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Farmer City Showdown
Farmer City Raceway | Farmer City, Illinois
Thursday, June 01, 2023
Race Recap  

SMOOTH HOMECOMING: Illinois’s Bobby Pierce Nets Farmer City Showdown Victory

Bobby Pierce made sure to let his Illinois fans know he was back home Thursday night at Farmer City Raceway with the World of Outlaws CASE Construction Equipment Late Models.  

The Oakwood, IL driver slid past Nick Hoffman on Lap 27 and held on to earn his second Series win of 2023.  

Hoffman outran Series points leader Chris Madden on the opening lap of the Farmer City Showdown and went unchallenged through the first half of the race.  

However, a caution on Lap 19 for Shane Clanton put Pierce in a position to strike. 

The “Smooth Operator,” who was third at the time, started to move forward on the restart, thundering around Madden for second as the race reached halfway. 

Bobby Pierce and Chris Madden
Bobby Pierce passes Chris Madden for 2nd on Lap 20/Brendon Bauman photo

That’s when he started to lurk behind Hoffman, closing in on the Mooresville, NC driver as they reached the tail of the field.  

After two laps of pulling his nose even with Hoffman’s left rear quarter panel, Pierce saw his opportunity on Lap 27. 

Hoffman picked the outside lane in Turn 3 while trying to get by the lap car of Dustin Walker. 

That allowed Pierce to choose the bottom, thundering past the #9 in the middle of Turn 3 and sliding his spoiler in front of Hoffman’s nose as they exited Turn 4. 

“We caught that lap car, and we caught him at the right time because I made up a lot of ground on Nick,” Pierce said. “Nick kind of got bottled up and even pushed a little bit, and I had that bottom, and I just swung it in there, and I felt him get me a little bit in the rear when I slid in front of him. 

“That was probably going to be the only time I was going to pass him. He made a couple of bobbles, but he was pretty fast. Out front by himself, it would’ve been hard to pass him.” 

From there, not even a caution with three laps to go could stop Pierce as he held on for his sixth career World of Outlaws win—one worth $10,000. 

“The car was awesome tonight,” Pierce said. “I think we had a really good setup for how fast the track was.”

 Hoffman crossed the line second – his second podium in the last five World of Outlaws races.  

Nick Hoffman
Nick Hoffman led all but 13 laps of the race/Brendon Bauman photo

“I just screwed up one time behind lap cars,” Hoffman said. “I wasn’t sure which one to pick, and I chose the wrong one, obviously. He was pretty good on the bottom to be able to get underneath me and slide me into [Turn] 3. I knew he was close. I could kind of hear him back there. 

“Biggest thing is I made one little mistake and opened the door a little bit, and he capitalized.” 

 Kyle Bronson finished third, moving up seven spots from 10th.

While happy with the performance, the Brandon, FL driver also referenced a need to be better earlier in the night. 

 “I felt I had a really good car,” Bronson said. “It was kind of hard to get position on a car and pass them the way the track was. It’s just tough to start 10th and run that good. The guys are too good to spot them that many spots.  

 “I felt like we were kind of too snug all night long, but we raced really well, and that’s the goal, to race really well. We just have to get better in our Qualifying package.” 

 Defending Series champion Dennis Erb Jr. finished fourth, and Ryan Gustin rounded the top five.  

For Pierce, the win adds to his consistency over the last month, as he hasn’t finished outside the top 10 in the previous six World of Outlaws races.  

It also helped him lower Madden’s points lead to 50, sweetening his home-state win. 

“We said if we stayed consistent, everything would come to fortune,” Pierce said. “We got the win on top of it. We got the big points jump, and we’re just going to have to keep doing it.” 

UP NEXT: The World of Outlaws CASE Construction Equipment Late Model Series continues its Midwest tripleheader on Friday, June 2, at Tri-City Speedway in Granite City, IL. Then, a trip to Kentucky is on tap as the Series visits Paducah International Raceway in Paducah, KY, for the USA World 50. 

If you can’t make it to the track, watch all the action live on DIRTVision – either online on with the DIRTVision App.

CASE Construction Equipment Feature (40 Laps): 1. 32-Bobby Pierce[3]; 2. 9-Nick Hoffman[2]; 3. 40B-Kyle Bronson[10]; 4. 28-Dennis Erb Jr[6]; 5. 19R-Ryan Gustin[8]; 6. 3S-Brian Shirley[13]; 7. 44-Chris Madden[1]; 8. 96V-Tanner English[4]; 9. B5-Brandon Sheppard[5]; 10. 24-Ryan Unzicker[12]; 11. 97-Cade Dillard[7]; 12. B1-Brent Larson[11]; 13. 99JR-Frank Heckenast Jr[19]; 14. 36-Logan Martin[17]; 15. 11-Gordy Gundaker[23]; 16. 1ST-Johnny Scott[18]; 17. 30-Todd Cooney[20]; 18. 33H-Roben Huffman[22]; 19. 14W-Dustin Walker[24]; 20. 25-Shane Clanton[9]; 21. 25F-Jason Feger[15]; 22. B12-Kevin Weaver[14]; 23. 81J-Jack Riggs[21]; 24. 18B-Shannon Babb[16]  FOX FACTORY HARD CHARGER: Gordy Gundaker [+8].

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Feature Results
13+232Bobby Pierce 400.00013Running150$10,000
2209Nick Hoffman 40-0.40727Running146$6,000
310+740BKyle Bronson 40-1.390Running144$3,500
46+228Dennis Erb Jr40-1.833Running142$2,800
58+319RRyan Gustin 40-3.023Running140$2,500
613+73SBrian Shirley 40-3.482Running138$2,300
71-644Chris Madden 40-4.175Running136$2,200
84-496VTanner English 40-4.733Running134$2,100
95-4B5Brandon Sheppard 40-5.124Running132$2,050
1012+224Ryan Unzicker 40-5.715Running130$2,000
117-497Cade Dillard 40-6.040Running128$1,600
1211-1B1Brent Larson 40-6.282Running126$1,400
1319+699JRFrank Heckenast Jr40-6.320Running124$1,200
1417+336Logan Martin 40-7.087Running122$1,100
1523+811Gordy Gundaker 40-7.937Running120$1,050
1618+21STJohnny Scott 40-8.351Running118$1,000
1720+330Todd Cooney 36-4 LapsRunning116$1,000
1822+433HRoben Huffman 31-9 LapsDNF114$1,000
1924+514WDustin Walker 27-13 LapsDNF112$1,000
209-1125Shane Clanton 19-21 LapsDNF110$1,000
2115-625FJason Feger 19-21 LapsDNF108$1,000
2214-8B12Kevin Weaver 19-21 LapsDNF106$1,000
2321-281JJack Riggs 9-31 LapsDNF104$1,000
2416-818BShannon Babb 3-37 LapsDNF104$1,000
FOX Factory Hard Charger: Gordy Gundaker
Last Chance Showdown 1 Results
12+199JRFrank Heckenast Jr100.00010Running0$0
24+230Todd Cooney 10-1.704Running0$0
31-281JJack Riggs 10-5.220Running0$0
45+133HRoben Huffman 10-6.428Running0$0
53-238Thomas Hunziker 10-7.741Running100$110
68+214WDustin Walker 10-9.180Running0$0
76-177Blaise Baker 6-4 LapsRunning100$110
87-16PJose Parga 2-8 LapsRunning100$110
99011Gordy Gundaker 0-10 LapsDNS0$0
Heat 1 Results
Pos.Start+/-#DriverLaps CompletedBehindLaps LedStatus
12+144Chris Madden 80.0007Running
21-1B5Brandon Sheppard 8-0.8271Running
33097Cade Dillard 8-1.290Running
45+140BKyle Bronson 8-1.743Running
56+13SBrian Shirley 8-2.877Running
64-218BShannon Babb 8-4.155Running
78+181JJack Riggs 8-6.278Running
87-130Todd Cooney 8-6.746Running
9906PJose Parga 3-5 LapsRunning
Heat 2 Results
Pos.Start+/-#DriverLaps CompletedBehindLaps LedStatus
11028Dennis Erb Jr80.0008Running
22096VTanner English 8-1.155Running
33019RRyan Gustin 8-2.228Running
440B1Brent Larson 8-3.616Running
57+2B12Kevin Weaver 8-4.859Running
65-136Logan Martin 8-6.299Running
76-199JRFrank Heckenast Jr8-6.498Running
89+133HRoben Huffman 8-9.046Running
98-114WDustin Walker 8-12.011Running
Heat 3 Results
Pos.Start+/-#DriverLaps CompletedBehindLaps LedStatus
11032Bobby Pierce 80.0008Running
2209Nick Hoffman 8-0.648Running
33025Shane Clanton 8-1.042Running
45+124Ryan Unzicker 8-2.316Running
56+125FJason Feger 8-3.596Running
67+11STJohnny Scott 8-4.042Running
78+138Thomas Hunziker 8-13.129Running
89+177Blaise Baker 5-3 LapsRunning
94-511Gordy Gundaker 0-8 LapsRunning
Qualifying Flight 1 Results
121B5Brandon Sheppard New Berlin, IL11.9540.000
21228Dennis Erb JrCarpentersville, IL11.987-0.033
3632Bobby Pierce Oakwood, IL12.014-0.060
4144Chris Madden Gray Court, SC12.068-0.114
52296VTanner English Benton, KY12.107-0.153
6199Nick Hoffman Mooresville, NC12.111-0.157
71197Cade Dillard Robeline, LA12.126-0.172
82319RRyan Gustin Marshalltown, IA12.154-0.200
9225Shane Clanton Zebulon, GA12.228-0.274
101518BShannon Babb Moweaqua, IL12.233-0.279
1120B1Brent Larson Lake Elmo, MN12.246-0.292
122711Gordy Gundaker St. Charles, MO12.248-0.294
13440BKyle Bronson Brandon, FL12.254-0.300
14836Logan Martin West Plains, MO12.257-0.303
151324Ryan Unzicker El Paso, IL12.312-0.358
1653SBrian Shirley Chatham, IL12.361-0.407
17799JRFrank Heckenast JrFrankfort, IL12.392-0.438
181725FJason Feger Bloomington, IL12.455-0.501
192430Todd Cooney Des Moines, IA12.471-0.517
209B12Kevin Weaver Gibson City, IL12.497-0.543
21141STJohnny Scott Las Cruces, NM12.501-0.547
221681JJack Riggs NOLENSVILLE, TN12.577-0.623
232514WDustin Walker Polk, MO12.902-0.948
242638Thomas Hunziker Bend, OR12.905-0.951
25186PJose Parga New Berlin, IL13.259-1.305
261033HRoben Huffman Midland City, IL13.459-1.505
27377Blaise Baker Clinton, IL13.480-1.526
Hot Laps Results
12296VTanner English Benton, KY12.2130.000
22319RRyan Gustin Marshalltown, IA12.295-0.082
31228Dennis Erb JrCarpentersville, IL12.402-0.189
41197Cade Dillard Robeline, LA12.481-0.268
521B5Brandon Sheppard New Berlin, IL12.515-0.302
62430Todd Cooney Des Moines, IA12.549-0.336
7199Nick Hoffman Mooresville, NC12.567-0.354
81725FJason Feger Bloomington, IL12.582-0.369
92711Gordy Gundaker St. Charles, MO12.619-0.406
101518BShannon Babb Moweaqua, IL12.620-0.407
11632Bobby Pierce Oakwood, IL12.677-0.464
12440BKyle Bronson Brandon, FL12.740-0.527
1320B1Brent Larson Lake Elmo, MN12.749-0.536
149B12Kevin Weaver Gibson City, IL12.790-0.577
15836Logan Martin West Plains, MO12.795-0.582
1653SBrian Shirley Chatham, IL12.820-0.607
171324Ryan Unzicker El Paso, IL12.840-0.627
18141STJohnny Scott Las Cruces, NM12.887-0.674
19225Shane Clanton Zebulon, GA12.925-0.712
201681JJack Riggs NOLENSVILLE, TN13.001-0.788
212638Thomas Hunziker Bend, OR13.041-0.828
22144Chris Madden Gray Court, SC13.069-0.856
232514WDustin Walker Polk, MO13.074-0.861
24799JRFrank Heckenast JrFrankfort, IL13.090-0.877
251033HRoben Huffman Midland City, IL13.164-0.951
26186PJose Parga New Berlin, IL13.652-1.439
27377Blaise Baker Clinton, IL13.652-1.439
DIRTVision Highlights  
Event Info  

Farmer City Showdown
Thursday, June 01, 2023
Farmer City Raceway
850 N Grove St.
Farmer City, Illinois 61842 

Event Description
The World of Outlaws CASE Late Models will race at Farmer City Raceway in June for the first time in Series history, in the $10,000-to-win Farmer City Showdown.

The event kicks off a Midwest Tripleheader weekend.

Series Racing
World of Outlaws Late Model Series

To Win Amount

Feature Laps Length

Event Schedule
1:00 PM - Pit Gates Open
3:00 PM - Grandstand Gates Open
6:30PM: World of Outlaws CASE Late Models Hot Laps
World of Outlaws CASE Late Models Low-E Insulation Qualifying - 2 Laps
Pro Late Model Hot Laps
Opening Ceremonies
World of Outlaws CASE Late Models Heat Races - 8 Laps
Pro Late Model Heats
World of Outlaws CASE Late Models Redraw
World of Outlaws CASE Late Models Last Chance Showdown - 10 Laps
Pro Late Model Last Chance Showdown (If Needed)
World of Outlaws CASE Late Models Feature - 40 Laps
Pro Late Model Feature

**Schedule Subject to Change**
*All times Central

Ticket Options  
Ticket Phone

Options And Prices
Adult Reserved: $35 Advanced / $40 Day of
Adult GA: $30 Advanced / $35 Day of
Kids GA: $10

Grandstand Type
Farmer City Raceway offers bleacher style grandstands.

Family Section Location
Farmer City Raceway does not offer a Family Section.

Handicapped Seating Location
Handicap seating is available in the front rows of the grandstands.

Pit Pass Price

Pit Age Requirement
There is no age limits for the pit area. Minors 17 and younger must have a signed parent waiver form.

Parking Cost
Parking on racetrack property is free of charge.

Camping Availability
non-electric, onsite

Camping Cost

Frequently Asked Questions  
To Win Amount

Type of Grandstand
Farmer City Raceway offers bleacher style grandstands.

Stadium Seating
Farmer City Raceway does not allow the use of chairs for its events.

Handicapped Seating
Handicap seating is available in the front rows of the grandstands.

Pit Age Limit
There is no age limits for the pit area. Minors 17 and younger must have a signed parent waiver form.

Personal Coolers
No coolers are allowed to be brought in to the grandstand area.

Alcohol Sales
Farmer City Raceway does sell alcohol at its concession stands.

Smoking Policy
Farmer City Raceway does not allow smoking in the grandstands.

Family Section
Farmer City Raceway does not offer a Family Section.

Parking Cost
Parking on racetrack property is free of charge.

Camping Availability
non-electric, onsite

Camping Cost

Track Info  

Farmer City Raceway
850 N Grove St.
Farmer City, Illinois 61842 

Track Phone
(309) 928-9110

Ticket Phone

Track Email
[email protected]

Track Size

Track Type

Late Model Track Record
11.750 seconds by Brandon Sheppard on 4/5/19

Closest Airport
Bloomington, IL (BMI / KBMI) Central Illinois Regional Airport at Bloomington-Normal

Other Airport
Champaign, IL (CMI / KCMI) University of Illinois Willard Airport

Track Map
Competitor Info  
Competitor Downloads

Tire Rules
Left Front, Left Rear & Right Front Tire:
Hoosier (90) NLMT2, (90) NLMT3, (90) LM20, or (90) LM30

Right Rear Tire:
Hoosier (92) NLMT3, (92) NLMT4, (92) LM30, (92) LM40

**Grooving & Siping will be allowed**

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