Home state driver Bobby Pierce led all the way on Friday night from the pole position at Tri-City Speedway to claim a World of Outlaws CASE Construction Late Model Series feature win.
The Bob Pierce Race Cars driver from Oakwood, Illinois was awarded $10,000 for his efforts in the race held on the 3/8 mile track located in Granite City, Illinois and was aired live by DirtVision.com.
A total of 38 cars were signed in for competition.
Group A Results- 1. Kyle Larson(15.947), 2. Max Blair, 3. Kyle Bronson, 4. Bobby Pierce, 5. Stormy Scott
Group B Results- 1. Ryan Unzicker(16.275), 2. Ryan Gustin, 3. Brent Larson, 4. Billy Moyer Sr., 5. Tanner English
Heat 1 Results: 1. Kyle Bronson, 2. Kyle Larson, 3. Stormy Scott, 4. Shane Clanton
Heat 2 Results: 1. Bobby Pierce, 2. Max Blair, 3. Frank Heckenast Jr., 4. Dennis Erb Jr.
Heat 3 Results: 1. Ryan Unzicker, 2. Tanner English, 3. Daryn Klein, 4. Jeff Herzog
Heat 4 Results: 1. Ryan Gustin, 2. Kyle Hammer, 3. Billy Moyer Sr., 4. Shannon Babb
Last Chance Showdown 1 Finish: 1. Johnny Scott, 2. Boom Briggs, 3. Tony Jackson Jr.
Last Chance Showdown 2 Finish: 1. Trevor Gundaker, 2. Brent Larson, 3. Jordan Bauer
WoO Redraw Results: 1. Pierce, 2. Unzicker, 3. Bronson, 4. Gustin, 5. Hammer, 6. English, 7. Blair, 8. Larson
Feature Re-cap: When the 40-lap feature took the green flag it was Pierce who grabbed the lead with Bronson, Unzicker, Hammer and Blair following in his tire tracks. The action was slowed early on as Trevor Gundaker slowed to bring out a cation just after the completion of the first circuit.
In the early going, series points leader Dennis Erb Jr. found himself mired in the mid-pack as Pierce continued to show Bronson and Unzicker the way. A second yellow flag waved over the field on lap 10 when Chub Frank, substituting for the injured Josh Richards, spun.
On the lap 10 restart, Gustin jumped up to fourth ahead of Hammer and Blair. One lap later, Gustin took third away from Unzicker while Kyle Larson moved up to sixth as the high side of the trck began to come into play.
At the halfway point, Pierce had built a lead of more than two seconds over Bronson and Gustin.
Pierce’s lead grew to more than three seconds with ten laps remaining as Gustin closed in on Bronson to fight for the runner-up position. However, Bronson and Gustin closed dramatically on the leader when Pierce got bottled up behind slower cars on lap 35.
Bronson managed to stay close but in the end, it was Bobby Pierce who would claim his fourth career WoO Late Models win.
“The lapped cars were making me nervous there,” Pierce told DirtVision.com following the race. “They were sideways a few times and those uke tires are right there so it was a little tricky getting through there. Drawing that 1(redraw) is what won the race tonight. You usually don’t see Tri-City like this. We had to work super hard for this one, just working all night on the motor getting it switched out because we had a minor issue with the other one. All in all, to come back and get the dub, it’s awesome.”
Feature Results: 1. Bobby Pierce, 2. Kyle Bronson, 3. Ryan Gustin, 4. Ryan Unzicker, 5. Kyle Hammer, 6. Kyle Larson, 7. Tanner English, 8. Max Blair, 9. Stormy Scott, 10. Shannon Babb, 11. Shane Clanton, 12. Dennis Erb Jr., 13. Billy Moyer Sr., 14. Jordan Bauer, 15. Jeff Herzog, 16. Gordy Gundaker, 17. Boom Briggs, 18. Brent Larson, 19. Chub Frank, 20. Johnny Scott, 21. Billy Laycock, 22. Frank Heckenast Jr., 23. Tony Jackson Jr., 24. Daryn Klein, 25. Trevor Gundaker
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