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Outlaw Invasion
Atomic Speedway | Chillicothe, Ohio
Saturday, September 30, 2023
Race Recap  

BOBBY’S TWELVE: Bobby Pierce Outduels Chris Madden At Atomic For 12th Series Win of 2023

Wasting time wasn’t an option for Bobby Pierce at Atomic Speedway Saturday night.

With his experience at the track, he knew how quickly its surface could change and how quickly he needed to pass Chris Madden if he wanted to win. The Oakwood, IL driver seized his opportunity, sliding by Madden on Lap 32 to earn his 12th World of Outlaws CASE Construction Equipment Late Model Series win of 2023.

Madden, the pole sitter, stormed to the lead on Lap 1 while Pierce and Brian Shirley battled for second. Shirley snuck under Pierce to take the position and became Madden’s first challenger for the lead as the two approached traffic.

After chasing Madden for a few laps, the Chatham, IL driver dove underneath him in Turn 4, nosing his #3S ahead of Madden to lead Lap 13. That was the only lap Shirley would lead, though, as Madden’s momentum allowed him to reclaim the position the next time around.

Chris Madden and Brian Shirley
Chris Madden leads Brian Shirley in the early part of Saturday’s Feature/Jacy Norgaard photo

While the top two battled in traffic, Pierce lurked behind them on the outside lane.

It wasn’t long before Pierce found an opportunity to get by Shirley. The “Smooth Operator” found a burst of speed down the backstretch and slid his Longhorn chassis ahead of Shirley in Turn 3 to grab second on Lap 23.

As Madden dealt with traffic, Pierce closed in on the #44, hoping to find an opportunity. His first chance came on Lap 30. With a lap car on the top of the racetrack, Pierce moved under Madden, pulling even in Turns 1 and 2. But at that point, Madden was better, keeping his momentum in the middle. However, it wouldn’t be long until Pierce got another chance—one he wouldn’t waste.

On Lap 32, Pierce thundered down the backstretch, again pulling even with Madden’s Longhorn. And with the same move he used to pass Shirley, Pierce slid in front of Madden to take the lead in Turn 3.

Chris Madden and Bobby Pierce
Chris Madden tries to hold off Bobby Pierce for the lead/Jacy Norgaard photo

From there, Pierce outdueled Madden through traffic to earn the $15,000 win—his 32nd overall triumph of the 2023 season.

Pierce said he thought the track might take rubber late in the race and knew he had to pass Madden before that happened.

“It was getting really clean in Turn 3,” Pierce said. “I wanted to be patient because I knew we were pretty good, and staying green was really helping my situation. I knew how clean it was getting, and this track can rubber up. It never really did. It almost did there at the very end, but you never know. I wanted to get by [Madden], and traffic was really hairy. It was a lot of fun, though, slicing and dicing around.”

Another critical factor in Pierce’s win was his ability to maneuver through traffic. In the last 10 laps, Kyle Bronson and Dustin Walker were side-by-side, with Pierce behind them, trying to find a way by. Like his pass on Madden, Pierce took advantage when he saw a chance, splitting the two drivers in Turn 3 en route to the win.

“Sometimes you have to pull a move like that because you get stuck behind somebody, and you don’t realize how much your lap times dropped off,” Pierce said. “That guy in second place is right there on you again. So, I kind of had to pull it, and I’m glad I did because it worked out.”

Pierce also extended his points lead for the second straight night over Madden. He leads by 146 points entering next weekend’s Hoosier Dirt Classic at Brownstown Speedway.

Madden crossed the line second after leading 30 laps of the Feature that went green-to-checkered. The absence of a yellow flag wasn’t something he expected, and he said he felt things may have played out differently.

“I went with a different tire combination than he did,” Madden said. “He’s got a little but more experience here than I have. I didn’t see us running 50 green flag laps, either. Maybe a couple of cautions might’ve saved me right there, but we got free toward the end.

“We were still really good. We just put the wrong tire on.”

Shirley finished third, bouncing back from a 15th-place finish on Friday. He said he was happy with his finish but wasn’t satisfied.

“We leave here tonight with a third, and that’s definitely respectable and lets us walk out of here with our heads held high,” Shirley said. “I felt like our car, it wasn’t really a bad car, but it needs to be better. And we should’ve done a couple of little things better. That’s why you go race. To build a notebook and try and get better the next time.”

Defending Series champion Dennis Erb Jr. finished fourth, and four-time Series champion Brandon Sheppard rounded out the top five.

Mike Marlar, Saturday’s Fox Factory Hard Charger, finished sixth after starting 19th.

UP NEXT: The World of Outlaws CASE Late Models make their final trip to the Midwest with a trip to Brownstown Speedway for the Hoosier Dirt Classic on Friday, Oct. 6. Then, the Series returns to Fairbury Speedway for the FALS Frenzy on Saturday, Oct. 7.

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[2]; 2. 44-Chris Madden[1]; 3. 3S-Brian Shirley[3]; 4. 28-Dennis Erb Jr[7]; 5. B5-Brandon Sheppard[4]; 6. 157-Mike Marlar[19]; 7. 97-Cade Dillard[9]; 8. B1-Brent Larson[15]; 9. 9-Nick Hoffman[6]; 10. 68-Adam Stricker[18]; 11. 96V-Tanner English[12]; 12. 19R-Ryan Gustin[10]; 13. 71C-RJ Conley[5]; 14. 55-Jesse Wisecarver[17]; 15. 40B-Kyle Bronson[13]; 16. 25-Shane Clanton[23]; 17. 14W-Dustin Walker[11]; 18. 11-Gordy Gundaker[14]; 19. 71R-Rod Conley[20]; 20. 30-Todd Cooney[21]; 21. 20-Jimmy Owens[8]; 22. 1-Shane Bailey[24]; 23. 29C-Clint Keenan[22]; 24. 17-Zack Dohm[16] FOX FACTORY HARD CHARGER: Mike Marlar [+13].

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Results  
Feature Results
POSStart+/-#DriverLapsBehindLedStatusPointsMoney
12+132Bobby Pierce 500.00019Running150$15,000
21-144Chris Madden 50-2.77330Running146$7,000
3303SBrian Shirley 50-8.7891Running144$4,000
47+328Dennis Erb Jr50-9.825Running142$3,500
54-1B5Brandon Sheppard 50-13.126Running140$3,200
619+13157Mike Marlar 50-13.258Running138$3,000
79+297Cade Dillard 50-14.125Running136$2,700
815+7B1Brent Larson 50-14.881Running134$2,500
96-39Nick Hoffman 50-16.376Running132$2,300
1018+868Adam Stricker 49-1 LapsRunning130$2,200
1112+196VTanner English 49-1 LapsRunning128$2,100
1210-219RRyan Gustin 49-1 LapsRunning126$2,000
135-871CRJ Conley 49-1 LapsRunning124$1,700
1417+355Jesse Wisecarver 49-1 LapsRunning122$1,600
1513-240BKyle Bronson 49-1 LapsRunning120$1,400
1623+725Shane Clanton 49-1 LapsRunning118$1,300
1711-614WDustin Walker 49-1 LapsRunning116$1,200
1814-411Gordy Gundaker 49-1 LapsRunning114$1,200
1920+171RRod Conley 48-2 LapsRunning112$1,200
2021+130Todd Cooney 48-2 LapsRunning110$1,200
218-1320Jimmy Owens 38-12 LapsDNF108$1,200
2224+21Shane Bailey 20-30 LapsDNF106$1,200
2322-129CClint Keenan 4-46 LapsDNF104$1,200
2416-817Zack Dohm 9-41 LapsDNF104$1,200
FOX Factory Hard Charger: Mike Marlar
Last Chance Showdown Results
POSStart+/-#DriverLapsBehindLedStatusPointsMoney
13+255Jesse Wisecarver 100.00010Running150$0
24+2157Mike Marlar 10-2.367Running146$0
31-230Todd Cooney 10-2.882Running144$0
48+425Shane Clanton 10-4.040Running142$0
57+2S21Seth Daniels 10-4.560Running140$110
62-400Justin Cooper 10-5.771Running138$110
76-111HJared Hawkins 0-10 LapsDNS136$0
85-328CTyler Carpenter 0-10 LapsDNS134$0
99074Caleb Ashby 0-10 LapsDNS132$0
Last Chance Showdown 2 Results
POSStart+/-#DriverLapsBehindLedStatusPointsMoney
11068Adam Stricker 100.000Running150$0
23+171RRod Conley 10-3.533Running146$0
35+229CClint Keenan 10-5.996Running144$0
46+21Shane Bailey 10-8.837Running142$0
52-3C4Freddie Carpenter 10-10.899Running140$110
64-293Cory Lawler 10-11.222Running138$110
770S8Chris Stotts 10-13.488Running136$110
88099JDonnie Jeschke 10-13.488Running134$110
Heat 1 Results
Pos.Start+/-#DriverLaps CompletedBehindLaps LedStatus
11044Chris Madden 80.0008Running
22020Jimmy Owens 8-0.620Running
33097Cade Dillard 8-2.220Running
44040BKyle Bronson 8-2.774Running
57+230Todd Cooney 8-6.222Running
68+255Jesse Wisecarver 8-7.719Running
75-228CTyler Carpenter 8-7.795Running
86-2S21Seth Daniels 8-7.969Running
99074Caleb Ashby 5-3 LapsDNF
Heat 2 Results
Pos.Start+/-#DriverLaps CompletedBehindLaps LedStatus
11032Bobby Pierce 80.0008Running
2209Nick Hoffman 8-5.172Running
38+514WDustin Walker 8-5.712Running
46+2B1Brent Larson 8-6.794Running
54-100Justin Cooper 8-9.110Running
63-3157Mike Marlar 6-2 LapsDNF
75-211HJared Hawkins 2-6 LapsDNF
87-125Shane Clanton 0-8 LapsDNS
Heat 3 Results
Pos.Start+/-#DriverLaps CompletedBehindLaps LedStatus
110B5Brandon Sheppard 80.0008Running
22071CRJ Conley 8-1.705Running
33019RRyan Gustin 8-3.245Running
45+111Gordy Gundaker 8-4.993Running
54-168Adam Stricker 8-5.620Running
67+171RRod Conley 8-7.186Running
76-129CClint Keenan 8-8.815Running
880S8Chris Stotts 6-2 LapsDNF
Heat 4 Results
Pos.Start+/-#DriverLaps CompletedBehindLaps LedStatus
1103SBrian Shirley 80.0008Running
22028Dennis Erb Jr8-1.919Running
34+196VTanner English 8-3.565Running
43-117Zack Dohm 8-5.340Running
550C4Freddie Carpenter 8-7.206Running
66093Cory Lawler 8-7.628Running
7701Shane Bailey 8-8.999Running
88099JDonnie Jeschke 0-8 LapsDNS
Qualifying Flight 1 Results
POSStartCarDriverHometownTimeDifference
1144Chris Madden Gray Court, SC13.1140.000
21732Bobby Pierce Oakwood, IL13.273-0.159
3720Jimmy Owens Newport, TN13.389-0.275
4169Nick Hoffman Mooresville, NC13.443-0.329
51297Cade Dillard Robeline, LA13.447-0.333
614157Mike Marlar Winfield, TN13.462-0.348
71140BKyle Bronson Brandon, FL13.478-0.364
81000Justin Cooper Wheelersburg, OH13.480-0.366
9928CTyler Carpenter Parkersburg, WV13.660-0.546
10411HJared Hawkins Fairmont, WV13.691-0.577
1115S21Seth Daniels Jackson, OH13.695-0.581
128B1Brent Larson Lake Elmo, MN13.727-0.613
13230Todd Cooney Des Moines, IA13.814-0.700
14625Shane Clanton Zebulon, GA13.839-0.725
15555Jesse Wisecarver Zanesville, OH13.886-0.772
16314WDustin Walker Polk, MO14.312-1.198
171374Caleb Ashby Cunningham, TN14.427-1.313
Qualifying Flight 2 Results
POSStartCarDriverHometownTimeDifference
11B5Brandon Sheppard New Berlin, IL13.4780.000
273SBrian Shirley Chatham, IL13.551-0.073
3971CRJ Conley Wheelersburg, OH13.658-0.180
4228Dennis Erb JrCarpentersville, IL13.679-0.201
51219RRyan Gustin Marshalltown, IA13.698-0.220
61317Zack Dohm Cross Lanes, WV13.718-0.240
7668Adam Stricker Batavia, OH13.738-0.260
81496VTanner English Benton, KY13.819-0.341
9511Gordy Gundaker St. Charles, MO13.989-0.511
1016C4Freddie Carpenter Parkersburg, WV13.998-0.520
111029CClint Keenan Pataskala, OH14.156-0.678
121193Cory Lawler Hanover, PA14.237-0.759
131571RRod Conley Wheelersburg, OH14.294-0.816
1441Shane Bailey Grayson, KY14.459-0.981
153S8Chris Stotts Shade, OH14.617-1.139
16899JDonnie Jeschke Dayton, OH14.617-1.139
Hot Laps Results
POSStartCarDriverHometownTimeDifference
12368Adam Stricker Batavia, OH13.4440.000
214157Mike Marlar Winfield, TN13.502-0.058
32919RRyan Gustin Marshalltown, IA13.534-0.090
41732Bobby Pierce Oakwood, IL13.566-0.122
518B5Brandon Sheppard New Berlin, IL13.580-0.136
6243SBrian Shirley Chatham, IL13.585-0.141
73196VTanner English Benton, KY13.588-0.144
81297Cade Dillard Robeline, LA13.616-0.172
9169Nick Hoffman Mooresville, NC13.618-0.174
102671CRJ Conley Wheelersburg, OH13.637-0.193
111928Dennis Erb JrCarpentersville, IL13.735-0.291
12144Chris Madden Gray Court, SC13.737-0.293
133017Zack Dohm Cross Lanes, WV13.753-0.309
1415S21Seth Daniels Jackson, OH13.770-0.326
151140BKyle Bronson Brandon, FL13.827-0.383
161000Justin Cooper Wheelersburg, OH13.965-0.521
1733C4Freddie Carpenter Parkersburg, WV14.015-0.571
183271RRod Conley Wheelersburg, OH14.015-0.571
192211Gordy Gundaker St. Charles, MO14.016-0.572
202729CClint Keenan Pataskala, OH14.032-0.588
212893Cory Lawler Hanover, PA14.052-0.608
228B1Brent Larson Lake Elmo, MN14.171-0.727
23928CTyler Carpenter Parkersburg, WV14.175-0.731
24625Shane Clanton Zebulon, GA14.225-0.781
25555Jesse Wisecarver Zanesville, OH14.301-0.857
262599JDonnie Jeschke Dayton, OH14.312-0.868
27230Todd Cooney Des Moines, IA14.373-0.929
281374Caleb Ashby Cunningham, TN14.374-0.930
29211Shane Bailey Grayson, KY14.508-1.064
30720Jimmy Owens Newport, TN14.514-1.070
3120S8Chris Stotts Shade, OH14.594-1.150
32411HJared Hawkins Fairmont, WV14.746-1.302
33314WDustin Walker Polk, MO15.115-1.671
DIRTVision Highlights  
Event Info  

Outlaw Invasion
Saturday, September 30, 2023
Atomic Speedway
2535 Blain Hwy
Chillicothe, Ohio 45601 

Event Description
The Outlaws invade OHIO at Atomic Speedway for two nights of racing culminating in a $15,000-to-win event! Watch the World of Outlaws CASE Late Models race around the 3/8-mile circuit in a battle for the ages.

Series Racing
DIRTcar Late Models, World of Outlaws Late Model Series

To Win Amount
$15,000.00

Event Schedule
Pits Open 2:00 PM
Gates Open 4:00 PM
Hot Laps 6:00 PM
Racing Starts 7:00 PM
*All times Eastern

Ticket Options  
Options And Prices
Adult General Admission $22.00
Kids General Admission $12.00
Senior General Admission $17.00

Grandstand Type
Bleachers

Reserved Seating
seasonal

Family Section Location
turn 4

Handicapped Seating Location
Front Row

Pit Age Requirement
none

Parking Cost
$0.00

Handicapped Parking Location
At Front Gate

Camping Availability
onsite

Camping Cost
$40 for 2 Days or $25 per night

Frequently Asked Questions  
To Win Amount
$15,000.00

Reserved Seating
seasonal

Type of Grandstand
Bleachers

Stadium Seating
Stadium seating is allowed

Handicapped Seating
Front Row

Handicapped Parking
At Front Gate

Pit Age Limit
none

Personal Coolers
14 inch coolers or smaller are permitted. No Alcohol or glass bottles

Credit Card Use
Concessions, Pit Gate, Ticket Window

Alcohol Sales
Alcohol is available at track (Not Allowed in)

Family Section
turn 4

Parking Cost
$0.00

Camping Availability
onsite

Camping Cost
$40 for 2 Days or $25 per night

Track Info  

Atomic Speedway
2535 Blain Hwy
Chillicothe, Ohio 45601 

Track Phone
(740) 703-9749

Track Type
0.375;

Sprint Car Track Record
10.915 by Brock Mayes in 2005

Late Model Track Record
12.748 by Jimmy Owens in 2015

Closest Airport
Chillicothe

Other Airport
Columbus

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

Tire Rules
Left Front Tire: Hoosier (Open)
Left Rear & Right Front Tire: Hoosier (90) NLMT2, (90) NLMT3 Right Rear Tire: Hoosier (92) NLMT2, (92) NLMT3, (92) NLMT4 **Grooving & Siping will be allowed**

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