Grove, Ark.'s Jeff Floyd (#F1) and Memphis area veteran Jamie Dacus (#15) find themselves within striking
distance of leader Billy Moyer, Jr. on a restart at Riverside Int'l Speedway, but Floyd's hopes went up with his
engine, and Dacus had to settle for second. (Woody Hampton)
Moyer, Jr. Sweeps Weekend With Riverside
By Ben Shelton
WEST MEMPHIS, Ark. – April 10. In 2009, Billy Moyer Jr. picked up his first ever special event
win at Riverside International Speedway in West Memphis, Arkansas, and on Saturday he returned to the scene of the
crime and made a repeat performance in COMP Cams MSRA Late Model action.
With 25 teams, representing five states, on hand on Saturday at Riverside, a great racing
surface greeted the competitors. Joey Mack from Benton, Missouri powered his #97m Rocket Chassis to a heat race win
and along the way accumulated the most passing points to earn the JFR Graphics Pole Position for
Henson and #97 Joey Mack at Riverside. Mack held down the pole for the start, but the young Missouri driver
had to settle for third. (Woody
Jon Kirby and #15 Shane Stephens race for position "back in the pack"
at Riverside. (Woody
the $2,000 to win, 40 lap feature. East Prairie, Missouri driver, Jeff Sloan joined Mack on the
As the green flag flew Mack bolted to the lead with Jeff Floyd, Moyer, Jamie Dacus, and Sloan in
tow. The first caution flag of the event flew on lap three as Dewaine Hottinger slowed with a flat tire after
contact with another competitor. On the ensuing restart, Moyer moved past Floyd for the second spot and set his
sights on the leader, taking the lead exiting turn four on the sixth circuit. As Moyer took possession of the top
spot, Mack and Floyd began battling side by side for second, and by lap nine, Floyd would make the runner-up
position his own.
The leaders would encounter lapped traffic by lap 10, which allowed Floyd to close in on Moyer.
Moyer would narrowly avoid disaster exiting turn four on lap 11, when he attempted to lap Jon Kirby on the low side
as Kirby tried to turn into the infield. After minimal contact, Moyer recovered, but not before Floyd raced past
him for the lead. The top duo would continue to navigate heavy
at Riverside, with Todd Hall finding his #99 in some intense racing at the suburbian Memphis
traffic, and on lap 16 Moyer found his way back to the lead as Floyd slipped to the second spot
with Dacus and Mack battling for third.
The race would continue to endure a long green flag run until Cody Caldwell brought out the
caution on lap 25. As the field prepared for what would be the final restart, the top five running order consisted
of Moyer, Floyd, Dacus, Mack, and Jon Mitchell. On the restart, Floyd’s hopes for victory went up in smoke as the
powerplant expired in his entry, sending him to the infield. With Floyd pitside, Dacus moved up to second, but
Moyer had already begun to drive away from the field. With Moyer enjoying a comfortable lead, a man on the move was
16th starting Kyle Beard, who was up to the sixth position by lap 30. Over the next few laps he would get to the
The remainder of the event went caution free with Moyer picking up his second win of the
weekend, and fourth career COMP Cams MSRA Late Model win. Jamie Dacus, Joey Mack, Kyle Beard, and Austin Rettig
rounded out the top five finishers.
Kyle Beard was the Larry Shaw Race Cars Hard Charger after advancing from his 16th starting spot
to an 4th place finish. The Quartermaster Hard Luck Award went to Floyd.
Sloand earned a front row seat for the start of the MSRA event in West Memphis, but he would fade to ninth
place. Little Rock area ace Dewaine Hottinger (#65) fell victim to a flat tire.