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 Moyer Flag to Flag For Wild West Shootout Night #2 Win

By Ryan Neuharth

TUCSON, Ariz - January 10. After a dominating heat race performance earned him the pole for the 30-lap $5000 to win main event, Hall of Famer Billy Moyer went wire-to-wire for the win on night two of the Wild West Shootout at USA Raceway.

In his L&D Trucking/Banner Valley Hauling/Henderson Motorsports/Cooley Transportation/Watters Auto Land/New Vision Graphics /Performance Rod & Custom/Victory Circle M1 Chassis, Moyer led away from the pole as new GRT House Car pilot Jack Sullivan, night one winner Jimmy Mars,

and fourth starting Kelly Boen shuffled outside pole sitter Rylan Long back to fifth after just one lap.  Boen wasted no time in heading to the front taking third from Mars down the backstretch and then second from Sullivan on lap two.

 

Sullivan would quickly fight back and recapture the runner-up slot just one lap later as Long continued to fade back towards the rear of the top 10. With five in Moyer had opened up a straightaway advantage on Sullivan as Boen and Mars gave chase followed by Don Shaw in fifth, Chris Shannon sixth, Terry Phillips went seventh, Jeremy Thornton eighth, Long ninth and Steve Drake rounding out the top 10.

Boen would go side by side with Sullivan on lap six and once again took the second spot, and one lap later Mars shuffled Sullivan back to fourth as Moyer continued his marchtowards the back of the field. With 10 down the hottest driver on the property was Pat Doar as the Double-One Express moved to the top side and trucked his way to ninth from 13th.

Don Shaw began to apply the pressure to Sullivan as the pair raced wheel to wheel between laps 11 and 13 with Sullivan fighting back the challenge. Closer to the front Mars took the fight to Boen for second as Mars moved to the middle grove and grabbed the slot on lap 14.

The first yellow of the event would appear on lap 15 for debris in turn three erasing Moyer's straightaway advantage on the field. On the Delaware double file restart Moyer would continue to lead as Mars, Boen and Sullivan continued the chase.  Phillips would use the restart to his advantage to take fifth from Shaw on lap 15 and fourth from Sullivan just one trip later. Doar then jumped past Shannon for seventh as Shaw and Sullivan engaged in a side by side race for sixth.

Shannon and Doar continued their high/low fight with Shannon winning out 2/3rds into the 30 lapper. With just 10 to go, Moyer continued to lead as Mars distanced himself from Boen and closed on the races only leader. Phillips was a solid fourth as a four way dance developed for the fifth spot currently occupied by Shaw who had Sullivan, Shannon and Doar lurking, while Thornton continued his solid run in ninth with Drake holding down 10th.

Phillips would make the low side move on Boen for third on lap 23 as Shannon & Sullivan, Doar & Thornton, along with 18th starting Will Vaught & Steve Drake racing side by side, three rows deep for sixth through eleventh. The yellow would appear on lap 25 as contact between Thronton and Vaught sent the 48 spinning in turn two, ending a spectacular run for the Tucson, AZ racer.

With just five to go Moyer had clear track in front for the single file restart with Mars, Phillips, Boen and Shaw occupying the top five, Shannon, Sullivan, Doar, Vaught and Drake shuffled themselves in line to round out the top 10. Vaught resumed his torrid pace towards the front, sailing past both Doar and Sullivan for seventh on lap 26 as Drake then engaged that duo in a three wide battle for the eight spot. Drake would pull the same trick as Vaught on lap 27, but up front no one challenged Moyer over the final five laps as he cruised to his second career Wild West Shootout win, the 715th of his 33-year Dirt Late Model career.

For the second night in a row, 75 year old Sherman Barnett dominated the Super Stock feature. Barnett started outside of the front row and drove off to a convincing win during the non-stop affair.

A thrilling duel throughout the entire 25-laps took place between eventual winner Bumper Jones and Derek Ramirez at the front of the open wheel Modified feature field. Jones and Ramirez battled tooth and nail and Jones withstood several late race caution flags to charge to his first career Wild West Shootout Modified feature win. Ramirez ran a solid second with Adam Crippen zipping around the high side to a third place finish.

 

Results - Wild West Shootout Night #2:

 

1. Billy Moyer, 2. Jimmy Mars, 3. Terry Phillips, 4. Kelly Boen, 5. Don Shaw, 6. Chris Shannon, 7. Will Vaught, 8. Steve Drake, 9. Jack Sullivan, 10. Pat Doar, 11. Mike Kirby, 12. Jeremy Payne, 13. Rylan Long, 14. Billy Moyer, Jr., 15. Frank Heckenast, Jr, 16. Clay Daly, 17. John Lowry, 18. Lonnie Parker, Jr., 19. Lance Matthees, 20. Jeremy Thornton, 21. Joey Moriarty, 22. John Anderson, 23. Brad Looney, 24. Brad Seng.

 

Heat 1: Rylan Long, Mike Kirby, Billy Moyer, Jr, Terry Phillips, Chris Shannon, Grant Junghans, Rob Mayea, Rob Sanders, Jamie Throckmorton, Tommy Hussek

 

Heat 2: Don Shaw, Lonnie Parker, Jr, Steve Drake, John Anderson, Brad Seng, Dan Henrickson, Andrew McKay, Bill Bartells, Adam Crippen, Jimmy Jelvik

 

Heat 3: Jack Sullivan, Frank Heckenast, Jr, Jeremy Payne, Kelly Boen, Brad Looney, Ronnie Rihn, Mark Carroll, James Chavez, Jr, David Vennard, Eric Turner

 

Heat 4: Billy Moyer, Pat Doar, Will Vaught, Cory Hemphill, Dean Moore, John Lowry, Matt Aukland, Brad Williams, Nick Bartells, Logan Drake

 

Heat 5: Jimmy Mars, Joey Moriarty, Lance Matthees, Jeremy Thornton, Bo Gordon, Paul Mueller, Clay Daly, Jeff Biffle, Randy Korte

 

B-Main 1: Matthees, Lowry, Seng, Moyer, Jr, Moore, Aukland, Williams, Sanders, Junghans, Hemphill, Mueller, N. Bartells, Biffle, Hussek, Crippen, Turner

 

B-Main 2: Vaught, Anderson, Looney, Daly, Gordon, Korte, McKay, Henrickson, B.Bartells, Rihn, Throckmorton, L. Drake, Carroll, Mayea, Vennard, Chavez, Jelvik

 

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