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Billy Moyer, Jr. takes Tri-City Speedway’s St. Louis Showdown! Danny Ems & Ryan Eilers pick up Modified wins!

Billy Moyer, Jr.
Danny Ems
Ryan Eilers

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(Story courtesy of DirtonDirt.com) – GRANITE CITY, Ill. (Sept. 12) — Billy Moyer Jr. of Batesville, Ark., went from third to first on a lap-22 restart, then fought off a serious challenge from eighth-starting Brian Birkhofer of Muscatine, Iowa, to grab his third $10,000 victory of the season.

Moyer took advantage of a slipup by polesitter Tim Manville of Troy, Ill., on the restart before the halfway point and led the rest of the way for a victory in the first half of the St. Louis Showdown.

Many of Tri-City’s competitors will head to Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 in Pevely, Mo., on Saturday evening for the second of two $10,000-to-win events for non-touring UMP DIRTcar-sanctioned drivers.

“I think we’ve won three $10,000s, but this is by far the most difficult competition we’ve dealt with as far as being in victory lane,” the 26-year-old winner said. “My dad and (Shannon) Babb, Birkhofer, (Brian) Shirley, (Brandon) Sheppard, man, there are so many heavy hitters over here, (Jason) Feger, you can’t name ’em on. There’s 15 guys that can win here, and I’m just lucky enough to win. I’m just real thankful to be standing here right now, because tomorrow at Pevely, we could get lapped. So we’ll celebrate tonight and we’ll get to work tomorrow.”

Brian Birkhofer, who started outside the fourth row but took second from Moyer after a lap-19 restart, settled for a runner-up finish despite nearly taking command amid lapped traffic late in the race at the 3/8-mile oval.

Manville, who started on the pole, was third followed by Feger and the winner’s Hall of Fame father, Billy Moyer. Brian Shirley of Chatham, Ill., advanced four spots to finish sixth.

Manville took command from the outset with the younger Moyer giving chase before Scott Henseler’s lap-19 spin set up a restart that allowed Birkhofer to work the outside groove and grab second.

But a lap-22 scramble in turn one involving Jared Landers, Dewayne Kiefer and Brian Diveley reset the field, and Birkhofer’s attempt to use the outside groove again was nullified when Manville opened the door for the inside-running Moyer.

“It wasn’t the best,” Manville said of his restart. “We got into (turn) one and the car shoved a little bit. It just felt like the right front kind of skated right across the track. I tried to gather it back up coming off of two, but it didn’t the same thing in three. Billy, it was there for the taking, and he got underneath us.”

Moyer was quick to take advantage with Birkhofer briefly stuck behind Manville.

“Birkhofer got me on that one start, and I figured we weren’t going to get him back,” the winner said. “Then on that next start, Manville kind of went in there and got a little push, and I just shot that back. I got a good start on that frontstretch … we timed it pretty good and got lucky enough to get by him, and we had a good hot rod after that.”

While most competitors stuck with the lower groove, Birkhofer thought he’d give it another shot on the outside for the mid-race restart.

“I trucked up there and got to second, and I had to pick (a lane for the restart), and I thought ‘I’m going to pick that again.’ The only problem was, (Manville) made his (car) a little bit wider, which killed my momentum getting into (turn) one,” Birkhofer said. “Then he got into one and two and got into a push, and pushed up and gave Junior the free line to go and take the lead and go on.”

After a lap-23 caution involving Shannon Babb, Billy Laycock and Jack Sullivan on the backstretch, Moyer kept Birkhofer in check, although things got interesting late in the 50-lapper when the leader was briefly held up trying to put a lap on the slower Laycock.

“You’ve just gotta learn to be good in lapped traffic,” Moyer said. “I almost made a mistake and somehow I got through there. I knew Birkhofer was behind me and he runs me clean.”

Birkhofer watched it develop but getting alongside Moyer on the outside wasn’t enough.

“I’ve been in that position, and Billy was like, ‘OK, I’ve gotta try to get underneath him.’ … I had a good run, but I knew that getting into (turn) three where I was, I wasn’t going to get by him,” Birkhofer said.

“I was going to get out there and feel like I was on a gravel road off (turn) four, and that’s exactly what happened and Billy drove off. I just was trying to make it interesting … I got up there, and it felt like you were on jackstands off four there if you got out of the rubber. I had to take my shot to try to get him, and you know, he’s stout. He ran well.”

Notes: Moyer’s previous $10,000 victories in 2014 both came in Kentucky, the first at Kentucky Lake Motor Speedway and another at Richmond Raceway’s Butterball Wooldridge Memorial. … He has eight victories overall in 2014. … Tri-City weekly points leader Randy Korte of Highland, Ill., finished ninth.

Tri City Speedway Granite City,IL
Race Results for 9/12/2014

UMP Late Models – A-Main (39)
Finish Car No Driver Hometown
1 21JR Billy Moyer Jr Batesville, AR
2 15B Brian Birkhofer Muscatine, IA
3 33 Tim Manville (L) St. Jacob, IL
4 25F Jason Feger Bloomington, IL
5 21 Billy Moyer Batesville, AR
6 81S Brian Shirley Chatham, IL
7 28E Dennis Erb, Jr. Carpentersville, IL
8 19R Ryan Gustin Marshalltown, IA
9 00 Randy Korte (L) Highland, IL
10 17 Jim Shereck (L) St. Charles, MO
11 32P Bobby Pierce Oakwood, IL
12 11 Gordy Gundaker (L) St. Charles, MO
13 82 Billy Laycock (L) Marine, IL
14 5A Paul Schrempf (LR) St. Louis, MO
15 11D Brian Diveley Springfield, IL
16 18B Shannon Babb Moweaqua, IL
17 18X Jack Sullivan Greenbrier, AR
18 6K Michael Kloos (L) Trenton, IL
19 777 Jared Landers Batesville, AR
20 0 Dewayne Kiefer Bloomsdale, MO
21 33B Mark Burgtorf Quincy, IL
22 3 Scott Henseler (LR) South Roxana, IL
23 6M Wendall Wallace Batesville, AR
24 45 Don Hammer Clinton, IL

UMP Late Models – B-Main 1
Finish Car No Driver Hometown
1 777 Jared Landers Batesville, AR
2 17 Jim Shereck (L) St. Charles, MO
3 45 Don Hammer Clinton, IL
4 54 Dane Dacus Lakeland, TN
5 17M Robert Baker Alexander , AR
6 11H Jeff Herzog Herculaneum, MO
7 81 Paul Bailey (L) Pocahontas, IL
8 44M Bobby Martintoni Livingston, IL
9 3 Scott Henseler (LR) South Roxana, IL
10 24 Ryan Unzicker El Paso, IL
11 1M Jim Moon New Florence, MO DNS
12 65M Joseph Mueller Brighton, IL DNS

UMP Late Models – B-Main 2
Finish Car No Driver Hometown
1 19R Ryan Gustin Marshalltown, IA
2 00 Randy Korte (L) Highland, IL
3 33B Mark Burgtorf Quincy, IL
4 B5 Brandon Sheppard Berlin, IL
5 92W Scott Weber (L) Festus, MO
6 77 Gavin Landers Batesville, AR
7 17V Mike VandeRiet Jr. Mexico, MO
8 14H Cody Holtkamp Holts Summit, MO
9 32 Derek Fetter (L) Troy, MO
10 11K Steve Karnes Marion, IL
11 5A Paul Schrempf (LR) St. Louis, MO

UMP Late Models – Heat 1
Finish Car No Driver Hometown
1 33 Tim Manville (L) St. Jacob, IL
2 0 Dewayne Kiefer Bloomsdale, MO
3 18B Shannon Babb Moweaqua, IL
4 11 Gordy Gundaker (L) St. Charles, MO
5 24 Ryan Unzicker El Paso, IL
6 54 Dane Dacus Lakeland, TN
7 17M Robert Baker Alexander , AR
8 11H Jeff Herzog Herculaneum, MO
9 65M Joseph Mueller Brighton, IL
10 1M Jim Moon New Florence, MO DNS

UMP Late Models – Heat 2
Finish Car No Driver Hometown
1 21 Billy Moyer Batesville, AR
2 28E Dennis Erb, Jr. Carpentersville, IL
3 81S Brian Shirley Chatham, IL
4 6K Michael Kloos (L) Trenton, IL
5 19R Ryan Gustin Marshalltown, IA
6 00 Randy Korte (L) Highland, IL
7 17V Mike VandeRiet Jr. Mexico, MO
8 77 Gavin Landers Batesville, AR
9 B5 Brandon Sheppard Berlin, IL
10 32 Derek Fetter (L) Troy, MO

UMP Late Models – Heat 3
Finish Car No Driver Hometown
1 21JR Billy Moyer Jr Batesville, AR
2 32P Bobby Pierce Oakwood, IL
3 82 Billy Laycock (L) Marine, IL
4 11D Brian Diveley Springfield, IL
5 45 Don Hammer Clinton, IL
6 17 Jim Shereck (L) St. Charles, MO
7 777 Jared Landers Batesville, AR
8 81 Paul Bailey (L) Pocahontas, IL
9 44M Bobby Martintoni Livingston, IL
10 3 Scott Henseler (LR) South Roxana, IL

UMP Late Models – Heat 4
Finish Car No Driver Hometown
1 25F Jason Feger Bloomington, IL
2 15B Brian Birkhofer Muscatine, IA
3 6M Wendall Wallace Batesville, AR
4 18X Jack Sullivan Greenbrier, AR
5 33B Mark Burgtorf Quincy, IL
6 92W Scott Weber (L) Festus, MO
7 11K Steve Karnes Marion, IL
8 14H Cody Holtkamp Holts Summit, MO
9 5A Paul Schrempf (LR) St. Louis, MO

UMP Late Models – Qualifying 1
Finish Car No Driver Hometown
1 33 Tim Manville (L) St. Jacob, IL
2 0 Dewayne Kiefer Bloomsdale, MO
3 18B Shannon Babb Moweaqua, IL
4 17M Robert Baker Alexander , AR
5 11 Gordy Gundaker (L) St. Charles, MO
6 24 Ryan Unzicker El Paso, IL
7 54 Dane Dacus Lakeland, TN
8 11H Jeff Herzog Herculaneum, MO
9 65M Joseph Mueller Brighton, IL
10 1M Jim Moon New Florence, MO

UMP Late Models – Qualifying 2
Fast Time : 21 – Billy Moyer 16.081
Finish Car No Driver Hometown
1 21 Billy Moyer Batesville, AR
2 28E Dennis Erb, Jr. Carpentersville, IL
3 81S Brian Shirley Chatham, IL
4 00 Randy Korte (L) Highland, IL
5 6K Michael Kloos (L) Trenton, IL
6 B5 Brandon Sheppard Berlin, IL
7 19R Ryan Gustin Marshalltown, IA
8 77 Gavin Landers Batesville, AR
9 17V Mike VandeRiet Jr. Mexico, MO
10 32 Derek Fetter (L) Troy, MO

UMP Late Models – Qualifying 3
Finish Car No Driver Hometown
1 21JR Billy Moyer Jr Batesville, AR
2 82 Billy Laycock (L) Marine, IL
3 32P Bobby Pierce Oakwood, IL
4 777 Jared Landers Batesville, AR
5 11D Brian Diveley Springfield, IL
6 17 Jim Shereck (L) St. Charles, MO
7 45 Don Hammer Clinton, IL
8 81 Paul Bailey (L) Pocahontas, IL
9 44M Bobby Martintoni Livingston, IL
10 3 Scott Henseler (LR) South Roxana, IL

UMP Late Models – Qualifying 4
Finish Car No Driver Hometown
1 25F Jason Feger Bloomington, IL
2 15B Brian Birkhofer Muscatine, IA
3 6M Wendall Wallace Batesville, AR
4 14H Cody Holtkamp Holts Summit, MO
5 33B Mark Burgtorf Quincy, IL
6 18X Jack Sullivan Greenbrier, AR
7 92W Scott Weber (L) Festus, MO
8 11K Steve Karnes Marion, IL
9 5A Paul Schrempf (LR) St. Louis, MO

UMP Modifieds – A-Main (35)
Finish Car No Driver Hometown
1 36 Danny Ems (M) Barnhardt, MO
2 14 Rick Conoyer (M) Saint Peters, MO
3 0X Steve Picou High Ridge, MO
4 24H Mike Harrison Highland, IL
5 18L Michael Long (M) Fowler, IL
6 1AA Aaron Draege Vandalia, IL
7 25C Craig Kern Vandalia, IL
8 15S Chris Smith Highland, IL
9 9S Tommie Seets Jr Alton, IL
10 32 Donovan Lodge Davenport, IA
11 70 Josh Russell (M) Festus, MO
12 128 Zach Schantz Highland, IL
13 37 Everett Bradham Olney, IL
14 360 Tim Hancock Sr Mt Olive, IL
15 18 Jake Seets III (M) Brighton, IL
16 52 Billy Knebel Pocahontas, IL
17 1D Dean Hoffman Troy, IL
18 A1 Gary Bentley (M) St. Peters, MO
19 27 John Seets III (M) Brighton, IL
20 41M Brent Mullins Litchfield, IL
21 77 Rick Stevenson (M) O’Fallon, MO
22 22X Darrel Moser New Haven, MO

UMP Modifieds – B-Main
Finish Car No Driver Hometown
1 1D Dean Hoffman Troy, IL
2 32 Donovan Lodge Davenport, IA
3 360 Tim Hancock Sr Mt Olive, IL
4 52 Billy Knebel Pocahontas, IL
5 41M Brent Mullins Litchfield, IL
6 777 Jeff Asher Park Hills, MO
7 27 John Seets III (M) Brighton, IL
8 7S Craig Spegal New Landon, MO
9 4B Neil Wade, Jr. Marthasville, MO
10 29 Chris Spaulding Montgomery Ciy, MO
11 29X Preston Seratt Dyersburg, TN
12 11H Brandon Hogenson Granite City, IL
13 22B Jake Brewer Fulton, MO
14 28J Bert Jacoby O’Fallon, MO
15 51S Bob Stanton (M) Godfrey, IL
16 117 Mark Enk St. Ann, MO
17 32J Terry Johnson Winfield, MO
18 28K David Kathriner Sr (M) St. Louis, MO
19 117S Derek Shipman Bismarck, MO

UMP Modifieds – Heat 1
Finish Car No Driver Hometown
1 36 Danny Ems (M) Barnhardt, MO
2 1AA Aaron Draege Vandalia, IL
3 70 Josh Russell (M) Festus, MO
4 128 Zach Schantz Highland, IL
5 27 John Seets III (M) Brighton, IL
6 4B Neil Wade, Jr. Marthasville, MO
7 29 Chris Spaulding Montgomery Ciy, MO
8 29X Preston Seratt Dyersburg, TN
9 28K David Kathriner Sr (M) St. Louis, MO DNS

UMP Modifieds – Heat 2
Finish Car No Driver Hometown
1 25C Craig Kern Vandalia, IL
2 18L Michael Long (M) Fowler, IL
3 37 Everett Bradham Olney, IL
4 18 Jake Seets III (M) Brighton, IL
5 32J Terry Johnson Winfield, MO
6 7S Craig Spegal New Landon, MO
7 41M Brent Mullins Litchfield, IL
8 22B Jake Brewer Fulton, MO
9 51S Bob Stanton (M) Godfrey, IL

UMP Modifieds – Heat 3
Finish Car No Driver Hometown
1 0X Steve Picou High Ridge, MO
2 22X Darrel Moser New Haven, MO
3 9S Tommie Seets Jr Alton, IL
4 A1 Gary Bentley (M) St. Peters, MO
5 52 Billy Knebel Pocahontas, IL
6 32 Donovan Lodge Davenport, IA
7 777 Jeff Asher Park Hills, MO
8 117 Mark Enk St. Ann, MO
9 117S Derek Shipman Bismarck, MO

UMP Modifieds – Heat 4
Finish Car No Driver Hometown
1 14 Rick Conoyer (M) Saint Peters, MO
2 15S Chris Smith Highland, IL
3 24H Mike Harrison Highland, IL
4 77 Rick Stevenson (M) O’Fallon, MO
5 1D Dean Hoffman Troy, IL
6 360 Tim Hancock Sr Mt Olive, IL
7 28J Bert Jacoby O’Fallon, MO
8 11H Brandon Hogenson Granite City, IL

B Modified – A-Main (57)
Finish Car No Driver Hometown
1 3 Ryan Eilers Highland, IL
2 3e Robbie Eilers Highland, IL
3 17LX Chad Lebsock Hallsville, MO
4 11H John Stanton (M) East Alton, IL
5 4D Doug Tye (BR) Troy, IL
6 94 Mark Clary Edwardsville, IL
7 4T Jake Trebilcock Caseyville, IL
8 14C Rick Conoyer (M) Saint Peters, MO
9 55 Marty Smith Jr. Troy, IL
10 19 Jimmy Cummins Highland, IL
11 8T TJ Eilers (B) Troy, IL
12 40 Steve Ellison Trenton, IL
13 34 Dave Armstrong Festus, MO
14 12M Jason Maxey Salem, IL
15 3W BJ Deal Brownstown, IL
16 21S Kenny Shaw Bunker Hill, IL
17 26J Jeff Frohwitter (B) Dittmer, MO
18 A1 Dan Bimson (B) Saint Peters, MO
19 28X Justin Durbin Mulberry Grove, IL
20 22W Scott Wickliffe (B) Fenton, MO
21 42 Eric Fender Louisville, IL
22 147 Kyle Stolzer (B) St. Genevieve, MO
23 21 Ryan Middaugh Fulton, MO
24 102 Ken Rumble House Springs, MO DNS

B Modified – B-Main
Finish Car No Driver Hometown
1 4T Jake Trebilcock Caseyville, IL
2 55 Marty Smith Jr. Troy, IL
3 42 Eric Fender Louisville, IL
4 12M Jason Maxey Salem, IL
5 21S Kenny Shaw Bunker Hill, IL
6 28X Justin Durbin Mulberry Grove, IL
7 147 Kyle Stolzer (B) St. Genevieve, MO
8 40 Steve Ellison Trenton, IL
9 26J Jeff Frohwitter (B) Dittmer, MO
10 21 Ryan Middaugh Fulton, MO
11 3W BJ Deal Brownstown, IL
12 28B Kyle Blair Edgewood, IL
13 14X Jon Melloway Hallsville, MO
14 31 Mark Anderson Canton, IL
15 57E Earl Pryor (M) Troy, MO
16 22W Scott Wickliffe (B) Fenton, MO
17 81 Creg Cannon (S) Cottage Hills, IL
18 52 Billy Knebel Pocahontas, IL
19 26 Lewis Clark Fulton, MO
20 63G Richie Gabriel (BR) Jerseyville, IL

B Modified – C-Main 1
Finish Car No Driver Hometown
1 31 Mark Anderson Canton, IL
2 14X Jon Melloway Hallsville, MO
3 57E Earl Pryor (M) Troy, MO
4 3W BJ Deal Brownstown, IL
5 54 Shaun Horstmann Highland, IL
6 00S Cody Stilwell Godfrey, IL
7 04 Mitch Landrum O’Fallon, MO
8 70C Mark Crady DeSoto, MO
9 31P Mitch Parmeley Hillsboro, MO
10 85G Joe Giesler St. Mary, MO
11 00 Dennis Waggle Newton, IL
12 88 Chris Bolyard Mulberry Grove, IL
13 52H Cale Hartnagel Pocahontas, IL
14 6FL Ronnie Flanigan South Roxana, IL
15 4 Justin Shiverdecker Fulton, MO DNS
16 5h Scott Hammack (B) Cedar Hills, MO DNS
17 24 Justin Clark Vandalia, IL DNS

B Modified – C-Main 2
Finish Car No Driver Hometown
1 52 Billy Knebel Pocahontas, IL
2 21 Ryan Middaugh Fulton, MO
3 28B Kyle Blair Edgewood, IL
4 22W Scott Wickliffe (B) Fenton, MO
5 55D Randy Demery Fulton, MO
6 66 Timothy Gaerther (B) Edwardsville, IL
7 29F Stephen Fohne Troy, IL
8 33C Dustin Clary Belleville, il
9 70 Jeff Yates (B) Troy, MO
10 5L Lee Pruitt Hawk Point, MO
11 77 Jerry Kiser O’ Fallon, MO DNS
12 88L Rob Lee Sorento, IL DNS
13 40X Derick Bray Owensville, MO DNS
14 42W Ricky Smith (S) Godfrey, IL DNS
15 28 Kevin Morrow Pekin, IL DNS
16 40B Kevin Blackburn Fulton, Mo DNS

B Modified – Heat 1
Finish Car No Driver Hometown
1 3 Ryan Eilers Highland, IL
2 4D Doug Tye (BR) Troy, IL
3 4T Jake Trebilcock Caseyville, IL
4 81 Creg Cannon (S) Cottage Hills, IL
5 14X Jon Melloway Hallsville, MO
6 00S Cody Stilwell Godfrey, IL
7 70C Mark Crady DeSoto, MO
8 52H Cale Hartnagel Pocahontas, IL
9 5h Scott Hammack (B) Cedar Hills, MO
10 85G Joe Giesler St. Mary, MO

B Modified – Heat 2
Finish Car No Driver Hometown
1 3e Robbie Eilers Highland, IL
2 14C Rick Conoyer (M) Saint Peters, MO
3 55 Marty Smith Jr. Troy, IL
4 28X Justin Durbin Mulberry Grove, IL
5 52 Billy Knebel Pocahontas, IL
6 21 Ryan Middaugh Fulton, MO
7 5L Lee Pruitt Hawk Point, MO
8 88L Rob Lee Sorento, IL
9 40B Kevin Blackburn Fulton, Mo
10 42W Ricky Smith (S) Godfrey, IL

B Modified – Heat 3
Finish Car No Driver Hometown
1 11H John Stanton (M) East Alton, IL
2 94 Mark Clary Edwardsville, IL
3 42 Eric Fender Louisville, IL
4 26J Jeff Frohwitter (B) Dittmer, MO
5 31 Mark Anderson Canton, IL
6 3W BJ Deal Brownstown, IL
7 00 Dennis Waggle Newton, IL
8 04 Mitch Landrum O’Fallon, MO
9 31P Mitch Parmeley Hillsboro, MO
10 54 Shaun Horstmann Highland, IL

B Modified – Heat 4
Finish Car No Driver Hometown
1 8T TJ Eilers (B) Troy, IL
2 34 Dave Armstrong Festus, MO
3 26 Lewis Clark Fulton, MO
4 63G Richie Gabriel (BR) Jerseyville, IL
5 28 Kevin Morrow Pekin, IL
6 29F Stephen Fohne Troy, IL
7 77 Jerry Kiser O’ Fallon, MO
8 70 Jeff Yates (B) Troy, MO
9 40X Derick Bray Owensville, MO DNS

B Modified – Heat 5
Finish Car No Driver Hometown
1 A1 Dan Bimson (B) Saint Peters, MO
2 102 Ken Rumble House Springs, MO
3 21S Kenny Shaw Bunker Hill, IL
4 40 Steve Ellison Trenton, IL
5 88 Chris Bolyard Mulberry Grove, IL
6 57E Earl Pryor (M) Troy, MO
7 4 Justin Shiverdecker Fulton, MO
8 6FL Ronnie Flanigan South Roxana, IL
9 24 Justin Clark Vandalia, IL

B Modified – Heat 6
Finish Car No Driver Hometown
1 17LX Chad Lebsock Hallsville, MO
2 19 Jimmy Cummins Highland, IL
3 12M Jason Maxey Salem, IL
4 147 Kyle Stolzer (B) St. Genevieve, MO
5 28B Kyle Blair Edgewood, IL
6 22W Scott Wickliffe (B) Fenton, MO
7 66 Timothy Gaerther (B) Edwardsville, IL
8 55D Randy Demery Fulton, MO
9 33C Dustin Clary Belleville, il

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