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Pierce Grabs First Win of 2014 DIRTcar Summer Nationals at Belle-Claire Speedway

By Jordan Morris

BELLEVILLE, Ill.  July 1, 2014 — Bobby Pierce was one of three different drivers to control the top stop Tuesday night at Belle-Claire Speedway, as he made a daring pass on Shannon Babb with four laps to go to claim the lead and the $5,000 checkered flag, his first of the 2014 DIRTcar Summer Nationals season.

2014 DIRTcar Summer Nationals champion Brandon Sheppard captured the pole position, with Randy Korte starting on his outside. Bobby Pierce started just behind them in the third position.

On the first lap, Korte would slingshot around Sheppard, keeping the pole-sitter from leading a single lap all night. Korte led the most laps of the night as he controlled the top spot for the first 17 laps of the 40-lap feature.  Korte eventually was chased down by a charging Pierce and Shannon Babb, who started the race in the fourth position.

Pierce made his way to the lead but couldn’t pull away from Babb, as he led only seven laps before Babb grabbed the lead on lap 25. Babb looked as if he would capture his third win of the season with ease after securing the top spot and leading the next 11 laps.

Unfortunately for Babb, Pierce had just enough left in his car to surge his way back to the front and challenge the leader for the win. Pierce would not be denied the victory as he caught and passed Babb with a thrilling, go-for-broke slide job on lap 36. Pierce held off Babb for the remaining four laps, capturing the victory at Belle-Claire Speedway.

“When you’re leading the race and then you end up losing it, no matter what you have to do, you wanna get that lead back,” said the 17-year-old Pierce. “I had a couple of good corners right in a row there, I caught Babb, and I knew that [a slider] was the only chance I had.”

Brandon Sheppard, Ryan Unzicker, and Randy Korte rounded out the top five.

Heat race winners included Pierce, Babb, Korte, and Sheppard.

The DIRTcar Summer Nationals continues on Wednesday night as they join the DIRTcar Summit Racing Equipment Modified Nationals at Jacksonville Speedway in Jacksonville, Ill.

DIRTcar Summer Nationals Statistical Report; Belle-Claire Speedway; Belleville, Ill; July 2, 2014; A-Main (40-laps): 1. 32-Bobby Pierce ($5,000), 2. 18-Shannon Babb, 3. B5-Brandon Sheppard, 4. 24-Ryan Unzicker, 5. 0-Randy Korte, 6. 21JR-Billy Moyer Jr, 7. 24T-Matt Taylor, 8. 81-Brian Shirley, 9. 10-Daryn Klein, 10. 6K-Michael Kloos, 11. 1S-Rick Salter, 12. 81JR-Jason Riggs, 13. 16H-Mike Hammerle, 14. 1M-Jim Moon, 15. 28B-John Beck, 16. 27S-Mike Schulte, 17. T4-Adam Tischhauser, 18. 20-Alan Westling, 19. 91-Rusty Schlenk, 20. 25L-Steve Lance Jr, 21. 29W-Brian Divley, 22. 30V-Mark Voigt.

2014 DIRTcar Summer Nationals Schedule

Date Day Track Location Win
June 11 Wed Brownstown Speedway Brownstown, Ind. RAIN
June 12 Thur Kankakee Co. Speedway Kankakee, Ill. Billy Moyer
June 13 Fri Cedar Lake Speedway Somerset, Wis. Rick Eckert
June 14 Sat Cedar Lake Speedway Somerset, Wis. RAIN
June 15 Sun Wilmot Raceway Wilmot, Wis. Rick Eckert(2)
June 16 Mon Off
June 17 Tue Farley Speedway Farley, Iowa Shannon Babb
June 18 Wed Spoon River Speedway Canton, Ill. Jason Feger
June 19 Thur Quincy Raceways Quincy, Ill. RAIN
June 20 Fri Tri-City Speedway Pontoon Beach, Ill. Billy Moyer(2)
June 21 Sat Fairbury Speedway Fairbury, Ill. RAIN
June 22 Sun I-96 Speedway Ionia, Mich. Brian Shirley
June 23 Mon Peoria Speedway Peoria, Ill. Brandon Sheppard
June 24 Tue Off
June 25 Wed Clarksville Speedway Clarksville, Tenn. Shannon Babb(2)
June 26 Thur Clayhill Motorsports Atwood, Tenn. Brian Shirley(2)
June 27 Fri Paducah Int. Raceway Paducah, Ky. RAIN
June 28 Sat Federated Auto Parts Raceway Pevely, Mo. Brian Birkhofer
June 29 Sun Lincoln Speedway Lincoln, Ill. Brady Smith
June 30 Mon Off
July 1 Tue Belle Clair Speedway Belleville, Ill. Bobby Pierce
July 2 Wed Jacksonville Speedway Jacksonville, Ill. $5,000
July 3 Thur LaSalle Speedway LaSalle, Ill. $5,000
July 4 Fri Fayette Co. Speedway Brownstown, Ill. $7,500
July 5 Sat Highland Speedway Highland, Ill. $10,000
July 6 Sun Tri-State Speedway Haubstadt, Ind. $5,000
July 7 Mon Off
July 8 Tue Florence Speedway Union, Ky. $5,000
July 9 Wed Terre Haute Action Track Terre Haute, Ind. $5,000
July 10 Thur Macon Speedway Macon, Ill. $5,000
July 11 Fri Farmer City Raceway Farmer City, Ill. $10,000
July 12 Sat 34 Raceway Burlington, Iowa $10,000
July 13 Sun Vermilion Co. Speedway Danville, Ill. $5,000
July 14 Mon Off
July 15 Tue TBA
July 16 Wed Atomic Speedway Chillicothe, Ohio $5,000
July 17 Thur Brushcreek Motorsports Complex Peebles, Ohio $5,000
July 18 Fri Attica Raceway Park Attica, Ohio $5,000
July 19 Sat Oakshade Raceway Wauseon, Ohio $10,000

The DIRTcar Summer Nationals “Hell Tour” is brought to fans across the country by many important partners including: Arizona Sport Shirts (Official Apparel Company), Hoosier Racing Tires (Official Racing Tires), Racing Electronics (Official Communication), Velocita (Official Uniform), VP Racing Fuel (Official Racing Fuel); in addition to these fine Contingency Partners: Beyea Headers, Cometic Gasket, Comp Cams, Dominator Race Products, Edelbrock, Fox Shocks, JE Pistons, JRI Shocks, Mobil 1, MSD, Quartermaster, Superflow Dynos, Summit Racing Equipment and Wrisco Aluminum; Promotional Partners include: Chevy Performance Parts, Indiana Decal, Intercomp and Petroff Towing.

 

Super Late Models – A-Main
Finish Start Car Driver Hometown
1 3 32    Bobby Pierce    Oakwood , Il
2 4 18    Shannon Babb    Moweaqua , Il
3 1 B5    Brandon Sheppard    New Berlin, Il
4 17 24    Ryan Unzicker    El Paso, Il
5 2 0    Randy Korte    Highland , Il
6 5 21JR    Billy Moyer Jr    Batesville , Ar
7 6 24T    Matt Taylor    Springfield , Il
8 11 81    Brian Shirley    Chatham , Il
9 7 10    Daryn Klein    Fairview Heights, Il
10 8 6K    Michael Kloos    Trenton , Il
11 15 1S    Rick Salter    Auiston , Il
12 13 81JR    Jason Riggs    Harrisburg , Il
13 20 16H    Mike Hammerle    St Charles, Il
14 16 1M    Jim Moon    New Florence, Mo DNF
15 12 28B    John Beck    Springfield , Il DNF
16 14 27S    Mike Schulte    Summer Field, Il DNF
17 21 T4    Adam Tischhauser    Greenville , Il DNF
18 22 20    Alan Westling    Fulton , Mo DNF
19 18 91    Rusty Schlenk    Weston , Oh DNF
20 19 25L    Steve Lance Jr    Cuba , Il DNF
21 9 29W    Brian Divley    Springfield , Il DNF
22 10 30V    Mark Voigt    Marine , Il DNS

Super Late Models – B-Main
Finish Start Car Driver Hometown
1 1 24    Ryan Unzicker    El Paso, Il
2 2 91    Rusty Schlenk    Weston , Oh
3 5 13    Brent Kreke    Lebanon , Il
4 4 15    Richard Frost    Clarksville , Tn
5 8 T4    Adam Tischhauser    Greenville , Il
6 7 77    Clay Baumann    Highland , Il
7 11 20    Alan Westling    Fulton , Mo
8 3 42L    Steve Lach    Brownstown , Il
9 14 25M    Frankie Martin    Duquoin , Il
10 10 87    Jason Zobrist    Highland , Il
11 15 71    Trace Westling    Fulton , Mo
12 9 33H    Billy Hough    Thomasboro , Il
13 12 25L    Steve Lance Jr    Cuba , Il DNF
14 13 66    Jim Gibson    O’fallon , Il DNF
15 6 45    Cj Simpson    O’fallon , Il DNF
16 19 16H    Mike Hammerle    St Charles, Il DNF
17 16 32G    Vince Grondzki    Belleville , Il DNS
18 17 38L    Ryan Little    Springfield , Il DNS
19 18 38J    Jake Little    Springfield , Il DNS

Super Late Models – Heat Race 4
Finish Start Car Driver Hometown
1 1 B5    Brandon Sheppard    New Berlin, Il
2 2 6K    Michael Kloos    Trenton , Il
3 4 28B    John Beck    Springfield , Il
4 7 1M    Jim Moon    New Florence, Mo
5 3 15    Richard Frost    Clarksville , Tn
6 6 T4    Adam Tischhauser    Greenville , Il
7 5 25L    Steve Lance Jr    Cuba , Il
8 8 32G    Vince Grondzki    Belleville , Il

Super Late Models – Heat Race 3
Finish Start Car Driver Hometown
1 1 0    Randy Korte    Highland , Il
2 2 10    Daryn Klein    Fairview Heights, Il
3 3 81    Brian Shirley    Chatham , Il
4 4 1S    Rick Salter    Auiston , Il
5 5 42L    Steve Lach    Brownstown , Il
6 6 77    Clay Baumann    Highland , Il
7 9 20    Alan Westling    Fulton , Mo
8 8 71    Trace Westling    Fulton , Mo
9 7 16H    Mike Hammerle    St Charles, Il DNF

Super Late Models – Heat Race 2
Finish Start Car Driver Hometown
1 1 18    Shannon Babb    Moweaqua , Il
2 2 24T    Matt Taylor    Springfield , Il
3 3 30V    Mark Voigt    Marine , Il
4 4 27S    Mike Schulte    Summer Field, Il
5 8 91    Rusty Schlenk    Weston , Oh
6 5 45    Cj Simpson    O’fallon , Il
7 6 87    Jason Zobrist    Highland , Il
8 7 25M    Frankie Martin    Duquoin , Il
9 9 38J    Jake Little    Springfield , Il DNF

Super Late Models – Heat Race 1
Finish Start Car Driver Hometown
1 1 32    Bobby Pierce    Oakwood , Il
2 3 21JR    Billy Moyer Jr    Batesville , Ar
3 2 29W    Brian Divley    Springfield , Il
4 4 81JR    Jason Riggs    Harrisburg , Il
5 8 24    Ryan Unzicker    El Paso, Il
6 6 13    Brent Kreke    Lebanon , Il
7 7 33H    Billy Hough    Thomasboro , Il
8 5 66    Jim Gibson    O’fallon , Il DNS
9 9 38L    Ryan Little    Springfield , Il DNS

Super Late Models – Qualifying 2
Finish Start Car Driver Hometown
1 14 0    Randy Korte    Highland , Il
2 13 B5    Brandon Sheppard    New Berlin, Il
3 4 10    Daryn Klein    Fairview Heights, Il
4 2 6K    Michael Kloos    Trenton , Il
5 8 81    Brian Shirley    Chatham , Il
6 7 15    Richard Frost    Clarksville , Tn
7 16 1S    Rick Salter    Auiston , Il
8 17 28B    John Beck    Springfield , Il
9 1 42L    Steve Lach    Brownstown , Il
10 9 25L    Steve Lance Jr    Cuba , Il
11 15 77    Clay Baumann    Highland , Il
12 10 T4    Adam Tischhauser    Greenville , Il
13 5 16H    Mike Hammerle    St Charles, Il
14 11 1M    Jim Moon    New Florence, Mo
15 6 71    Trace Westling    Fulton , Mo
16 12 32G    Vince Grondzki    Belleville , Il
17 3 20    Alan Westling    Fulton , Mo

Super Late Models – Qualifying 1
Finish Start Car Driver Hometown
1 2 32    Bobby Pierce    Oakwood , Il
2 3 18    Shannon Babb    Moweaqua , Il
3 5 29W    Brian Divley    Springfield , Il
4 4 24T    Matt Taylor    Springfield , Il
5 13 21JR    Billy Moyer Jr    Batesville , Ar
6 7 30V    Mark Voigt    Marine , Il
7 16 81JR    Jason Riggs    Harrisburg , Il
8 8 27S    Mike Schulte    Summer Field, Il
9 9 66    Jim Gibson    O’fallon , Il
10 1 45    Cj Simpson    O’fallon , Il
11 11 13    Brent Kreke    Lebanon , Il
12 10 87    Jason Zobrist    Highland , Il
13 6 33H    Billy Hough    Thomasboro , Il
14 14 25M    Frankie Martin    Duquoin , Il
15 12 24    Ryan Unzicker    El Paso, Il
16 18 91    Rusty Schlenk    Weston , Oh
17 15 38L    Ryan Little    Springfield , Il
18 17 38J    Jake Little    Springfield , Il

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