Billy Moyer Masters East Bay on Tuesday Night
TAMPA, FL (February 11, 2014) – Billy Moyer raced to victory on Tuesday Night at East Bay Raceway Park. Moyer took the lead from Steve Francis on lap 22 and led the rest of the way in the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series sanctioned East Bay Winternationals.
It was Moyer’s 22nd win at East Bay, which is the most of any Late Model driver in the history of the Winternationals. Francis finished second, followed by Brandon Sheppard, Eddie Carrier Jr., and Don O’Neal rounded out the top five.
“This car has been good all year,” said Moyer, as he stood next to his new Longhorn Chassis racecar. “It’s been great to be working with the Labonte’s, Earl Pearson Jr., Kevin Rumley, and Matt Langston. Trying to catch Steve (Francis) was going to be tough after he got off to a good start, but we were eventually able to run him down.”
“”We felt like last night, we had a car that could win, and then it kind of got away from us at the end. We worked hard all day on the car, made some changes, and it paid off. I would like to thank Henderson Motorsports, Banner Valley Hauling, Sparks Motorsports, Sunoco Race Fuels and everyone else with the race team. The Clements Racing Engine under the hood was just phenomenal tonight.”
Francis bolted into the lead at the start. Brandon Sheppard ran second for the first ten laps of the race. Moyer started fourth and finally got by Sheppard on lap 11. Moyer then tracked down Francis, passing him for the lead coming of off turn number two with three laps to go.
“We were a little too loose after I ran awhile,” said Francis. “Billy got such a run off of turn two, there was nothing I could do about it,” said the driver of the Georgia Boot, Clint Bowyer owned #15. “When you have Billy Moyer behind you at East Bay you are going to be in trouble. With the number of wins he has here, he’s awfully tough to beat at this race track.”
Sheppard earned his second consecutive podium finish. He was pleased with his effort in the Mark Richards Racing Rocket House Car. “We were close last night; I thought with the changes we made to free it up, it would help. We were in the hunt for a win, that’s all I can ask for. Hopefully we will be in victory lane soon.”
Completing the top ten were Scott Bloomquist, Dennis Erb Jr., Jared Landers, Jimmy Owens, and John Blankenship.
In preliminary action, John Blankenship set the overall Miller Welders Fast Time (Group B) amongst the 47 entrants, with a lap of 13.854 seconds (NEW EAST BAY RACEWAY PARK TRACK RECORD). Eddie Carrier Jr. set the fastest time in Group A with a time of 13.931 seconds. Brandon Sheppard, Don O’Neal, Steve Francis and Billy Moyer won their respective heat races. Jason Hughes and Gregg Satterlee won their respective B-Mains.
The series event from East Bay Raceway Park on Thursday February 13th will air LIVE on MAVTV starting at 9:30 PM EST. MAVTV can be found on DIRECTV on Channel 214 and on DISH Network channel 248. For cable subscribers, check your local listings in your area.
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Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
Tuesday Night, February 11th, 2014
38th Annual East Bay Winternationals
East Bay Raceway Park – Tampa, FL
Miller Welders Fast Time Group A: Eddie Carrier Jr./ 13.931 seconds
Miller Welders Fast Time Group B: John Blankenship/ 13.854 seconds ***New Track Record***
Fast Shafts Heat Race #1 Finish (10 Laps, Top 4 Transfer): Brandon Sheppard, Eddie Carrier Jr., Scott Bloomquist, Brian Shirley, Tim McCreadie, Jason Riggs, Mike Benedum, Booper Bare, Vic Coffey, Adam Bowman, Joe Denby, Ray Cook-DNS
Eibach Springs Heat Race #2 Finish (10 Laps, Top 4 Transfer): Don O’Neal, John Mollick, Randy Weaver, Chad Hollenbeck, Jason Hughes, Dennis Franklin, Justin Rattliff, Jay Morris, Allen Murray, Nick Davis, Don Young, Eric Jacobsen-DNS
Simpson Performance Products Heat Race #3 Finish (10 Laps, Top 4 Transfer): Steve Francis, Dennis Erb Jr., John Blankenship, Jimmy Owens, Kevin Weaver, Ricky Weiss, Bobby Pierce, Devin Moran, Jason Papich, Andy Bond, Bob Geiger, Dustin Mitchell-DNS
FK Rod Ends Heat Race #4 Finish (10 Laps, Top 4 Transfer): Billy Moyer, Jared Landers, Dan Stone, Kenny PettyJohn, Gregg Satterlee, Davey Johnson, Mark Whitener, Billy Moyer Jr., Jay Brunson, Chad Stapleton, James O’Hara
JRi Shocks B-Main #1 (12 Laps, Top 4 Transfer): Jason Hughes, Tim McCreadie, Jason Riggs, Booper Bare, Dennis Franklin, Jay Morris, Mike Benedum, Nick Davis, Adam Bowman, Allen Murray, Justin Rattliff
CV Products B-Main #2 (12 Laps, Top 4 Transfer): Gregg Satterlee, Kevin Weaver, Davey Johnson, Bobby Pierce, Ricky Weiss, Devin Moran, Mark Whitener, Jason Papich, Jay Brunson, Chad Stapleton, Billy Moyer Jr., Bob Geiger, Andy Bond-DNS, James O’Hara-DNS, Dustin Mitchell-DNS
DirtonDirt.com Strawberry Dash Finish (Winner Transfers): Devin Moran, Ricky Weiss, Nick Davis, Jay Brunson, Adam Bowman, Mike Benedum, Chad Stapleton, Jason Papich
Feature Finish (25 Laps):
Eddie Carrier Jr.
Salt Rock, WV
Dennis Erb Jr.
Rockbridge Baths, VA
Rochester Mills, PA
Billy Moyer Jr.
Gibson City, IL
Lap Leaders: Steve Francis (Laps 1 – 21); Billy Moyer (Laps 22 – 25)
Caution Flags: Bobby Pierce (Lap 2); Chad Hollenbeck (Lap 5); John Mollick, Davey Johnson, Tim McCreadie, Chad Hollenbeck (Lap 5); Devin Moran (Lap 15); Gregg Satterlee (Lap 22)
Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Provisionals: N/A
Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Emergency Provisionals: N/A
Hedman Hedders Fast Time Provisional: Billy Moyer Jr.
DirtOnDirt.com Strawberry Dash Winner: Devin Moran
Wrisco Feature Winner: Billy Moyer
Optima Batteries Hard Charger of the Race: Jason Riggs (Started: 21st; Finished: 11th; Advanced:10 positions)
Keyser Mfg Spoiler Challenge Point Leader: N/A
Allstar Performer of the Race: Brandon Sheppard
Sunoco Race for Gas Highest Finisher: Billy Moyer
Dunn Benson Ford Rookie of the Race: Will begin after RoY registration deadline.
Midwest Sheet Metal Highest Finishing Rookie: Will begin after RoY registration deadline.
COMP Cams Engine Builder of the Race: Clements Race Engines
Ohlins Shocks Chassis Builder of the Race: Longhorn Chassis
Outerwears Crew Chief of the Race: Steve Norris (Billy Moyer)
HAWK Performance Fastest Lap of the Race: Steve Francis – Lap 4 – 14.460 seconds
Time of Race: 16 minutes 35 seconds