MUSKOGEE, Okla. – The first visit to Outlaw Motorsports Park by the Lucas Oil Midwest Latemodel Racing Ass’n in seven years was a good one Friday night.
Three heat races set the field for an exciting feature, led to wire to wire by Will Vaught. Firing from the outside pole, Vaught jumped to lead over Billy Moyer, and navigated a swarm of lapped cars to hold on for the $2,000 payday.
“Jumping out in the lead there early, I didn’t really know the distance,” said Vaught. “Gary Winger has been working on my shock package and we’re trying to dial this thing in. We actually won with the other car, and been running good with the other car. Obviously we found something on the old car and put it on this one. This one has been pretty good tonight.”
Phillips rolled from the outside of row three and steadily pushed forward. During the middle portion of the race he worked to third, and moved around Moyer in lapped traffic to slide into the runner up spot.
“The car was pretty good,” said Phillips. “It came on there at the end. He (Moyer) was getting tight getting in, and my car would turn good. He was a little better than me off. Out in the open with lap cars out of your way, it seemed like I was gaining ground on Will, but he got gone. He had a good car.”
Moyer looked early on like he might be the car to beat as he ran down and passed Phillips in his heat race. It was still a quality showing for Moyer, who continues to fine tune his new Longhorn Chassis.
“We started on the front row and run third, so that isn’t very good,” said Moyer. “Them guys done a good job. We just gotta pick our game up a little bit. It’s a different tire package, what they run here. So we’re just trying to work on the car a little for that.”
The race was only slowed by one yellow flag for a spinning Brian Parker in the middle of turns three and four. The lapped cars made racing up front intense. Chad Simpson and Ryan Gustin also jockeyed for positions in the front portion of the field, adding to the overall excitement of the race.
Phillips settled for second, followed by Moyer, Simpson and Gustin.
Will Vaught, Terry Phillips, Billy Moyer, Chad Simpson, Ryan Gustin, Travis Dickes, John Anderson, Jeremy Payne, Tommy Weder Jr., Brandon McCormick, Dave Eckrich, Raymond Merrill, Austin Siebert, Scott Lewis, Jacob Magee, Brandon Morton, Bill Koons, Dillon Rupe, Kevin Patrick, Jesse Stovall, Dalton Ragsdale, Jason Bodenhamer, Brian Parker, Jason Sperry, Brett Hansen, Joseph Gorby, Cliff Morrow.