It’s Mark Smith In East Bay Sprint

Mark Smith, shown at East Bay Raceway Park, won Saturday's USCS sprint car feature at Southern Raceway. (Steve Bischoff photo)

GIBSONTON, Fla. — Mark Smith marched through the field to win Friday night’s winged 360 sprint car feature at East Bay Raceway Park.

Smith was passed for the lead on the final lap on Thursday, but was not to be denied on the second night of the King of the 360s weekend as he held off Tony Stewart for the victory.

Smith earned the front row after winning his heat and wasted little time in moving to the lead. Behind him, Tim Shaffer and Travis Rilat sparred for second, which gave Smith the go-ahead to pull away. Smith was running 14-second laps early on, easily catching traffic by lap four.

The 25-lap main ran without a yellow flag, so there was no stoppage. Smith had a half track lead by lap 14 and, when the checkered flag came, there were only six cars on the lead lap in a race that saw very little attrition.

Rilat finished third, with Thursday winner Cory Eliason and Shaffer rounding out the top five.

Robby Hoffmann jumped into a back-up car to win the 25-lap mini sprint feature.

The finish:

Mark Smith, Tony Stewart, Travis Rilat, Cory Eliason, Tim Shaffer, Terry McCarl, Davie Franek, Phil Gressman, Wayne Johnson, Seth Bergman, Dale Howard, Todd Gracey, Dylan Westbrook, Jason Sides, Sam Hafertepe Jr., Johnny Gilbertson, Cody Bova, Mason Daniel, Brett Wright, Dustin Clark, Danny Martin Jr., Ryan Turner, Ryan Harrison, Lucas Wolfe.