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World of Outlaws Norfolk Showdown
Off Road Speedway | Norfolk, Nebraska
Sunday, June 25, 2023
Race Recap  

OFF ROAD OPERATOR: Bobby Pierce Nets Third World of Outlaws Win of 2023 at Off Road Speedway

In front of a record crowd at Off Road Speedway, Bobby Pierce saved his best weekend performance for last.

The Oakwood, IL driver powered past Brandon Sheppard in Turn 4 on Lap 26 to score his third World of Outlaws CASE Construction Equipment Late Model Series victory of the season Sunday night.

Kyle Bronson led the first two laps of the 40-lap battle before Sheppard jumped ahead of him in Turn 4 on Lap 3.

The four-time Series champion tried to get away from his competitors. But as Sheppard caught the back of the field, Pierce started to lurk behind him.

Pierce tried to go around him on both the inside and outside, but Sheppard held his ground until a caution for Brian Shirley, who broke a driveshaft on Lap 16.

Bobby Pierce and Brandon Sheppard
Bobby Pierce tries to go around Brandon Sheppard on the outside/Jacy Norgaard photo

On the next restart, Pierce got a great run and almost took the lead from Sheppard on the top, but the caution came out again for Ethan Dotson, who spun in Turn 4 before the lap was complete.

When the green flag came back out, Sheppard pulled away from Pierce, who lost second to Clanton, and third to Cade Dillard.

But as Pierce fell back, it allowed him to find the line he needed to rise from his fall.

Pierce only needed a few laps to get by Dillard and Clanton, allowing him another chance to try and get by Sheppard.

It was a chance he wouldn’t waste.

Brandon Sheppard, Bobby Pierce, and Shane Clanton
Bobby Pierce and Shane Clanton try to chase down Brandon Sheppard for the lead/Jacy Norgaard photo

On Lap 26, Pierce’s momentum gave him the breakthrough he needed, storming past Sheppard in Turn 4 to take the lead—one he wouldn’t relinquish.

From there, Pierce led the final 15 laps to score his third World of Outlaws win of 2023 and the seventh of his career.

The “Smooth Operator” thought his chances to win were gone after he fell to fourth.

“Clanton had a good restart, and I didn’t,” Pierce said. “That bottom really came back to life, and I figured we were toast. We were fourth, and I figured I might not be able to do something with these guys. I started making that bottom work, and every time Sheppard went high, I just happened to get lucky and timed it perfectly.

“We just kept switching lanes, and it worked out. It was a lot of fun out there. I’m looking forward to the next time I come back here.”

With his win, Pierce has more World of Outlaws wins than any other driver in 2023.

He also moved to second in points—four points behind Chris Madden, who finished ninth.

Despite closing the gap for the second consecutive night, Pierce’s focus is on staying consistent.

“We try to be as consistent as we can be,” Pierce said. “You never know what’s going to happen. You just have to Qualify good and go into the redraw. And tonight, we finally put a whole night together. We just have to try and be as consistent as we can, and the points will come as they come.”

Sheppard crossed the line second, narrowly missing out on his first World of Outlaws win of the year.

The New Berlin, IL driver said his Longhorn Chassis was good, but his tires were too hot in the race’s second half.

“On one of those restarts, [Pierce] passed me on the top,” Sheppard said. “So, I was like, I better go to the top. Then I get up there on top, and you get your tires hot, and you start slowing down. And then I saw him down on the bottom, and at that point, you’re a sitting duck. You move down there, then your tires are hot, and you start sliding around.

“All in all, it was a good run after last night. We had some unfortunate stuff happen on [Saturday], and that sucked. We bounced back tonight, and the car was really good. We’ve been right there, and I think we were a lot better tonight than we’ve been in a while.”

Shane Clanton, the 2015 Series champion, finished third—his third top five of the season.

The Zebulon, GA driver tried to make his move on that second Lap 16 restart, but eventually lost the runner-up spot to Pierce.

“I think I was trying to take Bobby’s line because I knew he was running the top,” Clanton said. “He just about got the lead in one lap, so I thought if I got a good restart, I could get by him and maybe take his line.

“We were a little bit off, but compared to what it has been the past month and a half, it feels good. We worked on some stuff this week, and I think we’re getting closer.”

Germfree Labs Rookie of the Year contender Nick Hoffman finished fourth, earning his 11th straight top 10 finish.

Like Pierce, the Mooresville, NC driver also gained points on Madden. Hoffman is now third in points, six points behind the Gray Court, SC driver.

Cade Dillard earned his first top-five of the season, finishing fifth.

UP NEXT: The World of Outlaws CASE Late Models continue World of Outlaws Heartland Speedweek with a trip to Mason City Motor Speedway in Mason City, IA, on Tuesday, June 27.

Then, the Series finishes the inaugural Speedweek with stops at Red River Valley Speedway (June 28), River Cities Speedway (June 30), and I-94 EMR Speedway (July 1).

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CASE Construction Equipment Late Mode Feature (40 Laps): 1. 32-Bobby Pierce[4]; 2. B5-Brandon Sheppard[3]; 3. 25-Shane Clanton[6]; 4. 9-Nick Hoffman[8]; 5. 97-Cade Dillard[5]; 6. 19R-Ryan Gustin[7]; 7. 96V-Tanner English[9]; 8. 1ST-Johnny Scott[10]; 9. 44-Chris Madden[17]; 10. 11-Gordy Gundaker[14]; 11. 28-Dennis Erb Jr[12]; 12. 40B-Kyle Bronson[1]; 13. 18-Chase Junghans[18]; 14. 22-Daniel Hilsabeck[2]; 15. 04-Tad Pospisil[19]; 16. B1-Brent Larson[13]; 17. 30-Todd Cooney[16]; 18. 6-Cade Richards[21]; 19. 14W-Dustin Walker[23]; 20. 196-Jaxon Saathoff[20]; 21. 36-Chris Johnson[24]; 22. 07-Ben Sukup[22]; 23. 174-Ethan Dotson[15]; 24. 3S-Brian Shirley[11] Fox Factory Hard Charger: Chris Madden [+8]

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Feature Results
14+332Bobby Pierce 400.00015Running150$10,000
23+1B5Brandon Sheppard 40-0.83023Running146$6,000
36+325Shane Clanton 40-2.867Running144$3,500
48+49Nick Hoffman 40-4.470Running142$2,800
55097Cade Dillard 40-6.087Running140$2,500
67+119RRyan Gustin 40-6.585Running138$2,300
79+296VTanner English 40-7.136Running136$2,200
810+21STJohnny Scott 40-9.350Running134$2,100
917+844Chris Madden 40-10.354Running132$2,050
1014+411Gordy Gundaker 40-11.235Running130$2,000
1112+128Dennis Erb Jr40-11.944Running128$1,600
121-1140BKyle Bronson 40-12.5352Running126$1,400
1318+518Chase Junghans 40-13.397Running124$1,200
142-1222Daniel Hilsabeck 40-13.561Running122$1,100
1519+404Tad Pospisil 40-13.830Running120$1,050
1613-3B1Brent Larson 40-14.962Running118$1,000
1716-130Todd Cooney 39-1 LapsRunning116$1,000
1821+36Cade Richards 39-1 LapsRunning114$1,000
1923+414WDustin Walker 39-1 LapsRunning112$1,000
20200196Jaxon Saathoff 39-1 LapsRunning110$1,000
2124+336Chris Johnson 39-1 LapsRunning108$1,000
2222007Ben Sukup 38-2 LapsRunning106$1,000
2315-8174Ethan Dotson 19-21 LapsDNF104$1,000
2411-133SBrian Shirley 15-25 LapsDNF104$1,000
FOX Factory Hard Charger: Chris Madden
Last Chance Showdown Results
11004Tad Pospisil 100.00010Running0$0
25+3196Jaxon Saathoff 10-4.005Running0$0
3306Cade Richards 10-4.316Running0$0
44007Ben Sukup 10-5.286Running0$0
56+136Chris Johnson 10-5.775Running0$0
68+236JJim Johnson 10-7.638Running100$110
77010Junior Coover 10-11.362Running100$110
82-614WDustin Walker 0-10 LapsDNS0$0
Heat 1 Results
Pos.Start+/-#DriverLaps CompletedBehindLaps LedStatus
11022Daniel Hilsabeck 80.0008Running
24+240BKyle Bronson 8-0.740Running
32-119RRyan Gustin 8-1.895Running
43-11STJohnny Scott 8-1.953Running
56+1B1Brent Larson 8-2.277Running
65-130Todd Cooney 8-3.661Running
77004Tad Pospisil 8-4.218Running
88007Ben Sukup 8-4.554Running
99010Junior Coover 8-6.230Running
Heat 2 Results
Pos.Start+/-#DriverLaps CompletedBehindLaps LedStatus
11032Bobby Pierce 80.0008Running
23+125Shane Clanton 8-1.228Running
32-19Nick Hoffman 8-1.734Running
4403SBrian Shirley 8-2.854Running
56+111Gordy Gundaker 8-4.066Running
65-144Chris Madden 8-5.124Running
78+114WDustin Walker 8-8.144Running
87-1196Jaxon Saathoff 8-9.424Running
99036JJim Johnson 0-8 LapsDNS
Heat 3 Results
Pos.Start+/-#DriverLaps CompletedBehindLaps LedStatus
11097Cade Dillard 80.0008Running
24+2B5Brandon Sheppard 8-1.263Running
32-196VTanner English 8-2.018Running
43-128Dennis Erb Jr8-3.303Running
550174Ethan Dotson 8-4.754Running
66018Chase Junghans 8-5.249Running
7706Cade Richards 8-8.809Running
88036Chris Johnson 8-10.202Running
Qualifying Flight 1 Results
11322Daniel Hilsabeck Earlham, IA13.8180.000
22532Bobby Pierce Oakwood, IL13.838-0.020
31697Cade Dillard Robeline, LA13.870-0.052
42619RRyan Gustin Marshalltown, IA13.983-0.165
549Nick Hoffman Mooresville, NC14.051-0.233
61796VTanner English Benton, KY14.053-0.235
791STJohnny Scott Las Cruces, NM14.077-0.259
82025Shane Clanton Zebulon, GA14.110-0.292
9228Dennis Erb JrCarpentersville, IL14.160-0.342
102340BKyle Bronson Brandon, FL14.171-0.353
11123SBrian Shirley Chatham, IL14.174-0.356
126B5Brandon Sheppard New Berlin, IL14.259-0.441
131930Todd Cooney Des Moines, IA14.300-0.482
14544Chris Madden Gray Court, SC14.337-0.519
1524174Ethan Dotson Bakersfield, CA14.340-0.522
1622B1Brent Larson Lake Elmo, MN14.362-0.544
17711Gordy Gundaker St. Charles, MO14.371-0.553
181118Chase Junghans Manhattan, KS14.411-0.593
191504Tad Pospisil Norfolk, NE14.627-0.809
208196Jaxon Saathoff Beatrice, NE14.670-0.852
2116Cade Richards Lincoln, NE14.714-0.896
221007Ben Sukup Norfolk, NE14.843-1.025
232114WDustin Walker Polk, MO14.858-1.040
241836Chris Johnson Plainview, NE14.989-1.171
251410Junior Coover Norfolk, NE15.138-1.320
26336JJim Johnson Plainview, NE15.138-1.320
Hot Laps Results
12025Shane Clanton Zebulon, GA13.5930.000
22532Bobby Pierce Oakwood, IL13.625-0.032
322B1Brent Larson Lake Elmo, MN13.626-0.033
41796VTanner English Benton, KY13.706-0.113
51930Todd Cooney Des Moines, IA13.813-0.220
624174Ethan Dotson Bakersfield, CA13.864-0.271
7544Chris Madden Gray Court, SC13.898-0.305
8228Dennis Erb JrCarpentersville, IL13.898-0.305
91697Cade Dillard Robeline, LA13.946-0.353
106B5Brandon Sheppard New Berlin, IL13.953-0.360
1191STJohnny Scott Las Cruces, NM13.970-0.377
1249Nick Hoffman Mooresville, NC14.052-0.459
132619RRyan Gustin Marshalltown, IA14.060-0.467
14711Gordy Gundaker St. Charles, MO14.135-0.542
152114WDustin Walker Polk, MO14.229-0.636
161118Chase Junghans Manhattan, KS14.260-0.667
17123SBrian Shirley Chatham, IL14.327-0.734
181322Daniel Hilsabeck Earlham, IA14.333-0.740
191504Tad Pospisil Norfolk, NE14.336-0.743
201007Ben Sukup Norfolk, NE14.653-1.060
2116Cade Richards Lincoln, NE14.843-1.250
221410Junior Coover Norfolk, NE14.887-1.294
238196Jaxon Saathoff Beatrice, NE14.950-1.357
241836Chris Johnson Plainview, NE14.986-1.393
25336JJim Johnson Plainview, NE15.074-1.481
262340BKyle Bronson Brandon, FL15.074-1.481
DIRTVision Highlights  
Event Info  

World of Outlaws Norfolk Showdown
Sunday, June 25, 2023
Off Road Speedway
2904 Old Hwy 8
Norfolk, Nebraska 68701 

Event Description
The Most Powerful Late Models on the Planet make their only stop in Nebraska as they travel to Off Road Speedway.

Series Racing
World of Outlaws Late Model Series

To Win Amount

Feature Laps Length

Event Schedule
3:30PM Pit Gates open
4PM Registration open
5PM Grandstand Gates open
6:30PM Drivers Meeting
7:00PM Hot Laps/Qualifying

All times are CT.
*All times Central

Ticket Options  
Options And Prices
General Admission $30
Kids General Admission $10
Pit Pass $40

Frequently Asked Questions  
To Win Amount

Track Info  

Off Road Speedway
2904 Old Hwy 8
Norfolk, Nebraska 68701 

Track Phone
(402) 844-5044

Track Type
1/3-Mile oval

Late Model Track Record
13.366 by Justin Zeitner on 6/24/22

Track Map
Competitor Info  
Competitor Downloads

Tire Rules
Left Front Tire: Hoosier (Open)
Left Rear & Right Front Tire: Hoosier (90) LM30, (90) W30, (90) NLMT3 Right Rear Tire: Hoosier (92) LM30, (92) W30, (92) NLMT3, (92) LM40, (92) NLMT4 **Grooving & Siping will be allowed**

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