TAMPA, FL — Billy Moyer took the lead on lap 6 and never looked back as he marched on to his 24th Winternationals win Thursday night at East Bay Raceway Park. Billy Moyer and Brandon Sheppard battled back and forth for several laps until Moyer finally mastered a consistent line around the famed “Clay by the Bay” and set-sail on his way to victory lane. Following Moyer to the stripe were Mike Benedum, Brandon Sheppard, Steve Casebolt, and Dennis Franklin.

 

“It feels good to get back to victory lane at East Bay, They went out and worked on the track after the B-mains, and it turned out pretty much how I thought it would. We have led every night down here, and we were finally able to get the finish we wanted. I want to thank my crew for all of their hard work.”

 

Sheppard led the first lap, but Moyer charged by him for the lead on the second circuit. Sheppard then fought back to regain the point by lap five as the duo raced side-by-side around the 1/3rd mile clay oval. Moyer finally forged ahead of Sheppard on lap 6 and distanced himself from Sheppard.

 

Benedum; in his best career run in a LOLMDS event would make it a three-car battle for the lead. Moyer entered heavy traffic by lap 18, and Moyer maneuvered his way through lap-traffic until a caution came out on lap 25 that cleared the way. Benedum got the jump on Sheppard as he pounced on the second spot during the ensuing restart. Moyer darted away from the field and maintained a safe distance the rest of the race to take his first victory of the season, and the 791st of his Hall of Fame career.

 

“I want to thank all of my sponsors; there are a bunch of them; Henderson Motorsports, Garnant Family Farms, Messilla Valley Transportation, Karl Performance, Clements Racing Engines, Longhorn Chassis, and everyone else who helps with our race team.”

 

Benedum was extremely happy with his finish and was overwhelmed with emotion in victory lane. “To run with guys like Moyer, O’Neal, Owens, and those guys, I am tickled to death. We have switched back-and-forth between the Rocket and Longhorn in the last two weeks. We had the Rocket out here tonight. I can’t thank my crew enough; they have worked so hard on the car. This is just unbelievable.”

 

Completing the top ten were; Bobby Pierce, Jared Landers, Stormy Scott, Jimmy Owens, and David Fieber.

 

In preliminary action, Billy Moyer Jr. set the overall Miller Welders Fast Time (Group A) amongst the 44 entrants, with a lap of 15.797 seconds. Brandon Sheppard set the fastest time in Group B with a time of 16.036 seconds. Billy Moyer Jr., Don O’Neal, Brandon Sheppard and Billy Moyer won their respective heat races. Vic Hill and Dennis Franklin won their respective B-Mains.

 

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-Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Press Release

-Photo credit: Bruce Nuttleman/Speed51.com Photo

 

Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Unofficial Results

East Bay Raceway Park – February 12, 2015

 

Feature Finish (45 Laps):

FINISH

START

CAR #

DRIVER NAME

HOMETOWN

1

4

21

Billy Moyer

Batesville, AR

2

6

25

Mike Benedum

Salem, WV

3

2

B5

Brandon Sheppard

New Berlin, IL

4

14

c9

Steve Casebolt

Richmond, IN

5

18

2F

Dennis Franklin

Gaffney, SC

6

8

32

Bobby Pierce

Oakwood, IL

7

16

777

Jared Landers

Batesville, AR

8

21

2s

Stormy Scott

Las Cruses, NM

9

24

20

Jimmy Owens

Newport, TN

10

26

1F

David Fieber

Chippewa Falls, WI

11

22

6

Jonathan Davenport

Mount Airy, NC

12

20

25Z

Mason Zeigler

Chalk Hill, PA

13

1

21jr

Billy Moyer, Jr.

Batesville, AR

14

9

21b

Chris Brown

Spring, TX

15

15

96

Terry English

Benton, KY

16

13

6T

Tim Dohm

Charleston, WV

17

25

94

Austin Rettig

Sikeston, MO

18

12

28e

Dennis Erb, Jr.

Carpentersville, IL

19

7

1

Earl Pearson, Jr.

Jacksonville, FL

20

10

99m

Devin Moran

Dresden, OH

21

3

5

Don O’Neal

Martinsville, IN

22

19

15

Steve Francis

Ashland, KY

23

5

91p

Jason Papich

Nipomo, CA

24

17

7H

Vic Hill

Mosheim, TN

25

11

2m

Allen Murray

San Antonio, TX

26

23

1J

Davey Johnson

Greensburg, PA

Moyer Marches into Victory Lane Thursday Night at Eastbay