Home Dirt Late Model News Bobby Pierce takes Fairbury Speedway's MARS DIRTcar Series win!

Bobby Pierce takes Fairbury Speedway’s MARS DIRTcar Series win!

Bobby Pierce – Tyler Carr photo

FAIRBURY, IL – Sept. 5, 2020 – Leading the FALS Super Nationals Feature with less than 10 laps remaining, Bobby Pierce had a brief flashback to the final lap of the 2019 Prairie Dirt Classic as he sped around the high-banked quarter mile.

 

“I was just hoping that no one got a hell of a run like Brandon [Sheppard] did at the Prairie Dirt Classic,” Pierce recalled. “That’s what I was thinking of at the end, something like that happening. Going down the backstretch on the last lap, I was thinking, ‘well, do I cut down just to prevent something?’”

 

Pierce was maintaining a several-second advantage over second-running Frank Heckenast Jr. in the closing laps of Saturday’s MARS Super Late Model DIRTcar Series Feature at Fairbury Speedway when the memory of him getting passed in the final corner of the track’s biggest race all season popped into his head. Worried that it might happen again, having no idea who was behind him or how close they were, the young Illinoisan put the pedal down and refocused on the task at hand.

 

Back in reality, the Smooth Operator had little to worry about. He was over 2.5 seconds ahead with no problematic traffic in front of him. Pierce kept it glued to the high side and cruised to his 11th career MARS Late Model Feature win – one worth a cool $10,000.

 

Just like Thursday night at Farmer City, Pierce’s win on Saturday was just plain dominant. Coming from the pole and leading all 50 laps, Pierce jetted out to a commanding lead in the opening circuits; one he was never challenged for seriously until the race’s only restart on lap 37.

 

This stacked the field up behind him and put current MARS points leader Frank Heckenast Jr. right on his bumper. Heckenast was reeling Pierce in slightly before the yellow came out but didn’t seem to have the same charge after the restart.

 

“Frankie [Heckenast] was catching me for a minute, and I had to find another groove, another rhythm to hit there,” Pierce said. “Finally, I did, right before that caution came out. I was pretty nervous with 12 laps to go because I knew my tires were burning up.”

 

But in the end, things all went smoothly for the operator. His tires held up, his composure stayed with him and it all worked out. And what an incredible weekend it’s been for the Oakwood, IL-driver, winning two of the three MARS Late Model races with a runner-up finish in the other.

DIRTCAR LATE MODELS A FEATURE 1

Finish Start # Competitor Hometown +/-
1 1 32 Bobby Pierce Bobby Pierce Oakwood, IL
2 3 99JR Frank Heckenast Jr Frank Heckenast Jr Frankfort, IL 1
3 5 3S Brian Shirley Brian Shirley Chatham, IL 2
4 10 33 Tim Manville Tim Manville Troy, IL 6
5 4 25 Jason Feger Jason Feger Bloomington, IL -1
6 9 10S Taylor Scheffler Taylor Scheffler Waukesha, WI 3
7 18 24 Ryan Unzicker Ryan Unzicker El Paso, IL 11
8 13 25W Allen Weisser Allen Weisser Peoria, IL 5
9 2 21 Billy Moyer Sr Billy Moyer Sr Batesville, AR -7
10 16 21B Rich Bell Rich Bell Sheffield, IL 6
11 20 74 Mitch McGrath Mitch McGrath Waukesha, WI 9
12 21 42 Mckay Wenger Mckay Wenger Fairbury, IL 9
13 11 89 Mike Spatola Mike Spatola Manhattan, IL -2
14 19 9 Eric Smith Eric Smith Bloomington, IL 5
15 DNF 12 B12 Kevin Weaver Kevin Weaver Gibson City, IL -3
16 DNF 7 83 Scott James Scott James Lawrenceburg, IN -9
17 DNF 15 35 Derek Chandler Derek Chandler Pontiac, IL -2
18 DNF 8 18B Shannon Babb Shannon Babb Moweaqua, IL -10
19 DNF 6 19R Ryan Gustin Ryan Gustin Marshalltown, IA -13
20 DNF 22 2 Mike Chasteen Jr Mike Chasteen Jr Peoria, IL 2
21 DNF 17 M27 Mike Provenzano Mike Provenzano Grand Ridge, IN -4
22 DNF 14 7R Kent Robinson Kent Robinson Bloomington, IN -8
12 Laps

DIRTCAR LATE MODELSB FEATURE 1

Finish Start # Competitor Hometown +/-
1 1 M27 Mike Provenzano Mike Provenzano Grand Ridge, IN
2 4 9 Eric Smith Eric Smith Bloomington, IL 2
Top 2 transfer
3 5 10 Scott Schmitt Scott Schmitt Tonica, IL 2
4 3 3 Dale Markham Dale Markham Maple Park, IL -1
5 7 1W Donny Walden Donny Walden Bloomington, IL 2
6 6 18 Jeffrey Ledford Jeffrey Ledford Poniac, IL
7 8 56 Brandon Pralle Brandon Pralle Ashkum, IL 1
8 9 28M Jake Miller Jake Miller Mendota, IL 1
9 DNF 2 30 Mark Voigt Mark Voigt Marine, IL -7
12 Laps

DIRTCAR LATE MODELSB FEATURE 2

Finish Start # Competitor Hometown +/-
1 1 24 Ryan Unzicker Ryan Unzicker El Paso, IL
2 5 74 Mitch McGrath Mitch McGrath Waukesha, WI 3
Top 2 transfer
3 2 42 Mckay Wenger Mckay Wenger Fairbury, IL -1
4 7 2 Mike Chasteen Jr Mike Chasteen Jr Peoria, IL 3
5 4 15V Kolby Vandenbergh Kolby Vandenbergh Ashland, IL -1
6 3 77M Jay Morris Jay Morris Watseka, IL -3
7 9 111 Steven Roberts Steven Roberts Sylvester, GA 2
8 8 76 Titus Sneed Titus Sneed Justice, IL
9 DNF 6 12 Jeff Curl Jeff Curl Fairbury, IL -3
10 Laps

DIRTCAR LATE MODELSHEAT 1

Finish Start # Competitor Hometown +/-
1 2 32 Bobby Pierce Bobby Pierce Oakwood, IL 1
2 3 3S Brian Shirley Brian Shirley Chatham, IL 1
3 1 10S Taylor Scheffler Taylor Scheffler Waukesha, WI -2
4 5 25W Allen Weisser Allen Weisser Peoria, IL 1
Top 4 transfer
5 4 M27 Mike Provenzano Mike Provenzano Grand Ridge, IN -1
6 7 3 Dale Markham Dale Markham Maple Park, IL 1
7 8 10 Scott Schmitt Scott Schmitt Tonica, IL 1
8 6 1W Donny Walden Donny Walden Bloomington, IL -2
9 DNF 9 28M Jake Miller Jake Miller Mendota, IL
10 Laps

DIRTCAR LATE MODELSHEAT 2

Finish Start # Competitor Hometown +/-
1 2 99JR Frank Heckenast Jr Frank Heckenast Jr Frankfort, IL 1
2 4 83 Scott James Scott James Lawrenceburg, IN 2
3 6 89 Mike Spatola Mike Spatola Manhattan, IL 3
4 1 35 Derek Chandler Derek Chandler Pontiac, IL -3
Top 4 transfer
5 5 30 Mark Voigt Mark Voigt Marine, IL
6 3 9 Eric Smith Eric Smith Bloomington, IL -3
7 7 18 Jeffrey Ledford Jeffrey Ledford Poniac, IL
8 8 56 Brandon Pralle Brandon Pralle Ashkum, IL
10 Laps

DIRTCAR LATE MODELSHEAT 3

Finish Start # Competitor Hometown +/-
1 1 25 Jason Feger Jason Feger Bloomington, IL
2 3 19R Ryan Gustin Ryan Gustin Marshalltown, IA 1
3 4 33 Tim Manville Tim Manville Troy, IL 1
4 2 7R Kent Robinson Kent Robinson Bloomington, IN -2
Top 4 transfer
5 7 24 Ryan Unzicker Ryan Unzicker El Paso, IL 2
6 5 77M Jay Morris Jay Morris Watseka, IL -1
7 6 74 Mitch McGrath Mitch McGrath Waukesha, WI -1
8 8 2 Mike Chasteen Jr Mike Chasteen Jr Peoria, IL
9 9 111 Steven Roberts Steven Roberts Sylvester, GA
10 Laps

DIRTCAR LATE MODELSHEAT 4

Finish Start # Competitor Hometown +/-
1 1 21 Billy Moyer Sr Billy Moyer Sr Batesville, AR
2 2 18B Shannon Babb Shannon Babb Moweaqua, IL
3 3 B12 Kevin Weaver Kevin Weaver Gibson City, IL
4 7 21B Rich Bell Rich Bell Sheffield, IL 3
Top 4 transfer
5 5 42 Mckay Wenger Mckay Wenger Fairbury, IL
6 4 15V Kolby Vandenbergh Kolby Vandenbergh Ashland, IL -2
7 8 12 Jeff Curl Jeff Curl Fairbury, IL 1
8 6 76 Titus Sneed Titus Sneed Justice, IL -2
2 Laps

DIRTCAR LATE MODELSQUALIFYING 1

Finish Start # Competitor Hometown Time
1 10 10S Taylor Scheffler Taylor Scheffler Waukesha, WI 12.936
2 2 35 Derek Chandler Derek Chandler Pontiac, IL 13.076
3 1 32 Bobby Pierce Bobby Pierce Oakwood, IL 13.101
4 5 99JR Frank Heckenast Jr Frank Heckenast Jr Frankfort, IL 13.140
5 11 3S Brian Shirley Brian Shirley Chatham, IL 13.141
6 15 9 Eric Smith Eric Smith Bloomington, IL 13.162
7 13 M27 Mike Provenzano Mike Provenzano Grand Ridge, IN 13.178
8 14 83 Scott James Scott James Lawrenceburg, IN 13.277
9 6 25W Allen Weisser Allen Weisser Peoria, IL 13.368
10 16 30 Mark Voigt Mark Voigt Marine, IL 13.391
11 9 1W Donny Walden Donny Walden Bloomington, IL 13.477
12 4 89 Mike Spatola Mike Spatola Manhattan, IL 13.526
13 12 3 Dale Markham Dale Markham Maple Park, IL 13.553
14 17 18 Jeffrey Ledford Jeffrey Ledford Poniac, IL 13.724
15 7 10 Scott Schmitt Scott Schmitt Tonica, IL 13.874
16 8 56 Brandon Pralle Brandon Pralle Ashkum, IL 14.002
17 3 28M Jake Miller Jake Miller Mendota, IL 14.212
2 Laps

DIRTCAR LATE MODELSQUALIFYING 2

Finish Start # Competitor Hometown Time
1 4 25 Jason Feger Jason Feger Bloomington, IL 13.162
2 1 21 Billy Moyer Sr Billy Moyer Sr Batesville, AR 13.186
3 10 7R Kent Robinson Kent Robinson Bloomington, IN 13.244
4 11 18B Shannon Babb Shannon Babb Moweaqua, IL 13.263
5 7 19R Ryan Gustin Ryan Gustin Marshalltown, IA 13.273
6 13 B12 Kevin Weaver Kevin Weaver Gibson City, IL 13.282
7 2 33 Tim Manville Tim Manville Troy, IL 13.373
8 14 15V Kolby Vandenbergh Kolby Vandenbergh Ashland, IL 13.374
9 6 77M Jay Morris Jay Morris Watseka, IL 13.401
10 15 42 Mckay Wenger Mckay Wenger Fairbury, IL 13.427
11 17 74 Mitch McGrath Mitch McGrath Waukesha, WI 13.500
12 3 76 Titus Sneed Titus Sneed Justice, IL 13.508
13 9 24 Ryan Unzicker Ryan Unzicker El Paso, IL 13.508
14 8 21B Rich Bell Rich Bell Sheffield, IL 13.528
15 5 2 Mike Chasteen Jr Mike Chasteen Jr Peoria, IL 13.607
16 12 12 Jeff Curl Jeff Curl Fairbury, IL 13.747
DNS 16 111 Steven Roberts Steven Roberts Sylvester, GA
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