Pierce Nabs First Ever WOO Win
By Rocky Ragusa
Farmer City,Ill. ( 3/3/21) Bobby Pierce took the lead from fellow front row starter, Kevin Weaver on the start of the 75 lap World of Outlaw race and looked to be on his way to a flag to flag win. Ricky Thorton Jr. had been challenging Pierce for the lead but suddenly slowed on the track to bring out a caution with five laps remaining. Cade Dillard moved into the second position and on the restart moved past Pierce for the lead. As the flagman waved the white flag, Pierce executed a slide job on Dillard to retake the lead. Pierce pulled away from Dillard to earn his first career WOO feature win before a standing room crowd at the Farmer City Raceway.
As he accepted his check for $20,000 in winning the 11th Annual “Illini 100”, an excited Pierce spoke. “ Man, I’m shaking. This is awesome. It feels like winning the World 100. Thanks to all the fans for coming out. Just to get this win not only for myself, but for my family and friends. They wanted it as much as me”.
Dillard took second, while Brandon Sheppard charged through the field and took third. Chris Madden, Rick Eckert, Shannon Babb, Kyle Bronson, Mike Spatola, Brian Shirley, and Frank Heckenast Jr. completed the top ten.
Aaron Heck was able to lead flag to flag in winning the 20 lap, $1000 to win Pro Late Model race over Jose Parga, Brandon Eskew, Jake Little, and Chris Dick.
Defending AMS champion, Tyler Nicely turned back a bevy of contenders to take a hard fought 30 lap, $2500 payday. Michael Ledford had the crowd on their feet as the defending track champion started in the 12th position and slowly picked off his competition. Ledford made several bids for the lead, but Nicely stood his ground. Kyle Hammer got past Ledford into second, but slid off the track and lost ground. Ledford was able to reclaim second, followed by Ryan Thomas, Brandon Bollinger, and Hammer.