Crate week has come to a close at East Bay Race Park’s Winter Nationals in Gibsonton, Florida. The three-day event not only saw wins by both local competitors and travelers but also some hard hits and outstanding races.
On Thursday's opening night, Keith Nosbisch of Valrico, FL, won in dominating fashion, with fellow Sunshine State driver and fast qualifier Doug Horton fending off traveling ace from Forest, VA, Walker Arthur, who would settle for third place.
Night two was a different story as Horton would start on the pole and fall back as far as fifth before changing his line to the bottom of the track midway through the race. Horton ended up the night’s big winner after steering under competitors to lead the pack to the finish line. Nevin Gainey made his way from an eighth-place starting position to finish second, with Nosbisch placing a third.
Friday also saw a trip to the emergency room for Logan Roberson of Waynesboro, VA. Roberson was hospitalized but, upon last report, has been released from the hospital with a head/neck-related injury suffered during a crash. The FloRacing staff wishes a speedy recovering to the young Virginian standout.
On Saturday night, Arthur’s hard work finally paid off with a win. Arthur started 15th and made his race-winning pass on lap 35. Horton completed his strong week with a second-place finish, and Indiana traveler Austin Burns rounded out the week in third place.
FloRacing's live coverage returns Thursday, Feb. 15, with the grand finale of East Bay’s 42nd Winter Nationals: the ASCS 360 sprints and mini sprints.