Teenager Austin Rettig rolls under
veteran Bill Frye on his way to a lead and his first big win in Comp Cams Super Dirt Series action at Riverside
Int'l Speedway. (Woody Hampton)
Austin Rettig at Riverside Int'l. (Woody Hampton)
CCSDS: Rettig Gets First
Series Win at Riverside
WEST MEMPHIS, Ark. – April 10. Sixteen-year-old Austin Rettig snared his first ever touring series win by the
narrowest of margins as the Comp Cams Super Dirt Series returned to Riverside International Speedway Saturday. The
young Sikeston, Mo. driver nipped Billy Moyer, Jr. by less than a length for the win.
Despite #15 Jamie Dacus's years of experience at the West Memphis track, the West
Tennessee driver would have to settle for fourth place behind #1 Johnny Virden at Riverside.
Rettig dedicated his victory to brother Nathan Rettig, who had already launched his all too brief late model
career at the age of 13 when he was killed in 2004 in a tragic rollover accident on his ATV near his home. Rettig
said after his win, "This win is for Nathan. Dad told me that I was going to win this race, but to actually do it
just means so much."
Billy Moyer, Jr. beats polesitter Bill Frye (#66) to the early lead at Riverside.
Moyer would ultimately finish second after giving up the lead to Austin Rettig, while Frye lost position to a flat
Moyer pulled his #21jr to the outside of polesitter Bill Frye for the start and blew away the field early on to
build a big lead on second running Frye, while Rettig quickly slipped into third. Several cars piled up on lap
five, and as Moyer again drove away, Rettig began to pressure Frye for second. Returning to the seat of a Late
Model this year, Johnny Virden soon took over the fourth spot.
Gary Christian races outside of Jon Mitchell before taking his Pannell Racing #33 to
fifth place. (Woody Hampton)
Both Virden's and Rettig's fortunes would improve late in the race as Frye pitted to change a flat tire. After
Frye returned to the rear, the field fired again, and this time Rettig took a shot at Moyer, racing the 2010
Riverside winner side by side and exchanging the top spot. Moyer had the advantage going into the final circuit,
but Rettig was able to pounce as Moyer's mount stuttered just enough in the final turn to allow an opening. Rettig
was able to beat Moyer by a fraction of a second as the crowd rose to its feet. Virden maintained third throughout
the final circuits, trailed by local veteran Jamie Dacus and young Oklahoma driver Gary Christian, who charged from
Local driver Mark Stephens races #65 Dewaine Hottinger, who picked up sixth place at
CCSDS - Riverside Int'l
1) Austin Rettig, 2) Billy Moyer, Jr., 3) Johnny Virden, 4) Jamie Dacus, 5) Gary Christian, 6) Dewaine
Hottinger, 7) Clay Fisher, 8) Ian Samuel, 9) Kyle Beard, 10) Brandon Smith, 11) Bill Frye, 12) Jon
Mitchell, 13) Jon Kirby (prov.), 14) Ross Camponovo, 15) Mark Stephens, 16) Shane Stephens, 17) Shane
Harris, 18) Keith Lawson, 19) Terry Henson (prov.), 20. Allen Murray
Fast Time (30 entries):
Harris; Heat winners: Frye, Hottinger, Moyer, Rettig; B-Main winners: Mitchell, Beard.