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World of Outlaws Fergus Falls Showdown
I-94 EMR Speedway | Fergus Falls, Minnesota
Saturday, July 01, 2023
Race Recap  

MINNESOTA SMOOTH: Bobby Pierce Wins World of Outlaws Heartland Speedweek Finale at I-94

Bobby Pierce decided to break out his Eldora car Saturday night at I-94 emr Speedway. A decision that paid off for the Oakwood, IL, driver.

Pierce stormed past Series champion Dennis Erb Jr. on Lap 21 and cruised through the final 30 laps to score his fifth World of Outlaws CASE Construction Equipment Late Model Series win of 2023.

Erb and Cade Dillard led the field to the green in the 50-lap Feature, with the Robeline, LA driver getting the early advantage. However, the reigning champion wouldn’t let him get away as Erb kept pace with Dillard on the bottom.

The Carpentersville, IL driver needed six laps to build his momentum, as he wrestled the lead away from Dillard, nosing his Rocket Chassis ahead at the completion of Lap 7.

While Erb tried to drive away, Pierce moved toward the front, reaching third by Lap 12. After sliding Dillard for second on Lap 17 in Turns 3 and 4, Pierce set his sights on his fellow Illinois driver, using the outside to close in on the #28 in traffic.

Pierce’s opportunity to strike came on Lap 21, as he used Todd Cooney, a lap car, as a pick as they raced off Turn 2. The “Smooth Operator” powered past Erb down the backstretch, taking the lead as they entered Turns 3 and 4.

It was a lead Pierce wouldn’t relinquish, as he aced the race’s only restart on Lap 31 to earn his third win of World of Outlaws Heartland Speedweek—one worth $15,000.

“Dennis was really a sitting duck,” Pierce said. “I know Dennis can rip the lip, but he likes to run the bottom. At the time, the top was really good, and I was like, just stay down there, and he did. But if he did move up, I was ready for it. It was a fun race.”

Saturday was the first time Pierce had ever raced at I-94. But he said it reminded him of a track where he’s found success, which helped him hone in his setup.

“I noticed right away it was going to be a fun track, and I feel like this track fits me,” Pierce said. “This place reminds me of Florence. I knew these boys were in trouble tonight if we hit our marks.”

With the win, Pierce extended his points lead to 52 points over Chris Madden, who finished sixth.

Four-time Series champion Brandon Sheppard finished second, moving up seven spots from ninth. The New Berlin, IL driver put on a show for the Minnesota crowd in the race’s top groove, getting by 2018 Series champion Mike Marlar and Tanner English before the race was complete.

Despite the strong runner-up finish, Sheppard said he knows what’s keeping him out of Victory Lane.

Brandon Sheppard
Brandon Sheppard drove from 9th to 2nd in Saturday’s Feature/Jacy Norgaard photo

“We had a dang good car tonight,” Sheppard said. “We could run top, middle, bottom, wherever we needed to. We bided our time there early and passed a bunch of cars on the bottom. Then I saw some guys start to mess around on the top a little bit, so I went up there, and we just had a ton of speed.

“It was a good night. All in all, we just have to Qualify better. That’s the only thing we’re missing right now. We’re good in the Features; we just need to get Qualified better. I felt like we had the best car at the track tonight, it was just a matter of a few things that didn’t go our way, and that’s just how my year’s going so far.”

Tanner English finished third—his third consecutive podium in races 50 laps or more. The Benton, KY driver worked the bottom of the track to earn his fifth top-five of 2023.

Tanner English
Tanner English earned his 5th top 5 finish of 2023/Jacy Norgaard photo

“The bottom was good for a while, and then it kind of faded at the end,” English said. “There just wasn’t enough left, and I kind of got to those lap cars at the wrong time and should’ve moved up earlier.

“It was a hell of a race. The car is working really good right now. It’s just hard to beat that #32 car. He’s pretty damn fast. That’s why it sucks when we had him beat and gave it away. We’ll get it one of these days, and we’ll be there before you know it.”

Ryan Gustin, the Fox Factory Hard Charger, crossed the line fourth, after starting 15th. The Marshalltown, IA driver said wholesale changes to his Rocket Chassis helped him climb to the top five.

“We were really good there in the Feature,” Gustin said. “I just wish we could’ve started about 10 positions further forward. We struggled obviously there early, and [Taylon Center] changed pretty much everything, and we were really good in the Feature. I guess we got a good package now for these types of tracks, too.”

Erb rounded out the top five after leading 14 laps.

UP NEXT: The World of Outlaws CASE Late Models head to the Midwest for a pair of $15,000-to-win races, starting with a trip to Ponderosa Speedway on Friday, July 14. Then, the Series heads North to Indiana for the Hoosier Dirt Classic at Brownstown Speedway on Saturday, July 15..

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 Late Model Feature (50 Laps): 1. 32-Bobby Pierce[3]; 2. B5-Brandon Sheppard[9]; 3. 96V-Tanner English[4]; 4. 19R-Ryan Gustin[15]; 5. 28-Dennis Erb Jr[1]; 6. 44-Chris Madden[6]; 7. 40B-Kyle Bronson[10]; 8. 9-Nick Hoffman[7]; 9. 157-Mike Marlar[5]; 10. 3S-Brian Shirley[12]; 11. 28S-Dustin Sorensen[11]; 12. 1ST-Johnny Scott[16]; 13. B1-Brent Larson[19]; 14. 1TPO-Tyler Peterson[14]; 15. 25-Shane Clanton[8]; 16. 76-Blair Nothdurft[13]; 17. 22-Nick Panitzke[20]; 18. 30-Todd Cooney[21]; 19. 55C-Chad Mahder[17]; 20. 18X-Shawn Meyer[22]; 21. 97-Cade Dillard[2]; 22. 11G-James Giossi[24]; 23. 11-Gordy Gundaker[18]; 24. 14W-Dustin Walker[23] Fox Factory Hard Charger: Ryan Gustin [+11]

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Feature Results
13+232Bobby Pierce 500.00030Running150$15,000
29+7B5Brandon Sheppard 50-3.440Running146$7,000
34+196VTanner English 50-5.610Running144$4,000
415+1119RRyan Gustin 50-6.979Running142$3,500
51-428Dennis Erb Jr50-7.84114Running140$3,200
66044Chris Madden 50-8.433Running138$3,000
710+340BKyle Bronson 50-8.464Running136$2,700
87-19Nick Hoffman 50-10.509Running134$2,500
95-4157Mike Marlar 50-10.586Running132$2,300
1012+23SBrian Shirley 50-11.976Running130$2,200
1111028SDustin Sorensen 50-12.765Running128$2,100
1216+41STJohnny Scott 50-13.754Running126$2,000
1319+6B1Brent Larson 50-14.489Running124$1,700
141401TPOTyler Peterson 50-16.412Running122$1,600
158-725Shane Clanton 49-1 LapsRunning120$1,400
1613-376Blair Nothdurft 49-1 LapsRunning118$1,300
1720+322Nick Panitzke 49-1 LapsRunning116$1,200
1821+330Todd Cooney 48-2 LapsRunning114$1,200
1917-255CChad Mahder 48-2 LapsRunning112$1,200
2022+218XShawn Meyer 47-3 LapsRunning110$1,200
212-1997Cade Dillard 30-20 Laps6DNF108$1,200
2224+211GJames Giossi 25-25 LapsDNF106$1,200
2318-511Gordy Gundaker 23-27 LapsDNF104$1,200
2423-114WDustin Walker 14-36 LapsDNF104$1,200
FOX Factory Hard Charger: Ryan Gustin
Last Chance Showdown Results
110B1Brent Larson 100.00010Running0$0
24+222Nick Panitzke 10-3.792Running0$0
37+430Todd Cooney 10-4.570Running0$0
46+218XShawn Meyer 10-6.239Running0$0
52-311GJames Giossi 10-6.394Running0$0
68+214WDustin Walker 10-7.697Running0$0
710+37SSam Zender 10-8.682Running100$110
83-527Rayce McCord 10-9.384Running100$110
95-42Dave Mass 10210.642Running100$110
109-144*Cole Schill 0-10 LapsDNS100$110
1111058A.J. Diemel 0-10 LapsDNS100$110
Heat 1 Results
Pos.Start+/-#DriverLaps CompletedBehindLaps LedStatus
11044Chris Madden 80.0008Running
23+196VTanner English 8-1.222Running
32-19Nick Hoffman 8-1.730Running
45+140BKyle Bronson 8-3.530Running
57+276Blair Nothdurft 8-4.915Running
64-21STJohnny Scott 8-5.465Running
79+2B1Brent Larson 8-5.698Running
86-222Nick Panitzke 8-7.291Running
98-130Todd Cooney 8-9.256Running
101007SSam Zender 8-9.495Running
Heat 2 Results
Pos.Start+/-#DriverLaps CompletedBehindLaps LedStatus
12+1157Mike Marlar 80.0008Running
21-128Dennis Erb Jr8-2.400Running
33025Shane Clanton 8-2.564Running
44028SDustin Sorensen 8-3.907Running
5501TPOTyler Peterson 8-4.914Running
67+155CChad Mahder 8-7.310Running
78+111GJames Giossi 8-9.177Running
89+12Dave Mass 8-9.780Running
910+114WDustin Walker 2-6 LapsDNF
106-458A.J. Diemel 0-8 LapsDNF
Heat 3 Results
Pos.Start+/-#DriverLaps CompletedBehindLaps LedStatus
12+197Cade Dillard 80.0008Running
21-132Bobby Pierce 8-0.965Running
330B5Brandon Sheppard 8-1.592Running
45+13SBrian Shirley 8-4.446Running
54-119RRyan Gustin 8-6.139Running
68+211Gordy Gundaker 8-8.434Running
76-127Rayce McCord 8-10.191Running
89+118XShawn Meyer 8-11.746Running
97-244*Cole Schill 7-1 LapsRunning
Qualifying Flight 1 Results
1644Chris Madden Gray Court, SC16.4900.000
2228Dennis Erb JrCarpentersville, IL16.501-0.011
32032Bobby Pierce Oakwood, IL16.611-0.121
4269Nick Hoffman Mooresville, NC16.741-0.251
515157Mike Marlar Winfield, TN16.772-0.282
61697Cade Dillard Robeline, LA16.777-0.287
7996VTanner English Benton, KY16.803-0.313
82225Shane Clanton Zebulon, GA16.834-0.344
921B5Brandon Sheppard New Berlin, IL16.843-0.353
1031STJohnny Scott Las Cruces, NM16.914-0.424
111128SDustin Sorensen Rochester, MN16.943-0.453
121419RRyan Gustin Marshalltown, IA16.951-0.461
132740BKyle Bronson Brandon, FL16.982-0.492
1481TPOTyler Peterson Hickson, ND17.007-0.517
15243SBrian Shirley Chatham, IL17.050-0.560
162522Nick Panitzke Lonsdale, MN17.128-0.638
171058A.J. Diemel Elk Mound, WI17.167-0.677
18727Rayce McCord , 17.187-0.697
191376Blair Nothdurft Renner, SD17.212-0.722
201755CChad Mahder Bloomer, WI17.220-0.730
21544*Cole Schill Hawley, MN17.262-0.772
221830Todd Cooney Des Moines, IA17.287-0.797
23111GJames Giossi Hudson, WI17.365-0.875
241911Gordy Gundaker St. Charles, MO17.390-0.900
2528B1Brent Larson Lake Elmo, MN17.472-0.982
26122Dave Mass East Bethel, MN17.666-1.176
272318XShawn Meyer Wahpeton, ND17.675-1.185
2847SSam Zender Fergus Falls, MN17.682-1.192
292914WDustin Walker Polk, MO18.847-2.357
Hot Laps Results
12032Bobby Pierce Oakwood, IL15.8650.000
221B5Brandon Sheppard New Berlin, IL15.873-0.008
32225Shane Clanton Zebulon, GA15.874-0.009
4269Nick Hoffman Mooresville, NC15.907-0.042
5243SBrian Shirley Chatham, IL15.958-0.093
62740BKyle Bronson Brandon, FL16.032-0.167
71376Blair Nothdurft Renner, SD16.157-0.292
81755CChad Mahder Bloomer, WI16.166-0.301
9644Chris Madden Gray Court, SC16.186-0.321
101697Cade Dillard Robeline, LA16.191-0.326
1128B1Brent Larson Lake Elmo, MN16.313-0.448
121830Todd Cooney Des Moines, IA16.315-0.450
1315157Mike Marlar Winfield, TN16.340-0.475
1431STJohnny Scott Las Cruces, NM16.361-0.496
151419RRyan Gustin Marshalltown, IA16.375-0.510
16996VTanner English Benton, KY16.445-0.580
171128SDustin Sorensen Rochester, MN16.445-0.580
18228Dennis Erb JrCarpentersville, IL16.459-0.594
191911Gordy Gundaker St. Charles, MO16.507-0.642
202318XShawn Meyer Wahpeton, ND16.714-0.849
212522Nick Panitzke Lonsdale, MN16.951-1.086
22544*Cole Schill Hawley, MN17.114-1.249
231058A.J. Diemel Elk Mound, WI17.123-1.258
2447SSam Zender Fergus Falls, MN17.168-1.303
252914WDustin Walker Polk, MO17.255-1.390
2681TPOTyler Peterson Hickson, ND17.479-1.614
27111GJames Giossi Hudson, WI17.548-1.683
28727Rayce McCord , 17.582-1.717
29122Dave Mass East Bethel, MN17.582-1.717
DIRTVision Highlights  
Event Info  

World of Outlaws Fergus Falls Showdown
Saturday, July 01, 2023
I-94 EMR Speedway
2001 W Fir Ave
Fergus Falls, Minnesota 56537 

Event Description
A trip to Minnesota means a return to I-94 Speedway for the World of Outlaws Late Models. The Series is making its first stop in the Land of 10,000 lakes in 2023.

Series Racing
World of Outlaws Late Model Series

Support Divisions
DIRTcar Late Models

To Win Amount

Total Purse

Event Schedule
2:00 PM - Pit Gates Open
5:00 PM - Grandstand Gates Open
6:30 PM - Driver's Meeting
7:00 PM - Hot Laps/Qualifying with Opening Ceremonies and Racing to Follow

All Times Central.
*All times Central

Ticket Options  
Ticket Phone
(844) 347-8849

Options And Prices
General Admission: $30 Advanced Sale
General Admission: $35 Day of Sale
Child (12 and under) GA: $10
Track Side Parking: $25 (General Admission ticket required per person in vehicle)

Camping can be bought by calling the track at (612) 750-9642


Grandstand Type
Bleacher Style Seating

Pit Pass Price

Pit Age Requirement
no age requirement

Parking Cost
$30 for Tailgate Parking

Camping Availability

Frequently Asked Questions  
Support Divisions
DIRTcar Late Models

To Win Amount

Total Purse

Type of Grandstand
Bleacher Style Seating

Pit Age Limit
no age requirement

Alcohol Sales
Alcohol is available for sale at the track

Parking Cost
$30 for Tailgate Parking

Camping Availability

Track Info  

I-94 EMR Speedway
2001 W Fir Ave
Fergus Falls, Minnesota 56537 

Track Phone
(612) 750-9642

Ticket Phone
(844) 347-8849

Track Email
[email protected]

Track Size

Late Model Track Record
16.580 seconds by Don Shaw

Closest Airport
Hector International Airport

Other Airport
Brainerd Lakes Regional

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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