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gateway dec1Bobby backed up his Gateway victory in 2017 with a dominating win Saturday night inside The Dome at America's Center. Starting on the pole, he led all 40 laps as he cashed in on a $30,000 payday. “This feels amazing to go back to back,” Bobby said. “Man I was pretty wore out after that race. That was kinda like riding a bull there. But man we got it done. I’m glad to win it again.” -- Josh James Photo

gateway nov30Taking the lead on the eighth lap, Bobby stayed in front the rest of the way to pick up the $5,000 preliminary feature win Friday night inside The Dome at America's Center (MO). “It was a heck of a race those first five to 10 laps,” Bobby said. “The track was actually awesome. I know no one likes to drive on a rough track, but for the top to keep up with the bottom, I hate to say it almost has to be like that I think.” -- Heath Lawson Photo

eldora oct13Bobby started 17th in the sport's most prestigious event, the World 100, Saturday night at Eldora (OH) Speedway. He was up to eighth in his Joker-themed ride when the first caution came out on lap 36. By halfway, he was running sixth, but then began to fall back outside the top ten due to a tire going down and went pitside when the second yellow of the race appeared on lap 83. He received two fresh tires and rejoined the field at the back. He was able to move up to 14th at the finish. -- Heath Lawson Photo

bpr logo 257Bobby will return to his family team full-time after the final Lucas Oil Series race of the season, the Dirt Track World Championship. With the support of Bobby’s primary sponsors, Hoker Trucking, Allgayer Inc., Premier Waste Services, Mesilla Valley Transportation, Carnaghi Towing, Budda, Berger’s Marina, Champion Spark Plugs, Airplus, Queen City Appraisals, and others that are still in negotiations, and along with all the sponsors and product support from all the wonderful companies that help Bobby get on the track and do what he loves, he and his family are excited to be back to getting prepared to race like they’ve been accustomed to for many years out of their shop in Oakwood, IL. With the help and support of his great sponsors, Bobby has a new truck and trailer on order and is currently putting together a team. Bobby and his family feel that they can put together all the pieces of the pie that should make for a dominant team in 2019 and are so excited for the upcoming season. They are unsure of a schedule at this time or if they plan to follow a series. Bobby and his family would like to thank Dunn Benson Motorsports for the opportunity they gave Bobby and to wish them the best.

“Big thanks to Kemp Lamm & DBM for believing in me to win them a Lucas Oil Series championship," Bobby said. "We showed everyone we could win some of the biggest races and compete for a points title. And a big thanks and much credit to Danny, Kent, Richard, Wayne, and of course my dad, who all worked very hard this year and believed in me, allowing my job to be a little bit easier with mainly putting my focus into driving the car. I’d like to thank the whole Lamm family for what they do. I would also like to thank all the sponsors this year who supported us! I decided that I would like to go back to my own deal next year racing our Rocket cars. Once again having everything at my shop close to home and to be able to work on the cars without being gone from home will be nice, and to race where I want more closer to home at times. I want to let everyone know it’s not a big fallout of the team or anything, and maybe in the future I would be interested again if the option is open. Also, I'd like to give a big thank you to all my sponsors and supporters which allow me to make this decision of going back to my own team. I’m not exactly sure what my plans are for next year. It’s been fun getting to all the different tracks this year while racing on the Lucas Series and realizing I have some new favorite tracks and have made some new friends along the way.”

pittsburgh oct7Another big race, another incredible rally. After pitting on lap 44 of the 100-lap Pittsburgher 100 Sunday afternoon at Pittsburgh’s Pennsylvania Motor Speedway, Bobby charged through the field to the lead with 10 laps remaining and drove away for his second $20,000 victory in the last two weeks. He started 10th in his first-ever appearance at the half-mile Pennsylvania track but fell back through the field and was around 20th when he decided to pull in for a new right-rear tire. Along with learning the new track in the first half of the race, and the new tire, the car came to life. He was inside the top 10 by lap 53 and reached the top five on lap 66. By lap 78, he was in third, nearly a straightaway behind the top two. In less than 10 laps he erased that deficit and was within striking distance to grab the win when a caution came out on lap 88. He put his car along the wall through turn four and followed the leader closely and then made his winning move when he dove underneath Owens down the straightaway and slid in front of him entering turn one to take over the lead on lap 91. “I am so out of breath right now,” Bobby said in victory lane. “It was really nerve-racking out there. I was just trying to keep it out of the guardrail. I am speechless right now. We were so close at I-80, the Dirt Million, and Knoxville, but to win another big race after Brownstown is great. I want to thank my family and crew.” -- Heath Lawson Photo

brownstown sep23Finally! With all the bad luck that Bobby and his team have endured this season, Sunday afternoon it all came together for a much-needed victory in the 39th Annual Jackson 100 at Brownstown (IN) Speedway. Like he has countless times this season, Bobby had to rally from the back of the field (19th). Running the bottom of the track, he took the lead for the first time on lap 73. He stayed in front for four laps before falling back to second but he stayed close to the leader. Coming out of the fourth turn and seeing the white flag, Bobby edged ahead of the leader and held on to capture the $20,000 victory, his third Lucas Oil Series triumph of the season. With the win, Bobby has now reached 100 career Super Late Model victories. “Wow, out of all of the places to win my first big race of the season, I didn’t think it would happen here at Brownstown," Bobby said. "You have to stay so focused here. It gets really slick. Thanks to all the fans for coming. I don’t know what to say, my emotions have taken over. It’s been a long year. We have been so close to getting some big wins, to finally get it feels really good." -- Heath Lawson Photo

knoxville sep14It's always exciting when Bobby has to rally from the back. Just as he did in the Dirt Million, Bobby charged from his 22nd starting position to the lead only to fall just short at the finish. Moving quickly through the field, he was inside the top ten by lap 30. At the halfway point of the 100-lap crown jewel race he was in second hounding the race leader for the top spot. A treacherous cushion hindered Bobby's momentum which allowed Sheppard and Bloomquist to join the battle. Finally breaking free with 25 laps to go, Bobby turned up the wick and closed the gap between himself and race leader Owens. He caught the leader with 20 laps to go and briefly shot into the lead with a slider but he jumped the cushion allowing Owens to reclaim the point. O'Neal got by for second and with 12 laps to go O'Neal checked up exiting turn four as Bobby was following close behind him. They touched and Bobby spun. Having to restart outside the top ten, Bobby was able to come back to seventh at the checkers. "More experience here is what I needed," Bobby said. "We’ll get em next time. I wanna start 22nd everywhere," Bobby joked. -- Heath Lawson Photo

eldora sep6Riding along with the Joker again, Bobby rallied from his 13th starting position to finish sixth in the World 100 preliminary feature opener Friday morning at Eldora (OH) Speedway. He clocked in fifth quickest in qualifying out of the 101 cars on hand. The rest of the weekend was washed out and will be run in October. -- Jim Denhamer Photo

Bobby moved up from his 11th starting spot to pick up a top five finish in Lucas Oil Series action Saturday night at Portsmouth (OH) Raceway Park.

mansfield aug25Bobby put on another exciting show for his fans Saturday night in the inaugural "Dirt Million" at Mansfield (OH) Motor Speedway as he charged from his 22nd starting position to finish runner-up and earn a $40,588 payday. He was on the move from the start as he made his way up to fourth by lap 25. He battled within the top five until lap 83 when he took command and looked to be on his way to his biggest paying win until the caution flag flew on lap 89 bunching up the field. After going back green, Bobby and Pearson ran side-by-side until Bobby fell back to second on lap 92. He wasn't ready to concede the loss just yet though as he drove his heart out on the cushion trying to grab the lead back but couldn't get close enough at the finish. “That was such a fun race. … I didn’t need that last caution," Bobby said. "I don’t know how big of a lead I had. I know my dad was signaling I had a pretty big lead. I guess Earl (Pearson) came in and put some new tires on and it definitely showed to work pretty good there, because I was kind of hanging on. It’s a big money difference, but still $40,000, I’ll take it.” -- Heath Lawson Photo

Thanks to the Pierce Posse, Bobby finished third in the driver reward points and is now locked into the "Dirt Million" this weekend at Mansfield and will have an opportunity to go after the $189,000 top prize! The unique driver reward points program has been running for the past 25 weeks with drivers having several opportunities to earn points including having the fans buy items on the Dirt Million website and selecting their favorite driver when doing so. The top four in points received a guaranteed starting spot in the 28-car field. "THANK YOU so much Pierce Posse," Bobby said. "The best fans in dirt racing!"

jacksonville aug12Putting the disappointment from the night before at Florence behind him, Bobby drove his Pierce car to a second place finish Sunday night at Jacksonville in the DIRTcar Summer Nationals make up race. He started on the pole of the 40-lap feature after setting fast time and winning his heat race, but on this night earning the pole was a disadvantage as the track was top dominate and he was unable to get by his fellow front row starter and had to settle for a second place finish. -- Jimmy Dearing Photo

florence aug9Bobby followed up his fourth place finish one night ago with a second place run Thursday night at Florence (KY) Speedway in the North/South Shootout Lucas Oil race. Starting seventh in the caution-free 50-lap feature, Bobby took second with nine laps to go and then tracked down the leader, but his last ditch effort to take the win fell just short. “That was a lot of fun," Bobby said. "I really had to kick-it up there at the end. I was definitely having to get up on the wheel, but that’s what made it really fun. Thanks to everybody who works on this car at Dunn-Benson Motorsports.” -- Heath Lawson Photo

Bobby moved up from his ninth starting spot and was running in fourth place when the rains came after 25 laps Wednesday night at Florence (KY) Speedway in the Lucas Oil sanctioned Latham Memorial.

cedar lake aug3Bobby charged from his 20th starting position to score a top five finish Saturday night in the USA Nationals crown jewel event at Cedar Lake (WI) Speedway. He piloted the same Pierce car that he drove to a third place finish in last year's event. "Had a great car, just needed more laps," Bobby said. -- Boyd Photo

fairbury jul28Bobby's motto from the very beginning of his racing career has always been "refuse to lose". This never give up attitude was on full display Saturday night at Fairbury. After failing to advance to the Prairie Dirt Classic in his heat and last chance races, he had one more opportunity in the 25-lap non-qualifier Prairie Dirt Shootout with the winner given the last spot in the feature field. In order to win this race though he would have to put on a show for the packed house at FALS as he rolled off in the 16th starting position...and that is exactly what he did. Bobby rode the treacherous cushion, his car bouncing lap after lap, hitting the wall numerous times, as he reached the top ten by the seventh lap. By the 13th lap he was in fifth and was not done yet. Three laps later he took fourth, and by lap 18 he was in third. With six laps left he took the runner-up spot. Time was running out as he caught the race leader with three laps to go. A caution came out moments later to give him one last shot. The crowd was in a frenzy as he surged into the lead with two laps to go and held on to score the incredible win. “Man,” Bobby said. “I’ve had so much bad luck lately, I just have to give a huge thanks to everybody for staying behind me. We’ve been behind the eight-ball so much the last two races.” -- Rick Neff Photo

Bobby mounted a remarkable rally from his 28th starting position to put himself in position to capture his biggest paying win Saturday night in his first visit to I-80 (NE) Speedway. He was on a rail running the very top of the track as he reached the top ten in only 13 laps. He took the lead for the first time on lap 42. Unfortunately, misfortune would strike again. While leading with only six laps to go in the 80-lap race, and enjoying a full straightaway advantage, he slowed with engine trouble. “I’m just really glad that we had a fast car,” Bobby said. “I don’t know how to act. When it happened — and I knew it was gonna happen because for like five laps, or even longer than that, something was acting up and the power in the motor just got less and less and it finally gave out. I feel bad obviously for everybody. We work so hard, and to perform as well as we did and not get it there at the end — we just needed a couple more laps — it hurts.”

Bobby picked up his second consecutive top five finish and third in the last four starts with a fourth place run Wednesday night at Jackson (MN) Motorplex. He started third in the 50-lap main event and stayed within striking distance throughout as he finished only 1.6 seconds back at the checkers.

brown county jul17Building up a lead of almost four seconds, Bobby looked to be on his way to his third Lucas Oil Series victory Tuesday night at Brown County (SD) Speedway, until the race's first caution was shown on lap 34 which erased the advantage. On the restart, Bobby lost the lead for a lap but grabbed it back a lap later and he stayed out front for the next six laps until a wild side-by-side battle with Pearson would ensue in the final ten laps with Bobby running the top side and Pearson on the bottom. With two laps to go, Bobby slipped off the top edge of the track as he entered turn one, and as a result, would have to settle for a third place finish on this night. “The car was good up top and I just stayed there," Bobby said. "Then we had the restart and Pearson got underneath me and we had a real good race for the lead. I just slipped off the track. I had a stuck throttle from about lap four on. Then the last lap it just about died. I slowed way down. I am not sure, it was something in the motor, but it ran flawless all night until then." -- CRP Photo

tricity jul13Returning to the site of his first Lucas Oil Series win of the season, and a place that he has had much success in his career, Bobby was looking to go back-to-back Friday night at Tri-City (IL) Speedway. He qualified mid-pack and finished fourth in his heat race which meant he would have to pass a lot of cars if he was to defend his April victory. Starting 12th in the 50-lap race, Bobby put his car on the cushion and charged forward to grab fifth at the checkers. -- Heath Lawson Photo

fairbury jun23The bad luck at Fairbury (IL) continues. Bobby started on the pole of the 50-lap DIRTcar Summer Nationals feature Saturday night and led the first 27 laps in dominating fashion before slowing with mechanical problems when the fan blade broke and went through the radiator. A tough break for the Smooth Operator as he looked to have had the field covered. On an encouraging note, it was the first time that he has raced the Rocket at Fairbury and it looks to be dialed in for next month's Prairie Dirt Classic. After the races were over, Bobby took many lucky fans for a ride in the track's two-seater Late Model. -- Mike Ruefer Photo

tricity jun22Bobby returned to one of his best tracks Friday night for the DIRTcar Summer Nationals and mounted a furious comeback from the back to earn a runner-up finish at the conclusion of the 40-lap race. He had to take a provisional to make the feature after his car's lift arm broke in his heat race while running second which then caused other problems including a broken driveshaft and a flat left-rear tire. -- Todd Battin Photo

magnolia jun16Rallying from the back after pitting on lap 21, Bobby climbed all the way to second at the finish of the 100-lap Lucas Oil Series race Saturday night at Magnolia (MS) Motor Speedway. “I thought I had a shot on the last lap," Bobby said. "There was a lapped car there, I drove around the outside but came up just short." -- Heath Lawson Photo

eldora jun8Mounting a late-race charge, Bobby finished fourth in the Dirt Late Model Dream crown jewel race Saturday night at Eldora (OH) Speedway. He started 12th in the 100-lap main event. "We didn't need all those cautions," Bobby said. "The car was really good on long runs. We were one of the fastest cars on the track at the end of the race! Had a great weekend. Proud of my team and all their hard work! Big thanks to all my family, crew, sponsors, and fans for all the continued support!" In preliminary action on Friday afternoon, Bobby started fifth in the 25-lap feature and finished sixth. Later that night, Bobby again rolled off fifth and moved up two positions to finish on the podium in third after the 25-lap race.

showme may25Bobby started seventh in the Show-Me 100 crown jewel race Saturday night at Lucas Oil (MO) Speedway, a race that he won a year ago. He moved up to fifth by lap 24 and stayed within the top five throughout the remaining distance riding the rim. With 20 laps to go, he moved into second and set his sights on the leader. The last caution of the race on the 81st lap bunched up the field one final time and gave Bobby the chance he needed, but he didn't quite have enough on this night as he lost a couple of positions late to finish in fourth. "We had some carb issues or we feel like we could've been even better," Bobby said. "Still a good run for our team! So proud of the direction this team is headed!" -- Heath Lawson Photo

deer creek may19For the second consecutive night, Bobby's third series win was oh so close but he fell just short again at the finish Saturday night at Deer Creek (MN) Speedway. He mounted a late race charge and slid in front of the leader entering turn four on the final lap but was unable to hold him off as they raced to the checkers and had to again settle for a runner-up finish, this time by only a few inches. "It was really great racing and a lot of fun," Bobby said. "I only made one mistake out there tonight. I wanted to slide up earlier because he gave me some room. This track is just great. I can’t wait to come back here.” Bobby has now moved up into the top five in series points. -- Mike Ruefer Photo

141 may18Bobby grabbed the lead at the start of the 50-lap Lucas Oil race Friday night at 141 (WI) Speedway as he was looking for his third series win of the season and a sweep of the night after earlier setting fast time and winning his heat race. He stayed out front for the first 43 laps until getting passed late and had to settle for a second place finish. “We had a good car here tonight," Bobby said. "I don’t know what happened, the longer the race went I got looser and looser. That turn three was actually kind of tricky a few times. You had to miss the corner to come off good. I missed it way too much there at the end." -- Heath Lawson Photo

macon apr28A little home cooking was just the shot in the arm Bobby and his team needed. A night after leading all 50 laps to score his first Lucas Oil Series victory of the season at Tri-City, Bobby went back-to-back Saturday night at Macon (IL) as he led 99 of the 100 laps to pocket another $12,000 payday. “Man, I’m really glad to be back home racing,” Bobby said. “I keep saying tracks I know compared to tracks I don’t know, but I think it’s just … you gotta have laps at these places when you compete with these (Lucas Oil) guys to the point where it just kind of comes natural. All these other places I go to (new tracks), it’s just such a learning curve that just nothing really feels very natural like this.”

Nothing is ever easy at the fifth-mile bullring though as Bobby had to maneuver his way through heavy lapped traffic and hold off a late race charge from Ryan Unzicker, who was piloting a car built by his dad, to pick up his third Lucas Oil Series win in the last five years at Macon. “Heading into the weekend I didn’t think I would win two races," Bobby said. "I got a little nervous there in traffic and then I hit the wall coming out of turn four. Man, I am glad to be back home. You have got to have laps at these tracks and fortunately the last two nights that was the case. Just glad to get these wins, thanks to all my crew, family, and sponsors." -- Heath Lawson Photo

tricity apr27There's no place like home. After enduring some early-season struggles seeing many tracks for the first time, Bobby returned to a familiar place that has been very good to him throughout his career Friday night and put together his best race of the season leading all 50 laps and scoring the $12,000 Lucas Oil Series victory. The familiarity of the Tri-City (IL) track was key. “I think it was crucial, really,” Bobby said. “Qualifying is where these races are won a lot of times. (In) hot laps I was pretty worried. We weren’t very good. (We) went out there and qualified and set fast time. I always say, if you set fast time, your night’s starting off 10 times better than if you’re starting in the second row."

Starting on the pole after winning his heat race, Bobby built up a nearly four-second advantage over the field early. The bottom groove became dominate later in the race allowing his closest pursuers to close the gap but he was able to hold them off to grab his first win of the season. It was an emotional victory lane for the team after the Dunn Benson Motorsports patriarch and car owner, Carlton Lamm, recently passed away. "I really wanted to get that win for Big C," Bobby said. "I know he’s up there watching. Just a big thanks to everyone, especially my crew they have worked so hard. Thanks to my sponsors for sticking with me, and thanks to all the fans for coming out tonight.” -- Heath Lawson Photo

east bay feb 5Charging forward from deep in the field (24th), Bobby scored a sixth place finish Tuesday night at East Bay (FL) Raceway Park. He had to use a provisional to start the feature as the oil pump broke in the consi and the team had to pull out the backup car. "The car felt really good," Bobby said. "Shoutout to my awesome crew for all their hard work, so proud to be a part of this team!" -- Heath Lawson Photo

wild west shootoutBobby and his DBM team concluded their Arizona trip on Sunday night with a 20th to 7th run in the Wild West Shootout finale at Arizona Speedway. With three top three finishes in the six miniseries races, the team learned a lot about the new car and return home to quickly prepare for Speedweeks. "Overall a pretty good couple weeks here in Arizona," Bobby said. "We wanted to get a win for the new team, just came up a little short. I'm confident in my team that wins are coming!"

A win can't be too far away. For the second consecutive race, Bobby finished second in the 30-lap Wild West Shootout Wednesday night at Arizona Speedway. "Big thanks to all my sponsors, family, and fans for all the support," Bobby said. "Shoutout to my crew for all the help. Can't wait for Friday, really starting to get this Rocket XR1 figured out!"

arizona jan7Bobby and his team are quickly dialing in the new XR1. Starting on the pole of the 40-lap main event Sunday night at Arizona Speedway, after the crew worked feverishly to replace the motor after the heat race, Bobby jumped to the lead at the start and distanced himself from the field when a caution would come out with nine laps in the books. On the restart, Bobby drove to the top, opening the door for the second place car (Weiss) to poke his nose in there as the two put on a spirited back-and-forth battle of slide jobs. While leading with four laps to go, Bobby's car pushed up the track and the second place car (Shaw) was there to take advantage as he drove by Bobby for the lead. Bobby held on to finish second at the checkers. "Congrats to Shaw on the well deserved win," Bobby said after the race. "Thanks to my crew for busting their tails having to change the motor, and a big thanks to Mark Richards for all the help to get us pointed in the right direction." -- Photo Finish Photo

lucas oil dirt seriesCarlton and Kemp Lamm, owners of Dunn Benson Motorsports, along with their new driver Bobby Pierce, have decided to follow the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series in 2018 and compete for the series championship. The full 2018 schedule will be posted in the next few weeks and will include selected World of Outlaws Late Model Series events, selected UMP DIRTcar Summer Nationals events, and a variety of Super Late Model events that doesn’t conflict with the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series in 2018.

The Dunn Benson Motorsports Team has been a mainstay on the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series for the past three years finishing 7th, 8th and 5th in the final Series National Point Standings in 2017, 2016 and 2015 with driver Earl Pearson Jr. The Dunn Benson Motorsports Team won the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series National Championship back in 2006 and 2005 and the Stacker 2 Xtreme Dirtcar Series National Championship in 2004 with Earl Pearson Jr.

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