Pierce Holds off Sheppard at Tri-State

Bobby Pierce Edges Brandon Sheppard for Tri-State Win

Red hot Pierce continues to roll through Summer Nationals; takes Heartland Tour Week Championship

HAUBSTADT, Ind. – June 25, 2016 – If the weather and Brandon Sheppard had anything to say about it, Bobby Pierce would have been left jilted on Sunday night at Tri-State Speedway but Pierce was able to hold off both as he claimed his fifth Summer Nationals victory of the season and the Heartland Tour Week title.

Ryan Unzicker led through the first 12 laps of the night’s rain-shortened feature, but it was Pierce and Sheppard who stole the show. Pierce took the lead on lap 13 and Sheppard took over second two laps later. What commenced was an intense back-and-forth battle between the two drivers for the lead.


Sheppard took the lead on multiple occasions but Pierce battled back each time – officially Sheppard never led a lap.

As the battle continued, rain began to fall on Tri-State on lap 36 and the caution flag flew two laps later as the rain turned heavy. DIRTcar officials called the race at lap 38, giving Pierce his fifth win of the season and 12th of his career. Pierce also claimed the Heartland Tour week bonus.

“Oh man, that was probably one of the craziest races I’ve been in,” Pierce said. “Me and Sheppy throwing some awesome sliders, and between lapped traffic and everything, it was just crazy.”

The DIRTcar Summer Nationals takes Monday off as the grueling tour grinds on on Tuesday at Clarksville (Tenn.) Speedway.

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DIRTcar Summer Nationals Statistical Report; Tri-State Speedway; Haubstadt, Ind.


A-Main: 1. Bobby Pierce (Oakwood, IL), 2. Brandon Sheppard (New Berlin, IL), 3. Ryan Unzicker (El Paso, IL), 4. Timothy Culp (Sheridan, AR), 5. Michael Kloos (Trenton, IL), 6. Mike Marlar (Winfield, TN), 7. Shannon Babb (Moweaqua, IL), 8. Kent Robinson (Bloomington, IN), 9. Rodney Melvin (Benton, IL), 10. Jason Feger (Bloomington, IL), 11. Chad Zobrist (Highland, IL), 12. Bob Gardner (East Peoria, IL), 13. Brent Larson (Lake Elmo, MN), 14. Gordy Gundaker (St Charles, MO), 15. Jeremy Sneed (Bluford, IL), 16. Chris Cowling (Tauranga, NZ), 17. Tanner English (Benton, KY), 18. Caleb Ashby (Cunningham, TN), 19. Dustin Nobbe (Batesville, IN), 20. Tom Collini (Erlanger, OH), 21. Jarryd Holshouser (Boaz, KY), 22. Richard Frost (Clarksville, TN), 23. Brent McKinnon (Carlyle, IL). Hard Charger: Brent Larson.


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  
June 29 Wednesday Belle Clair Speedway  
June 30 Thursday Springfield Raceway  
July 1 Friday Fayette Co. Speedway  
July 2 Saturday Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55  
July 3 Sunday Lincoln Speedway  
Independence Week      
July 4 Monday LaSalle Speedway  
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  


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