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Daily Dirt 02/17/2020 01:48:39

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March 22
Belle-Clair Speedway,
Belleville, IL
Sanction: DIRTcar Racing (non-touring) (Shamrock 40) - $1,500
Information provided by: DirtonDirt.com correspondent Patrick Davis (last updated March 28, 1:07 pm)
Pierce outduels Melvin, captures Shamrock 40
Shamrock 40
  1. Bobby Pierce
  2. Randy Korte
  3. Greg Kimmons
  4. Daryn Klein
  5. Rodney Melvin
  6. Mike Hammerle
  7. Mike Schulte
  8. John Beck
  9. C.J. Simpson
  10. Jake Little
  11. Vince Grondzki
  12. Matt Taylor
  13. Ryan Little
  14. Andrew Johns
  15. Michael Kloos
presented by
Brendon Bauman
Bobby Pierce (32) stalks Rodney Melvin (27) at Belle-Clair.
What won the race: After dueling with Rodney Melvin for the lead the first half of the race, Bobby Pierce's slide job in turns three and four on a mid-race restart sent him to victory while Melvin got into wall and slipped out of contention.
Key notes: Unhappy with Pierce's slide job, Rodney Melvin headed toward victory lane to express his displeasure. ... On the track, Melvin stepped out of line during a lap-35 caution and nudged Pierce's machine... Pierce, who started third, and Melvin, who started outside the front row, traded slide jobs and the lead in the feature's early laps. ... The race was postponed a week because of the harsh winter. ... Pierce plans to continue his weekend at Brownstown (Ind.) Speedway on Saturday for the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Indiana Icebreaker.
On the move: Daryn Klein started eighth and finished fourth.
Winner's sponsors: Pierce's Pierce Race Car has a Pro Power engine and sponsorship from Champion Spark Plugs, Petersen Aluminum, Murphy Trucking, Keyser Manufacturing and Hoosier Tire.
Car count: 15
Polesitter: Randy Korte
Dash winner: Randy Korte
Heat race winners: Mike Schulte, Randy Korte
Next series race: Some of the same drivers will compete at Highland (Ill.) Speedway on March 29 for the Lucky 40, another $1,500-to-win event that was postponed because of March 22's cold weather.
 
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