posted September 30, 2001 09:31 AM
MOYER WINS WILD GREEN VALLEY RACE
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
GLENCOE, AL - Billy Moyer of Batesville, AR won a wild United Dirt Track
Racing Association Pro DirtCar Series 50-lap main event Saturday night at
Green Valley Speedway driving the Petroff Towing/J&J Steel Rayburn/Clements
Taurus. The $10,000 victory was the second of the season for the 1997 UDTRA
Moyer started from the pole position, but fell back to the third spot in
the opening laps. Moyer went to the outside groove to battle Ray Cook of
Brasstown, NC and Steve Francis of Ashland, KY for the lead in an exciting
three-wide formation around the 4/10-mile clay oval.
"It was like wrestling match at the beginning of the race because we were
set up to run the high side," Moyer said. "Things were real tight with
bunch of cars at the start, but once we got to the outside where we were
up to run, the push I had early in the race went out of the car and it came
Moyer took the lead from Cook on lap 24, and then proceeded to check out
the field, to take the checkered flag with over a ¾-lap advantage on Cook,
who finished second in the English Mountain Spring Water GRT/Cornett
Mustang. Cook's second-place finish clinched the JE Pistons Engine Builders
Championship for Cornett Race Engines.
The 1999 UDTRA Champion Dale McDowell of Rossville, GA charged from the
14th starting spot to finish third in the Larry Shaw Race Cars
Rocket/Hatfield Grand Prix. McDowell was able to use an inside move on
restarts in his march to the front that earned him the JE Pistons Hard
Charger of the Race Award.
Francis finished fourth in the Valvoline/Mopar Performance Rocket/Stanton
Intrepid, and UDTRA point leader Rick Eckert of York, PA rounded out the
five in the Raye Vest Rocket/Cornett Mustang. Eckert's lead over Francis
the UDTRA Championship hunt is now 35 points with three events left in the
Randle Chupp of Mooresville, NC took the sixth spot in the Biscotti's
Restaurant and Winery/Park Ohio Rocket/Draime Monte Carlo, and the defending
and four-time UDTRA Champion Scott Bloomquist of Mooresburg, TN was seventh
in the Miller Brothers Coal Warrior/Custom Mustang.
Bloomquist, who is third in the UDTRA point standings, fell back to 164
points behind Eckert in his "Drive For Five."
Brian Birkhofer of Muscatine, IA brought his Seubert Calf Ranches
Mastersbilt/Pro Power Grand Prix home in the eighth spot, and ninth went
Friday night's winner Jimmy Mars of Elk Mound, WI in the Parker Store
Mastersbilt/Pro Power Monte Carlo. Ronnie Johnson of Chattanooga, TN
rounded out the top ten in the J&J Steel Barry Wright/Clements Grand Prix.
Cook grabbed the lead at the start of the race from the outside front row
starting spot, while Skip Arp of Georgetown, TN dove under polesitter Moyer
coming off the second turn on lap one. Eckert made things interesting
driving to the outside to make Moyer the meat in the three-wide sandwich.
Cook led the first lap followed by Arp, Moyer, Eckert and Chupp.
Moyer and Eckert drove past Arp on lap two, and Eckert drove under Moyer
for the second spot on lap three. On lap four, Francis and Chupp to moved
up to battle three-wide with Arp for the second spot.
The 1996 UDTRA Champion Freddy Smith of Knoxville, TN brought out the first
caution flag of the race on lap 11 when he stalled his Christenberry
Trucking and Farms GRT/Custom Monte Carlo on the front straightaway. Cook
led Eckert, Moyer, Arp, Chupp, Francis, Bloomquist, Joe Izzo of Chicago,
Dan Schlieper of Pewaukee, WI, and Johnson back to the green flag.
Francis made a big move on the restart, using the inside groove to move
from sixth to fourth. Chupp moved past Arp for the fifth spot on lap 12,
and Bloomquist then moved up to pass Arp for sixth on lap 14. Arp slowed
off the pace and took his Curtis Equipment GRT/Cornett Mustang to the pits
on lap 15.
Schlieper also found trouble on lap 15 when his Performance Roofing Systems
Rayburn/Pro Power Monte Carlo stalled on the backstretch to turn on the
caution light for a second time. On the restart it was Cook, Eckert, Moyer,
Francis, Chupp, Bloomquist, Izzo in the Jeff's Engine Masters GRT/Pro Power
Monte Carlo, McDowell, Johnson and Mars.
Cook took off when the green flag came out, but behind him, it was Eckert,
Moyer and Francis racing three-wide for second. On lap 17, Moyer and
Francis passed Eckert for the second and third spots respectively, and then
Moyer and Francis battled side-by-side for second. Francis moved under
Moyer on lap 19 for the second spot.
The third caution flag was thrown on lap 20 for debris on the frontstretch.
Cook remained the leader followed by Francis, Moyer, Eckert, Chupp,
McDowell, Bloomquist, Izzo, Birkhofer, and Marshall Green of Dalton, GA
the Barto Enterprises Rocket/Hatfield Monte Carlo.
Cook had company on the restart, as Francis looked to the inside, and
pulled along side the leader on lap 22. It was now a battle of Ford versus
Dodge and American Race Tires versus Hoosier Race Tires.
Moyer looked to the top side of the track on lap 23 to make it a three-wide
battle for the lead. Moyer was able to drive around both Francis and Cook
on lap 24 for the lead he would never relinquish.
With Moyer pulling away in the lead, the racing was far from done behind
him. Bill Reed of Knoxville, TN spun his UPS/Die Cast Digest Magazine
GRT/Clements Monte Carlo in turn four to bring out the fourth caution flag.
Moyer led Cook, Francis, Eckert, McDowell, Chupp, Bloomquist, Birkhofer,
Johnson and Mars down for the restart.
McDowell had been using the inside groove on the previous restarts to move
up through the pack, and he continued that trick on this restart, moving
under Eckert for fourth coming off the fourth turn. Moyer pulled away,
it seemed his car got faster as the race went on. Moyer found out very
quickly he also had to slow down as quickly as he sped up.
Reed spun for a second time in turn four on lap 35 right in the front of
Moyer. The leader had to slow down quickly and make a fast move to avoid
"When Reed spun in front of me, I didn't know which way to go," Moyer said.
"I had to make a quick move, and it was the right one. Everything worked
well on the car tonight, especially the brakes when I needed them the most."
Moyer led Cook, Francis, McDowell, Eckert, Chupp, Bloomquist, Birkhofer,
Mars and Johnson down for the green flag to begin the 16 lap dash to the
finish. McDowell picked up another spot on the restart diving under Francis
for third. McDowell then moved up to challenge Cook for the second spot,
Eckert moved up to make it a three-car battle for second.
McDowell was probably hoping for two more caution flags before the end
the race, but they did not come, as Moyer pulled out to a full straightaway
lead by lap 40, and Cook held off McDowell and Eckert to claim the second
Moyer also won the first 10-lap Borla Performance Heat Race and the $50
Scott Performance Wire Bonus Award. Cook took the second heat, and Arp
the $100 JE Pistons Bonus Award with a third heat race win. Izzo won the
Shannon Babb of Decatur, IL won the Renegade Transporters 1st 12-lap
Consolation Race in the Car City Co./Petroff Towing Rayburn/Dickens Monte
Carlo. Rex Richey of Ringgold, GA won the Polaris ATVs 2nd 12-lap
Consolation Race in the U.P.&S. GRT/Russell Baker Monte Carlo.
Wendell Wallace of Batesville, AR was the fast qualifier among the 48
entrants with a lap in 14.803 seconds for an average speed of 97.278 miles
per hour. Wallace was leading the first heat when his JFR Graphics/Monday
Motorsports GRT/Russell Baker Grand Prix broke. Wallace charged to sixth
his consy, but had to take a provisional to make the main event.
The next event for the UDTRA Pro DirtCar Series will be Tuesday night at
Atomic Motor Speedway in Knoxville, TN for a 50-lap $10,000-to-win main
event. For race day and ticket information call (865) 986-3589, or visit
their web site at www.atomicmotorspeedway.com. Atomic Motor Speedway is
ated west of Knoxville at I-40 and exit 364.
OFFICIAL RESULTS OF ROUND 40 AT GREEN VALLEY SPEEDWAY IN GLENCOE, AL ON
POS STRT CAR # DRIVER HOMETOWN CAR LAPS $ WON
1. 1 21 Billy Moyer Batesville, AR Ford 50 $10,050
2. 2 53 Ray Cook Brasstown, NC Ford 50 $6,600
3. 14 17m Dale McDowell Rossville, GA Pont. 50 $3,600
4. 11 15 Steve Francis Ashland, KY Dodge 50 $3,100
5. 6 24 Rick Eckert York, PA Ford 50 $2,600
6. 5 114 Randle Chupp Mooresville, NC Chev. 50 $1,800
7. 7 0 Scott Bloomquist Mooresburg, TN Ford 50 $2,550
8. 10 15b Brian Birkhofer Muscatine, IA Pont. 50 $1,400
9. 9 28m Jimmy Mars Elk Mound, WI Chev. 50 $1,800
10. 13 5 Ronnie Johnson Chattanooga, TN Pont. 50 $1,100
11. 15 89 Marshall Green Dalton, GA Chev. 50 $1,000
12. 4 166 Joe Izzo Chicago, IL Chev. 50 $1,550
13. 21 22 Robert Gant Pisgah, AL Ford 50 $900
14. 22 T31 Shane Tankersley Morgantown, GA Pont. 50 $875
15. 16 8 David Payne Murphy, NC Chev. 50 $850
16. 12 00 Freddy Smith Knoxville, TN Chev. 46 $1,425
17. 19 j1 John Jones Ringgold, GA Chev. 45 $800
18. 23 6m Wendell Wallace Batesville, AR Pont. 33 $1,350
19. 24 28 Bill Reed Knoxville, TN Chev. 33 $700
20. 20 00k Randy Korte Highland, IL Chev. 29 $700
21. 8 s9 Dan Schlieper Pewaukee, WI Chev. 29 $1,300
22. 3 31 Skip Arp Georgetown, TN Ford 14 $800
23. 18 87 Rex Richey Ringgold, GA Chev. 10 $700
24. 17 18 Shannon Babb Decatur, IL Chev. 2 $700
PROVISIONALS: Wallace (6) and Reed (5)
LEAD CHANGES: 1
LAP LEADERS: Cook, 1-23; Moyer, 24-50
LAPS LED: Moyer, 27; Cook, 23
JE PISTONS HARD CHARGER OF THE RACE: McDowell (started 14th and finished
TIME OF THE RACE: 29 Minutes and 10.310 Seconds
UDTRA SHOOTOUT INVITEES: Tankersley, Marty Hardy, Don Jenkins, Mark Mears,
Randy Hemphill, and Michael Stewart (Promoter's Choice)
POS CAR # DRIVER HOMETOWN CHASSIS CAR MAKE 1ST LAP 2ND LAP TIME SPEED
1 6m Wendell Wallace Batesville, AR GRT Grand Prix 15.097 14.803 14.803
2 24 Rick Eckert York, PA Rocket Mustang 14.846 14.932 14.846 96.996
3 15 Steve Francis Ashland, KY Rocket Dodge 15.866 14.902 14.902 96.631
4 s9 Dan Schlieper Pewaukee, WI Rayburn Monte Carlo 14.961 14.990 14.961
5 21 Billy Moyer Batesville, AR Rayburn Taurus 14.970 15.078 14.970 96.192
6 53 Ray Cook Brasstown, NC GRT Taurus 15.029 15.002 15.002 95.987
7 31 Skip Arp Georgetown, TN GRT Mustang 15.008 15.169 15.008 95.949
8 166 Joe Izzo Chicago, IL GRT Monte Carlo 15.034 18.468 15.034 95.783
9 28m Jimmy Mars Elk Mound, WI Mastersbilt Monte Carlo 15.120 16.455 15.120
10 15b Brian Birkhofer Muscatine, IA Mastersbilt Grand Prix 15.156 15.167
11 0 Scott Bloomquist Mooresburg, TN Warrior Mustang 15.172 15.443 15.172
12 00 Freddy Smith Knoxville, TN GRT Monte Carlo 15.188 15.428 15.188 94.812
13 114 Randle Chupp Mooresville, NC Rocket Monte Carlo 15.204 15.266 15.204
14 17m Dale McDowell Rossville, GA Larry Shaw Grand Prix 15.277 15.294
15 89 Marshall Green Dalton, GA Rocket Monte Carlo 15.300 17.780 15.300
16 87 Rex Richey Ringgold, GA GRT Monte Carlo 16.049 15.355 15.355 93.781
17 5J Ronnie Johnson Chattanooga, TN Barry Wright Grand Prix 15.843 15.413
18 18 Shannon Babb Decatur, IL Rayburn Monte Carlo 15.515 16.289 15.515
19 T31 Shane Tankersley Morgonton, GA Stinger Grand Prix 16.312 15.582
20 19m Mark Mears Decatur, AL Rayburn Monte Carlo 15.588 15.942 15.588
21 25 Jody Summerville Rome, GA Warrior Monte Carlo 15.588 15.593 15.588
22 j1 John Jones Ringgold, GA GRT Monte Carlo 15.847 15.661 15.661 91.948
23 28r Bill Reed Knoxville, TN GRT Monte Carlo 16.566 15.685 15.685 91.807
24 42j Don Jenkins Kingston, GA Rocket Monte Carlo 15.705 15.775 15.705
25 25 David Killian Murphy, NC Rocket Monte Carlo 15.725 16.139 15.725
26 11 Greg Skinner Oxford, AL GRT Monte Carlo 15.748 15.743 15.743 91.469
27 1b Eddie Blackmon Dallas, GA Thorobred Monte Carlo 16.270 15.890 15.890
28 8p David Payne Murphy, NC GRT Monte Carlo 16.165 15.898 15.898 90.577
29 4vs Vernon Smith Rome, GA GRT Monte Carlo 16.400 15.928 15.928 90.407
30 54 Mark Mangs Rainsville, AL Stinger Monte Carlo 15.952 15.965 15.952
31 00k Randy Korte Highland, IL Larry Shaw Monte Carlo 16.584 15.961 15.961
32 15d Patrick Duggan Lenoir City, TN Stinger Grand Prix 15.966 18.013
33 77 Joey Roland Jasper, GA Stinger Monte Carlo 16.266 15.983 15.983 90.096
34 12s Jason Smith Laurel, MS GRT Mustang 16.097 16.335 16.097 89.458
35 91 John Bedingfield Clayton, GA Barry Wright Grand Prix 16.131 16.187
36 8 Keith Hays Morris, AL Fast Monte Carlo 16.170 16.139 16.139 89.225
37 KO Kelly Hanbey Eva, AL Fast Grand Prix 16.909 16.162 16.162 89.098
38 74 Michael Stewart Sand Rock, AL Stinger Monte Carlo 16.210 16.640 16.210
39 15h Kent Hicks Cleveland, TN Rocket Grand Prix 16.616 16.212 16.212
40 cv3 Clayton Christenberry Knoxville, TN Warrior Monte Carlo 16.354 NT
41 28rh Randy Hemphill Toccoa, GA GRT Grand Prix 16.784 16.455 16.455 87.511
42 21g Sandy Goddard Knoxville, TN Warrior Monte Carlo 16.654 16.744 16.654
43 8r Ronnie Payne Murphy, NC GRT Monte Carlo 16.917 16.737 16.737 86.037
44 m6 Marty Hardy Jackson, MS GRT Grand Prix 16.987 16.993 16.987 84.771
45 22g Robert Gant Pisgah, AL Stinger Mustang 16.304 15.967 DQ DQ
46 41 Tom Maddox Gadsden, AL Stinger Monte Carlo 16.482 16.397 DQ DQ
47 24g Buster Goss Rome, GA Larry Shaw Monte Carlo NT NT NT NT
48 3c James Cline Oxford, AL Stinger Grand Prix NT NT NT NT
BORLA PERFORMANCE 12-LAP HEAT RACES (Top 4 Finishers Transfer To Main
SCOTT PERFORMANCE WIRE 1ST HEAT: 1. Moyer; 2. Chupp; 3. Mars; 4. Johnson;
5. V. Smith; 6. Gant; 7. Summerville; 8. Roland; 9. Hemphill; 10. Hanbey;
11. Killian; 12. Wallace.
2ND HEAT: 1. Cook; 2. Eckert; 3. Birkhofer; 4. McDowell; 5. Babb; 6.
Jones; 7. Skinner; 8. J. Smith; 9. Stewart; 10. Goddard; 11. Maddox; 12.
JE PISTONS 3RD HEAT: 1. Arp; 2. Bloomquist; 3. Francis; 4. Green; 5. Reed;
6. Korte; 7. Tankersley; 8. R. Payne; 9. Blackmon; 10. Hicks; 11.
4TH HEAT: 1. Izzo; 2. Schlieper; 3. F. Smith; 4. D. Payne; 5. Richey;
Jenkins; 7. Hardy; 8. Mears; 9. Duggan; 10. Hays.
CONSOLATION RACES (12 Laps - Top 3 Finishers Transfer To Main Event):
RENEGADE TRANSPORTERS 1ST CONSY: 1. Babb; 2. Jones; 3. Gant; 4. V. Smith;
5. J. Smith; 6. Wallace; 7. Summerville; 8. Hemphill; 9. Skinner; 10.
Hanbey; 11. Stewart; 12. Goddard; 13. Roland.
POLARIS ATVs 2ND CONSY: 1. Richey; 2. Korte; 3. Tankersley; 4. Hardy;
Jenkins; 6. Duggan; 7. Mears; 8. Reed; 9. Hays; 10. R. Payne; 11.
Bedingfield; 12. Hicks; 13. Blackmon.
UDTRA POINT STANDINGS THROUGH 9/29/01:
1. Rick Eckert - 6132
2. Steve Francis - 6097
3. Scott Bloomquist - 5968
4. Dale McDowell - 5414
5. Wendell Wallace - 5276
6. Dan Schlieper - 5146
7. Ray Cook - 5145
8. Jimmy Mars - 4951
9. Freddy Smith - 4935
10. Joe Izzo - 4247
11. Randy Korte - 4213
12. Billy Moyer - 3759
13. Steve Boley - 3255
14. Brian Birkhofer - 3161
15. Rick Aukland - 3150
16. Shannon Babb - 2866
17. Davey Johnson - 2814
18. Steve Shaver - 2753
19. Randle Chupp - 2747
20. Chub Frank - 2288