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July 22
Springfield Raceway,
Springfield, MO
Sanction: DIRTcar Summer Nationals (Greenlawn Funeral Homes Summer Nationals) - $5,000
Information provided by: Todd Turner (last updated July 23, 10:42 am)
Pierce's Springfield win snaps Winger's streak
Greenlawn Funeral Homes Summer Nationals
  1. Bobby Pierce
  2. Ashton Winger
  3. Scott Crigler
  4. Joe Godsey
  5. Tim Lance
  6. Logan Martin
  7. Mitch McGrath
  8. Kyle Beard
  9. Allen Murray
  10. Mason Oberkramer
  11. Kaeden Cornell
  12. Tanner English
  13. Dewayne Kiefer
  14. Mark Daye
  15. Steve Stultz
  16. Thomas Hunziker
  17. Jeff Roth
  18. Mike Fenton
  19. Justin Wells
  20. Tony Jackson Jr.
  21. Terry Phillips
  22. Hayden Ross
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Bobby Pierce takes the checkers for his ninth series victory.
What won the race: Ending Ashton Winger's two-race winning streak, series points leader Bobby Pierce of Oakwood, Ill., led the final 27 laps Thursday at Springfield Raceway for his series-leading ninth victory. The fifth-starting Winger got to second at halfway but never seriously challenged Pierce, who raced to a $5,000 victory. Tony Jackson Jr. led 13 laps before a flat left-rear tire knocked him from contention.
Key notes: Pierce's 36th career tour victory puts him fourth on the all-time list. ... Fourteen of 22 starters completed 40 laps. ... After a scheduled four-day break, Springfield hosted the DIRTcar Summer Nationals for the third time. ... Greenlawn Funeral Homes was the race’s title sponsor.
On the move: Mitch McGrath of Waukesha, Wis., started 19th and finished seventh.
Winner's sponsors: Pierce’s Pierce Race Car is powered by a Vic Hill Racing Engine and sponsored by Hoker Trucking, Allgayer Inc., Premier Waste Services, Mesilla Valley Transportation, Go Lithium, Base Racing Fuel, Carnaghi Towing, Viper Risk Management, Extreme Electric, First Spear, Quality Paint & Body, Leka Tree Service, Advanced Suspension and Allstar Performance.
Points chase: After Springfield: 1. Bobby Pierce (1,365) 2. Tanner English (1,214); 3. Ashton Winger (1,132); 4. Joe Godsey (904); 5. Mitch McGrath (881); 6. Brian Shirley (878); 7. Jason Feger (867); 8. Tim Lance (785); 9. Jeff Roth (646); 10. Ryan Unzicker (588).
Current weather: Clear Haze, 81°F
Car count: 30
Fast qualifier: Tanner English
Time: 12.280 seconds
Polesitter: Tony Jackson Jr.
Heat race winners: Bobby Pierce, Scott Crigler, Tony Jackson Jr.
Consolation race winners: Hayden Ross
Provisional starters: Mitch McGrath, Mike Fenton, Thomas Hunziker, Jeff Roth
Next series race: July 23, Tri-City Speedway (Granite City, IL) $10,000
Editor's note: Results and race details are unofficial.
By Todd Turner
DirtonDirt.com managing editor

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — Ashton Winger made a bid for his third consecutive DIRTcar Summer Nationals victory, but Bobby Pierce was having none of it.

Pierce, the 24-year-old Oakwood, Ill., driver and series points leader, kept the fifth-starting Winger in check over the last half of Thursday's 40-lapper at Springfield Raceway and picked up $5,000 for his series-leading ninth victory of the season.

Winger, a two-time winner last week at Thunderbird Raceway in Muskegon, Mich., and Oakshade Raceway in Wauseon, Ohio, jumped into second on a mid-race restart and chased Pierce the rest of the way. He closed within seven-tenths of a second with eight laps remaining, but Pierce beat him through lapped traffic to stretch his lead at the finish, then pulled away on a final restart to win by 1.810 seconds at the quarter-mile oval in southwest Missouri.

Scott Crigler of Alton, Mo., made it a three-way battle for the lead on the lap-21 restart before settling for third while Joe Godsey of Edinburgh, Ind., and Tim Lance of Brimfield, Ill., rounded out the top five.

Polesitter Tony Jackson Jr. of Lebanon, Mo., led the first 13 laps, but just as he was feeling pressure from Pierce through turns one and two, Jackson's left-rear tire shredded and he made a quick trip to the pits for fresh rubber. He rallied back to 11th but retired on lap 31.

The feature was slowed by four cautions, the first for Jackson's lap-14 flat and then when the starting cone was knocked onto the track on the 16th lap. The third caution flew on the 21st lap when Jeff Roth went around on the backstretch after several cars bottled up (Terry Phillips retired during the caution with a flat tire).

The final caution appeared on the 36th lap when fifth-running Tanner English slowed in turns one and two with a flat tire.

The series return to Tri-City Speedway in Granite City, Ill., on Friday for a $10,000-to-win event, filling a date vacated by Lake Ozark Speedway in Eldon, Mo. Tri-City will become just the second track ever to host non-consecutive series races in the same season after Fairbury (Ill.) Speedway last season.

Notes: Pierce's 36th series victory breaks a tie with Brian Shirley for the fourth most victories in tour history. ... Last year's race winner Frank Heckenast Jr. wasn't in attendance; he's competing in Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series action at I-80 Speedway in Greenwood, Neb. ... The Springfield facility has seen several improvements since last year's Summer Nationals visit, including a 10-position scoreboard in turn two, LED track lighting and a flattened infield covered with 1,240 tons of base rock (the infield formerly had ramps and berms for motorcycles or ATVs). ... The improvements were done in part for concerts that promoter Jerry Hoffman is hosting, including Aug. 21's event featuring Cody Johnson. Between the infield and the stands the track can host 7,000 for concerts. ... Hoffman planted Kentucky Bluegrass in the infield in hopes of having a lush green surface, but he couldn't get the grass to grow. ... The track's provisional was given to the driver making the furthest trip to Springfield: Thomas Hunziker of Bend, Ore.

Feature lineup

(40 laps)

Row 1: Tony Jackson Jr., Bobby Pierce
Row 2: Scott Crigler, Tanner English
Row 3: Ashton Winger, Joe Godsey
Row 4: Allen Murray, Terry Phillips
Row 5: Tim Lance Sr., Mason Oberkramer
Row 6: Logan Martin, Justin Wells
Row 7: Dewayne Kiefer, Kaeden Cornell
Row 8: Steve Stultz, Hayden Ross
Row 9: Kyle Beard, Mark Daye
Row 10: Mitch McGrath, Mike Fenton
Row 11: Thomas Hunziker, Jeff Roth

Consolation results

Consolation (10 laps; top three transfer): Hayden Ross, Kyle Beard, Mark Daye, Thomas Hunziker, Meff Roth, Kylan Garner, Cole Henson, Steve Johnson, Mike Fenton, Brandon Lance. Scratched: Jacob Magee, Mitch McGrath, Brennon Willard, Shannon Phillips, Tim Lance Jr.

Heat race recap

Tony Jackson Jr. will start on the pole of the 40-lap feature after the redraw among heat winners. Series points leader Bobby Pierce will start second and Scott Crigler third. ... Tim Lance Jr. was upside down for the second on the series when he rolled entering the third turn. The No. 148 landed on its wheels with rescue officials reaching the car immediately reporting him as OK on the seventh lap of the third heat. Lance also got upside down at Beaver Dam (Wis.) Raceway. ... Kyle Beard was running second in the second heat when he shredded a tire and fell out prelim. ... Also in the second heat, Shannon Phillips went up in smoke and departed. ... Jacob Magee of Caney, Kan., scratched from time trials with transmission problems and was done for the night. ... Justin Wells of Aurora, Mo., among the promoters of the Dirt Track Bank Cash Money Super Dirt Series, entered Springfield's action in a John Muilenberg-owned No. 49 car. He finished fourth in the third heat, benefitting partly from a turn-two tangle between Tim Lance Sr. and Mitch McGrath that sent McGrath spinning. ... Wells drove his No. 98 TNT Race Car to a $2,502 victory on Sunday at Double-X Speedway in California, Mo., in the third annual Jason Russell Memorial. ... Steve Stultz of Peoria, Ariz., held the third spot most of the third heat, but a deflating left-rear tire dropped him back to fifth on the final lap.

Heat race results

(10 laps; top five transfer)

First heat: Bobby Pierce, Tanner English, Allen Murray, Mason Oberkramer, Dewayne Kiefer, Hayden Ross, Brennon Willard, Cole Henson, Kylan Garner, Mike Fenton.

Second heat: Scott Crigler, Ashton Winger, Terry Phillips, Logan Martin, Kaeden Cornell, Jeff Roth, Thomas Hunziker, Steve Johnson, Kyle Beard, Shannon Phillips.

Third heat: Tony Jackson Jr., Joe Godsey, Tim Lance, Justin Wells, Steve Stultz, Mark Daye, Brandon Lance, Mitch McGrath, Tim Lance Jr. Scratched: Jacob Magee.

Time trials

Driver (car no.), hometown, time (unofficial)

  1. Tanner English (81E), Benton, Ky., 12.280
  2. Scott Crigler (12), Alton, Mo., 12.345
  3. Tony Jackson Jr. (56), Lebanon, Mo., 12.361
  4. Bobby Pierce (32), Oakwood, Ill., 12.362
  5. Kyle Beard (86), Trumann, Ark., 12.528
  6. Joe Godsey (14G), Edinburgh, Ind., 12.530
  7. Allen Murray (2), San Antonio, Texas, 12.558
  8. Tim Lance (48), Brimfield, Ill., 12.636
  9. Ashton Winger (12), Hampton, Ga., 12.636
  10. Dewayne Kiefer (0), Bloomsdale, Mo., 12.673
  11. Terry Phillips (75), Springfield, Mo., 12.692
  12. Mitch McGrath (74), Waukesha, Wis., 12.703
  13. Mason Oberkramer (93), Broseley, Mo., 12.738
  14. Kaeden Cornell (50), Willard, Mo., 12.746
  15. Steve Stultz (78s), Peoria, Ariz., 12.796
  16. Hayden Ross (66), Muskogee, Okla., 12.840
  17. Logan Martin (36), West Plains, Mo., 12.855
  18. Tim Lance Jr. (148), Brimfield, Ill., 12.924
  19. Brennon Willard (3w), Lebanon, Mo., 12.944
  20. Thomas Hunziker (38), Bend, Ore., 12.958
  21. Justin Wells (49), Aurora, Mo., 12.964
  22. Cole Henson (21s), Russellville, Mo., 12.988
  23. Jeff Roth (14R), Bentonville, Ark., 13.149
  24. Mark Daye (36D), Webb City, Mo., 13.186
  25. Kylan Garner (45), Diamond, Mo., 13.329
  26. Steve Johnson (11), Joplin, Mo., 13.588
  27. Brandon Lance (248), Brimfield, Ill., 13.625
  28. Mike Fenton (118), Oak Leaf, Texas, 13.642
  29. Shannon Phillips (25s), Joplin, Mo., 13.695
  30. Jacob Magee (10M), Caney, Kan., no time

Thursday's schedule

6:15 p.m. - Drivers' meeting
6:40 p.m. - On-track activity
- Midwest mod (B) hot laps
- B-mod hot laps
- Late Model hot laps
- Midwest mod (A) hot laps
- Late Model time trials (2 laps)
Opening ceremonies
- Midwest mod (B) heat races
- Late Model heat races (10 laps)
- B-mod heat races
- Midwest mod (A) heat races
- Late Model B-main
Intermission/track prep
- Midwest mod (B) feature
- Late Model feature (40 laps)
- B-mod feature
- Midwest mod (A) feature

Feature lineup

Row 1: Jackson, Pierce
Row 2: Crigler, English
Row 3: Winger, Godsey
Row 4: Murray, Phillips
Row 5: T. Lance Sr., Oberkramer
Row 6: Martin, Wells
Row 7: Kiefer, Cornell
Row 8: Stultz, Ross
Row 9: Beard, Daye
Row 10: McGrath, Fenton
Row 11: Hunziker, Roth

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