CCSDS: Moyer Tops Series Debut at Thunderbird
Ben Shelton, series
MUSKOGEE, Okla. – May 6. The COMP Cams Super Dirt Series broke into new territory on Friday as they sanctioned
their first ever event at the 1/2-mile oval at Thunderbird Speedway, and it would prove to be a debut that would
soon not be forgotten, as Billy Moyer Jr. claimed the $2,000 win.
Bill Frye charged from the back row of the third heat race to claim the win and along the way earned the most
points in heat race action to lock into the pole starting position for the 25-lap feature with Friday's winner,
Kelly Boen lined up to his outside. As the race went green it was Boen at the point with Frye, Moyer, and Dane
Dacus in tow.
Boen would pace the event on the cushion for the first 20 laps, but as the field entered turn one with five laps
remaining, Dacus pulled even with Boen. As the pair entered the corner they would make contact, resulting in both
drivers crashing hard into the turn one wall. With heavy damage to both cars, a brief altercation took place
between the two drivers before they were separated.
After a lengthy red flag, the field prepared to go back to green with Frye the leader followed by Kyle Beard and
Moyer. Frye led the next couple of laps before Moyer used the low groove to pass Frye for the lead on lap 23, and
Moyer, who was the 2009 tour champion, went on to lead the closing laps to claim the win over Frye, Beard, Jon
Mitchell, and Jon Kirby.
Austin Rettig was the recipient of the Quarter Master Hard Luck Award after having the front end break in the
The Larry Shaw Race Cars Hard Charger Award went to Jack Sullivan, who advanced from his 16th starting spot to
record a sixth place finish for the second night in a row.
CCSDS at Thunderbird
1) Billy Moyer Jr., 2) Bill
Frye, 3) Kyle Beard, 4) Jon Mitchell, 5) Jon Kirby, 6) Jack Sullivan, 7) Justin Asplin, 8) Brandon
Smith, 9) Dewaine Hottinger, 10) Raymond Merrill, 11) Gary Christian, 12) Johnny Virden, 13) Brandon
Cheek, 14) Shane Harris, 15) Jeff Sloan (prov.), 16) Eric Tinderholt, 17) Austin Rettig (prov.), 18)
Keith Lawson (prov.), 19) Curtis Cook, 20) Kelly Boen, 21) Dane Dacus
Heat winners (27
entries): Moyer, Frye, Asplin; B-Main winner: Virden
Connie Putnam photo