Back-to-Back Wins for Aaron Pierce
in Butch Dowker Memorial at Spartan

Special Thanks to Duane Turner of Spartan Speedway

MASON, Mich.  (July 29, 2016) – The Auto Value Bumper to Bumper Super Sprints presented by Royal Purple Synthetic Oil returned to Spartan (Mich.) Speedway on Friday, July 29 for the second consecutive year for the Butch Dowker Memorial and for the second straight year Aaron Pierce earned the prestigious victory.

Toledo winner Ryan Gillenwater controlled the early stages of the 40-lap event with Doug Dietsch and two-time winner this season Bobby Santos close behind with Geoff Kaiser in fourth spot. At the 10-lap mark, Pierce advanced to fifth spot and was challenging Kaiser for fourth.

On lap 15, Pierce grabbed fourth from Kaiser after the two veteran racers had a spirited battle on the tight quarter-mile oval. Three laps later Santos drove into second position with Pierce passing Santos on lap 22 to advance to the runner-up position. Gillenwater continued to be shown as the leader and held a sizeable margin over Pierce and Santos.

Pierce was closing the margin to Gillenwater and with 10 laps to go, Gillenwater's lead shrank to five car lengths as they were working through some lapped traffice. With three laps Pierce dove under Gillenwater to take the lead and then drove to the victory. Gillenwater finished in second with Santos completing the podium. Fourth was Kaiser with Jason Blonde rounding out the top five.

Doug Dietsch won the Dowker Engines heat race 1 with Gillenwater scoring the victory in the Royal Purple Synthetic Oil heat race 2. Geoff Kaiser set fast time with a lap of 11.485 seconds at 78.363 mph.

 

A MAIN RESULTS
POS # DRIVER
1 26 Aaron Pierce
2 45 Ryan Gillenwater
3 22A Bobby Santos Jr.
4 99 Geoff Kaiser
5 42 Jason Blonde
6 0 Doug Dietsch
7 61 Kevin Feeney
8 64 Tyler Roahrig
9 25 Doug Stepke
10 11G Tom Geren
11 100 Tom Paterson
12 5 Don Diesch
13 1R Christopher Randolph
DNS 22 Derek Snyder
DNS 26b Jeff Bloom

 

HEAT RACE #1 RESULTS
POS # DRIVER
1 0 Doug Dietsch
2 42 Jason Blonde
3 22A Bobby Santos Jr.
4 99 Geoff Kaiser
5 11G Tom Geren
6 5 Don Diesch

 

HEAT RACE #2 RESULTS
POS # DRIVER
1 45 Ryan Gillenwater
2 61 Kevin Feeney
3 26 Aaron Pierce
4 64 Tyler Roahrig
5 25 Doug Stepke
6 1R Christopher Randolph
7 100 Tom Paterson

 

QUALIFYING RESULTS
POS   # DRIVER TIME   DIFF MPH
1 99 Geoff Kaiser 11.485 - 78.363
2 26 Aaron Pierce 11.637 0.152 77.340
3 42 Jason Blonde 11.652 0.167 77.240
4 64 Tyler Roahrig 11.655 0.170 77.220
5 22A Bobby Santos Jr. 11.680 0.195 77.055
6 61 Kevin Feeney 11.773 0.288 76.446
7 0 Doug Dietsch 11.798 0.313 76.284
8 45 Ryan Gillenwater 11.837 0.352 76.033
9 11G Tom Geren 12.324 0.839 73.028
10 25 Doug Stepke 12.553 1.068 71.696
11 5 Don Diesch 12.587 1.102 71.502
12 100 Tom Paterson 12.946 1.461 69.520
13 1R Christopher Randolph No Time
14 22 Derek Snyder No Time
15 26b Jeff Bloom No Time