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Thursday May 19th, 2022 6:45PM

Pierce, Davenport, Marlar take WoO LMS weekend wins

By Mike Warren
  Contact Editor

Bobby Pierce, Jonathan Davenport, and Mike Marlar all carried home winner’s trophies from the Badger State over the weekend.

All three scored wins during the three night World of Outlaws Case Late Model Series Dairyland Showdown at Mississippi Thunder Speedway in Fountain City, Wisconsin.

On Thursday night, Bobby Pierce led every lap from the pole en route to the opening night win and a $10,000 payday.

On the opening lap, the Oakwood, Illinois driver drove away from the field, and remained unchallenged until a lap 21 restart, when Stormy Scott got underneath him.

Bobby Pierce had one worry before Thursday night’s World of Outlaws CASE Construction Equipment Late Model Series Feature. He feared his pole position might not be the best place to start at Mississippi Thunder Speedway.

But Pierce held him at bay and went on to record his third career series victory.

“Starting first is sometimes not the best,” Pierce said. “It almost got us there because (Stormy Scott) started to show me the bottom, and I really didn’t feel great down there. I saw Stormy show his nose, and I was like, well, I guess I better block, but the top was still pretty good.

“When I moved down, I actually started pulling away from him, I guess, so all in all, it was pretty good I moved down.”

Scott finished in second, with Mike Marlar in third, Cade Dillard in fourth, and Tyler Bruening in fifth.

On Friday night, Jonathan Davenport spent the first half of the race searching for the right line around the 1/3-mile dirt track.

Once he found it, the Blairsville, Georgia driver was unstoppable over the final 20 laps. Davenport rolled past Tyler Erb with seven laps remaining and went on to score the $10,000 victory.

“I kind of ran around the bottom at first and kind of conserved tires for a little bit, trying not to blister them too early,” Davenport said. “(Track crews) went and farmed the racetrack, and they did a really good job.

“It was pretty racy, so we just tried not to overheat our tires, to begin with, and once some people did, they started getting loose getting in the corner, and I could get by a couple on the bottom, then I moved to the top and got by one or two more. I just got some runs, and for me, there weren’t any cautions, so everyone was still searching.”

It makes the second series win of the season for Davenport, and the 12th of his career.

Bobby Pierce finished second, with Erb in third, Spencer Hughes in fourth, and Cade Dillard in fifth.

On Saturday night, Mike Marlar was in second with seven laps to go when heartbreak struck race leader Tyler Bruening.

As Bruening caught the tail of the field, he tangled with Lance Mathees, sending them both spinning in turn 2.

Marlar inherited the lead from Bruening and held on to win the $50,000 prize in the Dairyland Showdown finale.

The Winfield, Tennessee driver admitted luck played into the race’s outcome, being in a position to strike after he passed Erb back with 16 laps to go.

“(The win) fell back in my lap. I definitely got lucky to end up winning it,” Marlar said. “I hate it for Tyler Bruening, he definitely was deserving of the win there, and it just didn’t work out for him.

“Hopefully, if he stays after it and keeps working hard, he’s definitely going to get some (wins).”

The Dairyland Showdown victory is Marlar’s 10th career series win and first of 2022.

Tyler Erb, Josh Richards, James Giossi, and Dennis Erb, Jr. rounded out the top five.

The World of Outlaws Case Late Model Series makes their first Northeast swing of the season with a three-race weekend in Pennsylvania. The Series visits Bloomsburg Fair Raceway on Thursday, May 19, Marion Center Raceway on Friday, May 20, and Port Royal Speedway on Saturday, May 21.

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WoO Case Late Model Series
Mississippi Thunder Speedway – Fountain City, WI
Dairyland Showdown – May 5, 2022

1. 32P-Bobby Pierce
2. 2S-Stormy Scott
3. 157-Mike Marlar
4. 97-Cade Dillard
5. 16-Tyler Bruening
6. 99JR-Frank Heckenast, Jr.
7. 28-Dennis Erb, Jr.
8. 32-Chris Simpson
9. 18C-Chase Junghans
10. 19R-Ryan Gustin
11. 58-Garrett Alberson
12. 1-Josh Richards
13. 81E-Tanner English
14. B1-Brent Larson
15. 111V-Max Blair
16. 55C-Chad Mahder
17. 99B-Boom Briggs
18. 7X-Jesse Glenz
19. 11-Gordy Gundaker
20. 45-Kyle Hammer
21. 49-Jonathan Davenport
22. 11J-James Giossi
23. 18-Shannon Babb
24. 28M-Jimmy Mars

WoO Case Late Model Series
Mississippi Thunder Speedway – Fountain City, WI
Dairyland Showdown – May 6, 2022

1. 49-Jonathan Davenport
2. 32P-Bobby Pierce
3. 1T-Tyler Erb
4. 11H-Spencer Hughes
5. 97-Cade Dillard
6. 20-Jimmy Owens
7. 18C-Chase Junghans
8. 19R-Ryan Gustin
9. 81E-Tanner English
10. 2S-Stormy Scott
11. 25S-Chad Simpson
12. 58-Garrett Alberson
13. 16-Tyler Bruening
14. 28-Dennis Erb, Jr.
15. 3S-Brian Shirley
16. B1-Brent Larson
17. 111V-Max Blair
18. 11J-James Giossi
19. 1-Josh Richards
20. B9-Brandon Sheppard
21. 49T-Jake Timm
22. 99B-Boom Briggs
23. 11-Gordy Gundaker
24. 99JR-Frank Heckenast, Jr.
25. 45-Kyle Hammer
26. 7X-Jesse Glenz

WoO Case Late Model Series
Mississippi Thunder Speedway – Fountain City, WI
Dairyland Showdown – May 7, 2022

1. 157-Mike Marlar
2. 1T-Tyler Erb
3. 1-Josh Richards
4. 11J-James Giossi
5. 28-Dennis Erb, Jr.
6. 20-Jimmy Owens
7. 97-Cade Dillard
8. 19R-Ryan Gustin
9. 49T-Jake Timm
10. 49-Jonathan Davenport
11. 18C-Chase Junghans
12. 25S-Chad Simpson
13. B1-Brent Larson
14. 18-Shannon Babb
15. 81E-Tanner English
16. 7X-Jesse Glenz
17. 45-Kyle Hammer
18. B9-Brandon Sheppard
19. 32P-Bobby Pierce
20. 16-Tyler Bruening
21. 99B-Boom Briggs
22. 77-Jordan Yaggy
23. 90-Lance Matthees
24. 58-Garrett Alberson
25. 111V-Max Blair
26. 2S-Stormy Scott
27. 99JR-Frank Heckenast, Jr.

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