Thoughts from an Island Girl
Thoughts from an Island Girl
East Bay Nationals
Just along Highway 41 and past the ports of Tampa where George Steinbrenner had some of his ships fixed in dry docs,†† lies East Bay Raceway Park.
But the history of that area (Gibsonton) has itís own unique twist.† It is home to a carnival and midway that has a rather eclectic story of itís own.†† It is the home of Lobster Boy,† who was featured on a certain crime drama and the now defunct Giantís Camp Restaurant.
Giantís camp was actually owned by a giant,† who stood way over 7 foot tall while his wife was a midget.†† Race car drivers like Steve Kinser dined there.†† Famous for itís down home country food and itís reputation for pulling in race cars and their drivers.†† It was a prominent land mark.
East Bay Raceway Park will be hosting itís 37th Winternationals from January 31, 2013 through February 28th,† 2013.† So can you really find a better solution to your entertainment needs?† I think †not!
And here is the kicker,†† it is usually very comfortable weather-wise during that time. †††And even if it may be cold,†† racing fans are like the Packer fans and they come out,† rain or shine,† warmth or cold!
And like the Packers players they mix with the crowds because you see,† these tracks are like family to the fan.† Generations of spectators have seen it all.††† Their heroes come and go but one thing is pretty certain,† more heroes will emerge.
For all the money put into the big divisions,†† the smaller classes have more fans and more gate receipts.† In the street stocks and mini stock divisions,†† you have whole families in the pits or so it seems.†† Where else can you have that kind of fraternization with the fan?† I know!† Nowhere!!!!
Keith Nosbisch Wins $2,000 Topless Late Model Feature Event At East Bay Raceway Park
Lasker Picks Up Feature Win, And Possibly A Wife
Buzzie Reutimann - Age 72 - Winning
A few of the racing stars and their families are iconic.†† Like the Reutimanns and yes the same family that David Reutimann comes from.†† And whatís more,†† his dad is a legend with over 1,300 career feature wins and more importantly he is still winning at age 72.
Next in line are the Nosbischís.†† I am not sure how old Keith is but he still continues to win as well and he is in his late 50s or even early 60s.
He and brother Ken Nosbisch who drove the 41 were the most dominant family racers in the trackís history.†† Brother Keith,† the all time winner in feature wins drives the 02 whenever he decides to come back.
The food is not bad either and there are booths that sell souvenirs from racing videos to cars and T-Shirts.† They also love and pay homage to service members and their families.†† The whole track also helps out in the community and is another chance for the fan and the driver to work literally side by side.†† No 500 dollar autographs here but a lasting legacy of family entertainment that will exist forever in our collective minds and souls.