TAMPA, FL – Randy Weaver of Crossville, TN was surprised to be in Victory Lane with his B&M Concrete CVR on Thursday night at East Bay Raceway Park after the finish of the 30-lap Newsome Raceway Parts Crate Racin’ USA Dirt Late Model Series Winter Shootout race. Weaver only led one lap of the race, but it was the one that counted.

            Weaver found himself the leader on a last lap restart after early race leader Max Blair of Centerville, PA in the Murphy’s Logging Rocket was penalized for a restart violation. Blair was ticketed for brake checking the field on a restart, and was sent to the tail of the field. That gave Weaver the lead for a one lap dash to the checkered flag.

“I hate to win races this way, and I feel bad for Max because I had a second-place car tonight,” Weaver said. “I’m coming back to race after a couple of years off, and we’re having fun again. It doesn’t matter if we win or finish 24th. We’re having fun.”

Weaver was off for two years after suffering a head injury during a race. Weaver took the time off and let his head heal properly. He got a doctor’s green light to return to the cockpit of a dirt late model, and he put together a deal with CVR Race Cars to return to competition this season. It didn’t take long for Weaver to wear off the ring rust.

Keith Nosbisch of Valrico, FL finished second in the Adams Used Auto Parts Rocket, and Freddie Carpenter of Parkersburg, WV drove the Nevin Gainey Race Cars Kryptonite to a third-place showing. Steve Mathis Jr., of Plant City, FL took the fourth spot in the ATP Trucking Barry Wright and Walker Arthur of Forest, VA was fifth in the Cecil B. Arthur Beef Farms Kryptonite.

Cruz Skinner of Oxford, AL was sixth in the Skinner’s Body Shop Rocket and Pierce McCarter of Gatlinburg, TN took a provisional, started 23rd and finished seventh in the Parkway Liquor Store Longhorn to earn the Knowles Race Parts Hard Charger of the Race Award. Joseph Joiner of Milton, FL took the eighth spot in the Hunt The Front Capital.

The defending Newsome Race Parts Crate Racin’ USA Dirt Late Model Series National Champion Jake Knowles of Rome, GA finished ninth in the Knowles Race Parts and Bodies Longhorn, and Drew Kennedy of Lancing, TN rounded out the top ten in the Schubert Monument Sales Rocket.

In preliminary action, the Fast Qualifier was Travis Varnadore of Plant City, FL in the Varnadore Racing Barry Wright. Varnadore out-timed the 51-car field with a lap around the 1/3-mile “Clay By The Bay” in 15.883 seconds. 

The four KRC Power Steering ten-lap B-Main Races were won by Kennedy, Nevin Gainey of Fort White, FL in the Kryptonite Race Cars Special, Jeremy Shaw of Millport, AL in the Bud Coley Trucking Barry Wright, and Todd Hurst of Lineville, AL in the Hurst Construction Rocket.

Blair took the lead from the pole position at the start of the race followed by Phillip Cobb of Dover, FL in the Dynamic Painting Snow Brothers, Nosbisch, Joiner, and Weaver. Nosbisch was able to get around Cobb for the second spot on lap seven while Blair pulled out to a ten car-length advantage. The leader caught the cars on tail end of the lead lap by lap ten.

Weaver worked his way of to the third spot by the halfway point in the race, and he got by Nosbisch for the second spot on lap 18. By the time he got to the second spot, Weaver was a half-straightaway behind Blair. On lap 20, the lapped cars and Blair’s big lead went away when Cobb, Joiner, and Varnadore got together in turn four to bring out the caution flag.

The field lined up for a Dixie-Style Double-File Restart with Blair out front. Doubled up behind him were Weaver, Nosbisch, Joiner, Arthur, Skinner, Mathis, and Carpenter. Blair pulled away on the restart while Weaver and Nosbisch raced side-by-side for second, swapping the spot and racing grooves several times over the next five laps.

The caution flag came out on lap 25 for debris, and the top ten for restart had Blair in the lead with Nosbisch, Weaver, Arthur, Varnadore, Carpenter, Joiner, Mathis, Janie Carter of Clayhill, FL in the DMT Trucking Barry Wright, and Skinner doubled up behind him. Blair once again pulled away on the restart, and Weaver sailed around Nosbisch on the high side to take second.

Varnadore spun in turn two on lap 28 to bring out the caution flag. The field raced to the white flag after the restart with Blair leading Weaver, Nosbisch, Carpenter, Arthur, Mathis, Skinner, Joiner, Knowles, and Kennedy. While the field raced down the backstretch on the last lap, Jody Knowles of Tyrone, GA spun the Clayton Signs Rocket in turn four to bring out the caution flag.

Blair set a steady pace with the field doubled up behind him into turn three. As Blair came off the fourth turn, he slowed and jammed the field up behind him causing a couple of cars to spin. The caution flag came out, and Blair was ticketed with the caution for brake checking the field. That gave the lead to Weaver, who took the green and white flags together and he led the last lap for the win.

The Newsome Raceway Parts Crate Racin’ USA Dirt Late Model Series returns to the 44th Annual East Bay Raceway Park Winternationals with a $2,500-to-win 30-lap main event on Friday night. The race will be Round 6 of the 2020 Newsome Raceway Parts Crate Racin’ USA Dirt Late Model Series Winter Shootout. The Drivers Meeting is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. and Hot Laps at 6 p.m.

            For more information and rules about the Newsome Raceway Parts Crate Racin’ USA Dirt Late Model Series, visit the series web site atwww.crateracinusa.com, or visit the series on Facebook at Durrence Layne Racing. You can follow us on Twitter @DurrenceLayneRacing. 


POS      STRT   CAR #  DRIVER                            HOMETOWN                  
1.           5            116       Randy Weaver                Crossville, TN
2.           3            02          Keith Nosbisch                Valrico, FL
3.           7            17c        Freddy Carpenter           Parkersburg, WV
4.           15          95          Steve Mathis Jr.                             Plant City, FL
5.           8            87          Walker Arthur                Forest, VA
6.           9            11          Cruz Skinner                   Oxford, AL
7.           23          71          Pierce McCarter                            Gatlinburg, TN
8.           6            10          Joseph Joiner                  Milton, FL
9.           20          66          Jake Knowles                  Rome, GA
10.         11          K37      Drew Kennedy                 Lancing, TN
11.         17          6            Clay Harris                      Jupiter, FL
12.         16          27          Derrick Shaw                   Buckhannon, WV
13.         13          38          Jeremy Shaw                   Millport, AL
14.         12          17          Nevin Gainey                   Fort White, FL
15.         22          27h       Bruce Harvey                  Plant City, FL
16.         19          38c        Jamie Carter                   Jacksonville, FL
17.         21          19          Marcus Minga                 Shannon, MS
18.         2            41          Travis Varnadore           Tampa, FL
19.         1            111       Max Blair                         Centerville, PA
20.         18          313       Devin Dixon                     Apollo Beach, FL
21.         14          2            Todd Hurst                       Lineville, AL
22.         24          66k       Jody Knowles                  Tyrone, GA
23.         4            03          Phillip Cobb                     Dover, FL
24.         10          29          Daniel Woody                  Lithia, FL

FAST QUALIFIER: Varnadore, 15.883 Seconds
PROVISIONALS: McCarter and Jo. Knowles
LAP LEADERS: Blair, 1-29; Weaver, 30
LAPS LED: Blair, 29; Weaver, 1
KNOWLES RACE PARTS HARD CHARGER: McCarter (started 23rd and finished 7th)
NEXT RACE: East Bay Raceway Park, 1/31/2020, $2,500-To-Win, 30 Laps