Springfield, Mo's Terry Phillips ratcheted up a bit and scored his
first 2010 win with a last lap slide job on leader Billy Moyer. (K.C.
Phillips Outguns Moyer On Last Lap for Ninth Career Wild West
By Ryan Neuharth
- January 13. Terry Phillips came into
night number three of the fourth annual Wild West Shootout at USA Raceway with two top five finishes to his credit.
Those efforts came from starting spots deep in the field, resulting in 19 passes in those events. Given that Phillips had one of the fastest cars on the property, it only seemed
logical that if he could improve his starting position a win would be inevitable. It all came together on
After starting fourth, Phillips
maneuvered his Andy's Frozen Custard / Don Babb
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Engines / GRT by Phillips to the lead on lap 16, lost the top spots to Sunday winner Billy Moyer on lap 28,
and re-took it with a last lap turn three slide job that left the USA Raceway patrons in a state of stunned
Chris Shannon earned the pole position for the night's 30-lap main event and took the lead
off the initial green which was scrubbed when Will Vaught spun his Warrior chassis in turn
two. On the restart Shannon again jumped to the point as Phillips gained two to run second
followed by Jack Sullivan, outside pole sitter Rylan Long and Mike Balcaen in Dean Moore's
Position swapping was fast and furious early as Moyer went from seventh to fourth, John
Lowry skipped from ninth to sixth, and Jimmy Mars launched from
thirteenth to ninth all before the completion of lap three.
The races second yellow appeared for a five car melee in turn one between
Vaught, Brad Looney, Mark Carroll, Bo Gordon and Paul Mueller. All five drivers retired from the event as did
Don Shaw who was running 10th.
On the Delaware double file restart Shannon again lead away
at the green with Phillips second and Moyer getting around Sullivan for third. Sullivan would quickly lose
fourth to Lowry as Frank Heckenast, Jr ran sixth, Long now seventh, Mars eighth,
15th starting Randy Korte was ninth and Balcaen rounded out the top
Sullivan would return the favor to Lowry on lap five as both Long and Mars moved
past Heckenast, Jr. Long and Mars then would both move past Lowry as well
on lap six, with Mars also getting around Long while Korte jumped two spots to eighth as each position was in
a constant state of flux all around the USA
With ten laps in Shannon continued to lead chased by Phillips, Moyer, Sullivan and Mars.
Sixth thought tenth were currently occupied by Long, Lowry, Korte,
Balcaen and Heckenast, Jr.
Steve Drake and Jeremy Payne would get past Heckenast, Jr on lap 16 as Shannon continued
his great run around the bottom of the racetrack and closed on the rear of the field. While the positions
mid-pack began to settle in, the battle for the lead began to heat up. Phillips began putting the pressure on
Shannon as the leader tried to negotiate thought the slower lapped
traffic. Shannon would slip off the bottom in turn one on lap 16, opening the door for not only Phillips to
take over the top spot but for Moyer to sneak through to
Phillips was working the lapped traffic like a master
opening up a sizable advantage over Moyer as the field clicked past 20 complete. Mars took advantage of the
traffic to move past Sullivan and Shannon on lap 22 to take over third. Moyer began to work the high side
slowly dwindled his disadvantage until he was all over the leader rear deck as Phillips worked traffic low
with just five to go.
Moyer and Phillips would race side by side for the lead on lap 27 as Moyer would use the
top side momentum to grab the lead off of turn two on lap 28. Phillips
mounted a return assault as the two were again side by side with the white flag in the
The two front runners would race wheel to wheel into turn one as Moyer nosed ahead in turn
two. Phillips got a great drive off the bottom of two and raced even with Moyer down the backstretch as the
pair approached turn three. Phillips drove his GRT deep into three and
pulled the classic slide job as he drove past Moyer in the middle of three and four to steal the last lap,
last turn win.
For Phillips, it was his ninth career Wild West Shootout win, extending his advantage as
the series all time winningest driver, and denying Moyer his third career
win. For Moyer, it was the second time in series history he was passed for the lead on the last lap; the
first was by Jeff Taylor back in 2003.
Results - Wild West Shootout Night
1. Terry Phillips, 2. Billy Moyer, 3. Jimmy Mars, 4. Chris Shannon, 5.
Jack Sullivan, 6. Rylan Long, 7. Randy Korte, 8. John Lowry, 9. Mike Balcaen, 10. Steve Drake, 11. John
Anderson, 12. Lance Matthees, 13. Rob Sanders, 14. Frank Heckenast, Jr., 15. Jeremy Payne, 16. Clay
Daly, 17. Pat Doar, 18. Kelly Boen, 19. Don Shaw, 20. Paul Mueller, 21. Brad Looney, 22. Mark Carroll, 23.
Will Vaught, 24. Bo Gordon
B-1: Pat Doar, Will Vaught, Mar Carroll, Bo Gordon, Eric Turner, Adam
Crippen, Greg Walters, Jeff Biffle, Andres McKay, Matt Aukland, Joey Moriarty, David Vennard, Jamie
Throckmorton, Paul Gugleilmoni - scratch, Ronnie Rihn - scratch
B-2: Jeremy Payne, Kelly Boen, Brad Looney,
Paul Mueller, Rob Mayea, Blaine Doppler, Dan Henrickson, Tommy Hussek, Marty Hussek, Scott Johnson, Mike
Meger, Tyler Reddick, James Chavez, Grant Junghans - scratch, Logan Drake - scratch
Heat 1: Balcaen, Drake, Anderson, Payne, Henrickson, Junghans, Chavez,
Heat 2: Shaw, Moyer, Mars, Matthees, Aukland, S. Johnson, T. Hussek,
Heat 3: Phillips, Shannon, Crippen, Doar, Moriarty, Boen, Vaught,
Throckmorton, L. Drake
Heat 4: Lowry, Sanders, Sullivan, Carroll, Korte, Looney, McKay,
Heat 5: Heckenast, Long, Gordon, Daly, Doppler, Gugleilmoni, Biffle, M.
Hussek, Rihn, Reddick - scratch