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USA Nationals
Cedar Lake Speedway | New Richmond, Wisconsin
Thursday, August 03, 2023
Race Recap  

GRAND OPENING: Bobby Pierce Dominates USA Nationals Opener For First Cedar Lake Win

In a season filled with firsts, Bobby Pierce added another to his resume Thursday night at Cedar Lake Speedway. 

The World of Outlaws CASE Construction Equipment Late Model Series points leader took the lead on Lap 1 and never looked back to earn the opening night win of the 36th annual USA Nationals.  

It was his second win in a three-day span, after claiming his second Hawkeye 50 triumph on Tuesday. That momentum carried into Thursday night at Cedar Lake, winning his Heat Race and then drawing the pole for the 25-lap Feature. 

Pierce drove away from three-time and defending USA Nationals champion Jonathan Davenport on the opening lap of the Feature. However, his momentum was slowed twice in the first five laps as Daniel Hilsabeck spun to bring out a caution on both occasions. 

Despite the yellow flags, the Oakwood, IL driver aced both restarts, pulling away from the field.  

Bobby Pierce chats with Connor Wade
Bobby Pierce earned his 7th World of Outlaws win of 2023/Jacy Norgaard photo

Behind the “Smooth Operator,” four-time Series champion Brandon Sheppard climbed to the front, locked in a battle with Davenport for second. The two traded slide jobs for a couple of laps before Sheppard got the advantage in Turn 2 on Lap 7. That’s when the New Berlin, IL driver set his sights on Pierce. 

Sheppard inched closer and closer every lap. But when they found traffic, Pierce found a better course to navigate throughout it each time. Out of traffic, Sheppard could close in, close enough to dive underneath the #32 at times, but that was as close as the #B5 would get. And every time Sheppard feel back, Ricky Thornton Jr. was there, waiting.  

In the final 10 laps, Pierce pulled away to win his seventh World of Outlaws Feature of 2023. 

Pierce said his $6,000 victory came down to tire choice and some luck.  

“It’s pretty crazy the roll we’re on,” Pierce said. “We had a little luck tonight drawing the one, and Gordy had some issues in the Heat Race, and I don’t know if I was going to pass him or not. But sometimes, a little luck goes a long way.  

“The car was a little tight in the Feature. I got tight there, and I just changed my line. I think we made the right call on tires. A lot of guys running up front had the opposite of what I had.” 

Even though Pierce is celebrating, he knows what’s ahead of him this weekend as he prepares for his chance at $50,000 on Saturday. 

“We have a lot of confidence,” Pierce said. “We’ve already got this first night out of the way. We’ve got a lot of really good points, and [Series] points in general.” 

The win extends Pierce’s points lead to 112 points over Chris Madden, who finished 14th – earning the Fox Factory Hard Charger award, coming from his 23rd starting position. 

Sheppard settled for second, but only after a battle with Thornton Jr., the Prairie Dirt Classic winner, in the last few laps. Thornton pulled underneath Sheppard’s Longhorn Chassis a few times but didn’t have the momentum to make the pass. 

The four-time champion said he was happy with his car but might’ve gone the wrong way on his tire choice. 

“My car was really good,” Sheppard said. “The car was balanced and maneuverable. I could put the car top, middle, bottom, anywhere I wanted to go. As soon as I got into lap traffic in the end, I pushed it a little bit harder, and I felt my tire getting hot and getting greasy, and I started sliding a little bit more. I think that was my biggest issue. But overall, it’s a solid start to the weekend.” 

Thornton finished third—his third consecutive World of Outlaws podium. The Martinsville, IN driver said he needed the top lane to slow down to have a chance at the win. 

“I was really good in the middle and the bottom,” Thornton said. “We’re kind of setting up for the 100 lapper. I told [my crew], really, as long as we get a top five here, it’ll set us up good for tomorrow at least. We had a good car. Bobby was a little better than us, but I feel like clean air had a lot to do with that, too.” 

Despite finishing third, Thornton didn’t walk away empty handed. He won the annual F.A.N.S. Fund dash to end the night, passing Ricky Weiss to earn the $2,500 prize. 

Ricky Thornton Jr.
Ricky Thornton Jr. celebrates his win in the F.A.N.S. Fund dash/Jacy Norgaard photo

Brian Shirley finished fourth in Thursday’s Feature, while Hudson O’Neal rounded out the top five. 

After one night of action at Cedar Lake Speedway, Pierce leads the USA Nationals points standings by one point over Brandon Sheppard. The top 16 drivers after Friday’s Feature will lock into Saturday’s USA Nationals finale. 

 Here’s a look at the Top 10 in points: 

  1. Bobby Pierce 742
  2. Brandon Sheppard -1
  3. Ricky Thornton Jr. -12
  4. Hudson O’Neal -19
  5. Jonathan Davenport -20
  6. Brian Shirley -21
  7. Cade Dillard -23
  8. Tanner English -24
  9. Shannon Babb -30
  10. Shane Clanton -50

UP NEXT: The World of Outlaws CASE Late Models return to Cedar Lake Speedway for night two of the 36th annual USA Nationals at Cedar Lake. Drivers will battle in another 25-lap Feature paying $6,000-to-win. 

If you can’t make it to the track, you can watch every World of Outlaws CASE Construction Equipment Late Model race live on DIRTVision.     

CASE Construction Equipment Late Mode Feature (25 Laps): 1. 32-Bobby Pierce[1]; 2. B5-Brandon Sheppard[4]; 3. 20RT-Ricky Thornton Jr[3]; 4. 3S-Brian Shirley[6]; 5. 1-Hudson O’Neal[5]; 6. 49-Jonathan Davenport[2]; 7. 96V-Tanner English[9]; 8. 97-Cade Dillard[8]; 9. 18B-Shannon Babb[13]; 10. 25-Shane Clanton[11]; 11. 28-Dennis Erb Jr[15]; 12. 31-Kye Blight[10]; 13. 40B-Kyle Bronson[19]; 14. 44-Chris Madden[23]; 15. 1ST-Johnny Scott[7]; 16. 1T-Tyler Erb[12]; 17. 19R-Ryan Gustin[24]; 18. 18D-Daulton Wilson[14]; 19. 174-Ethan Dotson[21]; 20. 55C-Chad Mahder[17]; 21. 9-Nick Hoffman[22]; 22. 11-Gordy Gundaker[25]; 23. B1-Brent Larson[26]; 24. 49T-Jake Timm[20]; 25. 30-Todd Cooney[27]; 26. 14W-Dustin Walker[28]; 27. 7-Drake Troutman[16]; 28. 22-Daniel Hilsabeck[18] FOX FACTORY HARD CHARGER: Chris Madden 

F.A.N.S Fund Dash (12 Laps): 1. 20RT-Ricky Thornton Jr[5]; 2. 7W-Ricky Weiss[3]; 3. 14G-Trevor Gundaker[2]; 4. 12-Ashton Winger[4]; 5. 25F-Jason Feger[6]; 6. 18D-Daulton Wilson[9]; 7. 11G-James Giossi[10]; 8. 126-Kaede Loudy[1]; 9. 8M-Dillon McCowan[7]; 10. (DNS) 7-Drake Troutman 

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Feature Results
11032Bobby Pierce 250.00025Running150$6,000
24+2B5Brandon Sheppard 25-1.813Running146$3,000
33020RTRicky Thornton Jr.25-2.297Running144$2,200
46+23SBrian Shirley 25-3.133Running142$1,750
5501Hudson O'Neal 25-4.292Running140$1,500
62-449Jonathan Davenport 25-5.068Running138$1,400
79+296VTanner English 25-5.406Running136$1,300
88097Cade Dillard 25-6.407Running134$1,200
913+418BShannon Babb 25-9.296Running132$1,100
1011+125Shane Clanton 25-9.815Running130$1,000
1115+428Dennis Erb Jr25-10.412Running128$900
1210-231Kye Blight 25-11.324Running126$850
1319+640BKyle Bronson 25-11.292Running124$800
1423+944Chris Madden 25-12.124Running122$775
157-81STJohnny Scott 25-12.669Running120$750
1612-41TTyler Erb 25-12.707Running118$700
1724+719RRyan Gustin 25-14.383Running116$660
1814-418DDaulton Wilson 25-15.081Running114$640
1921+2174Ethan Dotson 25-15.627Running112$620
2017-355CChad Mahder 25-15.736Running110$600
2122+19Nick Hoffman 24-1 LapsRunning108$600
2225+311Gordy Gundaker 24-1 LapsRunning106$600
2326+3B1Brent Larson 24-1 LapsRunning104$600
2420-449TJake Timm 24-1 LapsRunning104$600
2527+230Todd Cooney 24-1 LapsRunning104$600
2628+214WDustin Walker 24-1 LapsRunning104$600
2716-117Drake Troutman 0-25 LapsDNS104$600
2818-1022Daniel Hilsabeck 0-25 LapsDNS104$600
FOX Factory Hard Charger: Chris Madden
Last Chance Showdown Results
12+140BKyle Bronson 100.00010Running0$0
26+49Nick Hoffman 10-2.451Running0$0
31-27WRicky Weiss 10-4.162Running100$110
43-112Ashton Winger 10-4.528Running100$110
550B1Brent Larson 10-5.066Running0$0
64-28Kyle Strickler 10-6.796Running100$110
77090Lance Matthees 10-10.370Running100$110
88038Thomas Hunziker 9-1 LapsRunning100$110
99099Sawyer Specht 5-5 LapsDNF100$110
1010014WDustin Walker 4-6 LapsDNF0$0
Last Chance Showdown 2 Results
11049TJake Timm 100.0009Running0$0
22044Chris Madden 10-0.6781Running0$0
34+128SDustin Sorensen 10-2.822Running100$110
46+214GTrevor Gundaker 10-4.213Running100$110
58+325FJason Feger 10-4.563Running100$110
67+111Gordy Gundaker 10-6.346Running0$0
710+311GJames Giossi 10-7.378Running100$110
85-347Danny Vang 10-8.716Running100$110
93-610Paul Parker 10-10.196Running100$110
109-16MJeff Massingill 0-10 LapsDNS100$0
Last Chance Showdown 3 Results
110174Ethan Dotson 100.000Running0$0
24+219RRyan Gustin 10-2.595Running0$0
33030Todd Cooney 10-3.659Running0$0
42-28MDillon McCowan 10-5.028Running100$110
55058A.J. Diemel 10-5.440Running100$110
68+27HHarry Hanson 10-6.946Running100$110
76-115Nick Anvelink 10-7.704Running100$110
87-17XJesse Glenz 10-7.858Running100$110
910+1126Kaede Loudy 10-9.369Running100$110
109-142Terry Casey 6-4 LapsDNF100$110
Heat 1 Results
Pos.Start+/-#DriverLaps CompletedBehindLaps LedStatus
13+23SBrian Shirley 80.0008Running
24+21STJohnny Scott 8-1.270Running
31-218BShannon Babb 8-1.709Running
45+17WRicky Weiss 8-2.676Running
52-312Ashton Winger 8-3.622Running
660B1Brent Larson 8-3.901Running
77090Lance Matthees 8-10.181Running
88099Sawyer Specht 8-10.563Running
Heat 2 Results
Pos.Start+/-#DriverLaps CompletedBehindLaps LedStatus
12+120RTRicky Thornton Jr.80.000Running
21-196VTanner English 8-0.349Running
34+128Dennis Erb Jr8-0.593Running
43-140BKyle Bronson 8-1.767Running
56+18Kyle Strickler 8-2.378Running
67+19Nick Hoffman 8-3.076Running
75-238Thomas Hunziker 8-4.406Running
88014WDustin Walker 0-8 LapsDNF
Heat 3 Results
Pos.Start+/-#DriverLaps CompletedBehindLaps LedStatus
11032Bobby Pierce 90.0002Running
23+125Shane Clanton 9-0.722Running
36+355CChad Mahder 9-1.957Running
44049TJake Timm 9-2.726Running
55010Paul Parker 9-2.739Running
67+147Danny Vang 9-3.828Running
72-511Gordy Gundaker 7-2 Laps7Running
8806MJeff Massingill 0-9 LapsDNF
Heat 4 Results
Pos.Start+/-#DriverLaps CompletedBehindLaps LedStatus
12+11Hudson O'Neal 80.0008Running
21-197Cade Dillard 8-0.729Running
33018DDaulton Wilson 8-2.377Running
46+244Chris Madden 8-4.231Running
58+328SDustin Sorensen 8-8.849Running
64-214GTrevor Gundaker 8-7.635Running
75-225FJason Feger 8-7.928Running
87-111GJames Giossi 8-8.849Running
Heat 5 Results
Pos.Start+/-#DriverLaps CompletedBehindLaps LedStatus
110B5Brandon Sheppard 80.0008Running
22031Kye Blight 8-2.735Running
3307Drake Troutman 8-3.256Running
440174Ethan Dotson 8-3.747Running
55030Todd Cooney 8-5.744Running
68+258A.J. Diemel 8-6.403Running
76-17XJesse Glenz 8-7.780Running
87-142Terry Casey 5-3 LapsDNF
Heat 6 Results
Pos.Start+/-#DriverLaps CompletedBehindLaps LedStatus
11049Jonathan Davenport 80.0008Running
2201TTyler Erb 8-1.868Running
33022Daniel Hilsabeck 8-2.590Running
45+18MDillon McCowan 8-3.057Running
54-119RRyan Gustin 8-4.167Running
67+115Nick Anvelink 8-6.632Running
78+17HHarry Hanson 8-8.458Running
86-2126Kaede Loudy 8-10.579Running
Qualifying Flight 1 Results
1118BShannon Babb Moweaqua, IL12.9500.000
2896VTanner English Benton, KY13.012-0.062
3632Bobby Pierce Oakwood, IL13.077-0.127
4512Ashton Winger Senoia, GA13.096-0.146
52220RTRicky Thornton Jr.Adel, IA13.173-0.223
61311Gordy Gundaker St. Charles, MO13.216-0.266
7233SBrian Shirley Chatham, IL13.321-0.371
81440BKyle Bronson Brandon, FL13.346-0.396
92025Shane Clanton Zebulon, GA13.348-0.398
10241STJohnny Scott Las Cruces, NM13.363-0.413
112128Dennis Erb JrCarpentersville, IL13.384-0.434
121149TJake Timm Winona, MN13.417-0.467
13197WRicky Weiss Headingley, MB13.472-0.522
14238Thomas Hunziker Bend, OR13.516-0.566
151610Paul Parker Kaukauna, WI13.679-0.729
169B1Brent Larson Lake Elmo, MN13.694-0.744
17128Kyle Strickler Mooresville, NC13.708-0.758
18355CChad Mahder Bloomer, WI13.737-0.787
191890Lance Matthees Winona, MN13.796-0.846
2049Nick Hoffman Mooresville, NC14.013-1.063
211047Danny Vang Deerwood, MN14.136-1.186
221799Sawyer Specht Sheboygan Falls, WI14.173-1.223
23714WDustin Walker Polk, MO14.173-1.223
24156MJeff Massingill Keewatin, MN14.173-1.223
Qualifying Flight 2 Results
11097Cade Dillard Robeline, LA13.0930.000
211B5Brandon Sheppard New Berlin, IL13.100-0.007
31849Jonathan Davenport Blairsville, GA13.135-0.042
471Hudson O'Neal Martinsville, IN13.161-0.068
51431Kye Blight Katanning, WAU13.199-0.106
641TTyler Erb New Waverly, TX13.220-0.127
71918DDaulton Wilson Fayetteville, NC13.226-0.133
8227Drake Troutman Hyndman, PA13.274-0.181
9922Daniel Hilsabeck Earlham, IA13.310-0.217
10814GTrevor Gundaker St. Charles, MO13.349-0.256
1112174Ethan Dotson Bakersfield, CA13.353-0.260
122119RRyan Gustin Marshalltown, IA13.374-0.281
132025FJason Feger Bloomington, IL13.443-0.350
14330Todd Cooney Des Moines, IA13.449-0.356
15248MDillon McCowan Urbana, MO13.488-0.395
162344Chris Madden Gray Court, SC13.504-0.411
1727XJesse Glenz Chippewa Falls, WI13.546-0.453
181126Kaede Loudy Rogersville, TN13.553-0.460
191711GJames Giossi Hudson, WI13.574-0.481
201542Terry Casey New London, WI13.603-0.510
211315Nick Anvelink Bonduel, WI13.862-0.769
22628SDustin Sorensen Rochester, MN13.959-0.866
231658A.J. Diemel Elk Mound, WI14.143-1.050
2457HHarry Hanson Eveleth, MN14.143-1.050
Hot Laps Results
14744Chris Madden Gray Court, SC12.9120.000
24249Jonathan Davenport Blairsville, GA12.922-0.010
33497Cade Dillard Robeline, LA13.091-0.179
44519RRyan Gustin Marshalltown, IA13.091-0.179
5311Hudson O'Neal Martinsville, IN13.105-0.193
64318DDaulton Wilson Fayetteville, NC13.152-0.240
74111GJames Giossi Hudson, WI13.249-0.337
83831Kye Blight Katanning, WAU13.271-0.359
9467Drake Troutman Hyndman, PA13.275-0.363
104425FJason Feger Bloomington, IL13.362-0.450
112128Dennis Erb JrCarpentersville, IL13.369-0.457
12241STJohnny Scott Las Cruces, NM13.376-0.464
132220RTRicky Thornton Jr.Adel, IA13.413-0.501
143214GTrevor Gundaker St. Charles, MO13.414-0.502
15488MDillon McCowan Urbana, MO13.455-0.543
161149TJake Timm Winona, MN13.476-0.564
17281TTyler Erb New Waverly, TX13.491-0.579
1825126Kaede Loudy Rogersville, TN13.532-0.620
19632Bobby Pierce Oakwood, IL13.539-0.627
202730Todd Cooney Des Moines, IA13.563-0.651
21267XJesse Glenz Chippewa Falls, WI13.582-0.670
22233SBrian Shirley Chatham, IL13.613-0.701
23896VTanner English Benton, KY13.638-0.726
241440BKyle Bronson Brandon, FL13.714-0.802
253715Nick Anvelink Bonduel, WI13.762-0.850
2636174Ethan Dotson Bakersfield, CA13.765-0.853
273942Terry Casey New London, WI13.789-0.877
28128Kyle Strickler Mooresville, NC13.847-0.935
291311Gordy Gundaker St. Charles, MO13.927-1.015
30512Ashton Winger Senoia, GA13.936-1.024
311890Lance Matthees Winona, MN13.967-1.055
323322Daniel Hilsabeck Earlham, IA14.025-1.113
332025Shane Clanton Zebulon, GA14.028-1.116
349B1Brent Larson Lake Elmo, MN14.085-1.173
35355CChad Mahder Bloomer, WI14.091-1.179
36297HHarry Hanson Eveleth, MN14.143-1.231
374058A.J. Diemel Elk Mound, WI14.277-1.365
3835B5Brandon Sheppard New Berlin, IL14.422-1.510
3949Nick Hoffman Mooresville, NC14.604-1.692
40197WRicky Weiss Headingley, MB14.896-1.984
411610Paul Parker Kaukauna, WI15.013-2.101
421047Danny Vang Deerwood, MN15.651-2.739
43238Thomas Hunziker Bend, OR15.768-2.856
441799Sawyer Specht Sheboygan Falls, WI16.016-3.104
45714WDustin Walker Polk, MO16.123-3.211
46156MJeff Massingill Keewatin, MN19.569-6.657
473028SDustin Sorensen Rochester, MN19.569-6.657
48118BShannon Babb Moweaqua, IL19.569-6.657
King of the Hill Results
15+420RTRicky Thornton Jr.120.0003Running0$0
23+17WRicky Weiss 12-0.6199Running0$0
32-114GTrevor Gundaker 12-4.984Running0$0
44012Ashton Winger 12-6.292Running0$0
56+125FJason Feger 12-6.549Running0$0
69+318DDaulton Wilson 12-6.951Running0$0
710+311GJames Giossi 12-8.416Running0$0
81-7126Kaede Loudy 12-9.913Running0$0
97-28MDillon McCowan 12-10.374Running0$0
108-27Drake Troutman 0-12 LapsDNS0$0
DIRTVision Highlights  
Event Info  

USA Nationals
Thursday, August 03, 2023
Cedar Lake Speedway
2275 County Road CC
New Richmond, Wisconsin 54017 

Event Description
The USA Nationals is back as the most powerful Late Models on the planet take on three nights of action at Cedar Lake Speedway. The highly anticipated event will once again pay $50,000-to-win.

Series Racing
World of Outlaws Late Model Series

Support Divisions
DIRTcar Late Models

To Win Amount

Event Schedule
6:30 Hot Laps
7:00 Complete event of $6,000-to-Win World of Outlaw Late Model & Local Late Models.
After race party in the Cedar Lake Arena!

8:30 Breakfast served in both restaurants
11:00 or 12:00 Tubing down the Apple River
6:30 Hot Laps
7:00 Complete event of $6,000-to-Win World of Outlaw Late Models & complete show of local Late Models
After race party in the Cedar Lake Arena

8:30 Breakfast served in both restaurants
11:00 or 12:00 Apple River Tubing
12:30 FansFund Luncheon
2:00 Lawn Mower Racing in Arena
4:30 Driver Autograph/Meet & Greet
6:30 Hot Laps
7:00 Last Chance Showdowns & 100 lap, $50,000-to-Win USA Nationals and complete event of local Late Models
*All times Central

Ticket Options  
Ticket Phone
(612) 363-0479

Options And Prices
Thursday only at gate $30 Adults, $15 Student, $35 Pits
Friday only at gate $35 Adults, $17 Students, $40 Pits
Saturday only at gate $45 Adults, $22 Students, $45 Pits
Advance Friday / Sat Pass* $75 Adults, $37 Students
Advance Thu/Fri/Sat Pass* $100 Adults, $50 Students

* Note: Reduced 2 or 3 day advanced tickets available online or by calling 612-363-0479. Must be purchased at least 2 days before the event starts.

Grandstand Type
Bleachers / chairbacks

Family Section Location
all areas are family friendly

Handicapped Seating Location
Both sides of stadium have wheel chair accessible seating

Pit Age Requirement
NO age restriction for pits. 17 and under must be accompanied by a parent/ guardian.

Parking Cost

Handicapped Parking Location
Outside the front gate

Camping Availability
non-electric, onsite, sanitary facility, showers, waste services

Camping Cost
$60 for the Weekend

Frequently Asked Questions  
Support Divisions
DIRTcar Late Models

To Win Amount

Type of Grandstand
Bleachers / chairbacks

Stadium Seating
Stadium seats are allowed.

Handicapped Seating
Both sides of stadium have wheel chair accessible seating

Handicapped Parking
Outside the front gate

Pit Age Limit
NO age restriction for pits. 17 and under must be accompanied by a parent/ guardian.

Personal Coolers
Coolers are permitted at the speedway, however you are NOT ALLOWED to bring in any alcoholic beverages or glass containers.


Alcohol Sales
Beer and wine will be available to purchase

Smoking Policy
No smoking in Grandstands

Family Section
all areas are family friendly

Parking Cost

Camping Availability
non-electric, onsite, sanitary facility, showers, waste services

Camping Cost
$60 for the Weekend

Track Info  

Cedar Lake Speedway
2275 County Road CC
New Richmond, Wisconsin 54017 

Track Phone
(715) 248-7119

Ticket Phone
(612) 363-0479

Track Email
[email protected]

Track Size

Sprint Car Track Record
10.746 seconds by Christopher Thram on 5/4/2024

Late Model Track Record
12.950 by Shannon Babb on 8/3/23

Closest Airport
Minneapolis, MN (MSP / KMSP) Minneapolis-Saint Paul International Airport

Other Airport
Eau Claire, WI (EAU / KEAU) Chippewa Valley Regional Airport

Track Map
Competitor Info  
Competitor Downloads

Tire Rules
Left Front & Left Rear & Right Front Tire: Hoosier (90) NLMT3, (90) W30 Right Rear Tire: Hoosier (92) NLMT3, (92) W30, (92) NLMT4 **Grooving & Siping will be allowed**

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