Quincy, IL - Billy Moyer finally found himself on the winning side of lapped-traffic problems Thursday night at Quincy Raceways.
After experiencing his own mishaps in traffic in a number of events earlier in the season, Moyer, 57, of Batesville, Ark., capitalized when Shane Clanton of Zebulon, Ga., nearly hit a slowing car with two laps remaining in Thursday's inaugural Workforce 40. The three-time WoO LMS champion raced ahead and held Clanton off through the race's final two laps to earn an $8,100 victory in front of a capacity crowd at the western Illinois track.
"That was a bad deal there for Shane, but it's happened to me a couple times this year," said Moyer, the veteran racer who claimed two of his WoO LMS titles during the tour's first incarnation in the late 1980s before earning his only modern-era championship in 2005. "We got the lead and I was just trying to not to do something stupid and overrun the corner or slip up and let him get back underneath me. That last corner, I just kind of tip-toed around the bottom."
The pole-starting Moyer led the race's first 18 laps in his Mesilla Valley Transportation-sponsored Victory Race Car before allowing Clanton, who started fifth, to slip by in traffic. After pressuring Clanton through the race's middle stages, Moyer had dropped to nearly a straightaway behind before Eric Wells' slowing machine forced Clanton to stall his car on the front straightaway.
As Clanton continued rolling and rushed to refire the engine in his Capital Race Cars house car, Moyer swept pass. Clanton pulled back alongside Moyer the following lap, but Moyer edged back ahead and held on over the final circuit to claim his 42nd-career WoO LMS victory by a half-second margin.
Clanton settled for the runner-up spot, stretching his WoO LMS points lead to 196 points over Josh Richards of Shinnston, W.Va., who finished third in the Rocket Chassis house car. Brandon Sheppard of New Berlin, Ill., was fourth in his Rocket machine with Tim McCreadie of Watertown, N.Y., rounding out the top five in another Rocket.
With a lead of more than three seconds in the closing laps, Clanton appeared to be headed toward what would've been his ninth WoO LMS victory of the season. It nearly turned out much worse when Wells slowed to exit the track just in front of him, but Clanton was able to avoid contact by nearly coming to a stop. His car's engine stalled in the process, but he continued rolling and refired before causing a caution.
"Overall it was a good night," said Clanton, who recorded his 22nd top-five finish in 25 WoO LMS A-Mains this season. "We led a bunch of laps and we definitely had the best car, I think. It was just driver error. I should've went to the top that lap, I guess."
Richards' third-place finish marked a major turnaround after qualifying 10th in the second of the night's two qualifying groups. He rallied to finish second in his heat race and was gaining ground in the feature after starting seventh before running out of time to make a run at the leaders.
"I was kind of disappointed when I looked up and saw the white flag. I felt like we were just starting to get rolling there," said Richards, who earned his 13th top five on the season. "The guys did a great job. My crew worked their tails off after qualifying."
The race ran caution free following an opening-lap spin by Brian Shirley of Chatham, Ill., that collected Wells of Hazard, Ky., and Jordan Yaggy of Rochester, Minn. All three cars continued running and reassumed their original starting spots for the complete restart.
Shirley rebounded to finish sixth in the race with ninth-starting Chub Frank of Bear Lake, Pa., placing seventh after climbing as high has fourth during the early going. Morgan Bagley of Longview, Texas, advanced from his 17th starting spot to finish eighth with 13th-starting Rick Eckert of York, Pa., ninth. Frank Heckenast Jr. of Frankfort, Ill., climbed from 19th to round out the top 10.
The first-ever WoO LMS event at Quincy Raceways' drew 32 entries to the quarter-mile oval. McCreadie topped time trials with a lap of 13.233 seconds. Heat races were claimed by Shirley, Brandon Overton of Evans, Ga., McCreadie and Moyer. Bagley and Jimmy Mars of Menomonie, Wis., won the night's Last-Chance Showdowns.
The WoO LMS remains in the Land of Lincoln to for the weekend with a trip to Fairbury (Ill.) American Legion Speedway for the 26th annual Prairie Dirt Classic presented by Bank of Pontiac on Friday and Saturday. Friday features PDC qualifying and heat races as well as the inaugural #FALS Draw Showdown, a $5,000-to-win, 25-lap shootout. Saturday features PDC Last-Chance Showdowns and the $26,000-to-win Prairie Dirt Classic finale. Visit www.fairburyspeedway.com for more information.
Results of World of Outlaws Late Model Series Workforce 40 at Quincy Raceways (Finishing Position/Start/Driver/Laps Completed/Money Won):
1. (1) Billy Moyer/40 $8,100
2. (5) Shane Clanton/40 $4,550
3. (7) Josh Richards/40 $2,350
4. (8) Brandon Sheppard/40 $2,300
5. (2) Tim McCreadie/40 $2,800
6. (6) Brian Shirley/40 $1,650
7. (9) Chub Frank/40 $1,950
8. (17) Morgan Bagley/40 $1,850
9. (13) Rick Eckert/40 $1,900
10. (19) Frank Heckenast Jr./40 $1,650
11. (3) Bobby Pierce/40 $1,500
12. (14) Chase Junghans/40 $1,450
13. (12) Gregg Satterlee/40 $850
14. (4) Brandon Overton/40 $1,600
15. (18) Jimmy Mars/40 $750
16. (21) Mark Burgtorf/39 $750
17. (22) Jason Feger/39 $660
18. (16) Jason Perry/39 $640
19. (23) Boom Briggs/39 $1,170
20. (24) Jordan Yaggy/39 $600
21. (10) Eric Wells/36 $1,150
22. (15) Gordy Gundaker/33 $600
23. (11) Shannon Babb/27 $600
24. (20) Justin Reed/19 $625
Time of Race: 12 Mins., 50 Secs.
Margin of Victory: 0.551 Secs.
Yellow Flags: One (lap 1)
Lap Leaders: Moyer (1-18, 38-40), Clanton (19-37)
Provisional Starters: Briggs, Yaggy
Ohlins Shocks Time Trial Results (Position/No./Driver/Hometown/Best Lap):
1. 3s-Brian Shirley, Chatham, Ill., 13.223
2. 76-Brandon Overton, Evans, Ga., 13.225
3. B5-Brandon Sheppard, New Berlin, Ill., 13.234
4. 18c-Chase Junghans, Manhattan, Kan., 13.399
5. 7v-Rick Eckert, York, Pa., 13.408
6. 25-Shane Clanton, Zebulon, Ga., 13.431
7. 1*-Chub Frank, Bear Lake, Pa., 13.438
8. 18-Eric Wells, Hazard, Ky., 13.490
9. 14m-Morgan Bagley, Longview, Texas, 13.499
10. 99jr-Frank Heckenast Jr., Frankfort, Ill., 13.700
11. 99B-Boom Briggs, Bear Lake, Pa., 13.743
12. 155B-Jamie Wilson, Quincy, Ill., 13.770
13. 33B-Mark Burgtorf, Quincy, Ill., 13.835
14. 33P-Keith Pratt, Mendon, Ill., 14.051
15. 16H-Mike Hammerle, St. Charles, Mo., 14.642
16. 45-Denny Woodworth, Mendon, Ill., no time
1. 39-Tim McCreadie, Watertown, N.Y., 13.112
2. 25F-Jason Feger, Bloomington, Ill., 13.335
3. 32-Bobby Pierce, Oakwood, Ill., 13.341
4. 21-Billy Moyer, Batesville, Ark., 13.383
5. 18B-Shannon Babb, Moweaqua, Ill., 13.401
6. 22-Gregg Satterlee, Rochester Mills, Pa., 13.468
7. 11-Gordy Gundaker, St Chalres, Mo., 13.498
8. 4DS-Chad Hollenbeck, Montrose, Pa., 13.501
9. 28m-Jimmy Mars, Menomonie, Wis., 13.555
10. 1-Josh Richards, Shinnston, W.Va., 13.584
11. 77-Jordan Yaggy, Rochester, Minn., 13.591
12. 1st-Justin Reed, Camp Point, Ill., 13.648
13. 15-Kolby Vanenbergh, Ashland, Ill., 13.797
14. 27-Jason Perry, Payson, Ill., 13.831
15. 155-Terry Wilson, Bowling Green, Mo., 14.405
16. 28K-Clint Kirkham, Camden, Ill., 14.803
Heat No. 1 (10 laps - Top 4 Transfer): Shirley, Sheppard, Frank, Eckert, Bagley, Briggs, Burgtorf, Hammerle.
Heat No. 2 (10 laps - Top 4 Transfer): Overton, Clanton, Wells, Junghans, J. Wilson, Woodworth, Pratt, Heckenast.
Heat No. 3 (10 laps - Top 4 Transfer): McCreadie, Pierce, Babb, Gundaker, Mars, Yaggy, Vandenberg, T.Wilson
Heat No. 4 (10 laps - Top 4 Transfer): Moyer, Richards, Satterlee, Perry, Feger, Reed, Kirkham, Hollenbeck.
B-Main No. 1 (10 laps - Top 3 Transfer): Bagley, Heckenast, Burgtorf, Briggs, Pratt, Woodworth, Hammerle, J.Wilson.
B-Main No. 2 (10 laps - Top 3 Transfer): Mars, Reed, Feger, Vandenbergh, Yaggy, Hollenbeck, Kirkham, T.Wilson.
World of Outlaws Late Model Series Contingency Award Winners (awards presented to noted finisher/qualifier or next highest displaying decal):
Ohlins Shocks ($50 cash to fast qualifier): McCreadie
Comp Cams ($50 certificate to A-Main winner): Clanton
MSD Ignition ($50 cash to A-Main winner): Clanton
Quartermaster ($100 certificate to A-Main winner): Moyer
Wrisco (three sheets of aluminum/certificate to A-Main winner): Moyer
Mobil 1 ($50 cash to 4th-place finisher in A-Main): McCreadie
JE Pistons ($50 cash to 5th-place finisher in A-Main): McCreadie
Lincoln Welders ($50 cash to 6th-place finisher in A-Main): Shirley
VP Racing Fuels ($50 cash to 8th-place finisher in A-Main): Eckert
Edelbrock ($50 cash to 9th-place finisher in A-Main): Eckert
Comp Cams ($50 cash to 10th-place finisher in A-Main): Heckenast
Cometic ($50 cash to 12th-place finisher in A-Main): Junghans
JRI Shocks ($50 cash to 13th-place finisher in A-Main): Burgtorf
Superflow Dynos ($50 cash to 14th-place finisher in A-Main): Overton
Quartermaster ($25 certificate to 15th-place finisher in A-Main): Burgtorf
JE Pistons (one set of rings certificate to 16th-place finisher in A-Main): Burgtorf
Quartermaster ($50 certificate to 19th-place finisher in A-Main): Briggs
Mobil 1 (20 percent certificate to 20th-place finisher in A-Main): Reed
JE Pistons (one set of rings certificate to 21st-place finisher in A-Main): Wells
MSD Ignition ($25 cash to 24th-place finisher in A-Main): Reed
QA1 ($50 to driver with fastest lap of the night): McCreadie
Arizona Sports Shirts ($100 certificate to highest-finishing non-WoO driver): Moyer
2015 World of Outlaws Late Model Series Point Standings as of July 23 - 25 A-Mains completed (rank/driver/points/deficit to leader):
1. Shane Clanton 3642
2. Josh Richards 3446 (-196)
3. Chub Frank 3392 (-250)
4. Tim McCreadie 3302 (-340)
5. Morgan Bagley 3292 (-350)
6. Rick Eckert 3254 (-388)
7. Frank Heckenast Jr. 3222 (-420)
8. Eric Wells 3220 (-422)
9. Chase Junghans 3192 (-450)
10. Darrell Lanigan 3150 (-492)
11. Brandon Overton 3044 (-598)*
12. Boom Briggs 2924 (-718)
13. Jordan Yaggy 2732 (-910)*
*Rookie of the Year Competitor
Story By: DIRTcar PR
Photo Credit: Heath Lawson