Daily Archive: February 15, 2014

Feb 15

Bobby Pierce Takes First Career East Bay Win on Saturday Afternoon

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TAMPA, FL (February 15, 2014) – Bobby Pierce took the lead at the start of the race and never looked back as he went on to win Saturday afternoon at East Bay Raceway Park.  It was Pierce’s first ever win at East Bay as well as his first career Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series victory. Pierce was followed across the finish line by Gregg Satterlee, Steve Francis, Billy Moyer, Jr., and Eddie Carrier Jr.

“It feels great to win here at East Bay.  My dad never won here. We have been coming down here for three years now and to finally break through with this win, I don’t know what to say,” said the 17-year-old, who became the second youngest driver to win a Winternationals event in a Late Model at East Bay.

“I am going to have to text my buddy Tyler Reddick, and tell him I won.  He is the youngest to win here [when he was 15], so I have to rub it in a little.  It was important to win that first heat and get the pole.  We have had a tough week with our other car.  I am not sure if something is bent on it or what, so we brought this one out today.  If dad let’s me, I guess I should drive it tonight,” said the winner.

“My biggest challenge today was to conserve tires.  Obviously, in a day race there was no moisture out there.  You have to drive the car straighter.  Traffic wasn’t too bad out there.  I kept some distance between myself and the last place car for a while, and then I thought I had better get going.  I knew someone was close behind me, so I had to pick up the pace a little bit,” said the driver of the Pierce Posse, Champion, Bob Pierce Race Cars, Pro Power Racing Engines, Chevrolet.

Satterlee is racing at East Bay this week for the first time in his career, and finished second today.  “The car was really good.  You have to be extremely patient in those conditions during the day.  I think we did a good job with the tires as well. We developed an oil leak there towards the end of the race, so we will take a look at that before tonight’s show, and hopefully win tonight.”

On the first lap, Francis quickly moved up two spots from his third-row starting spot. He stayed there the rest of the race to finish third.  “We just hung around, hoping something would happen to the 32 and the 22 car, so we could gain a spot or two.  They drove a great race.  I saw some smoke out of Satterlee’s car towards the end.  I didn’t know if it was an oil leak or tire smoke. We will take third and head to tonight’s race.  We have been struggling some this week. It’s a point’s race, so we have to go and make some adjustments.”

Completing the top ten were Jimmy Owens, Eric Jacobsen, Ray Cook, Brian Shirley, and John Blankenship.

In preliminary action, Billy Moyer Jr. set the overall Miller Welders Fast Time (Group B) amongst the ­35 entrants, with a lap of 15.196 seconds. Eddie Carrier Jr. set the fastest time in Group A with a time of 15.350 seconds. Bobby Pierce, Gregg Satterlee, Billy Moyer Jr., and Ray Cook. won their respective heat races. Kenny PettyJohn won the B-Main.

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Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
Race Summary
Saturday DAY, February 15th, 2014
38th Annual East Bay Winternationals
East Bay Raceway Park – Tampa, FL

 

Miller Welders Fast Time Group A:  Eddie Carrier Jr. / 15.350 seconds
Miller Welders Fast Time Group B:  Billy Moyer Jr. / 15.196 seconds

Fast Shafts Heat Race #1 Finish (10 Laps, Top 5 Transfer): Bobby Pierce, Steve Francis, Eddie Carrier Jr., Justin Rattliff, Davey Johnson, Kenny PettyJohn, Chad Hollenbeck, Joe Denby, Adam Bowman

Eibach Springs Heat Race #2 Finish (10 Laps, Top 5 Transfer): Gregg Satterlee, Jimmy Owens, Don O’Neal, Jason Papich, John Blankenship, Booper Bare, Kevin Weaver, Nick Davis, Leon Henderson

Simpson Performance Products Heat Race #3 Finish (10 Laps, Top 5 Transfer): Billy Moyer Jr., Dennis Erb Jr., Brian Shirley, Jared Landers, Jason Riggs, Mike Benedum, Devin Moran, Jay Morris

FK Rod Ends Heat Race #4 Finish (10 Laps, Top 5 Transfer): Ray Cook, Eric Jacobsen, Randy Weaver, Jason Hughes, Dan Stone, Vic Coffey, Dennis Franklin, James O’Hara

JRi Shocks B-Main (12 Laps, Top 4 Transfer): Kenny PettyJohn, Booper Bare, Chad Hollenbeck, Kevin Weaver, Devin Moran, Mike Benedum, Vic Coffey, Nick Davis, Joe Denby, James O’Hara, Jay Morris, Adam Bowman, Dennis Franklin

DirtOnDirt.com Strawberry Dash Finish (Winner Transfers): Mike Benedum, Jay Morris, James OHara

Feature Finish (35 Laps):

FINISH START CAR # DRIVER NAME HOMETOWN
1 1 32 Bobby Pierce Oakwood, IL
2 3 22s Gregg Satterlee Rochester Mills, PA
3 5 15 Steve Francis Ashland, KY
4 2 21JR Billy Moyer Jr. Batesville, AR
5 9 28 Eddie Carrier Jr. Salt Rock, WV
6 7 20 Jimmy Owens Newport, TN
7 8 5J Eric Jacobsen Watsonville, CA
8 4 53 Ray Cook Brasstown, NC
9 10 81 Brian Shirley Chatham, IL
10 19 23 John Blankenship Williamson, WV
11 15 91P Jason Papich Nipomo, CA
12 22 89 Booper Bare Rockbridge Baths, VA
13 21 38 Kenny PettyJohn Millsboro, DE
14 13 16 Justin Rattliff Campbellsville, KY
15 25 99m Devin Moran Dresden, OH
16 18 81JR Jason Riggs Harrisburg, IL
17 26 25x Mike Benedum Salem, WV
18 6 28e Dennis Erb Jr. Carpentersville, IL
19 23 4-Ds Chad Hollenbeck Montrose, PA
20 16 12 Jason Hughes Watts, OK
21 17 1J Davey Johnson Greensburg, PA
22 24 B12 Kevin Weaver Gibson City, IL
23 20 21d Dan Stone Thompson, PA
24 14 777 Jared Landers Batesville, AR
25 12 116 Randy Weaver Crossville, TN
26 11 5 Don O’Neal Martinsville, IN

Race Statistics
Entrants: 35
Lap Leaders: Bobby Pierce (Laps 1 – 35)
Caution Flags: Jimmy Owens (Lap 1)
Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Provisionals: N/A
Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Emergency Provisionals: N/A
Hedman Hedders Fast Time Provisional: Devin Moran
DirtOnDirt.com Strawberry Dash Winner: Mike Benedum
Wrisco Feature Winner: Bobby Pierce
Optima Batteries Hard Charger of the Race: Booper Bare (Started: 22nd; Finished: 12th; Advanced:  10 positions)
Keyser Mfg Spoiler Challenge Point Leader: N/A
Allstar Performer of the Race: Bobby Pierce
Sunoco Race for Gas Highest Finisher: Steve Francis
Dunn Benson Ford Rookie of the Race: Will begin after RoY registration deadline.
Midwest Sheet Metal Highest Finishing Rookie: Will begin after RoY registration deadline.
COMP Cams Engine Builder of the Race: Pro Power Racing Engines
Ohlins Shocks Chassis Builder of the Race: Pierce Race Cars
Outerwears Crew Chief of the Race: Bob Pierce (Bobby Pierce)
HAWK Performance Fastest Lap of the Race: Bobby Pierce – Lap 7 – 15.227 seconds
Time of Race: 11 minutes 57 seconds

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Feb 15

CBS Sports Network to Televise Live ARCA Races

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(DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – February 15, 2014) – Officials from the Automobile Racing Club of America announced today that CBS Sports Network will televise at least three live events from the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards this year.CBS Sports Network’s coverage, part of its CBS Sports Spectacular programming, begins with the Akona 250 on Saturday, June 21 from Elko Speedway in Minnesota. In addition, CBS Sports Network will televise races from Winchester (Ind.) Speedway on Sunday, July 6 and Madison International Speedway in Oregon, Wisc. on Sunday, Aug. 24.

“We are pleased to provide additional exposure of the ARCA Racing Series on CBS Sports Network,” said Mark Gundrum, ARCA Vice President for Business Development and Corporate Partnerships. “This opportunity is great for the teams, sponsors and fans of the series.”

CBS Sports Network’s coverage will include some of the series’ best short track races, designed to showcase ARCA’s exciting action from the tour’s “bullrings,” including historic Winchester Speedway in Indiana.

“The ARCA short track race events are some of the best each year, and we’re excited to bring the side-by-side action to CBS Sports Network’s viewers,” Gundrum concluded.

ABOUT CBS SPORTS NETWORK

CBS Sports Network is available across the country through local cable, video and telco providers and via satellite on DirecTV Channel 221 and Dish Network Channel 158. For more information, including a full programming schedule and how to get CBS Sports Network, go to www.cbssportsnetwork.com.

ABOUT ARCA RACING

For more than 60 years the ARCA Racing Series presented Menards has offered race fans a diverse brand of stock car racing on short tracks, dirt tracks, road courses and superspeedways. Founded by John and Mildred Marcum, the ARCA Racing Series is a destination for professional race drivers and a developmental series which transitions and prepares drivers for the advancement of their careers into the highest levels of the sport.

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