Moyes Makes It Three in a Row in 15th Annual Fritz/Dietzen Memorial
Tennessee driver David Moyes III continued his
dominance in the Grant Fritz/Greg Dietzen Memorial for the Legends division by
recording his third consecutive win Saturday at Anderson Speedway.
Moyes, who set fast time during qualifications, ran in the
tire tracks of Travis Braden for most of the middle stages of the race and when
lapped traffic presented him with the opportunity, he powered into the lead.
With Braden and Moyes closing on the lapped car of Nick
Wilson, the two leaders split Wilson entering turn three on lap 68. Moyes went
low and Braden used the high line, but it was Moyes exiting the corner in the
At the finish it was Moyes winning by less than a straight
away with Braden, Robbins, Andrea Hans and Chris Weddle rounding out the top
There were only 12 of the 25 cars that started the 100-lap
event running at the finish, with ten drivers on the lead lap.
Kentucky driver Ben Rhodes lead the first three laps when he was passed by
Elwood’s John Robbins on lap four with an inside move coming off the fourth
Robbins led until lap 24 when Braden and Moyes slipped
inside entering the turn three. From that point Braden and Moyes pulled away
from the remainder of the field.
There were two multi-car crashes in the first 30 laps of
the event. The first was caused when Taylor Webb lost an engine entering turn
one on lap 15 and collected the cars of Ben Rhodes, Shelby Campbell and James
Edsall III. Webb was running second at the time and Rhodes was running fourth
and Edsall was fifth.
Fifteen laps later five cars got together coming off the
second corner while battling for the tenth position. Among those involved in the
incident were Cullen Canmasta, Angie Donahue and Kevin Donahue.
It was an interesting night for Aaron Holden, who started
ninth and moved up to sixth after only ten circuits. Holden suffered damage to
the rear of his race car in the lap 15 incident, but was able to continue.
He recovered from a pit stop to inspect the damage and by
the halfway mark had climbed back up to the seventh position. On lap 59 Holden
passed Sterling Shaw for the fifth position and was closing on fourth placed
Holden did a 360 degree spin on the back straight on lap
81, which cost him the fifth position and than on lap 85 he spun in turn two,
rejoining the field in tenth the last car on the lead lap. At the finish, Holden
locked in a tight points battle with Joey Greening, came home in seventh with
Greening finishing one position ahead of him.
The field was paced before the race by a 1954 Jaguar, the
last car Larry Fritz and his son Grant, restored. It was one of 18 cars built by
Jaguar as a race car and competed in several road course events around the