SMOOTH DOMINATION: Pierce Dominates Super Nationals at FALS

SMOOTH DOMINATION: Pierce Dominates Super Nationals at FALS

September 3, 2022 (Fairbury, IL) Round 12 of the Mars Racing Series took place at Fairbury Speedway on Saturday night. The pits filled up with 42 cars on the beautiful summer evening in the land of Lincoln. The event was part of the FALS Super Nationals that paid $10,000 to win in both Late Model and Modified divisions.

In Allstar Performance qualifying it was Bobby Pierce who laid down the quickest lap at 12.936 seconds. This set the stage for four heat races to set the field for the 50 lap event.

In Arizona Sport Shirts Heat Race #1  Steven Roberts took the win to start on the pole for the nights main event. Jake Little, Derek Chandler, and Jake Miller were the other transfer cars.

Heat Race #2 presented by Dirt Track Bank went to Metamora, IL driver Jay Sparks. Other drivers picking up transfer spots were Myles Moos, Chris Simpson, and Taylor Scheffler.

O’Reily Auto Parts Heat Race #3 went to Bobby Pierce. Donny Walden, Brian Shirley, and Jeffery Ledford all moved on to the main event.

Heat Race #4 presented by Hoosier Tire Midwest went to Frank Heckenast Jr. Mike Mataragas, Ryan Unzicker, and Shannon Babb all transferred to the feature event.

It took a pair of B-Main events to set the final four starting spots. Michigan driver Ryan Vanderveen and Jeff Herzog took the top two spots in the first B-Main. Rich Bell and Mars Series regular Jason Feger moved on to the main event. The 22 car starting field was made complete with a series provisional being given to Bob Gardner and track provisional to Mike Spatola.

In the 50 lap $10,000 to win event Bobby Pierce took the lead on lap one and never looked back. In the opening stages fans witnessed quite the battle between Frank Heckenast Jr, Jay Sparks and Steven Roberts. A pair of cautions slowed the event early with scuffles between Steven Roberts and Jay Sparks. Brian Shirley and Shannon Babb were the other two drivers in the mix as the middle stages of the race came on.

Bobby Pierce checked out and the field and dominated the event winning by six seconds over Shannon Babb. Ryan Unzicker rounded out the podium after starting back in the twelfth position.  Jason Feger was the Keyser Manufacturing Hard Charger of the night after improving 15 positions for a top five finish.

The Mars Racing Series now looks to the Sunday event at the Spoon River Speedway for $5,000 to win. This will close out the weekend tripleheader in the land of Lincoln. Every lap of action can be seen LIVE on FloRacing.

Full Results:

A Feature 1 (50 Laps): 1. 32P-Bobby Pierce[2]; 2. 18-Shannon Babb[16]; 3. 24U-Ryan Unzicker[12]; 4. 3S-Brian Shirley[10]; 5. 25-Jason Feger[20]; 6. 99JR-Frank Heckenast Jr[4]; 7. 32-Chris Simpson[11]; 8. 18L-Jeffrey Ledford[14]; 9. 84-Myles Moos[7]; 10. 1W-Donny Walden[6]; 11. 21B-Rich Bell[18]; 12. 38J-Jake Little[5]; 13. 89-Mike Spatola[22]; 14. 10S-Taylor Scheffler[15]; 15. 35-Derek Chandler[9]; 16. 23V-Ryan Vanderveen[17]; 17. 28M-Jake Miller[13]; 18. 7-Jay Sparks[3]; 19. 111-Steven Roberts[1]; 20. 1M-Mike Mataragas[8]; 21. 4G-Bob Gardner[21]; 22. 11-Jeff Herzog[19]

B Feature 1 (12 Laps): 1. 23V-Ryan Vanderveen[1]; 2. 11-Jeff Herzog[5]; 3. 1-Tom Thoennes[2]; 4. 76-Titus Sneed[3]; 5. 24-Turk Letizia[6]; 6. 10P-Paul Parker[4]; 7. 9-Lyle Zanker[10]; 8. 17X-Matt Santel[7]; 9. 22-Skyller Lewis[8]; 10. 4D-Doug Tye[9]; 11. 8-Dan Richardson[13]; 12. T8-Tim Gauntt[12]; 13. 10-Scott Schmitt[11]

B Feature 2 (12 Laps): 1. 21B-Rich Bell[1]; 2. 25-Jason Feger[4]; 3. 89-Mike Spatola[2]; 4. 21-Billy Moyer Sr[7]; 5. 31AUS-Kye Blight[3]; 6. B12-Kevin Weaver[6]; 7. 4G-Bob Gardner[5]; 8. 21A-Nick Allen[10]; 9. 14-Glen Thompson[11]; 10. 130-Chase Osterhoff[9]; 11. Z61-Alex Wilson[12]; 12. 33-Billy Hough[13]; 13. 40B-Kyle Bronson[8]

Heat 1 (10 Laps): 1. 111-Steven Roberts[2]; 2. 38J-Jake Little[6]; 3. 35-Derek Chandler[4]; 4. 28M-Jake Miller[5]; 5. 23V-Ryan Vanderveen[7]; 6. 76-Titus Sneed[10]; 7. 11-Jeff Herzog[3]; 8. 17X-Matt Santel[8]; 9. 4D-Doug Tye[9]; 10. 10-Scott Schmitt[1]; 11. 8-Dan Richardson[11]

Heat 2 (10 Laps): 1. 7-Jay Sparks[3]; 2. 84-Myles Moos[2]; 3. 32-Chris Simpson[1]; 4. 10S-Taylor Scheffler[4]; 5. 1-Tom Thoennes[8]; 6. 10P-Paul Parker[6]; 7. 24-Turk Letizia[5]; 8. 22-Skyller Lewis[7]; 9. 9-Lyle Zanker[9]; 10. T8-Tim Gauntt[10]

Heat 3 (10 Laps): 1. 32P-Bobby Pierce[1]; 2. 1W-Donny Walden[3]; 3. 3S-Brian Shirley[6]; 4. 18L-Jeffrey Ledford[2]; 5. 21B-Rich Bell[7]; 6. 31AUS-Kye Blight[5]; 7. 4G-Bob Gardner[8]; 8. 21-Billy Moyer Sr[4]; 9. 130-Chase Osterhoff[9]; 10. 14-Glen Thompson[10]; 11. 33-Billy Hough[11]

Heat 4 (10 Laps): 1. 99JR-Frank Heckenast Jr[1]; 2. 1M-Mike Mataragas[2]; 3. 24U-Ryan Unzicker[7]; 4. 18-Shannon Babb[4]; 5. 89-Mike Spatola[3]; 6. 25-Jason Feger[9]; 7. B12-Kevin Weaver[5]; 8. 40B-Kyle Bronson[6]; 9. 21A-Nick Allen[8]; 10. Z61-Alex Wilson[10]

Qualifying 1: 1. 10-Scott Schmitt, 00:12.994[1]; 2. 32-Chris Simpson, 00:13.039[9]; 3. 111-Steven Roberts, 00:13.152[19]; 4. 84-Myles Moos, 00:13.207[5]; 5. 11-Jeff Herzog, 00:13.243[8]; 6. 7-Jay Sparks, 00:13.258[14]; 7. 35-Derek Chandler, 00:13.298[7]; 8. 10S-Taylor Scheffler, 00:13.366[17]; 9. 28M-Jake Miller, 00:13.367[10]; 10. 24-Turk Letizia, 00:13.382[16]; 11. 38J-Jake Little, 00:13.395[2]; 12. 10P-Paul Parker, 00:13.700[15]; 13. 23V-Ryan Vanderveen, 00:13.717[13]; 14. 22-Skyller Lewis, 00:13.838[18]; 15. 17X-Matt Santel, 00:13.857[6]; 16. 1-Tom Thoennes, 00:13.857[20]; 17. 4D-Doug Tye, 00:13.894[11]; 18. 9-Lyle Zanker, 00:13.927[21]; 19. 76-Titus Sneed, 00:14.037[4]; 20. T8-Tim Gauntt, 00:14.602[3]; 21. 8-Dan Richardson, 00:14.853[12]

Qualifying 2: 1. 32P-Bobby Pierce, 00:12.936[11]; 2. 99JR-Frank Heckenast Jr, 00:12.970[13]; 3. 18L-Jeffrey Ledford, 00:13.101[9]; 4. 1M-Mike Mataragas, 00:13.135[4]; 5. 1W-Donny Walden, 00:13.200[10]; 6. 89-Mike Spatola, 00:13.202[15]; 7. 21-Billy Moyer Sr, 00:13.234[12]; 8. 18-Shannon Babb, 00:13.239[18]; 9. 31AUS-Kye Blight, 00:13.301[1]; 10. B12-Kevin Weaver, 00:13.311[6]; 11. 3S-Brian Shirley, 00:13.336[2]; 12. 40B-Kyle Bronson, 00:13.387[16]; 13. 21B-Rich Bell, 00:13.459[14]; 14. 24U-Ryan Unzicker, 00:13.462[5]; 15. 4G-Bob Gardner, 00:13.544[7]; 16. 21A-Nick Allen, 00:13.593[20]; 17. 130-Chase Osterhoff, 00:13.609[8]; 18. 25-Jason Feger, 00:13.700[17]; 19. 14-Glen Thompson, 00:13.895[21]; 20. Z61-Alex Wilson, 00:14.048[3]; 21. 33-Billy Hough, 00:14.077[19]

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