latemodelamerica.com - Feb. 26 - East Bay Raceway Park
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Phillip Cobb - Jack Nosbisch Jr - East Bay NeSmith

Phillip Cobb leads Jack Nosbisch, Jr. on his way to the win in the final event of the three-night NeSmith Racing Series sanctioned series of events at East Bay Raceway Park. (Neil Miller - photofinishes)

NeSmith Racing Series: Cobb In the Right Place With Horton's Woes in East Bay NeSmith Final 

Roby Helm

TAMPA, Fla. – Feb. 27. Phillip Cobb of Apollo Beach was in the right place at the right time to take the lead with ten laps to go and win the NeSmith Chevrolet Dirt Late Model Series 50-lap main event on Saturday at East Bay Raceway Park. 

For the second straight night, Doug Horton of Bruceton Mills, W.V. dropped out while leading the race when he suffered a mechanical problem with his Mainland Transport Warrior on lap 40.  Cobb, who was running second at the time, inherited the lead andled the last ten laps for his first career series win.

Mark Tice - Eric Cooley - Doug Watson

Rookie driver Mark Tice races three-wide with #07 Doug Watson and Eric Cooley at East Bay. (Neil Miller - photofinishes) 

“Doug had it won, but we were in the right place at the right time when he dropped out,” Cobb said.  “Everything just went our way tonight, and we had a good race.  Everyone raced us clean and the track was in great shape.”

Dan Breuer of Troutman, N.C. finished second ahead of Florida drivers Keith Nosbisch of Valrico, Jack Nosbisch Jr. of Riverview, and Jeff Mathews of Tampa.

Chip Brindle - Doug Horton

Chip Brindle followed #11 Doug Horton during the early going at East Bay, but but Brindle cut a tire while battling for third, and Horton broke during the closing laps. (Neil Miller - photofinishes) 

Horton led from the start the race followed by Chip Brindle and Cobb while Jack Nosbisch, Jr. and Keith Nosbisch fought for the fourth spot.  The first caution flag of the race came out on lap four when Chase Washington of Houlka, Miss. stalled in turn four. After a second caution on the restart, Cobb passed Brindle for second, bringing J. Nosbisch with him into the third position.  K. Nosbisch got around Brindle for the fourth spot on lap five.

Cobb and J. Nosbisch began swapping the second spot for the next three laps before K. Nosbisch began to mount another challenge on his brother for the third spot. While all of the dicing for position was going on behind him, Horton had stretched out to a full straightaway lead by lap ten, but advantage was erased on lap 11 when Shannon Lee stalled.

Matthew Turner - Shan Smith - Chip Brindle - Matthews

Racing is fierce just inside the top five between #10 Matthew Turner, #21 Chip Brindle, #33 Jeff Matthews, and #99 Shan Smith early on in the 50-lap final at East Bay. (Neil Miller - photofinishes) 

The caution flag came out for the fourth time on lap 12 when Steve Miller of Tampa hit the turn four wall.  That was followed by the fifth caution flag on the restart when Dave Schmaus spun. Cobb and J. Nosbisch picked up their battle for second on the next restart with J. Nosbisch passing Cobb when the green flag came out, and Cobb reclaimed the spot on lap 13. 

Horton maintained a comfortable lead when he began to encounter lapped traffic on lap 20.  Business was picking up behind the leader, as J. Nosbisch, K. Nosbisch and Brindle began to battle for the third spot. The trio went into the first turn three-wide on lap 26 with Brindle the meat in the Nosbisch sandwich.  All three cars went for the same piece of real estate, and the squeeze play cut down Brindle’s left-front tire. Brindle spun to bring out the sixth caution flag.

Horton led Cobb, J. Nosbisch, K. Nosbisch, and Dan Breuer for the restart at the halfway point of the race.  Breuer passed K. Nosbisch for fourth, while Turner powered from the 11th spot to move up to seventh.

Phillip Cobb VL - East Bay Raceway NeSmith Racing

Phillip Cobb in Victory Lane after his win at East Bay. (Neil Miller - photofinishes)

Smith and Bernhardt got together in turn one on lap 33, and Bernhardt spun in turn two, collecting Schmauss to bring out the seventh caution flag.  Turner got by Mathews for the sixth spot on the restart, and then passed K. Nosbisch for fifth on lap 35. K. Nosbisch reclaimed the spot on lap 37, and Breuer got around J. Nosbisch on the next lap 38 to take third.

The eighth caution flag of the race came out on lap 40 when Cooke spun from ninth.  When the field went back to green flag racing, K. Nosbisch passed J. Nosbisch for the fourth spot in turn four on lap 40.

Running with yet another comfortable lead, Horton suddenly slowed in on lap 41 and came to a stop to bring out the ninth and final caution.  Horton was done for the night with the Dominator Race Products Hard Luck Award.

Cobb then inherited the lead followed by Breuer, K. Nosbisch, and J. Nosbisch, while Brindle, who had come from the back of the pack, got busy and moved up to the fifth spot. Mathews was able to take back the fifth spot from Brindle on lap 43, while up front, Cobb was able to keep Breuer behind him in the closing laps to take the win with a .455 second margin of victory.

 

NeSmith Racing Series - East Bay Raceway Park - Feb. 27
1) Phillip Cobb, 2) Dan Breuer, 3) Keith Nosbisch, 4) Jack Nosbisch Jr., 5) Jeff Mathews, 6) Shan Smith, 7) Chip Brindle, 8) Matthew Turner, 9) Greg Robertson, 10) Eric Cooley, 11) David Earl Gentry, 12) Dave Schmauss, 13) Larry Harrod, 14) Frank Wilson, 15) Bryan Force, 16) Steve Cooke, 17) Steve Miller, 18) Doug Horton, 19) Chase Washington, 20) Bryan Bernhardt, 21) Mark Tice, 22) Michael Blount, 23) Shannon Lee, 24) Doug Watson
Fast Time (46 entries): Brindle (15.866 secs.); Heat winners: Brindle, Horton, Jack Nosbisch Jr., Cobb; B-Main winners: Tice, Watson.

Neil Miller - photofinishes 

 

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