Pierce Contends for
Knoxville Late Model Nationals Win
16, 2018) - Dunn-Benson Motorsports (DBM) made their
way to the Hawkeye State on September 13-15 for the 15th Annual
'Lucas Oil Late Model Knoxville Nationals' at the storied Knoxville
Raceway in Knoxville, Iowa. The action started at the 1/2-mile,
semi-banked speedplant with a pair of preliminary shows - each of
which paid $7,000 to the winner. On Thursday night, Bobby Pierce
won his heat race, but lost a powerplant in the 25-lap feature event
to finish in the twenty-first spot. At Knoxville on Friday evening,
Bobby once again took the win in his heat race before advancing
up to eleventh in the 25-lapper.
By virtue of racking up the twenty-second highest
point total during preliminary competition, Bobby earned the right
to the outside of the eleventh row for the start of Saturday's 100-lap
crown jewel spectacular. The Oakwood, Illinois standout then looked
like a serious contender for the whopping $40,000 payday in the
'Lucas Oil Late Model Knoxville Nationals,' as he vaulted all the
way up to second and briefly took the lead from eventual winner
Jimmy Owens with a slider. However, Bobby was later involved in
a skirmish with Don O'Neal on lap 88 and was forced to salvage a
seventh place performance in the extra-distance affair. Full results
from the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series biggie can be viewed by
logging onto www.lucasdirt.com.
Bobby Pierce Climbs
to Sixth in Eldora Twin 25; World 100 Postponed
9, 2018) - Bobby Pierce was one of the 101 entrants
that piled into the famed Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio from
September 6-8 to compete in the 48th edition of the 'World 100.'
Things kicked off on Thursday night - actually the wee hours of
Friday morning after a long rain delay - with a pair of Twin 25
programs, each of which paid $10,000 to the winner. Bobby drove
his family-owned #32 racecar to the fifth quickest lap in qualifying
and a third place effort in his stacked heat race. Bobby then advanced
past seven competitors during the 25-lapper to secure a strong sixth
place performance at the "Big E." Friday's $10,000 to
win Twin 25s and Saturday's prestigious 'World 100,' which was scheduled
to boast a $51,000 windfall, both fell victim to the rainy remnants
of Tropical Storm Gordon and have been postponed until October 12-13.
Full results from Thursday's start to the crown jewel extravaganza
can be accessed by pointing your Internet browser to www.eldoraspeedway.com.
Pierce Earns Top Five
in Bob Miller Memorial at Portsmouth!
3, 2018) - The #32 DBM team headed to the states
of Kentucky, Ohio, and West Virginia with the Lucas Oil Late Model
Dirt Series from August 31-September 2 for a trio of pivotal point
battles. At Ponderosa Speedway in Junction City, Kentucky on Friday
night, Bobby Pierce finished sixth in his heat race, but a broken
right front shock in the rain-shortened $12,000 to win main event
dropped him to twenty-first in the final finishing order. On Saturday
evening in the $12,000 to win 'Bob Miller Memorial' at Portsmouth
Raceway Park in Portsmouth, Ohio, Bobby ran third in his heat race
prior to blasting up to fifth in the 50-lapper to trail only winner
Brandon Sheppard, Josh Richards, Jonathan Davenport, and Gregg Satterlee.
In the annual 'Hillbilly Hundred' on Sunday at Tyler County Speedway
in Middlebourne, West Virginia, which boasted a $50,000 payday,
Bobby placed fourth in his heat race before winding up seventeenth
in the 100-lap affair. Full results from the triple shot of racing
action can be located online at www.lucasdirt.com.
Bobby Pierce Leads Late;
Bags Runner-Up in Dirt Million!
26, 2018) - All eyes in the Dirt Late Model world
were fixated on the inaugural running of the 'Dirt Million' on August
24-25 at Mansfield Motor Speedway in Mansfield, Ohio. The Lucas
Oil Late Model Dirt Series presided over the two-day spectacular,
which started with a pair of $10,000 to win 'Dirt Million' duels
on Friday night. Bobby Pierce finished second in his heat race before
starting his 30-lap duel from the outside of the fourth row. Bobby
then ran towards the front early in the distance before drawing
a lap 26 caution flag, which dropped the Oakwood, Illinois star
to an eighteenth place showing.
When Saturday evening rolled around at the pristine
Buckeye State speedplant, Bobby placed third in his loaded heat
race prior to grabbing the second and final transfer spot through
his B-Main. After rolling off from the outside of the eleventh row
in the 100-lap 'Dirt Million,' Bobby sprinted to the front of the
stellar field and put on a show in doing so. Eying the whopping
nearly $203,000 top prize, Bobby led laps 83-91 before settling
for a strong runner-up effort behind only victor Earl Pearson, Jr.
Complete results from the lucrative 'Dirt Million' weekend can be
found online by visiting www.lucasdirt.com.
Pierce Performs Well
at Florence in Long North/South 100 Week
13, 2018) - Bobby Pierce and Dunn-Benson Motorsports
(DBM) spent August 8-11 at the venerable Florence Speedway in Union,
Kentucky, as the Cincinnati-area speedplant played host to a lucrative
four-day stretch of racing action sanctioned by the Lucas Oil Late
Model Dirt Series. In Wednesday's $12,000 to win 'Ralph Latham Memorial,'
Bobby ran second in his heat race prior to driving up to fourth
in the rain-shortened main event to finish behind only victor Hudson
O'Neal, Tyler Erb, and Gregg Satterlee. On Thursday night in the
$10,000 to win 'North/South Shootout,' Bobby laid down the quickest
lap in Group A during qualifying, placed second in his heat race,
and later streaked up to second in the 50-lapper to garner a close
runner-up performance behind only race winner Tim McCreadie!
At Florence on Friday evening, a double set of heat
races with combined passing points were held to set the lineups
for Saturday's $50,000 to win 'North/South 100.' Bobby finished
third in his first heat race of the night, while he ran second in
his final prelim. By virtue of accumulating the eleventh most passing
points, the Oakwood, Illinois ace started Saturday's 100-lap crown
jewel main event from the inside of the sixth row. Unfortunately,
a broken shock early in the contest helped drop Bobby to a disappointing
twenty-first place effort in the 'North/South 100.' The "Smooth
Operator" then wrapped up his hectic week by setting Fast Time,
winning his heat race, and running second behind only $5,000 winner
Brandon Sheppard on Sunday, August 12 in a rain-postponed UMP Summer
Nationals event at Jacksonville Speedway in Jacksonville, Illinois.
Complete results from the long week at Florence Speedway can be
viewed online at www.lucasdirt.com.
Bobby Pierce Rallies
to Top Five in $50,000 USA Nationals!
5, 2018) - As the calendar turned to the month of
August, the #32 team found themselves near the Minnesota / Wisconsin
border at the renowned Cedar Lake Speedway in New Richmond, Wisconsin
on August 2-4 for the 31st Annual 'USA Nationals,' which was sanctioned
once again by the World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series.
The extended weekend kicked off on Thursday evening with a $6,000
to win preliminary program. Bobby Pierce, who once again wheeled
family owned equipment, finished eighth in his stacked heat race
and sixth in his B-Main. Unfortunately, Bobby was unable to make
the start in the 40-lap feature event that was won by Brandon Sheppard.
At CLS on Friday night, a double set of heat races with passing
points were held to help set the lineups for Saturday's grand finale,
which once again boasted a $50,000 winner's check. Bobby placed
fourth in his first heat race of the evening before finishing fifth
in his final prelim. On Saturday, Bobby earned the second transfer
spot through his B-Main and later rolled off from the outside of
the tenth row in the 100-lap crown jewel main event. The Oakwood,
Illinois star then rallied past fifteen competitors to bag an impressive
fifth place effort in the 'USA Nationals' behind only victor Brandon
Sheppard, Brian Shirley, Jimmy Owens, and Chase Junghans! Full results
from the 'USA Nationals' weekend can be found online by visiting
Pierce Puts on Show
to Win Prairie Dirt Shootout to Advance into PDC
29, 2018) - Driving his family-owned equipment once
again, Bobby Pierce entered the biggest event in his home state
of Illinois - the 29th Annual 'Prairie Dirt Classic' - on July 27-28
at Fairbury American Legion Speedway in downtown Fairbury, Illinois.
On Friday night, Bobby clicked off the fastest lap in Group A during
World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series qualifying, but was
unfortunately involved in a skirmish with Kyle Bronson in his $2,500
to win qualifying feature that led to an eleventh place effort.
Bobby then wound up ninth in his B-Main on Saturday evening after
battling for a coveted transfer spot before being spun on the final
The Oakwood, Illinois star then put on a show in the
'Prairie Dirt Shootout' for non-qualifiers, as he blasted to the
front and shot past race-long leader Jason Feger following a lap
23 restart to secure the dramatic victory. He then passed up the
$2,000 winner's check to start at the tail of the 100-lap 'Prairie
Dirt Classic' in hopes of making a charge in the $30,000 to win
headliner. Unfortunately, Bobby was swept up in a tangle with Brent
Larson and eventually pulled off the track by lap 58, which dropped
him to twenty-fifth in the final rundown. Complete results can be
accessed online at www.woolms.com.
Bobby Pierce Takes Family-Owned
Equipment to Davenport...
25, 2018) - Following the heartbreaking outcome
in the 'Silver Dollar Nationals,' Bobby Pierce unloaded a family-owned
racecar from an open trailer on Tuesday night, July 24 to compete
in a $10,000 to win World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series
special at Davenport Speedway in Davenport, Iowa. Bobby stopped
the clock fourteenth fastest overall during time trials before grabbing
the fourth transfer spot through his heat race. The Oakwood, Illinois
ace then started eleventh on the feature grid and had climbed up
inside of the top five in the 40-lapper before his water pump and
fan blade broke, which dropped him to seventeenth in the final finishing
order. Complete results from last night at Davenport can be found
online at www.woolms.com.
Dunn Benson Motorsports
Official Statement about the Tire Infraction and Appeal Decision
from the World Racing Group
23, 2018) - Dunn Benson Motorsports has received
the final decision from the World Racing Group (WRG) about the Tire
Infraction and Final Appeal Decision concerning the events at Eldora
Speedway June 7-9th. There is a lot of incorrect information being
circulated to the public about the whole situation. We plan to release
our Official Statement with the facts about the entire process,
the penalty and the appeal process very soon.
(Todd Healy Photo)
In the meantime we wanted to notify all our sponsors and fans that
Dunn Benson Motorsports will not be entering any WRG sanctioned
events for the remainder of the 2018 season. We will be focusing
on the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series events only for 2018. We
are currently 6th in the Series National Point Standings and have
two (2) wins so far this year on the tour.
| team press
Hectic Week in South
Dakota, Minnesota, and Nebraska for DBM
21, 2018) - The 'Silver Dollar Nationals' wrapped
up tonight at I-80 Speedway in Greenwood, Nebraska and all eyes
were solely fixated on the whopping $53,000 payday that was on the
line in the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series biggie. Bobby Pierce
wound up utilizing a provisional to gain access into the 80-lap
headliner and started from the outside of the fourteenth row in
the extra-distance affair. The Oakwood, Illinois standout then stole
the show, as he blasted towards the front and sailed around the
outside of the speedplant to lead laps 42-43 and 50-77. However,
while headed towards his richest career win, Bobby experienced more
terminal mechanical problems under the hood that caused him to retire
with only two laps remaining. The heartbreaking turn of events dropped
Bobby to seventeenth in the final rundown of the 8th Annual 'Silver
(July 20, 2018)
- Preliminary action for the 8th Annual 'Silver Dollar Nationals'
took place earlier tonight at I-80 Speedway in Greenwood, Nebraska
with two rounds of heat races providing passing points that set
the lineups for Saturday's main event. Bobby Pierce ran eighth in
his first heat race of the evening and fifth in his final prelim.
Bobby accumulated the 33rd most combined passing points in heat
race action and will be in the first consolation event tomorrow
(July 19, 2018)
- A trip to I-80 Speedway was next for Bobby Pierce, as the first
night of the huge racing weekend leading into the 'Silver Dollar
Nationals' took place tonight in Greenwood, Nebraska. The Lucas
Oil Late Model Dirt Series sanctioned the 'Malvern Bank Go 50' and
all eyes were fixated on the $10,000 paycheck. Bobby posted the
thirteenth quickest lap in Group B during time trials before grabbing
the fourth and final transfer spot through his heat race. Unfortunately,
Bobby was forced to retire his smoking car early in the 50-lap headliner
and engine woes relegated him to twenty-second in the final finishing
(July 18, 2018)
- Another $10,000 top prize was up for grabs for Dunn-Benson Motorsports
tonight in a first-ever visit to Jackson Motorplex in Jackson, Minnesota.
The pristine Gopher State facility played host to its first Super
Late Model race since 1988 and 24 competitors signed into the pit
area for the 'Sturdevant's Auto Parts 50.' Bobby Pierce knocked
down the third quickest time overall during qualifying prior to
scoring another heat race triumph. After starting third on the grid
in the 50-lapper, Bobby fought hard for a podium finish throughout
the distance before settling for a fourth place effort behind only
race winner Scott Bloomquist, Jonathan Davenport, and Josh Richards.
(July 17, 2018)
- A very busy week on the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series calendar
started tonight at Brown County Speedway in Aberdeen, South Dakota.
The 2nd Annual 'Bullet Sportswear Shootout' took place and the #32
team vied for the $10,000 winner's check in the Tuesday night special.
Bobby Pierce earned Fast Time honors during the qualifying session
and later picked up the win in heat race action. Even though he
battled a hung throttle throughout the 50-lap feature, Bobby led
the stout field on four different occasions for a total of 33 circuits.
Unfortunately while contending for the win on the final lap, his
#32 machine suffered terminal mechanical problems and Bobby coasted
home in the third position behind only victor Earl Pearson, Jr.
and runner-up Josh Richards.
Bobby Pierce Fifth in
NAPA Know How 50; Seventh at Wheatland
15, 2018) - The Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
took the Dunn-Benson Motorsports team to a pair of venues in the
states of Illinois and Missouri over the July 13-14 weekend for
two $12,000 to win throwdowns. On Friday evening in the 'NAPA Know
How 50' at Tri-City Speedway in Granite City, Illinois, Bobby Pierce
ran fourth in his heat race prior to climbing past seven competitors
during the 50-lap headliner en route to a sterling fifth place effort
behind only victor Earl Pearson, Jr., Jimmy Owens, Tim McCreadie,
and Mason Zeigler. In the annual 'Diamond Nationals' on Saturday
night at Lucas Oil Speedway in Wheatland, Missouri, Bobby placed
fourth in heat race action before blasting up to seventh in the
final finishing order of the 50-lapper. He now sits tied for sixth
in the latest version of the LOLMDS point standings. Complete results
from both weekend battles can be located by pointing your Internet
browser to www.lucasdirt.com.
Pierce Suffers Mechanical
Woes Early in Grassy Smith Memorial
8, 2018) - A Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series tripleheader
in the Southeast was planned for the Dunn-Benson Motorsports team
from July 5-7, but with a pair of rain-outs at Fayetteville Motor
Speedway in Fayetteville, North Carolina and Smoky Mountain Speedway
in Maryville, Tennessee, Bobby Pierce entered one lone showdown
at Cherokee Speedway in Gaffney, South Carolina on Friday evening.
The 20th edition of the 'Grassy Smith Memorial' was held at the
legendary speedplant and 30 entrants were on hand to vie for the
$12,000 winner's check. Bobby knocked down the fifth quickest time
in Group A during the qualifying session before running second in
his heat race. Unfortunately, terminal mechanical woes on the second
circuit of the 50-lapper relegated the Oakwood, Illinois native
to a disappointing twenty-fifth place effort. Bobby now sits seventh
in the heated LOLMDS point standings following the rainy weekend.
Full results can be viewed at www.lucasdirt.com.
Hectic Stretch of Lucas
Oil Action in Buckeye State of Ohio...
3, 2018) - The hectic stretch of racing leading
up to the 4th of July holiday wrapped up tonight at Muskingum County
Speedway in Zanesville, Ohio, as the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
presided over another $12,000 to win throwdown. In front of a huge
crowd at MCS, Bobby Pierce bagged the fastest lap in Group B during
the qualifying session prior to running second in his loaded heat
race. After starting the 50-lap main event from the outside of the
third row, Bobby battled towards the front most of the distance
before a loose racecar near the end caused him to slip back to eighth
in the final finishing order.
(July 2, 2018)
- The third round of Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series action in
the Buckeye State took the #32 team to Sharon Speedway in Hartford,
Ohio tonight for the annual running of the 'Steel Valley 50.' Bobby
Pierce knocked down the fourth fastest lap overall during the qualifying
session before finishing third in heat race action. During the course
of the $12,000 to win feature event, Bobby was able to move up one
spot in the caution-free affair to finish sixth in the final rundown
behind only winner Don O'Neal, Mason Zeigler, Josh Richards, Jonathan
Davenport, and Darrell Lanigan.
(July 1, 2018)
- Another $12,000 top prize was on the line for the cars and stars
racing with the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series tonight at Mansfield
Motor Speedway in Mansfield, Ohio. Bobby Pierce was one of 35 entrants
at the pristine facility to compete in the 2nd Annual 'Freedom 50.'
Bobby grabbed the fourth and final transfer spot through his loaded
heat race and later rolled off from the outside of the seventh row
in the 50-lap contest. The Oakwood, Illinois ace was inside of the
top ten and digging for more until oil pressure problems on lap
14 relegated him to another disappointing twenty-third place performance.
(June 30, 2018)
- The opening leg of a four-race Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
stretch in the Buckeye State of Ohio kicked off tonight on the banks
of the Ohio River at Portsmouth Raceway Park in Portsmouth, Ohio.
A strong field of 38 competitors signed into PRP to vie for the
$12,000 top prize in the annual running of the 'Independence 50.'
Bobby Pierce ran sixth in his heat race and third in his B-Main
prior to starting the 50-lapper from the inside of the eleventh
row. Unfortunately, Bobby suffered nose damage in the main event
and overheated, which caused him to retire in the twenty-third position.
#32 Team Tackles Select
UMP Summer Nationals Showdowns...
28, 2018) - The next race on the "Hell Tour"
grind for the #32 team came tonight at LaSalle Speedway in LaSalle,
Illinois. A strong field of 34 entrants were in the pit area tonight
at the 1/4-mile oval to race for the $5,000 winner's check. Once
again driving his family-owned Pierce racecar, Bobby Pierce qualified
ninth fastest in Group A during time trials before running second
in heat race action. After starting the 40-lapper from the inside
of the third row, Bobby missed the setup for the feature and wound
up sixteenth in the final rundown. He will not be in action at Terre
Haute Action Track tomorrow night like previously scheduled...
(June 26, 2018)
- Tonight's UMP DIRTcar Summer Nationals program scheduled for Charleston
Speedway in Charleston, Illinois has been cancelled due to heavy
morning rain and a high chance for more wet weather. No makeup date
for the $5,000 to win event was immediately announced.
(June 25, 2018)
- The "Hell Tour" stormed back into the Land of Lincoln
tonight for the rain-postponed stop at Spoon River Speedway in Banner,
Illinois. 23 competitors drove through the pit gate to vie for the
$5,000 first place prize. With the Dunn-Benson Motorsports team
returning to North Carolina to start prepping equipment for a hectic
stretch with the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series, Bobby Pierce
wheeled his family-owned Pierce racecar at the 3/8-mile oval. Bobby
timed in fourth quickest in his group during qualifying, ran third
in his heat race, and later finished sixth in the final finishing
order of the 40-lap main event.
(June 24, 2018)
- Next up on the "Hell Tour" schedule was a visit to Tri-State
Speedway in Haubstadt, Indiana tonight for a $5,000 to win battle.
With heat races scrapped due to impending thunderstorms, Bobby Pierce
locked himself into the outside of the fourth row for the start
of the 40-lapper by virtue of qualifying third quickest in his group.
Unfortunately, a broken lift bar bracket in the feature event would
eventually relegate Bobby to a fifteenth place effort at the pristine
southwestern Indiana facility.
(June 23, 2018)
- Another $10,000 payday was up for grabs on the "Hell Tour"
tonight in front of the loyal fan base at Fairbury American Legion
Speedway in downtown Fairbury, Illinois! Bobby Pierce clicked off
the third quickest time in Group B during qualifying prior to scoring
a victory in his loaded heat race. After leading the first 27 circuits
from the pole position, Bobby unfortunately coasted to the infield
when the fan went through his radiator. The Oakwood, Illinois star
was relegated to a nineteenth place performance due to the mechanical
(June 22, 2018)
- Mother Nature finally gave a reprieve to the UMP DIRTcar Summer
Nationals tour tonight, but several days of heavy rain through the
Land of Lincoln left Tri-City Speedway with a rough, hammer-down
racing surface. At the Granite City, Illinois oval, Bobby Pierce
timed in fifth quickest in Group A during qualifying, but unfortunately
dropped a driveshaft in his heat race. After receiving a provisional
to gain access into the $10,000 to win headliner, Bobby stormed
from the back of the pack in the 40-lapper all the way up to second
to finish behind only victor Ryan Unzicker!
(June 21, 2018)
- Thursday's scheduled $5,000 to win "Hell Tour" shootout
at Spoon River Speedway in Banner, Illinois has shifted to Monday,
June 25 because of wet grounds and a rainy forecast. The next UMP
DIRTcar Summer Nationals showdown will be Friday, June 22 at Tri-City
Speedway in Granite City, Illinois where a $10,000 payday will be
up for grabs.
(June 20, 2018)
- The 'Wildman Kelly Classic' took center stage tonight at Jacksonville
Speedway in Jacksonville, Illinois, as another $5,000 top prize
was on the line for the cars and stars racing with the UMP DIRTcar
Summer Nationals tour. Bobby Pierce knocked down the fastest lap
in his group during qualifying prior to scoring the victory in his
heat race. Unfortunately, storms blew through the area following
the completion of heat race action and postponed the remainder of
the program. A makeup date to complete the event is expected to
be announced later...
(June 19, 2018)
- Tonight's UMP DIRTcar Summer Nationals stop at the tiny Belle-Clair
Speedway in Belleville, Illinois was washed out following the completion
of time trials. No makeup date for the $5,000 to win program was
Bobby Pierce Rebounds
from Tail to Score Runner-Up at Magnolia!
17, 2018) - Bobby Pierce and Dunn-Benson Motorsports
were back on the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series trail on June
15-16 at Magnolia Motor Speedway in Columbus, Mississippi for the
2018 edition of the 'Clash at the Mag.' Bobby stopped the clock
eleventh fastest overall during qualifying on Friday night before
finishing fourth in his loaded heat race. The Oakwood, Illinois
star then rolled off from the inside of the sixth row in Saturday's
$20,000 to win headliner and then pitted on lap 21 to check his
oil cooler cover. After returning from the pits, Bobby charged back
through the talented field and battled for the win in the latter
stages of the 100-lapper before finishing a very close runner-up
to victor Hudson O'Neal! Bobby still finds himself fifth in the
latest version of the LOLMDS point standings exiting Magnolia. Full
results can be found online at www.lucasdirt.com.
Bobby Pierce Strong
at Eldora; Climbs to Fourth in Dream XXIV!
10, 2018) - Following a weekend off, the Dunn-Benson
Motorsports team headed to the famed Eldora Speedway in Rossburg,
Ohio from June 7-9 for the annual running of the 'Dirt Late Model
Dream.' With Thursday's preliminary show wiped out due to rain,
both prelims were held throughout the day on Friday. In Friday afternoon's
$5,000 to win contest, Bobby Pierce ran second in his heat race
and sixth in the 25-lap headliner, while he won his heat race in
the evening portion of the doubleheader prior to advancing up to
third in the $10,000 to win main event to finish behind only victor
Chris Madden and runner-up Shane Clanton. At Eldora on Saturday
in the grand finale, Bobby placed second in his stacked heat race
before steering his #32 ride past eight competitors during the $100,000
to win 'Dirt Late Model Dream' en route to a stellar fourth place
effort in the 100-lapper behind only victor Scott Bloomquist, Dale
McDowell, and Jonathan Davenport! Complete results from the soggy
weekend at the "Big E" can be accessed by clicking on