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04/22 2015

Billy Moyer Jr. Steps Away From Racing

Billy Moyer Jr. (21jr), seen here racing his father Billy Moyer during Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series action at East Bay Raceway Park in February, has announced he will be stepping away from racing. (Al Steinberg Photo)

Billy Moyer Jr. (21jr), seen here racing his father Billy Moyer during Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series action at East Bay Raceway Park in February, has announced he will be stepping away from racing. (Al Steinberg Photo)

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BATESVILLE, Ark. – Billy Moyer Jr., son of legendary dirt late model racer Billy Moyer, has announced he will be taking an indefinite leave from racing.

“I’ve been around racing my entire life, and I’ve come to a point where I just need a break to focus on different priorities,” said the 27-year-old. “Plain and simple my heart is just not in it right now. It’s not fair to my team, my sponsors, my crew, or my fans to keep going if I’m not giving it 110 percent each and every night.”

Moyer Jr. grew up at the track with his Hall of Famer father and began his own racing career nine years ago in 2006.

“I’ve got more sponsorship help than I’ve ever had in my career, and I’m so grateful to them. On the same token I couldn’t sleep at night knowing that I was accepting their sponsorship and not giving them my total effort in return,” said Moyer Jr. “I want to sincerely thank Steve Martin with Crop Production Services, Royal Jones at Mesilla Valley Transportation, my grandfather (Bill Moyer), and an ongoing list of amazing people. I’m truly indebted for the great support they’ve given me. I’ve already spoken with many of my sponsors about this decision, and they fully support me in doing what’s best for my future.”

Moyer Jr. hasn’t completely ruled out returning to racing one day in the future, but if he does it won’t be anytime soon. He will continue to work on projects with Karl Performance as well as various consulting programs.

“I’ve come to realize that I need to put my family, loved ones, and friends first in my life,” said Moyer Jr. “I want to give back to them before any more time slips away. From going to birthday parties to tee-ball games to family gatherings, I want to more involved in their lives. It’s who I want to be. If racing comes into the picture again down the road, then so be it, but for now it’s no longer my top priority.

“I’m going to definitely miss seeing so many of my friends at the track, and I’m sure at some point I will miss driving as well. I just really want to thank all of my great family, friends, fans, and sponsors, who have stood behind me. I hope everyone can understand that this is something that I have to do.”