Bobby Pierce Dominates Opening Round of Clash at the Mag

Filed in 2020 Results on June 18, 2020
Bobby Pierce victorious in opening round of Clash at the Mag (Heath Lawson Photo)

The COMP Cams Super Dirt Series (CCSDS) Super Late Models and Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series (LOLMDS) hooked horns on Friday night at Johnny Stokes’ Magnolia Motor Speedway during the opening round of the annual General Tire Clash at The Mag presented by Big River Steel.

Bobby Piece led wire-to-wire in the 25 lap feature to kick off the weekend. 

For the Illinois native, it was his first win of the season as he became the 11th different winner in 16 Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series events this year. Pierce had a healthy lead throughout the race and cruised to the victory. His win came ahead of a torrid battle for second on back that saw current series point leader Jimmy Owens finish in second followed by Ross Bailes, Shane Clanton, and Tyler Erb. 

Pierce got to the lead at the start of the race while the race for second raged on behind him. Owens and Bailes went back-and-forth several times in the race for second. Owens was finally able to wrestle second-place from Bailes on the 23rd lap. 

The 23-year-old Pierce went to Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Victory Lane for the 11th time in his career. “The way the night started; I was not happy. We were bad in qualifying. All-in-all it was a great ending to the night, this is our first win of 2020. This Pierce car with Advanced Shocks has been working well. I want to thank my crew and my family.” 

“It feels great to get that first win, but it’s 100 laps here on Saturday, it’s going to be a little different.  We had just got to get a little better. I feel like when I got to those lapped cars I was struggling a little bit. I saw my dad giving me signals and the sticks were getting closer together at the end. I messed up a couple of times and with this type of field of cars, you cannot do that too many times. It feels to get that monkey off our back.” 

Owens finished in second, and was happy with another podium finish, “After they worked the track there were crumbs on the bottom and I didn’t get off to a good start. It did not pack in as good as the top. Me and Ross had a good race. We just raced around the top and really couldn’t move around like we wanted to.  We will come back tomorrow night and try to pick up one more spot.”

Bailes took home the third spot in the Lamm Autosports/Rocket. “Thanks to Kemp Lamm for letting me drive his car. I thought we had something for him [Pierce] in the beginning. Congrats to Bobby on the win and thank you to Jimmy for racing me clean.”

The winner’s Pierce Platinum Chassis is sponsored by Hoker Trucking, Premier Waste Services, Allgayer Inc., Mesilla Valley Transportation, Viper Risk Management, First Spear, and Advanced Racing Suspensions. Completing the top ten were Billy Moyer, Tim McCreadie, Timothy Culp, Hudson O’Neal, and Josh Richards.

Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series 
Race Summary 
General Tire Clash at the Mag – presented by Big River Steel
Thursday, June 18th, 2020
Magnolia Motor Speedway – Columbus, MS

Time Trials
Fast Time Group A: Jimmy Owens / 13.23 seconds (overall)
Fast Time Group B: Frank Heckenast Jr. / 13.532 seconds 

Heat Race #1 Finish (10 Laps, Top 3 Transfer):  1. 20-Jimmy Owens[1]; 2. 40B-Kyle Bronson[3]; 3. 9-Devin Moran[2]; 4. 49-Jonathan Davenport[4]; 5. 86B-Brian Rickman[5]; 6. R5-Hunter Rasdon[7]; 7. 84-Austin Smith[6]; 8. 1BJ-BJ Robinson[8]; 9. 3-Luke Bennett[9]; 10. (DNS) Z6-Zach Combs

Heat Race #2 Finish (10 Laps, Top 3 Transfer):  1. 1T-Tyler Erb[2]; 2. 10J-Joseph Joiner[3]; 3. 4M-Michael Arnold[1]; 4. 1ST-Johnny Scott[4]; 5. 1C-Chad Thrash[5]; 6. 14M-Morgan Bagley[6]; 7. 1-Earl Pearson Jr[7]; 8. 92M-Chad Mallett[9]; 9. 31-Nick Thrash[8]

Heat Race #3 Finish (10 Laps, Top 3 Transfer): 1. 25-Shane Clanton[2]; 2. 21M-Billy Moyer Sr[4]; 3. 39-Tim McCreadie[5]; 4. 86R-Rick Rickman[1]; 5. 1G-Devin Gilpin[7]; 6. 00-Jesse Stovall[8]; 7. 34-Doug Sanchagrin[6]; 8. 86-Kyle Beard[3]; 9. 6R-Robbie Stuart[9]

Heat Race #4 Finish (10 Laps, Top 3 Transfer): 1. 32-Bobby Pierce[3]; 2. 90-Neil Baggett[4]; 3. 21-Billy Moyer Jr[2]; 4. 14-Josh Richards[8]; 5. 99JR-Frank Heckenast Jr[1]; 6. 16-Tyler Bruening[5]; 7. 36-Logan Martin[6]; 8. 111-Steven Roberts[7]; 9. G4-Shelby Sheedy[9]

Heat Race #5 Finish (10 Laps, Top 3 Transfer): 1. 1B-Ross Bailes[1]; 2. C8-Timothy Culp[2]; 3. 71-Hudson O’Neal[3]; 4. 81E-Tanner English[5]; 5. 33-Scott Dedwylder[7]; 6. 54-David Breazeale[6]; 7. 21B-Chris Brown[4]; 8. 14G-Joe Godsey[8]; 9. 48-Jamie Elam[9]

Heat Race #6 Finish (10 Laps, Top 3 Transfer): 1. 11J-Drew Armstrong[1]; 2. 11H-Spencer Hughes[2]; 3. 50-Shanon Buckingham[6]; 4. 18X-Michael Page[7]; 5. 2S-Stormy Scott[4]; 6. 212-Josh Putnam[5]; 7. 33C-Eric Cooley[3]; 8. 7D-David Payne[9]; 9. 25M-Justin Mcree[8]

B-Main #1 Finish (12 Laps, Top 2 Transfer):  1. 49-Jonathan Davenport[1]; 2. 1ST-Johnny Scott[2]; 3. R5-Hunter Rasdon[5]; 4. 1C-Chad Thrash[4]; 5. 84-Austin Smith[7]; 6. 14M-Morgan Bagley[6]; 7. 1-Earl Pearson Jr[8]; 8. 86B-Brian Rickman[3]; 9. 31-Nick Thrash[12]; 10. 92M-Chad Mallett[10]; 11. 1BJ-BJ Robinson[9]; 12. (DNS) 3-Luke Bennett; 13. (DNS) Z6-Zach Combs

B-Main #2 Finish (12 Laps, Top 2 Transfer): 1. 14-Josh Richards[2]; 2. 86R-Rick Rickman[1]; 3. 16-Tyler Bruening[6]; 4. 00-Jesse Stovall[5]; 5. 99JR-Frank Heckenast Jr[4]; 6. 1G-Devin Gilpin[3]; 7. 36-Logan Martin[8]; 8. 86-Kyle Beard[9]; 9. 111-Steven Roberts[10]; 10. G4-Shelby Sheedy[12]; 11. 34-Doug Sanchagrin[7]; 12. 6R-Robbie Stuart[11]

B-Main #2 Finish (12 Laps, Top 2 Transfer): 1. 33-Scott Dedwylder[3]; 2. 18X-Michael Page[2]; 3. 81E-Tanner English[1]; 4. 212-Josh Putnam[6]; 5. 54-David Breazeale[5]; 6. 2S-Stormy Scott[4]; 7. 21B-Chris Brown[7]; 8. 33C-Eric Cooley[8]; 9. 14G-Joe Godsey[9]; 10. 7D-David Payne[10]; 11. 48-Jamie Elam[11]; 12. (DNS) 25M-Justin Mcree

Feature Finish (25 Laps): 

PosStartCar #CompetitorHometownPay
1232Bobby PierceOakwood, IL$5,000
2120Jimmy OwensNewport, TN$3,000
341BRoss BailesClover, SC$2,000
4525Shane ClantonZebulon, GA$1,500
531TTyler ErbNew Waverly, TX$1,250
61121MBilly Moyer SrBatesville, AR$1,000
71739Tim McCreadieWatertown, NY$950
810C8Timothy CulpPrattsville, AR$900
91671Hudson O'NealMartinsville, IN$850
102014Josh RichardsShinnston, WV$800
11890Neil BaggettColumbus, MS$700
12740BKyle BronsonBrandon, FL$600
13910JJoseph JoinerMilton, FL$600
141949Jonathan DavenportBlairsville, GA$600
151211HSpencer HughesMeridian, MS$600
161850Shanon BuckinghamMorristown, TN$600
172418XMichael PageWinston, GA$550
18611JDrew ArmstrongAlexander, AR$500
19154MMichael ArnoldHattiesburg, MS$500
201421Billy Moyer JrBatesville, AR$500
21139Devin MoranDresden, OH$500
22221STJohnny ScottLas Cruces, NM$500
232133Scott DedwylderVossburg, MS$500
242386RRick RickmanColumbus, MS$500

Hot Shots Feature Finish:
1. Isaac Gipson 10 Russellville, Al.
2. Jesse White 10W Lutts, Tn.
3. Dale Johnson 01 Wade, Ms.
4. Les Sanford 7 Northport, Al.
5. Thomas Bynum 43 Berry, Al.
6. Logan Bright 82 Coker, Al.
7. Blake Lamberth 44F Burnsville, Ms.
8. Josh Mosley 1J Gilbertown, Al.
9. Ricky Smith 1A Indianola, Ms.
10. Ed Caulder 77 Columbus, Ms.
11. Judd Murphy 7L Columbus, Ms.
12. John Norris 11N Northport, Al.
13. Eli McKinney 18 Planterville, Ms.
14. Daylan Harriston 10D
15. Brandon Glenn 21B Steens, Ms.
16. Roy Welch 17W Sulligent, Al.
17. Hailey Wade 29L Greenwod Springs, Ms.
18. Anthony Minor 16 Baldwyn, Ms.
19. Peyton Manzo 9 Baldwyn, Ms.
20. Tyler Montgomery 20M Walnut, Ms.
21. Isaac Slaton 20 Carbon Hill, Al.

Crate Racin’ USA Modified Sportsman Feature Finish:
1. Jason Byrd 4B Carbon Hill, Al.
2. Bryce Trull 25T Lobeiville, Tn.
3. Michael Blakeney 80 Oxford, Al.
4. Rusty Duncan 12 Tuscaloosa, Al.
5. Luke Riddle 28 Hartselle, Al.
6. Billy Wilkins 00 Verbena, Al.
7. Tim Staples 52 Pell City, Al.
8. Carlton Freeman 2020 Eastaboga, Al.
9. Casey Dunavan 25 Medina, Tn.
10. Chris Howell 0UFO Columbiana, Al.
11. Cale Buhler 42 Denham Springs, La.
12. Shane Burns 17 Ethelsville, Al.
13. Tommy Carroll 97C Lobelville, Tn.