Flag to Flag For Wild West Shootout Night #2 Win
By Ryan Neuharth
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
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
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
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
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
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
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,
B-Main 2: Vaught, Anderson, Looney, Daly, Gordon, Korte, McKay,
Henrickson, B.Bartells, Rihn, Throckmorton, L. Drake, Carroll, Mayea, Vennard, Chavez,