QUINCY, Ill. –– Bobby Pierce did something Sunday night few before him have done – he scored his 10th DIRTcar Summer Nationals victory of the season after a battle with Tyler Erb at Quincy Raceways.
Pierce, the 19-year-old from Oakwood, Ill., became just the fifth driver in Summer Nationals history to reach double-digit wins in a single season.
Erb, also 19 years old, started on the pole but it was Pierce with his smooth line around the track that took the early lead. Erb looked for a way around and with Pierce survived a mid-race crash in front of them, but was never able to get around.
“It was a different Quincy Raceway tonight,” Pierce said. “They kind of refigured the race track and made it a lot less banked. It was really bottom dominant.”
“When we took the lead that early, I was like, ‘all right, just settle down here and try to find a smooth line around the race track.’ And then, once we kind of got rolling there… it got pretty simple to just stay down there and try not to make a little mistake, and it worked out for us.”
Shannon Babb, in 2006, was the last driver to score 10 or more wins in a single season.
The DIRTcar Summer Nationals returns to action on Tuesday for the final countdown of events and the Champions Week at Plymouth (Ind.) Speedway.
A-Main: 1. Bobby Pierce (Oakwood, IL), 2. Tyler Erb (New Waverly, TX), 3. Michael Kloos (Trenton, IL), 4. Ryan Unzicker (El Paso, IL), 5. Dustin Griffin (Camp Point, IL), 6. Jason Feger (Bloomington, IL), 7. Bob Gardner (East Peoria, IL), 8. Jason Perry (Payson, IL), 9. Mark Burgtorf (Quincy, IL), 10. Denny Woodworth (Mendon, IL), 11. Justin Reed (Camp Point, IL), 12. Bo Brockway (Glasford, IL), 13. Rusty Griffaw (Festus, MO), 14. Clint Kirkham (Camden, IL), 15. Brian Diveley (Springfield, IL), 16. Cliff Powell (Hannibal, MO), 17. John Gardner Jr (Germantown Hills, IL), 18. Terry Wilson (Bowling Green, MO), 19. Gordy Gundaker (St Charles, MO).
-DIRTcar Racing Press Release
-Photo Credit: Summer Nationals Twitter