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PostSubject: Pierce Scores Emotional Tri-City Triumph   Mon Apr 30, 2018 7:02 pm

Pierce Scores Emotional Tri-City Triumph

GRANITE CITY, IL (April 27, 2018) – Bobby Pierce scored his first Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series win of the season on Friday night at Tri-City Speedway. The 21-year-old returned to his home state for the first time this season and led all 50 laps on his way to win the RockAuto.com Busch 50 - presented by Campbell University. Pierce withstood a late-race challenge from Tim McCreadie to become the eighth different winner on the tour in 2018. McCreadie finished in second, followed by Jimmy Owens, Kyle Bronson, and Brian Shirley.

Pierce’s win came just one week after the Dunn Benson Motorsports patriarch and car owner, Carlton Lamm passed away. Joined by his team and family, an emotional victory lane took place after claiming his sixth career LOLMDS win.

After tonight’s win, Pierce moves to sixth in the championship standings on his first full-year on the LOLMDS tour. “When you race on the Lucas Oil Series, these guys are the best there is. I really wanted to get that win for Big C. I know he’s up there watching. Just a big thanks to everyone, especially my crew they have worked so hard. It’s been a week to 10 days. Thanks for my sponsors for sticking with me, and thanks to all the fans for coming out tonight.”

Pierce dominated most of the race, which saw only one caution flag in the early stages. Over the last half of the race, Pierce battle fiercely with lapped traffic, which allowed several drivers to close the gap on him. Bronson took a shot at the top groove but lost two spots as McCreadie and Owens moved by him. McCreadie then closed in on Pierce, but could not get by as Pierce held his groove on the bottom of the track. McCreadie had one last chance heading to the checkered flag as Pierce drifted up ever so slightly coming off of turn four, but Pierce had enough momentum to take the win.

“It seems like that was the longest race I have ever run,” said the winner afterwards. “I kind of wanted a caution towards the end to clear out the track. I didn’t think anyone would have a chance to pass me on the outside. My experience here at this track was crucial; sometimes it all comes down to qualifying. That’s where a lot of races are won or lost. After hot laps I was a little bit worried. I went out there and qualified by setting fast time. Starting up front was better than starting in the second row.”

McCreadie’s Sweeteners Plus, Longhorn recorded its best series finish of the year as he continues to make gains in the championship point standings. “We have had a really good car lately. I tried to make the cushion work early on, but it was going away quickly. I wish I had gotten to second about ten laps earlier, and then I think I would have had a better shot at him [Pierce].”

Jimmy Owens’ Ramirez Motorsports, E3 Spark Plugs, Rocket took a podium finish coming home in third place. “Our car wouldn’t fire early on, but after that one caution it seemed to go a lot better. We got up to third and pretty much rode it out from there. We had some tough luck last weekend, but it feels good to get a good finish tonight,” said the three-time series champion.

The winner’s Dunn-Benson Ford Motorsports, Rocket has a Pro Power Racing Engine and is sponsored by: Campbell University, Allgayer Inc, Hoker Trucking, Premier Waste Services, Berger’s Marina, Sunoco, and Advanced Racing Suspensions.

Completing the top ten were Jonathan Davenport, Darrell Lanigan, Chris Simpson, Don O’Neal, and Billy Drake.

Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
Race Summary
Friday, April 27th, 2018
RockAuto.com Busch 50 – presented by Campbell University
Tri-City Speedway – Granite City, IL

Miller Welders Time Trials
Fast Time Group A: Bobby Pierce / 14.810 seconds (overall)
Fast Time Group B: Scott Bloomquist / 15.305 seconds

Eibach Springs Heat Race #1 Finish (10 Laps, Top 4 Transfer): Bobby Pierce, Brian Shirley, Chris Simpson, Josh Richards, Hudson O'Neal, Frank Heckenast, Jr., Shannon Babb, Gregg Satterlee, Michael Hammerle

FK Rod Ends Heat Race #2 Finish (10 Laps, Top 4 Transfer): Jimmy Owens, Tim Manville, Darrell Lanigan, Dennis Erb, Jr., Earl Pearson, Jr., Jason Feger, Mason Zeigler, Jimmy Mars

Simpson Performance Products Heat Race #3 Finish (10 Laps, Top 4 Transfer): Nick Hoffman, Scott Bloomquist, Michael Kloos, Jonathan Davenport, Gordy Gundaker, Daryn Klein, Rusty Griffaw, Jeremy Sneed, Reid Millard

QA1 Heat Race #4 Finish (10 Laps, Top 4 Transfer): Kyle Bronson, Tim McCreadie, Don O'Neal, Billy Drake, Kolby Vandenbergh, Tanner English, Austin Rettig, Billy Laycock

Penske Racing Shocks B-Main #1 Finish (12 Laps, Top 3 Transfer): Hudson O'Neal, Earl Pearson, Jr., Frank Heckenast, Jr., Jason Feger, Mason Zeigler, Shannon Babb, Gregg Satterlee, Michael Hammerle, Jimmy Mars-DNS

FAST Shafts B-Main #2 Finish (12 Laps, Top 3 Transfer): Kolby Vandenbergh, Tanner English, Austin Rettig, Gordy Gundaker, Daryn Klein, Rusty Griffaw, Jeremy Sneed, Billy Laycock, Reid Millard-DNS

Lucas Oil Feature Finish (50 Laps):

FINISH / START / CAR # / DRIVER NAME / HOMETOWN / EARNINGS
1 1 32 Bobby Pierce Oakwood, IL $12,800
2 8 39 Tim McCreadie Watertown, NY $6,200
3 3 20 Jimmy Owens Newport, TN $4,300
4 4 40B Kyle Bronson ® Brandon, FL $3,550
5 5 3s Brian Shirley Chatham, IL $2,250
6 14 49 Jonathan Davenport Blairsville, GA $2,700
7 11 14 Darrell Lanigan Union, KY $2,200
8 9 32S Chris Simpson Oxford, IA $1,300
9 12 5 Don O'Neal Martinsville, IN $2,000
10 16 75 Billy Drake Bloomington, IL $1,100
11 2 2H Nick Hoffman Mooresville, NC $1,075
12 6 0 Scott Bloomquist Mooresburg, TN $1,850
13 13 1R Josh Richards Shinnston, WV $2,025
14 10 6K Michael Kloos Trenton, IL $1,000
15 21 99JR Frank Heckenast, Jr. Frankfort, IL $1,000
16 19 1 Earl Pearson, Jr. Jacksonville, FL $1,800
17 22 94 Austin Rettig Sikeston, MO $1,000
18 24 25Z Mason Zeigler ® Chalk Hill, PA $1,000
19 15 28 Dennis Erb, Jr. Carpentersville, IL $1,000
20 26 11G Gordy Gundaker St. Charles, MO $1,000
21 18 15V Kolby Vandenbergh Ashland, IL $1,000
22 25 82 Billy Laycock Marine, IL $1,000
23 23 22 Gregg Satterlee Indiana, PA $1,700
24 17 71 Hudson O'Neal Martinsville, IN $1,700
25 7 33T Tim Manville St. Jacob, IL $1,000
26 20 33 Tanner English Benton, KY $1,000

Race Statistics

Entrants: 34

Lap Leaders: Bobby Pierce (Laps 1 – 50)

Wrisco Feature Winner: Bobby Pierce

Margin of Victory: 0.286 seconds

Cautions: Tanner English, Hudson O’Neal, Tim Manville, Billy Laycock (Lap 3)

Series Provisionals: Gregg Satterlee, Mason Zeigler

Series Emergency Provisionals: N/A

Tri-City Speedway Provisionals: Billy Laycock, Gordy Gundaker

Optima Batteries Hard Charger of the Race: Jonathan Davenport (Advanced 8 Positions)

Midwest Sheet Metal Spoiler Challenge Point Leader: Jonathan Davenport

Allstar Performance Power Move of the Race: Frank Heckenast Jr.

Sunoco Race for Gas Highest Finisher: Bobby Pierce

Hot Rod Processing Rookie of the Race: Kyle Bronson

COMP Cams Engine Builder of the Race: Pro Power Racing Engines

Ohlins Shocks Chassis Builder of the Race: Rocket Chassis

Outerwears Crew Chief of the Race: Danny Meyers (Bobby Pierce)

Fastest Lap of the Race: Bobby Pierce (Lap #4 – 17.8920 seconds)

STEEL-IT Most Laps Led: Bobby Pierce (50 Laps)

Dirty Girl Racewear Farthest Traveler: Kyle Bronson

PFC Brakes Pole Award: Bobby Pierce

Time of Race: 22 minutes 52 seconds

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