Pierson Pounces for First ASCS Rocky Mountain Region Triumph at Black Hills RAPID CITY, SD (May 20, 2005) -- Just six days after narrowly missing out on his first American Sprint Car Series Rocky Mountain Region triumph, 20-year-old Jake Pierson...
Pierson Pounces for First ASCS Rocky Mountain Region Triumph at Black Hills
RAPID CITY, SD (May 20, 2005) -- Just six days after narrowly missing out on his first American Sprint Car Series Rocky Mountain Region triumph, 20-year-old Jake Pierson broke into victory lane by topping Friday night's 25-lap feature at Black Hills Speedway.
Pierson took quick advantage of Randi Miller's late misfortune then fought off Gary Taylor to notch the victory and take over the series point lead aboard the USA Performance-powered Pierson Concrete Construction No. 77d Maxim.
Pierson gunned into the lead at the drop of the green only to have the caution fly after one round for a tangle involving Mason Hill and Bob Schaeffer. Joe Wagner shot into the lead on the restart and paced the next six rounds before Miller took the point.
Miller led the way until the 20th round when he cut a tire after contact with a lapped car. Pierson assumed the lead at that time then fought off Taylor's tenacious challenges over the final rounds to take the checkered flag.
Taylor settled for second, with Nick Haygood taking the show position. Defending series champion Keith Rauch charged from 17th to finish fourth, with Brent Kronfuss rounding out the top five. Completing the top ten were rookie shoe Josh Fellows, Ron Rosenboom, Jeff Heffner, Schaeffer and Walt Hamilton.
Haygood, Fellows, Miller and Taylor topped heat race action for the 30-car field, with Rauch winning the B Main.
Mike Pennell's night came to an early end after riding out a vicious heat race flip. Pennell was checked out at a local hospital and deemed alright aside from an assortment of aches and pains.
Heat Winners: Nick Haygood, Josh Fellows, Randi Miller, Gary Taylor.
B Feature: 1. Keith Rauch, 2. Walt Hamilton, 3. Kass Cornella, 4. Johnacob, 5. Clint Anderson, 6. Eric Flatmoe, 7. Matt Heincerling, 8. Mark Sweet, 9. Mike Stutzman, 10. Terry Pennell, 11. Ryan Parks. DNS: Cyrus Perme, Jesse Beckett, Mike Pennell.
A Feature (25 Laps): 1. Jake Pierson, 2. Gary Taylor, 3. Nick Haygood, 4. Keith Rauch, 5. Brent Kronfuss, 6. Josh Fellows, 7. Ron Rosenboom, 8.eff Heffner, 9. Bob Schaeffer, 10. Walt Hamilton, 11. John Jacob, 12. Corey Brink, 13. Randi Miller, 14. Eric Miller, 15. Darrell Brink, 16.oe Wagner, 17. Scott Milan, 18. Max Voorhees, 19. Mason Hill, 20. Kass Cornella.
ASCS Rocky Mountain Region Points (Top Ten): 1. Jake Pierson 296, 2. Gary Taylor 288, 3. Nick Haygood 284, 4. Bob Schaeffer 270, 5. Eric Miller 266, 6. Jeff Heffner 262, 7. Josh Fellows 260, 8. Brent Kronfuss 256, 9. Mason Hill 244, 10. Scott Milan 242.