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January 30
East Bay Raceway Park,
Gibsonton, FL
Sanction: Crate Racin’ USA Winter Series (Winternationals) - $2,500
Information provided by: Series and track reports (last updated February 14, 12:55 pm)
Blair's restart penalty hands win to Weaver
Winternationals
  1. Randy Weaver
  2. Keith Nosbisch
  3. Freddie Carpenter
  4. Steve Mathis Jr.
  5. Walker Arthur
  6. Cruz Skinner
  7. Pierce McCarter
  8. Joseph Joiner
  9. Jake Knowles
  10. Drew Kennedy
  11. Clay Harris
  12. Derrick Shaw
  13. Jeremy Shaw
  14. Nevin Gainey
  15. Bruce Harvey
  16. Jamie Carter
  17. Marcus Minga
  18. Travis Varnadore
  19. Max Blair
  20. Devin Dixon
  21. Todd Hurst
  22. Jody Knowles
  23. Phillip Cobb
  24. Daniel Woody
presented by
Jim DenHamer
Randy Weaver crosses the finish line first Thursday at East Bay.
What won the race: Inheriting the lead when race-long pacesetter Max Blair was penalized for firing incorrectly on a lap-29 restart, Randy Weaver of Crossville, Tenn., went on to score a $2,500 victory in Thursday night’s 30-lap opening round of the Newsome Winter Shootout Series-sanctioned Crate Late Model Winternationals at East Bay Raceway Park. Weaver beat home-state veteran Keith Nosbisch to the finish line by 0.644 of a second.
Quotable: “Me and Max, we’re buddies, and I didn’t have nothing for him at all,” Weaver said of Blair. “I was just trying to hold my second-place position (on the restart when Blair was penalized) because I was no good on that bottom. Just like all of the other restarts, I was gonna be behind him. He was just better than me. I don’t like winning ‘em like that.”
Key notes: Blair turned back a late-race challenge from Weaver and appeared headed to victory after Weaver slid high in turns one and two with the white flag flying, but a caution flag then flew for Jody Knowles's turn-four spin. Officials ruled that a jam-up on the ensuing aborted restart was caused by Blair not firing in the proper place and penalized him (for "brake-checking the field," according to a series press release), prompting the Pennsylvanian to angrily head to the pit area. ... Nosbisch lost second to Weaver on lap 18, regained the spot on lap 23 and ceded it back on a lap-24 restart. Blair's penalty elevated Nosbisch to a runner-up finish. ... West Virginia's Freddy Carpenter nipped Florida's Steve Mathis Jr. at the line for a third-place finish. ... Four caution flags slowed the feature. ... Phillip Cobb spun out of fourth place in turn four on lap 19 after bidding to overtake Nosbisch; Joseph Joiner was also involved but officials ruled he could restart in fourth. ... Also spinning to trigger cautions were Jody Knowles (laps 24 and 29) and Travis Varnadore (lap 27). ... The Newsome Raceway Parts Crate Racin’ USA Series returns to East Bay for the first time since 2012 as the Clay by the Bay hosts the Newsome Winter Shootout Series. Another $2,500-to-win feature is set for Friday before Saturday's $5,000-to-win finale.
On the move: Pierce McCarter of Pigeon Forge, Tenn., started 23rd and finished seventh.
Winner's sponsors: Weaver's CVR Race Car carries sponsorship from B&M Concrete, Rock Solid Poured Walls and Little Toyko Cafe.
Points chase: Entering the weekend, Kyle Bronson of Brandon, Fla., led Pierce McCarter by 16 points. Randy Weaver, Cruz Skinner and Max Blair completed the the top five.
Current weather: Cloudy, 63°F
Car count: 52
Fast qualifier: Travis Varnadore
Time: 15.883 seconds
Polesitter: Max Blair
Consolation race winners: Drew Kennedy, Nevin  Gainey, Jeremy Shaw, Todd Hurst
Next series race: March 6, Cochran Motor Speedway (Cochran, GA) $5,000
Editor's note: Two weeks after the event, the Newsome Crate Racin' USA officials announced Weaver's disqualification because his tires didn't meet manufacturer specifications in postrace lab testing.

Feature lineup

Row 1: Blair, Varnadore
Row 2: Nosbisch, Cobb
Row 3: Weaver, Joiner
Row 4: F. Carpenter, Arthur
Row 5: Skinner, Woody
Row 6: Kennedy, Gainey
Row 7: J. Shaw, Hurst
Row 8: Mathis, D. Shaw
Row 9: Harris, Dixon
Row 10: Carter, Jake Knowles
Row 11: Minga, Harvey
Row 12: McCarter, Jody Knowles
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