GIBSONTON, Fla. – The Eagle Jet Top Gun Sprints made their first appearance of the 2013 season at East Bay Raceway Park, with 19 cars ready to battle for their feature event.
On the front row for the feature were A.J. Maddox and Tony Agin. When the green waved for the start, Jimmy Ballew took a wild ride into the turn one gate, splitting it in half. Ballew was able to walk away under his own power.
So after a brief 30 minute red flag, the gate was put back in place and cars were once again pushed off for a complete restart. So when the green waved again it was Tony Agin leading the first lap until caution came out for a car spinning in turn one.
The green waved again and it was A.J. Maddox taking over the top spot on lap two. The red flag came out once again as Dick Byerly took a tumble over in turn two. Byerly was ok but his night ended as his car was finished for the night.
The race resumed with Maddox leading till lap seven when Agin regained the lead. On lap 15 Agin and Ruel Jr. made slight contact as they were trying to pass a lapped car. Both cars were able to continue as the race stayed green. On lap 22 Agin’s car was starting to smoke and Ruel Jr. was trying to pass him. Agin would hold on and get the victory crossing the finish line first with Ruel Jr. right behind.
On the cool down lap Agin’s car went up in smoke and had to be pushed into Victory Lane. Agin came out of his car with a huge smile on his face and a sign of relief.
“I have never won a sprint car feature in the state of Florida until tonight,” stated Agin in Victory Lane. “I have won in Texas before but never here. I’ve been trying for the last three years and finally did it tonight.”
Mark Ruel Jr., Danny Martin Jr., Kerry Gilbert and Matt Kurtz rounded out the top five.
Other winners Saturday included Buck Woodhouse (street stocks), Thomas Pratt (open-wheel modifieds) and John Moore (four-cylinder bombers).