Smooth Operator Opens Clash at the Mag With Win

COLUMBUS, MS – Bobby Pierce dominated the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series opening night of the 2020 General Tire Clash at the Mag – presented by Big River Steel on Thursday Night at Magnolia Motor Speedway. Piece led wire-to-wire in the 25 lap feature to kick off the weekend.

 

For the Illinois native, it was his first win of the season as he became the 11th different winner in 16 Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series events this year. Pierce had a healthy lead throughout the race and cruised to the victory. His win came ahead of a torrid battle for second on back that saw current series point leader Jimmy Owens finish in second followed by Ross Bailes, Shane Clanton, and Tyler Erb.

 

Pierce got to the lead at the start of the race while the race for second raged on behind him. Owens and Bailes went back-and-forth several times in the race for second. Owens was finally able to wrestle second-place from Bailes on the 23rd lap.

 

The 23-year-old Pierce went to Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Victory Lane for the 11th time in his career. “The way the night started; I was not happy. We were bad in qualifying. All-in-all it was a great ending to the night, this is our first win of 2020. This Pierce car with Advanced Shocks has been working well. I want to thank my crew and my family.”

 

“It feels great to get that first win, but it’s 100 laps here on Saturday, it’s going to be a little different.  We had just got to get a little better. I feel like when I got to those lapped cars I was struggling a little bit. I saw my dad giving me signals and the sticks were getting closer together at the end. I messed up a couple of times and with this type of field of cars, you cannot do that too many times. It feels to get that monkey off our back.”

 

Owens finished in second, and was happy with another podium finish, “After they worked the track there were crumbs on the bottom and I didn’t get off to a good start. It did not pack in as good as the top. Me and Ross had a good race. We just raced around the top and really couldn’t move around like we wanted to.  We will come back tomorrow night and try to pick up one more spot.”

 

Bailes took home the third spot in the Lamm Autosports/Rocket. “Thanks to Kemp Lamm for letting me drive his car. I thought we had something for him [Pierce] in the beginning. Congrats to Bobby on the win and thank you to Jimmy for racing me clean.”

 

The winner’s Pierce Platinum Chassis is sponsored by Hoker Trucking, Premier Waste Services, Allgayer Inc., Mesilla Valley Transportation, Viper Risk Management, First Spear, and Advanced Racing Suspensions.

 

Completing the top ten were Billy Moyer, Tim McCreadie, Timothy Culp, Hudson O’Neal, and Josh Richards.Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series

 

Race Summary
General Tire Clash at the Mag – presented by Big River Steel
Thursday, June 18th, 2020
Magnolia Motor Speedway – Columbus, MS

Lucas Oil Time Trials
Fast Time Group A: Jimmy Owens / 13.23 seconds (overall)
Fast Time Group B: Frank Heckenast Jr. / 13.532 seconds

Penske Race Shocks Heat Race #1 Finish (10 Laps, Top 3 Transfer):  1. 20-Jimmy Owens[1]; 2. 40B-Kyle Bronson[3]; 3. 9-Devin Moran[2]; 4. 49-Jonathan Davenport[4]; 5. 86B-Brian Rickman[5]; 6. R5-Hunter Rasdon[7]; 7. 84-Austin Smith[6]; 8. 1BJ-BJ Robinson[8]; 9. 3-Luke Bennett[9]; 10. (DNS) Z6-Zach Combs

FK Rod Ends Heat Race #2 Finish (10 Laps, Top 3 Transfer):  1. 1T-Tyler Erb[2]; 2. 10J-Joseph Joiner[3]; 3. 4M-Michael Arnold[1]; 4. 1ST-Johnny Scott[4]; 5. 1C-Chad Thrash[5]; 6. 14M-Morgan Bagley[6]; 7. 1-Earl Pearson Jr[7]; 8. 92M-Chad Mallett[9]; 9. 31-Nick Thrash[8]

Simpson Race Products Heat Race #3 Finish (10 Laps, Top 3 Transfer): 1. 25-Shane Clanton[2]; 2. 21M-Billy Moyer Sr[4]; 3. 39-Tim McCreadie[5]; 4. 86R-Rick Rickman[1]; 5. 1G-Devin Gilpin[7]; 6. 00-Jesse Stovall[8]; 7. 34-Doug Sanchagrin[6]; 8. 86-Kyle Beard[3]; 9. 6R-Robbie Stuart[9]

Ohlins Shocks Heat Race #4 Finish (10 Laps, Top 3 Transfer): 1. 32-Bobby Pierce[3]; 2. 90-Neil Baggett[4]; 3. 21-Billy Moyer Jr[2]; 4. 14-Josh Richards[8]; 5. 99JR-Frank Heckenast Jr[1]; 6. 16-Tyler Bruening[5]; 7. 36-Logan Martin[6]; 8. 111-Steven Roberts[7]; 9. G4-Shelby Sheedy[9]

General Tire Heat Race #5 Finish (10 Laps, Top 3 Transfer): 1. 1B-Ross Bailes[1]; 2. C8-Timothy Culp[2]; 3. 71-Hudson O’Neal[3]; 4. 81E-Tanner English[5]; 5. 33-Scott Dedwylder[7]; 6. 54-David Breazeale[6]; 7. 21B-Chris Brown[4]; 8. 14G-Joe Godsey[8]; 9. 48-Jamie Elam[9]

Big River Steel Heat Race #6 Finish (10 Laps, Top 3 Transfer): 1. 11J-Drew Armstrong[1]; 2. 11H-Spencer Hughes[2]; 3. 50-Shanon Buckingham[6]; 4. 18X-Michael Page[7]; 5. 2S-Stormy Scott[4]; 6. 212-Josh Putnam[5]; 7. 33C-Eric Cooley[3]; 8. 7D-David Payne[9]; 9. 25M-Justin Mcree[8]

Tiger Rear Ends B-Main #1 Finish (12 Laps, Top 2 Transfer):  1. 49-Jonathan Davenport[1]; 2. 1ST-Johnny Scott[2]; 3. R5-Hunter Rasdon[5]; 4. 1C-Chad Thrash[4]; 5. 84-Austin Smith[7]; 6. 14M-Morgan Bagley[6]; 7. 1-Earl Pearson Jr[8]; 8. 86B-Brian Rickman[3]; 9. 31-Nick Thrash[12]; 10. 92M-Chad Mallett[10]; 11. 1BJ-BJ Robinson[9]; 12. (DNS) 3-Luke Bennett; 13. (DNS) Z6-Zach Combs

FAST Shafts B-Main #2 Finish (12 Laps, Top 2 Transfer): 1. 14-Josh Richards[2]; 2. 86R-Rick Rickman[1]; 3. 16-Tyler Bruening[6]; 4. 00-Jesse Stovall[5]; 5. 99JR-Frank Heckenast Jr[4]; 6. 1G-Devin Gilpin[3]; 7. 36-Logan Martin[8]; 8. 86-Kyle Beard[9]; 9. 111-Steven Roberts[10]; 10. G4-Shelby Sheedy[12]; 11. 34-Doug Sanchagrin[7]; 12. 6R-Robbie Stuart[11]

Arizona Sport Shirts B-Main #2 Finish (12 Laps, Top 2 Transfer): 1. 33-Scott Dedwylder[3]; 2. 18X-Michael Page[2]; 3. 81E-Tanner English[1]; 4. 212-Josh Putnam[6]; 5. 54-David Breazeale[5]; 6. 2S-Stormy Scott[4]; 7. 21B-Chris Brown[7]; 8. 33C-Eric Cooley[8]; 9. 14G-Joe Godsey[9]; 10. 7D-David Payne[10]; 11. 48-Jamie Elam[11]; 12. (DNS) 25M-Justin Mcree

Lucas Oil Feature Finish (25 Laps):

Pos Start Car # Competitor Hometown Pay
1 2 32 Bobby Pierce Oakwood, IL $5,000
2 1 20 Jimmy Owens Newport, TN $3,000
3 4 1B Ross Bailes Clover, SC $2,000
4 5 25 Shane Clanton Zebulon, GA $1,500
5 3 1T Tyler Erb New Waverly, TX $1,250
6 11 21M Billy Moyer Sr Batesville, AR $1,000
7 17 39 Tim McCreadie Watertown, NY $950
8 10 C8 Timothy Culp Prattsville, AR $900
9 16 71 Hudson O’Neal Martinsville, IN $850
10 20 14 Josh Richards Shinnston, WV $800
11 8 90 Neil Baggett Columbus, MS $700
12 7 40B Kyle Bronson Brandon, FL $600
13 9 10J Joseph Joiner Milton, FL $600
14 19 49 Jonathan Davenport Blairsville, GA $600
15 12 11H Spencer Hughes Meridian, MS $600
16 18 50 Shanon Buckingham Morristown, TN $600
17 24 18X Michael Page Winston, GA $550
18 6 11J Drew Armstrong Alexander, AR $500
19 15 4M Michael Arnold Hattiesburg, MS $500
20 14 21 Billy Moyer Jr Batesville, AR $500
21 13 9 Devin Moran Dresden, OH $500
22 22 1ST Johnny Scott Las Cruces, NM $500
23 21 33 Scott Dedwylder Vossburg, MS $500
24 23 86R Rick Rickman Columbus, MS $500


Race Statistics
Entrants
: 55
Lap Leaders: Bobby Pierce (Laps 1 – 25)
Wrisco Feature Winner: Bobby Pierce
Margin of Victory: 1.404 seconds
Cautions: Devin Moran (Lap 4)
Series Provisionals: n/a
Fast Time Provisional: n/a
Series Emergency Provisionals: n/a
Big River Steel Podium Top 3: Bobby Pierce, Jimmy Owens, Ross Bailes
Optima Batteries Hard Charger of the Race
: Tim McCreadie (Advanced 10 Positions)
Midwest Sheet Metal Spoiler Challenge Point Leader: Jimmy Owens
Allstar Performance Most Laps Led: Bobby Pierce (25 Laps)
Sunoco Race for Gas Highest Finisher: Jimmy Owens
Eibach Springs Rookie of the Race: n/a
ARP Engine Builder of the Race: Durham Racing Engines
Miller Welders Chassis Builder of the Race: Pierce Race Cars
Outerwears Crew Chief of the Race: Jeff Strope (Jimmy Owens)
Dirty Girl Racewear Fastest Lap of the Race: Ross Bailes (Lap #3 – 15.3610 seconds)
STEEL-IT Tough Break of the Race: Devin Moran
PFC Brakes Pole Award: Jimmy Owens
Time of Race: 09 minutes 29 seconds

Lucas Oil Championship Point Standings:

Pos Car # Competitor Hometown Points Pay
1 20 Jimmy Owens Newport, TN 2775 $49,600
2 39 Tim McCreadie Watertown, NY 2685 $50,550
3 49 Jonathan Davenport Blairsville, GA 2635 $53,300
4 1T Tyler Erb New Waverly, TX 2555 $36,000
5 9 Devin Moran Dresden, OH 2510 $35,382
6 40B Kyle Bronson Brandon, FL 2485 $37,075
7 14 Josh Richards Shinnston, WV 2455 $35,575
8 25 Shane Clanton Zebulon, GA 2410 $30,350
9 21 Billy Moyer Jr Batesville, AR 2250 $23,575
10 81E Tanner English Benton, KY 2075 $17,300
11 1s Brandon Sheppard New Berlin, IL 2055 $52,700
12 1 Earl Pearson Jr Jacksonville, FL 2050 $19,100
13 71 Hudson O’Neal Martinsville, IN 1985 $18,075
14 50 Shanon Buckingham Morristown, TN 1970 $17,225
15 16 Tyler Bruening Decorah, IA 1890 $12,175
16 3s Brian Shirley Chatham, IL 1865 $19,375
17 76 Brandon Overton Evans, GA 1855 $51,150
18 2S Stormy Scott Las Cruces, NM 1780 $11,475


General Tire
 Clash at the Mag – presented by Big River Steel Point Standings:

Pos Car # Competitor Hometown Points
1 32 Bobby Pierce Oakwood, IL 250
2 20 Jimmy Owens Newport, TN 240
3 87 Ross Bailes Clover, SC 220
4 25 Shane Clanton Zebulon, GA 210
5 1T Tyler Erb New Waverly, TX 205
6 21M Billy Moyer Sr Batesville, AR 200
7 39 Tim McCreadie Watertown, NY 195
8 C8 Timothy Culp Prattsville, AR 190
9 71 Hudson O’Neal Martinsville, IN 185
10 14 Josh Richards Shinnston, WV 180
11 21xxx Neil Baggett Columbus, MS 175
12 40B Kyle Bronson Brandon, FL 170
13 10J Joseph Joiner Milton, FL 165
14 49 Jonathan Davenport Blairsville, GA 160
15 11H Spencer Hughes Meridian, MS 155
16 50 Shanon Buckingham Morristown, TN 150
17 18x Michael Page Winston, GA 145
18 11J Drew Armstrong Alexander, AR 140
19 4M Michael Arnold Hattiesburg, MS 135
20 21 Billy Moyer Jr Batesville, AR 130
21 86R Rick Rickman Columbus, MS 125
21 1st Johnny Scott Las Cruces, NM 125
21 33 Scott Dedwylder Vossburg, MS 125
21 9 Devin Moran Dresden, OH 125
25 R5 Hunter Rasdon Jonesboro, AR 120
25 99JR Frank Heckenast Jr Frankfort, IL 120
25 81E Tanner English Benton, KY 120
25 16 Tyler Bruening Decorah, IA 120
29 1C Chad Thrash Meridian, MS 115
29 0 Jesse Stovall Billings, MO 115
29 212 Josh Putnam Florence, AL 115
32 84 Austin Smith Rome, GA 110
32 54 David Breazeale Four Corners, MS 110
34 1G Devin Gilpin Columbus, IN 105
34 14M Morgan Bagley Gladewater, TX 105
34 2S Stormy Scott Las Cruces, NM 105
37 1 Earl Pearson Jr Jacksonville, FL 100
37 36 Logan Martin West Plains, MO 100
37 21B Chris Brown Spring, TX 100
40 86 Kyle Beard Trumann, AR 95
40 86B Brian Rickman Columbus, MS 95
40 33 Eric Cooley Fulton, MS 95
43 31 Nick Thrash Meridian, MS 90
43 14G Joe Godsey Edinburgh, IN 90
43 111 Steven Roberts Sylvester, GA 90
46 92M Chad Mallett Greenbrier, AR 85
46 G4 Shelby Sheedy French Camp, MS 85
46 7d David Payne Cabot, AR 85
49 34 Doug Sanchagrin Florence, MS 80
49 1BJ BJ Robinson Bossier City, LA 80
49 48 Jamie Elam Senatobia, MS 80
52 6R Robbie Stuart Deridder, LA 75
53 Z6 Zach Combs Bay Minette, AL 50
53 3 Luke Bennett Ethel, LA 50
53 25M Justin McRee Tuscaloosa, AL 50

*Results are unofficial until Close of Business on the Tuesday following Race Day*

 

-Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Press Release

-Photo credit: Heath Lawson

Smooth Operator Opens Clash at the Mag With Win