After it was announced that Bobby Pierce was leaving the Dunn Benson Motorsports team at the end of the 2018 season speculation has abounded as to what the Oakwood, Ill. driver would do in the coming season. After a return to his family-owned team, many have wondered if the ‘Smooth Operator’ would continue to run a national touring series schedule as he did last year on the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series with DBM. Or perhaps, as some on social media and message boards have guessed, he might seek the World of Outlaws Late Model Series championship.
A tweet posted by the three-time Summer Nationals champion indicates that apparently neither of those series will be in his plans in 2019. The Twitter message read as follows:
Just to give everyone a little update. I will not be racing in Florida this year, I will be racing in New Zealand during this time. My 2019 tentative schedule will be posted on my website http://www.bobbypierceracing.com within the coming weeks. Thanks for…
So it looks as if the No. 32 machine will not be seen during Georgia-Florida Speedweeks.
With the Lucas Oil tour opening at the Golden Isles Speedway near Brunswick, GA on February 1 & 2 with a pair of points paying features before travelling to East Bay Raceway Park and Bubba Raceway Park(both in Florida) the following week for a total of seven events(three that pay championship points). Not competing in those races would seem to make chasing the entire series an exercise in futility.
The WoO Late Models kick off their campaign on February 8 & 9 at Georgia’s Screven Motor Speedway then makes the trek to Volusia Speedway Park in Florida for two more points paying races the following weekend. Again, Pierce would be starting off in quite a hole if he were to follow that tour after missing those events.
Provided that weather or some other mysterious circumstance causes one or both of the two series to adjust their schedules, it would seem likely that Bobby Pierce will not be a part of either tour.
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