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Twice As Nice: Moyer Jr. Dominates at Selinsgrove

Records second career series win

Sept. 4, 2016 - Billy Moyer Jr. put together a dominant Craftsman Club® Feature Sunday night, winning the 18th Annual Jeff's Auto Body and Recycling Center Late Model National Open at Selinsgrove Speedway. The World of Outlaws Craftsman® Late Model Series Rookie of the Year Contender not only earned the $8,000 purse, but also his second series win of his career.

The Batesville, Ark. native put together his second consecutive podium finish, and doubled-up on his wins this season within a one-month span. He currently leads the Rookie of the Year standings, and with the win he further strengthened his resume toward achieving the honor. He now has one final hurdle in late-October - the prized Bad Boy Off Road World of Outlaws World Finals at The Dirt Track at Charlotte (N.C.).

"We earned this one," said Moyer, thanking the fans. "There was some competition. I just want to belong on a national tour. I'm not on Josh [Richards'] or [Shane] Clanton's level. Hopefully we can keep-on and catch them. It's fun to race with all the guys you look up to like [Rick] Eckert - the guys I grew up watching. Those guys show me a lot of respect, and I do the best I can to show it back. I've never won in Pennsylvania so this is pretty cool. I sound like a broken record but I mean everything I say."

Moyer said his good fortune came in the redraw, where he pulled-out the starting spot for a feature set for 40 laps. Leading the 24-car field into the green flag, Moyer established his dominance early in his No. 21JR Crop Production Services/ Karl Performance Moyer/ Victory racecar. Within the first 10 laps, he ultimately increased his lead to 3.189 seconds over Eckert.

One battle that stood out in the field was between Eric Wells and hometown hero Jim Yoder for the final podium spot. This battle started early with neither of them giving ground. Yoder eventually made the pass, but the two stayed within .300 seconds of each other for the majority of the race.

The top five - Jeff Rine filled the last spot in the group - remained the same following the race's first caution on lap 8. After the restart, the front began to separate.
Moyer led by as many as 4.712 seconds with 17 laps remaining. Yoder, who was in third, fell 9.156 seconds behind the leader - nearly five seconds behind Eckert.
The suspense began to build when Eckert was gaining ground two laps later in his No 7 Monumental Paving & Excavating/ P-J Contracting Co Longhorn car; Moyer hit lapped traffic which slowed him down. Eckert, with approximately the same advantage over Yoder, diminished Moyer's lead down to .973 seconds with seven laps left in the feature.

The climax of the race subsequently fell at the drop of the white flag. The race's second and final caution created a green-white-checkered scenario; in turn, the race was extended to 41 laps. The field regrouped single-file, offering a chance for Eckert to get his second win of the season and for Wells to reclaim his podium position.
"No, it really wasn't [a chance]," said Eckert, chuckling. "We were a half of a corner away, and he was better. But he was going flat and I could see that during the caution. He wasn't spinning as much as I was, but I was too bald to race him. We're just happy to end it in second. We really needed that. We'll build on it. Billy: good job."

As for Wells, he managed to pass Yoder in his No. 18 Will Kinzer Foundation for Autism Research/ Allstar Performance Longhorn machine. Rounding out the podium, Wells earned his fifth top five finish of the season. Earlier in the night, he won his sixth heat race of the season and was fastest in his qualifying group with a 19.989.

"Yeah, [Yoder] was a little better than us, but he slipped-up in the rubber there on [turn] two," said Wells, listing the night's accomplishments. "Finished third, won a heat tonight and a got the fast time in our group...we'll take it. I'm just happy with what we have and we're closer than what we were."

Feature (40 laps):
1. 21JR- Billy Moyer Jr. [1] [$9,095]; 2. 7- Rick Eckert [2] [$4,800]; 3.18- Eric Wells [4] [$3,400]; 4. 27- Jim Yoder [5] [$2,900]; 5. 0- Coleby Frye [7] [$2,000]; 6. 91- Tyler Erb [9] [$2,300]; 7. 14m- Morgan Bagley [11] [$2,150]; 8. 1*- Chub Frank [24] [$1,850]; 9. 2x- Steve Campbell [12] [$1,200]; 10. 1s- Gary Stuhler [17] [$1,100]; 11. 99jr- Frank Heckenast Jr. [18] [$1,600]; 12. 25- Shane Clanton [3] [$1,600]; 13. 1- Josh Richards [21] [$1,500]; 14. 2c- Joey Coulter [14] [$850]; 15. 99B- Boom Briggs [20] [$800]; 16. 76- Brandon Overton [23] [$1,250]; 17. 2J- Jeff Rine [6] [$660]; 18. C9- Steve Casebolt [19] [$1,190]; 19. 3- Tim Wilson [22] [$620]; 20. 119B- Bryan Bernheisel [13] [$600]; 21. 4s- Danny Snyder [10] [$600]; 22. 1v- Jeremy Miller [16] [$600]; 23. 4-D’s- Chad Hollenbeck [15] [$600]; 24. 88- Tony Adams [8] [$600]

Point Standings as of September 4
1. Josh Richards 5260
2. Shane Clanton 4990
3. Rick Eckert  4888
4. Brandon Overton 4688
5. Billy Moyer Jr. 4630
6. Steve Casebolt 4550
6. Chub Frank 4550
8. Brian Shirley 4548
9. Frank Heckenast Jr. 4504
9. Eric Wells 4504


Out of this World: Mars wins at Lernerville's Working Man

Bagley records his second top five performance of 2016

SARVER, Pa. - Sept. 3, 2016 - Jimmy Mars won the Working Man finale Saturday night at Lernerville Speedway. Mars started third in the 75-lap Craftsman Club® Feature, ultimately earning the $20,000 purse for the weekend.

"It's awesome to be back at Lernerville," Mars said. "We don't get to race as much as we want to right now. Things are going good, and I have so many people to thank. We have a lot of great people behind us. Everything worked great."

Mars' last World of Outlaws Craftsman® Late Model Series victory came on July 2014.  In a seven-caution spectacular, Mars fought a stout group of series regulars. Three-time Series Champion Josh Richards, who was seeking his record-breaking 18th win of the season, swiftly led the 24-car field in the beginning laps of the race from fourth.

Richards led 64 laps of the main event, while the rest of the top five relentlessly battled for a chance to take on the red-hot driver out of Shinnston, W.V. Early on, it was Mars. Mars maintained a half-second behind Richards for the first eight laps. Thereon, he funneled back to as far as fourth place.

Mars' greatest battle was between defending series champion Shane Clanton. Clanton, who overtook Mars on lap 67, began to trade third and fourth position with Mars. The Menomonie, Wisc. native solidified third on a lap 45 restart. Thereon, he looked toward 2011 series champion Rick Eckert for second place. Eckert earned one of the two $2,500-to-win qualifying features earlier in the weekend.

With 28 laps remaining, Mars passed Eckert for second. Meanwhile, 2013 Rookie of the Year runner-up Morgan Bagley moved into fourth position - knocking on the door of his second top five performance of the season.

The pivotal moment in the race came on lap 11. Richards, who was weaving through lapped traffic and building his lead over Mars, made contact with one of the cars. His car suffered a right-front flat tire, essentially giving Mars the go-ahead for the lead.

"Yeah, that was too bad for Josh," Mars said. "It's tough in lapped traffic, you know?  That stuff just happens, and it sucks. I've been in that position before. For the last few laps before that I'd say Josh and I were both saving our tires a little bit, and the bottom had a lot of moisture. I don't know what he had for tires, but our car worked great. So I was patient in the beginning, fell back there a little bit, and then I was there at the end."

On the restart, Bagley catapulted his No. 14M Gotta Race Apparel/  P-W Sales Black Diamond car into second place. Bagley was able to diminish Mars' lead to 1.258 seconds with four laps to go, but ended up losing a half-second by the time he hit the checkers. Billy Moyer Jr., whose last top five finish came on August 13, squeaked into the final podium spot over Eckert.

Bagley's second place finish was his best of the season. He finished third earlier in the season at Tyler County Speedway (W.V.) on May 29. Mars said the last laps of the race were suspenseful with Bagley on his tail. With Mars "overshooting the corner a couple of times in turn one," it lent enough room for Bagley to make a last-ditch effort.

 "[Our season] is definitely headed in the right direction," Bagley said. "I'll tell you, we've been really working hard all year trying stuff. I mean, we're just really getting back to standard. We're just trying to keep our program up to par, get our cars better. Jimmy was good. Hats off to them. They had the car to beat. We got into [turn] one and two a little better than him. I just ran out of track there. We were going to give him hell and try something."

Moyer Jr., who leads the Rookie of the Year standings, recorded his fifth top five performance of 2016.  Moyer started 12th in the Craftsman Club® feature, and he credits his tires for his strong charge to the podium.

"We came in, changed tires and the car to make it a little better," Moyer said. "We just really weren't good at the beginning. Early on, I sometimes don't drive very well sideways with the wheel-spin like a lot of these guys. I thought we had a flat there and changed tires. It helped. This Billy Moyer car has been really good lately. Thanks to all the fans. If it wasn't for them we wouldn't be out here."

Mike Norris, a hometown Sarver, Pa. native, rounded-out the top five. Norris finished second in his qualifying feature on Friday.

Feature (75 laps): 1.28m- Jimmy Mars [3] [$20,900]; 2. 14m- Morgan Bagley [5] [$11,425]; 3. 21JR- Billy Moyer Jr [12] [$6,350]; 4. 7- Rick Eckert [8] [$7,300]; 5. 72- Mike Norris [7] [$4,700]; 6. 18- Eric Wells [14] [$3,550]; 7. 72c- Jason Covert [21] [$2,150]; 8. 1- Josh Richards [4] [$5,200]; 9. 25- Shane Clanton [6] [$3,150]; 10. 10- Alex Ferree [16] [$2,025]; 11. 44s- Dave Hess Jr. [19] [$1,900]; 12. 99jr- Frank Heckenast Jr. [2] [$2,850]; 13. 99B- Boom Briggs [20] [$1,650]; 14. C9- Steve Casebolt [17] [$2,075]; 15. 91- Tyler Erb [10] [$2,200]; 16. 1*- Chub Frank [9] [$2,150]; 17. 2c- Joey Coulter [22] [$1,175]; 18. 14- Dan Angelicchio [18] [$1,250]; 19. 93- Donald Bradsher [23] [$1,150]; 20. H1- Jared Miley [11] [$1,400]; 21. 76- Brandon Overton [15] [$1,825]; 22. 4T8- John Flinner Jr. [13] [$1,300]; 23. 111- Matt Lux [24] [$1,150]; 24. 3s- Brian Shirley [1] [$2,700]

1. Josh Richards 5136
2. Shane Clanton 4864
3. Rick Eckert 4742
4. Brandon Overton 4570
5. Brian Shirley  4488
6. Billy Moyer Jr. 4480
7. Steve Casebolt 4436
8. Chub Frank 4416
9. F. Heckenast Jr. 4376
10. Eric Wells 4360


Outlaws Oust the Field at Lernerville

Eckert and Richards win their qualifying features

SARVER, Pa. - Sept. 2, 2016 - Rick Eckert and Josh Richards each led their qualifying features to the checkers Friday night, sharing victory lane for the World of Outlaws Craftsman® Late Model Series' opening night of Working Man weekend presented by GottaRace.com at Lernerville Speedway.

In a new format, two qualifying heats decided the eight drivers who transfer to Saturday's Craftsman Club® Feature. Four drivers from each qualifying feature will transfer to Saturday's 75-lap finale. Both Eckert and Richards earned $2,500 for their wins for the qualifying features.

The drivers that transfer from the first qualifying feature include: Brian Shirley, Frank Heckenast Jr. and Morgan Bagley. Those qualifying from the second qualifying feature include: Mike Norris, Jimmy Mars and Shane Clanton.

A redraw in Saturday's program will determine where the eight drivers will start in the feature. Of the eight transfer spots, six of them were solidified by series regulars; Norris, who was one of the two non-series competitors, hails from Sarver, Pa.

In the first qualifying feature, Shirley led a 17-car field into the green flag. Through two cautions that occurred within the first six laps, Shirley maintained a comfortable lead. This was the case until lap 15 when Shirley began losing his commanding lead. Eckert, who briefly dropped back from starting third, redeemed his position on the podium. Within the next few laps, he wedged himself into second. He then proceeded to chip away at Shirley's lead.

With four laps remaining and the rest of the field more than three seconds back, Eckert made a successful move on Shirley with his No. 7 Monumental Paving & Excavating/ P-J Contracting Co. Longhorn machine. He ended up winning by a 0.951 margin. Heckenast, who rounded-out the podium, finished more than five seconds behind the duo.

"I talked to Mark Richards about tires and he said we should've put a harder right-rear tire on, so we did," said Eckert, a York, Pa. native. "Everyone else in the field didn't, and I was a sitting duck there in the beginning. I thought I was in trouble but I got a bunch of great help. Once I got the tires going we were pretty good. Tomorrow night we're going to be standing here."

In the second qualifying feature of the program, Richards' No. 1 Valvoline/ Seubert Calf Ranches Rocket car led the 16-car field into the green flag. Though Richards had not been challenged the entire 25 laps, those behind him frequently swapped spots - mainly Norris and Rookie of the Year Contender Tyler Erb.
Though Erb passed Norris for the runner-up spot with 13 laps remaining, Norris was able to contest for it with four laps remaining. In a side-by-side spectacular, Erb made contact with the front-stretch wall. Norris recaptured second place to finish where he started. Erb fell back to fifth, leaving room for Mars to round-out the podium.

"We did what we needed to do tonight, starting up front," Richards said. "I really didn't know where to run on the track. We had the lead early, and I knew second place changed around a few times. I tried to move around, and the car has been really good. I think we need to tweak it a little bit for tomorrow. The guys did a great job, and we'll take it."

Earlier in the night, Richards scored his 10th fast time of the season - double his amount from 2015.

World of Outlaws Craftsman® Late Model Series Statistical Report; September 2, 2016; Lernerville Speedway; Sarver, Pa.

Qualifying Feature No. 1 (25 laps – Top 4 Transfer): 1. 7- Rick Eckert [3] [$2,500]; 2. 3s- Brian Shirley [1]; 3. 99jr- Frank Heckenast Jr. [2]; 4. 14M- Morgan Bagley [11]; 5. 1*- Chub Frank [5]; 6. H1- Jared Miley [7]; 7. 4T8- John Flinner Jr. [10]; 8. 76- Brandon Overton [9]; 9. 14- Dan Angelicchio [4]; 10. 20- Michael Davis [12]; 11. 10L- Gary Lyle [15]; 12. 00- Josh Holtgraver [14]; 13. W3- John Weaver [16]; 14. 33x- Greg Beach [17]; 15. 84- Andrew Wylie [13]; 16. 72c- Jason Covert [6]; 17. 111- Matt Lux [8]

Qualifying Feature No. 2 (25 laps – Top 4 Transfer): 1. 1- Josh Richards [1]; 2. 72- Mike Norris [2]; 3. 28M- Jimmy Mars [7]; 4. 25- Shane Clanton [6]; 5. 91- Tyler Erb [3]; 6. 21JR- Billy Moyer Jr. [4]; 7. 18- Eric Wells [8]; 8. 10- Alex Ferree [11]; 9. 44s- Dave Hess Jr. [5]; 10. C9- Steve Casebolt [10]; 11. 99B- Boom Briggs [9]; 12. 2c- Joey Coulter [13]; 13. 93- Donald Bradsher [15]; 14. 29s- Ken Schaltenbrand Jr. [14]; 15. 61- Joe Martin [12]; 16. 66- Todd Bachman

Qualifying Group A: 1. 3s, 15.392; 2. 99jr- Frank Heckenast Jr., 15.726; 3. 7- Rick Eckert, 15.757; 4. 14- Dan Angelicchio, 15.793; 5. 1*- Chub Frank, 15.816; 6.72c- Jason Covert, 15.817; 7. H1- Jared Miley, 15.821; 8. 111- Matt Lux, 15.910;  9. 76- Brandon Overton, 15.936; 10. 4T8- John Flinner Jr., 15.953; 11. 14M- Morgan Bagley, 16.038; 12. 20- Michael Davis, 16.099; 13. 84- Andrew Wylie, 16.330; 14. Josh Holtgraver, 16.365; 15. 10L- Gary Lyle, 16.915; 16. W3- John Weaver, 17.210; 17. 33x- Greg Beach, 17.679

Qualifying Group B: 1. 1- Josh Richards, 15.378; 2. 72- Mike Norris, 15.417; 3. 91- Tyler Erb, 15.492; 4. 21JR- Billy Moyer Jr., 15.542; 5. 44s- Dave Hess Jr., 15.547; 6. 25- Shane Clanton, 15.571; 7. 28- Jimmy Mars, 15.674; 8. 18- Eric Wells, 15.721; 9. 99B- Boom Briggs, 15.757; 10. C9- Steve Casebolt, 15.769; 11. 10- Alex Ferree, 15.850; 12. 61- Joe Martin, 15.902; 13. 2c- Joey Coulter, 16.104; 14. 29s- Ken Schaltenbrand Jr., 16.138; 15. 93- Donald Bradsher, 16.172; 16. 66- Todd Bachman




















































































2016 Points
Sept. 4
1. Josh Richards 5260
2. Shane Clanton 4990
3. Rick Eckert  4888
4. Brandon Overton 4688
5. Billy Moyer Jr. 4630
6. Steve Casebolt 4550
6. Chub Frank 4550
8. Brian Shirley 4548
9. F. Heckenast Jr. 4504
9. Eric Wells 4504
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