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Daily Dirt 04/21/2021 06:27:12

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October 4
Eldora Speedway,
Rossburg, OH
Sanction: Sunoco American Late Model Series East (UMP Nationals) - $5,000
Information provided by: Track reports (last updated October 5, 8:59 am)
Pierce caps UMP title run with $5,000 Big E victory
UMP Nationals
  1. Bobby Pierce
  2. Kent Robinson
  3. Scott James
  4. Matt Miller
  5. Jeep Van Wormer
  6. Mason Zeigler
  7. Rusty Schlenk
  8. Nick Latham
  9. James Rice
  10. Duane Chamberlain
  11. Devin Moran
  12. John Gill
  13. Jerry Bowersock
  14. Brian Ruhlman
  15. Randy Korte
  16. Ben Adkins
  17. Brandon Thirlby
  18. Doug Drown
  19. Andrew Reaume
  20. Phil Ausra
  21. Steve Kester
  22. Brian Diveley
  23. Jeff Babcock
  24. Jacob Hawkins
  25. Dan Schlieper
  26. Jon Henry
  27. Frank Heckenast Jr.
presented by
Jim DenHamer
Bobby Pierce had his hands full in victory lane at Eldora Speedway.
What won the race: UMP DIRTcar weekly champion Bobby Pierce of Oakwood, Ill., jumped out to the lead from the pole position and never relinquished it, leading every lap of the 40-lap UMP Nationals. Pierce earned $5,000 for his victory over Indiana natives Kent Robinson of Bloomington and Scott James of Lawrenceburg.
Quotable: "So many things were going through my mind when I hit the wall like that," said Pierce, who tagged the wall late in the feature. "The Eldora wall, it'll get you. The thing is, you're driving so hard, you can't start to not drive so hard or you'll screw up. Had to keep driving hard ... but man, we did it."
Key notes: Pierce has 16 victories overall in 2014. ... The 17-year-old also won Eldora's Spring Nationals on April 12. ... The feature's lone caution flew with seven laps remaining. ... Only nine cars finished on the lead lap. ... Heat winner Frank Heckenast Jr. of Frankfort, Ill., retired early while running in the top 10. ... Josh Richards of Shinnston, W.Va., made his first start of the season after being sidelined with nerve damage to his hands. Richards made contact with the wall on the opening lap of the first heat race and never recovered. The team made repairs to his Rocket house car in time for a consolation race, but he ultimately fell one spot short of transferring to the main event. ... Retiring Randy Korte of Highland, Ill., was recognized before Saturday's heat races and finished 15th in his final start at Eldora. ... The race was the season finale for Sunoco American Late Model Series East and West competitors and the final UMP DIRTcar points race.
On the move: Robinson charged from 10th to finish second while Jeep Van Wormer of Pinconning, Mich., advanced from ninth to fourth.
Winner's sponsors: The winner drives a Bob Pierce Race with a Pro Power Racing Engine carrying sponsorship from Champion Spark Plugs, Allgayer Inc., M&M Painting and Construction, Murphy Trucking, Petersen Aluminum and the Pierce Posse.
Points chase: Pierce had locked up the ALMS West championship entering Saturday's event; Brandon Thirlby of Traverse City, Mich., is the ALMS East champion.
Car count: 43
Fast qualifier: Scott James
Time: 15.736 seconds
Polesitter: Bobby Pierce
Heat race winners: Duane Chamberlain, Rusty Schlenk, Frank Heckenast Jr., Mason Zeigler
Consolation race winners: Doug Drown, Jacob Hawkins
Provisional starters: Brian Ruhlman, Jon Henry, Phil Ausra
Editor's note: Corrects Bobby Pierce as ALMS West champion.
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