Moyer Banks 778th Late Model Win
GIBSONTON, Fla. — Billy Moyer survived a back-and-forth battle with John Blankenship to win the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series event Friday night at East Bay Raceway Park.
Moyer denied Blankenship’s first win at East Bay by taking the lead with eight laps to go and went unchallenged the remaining laps. With his win Moyer scored his 778th win of his career.
Blankenship finished second, followed by Scott Bloomquist, Don O’Neal and Gregg Satterlee.
“The car was just phenomenal all night long. When he (Blankenship) got around me, I thought I was in trouble. There was a bunch of heavy traffic, and I lost contact with him. That caution about halfway through the race really helped me,” said Moyer. “On the restart I was able to stay with him [Blankenship]. It looked like his car was going away a little bit, then we had that last caution with nine to go, and I was thinking I had a real good shot at him. We were able to get out of the corners better than him. His (Blankenship’s) car would drift up the track, and that’s when we passed him.”
The two drivers put on a spectacular feature, running side by side several times until Moyer was able to finally clear Blankenship.
Blankenship had everything going his way when he passed Moyer for the lead with nine laps scored.
“When we got the lead early, I was thinking maybe tonight was the night when we would finally get a win here,” Blankenship said. “I knew I was a sitting duck there in the last 10 laps. Our car was getting looser and he (Moyer) was getting faster. Congrats to Billy on the win, they deserved it. We will come back tomorrow and shoot for the victory.”
Bloomquist was in the thick of things at the end as he fought to a third-place finish. “Our car has been pretty fast this entire week here. We keep making adjustments on it, and it has definitely helped,” he said. “Those two (Moyer and Blankenship) were just a little bit better than us tonight. I have to thank a new sponsor that has come on board with us this year, Ole Smokey Moonshine.”
Steve Francis set the overall Miller Welders Fast Time (Group B) among the ¬45 entrants with a lap of 14.034 seconds on the third-mile oval.
Billy Moyer, John Blankenship, Scott Bloomquist, Don O’Neal, Gregg Satterlee, Earl Pearson Jr., Jimmy Owens, Steve Francis, Eddie Carrier Jr., Ray Cook, Dennis Erb Jr., Booper Bare, Jared Landers, Ricky Weiss, Randy Weaver, Devin Moran, Dan Stone, Eric Jacobsen, Chad Hollenbeck, Kenny Pettyjohn, Brian Shirley, John Mollick, Bobby Pierce, Billy Moyer Jr., Kevin Weaver, Davey Johnson.