For The Sprint Car Fans - A Look Back At The East Bay Winternationals - 1980

With maybe the exception of some of the IMCA events held at Plant Field in Tampa… This was probably the greatest field of Sprint Car drivers ever assembled during February in Florida…
These are the time trial results from the opening show at East Bay in February, 1980… a virtual who’s who of the day - 29 years ago!!

  1. Doug Wolfgang (Speedway Motors 4X) Set the track record at 15.923 which was broken the following night by Larry Gates at 15.645…

  2. Shane Carson (Bob Trostle 20)

  3. Mike Pinkney

  4. Randy Smith

  5. Danny Smith (Kenny Rogers Gambler 18)

  6. Larry Gates

  7. Ed Angle

  8. Terry Gray

  9. Don Mack

  10. Johnny Beaber

  11. Sammy Swindell (Fed/Ex 91)

  12. Dub May

  13. Chuck Amati

  14. Bob Kinser

  15. Kenny Schrader

  16. Tom Goad

  17. Smokey Snellbaker

  18. Bob Geldner

  19. Ricky Hood

  20. Jac Haudenschild

  21. Sheldon Kinser

  22. Rick Ferkel

  23. Allen Hager

  24. Tim Green

  25. Ronnie Daniels

  26. Allen Barr

  27. Lee Osborne

  28. Mike Peters

  29. Brad Doty

  30. Steve Kinser

  31. Rick Ungar

  32. Steve Smith

  33. Leland Van Emmerik

  34. Frank Riddle

  35. Bill Corbin, Jr.

  36. Steve Chassey

  37. Gordy Lamb

  38. Dick Gaines

  39. Jim Linder

  40. Larry Martin

  41. Hooker Hood

  42. Bobby Marshall

  43. Lee James

  44. Tom Corbin

  45. Keith Kauffmann

  46. Bobby Allen

  47. Duke Cook

  48. Frank Hollingsworth

  49. John Zentner

  50. Doug Stambaugh

  51. Bill Tyler

  52. Bubby Jones

  53. Fred Linder

  54. Mac McClellan

  55. George Harbour

  56. Vernon Church

  57. Alan Munn

  58. Jay Pilcher

  59. Jr. Parkinson

  60. Paul Pitzer

  61. Jimmy Horton

  62. Jerry Stone

  63. Robert Smith

  64. Jerry Potter

  65. Jim Schaefer

  66. Leon Gentry

  67. Kenny Jacobs

  68. Bernie Graybeal

  69. Ralph Ligouri

  70. Wayne Reutimann

  71. Fran Hogue

  72. David Smith (FL)

  73. Bill Roynon

  74. John Hanscom

  75. Stan Butler

  76. Ron Fuller

  77. Danny Milburn

  78. Steve Siegel

  79. Al Liskai

  80. Robert Tallant

  81. Jan Opperman

  82. Mike Johnson

  83. Bob Christian

  84. Jim Lipkey

  85. Kerry Norris

  86. Sam VanAtta

  87. Jim Moulis

  88. Kenny Gentry

  89. Lee Smith

  90. Bobby Johns

  91. David Smith (IN)

  92. Jerry Slade

  93. Jim Haynes

  94. John Maynard

  95. Jerry Rod

  96. Johnny Boe

  97. Rick Schmidt

  98. Don Heckman

  99. Bob Tharp
    Henry Batman, Dave Brown and Jeff Nuckles did not take time…

102 cars - all pitted in the infield back then!!! I was there and it was quite a show… Doug Wofgang won the opener, Sammy Swindell took the next two prelims and Wolfgang won the finale…