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Pierce Holds off Heckenast for $22,022 One for the Road Victory

Bobby Pierce

Bobby Pierce

Mike Harrison

Mike Harrison

Results | Story & Pictures by Rocky Ragusa

The Castrol FloRacing Night in America Series made an appearance at the Fairbury Speedway for Tuesday's "One for the Road" presented by I Beam Sliding Doors. Current DIRTcar national points leaders Bobby Pierce (Late Model) and Mike Harrison (Modified) earned feature race wins in their respective divisions.

pierce lmIn the 50-lap Late Model race, front row starters Dennis Erb Jr., the current World of Outlaws Series points leader, and Pierce exchanged the lead twice in the first 12 laps before Pierce took control. Pierce was able to maintain a 10-car length lead over the field as he ran the top and bottom of the track. Shannon Babb, Frank Heckenast Jr., and 22nd starter Ricky Thornton Jr. were able to cut into Pierce's lead in the closing laps. Heckenast took over second on the 47th lap and quickly caught Pierce. Heckenast, running the top, was on Pierce's bumper. A signal from the race leader's father telling him to move to the top of the track slowed Heckenast’s momentum, and Pierce was able to take the win. For the Oakwood native, it was his 15th win of the season and third at Fairbury. "It was really a fun race out there," said Pierce with over $62,000 in winnings alone at Fairbury. "Really, the whole race was fun. It wasn't typical Fairbury with me banging the boards the whole time so it was a more relaxing race." Heckenast finished 0.427 seconds behind Pierce in second with Babb in third. Thornton brought his car home in fourth. Ryan Unzicker took fifth. The rest of the top ten saw Gordy Gundaker, Erb, Tanner English, Brandon Sheppard, and Chris Madden. Erb paced group one qualifiers with a time of 12.621 seconds while group two was led by Pierce with a time of 12.723 seconds. Heat races were won by Erb, Heckenast, Pierce, and Myles Moos. Billy Moyer and Trevor Gundaker were the winners of the two B-mains.

harrison mdThe Modified race drew 29 entries for their 25-lap, $1,500 to win race. Highland's Mike Harrison clocked in at 14.146 seconds to take fast time. Harrison, Mike McKinney, and Kenny Wallace won in their respective heat races. Tom Pasek was the winner of the B-main. As flagman Jim Whittington waved the green flag for the start, Harrison quickly took the lead and never looked back. The win wasn't easy for Harrison as he had to contend with Michael Ledford and McKinney, but their night’s ended with mechanical issues forcing them to the pits. It was Harrison's second win of the season at Fairbury and 20th overall. Jared Thomas made a late race charge to finish second. Danny Schwartz was third with Wallace in fourth. Todd Sherman, 20th starter Lyndon Whitfill, 17th starter Randy Shuman, Pasek, Caden McWhorter, and TJ Larson completed the top ten.


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