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Daily Dirt 09/24/2020 05:42:33

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October 8
Lucas Oil Speedway,
Wheatland, MO
Sanction: Lucas Oil Midwest LateModel Racing Association (Fall Nationals) - $5,000
Information provided by: Series reports (last updated October 9, 11:08 pm)
Pierce wins Fall Nationals at Lucas Oil Speedway
Fall Nationals
  1. Bobby Pierce
  2. Jesse Stovall
  3. Chris Simpson
  4. Tim Manville
  5. Garrett Alberson
  6. Jack Sullivan
  7. Will Vaught
  8. J.C. Wyman
  9. Brian Shirley
  10. Randy Timms
  11. Tony Jackson Jr.
  12. Dave Eckrich
  13. Hunter Rasdon
  14. Brantlee Gotschall
  15. Payton Looney
  16. Kyle Beard
  17. Jason Papich
  18. Mason Oberkramer
  19. Brent Larson
  20. R.C. Whitwell
  21. Terry Phillips
  22. Chris Brown
  23. Tad Pospisil
  24. Mark Burgtorf
  25. Matt Furman
  26. Billy Moyer
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Todd Boyd/photosbyboyd.smugmug.com
Bobby Pierce started 17th and led the final two laps at Wheatland.
What won the race: Bobby Pierce of Oakwood, lll., overtook Friday winner Jesse Stovall of Billings, Mo., on lap 49 of 50 to win the second night of the Fall Nationals at Lucas Oil Speedway. Pierce won by 1.988 seconds over Stovall to pick up $5,000.
Key notes: Twelve of the 26 starters finished on the lead lap. ... Billy Moyer was the first to retire on lap two. ... The doubleheader MLRA Fall Nationals weekend was co-sanctioned by the Arkansas-based Comp Cams Super Dirt Series.
Winner's sponsors: The winning Bob Pierce Race Car carries a Pro Power engine and is sponsored by Allgayer Inc., Premier Waste Services, Carnaghi Towing and Repair, Ted Brown's Quality Paint and Body Shop, Bergers Marina, Hoker Trucking, Champion Spark Plugs, Keyser Mfg., Sweet Mfg. and AR Bodies.
Points chase: Jesse Stovall wrapped up the MLRA title while Jack Sullivan of Greenbrier, Ark., repeated on the Comp Cams tour, edging Hunter Rasdon for the crown by three points.
Car count: 63
Heat race winners: Brent Larson, Jesse Stovall, Matt Furman, J.C. Wyman, Tim Manville, Jack Sullivan, Brantlee Gotschall
Editor's note: Updates Pierce's sponsors.
By Lyndal Scranton
Lucas Oil Speedway

WHEATLAND, Mo. — Bobby Pierce, in a thrilling 17th-to-first drive, captured the third annual Lucas Oil MLRA Fall Nationals finale Saturday night at Lucas Oil Speedway.

Pierce passed Friday’s winner Jesse Stovall — who clinched his first MLRA championship — on lap 49 of the 50-lap feature and denied Stovall of a weekend Fall Nationals sweep. A night earlier, Stovall beat Pierce to the finish line.

"Congrats to Jesse on winning last night and second tonight. I'm just glad we were one spot better tonight," the 19-year-old Pierce said after his 23rd feature victory of the season — including crown jewel victories in the World 100 and North-South 100.

"It's been a crazy year so far. We have a couple of races left and hopefully we can get some more wins," added Pierce, of Oakwood, Ill. He earned $5,000 for his first main event win at Lucas Oil Speedway.

A total of 155 cars checked into the pits — 63 Late Models and 92 street stocks — the oval-track racing season at Lucas Oil Speedway came to a close.

Pierce brought the big crowd to its feet when he passed Stovall coming out of turn two on the next-to-final circuit in the season's final MLRA race. Stovall slipped high, into the cushion, and lost momentum as he encountered slower traffic.

"We were riding pretty good and those lapped cars ... at the end of the day it was a good race," Stovall said. "Bobby is one of the best in the business. He's a good little driver. He has that golden horseshoe right now.

"Just two laps short. You hate to lose them like that. But I've won some like that. That's part of the game."

Stovall's disappointment at finishing second was softened by his MLRA championship. He entered the night with an all-but-insurmountable 74-point lead over reigning champ Terry Phillips after capturing Friday's Fall Nationals feature win.

"That was the ultimate goal," said Stovall, who finished just behind Phillips for the series crown a year ago.

Tim Manville of Highland, Ill., bolted from his pole starting position and opened a big lead in the early going, a straightaway margin in front of Brantlee Gotschall and Stovall. But Stovall began to gradually reel in the leader and, with Manville caught up by slower traffic, drove into the lead with an outside pass going into turn three on lap 21.

Meanwhile, Chris Simpson of Oxford, Iowa, drove from his 15th starting spot to crack the top five when the race's third caution flew on lap 22. A five-car accident in turn one brought out the fifth caution on lap 31, wiping away a 10-length lead that Stovall had built over Manville with Simpson in third.

Pierce moved into the top five and set his sights on the leaders. But Stovall still appeared to be in command until the final five laps when lapped cars dented his momentum and allowed Pierce to close in.

Simpson wound up third with Manville fourth and Garrett Alberson of Las Cruces, N.M., in fifth. Twelve of the 26 starters finished on the lead lap with Hall of Famer Billy Moyer first out of the race with lap one mechanical issues.

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