BARBERVILLE, FL – Feb. 21, 2012 – Billy Moyer of Batesville, Ark., resumed his winning ways at Volusia Speedway Park on Tuesday night, rolling to victory in the second 30-lap DIRTcar UMP Late Model feature of the 41st UNOH DIRTcar Nationals Presented by Summit Racing Equipment.
The 54-year-old dirt Late Model legend controlled the short sprint, leading the entire distance after starting from the outside pole position. He outgunned polesitter Steve Francis of Ashland, Ky., for the top spot and never looked back.
Moyer earned $7,000 for his eighth victory since 1998 at Volusia – more than any other driver has registered at the half-mile oval over that span.
“We’ve been here a few times,” said Moyer, “so it makes us feel good to be able to get one more.”
Moyer turned back threats from Francis and Darrell Lanigan of Union, Ky., to put his Victory Circle car in the post-race spotlight. He has four more opportunities – DIRTcar UMP events on Feb. 22 and 24 and World of Outlaws Late Model Series programs on Feb. 23 and 25 – to win multiple A-Mains during the UNOH DIRTcar Nationals Presented by Summit for the fourth time in the last eight years.
Lanigan, 41, chased Moyer throughout the race’s second half but couldn’t muster the necessary speed to make a serious bid, leaving his Rocket mount second at the finish. The WoO LMS regular was 0.369 of a second behind Moyer when the checkered flag flew.
The 44-year-old Francis, who won the UNOH DIRTcar Nationals Presented by Summit UMP Late Model opener the previous night, settled for third place in the Barry Wright house car. He ran second behind Moyer until being overtaken by Lanigan on a lap-18 restart.
Rick Eckert of York, Pa., who started third but slipped to fifth at the initial green flag, slid by Shannon Babb of Moweaqua, Ill., for fourth on the lap-18 restart and stayed there to the finish in his Team Zero by Bloomquist car. Dennis Erb Jr. of Carpentersville, Ill., started and finished fifth, also in a Bloomquist chassis.
The feature’s aborted start proved to be key to Moyer’s triumph. After a tangle in turn-two involving Billy Decker of Unadilla, N.Y., Don O’Neal of Martinsville, Ind., and Scott Bloomquist of Mooresburg, Tenn., wiped out the original green flag, Moyer turned the tables on Francis with a strong high-side charge into the catbird’s seat.
“He got me on the first start and I got him on the second start,” Moyer said of Francis. “The first start my car didn’t take off very well. I was able to get him back on the outside because the track’s so fast out there.”
Jimmy Mars of Menomonie, Wis., finished sixth, advancing 11 positions from the 17th starting position. Babb faded to seventh after starting fourth; Tim McCreadie of Watertown, N.Y., made a steady march forward from 16th to place eighth; Jonathan Davenport of Blairsville, Ga., was ninth; and Frankie Heckenast Jr. of Orland Park, Ill., hustled from the 21st starting spot to complete the top 10.
Three caution flags slowed the event. The only crash occurred on the opening circuit, when mid-pack jostling sent Bloomquist spinning on the inside of turn two and Decker and O’Neal crashing into the outside wall. Later, Brian Shirley of Chatham, Ill., stopped in turn two on lap 18 and Jared Landers of Batesville, Ark., stopped on the backstretch with a steaming engine on lap 27.
Seventy-five cars were signed in for the second consecutive night. Group qualifying was utilized to set the starting lineups for six heat races.
Erb recorded the fastest overall qualifying lap at 15.644 seconds, Other group fast-timers were Bloomquist (16.438), O’Neal (16.343), Lanigan (16.284), McCreadie (15.816) and Francis (15.646).
Heat winners were Eckert, Moyer, Lanigan, Babb, Erb and Francis. The B-Mains were captured by Shirley, Heckenast and Chub Frank of Bear Lake, Pa., and Scott James of Bright, Ind., topped the 12-lap ‘Bulrush Dash’ for non-qualifiers.
Qualifying was marred by a wild crash involving young DIRTcar Big-Block Modified driver Larry Wight of Phoenix, N.Y., whose Gypsum Express Late Model barrel-rolled several times along the outside wall in turn one. His car landed with its front end on the guardail.
Wight emerged from his heavily-damaged machine without injury – and a short time later was in his DIRTcar Big-Block Modified for the division’s Tuesday-night practice sessions.
Said Wight: “I went in, mud was flying in my face, the nose bottomed out – and away I went.”
The DIRTcar Nationals Presented by Summit continues on Wednesday night (Feb. 22) with another UMP Late Model program topped by a 30-lap A-Main. The Super DIRTcar Series Big-Block Modifieds will also be on the schedule, making their UNOH DIRTcar Nationals Presented by Summit debut with a 30-lap feature paying $2,000 to win.
Race time is 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday.
For more information on the DIRTcar Nationals by UNOH, log on to www.DIRTcarNationals.com.
DIRTcar UMP Late Model 30-Lap A-Main Finish (Finish Pos./Start Pos./Driver):
1. (2) Billy Moyer
2. (6) Darrell Lanigan
3. (1) Steve Francis
4. (3) Rick Eckert
5. (5) Dennis Erb Jr.
6. (17) Jimmy Mars
7. (4) Shannon Babb
8. (16) Tim McCreadie
9. (8) Jonathan Davenport
10. (21) Frankie Heckenast Jr.
11. (11) Eric Wells
12. (22) Tyler Reddick
13. (15) John Blankenship
14. (10) Morgan Bagley
15. (23) Chub Frank
16. (12) Jared Landers
17. (18) Jimmy Owens
18. (7) Mason Zeigler
19. (19) Brian Shirley
20. (9) Billy Moyer Jr.
21. (24) Jason Feger
22. (25) Brandon Sheppard
23. (13) Scott Bloomquist
24. (14) Don O’Neal
25. (20) Billy Decker
Heat No. 1 (8 laps – Top 3 Transfer): 1. Rick Eckert, 2. Mason Zeigler, 3. Scott Bloomquist, 4. Billy Decker, 5. Josh Richards, 6. Justin Rattliff, 7. Duke Whiseant, 8. Billy Ogle Jr., 9. John Lowery, 10. Jeff Beyers, 11. Randy Korte, 12. Larry Wight, 13. Danny Mitchell
Heat No. 2 (8 laps – Top 3 Transfer): 1. Billy Moyer, 2. Jonathan Davenport, 3. Don O’Neal, 4. Earl Pearson Jr., 5. Brian Shirley, 6. Kent Robinson, 7. Ron Davies, 8. Shelby Miles, 9. Brandon Sheppard, 10. Scott James, 11. Jim Fletcher, 12. Jason McBride, 13. Duane Harbaugh
Heat No. 3 (8 laps – Top 3 Transfer): 1. Darrell Lanigan, 2. Billy Moyer Jr., 3. John Blankenship, 4. Donnie Moran, 5. Bobby Pierce, 6. Jim Yoder, 7. Tyler Reddick, 8. Steve Isenberg, 9. Freddie Carpenter, 10. Michael Norris, 11. Donald Beyers, 12. Chris Nash, 13. Tim Lance
Heat No. 4 (8 laps – Top 3 Transfer): 1. Shannon Babb, 2. Morgan Bagley, 3. Tim McCreadie, 4. Frankie Heckenast Jr., 5. Vic Coffey, 6. Dillon Wood, 7. Brady Smith, 8. Greg Johnson, 9. John Lobb, 10. Dan Stone, 11. Tyler Bruening, 12. Mike Hammerle
Heat No. 5 (8 laps – Top 3 Transfer): 1. Dennis Erb Jr., 2. Eric Wells, 3. Jimmy Mars, 4. Ryan Unzicker, 5. Chub Frank, 6. Jason Feger, 7. Gregg Satterlee, 8. Jack Sullivan, 9. Chad Hollenbeck, 10. Todd Frank, 11. Phil Ausra, 12. Eric Jacobsen
Heat No. 6 (8 laps – Top 3 Transfer): 1. Steve Francis, 2. Jared Landers, 3. Jimmy Owens, 4. Terry Casey, 5. Mike Marlar, 6. Lance Matthees, 7. J.R. Hotovy, 8. John Garvin Jr., 9. Aric Almirola, 10. Pat Doar, 11. Charlie Sandercock (DNS) Don Gordon
B-Main No. 1 (10 laps – Top 2 Transfer): 1. Brian Shirley, 2. Billy Decker, 3. Josh Richards, 4. Billy Ogle Jr., 5. Kent Robinson, 6. Scott James, 7. John Lowery, 8. Danny Mitchell, 9. Jeff Beyers, 10. Jim Fletcher, 11. Brandon Sheppard, 12. Earl Pearson Jr., 13. Justin Rattliff, 14. Jason McBride (DNS) Duke Whiseant, Ron Davies, Shelby Miles, Duane Harbaugh, Randy Korte, Larry Wight
B-Main No. 2 (10 laps – Top 2 Transfer): 1. Frankie Heckenast Jr., 2. Tyler Reddick, 3. Donnie Moran, 4. Bobby Pierce, 5. Jim Yoder, 6. Steve Isenberg, 7. Vic Coffey, 8. Greg Johnson, 9. Tyler Bruening, 10. Tim Lance, 11. John Lobb, 12. Freddie Carpenter, 13. Michael Norris, 14. Donald Beyers, 15. Mike Hammerle, 16. Chris Nash, 17. Brady Smith, 18. Dan Stone (DNS) Dillon Wood
B-Main No. 3 (10 laps – Top 2 Transfer): 1. Chub Frank, 2. Jason Feger, 3. Gregg Satterlee, 4. Ryan Unzicker, 5. Jack Sullivan, 6. J.R. Hotovy, 7. Chad Hollenbeck, 8. John Garvin Jr., 9. Eric Jacobsen, 10. Todd Frank, 11. Aric Almirola, 12. Phil Ausra, 13. Terry Casey, 14. Mike Marlar, 15. Lance Matthees (DNS) Pat Doar, Charlie Sandercock, Don Gordon