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TAMPA, FL (February 10, 2005)- Steve Shaver of Vienna, WV led all 40 laps in capturing his first career Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series event on night 4 of the 29th Annual Winternationals Thursday Night at the East Bay Raceway Park.  Shaver earned $7000 for his third career East Bay win as he drove the Bill Bland owned Rocket Chassis Monte Carlo sponsored by Malcuit Race Engines, Richard Construction, Richard Construction, Bland’s Towing, The Farm Used Auto Parts, United West Virginia Bank, Chippy’s Transmissions and Hoosier Racing Tires.  Billy Moyer of Batesville, AR finished second in the J&J Steel/Pro Power C.J. Rayburn Monte Carlo with Rick Aukland of Zanesville, OH coming home third in the K&E Trucking/Vic Hill Race Engines/MasterSbilt Grand Prix.  Taking the fourth spot was Brady Smith of Solon Springs, WI driving the Willow River Saloon/Pr o Power/MasterSbilt Monte Carlo and rounding out the top was York, PA’s Rick Eckert behind the wjheel of the Raye Vest owned/Raye Vest Excavating/Cornett Engines/Rocket Ford Taurus.  A total of 110 cars were on hand for the fourth straight night of racing competition at East Bay.

Shaver drew the number two starting spot for the main event as he would start alongside Billy Moyer in the front row.  Shaver quickly moved to the low side of the race track in front of Moyer on the opening lap and that was a key starting point for the veteran driver that would enable him to stay out front the entire race.  The first yellow flew on lap out for John Mason who stopped on the track with a flat tire.  Shaver would lead with Moyer, Rick Aukland, Tim Dohm and Brady Smith running in the top five.  Smith was on the move early passing two cars in the opening laps of the race.  Smith would then move up one more position taking fourth from Dohm on lap seven.  The front runners would remain in their same spots for the rest of the race and despite two caution flags on lap 20 and 22 Shaver would never get passed.  Moyer did keep the pressure on the leader down to the wire getting right on Shaver’s rear bumper with two circuits remaining, but Shaver held a steady line and never slipped up out of the groove as he would ride home with the victory becoming the fourth different winner in four nights of racing competition at East Bay.  Moyer took second just a car length back of Shaver at the finish.  Aukland had his best Winternationals finish of the week taking third place.  Smith continues to have an impressive week of racing garnering the fourth spot and Eckert was fifth at the pay window.

“I just want to thank all of my sponsors and crew and everybody that helps us,” said the 41 year old Shaver in victory lane afterwards.”  Shaver also thanked the sponsor of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series in his post race interview as he said  “I want to thank Lucas Oil as well for stepping up with the series this year, it’s good for the racers and we appreciate their efforts.”  As far as winning the race it was all about keeping the low line.  “I just had to keep the car right down on the bottom of the race track, I knew if I slipped up they would be by me, but I just tried to concentrate lap after lap and got in the right corners the same way every time.”

Completing the top ten were Donnie Moran, Tim Dohm, Josh Richards, Brian Birkhofer and Matt Miller.

In preliminary events Brady Smith captured the Fast Time Award with a fast lap of 15.438 seconds.  The Heat Races were taken by Dohm, Shaver, Aukland, Josh Richards, Moran and Moyer.  The first B-Main was won by Steve Francis with the Second B-Main won by Jimmy Mars.  The final two B-Mains went to Tim McCreadie and Billy Drake, who both advanced to the main event.  Pat Doar of New Richmond, WI won the Strawberry Dash.

Racing will continue on Friday Night, February 11 with the fifth straight night of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series with a full racing program and a $10,000 to win main event.

Race Summary  Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series  Thursday Night, February 10, 2005 East Bay Raceway Park

Fast Time:  Brady Smith  15.438 seconds

First Heat:  1) Tim Dohm  2) Brady Smith  3) Rohn Moon  4)  Darren Miller  5) Keith Nosbisch  6) Steve Francis  7) Trent Follmer  8) Rod Conley  9) Dale Hammond  10) Michael Lloyd  11) Dave Hess  12) Brian Shirley  13) Kristin Flory  14) John Kuchar  15) Rick Sowders  16) Evan Herrell  17) Ronnie Smith  18) Scott Riggs  19) Mike Mataragas

Second Heat:  1) Steve Shaver  2) Brian BIrkhofer  3) Matt Miller  4) Jimmy Mars  5) Terry Casey  6) Dan Schlieper  7) Anthony Rushing  8) Don O’Neal  9) Corey Conley  10) Shane Tankersley  11) Johnny Chastain  12) John Gill  13) Kenny Pettyjohn  14) Matt Hubbard  15) Mike Hammerle  16) Lee Thomason  17) Brad Looney  18) Jon Krogstad  19) Shannon Babb

Third Heat:  1) Rick Aukland  2) Rick Eckert  3) John Mason  4) Mark Voigt  5) Butch McGill  6) Barry Bragdon  7) Earl Pearson, Jr.  8) Mike Marlar  9) Bill Cunningham  10) Eric Jacobsen  11) Pat Doar  12) Michael Jackson  13) Russ Scheffler  14) Garrett Durrett  15) Randy Korte  16) Wes Steidinger

Fourth Heat:  1) Josh Richards  2) Jason Montgomery  3) Dennis Erb, Jr  4) Tim McCreadie  5) Billy Drake  6) Eddie Carrier, Jr.  7) Greggie Oliver  8)  Scott Pounds  9)  Freddie Carpenter  10) Greg Johnson  11) R.J. Conley  12) Jeff Choquette  13) Patrick Sheltra  14) Wayne Johnson  15) Joe Ramey  16) Marshall Green  17) Delmas Conley

Fifth Heat:  1) Donnie Moran  2) Terry English  3) Ray Cook  4) Robbie Blair  5) Steve Hillard  6) Michael England  7) Ricky Elliott  8) Davey Johnson  9) Ken Schaltenbrand  10) Bo Feather  11) Gerald Davis  12) Dan Stone  13)Zach Carney  14) Jason Flory  15) Dennis Little  16) Steve Harvey  17) Freddy Smith

Sixth Heat:  1) Billy Moyer  2) Shane Clanton  3) Jackie Boggs  4) Jayme Zidar  5) Mike Benedum  6) Jason Smith  7) Brad Neat  8) Roy Deese, Jr.  9) Anthony White  10) Jeff Matekja  11) Jeff Gress  12) Marshall Austin  13) Steve Lucas  14) John VanDenBerg  15) Scott James  16) Chris Conley  17) Joe Morris

First B-Main:  1) Steve Francis  2) Mark Voigt  3) Anthony Rushing  4) Darren Miller  5) Rod Conley  6) Johnny Chastain  7) Corey Conley  8) Eric Jacobsen  9) Brian Shirley  10) Brent Robinson  11) Evan Herrell  12) Terry Casey  13) Mike Hammerle  14) Kenny Pettyjohn  15) Barry Bragdon  16) John Kuchar  17) Scott Riggs

Second B-Main:  1) Jimmy Mars  2) Trent Follmer  3) Dan Schlieper  4) Shane Tankersley  5) Keith Nosbisch  6) Butch McGill  7) John Gill  8) Dave Hess  9) Bill Cunningham  10) Matt Hubbard  11) Rick Sowders  12) Kristin Flory  13) Earl Pearson, Jr.  14) Jon Krogstad  15) Russ Scheffler  16) Lee Thomason  17) Mike Mataragas  18) Ronnie Smith  19) Pat Doar

Third B-Main:  1) Tim McCreadie  2) Steve Hillard  3) Eddie Carrier, Jr.  4) Ricky Elliott  5) Jason Smith  6) Greg Johnson  7) Scott Pounds  8) Ken Schaltenbrand  9) Wayne Johnson  10) Dennis Little  11) Jayme Zidar  12) Zach Carney  13) Jeff Matejka  14) Andy Anderson  15) Gerald Davis  16) Chris Conley  17) Freddy Smith

Fourth B-Main:  1) Billy Drake  2) Robbie Blair  3) Jason Flory  4) Michael England  5) Mike Benedum  6) Dan Stone  7) Anthony White  8) Jeff Gress  9) Greggie Oliver  10) Bo Feathers  11) Joe Morris  12) Brad Neat  13) Scott James  14) Ronnie DeHaven, Jr.  15) Freddie Carpenter

Strawberry Dash:  1) Pat Doar  2) Eddie Carrier, Jr.  3) Keith Nosbisch  4) Dan Stone  5) Corey Conley  6) Mark Voigt  7) Michael England  8) Ronnie Smith  9)  Dennis Little

Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series A-Main: (40 Laps):  1) Steve Shaver  2) Billy Moyer  3) Rick Aukland  4) Brady Smith  5) Rick Eckert  6) Donnie Moran  7) Tim Dohm  8) Josh Richards  9) Brian Birkhofer  10) Matt Miller  11) Rohn Moon  12) Terry English  13) Shane Clanton  14) Steve Francis  15) Ray Cook  16) Billy Drake  17) Tim McCreadie  18) Dennis Erb, Jr.  19) Jimmy Mars  20) John Mason  21) Jackie Boggs  22) Don O’Neal  23) Jason Montgomery  24) Shannon Babb 25) Dan Schlieper  26) Scott James

Race Statistics Entries:  111 Cautions:  2 Lap Leaders:  Shaver 1-40 Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Provisionals:  Don O’Neal and Scott James R.A.C.E. Provisionals:  Dan Schlieper and Shannon Babb Charger of the Race:  Steve Francis advanced five positions

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