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Bobby Pierce Tops Fairbury, Chase Johnson Foolish Out West

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Dirt Racing’s Winning Moment: Bobby Pierce kept Daulton Wilson at bay on a green-white-checkered restart to score the $30,000 win in the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series’ debut at Fairbury American Legion Speedway in Illinois Saturday night (May 13).

Pierce’s victory came in a raucous short-track race that sent the series’ points into a complete tailspin, with four of the top-five drivers all running into serious trouble on the track. When the dust settled, it was none other than full-time debutant Brandon Overton leading the points, courtesy of a fourth-place finish that also the Georgian land hard charger of the race honors.

Dirt Racing’s Dramatic Moment: The moment of the weekend came during an earlier battle for the race lead at Fairbury. As Dennis Erb Jr. was running his traditional “catfish” low line, Hudson O’Neal made an ill-advised move for the race lead entering turn 1 and absolutely doored Erb, collecting Shannon Babb in the process.

DirtonDirt‘s crew reported post-race that Erb was understandably upset about the incident, and to his credit O’Neal did take full responsibility for the incident. What’s more, karma caught up with the driver of the Rocket house car in the closing laps.

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I slept better Saturday night knowing O’Neal didn’t win at Fairbury. I expected the hottest driver in super late model racing to be contrite for his mistake and he was, but it would have been too much to see him score a trophy after taking arguably the strongest car in the race out so belligerently.

Brad Sweet won the only World of Outlaws race at Williams Grove Speedway Friday after the Morgan Cup was rained out Saturday and he noticed something that I did as well … he wasn’t booed at all despite scoring a dominant win in the heart of Pennsylvania Posse country. Yes, that was possibly the product of a disappointing race at the Grove that never saw the track widen out for a competitive feature the way it has in earlier season races, so it may have been as simple as a big crowd heading home.

But there’s two other possibilities here, and I’m honestly not sure which one is the most accurate. One, maybe Sweet is someone sprint car racing on the whole has a proper level of respect for. Not just because of his accomplishments on the racetrack (winning four consecutive Outlaw titles is no small feat) but also because his efforts…

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