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October 8
Richmond Raceway,
Richmond, KY
Sanction: Unsanctioned special events (Paul "Butterball" Wooldridge Memorial) - $10,059
Information provided by: Alli Collis (last updated October 9, 5:42 pm)
Butterball winner enjoys richest payday of career
Paul "Butterball" Wooldridge Memorial
  1. Tyler Carpenter
  2. Billy Moyer Jr.
  3. Tanner English
  4. Justin Rattliff
  5. Cody Mahoney
  6. Greg Johnson
  7. Terry English
  8. Michael Chilton
  9. Jason Jameson
  10. Tim Tungate
  11. Todd Coffman
  12. Chris Combs
  13. Jeff Watson
  14. Connor Meade
  15. Derek Fisher
  16. Jason Barrett
  17. Donnie Everman
  18. Jeremy Hines
  19. Josh Rice
  20. Josh Hall
  21. Chris Ruble
  22. James Rice
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Tyler Carpenter scored a $10,059 victory in Richmond's Butterball Memorial.
What won the race: Jumping to the top spot at the drop of the green flag, Tyler Carpenter of Parkersburg, W.Va., led flag-to-flag, outrunning fellow front-row starter Billy Moyer Jr. of Batesville, Ark., to capture a career-best $10,059 victory in Richmond Raceway's 29th annual Paul "Butterball" Wooldridge Memorial.
On the move: Tim Tungate of Campbellsville, Ky., improved from the 15th starting position to post a top-10 finish.
Winner's sponsors: Carpenter's Kryptonite Race Car is sponsored by Big A Mufflers, Johnnie L. Boston General Contracting, JRi Shocks, Octane Race Products, Pro-Tech Auto Sales and Schaeffer's Racing Oil.
Points chase: Jason Barrett of Waco, Ky., tops Richmond's weekly points standings.
Car count: 31
Fast qualifier: Tyler Carpenter
Time: 15.387 seconds
Polesitter: Tyler Carpenter
Heat race winners: Tyler Carpenter, Billy Moyer Jr., Tanner English, Cody Mahoney
Consolation race winners: Derek Fisher
Provisional starters: Chris Ruble, Donnie Everman
Editor's note: Results and race details are unofficial.
By Alli Collis
DirtonDirt.com staff writer

RICHMOND, Ky. (Oct. 8) — Tyler Carpenter’s gamble to make his first-ever trip to Richmond Raceway for the 29th annual Paul “Butterball” Wooldridge Memorial paid off in a big way.

Charging to the top spot at the drop of the green flag, the Parkersburg, W.Va., driver led from flag-to-flag, capturing a career-high $10,059 payday in the race honoring the late central Kentucky driver for which it is named.

“This is the biggest race of my whole career right here,” Carpenter said in victory lane. “I just came on a gamble. I didn’t know. I just heard it was a little, short paperclip, the style of tracks I like. A couple of guys I knew said, ‘You need to go down there and try it. I’m telling you, you can take that thing home,’ and I was like, ‘Everyone talks up a big race.’ But when it comes down to it, you’ve got to think realistic about it. And I’ll tell you what, it’s realistic.”

Winning the night’s first heat race to start on the pole of the 59-lap feature, Carpenter was never seriously challenged for the lead. Fellow front-row starter Billy Moyer Jr. of Batesville, Ark., was able to reel in the race leader through early lapped traffic, but it wouldn’t be enough as Carpenter went on to bag his second special event victory of the weekend.

The West Virginia driver praised Kryptonite Race Cars, built by his father Freddie, in victory lane.

“Kryptonite Race Cars is a family-owned business,” Carpenter said. "We may not have a building that looks like Rocket or Barry Wright, but I tell you what, appearance doesn’t mean anything. This right here is what means everything.”

Moyer Jr., the 2014 Butterball Wooldridge Memorial winner, finished runner-up, with second-generation driver Tanner English of Benton, Ky., placing third. Justin Rattliff of Campbellsville, Ky., finished fourth, with Cody Mahoney of Madison, Ind., rounding out the top five.

“We’ll take a second,” Moyer Jr. said after the race. “We had a good car. This Billy Moyer Victory Race Car has been really strong. We were good at Ponderosa last night, came here tonight and just got beat a little bit in qualifying. I felt like we made a good lap and just got beat a little bit. (Carpenter) did a good job. They beat us.”

Looking to make a move to the front of the field, Moyer Jr. attempted to work the top side of the track through the racing’s running. He praised English for his clean driving.

“I seen it was the No. 96 on the board and I knew he wouldn’t rough me up,” Moyer Jr. said. "I was trying to inch out and see if something was out there and he could have probably rubbed on me and leaned on me, but I appreciate him and have got a lot of respect for him. Good job to him also.”

English, who made just his second-ever visit to the central Kentucky oval, was happy to come away with a podium finish.

“We’re happy with this run,” English said. “To come here, this being the second time I’ve ever came here, and run like that, it’s a big confidence booster, especially in this kind of condition. It kind of got one-lane in the feature and we had to play bumper cars, but other than that, I’m pleased with it."

Notes: Carpenter swept his two-race weekend, winning Friday's Harvest 50 at Skyline Speedway. ... The race was slowed by two cautions. ... The first yellow flag waved on lap 18 when Chris Ruble slowed on the backstretch. ... Josh Rice drew a caution on lap 29 when he slowed with front-end damage. ... Greg Johnson was the winner of last week's $2,000-to-win Finn Watson Memorial makeup feature.

Feature lineup

Row 1: Carpenter, Moyer Jr.
Row 2: Ta. English, Mahoney
Row 3: Rattliff, Johnson
Row 4: Te. English, Chilton
Row 5: Hines, Meade
Row 6: Barrett, Jameson
Row 7: Ja. Rice, Coffman
Row 8: Tungate, Watson
Row 9: Fisher, Combs
Row 10: Jo. Rice, Hall
Row 11: Ruble, Everman

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