Pierce Pierces DIRTcar Summer Nationals Field at Fayette County
Hoffman Charges from Sixth to Victory in Summit Racing Equipment Modified Nationals Feature
Story By: DIRTcar Racing PR
BROWNSTOWN, IL — July 6, 2019 — Three-time DIRTcar Summer Nationals champion Bobby Pierce is starting to find his groove, and that could spell trouble for the rest of the field. On Saturday night at Fayette County Speedway, Pierce converted his outside front-row starting spot into a $7,500 payday at the makeup event from an earlier rainout.
“We are here just to win races,” said Pierce, a native of Oakwood, IL, who was only 12 points behind defending champion Brian Shirley entering the night. It marked Pierce’s first victory of this year’s Summer Nationals tour.
Tanner English, of Benton, KY, qualified quickest in his group and won his heat race sending him to the redraw. English drew the pole position for the 50-lap feature with Pierce to his outside. English and Pierce raced side-by-side for the lead in the early going until Pierce pulled away.
Pierce caught the tail of the field, which allowed English to close the gap before Mike Marlar challenged English for second. English eventually faced carburetor issues, which cut short his night and handed over second to Marlar.
On a restart with 18 laps to go, Marlar tried to get Pierce by running the bottom, but Pierce was able to pull out to a straightaway advantage to earn his first victory on the 2019 DIRTcar Summer Nationals tour.
Hoffman Charges from Sixth to Win: Nick Hoffman pulled off a rare feat on Saturday night at Fayette County Speedway by charging from sixth to victory, and in the process defeating DIRTcar UMP legend Mike Harrison, who started from the pole position.
Harrison and Tyler Nicely controlled the front row, but Nicely got the jump on the initial start. Harrison, the track record holder and defending series champion, went to the top for the 25-lap Feature while Nicely rolled through the middle and opened up a slight advantage.
While Kenny Wallace battled Trey Harris for third, Hoffman marched forward, making it a three-car battle for third then chasing down and passing Harrison for second. Hoffman, of Mooresville, NC, kept the pressure on and he closed the gap on Nicely, who had built almost a straightaway advantage.
With nine laps to go, Hoffman caught Nicely and passed him around the middle. Hoffman then went to the outside groove and pulled away for his his fifth DIRTcar Summit Racing Equipment Modified Nationals feature victory in 2019.
DIRTcar Summer Nationals Late Model Feature (50 Laps) – 1. 32-Bobby Pierce ; 2. 157-Mike Marlar ; 3. 11-Gordy Gundaker ; 4. 3S-Brian Shirley ; 5. 18-Shannon Babb ; 6. 33M-Tim Manville ; 7. 99JR-Frank Heckenast, Jr. ; 8. 25F-Jason Feger ; 9. 21-Billy Moyer ; 10. 78-Chad Zobrist ; 11. T4-Adam Tischhauser ; 12. O-Dewayne Keifer ; 13. 13-David Jaeger ; 14. 31AUS-Paul Stubber ; 15. 11H-Jeff Herzog ; 16. 4-Jason Suhre ; 17. 96-Tanner English ; 18. 22-Daniel Jacober ; 19. 1S-Rick Salter ; 20. 6K-Michael Kloos ; 21. 16-Rusty Griffaw ; 22. CJ1-Rusty Schlenk ; KSE Hard Charger Award: 25F-Jason Feger[+11]