Moyer turns back Mars, earns $5,000 at Tucson
TUCSON, Ariz. (Jan. 10) — Polesitter Billy Moyer of Batesville, Ark., led all 30 laps Sunday at USA Raceway to capture the second round of the fourth annual Wild West Shootout. The 51-year-old Hall of Fame driver collected $5,000, the second-richest purse during the six-race miniseries that runs through next weekend. | Complete WWS coverage
Moyer blitzed the field from the outset, leading by a straightaway after three laps and dominating the race before a midway caution allowed Saturday winner Jimmy Mars of Menomonie, Wis., to catch up. But Mars, winner of his previous four starts, couldn't keep up with Moyer, who edged away on lap 25 after the second and final caution en route to his second career Wild West Shootout victory.
The sixth-starting Mars, who led all 30 laps the previous night, settled for second while Terry Phillips of Springfield, Mo., climbed from the ninth starting spot to finish third. Kelly Boen of Henderson, Colo., ran as high as second before finishing fourth, the position where he started, and Don Shaw of Ham Lake, Minn., rounded out the top five. Pat Doar of New Richmond, Wis., started 13th and ran as high as fifth before fading back to 10th. Rylan Long of Greenfield, Mo., started outside the front row but faded quickly from contention, ending up 13th.
The midway caution appeared for debris while the final yellow appeared when hometown driver Jeremy Thornton and Will Vaught of Crane, Mo., got together in turn two.
Notes: Moyer's Victory Circle Chassis is sponsored by L&D Trucking, Banner Valley Hauling, Henderson Motorsports, Cooley Transportation, Watters Auto Land, New Vision Graphics and Performance Rod & Custom. ... The victory was Moyer's 715th of his career. ... Among drivers failing to make the feature: Dean Moore, Matt Aukland, Brad Williams, Rob Sanders, Grant Junghans, Paul Mueller, Nick Bartels, Cory Hemphill, Tommy Hussak III, Adam Crippen, Eric Turner, Randy Korte, Andrew McKay and Rob Mayea. ... The miniseries takes a two-day break before returning for a Wednesday night event paying $3,000 to the winner. Three straight races wrap up the week on Friday-Sunday, capped by the $10,000-to-win Bill Cheesebourg Memorial.
Wild West Shootout: (1) Billy Moyer, (2) Jimmy Mars, (3) Terry Phillips, (4) Kelly Boen, (5) Don Shaw, (6) Chris Shannon, (7) Will Vaught, (8) Steve Drake, (9) Jack Sullivan, (10) Pat Doar, (11) Mike Kirby, (12) Jeremy Payne, (13) Rylan Long, (14) Billy Moyer Jr., (15) Frank Heckenast Jr., (16) Clay Daly, (17) John Lowrey, (18) Lonnie Parker Jr., (19) Lance Matthees, (20) Jeremy Thornton, (21) Joey Moriarty, (22) John Anderson, (23) Brad Looney, (24) Brad Seng. Heat race winners (among 49 cars): Long, Shaw, Sullivan, Moyer, Mars. Consolation winners: Matthees, Vaught.