...and yet again no Rick Eckert in the A Main....
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By Racerchaser on 02-06-2008, 12:18 AM
Re: TUESDAY Night Febuary 5 2008 East Bay Winternationals

when you got 45 to 50 of the best late models in the country its hard to be in the big dance any night

plus you put that together with a 3/8 fast track and 65 to 75 cars all trying to qualify
man that is a tall assignment
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