Bobby Pierce claims Adams County Speedway Summer Nationals win!

Bobby Pierce – Jacy Norgaard photo

GREAT FEELING: Pierce Survives Late Restart, Wins 44th of Career at Adams CountyBlair notches third podium in three races

QUINCY, IL – June 22, 2022 – Right as he was rolling trackside for the Feature, reigning DIRTcar Summer Nationals champion Bobby Pierce caught a positive wave of energy. Inside, he knew Wednesday night’s return to Adams County Raceway (IL) for the first time since 2019 was going to go well for he and the #32 crew.

“I felt great before the Feature,” he said. “Just before we took the green, I felt like the car was good on the warmup laps. I had a great feeling.”

Pierce used the low side of the quarter-mile for the majority of the race, making moves to the inside of his competition to take the lead in the first half and the eventual trip to Hell Tour Victory Lane for the 44th time in his career.

“I started fifth on the bottom, and realized I had to move up and get going on top,” Pierce said of his lane choice in the opening laps. “I did and I was rolling, and I passed a car or two, and then I was the first one to go back down and find that really low line in Turns 1-2.

“When I found it, in a couple laps it seemed like I was in the lead. It changed that quick.”

Though he made quick work of the opponents in front of him en route to the lead, keeping them behind him got hairy in the home stretch. A caution was thrown with three laps remaining, which erased Pierce’s lead and put a hungry Shannon Babb right on his rear bumper.

Pierce mashed the throttle in Turn 4 and pulled away from Babb, leaving the others behind him as he crossed the stripe for his third Summer Nationals Feature win of the 2022 campaign.

“At that point, I didn’t really think anyone would have anything on the top,” Pierce said. “If I got pressured, maybe I could turn it up a notch and do something.

“I wasn’t too worried, I just knew I had to hit my marks the last few laps and not allow anything to happen.”

Babb, of Moweaqua, IL, came home second after spending the entire race inside the podium. Max Blair, of Centerville, PA, garnered his third-consecutive podium finish in his last three Summer Nationals starts with a third-place Wednesday night. Ryan Unzicker and Brian Shirley rounded-out the top-five.

UP NEXT

The DIRTcar Summer Nationals next heads to its birthplace on Thursday, June 23 – Spoon River Speedway in Lewiston, IL. If you can’t be at the track, watch every lap live on DIRTVision.

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Feature (40 Laps): 1. 32-Bobby Pierce[5]; 2. 18-Shannon Babb[4]; 3. 111V-Max Blair[2]; 4. 24-Ryan Unzicker[6]; 5. 3S-Brian Shirley[9]; 6. 25-Jason Feger[11]; 7. 86-Kyle Beard[7]; 8. 99JR-Frank Heckenast Jr[20]; 9. 36-Logan Martin[18]; 10. 42-Mckay Wenger[1]; 11. 14G-Joe Godsey[10]; 12. 81E-Tanner English[15]; 13. F1-Payton Freeman[13]; 14. 44-Blaze Burwell[3]; 15. 77-Preston Luckman[19]; 16. 31-Paul Stubber[14]; 17. 4D-Doug Tye[8]; 18. 97-Cade Dillard[17]; 19. 10-Garrett Smith[12]; 20. 30-Mark Voigt[22]; 21. 7B-Mark Burgtorf[21]; 22. 29-Spencer Diercks[16]

Last Chance Showdown (12 Laps): 1. 97-Cade Dillard[2]; 2. 36-Logan Martin[4]; 3. 99JR-Frank Heckenast Jr[1]; 4. 38J-Jake Little[6]; 5. 30-Mark Voigt[8]; 6. 1ST-Justin Reed[3]; 7. 11-Gordy Gundaker[5]; 8. 77-Preston Luckman[12]; 9. 11T-Trevor Gundaker[10]; 10. 15-Justin Duty[7]; 11. 0-Deshawn Gingerich[14]; 12. 7B-Mark Burgtorf[13]; 13. 14R-Jeff Roth[11]; 14. 12-Brandon Queen[9]; 15. 25T-Tucker Finch[15]; 16. 23-Chad Walter[16]

Consolation Race (10 Laps): 1. 7B-Mark Burgtorf[2]; 2. 0-Deshawn Gingerich[3]; 3. 25T-Tucker Finch[6]; 4. 23-Chad Walter[4]; 5. 23NZ-Mick Quin[7]; 6. T8-Tim Gauntt[8]; 7. 26M-Brent McKinnon[5]; 8. (DNS) 91-Rusty Schlenk; 9. (DNS) 17A-Austin Howes

Heat 1 (10 Laps): 1. 111V-Max Blair[1]; 2. 32-Bobby Pierce[3]; 3. 3S-Brian Shirley[2]; 4. F1-Payton Freeman[5]; 5. 99JR-Frank Heckenast Jr[4]; 6. 11-Gordy Gundaker[6]; 7. 12-Brandon Queen[7]; 8. (DNS) 91-Rusty Schlenk; 9. (DNS) 26M-Brent McKinnon; 10. (DNS) 17A-Austin Howes

Heat 2 (10 Laps): 1. 18-Shannon Babb[3]; 2. 24-Ryan Unzicker[4]; 3. 14G-Joe Godsey[8]; 4. 31-Paul Stubber[1]; 5. 97-Cade Dillard[5]; 6. 38J-Jake Little[7]; 7. 11T-Trevor Gundaker[2]; 8. 7B-Mark Burgtorf[6]; 9. 25T-Tucker Finch[9]

Heat 3 (10 Laps): 1. 42-Mckay Wenger[1]; 2. 86-Kyle Beard[2]; 3. 25-Jason Feger[4]; 4. 81E-Tanner English[3]; 5. 1ST-Justin Reed[6]; 6. 15-Justin Duty[5]; 7. 14R-Jeff Roth[7]; 8. 0-Deshawn Gingerich[9]; 9. 23NZ-Mick Quin[8]

Heat 4 (10 Laps): 1. 44-Blaze Burwell[2]; 2. 4D-Doug Tye[1]; 3. 10-Garrett Smith[3]; 4. 29-Spencer Diercks[4]; 5. 36-Logan Martin[8]; 6. 30-Mark Voigt[5]; 7. 77-Preston Luckman[7]; 8. 23-Chad Walter[9]; 9. T8-Tim Gauntt[6]

Qualifying 1 (2 Laps): 1. 111V-Max Blair, 00:13.356[6]; 2. 3S-Brian Shirley, 00:13.502[3]; 3. 32-Bobby Pierce, 00:13.640[9]; 4. 99JR-Frank Heckenast Jr, 00:13.872[7]; 5. F1-Payton Freeman, 00:13.953[8]; 6. 11-Gordy Gundaker, 00:14.013[1]; 7. 12-Brandon Queen, 00:14.693[5]; 8. 26M-Brent McKinnon, 00:14.695[4]; 9. 91-Rusty Schlenk, 00:14.695[2]; 10. 17A-Austin Howes, 00:14.695[10]

Qualifying 2 (2 Laps): 1. 31-Paul Stubber, 00:14.022[1]; 2. 11T-Trevor Gundaker, 00:14.104[5]; 3. 18-Shannon Babb, 00:14.175[7]; 4. 24-Ryan Unzicker, 00:14.242[8]; 5. 97-Cade Dillard, 00:14.355[2]; 6. 7B-Mark Burgtorf, 00:14.603[3]; 7. 38J-Jake Little, 00:14.643[4]; 8. 14G-Joe Godsey, 00:14.758[6]; 9. 25T-Tucker Finch, 00:14.891[9]

Qualifying 3 (2 Laps): 1. 42-Mckay Wenger, 00:14.143[3]; 2. 86-Kyle Beard, 00:14.396[8]; 3. 81E-Tanner English, 00:14.450[6]; 4. 25-Jason Feger, 00:14.725[9]; 5. 15-Justin Duty, 00:14.890[2]; 6. 1ST-Justin Reed, 00:15.069[7]; 7. 14R-Jeff Roth, 00:15.263[5]; 8. 23NZ-Mick Quin, 00:15.601[1]; 9. 0-Deshawn Gingerich, 00:16.618[4]

Qualifying 4 (2 Laps): 1. 4D-Doug Tye, 00:14.669[1]; 2. 44-Blaze Burwell, 00:14.969[4]; 3. 10-Garrett Smith, 00:14.997[3]; 4. 29-Spencer Diercks, 00:15.145[9]; 5. 30-Mark Voigt, 00:15.360[8]; 6. T8-Tim Gauntt, 00:16.534[7]; 7. 77-Preston Luckman, 00:17.253[2]; 8. 36-Logan Martin, 00:17.253[6]; 9. (DQ) 23-Chad Walter, 00:15.852[5]

Hot Laps 1: 1. 111V-Max Blair, 00:13.430[6]; 2. F1-Payton Freeman, 00:13.448[8]; 3. 3S-Brian Shirley, 00:13.450[3]; 4. 32-Bobby Pierce, 00:13.493[9]; 5. 12-Brandon Queen, 00:13.978[5]; 6. 99JR-Frank Heckenast Jr, 00:14.072[7]; 7. 26M-Brent McKinnon, 00:14.111[4]; 8. 11-Gordy Gundaker, 00:14.153[1]; 9. 17A-Austin Howes, 00:14.153[10]; 10. 91-Rusty Schlenk, 00:14.153[2]

Hot Laps 2: 1. 97-Cade Dillard, 00:13.439[2]; 2. 24-Ryan Unzicker, 00:13.561[8]; 3. 31-Paul Stubber, 00:13.579[1]; 4. 18-Shannon Babb, 00:13.672[7]; 5. 11T-Trevor Gundaker, 00:13.691[5]; 6. 7B-Mark Burgtorf, 00:13.811[3]; 7. 38J-Jake Little, 00:13.923[4]; 8. 14G-Joe Godsey, 00:14.115[6]; 9. 25T-Tucker Finch, 00:14.168[9]

Hot Laps 3: 1. 15-Justin Duty, 00:13.511[2]; 2. 86-Kyle Beard, 00:13.648[8]; 3. 81E-Tanner English, 00:13.724[6]; 4. 14R-Jeff Roth, 00:13.780[5]; 5. 42-Mckay Wenger, 00:13.803[3]; 6. 1ST-Justin Reed, 00:13.935[7]; 7. 0-Deshawn Gingerich, 00:13.989[4]; 8. 25-Jason Feger, 00:14.103[9]; 9. 23NZ-Mick Quin, 00:15.112[1]

Hot Laps 4: 1. 10-Garrett Smith, 00:14.011[3]; 2. 36-Logan Martin, 00:14.059[6]; 3. 29-Spencer Diercks, 00:14.179[9]; 4. 44-Blaze Burwell, 00:14.183[4]; 5. 77-Preston Luckman, 00:14.187[2]; 6. 30-Mark Voigt, 00:14.579[8]; 7. 23-Chad Walter, 00:14.767[5]; 8. 4D-Doug Tye, 00:15.086[1]; 9. T8-Tim Gauntt, 00:15.553[7]