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October 10
Lucas Oil Speedway,
Wheatland, MO
Sanction: Lucas Oil Midwest LateModel Racing Association (Fall Nationals) - $5,000
Information provided by: Series and track reports (last updated October 11, 9:33 am)
Moyer Jr. collects $5,000 MLRA Fall Nationals
Fall Nationals
  1. Billy Moyer Jr.
  2. Jason Papich
  3. Jeremiah Hurst
  4. Billy Moyer
  5. Garrett Alberson
  6. Mason Oberkramer
  7. Kyle Beard
  8. Jeremy Grady
  9. Jake Neal
  10. Tony Jackson Jr.
  11. Ryan Gustin
  12. Payton Looney
  13. Chad Simpson
  14. Aaron Marrant
  15. Justin Duty
  16. Tony Toste
  17. Johnny Fennewald
  18. Austin Vincent
  19. Justin Zeitner
  20. Nick Whitehead
  21. Blonde Bomber Mitchell
  22. Cliff Morrow
  23. Joey Smith
  24. Skip Frey
  25. Jeremy Conaway
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Billy Moyer Jr. in victory lane at Lucas Oil Speedway.
What won the race: Snapping a nearly two-year winless slump, Billy Moyer Jr. of Batesville, Ark., grabbed the lead on lap 27 and never looked back en route to capturing Saturday night's 50-lap Lucas Oil Midwest LateModel Association Fall Nationals finale at Lucas Oil Speedway. He cruised to the $5,000 top prize, beating 20th-starter Jason Papich by 5.696 seconds.
Key notes: The feature was slowed by only two caution flags and lasted just over 23 minutes. ... The top 15 finishers completed all 50 laps. ... The Fall Nationals finale marked the sixth time the tour has visited Lucas Oil Speedway this season.
On the move: After having his qualifying time disallowed earlier in the evening, Jason Papich of Arroyo Grande, Calif., started 20th and finished second.
Winner's sponsors: Moyer Jr.’s Capital Race Car is powered by a Clements Racing Engine and sponsored by Nutrien Ag Solutions, Dyna-Gro Seed, Mesilla Valley Transportation and Hass Horizontal.
Points chase: Jeremiah Hurst ended the weekend leading the MLRA standings by eight points over Payton Looney and 30 points over Chad Simpson.
Current weather: Clear, 75°F
Car count: 26
Fast qualifier: Garrett Alberson
Time: 14.752 seconds
Polesitter: Mason Oberkramer
Heat race winners: Mason Oberkramer, Billy Moyer Jr., Jeremiah Hurst
Next series race: October 16, Tri-City Speedway (Granite City, IL) $5,000
Editor's note: Results and race details are unofficial.
By Lyndal Scranton
Lucas Oil Speedway

WHEATLAND, Mo. (Oct. 10) — Billy Moyer Jr. turned a back-and-forth battle into a runaway, capturing the seventh annual Lucas Oil Fall Nationals on Saturday at Lucas Oil Speedway.

The 32-year-old Batesville, Ark., driver took home the $5,000 Lucas Oil Midwest LateModel Association prize in the 50-lap finale with his first feature victory of any kind in nearly two years. Avoiding the prospect of a second consecutive winless season, he was triumphant for the first time since Oct. 20, 2018, at Chatham (La.) Speedway.

The Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series regular beat runner-up Jason Papich of Arroyo Grande, Calif., who charged from 20th at the start to finish second. Jeremiah Hurst of Dubuque, Iowa, was third and took over the MLRA points lead.

“It’s nice to finally win, man. We haven’t won in a long, long time,” Moyer Jr. said. “It gets real tiring to go up-and-down the road. To finally get into victory lane, it’s nice for my guys. This is a phenomenal facility. Hopefully we put on a good show for the fans."

Moyer Jr. and Mason Oberkramer started on the front row and Moyer got the early jump, opening a two-second advantage by lap 10. But Oberkramer began to reel him in and took over the lead with a pass in turn three on lap 16 as the two sliced through lapped traffic.

The race’s first caution, on lap 18, bunched the field, and following Oberkramer and Moyer on the restart were Hurst, Chad Simpson and Garrett Alberson.

Oberkramer and Moyer Jr. again broke away from the rest over the next few laps and traded the lead three times, with Moyer working the inside to go in front on lap 24, Oberkramer using the outside groove to take it back one lap later and Moyer wrestling it away for good on lap 27.

“We had a real good Capital Race Car,” Moyer said. “(Oberkramer) ran me real clean. It was a heck of a race between us. Hopefully all the fans appreciated it.”

Moments after Moyer Jr. assumed command on lap 27, Ryan Gustin, the winner of Friday's feature, slowed on the front stretch to bring out the race’s second caution. Hurst was running third with Alberson fourth and Billy Moyer, the winner’s father, in fifth.

It was all Moyer Jr. from there, as the race remained caution-free over the final 23 laps. He pulled away and won by 5.7 seconds over Papich, who moved into second with three laps to go. Hurst wound up third with Moyer Sr. fourth and Alberson, a Roberts Motorsports teammate of Hurst, finishing fifth. Oberkramer faded over the final few laps to finish sixth.

Moyer said his spotters did a good job of showing him the glow sticks, lap after lap, to relay the margin of his lead. Realizing he had a comfortable margin made it easier to conserve his right rear tire.

“I couldn’t figure out how to get off turn four,” Moyer said. “If the sticks didn’t close up any, I kind of felt like going into the middle high and turning down and being very patient on the throttle was the trick, I guess.”

Papich was ecstatic with his charge through the field. He had to rally after being put behind at the start of the night when he had his qualifying time disallowed because he failed to make weight.

“Obviously the racetrack was racy and we have a good piece here,” Papich said. “We qualified fourth overall and were light on the scale, didn’t have enough fuel in it. We made a mistake. That’s racing. We made up for it I guess.”

Hurst’s third-place finish was enough to vault him into the Lucas Oil MLRA points lead. Also the Sunoco Rookie of the Year leader, Hurst is eight points in front of Payton Looney for the series crown.

Looney started 11th and wound up 12th. Chad Simpson finished one position behind Looney and is 30 points behind Hurst in the championship battle.

“We’re clicking along here pretty good,” Hurst said. “I just hope the rest of the season finishes out the way it’s going. I can’t thank all my guys. They bust their butt. I can’t ask for a better crew.”

MLRA has three events remaining: Oct. 16-17 at Tri-City Speedway in Granite City, Ill., and Oct. 18 at Randolph County Raceway in Moberly, Mo.

Feature lineup

Row 1: Oberkramer, Moyer Jr.
Row 2: Hurst, Simpson
Row 3: Moyer Sr., Toste
Row 4: Grady, Jackson Jr.
Row 5: Marrant, Alberson
Row 6: Looney, Zeitner
Row 7: Gustin, Duty
Row 8: Beard, Vincent
Row 9: Neal, Smith
Row 10: Whitehead, Papich
Row 11: Fennewald, Mitchell
Row 12: Frey, Morrow
Row 13: Conaway
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