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May 2
Stuart Speedway,
Stuart, IA
Sanction: Lucas Oil Midwest LateModel Racing Association - $3,000
Information provided by: Series and track reports (last updated May 3, 12:20 pm)
Pierce rallies for MLRA win at Stuart Speedway
  1. Bobby Pierce
  2. Chris Simpson
  3. Tyler Bruening
  4. Will Vaught
  5. Jordan Yaggy
  6. Billy Moyer
  7. Chad Simpson
  8. Mitch McGrath
  9. Richie Gustin
  10. Logan Martin
  11. Jake Neal
  12. Jeremy Grady
  13. J.C. Wyman
  14. Allen Murray
  15. Brian Kosiski
  16. Dave Eckrich
  17. Jay Johnson
  18. Chad Holladay
  19. Jesse Stovall
  20. Andrew Kosiski
  21. Terry Phillips
  22. Payton Looney
  23. Joe Gorby
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Bobby Pierce takes the checkered flag at Stuart Speedway Thursday.
What won the race: Going from third to first following a restart on lap 11, 13th-starting Bobby Pierce of Oakwood, Ill., rolled around the high side to grab the lead on lap 16 and led the rest of the way to win Thursday’s Lucas Oil Midwest LateModel Racing Association main event at Stuart Speedway. Chris Simpson finished second, while early leader Tyler Bruening finished third.
Quotable: "I was really glad that they stayed down in (turns) three and four just enough for me to get around,” said Pierce. “It was a pretty tricky track with the different corners. There are not a whole lot of places that get like that, but when they do I like it because I'm always trying to watch the race track and adjust to what it's doing."
Key notes: Bobby Pierce earned $3,000 for his second Lucas Oil Midwest LateModel Racing Association victory of the season and fourth of his career. … The race was slowed by four cautions. … With his car exhibiting a plume of smoke, polesitter Payton Looney of Republic, Mo., gave up the lead to Tyler Bruening after pacing the first five laps. He was credited with 22nd. … Bruening’s third-place finish matched his series best. … Hall of Famer Billy Moyer of Batesville, Ark., ran among the top five until he slipped back to seventh following a caution with 10 laps remaining. He eventually finished sixth. … Stuart Speedway hosted the opener of what was scheduled to be a four-race MLRA weekend, but is now three events following Friday’s rainout at Davenport (Iowa) Speedway. … Stuart’s first-ever MLRA race is the tour’s only stop at the central Iowa bullring this season. … Through five series races, there have been four different winners. … Chase Junghans, Earl Pearson Jr. and Will Vaught have one each to join Pierce.
On the move: Race winner Bobby Pierce started 13th.
Winner's sponsors: Pierce's Rocket Chassis has a Pro Power Racing Engine with sponsorship from Hoker Trucking, Allgayer Inc., Premier Waste Services, Mesilla Valley Transportation, Carnaghi Towing, Berger’s Marina, Digital Copy Systems, First Spear, Quality Paint & Body and Advanced Suspension.
Points chase: After four MLRA events, Will Vaught (384 points) of Crane, Mo., led Mitch McGrath (338), Payton Looney (326), Logan Martin (324) and Jesse Stovall (300).
Current weather: Clear, 50°F
Car count: 24
Polesitter: Payton Looney
Heat race winners: Will Vaught, Tyler Bruening, Payton Looney
Next series race: May 4, West Liberty Raceway (West Liberty, IA) $5,000
Editor's note: Results and race details are unofficial.

Feature lineup

Row 1: Looney, Bruening
Row 2: Vaught, Simpson
Row 3: Yaggy, Grady
Row 4: A. Kosiski, Neal
Row 5: Holladay, Moyer
Row 6: Eckrich, Murray
Row 7: Pierce, B. Kosiski
Row 8: Gustin, Stovall
Row 9: Wyman, Johnson
Row 10: Simpson, McGrath
Row 11: Martin, Phillips
Row 12: Gorby

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