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Moyer Jr. Wins DIRTcar Summer Nationals Finale at Oakshade, Pierce Youngest Champion in Series History

Billy Moyer, Jr. - Jim Denhamer photo
Billy Moyer, Jr. – Jim Denhamer photo

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WAUSEON, Ohio – July 11, 2015 – Billy Moyer Jr. needed a victory on Saturday night at Oakshade Raceway to have any chance of winning the DIRTcar Summer Nationals championship, so in the first half a lap he charged through the front row from his fourth-starting position and pulled away to win.

The 18-year-old Bobby Pierce, though, became the youngest champion in the history of the series by finishing fifth, edging Moyer for the crown by a mere 10 points. Both Pierce and Moyer Jr. are the sons of former DIRTcar Summer Nationals champions, with Pierce and his father, Bob, now the only father-son combo to claim the title. Pierce also joins a prestigious group of racers who have won the DIRTcar Late Model national championship (2014) as well as a DIRTcar Summer Nationals championship.

“We tried really hard and we had a good hot rod tonight,” said Moyer Jr., of Batesville, Ark., after his $10,000 victory. “Ten points shy, it is what it is. Bobby did a good job and we’re just glad to be winning races and running up front. People at least know we’re there … it’s no fun running seventh and 10th every night and we’ve been there too. So we’re just glad to be up front.

“I hate to even think about the points, but you know, you have to. It pays a lot of money. I want my name on that deal. But we’re gonna get it on there … we’re gonna work really hard and come back and hopefully do it again next year if all my support and everything stays the same. It sucks to get beat, but man, to win $10,000 here in Ohio with a huge crowd, I’m happy.”

Pierce started 12th and had to race forward to ensure he would lay claim to the championship, worth $25,000.

“It’s been a long month of racing, even with the rainouts it’s still been 30 days up and down the road,” said Pierce, of Oakwood, Ill. “It takes a toll on you, on your equipment. Now that it’s over it’s just kind of like a big weight has been lifted off my shoulders. I knew when I saw Jr. get the lead and I was still back in 10th that I had to get up on the wheel. I had the math figured in my head that I had to get to a certain spot to win. Once I started picking cars off I got more comfortable. Congrats to Billy, he did everything he could do to try to win the points.”

Moyer bested a field of 50 cars and survived 60 laps with two restarts to come ever so close to the title. Casey Noonan, Jason Feger, Dona Marcouiller and Pierce rounded out the top five.

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DIRTcar Summer Nationals Statistical Report; Oakshade Raceway; Wauseon, Ohio; July 11, 2015

A-MAIN (60 LAPS) – 1. (21JR) Billy Moyer Jr., Batesville, AR ($10,000); 2. (1N) Casey Noonan, Toledo, OH; 3. (25) Jason Feger, Bloomington, IL; 4. (6M) Dona Marcoullier, Houguton Lake, MI; 5. (32) Bobby Pierce, Oakwood, IL; 6. (55) Jeep Van Wormer, Pinconning, MI; 7. (49) Brian Ruhlman, Clarklake, MI; 8. (3) Matt Miller, Findlay, OH; 9. (83) Scott James, Harrison, OH; 10. (11) Rusty Schlenk, Weston, OH; 11. (20C) Duane Chamberlain, Richmond, IN; 12. (24) Ryan Unzicker, El Paso, IL; 13. (77K) Steve Kester, Holland, OH; 14. (15H) Jon Henry, Ada, OH; 15. (54) Matt Westfall, Pleasant Hill, OH; 16. (53H) Hillard Miller, Defiance, OH; 17. (51S) Devin Shiels, Britton, MI; 18. (0) Chris Keller, Adrian, MI; 19. (75) Dusty Moore, Swanton, OH; 20. (25Z) Mason Zeigler, Uniontown, PA; 21. (15A) Phil Ausra, Dowagiac, MI; 22. (C9) Steve Casebolt, Richmond, TN.

HEAT RACE WINNERS: Billy Moyer Jr., Dona Marcoullier, Jason Feger and Jeep Van Wormer.

2015 DIRTcar Summer Nationals Schedule

June 10 Wednesday Brownstown Speedway Dennis Erb. Jr.
June 11 Thursday Kankakee Co. Speedway Frank Heckenast Jr.
June 12 Friday Cedar Lake Speedway Jimmy Mars
June 13 Saturday Cedar Lake Speedway Jason Feger
June 14 Sunday Wilmot Speedway Rain
June 15 Monday Off
June 16 Tuesday Jacksonville Speedway Bobby Pierce
June 17 Wednesday Farley Speedway Billy Moyer Jr.
June 18 Thursday Spoon River Speedway Rain (2)
June 19 Friday Tri-City Speedway Rain (3)
June 20 Saturday Fairbury Speedway Shannon Babb
June 21 Sunday Quincy Raceways PPD rain to June 22 (4)
June 22 Monday Quincy Raceways Rain (5)
June 23 Tuesday Peoria Speedway Shannon Babb (2)
June 24 Wednesday Belle-Clair Speedway Bobby Pierce (2)
June 25 Thursday Clarksville Speedway Levi Kissinger
June 26 Friday Paducah Int. Raceway Rain (6)
June 27 Saturday Federated I-55 Raceway Rain (6)
June 28 Sunday Lincoln Speedway PPD rain to July 6
June 29 Monday Off
June 30 Tuesday I-96 Speedway Rain (7)
July 1 Wednesday Daugherty Speedway Jason Feger (2)
July 2 Thursday LaSalle Speedway Chris Simpson
July 3 Friday Fayette Co. Speedway Billy Moyer
July 4 Saturday Highland Speedway Jason Feger (3)
July 5 Sunday Tri-State Speedway Shannon Babb (3)
July 6 Monday Lincoln Speedway Brandon Sheppard
July 7 Tuesday Vermilion Co. Speedway Rain (8)
July 8 Wednesday Florence Speedway Rain (9)
July 9 Thursday Macon Speedway Rain (10)
July 10 Friday Farmer City Raceway Dennis Erb Jr. (2)
July 11 Saturday Oakshade Raceway Billy Moyer Jr. (2)

The DIRTcar Summer Nationals “Hell Tour” is brought to fans across the country by many important partners including: Arizona Sport Shirts (Official Apparel Provider), Hoosier Racing Tires (Official Racing Tire), Racing Electronics (Official Communications Provider), VP Racing Fuel (Official Fuel); in addition to these fine Contingency Partners: Beyea Headers, Comp Cams, Edelbrock, Fox Shocks, JE Pistons, JRI Shocks, Mobil 1, MSD, QuarterMaster, Superflow Dynos, Summit Racing Equipment and Wrisco Aluminum; Promotional Partners include: Chevy Performance Parts, Indiana Decal and Petroff Towing.

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