Dunn-Benson, Pierce Back In Town

Local team ranked fifth before last night’s race.

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Last night, at Fayetteville Motor Speedway, Campbell University presented the Dunn-Benson Ford Wayne Gray Sr. Memorial. It was $10,000 to win the event.

Dunn-Benson Motorsports and driver Bobby Pierce had struggled slightly in the transition from the month of June to July.

With nose damage in Portsmouth and oil pressure problems in Mansfield, Pierce finished 23rd consecutively in Ohio, on June 30 and July 1.

Thankfully, the team’s latest Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series race was a “caution-free affair,” allowing for Pierce to earn sixth-place finish in Zanesville, Ohio.

The 21-year-old driver, from Oakwood, Ill., has run 44 races this year, winning two, placing in the top five 14 times and among the top 10 on 26 occasions. Pierce is currently ranked fifth in Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series 2018 Championship Points, with 3,930.

In his last race in Fayetteville, March 31, Pierce won the second heat and battled for second place the entire race, until his rear-end gear broke in the second- to-last lap and he finished 15th.

Team Dunn-Benson Motorsports planned to race with a No. 1 tribute wrap on its car Thursday, in memory and in honor of its late team owner Carlton Lamm. Wayne Gray Sr. was a longtime family friend of the Lamm family, his sons, Wayne Jr. and Tony, own W.T. Landscaping in Fayetteville.

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