latemodelamerica.com - June 25 - Ark-La-Tex Speedway
LateModelAmerica.com by Sam Holbrooks

 
 
Kyle Beard and Wendell Wallace at Ark-La-Tex Speedway
With a low side attack, Kyle Beard transplants #88 Wendell Wallace for second on lap three of the CCSDS main event at Ark-La-Tex Speedway. (Scott Burson)
 
CCSDS: SUPR Veteran Moore Crosses Series Lines for Another North Louisiana Victory  
 
Bryan Wimberley 
 
VIVIAN, La. - June 25. Ray Moore of Haughton, La., continued his victory onslaught, grabbing his seventh win of the season and his second at Ark-La-Tex Speedway, leading flag-to-flag in the Comp Cams Super Dirt Series main event. Polestter Moore collected $2,000 for his one-second victory over Kyle Beard of Trumann, Ark., in the 35-lap shootout at the quarter-mile race track.
 
Moore's biggest career win came on February 26th at Ark-La-Tex Speedway, when he collected $10,000 in an instant classic, over a talent-laden field. The scorching Moore has 11 top 3's in his last 16 events, including seven wins.
 
Ray Moore and Gary Christian at Ark-La-Tex Speedway
Ray Moore warms up alongside #58 Gary Christian of Broken Bow, Okla. before racing to yet another win at the Ark-La-Tex Speedway as the CCSDS paid its first visit to the track.  (Scott Burson)
 
Fifth-starting Kyle Beard rebounded from his worse Comp Cams outing of the year at Sterlington, to finish second. B.J. Robinson of Blanchard, La., finished third, followed by Brandon Smith of Floral, Ark., in fourth and hard charger, Jon Kirby of Russellville, Ark., went from 19th to fifth.
 
At the jump of the green flag, Moore led, while Wendell Wallace of Batesville, Ark., took second from Stacy Taylor of Jacksonville, Ark.. Moore continued to show the way, but it was Beard making the early noise, working his way into second place on lap three.
 
Wallace managed to catch Beard as the pair ran side-by-side the next lap. Behind them, a three-wide battle to get into the top five ensued, between Morgan Bagley, Curtis Cook and B.J. Robinson. A debris caution on lap eight would allow everyone to catch their breath a minute.
 
B.J. Robinson - Stacy Taylor - Trey Beene at Ark-La-Tex Speedway
B.J. Robinson looks low under veterans Stacy Taylor and #115 Brandon Smith on his way to third place at Ark-La-Tex. (Scott Burson)
 
Moore wasted no time on the restart and build his lead back up to two seconds, with ten laps in the books. As the top five became a little spread out, a pack of cars produced great racing from sixth on back, battling on the multi-groove surface for position. Moore began to hit lapped traffic on lap 13, as Beard ran a preferred inside-to-middle line to close the gap on the lead.
 
Moore and Beard took a four-second breakaway on third-running Wendell Wallace. That built-up advantage would be taken away when an equipment failure on Clay Fisher's car caused him to spin on lap 17.
 
Brandon Smith of Floral, Ark., would pull to the side of Wallace for third, but Wallace temporarily held the position. Smith and Wallace would wage a door-to-door war for third for nine consecutive laps, with neither giving an inch.
 
Allen Murray at Ark-La-Tex Speedway
Allen Murray, already a 2011 winner on the Comp Cams Super Dirt Series, raced from 12th to seventh place at Ark-La-Tex. (Scott Burson)
 
With ten to go, the cushion became the favorite way around the track for most of the top five drivers, but Beard was still within striking distance of leader Ray Moore. While running fifth and on the move, Morgan Bagley of Longview, Tex., was reeling in the side-by-side battle of Smith and Wallace.
 
On lap 34, Beard tried the low line to try to close the distance on Moore, who still stood atop the rim in first. Contact with another car, would give fifth-running Bagley a flat with three laps remaining and bringing out the race's final caution.
 
A good late-race restart would be key enough to propel Moore in holding off Beard for the victory. Beard was close enough to pounce on the lead if Moore bobbled, but Moore hit his marks and went mistake-free for the win.
 
Brandon Smith up close as he roars to a fourth place finish at Ark-La-Tex.  (Scott Burson)
Notes: Moore's MB2 Customs Chassis is powered by a Jay Dickens Racing Engine and sponsored by Moore Wireline Inc, tic Tools International, X-Treme Graphics, Smith's Towing and J&J Motorsports.
* The win was Moore's fourth in the Comp Cams Super Dirt Series, tying him for fifth all-time with Dusty Johnston in the five-year old, Arkansas-based series.
*Moore has three top 5's in the last four sanctioned Late Model events held at Ark-La-Tex Speedway, dating back to May 2007.
*Moore started dead last in a seven-car heat and raced to within lengths of catching heat winner Kyle Beard, elevating him to pole position for the feature.
* The 21-minute feature ended at 10:24 pm and was slowed by three cautions.
* The Ark-La-Tex Speedway race marked the first sanctioned Late Model event at the facility in three years.
*It was the Comp Cams Super Dirt Series fifth time to hold a race in the State of Louisiana and the first ever at ArkLaTex Speedway.
 * Curtis Cook of Conway, Ark., continues to lead the Kuntz & Company Rookie of the Year standings over Shane Harris, Ian Samuels and Keith Lawson. Cook finished four positions ahead of Harris at Ark-La-Tex (8th to 12th), expanding his ROTY points advantage.
 * A big top ten mover, Allen Murray of San Antonio, Tex., went from 12th-to-seventh in his Victory Circle by Stuckey race car. Murray was a first-time winner in the Comp Cams series at Beebe Speedway in April.
 * Gary Christian of Broken Bow, Okla., came fresh off the UMP DIRTcar Summernationals tour in Granite City, Ill., making the long trip down to Vivian, Louisiana. Christian recorded his best Summernational finish on June 17th, at Cedar Lake Speedway in New Richmond, Wisconsin, with a 15th-place finish.
 "I am glad I got to experience it, along with Eldora. It was some serious competition up there, but I hated all those (Summernational) rainouts. I am glad to be back around home," Christian explained.  
Christian's luck would not improve, as the 17-year old blew a motor in his heat. The No. 58x team went to a backup car and took a provisional after failing to transfer from a consolation race. Christian would pull off early in the feature to finish 19th.
 * Clay Fisher of Dewiit, Ark., brought out his new MasterSbilt by Stuckey race car for just the fifth time. Fisher looked strong, racing to a close second to Wendell Wallace in his heat. In the feature, Fisher had a dry sump break while running near the top 10, ending his night in 18th.
 * Ten drivers of the Comp Cams field, also made the feature of the $10k Pelican 100 (out of 48 total entries) in February.
  * Drivers not making the feature included, Geoff Aiken, Jay Brunson, Chad Dupont, John Klenzing, Keith Lawson, Eric Neal, Chad Patterson and Jim Spurlock.
 
The Comp Cams Super Dirt Series will have a Fourth of July tripleheader next weekend. The series will first appear on back-to-back nights, July 1st & 2nd, at West Plains (Mo.) Motor Speedway and conclude on July 3rd at Monett (Mo.) Speedway. All three events will be co-sanctioned with the MARS DIRTcar Series.
 
June 25 - Comp Cams at Ark-La-Tex Speedway
1) Ray Moore, 2) Kyle Beard, 3) B.J. Robinson, 4) Brandon Smith, 5) Jon Kirby (prov.), 6) Wendell Wallace, 7) Allen Murray, 8) Curtis Cook, 9) Stacy Taylor, 10) Dewaine Hottinger, 11) Ian Samuels, 12) Shane Harris, 13) Trey Beene, 14) Morgan Bagley, 15) Ronny Adams, 16) Timothy Culp, 17) Jon Mitchell, 18) Clay Fisher, 19) Gary Christian (prov.), 20) Johnny Virden
Heat winners (28 entries): Taylor, Beard, Wallace, Robinson; B-Main winners: Beene, Samuels
 

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