MACON, Ill. – Bobby Pierce scored the biggest win of his young racing career Thursday night at Macon Speedway, pocketing $12,000 for his win in the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series St. Louis U-Pic-A-Part 100.
Pierce crossed the line a half a lap ahead of second-place finisher Brian Shirley. Steve Francis finished third followed by Jimmy Owens, who rallied from 24th to finish fourth. Eddie Carrier Jr. rounded out the top five.
“I can’t believe how good the car was tonight, everything was great from the get-go,” Pierce said. “We set fast time, won our heat and led every lap in the feature. I got a little worried in traffic a few times, but everybody gave each other plenty of room. I hope the fans enjoyed the show tonight. To win the first Lucas Oil race here at Macon is special. My dad has a lot of wins here, and this is only the second time I have raced here in a Late Model.
“The track was good all night. That rain in the modified feature I think helped a little. There was enough cushion up against the wall to keep me from hitting it,” Pierce said.
The victory is Pierce’s second career Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series victory. His first victory came in February at East Bay Raceway Park in Gibsonton, Fla.
Shirley took over the second spot from Francis on lap six and never looked back. Shirley stayed close to Pierce for the first half of the race, but faded over the final 50 laps as Pierce pulled away.
“I have to thank Scott Riggs for letting me drive his car,” Shirley said. “We were good for most of the race; I was married to the bottom and he stayed up against the wall. I thought I could get him a few times, but it was a long race and he just got away from me.”
Francis, in Clint Bowyer’s Georgia Boot Barry Wright entry, held off Owens to claim third.
“Bobby and Brian were great tonight. If someone had told me we would finish third at Macon, I would have taken it in a heartbeat,” Francis said. “It was a great points night. The car was a little tighter than I wanted it to be, but we will definitely take this third and head to Tri-City tomorrow night.”
Completing the top ten were Kevin Weaver, Brian Birkhofer, Brandon Sheppard, John Blankenship and Dennis Erb Jr.
Bobby Pierce, Brian Shirley, Steve Francis, Jimmy Owens, Eddie Carrier Jr., Kevin Weaver, Brian Birkhofer, Brandon Shepperd, John Blankenship, Dennis Erb Jr., Scott Bloomquist, Jared Landers, Jason Papich, Jason Hughes, Randy Korte, Earl Pearson Jr., Matt Taylor, Joseph Hughes, Jason Feger, John Beck, Roger Brickler, Billy Moyer, Shannon Babb, Don O’Neal, Brian Diveley.