Pierce Becomes Youngest Winner

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Bobby Pierce Becomes Youngest Driver in History to Score DIRTcar Summer Nationals “Hell Tour” Victory

 

LINCOLN, Ill. June 30, 2013 Bobby Pierce is only 16 years old but he accomplished a feat on Sunday night at Lincoln Speedway that many in Dirt Late Model racing only dream about — winning a DIRTcar Summer Nationals event.

 

Pierce, of Oakwood, Ill., captured the $10,000 victory in dominating fashion at quarter-mile Lincoln Speedway on the 12th night of the six-week DIRTcar Summer Nationals Hell Tour, becoming the youngest winner in the 26-year history of the grueling summer series.

 

Pierce lined up on the outside of points leader Brandon Sheppard on the front row for the 60-lap feature, but it was three-time series champion Shannon Babb who charged from sixth to lead the 22-car field in the early going. Pierce caught and passed Babb on lap 9 then held off 2004 series champion Don O’Neal to the checkered flag.

 

“We’ve been trying so hard to do this, getting top-fives and coming close,” said Pierce, whose father, Bob, is a two-time DIRTcar Summer Nationals champion (1992, 1995). “It’s so hard to win these things. You’ve got the best of the best. I’m so glad to finally get one. It’s amazing.”

 

 

Sheppard, Ryan Unzicker and last year’s champion Brian Shirley rounded out the top five.

 

Heat race winners included Tyler Reddick, Sheppard, Dustin Griffin and Pierce.

 

The DIRTcar Summer Nationals Hell Tour continues on Tuesday night at Quincy Raceways located in Quincy, Illinois.

 

DIRTcar Summer Nationals Statistical Report; Lincoln (Ill.) Speedway: June 30, 2013

A-Main (60-laps): 1. Bobby Pierce ($10,000), 2. Don ONeal, 3. Brandon Sheppard, 4. Ryan Unzicker, 5. Brian Shirley, 6. Terry English, 7. Shannon Babb, 8. Jack Sullivan, 9. Dustin Griffin, 10. Tanner English, 11. Jason McBride, 12. Tyler Reddick, 13. Randy Korte, 14. Rich Bell, 15. Rusty Schlenk, 16. Brian Divley, 17. Scott Schmitt, 18. Kevin Weaver, 19. Daren Friedman, 20. Steve Sheppard Jr, 21. Bobby Dauderman, 22. Eric Smith.

 

 

2013 DIRTcar Summer Nationals ‘Hell Tour’ Schedule

Day

Date

Track

Location

Winner

Wed.

June 12

Brownstown Speedway

Brownstown, IN

Dennis Erb, Jr.

Thurs.

June 13

Off

   

Fri.

June 14

Cedar Lake Speedway

New Richmond, WI

Brian Birkhofer

Sat.

June 15

Cedar Lake Speedway

New Richmond, WI

Cancelled (RAIN)

         

Sun.

June 16

Wilmot Speedway

Wilmot, WI

Kevin Weaver

Mon.

June 17

Off

   

Tues.

June 18

Off

   

Wed.

June 19

Spoon River Speedway

Canton, IL

Brandon Sheppard

Thurs.

June 20

Belle Clair Speedway

Belleville, IL

Brandon Sheppard

Fri.

June 21

Tri-City Speedway

Pontoon Beach, IL

Chris Simpson

Sat.

June 22

Fairbury Speedway

Fairbury, IL

Ryan Unzicker

         

Sun.

June 23

I-96 Speedway

Lake Odessa, MI

Shannon Babb

Mon.

June 24

Peoria Speedway

Peoria, IL

Cancelled (RAIN)

Tues.

June 25

Off

   

Wed.

June 26

Clarksville Speedway

Clarksville, TN

Brandon Sheppard

Thurs.

June 27

Clayhill Motorsports Park

Atwood, TN

Brandon Sheppard

Fri.

June 28

Paducah International Raceway

Paducah, KY

Billy Moyer

Sat.

June 29

Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55

Pevely, MO

Postponed/Rain (Aug. 17)

         

Sun.

June 30

Lincoln Speedway

Lincoln, IL

Bobby Pierce

Mon.

July 1

Off

   

Tues.

July 2

Quincy Raceways

Quincy, IL

 

Wed.

July 3

Jacksonville Speedway

Jacksonville, IL

 

Thurs.

July 4

LaSalle Speedway

LaSalle, IL

 

Fri.

July 5

Fayette Co. Speedway

Brownstown, IL

 

Sat.

July 6

Highland Speedway

Highland, IL

 
         

Sun.

July 7

Tri-State Speedway

Haubstadt, IN

 

Mon.

July 8

Off

   

Tues.

July 9

Florence Speedway

Union, KY

 

Wed.

July 10

Terre Haute Action Track

Terre Haute, IN

 

Thurs.

July 11

Macon Speedway

Macon, IL

 

Fri.

July 12

Kankakee County Speedway

Kankakee, IL

 

Sat.

July 13

34 Raceway

Burlington, IA

 
         

Sun.

July 14

Vermilion County Speedway

Danville, IL

 

Mon.

July 15

Off

   

Tues.

July 16

Off

   

Wed.

July 17

Brushcreek Motorsports Park

Peebles, OH

 

Thurs.

July 18

Twin Cities Raceway Park

North Vernon, IN

 

Fri.

July 19

Attica Raceway Park

Attica, OH

 

Sat.

July 20

Oakshade Raceway

Wauseon, OH

 

 

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 Electonics (Official Communication), Vicci (Official Uniform), VP Racing Fuel (Official Racing Fuel); in addition to these fine Contingency Sponsors: Beyea Headers, Butlerbuilt, Cometic Gasket, Comp Cams, Dominator Race Products, Edelbrock, Chevy Performance Parts, Integra Shocks, Intercomp, JE Pistons, JRI Shocks, Klotz Lubricants, MSD Performance, Petroff Towing, Quartermaster, Superflow Dynos, UNOH (University of Northwestern Ohio), and Wrisco Aluminum.