Home Dirt Late Model News Bobby Pierce claims Farmer City Raceway MARS DIRTcar Series win!

Bobby Pierce claims Farmer City Raceway MARS DIRTcar Series win!

Bobby Pierce – Tyler Carr photo

FARMER CITY, IL – Sept. 3, 2020 – A single word can sum up Bobby Pierce’s performance Thursday night at Farmer City Raceway – dominant.

Before the race’s only caution flag flew with six laps remaining in the MARS Super Late Model DIRTcar Racing Series Feature event, Pierce had lapped up to eighth-place and was carrying a seven-second advantage over second-place Ryan Unzicker when the yellow came out, erasing the big lead and putting a hungry field right on his bumper.

“The whole race, I was pretty nervous, even though I had that big of a lead because I’m used to seeing a distance being shown to me from the guy in second. It had me up on the wheel most of the time,” Pierce said.

Pierce’s crew members did not have their signal sticks with them for the Feature, so Pierce had to go without them for all 40 laps out front. In the end, it didn’t seem to matter, though, as the Smooth Operator easily sliced through lapped traffic throughout the race and cruised to his 10th career MARS Late Model victory.

The 3-time DIRTcar Late Model National points champion redrew the pole position for the Feature after a victory in Heat Race #3 and jetted out to a commanding lead at the drop of the green, reaching the rear of the field by Lap 10.

Pierce smoothly maneuvered around slower traffic, using multiple grooves to make passes, and looked to have the race in-hand if only it weren’t for the Lap 35 caution. On the first restart attempt, third-running Jason Feger got a good run out of Turn 4 and dove deep under Pierce into Turn 1 in a shot for the lead. He ended up spinning around in front of the field after contact with Pierce and was forced to restart near the rear.

“Something about happened on that first restart when Feger charged in there and got the door,” Pierce said. “Luckily, it didn’t cut any tires down or anything. That second restart I hit a lot better and never saw anyone on my left side after that, so I was trying to hit my marks. I knew there was six [laps] to go, so I was just counting the laps down.”

And hit his marks he did. Pierce got good separation from the field on the second restart attempt and carried it all the way back home for the $5,000 payday.

UP NEXT

The MARS Late Model action continues Friday with night #2 of the Farmer City 74 weekend – another $5,000-to-win show on-tap. This time, 47 laps the distance of the Feature.

LATE MODELA FEATURE 1

Finish Start # Competitor Hometown +/-
1 2 32 Bobby Pierce Bobby Pierce Oakwood, IL 1
2 5 24 Ryan Unzicker Ryan Unzicker El Paso, IL 3
3 8 19R Ryan Gustin Ryan Gustin Marshalltown, IA 5
4 3 18 Shannon Babb Shannon Babb Moweaqua, IL -1
5 4 21 Billy Moyer Jr Billy Moyer Jr Batesville, AR -1
6 14 99JR Frank Heckenast Jr Frank Heckenast Jr Frankfort, IL 8
7 6 33M Tim Manville Tim Manville Highland, IL -1
8 1 25 Jason Feger Jason Feger Bloomington, IL -7
9 9 89 Mike Spatola Mike Spatola Manhattan, IL
10 7 4G Bob Gardner Bob Gardner Washington, IL -3
11 12 74 Mitch McGrath Mitch McGrath Waukesha, WI 1
12 10 10S Taylor Scheffler Taylor Scheffler Waukesha, WI -2
13 17 9 Eric Smith Eric Smith Bloomington, IL 4
14 19 111 Steven Roberts Steven Roberts Sylvester, GA 5
15 15 J12 Jason Wagner Jason Wagner East Peoria, IL
16 20 30 Mike Glasscock Mike Glasscock Leroy, IL 4
17 13 B12 Kevin Weaver Kevin Weaver Gibson City, IL -4
18 11 42 Mckay Wenger Mckay Wenger Fairbury, IL -7
19 16 83 Scott James Scott James Lawrenceburg, IN -3
20 21 21B Rich Bell Rich Bell Sheffield, IL 1
21 22 25W Allen Weisser Allen Weisser Peoria, IL 1
22 18 1W Donny Walden Donny Walden Bloomington, IL -4
0 Laps

LATE MODELB FEATURE 1

Finish Start # Competitor Hometown +/-
1 1 9 Eric Smith Eric Smith Bloomington, IL
2 3 1W Donny Walden Donny Walden Bloomington, IL 1
3 11 111 Steven Roberts Steven Roberts Sylvester, GA 8
4 2 30 Mike Glasscock Mike Glasscock Leroy, IL -2
Top 4 transfer
5 4 30V Mark Voigt Mark Voigt Marine, IL -1
6 6 118 Mike Fenton Mike Fenton Oak Leaf, TX
7 8 74A Russ Adams Russ Adams Princeville, IL 1
8 10 28M Jake Miller Jake Miller Mendota, IL 2
9 9 48T Phil Taylor Phil Taylor Illiopolis, IL
10 7 21B Rich Bell Rich Bell Sheffield, IL -3
DNS 12 84 Myles Moos Myles Moos Lincoln, IL
DNS 13 3S Brian Shirley Brian Shirley Chatham, IL
DNS 5 25W Allen Weisser Allen Weisser Peoria, IL
0 Laps

LATE MODELHEAT 1

Finish Start # Competitor Hometown +/-
1 1 25 Jason Feger Jason Feger Bloomington, IL
2 3 4G Bob Gardner Bob Gardner Washington, IL 1
3 5 89 Mike Spatola Mike Spatola Manhattan, IL 2
4 2 B12 Kevin Weaver Kevin Weaver Gibson City, IL -2
Top 4 transfer
5 4 9 Eric Smith Eric Smith Bloomington, IL -1
6 6 25W Allen Weisser Allen Weisser Peoria, IL
7 7 48T Phil Taylor Phil Taylor Illiopolis, IL
DNS 8 3S Brian Shirley Brian Shirley Chatham, IL
0 Laps

LATE MODELHEAT 2

Finish Start # Competitor Hometown +/-
1 1 21 Billy Moyer Jr Billy Moyer Jr Batesville, AR
2 2 33M Tim Manville Tim Manville Highland, IL
3 3 42 Mckay Wenger Mckay Wenger Fairbury, IL
4 5 J12 Jason Wagner Jason Wagner East Peoria, IL 1
Top 4 transfer
5 7 1W Donny Walden Donny Walden Bloomington, IL 2
6 4 21B Rich Bell Rich Bell Sheffield, IL -2
7 6 111 Steven Roberts Steven Roberts Sylvester, GA -1
0 Laps

LATE MODELHEAT 3

Finish Start # Competitor Hometown +/-
1 3 32 Bobby Pierce Bobby Pierce Oakwood, IL 2
2 2 19R Ryan Gustin Ryan Gustin Marshalltown, IA
3 1 10S Taylor Scheffler Taylor Scheffler Waukesha, WI -2
4 4 99JR Frank Heckenast Jr Frank Heckenast Jr Frankfort, IL
Top 4 transfer
5 5 30 Mike Glasscock Mike Glasscock Leroy, IL
6 6 118 Mike Fenton Mike Fenton Oak Leaf, TX
7 DNF 7 28M Jake Miller Jake Miller Mendota, IL
0 Laps

LATE MODELHEAT 4

Finish Start # Competitor Hometown +/-
1 1 18 Shannon Babb Shannon Babb Moweaqua, IL
2 2 24 Ryan Unzicker Ryan Unzicker El Paso, IL
3 4 74 Mitch McGrath Mitch McGrath Waukesha, WI 1
4 3 83 Scott James Scott James Lawrenceburg, IN -1
Top 4 transfer
5 5 30V Mark Voigt Mark Voigt Marine, IL
6 6 74A Russ Adams Russ Adams Princeville, IL
DNS 7 84 Myles Moos Myles Moos Lincoln, IL
0 Laps

LATE MODELQUALIFYING 1

Finish Start # Competitor Hometown Time
1 20 74A Russ Adams Russ Adams Princeville, IL
2 11 18 Shannon Babb Shannon Babb Moweaqua, IL
3 12 21B Rich Bell Rich Bell Sheffield, IL
4 26 25 Jason Feger Jason Feger Bloomington, IL
5 14 118 Mike Fenton Mike Fenton Oak Leaf, TX
6 13 4G Bob Gardner Bob Gardner Washington, IL
7 6 19R Ryan Gustin Ryan Gustin Marshalltown, IA
8 28 30 Mike Glasscock Mike Glasscock Leroy, IL
9 21 99JR Frank Heckenast Jr Frank Heckenast Jr Frankfort, IL
10 22 33M Tim Manville Tim Manville Highland, IL
11 18 83 Scott James Scott James Lawrenceburg, IN
12 19 28M Jake Miller Jake Miller Mendota, IL
13 4 74 Mitch McGrath Mitch McGrath Waukesha, WI
14 15 21 Billy Moyer Jr Billy Moyer Jr Batesville, AR
15 23 84 Myles Moos Myles Moos Lincoln, IL
16 16 111 Steven Roberts Steven Roberts Sylvester, GA
17 2 32 Bobby Pierce Bobby Pierce Oakwood, IL
18 24 3S Brian Shirley Brian Shirley Chatham, IL
19 8 10S Taylor Scheffler Taylor Scheffler Waukesha, WI
20 17 9 Eric Smith Eric Smith Bloomington, IL
21 29 48T Phil Taylor Phil Taylor Illiopolis, IL
22 25 24 Ryan Unzicker Ryan Unzicker El Paso, IL
23 27 89 Mike Spatola Mike Spatola Manhattan, IL
24 10 30V Mark Voigt Mark Voigt Marine, IL
25 5 1W Donny Walden Donny Walden Bloomington, IL
26 9 B12 Kevin Weaver Kevin Weaver Gibson City, IL
27 3 J12 Jason Wagner Jason Wagner East Peoria, IL
28 7 42 Mckay Wenger Mckay Wenger Fairbury, IL
29 1 25W Allen Weisser Allen Weisser Peoria, IL
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