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July 25
Richmond Raceway,
Richmond, KY
Sanction: DIRTcar Summer Nationals - $5,000
Information provided by: Todd Turner (last updated July 26, 9:24 am)
Pierce dominates for $5,000 Richmond victory
  1. Bobby Pierce
  2. Ashton Winger
  3. Tanner English
  4. Joe Godsey
  5. Derek Fisher
  6. Tommy Bailey
  7. Dustin Linville
  8. Thomas Hunziker
  9. Jason Jameson
  10. Kirk Phillips
  11. Mitch McGrath
  12. Jeff Roth
  13. Mike Fenton
  14. Brandon Lance
  15. Tegan Evans
  16. Scott James
  17. Jeff Watson
  18. Justin Rattliff
  19. William Byrd
  20. Brayton Laster
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Bobby Pierce led all 40 laps to dominate at Richmond.
What won the race: Series points leader Bobby Pierce of Oakwood, Ill., led 40 unchallenged laps Sunday in the tour debut at Richmond Raceway for a $5,000 DIRTcar Summer Nationals victory. Pierce took the checkers 4.540 seconds ahead of Ashton Winger for his 11th victory in the 22nd event of the season.
Key notes: The feature was set to roll about 9 p.m., but after about 20 minutes of track packing, the Late Models pulled off the track and were moved back in the racing program. ... After teams cleaned mud off the cars, the second attempt to start the race began about 10:10 p.m. ... The DIRTcar Summer Nationals visited Richmond for the first time. ... Richmond hosted the tour's sister World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model Series earlier this season with Tim McCreadie winner. ... Going back to July 6, Shannon Babb is the only driver other than Bobby Pierce and Ashton Winger to crack victory lane on tour.
On the move: Thomas Hunziker of Bend, Ore., started 14th and finished eighth.
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 Richmond: 1. Bobby Pierce (1,591) 2. Tanner English (1,405); 3. Ashton Winger (1,348); 4. Joe Godsey (1,060); 5. Mitch McGrath (1,025); 6. Brian Shirley (878); 7. Jason Feger (867); 8. Tim Lance (804); 9. Jeff Roth (764); 10. Brandon Lance (681).
Current weather: Few Clouds Mist, 73°F
Car count: 20
Fast qualifier: Bobby Pierce
Time: 14.420 seconds
Polesitter: Bobby Pierce
Heat race winners: Bobby Pierce, Kirk Phillips, Tanner English
Next series race: July 26, Lake Cumberland Speedway (Burnside, KY) $5,000
Editor's note: Results and race details are unofficial.

RICHMOND, Ky. — Series points leader Bobby Pierce of Oakwood, Ill., led 40 unchallenged laps Sunday in the tour debut at Richmond Raceway for a $5,000 DIRTcar Summer Nationals victory. Pierce took the checkers 4.540 seconds ahead of Ashton Winger for his 11th victory in the 22nd event of the season.

Hampton, Ga.'s Winger was followed to the finish by Tanner English of Benton, Ky., who ran third after hold the second spot the first five laps. Joe Godsey of Edinburgh, Ind., and reigning track champ Derek Fisher of Olympia, Ky., rounded out the top five.

The race was run more than an hour after Late Model feature cars originally hit the track. Because the surface was overwatered during intermission, mud-packed Late Models were sent back to the pits so the modified feature could be run. The Late Models returned about 10:10 p.m. for their second attempt to start the event, which concluded about 10:40 p.m.

The race had four slowdowns, including a scrapped initial start when Jeff Roth spun between turns one and two and drivers scrambled to avoid him. Jason Jameson, Thomas Hunziker, Tegan Evans, Brandon Lance, Mike Fenton and William Byrd were among cars involved.

Another pileup came in turn one on the lap-six restart, drawing a red flag with Jameson, Hunziker, Evans, Lance, Fenton, Jeff Watson and Justin Rattliff in a wad after bumper tag went awry with a track-blocking incident. The right-front corner of Rattliff's car was wedged under the rear of Watson's machine, requiring several minutes for track workers to disconnect them.

Among other cautions, Tegan Evans spun in turn two for a lap-six yellow and a yellow appeared on lap 15 with Scott James heading pitside.

The series returns Monday with its second consecutive event at a first-time series track in Kentucky at Burnside's Lake Cumberland Speedway, another $5,000-to-win race.

Notes: Pierce's 38th career series victory leaves him one shy of Don O'Neal in third place all-time with 39 victories. .... Nine drivers finished on the lead lap. ... Scott James and Derek Fisher tangled while battling for the lead in the second heat, dropping them both to the tail for the restart of the prelim and leaving them with mid-pack starting spots in the feature.

Feature lineup

Row 1: Bobby Pierce, Kirk Phillips
Row 2: Tanner English, Ashton Winger
Row 3: Jeff Roth, Joe Godsey
Row 4: Tommy Bailey, Derek Fisher
Row 5: Dustin Linville, Mitch McGrath
Row 6: Scott James, Jason Jameson
Row 7: Jeff Watson, Thoams Hunziker
Row 8: Justin Rattliff, Tegan Evans
Row 9: MIke Fenton, Brandon Lance
Row 10: Brayton Laster, William Byrd

Heat race results

(10 laps; all transfer)

First heat: Bobby Pierce, Ashton Winger, Tommy Bailey, Mitch McGrath, Jeff Watson, Tegan Evans, Brayton Laster.

Second heat: Kirk Phillips, Jeff Roth, Derek Fisher, Scott James, Thomas Hunziker, Mike Fenton, William Byrd.

Third heat: Tanner English, Joe Godsey, Dustin Linville, Jason Jameson, Justin Rattliff, Brandon Lance.

Time trials

Driver (car no.), hometown

  1. Bobby Pierce (32), Oakwood, Ill., 14.420
  2. Scott James (83), Bright, Ind., 14.615
  3. Joe Godsey (14G), Edinburgh, Ind., 14.736
  4. Ashton Winger (12), Hampton, Ga., 14.822
  5. Derek Fisher (38), Olympia, Ky., 14.891
  6. Tanner English (81E), Benton, Ky., 14.895
  7. Mitch McGrath (74), Waukesha, Wis., 14.902
  8. Kirk Phillips (21), Ashland, Ky., 15.006
  9. Jason Jameson (12), Lawrenceburg, Ind., 15.043
  10. Tommy Bailey (11), Corbin, Ky., 15.045
  11. Jeff Roth (14R), Bentonville, Ark., 15.185
  12. Justin Rattliff (16), Campbellsville, Ky., 15.265
  13. Tegan Evans (T22), Clinton, Iowa, 15.394
  14. Thomas Hunziker (38), Bend, Ore., 15.403
  15. Dustin Linville (D8), Bryantsville, Ky., 15.599
  16. Jeff Watson (11w), Campbellsville, Ky., 15.783
  17. Brandon Lance (248), Brimfield, Ky., 16.254
  18. Mike Fenton (228), Oak Leaf, Texas, 16.254
  19. Brayton Laster (13), Greenwood, Ind., 17.204
  20. William Byrd (15), Clay City, Ky., 19.158

Sunday's schedule

5:30 p.m. - Drivers' meeting
6 p.m. - On-track activity
- Late Model hot laps
- Modified hot laps/time trials
-. Late Model time trials (2 laps)
- Super stock hot laps/time trials
Opening ceremonies
- Late Model heats (10 laps)
- Modified heats (8 laps)
- Super stock heats
- Late Model C-main (10 laps; if necessary)
- Modified consolation (10 laps; if necessary)
- Late Model B-main (12 laps; if necessary)
- Super stock consolation (if necessary)
- Late Model feature (40 laps)
- Modified feature (25 laps)
- Super stock feature

Feature lineup

Row 1: Pierce, Phillips
Row 2: English, Winger
Row 3: Roth, Godsey
Row 4: Bailey, Fisher
Row 5: Linville, McGrath
Row 6: James, Jameson
Row 7: Watson, Hunziker
Row 8: Rattliff, Evans
Row 9: Fenton, B. Lance
Row 10: Laster, Byrd

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