Moyer - Floyd - Dacus

Walnut 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 Int'l Checkers

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

Terry Henson - Joey Mack

Terry 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 Hampton)

Jon Kirby - Shane Stephens

Jon Kirby and #15 Shane Stephens race for position "back in the pack" at Riverside.   (Woody Hampton)

the $2,000 to win, 40 lap feature. East Prairie, Missouri driver, Jeff Sloan joined Mack on the front row.

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

Todd Hall

Four-wide at Riverside, with Todd Hall finding his #99 in some intense racing at the suburbian Memphis track.   (Woody Hampton)

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 fourth position.

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.

Jeff Sloan - Dewaine Hottinger

Jeff 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.   (Woody Hampton)

Finish - MSRA Riverside

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