LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — Billy Moyer blasted from third to first on a lap-18 restart and captured Saturday night’s 50-lap World of Outlaws Late Model Series feature at I-30 Speedway.
The 56-year-old dirt late model Hall of Famer sailed around the outside of WoO LMS regulars Darrell Lanigan and Shane Clanton rounding turns one and two and was in front for good when lap 19 was scored. He turned back a late challenge from Lanigan while negotiating lapped traffic to earn $10,150 in front of his homestate fans.
“It’s cool that we could pull one off for ’em this close to home,” said Moyer, who registered his 19th WoO LMS triumph since 2004 and the 41st of his career, including the national tour’s original 1988-89 seasons. “It’s nice. We’re just an hour-and-a-half away (from the shop). It makes for a short trip home.”
Driving his Moyer Extreme by Longhorn car, Moyer made a move worthy of an aggressive youngster to seize command following a lap-18 red flag for a multi-car accident in turn two involving contenders Rick Eckert, Jared Landers and Brandon Sheppard.
“When I was running fourth and Rick was second and took that outside (on a lap-15 restart), it surprised me that he went so good up there,” said Moyer, who started sixth. “It turned out that the outside wasn’t bad on the restart there. If you just were brave enough to get up there and not think that guy was gonna get underneath you, you could run up there in the middle a little bit.”
Moyer’s first WoO LMS win since April 6, 2013, at Farmer City (Ill.) Raceway came by 0.384 of a second over Lanigan, who closed up to Moyer’s rear bumper in the final laps but couldn’t find a way to regain the lead. Lanigan started from the pole position and led laps 1-6 in his Club 29 car.
“The track was a little choppy getting into one and you had to find the right groove – and I just hit the wrong groove and got out of the lead,” Lanigan said of an early-race miscue that allowed Clanton to overtake him for the top spot. “That just put me behind, and then Billy got going on the outside on that resart and kind of killed us.”
Clanton, who last year’s WoO LMS event at I-30, led laps 7-18 but settled for a third-place finish in his Capital Race Car. Though disappointed his shot at the checkered flag was hampered by a tire that sealed over during the red flag, he recorded his first WoO LMS top-five finish of 2014.
Tim McCreadie also cracked the top five for the first time on the ’14 tour, placing fourth in the Sweeteners Plus Rocket after starting 11th. He closely tailed Clanton throughout the race’s second half.
Shannon Babb completed the top five in his Rocket mount, finishing in the same spot he started the race.
Billy Moyer, Darrell Lanigan, Shane Clanton, Tim McCreadie, Shannon Babb, Frankie Heckenast Jr., Chub Frank, Brandon Sheppard, Chase Junghans, Eric Wells, Clint Smith, Rick Eckert, Tommy Surrett, Morgan Bagley, Robbie Baker, Timothy Culp, Garrett Alberson, Jack Sullivan, Chandler Petty, Billy Moyer Jr., Jared Landers, Rick ‘Boom’ Briggs, Raymond Merrill, Wendell Wallace.