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Bobby Pierce Continues to Roll with LaSalle Win

Bobby Pierce
Bobby Pierce

The series returns to action at Daugherty Speedway on Tuesday

LASALLE, Ill. – July 4, 2016 – Bobby Pierce continued his incredible run through the DIRTcar Summer Nationals at LaSalle Speedway on Monday night as he charged through the field and got past leader Kevin Weaver on the final lap to score seventh win of the season.

“It was awesome,” Pierce said. “I think this was my first last-lap, last-corner pass to win the race. Me and Kevin had an awesome race.”

Frank Heckenast Jr. led early with Bob Gardner battling around him on lap seven for the lead. One lap later though, Weaver took advantage of Gardner jumping the cushion and retained the lead. Pierce, the night’s Hard Charger, was advancing through the field. By the time the final caution of the night flew with four laps to go, Pierce made his move.

“Starting 12th, I didn’t think I’d get through there that early, but the bottom was just so good. I thought about the middle to the top, it tested it on the caution, just warming up the tire. It felt like it was kind of loose up there. About a lap and a half to go, my dad motioned me up finally. I was like, ‘well, I’ll try it out.’ And it worked out.”

Pierce continues to lead the Summer Nationals points standings and kicks off the week three Independence Tour on top of the charts.

Weaver finished second with Heckenast in third, Joey Coulter in fourth and Gardner in fifth.

The DIRTcar Summer Nationals returns to action Tuesday night at Daugherty Speedway in Boswell, Ind.

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DIRTcar Summer Nationals Statistical Report; LaSalle Speedway; LaSalle, Ill.

Super Late Models – A-Main
Finish Start Car Driver Hometown Points
1 12 32 Bobby Pierce Oakwood , Il 0.00
2 7 12B Kevin Weaver Gibson City, Il 0.00
3 2 99JR Frank Heckenast Jr Frankfort , Il 0.00
4 4 2C Joey Coulter Union Grove, Nc 0.00
5 3 4G Bob Gardner East Peoria, Il 0.00
6 14 21B Rich Bell Sheffield , Il 0.00
7 1 10S Scott Schmitt Tonica , Il 0.00
8 10 74 Taylor Scheffler Waukesha , Wi 0.00
9 6 25 Jason Feger Bloomington , Il 0.00
10 17 89 Mike Spatola Manhattan , Il 0.00
11 9 24 Ryan Unzicker El Paso, Il 0.00
12 13 9 Lyle Zanker Rockford , Il 0.00
13 19 16 Rusty Griffaw Festus , Mo 0.00
14 20 11 Gordy Gundaker St Charles, Mo 0.00
15 16 38C John Gardner Jr Germantown Hills, Il 0.00
16 5 11S Austin Smith Rome , Ga 0.00
17 15 91 Tyler Erb New Waverly, Tx 0.00
18 8 25C Shane Clanton Fayetteville , Ga 0.00
19 18 C8 Timothy Culp Sheridan , Ar 0.00
20 22 15F Jeremy Conaway Springfield , Il 0.00
21 21 33P John Piccatto Spring Valley, Il 0.00
22 11 32S Chris Simpson Oxford , Ia 0.00

Super Late Models – C-Main
Finish Start Car Driver Hometown Points
1 2 38C John Gardner Jr Germantown Hills, Il 0.00
2 3 89 Mike Spatola Manhattan , Il 0.00
3 6 C8 Timothy Culp Sheridan , Ar 0.00
4 5 16 Rusty Griffaw Festus , Mo 0.00
5 9 11 Gordy Gundaker St Charles, Mo 0.00
6 8 79W Greg Wagner Polo , Il 0.00
7 4 15F Jeremy Conaway Springfield , Il 0.00
8 7 33P John Piccatto Spring Valley, Il 0.00
9 1 09 Jeff Riddell Steward , Il 0.00
10 11 5H Gary Hunt Franklin Grove, Il 0.00
11 10 5 Jeff Hartzell Genoa , Il 0.00
12 12 782 Mark Larson Ottawa , Il 0.00

Super Late Models – Heat Race 3
Finish Start Car Driver Hometown Points
1 2 10S Scott Schmitt Tonica , Il 59.00
2 3 25 Jason Feger Bloomington , Il 55.00
3 1 24 Ryan Unzicker El Paso, Il 51.00
4 4 32 Bobby Pierce Oakwood , Il 47.00
5 5 91 Tyler Erb New Waverly, Tx 43.00
6 8 89 Mike Spatola Manhattan , Il 39.00
7 6 C8 Timothy Culp Sheridan , Ar 35.00
8 7 11 Gordy Gundaker St Charles, Mo 31.00
9 9 782 Mark Larson Ottawa , Il 27.00

Super Late Models – Heat Race 2
Finish Start Car Driver Hometown Points
1 1 4G Bob Gardner East Peoria, Il 59.00
2 2 11S Austin Smith Rome , Ga 55.00
3 5 25C Shane Clanton Fayetteville , Ga 51.00
4 6 32S Chris Simpson Oxford , Ia 47.00
5 3 21B Rich Bell Sheffield , Il 43.00
6 4 38C John Gardner Jr Germantown Hills, Il 39.00
7 7 16 Rusty Griffaw Festus , Mo 35.00
8 8 79W Greg Wagner Polo , Il 31.00
9 9 5H Gary Hunt Franklin Grove, Il 27.00

Super Late Models – Heat Race 1
Finish Start Car Driver Hometown Points
1 2 99JR Frank Heckenast Jr Frankfort , Il 59.00
2 1 2C Joey Coulter Union Grove, Nc 55.00
3 3 12B Kevin Weaver Gibson City, Il 51.00
4 4 74 Taylor Scheffler Waukesha , Wi 47.00
5 5 9 Lyle Zanker Rockford , Il 43.00
6 8 09 Jeff Riddell Steward , Il 39.00
7 9 15F Jeremy Conaway Springfield , Il 35.00
8 6 33P John Piccatto Spring Valley, Il 31.00
9 7 5 Jeff Hartzell Genoa , Il 27.00

2016 DIRTcar Summer Nationals Schedule

Date

Day Track Winners

Northern Kickoff

June 15

Wednesday

Brownstown Speedway

Rain/Cancelled

June 16

Thursday

Kankakee Co. Speedway

Bobby Pierce

June 17

Friday

Cedar Lake Speedway

Billy Moyer

June 18 Saturday Cedar Lake Speedway

Billy Moyer (2)

June 19 Sunday

Wilmot Speedway

Bobby Pierce (2)

Heartland Tour
June 20 Monday OFF
June 21 Tuesday

Jacksonville Speedway

Bobby Pierce (3)
June 22 Wednesday Farley Speedway

Rain/Cancelled

June 23 Thursday Spoon River Speedway

Dennis Erb Jr.

June 24 Friday Tri-City Speedway

Bobby Pierce (4)

June 25 Saturday Fairbury Speedway

Brandon Sheppard

June 26 Sunday Tri-State Speedway Bobby Pierce (5)
Southern Tour
June 27 Monday OFF
June 28 Tuesday Clarksville Speedway Ryan Unzicker
June 29 Wednesday Belle-Clair Speedway Bobby Pierce (6)
June 30 Thursday Springfield Raceway Rain/PPD
July 1 Friday Fayette Co. Speedway Josh Richards
July 2 Saturday Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 Rain/Cancelled
July 3 Sunday Lincoln Speedway Rain/PPD
Independence Week
July 4 Monday LaSalle Speedway Bobby Pierce (7)
July 5 Tuesday Daugherty Speedway
July 6 Wednesday Peoria Speedway
July 7 Thursday Macon Speedway
July 8 Friday Farmer City Speedway
July 9 Saturday Highland Speedway
July 10 Sunday Quincy Raceways
Champions Week
July 11 Monday OFF
July 12 Tuesday Plymouth Speedway
July 13 Wednesday Shadyhill Speedway
July 14 Thursday Merritt Speedway
July 15 Friday Oakshade Raceway
July 16 Saturday Oakshade Raceway

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), VP Racing Fuel (Official Racing Fuel); in addition to these fine Contingency Partners: Beyea Headers, Comp Cams, Edelbrock, Fox Shocks, JE Pistons, MSD, Impact Race Products, Quartermaster, Superflow Dynos, Summit Racing Equipment and Wrisco Aluminum; Promotional Partners include: Chevy Performance Parts, Indiana Decal, Intercomp and Petroff Towing.

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