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Daily Dirt 10/01/2022 18:57:34

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May 9
Kankakee County Speedway,
Kankakee, IL
Sanction: Sunoco American Late Model Series East (Land of Lincoln 40) - $2,000
Information provided by: Track reports (last updated May 10, 10:28 am)
Red-hot Pierce grabs 8th victory in last 14 starts
Land of Lincoln 40
  1. Bobby Pierce
  2. Dennis Erb Jr.
  3. Brian Shirley
  4. Kevin Weaver
  5. Ryan Unzicker
  6. Brandon Thirlby
  7. Jay Morris
  8. McKay Wenger
  9. Tom Smith
  10. Rusty Schlenk
  11. Doug Hayes
  12. Chad Osterhoff
  13. Don Hilleary
  14. Brian Stevenson
  15. Phil Ausra
  16. Herb Reich
  17. Torin Mettille
  18. Randy Manos Jr.
presented by
Jim DenHamer
Bobby Pierce picked up his ninth victory of the season at Kankakee.
What won the race: Recording his eighth victory in his last 14 starts, 17-year-old Bobby Pierce of Oakwood, Ill., cruised to a $2,000 payday and his seventh career series victory. Pierce won by a near half-track margin over Dennis Erb Jr. while Brian Shirley, polesitter Kevin Weaver and Ryan Unzicker rounded out the top five.
Key notes: The feature was slowed by several cautions. ... Jay Morris of Pittwood, Ill., is Kankakee's reigning Late Model champion; he finished seventh in Friday's event. ... Pierce has nine total victories in 2014. ... Randy Manos scratched from the main event. ... The event served as Kankakee's season opener. ... Both ALMS East and West competitors were in action; the tour split into two divisions for 2014 with separate champions, although some races are on both schedules.
On the move: Erb rallied from his 11th starting spot to finish second.
Winner's sponsors: Pierce wheels a Bob Pierce Race Car with a Pro Power Racing Engine and sponsorship from Champion Spark Plugs, M&M Painting and Construction, Murphy Trucking, Petersen Aluminum and the Pierce Posse.
Points chase: With his victory, Pierce extended his lead in the West Region point standings; Rusty Schlenk of New Weston, Ohio, tops the East Region.
Car count: 19
Fast qualifier: Bobby Pierce
Time: 13.936 seconds
Polesitter: Kevin Weaver
Heat race winners: Kevin Weaver, Bobby Pierce
Next series race: May 10, Fairbury American Legion Speedway (Fairbury, IL) $2,000
Editor's note: Results and race details are unofficial.
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