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Daily Dirt 05/26/2024 03:22:21

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June 2
Tri-City Speedway,
Granite City, IL
Sanction: World of Outlaws Case Late Model Series (Tri-City Outlaw Showdown) - $12,000
Information provided by: Series and track reports (last updated June 3, 9:00 am)
Bronson outduels Shirley to capture Tri-City thriller
Tri-City Outlaw Showdown
  1. Kyle Bronson
  2. Brian Shirley
  3. Bobby Pierce
  4. Nick Hoffman
  5. Shane Clanton
  6. Gordy Gundaker
  7. Cade Dillard
  8. Ryan Gustin
  9. Frank Heckenast Jr.
  10. Brandon Sheppard
  11. Shannon Babb
  12. Dennis Erb Jr.
  13. Chris Madden
  14. Johnny Scott
  15. Mike Harrison
  16. Kye Blight
  17. Todd Cooney
  18. Logan Martin
  19. Dustin Walker
  20. Brent Larson
  21. Trevor Gundaker
  22. Billy Laycock
  23. Jason Feger
  24. Tanner English
  25. Kyle Larson
  26. Billy Moyer
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Kyle Bronson narrowly beat Brian Shirley to the checkers in WoO action at Tri-City.
What won the race: Pole-starting Kyle Bronson of Brandon, Fla., prevailed in a barn-burner of a feature Friday at Tri-City Speedway in Granite City, Ill., edging Brian Shirley to the checkers by a scant 0.057 of a second in World of Outlaws Case Late Models competition. Bronson led the opening 36 laps largely unchallenged until lapped traffic allowed Brian Shirley to take the lead on lap 37. Bronson and Shirley traded the lead each of the last four laps as Bronson claimed the $12,000 Tri-City Outlaw Showdown.
Quotable: “My car was really good the whole race there and I don’t know, about 10 laps to go, it got to vibrating so bad. I tried to slow down because it felt like it was about to sling a driveshaft or something,” Bronson said. “When Shirley kinda got under me there, I said the hell with it, we’re going for a win here, it don’t matter if we break or not. It was definitely tough, I kinda got to race Brian (Shirley) pretty hard there, but shoot we’re going for the win and it’s part of it. I’d race my grandma that hard, so ya know, we race hard, we race clean, just looking forward to the next one.”
Key notes: Bronson led three separate times for 38 laps (1-36; 38; 40) to earn his third career World of Outlaws Case Late Model Series victory. ... Shirley led twice for two laps (37 and 39), before settling for the runner-up position. ... Seventh-starting Bobby Pierce overcame a lap-four crash to finish third, 0.375 of a second behind Shirley; Pierce trails Chris Madden by only 30 points, reducing the deficit for a second straight night. ... Nick Hoffman ran as high as second before fading in the closing laps, finishing 0.310 of a second behind Pierce. ... Friday's top-four finishers all crossed the line within less than a second of each other. ... Gordy Gundaker and Ryan Gustin each advanced nine positions, finishing sixth and eighth. ... Brandon Sheppard gained eight spots and finished 10th. ... Kyle Larson drew the race's final caution when he overstepped the turn-one cushion and hit the wall, causing a chain-reaction crash involving Bobby Pierce, Billy Moyer, Jason Feger, Kye Blight and Todd Cooney; Larson and Moyer retired, while Pierce rebounded to finish third, with Blight and Cooney finishing 16th and 17th; Feger completed only seven additional laps before pulling off. ... Tanner English fought fuel pickup issues all night and slowed to draw the first yellow on lap three; English was only able to complete seven laps, finishing 24th. ... Friday's feature was slowed by those two cautions and lasted 17 minutes, with 15 competitors completing all 40 laps. ... Jeff Herzog escaped injury after tangling with Todd Cooney and flipping wildly in turn three during heat action.
On the move: Gordy Gundaker of St. Charles, Mo., started 15th and finished sixth.
Winner's sponsors: Bronson’s Rocket Chassis is powered by a Clements Racing Engine and sponsored by Racecar Engineering, J&M Engine Transport Refrigeration, Borchers Equipment, Angry Elephant Tattoo and Piercing, Multi Fire, Lucas Oil, VP Race Fuels, Boswell Oil, Integra Shocks and Midwest Sheet Metal.
Points chase: After Tri-City: 1. Chris Madden (2,184); 2. Bobby Pierce (2,154); 3. Nick Hoffman (2,146); 4. Kyle Bronson (2,142); 5. Ryan Gustin (2,122); 6. Brian Shirley (2,116); 7. Brandon Sheppard (2,102); 8. Tanner English (2,052); 9. Dennis Erb Jr. (1,978); 10. Gordy Gundaker (1,976).
Current weather: Clear, 75°F
Car count: 33
Fast qualifier: Cade Dillard
Time: 14.783 seconds
Polesitter: Kyle Bronson
Heat race winners: Cade Dillard, Kyle Bronson, Brian Shirley, Nick Hoffman
Consolation race winners: Ryan Gustin, Brandon Sheppard
Provisional starters: Tanner English, Todd Cooney, Billy Laycock, Dustin Walker
Next series race: June 3, Paducah International Raceway (Paducah, KY) $15,000
Editor's note: Results and race details are unofficial.

Feature lineup

Row 1: Bronson, Shirley
Row 2: Dillard, Hoffman
Row 3: K. Larson, Clanton
Row 4: Pierce, Babb
Row 5: D. Erb Jr., Heckenast Jr.
Row 6: Madden, Harrison
Row 7: Moyer, Feger
Row 8: G. Gundaker, Martin
Row 9: Gustin, Sheppard
Row 10: T. Gundaker, J. Scott
Row 11: Blight, B. Larson
Row 12: English, Cooney
Row 13: Laycock, Walker
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