PONTOON BEACH, Ill. – Friday night’s Summer Nationals feature at Tri-City Speedway played out very similarly to Cedar Lake as Billy Moyer and Bobby Pierce battled it out for the win. This time though the young gun, Pierce, got the better of the veteran, Moyer, to score his fourth Summer Nationals victory of the season.
The two drivers started on the feature front row together and battled side-by-side through the opening laps. Pierce made his move for the lead on lap 10 and took it from the Hall of Famer. Pierce built up a strong lead through the remaining laps as Moyer worked to run him down, but, in the end, Moyer couldn’t catch the 19-year-old Pierce.
“You know, just growing up and watching Billy like that, I’ve always kind of wanted this race. You know, me and him – kind of just a duel match between me and him,” Pierce said. “When we drew the front row together, I was like, ‘all right, this could be my chance to race Billy, just me and and him,’ and hopefully try to beat him.”
With his $10,000 feature win, Pierce continues to add to his series points lead and Heartland Tour weekly championship lead.
Ryan Unzicker, Chris Simpson and Brandon Sheppard rounded out the top five at Tri-City.
The DIRTcar Summer Nationals returns to action on Saturday at Fairbury (Ill.) American Legion Speedway.
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DIRTcar Summer Nationals Statistical Report; Tri-City Speedway; Pontoon Beach, Ill.
A-Main: 1. Bobby Pierce (Oakwood, IL); 2. Billy Moyer (Batesville, AR); 3. Ryan Unzicker (El Paso, IL); 4. Chris Simpson (Oxford, IA); 5. Brandon Sheppard (Berlin, IL); 6. Jimmy Mars (Menomonie, WI); 7. Jason Feger (Bloomington, IL); 8. Tanner English (Benton, KY); 9. Ashley Newman (Ripley, TN); 10. Mike Marler (Winfield, TN); 11. Bob Gardner (Washington, IL); 12. Gordy Gundaker (St. Charles, MO); 13. Matt Furman (Iowa City, IA); 14. Tim Manville (Highland, IL); 15. Timothy Culp (Sheridan, AR); 16. Jeff Herzog (Herculaneum, MO); 17. Riley Hickman (Cleveland, TN); 18. Kolby Vandenbergh (Ashland, IL); 19. Billy Laycock (Marine, IL); 20. Jim Shereck (St. Charles, MO); 21. Dennis Erb, Jr. (Carpentersville, IL); 22. Rusty Griffaw (Festus, MO); 23. Michael Kloos (Trenton, IL); 24. Mike Hammerle (Saint Charles, MO); 25. Casey Montague (Troy, IL)
-DIRTcar Press Release. Photo credit: @SummerNationals