Flashback: Moyer Jr. Scores Opening Night Shootout Win
Ryan Neuharth- Tucson, Az. (January 8, 2011) Capitalizing on momentum from his first appearance at USA Raceway’s Wild West Shootout in 2010, Billy Moyer, Jr. used his patented line around the 3/8ths mile desert oval to steal the lead from Jeremy Payne on a late race restart and take his first career Wild West Shootout win. “It’s awesome to win out west like this, especially with all the Victory Circle people and Henderson Motorsports people here” Moyer, Jr. said from victory lane.
Payne would hold a comfortable lead for 20 of the main events 30-laps as Moyer Jr., Frank Heckenast, Jr., Brad Looney, Bub McCool, Ronnie Lee Hollingsworth and Jimmy Mars all diced for position. McCool and Moyer Jr. would race side by side for several early laps while Mars and Hollingsworth made it two row of two from fourth on back. Hollingsworth was making the most noise early jumping from his eleventh starting spot to run seventh on lap five and fourth two circuits later.
The early race storm was tempered when Dick Barton brought out the races first caution on lap 12, sapping Hollingsworth momentum and trapping the Northport, AL driver on the outside line during the restart. “Right Foot” Ronnie dropped back to eighth while Looney was also stumbling, losing power temporarily and falling to the tail before he could get back up to race pace.
Looney’s power-failure bunched several drivers behind his slowing Victory Circle machine, leaving Heckenast, Jr. with no place to go as Moyer, Jr, Mars and McCool would all advance two places closer to the front. Heckenast’s misfortune turned into Moyer, Jr’s golden opportunity as he pulled to the outside of Payne on lap seventeen just as Rob Mayea would pull-up in turn one with a flat right rear, bringing out the yellow and setting the stage for a dramatic late race pass for the win.
With Payne out front for the Delaware restart, Moyer, Jr. lined-up on the inside of row two. When Payne slide across the racetrack in turn one on the restart, it opened the door for Moyer Jr. to grab the top spot and set sail towards the checkered. “I went to the top a little too early” Moyer, Jr. said after the win. “That last restart fell just right, we lined up on the bottom and when (Payne) went high to try and block we drove right past.” Quickly extend his lead to a full straightway, Moyer, Jr. left Payne to fend off a hard charging Mars, McCool and a rebounding Hollingsworth.
And what was maybe a hint at things to come, and unlike 2010, the second generation driver will happily be racing in all six Wild West Shootout events in 2011. “I graduated and will be here all week.”
The rest of the field is officially on notice.
Billy Moyer, Jr., Jeremy Payne, Jimmy Mars, Bub McCool, Ronnie Lee Hollingsworth, Billy Moyer, Frank Heckenast, Jr., John Lobb, John Kaanta, Chris Wall, Jesse Stovall, Ray Moore, Rob Sanders, John Lowry, Mike Balcean, Joey Moriarty, Nick Bartels, Pat Doar, Rob Mayea, Brad Looney, Jack Sullivan, Mike Johnson, Dick Barton, Matt Aukland.
Tucson, Az. (December 6, 2011) What an awesome start it was to a record breaking year for the Wild West Shootout! Fan count numbers were shattered every single day and the racing action was more extreme and memory filled than most could’ve ever imagined. But now it’s time to get in gear for the 6th edition of the showdown in the desert featuring some of the best in the business that kicks off Saturday January 14th at USA Raceway in Tucson Arizona!
Advanced tickets are on now on sale for the 2012 running of this blockbuster event! Save from 20%- 40% when you purchase a 6 or 3 day pass before the early bird discounts run out! Ticket pricing, seating charts, driver entry forms, and any other purchasing information you might need can be found online at www.usaraceway.net/tickets/special-events/ or by calling the USA Raceway office at 520-574-8515.
Friday, January 13th will allow fans a free glimpse of what is yet to come with an open practice session from 6 to 9pm. Saturday January 14th will mark the date for the opener of the 6th Annual Wild West Shootout. The action will get under way at 1pm but the gates will open to the fans at a much earlier 10am. Sundays (1/15) festivities will share Saturday’s exact times (10am & 1pm) for round #2 of the 6 race series. The weekday shows of Wednesday (1/18) and Friday (1/20) will open at 4pm and start at 7pm. Rounds #5 (1/21) and #6 (1/22) will go back to the sunny hours of a 10am gate opening and a 1pm start time.
Hotel Information can be found at www.usaraceway.net/fan-info/lodging/ or by calling the Tucson Airport Courtyard by Marriott at 520-573-0000. Be sure to mention the USA Raceway deal for an unbelievable discount and service that is second to none. To top that off there just blocks away from the track
USA Raceway is located east of Tucson off I-10 exit 265, then 1.6 miles south on Craycroft Road, which turns into Los Reales which bring you to the front entrance of the racetrack. For more information please, contact the track at 520-574-8515 or additional information regarding USA Raceway can be found at www.usaraceway.net/.