latemodelamerica.com - Apr. 10 - Riverside Int'l Speedway
LateModelAmerica.com by Sam Holbrooks

 
 

Austin Rettig - Bill Frye - Riverside Int'l Speedway

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 VL - Ricerside Int'l Speedway CCSDS

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.

Jamie Dacus - Johnny Virden - Woody Hampton

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. (Woody Hampton)

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. - Bill Frye - Woody Hampton

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 tire.(Woody Hampton)

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.

Jon Mtitchell - Gary Christian - Riverside Int'l Speedway CCSDS

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 15th.

Mark Stevens - Dewaine Hottinger - Woody Hampton

Local driver Mark Stephens races #65 Dewaine Hottinger, who picked up sixth place at Riverside. (Woody Hampton) 

CCSDS - Riverside Int'l Speedway
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.

Woody Hampton photo



 

 

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