The second annual Gateway Dirt Nationals are in the books. Dirt Late Model drivers were competing for $30,000 and a chance to put their name in the history books. When all was said and done on Saturday night in St. Louis, Missouri, the “Smooth Operator” Bobby Pierce was the man standing tall with the big check.
Pierce led every lap with the exception of lap 27 during Saturday’s A-Main, but the win was not as easy as it may appear by looking at the stat line. Pierce had to hold off charges from Tanner English and Tyler Carpenter, as well as work his way through lapped traffic to secure the win.
The win was Pierce’s 15th on the year, and he told DirtOnDirt.com that it was one of the biggest wins of his career.
“This is like one of my biggest wins,” Pierce told DirtOnDirt.com. “I know I won the World (100) and the North-South, but to win in this Dome here… this is an incredible thing for the sport and to go down as the second winner in history, next to Scott Bloomquist, is just really awesome.”
Pierce ran double-duty at the Dome on Saturday night, finishing fifth behind Ray Bollinger, Brent Mullins, Mike Harrison and Tanner Mullens in the 30-lap Modified feature.
-By Rob Blount, Speed51.com. Southeast Editor – Twitter: @RobBlount
-Photo credit: Bobby Pierce Facebook
Gateway Dirt Nationals Late Model A-Main Results:
Gateway Dirt Nationals Modified A-Main Results:
|13||T6||Tommy Sheppard Jr|
|20||9S||Tommie Seets Jr|