FAIRBURY, IL (WCIA) — Bobby Pierce has been all over the country in 2018.
After winning his third-consecutive Summer Nationals Championship, the Oakwood-native is racing on the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series and is currently sixth in the standings.
“Going to all these places just makes you a better driver,” Pierce said.
Not that Bobby Pierce needed to get better, he’s already pretty good at what he does but this summer, the three-time UMP Summer Nationals champ took his car on a new tour.
“This year I’m with a new team out of North Carolina, Dunn-Benson Motorsports,” Pierce said. “Their main goal and one of my goals, well it has been one of my goals for a while, is to run the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series.”
The new team has him traveling across the US from South Dakota to Texas — New York to Florida.
It’s a step up for the 21-year-old Oakwood native after winning the Summer Nationals the last three years.
“When you’re racing Lucas it’s definitely against the best of the best and it made me feel really good when I got those two wins this year,” Pierce said.
Pierce won on back-to-back nights in April, including one at Macon Speedway. The two wins netted him $22,000. But that’s a small number compared to some of the money on the Lucas Oil Series.
“Summer Nationals you race 29 races in 33 days, so it’s really tough on your stuff,” Pierce said. “Lucas Oil races about, probably about 60 races in a year. So it’s more races but it’s spread out through the year and the races are more, they’re bigger races. They pay more to win most of the time.”
A race in Mansfield, Ohio on Aug. 25 currently has a purse of $160,000.
That number could go up between now and then.