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Daily Dirt 03/30/2023 16:43:17

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September 5
Fairbury Speedway,
Fairbury, IL
Sanction: MARS Racing Series (FALS Super Nationals) - $10,000
Information provided by: Series and track reports (last updated September 6, 10:18 am)
Pierce collects $10,000 Fairbury victory
FALS Super Nationals
  1. Bobby Pierce
  2. Frank Heckenast Jr.
  3. Brian Shirley
  4. Tim Manville
  5. Jason Feger
  6. Taylor Scheffler
  7. Ryan Unzicker
  8. Allen Weisser
  9. Billy Moyer
  10. Rich Bell
  11. Mitch McGrath
  12. McKay Wenger
  13. Mike Spatola
  14. Eric Smith
  15. Kevin Weaver
  16. Scott James
  17. Derek Chandler
  18. Shannon Babb
  19. Ryan Gustin
  20. Mike Chasteen Jr.
  21. Mike Provenzano
  22. Kent Robinson
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Bobby Pierce celebrates after leading 50 laps at Fairbury.
What won the race: Bobby Pierce of Oakwood, Ill., led all 50 laps of Saturday's FALS Super Nationals at Fairbury Speedway for a $10,000 MARS Racing Series victory. He took the checkers 2.499 seconds ahead of Frank Heckenast Jr.
Key notes: Scott James was running third when he got into a tire barrier on lap 36. ... Nick Hoffman won the $10,000 modified feature. … Fairbury hosts a $15,000-to-win midweek special on Sept. 15.
On the move: Tim Manville of Highland, Ill., started 10th and finished fourth; Ryan Unzicker of El Paso, Ill., started 18th and finished seventh.
Winner's sponsors: Pierce’s Pierce Race Car is sponsored by Hoker Trucking, Allgayer Inc., Premier Waste Services, Mesilla Valley Transportation, Carnaghi Towing, Viper Risk Management, Extreme Electric, First Spear, Quality Paint & Body, Leka Tree Service, Advanced Suspension and Allstar Performance.
Points chase: Entering the weekend, Brian Shirley and Frank Heckenast Jr. are tied atop MARS standings with 249 points, followed by Ryan Unzicker (195), Jason Feger (183) and Rich Bell (153).
Current weather: Clear, 59°F
Car count: 34
Fast qualifier: Taylor Scheffler
Time: 12.936 seconds
Polesitter: Bobby Pierce
Heat race winners: Bobby Pierce, Frank Heckenast Jr., Jason Feger, Billy Moyer
Consolation race winners: Mike Provenzano, Ryan Unzicker
Provisional starters: McKay Wenger, Mike Chasteen Jr.
Editor's note: Results and race details are unofficial.
From staff reports

FAIRBURY, Ill. — Fairbury Speedway hasn't been Bobby Pierce's luckiest track, but with a few phone calls back home for tech help and a little throttle-stomping, things turned out just fine for the 23-year-old Oakwood, Ill., driver on Saturday.

The pole-starting Pierce led all 50 laps at the quarter-mile oval, surviving a few bouts with lapped traffic and a restart with 14 laps remaining for a $10,000 FALS Super Nationals victory. The win was his second in three nights of action on the MARS Racing Series as he picked up $5,000 Thursday at Farmer City (Ill.) Raceway.

“The car was really good tonight," said Pierce, whose father and chassis builder Bob Pierce wasn't at the track because of a one-month suspension from DIRTcar-sanctioned events. "I kind of faded there at the end. I think I was a little hard on the tires there at the beginning, but the car was really good. Big thanks to my dad, him being on the phone, helping me out.”

Pierce took the checkers 2.499 seconds ahead of Frank Heckenast Jr. of Frankfort, Ill., while Brian Shirley of Chatham, Ill., finished third. Tim Manville of Highland, Ill., improved six positions to finish fourth and Jason Feger of Bloomington, Ill. — Friday's MARS winner at Farmer City — slipped by fast qualifier Taylor Scheffler of Waukesha, Wis., on the final lap to finish fifth.

Scott James of Bright, Ind., the previous Saturday's winner at Fairbury, was running third on lap 36 when he got into an infield tire barrier to end his race, drawing the event's lone caution.

Pierce jumped out to a comfortable lead early, leaving fellow front-row starter Billy Moyer in his dust and building a lead of more than three seconds by the halfway mark as Heckenast, who took second from Moyer on the ninth lap, gave chase.

Pierce had a cushion of four lapped cars midway through the event, but when he faced a flurry of slower cars several laps later, Heckenast and his pursuers cut his lead down to just over one second. Hung up lapping cars, Pierce finally slid under Mike Spatola to get some breathing room before the caution for James.

“I didn’t really want the caution, because I just found a rhythm two laps before the caution hit. But if the caution (would’ve appeared) two laps before that, I probably would’ve have been as good on the restart," Pierce said "Because I just found a rhythm and I started doing my typical line in (turns) one and two like I did early. (Turns) three and four I kind of figured that out a little bit better and, with my tires going away there — like I said I think I was a little too hard on ’em — I was pretty nervous there at the end when that caution came out.

“This place normally has a plague on me for bad luck, but a lot of good luck charms here tonight, so big thanks to everybody.”

Notes: Pierce has 11 career MARS victories including three this season. ... He has seven victories overall in 2020. .. Ten drivers completed 50 laps. ... Shannon Babb, who switched to a backup car after hot laps, was among early retirees. ... No more MARS races are currently scheduled.

Feature lineup

Row 1: Pierce, Moyer
Row 2: Heckenast, Feger
Row 3: Shirley, Gustin
Row 4: James, Babb
Row 5: Scheffler, Manville
Row 6: Spatola, Weaver
Row 7: Weisser, Robinson
Row 8: Chandler, Bell
Row 9: Provenzano, Unzicker
Row 10: Smith, McGrath
Row 11: Wenger, Chasteen

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