Iowa's Chad Simpson followed up
third place Friday night finish with an even more impressive second to Bily Moyer on Saturday in
Kansas. MLRA champ Terry Phillips (#75) would have to settle for third at Thunderhill.
Moyer Completes Twin Win
Weekend at Thunderhill MLRA Debut
MAYETTA, Kan. - May 22. Billy Moyer, of Batesville, Ark., who had scored an MLRA win at Sedalia,
Mo. on Friday, was able to complete the weekend sweep at Thunder Hill Speedway on Saturday – but it was far
from an easy score.
The warmest night of the summer so far treated fans to the hottest racing of the summer, as the
late models of the Lucas Oil MLRA Series made their first visit to the high banks here in over three years.
Pre-race buzz surrounded
Couldn't get much more three-wider than #2 John Anderson, #14 Brad Looney, and #1 Mike
Wiarda did at Thunder Hill. Anderson pickd up fourth at the finish, with Looney sixth and Wiarda
Billy Moyer moves under #58 Dave
Eckrich on his way to the front at Thunder Hill. (Lloyd
Late Model legend Moyer bringing his famed #21 to "the Hill" for the first time in the track’s
Thirty-four MLRA Late Models checked into the Thunder Hill pits, including several past winners
at Thunder Hill. When the lineup was set, Chad Simpson, of Mt. Vernon, Iowa, started on the pole. Simpson used it
to great advantage, as he streaked into an early lead, pursued closely by Terry Phillips, Dave Eckrich, Al Purkey,
and several others running in a pack. Meanwhile, eighth-starting Moyer began picking cars off one by
quarter racing in Kansas between #56 Chris Spieker, #25 Chris Smyser, and #74 Jeremy Payne, who raced to his
second ninth place finish of the weekend. (Lloyd
Moyer after win #2 on the MLRA tour for the weekend. (Lloyd Collins)
For awhile, it looked as if Simpson was simply going to lead from wire to wire. As the leaders
moved through lapped traffic, Phillips could get no closer than four car lengths from Simpson’s bumper. Moyer, in
third, was following in Phillips’ tire tracks, but didn’t appear to have the speed to advance further.
A late-race sequence of yellows, however, changed the complexion of the race. On the first
restart, Moyer quickly dispatched Phillips and in another couple of laps made a high-side pass on Simpson. Two more
late yellows allowed Simpson shots at regaining his lead, but he could get no farther than the door of the
Batesville veteran’s machine. At the finish, it was Moyer, followed by Simpson, Phillips, John Anderson, and Dave
Eckrich in the top five.
Navigating Thunderhill Speedway at Mayetta, Kansas, Billy Moyer bones up for his
second MLRA win of the weekend and seventh of the season overall. (Lloyd Collins)
FINISH: (1) Billy Moyer, (2) Chad Simpson, (3) Terry Phillips, (4) John Anderson, (5) Dave Eckrich, (6) Brad
Looney, (7) Al Purkey, (8) Joe Kosiski, (9) Jeremy Payne, (10) Mike Wiarda, (11) David Turner, (12) Chris Smyser,
(13) Shad Badder, (14) J.D. Hubert, (15) Shawn Harker, (16) Zack Simmons, (17) Evan Hubert, (18) Chris Spieker,
(19) Andrew Kosiski, (20) Bill Koons, (21) Al Humphrey, (22) Justin Asplin