CCSDS: Moyer Sweeps Weekend With Thrilling Win at Crawford
Ben Shelton, series
VAN BUREN, Ark. - May 7. It may have only been the fifth event of the 2011 season, but on
Saturday at Crawford County Speedway, the COMP Cams Super Dirt Series held what may arguably end up as the finish
of the year on the tour as Billy Moyer Jr. led only the last quarter lap to claim the $2,000 win.
With 28 teams entering the event, and it was Dane Dacus who locked into the JFR Graphics Pole Position for
the 35-lap feature after earning the most points in heat race action. Kyle Beard flanked him to the outside
on the starting grid, and it was Beard who shot to the lead at the drop of the green flag with
Dacus and Moyer Jr. in tow.
Beard would pace the first 25 laps before the event's first caution flew on lap 25 for Bill Frye,
who went off the end of the track. Frye would rejoin the tail, and the race would endure two more cautions in the
next two laps before setting up an eight lap dash to the checkered flag, a memorable one to say the
Beard maintained the lead over Moyer until lap 33, when the leader caught lapped traffic and
Moyer took advantage of the situation to make it three wide with Beard and the lapped car of Keith Lawson at the
white flag. The leaders battled side by side into turns one and two and down the backstretch, and entering turn
three Beard went high to navigate lapped traffic as Moyer shot to the bottom. Exiting turn four, Moyer inched
ahead by a matter of feet to claim the win in the near photo-finish over Beard, Dane Dacus, Gary Christian, and Jack
Although Christian finished fourth at the checkered flag, he was disqualified for an altercation
with Dacus after the race. Christian was relegated to a
21st place finish.
Jon Kirby was the recipient of the Quarter Master Hard Luck Award after contact from another car
brought his night to an end on lap 27. The Larry Shaw Race Cars Hard Charger Award went to Jon
Mitchell, who advanced from his 16th starting spot to record a ninth place finish for the second night
CCSDS - Crawford County
1) Billy Moyer, Jr., 2) Kyle
Beard, 3) Dane Dacus, 4) Jack Sullivan, 5) Brandon Hunter, 6) Johnny Virden, 7) Justin Wells, 8) Larry
Campbell (prov.), 9) Jon Mitchell, 10) Curtis Cook, 11) Bill Frye, 12) Shane Harris, 13) Brandon Smith,
14) Austin Rettig, 15) Eric Tinderholt, 16) Jeff Sloan (prov.), 17) Dewaine Hottinger, 18) Jon Kirby,
19) Jay Rierson, 20) Keith Lawson (prov.), 21) Gary Christian
Heat winners (28 cars): Dacus,
Beard, Moyer, Hottinger; B-Main winners: Cook, Mitchell.
Connie Putnam photo