UNION, KY — Bobby Pierce took the lead from Scott Bloomquist on lap 91 and led the rest of the way to win the biggest race in his young career on Saturday night at Florence Speedway. The 19-year-old second generation driver charged from the 16th starting spot to win the 34th Annual Sunoco Race Fuels North/South 100 – presented by Lucas Oil. Pierce earned $50,000 for his family-owned team. Bloomquist was seeking his first win the annual event since 2000, but settled for second, followed by Dale McDowell, Devin Moran, and Don O’Neal.
“A lot of guys gave me plenty of room tonight. I passed Billy Moyer and then later Scott Bloomquist for the win. I just don’t know what to say; to win a crown jewel at a track that I haven’t raced a lot is really cool. I was just glad the top was there. A big shout out to Bob Pierce Race Cars, Advanced Suspension, Pro Power Engines, Champion Spark Plugs, Allgayer Inc., Hoosier, VP, and all the other sponsors who make it work.”
O’Neal looked strong in the early going by leading the first 32 laps until he and third-place running Jared Landers got hooked up on restart as both cars had to go to the pit area for repairs – losing their spots in the running order. Bloomquist inherited the lead and held on until the high-flying Pierce slid under him entering turn one on lap 91 to take over the top spot.
Pierce nearly scored his first career crown jewel back in May at the Show-Me 100 at Lucas Oil Speedway, but suffered a cut tire just after taking over the lead. “Yes, this is some redemption for what happened at Wheatland. I was just hoping the tire would stay tonight and it did. I want to give a shout out to the Clauson and Floyd Families and tell them we are all thinking of them.”
Bloomquist extended his series points lead over Jonathan Davenport who dropped out of the race and finished 25th. “He [Pierce] ran a good race, the top was where you needed to be. The right tire seems to be fine, our left rear kind of gave up there at the end. We have finished second so many times in this race, but we had a good weekend overall.”
Completing the ten were Dennis Erb Jr., Jackie Boggs, Billy Moyer, Tim McCreadie, and Steve Francis.
-Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Press Release
-Photo Credit: Heath Lawson
Feature Line Up (100 Laps):
FINISH
START
CAR #
DRIVER NAME
HOMETOWN
EARNINGS
1
16
32
Bobby Pierce
Oakwood, IL
$50,000
2
2
0
Scott Bloomquist
Mooresburg, TN
$10,900
3
8
17m
Dale McDowell
Chickamauga, GA
$7,000
4
14
99m
Devin Moran
Dresden, OH
$5,000
5
1
5
Don O’Neal
Martinsville, IN
$4,800
6
15
28E
Dennis Erb, Jr.
Carpentersville, IL
$4,500
7
22
4B
Jackie Boggs
Grayson, KY
$3,600
8
6
21
Billy Moyer
Batesville, AR
$3,400
9
17
39
Tim McCreadie
Watertown, NY
$4,050
10
12
15F
Steve Francis
Bowling Green, KY
$3,300
11
10
97
Michael Chilton
Salvisa, KY
$3,250
12
9
777
Jared Landers
Batesville, AR
$3,900
13
4
B5
Brandon Sheppard
New Berlin, IL
$3,850
14
13
21B
Chris Brown
Spring, TX
$3,125
15
5
20
Jimmy Owens
Newport, TN
$3,900
16
19
11B
Tommy Bailey
Corbin, KY
$3,075
17
24
1
Earl Pearson, Jr.
Jacksonville, FL
$3,850
18
25
75
Colton Flinner
Allison Park, PA
$125
19
20
11C
Ray Cook
Brasstown, NC
$3,000
20
23
15L
Darrell Lanigan
Union, KY
$3,700
21
3
12J
Jason Jameson
Lawrenceburg, IN
$3,000
22
11
157
Mike Marlar
Winfield, TN
$3,000
23
26
18EX
Ethan Burgess
Sharonville, OH
$3,000
24
21
7w
Ricky Weiss
Headingley, MB
$3,000
25
7
6
Jonathan Davenport
Mount Airy, NC
$4,000
26
18
6t
Tim Dohm
Charleston, WV
$3,000

Pierce Takes One of the ‘Big Ones’ with North/South 100 Win