- Feb. 11 - East Bay Raceway Winternationals (makeup) by Sam Holbrooks


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Lucas Oil Series: Moyer Scores Winternationals Win no. 21 in First 2011 Outing

James Essex

TAMPA, Fla. – Feb. 11. Billy Moyer of Batesville, Ark. scored his career leading 21st win at East Bay Raceway Park on Friday, capturing the 30-lap $5000-to-win feature event. The Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series sanctioned-event was a make-up from Monday's rainout during the 35th annual DART "Winternationals".
Moyer’s 742nd win of his Hall of Fame career completed the day’s sweep for him as he set fast time and won his heat race. Trailing Moyer to the finish line were Don O’Neal of Martinsville, Ind., Scott Bloomquist of Mooresburg, Tenn., 20th starting Wendell Wallace of Batesville, Ark., and 17th starting Bub McCool of Vicksburg, Miss. 
Wendell Wallace - Josh Richards
Slipping under #25 Josh Richards, Wendell Wallace put his early season struggles behind him with an impressive run from 20th to fourth. (Mike Ruefer) 
“It’s great to always win here at East Bay, we’ve been helping our drivers this week that drive our cars and this is the first time we’ve raced this week, and to get victory win number 21 here for car 21, it’s awesome,” said the 53-year-old Moyer, who capture 24 main events a year ago. “To draw an early number today, I didn’t think would be that good, but were able to get fast time and win the heat, I was babying the car there for most of the race to conserve the tires and fortunately we were able to pull it off.” 
Bub McCool - Josh Richards - East Bay 3
Enjoying the best early season of his career, #57 Bub McCool reels in #25 Josh Richards on his way from 17th to fifth on Friday afternoon at East Bay. (Rick Warren)
Moyer also thanked his crew and sponsors that include crew chief Steve Norris. “Steve and the guys always do a great job, and I have to thank all of great sponsors and product people, Banner Valley Hauling, Henderson Motorsports, Cooley Transport, Sunoco, Watters Auto Land, Clements Engines and everyone else that contributes to the team.” 
Moyer grabbed the lead at the start with Frank Heckenast, Jr. in the second spot. Moyer was unable to build more than a two-three car length lead over Heckenast in the early going as Donnie Moran made his way around O’Neal for third on lap four. 
Eddie Carrier - Ray Cook - East Bay 3
Eddie Carrier, Jr. challenges #53 Ray Cook before the pair finished sixth and seventh at East Bay Friday afternoon. (Mike Ruefer)
Moyer would gain a six length advantage by the halfway mark over Heckenast, Moran, O’Neal and the opening night winner, Scott Bloomquist, but caution at the halfway mark slowed his pace only momentarily. Moran’s day ended on lap 19 after a solid effort as his right rear tire went flat. 
Moyer then pulled away from Heckenast on the restart as Heckenast began to fade with tire wear. O’Neal moved into second, but Moyer’s lead was big enough that no one was unable to run him down at the end. Bloomquist settled for third just ahead of the hard charger of the race Wendell Wallace, who stormed through the field from his 20th starting spot. 
East Bay Raceway Winternationals Race 3
1) Billy Moyer, 2) Don O'Neal, 3) Scott Bloomquist, 4) Wendell Wallace, 5) Bub McCool, 6) Ray Cook, 7) Eddie Carrier, Jr., 8) Austin Hubbard, 9) Josh Richards, 10) Mike Marlar, 11) Eric Jacobsen, 12) Jared Hawkins, 13) Dillan White, 14) D.J. Wells, 15) Chad Valone, 16) Eric Wells, 17) Frank Heckenast, Jr., 18 Tim Dohm, 19) Donnie Moran, 20) Brian Birkhofer, 21) Dan Schlieper, 22) Jason Feger, 23) Dale McDowell, 24) Billy Moyer, Jr., 25) Earl Pearson, Jr., 26) David Breazeale
Fast Time (58 entries): Moyer (14.609); Heat winners: Moyer, Sr., Moran, O'Neal, Heckenast, Carrier, Hubbard, B-Main Winners: Moyer, Jr., Wallace;

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