Herald & Review 100
Macon Speedway -- Macon, IL
Thursday, July 08, 2021
Event Info
Macon Speedway
Thursday
08
Jul

Winner: Bobby Pierce
2nd: Ryan Unzicker
3rd: Shannon Babb
Herald & Review 100
July 8, 2021
Macon Speedway
205 N Wiles St
Macon, IL 62544 

 http://www.maconracing.com

Watch on DIRTVision
 https://www.dirtvision.tv/dirtcar-summer-nationals/season:2021/videos/dirtcar-summer-nationals-macon-speedway

Series
DIRTcar Summer Nationals

Support Divisions
Summit Modified Nationals

Feature Laps Length
100

Support Divisions
Summit Modified Nationals

Race Recap: SMOOTH SEVEN: Pierce Scores Third Herald & Review 100 Title at Macon for Win No. 7 of Season

Shirley recovers to eighth after blown tire while leading, Unzicker second for season-best finish

It’s special just to win even one Herald & Review 100, let alone three. Bobby Pierce is now a three-time winner of the DIRTcar Summer Nationals’ most prestigious event at Macon Speedway, just one shy of tying his father Bob for second-most on the event’s all-time win list.

The points leader was faced with the ultimate test of keeping his car out front for well over half of the 100-lap race while the rest of the top-five hunted him down in traffic. But first, Pierce had to get around one last car in front of him – Brian Shirley.

Josh James Artwork

Shirley, of Chatham, IL, grabbed the lead from polesitter Ryan Unzicker on Lap 3 and proceeded to open up a sizable gap over Pierce before diving head-first into lapped traffic. A few early cautions kept the field restacked and out of thick traffic as the defending Hell Tour champion continued his strong run out front. But soon, disaster struck the Bob Cullen Racing #3s.

The caution flag came out on Lap 23, but as soon as the caution lights turned on, Shirley’s right-rear tire went flat. He took the car to the work area and got it changed before the restart but was forced to start from the tail, surrendering the lead to Pierce.

“We got pretty lucky tonight with Squirrel [Shirley] having that flat,” Pierce said. “It would have been tough to get by him.”

Now with the lead for the first time in the race, Pierce immediately knew his one mission objective.

“Brian had that flat on that caution, and I was like, ‘well, here we are.’ So, just ride from there and don’t make any mistakes,” Pierce, of Oakwood, IL, said.

Shirley (3s) leading Unzicker (24) in the early going (Josh James Artwork)

And that’s exactly what he did. From that point forward, it became Pierce’s race to lose. He opened up a sizable gap in traffic and began clicking off the laps. He was met with several more restarts, but denied all challengers behind him, even with slower traffic ahead of him.

“It got pretty hairy there in lapped traffic a few times. Glad we were able to keep the nose clean and hang onto it,” Pierce said.

The field sat under a temporary red flag with three laps remaining while an accident with cleaned up in Turn 1. During that stoppage, Pierce was left to cool off and think about the task ahead of him, which he could have done without.

“Sometimes you get relaxed on those cautions. It got so cool tonight, and I was really cool in the racecar. Sometimes you get relaxed, like, you’ve gotta stay up on the wheel. I didn’t really like to see a caution,” Pierce said.

Unzicker held on for second – his best finish of the season with the Summer Nationals thus far. Shannon Babb crossed in third, ahead of Myles Moos, who was later disqualified for being light at the scales. This moved Logan Martin into fourth and Gordy Gundaker into fifth. Shirley was able to climb back for an eighth-place finish.

Pierce (32) leading Unzicker (24) and Babb (18) on a restart (Josh James Artwork)

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ABBREVIATED RESULTS (view full results)

Feature (100 Laps) 1. 32-Bobby Pierce[3]; 2. 24-Ryan Unzicker[1]; 3. 18-Shannon Babb[7]; 4. 36-Logan Martin[9]; 5. 11-Gordy Gundaker[12]; 6. 11T-Trevor Gundaker[2]; 7. 16-Rusty Griffaw[10]; 8. 3S-Brian Shirley[4]; 9. 38J-Jake Little[18]; 10. 12-Ashton Winger[19]; 11. 74-Mitch McGrath[22]; 12. 25-Jason Feger[8]; 13. 81E-Tanner English[5]; 14. 51-Dean Carpenter[13]; 15. 27-Greg Kimmons[17]; 16. 19X-Cody Bauer[16]; 17. 11M-Ryan Miller[21]; 18. 11H-Jeff Herzog[14]; 19. 14G-Joe Godsey[15]; 20. 4- Jason Suhre[11]; 21. 30-Mark Voigt[20]; 22. (DQ) 84-Myles Moos[6]

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Race Results: 7/8/21 – Macon Speedway

Feature (100 Laps) 1. 32-Bobby Pierce[3]; 2. 24-Ryan Unzicker[1]; 3. 18-Shannon Babb[7]; 4. 36-Logan Martin[9]; 5. 11-Gordy Gundaker[12]; 6. 11T-Trevor Gundaker[2]; 7. 16-Rusty Griffaw[10]; 8. 3S-Brian Shirley[4]; 9. 38J-Jake Little[18]; 10. 12-Ashton Winger[19]; 11. 74-Mitch McGrath[22]; 12. 25-Jason Feger[8]; 13. 81E-Tanner English[5]; 14. 51-Dean Carpenter[13]; 15. 27-Greg Kimmons[17]; 16. 19X-Cody Bauer[16]; 17. 11M-Ryan Miller[21]; 18. 11H-Jeff Herzog[14]; 19. 14G-Joe Godsey[15]; 20. 4- Jason Suhre[11]; 21. 30-Mark Voigt[20]; 22. (DQ) 84-Myles Moos[6]

Qualifying Group 1 (2 Laps) 1. 32-Bobby Pierce, 00:10.675[4]; 2. 18-Shannon Babb, 00:10.706[11]; 3. 81E-Tanner English, 00:10.728[8]; 4. 3S-Brian Shirley, 00:10.750[20]; 5. 36-Logan Martin, 00:10.984[5]; 6. 7-Drake Troutman, 00:11.170[15]; 7. 51-Dean Carpenter, 00:11.241[12]; 8. 4-Jason Suhre, 00:11.255[7]; 9. 22-Dan Jacober, 00:11.339[16]; 10. 14R-Jeff Roth, 00:11.342[10]; 11. 27-Greg Kimmons, 00:11.420[9]; 12. 14G-Joe Godsey, 00:11.470[14]; 13. 334-Billy Hough, 00:11.676[3]; 14. 38-Thomas Hunziker, 00:11.869[17]; 15. 148-Tim Lance Jr, 00:11.889[13]; 16. 248-Brandon Lance, 00:11.917[1]; 17. 4D-Doug Tye, 00:12.075[2]; 18. 1H-Josh Heuiser, 00:12.088[6]; 19. 16W-Tony Wolf, 00:12.305[19]; 20. 51B-Brandon Carpenter[18]

Qualifying Group 2 (2 Laps) 1. 84-Myles Moos, 00:10.582[1]; 2. 38J-Jake Little, 00:10.822[9]; 3. 24-Ryan Unzicker, 00:10.834[2]; 4. 25-Jason Feger, 00:10.915[5]; 5. 74-Mitch McGrath, 00:10.947[14]; 6. 11T-Trevor Gundaker, 00:10.970[7]; 7. 30-Mark Voigt, 00:11.067[6]; 8. 11-Gordy Gundaker, 00:11.174[8]; 9. 33H-Roben Huffman, 00:11.287[12]; 10. 35-Claude Walker, 00:11.342[15]; 11. 16- Rusty Griffaw, 00:11.361[18]; 12. 17-Todd Rehg, 00:11.398[13]; 13. 48-Tim Lance, 00:11.435[19]; 14. 19X-Cody Bauer, 00:11.460[11]; 15. 11H-Jeff Herzog, 00:11.632[16]; 16. 15-Blake McClain, 00:11.734[4]; 17. 11M-Ryan Miller, 00:11.892[3]; 18. 52-Ryan Warren, 00:12.951[10]; 19. 13-Brayton Laster, 00:14.256[20]; 20. 12-Ashton Winger[17]

Heat 1 (10 Laps) 1. 32-Bobby Pierce[1]; 2. 81E-Tanner English[2]; 3. 36-Logan Martin[3]; 4. 51-Dean Carpenter[4]; 5. 27-Greg Kimmons[6]; 6. 334-Billy Hough[7]; 7. 22-Dan Jacober[5]; 8. 4D-Doug Tye[9]; 9. 16W-Tony Wolf[10]; 10. 148-Tim Lance Jr[8]

Heat 2 (10 Laps) 1. 3S-Brian Shirley[2]; 2. 18-Shannon Babb[1]; 3. 4-Jason Suhre[4]; 4. 14G-Joe Godsey[6]; 5. 51B-Brandon Carpenter[10]; 6. 1H-Josh Heuiser[9]; 7. 38-Thomas Hunziker[7]; 8. 248-Brandon Lance[8]; 9. 7-Drake Troutman[3]; 10. 14R-Jeff Roth[5]

Heat 3 (10 Laps) 1. 24-Ryan Unzicker[2]; 2. 84-Myles Moos[1]; 3. 16-Rusty Griffaw[6]; 4. 11H-Jeff Herzog[8]; 5. 48-Tim Lance[7]; 6. 74-Mitch McGrath[3]; 7. 33H-Roben Huffman[5]; 8. 11M-Ryan Miller[9]; 9. 30-Mark Voigt[4]; 10. (DNS) 13-Brayton Laster

Heat 4 (10 Laps) 1. 11T-Trevor Gundaker[3]; 2. 25-Jason Feger[2]; 3. 11-Gordy Gundaker[4]; 4. 19X-Cody Bauer[7]; 5. 38J-Jake Little[1]; 6. 35-Claude Walker[5]; 7. 52-Ryan Warren[9]; 8. 12-Ashton Winger[10]; 9. 15-Blake McClain[8]; 10. (DNS) 17-Todd Rehg

Consolation Race (10 Laps) 1. 30-Mark Voigt[6]; 2. 4D-Doug Tye[1]; 3. 11M-Ryan Miller[2]; 4. 248-Brandon Lance[3]; 5. 148-Tim Lance Jr[9]; 6. 16W- Tony Wolf[5]; 7. 13-Brayton Laster[10]; 8. (DNS) 14R-Jeff Roth; 9. (DNS) 12-Ashton Winger; 10. (DNS) 7-Drake Troutman; 11. (DNS) 17-Todd Rehg; 12. (DNS) 15-Blake McClain

Last Chance Showdown (12 Laps) 1. 27-Greg Kimmons[1]; 2. 38J-Jake Little[4]; 3. 48-Tim Lance[2]; 4. 74-Mitch McGrath[6]; 5. 334-Billy Hough[5]; 6. 22-Dan Jacober[9]; 7. 35-Claude Walker[8]; 8. 38-Thomas Hunziker[11]; 9. 33H-Roben Huffman[10]; 10. 11M-Ryan Miller[15]; 11. 4D-Doug Tye[14]; 12. 51B-Brandon Carpenter[3]; 13. 1H-Josh Heuiser[7]; 14. 30-Mark Voigt[13]; 15. (DNS) 52-Ryan Warren; 16. (DNS) 248-Brandon Lance


Macon Speedway
205 N Wiles St
Macon, IL 62544 

 http://www.maconracing.com

Track Phone
(217) 764-3000

Track Email
 track1985@gmail.com

Track Size & Type
1/5 mile