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Moyer Continues Hot Streak With New Track Record & Heat Win On Opening Night Of Circle K Colossal 100 At The Dirt Track @ Lowe’s Motor Speedway

 

CONCORD, NC – April 18, 2008 – Billy Moyer is ready to extend his early-season hot streak for the ages to ‘colossal’ proportions.

 

The 50-year-old racing legend from Batesville, Ark., continued to roll on Friday night, setting a new track record and winning a heat race to kick off the third annual Circle K Colossal 100 weekend at The Dirt Track @ Lowe’s Motor Speedway.

 

A winner of four World of Outlaws Late Model Series events in six starts entering the weekend’s action, Moyer began his pursuit of the tour’s richest first-place prize with a flawless performance. His lap of 14.672 seconds in the 69-car time-trial session erased Steve Shaver’s 2007 standard of 14.905 seconds, and he built up one of the night’s biggest victory margins in winning the first of eight 10-lap qualifying heats.

 

Driving his vaunted Victory Circle M1 Chassis for the first time at The Dirt Track, Moyer served notice that he’s a major threat to end his longtime rival Scott Bloomquist’s stranglehold on Victory Lane in the $50,000-to-win Colossal 100, which is set for Saturday night. Mooresburg, Tenn.’s Bloomquist, who won the event in both 2006 and 2007, was the last driver to arrive at the track on Friday and finished second to Chub Frank of Bear Lake, Pa., in the hotly-contested sixth heat.

 

Moyer’s track-record qualifying lap marked the second time in three weeks that he’s established a new speed standard at a major WoO LMS event. He also set a NTR record on April 4 during time trials for the ‘Illini 100’ at Farmer City (Ill.) Raceway – and then went on to win the inaugural event in dramatic fashion.

 

Joining Moyer and Frank as heat winners were Dan Schlieper of Sullivan, Wis.; Jeep VanWormer of Pinconning, Mich.; Vienna, W.Va.’s Shaver, who passed Ray Cook of Brasstown, W.Va., for the lead on the final lap of the fourth prelim; 20-year-old Josh Richards of Shinnston, W.Va.; Jimmy Owens of Newport, Tenn., who held on to win despite racing with a broken left-front shock and deflating right-rear tire; and John Gill of Mitchell, Ind.

 

The night’s most memorable battle was waged between Frank and Bloomquist. The dirt Late Model veterans raced side-by-side for the lead in the closing laps of the sixth heat, with Frank powering off the outside of turn four to nip Bloomquist at the finish line by less than a half car length.

 

The second heat saw 2006 WoO LMS champion Tim McCreadie of Watertown, N.Y., drive the Valvoline No. 15 of reigning tour titlist Steve Francis to a second-place finish – just ahead of Ashland, Ky.’s Francis, who earned the final transfer spot in Dale Beitler’s Reliable Painting No. 19.

 

It was a tough evening for WoO LMS regulars Clint Smith of Senoia, Ga., and Brian Shirley of Chatham, Ill., who both dropped out of the sixth heat, and Rookie of the Year contender Vic Coffey of Leicester, N.Y., who retired from the seventh qualifier after his Sweeteners Plus car suffered damage in a scramble.

 

Friday night’s 24 heat-race qualifiers will redraw on Saturday night for starting positions 1-10 and 12-25 in the Circle K Colossal 100. The 11th starting spot is reserved for Shannon Babb of Moweaqua, Ill., who finished fourth in the fifth heat but moved on to the 100 because he was guaranteed the 11th position by virtue of being the highest-finishing driver in last October’s Jani-King Southern Showdown at The Dirt Track who entered the Colossal 100 by Feb. 23.

 

Action continues on Saturday night (April 19) at The Dirt Track with last-chance B-Mains and the running of the Circle K Colossal 100. Racing begins at 7 o’clock.

 

A special autograph session in the grandstand area with all drivers entered in the event kicks off Saturday’s activities at 4:30 p.m. Fans must have tickets and an empty Full Throttle can from Circle K to gain entry to the affair.

 

For more information, visit www.lowesmotorspeedway.com or www.worldofoutlaws.com.

 

Time Trial Results (Position/No./Driver/Hometown/Best Lap):

 

1. 21-Billy Moyer/Batesville, AR 14.672 (NTR)

2. 9s-Dan Schlieper/Sullivan, WI 14.727

3. 99-Donnie Moran/Dresden, OH 14.758

4. 2R-Dennis Franklin/Gaffney, SC 14.822

5. 44M-Chris Madden/Gaffney, SC 14.945

6. 44s-Clint Smith/Senoia, GA 15.033

7. 20-Jimmy Owens/Newport, TN 15.040

8. 15b-Brian Birkhofer/Muscatine, IA 15.089

9. 34-Mike Marlar/Winfield, TN 15.124

10. 19-Steve Francis/Ashland, KY 15.129

11. 28M-Jimmy Mars/Menomonie, WI 15.147

12. 30-Steve Shaver/Vienna, WV 15.170

13. 1-Josh Richards/Shinnston, WV 15.179

14. 0-Scott Bloomquist/Mooresburg, TN 15.180

15. 25th-Ricky Weeks/Rutherfordton, NC 15.213

16. 24M-Jeremy Miller/Gettysburg, PA 15.220

17. 6-Steve Lucas/Cross Lanes, WV 15.244

18. 24-Rick Eckert/York, PA 15.252

19. 55-Jeep VanWormer/Pinconning, MI 15.287

20. 97-Dale McDowell/Chickamauga, GA 15.312

21. i4-Damon Eller/Crumpler, NC 15.321

22. 22-Jill George/Cedar Falls, IA 15.326

23. 5-Eric Jacobsen/Sea Cliff Beach, CA 15.348

24. 00H-Chuck Harper/Beverly, WV 15.349

25. 4B-Jackie Boggs/Grayson, KY 15.350

26. 15-Tim McCreadie/Watertown, NY 15.358

27. 07G-Ed Gibbons/Manning, SC 15.379

28. 53-Ray Cook/Brasstown, NC 15.394

29. 22*-G.R. Smith/Huntersville, NC 15.407

30. 1*-Chub Frank/Bear Lake, PA 15.411

31. 39-Vic Coffey/Leicester, NY 15.432

32. 1G-John Gill/Mitchell, IN 15.441

33. 44P-Earl Pearson Jr./Jacksonville, FL 15.443

34. 23-John Blankenship/Williamson, WV 15.444

35. H2-Stacy Hholmes/Munford, AL 15.463

36. 92-B.J. McCammon/Danville, IL 15.478

37. 46-Doug Horton/Bruceton Mills, WV 15.479

38. 3s-Brian Shirley/Chatham, IL 15.493

39. 17-Tim Allen/Kannapolis, NC 15.499

40. 19-Tim Fuller/Watertown, NY 15.507

41. 75-Jonathan Davenport/Blairsville, GA 15.527

42. 70-Jeff Smith/Gastonia, NC 15.527

43. 31-Bob Gordon/Keyser, WV 15.534

44. 50-Shanon Buckingham/Morristown, TN 15.536

45. 12-Jordan Bland/Campbellsville, KY 15.538

46. 2b-Brady Smith/Solon Springs, WI 15.552

47. 27J-Danny Johnson/Phelps, NY 15.626

48. 8-Norman Short Jr./Georgetown, DE 15.671

49. 21R-Luke Roffers/Concord, NC 15.692

50. 45-Ricky Elliott/Seaford, DE 15.704

51. 49-Mark Pettyjohn/Milton, DE 15.711

52. 56-Rob McLaughlin/Stanley, NC 15.741

53. 18-Shannon Babb/Moweaqua, IL 15.767

54. 28-Eddie Carrier Jr./Salt Rock, WV 15.806

55. 41-Brad Neat/Dunnville, KY 15.845

56. 15D-Dean Bowen/Whiteville, NC 15.917

57. F1-Mike Duvall/Cowpens, SC 15.925

58. 7J-Joe Isabell/Pennellville, NY 15.944

59. C4-Cody Sommer/Mooresville, NC 15.972

60. 14-April Farmer/Livingston, TN 16.113

61. 29-Darrell Lanigan/Union, KY 16.150

62. 215-Al Shawver Jr./Hampstead, MD 16.221

63. 22B-Randall Chupp/Troutman, NC 16.243

64. NO7-Jason Dupont/Cyclone, PA 16.272

65. 18$-Sean Beardsley/Central Square, NY 16.281

66. 10-Chris Knight/Lawsonville, NC 16.308

67. 8H-Ronny Lee Hollingsworth/Northport, AL N/T

68. 3R-Brent Robinson/Smithfield, VA N/T

69. 25-Shane Clanton/Locust Grove, GA N/T

 

Heat No. 1 (10 laps – Top 3 Transfer): Moyer, Boggs, Pearson, Lucas, Marlar, Davenport, Beardsley, Duvall, Roffers

 

Heat No. 2 (10 laps – Top 3 Transfer): Schlieper, McCreadie, Francis, Eckert, Blankenship, Elliott, J. Smith, Isabell, Knight

 

Heat No. 3 (10 laps – Top 3 Transfer): VanWormer, Mars, Gordon, Sommer, Gibbons, Moran, Holmes, Pettyjohn (DNS) Hollingsworth

 

Heat No. 4 (10 laps – Top 3 Transfer): Shaver, Cook, McDowell, Buckingham, Franklin, McCammon, McLaughlin, Farmer (DNS) Robinson

 

Heat No. 5 (10 laps – Top 3 Transfer): Richards, Madden, Lanigan, Babb, Eller, Horton, Clanton, Bland, G.R. Smith

 

Heat No. 6 (10 laps – Top 3 Transfer): Frank, Bloomquist, Carrier, B. Smith, Shawver, George, Shirley, C. Smith

 

Heat No. 7 (10 laps – Top 3 Transfer): Owens, Weeks, Chupp, Jacobsen, Allen, D. Johnson, Neat, Coffey

 

Heat No. 8 (10 laps – Top 3 Transfer): Gill, J. Miller, Birkhofer, Fuller, Harper, Short, Dupont, Bowen

 

LISTEN ONLINE: If fans can’t get to a track to see the series, they can experience the excitement of the World of Outlaws Late Model Series live on DIRTvision.com through the DIRT Radio Network.

 

To listen to the free audio broadcasts, log on to www.dirtvision.com and click on the DIRT Radio Network logo.

 

Listeners will need Windows Media Player 9 or higher to listen to the DIRT Radio Network. For technical support or questions, e-mail customerservice@dirtvision.com.

 

The World of Outlaws Late Model Series is brought to fans across the country by several sponsors and partners, including Advance Auto Parts – the official auto parts store of the WoO LMS – and contingency sponsors Wrisco Industries, Chicken Hawk Racing, Crane Cams, Ohlins Shocks, Quarter-Master, Eibach Springs, Integra Shocks, Jake’s Custom Golf Carts and Qwikliner.

 

 

 


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