- Feb. 9 - East Bay Raceway Winternationals by Sam Holbrooks


Tyler Reddick VL1 - East Bay

Tyler Reddick emerges from his race car at East Bay after a big win. (Neil Eric Miller)
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Lucas Oil Series: California Teen Reddick Standing Tall; Stuns Gulf Coast Crowd With East Bay Win

James Essex

TAMPA, Fla. - Feb. 9. Fifteen-year-old Tyler Reddick of Corning, Cal. grabbed the lead from Dan Schlieper with eight laps remaining and went on to his first career Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series win on Wednesday at East Bay Raceway Park during the 35th annual DART Winternationals 
Reddick, who started third, tracked Schlieper for the first 21laps of the 30 lap main event. He grabbed the lead heading into turn number three. Opening night winner Scott Bloomquist finished second, followed by Steve Francis and Don O’Neal. 
“I can’t believe this,” said Reddick who will be running for the Quarter Master “Rookie of the Year” for the series in 2011. “I was just so excited there at the
Don O'Neal - Scott Bloomquist - Brad Neat
Don O'Neal (71) fights to hold off Scott Bloomquist, who advanced to second in the main event. O'Neal settled for fifth, while #41 Brad Neat brought a lap 24 caution and fell out of the hunt. (Neil Eric Miller)
 end, the car was fast all night, I knew Dan (Schlieper) wasn’t going to give it to us, we were going to have to earn it.” Reddick showed the patience of a veteran in becoming the youngest winner in series history and the youngest late model driver to win an event at the famed “Clay by the Bay”. 
“I kept looking for Scott (Bloomquist) and Don (O’Neal) out there. I knew they’d be in the mix at the end, waiting through those cautions was a little

Tyler Reddick - Dan Schleiper 2-9

Tyler Reddick slips past Dan Schlieper with eight to go to race to a resume' building win in Lucas Oil Series action at East Bay Raceway.  (Neil Eric Miller)

Tyler Reddick - Dan Schlieper - East Bay 

Tyler Reddick (left) earned his first win in a big way after overtaking fast qualifier and early leader Dan Schlieper (right) at East Bay Raceway Park on Wednesday night. (Rick Warren) 

unnerving, but I can’t thank my mom and dad enough, they have supported me from the start of my racing career, I have to thank Scott for building a great race car and Gaerte Engines for coming on board,” said Reddick who also receives sponsorship from Broken Bow Records, America’s Incredible Pizza and Wiles Driveshafts. 
Schlieper and Jimmy Owens started on the front row as Schlieper bolted to the lead at the beginning of the $5,000 to win main. Reddick moved into second on lap two and the two the put on a close, competitive race as Reddick was finally able to clear Schlieper with eight laps to go. A heated battle for third between Bloomquist and O’Neal saw those two drivers run wheel-to-wheel over the last half of the race. 
Dale McDowell - Rick Weiss
Veteran Dale McDowell takes a low wide past #7 Rick Weiss in preliminary action. (Neil Eric Miller)
Reddick then had to wait through two cautions flags before he was finally able to finish first in front of the standing, cheering crowd. Bloomquist, the opening night winner at East Bay finished second in his Base Racing Fuels, Bloomquist race Cars Chevy. Francis, who started ninth, made a late charge to finish third ahead of Schlieper. 
Feb. 9 - Winternationals Race 3
1) Tyler Reddick, 2) Scott Bloomquist, 3) Steve Francis, 4) Dan Schlieper, 5) Don O'Neal, 6) Jimmy Owens, 7) Eric Jacobsen, 8) Mike Marlar, 9) Dale McDowell, 10) Rick Eckert, 11) Jared Landers, 12) Josh Richards, 13) Dennis Erb, Jr., 14) Austin Hubbard, 15) Jason Feger, 16) Donnie Moran, 17) Justin Rattliff, 18) David Breazeale, 19) Ray Cook, 20) Wayne Chinn, 21) Brad Neat, 22) Wendell Wallace, 23) Chris Wall, 24) Tim Dohm, 25) Terry Casey, 26) Eddie Carrier, Jr.
Fast Quallifier (61 entries): Schlieper / 14.296 seconds; Heat Winners: Schlieper, Reddick, Owens, Neat, Bloomquist, O'Neal; B-Main Winners: Dohm, Carrier.

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