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Moyer Caps UNOH DIRTcar Nationals Presented by Summit With Stirring World of Outlaws Late Model Series Victory

Dennis Erb Jr. Crowned Champion Of Late Model Week At Volusia Speedway Park

By Kevin Kovac, WoO LMS P.R. Director

BARBERVILLE, FL – Feb. 25, 2012 – Billy Moyer of Batesville, Ark., capped the 41st UNOH DIRTcar Nationals Presented by Summit Racing Equipment with a stirring victory in Saturday night’s 50-lap World of Outlaws Late Model Series A-Main at Volusia Speedway Park.

The 54-year-old dirt Late Model legend grabbed the lead in memorable fashion on lap 32, bursting past Shane Clanton of Fayetteville, Ga., and Don O’Neal of Martinsville, Ind., with a power move down the inside of the backstretch. He then turned back a brief late-race challenge from O’Neal en route to collecting the race’s $10,000 top prize.

Moyer became the lone two-time winner during the six-race Late Model portion of the 2012 UNOH DIRTcar Nationals Presented by Summit. He also won Tuesday night’s 30-lap DIRTcar UMP-sanctioned feature.

“I made some adjustments on the hot rod today that I should’ve made a couple days ago,” Moyer said of his Clements-powered Victory Circle Chassis. “It was right back where it should’ve been.”

O’Neal settled for a runner-up finish – 2.850 seconds behind Moyer – after leading laps 3-31 driving Larry Moring’s MasterSbilt car. Clanton advanced one position to finish third in the Kennedy Motorsports Capital Race Car, while seventh-starter Darrell Lanigan of Union, Ky., placed fourth in a Rocket to remain the WoO LMS points leader and polesitter Steve Francis of Ashland, Ky., who led laps 1-2, was fifth in the Barry Wright house car.

Dennis Erb Jr. of Carpentersville, Ill., finished seventh and was crowned the Late Model points champion of the 2012 UNOH DIRTcar Nationals Presented by Summit, earning him a unique gator-shaped trophy. He won the week’s first WoO LMS event on Thursday night.

Moyer, who started ninth, mastered a track surface that he said “couldn’t have been more racy.”

“Earlier in the night I thought it was going to be one of those married-to-the-top deals because it looked like there was a treacherous berm,” said Moyer. “It turned out that, when we put the harder tires on, we were able to run everywhere on it, wherever you felt the car was the best at. I think I run the top, the bottom, the middle – a little bit everywhere.”

It was Moyer’s strength running the inside groove that proved key to his division-leading ninth win at Volusia since 1998. When he approached battling frontrunners O’Neal and Clanton, he simply stuck low and drove by them.

“Them guys were racing hard up there,” said Moyer. “I could tell Shane just wanted to give (O’Neal) a slide job and get on by him, (but) I don’t think anyone could circle around the bottom like I could. I just stayed with what I was doing and it worked out for us.”

Moyer’s win was the 38th of his career on the WoO LMS, including 22 he registered in 1988-89 during the first incarnation of the national tour run under the auspices of late WoO Sprint Car Series founder Ted Johnson. He moved back into a tie for the alltime WoO LMS victory lead with Josh Richards of Shinnston, W.Va., who finished a quiet 16th in Saturday night’s A-Main.
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Finishing in positions 6-10 was Jimmy Owens of Newport, Tenn., who made a solid charge forward from the 18th starting spot; Erb, who slipped backward from the fifth starting slot; Dale McDowell of Chickamauga, Ga.; Tim McCreadie of Watertown, N.Y., who started 21st; and John Blankenship of Williamson, W.Va., who won the previous night’s 40-lap DIRTcar UMP Late Model feature.

Three caution flags dotted the event, all for slowed cars: Dan Stone of Thompson, Pa. (lap two), Vic Coffey of Caledonia, N.Y. (lap six) and Pat Doar of New Richmond, Wis. (lap 16).

Fifty-four cars were entered in the sixth WoO LMS event of 2012.

Francis was quickest in Ohlins Shock Time Trials with a lap of 16.024 seconds. It was his 25th career WoO LMS fast-time honor and made him just the second driver to time fastest at least once in each season since 2004, joining Richards.

Heat winners were Francis, Clanton, Jimmy Mars of Menomonie, Wis., Erb and O’Neal. McCreadie and WoO LMS Rookie of the Year contender Brandon Sheppard of New Berlin, Ill., captured the B-Mains.

Next on the WoO LMS schedule is the fourth running of the Illini 100 on March 30-31 at Farmer City (Ill.) Raceway. The $20,000-to-win event is returning this year to the exciting quarter-mile oval after a one-year absence.

For more information on the WoO LMS, visit www.worldofoutlaws.com.

Results of WoO Late Model Series ‘UNOH DIRTcar Nationals Presented by Summit Racing Equipment’ Night 2 at Volusia Speedway Park (Finishing Position/Start/Driver/Laps Completed/Money Won):

1. (9) Billy Moyer/50 $10,200
2. (3) Don O’Neal/50 $5,500
3. (4) Shane Clanton/50 $3,050
4. (8) Darrell Lanigan/50 $2,650
5. (1) Steve Francis/50 $2,100
6. (18) Jimmy Owens/50 $1,750
7. (5) Dennis Erb Jr./50 $1,450
8. (11) Dale McDowell/50 $1,300
9. (21) Tim McCreadie/50 $1,350
10. (7) John Blankenship/50 $1,100
11. (6) Scott Bloomquist/50 $1,150
12. (14) Rick Eckert/50 $1,200
13. (12) Frankie Heckenast Jr./50 $950
14. (17) Clint Smith/50 $1,000
15. (24) Bobby Pierce/50 $900
16. (19) Josh Richards/50 $1,000
17. (20) Brady Smith/50 $770
18. (28) Vic Coffey/50 $100
19. (25) Chub Frank/50 $780
20. (27) Tim Fuller/49 $50
21. (22) Brandon Sheppard/49 $700
22. (26) Bub McCool/49 $700
23. (27) Morgan Bagley/49 $700
24. (15) Donnie Moran/49 $725
25. (23) Jason Feger/40 $700
26. (2) Jimmy Mars/30 $700
27. (13) Dennis Franklin/26 $700
28. (16) Pat Doar/15 $750
29. (10) Dan Stone/2 $700

* Earnings include cash contingency award bonuses

Time of Race: 25 Mins., 43.186 Secs.
Margin of Victory: 2.850 Secs.
Yellow Flags: 3 (Laps 2, 6, 16)
Lap Leaders: Francis (1-2); O’Neal (3-31); Moyer (32-50)
Provisional Starters: Frank, McCool (WoO); Bagley (DCN); Coffey, Fuller
Rookie of the Race: Sheppard
WoO LMS ‘Bonus Bucks’ Winner: O’Neal ($500)

Ohlins Shocks Time Trial Results (Position/No./Driver/Hometown/Best Lap):

1. 15-Steve Francis/Ashland, KY 16.024
2. 25-Shane Clanton/Fayetteville, GA 16.117
3. 28M-Jimmy Mars/Menomonie, WI 16.219
4. 21-Billy Moyer/Batesville, AR 16.259
5. 21d-Dan Stone/Thompson, PA 16.338
6. 25F-Jason Feger/Bloomington, IL 16.368
7. 23-John Blankenship/Williamson, WV 16.375
8. 37c-Dennis Franklin/Gaffney, SC 16.397
9. 1-Josh Richards/Shinnston, WV 16.418
10. 99M-Donnie Moran/Dresden, OH 16.440
11. 0-Scott Bloomquist/Mooresburg, TN 16.466
12. 39-Tim McCreadie/Watertown, NY 16.525
13. 20-Jimmy Owens/Newport, TN 16.541
14. 28e-Dennis Erb Jr./Carpentersville, IL 16.550
15. 91-Billy Decker/Unadilla, NY 16.553
16. 17M-Dale McDowell/Chickamauga, GA 16.569
17. 99Jr-Frankie Heckenast Jr./Orland Park, IL 16.576
18. 5b-Mike Marlar/Winfield, TN 16.623
19. b5-Brandon Sheppard/New Berlin, IL 16.628
20. 1d-Don O’Neal/Martinsville, IL 16.636
21. 11-Pat Doar/New Richmond, WI 16.667
22. 13-J.R. Hotovy/Covert, MI 16.671
23. 18-Shannon Babb/Moweaqua, IL 16.691
24. 5L-Jared Landers/Batesville, AR 16.736
25. 25z-Mason Zeigler/Chalk Hill, PA 16.743
26. 14M-Morgan Bagley/Longview, TX 16.764
27. 32c-Vic Coffey/Caledonia, NY 16.796
28. 22s-Gregg Satterlee/Rochester Mills, PA 16.825
29. 24-Rick Eckert/York, PA 16.841
30. 2-Brady Smith/Solon Springs, WI 16.846
31. 37-Jared Hawkins/Fairmont, WV 16.848
32. 44-Clint Smith/Senoia, GA 16.854
33. 32P-Bobby Pierce/Oakwood, IL 16.862
34. 28L-John Lobb/Frewsburg, NY 16.872
35. 1s-Jack Sullivan/Greenbrier, AR 16.877
36. 57J-Bub McCool/Vicksburg, MS 16.907
37. 1*-Chub Frank/Bear Lake, PA 16.908
38. 21Jr-Billy Moyer Jr./Batesville, AR 16.934
39. 18W-Eric Wells/Hazard, KY 16.938
40. 16b-Tyler Bruening/Decorah, IA 16.984
41. 19-Tim Fuller/Watertown, NY 16.986
42. 7R-Kent Robinson/Bloomington, IN 17.013
43. 12-Hunter Peacock/Macon, GA 17.095
44. 49-Greg Johnson/Bedford, IN 17.106
45. 90-Lance Matthees/Winona, WI 17.125
46. 22G-Jill George/Cedar Falls, IA 17.329
47. 57s-Charlie Sandercock/Belleville, ONT 17.345
48. 15A-Phil Ausra/Dowagiac, MI 17.450
49. 77-Jason McBride/Carbondale, IL 17.556
50. 4ds-Chad Hollenbeck/Kingsley, PA 17.611
51. 16H-Mike Hammerle/St. Charles, MO 18.240
52. 33-Don Gordon/Chatham, ONT 21.278
53. 29-Darrell Lanigan/Union, KY N/T
54. 24-Ryan Unzicker/El Paso, IL N/T

Heat No. 1 (10 laps – Top 3 Transfer): Francis, Bloomquist, McDowell, Doar, Feger, Bagley, Hawkins, Hammerle, George, Fuller (DNS) McCool

Heat No. 2 (10 laps – Top 3 Transfer): Clanton, Blankenship, Heckenast, C. Smith, McCreadie, Hotovy, Sandercock, Frank, Robinson, Coffey

Heat No. 3 (10 laps – Top 3 Transfer): Mars, Lanigan, Franklin, Owens, Pierce, Moyer Jr., Babb, Peacock, Ausra, Marlar, Satterlee

Heat No. 4 (10 laps – Top 3 Transfer): Erb, Moyer, Eckert, Richards, Sheppard, Johnson, Lobb, Wells, McBride, Landers

Heat No. 5 (10 laps – Top 3 Transfer): O’Neal, Stone, Moran, B. Smith, Zeigler, Sullivan, Decker, Matthees, Bruening, Hollenbeck

B-Main No. 1 (12 laps – Top 2 Transfer): McCreadie, Feger, Hawkins, Frank, Hotovy, Moyer Jr., Coffey, Sandercock, Peacock, Hammerle, Bagley, George, McCool (DNS) Robinson, Fuller, Marlar

B-Main No. 2 (12 laps – Top 2 Transfer): Sheppard, Pierce, Johnson, Babb, Sullivan, Decker, Lobb, Wells, Matthees, Bruening, Ausra, Hollenbeck, Zeigler (DNS) McBride, Landers, Satterlee

World of Outlaws Late Model Series Contingency Award Winners:

Arizona Sport Shirts ($100 product certificate to 23rd-place finisher I n A-Main or next highest w/decal): Shannon Babb
Armor All (one case of product to highest-finishing non-WoO team in A-Main or next highest w/decal): Billy Moyer
Cometic Gasket ($50 cash to 12th-place finisher in A-Main or next highest w/decal): Rick Eckert
Comp Cams ($50 cash to 10th-place finisher in A-Main or next highest w/decal): Rick Eckert
Comp Cams ($50 product certificate to A-Main winner or next highest w/decal): Billy Moyer
Dominator ($50 cash to 6th-place finisher in A-Main or next highest w/decal): Jimmy Owens
Eibach Springs (one free spring to each B-Main winner or next highest w/decal): Billy Moyer Jr./Bobby Pierce
Gravely ($50 cash to 7th-place finisher in A-Main or next highest w/decal): Dennis Erb Jr.
JE Pistons ($50 cash to 16th-place finisher in A-Main or next highest w/decal): Josh Richards
JE Pistons (one compete set of JE Pro Seal rings to 11th-place finisher or next highest w/decal – $285 value): Rick Eckert
JE Pistons (one complete set of JE Pro Seal rings to 21st-place finisher or next highest w/decal – $285 value): Bub McCool
MSD Ignition ($50 cash to A-Main winner or next highest w/decal): Billy Moyer
MSD Ignition ($25 cash to 24th-place finisher in A-Main or next highest w/decal): Donnie Moran
Ohlins Pole Award ($50 cash to fast qualifier or next highest w/decal): Billy Moyer
Quartermaster ($100 product certificate to A-Main winner or next highest w/decal): Shane Clanton
Quartermaster ($50 product certificate to 5th-place finisher in A-Main or next highest w/decal): Steve Francis
Quartermaster ($25 product certificate to 15th-place finisher in A-Main or next highest w/decal): Bobby Pierce
Roush-Yates Performance Products ($50 cash to 4th-place finisher in A-Main or next highest w/decal): Josh Richards
Roush-Yates Performance Products (carburetor repair kit to 18th-place finish in A-Main or next highest w/decal – $100 value): Chub Frank
Roush-Yates Lap Leader Award (one pair of Wiley X Sunglasses to driver who leads most laps in A-Main):
STP ($50 cash to 2nd-place finisher in A-Main or next highest w/decal): Shane Clanton
SuperFlow ($50 cash to 14th-place finisher in A-Main or next highest w/decal): Clint Smith
VP Racing Fuels ($50 cash to 9th-place finisher in A-Main or next highest w/decal): Tim McCreadie
VP Racing Fuels ‘Nice Jugs Award’ (one VP 5-gallon container to fastest qualifier who misses A-Main or next highest with decal – $30 value): Billy Decker
WIX Filters ($50 cash to 13th-place finisher in A-Main or next highest w/decal): Clint Smith
Wrisco Aluminum (three sheets of aluminum to A-Main winner if decal displayed – $200 value): Shane Clanton
XS Power ($50 cash to 3rd-place finisher in A-Main or next highest w/decal): Bobby Pierce
XS Power ($60 product certificate to 8th-place finisher in A-Main or next highest w/decal): Bobby Pierce
XS ‘Power Move of the Race’ ($60 product certificate): Billy Moyer

2012 World of Outlaws Late Model Series Point Standings as of Feb. 25 – 6 A-Mains completed (rank/driver/points/deficit to leader):

1. Darrell Lanigan 864
2. Josh Richards 836 (-28)
3. Shane Clanton 822 (-42)
4. Rick Eckert 814 (-50)
5. Chub Frank 778 (-86)
6. Bub McCool 752 (-112)
7. Vic Coffey 738 (-126)
8. Clint Smith 732 (-132)
9. Tim McCreadie 730 (-134)
10. Pat Doar 688 (-176)
11. Mike Marlar 680 (-184)
12. Brandon Sheppard 676 (-188)
13. Billy Moyer 656 (-208)
14. Jared Hawkins 654 (-210)
15. Tim Fuller 638 (-226)
16. John Lobb 628 (-236)
17. Jason Feger 610 (-254)
18. Kent Robinson 602 (-262)
19. Billy Moyer Jr. 586 (-278)
20. Gregg Satterlee 564 (-300)

The World of Outlaws Late Model Series is brought to fans across the country by many important sponsors and partners, including Arizona Sport Shirts (Official Apparel Company), Armor All (Official Car Care Products), Hoosier Racing Tires (Official Racing Tires), STP (Official Fuel Treatment), Vicci (Official Uniform), VP Racing (Official Racing Fuel), DirtonDirt.com (Hard Charger Award), McCarthy’s One Hour Heating & Air Conditioning (Raye Vest Memorial Pill Draw Award), Chizmark Larson Insurance, Factory Value Parts and RacingJunk.com; in addition to contingency sponsors Comp Cams, Eibach Springs, JE Pistons, MSD Ignition, Ohlins Shocks, Pro Power Engines, Quartermaster, Rocket Chassis, R2C Performance, Superflow Dynos, Wix Filters and Wrisco Aluminum.