GIBSONTON, Fla. – Sport Allen outran a 26-car field to win Saturday’s Top Gun Sprint Car Series feature at East Bay Raceway Park.
Starting on the front of the feature it was Jimmy Ballew and Kerry Gilbert, but before the races could get under way Ballew seemed to have mechanical issues and would not start the race. He was scored 26th at the checkers.
That would move Tim George up to the pole with Gilbert remaining on the outside front row. When the green waved it was George leading the way until the next lap as Johnny Gilbertson got by George. One lap later it was Billy Boyd Jr. slowing on the backstretch, ending his night and bring out the caution flag.
On the restart Gilbertson led the way as he came upon lap traffic by lap five. By lap eight Danny Martin Jr. would move up to second and then take the lead on lap nine. On lap 10 Brandon Grubaugh spun in turn two and with nowhere to go the leader Martin tangled with Rex Howe in turn two. That would put Martin at the tail of the field, allowing Gilbertson to retake the lead.
On the restart it was Gilbertson leading with Gilbert and Mark Ruel Jr. On lap 12 Martin tangled with Rebecca George, with George hitting the front stretch wall. Rebecca was OK and walked away, but her night was over. On the restart Gilbertson lead the way for a few laps until caution waved again as Howe slowed to a stop.
On the restart on lap 14 Gilbertson would lead the field to the green with Ruel second and Allen up to third after starting from the 12th position. When the final green waved on lap 23 Allen was trying to hold off A.J. Maddox and Martin after he made his way back up to third. When the checkered waved it was Allen back in victory lane.
“When the green flag waved I gave up as we struggled all night,” Allen said. “As the race went on I was able to adjust the wing inch after inch and found myself a line along the top side of the track and was able to stick with it.”
Other winners Saturday at East Bay were Tim Gay (street stocks), Robby Hoffman (mini sprints) and Forrest Gough (limited late models).