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Tampa, FL (February 14, 2011) - Long-time Red Line Oil driver Billy Moyer of Batesville, AR scored his career leading 21st win at East Bay Raceway Park on Friday Afternoon capturing the 30-Lap $5000 to win feature event.
The Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series sanctioned-event was a make-up from Monday Night's rainout during the 35th Annual DART Winternationals Presented by Magnaflow Exhaust. Moyer's 742nd win of his Hall of Fame career completed the day's sweep for him as he set fast time and won his heat race. Trailing Moyer to the finish line were Don O'Neal of Martinsville, IN, Scott Bloomquist of Mooresburg, TN, 20th starting Wendell Wallace of Batesville, AR and 17th starting Bub McCool of Vicksburg, MS.
"It's great to always win here at East Bay, we've been helping our drivers this week that drive our cars and this is the first time we've raced this week, and to get victory win number 21 here for car 21 it's awesome," said the 53-year-old Moyer, who capture 24 main events a year ago. "To draw an early number today, I didn't think would be that good, but were able to get fast time and win the heat, I was babying the car there for most of the race to conserve the tires and fortunately we were able to pull it off."
Moyer also thanked his crew and sponsors that include crew chief Steve Norris. "Steve and the guys always do a great job, and I have to thank all of great sponsors and product people, Red Line Synthetic Oil, Banner Valley Hauling, Henderson Motorsports, Cooley Transport, Sunoco, Watters Auto Land, Clements Engines and everyone else that contributes to the team."
Moyer grabbed the lead at the start with Frank Heckenast Jr. in the second spot. Moyer was unable to build more than a two-three car length lead over Heckenast in the early going as Donnie Moran made his way around Don O'Neal for third on lap four.
Moyer would gain a six-car length advantage by the halfway mark over Heckenast, Moran, O'Neal and the opening night winner, Scott Bloomquist. A caution at the halfway mark would slow Moyer's only momentarily. Moran's day would end on lap 19 after a solid effort as his right rear tire went flat.
Moyer would then pull away from Heckenast on the restart as Heckenast would start to fade with tire wear. O'Neal would then move into second, but Moyer's lead was big enough that he was unable to run him down at the end. Bloomquist settled for third just ahead of the hard charger of the race Wendell Wallace, who stormed through the field from his 20th starting spot for fourth.
In preliminary action Moyer was the fast qualifier for the4 day in the Red Bick Cigar Time Trials with a lap of 14.609 seconds. Heat races were won by Moyer, Don O'Neal, Donnie Moran, Frank Heckenast, Jr., Eddie Carrier, Jr. and Austin Hubbard. The B-mains were taken by Billy Moyer Jr. and Wendell Wallace.
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