Billy Moyer Rolls To Portsmouth Glory
PORTSMOUTH, Ohio – It had been several years since Hall of Famer Billy Moyer last visited Portsmouth Raceway Park. After Saturday night, he can put his name in the hat as a contender for the Dirt Track World Championship at PRP in October.
He led all the way as he captured the Pepsi 50 River Days Rumble sanctioned by the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series. Moyer collected $15,000 for his win on Saturday night.
Moyer’s second LOLMDS win of the season came before a packed house despite threating weather all night. Jimmy Owens; the current LOLMDS point’s leader; finished second, followed by 12th starting Dennis Erb Jr., 18th starting Scott Bloomquist and Jason Feger.
“You have to give a big thanks to the track and Lucas Oil crew for getting this race in,” said Moyer. “They had some heavy rain this morning. The track was great all night and it had three grooves. To beat the rain, you have to take your hats off to everyone involved. We have not run here for several years, and I would say it was probably back in the GVS days that I was here. I certainly hope to be back here in October, going for that $50,000.”
The 55-year-old Moyer received pressure from Owens for several laps in the first half of the race. Despite a string of caution flags, Moyer was able to hold an advantage over Owens for the last half of the race.
“To beat that 20 car says a lot. He has been on a roll lately. I want to thank all of my sponsors including Henderson Motorsports, Banner Valley Hauling, L&D Trucking, Midwest Sheet Metal, and Clements Racing Engines,” said Moyer.
Moyer’s win was the 773rd of his illustrious career and came in his own Moyer Victory Circle ride.
Owens, in the Mike Reece, Reece Monument Company, Bloomquist Race Cars Ford, lengthened his points lead over Francis with his second place finish.
“Well everybody knows Billy Moyer is one of the all-time greats, even with the caution flags that kept us bunched up, I had nothing for him,” Owens said. “Congratulations to him and his crew, they deserved the win.”
Erb made a late-race rally to pass Bloomquist late in the race to nail down the third spot, his best ever finish at PRP.
“Our car was really good at the end, we started passing cars in the last 15 or so laps,” Erb said. “I just wish the race would have been 75 laps, we might have had something for Billy and Jimmy. This is the best finish we have ever had here, and we look forward to coming back here in October for the DTWC.”
Completing the top ten were Steve Francis, Doug Drown, Rod Conley, Steve Shaver and Billy Moyer Jr.
In preliminary action, Jackie Boggs set the overall RED BUCK Fast time (Group A) amongst the 37 entrants, with a lap of 14.801 seconds. Mike Marlar set the fastest time in Group B with a time of 15.007 seconds. Doug Drown, Josh McGuire, Billy Moyer, and Jimmy Owens won their respective heat races. Zack Dohm and Scott Bloomquist won their respective B-Mains.