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Daily Dirt 05/22/2019 04:40:24

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May 4
West Liberty Raceway,
West Liberty, IA
Sanction: Lucas Oil Midwest LateModel Racing Association - $5,000
Information provided by: Series and track reports (last updated May 5, 10:39 am)
Pierce rules West Liberty for $5,000 MLRA payday
  1. Bobby Pierce
  2. Will Vaught
  3. Chad Simpson
  4. Jason Rauen
  5. Jake Neal
  6. Rich Bell
  7. Logan Martin
  8. Hudson O'Neal
  9. Chad Holladay
  10. Mitch McGrath
  11. Dave Eckrich
  12. Joe Gorby
  13. Billy Moyer
  14. Jordan Yaggy
  15. Dave Wada
  16. Chris Simpson
  17. Nick Marolf
  18. Ray Guss Jr.
  19. Jeremy Grady
  20. Jay Johnson
  21. Tim Simpson
  22. Skip Frey
  23. Jonathan Brauns
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Bobby Pierce celebrates his second MLRA win of the weekend and third of the season.
What won the race: Leading all 25 laps from outside the front row, Bobby Pierce of Oakwood, Ill., dominated Saturday’s Lucas Oil Midwest LateModel Racing Association visit to West Liberty Raceway. On a heavy, hooked up racetrack, Pierce outran Chad Simpson early and then stayed comfortably ahead of runner-up Will Vaught late to secure his second MLRA triumph of the weekend, earning $5,000.
Quotable: “It was a little choppy out there, so just glad we hung onto it,” Pierce said. “Besides the track being a little rough it was a pretty fun place. There was actually a cushion on the inside of the track right next to the tires and if you hit it right you could sail through there pretty good. It definitely had a lot of characteristic in this race track tonight that's for sure, and you can't complain about that.”
Key notes: Pierce notched his sixth career MLRA victory, tying him with Tony Cardin of Greenbrier, Ark., and Tony Jackson Jr. of Lebanon, Mo., at 23rd on the tour’s all-time win list. He has three MLRA victories this season. … The race was red-flagged on lap eight when Jordan Yaggy of Rochester, Minn., took a wild flipping ride that left his No. 77 destroyed. Yaggy walked away under his own power. … Billy Moyer of Batesville, Ark., who won the MLRA’s 2015 visit to West Liberty, retired during the lap-eight red flag while holding fourth. … After climbing to second, eighth-starting Hudson O'Neal of Martinsville, Ind., suffered a flat right rear tire. He pitted and returned to finish eighth. … Chris Simpson of Oxford, Iowa, who won the tour's last visit to the half-mile oval in 2016, finished 16th. … Terry Phillips and Jesse Stovall were among drivers with mechanical problems early in the night and scratched from the event before the scheduled consolation race, which ended up being scrapped.
On the move: Joe Gorby of Bartlesville, Okla., started 20th and finished 12th.
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: Entering the weekend, Will Vaught (384 points) of Crane, Mo., led Mitch McGrath (338), Payton Looney (326), Logan Martin (324) and Jesse Stovall (300).
Current weather: Clear, 54°F
Car count: 27
Polesitter: Chad Simpson
Heat race winners: Bobby Pierce, Billy Moyer, Chad Simpson
Next series race: May 5, Quincy Raceway (Quincy, IL) $3,000
Editor's note: Results and race details are unofficial.

Feature lineup

Row 1: Cha. Simpson, Pierce
Row 2: Moyer, Vaught
Row 3: Eckrich, Rauen
Row 4: Bell, O'Neal
Row 5: Neal, Chr. Simpson
Row 6: Johnson, Holladay
Row 7: Marolf, Martin
Row 8: Grady, McGrath
Row 9: Yaggy, Guss
Row 10: T. Simpson, Gorby
Row 11: Wada, Brauns
Row 12: Frey
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