Dairyland Showdown
Mississippi Thunder Speedway | Fountain City, WI
Thursday, May 05, 2022
Race Recap  

SMOOTH IN THE GROOVE: Pierce Grabs Opening Night win at Mississippi Thunder

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.

The Oakwood, IL driver silenced his doubts, leading every lap en route to a $10,000 payday on night one of the Dairyland Showdown.

On the initial green flag, Pierce drove away from the field and remained unchallenged until a Lap 21 restart—when Stormy Scott rolled under the “Smooth Operator,” inching closer to the top spot.

Pierce takes the checkered flag
Bobby Pierce led all 40 Laps of night 1 at the Dairyland Showdown/Jacy Norgaard photo

The defending DIRTcar Summer Nationals champion held the Las Cruces, NM driver at bay until another caution slowed the field, forcing Pierce to switch to the bottom. His strategy paid off on the restart, pulling away for his third career World of Outlaws win.

Pierce stated that starting on the pole almost kept him out of Victory Lane, not knowing where the best line was.

“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.”

Even though he worried about starting on the pole, the Illinois driver felt his Pierce Platinum was good no matter where he ran.

“The car was pretty maneuverable to be able to run [the bottom], middle, and top,” Pierce said. “We kind of just chased the track around, it was kind of ever-changing, and at the very end, the top felt good again.

“I felt like if I started mid-pack, I could’ve made some moves around everything, so good track and a picture-perfect day.”

Despite finishing second, Scott was thrilled about his run. But the New Mexico driver felt the last restart kept him out of Victory Lane.

Stormy Scott races at Mississippi Thunder Speedway
Stormy Scott ran most of the event in the runner-up spot/Jacy Norgaard photo

“We were really good, and then his dad moved him down [to the bottom],” Scott said. “When he moved him down, he kind of started getting low and scraping the dirt with his nose and kind of dirtied it up down there, and we weren’t quite as good after that.

“We couldn’t be happier; we’re working really hard. Things were down for a while, and now everything’s up.”

2018 Series Champion Mike Marlar crossed the line third—his second World of Outlaws top-three finish of the season. The Winfield, TN driver dropped back a few spots before moving back onto the podium.

“I was really racing hard there, and I aero pushed down in [Turn 3] and lost some spots,” Marlar said. “I finally just scraped around and got them back, but I was a third-place car and not a winning car, so I got back right about where I should’ve been.”

Cade Dillard finished fourth, his first top-five of 2022 with the Series. The “Thriller” thought his car was equal to the leaders toward the end.

Mike Marlar battles with Ryan Gustin
Mike Marlar scored his second World of Outlaws podium of 2022/Jacy Norgaard photo

“We had a really good car,” Dillard said. “I feel like for once; finally, some restarts fell our way. I feel like we had a very good car there at the end after looking at times with us compared to the leaders.”

2021 Rookie of the Year Tyler Bruening rounded out the top five—his second of the season. At the end of the race, a flat right-rear tire kept him from finishing higher.

“I got into the outside wall on the front stretch after one of the restarts, and I don’t know if the tire was going down before that or after that,” Bruening said. “I could feel it start to lay in the right rear a little too much, and a couple of guys got by me.”

Dennis Erb Jr. finished seventh, increasing his points lead over Max Blair to 54 points.

UP NEXT: The World of Outlaws CASE Late Models return to Mississippi Thunder Speedway for night two of the Dairyland Showdown.If you can’t make it to the track, watch all the action live on DIRTVision – either online on with the DIRTVision App.

CASE Construction Feature (40 Laps): 1. 32P-Bobby Pierce[1]; 2. 2S-Stormy Scott[4]; 3. 157-Mike Marlar[3]; 4. 97-Cade Dillard[9]; 5. 16-Tyler Bruening[5]; 6. 99JR-Frank Heckenast Jr[7]; 7. 28-Dennis Erb Jr[8]; 8. 32-Chris Simpson[12]; 9. 18C-Chase Junghans[10]; 10. 19R-Ryan Gustin[2]; 11. 58-Garrett Alberson[18]; 12. 1-Josh Richards[13]; 13. 81E-Tanner English[14]; 14. B1-Brent Larson[17]; 15. 111V-Max Blair[11]; 16. 55C-Chad Mahder[19]; 17. 99B-Boom Briggs[21]; 18. 7X-Jesse Glenz[24]; 19. 11-Gordy Gundaker[16]; 20. 45-Kyle Hammer[23]; 21. 49-Jonathan Davenport[20]; 22. 11J-James Giossi[15]; 23. 18-Shannon Babb[22]; 24. 28M-Jimmy Mars[6] FOX FACTORY HARD CHARGER: Garrett Alberson [+7]

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Feature Results
11032PBobby Pierce 400.00040Running150$10,000
24+22SStormy Scott 40-2.071Running146$6,000
330157Mike Marlar 40-2.825Running144$3,500
49+597Cade Dillard 40-3.755Running142$2,800
55016Tyler Bruening 40-6.424Running140$2,500
67+199JRFrank Heckenast Jr40-6.445Running138$2,300
78+128Dennis Erb Jr40-7.644Running136$2,200
812+432Chris Simpson 40-8.883Running134$2,100
910+118CChase Junghans 40-9.632Running132$2,050
102-819RRyan Gustin 40-10.253Running130$2,000
1118+758Garrett Alberson 40-10.813Running128$1,600
1213+11Josh Richards 40-13.360Running126$1,400
1314+181ETanner English 40-14.316Running124$1,200
1417+3B1Brent Larson 40-14.822Running122$1,100
1511-4111VMax Blair 40-15.425Running120$1,050
1619+355CChad Mahder 40-15.833Running118$1,000
1721+499BBoom Briggs 40-16.291Running116$1,000
1824+67XJesse Glenz 39-1 LapsRunning114$1,000
1916-311Gordy Gundaker 39-1 LapsRunning112$1,000
2023+345Kyle Hammer 39-1 LapsDNF110$110
2120-149Jonathan Davenport 24-16 LapsDNF108$1,000
2215-711JJames Giossi 19-21 LapsDNF106$1,000
2322-118Shannon Babb 19-21 LapsDNF104$1,000
246-1828MJimmy Mars 0-40 LapsDNF102$1,000
Last Chance Showdown Results
13+2B1Brent Larson 100.0001Running0$0
21-155CChad Mahder 10-0.0549Running0$0
34+199BBoom Briggs 10-1.665Running0$0
45+17XJesse Glenz 10-1.957Running0$0
52-349TJake Timm 10-2.289Running90$110
610+43SBrian Shirley 10-2.923Running90$110
77077Jordan Yaggy 10-3.073Running90$110
86-210STaylor Scheffler 10-3.894Running90$110
911+220Jimmy Owens 10-5.021Running90$110
109-176Blair Nothdurft 10-5.604Running90$110
118-321FGunner Frank 10-7.022Running90$110
Last Chance Showdown 2 Results
11058Garrett Alberson 100.00010Running0$0
211+949Jonathan Davenport 10-1.324Running0$0
33018Shannon Babb 10-2.745Running0$0
44020SRodney Sanders 10-4.554Running90$110
52-310Paul Parker 10-4.729Running90$110
67+190Lance Matthees 10-5.254Running90$110
78+129Spencer Diercks 10-7.518Running90$110
86-221Logan Nickerson 10-10.108Running90$110
99045Kyle Hammer 0-10 LapsDNS0$0
105-519Dustin Sorensen 0-10 LapsDNS90$0
1110-115KJustin Kay 0-10 LapsDNS90$0
Heat 1 Results
Pos.Start+/-#DriverLaps CompletedBehindLaps LedStatus
13+2157Mike Marlar 100.0005Running
21-128Dennis Erb Jr10-0.0535Running
32-197Cade Dillard 10-0.731Running
47+31Josh Richards 10-2.221Running
54-155CChad Mahder 10-4.225Running
660B1Brent Larson 10-5.076Running
75-27XJesse Glenz 10-6.017Running
810+277Jordan Yaggy 10-8.083Running
99076Blair Nothdurft 10-8.800Running
108-220Jimmy Owens 1-9 LapsDNF
Heat 2 Results
Pos.Start+/-#DriverLaps CompletedBehindLaps LedStatus
1102SStormy Scott 100.00010Running
25+328MJimmy Mars 10-0.912Running
34+1111VMax Blair 10-1.837Running
42-211JJames Giossi 10-4.039Running
56+149TJake Timm 10-4.521Running
67+199BBoom Briggs 10-6.039Running
78+110STaylor Scheffler 10-6.117Running
89+121FGunner Frank 10-7.824Running
93-63SBrian Shirley 1-9 LapsDNF
Heat 3 Results
Pos.Start+/-#DriverLaps CompletedBehindLaps LedStatus
13+219RRyan Gustin 100.000Running
25+399JRFrank Heckenast Jr10-0.274Running
38+518CChase Junghans 10-1.019Running
41-381ETanner English 10-1.717Running
57+258Garrett Alberson 10-4.365Running
610+418Shannon Babb 10-5.166Running
76-119Dustin Sorensen 10-5.786Running
89+190Lance Matthees 10-5.870Running
94-545Kyle Hammer 10-5.870Running
102-849Jonathan Davenport 101.045DQ
Heat 4 Results
Pos.Start+/-#DriverLaps CompletedBehindLaps LedStatus
11032PBobby Pierce 110.00011Running
24+216Tyler Bruening 11-0.492Running
33032Chris Simpson 11-1.285Running
42-211Gordy Gundaker 11-2.054Running
59+410Paul Parker 11-2.808Running
68+220SRodney Sanders 11-2.852Running
77021Logan Nickerson 11-3.411Running
85-329Spencer Diercks 9-2 LapsDNF
96-315KJustin Kay 0-11 LapsDNS
Qualifying Results
1628Dennis Erb JrCarpentersville, IL13.4410.000
232SStormy Scott Las Cruces, NM13.606-0.165
3297Cade Dillard Robeline, LA13.770-0.329
4911JJames Giossi Hudson, WI13.792-0.351
512157Mike Marlar Winfield, TN13.830-0.389
653SBrian Shirley Chatham, IL13.868-0.427
7455CChad Mahder Bloomer, WI13.886-0.445
81111VMax Blair Centerville, PA13.910-0.469
977XJesse Glenz Chippewa Falls, WI13.921-0.480
10828MJimmy Mars Menomonie, WI13.950-0.509
1113B1Brent Larson Lake Elmo, MN14.015-0.574
121949TJake Timm Winona, MN14.040-0.599
13101Josh Richards Shinnston, WV14.072-0.631
141199BBoom Briggs Bear Lake, PA14.077-0.636
151820Jimmy Owens Newport, TN14.080-0.639
161710STaylor Scheffler Waukesha, WI14.125-0.684
171576Blair Nothdurft Renner, SD14.357-0.916
181421FGunner Frank Montrose, IA14.360-0.919
191677Jordan Yaggy Rochester, MN14.364-0.923
Qualifying Flight 2 Results
11281ETanner English Benton, KY13.5710.000
21732PBobby Pierce Oakwood, IL13.652-0.081
3749Jonathan Davenport Blairsville, GA13.798-0.227
4211Gordy Gundaker St. Charles, MO13.958-0.387
5619RRyan Gustin Marshalltown, IA13.982-0.411
6432Chris Simpson Oxford, IA13.988-0.417
7545Kyle Hammer Clinton, IL14.004-0.433
8916Tyler Bruening Decorah, IA14.089-0.518
9199JRFrank Heckenast JrFrankfort, IL14.119-0.548
101129Spencer Diercks Davenport, IA14.123-0.552
111619Dustin Sorensen Rochester, MN14.150-0.579
121815KJustin Kay Wheatland, IA14.168-0.597
131458Garrett Alberson Las Cruces, NM14.208-0.637
14321Logan Nickerson Vestaburg, MI14.245-0.674
15818CChase Junghans Manhattan, KS14.325-0.754
161920SRodney Sanders Happy, TX14.339-0.768
171590Lance Matthees Winona, MN14.451-0.880
181310Paul Parker Kaukauna, WI14.636-1.065
191018Shannon Babb Moweaqua, IL18.519-4.948
DIRTVision Highlights  
Event Info  

Dairyland Showdown
May 5, 2022 to May 7, 2022
Mississippi Thunder Speedway
2895 Hwy 35
Fountain City, WI 

Event Description
2021’s Dairyland Showdown at Mississippi Thunder Speedway was an instant fan-favorite, and it’s even bigger in 2022. One more night has been added, making it a three-day show. Thirty-thousand dollars is on the line for the final night of action on May 7. Chris Madden and Brandon Sheppard each won a Feature at the Fountain City, WI track in 2021.

Series Racing
World of Outlaws Late Model Series

Late Model Track Record
13.441 seconds by Dennis Erb Jr. on 5/5/22

To Win Amount

Feature Laps Length

Event Schedule
2PM Pit Gates open
5PM Grandstand Gates open
6:30PM Hot Laps/Qualifying
7:30PM Opening Ceremonies
*All times Central

Ticket Options  
Options And Prices
Friday, May 7
Adult GA: $35
Seniors: $32
Students 13-17: $5
Kids 12-and-under: FREE

Saturday, May 8
Adult GA: $40
Seniors: $37
Students 13-17: $5
Kids 12-and-under: FREE

Pit Pass Price
Adult Pit- $40
Student Pit (6-12)- $15
5 & Under FREE
Adult 2 Day Pit- $80

Adult Pit- $45
Student Pit (6-12)- $15 (5 & Under FREE)

Frequently Asked Questions  
To Win Amount

Type of Grandstand

Stadium Seating
Bring your own lawn chair to better enjoy the cement grandstands!

Closest Airport
La Crosse, WI

Other Airport
Rochester, MN

Track Info  

Mississippi Thunder Speedway
2895 Hwy 35
Fountain City, WI 

Track Phone
(608) 687-3282

Ticket Phone
(608) 687-3282

Track Email
[email protected]

Track Size & Type
0.375; high banked sweeping

Competitor Info  
Competitor Downloads

Competitor Info
Left Front (Open Tire)
(Hoosier W30 or LM30) Right Front, Left Rear, Right Rear
(Hoosier LM40) Right Rear Option
*You MUST Qualify, Heat Race, and LCS on the same tires.
You can change (1) tire for the Feature.

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