latemodelamerica.com - July 3 - Thunder Raceway (TTS)
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Total Seal Late Model Series: Moriarty Survives Noyes Track Attack For Show Low Victory

Series report

SHOW LOW, Ariz. - July 3. Sunday was greeted with numerous rain and thunder showers, but Thunder Raceway held out, and after about an hour delay, Joey Moriarty launched into a lead that he would never relenquish en route to the Total Seal Late Model Series win on the second night of racing over the holiday weekend.

 At the start of the feature, conditions were similar to the night before with the bottom looking to be the fast way around, but unlike Terry Belcher, Jr. the night before, Moriarty found the high side to his liking.  Moriarty and Keith Noyes raced side by side for the lead for four laps before Moriarty was able to pull ahead at the very top of the track. Behind the lead duo, positions were swapping fast as Lonnie Parker, Jeremy Thornton, Anthony Madrid, Terry Belcher, and Ricky Thornton, Jr. all tried to find a way to get to the leaders. Belcher and Thornton broke free and were able to put pressure on second running Noyes, working all over the track. They were not able to pressure Moriarty however as he continued to ride right against the outside fence.

A yellow flew with three to go, setting up an exciting finish. On the restart, Moriarty struggled through turns one and two. Coming out of turn two, Noyes was beside the leader, with Belcher and Thornton right on their tail.

"It surprised me how much my tires cooled down on that restart," Moriarty commented after the race. "I went into one and just blew the cushion, and almost hit the fence"

Moriarty was able to pull back ahead in the next lap, but Noyes wasn't giving up yet. Going into turn three about to take the white flag, Noyes pulled a big slide job on Moriarty, briefly taking the lead, but Moriarty was able to cross over and slide back under Noyes, retaking the lead coming out of turn four for the white flag. Belcher and Thornton also got by Noyes on the last lap as the big slide job cost Noyes a couple spots. Moriarty held on for the exciting win, followed by Belcher, Thornton, Noyes, and Parker.

 

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