By Tyson Graves
(January 10, 2019) - The dirt late model silly season all got started when Bobby Pierce announced that he would not return to Dunn Benson Motorsports ride in the 2019 season. Pierce would return home to the familiar family shop to embark on the 2019 season in the family Rocket seat. So far this has appeared to be a genius move as he has not lost a race since coming home. Bobby went to St. Louis to defend his Gateway Dirt Nationals title back in December. He won the Friday night prelim feature and picked up the $30,000 payday going back to back in the event. Pierce had hit the ground running heading into the 2019 race season.
Two years ago Bobby won the Arizona mini-series dubbed the Wild West Shootout and missed an opportunity to bank a huge bonus due to rain cutting the series short as the last two events were rained out. Last year Pierce struggled some in Arizona as he adjusted to the new Dunn Benson team and the Rocket Chassis he had never driven before. This year Bobby looks to be after redemption as he has come out with both guns a blazing in Arizona so far. Saturday night Bobby held off a charging Scott Bloomquist to fire first shot in the desert. This feat came after setting overall fast time on opening night and coming to win from the 3rd row. Sunday nights scheduled action was claimed by rain and is rescheduled as part of a double header this coming Saturday to keep the Keyser Manufacturing Quarter of a Million dollar bonus alive for the young Illinois driver. Any driver who can win all six events can cash in on a $250,000 bonus. With the opening round win Pierce put his name out there as the only one left with a possibility of the quarter of a million dollar dream.
The 22 year old young gun keep the dream alive in a dominate performance Wednesday night at FK Rod Ends Arizona Speedway. Martinsville, IN driver Hudson O'Neal in his new Longhorn Chassis set overall fast time for the evening. Bobby was fastest in his group qualifying and won his heat race to lock him in the redraw. Bobby drew the 2nd starting spot. He took the lead on lap two and never looked back leading the remaining 29 laps of the 30 lap event. Pierce drove off into the sunset with no real challenge until a late charge from Brandon Overton fell short. Scott Bloomquist rounded out the podium picking up his 2nd top 3 finish in as many races. Pierce hopes to keep qualifying well and starting up front to give himself a shot at the big bonus as the weekend finale approaches. The 3rd round of the Wild West Shootout will resume on Friday night, a double header of action on Saturday and then the finale on Sunday night. All eyes will be on Pierce this weekend to see if he can cash a bonus but there will be many others gunning for him as the competition is stout in this years field.
Ricky Thorton Jr picked up the win the Modified portion of Wednesday night's event. You can catch all the action this weekend LIVE at DirtonDirt.com.
“A” Main (30 Laps): 1. 32p-Bobby Pierce, 2. 2-Brandon Overton, 3. 0-Scott Bloomquist, 4. 97-Cade Dillard, 5. B5-Brandon Sheppard, 6. 18-Chase Junghans, 7. 32-Chris Simpson, 8. 1p-Earl Pearson, Jr., 9. 7-Ricky Weiss, 10. 71c-R.C. Whitwell, 11. 28m-Jimmy Mars, 12. 71-Hudson O’Neal, 13. 2s-Stormy Scott, 14. 1g-Garrett Alberson, 15. 6rt-Ricky Thornton, Jr., 16. 7mm-Michael Maresca, 17. 86-Kyle Beard, 18. 75-Terry Phillips, 19. 91-Tony Toste, 20. 11-Pat Doar, 21. 15d-Justin Duty, 22. 32b-Cody Laney, 23. 37w-Scott Ward, 24. 51-Joey Moriarty.