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April 12
Eldora Speedway,
Rossburg, OH
Sanction: Sunoco American Late Model Series East (Spring Nationals) - $5,000
Information provided by: Track reports (last updated April 13, 1:02 pm)
Pierce parties for $5,000 UMP Spring Nats victory
Spring Nationals
  1. Bobby Pierce
  2. Duane Chamberlain
  3. Brian Ruhlman
  4. Dona Marcoullier
  5. Matt Miller
  6. Jacob Hawkins
  7. Jason Riggs
  8. Brandon Thirlby
  9. Jon Henry
  10. Phil Ausra
  11. Eric Spangler
  12. Herb Reich
  13. Jeep Van Wormer
  14. Andrew Reaume
  15. Chris Keller
  16. Jeff Babcock
  17. Ryan Unzicker
  18. Ryan VanderVeen
  19. Rusty Schlenk
  20. Greg Johnson
  21. Aaron Scott
  22. Jerry Bowersock
  23. Casey Noonan
  24. Dusty Moore
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Jim DenHamer
Bobby Pierce has an eye on victory lane while zipping around Eldora.
What won the race: Bobby Pierce of Oakwood, Ill., jumped out to the lead on the opening lap and led all 25 circuits en route to become Eldora Speedway's youngest-ever Late Model winner.
Key notes: Pierce collected his second victory of the weekend and fifth on the 2014 season; he also triumphed Friday at Farmer City (Ill.) Raceway for his 100th career victory. ... The 25-lap feature was slowed by several cautions. ... Michigan contender Jeep Van Wormer was knocked from contention in a crash after he tried to dive under Dona Marcoullier in turn three, triggering a multicar incident. ... Defending series champion Brandon Thirlby of Traverse City, Mich., finished eighth. ... Devin Moran of Dresden, Ohio, broke a driveshaft during qualifying which parlayed into rear-end issues that forced him to scratch for the evening. ... The event was postponed from last October and kicked off Eldora's 61st season. ... Besides Moran, among drivers failing to make the feature lineup: Wayne Chinn, Brian Gray, Casey Noonan and Eric Spangler. ... Matt Mevert of Steeleville, Ill., matched Pierce, collecting $5,000 for his UMP modified victory.
On the move: Duane Chamberlain of Richmond, Ind., charged from 10th to claim runner-up honors, while 2013 track champion Matt Miller of Whitehouse, Ohio, advanced from 13th to round out the top-five finishers.
Winner's sponsors: Pierce drives a Bob Pierce Race with a Pro Power Racing Engine carrying sponsorship from Champion Spark Plugs, M&M Painting and Construction, Murphy Trucking, Petersen Aluminum and the Pierce Posse.
Points chase: With his victory, Pierce moves to the top of the ALMS standings.
Car count: 28
Fast qualifier: Matt Miller
Time: 15.706 seconds
Polesitter: Dona Marcoullier
Heat race winners: Dona Marcoullier, Bobby Pierce, Brian Ruhlman, Dusty Moore
Consolation race winners: Chris Keller
Next series race: April 18, Attica Raceway Park (Attica, OH) $2,000
Editor's note: Results and race details are unofficial.
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