Pierce Goes Back to Back in Illinois

MACON, IL (April 28, 2018) – Going back-to-back with the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series, Bobby Pierce fought his way to victory at Macon Speedway on Saturday night. Pierce held off a fiercely challenging Ryan Unzicker to win the St. Louis U-Pic-A-Part 100.
Unzicker briefly took the lead coming off of turn number four on lap 93, but Pierce battled back regaining the top spot a lap later. Pierce held off a furious charge from Unzicker on the final lap to score the win. Shannon Babb took third, as the home state drivers swept the top three finishers. Jonathan Davenport came home in third just ahead of Josh Richards, last year’s event winner.
In Lucas Oil Victory lane for the seventh time in his career, Pierce commented on his win. “Heading into the weekend I didn’t think I would win two races. If I did win one I thought it might be here. I got a little nervous there in traffic and then I hit the wall coming out of turn four. I think Big C was looking down on me after that. Man, I am glad to be back home. We go to so many tracks this year that I have never been to before. You have got to have laps at these tracks and fortunately the last two nights that was the case. There is nothing that compares to this track. Just glad to get these wins, thanks to all my crew, family and sponsors,” said the 21-year-old before an appreciative crowd.
Unzicker thrilled the crowd with his daring moves throughout the race. “I couldn’t beat him [Pierce] in a Pierce car and now I can’t in the Rocket he’s driving. He [Pierce] is a tough competitor. Glad to see him back here. He has a nice team there. We have been busting our tails in the garage and it paid off here tonight. This is one of my favorite tracks to run on. I feel like our programs been pretty good and the finish tonight just proves it.”
Babb was in the hunt the entire distance as he came home in third. “I felt like we had a pretty good car. I was just biding my time there. I just let the laps go by. Ryan was good on the restarts. We got into traffic and he [Unzicker] got by me. It was a really good race and to run good here it’s always nice to come home again.”
The winner’s Dunn-Benson Motorsports, Rocket Chassis is powered by a Pro Power Racing Engine and sponsored by: Campbell University, Dunn-Benson Ford, Allgayer Inc., Hoker Trucking, Champion Spark Plugs, Premier Waste Services, Berger’s Marina, Carnaghi Towing, Sunoco Race Fuels, and Advanced Racing Suspension.
Completing the top ten were Tim McCreadie, Jimmy Owens, Don O’Neal, Hudson O’Neal, and Jason Feger.
Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
Race Summary
Saturday, April 28th, 2018
St. Louis U-Pic-A-Part 100
Macon Speedway – Macon, IL

Miller Welders Time Trials
Fast Time Group A: Jonathan Davenport / 10.468 seconds
Fast Time Group B: Josh Richards / 10.426 seconds (overall)

Eibach Springs Heat Race #1 Finish (10 Laps, All Transfer): Shannon Babb, Josh Richards, Tim McCreadie, Frank Heckenast, Jr., Earl Pearson, Jr., Don O’Neal, Jason Feger, Mason Zeigler

FK Rod Ends Heat Race #2 Finish (10 Laps, All Transfer): Bobby Pierce, Jimmy Owens, Darrell Lanigan, Scott Bloomquist, Jose Parga, Hudson O’Neal, Gregg Satterlee, Guy Taylor

Simpson Performance Products Heat Race #3 Finish (10 Laps, All Transfer): Jonathan Davenport, Ryan Unzicker, Dennis Erb, Jr., Kyle Bronson, Myles Moos, Brian Shirley, Kolby Vandenbergh, Greg Kimmons, Cody Maguire

Lucas Oil Feature Finish (100 Laps):

FINISH
START
CAR #
DRIVER NAME
HOMETOWN
EARNINGS
1
2
32
Bobby Pierce
Oakwood, IL
$12,700
2
6
24
Ryan Unzicker
El Paso, IL
$5,500
3
1
18
Shannon Babb
Mowequa, IL
$3,500
4
3
49
Jonathan Davenport
Blairsville, GA
$3,650
5
4
1R
Josh Richards
Shinnston, WV
$3,350
6
7
39
Tim McCreadie
Watertown, NY
$2,500
7
5
20
Jimmy Owens
Newport, TN
$2,300
8
16
5
Don O’Neal
Martinsville, IN
$2,100
9
17
71
Hudson O’Neal
Martinsville, IN
$1,900
10
19
25F
Jason Feger
Bloomington, IL
$1,100
11
10
99JR
Frank Heckenast, Jr.
Frankfort, IL
$1,075
12
8
14
Darrell Lanigan
Union, KY
$1,750
13
9
28
Dennis Erb, Jr.
Carpentersville, IL
$1,025
14
20
22
Gregg Satterlee
Indiana, PA
$1,700
15
13
1
Earl Pearson, Jr.
Jacksonville, FL
$1,800
16
22
25Z
Mason Zeigler ®
Chalk Hill, PA
$1,100
17
21
15V
Kolby Vandenbergh
Ashland, IL
$1,000
18
11
0
Scott Bloomquist
Mooresburg, TN
$1,800
19
12
40B
Kyle Bronson ®
Brandon, FL
$1,700
20
24
27
Greg Kimmons
Pleasant Plains, IL
$1,000
21
18
3s
Brian Shirley
Chatham, IL
$1,000
22
14
6P
Jose Parga
New Berlin, IL
$1,000
23
23
4T
Guy Taylor
Springfield, IL
$1,000
24
25
32M
Cody Maguire
Carlinville, IL
$1,000
25
15
84
Myles Moos
Lincoln, IL
$1,000

Race Statistics
Entrants
: 25
Lap Leaders: Bobby Pierce (Laps 1 – 100)
Wrisco Feature Winner: Bobby Pierce
Margin of Victory: 0.361 seconds
Cautions: Myles Moos (Lap 11); Hudson O’Neal (Lap 29); Debris (Lap 31); Kyle Bronson (Lap 37); Brian Shirley (Lap 64)
Series Provisionals: N/A
Series Emergency Provisionals: N/A
Optima Batteries Hard Charger of the Race: Don O’Neal (Advanced 8 Positions)
Midwest Sheet Metal Spoiler Challenge Point Leader: Jonathan Davenport
Allstar Performance Power Move of the Race: Jason Feger
Sunoco Race for Gas Highest Finisher: Bobby Pierce
Hot Rod Processing Rookie of the Race: Mason Zeigler
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 #2 – 11.4365 seconds)
STEEL-IT Most Laps Led: Bobby Pierce (100 Laps)
Dirty Girl Racewear Farthest Traveler: Kyle Bronson
PFC Brakes Pole Award: Bobby Pierce
Time of Race: 38 minutes 10 seconds

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