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MACON, IL (April 28, 2018) - Going back-to-back with the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series, Bobby Pierce fought his way to victory at Macon Speedway on Saturday night. Pierce held off a fiercely challenging Ryan Unzicker to win the St. Louis U-Pic-A-Part 100.
Unzicker briefly took the lead coming off of turn number four on lap 93, but Pierce battled back regaining the top spot a lap later. Pierce held off a furious charge from Unzicker on the final lap to score the win. Shannon Babb took third, as the home state drivers swept the top three finishers. Jonathan Davenport came home in third just ahead of Josh Richards, last year's event winner.
In Lucas Oil Victory lane for the seventh time in his career, Pierce commented on his win. "Heading into the weekend I didn't think I would win two races. If I did win one I thought it might be here. I got a little nervous there in traffic and then I hit the wall coming out of turn four. I think Big C was looking down on me after that. Man, I am glad to be back home. We go to so many tracks this year that I have never been to before. You have got to have laps at these tracks and fortunately the last two nights that was the case. There is nothing that compares to this track. Just glad to get these wins, thanks to all my crew, family and sponsors," said the 21-year-old before an appreciative crowd.
Unzicker thrilled the crowd with his daring moves throughout the race. "I couldn't beat him [Pierce] in a Pierce car and now I can't in the Rocket he's driving. He [Pierce] is a tough competitor. Glad to see him back here. He has a nice team there. We have been busting our tails in the garage and it paid off here tonight. This is one of my favorite tracks to run on. I feel like our programs been pretty good and the finish tonight just proves it."
Babb was in the hunt the entire distance as he came home in third. "I felt like we had a pretty good car. I was just biding my time there. I just let the laps go by. Ryan was good on the restarts. We got into traffic and he [Unzicker] got by me. It was a really good race and to run good here it's always nice to come home again."
The winner's Dunn-Benson Motorsports, Rocket Chassis is powered by a Pro Power Racing Engine and sponsored by: Campbell University, Dunn-Benson Ford, Allgayer Inc., Hoker Trucking, Champion Spark Plugs, Premier Waste Services, Berger's Marina, Carnaghi Towing, Sunoco Race Fuels, and Advanced Racing Suspension.
Completing the top ten were Tim McCreadie, Jimmy Owens, Don O'Neal, Hudson O'Neal, and Jason Feger.
Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series