Pierce Breaks Through At Jacksonville

Wednesday June 17, 2015

JACKSONVILLE, Ill. — Bobby Pierce was leading the DIRTcar Summer Nationals championship standings going into Tuesday night’s event at Jacksonville Speedway, but he had yet to post a victory. Pierce checked the win off his list by surging past polesitter Michael Kloos on lap 11 and driving to the checkered flag.

Pierce, of Oakwood, Ill., is trying to join his father as a DIRTcar Summer Nationals champion this season. After his $5,000 victory on the Jacksonville bullring Tuesdaynight, he’s certainly making it hard on the competition.

Runner-up Timothy Culp posted the best Summer Nationals finish of his career with Shannon Babb, Jason Feger and Kloos rounding out the top five.

“I didn’t expect the win to come here,” said Pierce, the reigning DIRTcar Late Model national champion who finished second in the 2013 Summer Nationals championship. “I’ve never been really good here. It’s a little bullring and I’m pretty good at those, but I’ve never been able to have any good runs here. When you’ve got guys like Babb and everyone who’s grown up here racing their whole lives on tracks like this, it’s really hard to beat them, so to get the win here is pretty amazing. I’m just stoked to get rid of those top-fives and knock one off.”

The finish:

Bobby Pierce, Timothy Culp, Shannon Babb, MoweaquaJason Feger, Michael Kloos, Ryan Unzicker, Billy Moyer Jr, Justin Reed, Brian Divley, Kolby Vanderbergh, Ryan Little, Austin Dillon, Mark Burgtorf, Jim Moon,  Rich Bell, Greg Kimmons, Dennis Vandermersch, Steve Lance Jr, 34) Chuck Mitchell, H) Mike Hammerle, John Hahler, Jake Little

Pierce Breaks Through At Jacksonville