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February 6
East Bay Raceway Park,
Gibsonton, FL
Sanction: Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series (Wieland Winternationals) - $5,000
Information provided by: Kevin Kovac, series and track reports (last updated February 7, 2:02 am)
O'Neal sweeps Tuesday's $5,000 East Bay opener
Wieland Winternationals
  1. Hudson O'Neal
  2. Daulton Wilson
  3. Jonathan Davenport
  4. Ashton Winger
  5. Devin Moran
  6. Tyler Erb
  7. Chase Junghans
  8. Brandon Sheppard
  9. Ricky Thornton Jr.
  10. Spencer Hughes
  11. Dennis Erb Jr.
  12. Brian Shirley
  13. Max Blair
  14. Garrett Alberson
  15. Tim McCreadie
  16. Boom Briggs
  17. Wil Herrington
  18. Garrett Smith
  19. Tony Jackson Jr.
  20. Matt Cosner
  21. Tyler Millwood
  22. Logan Zarin
  23. Kyle Bronson
  24. Jimmy Owens
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Hudson O'Neal celebrates his third straight Winternationals victory at East Bay.
What won the race: Regaining the point with an inside move by Tyler Erb, pole-starting Hudson O'Neal of Martinsville, Ind., led the final 20 laps to win Tuesday's $5,000 opener of the 48th annual Wieland Winternationals at East Bay Raceway Park. O'Neal led 23 laps (1-3; 11-30) to capture his 24th career Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series feature victory and his third through seven races of the season.
Quotable: “It looked like they shoved those tires in down in (turns) three and four a little bit,” O’Neal said. “I just knew if I could just stay patient enough, you know, eventually that top (line) had to go away. Tyler (Erb) moved down in front of me there one time and it came down to my crucial pass coming off of (turn) two, he just missed the bottom there a little bit and let me sneak in. We rubbed some doors, but I knew that was probably gonna be the only chance I had to get back by him.”
Key notes: Securing his fifth career Winternationals triumph, O'Neal has now topped the event on three straight occasions, going back to last year's fourth and fifth rounds. ... Sixth-starting Daulton Wilson moved into the runner-up spot on lap 20 and trailed O'Neal the rest of the way, finishing 0.654 of a second back. ... Jonathan Davenport regained third place on lap 21 and completed the podium finishers. ... After improving six positions in his heat race, Devin Moran advanced 13 spots and grabbed fifth on the final lap. ... Second-starting Tyler Erb led laps 4-10 before slipping to finish sixth. ... Kyle Bronson (lap 15) and Jimmy Owens (lap six) each pulled off under green and failed to finish. ... Tuesday's feature lasted nine minutes with 17 drivers completing 30 laps and 22 running at the finish. ... Contested as a non-points event, Lucas Oil Series provisionals were not awarded.
On the move: Devin Moran of Dresden, Ohio, started 18th and finished fifth.
Winner's sponsors: O’Neal’s Rocket house car is powered by an Andy Durham Racing Engine and carries sponsorship from Valvoline, Seubert Calf Ranches, Rocket Chassis, Rocket Preowned Motors, Ace Metal Works, Gunter’s Honey, Hoosier Racing Tire, Fox Racing Shox, Keyser Manufacturing, Petroff Towing, WR1 Sim Chassis, O’Neal’s Salvage & Recycling, Performance Grading, Slavic Shirts & Decals, Sunoco Race Fuels and Rocket Preowned Motors.
Points chase: Before East Bay Wednesday: 1. Ricky Thornton Jr. (1,315); 2. Hudson O'Neal (1,305); 3. Devin Moran (1,225); 4. Jonathan Davenport (1,160); 5. Brandon Sheppard (1,100); T-6. Tim McCreadie (1,065); T-6. Daulton Wilson (1,065); 8. Kyle Bronson (1,060); 9. Clay Harris (1,000); 10. Tyler Erb (985); 11. Garrett Alberson (940); T-12. Mike Marlar (930); T-12. Jimmy Owens (930).
Current weather: Clear, 61°F
Car count: 75
Fast qualifier: Hudson O'Neal
Time: 14.666 seconds
Polesitter: Hudson O'Neal
Heat race winners: Hudson O'Neal, Ashton Winger, Garrett Smith, Tyler Erb, Jonathan Davenport, Daulton Wilson
Consolation race winners: Max Blair, Wil Herrington, Tim McCreadie
Next series race: February 7, East Bay Raceway Park (Gibsonton, FL) $7,000
Editor's note: Results and race details are unofficial.
From staff reports

GIBSONTON, Fla. (Feb. 6) — Updates and results from Tuesday’s opening round of the 48th annual Wieland Winternationals highlighted by a 30-lap, $5,000-to-win Lucas Oil Series-sanctioned Super Late Model feature (results unofficial):

Feature

Regaining the point with an inside move by Tyler Erb, pole-starting Hudson O'Neal of Martinsville, Ind., led the final 20 laps to win Tuesday's $5,000 opener of the 48th annual Wieland Winternationals at East Bay Raceway Park. O'Neal led 23 laps (1-3; 11-30) to capture his 24th career Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series feature victory and his third through seven races of the season.

Securing his fifth career Winternationals triumph, O'Neal has now topped three straight, going back to last year's fourth and fifth rounds. Sixth-starting Daulton Wilson moved into the runner-up spot on lap 20 and trailed O'Neal the rest of the way, finishing 0.654 of a second back.

Feature lineup

(30 laps)
Row 1: Hudson O'Neal, Tyler Erb
Row 2: Ashton Winger, Jonathan Davenport
Row 3: Garrett Smith, Daulton Wilson
Row 4: Ricky Thornton Jr., Chase Junghans
Row 5: Dennis Erb Jr., Matt Cosner
Row 6: Brandon Sheppard, Brian Shirley
Row 7: Spencer Hughes, Jimmy Owens
Row 8: Boom Briggs, Logan Zarin
Row 9: Garrett Alberson, Devin Moran
Row 10: Max Blair, Wil Herrington
Row 11: Tim McCreadie, Tony Jackson Jr.
Row 12: Kyle Bronson, Tyler Millwood

Consolation results

(10 laps; top two transfer)

First consolation finish: Max Blair, Tony Jackson Jr., Trevor Collins, Blair Nothdurft, Jason Milam, Drake Troutman, Brenden Smith, Kylan Garner, Logan Hitt, Levi Yetter, R.J. Conley, Bob Gardner, Haiden Cowan, Tre Martin, Larry Grube, Terry Casey. Scratched: Ross Bailes, Dan Battaglia, Jack Riggs

Second consolation finish: Wil Herrington, Kyle Bronson, Clay Harris, Jadon Frame, Ross Robinson, Amanda Robinson, David McCoy, Tim Dohm, Dean Carpenter, Rod Conley, Michael Lake, Brennon Willard, Kenny Howell, Brian Ledbetter, Sean Mattingly, Todd Brennan, Brandon Thirlby. Scratched: Ryan Payne, Jason Jack

Third consolation finish: Tim McCreadie, Tyler Millwood, Earl Pearson Jr., Seth Daniels, Jason Riggs, Tanner English, Ethan Dotson, Tim Lance, Dillon McCowan, Mike Benedum, Danny Snyder, Brandon Weigle, Jensen Ford, Chris Hawkins, Cory Lawler, Daniel Adam. Scratched: Blake McClain, Jeff Mathews

Heat race recap

Hudson O’Neal led all eight laps to win the first heat race by 1.769 seconds over fourth-starting Ricky Thornton Jr. Second-starting Spencer Hughes held on for the third and final transfer spot into Tuesday’s $5,000-to-win opener. The first caution flew on the fourth lap when 12th-running Dan Battaglia appeared to have a mechanical failure and pounded the turn-one wall, ending his night. The second stoppage came on lap six when seventh-running Ross Bailes slowed after brushing the turn-one wall and pulled off. The third and final yellow flew on the ensuing restart when Terry Casey had a solo-spin from eighth. … Third-starting Ashton Winger powered around the outside of Dennis Erb Jr. and narrowly beat him to the line to win heat two by 0.064 of a second. Second-starting Boom Briggs claimed the third and final transfer position. The lone caution flew on lap four when Jack Riggs struck an infield tire and slowed abruptly in front of Kylan Garner; Garner continued and finished sixth while Riggs required a tow after sustaining heavy nose damage. … Garrett Smith led green-to-checkered to win heat three by 2.011 seconds over sixth-starting Brandon Sheppard, with Garrett Alberson slipping by Wil Herrington in the late stages, to complete the podium. The lone caution flew on the opening lap when Jason Jack slammed the turn-one wall and required a tow off the track. … Tyler Erb dominated heat four, leading the entire distance and winning by 0.846 of a second over fourth-starting Chase Junghans. Jimmy Owens held serve and finished third. … Jonathan Davenport led the entire distance to win heat five by 2.033 seconds over Matt Cosner. Logan Zarin started and finished third, while sixth-running Jensen Ford spun on the final lap, dropping him to 11th. … Daulton Wilson led all eight laps to win the sixth and final heat race by 0.651 of a second over Brian Shirley. Devin Moran improved six positions and rounded-out the podium finishers. The lone caution flew on lap six when Tim McCreadie pushed wide at turn-two exit, forcing Ethan Dotson into the wall and ending his night; McCreadie continued and finished fourth.

Heat race results

(Eight laps; top three transfer)

First heat finish: Hudson O'Neal, Ricky Thornton Jr., Spencer Hughes, Max Blair, Logan Hitt, Trevor Collins, Jason Milam, Drake Troutman, Levi Yetter, Terry Casey, Ross Bailes, Dan Battaglia. Scratched: Haiden Cowan

Second heat finish: Ashton Winger, Dennis Erb Jr., Boom Briggs, Tony Jackson Jr., Blair Nothdurft, Kylan Garner, Brenden Smith, R.J. Conley, Bob Gardner, Larry Grube, Tre Martin, Jack Riggs. Scratched: Kerry King

Third heat finish: Garrett Smith, Brandon Sheppard, Garrett Alberson, Wil Herrington, Amanda Robinson, Jadon Frame, Tim Dohm, David McCoy, Dean Carpenter, Sean Mattingly, Ryan Payne. Scratched: Kenny Howell

Fourth heat finish: Tyler Erb, Chase Junghans, Jimmy Owens, Clay Harris, Kyle Bronson, Ross Robinson, Brennon Willard, Brandon Thirlby, Todd Brennan, Michael Lake, Rod Conley, Brian Ledbetter, Jason Jack.

Fifth heat finish: Jonathan Davenport, Matt Cosner, Logan Zarin, Daniel Adam, Jason Riggs, Brandon Weigle, Dillon McCowan, Seth Daniels, Tim Lance, Chris Hawkins, Jensen Ford. Scratched: Jeff Mathews

Sixth heat finish: Daulton Wilson, Brian Shirley, Devin Moran, Tim McCreadie, Tanner English, Tyler Millwood, Earl Pearson Jr., Cory Lawler, Danny Snyder, Mike Benedum, Ethan Dotson, Blake McClain.

Pre-race notes

After Monday’s scheduled opener was called off due to heavy morning showers that saturated the third-mile oval, Tuesday has brought clear, sunny skies with a light breeze and temperatures in the high 60s. … The 75-car field is up 17 entries from last year’s 58-car turnout for the Winternationals opener. ... No provisionals are available for Tuesday’s 30-lap feature, which doesn’t offer Lucas Oil Series points. … The final Winternationals before East Bay’s closing has Tim Dohm of Cross Lanes, W.Va., back in the field after skipping last year’s meet. A feature winner in 2007, the 63-year-old Dohm has competed in all but five Winternationals since his debut in 2001, missing only in ’04 and 2012-14 in addition to last year. … Dohm is one of 13 former Winternationals winners in Tuesday’s field, joining Terry Casey, Jonathan Davenport, Dennis Erb Jr., Tyler Erb, Tim McCreadie, Devin Moran, Hudson O’Neal, Jimmy Owens, Earl Pearson Jr., Brandon Sheppard and Ashton Winger. … Winger’s car owner, Jeff Mathews of Brandon, Fla., is entered in the evening’s program. … Wheelersburg, Ohio’s Conley brothers — Rod and R.J. — are returning to East Bay action to experience the Tampa-area track one more time. The siblings last entered the Winternationals in 2005 following a decade run as familiar faces in the event’s pit area. … Ross Robinson’s wife, Amanda, will put aside her crew chief duties and climb behind the wheel for the first three programs of the week. Ross will also race alongside his wife, whose only previous action at East Bay came years ago in the mod lite division. … Among the spectators walking through the pits is Gary Stuhler of Greencastle, Pa., who registered the lone East Bay victory of his career exactly 25 years ago on Monday. His car owner that night, Dale Beitler, is also on hand after driving up from his residence in Treasure Island, Fla.

Time trials

Group A
Driver (car no.), hometown, time (unofficial)
1. Hudson O’Neal (1), Martinsville, Ind., 14.666
2. Dennis Erb Jr. (28), Carpentersville, Ill., 14.752
3. Garrett Smith (10), Eatonton, Ga., 14.815
4. Spencer Hughes (19m), Meridian, Miss., 14.871
5. Boom Briggs (99B), Bear Lake, Pa., 14.883
6. Wil Herrington (14x), Hawkinsville, Ga., 14.885
7. Max Blair (111), Centerville, Pa., 14.889
8. Ashton Winger (12), Hampton, Ga., 14.909
9. Garrett Alberson (58), Las Cruces, N.M., 14.923
10. Ricky Thornton Jr. (20rt), Chandler, Ariz., 14.964
11. Blair Nothdurft (76n), Renner, S.D., 14.972
12. Jadon Frame (81F), Winchester, Tenn., 15.023
13. Drake Troutman (7T), Hyndman, Pa., 15.090
14. Jack Riggs (81J), Nolensville, Tenn., 15.133
15. Tim Dohm (6T), Charleston, W.Va., 15.166
16. Levi Yetter (9), Cabot, Pa., 15.176
17. Kylan Garner (128), Neosho, Mo., 15.180
18. Brandon Sheppard (B5), New Berlin, Ill., 15.310
19. Trevor Collins (11c), Seaford, Del., 15.333
20. Brenden Smith (17ss), Dade City, Fla., 15.345
21. Amanda Robinson (4), Georgetown, Del., 15.360
22. Terry Casey (42), New London, Wis., 15.364
23. R.J. Conley (71c), Wheelersburg, Ohio, 15.366
24. Dean Carpenter (51), Coldwater, Miss., 15.389
25. Ross Bailes (6H), Clover, S.C., 15.404
26. Tony Jackson Jr. (25), Lebanon, Mo., 15.408
27. Ryan Payne (12R), Pennsboro, W.Va., 15.424
28. Logan Hitt (2*), Buckhannon, W.Va., 15.467
29. Bob Gardner (4G), East Peoria, Ill., 15.468
30. Kenny Howell (21), Inez, Ky., 15.666
31. Jason Milam (82B), Guntown, Miss., 15.744
32. Larry Grube (29), Mauldin, S.C., 15.844
33. David McCoy (187), Franklin, N.C., 16.245
34. Haiden Cowan (214), Rincon, Ga., 16.465
35. Tre Martin (21m), Sissonville, W.Va., 16.504
36. Sean Mattingly (22m), Cortland, Ill., 16.884
37. Dan Battaglia (45D), Gretna, Neb., 18.512
38. Kerry King (K&B), Delmar, Del., no time
Group B
1. Tyler Erb (1T), New Waverly, Texas, 15.004
2. Jonathan Davenport (49), Blairsville, Ga., 15.039
3. Daulton Wilson (18D), Fayetteville, N.C., 15.100
4. Clay Harris (6), Jupiter, Fla., 15.137
5. Matt Cosner (66c), Ridgeley, W.Va., 15.165
6. Brian Shirley (3s), Chatham, Ill., 15.218
7. Jimmy Owens (20), Newport, Tenn., 15.242
8. Logan Zarin (1z), Moon Township, Pa., 15.245
9. Tanner English (96v), Benton, Ky., 15.246
10. Chase Junghans (18), Manhattan, Kan., 15.248
11. Jason Riggs (81), Nolensville, Tenn., 15.303
12. Tim McCreadie (39), Watertown, N.Y., 15.320
13. Kyle Bronson (40B), Brandon, Fla., 15.334
14. Jensen Ford (15k), Johnson City, Tenn., 15.383
15. Ethan Dotson (174), Bakersfield, Calif., 15.418
16. Brandon Thirlby (69), Traverse City, Mich., 15.455
17. Daniel Adam (75), Wade, N.C., 15.455
18. Cory Lawler (93), Hanover, Pa., 15.464
19. Todd Brennan (20B), Zanesville, Ohio, 15.480
20. Brandon Weigle (47w), Middlebourne, W.Va., 15.500
21. Tyler Millwood (31), Kingston, Ga., 15.510
22. Ross Robinson (7), Georgetown, Del., 15.545
23. Tim Lance (48), Brimfield, Ill., 15.548
24. Earl Pearson Jr. (46), Jacksonville, Fla., 15.555
25. Brennon Willard (3), Lebanon, Mo., 15.601
26. Dillon McCowan (8), Urbana, Mo., 15.616
27. Devin Moran (99), Dresden, Ohio, 15.626
28. Rod Conley (71R), Wheelersburg, Ohio, 15.645
29. Seth Daniels (s21), Jackson, Ohio, 15.646
30. Mike Benedum (25B), Salem, W.Va., 15.750
31. Michael Lake (27), Uniontown, Pa., 15.857
32. Jeff Mathews (33), Brandon, Fla., 15.904
33.  Blake McClain (15), Coldwater, Miss., 16.018
34. Jason Jack (32), Tampa, Fla., 16.046
35. Chris Hawkins (usa1), Neosho, Mo., 16.053
36. Danny Snyder (4s), Green Lane, Pa., 16.154
37. Brian Ledbetter (07), Stanley, N.C., 16.307

Tuesday’s schedule

(All times local)
1:30 p.m. - Pits cleared
2 p.m. - Pits open
2-4:45 p.m. - Tech and registration
5 p.m. - Grandstands open
5 p.m. - Drivers’ meeting
5:30 p.m. - On-track activity
- Late Model hot laps
- Late Model qualifying (2 laps)
Opening ceremonies
- Late Model heats (8 laps)
- Late Model consolations (10 laps)
Feature events
- Late Models (30 laps)
Postponed from Monday, Feb. 5
- Late Model qualifying (2 laps)

Feature lineup

Row 1: O'Neal, T. Erb
Row 2: Winger, Davenport
Row 3: G. Smith, Wilson
Row 4: Thornton, Junghans
Row 5: D. Erb Jr., Cosner
Row 6: Sheppard, Shirley
Row 7: Hughes, Owens
Row 8: Briggs, Zarin
Row 9: Alberson, Moran
Row 10: Blair, Herrington
Row 11: McCreadie, Jackson
Row 12: Bronson, Millwood
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