Moyer Grabs 100th Career Hell Tour Win At Thunderbird

Billy Moyer Sr., scores his 100th career Hell Tour Summer Nationals win at Thunderbird Raceway. Photos by Jim DenHamer.

Billy Moyer Sr. became the first driver to notch 100 wins in the DIRTcar Racing Summer Nationals (The Hell Tour) by capturing the checkers at Muskegon, Michigan’s Thunderbird Raceway. Inheriting the lead on lap 32 when Brian Shirley’s motor went up in a thick cloud of smoke, Moyer held off Frank Heckenast Jr.’s challenges over the remaining distance to record his milestone 100th career DIRTcar Summer Nationals victory in Wednesday night’s 40-lap feature at Thunderbird Raceway. The 60-year-old Hall of Famer earned $5,000 as he became the first driver in the history of the Hell Tour to reach the century mark in triumphs.

#21 Rich Bell, #25 Jason Feger, and #14 Brandon Thirlby.

Race Results, DIRTcar Late Model Summer Nationals (Hell Tour) 2018. Thunderbird Raceway, Muskegon, Michigan. July 12, 2018.

Qualifying 1: 1. (13) Billy Moyer (#21), 2. (2) Gordy Gundaker (#11G), 3. (11) Rusty Schlenk (#CJ1), 4. (9) Jason Feger (#25), 5. (7) Cameron Pearson (#10AUS), 6. (8) Rich Bell (#21B) 7. (4) Travis Stemler (#2S), 8. (16) Jason Playter Jr (#4), 9. (3) Richard Neiser (#87), 10. (12) Kevin Reeve (#45), 11. (14) Ryan Vanderveen (23v), 12. (6) Paul Stubber (31AUS), 13. (1) Andy Sprague (1s), 14. (5) Bob Mayer (42*), 15. (10) Steven McClees (01), 16. (15) Mike Peterson (3).

Qualifying 2: 1. (8) Brian Shirley (#3s), 2. (2) Brandon Thirlby (#M14), 3. (6) Eric Spangler (#27), 4. (7) David Mielke (#87m), 5. (5) Frank Heckenast Jr (#99JR), 6. (13) Shawn Reed (#07), 7. (14) Nick Kurtz (#79), 8. (9) Drew Wilkerson (#78), 9. (1) Tom Sprague Jr (#21s), 10. (16) Trevor Gundaker (#11T), 11. (11) Kevin Nelson Jr (#0n), 12. (4) Jake Rendel (#06), 13. (10) Jeramy Lange (#02), 14. (12) Rod Laney (#75), 15. (3) Dan Richardson (#8R), 16. (15) Charles Hummer (25H).

#87 Rich Neiser, and #99 Frank Heckenast Jr.

#23 Ryan VanderVeen and #87 David Mielke.

#11 Trevor Gundaker and #4 Jason Playter Jr.

Heat 1: 1. (1) Billy Moyer (#21), 2. (3) Cameron Pearson (#10AUS), 3. (5) Richard Neiser (#87), 4. (4) Travis Stemler (#2S), 5. (6) Ryan Vanderveen (#23v), 6. (8) Steven McClees (#01), 7. (2) Rusty Schlenk (#CJ1), 8. (7) Andy Sprague (#1s).

Heat 2: 1. (1) Gordy Gundaker (#11G), 2. (3) Rich Bell (#21B), 3. (6) Paul Stubber (#31AUS), 4. (5) Kevin Reeve (#45), 5. (7) Bob Mayer (#42*), 6. (4) Jason Playter Jr (#4), 7. (2) Jason Feger (#25).

Heat 3: 1. (1) Brian Shirley (#3s), 2. (3) Frank Heckenast Jr (#99JR), 3. (4) Nick Kurtz (#79), 4. (2) Eric Spangler (#27), 5. (7) Jeramy Lange (#02), 6. (6) Kevin Nelson Jr (#0n), 7. (8) Dan Richardson (#8R), 8. (5) Tom Sprague Jr (#21s).

Heat 4: 1. (3) Shawn Reed (#07), 2. (1) Brandon Thirlby (#M14), 3. (2) David Mielke (#87m), 4. (5) Trevor Gundaker (#11T), 5. (4) Drew Wilkerson (#78), 6. (6) Jake Rendel (#06), 7. (7) Rod Laney (#75), 8. (8) Charles Hummer (#25H).

#21 Rich Bell, #1 Rusty Schlenk, and #07 Shawn Reed.

#21 Billy Moyer battles #99 Frank Heckenast Jr.

#27 Eric Spangler and #14 Brandon Thirlby.

C-Feature: 1. (1) Ryan Vanderveen (#23v), 2. (6) Jason Playter Jr (#4), 3. (9) Rusty Schlenk (#CJ1), 4. (8) Jake Rendel (#06), 5. (2) Bob Mayer (#42*), 6. (14) Tom Sprague Jr (#21s), 7. (7) Kevin Nelson Jr (#0n), 8. (5) Steven McClees (#01), 9. (12) Rod Laney (#75), 10. (3) Jeramy Lange (#02), 11. (11) Dan Richardson (#8R), 12. (4) Drew Wilkerson (#78), 13. (10) Jason Feger (#25), 14. (13) Andy Sprague (#1s), 15. (15) Charles Hummer (#25H).

#3 Brian Shirley’s engine lets go while leading. Billy Moyer (#21) takes over the lead.

A-Feature: 1. (1) Billy Moyer (#21), 2. (7) Frank Heckenast Jr (#99JR), 3. (11) Nick Kurtz (#79), 4. (9) Richard Neiser (#87), 5. (20) Rusty Schlenk (#CJ1), 6. (15) Eric Spangler (#27), 7. (6) Rich Bell (#21B), 8. (19) Jason Feger (#25), 9. (8) Brandon Thirlby (#M14), 10. (5) Cameron Pearson (#10AUS), 11. (4) Shawn Reed (#07), 12. (13) Travis Stemler (#2S), 13. (18) Jason Playter Jr (#4), 14. (12) David Mielke (#87m), 15. (17) Ryan Vanderveen (#23v), 16. (10) Paul Stubber (#31AUS), 17. (22) Bob Mayer (#42*), 18. (2) Brian Shirley (#3s), 19. (3) Gordy Gundaker (#11G), 20. (16) Trevor Gundaker (#11T), 21. (14) Kevin Reeve (#45), 22. (21) Tom Sprague Jr (#21s).

 

Moyer and crew celebrate in the winner’s circle.

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Bobby Kimbrough

Bobby grew up in the heart of Illinois, becoming an avid dirt track race fan which has developed into a life long passion. Taking a break from the Midwest dirt tracks to fight evil doers in the world, he completed a full 21 year career in the Marine Corps.
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