After starting outside pole and slipping
back to third early in the race, Billy Moyer rallied past Scott Bloomquist early in Saturday's "Late Model
Nationals" and raced to the $40,000 win at Knoxville Raceway, completing a three-night
sweep that netted him $54,000. (Mike Ruefer
Moyer Sweeps Weekend With Win in "Late Model Nationals"
KNOXVILLE, Ia. - Oct. 2. It can be said that, after taking title to
Eldora Speedway the previous month, Billy Moyer owned Knoxville Raceway - at least for a weekend - as the
Batesville, Arkansas veteran competed a sweep of all three events held at the storied track, including
Saturday's $40,000 final that brought the Iowa-born racer a total of $54,000 in winnings for the
On Saturday, Moyer started on the outside
of polesitter Scott Bloomquist and seemed to content to size up the big track as Bloomquist shot out
front and Moyer dropped back to second. An early caution flew on lap one for Jason Utter, and again on the restart
for a tangle involving Kentucky drivers Brad Neat and Steve Francis, along with Jason Rauen, Darren Miller, and
Using the cushion to race from his 21st place
start, #18 Shannon Babb comes calling on Josh Richards to reach as high as second during the last half of the
Eighth starting Darrell Lanigan reels in Bill Moyer to
take a brief lead on lap 19 at Knoxville. (Mike Ruefer)
Back under way, Bloomquist continued to
lead Moyer and Earl Pearson, Jr., while Darrell Lanigan had already pushed his #29 from his eighth place start
to fourth by lap five. By lap 12, however, Moyer was up to speed as he raced by Bloomquist to take the lead
in the 100-lap affair.
With a full head of steam, Lanigan passed
Pearson, who was losing steam after pounding the turn two wall. Lanigan then moved inside of Bloomquist
to battle for second until taking that spot. The World of Outlaws regular then reeled in leader
Moyer to nudge ahead for the top spot on lap 20. Moyer quickly found a little more gas to return to the
lead after one lap, a lead he would not relinquish for the next 80 circuits.
Launching his #07 inside of Ryan Newman, Kelly Boen proves that 12th place doesn't have
to be boring. (Mike
Leaving a scrappy field to dice their way
around a worn race track, Moyer stayed as smooth as silk while 11th starting Josh Richards and 15th starter Jimmy
Owens made their way past Pearson into the top five. Richards' next move was to get by Bloomquist for
After a caution for the slowing cars
of Utter and Miller a quarter of the way into the race, Lanigan appeared to have played his best hand as
Richards took over second on lap 25 and Bloomquist briefly worked his way past Lanigan, back to third. With a lap
37 yellow flag for Denny Eckrich, Bloomquist retook second as Lanigan began to
fade back to fifth. At that point,
Pearson ducked into the pits to check for damage to his mount.
After dueling in and out of the top five all night, #39 Tim McCreadie would hav to be
content to hold off #2 Brady Smith's advance for eighth place. (Mike Ruefer)
As the race went green through the halfway
point, second through fifth became a shell game between Bloomquist, Richards, Owens, Lanigan, and emerging Shannon
Babb, who started 21st and worked his #18 into the top five, before Bloomquist slowed and pitted to change
rubber under a lap 57 caution. Bloomquist lost a lap in the pits before he could return to the
Babb continued his charge until reaching
second with a pass on Richards on lap 65. With the number of caution laps, the red flag was waved for a fuel
stop for the remaining cars two laps later. With the field realigned, Moyer led former protege'
Babb, Richards, and Lanigan. Over the next few laps, Richards would fight his way back under Babb into
second, while Owens was next to pit with a flat tire under one of a series of caution flags on laps 69, 70, and
third and playing with the leaders for a few short laps, a fading Earl Pearson, Jr. is passed by 25th starting
Jimmy Mars (#28), who advanced to seventh. (Mike Ruefer)
During the next stretch of green flag
racing, Moyer, Richards, and Lanigan were able to build some breathing room, but with ten to go, Moyer had put several lapped cars
between himself, Richards, and Lanigan.
Babb's surge had played out and he faded back to fourth. A consistent Steve Francis took over that
position after starting sixth and racing outside of the top five for most of the laps. 22nd starting Will
Vaught rolled by Babb in the closing laps to claim fifth.
Babb dropped back to sixth, while 25th
starting Jimmy Mars finally got Tim McCreadie to take seventh. McCreadie, who raced just inside and outside
of the top five all night, fell to eighth, while Brady Smith and Austin Hubbard rounded out the top
Billy Moyer is joined by runner up Josh Richards (left) and third place Darrell Lanigan
Three cautions later found second running Darin Duffy inheriting the lead
and the Hazelton, Iowa driver held on to take the win. Brian Mullen, Rich Smith, Jeremy Mills and Richie Gustin
formed the top five finishers. ~ Bob Wilson
Knoxville Late Model Nationals
1. Billy Moyer, 2. Josh Richards, 3.
Darrell Lanigan, 4. Steve Francis, 5. Will Vaught, 6. Shannon Babb, 7. Jimmy Mars, 8. Tim McCreadie, 9.
Brady Smith, 10. Austin Hubbard, 11. Jimmy Owens, 12. Kelly Boen, 13. Chad Simpson, 14. Earl Pearson
Jr., 15. Rick Eckert, 16. Matt Miller, 17. Brian Shirley, 18. Dan Schlieper, 19. Scott Bloomquist, 20.
Brad Neat, 21. Ryan Newman, 22. Jack Sullivan, 23. Denny Eckrich, 24. Jason Rauen, 25. Jason Utter, 26.
Chris Simpson, 27. Darren Miller, 28. Brian Birkhofer, 29. Rob Moss, 30. Bub McCool, 31. Scott
Sat. B-Feature winner: Mars