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Email address: DirtNews@aol.com Web site: http://members.aol.com/dirtnews/digest =================================== CONTENTS: April 18-19 results (April 20) HAV-A-TAMPA: Moyer wins at Brownstown for second straight victory =================================== HAV-A-TAMPA DIRT RACING SERIES Brownstown Speedway
BROWNSTOWN, Ind. (Friday and Saturday) In denying Donnie Moran his first victory at Brownstown Speedway, Billy Moyer Jr. piled up an impressive list of "firsts" himself.
Moyer became the first Hav-A-Tampa driver this season to win from the pole position, won GVS Racing's first race at Brownstown and -- for the first time in his career -- took the Hav-A-Tampa points lead.
Moyer, who led the first 59 laps until Moran slipped underneath him after a restart, regained the top spot when Moran had to slow down for a collision between lapped cars on the 77th lap and won $15,000 at the quarter-mile oval in southcentral Indiana. A big crowd endured a chilly night to watch the exciting battle between three-time World 100 winners.
"We're just tickled to death to put it in victory lane. That's what we're supposed to do," said Moyer, whose victory follows a $15,000 win at his hometown Batesville (Ark.) Speedway, and is his third triumph in the last five Hav-A-Tampa races. "There with about 70 laps in, the track kinda changed and rubbered up a little bit, and our setup wasn't quite right for that, but it got the job done."
Said Moyer's team manager Joel Hedrick: "GVS Racing has never won at Brownstown and I tell you what, it's a big victory for us."
Moran finished solidly in second followed by Wendell Wallace, who held a top-five position throughout the race and settled for third. Bart Hartman picked his way to fourth after starting in the ninth row while Clint Smith rounded out the top five. Steve Barnett was the top local finisher in sixth followed by Bill Frye, Dale McDowell, and Jack Boggs. Indy Racing League and Busch Grand National driver Tony Stewart was 10th and Terry Phillips finished 11th as the final driver on the lead lap.
Moran, a three-time STARS champion now running with Hav-A-Tampa, had control of the race with a steady lead more than three-quarters of the way through the 100-lapper. But exiting Turn 2 on the 77th lap, the lapped car of Rohn Moon collided with another slower car, forcing Moran to brake hard and bail out to the high side.
Moyer, who had slashed Moran's 10-car length lead as the pair entered traffic, seized the opportunity by smoothly taking the low groove past Moran and the slower cars, who both regained control. Moran lost momentum and lost touch with Moyer, who extended his lead to nearly a full straightaway within a few laps.
"(Moran) just had a miscue with those lapped cars. He was running good and those cars just got together and he went wide to miss 'em, and I guess I was in the right place at the right time," said Moyer, who increased his Hav-A-Tampa earnings to more than $60,000 for 1997. "He just made the wrong move and I made the right one. I was just lucky enough that he went to the top and I went to the bottom."
Moran, who had already dodged a bullet with a survivalist 360-degree spin on the backstretch after being clipped by another car, lost his chance at ending his victory jinx at Brownstown.
"Them two guys ... they got together, and I had to lock it completely up to miss 'em, and that let Billy get back by, and that was about the end of the race," Moran said. "That's the way it goes. It's part of racing."
Moran got another chance to work his restart magic after a lap-91 caution flag, the fourth of the race, but Moyer successfully held him off and went on to win by a dozen car lengths.
Moran and Moyer likely would've ended up battling for second place if it wasn't for a flat left-rear tire for C.J. Rayburn, who won the season-opening Hoosier Dirt Classic at Brownstown two weeks before Hav-A-Tampa's visit and set fast time Friday.
Rayburn drove easily through the first half of the race in third place, then moved past Bob Pierce for second on the 40th lap. Without wheelspin or labored steering, Rayburn began reeling in Moyer, nosing up right behind the GVS Racing No. 21 just after the midway point.
"I wasn't in any hurry about passing Billy, because he'll haunt you if he's behind you. He'll figure out something," Rayburn said. "But then (on the radio) they said Moran's coming, and I said 'Well, I'll go ahead and pass him.' "
A caution came out before Rayburn could get past Moyer, who had tried unsuccessfully to lap James Huff for several laps and eventually gave him a bump exiting Turn 2. Huff spun sideways on the backstretch on the 57th lap as Moyer and Rayburn whizzed past, but Huff's car hit Moran's third-place car, sending Moran into a pirouetting spin that he brilliantly straightened out. "It just went right around and went right on down the straightaway," Moran said.
When Rayburn resumed his assault on Moyer after the caution, his tire rolled off the rim and went flat on the frontstretch. Rayburn tried to slow to bring out a yellow flag, but the sixth-running Frye hit Rayburn from behind on the frontstretch, and the eighth-running Pierce rammed Frye's car as the melee moved toward the first turn. Frye continued, but Pierce was through with heavy damage to the front of his car while Rayburn's damaged fuel cell forced him to the pits to root for Stewart and Moon, who were driving Rayburn house cars.
Moyer took the Hav-A-Tampa points lead from Freddy Smith, who went a lap down for the first time this season on the 73rd lap and ended up 13th. Moyer unofficially has 1,259 points, 18 more than Smith, the defending series champion.
CAR COUNT: 64 late models.
FAST QUALIFIER: C.J. Rayburn, 14.359 seconds (quarter-mile oval).
FIRST HEAT (12 laps; top three advance): Billy Moyer Jr., C.J. Rayburn, Rick Aukland, Marshall Green, James Huff, Doug Ault, Jim Curry, David Gibson, Steve Godsey, Robbie Starnes (Mark Miner scratched).
SECOND HEAT: Bob Pierce, Rohn Moon, Dale McDowell, Tony Stewart, Scott Bloomquist, Rex Richey, Mark Barber, Ronnie Johnson, Don O'Neal, Tory Collins (Terry Eaglin scratched).
THIRD HEAT: Freddy Smith, Donnie Moran, Ray Cook, Billy Drake, Kevin Weaver, Ernie Barrow, Russ Scheffler, Frankie Coomer, Bryan Rice, Johnny Virden (Brian Wilhite scratched).
FOURTH HEAT: Clint Smith, Bill Frye, Jimmy Mars, Skip Arp, Doug McCammon, Mike Jewell, Marty O'Neal, Todd McKinney (drivers who scratched unavailable).
FIFTH HEAT: Kevin Claycomb, Tony Izzo Jr., Bart Hartman, Dion Deason, John Gill, Brad Barrow, Ernie Barrow, Elex Layton (drivers who scratched unavailable).
SIXTH HEAT (rained out Friday and run Saturday): Wendell Wallace, Steve Barnett, Terry Phillips, Jack Boggs, Steve Russell, Shawn Toczek, Dan Sturgeon, Craig Leist (drivers who scratched unavailable).
FIRST CONSOLATION (15 laps; top two advance): Marshall Green, Dion Deason, Johnny Virden, Billy Drake, Doug Ault, Kevin Weaver, James Huff, Robbie Starnes, Ernie Barrow, David Gibson, Russ Scheffler, Jim Curry, Steve Godsey, Frankie Coomer, Bryan Rice, Brad Barrow, Gary Barrow.
SECOND CONSOLATION: Tony Stewart, Jack Boggs, Skip Arp, Scott Bloomquist, Steve Russell, Mark Barber, Dan Sturgeon, Marty O'Neal, Shawn Toczek, Rex Richey, Todd McKinney.
FEATURE (Pos., driver, car no., hometown, chassis, laps) 1. Billy Moyer Jr. (21), Batesville, Ark., MasterSbilt, 100, $15,500 2. Donnie Moran (99), Dresden, Ohio, MasterSbilt, 100 3. Wendell Wallace (6m), Batesville, Ark., GRT, 100 4. Bart Hartman (75), Zanesville, Ohio, MasterSbilt, 100 5. Clint Smith (1), Griffin, Ga., GRT, 100 6. Steve Barnett (89), Franklin, Ind., Rayburn, 100 7. Bill Frye (66), Greenbrier, Ark., GRT, 100 8. Dale McDowell (17), Rossville, Ga., GRT, 100 9. Jack Boggs (B4), Grayson, Ky., MasterSbilt, 100 10. Tony Stewart (1cjx), Columbus, Ind., Rayburn, 100 11. Terry Phillips (75), Springfield, Mo., GRT, 100 12. Marshall Green (89), Dalton, Ga., Warrior, 99 13. Freddy Smith (00), Knoxville, Tenn., GRT, 99 14. Ray Cook (53), Murphy, N.C., GRT, 99 15. Tony Izzo Jr. (16), Bridgeview, Ill., GRT, 99 16. Steve Russell (G1), Pontotoc, Miss., Rayburn, 98 17. Rohn Moon (1x), Whiteland, Ind., Rayburn, 98 18. Dion Deason (D1), Indianapolis, Ind., Rayburn, 97 19. Rick Aukland (12), Fargo, N.D., Bullitt, 88 20. C.J. Rayburn (1cj), Whiteland, Ind., Rayburn, 57 21. Bob Pierce (23), Danville, Ill., Warrior, 57 22. James Huff (5), Milton, Ky., Rayburn, 57 23. Kevin Claycomb (28), Vincennes, Ind., Rocket, 29 24. Jimmy Mars (28), Elk Mound, Wis., MasterSbilt, 28 25. Johnny Virden (1v), Russellville, Ark., 23
NOTES: Scott Bloomquist, in his first Hav-A-Tampa appearance of the year, didn't line up in time to qualify Friday and started on the tail of the second heat, where he finished fifth .... Bloomquist ran a dull fourth in the second consolation and missed the feature at Brownstown for the first time in the 1990s ..... Johnny Virden and Steve Russell took Hav-A-Tampa provisional starting spots in the feature, while defending Brownstown champion James Huff accepted the track provisional .... C.J. Rayburn's fast time was just slightly off his track record 14.300 .... on Friday, light rain delayed the third heat for about five minutes before heavier showers set in for good after the fifth heat, forcing the sixth heat to be run on Saturday night .... the cars of Shawn Toczek and Mark Miner where damaged at the close of a hot-lap session Friday when Miner's speeding car climbed on top of car of Toczek, who was heading for the backstretch exit .... Miner was among a group of nonqualifying feature drivers including Terry English, Doug McCammon, Ronnie Johnson and John Gill who didn't return for Saturday's consolations .... Billy Moyer Jr. qualified nearly a second slower than Rayburn, but won the first heat despite starting outside the third row.
HAV-A-TAMPA POINT STANDINGS (unofficial through eight of 32 races): Billy Moyer Jr. 1,259; Freddy Smith 1,241; Wendell Wallace 1,174; Clint Smith 1,100; Dale McDowell 1,089.
NEXT HAV-A-TAMPA RACE: April 25-26, Interstate 30 Speedway, Little Rock, Ark., $15,000 to win.
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