Dominant Performance for Aaron Pierce in
Butch Dowker Memorial at Spartan

Story by Kyle Larson

MASON, Mich. (August 14, 2015) – Aaron Piece of Daleville, Ind. won the inaugural Butch Dowker Memorial presented by Courtesy Car & Truck at Spartan (Mich.) Speedway on Friday, August 14. Pierce advanced from the sixth starting position to take the lead at lap 12 after passing Ryan Gillenwater for the top spot.

At the finish of the 30-lap feature, Pierce finished 4.305 seconds ahead of Derek Snyder, who made a late-race pass on Gillenwater for the runner-up finish. Gillenwater finished third with Kyle Edwards and Jeff Bloom rounding out the top five.

“The car was on a rail, it would run on the bottom. Everybody was having a hard time pushing coming off turn 2. Once I could get underneath those guys I got down the straightaway better than them. I just had to pick my way through the traffic,” said race winner Aaron Pierce. “Evan Jackson, Chris Garrett and Rusty work so hard, they never stop. It’s great to have them as part of this team. Thank you also to Sam Pierce Chevrolet, Valvoline and everybody that helps this race team,” added Pierce.

After a three-wide salute to the late Butch Dowker, the feature began with Derek Snyder and Ryan Gillenwater leading the field to the green flag. The yellow flag waved immediately when Kevin Feeney was involved in a chain reaction incident that sent the No. 61 spinning off turn 4. He was unable to restart.

On the second attempt of the start, Snyder got the initial jump, but Gillenwater used the outside lane to take control of the 20-car starting field. In the early stages Kyle Edwards got around Jeff Bloom for third spot as Pierce started his charge to the front making passes on Bloom and Edwards.

At the 10-lap mark, Gillenwater held the top spot with Pierce up to second with Snyder in third. Two laps later Pierce completed the race-winning pass.

During the final 18 laps, Pierce used patience as he worked through heavy traffic on the tight quarter-mile oval. With 10 laps remaining, he constructed a full straightaway advance while Gillenwater and Snyder battled for second spot.

During the final laps, Snyder moved into second, finishing behind Pierce at the finish. Third went to Gilllenwater followed by Edwards and Bloom. Sixth-place was Jason Blonde with Doug Dietsch, 18th-place starter Quitin Saayman, Geoff Kaiser and Mike Astraukas rounded out the top 10.

In preliminary action, heat race victories were earned by Aaron Pierce, Gary Sherman and John Turnbull Jr. In Hamilton Trucking Qualifications, Aaron Pierce posted the fastest lap of the 22 cars on hand with a lap of 11.498 seconds at 78.274 mph.

The Auto Value Bumper to Bumper Super Sprints return to Baer Field Speedway in Ft. Wayne, Ind. on Saturday, August 15.

A MAIN RESULTS
POS LN # DRIVER LAPS
1 6 26 Aaron Pierce 30
2 1 71R Derek Snyder 30
3 2 45 Ryan Gillenwater 30
4 4 11 Kyle Edwards 30
5 3 26 Jeff Bloom 30
6 5 42 Jason Blonde 30
7 9 0 Doug Dietsch 30
8 16 70 Quintin Saayman 30
9 7 99 Geoff Kaiser 30
10 8 3A Mike Astraukas 30
11 12 12 John Turnbull Jr. 30
12 17 37 Gary Sherman 29
13 10 75c Jerry Caryer 29
14 13 11g Tom Geren 29
15 15 31H Don Hamilton 29
16 19 66 Kyle Stepke 29
17 18 2 Mike Kinzinger 28
18 14 61R Curt Shumaker 23
19 20 31 Phil Rutledge 9
20 21 1R Chrisopher Randolph 3
DNS 22 21 Mike Stutsman 0
DNS 11 61 Kevin Feeney 0


HEAT RACE #1 RESULTS
POS LN # DRIVER
1 6 26 Aaron Pierce
2 1 70 Quintin Saayman
3 4 99 Geoff Kaiser
4 2 11g Tom Geren
5 3 75c Jerry Caryer
6 5 26x Jeff Bloom
7 7 66 Kyle Stepke

 

HEAT RACE #2 RESULTS
POS LN # DRIVER
1 1 37 Gary Sherman
2 3 61 Kevin Feeney
3 6 42 Jason Blonde
4 4 3A Mike Astraukas
5 2 61R Curt Shumaker
6 5 45 Ryan Gillenwater
7 7 31 Phil Rutledge


HEAT RACE #3 RESULTS
POS LN # DRIVER
1 3 12 John Turnbull Jr.
2 5 71R Derek Snyder
3 1 2 Mike Kinzinger
4 4 0 Doug Dietsch
5 6 11 Kyle Edwards
6 2 31H Don Hamilton
DNS 7 1R Christopher Randolph


QUALIFYING RESULTS
POS   # DRIVER TIME   DIFF MPH
1 26 Aaron Pierce 11.498 - 78.274
2 42 Jason Blonde 11.558 0.060 77.868
3 11 Kyle Edwards 11.734 0.236 76.700
4 26 Jeff Bloom 11.756 0.258 76.557
5 45 Ryan Gillenwater 11.780 0.282 76.401
6 71R Derek Snyder 11.781 0.283 76.394
7 99 Geoff Kaiser 11.783 0.285 76.381
8 3A Mike Astraukas 11.812 0.314 76.194
9 0 Doug Dietsch 11.836 0.338 76.039
10 75c Jerry Caryer 11.865 0.367 75.853
11 61 Kevin Feeney 11.889 0.391 75.700
12 12 John Turnbull Jr. 11.962 0.464 75.238
13 11g Tom Geren 12.029 0.531 74.819
14 61R Curt Shumaker 12.082 0.584 74.491
15 31H Don Hamilton 12.090 0.592 74.442
16 70 Quintin Saayman 12.122 0.624 74.245
17 37 Gary Sherman 12.350 0.852 72.874
18 2 Mike Kinzinger 12.464 0.966 72.208
19 66 Kyle Stepke 12.628 1.130 71.270
20 31 Phil Rutledge 13.249 1.751 67.930
21 21 Mike Stutsman No Time
22 1R Christopher Randolph No Time