Moyer Jr. Sails To Summer Nationals Glory

Billy Moyer Jr. won Tuesday's Summer Nationals late model feature at Hartford Speedway. (Jim DenHamer photo)

HARTFORD, Mich. — Billy Moyer Jr. took the lead at the green flag and led all 40 laps on his way to a $5,000 victory in the UMP DIRTcar Summer Nationals “Hell Tour” late model stock car special at Hartford Speedway Tuesday night.

The 29-year-old, third generation, Batesville, Ark., racer scored his third Summer Nationals victory of the year at the three-eights-mile dirt raceway as the 22nd “Hell Tour” event of 2017 was completed for the record books.  Moyer started the night third in the tour standings.

Coming from his inside front row starting spot in the 22-car field, Moyer was in command most of the way although Michigan’s Dona Marcoullier and, later, Jason Feger, who won at Illinois’ Kickapoo Speedway last Sunday, made a race of it.

A complete restart was needed before one lap was completed when outside front row starter Adam Bowman got into the outside wall in turn three.  Once the race began, it was all green flag racing with Moyer showing the way.  Marcoullier started sneaking in on the leader but fell back with Feger, using the outside groove, moving into contention.

Feger closed in on Moyer only to see the yellow flag fly with two laps to go as Marcoullier, who was running fourth, crashed in turn three.  Moyer got a good jump on the restart and took the checkered flag in front of Feger, Michigan’s Brandon Thirlby, Ryan Unzicker, “Hell Tour” points leader Bobby Pierce and Travis Stemler, another Michigan speedster.

Billy Moyer Jr. (Jim DenHamer photo)

“We had a good car tonight,” said Moyer.  “I just cleared two lapped cars and I knew the white flag was coming and we were good now and then the caution came out.  I didn’t want to see that.  I think with a clear track, we showed we had the best car, although Dona (Marcoullier) and (Jason) Feger caught me.  We got the job done tonight.

“You have to be consistent with the car and driving it.  You have to be consistent with the setup stuff.  The car has been consistent, but I haven’t hit it on the setup as much.  You have to be on your game and I have missed it a few times and it shows it.  We won three and ran 13th six times.”

Pierce, on his way to this third consecutive Summer Nationals title, had to start 19th, taking a provisional starting spot after a flat right rear tire put him out of the first 10-lap heat race of the night, which he was leading.  Earlier, Pierce had set quick time during qualifications among 28 entries.

The finish:

Billy Moyer Jr., Jason Feger, Brandon Thirlby, Ryan Unzicker, Bobby Pierce, Travis Stemler, Cody Mahoney, Brent Larson, Michael Kloos, Gordy Gundaker, Dustin Nobbe, Rusty Schlenk, Curt Spalding, Bob Gardner, Eric Spangler, Brett Miller, Paul Stubber, Dona Marcoullier, Jake Rendel, Adam Bowman, Phil Ausra, Curtis Roberts.