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World of Outlaws Labor Day Duel
Deer Creek Speedway | Spring Valley, Minnesota
Saturday, September 02, 2023
Race Recap  

WHAT BRAKES?: Bobby Pierce Overcomes Brake Loss to Score $20,000 Win at Deer Creek

Bobby Pierce found his 11th way to win with the World of Outlaws CASE Construction Equipment Late Models this season at Deer Creek Speedway Saturday night. But not a preferred way.

Pierce had no brakes for the final 15 laps of the 50-lap grind, having to abandon what got him the lead while holding off Brandon Sheppard to score the $20,000 triumph.

“Going off into the corner, you don’t know if it is going to steer,” Pierce said about driving with no brakes. “Especially if I was running the top like that. You use so much brake around the corner with these cars, you’re pedaling. It helps the car turn. It helps the car slow down. It just does a lot of stuff. So, no brakes is like driving with a blind fold.”

Pierce’s luck went a bit smoother for him earlier in the evening, able to win his Heat Race and draw the pole for the 50-lap Feature.

To his outside, Minnesota native Dustin Sorensen was eager for a career performance in front of his home state fans. And behind them, four-time Series champion Brandon Sheppard – who earned the Simpson Quick Time Award for the night – started fourth, looking for his third straight win.

At the start of the Feature, Sorensen bested Pierce through Turns 1 and 2 and led his first lap with the World of Outlaws. His time out front didn’t last long, though, as Pierce dove under Sorensen on entry into Turn 3 and had the lead by the exit of 4.

From there, Pierce made qualifying laps around the top, pulling ahead by a straightaway in the first three laps.

Behind him, Sheppard and Sorensen waged a war for the runner-up spot. Sheppard stole it early from Sorensen, but the yellow #28 never let “BShepp” get too far ahead. While Sheppard ran high, Sorensen lurked low. He could pull even with Sheppard into the corner but the #B5 always had the better run off the turn.

Deer Creek Speedway racing
Bobby Pierce (left), Brandon Sheppard (center) and Dustin Sorensen (right) duel at Deer Creek Speedway / Buck Monson Photo

When close enough, Sorensen launched slider after slider, cutting in front of Sheppard off the corner, but Sheppard was always able to cut underneath him and steal the spot the next round.

Slower traffic came into play at multiple times, bringing Sheppard and Sorensen a car length from Pierce. However, once the #32 found clean air, it was back to a straightaway lead within the lap.

With 20 to go, Pierce had a solid command of the race. Then, his brakes started to fade. To make up for it, he had to change from running the top to running the bottom, which gave Sheppard’s chance new life.

“Dad was on the backstretch (spotting) and his hands had gotten to the point where I knew someone was right behind me,” Pierce.

While Pierce battled to keep his car in line every corner, Sheppard was breathing down his neck, waiting to capitalize on any mistake.

However, none came. Pierce drove through the hinderance and picked up his 15th career World of Outlaws win.

“It rubbered up in (Turns) 3 and 4 on the bottom,” Pierce said. “Here (in Turns 1 and 2) it didn’t too bad. It was pretty clean. It took rubber over here (in 3 and 4) so that was my money corner. I knew as long as I could get through here, Brandon probably wasn’t going to beat me.”

Sheppard had to settle for second but left focused on the positives. It was his fifth straight podium finish and comes after back-to-back wins. He’s also now tied for second in points with Chris Madden.

“It was a fun track there, a little slippery,” Sheppard said. “I missed it on my right front there. I couldn’t quite finish the corner like I needed to. I’d get into the corner really good and I couldn’t steer up off the corner. Overall, I couldn’t be happier with this Longhorn chassis and Bilstein shocks, everyone involved with this team. Everyone has been working their tails off. We got our consistency. We just have to keep it up.”

Sorensen finished third, his career-best World of Outlaws finish – also his first podium, top five and top 10 with the Series.

“I got by [Sheppard] for good one time but caught a lap car at the worst possible time and he got back by me,” Sorensen said. “He was good too, but I think if I managed to stay in front of him, I might have got him. But it is just awesome to be racing with guys like Bobby (Pierce) and Brandon (Sheppard). That was a huge confidence booster for us.”

Kyle Bronson finished fourth for the second straight night, in the debut weekend for this new Longhorn chassis. Ryan Gustin rounded out the top five for this second straight top five finish. And Brent Larson earned the Fox Factory Hard Charger Award by going from 20th to seventh.

UP NEXT: The World of Outlaws CASE Construction Equipment Late Model Series returns to Atomic Speedway for the Outlaw Invasion, Sept. 29-30. For tickets, CLICK HERE.

If you can’t make it to the track, you can watch all the action live on DIRTVision.

Feature (50 Laps): 1. 32-Bobby Pierce[1]; 2. B5-Brandon Sheppard[4]; 3. 28S-Dustin Sorensen[2]; 4. 40B-Kyle Bronson[6]; 5. 19R-Ryan Gustin[7]; 6. 97-Cade Dillard[5]; 7. B1-Brent Larson[20]; 8. 44-Chris Madden[9]; 9. 28-Dennis Erb Jr[3]; 10. 25-Shane Clanton[18]; 11. 2S-Stormy Scott[8]; 12. 3S-Brian Shirley[10]; 13. 49-Jake Timm[12]; 14. 16-Tyler Bruening[13]; 15. 15-Nick Anvelink[16]; 16. 9-Nick Hoffman[11]; 17. 11-Gordy Gundaker[19]; 18. 76-Blair Nothdurft[21]; 19. 11G-James Giossi[22]; 20. 22-Nick Panitzke[17]; 21. 96V-Tanner English[15]; 22. 90-Lance Matthees[24]; 23. 30-Todd Cooney[14]; 24. 14W-Dustin Walker[23]

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Feature Results
11032Bobby Pierce 500.00049Running150$20,000
24+2B5Brandon Sheppard 50-0.508Running146$10,000
32-128SDustin Sorensen 50-1.2971Running144$5,500
46+240BKyle Bronson 50-2.467Running142$4,500
57+219RRyan Gustin 50-8.011Running140$4,000
65-197Cade Dillard 50-10.618Running138$3,500
720+13B1Brent Larson 50-13.196Running136$3,000
89+144Chris Madden 50-13.708Running134$2,800
93-628Dennis Erb Jr50-14.239Running132$2,600
1018+825Shane Clanton 50-14.519Running130$2,400
118-32SStormy Scott 50-15.017Running128$2,200
1210-23SBrian Shirley 50-15.780Running126$2,000
1312-149Jake Timm 50-16.433Running124$1,800
1413-116Tyler Bruening 49-1 LapsRunning122$1,750
1516+115Nick Anvelink 49-1 LapsRunning120$1,700
1611-59Nick Hoffman 49-1 LapsRunning118$1,650
1719+211Gordy Gundaker 49-1 LapsRunning116$1,600
1821+376Blair Nothdurft 49-1 LapsRunning114$1,500
1922+311GJames Giossi 49-1 LapsRunning112$1,500
2017-322Nick Panitzke 49-1 LapsRunning110$1,500
2115-696VTanner English 49-1 LapsRunning108$1,500
2224+290Lance Matthees 48-2 LapsRunning106$1,500
2314-930Todd Cooney 48-2 LapsRunning104$1,500
2423-114WDustin Walker 48-2 LapsRunning104$1,500
FOX Factory Hard Charger: Brent Larson
Last Chance Showdown 1 Results
11011Gordy Gundaker 100.00010Running150$0
23+1B1Brent Larson 10-1.364Running146$0
32-176Blair Nothdurft 10-2.239Running144$0
46+211GJames Giossi 10-3.631Running142$0
54-190Lance Matthees 10-4.824Running140$0
65-151Matt Furman 10-6.645Running138$0
710+310Paul Parker 10-8.887Running136$0
89+177Jordan Yaggy 10-9.050Running134$0
98-199Luke Pestka 10-10.221Running132$0
107-314WDustin Walker 10-11.018Running130$0
Heat 1 Results
Pos.Start+/-#DriverLaps CompletedBehindLaps LedStatus
110B5Brandon Sheppard 80.0008Running
22040BKyle Bronson 8-1.666Running
34+119RRyan Gustin 8-2.147Running
45+13SBrian Shirley 8-3.301Running
53-216Tyler Bruening 8-5.804Running
66015Nick Anvelink 8-6.205Running
77011Gordy Gundaker 8-6.908Running
88090Lance Matthees 8-10.451Running
910+114WDustin Walker 8-12.211Running
109-110Paul Parker 8-12.964Running
Heat 2 Results
Pos.Start+/-#DriverLaps CompletedBehindLaps LedStatus
11032Bobby Pierce 80.0008Running
22028SDustin Sorensen 8-1.099Running
34+12SStormy Scott 8-2.662Running
43-19Nick Hoffman 8-3.121Running
55030Todd Cooney 8-8.433Running
67+122Nick Panitzke 8-8.698Running
76-176Blair Nothdurft 8-9.207Running
88051Matt Furman 8-11.638Running
99099Luke Pestka 8-13.961Running
Heat 3 Results
Pos.Start+/-#DriverLaps CompletedBehindLaps LedStatus
11097Cade Dillard 80.0008Running
22028Dennis Erb Jr8-3.729Running
33044Chris Madden 8-4.995Running
45+149Jake Timm 8-5.238Running
56+196VTanner English 8-5.916Running
69+325Shane Clanton 8-7.500Running
74-3B1Brent Larson 8-8.825Running
87-111GJames Giossi 8-10.511Running
98-177Jordan Yaggy 8-11.487Running
Qualifying Flight 1 Results
16B5Brandon Sheppard New Berlin, IL14.5450.000
2932Bobby Pierce Oakwood, IL14.684-0.139
32197Cade Dillard Robeline, LA14.783-0.238
41940BKyle Bronson Brandon, FL14.835-0.290
5228SDustin Sorensen Rochester, MN14.845-0.300
62628Dennis Erb JrCarpentersville, IL14.967-0.422
72316Tyler Bruening Decorah, IA14.982-0.437
8139Nick Hoffman Mooresville, NC15.000-0.455
92044Chris Madden Gray Court, SC15.000-0.455
101519RRyan Gustin Marshalltown, IA15.013-0.468
1132SStormy Scott Las Cruces, NM15.032-0.487
1210B1Brent Larson Lake Elmo, MN15.044-0.499
13223SBrian Shirley Chatham, IL15.059-0.514
141730Todd Cooney Des Moines, IA15.073-0.528
151649Jake Timm Winona, MN15.078-0.533
162815Nick Anvelink Bonduel, WI15.114-0.569
171476Blair Nothdurft Renner, SD15.123-0.578
182796VTanner English Benton, KY15.162-0.617
192411Gordy Gundaker St. Charles, MO15.213-0.668
20522Nick Panitzke Lonsdale, MN15.274-0.729
21811GJames Giossi Hudson, WI15.278-0.733
221290Lance Matthees Winona, MN15.327-0.782
23751Matt Furman Iowa City, IA15.339-0.794
24177Jordan Yaggy Rochester, MN15.362-0.817
251110Paul Parker Kaukauna, WI15.435-0.890
262599Luke Pestka Robins, IA15.507-0.962
271825Shane Clanton Zebulon, GA15.545-1.000
28414WDustin Walker Polk, MO15.545-1.000
Hot Laps Results
12411Gordy Gundaker St. Charles, MO14.8180.000
22796VTanner English Benton, KY14.891-0.073
32197Cade Dillard Robeline, LA14.961-0.143
4223SBrian Shirley Chatham, IL15.065-0.247
52815Nick Anvelink Bonduel, WI15.079-0.261
6932Bobby Pierce Oakwood, IL15.081-0.263
71730Todd Cooney Des Moines, IA15.091-0.273
82316Tyler Bruening Decorah, IA15.094-0.276
92044Chris Madden Gray Court, SC15.097-0.279
102628Dennis Erb JrCarpentersville, IL15.126-0.308
111519RRyan Gustin Marshalltown, IA15.167-0.349
121825Shane Clanton Zebulon, GA15.206-0.388
131940BKyle Bronson Brandon, FL15.248-0.430
141476Blair Nothdurft Renner, SD15.266-0.448
1510B1Brent Larson Lake Elmo, MN15.309-0.491
166B5Brandon Sheppard New Berlin, IL15.454-0.636
172599Luke Pestka Robins, IA15.462-0.644
181290Lance Matthees Winona, MN15.550-0.732
1932SStormy Scott Las Cruces, NM15.572-0.754
20811GJames Giossi Hudson, WI15.649-0.831
21751Matt Furman Iowa City, IA15.792-0.974
22522Nick Panitzke Lonsdale, MN15.812-0.994
23228SDustin Sorensen Rochester, MN15.930-1.112
241110Paul Parker Kaukauna, WI16.019-1.201
25177Jordan Yaggy Rochester, MN16.028-1.210
261649Jake Timm Winona, MN16.059-1.241
27414WDustin Walker Polk, MO16.178-1.360
28139Nick Hoffman Mooresville, NC16.215-1.397
DIRTVision Highlights  
Event Info  

World of Outlaws Labor Day Duel
Saturday, September 02, 2023
Deer Creek Speedway
25262 Highway 63
Spring Valley, Minnesota 55975 

Series Racing
World of Outlaws Late Model Series

Support Divisions
USRA Modifieds

To Win Amount

Event Schedule
Pit Gates Open: 3:00pm
Gates Open: 4:00pm
Hot Laps: 6:00pm
Pit Meeting: 5:30pm
Racing Starts: 6:00pm
*All times Central

Ticket Options  
Ticket Phone
(877) 327-7223

Options And Prices
Adult Ticket: $20
Seniors 65+ Ticket: $20
Students 13-17 Ticket: $20
Kids 12 & Under Ticket: $5

Adult Pit Pass: $35
Students 6-15 Pit Pass: $20
Kids 5 & Under Pit Pass: $5

Grandstand Type

Family Section Location

Handicapped Seating Location
North Grandstands

Pit Age Requirement

Pit Gate Location
south side of track

Parking Cost

Handicapped Parking Location
Front Gate

Camping Availability
electric hookup, onsite, sanitary facility, showers, waste services

Camping Cost

Frequently Asked Questions  
Support Divisions
USRA Modifieds

To Win Amount

Type of Grandstand

Stadium Seating
ok to bring in

Handicapped Seating
North Grandstands

Handicapped Parking
Front Gate

Pit Age Limit

Pit Gate Location
south side of track

Personal Coolers


Alcohol Sales
no alcohol

Smoking Policy

Family Section

Parking Cost

Camping Availability
electric hookup, onsite, sanitary facility, showers, waste services

Camping Cost

Track Info  

Deer Creek Speedway
25262 Highway 63
Spring Valley, Minnesota 55975 

Track Phone
(507) 754-6107

Ticket Phone
(877) 327-7223

Track Email
[email protected]

Track Size

Late Model Track Record
13.900 seconds by Tim Fuller on 7/3/14

Closest Airport

Other Airport

Pit Gate Location
south side of track

Track Map
Competitor Info  
Competitor Downloads

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

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