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World of Outlaws Gopher 50
Deer Creek Speedway | Spring Valley, Minnesota
Saturday, July 06, 2024
Race Recap  

THINK LIKE A GOPHER: Bobby Pierce Wins Second Consecutive NAPA Gopher 50 at Deer Creek Speedway 

The 2023 Series champion used a classic slide-job pass to capture his second crown jewel victory at the Spring Valley, MN track 

 

Bobby Pierce dug deep like a gopher to win his second consecutive NAPA Auto Parts Gopher 50 at Deer Creek Speedway. 

The Oakwood, IL driver had to creatively maneuver his way through the stout field of World of Outlaws CASE Construction Equipment Late Model competitors and pass four-time Series champion Brandon Sheppard for his second Gopher triumph. 

Beginning the Feature from the second row, Pierce squeezed his way to second place after a four-wide chase for the spot on the first lap of the 75-lap race. 

While in second, he had to juggle keeping Sheppard within reach while having to also worry about Friday winner Ryan Gustin behind him. The Marshalltown, IA driver was using every inch of the track to craft strong runs toward the front. 

Pierce needed traffic to hamper Sheppard’s lead, but an excess number of cautions helped keep the No. B5 Sheppard Riggs Racing Longhorn in clean air. 

But with 15 laps to go, Pierce found the opportunity to craft his move for the lead. Sliding low on Sheppard through Turn 3, the two drivers entered a dead heat for the top spot – set to award $50,000. 

On the next lap, Pierce got enough of a run around the high side of the track to clear Sheppard for the lead. 

His time out front nearly slipped away after he jumped the cushion in Turn 4 on Lap 65, but a caution on the same lap for Cody Overton flipping behind him gave Pierce the respite he needed to be ready for the final 10-lap dash. 

From there, the No. 32 Low Voltage Solutions Longhorn Chassis stayed on the rails toward victory as the “Smooth Operator” won his fifth Series Feature of 2024 and third consecutive win at Deer Creek Speedway with a national dirt Late Model tour. 

Bobby Pierce drives passed the checkered flag at Deer Creek Speedway
Bobby Pierce takes the checkered flag at Deer Creek Speedway (Emily Schwanke Photo)

“First off, the track was great,” Pierce said. “It moved up towards the top, but that’s where you had to be. It was so technical out there, but it was an awesome race with me and Brandon. He was driving the wheels off that thing, and I had to do my best to keep up with him. The cautions kept coming out and I was getting irritated because I knew it had to take some lapped traffic to get the job done, eventually pulled the slider and got the job done. 

“This race is awesome, and the fans showed up, with Dylan Scott showing up and I’m a fan and we’ve been buddies for a little bit now. This is the third time we’ve shown up to this race, and we’ve always showed up for the big-money race. I wanted to win this race again badly, and this helps turn our year around. With the bad luck we’ve had, this helps get some momentum back. The nerves were pretty high, it was a hassle, but I was glad to see the checkered flag.” 

Sheppard finished second, disappointed not to win but proud of the effort made in the 75-lap endurance battle. 

“I’m a little bit disappointed in myself there,” Sheppard said. “I wasn’t aggressive enough in lap traffic and pretty much gave that one away there. Just put that in the memory bank to get up on the wheel a little bit more. To beat Bobby, he’s been good all year and will be tough the rest of the year, so we gotta do all we can to be more aggressive in lap traffic. It’s on me, my team has done a really good job, the car’s been great, it was just one of them days.” 

Capturing his second podium with the Series in 2024, New Waverly, TX driver Tyler Erb completed the night’s podium by completing a last-lap pass on Gustin. His seven-position climb through the 75 laps earned “Terbo” the Fox Factory Hard Charger Award. 

“The first 40 laps were pretty wide open,” Erb said. “Everyone was going about the same speed, and we haven’t been good in that condition the whole time we’ve been here. The track started to slow down and widen out and got to the fence. I could maneuver really good. I wasn’t making much hay on the restarts. It would take about five laps to get moving and make something happen. It was our best showing of the three races and progressively got better over the last 24 hours here. It feels good, our guys are working really hard, and keep trying to win some races.” 

Gustin finished fourth place, and Mooresville, NC driver Nick Hoffman completed the night’s top five finishers from the Gopher 50.

Sheppard enters the next race as the Series points leader with an 18-point lead over Hoffman. Pierce is third, 154 points behind Sheppard. 

RECAP NOTES: 

Dirt King Simulator Hottest Hot Lap: Tyler Bruening 

Dash Winners: Ryan Gustin, Tyler Stevens 

Last Chance Showdown Winner: Dustin Sorensen 

Fox Factory Hard Charger: Tyler Erb 

Up Next: The World of Outlaws CASE Late Models make their second trip to Pennsylvania and Ohio with Bedford Speedway on Thursday, July 11, and Sharon Speedway on July 12-13. For more information on the events and tickets, CLICK HERE. 

If you can’t make it to the tracks, you can watch every lap live on DIRTVision 

CASE Late Model Feature (75 Laps): 1. 32-Bobby Pierce[3]; 2. B5-Brandon Sheppard[2]; 3. 1-Tyler Erb[10]; 4. 19R-Ryan Gustin[1]; 5. 9-Nick Hoffman[4]; 6. 25-Chad Simpson[11]; 7. 16-Tyler Bruening[7]; 8. 40B-Kyle Bronson[6]; 9. 3S-Brian Shirley[16]; 10. 97-Cade Dillard[12]; 11. 19-Dustin Sorensen[17]; 12. 28-Dennis Erb Jr[8]; 13. 18-Shannon Babb[5]; 14. 18C-Chase Junghans[15]; 15. 22*-Max McLaughlin[18]; 16. B1-Brent Larson[14]; 17. 76-Blair Nothdurft[20]; 18. 20TC-Tristan Chamberlain[23]; 19. 97JR-Cody Overton[21]; 20. 43-Derrick Stewart[22]; 21. 14W-Dustin Walker[24]; 22. 49-Jake Timm[13]; 23. 11H-Lance Hofer[19]; 24. 29-Tyler Stevens[9]

Brandon Sheppard (left), Bobby Pierce (center), Tyler Erb (right) (Emily Schwanke Photo)
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Results  
Feature Results
POSStart+/-#DriverLapsBehindLedStatusPointsMoney
13+232Bobby Pierce 750.00015Running150$50,000
220B5Brandon Sheppard 750.00060Running146$20,000
310+71Tyler Erb 750.000Running144$7,500
41-319RRyan Gustin 750.000Running142$6,500
54-19Nick Hoffman 750.000Running140$5,500
611+525Chad Simpson 750.000Running138$500
77016Tyler Bruening 750.000Running136$4,500
86-240BKyle Bronson 750.000Running134$4,000
916+73SBrian Shirley 750.000Running132$3,600
1012+297Cade Dillard 750.000Running130$3,400
1117+619Dustin Sorensen 750.000Running128$3,200
128-428Dennis Erb Jr750.000Running126$3,000
135-818Shannon Babb 750.000Running124$2,900
1415+118CChase Junghans 750.000Running122$2,800
1518+322*Max McLaughlin 750.000Running120$2,700
1614-2B1Brent Larson 74-1 LapsRunning118$2,600
1720+376Blair Nothdurft 74-1 LapsRunning116$2,500
1823+520TCTristan Chamberlain 73-2 LapsRunning114$2,500
1921+297JRCody Overton 65-10 LapsRunning112$2,500
2022+243 62-13 LapsRunning110$2,500
2124+314WDustin Walker 47-28 LapsRunning108$2,500
2213-949Jake Timm 44-31 LapsRunning106$2,500
2319-411HLance Hofer 35-40 LapsRunning104$2,500
249-1529 29-46 LapsRunning104$2,500
FOX Factory Hard Charger: Tyler Erb
Dash 1 Results
POSStart+/-#DriverLapsBehindLedStatusPointsMoney
11019RRyan Gustin 00.000Running0$0
220B5Brandon Sheppard 0-1.460Running0$0
33032Bobby Pierce 0-2.527Running0$0
4409Nick Hoffman 0-4.474Running0$0
55018Shannon Babb 0-4.578Running0$0
68+240BKyle Bronson 0-5.010Running0$0
76-116Tyler Bruening 0-5.768Running0$0
87-128Dennis Erb Jr0-5.825Running0$0
Dash 2 Results
POSStart+/-#DriverLapsBehindLedStatusPointsMoney
12+129 00.000Running0$0
21-11Tyler Erb 0-1.146Running0$0
34+125Chad Simpson 0-2.598Running0$0
43-197Cade Dillard 0-3.161Running0$0
58+349Jake Timm 0-4.389Running0$0
67+1B1Brent Larson 0-5.450Running0$0
75-218CChase Junghans 0-7.128Running0$0
86-23SBrian Shirley 0165.182Running0$0
Hot Laps Results
POSStartCarDriverHometownTimeDifference
1316Tyler Bruening Decorah, IA14.3970.000
22332Bobby Pierce Oakwood, IL14.438-0.041
324B5Brandon Sheppard New Berlin, IL14.441-0.044
42625Chad Simpson Mt. Vernon, IA14.585-0.188
51019RRyan Gustin Marshalltown, IA14.749-0.352
6597Cade Dillard Robeline, LA14.754-0.357
7240BKyle Bronson Brandon, FL14.759-0.362
871Tyler Erb New Waverly, TX14.767-0.370
92021Billy Moyer SrBatesville, AR14.861-0.464
102829 , 14.861-0.464
11420TCTristan Chamberlain Richmond, IN14.928-0.531
12118Shannon Babb Moweaqua, IL14.934-0.537
1317B1Brent Larson Lake Elmo, MN14.945-0.548
14149Nick Hoffman Mooresville, NC14.979-0.582
151618CChase Junghans Manhattan, KS14.994-0.597
162297JRCody Overton Evans, GA15.022-0.625
17628Dennis Erb JrCarpentersville, IL15.023-0.626
18253SBrian Shirley Chatham, IL15.033-0.636
193277Jordan Yaggy Rochester, MN15.071-0.674
203049Jake Timm Winona, MN15.111-0.714
212176Blair Nothdurft Renner, SD15.189-0.792
221299JRFrank Heckenast JrFrankfort, IL15.199-0.802
231922*Max McLaughlin , 15.241-0.844
241855CChad Mahder Bloomer, WI15.376-0.979
252719Dustin Sorensen Rochester, MN15.464-1.067
262943 , 15.604-1.207
271311HLance Hofer Cochrane, WI15.803-1.406
28835Parker Foster Winona, MN15.867-1.470
291542Johnathan Huston Columbus Junction, IA15.897-1.500
30919J , 15.897-1.500
31112 , 15.897-1.500
323114WDustin Walker Polk, MO15.897-1.500
DIRTVision Highlights  
Event Info  

World of Outlaws Gopher 50
Saturday, July 06, 2024
Deer Creek Speedway
25262 Highway 63
Spring Valley, Minnesota 55975 

Event Description
The World of Outlaws celebrate Independence Day Weekend in Minnesota for the Gopher 50, July 4-6! Saturday night's Feature will pay $50,000-to-win.

Series Racing
World of Outlaws Late Model Series

To Win Amount
$50,000.00

Event Schedule

Pit Gates Open: 2:30 PM
Grandstand Gates Open: 3:00 PM
Hot Laps: 6:30 PM
With Racing to Follow


*All times Central

Event Hashtag
#Gopher50

Ticket Options  
Ticket Phone
(877) 327-7223

Options And Prices

Adult General Admission: $40
Kids General Admission (12 & Under): $15



Grandstand Type
Bleachers

Family Section Location
N/A

Handicapped Seating Location
North Grandstands

Pit Pass Price

Adult Pit Pass: $50
Student Pit Pass (6-15): $25



Pit Age Requirement
none

Pit Gate Location
south side of track

Parking Cost
free

Handicapped Parking Location
Front Gate

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

Camping Cost
$30

Frequently Asked Questions  
To Win Amount
$50,000.00

Type of Grandstand
Bleachers

Stadium Seating
ok to bring in

Handicapped Seating
North Grandstands

Handicapped Parking
Front Gate

Pit Age Limit
none

Pit Gate Location
south side of track

Personal Coolers
no

ATMs
1

Alcohol Sales
no alcohol

Smoking Policy
no

Family Section
N/A

Parking Cost
free

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

Camping Cost
$30

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
0.375

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

Closest Airport
Rochester

Other Airport
Minneapolis

Pit Gate Location
south side of track

Track Map
Competitor Info  
Competitor Downloads
 https://www.dirtcarmembers.com/downloads.php

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

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