Martin Control His East Bay Foes


GIBSONTON, Fla. – Danny Martin Jr. wired the field during Saturday’s Eagle Jet Top Gun Sprint Car Series feature at East Bay Raceway Park.

Martin and series points leader Mark Ruel Jr. shared the front row for the feature. When the green waved it would be Martin. leading with Ruel right on his back bumper. The first caution of the race came on lap four as two cars tangled in turn one. On the restart it was still Martin leading with Ruel and A.J. Maddox.

Martin continued to lead the way when he started to come up on lap traffic by lap eight. Another caution came out as heat winner David Slawiak spun in turn two on lap 10. On the restart Martin still had Ruel behind him along with Maddox, Shane Kriedler and Johnny Gilbertson. Maddox took a hard left to the infield in turn two ending his night with a 16th-place finish.

Green waved again until D.J. Peeples brought out the red flag after hitting the back stretch wall and going for a slight tumble. Peeples was OK and the car had some minor damage. The final restart came on lap 13 it was Martin leading, making his way once again through lapped traffic and going on to win the feature.

“I would like to thank Shaw Racing for allowing to be behind the wheel as Shaw works on the car all week,” Martin stated in Victory Lane.

Other East Bay winners Saturday included Jimmy Baker (V8 warriors), Buzzie Reutimann (open-wheel modifieds) and George Handy (4-cylinder bombers).