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Daily Dirt 03/21/2023 09:29:07

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February 4
East Bay Raceway Park,
Gibsonton, FL
Sanction: Crate Racin’ USA Winter Shootout (East Bay Winternationals) - $2,500
Information provided by: Series reports (last updated February 18, 9:56 am)
Horton's DQ hands Roberson win at East Bay
East Bay Winternationals
  1. Logan Roberson
  2. Jeremy Shaw
  3. Travis Varnadore
  4. Steve Mathis Jr.
  5. Jason Welshan
  6. Cody Overton
  7. Nevin Gainey
  8. Rodney Wing
  9. Jeff Choquette
  10. Andy Nezworski
  11. Drew Kennedy
  12. Mark Whitener
  13. Brenden Smith
  14. Walker Arthur
  15. Cory Hedgecock
  16. Matt Cooper
  17. Jody Knowles
  18. Trevor Collins
  19. David Showers Jr.
  20. Jamie Burford
  21. Dillon Brown
  22. Keith Nosbisch
  23. Garrett Mosley
  24. Mack McCarter
  25. Brian Smith
  26. Joe Denby
  27. Rodgerick Dykes
  28. Doug Horton
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Jim DenHamer
Logan Roberson crossed the line second but was elevated to victory by Doug Horton’s disqualification.
What won the race: Logan Roberson of Waynesboro, Va., inherited Friday's Crate Racin’ USA Winter Shootout victory at East Bay Raceway Park after officials disqualified apparent winner Doug Horton in postrace technical inspection. The pole-starting Horton, the reigning track champion who led all 30 laps, repelled Roberson amid traffic in the final laps before being stripped of the victory.
Key notes: Roberson crossed the finish line 1.937 seconds behind Doug Horton, whose disqualification extended his East Bay futility after winning the 2021 track title without cracking victory lane. ... The series said Horton's penalty was assessed because of an "outside-the-seal engine violation that did not meet the sanctioning body's specifications, and was related to valve spring installation height." ... Horton was an East Bay Winternationals winner in Crate action in 2018. ... Roberson's victory came a night after he failed to crack the feature lineup. ... Indeed Thursday's winner Kyle Hardy of Stephens City, Va., failed to make Friday's main event. ... Outside front-row starter Keith Nosbisch retired running second on lap 13. ... Saturday’s finale of the three nights of Crate Late Model action carries a $5,000-to-win purse.
On the move: Jason Welshan of Maryville, Tenn., started 18th and finished fifth.
Winner's sponsors: Roberson’s Rusty Webb Racing CVR Race Car is sponsored by RW Properties and Morgan-McClure.
Points chase: After East Bay Friday: 1. Cory Hedgecock (346); 2. Jason Welshan (306); 3. Jody Knowles (298); 4. Nevin Gainey (268); 5. Jamie Burford (244).
Current weather: Clear, 66°F
Car count: 76
Fast qualifier: Doug Horton
Time: 15.809 seconds
Polesitter: Doug Horton
Heat race winners: Travis Varnadore, Jeremy Shaw, Brian Smith, Logan Roberson, Drew Kennedy, Keith Nosbisch, Jeff Choquette, Doug Horton
Consolation race winners: Mark Whitener, Jason Welshan, Walker Arthur, David Showers Jr.
Provisional starters: Cory Hedgecock, Jody Knowles, Jamie Burford, Rodgerick Dykes
Next series race: March 5, Clarksville Speedway (Clarksville, TN) $3,000
Editor's note: Updates throughout with Horton’s disqualification; Tire samples for third-placed Travis Varnadore, 22nd-place Keith Nosbisch and 25th-placed Brian Smith did not meet the manufacturer's supplied benchmark when tested by an independent lab.

Feature lineup

Row 1: Horton, Nosbisch
Row 2: Roberson, Kennedy
Row 3: Choquette, Bri. Smith
Row 4: Shaw, Varnadore
Row 5: Wing, Mathis
Row 6: Nezworski, McCarter
Row 7: C. Overton, Mosley
Row 8: Denby, Gainey
Row 9: Whitener, Welshan
Row 10: Arthur, Showers
Row 11: Brown, Bre. Smith
Row 12: Collins, Cooper
Row 13: Hedgecock, Jo. Knowles
Row 14: Burford, Dykes

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