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Daily Dirt 11/23/2017 03:04:56

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January 14
Arizona Speedway,
Queen Creek, AZ
Sanction: Unsanctioned special events (Wild West Shootout Round 5) - $5,000
Information provided by: Todd Turner (last updated January 20, 8:04 am)
Rain postpones fifth round of Wild West Shootout
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Tom Macht/photofinishphotos.com
Bobby Pierce tries out the motocross track during a rain delay.
Key notes: Watch every lap live on pay-per-view at DirtonDirt.com (click upper righthand corner of site for details and ordering). ... Bobby Pierce of Oakwood, Ill., has three victories and is on the cusp of a $50,000 Keyser-sponsored bonus for four victories. He'd get $100,000 if he can win the final two events.
Who to watch: Chris Simpson of Oxford, Iowa, who has three runner-up finishes and a third-place finish in his four starts.
Points chase: After four races, Bobby Pierce (273 points) leads Chris Simpson (260) in miniseries points. The champ receives $3,000 from a $10,000 points fund.
Car count: 42
Editor's note: Results and race details are unofficial.
By Todd Turner
DirtonDirt.com managing editor

QUEEN CREEK, Ariz. — Updates and results from the fifth round from Arizona Speedway's Keyser Manufacturing Wild West Shootout, a $5,000-to-win event for Super Late Models (results unofficial):

Rain postponement

Spotty afternoon showers forced the postponement of the fifth round of the Keyser Manufacturing Wild West Shootout, requiring a split doubleheader on Sunday to complete the event.

Gates open at 10 a.m. Sunday with racing scheduled for 11:30 a.m. for the makeup event.

The regularly scheduled $12,000-to-win finale will open with 5 p.m. hot laps and racing at 6:30.

Pre-race setup

Bobby Pierce of Oakwood, Ill., continues his pursuit of a $100,000 bonus today at Arizona Speedway for the fifth round of the Keyser Manufacturing Wild West Shootout.

The 20-year-old on Friday notched his third miniseries victory in four starts and is on the cusp of a $50,000 bonus paid out to any driver who can win four desert races. A Saturday-Sunday sweep at the third-mile mile oval would bump that bonus to $100,000 as part of the program for the Keyser Quarter-Million Challenge, which also offered $250,000 to any driver who could win all six races.

Billy Moyer of Batesville, Ark., is the only driver to break through against Pierce, winning Wednesday’s race, and he’ll try along with three-time runner-up Chris Simpson of Oxford, Iowa, to derail Pierce’s bonus chance.

Saturday's program is in hurry-up mode and starting an hour earlier with rain in the forecast later in the day. Hot laps are scheduled for 2:30 p.m. and racing at 4.

Late Models will be split into four groups for time trials with officials employing combination hot-lap/time trials to set the lineups for four heat races. Drivers start heats straightup by time.

The top five finishers in each of four heat races transfer to the 30-lap main event with the winners redrawing for the first two rows of the feature lineup. Two consolation races transfer two drivers apiece to complete the 24-car field for the feature, which pays $5,000-to-win.

Saturday's event is the fifth of six races over nine days at the third-mile oval southeast of Phoenix.

Pre-race notes

After a few early afternoon sprinkles, a light and brief rain shower hit the track just before the 2:30 p.m. scheduled hot laps, delaying on-track action. Scattered showers were on the radar with a 50 percent of rain most of the day. … Officials called for cars from all divisions to help pack the track after the rain shower. …. As part of the hurry-up mode with weather threatening, the program has been tightened up, including moving the Pro Power Racing Engines non-qualifiers’ dash to Sunday. ... Jason Krohn of Slayton, Minn., isn’t competing Saturday with plans to fly home because of a family member's medical condition. … Modified ace Kyle Strickler’s ride in the Darren Coffell No. 46 ended after Friday night as the team didn’t unload Saturday.

Time trial order

First group
Chandler Petty (R5), Cabot, Ark.
Dustin Strand (71), Grand Forks, N.D.
Rob Sanders (10N), Bakersfield, Calif.
Billy Moyer (21), Batesville, Ark.
Larry Childress (17), Bakersfield, Calif.
Scott Lewis (99), Henderson, Colo.
Kye Frick (08), Sweet Home, Ore.
Earl Pearson Jr. (1), Jacksonville, Fla.
Scott Ward (37), Watertown S.D.
Justin Kay (15K), Wheatland, Iowa
John Duty (5), Mulino, Ore.
Second group
Kyle Beard (86), Trumann, Ark.
Tony Toste (91T), Pismo Beach, Calif.
Billy Franklin (17), Calera, Ala.
Jimmy Mars (28), Menomonie, Wis.
Carlos Ahumada Jr. (54), El Paso, Texas
Chad Mahder (33C), Eau Claire, Wis.
Jake O’Neil (0), Tucson, Ariz.
Bobby Pierce (32), Oakwood, Ill.
Brandon Overton (42s), Evans, Ga.
Thomas Hunziker (38), Bend, Ore.
R.C. Whitwell (96), Tucson, Ariz.
Third group
Nick Bartels (12), El Segundo, Calif.
Terry Carter (6T), Edmonton, Alberta
Joey Moriarty (51), Phoenix, Ariz.
Terry Phillips (75), Springfield, Mo.
Paul Guglielmoni (22), Vacaville, Calif.
Dan Diebel (74), Lebanon, Ore.
Jon Ortega (24), Las Cruces, N.M.
David Breazeale (54), Four Corners, Miss.
Andrew Kosiski (53), Omaha, Neb.
Justin Duty (15D), Mulino, Ore.
Fourth group
Tyler Erb (91), New Waverly, Texas
Jason Rauen (98), Farley, Iowa
A.J. Diemel (58), Elk Mound, Wis.
Chris Simpson (32), Oxford, Iowa
John Brinkley (26), Prescott, Ariz.
Rodney Sanders (20), Happy, Texas
Garrett Alberson (F5), Las Cruces, N.M.
Cole Schill (44), West Fargo, N.D.
Steve Stultz (78), Peoria, Ariz.
Steve Drake (11x), San Luis Obispo, Calif.

Saturday's schedule

2:30 p.m - Hot laps (by heat lineups)
X-mods
Modifieds
Late Models (combo hot laps/time trials)
3:50 p.m. - National anthem
3:55 p.m. - Heat races
X-mods (8 laps)
Late Models (8 laps)
Modifieds (8 laps)
B-mains
X-mods (10 laps)
Late Models (12 laps)
Modifieds (12 laps)
Features
X-mods (20 laps)
Late Models (30 laps)
Modifieds (25 laps)

Feature lineup

Row 1: Heat winner redraw
Row 2: Heat winner redraw
Row 3: Heat runners-up
Row 4: Heat runners-up
Row 5: Heat third place
Row 6: Heat third place
Row 7: Heat fourth place
Row 8: Heat fourth place
Row 9: Heat fifth place
Row 10: Heat fifth place
Row 11: Consolation transfers
Row 12: Consolation transfers

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