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July 29, 1999
MOYER OUTRUNS FRANCIS AND LEAKING TIRE FOR FOURTH HAT WIN
PADUCAH, KY - Billy Moyer of Batesville, AR outran Steve Francis of
Ashland, KY and a leaking right-rear tire to win the $10,000 top prize
Thursday night in the 75-lap United Dirt Track Racing Association
Hav-A-Tampa Dirt Racing Series main event at Paducah International Raceway.
Moyer took the lead from Francis on the third lap and never looked back.
But the first thing Moyer looked back at was the right-rear tire of his
Petroff Towing GRT/Grand Prix in the winner's circle.
"We were lucky," Moyer said as he watch the remaining pounds of
from the tire. "I knew we had a bad handling problem the last ten
the race, but I wasn't sure what it was. The last couple of races I've had
this problem and had to drop out, but tonight we made it to the end."
Before Moyer's tire problem, he enjoyed a half-straightaway lead over
Francis. But when the tire started going down, Francis could not close in
because he was having tire problems of his own on his Action Auto Mart
"I saw that Billy was having some kind of handling problem because he
taking a different line into the corners," Francis said. "But by
right-rear tire had glazed over, and we couldn't catch him.
Freddy Smith of Knoxville, TN finished third in the Christenberry Trucking
and Farms GRT/Monte Carlo, and fourth when to Terry English of Benton, KY in
the AAA Fence Rayburn/Monte Carlo.
Bill Frye of Greenbrier, AR had to take a provisional to make the race, and
started his UniFirst Warrior/Grand Prix from the 23rd starting spot. Frye
blasted through the field to finish fifth.
Sixth through tenth spots respectively went to Rick Aukland of Fargo, ND in
the 10-10-220 Mastersbilt/Grand Prix, Scott Bloomquist of Mooresburg, TN in
the Miller Brothers Coal Warrior/Mustang, Hav-A-Tampa point leader Dale
McDowell of Rossville, GA in the Dover Cylinder Heads GRT/Monte Carlo, Rick
Eckert of York, PA in the Raye Vest Rocket/Grand Prix, and Skip Arp of
Georgetown, TN in the Curtis Equipment GRT/Monte Carlo.
When the green flag dropped to start the race, Moyer took the lead from the
pole position, but the caution was brought out for spin by Robbie Starnes of
Starkeville, MS in turn two. On the restart, Francis took the lead from
outside front row starting spot followed by Moyer, Shannon Babb of Decatur,
IL, Aukland, and Wendell Wallace of Batesville, AR.
By the third lap, Moyer caught Francis and passed him for the lead with an
outside move coming off the fourth turn. Gary Keeling of Paducah, KY
brought out the second caution flag of the race on lap 5 when he spun coming
off the fourth turn. After the restart, Frye worked his way into the top
ten by lap 10.
By lap 25, Moyer still led Francis, Babb, and Aukland, while Smith had moved
up into the top five. Lap 30 saw Babb step up the pace and race
side-by-side with Francis for second, but that battle came to an end on lap
32 when Babb stopped on the backstretch with a mechanical failure to bring
out the caution flag.
After the final restart of the race, Moyer had opened up a half-straightaway
lead over Francis by lap 40. Ten laps later, Francis was able to close in
on Moyer while the leader worked lapped traffic, but Moyer began to pull
away by lap 60.
McDowell's eighth-place finish combined with Wallace's 11th place finish now
gives McDowell a 22-point lead over Wallace heading into the Saturday night
100-lap $15,000-to-win main event at Kentucky Lake Motor Speedway in Calvert
Dan Schlieper of Pewaukee, WI was the fast qualifier among the 47 entrants,
turning a lap around the 3/8-mile high-banked clay oval in 16. 479 seconds.
Schlieper's car suffered mechanical problems during both the heat and
consolation race, so he brought out a backup car for the main event. While
gridding the car for the start of the feature race, a broken water pump
ended his evening before it even started.
Borla Muffler 12-lap Heat Races were won by Moyer, Francis, Babb, and
Wallace. Kevin Claycomb of Vinncenes, IN won the 12-lap Pace American
Trailers First Consolation Race, and Eddie Pace of Clarksville, TN won the
12-lap Polaris ATVs Second Consolation Race.
OFFICIAL FINISH OF THE 75-LAP PADUCAH, KY MAIN EVENT:
POS STRT CAR # DRIVER HOMETOWN CAR LAPS $ WON
1. 1 21 Billy Moyer Batesville, AR Pont. 75 $10,000
2. 2 15 Steve Francis Ashland, KY Chev. 75 $6,500
3. 6 00 Freddy Smith Knoxville, TN Chev. 75 $3,500
4. 5 96 Terry English Benton, KY Chev. 75 $2,500
5. 23 66 Bill Frye Greenbrier, AR Pont. 75 $2,500
6. 7 99c Rick Aukland Fargo, ND Pont. 75 $1,800
7. 10 0 Scott Bloomquist Mooresburg, TN Ford 75 $2,350
8. 12 17m Dale McDowell Rossville, GA Chev. 75 $1,900
9. 8 24 Rick Eckert York, PA Pont. 75 $1,700
10. 22 31 Skip Arp Georgetown, TN Chev. 74 $1,600
11. 4 6m Wendell Wallace Batesville, AR Chev. 74 $1,500
12. 13 c9 Steve Casebolt Richmond, IN Ford 74 $950
13. 16 B12 Kevin Weaver Gibson City, IL Pont. 74 $900
14. 11 53 Ray Cook Brasstown, NC Ford 74 $1,375
15. 15 K5 Gary Keeling Paducah, KY Chev. 73 $850
16. 14 1 Johnny Stokes Columbus, MS Ford 73 $825
17. 9 77 Robbie Starnes Starkeville, MS Chev. 73 $800
18. 24 46 Earl Pearson Jr. Jacksonville, FL Chev. 72 $750
19. 20 75 John Gill Mitchell, IN Chev. 52 $700
20. 17 28 Kevin Claycomb Vinncenes, IN Pont. 34 $700
21. 3 18 Shannon Babb Decatur, IL Chev. 31 $700
22. 18 31p Eddie Pace Clarksville, TN Chev. 30 $700
23. 19 0p Kris Patterson St. Johns, MI Ford 30 $700
24. 21 s9 Dan Schlieper Pewaukee, WI Chev. 0 $1,350
LAP LEADERS: Francis, 1-2; Moyer, 3-75
LAPS LED: Moyer, 73; Francis, 2
HAV-A-TAMPA SHOOTOUT INVITEES: Keeling, Gill, John Tindall, Butch Barber,
and Dale Nelson; Promoter's Choice TBA
POS CAR # DRIVER HOMETOWN CHASSIS CAR MAKE TIME
1 S9 Dan Schlieper Pewaukee, WI Rayburn Monte Carlo 16.479
2 00 Freddy Smith Knoxville, TN GRT Monte Carlo 16.538
3 K5 Gary Keeling Paducah, KY Rayburn Monte Carlo 16.589
4 33r Steve Russell Pontotoc, MS GRT Monte Carlo 16.599
5 21 Billy Moyer Batesville, AR GRT Grand Prix 16.616
6 0 Scott Bloomquist Mooresburg, TN Warrior Mustang 16.634
7 53 Ray Cook Brasstown, NC GRT Mustang 16.657
8 17m Dale McDowell Rossville, GA GRT Monte Carlo 16.658
9 75 Terry Phillips Springfield, MO GRT Monte Carlo 16.686
10 1s Johnny Stokes Columbus, MS GRT Mustang 16.702
11 18b Shannon Babb Decatur, IL Rayburn Monte Carlo 16.742
12 6m Wendell Wallace Batesville, AR GRT Monte Carlo 16.772
13 96e Terry English Benton, KY Rayburn Monte Carlo 16.785
14 11s Clint Smith Griffin, GA Swartz Monte Carlo 16.841
15 99c Rick Aukland Fargo, ND MasterSbilt Grand Prix 16.869
16 24 Rick Eckert York, PA Rocket Grand Prix 16.871
17 66 Bill Frye Greenbrier, AR Warrior Grand Prix 16.896
18 75g John Gill Mitchell, IN MasterSbilt Monte Carlo 16.923
19 25eb Everette Bradham Noble, IL Rayburn Monte Carlo 16.929
20 12s Jason Smith Laurel, MS Rocket Mustang 16.951
21 c9 Steve Casebolt Richmond, IN Rayburn Mustang 16.963
22 15 Steve Francis Ashland, KY Rocket Monte Carlo 16.971
23 CV3 Clayton Christenberry Knoxville, TN GRT Monte Carlo 16.985
24 B12 Kevin Weaver Gibson City, IL Rayburn Grand Prix 16.985
25 0p Kris Patterson St. Johns, MI GRT Mustang 17.013
26 89 Marshall Green Dalton, GA Warrior Monte Carlo 17.051
27 7 John Tindall Fancy Farm, KY Rayburn Monte Carlo 17.074
28 87 Rex Richey Ringgold, GA Rayburn Monte Carlo 17.1
29 28 Dennis Erb Carpentersville, ILL Rayburn Monte Carlo 17.113
30 31p Eddie Pace Clarksville, TN MasterSbilt Monte Carlo 17.132
31 15b Brian Birkhofer Muscatine, IA GRT Monte Carlo 17.15
32 11db Donnie Barnhart N. Little Rock, AR GRT Monte Carlo 17.155
33 77 Robbie Starnes Starkeville, MS GRT Monte Carlo 17.161
34 31 Skip Arp Georgetown, TN GRT Monte Carlo 17.227
35 16 Shawn Negangard Osgood, IN MasterSbilt Grand Prix 17.244
36 46 Earl Pearson Jr. Jacksonville, FL Warrior Monte Carlo 17.283
37 3s Randy Sellars Mayfield, KY Rayburn Monte Carlo 17.298
38 26b Butch Barber Buffalo, KY Bandit Monte Carlo 17.326
39 28c Kevin Claycomb Vinncenes, IN GRT Grand Prix 17.382
40 32 Brandon Ball West Plains, MO GRT Grand Prix 17.538
41 1vh Vic Hill Knoxville, TN Stinger Monte Carlo 17.544
42 A51 Eric Anderson Archie, MO GRT Grand Prix 17.548
43 N1 Dale Nelson Trezeuant, TN GRT Monte Carlo 17.913
44 1a Jim Cryer Paducah, KY American Monte Carlo 18.126
45 F28 Eddie Provence Little Rock, AR GRT Monte Carlo 18.155
46 6 Sam Patrick Plaquemin, LA Larry Shaw Monte Carlo 18.164
47 5r Robert Kirby Marion, KY Rayburn Monte Carlo NT
BORLA MUFFLER 12-LAP HEAT RACES (Top Four Finishers Transfer To Main Event):
1ST HEAT: 1. Moyer; 2. English; 3. Starnes; 4. Casebolt; 5.
Frye; 7. Phillips; 8. Erb; 9. Patterson; 10. Hill; 11. Sellars; 12.
2ND HEAT: 1. Francis; 2. F. Smith; 3. Bloomquist; 4. Stokes; 5.
Gill; 7. Arp; 8. C. Smith; 9. Barber; 10. Green; 11. Anderson; 12. Patrick.
3RD HEAT: 1. Babb; 2. Aukland; 3. Cook; 4. Keeling; 5. Claycomb; 6.
Birkhofer; 7. Bradham; 8. Tindall; 9. Christenberry; 10. Negangard; 11.
4TH HEAT: 1. Wallace; 2. Eckert; 3. McDowell; 4. Weaver; 5. J.
Barnhart; 7. Richey; 8. Pearson; 9. Ball; 10. Cryer.
CONSOLATION RACES - 12 LAPS (Top Three Finishers Transfer To Main Event):
PACE AMERICAN TRAILERS 1ST CONSY: 1. Claycomb; 2. Patterson; 3.
4. Frye; 5. Phillips; 6. Erb; 7. Tindall; 8. Bradham; 9. Christenberry; 10.
Nelson; 11. Negangard; 12. Birkhofer; 13. Provence; 14. Hill; 15. Sellars.
POLARIS ATVs 2ND CONSY: 1. Pace; 2. Gill; 3. Arp; 4. C. Smith; 5.
6. Richey; 7. Pearson; 8. Barber; 9. Barnhart; 10. Anderson; 11. Ball; 12.
Patrick; 13. J. Smith; 14. Cryer.