Bobby Pierce (32) won the World of Outlaws Late Model Series feature at Tri-City Speedway on Friday. (Photo by Mark Funderburk)
GRANITE CITY, Illinois — Bobby Pierce had one thing on his mind ahead of Friday’s World of Outlaws CASE Construction Equipment Feature at Tri-City Speedway.
Win the race at turn two.
The “Smooth Operator” managed this feat, thundered past Ryan Unzicker and led to his second consecutive win of the season every 40 laps.
Pierce, who started from pole, recognized the importance of this position before the race started.
“I have noticed that [the track] wasn’t that cheesy,” Pierce said. “I was happy that I took pole and had a good start and had really good restarts.
“It was the perfect evening for us. We needed it after all the bad luck we’ve had and how hard the crew has been working over the past few days.”
Pierce was worried about going outside as the rounds came to an end.
“I pulled away from turn two and the crumbs on the floor started throwing up,” Pierce said. “I figured I could have enough margin on second place that if I wobble I could come back down and protect myself. But I was concerned.
“I just couldn’t make mistakes and it was my race to lose.”
Pierce’s $10,000 triumph marks his fourth career World of Outlaws win and second in his home state.
Kyle Bronson crossed the line in second, his third top-5 of the season with the World of Outlaws CASE Late Models.
The Brandon, Florida driver used his third place on the grid to finish second on the first lap.
“It was dominant down there for most of the race but they did everything they could. There were a lot of race cars,” Bronson said. “I slowed down a bit in the middle of the race and took care of my tyres. We just need to be a point better and learn how to redraw a little bit better I think.”
Ryan Gustin was third, his second straight podium. The ‘Reaper’ dropped a few places early in the race before a restart on lap 11 as it passed three cars in six laps.
Gustin felt he had the best car in the feature but couldn’t get past Bronson and Pierce.
“It kind of circled around the bottom, but that’s part of the game,” Gustin said. “The launch was smooth and smooth; It’s just one type of those deals. I think we had the best car. There was simply nothing we could do about it.”
Feature (40 rounds): 1. 32-Bobby Pierce; 2. 40B-Kyle Bronson; 3. 19R-Ryan Gustin; 4. 24-Ryan Unzicker; 5. 45 Kyle Hammer; 6. 6-Kyle Larson; 7. 81E-Tanner English; 8. 111V-Max Blair; 9. 2S Stormy Scott; 10. 18-Shannon Babb; 11. 25-Shane Clanton; 12. 28-Dennis Erb Jr; 13. 48-Billy Moyer Sr; 14. 10J Jordan Bauer; 15. 11H-Jeff Herzog; 16. 11-Gordy Gundaker; 17. 99B-Boom Briggs; 18. B1 – Brent Larson; 19. 1-Chub Frank; 20. 1ST-Johnny Scott; 21. 82-Billy Laycock; 22. 99JR – Frank Heckenast Jr; 23. 33-Tony Jackson Jr; 24. 10-Daryn Klein; 25. 11T Trevor Gundaker