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Pulling into Victory Lane with battered and beaten right side body panels, Bobby Pierce climbed atop his Pierce Platinum Race Car with excitement after scoring the 26th DIRTcar Summer Nationals victory of his career Friday night at Tri-City Speedway.
Coming from his fifth-place starting spot, Pierce used extreme-high line around the track to hunt down polesitter Ryan Unzicker, sporadically scraping the outside wall as he’s so often found doing. He caught Unzicker’s rear bumper just before halfway and wasted little time, making the move for the lead on a big run to the outside off of Turn 2.
Now with the race lead, Pierce made smart moves in lapped traffic and kept the high-side momentum rolling as he led the field back around to the checkers to pick up $10,000 in front of his home-state fans.
But The Smooth Operator’s Friday night didn’t go 100 percent the way he had planned, despite a stellar effort in the Feature.
“We had a tough day,” Pierce said in Victory Lane. “One of my crew guys hurt his back today and everyone had to pull through. We were busy 24/7 back there just trying to make the thing to go today. But we found a way to Victory Lane somehow.”
That “somehow” showed in the 23-year-old’s skill behind the wheel, as he piloted his #32 Pierce Platinum Race Car to victory, fighting a tight setup.
“The car was kind of a handful. As long as I got it straight, though, it was really good. Just getting it to turn was the hardest part. We had some drive, it just made it hard to run the cushion,” Pierce said.
Unzicker held strong on the bottom side of the track to claim the runner-up spot while Rick Eckert made a very successful trip out from his home in York, PA, and capped-off the podium.
Three-time and defending Summer Nationals champion Brian Shirley had a solid night, coming from ninth to round out the top-five while six-time champion Billy Moyer ran sixth in his first Hell Tour start of the season. After fighting his way all the way up into the top-five from his 15th-place starting spot, Shannon Babb dropped out with five laps remaining, leaving him with an 18th-place result.
The DIRTcar Summer Nationals Late Model action continues Saturday night at the Fairbury Speedway with another $10,000-to-win show, LIVE on DIRTVision presented by Drydene.
Feature (40 Laps) 1. 32-Bobby Pierce ; 2. 24-Ryan Unzicker ; 3. O-Rick Eckert ; 4. 32S-Chris Simpson ; 5. 3S-Brian Shirley ; 6. 21-Billy Moyer ; 7. 33R-Rodney Melvin ; 8. 99JR-Frank Heckenast, Jr. ; 9. 19R-Ryan Gustin ; 10. 15-Kolby Vandenbergh ; 11. 25W-Allen Weisser ; 12. 11-Gordy Gundaker ; 13. 33-Ricky Frankel ; 14. 82-Billy Laycock ; 15. 25-Jason Feger ; 16. 48-Tim Lance ; 17. 4G-Bob Gardner ; 18. 18-Shannon Babb ; 19. 11H-Jeff Herzog ; 20. 1ST-Johnny Scott ; 21. 11T-Trevor Gundaker ; 22. 28-Tyler Carpenter 
DIRTcar Summit Modifieds
In a milestone year for the DIRTcar Summit Racing Equipment Modified Nationals, it was only fitting that its six-time champion hit a milestone of his own Friday night at Tri-City Speedway.
Mike Harrison brought his A-game into the 25-lap Feature and showed everyone why he is the tour’s only 50-time winner, putting the moves on mid-race leader Kyle Steffens just after halfway and driving off with the $1,000 check in his fourth career victory at Tri-City in Summit Modified action.
“We actually found something that we had screwed-up the other day on my other car, and we had it screwed up on this one too. Ever since we fixed that [problem], we’re back in business,” Harrison said in Victory Lane.
Harrison began his run to the front from outside Row 4 and quickly jumped into the podium, making the move for second on Michael Long on a Lap 9 restart. After several laps of digging to leader Steffens’ inside, Harrison finally got enough momentum down low and threw a big slide job into Turn 3 to take the top spot as they completed Lap 14. From that point onward, Harrison put it on cruise control.
Steffens, Long and polesitter Rick Conoyer were chasing Harrison down late in the race when they all came together after contact in Turns 3-4, ending each of their nights with results of 16th, 15th and 18th, respectively.
Dean Hoffman and 15-year-old Hunt Gossum assumed the podium spots on the restart and held them back around to the checkered for their best finishes with the Summit Mods this season.
A big 50th time in Summit Modifieds Victory Lane for the six-time champ begged the question of his plans to race on the tour this season and how those plans would affect his chances of a seventh championship. To that, Harrison put it very simply.
“I work for a living, so I have to go to work sometimes to pay the bills at home. But I will go to the races that I can physically go to that’s right for my team. The other ones, I just don’t, and I let the points play out the way they’re gonna play out,” Harrison said.
The DIRTcar Summit Modifieds racing action continues Saturday night at the Fairbury Speedway with a $2,000-to-win show, broadcasted LIVE on DIRTVision presented by Drydene.
Feature (25 Laps) 1. 24H-Mike Harrison ; 2. 1D-Dean Hoffman ; 3. 99-Hunt Gossum ; 4. 3L-Jeff Leka ; 5. 128-Zach Schantz ; 6. 77-Ray Bollinger ; 7. 87Z-Zeb Moake ; 8. 59R-Jacob Rexing ; 9. 9H-John DeMoss ; 10. 21M-Willy Myers ; 11. 24-Zeke McKenzie ; 12. 79D-Caleb DeMoss ; 13. 22-Wade Wenthe ; 14. 1Z-Zach Hoffman ; 15. 18L-Michael Long ; 16. 8-Kyle Steffans ; 17. K19-Will Krup ; 18. 14-Rick Conoyer ; 19. 327-Chuck Goodman ; 20. 117-Frankie Wellman ; 21. 25W-Allen Weisser ; 22. 4A-Dave Wietholder 
DIRTcar Series PR
Buddy Kofoid passed teammate Kaylee Bryson on a lap 16 restart and then held her off for the last 15 laps to win the POWRI Lucas Oil National Midget League’s feature at Humboldt Speedway. Despite falling just short of the win, Bryson made history in matching the best ever finish by a woman in a national midget feature event with her second-place finish.
Kofoid’s win is his fourth in the last six POWRi events and the sixth in a row for Keith Kunz Motorsports (KKM) and Toyota in POWRi competition. It marks Toyota’s 19th national midget feature triumph in 2020.
After starting fourth, Bryson moved up to third on the opening lap and then climbed into second by lap three. Just two laps later, she would throw a slider at leader Chance Morton into turn three to take the lead and then hold off Morton to assume the point position on lap five.
From that point on, she would maintain a comfortable lead, while Kofoid steadily moved up behind her, taking over the third position on lap 10 and then climbing into second on lap 13.
A caution flag on lap 16 would bunch the field for a restart that saw Kofoid diving inside Bryson into turn one to take over the top spot. The race would go green the rest of the way with the two KKM drivers as the class of the field. As the laps began to wind down, Bryson would close the gap as the leaders hit heavy traffic, but Kofoid was able to fight through it and stabilize the lead over the final five laps.
Behind the leaders, the action began to heat up between two more Toyota drivers, Zach Daum and Daison Pursley, for the third and final position on the podium. In the end, it was Pursley using a last lap pass to finish third, while Daum would place fourth as Toyota drivers captured the top four finishing positions.
“I thought we had something broke in the right rear early,” said a victorious Kofoid. “It was a bumpy track, but we were able to run hard. It feels great to get four wins so quickly since getting back. Hopefully we can pick up a couple more this year. Thanks to KKM, Toyota and Mobil 1 for giving me this opportunity. I’m just glad we were able to get past the early red flags to put on a great show for all the fans that came out to support us.”
Bryson, who led 11 of the 30 laps, matches former KKM drivers Holley Hollan and Holly Shelton, along with Sarah McCune, for the top finishing position by a woman in a national midget feature. It’s her second podium finish in just seven POWRi events this season.
“It feels pretty good to match that best finish, but I jut want that first win so bad,” said the 19-year-old Bryson. “I’m with one of the best teams out there and having Toyota power is pretty awesome. I feel fortunate to be out here with all of these great people. I’m learning every time I’m on the track. I got to race hard with Buddy and he’s one of the best of the best. Now my goal is to get some wins.”
Also earning top-10 finishes were fellow Toyota Emerson Axsom in sixth and Ace McCarthy in eighth. Cannon McIntosh fell just shy of a top-10. After falling back to 25th after an early incident, he charged back through the field to place 11th.
The POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget League moves on to Valley Speedway in Grain Valley, Missouri, for a pair of races Saturday and Sunday.
Anthony Alfredo and the Alsco Chevrolet Team Overcome Late Pit Road Penalties for Sixth-Place Finish in Alsco 300
"Our Alsco Chevrolet Camaro had tremendous speed, especially on the long run. We ran in the top three pretty much the entire first half of the race and picked up some valuable stage points as well. Unfortunately, it was just a little too tight. We tried to adjust on it and we fell behind a bit at the beginning of the final stage. We just lacked a little bit of short run speed, but we rallied back on the long run. We nailed our green flag pit stop and were in great position to grab a top-five before the caution came out. When I came down for the final stop the tire changer from the car in front of me ran out and I turned the wheel to miss him, which caused me to slide through our pit box sideways. On top of my mistake we had another penalty, which forced us to start at the rear of the field. That was frustrating. It definitely ruined our entire strategy. I drove my butt off on that last restart and thankfully we were still able to salvage another sixth-place finish. My team brought an extremely fast car and I think we deserved to finish better both yesterday and tonight; however, that's just part of it. We'll keep working hard and be ready for another opportunity next week at Texas."
Race Winner: Austin Cindric of Team Penske (Ford)
Stage 1 Winner: Noah Gragson of JR Motorsports (Chevrolet)
Stage 2 Winner: Austin Cindric of Team Penske (Ford)
Chase Briscoe was the picture of perseverance Friday night in the Alsco 300 – the second part of the NASCAR Xfinity Series doubleheader at Kentucky Speedway in Sparta. The 25-year-old racer from Mitchell, Indiana, started 12th in the 36-car field after the invert from Thursday night’s race where he finished fourth. Briscoe wheeled his No. 98 Ford Performance Racing School Mustang deftly, finishing seventh in the first stage and fourth in the second stage. Crew chief Richard Boswell called for several big adjustments to loosen up the handling of Briscoe’s Ford throughout the night, but it wasn’t until the final caution of the race on lap 180 that Briscoe was in a position to challenge for the lead. After pitting for one final adjustment and four fresh tires, Briscoe was third for the lap-187 restart. He made a bold move to the inside of Daniel Hemric to power to second place, whereupon Briscoe was able to run on the back bumper of race leader Austin Cindric. But soon Cindric pulled away and opened up a sizeable gap to the No. 98 Ford Performance Racing School Mustang, winning the race by 2.262 seconds over Briscoe, who finished second.
Chase Briscoe, driver of the No. 98 Ford Performance Racing School Mustang for Stewart-Haas Racing:
“I think Kentucky is, by far, my worst racetrack on the schedule. I can never get my car to drive how I want it to drive. I don’t know if it’s something I’m doing, but I keep trying everything and nothing seems to work. So, I just need to do more homework on this place. Overall, I didn’t feel like we were a fourth-place or second-place car either night, so to be able to do that on what I think are our worst two nights of the year is a reason to keep our head high. We’ll go on to Texas next week, which is kind of a sister track to this one, and probably my second-worst mile-and-a-half. I feel like the high-grip, mile-and-a-half tracks with one lane of racing are where I struggle. We’ll move on to next week with our Ford Performance Racing School Mustang and try to learn from tonight and last night and be a little bit better.”
● Briscoe earned his ninth top-five of the season and his 23rd top-five in 65 career Xfinity Series starts.
● This was Briscoe’s seventh finish of second or better this season, a tally that includes a series-leading five wins.
● Briscoe finished seventh in Stage 1 to earn four bonus points and fourth in Stage 2 to earn seven more bonus points.
● Austin Cindric won the Alsco 300 to score his fourth career Xfinity Series victory, his second of the season and his second at Kentucky.
● There were five caution periods for a total of 27 laps.
● Only 12 of the 36 drivers in the Alsco 300 finished on the lead lap.
● Briscoe extended his lead in the championship standings to 19 points over second-place Noah Gragson.
The next event on the Xfinity Series schedule is the My Bariatric Solutions 300 on Saturday, July 18 at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth. The race begins at 3 p.m. EDT with live coverage on NBCSN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.
Austin Cindric won his career first oval race at Kentucky Speedway on Thursday night and answered it with the most dominant win of his career in Friday night’s Alsco 300, the second half of the Bluegrass state NASCAR Xfinity Series doubleheader.
Cindric led 130 of the 200 laps in the No. 22 Penske Racing Ford – nearly doubling the most laps he’s ever led in a race – and finished 2.262-seconds ahead of fellow Ford driver Chase Briscoe. It marks the first time a driver has won NASCAR national series races on consecutive nights since Richard Petty did it in 1971.
“I’m just so excited, this is all a credit to my team," Cindric said. “What we did tonight was really impressive because we came with one set-up last night and won the race and came with another set-up tonight and won again. That happens at the shop and with the guys on the box so all the credit to them, I’m the lucky one who gets to drive."
Kaulig Racing teammates Justin Haley and Ross Chastain finished third and fourth, followed by JR Motorsports’ Justin Allgaier. Anthony Alfredo, Noah Gragson, Michael Annett, Daniel Hemric and Riley Herbst rounded out the top 10.
As the laps led total indicates, this was the most dominant victory of the 21-year old Cindric’s career – both in laps out front and the way he did it. He was leading the field by almost 12-seconds when a caution came out with 22 laps remaining for an incident between Brandon Jones and Hemric, who were running second and third at the time.
Both Jones and Hemric hit the wall racing hard side-by-side for second place. Hemric was able to continue but Jones’ car was badly damaged.
The front-runners opted to pit during the ensuing caution period and Cindric won the race off pit road, holding the point for the remaining 13-lap green flag run on the 1.5-mile track.
As Cindric was celebrating the fourth win of his career on the front-straight, however, Gragson and 12th place finisher Harrison Burton were involved in a pushing match by their parked cars. The two collided in the final laps, both brushing the wall before continuing on – a top-10 for Gragson but a 12th place finish for Burton’s No. 20 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota.
Team members pulled the drivers apart and both spoke on FS1’s live telecast afterward.
Burton, 19, indicated it was not the first time Gragson, 21, had derailed a finishing position for him and conceded the physical altercation was just a matter of frustration. He had been on pace for a top-5 finish before the contact.
“He put us in fence at Charlotte and now here," Burton said. “I had a lot of people coming up to me afterwards telling that [confrontation] was a long time coming."
“I was just frustrated," he said.
For his part, Gragson said he needed to go back and look at race replays to see exactly what transpired.
“We’re all racing hard," he said. “I really don’t have a comment, haven’t seen everything that happened [on track]."
Beyond Cindric’s Kentucky domination, perhaps the night’s next most impressive work came from the veteran Allgaier, who rallied to his fifth-place finish after going a lap down almost immediately on the night. A piece of Kyle Weatherman’s wrecked Chevrolet impacted Allgaier’s No. 7 JR Motorsports Chevrolet on the opening lap of the race. He had to come in for repairs and spent the night rallying to his first top-5 in more than a month.
For the fifth Friday night in-a-row, entertainment was on center stage at the Logan County Fairgrounds ¼-mile dirt track, Lincoln Speedway. Another strong turnout of cars put on a great show for the fans in the stands.
The most exciting feature of the night came from the DIRTcar Pro Late Models. 17 drivers took the green flag with Jose Parga leading the way for the early laps. Teammate Dakota Ewing was pressuring up front and took the lead away on lap five. Parga ran in the top five until he spun while trying to pass a lap car in turn one, on lap eleven. Back to green, it was Ewing and Brandon Eskew putting on some top notch entertainment at the front of the pack. Slidejob after slidejob, the two drivers were racing hard for the lead. Eventually, Ewing set sail over the final laps to claim the feature victory. Following the Warrensburg, IL driver were Eskew, Jake Little, Tommy Sheppard, and Roben Huffman.
The DIRTcar Modifieds had another stout field on hand with Brian Diveley and Mike Brooks starting up front. Diveley, a former Big Ten Super Late Model champion, has been strong in his Modified this year but had yet to find victory lane. The changed on this night, as the Springfield driver was flawless at the front and was able to stretch his lead at the end. Brooks came home an impressive second, while Brian Lynn, Austin Lynn, and Sheppard completed the top five.
In DIRTcar Street Stock action, competitors had a tough go of it at the start with a few drivers eliminated from early crashes. The most severe was Rudy Zaragoza’s #67 after he and Andy Zahnd collided coming down the backstretch. That handed the lead to Terry Reed, who claimed a win on opening night. Reed, a Cerro Gordo, IL resident, took his second win of the year at Lincoln, while Jaret Duff, Zahnd, Jeremy Madsen, and Wes Biesenthal finished off the top five.
Mark McMahill looked to be the man to beat in the early going of the 15-lap Nutech Seed DII Midget feature event. However, perennial favorite, Andy Baugh, made his move to the inside with about five to go to take the lead away. The Mason City driver claimed his third win of the season, while McMahill, Korey Weyant, Will Armitage, and Jace Sparks were in the top five. The Nutech Seed Front Row Challenge was unclaimed and the bonus will be $200 next Friday night.
Decatur, IL driver, Brady Reed, raced into the early lead and never looked back in the DIRTcar Hornet feature event. Dallas Strauch was able to hang onto second, while Joe Reed raced from tenth to third. Erik Vanapeldoorn took the fourth spot while Eldon Hemken finished fifth.
Lincoln Speedway will be back at it next Friday, July 17 as the Built Ford Tough MOWA 410 Winged Sprint Cars open up their 2020 racing season. DIRTcar Pro Late Models, Modifieds, Nutech Seed DII Midgets, Hornets, and KidModz will also be in action.
For more information, visit www.lincolnspeedwayil.com.
Lincoln Speedway PR
Official commemorative digital program for prestigious NASCAR All-Star race available for free download to NASCAR nation
To help all race fans enjoy the 36th NASCAR All-Star Race at Bristol Motor Speedway, track officials are making the 74-page commemorative digital program available for free download starting today. Please click here to download your free copy.
The program is stocked with great feature stories, including a profile on four-time NASCAR All-Star winner Jimmie Johnson, who will likely be making his final start in the prestigious race that awards $1 million to the winner. In addition, there is a feature on Bristol Motor Speedway, the home to big events, remembering some of the marquee events that have been held at The Last Great Colosseum over the years. There is also a great look back at the famed “Quicksilver” car that NASCAR legend Dale Earnhardt Sr. drove in the NASCAR All-Star Race in 1995.
The program also provides great race preview stories for both the 140-lap NASCAR All-Star Race and the NASCAR All-Star Open, an 85-lap last-chance event for those Cup Series drivers who aren’t already qualified for the All-Star Race. In addition, there is a rewind feature that remembers the 2019 NASCAR All-Star Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway. There are great driver photos, track history, hero pages, driver rosters, track records, stats, a wide array of hyperlinked sponsor advertisements and so much more.
In order to download your free copy, please visit the Bristol Motor Speedway website or be on the lookout for BMS emails as well as invitations to download the program on any of the BMS social media channels.
The 2020 commemorative NASCAR All-Star Race program was designed by Learfield-IMG College Publishing in Lexington, Ky. The feature stories were authored by many of the top journalists who travel with the NASCAR Cup Series circuit.
The action gets underway on Wednesday, July 15 with the NASCAR All-Star Open at 7 p.m. ET. The two stage winners and the race winner of the NASCAR All-Star Open will advance into the NASCAR All-Star Race, which begins at 8:30 p.m. ET. The winner of the NASCAR All-Star Fan Vote, which is currently ongoing at NASCAR.com, also will earn a starting spot in the NASCAR All-Star Race. The Fan Vote closes at noon on Tuesday, July 14. The event will be broadcast on FS1, MRN Radio and Sirius XM NASCAR Radio, starting at 7 p.m.
For ticket information, please visit www.bristolmotorspeedway.com/
The NTT INDYCAR SERIES will race the first of three doubleheader events this season at this weekend’s REV Group Grand Prix presented by AMR Doubleheader at Road America at 5 p.m. (ET) Saturday, July 11on NBCSN and noon (ET) Sunday, July 12 on NBC.
Scott Dixon has won the first two races of the 2020 season, scoring the win at Texas Motor Speedway June 6 and at last Saturday’s road course race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
The 23 drivers entered in the weekend’s doubleheader will compete in a compacted schedule. The two-day event will feature a one-hour, 15-minute practice session Saturday, followed by an NTT P1 Award qualifying session before each 55-lap race Saturday and Sunday.
Practice times will set the field into two groups for NTT P1 Award qualifying, but there will only be one round. Each group will run a 12-minute session, and the fastest in each group will earn a bonus NTT INDYCAR SERIES championship point and the overall fastest lap will earn the NTT P1 Award.
Here are "5 Things To Look For..." heading into this weekend’s REV Group Grand Prix presented by AMR Doubleheader.