Dirt Late Model Hall of Famer Adds To Alltime Record Win Total In UNOH DIRTcar Nationals Presented by Summit
BARBERVILLE, FL – Feb. 22, 2013 – Billy Moyer of Batesville, Ark., added to his alltime record win total in the UNOH DIRTcar Nationals Presented by Summit Racing Equipment, holding on for a hard-fought victory in Friday night’s 50-lap World of Outlaws Late Model Series A-Main at Volusia Speedway.
Righting a frustrating week of action at the half-mile oval, Moyer passed WoO LMS rookie Eric Wells of Hazard, Ky., for the lead on lap 11 and never looked back. He repelled repeated late-race challenges from defending tour champion Darrell Lanigan of Union, Ky., to secure the $10,200 triumph.
“We’ve had a rough (week) down here,” said Moyer, whose forgettable outings leading up to Friday’s checkered flag included the WoO LMS A-Main the previous evening when he was forced out of action on lap one by a broken tie-rod. “It feels good to finally get this one under our belt.”
Moyer, 55, made the right moves in lapped traffic to put some critical space on Lanigan and crossed the finish line 1.368 seconds ahead of York, Pa.’s Rick Eckert, who slipped by Lanigan on lap 48 to earn the runner-up spot for the second consecutive night. Lanigan settled for a third-place finish after starting from the pole position, Dennis Erb Jr. of Carpentersville, Ill., started and finished fourth and Shane Clanton of Fayetteville, Ga., placed fifth for his fifth top-five run in seven WoO LMS events this season.
The 24-year-old Wells, meanwhile, faded to a sixth-place finish after racing off the outside pole to lead laps 1-10 – one night after pacing the first 36 laps in the week’s WoO LMS opener before settling for a tour career-best fourth-place finish – and World of Outlaws points leader Josh Richards of Shinnston, W.Va., rallied to finish seventh after stopping on the track while running fourth on lap 23 because he had run out of tear-offs and needed to pit to retrieve a new helmet.
Moyer’s 19th career victory during the UNOH DIRTcar Nationals by Summit – more than double the total of Mooresburg, Tenn.’s Scott Bloomquist, who sits second on the event’s win list with nine triumphs – came after he turned back a spirited bid from Lanigan.
Lanigan, 42, swapped second place with Erb once after a lap-26 restart but secured the position on lap 29. After the race’s third and final caution flag flew on lap 29 for Bloomquist’s stopped car, Lanigan gradually ratcheted up the pressure on Moyer, catching the leader on lap 38 and using the outside lane to pull alongside Moyer several times during the ensuing circuits.
Lanigan came within inches of nosing out Moyer for the lead at the start/finish line on laps 40, 42 and 44, but Moyer hung tough in his preferred inside lane. Finally, after Moyer put the lapped car driven by Donnie Moran of Dresden, Ohio, between his Victory Circle machine and Lanigan’s Rocket on lap 46, he had the cushion to carry him to Victory Lane.
“I seen him out there a time or two and I heard him out there a lot,” said Moyer, who recorded his fourth career WoO LMS win at Volusia, his 17 th on the tour since 2004 and his 39th overall on the series (including the tour’s original 1988-89 seasons). “I just was trying to run my little line there on the bottom. I moved up in the middle on the one end (turns three and four) a couple times and it didn’t feel too bad, but I kind of had the car set up a certain way where I just seemed like I was better right around the bottom.”
The victory marked the record 10th different year in which Moyer has won a dirt Late Model feature during the 42-year history of the UNOH DIRTcar Nationals by Summit at Volusia, a track that ranks high on his list of favorites.
“I said the first day we got here (Feb. 18) after hot laps, ‘Man, we’re at a racetrack finally,’” said Moyer, whose first-ever UNOH DIRTcar Nationals by Summit win came in a STARS-sanctioned event in 1985. “We’ve been at these other ones down here in Florida (this month) and none of them come close to as racy as this place is. I’ve always liked this place. It’s a multi-groove deal.”
Eckert, 47, made a late charge to snatch second place from Lanigan. The race’s sixth starter once again came on a bit too late to grab a victory for his ailing mother back in Pennsylvania.
“We made some changes to our (Team Zero by Bloomquist) car and we were a little better, but we didn’t show it until right there at the end,” said Eckert, who started sixth. “I got to moving around on the racetrack – I was lost down there in (turns) three and four for most of the race – and finally got me a line. I wish there would’ve been 10 more laps because it was starting to get interesting.
“The last couple nights we got better as the night went on. If we make a couple more changes tomorrow night (for Saturday’s WoO LMS finale of the DCN), then maybe I can get going on lap 35 and be able to get to the lead before the end of the race.”
Lanigan, who entered Friday’s program after putting in many man-hours overnight and during the afternoon to repair his car that was damaged significantly in a Tuesday-night crash at Volusia, couldn’t quite summon the speed to overtake Moyer.
“I just got to running that middle there and burned my tires up a little bit,” said Lanigan. “We had a good run there though. It was fun to run side-by-side (with Moyer).”
Finishing in positions 8-10 were Tim McCreadie of Watertown, N.Y., who started 25th after using a provisional to gain entry to the A-Main field; Steve Francis of Ashland, Ky.; and Brady Smith of Solon Springs, Wis.
Fifty-one cars were signed in for the evening’s action.
For the second consecutive night Ohlins Shocks Time Trials were split into ‘A’ and ‘B’ groups, with the first half competing for starting positions in heats one and two and the second half racing against the clock to align heats three and four. Wells earned his first-ever WoO LMS fast-time honor, registering the fastest overall lap of the evening at 16.164 seconds.
Heat winners were Wells, Bloomquist, Moyer and Richards. The B-Mains were captured by Casey Roberts of Toccoa, Ga., and Earl Pearson Jr. of Jacksonville, Fla.
A 50-lap WoO LMS A-Main paying $10,000 will headline the final night of the 42nd UNOH DIRTcar Nationals Presented by Summit Racing Equipment on Saturday (Feb. 23). The Super DIRTcar Series for Big-Block Modifieds will also contest a 50-lap feature as part of the event’s grand finale. Race time is 7:30 p.m.
For more information on the WoO LMS, visit www.worldofoutlaws.com.
Results of World of Outlaws Late Model Series ‘42nd UNOH DIRTcar Nationals Presented by Summit Racing Equipment’ Night 2 at Volusia Speedway Park (Finishing Position/Start/Driver/Laps Completed/Money Won):
1. (3) Billy Moyer/50 $10,200
2. (6) Rick Eckert/50 $5,550
3. (1) Darrell Lanigan/50 $3,650
4. (4) Dennis Erb Jr./50 $2,500
5. (8) Shane Clanton/50 $2,550
6. (2) Eric Wells/50 $2,250
7. (5) Josh Richards/50 $1,600
8. (25) Tim McCreadie/50 $1,950
9. (10) Steve Francis/50 $1,300
10. (13) Brady Smith/50 $1,100
11. (11) Scott James/50 $1,150
12. (19) Bub McCool/50 $1,550
13. (18) Earl Pearson Jr./50 $950
14. (21) Morgan Bagley/50 $950
15. (15) Billy Ogle Jr./50 $850
16. (26) Tim Fuller/50 $1,350
17. (28) Clint Smith/50 $620
18. (7) Scott Bloomquist/50 $850
19. (23) Donnie Moran/49 $730
20. (14) Ricky Weiss/49 $800
21. (27) Chub Frank/49 $550
22. (24) Tyler Reddick/42 $700
23. (20) Vic Coffey/29 $700
24. (16) Dale McDowell/25 $725
25. (9) Eric Jacobsen/25 $700
26. (17) Casey Roberts/22 $700
27. (12) Shannon Babb/22 $700
28. (22) Eddie Carrier Jr./15 $700
29. (29) Pat Doar/3 $550
* Earnings include Winners Circle program and cash contingency award bonuses
Time of Race: 27 Mins., 54.037 Secs.
Margin of Victory: 1.368 Secs.
Yellow Flags: 3 (laps 23, 26, 29)
Lap Leaders: Wells (1-10); Moyer (11-50)
Provisional Starters: McCreadie, Fuller (WoO); Frank, C. Smith, Doar (WoO emergency)
WoO LMS ‘Bonus Bucks’ Winner: Wells ($500)
Ohlins Shocks Time Trial Results (Position/No./Driver/Hometown/Best Lap):
1. 18W-Eric Wells/Hazard, KY 16.164
2. 0-Scott Bloomquist/Mooresburg, TN 16.278
3. 28-Dennis Erb Jr./Carpentersville, IL 16.333
4. 1W-Dillon Wood/New Smyrna Beach, FL 16.345
5. 2-Brady Smith/Solon Springs, WI 16.381
6. 25-Shane Clanton/Fayetteville, GA 16.419
7. 101-Casey Roberts/Toccoa, GA 16.436
8. 57J-Bub McCool/Vicksburg, MS 16.444
9. 5J-Eric Jacobsen/Sea Cliff Beach, CA 16.466
10. 15-Steve Francis/Ashland, KY 16.467
11. 16-Justin Rattliff/Campbellsville, KY 16.542
12. 99-Donnie Moran/Dresden, OH 16.578
13. 21d-Dan Stone/Thompson, PA 16.643
14. 7W-Ricky Weiss/Winnipeg, MAN 16.696
15. 25b-Mike Benedum/Salem, WV 16.717
16. 22-Gregg Satterlee/Rochester Mills, PA 16.727
17. 5L-Jared Landers/Batesville, AR 16.734
18. 19-Tim Fuller/Watertown, NY 16.744
19. 14M-Morgan Bagley/Longview, TX 16.772
20. 71d-Ron Davies/Warren, PA 16.780
21. 1*-Chub Frank/Bear Lake, PA 16.845
22. 1d-Don O’Neal/Martinsville, IN 16.921
23. 4ds-Chad Hollenbeck/Kingsley, PA 17.085
24. 21F-Todd Frank/Ashland, WI 17.204
25. 7R-Kent Robinson/Bloomington, IN 17.230
26. 77-Jason McBride/Carbondale, IL 17.585
1. 21-Billy Moyer/Batesville, AR 16.223
2. 1R-Josh Richards/Shinnston, WV 16.246
3. 29-Darrell Lanigan/Union, KY 16.248
4. 18B-Shannon Babb/Moweaqua, IL 16.258
5. 1G-Scott James/Bright, IN 16.263
6. 24-Rick Eckert/York, PA 16.338
7. 201-Billy Ogle Jr./Knoxville, TN 16.352
8. 28c-Eddie Carrier Jr./Salt Rock, WV 16.354
9. 38-Kenny Pettyjohn/Millsboro, DE 16.355
10. 32c-Vic Coffey/Caledonia, NY 16.365
11. 44P-Earl Pearson Jr./Jacksonville, FL 16.388
12. 17M-Dale McDowell/Chickamauga, GA 16.394
13. 28M-Jimmy Mars/Menomonie, WI 16.444
14. 44-Clint Smith/Senoia, GA 16.456
15. 11-Pat Doar/New Richmond, WI 16.488
16. 20R-Stormy Scott/Las Cruces, NM 16.492
17. 7L-Jerry Lierly/Quincy, IL 16.535
18. 32-Bobby Pierce/Oakwood, IL 16.555
19. 39-Tim McCreadie/Watertown, NY 16.615
20. b5-Brandon Sheppard/New Berlin, IL 16.615
21. 25z-Mason Zeigler/Chalk Hill, PA 16.637
22. 11R-Tyler Reddick/DuQuoin, IL 16.662
23. 72-Michael Norris/Sarver, PA 16.789
24. 21Jr.-Billy Moyer Jr./Batesville, AR 16.911
25. 57-Chuck Julien/Apopka, FL 18.200
Heat No. 1 (10 laps – Top 4 Transfer): Wells, Erb, Jacobsen, B. Smith, Roberts, Bagley, Benedum, Rattliff, Landers, Stone, Hollenbeck, C. Frank (DNS) Robinson
Heat No. 2 (10 laps – Top 4 Transfer): Bloomquist, Clanton, Francis, Weiss, Satterlee, McCool, Moran, Fuller, O’Neal, Davies, McBride, T. Frank, Wood
Heat No. 3 (10 laps – Top 4 Transfer): Moyer, Lanigan, James, Ogle, Pearson, Pettyjohn, McCreadie, Mars, Doar, Zeigler, Lierly, Norris, Julien
Heat No. 4 (10 laps – Top 4 Transfer): Richards, Eckert, Babb, McDowell, Carrier, Coffey, Reddick, Pierce, Scott, Sheppard, C. Smith (DNS) Moyer Jr.
B-Main No. 1 (12 laps – Top 4 Transfer): Roberts, McCool, Bagley, Moran, Benedum, Landers, Stone, Rattliff, Davies, Hollenbeck, Wood, C. Frank, McBride, T. Frank, Satterlee, Fuller (DNS) O’Neal, Robinson
B-Main No. 2 (12 laps – Top 4 Transfer): Pearson, Coffey, Carrier, Reddick, Pierce, Zeigler, Scott, Mars, Sheppard, McCreadie, C. Smith, Lierly, Doar, Norris, Julien, Pettyjohn
World of Outlaws Late Model Series Contingency Award Winners (awards presented to noted finisher/qualifier or next highest displaying decal:
Ohlins Shocks ($50 cash to fast qualifier): Billy Moyer
Eibach Springs (one free spring to each B-Main winner): Bub McCool/Pat Doar
VP Race Fuels ‘Nice Jugs’ Award: (One VP 5-gallon container to fastest qualifier who misses A-Main): JerryLierly
Wrisco Aluminum (3 sheets of aluminum to A-Main winner only): Billy Moyer
Armor All (One case of product to highest-finishing non-WoO team in A-Main): Billy Moyer
Comp Cams ($50 certificate to A-Main winner): Dennis Erb Jr.
QuarterMaster ($100 certificate to A-Main winner, $50 certificate to 5th-place finish): Billy Moyer/Billy Ogle Jr.
MSD Ignition ($50 cash to A-Main winner): Billy Moyer
STP ($50 cash to 2nd-place finisher in A-Main): Rick Eckert
XS Power ($50 cash to 3rd-place finisher in A-Main): Darrell Lanigan
Roush Yates ($50 cash to 4th-place finisher in A-Main): Josh Richards
JE Pistons ($50 cash to 5th-place finisher in A-Main): Shane Clanton
Dominator ($50 cash to 6th-place finisher in A-Main): Eric Wells
American Race Wheels ($50 cash to 7th-place finisher in A-Main): Josh Richards
VP Race Fuels ($50 cash to 8th-place finisher in A-Main): Tim McCreadie
Edelbrock Manifolds ($50 cash to 9th-finisher in A-Main): Scott James
Comp Cams ($50 cash to 10th-place finisher in A-Main): Scott James
XS Power ($60 product certificate to 11th-place finisher in A-Main): Scott James
Cometic Gasket ($50 cash to 12th-place finisher in A-Main): Bub McCool
JRI Shocks ($50 cash to 13th-place finisher in A-Main): Ricky Weiss
Super Flow Dynos ($50 cash to 14th-place finisher in A-Main): Morgan Bagley
JE Pistons (one complete set of JE Pro Seal rings to 16th-place finisher in A-Main, redeemable w/next purchase of set): Tim Fuller
Klotz Lubricants ($50 cash to 17th-place finisher in A-Main): Ricky Weiss
Roush Yates ($50 gift card to 18th-place finisher in A-Main): Scott Bloomquist
QuarterMaster ($50 certificate to 19th-place finisher in A-Main): Donnie Moran
Arizona Sport Shirts ($100 certificate to 20th-place finisher in A-Main): Dale McDowell
JE Pistons (one complete set of JE Pro Seal rings to 21st-place finisher in A-Main, redeemable w/next purchase of set): Dale McDowell
Roush Yates ($50 gift card to 22nd-place finisher in A-Main): Eric Jacobsen
MSD Ignition ($25 cash to 24th-place finisher in A-Main): Dale McDowell
XS Power ‘Power Move of the Race’ ($60 product certificate): Billy Moyer
Roush Yates ($25 gift card to driver who leads most laps in the A-Main): Billy Moyer
2013 World of Outlaws Late Model Series Point Standings as of – A-Mains completed (rank/driver/points/deficit to leader):
1. Josh Richards 1008
2. Shane Clanton 994 (-14)
3. Rick Eckert 954 (-54)
4. Darrell Lanigan 952 (-56)
5. Tim McCreadie 906 (-102)
6. Eric Wells 896 (-112)
7. Scott James 886 (-122)
8. Tim Fuller 872 (-136)
9. Morgan Bagley 868 (-140)
10. Chub Frank 862 (-146)
11. Bub McCool 854 (-154)
12. Clint Smith 834 (-174)
13. Pat Doar 802 (-206)
14. Dillon Wood 744 (-264)
15. Brandon Sheppard 714 (-294)
16. Casey Roberts 710 (-298)
17. Gregg Satterlee 692 (-316)
18. Kent Robinson 682 (-326)
19. Brady Smith 656 (-352)
20. Ron Davies 614 (-394)
The World of Outlaws Late Model Series is brought to fans across the country by many important sponsors and partners, including Arizona Sport Shirts (Official Apparel Company), Armor All (Official Car Care Products), Gravely Tractors (Official Lawn Equipment), Hoosier Racing Tires (Official Racing Tires), STP (Official Fuel Treatment), Vicci (Official Uniform), VP Racing Fuel (Official Racing Fuel), DirtonDirt.com (Hard Charger Award) and McCarthy’s One Hour Heating & Air Conditioning (Raye Vest Memorial Pill Draw Award); in addition to contingency sponsors Butlerbuilt, Cometic Gasket, Comp Cams, Dominator Race Products, Edelbrock, Eibach Springs, JE Pistons, JRI Shocks, Klotz Synthetic Lubricants, MSD Ignition, Ohlins Shocks, QuarterMaster, Roush Yates Performance Parts, Superflow Dynos, Wrisco Aluminum and XS Power Racing Batteries; along with manufacturer sponsors Capital Race Cars, Integra Shocks, GRT Chassis, Jake’s Carts, Longacre, Racing Electronics, Rocket Chassis, TNT Rescue, and Warrior Chassis.