posted February 07, 2001 10:50 AM
EAST BAY RACEWAY 25TH ANNIVERSARY - 3RD ANNUAL KING OF 360'SRACE RESULTS - SUNDAY 2/4/01 (SATURDAY NIGHT RAINED OUT)
TAMPA, FL...."I can not believe it! I can not believe it! I was completely out of tear-offs and couldn't see the car ahead of me," shouted Jeff Shepard in his victory lane interview after becoming the third winner in three years running of the $64,000 King of the 360's at East Bay Raceway Sunday afternoon. Rain on Saturday had forced a one-day delay of the finale.
The unbelievable part was that Jason Sides had led 39-3/4 laps of the 40lap event, playing the lapped traffic to perfection , until having to go a little high around a lapped car in turn four looking for the checkered flag. Shepard, who ran second behind Sides from the start, saw this happen, and about 200 feet from the flagstand, took the lead and the$12,500 win.
For Shepard, it was his first ride in the Nickles Brothers built No. 31J,NBC Steering and Pumps owned car, sponsored by Dennis and Chris Kaiser. The new Stealth was delivered to their shop in Fremont OH just two weeks ago and they installed a Gaerte engine and used American Racer tires fort his win. Shepard was also eligible for the highest finishing rookie ofthe event prize worth $250 from Buddy Griffin's Blue Ribbon Tomato Farms, presented to
him by Doug Auld, Editor of Open Wheel Magazine. Griffin served as honorary flagman on Kenny Marshall's flag stand.
Understandably, Sides had a hard time holding back tears in his interview, explaining his problem with the car he was about to lap. But car owner, Wayne Rhodes who joined Sides last summer, feels it was a great effort bythis new team doing its first series together. He and Jason had tried the USCS Fall Nationals here in November and didn't have much luck. Rhodes hired Ricky Warner (formerly with Jack Elden's car driven by JacHaudenschild) and ordered a new Maxim, installed a Wesmar engine and felt they were ready for the King of 360's race. He has two main sponsors, The Hunting Catalog and
the country western group, Diamond Rio. Kenny Adams, a past East Bay Champion and winner of the second
preliminary night here, was flying, but ran out of time to get up to third spot after starting 11th in a race that saw only two caution flags. One for Terry McCarl, who lost power on lap 21 and the other for Zach Chappell, stalled on lap 31.Wayne Johnson and Lance Dewease ranked fourth and fifth while Jason Johnson, Greg Wilson, Tim Crawley, Mike Woodring and Travis Rilat rounded out the top ten.
With series points determining the line up and the top eight inverted, this put Woodring and Sides on the front row. Next came Wilson and Shepard. Row three consisted of Rilat and Wayne Johnson while Joey Saldana and highpoint man, Lance Dewease making up the fourth row. However, it was Sides who drove into the lead using his outside groove on the start and looked impressive, both on an open track and through traffic, except for the turn four problem at the end.
Heats went to Laney, Larry Neighbors, McCarl, George Suprick and Jason Johnson. Sport Allen won the C-Main, Sport Allen took the B-Main and Curt Michael won the Invitational Dash.
25TH EAST BAY WINTERNATIONALS - KING OF THE 360S
EAST BAY RACEWAY - GIBSONTON, FLORIDA Date of Race: 02/04/01
HEAT 1 10 Laps: 1. Ronald Laney, 2. Paul McMahan, 3. Tim Montgomery, 4. Dale
Howard, 5. Greg Leonard, 6. Sport Allen, 7. Tim Hunter, 8. Ben Basinger, 9.
HEAT 2 10 Laps: 1. Larry Neighbors, 2. Kenny Adams, 3. Red Stauffer, 4. Curt
Michael, 5. John Bankston, 6. Joe Bustillos, 7. Scott Young., 8. David
Levingston, 9. Gary Wright,
HEAT 3 10 Laps: 1. Terry McCarl, 2. Ryan Flynn, 3. Steven King, 4. Kenny
Jacobs, 5. Mike Chadd, 6. Tony Norem, 7. Wayne Pennington, 8. Jeff VanDusen,
9. Shane Morgan,
HEAT 4 10 Laps: 1. George Suprick, 2. Michael Dupuy, 3. Brian Smith, 4. Buzz
Wilson, 5. Randy Miller, 6. Johnny Gilbertson, 7. Terry Pletch, 8. Bubba
HEAT 5 10 Laps: 1. Jason Johnson, 2. Zach Chappell, 3. Jon Eldreth, 4. Casey
Johnson, 5. Greg Coverdale, 6. Chad Jones, 7. Phil Mott, 8. Christi
C FEATURE 12 Laps: 1. Sport Allen. 2. Terry Pletch. 3. Chad Jones. 4. Tim
Hunter. 5. Tony Norem. 6. Mike Partin. 7. Joe Bustillos. 8. Jeff VanDusen.
9. Ben Basinger. 10. Johnny Gilbertson. 11. Scott Young.. 12. Wayne
Pennington. 13. Phil Mott. 14. Christi Passmore. 15. David Levingston. 16.
Bubba Clem. 17. Shane Morgan.
B FEATURE 15 Laps, No Time: 1. Sport Allen. 2. Red Stauffer. 3. John
Bankston. 4. Steven King. 5. Dale Howard. 6. Jon Eldreth. 7. Brian Smith. 8.
Greg Leonard. 9. Mike Chadd. 10. Tim Montgomery. 11. Randy Miller. 12. Curt
Michael. 13. Joe Bustillos. 14. Tony Norem. 15. Mike Partin. 16. Buzz
Wilson. 17. Terry Pletch. 18. Greg Coverdale. 19. Chad Jones. 20. Casey
Johnson. 21. Tim Hunter. 22. Kenny Jacobs.
A FEATURE 40 Laps, No Time: 1. Jeff Shepard. 2. Jason Sides. 3. Kenny Adams.
4. Wayne Johnson. 5. Lance Dewease. 6. Jason Johnson. 7. Greg Wilson. 8. Tim
Crawley. 9. Mike Woodring. 10. Travis Rilat. 11. Ryan Flynn. 12. Paul
McMahan. 13. Sport Allen. 14. Ronald Laney. 15. John Bankston. 16. Dale
Howard. 17. George Suprick. 18. Steven King. 19. Zach Chappell. 20. Michael
Dupuy. 21. Gary Wright. 22. Joey Saldana. 23. Terry McCarl. 24. Larry
Neighbors. 25. Brian Smith. 26. Jon Eldreth. 27. Red Stauffer. LAP LEADERS:
JASON SIDES 1-39, JEFF SHEPARD 40