Dodging Bullets at Beebe, Moyer, Jr. Takes MSRA Opener

By Ben Shelton

BEEBE, Ark. – April 9. After surviving a lap one melee and an early battle with Dane Dacus, Billy Moyer, Jr. took the lead on the second circuit and never looked back en route to the $2,000 feature win on Friday in the COMP Cams MSRA Super Late Model season opener at Beebe Speedway.

Twenty-three Late Model teams entered the 2010 season opener for the COMP Cams MSRA. After accumulating the most passing points in heat race action, it was Lakeland, Tennessee’s Dane Dacus, who earned the JFR Graphic Pole

Billy and Joyce Moyer

Proud Mom Joyce Moyer is interviewed by announcer Ben Shelton after Billy Moyer, Jr.'s second victory of the weekend.  The young driver swept MSRA events at Beebe and Riverside Int'l Speedways in his home state. (Woody Hampton)

Qualifier Award for the main event. Joining Dacus on the front row for the 30 lap feature was Jon Kirby from Russellville, Arkansas.

As the field headed into turn one on the first lap, Dacus held a narrow advantage over Kirby, Moyer, and Christian, but disaster struck as Kirby and Dacus made contact in the middle of turns one and two, causing the pair to spin in front of the field. Several other cars were caught in the accident including Jack Sullivan, Wendell Wallace, Bill Frye, and Joey Mack. All of the cars with the exception of Kirby, who received heavy front end damage, were able to continue.

With a blocked track due to the incident, MSRA officials decided to have a complete double file restart with all drivers retaining their original starting position, so Dacus reassumed his position at the front of the field as Moyer joined him on the front row. The second attempt to get the race underway went much better as Dacus and Moyer battled side by side for the lead with Christian, Sullivan, and Wallace in tow. Dacus led the first lap before Moyer inched ahead for the lead as the field completed the second lap.

Over the next few laps Moyer would extend his advantage to five car lengths as the leaders began to catch the tail of the field. By lap 12, Moyer was working on heavy lapped traffic as he struggled to put Austin Rettig down a lap. The leader's difficulty in lapped traffic allowed Dacus to close in on his rear decklid as the pair raced nose-to-tail through the congestion.

On lap 17, however, Moyer finally got past Rettig as he began to lap cars at will, allowing him to pull away from Dacus for the final 13 laps before taking the win. Dacus, Gary Christian, Jack Sullivan, and Wendell Wallace trailed in the top five.

Heat races were won by Dane Dacus, Gary Christian, Jon Kirby, and Billy Moyer Jr. The b-main event was won by Charlie Cole.

Frye was the Larry Shaw Race Cars Hard Charger after advancing from his 13th starting spot to an eighth place finish. The Quartermaster Hard Luck Award went to Kirby after his lap one troubles brought his night to a disappointing, early end.

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