Tuesday, July 25, 2023

1985 - Moyer Wins NDRA 'National 100' at Knoxville

Former Iowan Billy Moyer Jr., returned home to win the NDRA-sanctioned National 100 at Knoxville Raceway. Trophy girl Katerine Kilburn joins the winner in victory lane. – Dean Malone Photo

Knoxville, Iowa (August 25, 1985) – Former Iowan Billy Moyer Jr., got a couple of breaks and won the National Dirt Racing Association (NDRA) 100-lap late model stock car race Thursday night at the Marion County Fairgrounds.

The victory was Moyer’s fifth of the season and the win on the historic half-mile meant $8,000 for his efforts. He received $3,000 for the win and a $5,000 bonus for winning his third feature race in the five-event series in the Midwestern swing.

Moyer, formerly of Des Moines but now racing out of Batesville, Ark., couldn’t cope with the speed of Charlie Schwartz of Ashland, Ky., for the first 33 laps. But Schwartz, who had built a least a 100-yard lead, went out with clutch problems on lap 33 and suddenly, Moyer had the lead and nearly half-lap advantage over Jeff Purvis of Clarksville, Tenn.

After the 50-lap fuel stop, Purvis began to stalk Moyer but suffered a flat tire on lap 97. Nonetheless, he charged from the rear of the pack to finish fifth.

Moyer would finish a lapped car between himself and runner-up Willy Kraft of Lakefield, Minn., at the end.

Results –

1. Billy Moyer Jr., Batesville, Ark.
2. Willy Kraft, Lakefield, Minn.
3. Larry Phillips, Springfield, Mo
4. T.J. Pauschert, Carlisle, Ark.
5. Jeff Purvis, Clarksville, Tenn.
6. Ray Guss Jr., Milan, Ill.
7. Ken Walton, Viola, Iowa
8. Jerry Inmon, Bruce, Miss.
9. Charlie Sentman, Waveland, Ind.
10.Danny Breuer, Wapello, Iowa
11.Johnny Johnson, Wapello, Iowa
12.Jeff Napper, Winchester, Ky.
13.Buddy Boutwell, Lynn Haven, Fla.
14.Billy Aiken, Atlanta, Ga.
15.Rick Aukland, Fargo, N.D.
16.Kenny Brightbill, Sinking Springs, Penn.
17.Jeff Walker, Tennessee
18.Dick Schiltz, Waterloo, Iowa
19.Pepper Newby, Clarksville, Tenn.
20.Charlie Schwartz, Ashland, Ky.

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