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World of Outlaws Dairyland Showdown
Mississippi Thunder Speedway | Fountain City, Wisconsin
Saturday, May 04, 2024
Race Recap  

REAPING THE WIN: Ryan Gustin Wins Dairyland Showdown Thriller Over Bobby Pierce 

The Reaper wins his sixth career Feature and brings Todd Cooney his first World of Outlaws win as an owner


The conclusion of this year’s Dairyland Showdown at Mississippi Thunder Speedway announced the rise of a new empire. One led by Ryan Gustin and Todd Cooney Racing. 

Since joining forces at the beginning of 2024, Gustin and his new team have been collecting trophies throughout the first quarter of the season. And on Saturday night, they added their biggest one yet: a $25,000 Dairyland Showdown victory with the World of Outlaws CASE Construction Equipment Late Models – Gustin’s sixth Series win and Todd Cooney Racing’s first. 

The Marshalltown, IA driver began the night setting a new track record (13.417 sec.) at the Fountain City, WI track – his first Simpson Quick Time Award of the year. Then, he followed that up by winning Heat 1. 

Gustin’s good fortunes continued by drawing the Bilstein Pole Award for the 50-lap finale – leading the field to the Gorsuch Performance green flag alongside New Waverly, TX driver Tyler Erb.

He commanded the field in the first half while a wave of cautions and a hornet’s nest of talented drivers traded positions across the top five that included Erb, reigning Series champion Bobby Pierce, Friday night Dairyland Showdown winner Nick Hoffman, and four-time Series champion Brandon Sheppard. 

The two fierce rivals in Erb and Pierce exchanged multiple slide-job moves on each other – with Pierce eventually clearing the driver of the #1T for the second-place spot. 

Halfway into the Feature, Pierce made his chance for the lead come to fruition – sliding his way by Gustin to take the lead. 

Lapped traffic played a heavy hand in deciding the night’s winner as the leaders attempted every inch of the 3/8-mile track to find clean air to navigate through the cars. The top two in Pierce and Gustin used these chances to try and one-up each other in the closing stages. 

With four laps to go in the $25,000-to-win competition, Gustin made his chance for the win on Pierce with a run down the front stretch. Using the lapped car of Daniel Hilsabeck as a pick, Gustin slid up through Turns 1 and 2 to take the lead with sparks flying off the back of the #19R from hitting the wall. 

Scurrying away from Pierce after the lead change, Gustin crossed under the flagstand to claim his first Dairyland Showdown Feature at a track that has seen him win five races previously with USMTS.  

Ryan Gustin celebrates with family and friends after winning on Saturday (Emily Schwanke Photo)

“Well, this big ol’ Jay Dickens engine showed out to keep the tires pretty good,” Gustin said. “I was trying to pace myself there in the first half of (the Feature), then I let Bobby get a big ol’ run on me and slide on me and I knew I had to get up, follow him, and hopefully he had to slide somebody and that’s how it all worked out. You win and lose by lap traffic, I’ve lost a fair share and I’m sure he has too, so that’s how it all goes. 

“Everybody at Wells Motorsports has been great to us and I gotta shoutout Brandon Overton for helping us at Smoky Mountain Speedway and this thing has been on rails. My guys at (Todd Cooney Racing) have been working extremely hard and I can’t thank everyone enough for that.” 

Pierce, in an attempt to catch Gustin on the final lap, slid up the track and smacked the Turn 2 wall. This opened the door for Hoffman to slide under “The Smooth Operator” to finish the night in second. 

“I knew I wasn’t gonna pass Bobby and Ryan on the cushion,” Hoffman said. “I made a little bit of speed in the middle of the track when I needed to get back to fourth at that point. Once the top began to slow down and getting right against the wall, that bottom-to-middle came back into play. That’s how I won last night and that’s what we were set for tonight. The racetrack had a little more grip with the rain we had, and the (track crew) did a fantastic job to give us a track where we could race all around.” 

“When they started sliding each other, it got me back to them. I was gonna settle for third, but Bobby hit the fence on the last lap. I tried biding my time, stayed in fifth for a while battling with the guys and it got the tires hot, but I had enough left towards the end and if we got a caution with a few laps to go, we could’ve won again. To win once and run second the next like Farmer City is badass.” 

Pierce’s costly mistake had him finish on the last spot of the podium – a move he knows could have been avoided in his efforts to chase the lead back from Gustin. 

“It was definitely a heartbreaker for us,” Pierce said. “I thought I had it in the bag, but I caught the lap traffic with awkward timing. The top was kind of getting slower, but yet, it was still there. The way those guys ahead of me raced mattered a lot and messed up the air there. Just did the dip when I should’ve made a dive and Gustin capitalized on it. I wish I held onto second, but of course tried to get the lead and jumped the cushion. I’ll be kicking myself in the butt for a while for that. But it’s just one of them deals and who knows what could’ve been.” 

Sheppard’s consistent run inside the top five rewarded the current Series points leader with a fourth-place finish, while Erb managed to save his tires to complete the Feature’s top five finishers. 

Sheppard continues to lead the Series’ standings with a 24-point lead over Hoffman. Gustin is now eighth in points with a 136-point deficit. 

An 11-place climb rewarded Winona, MN driver Jake Timm with Saturday’s FOX Factory Hard Charger Award. 

Dirt King Simulator Hottest Hot Lap of the Night Award Winner – Cade Dillard
Bilstein Pole Award Winner – Ryan Gustin
Simpson Quick Time Award Winner – Ryan Gustin
CASE Heat Winners – Gustin (Heat 1), Erb (Heat 2), Pierce (Heat 3), and Cade Dillard (Heat 4).
CASE Last Chance Showdown Winners – Dennis Erb Jr. and Sam Mars
FOX Factory Hard Charger Award Winner – Jake Timm 

UP NEXT: The World of Outlaws CASE Late Models return to racing in the month of May with a swing through Ohio and Pennsylvania in two weeks – beginning with Raceway 7 (May 16), Bedford Speedway (May 17), Marion Center Raceway (May 18), and Path Valley Speedway (May 19). For more information about each of the races and ticket options, CLICK HERE. 

If you can’t make it to the track, you can watch every World of Outlaws CASE Construction Equipment Late Model race live on DIRTVision. 

Feature Results 

CASE Late Model Feature (50 Laps): 1. 19R-Ryan Gustin[1]; 2. 9-Nick Hoffman[5]; 3. 32-Bobby Pierce[3]; 4. B5-Brandon Sheppard[9]; 5. 1-Tyler Erb[2]; 6. 19-Dustin Sorensen[12]; 7. 40B-Kyle Bronson[8]; 8. 16-Tyler Bruening[6]; 9. 3S-Brian Shirley[10]; 10. 49-Jake Timm[21]; 11. 22*-Max McLaughlin[15]; 12. B1-Brent Larson[22]; 13. 18-Shannon Babb[13]; 14. 97-Cade Dillard[4]; 15. 20TC-Tristan Chamberlain[25]; 16. 28-Dennis Erb Jr[17]; 17. 22P-Nick Panitzke[16]; 18. 28M-Sam Mars[18]; 19. 22-Daniel Hilsabeck[19]; 20. 30-Todd Cooney[23]; 21. 97C-Cody Overton[11]; 22. 14W-Dustin Walker[24]; 23. 77-Jordan Yaggy[20]; 24. 88-Chad Mahder[14]; 25. 44-Chris Madden[7] 

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Feature Results
11019RRyan Gustin 500.00029Running150$25,000
25+39Nick Hoffman 50-0.733Running146$12,000
33032Bobby Pierce 50-1.41022Running144$6,500
49+5B5Brandon Sheppard 50-2.952Running142$5,250
52-31Tyler Erb 50-3.868Running140$4,500
612+619Dustin Sorensen 50-4.321Running138$4,000
78+140BKyle Bronson 50-4.931Running136$3,500
86-216Tyler Bruening 50-5.043Running134$3,250
910+13SBrian Shirley 50-7.969Running132$3,000
1021+1149Jake Timm 50-9.084Running130$2,800
1115+422*Max McLaughlin 50-9.699Running128$2,500
1222+10B1Brent Larson 50-9.931Running126$2,300
1313018Shannon Babb 50-11.934Running124$2,200
144-1097Cade Dillard 50-12.566Running122$2,100
1525+1020TCTristan Chamberlain 50-12.778Running120$2,000
1617+128Dennis Erb Jr50-13.608Running118$1,900
1716-122PNick Panitzke 49-1 LapsRunning116$1,850
1818028MSam Mars 28-22 LapsRunning114$1,800
1919022Daniel Hilsabeck 28-22 LapsRunning112$1,750
2023+330Todd Cooney 28-22 LapsRunning110$1,750
2111-1097CCody Overton 35-15 LapsRunning108$1,750
2224+214WDustin Walker 32-18 LapsRunning106$1,750
2320-377Jordan Yaggy 25-25 LapsRunning104$1,750
2414-1088Chad Mahder 9-41 LapsRunning104$1,750
257-1844Chris Madden 4-46 LapsRunning104$1,750
FOX Factory Hard Charger: Jake Timm
Heat 1 Results
Pos.Start+/-#DriverLaps CompletedBehindLaps LedStatus
11019RRyan Gustin 00.000Running
23+19Nick Hoffman 0-0.658Running
34+1B5Brandon Sheppard 0-2.002Running
45+118Shannon Babb 0-5.164Running
52-328Dennis Erb Jr0-5.291Running
67+122Daniel Hilsabeck 0-6.768Running
76-149Jake Timm 0-7.998Running
880E85Jason Strand 0-9.054Running
Heat 2 Results
Pos.Start+/-#DriverLaps CompletedBehindLaps LedStatus
12+11Tyler Erb 00.000Running
21-144Chris Madden 0-0.854Running
33097CCody Overton 0-3.175Running
44022*Max McLaughlin 0-4.170Running
55030Todd Cooney 0-5.431Running
68+290Lance Matthees 0-9.188Running
76-111James Giossi 0-10.123Running
87-115Clayton Stuckey 0-10.123Running
Heat 3 Results
Pos.Start+/-#DriverLaps CompletedBehindLaps LedStatus
11032Bobby Pierce 00.000Running
22040BKyle Bronson 0-0.686Running
35+23SBrian Shirley 0-2.234Running
44088Chad Mahder 0-3.813Running
56+177Jordan Yaggy 0-5.613Running
67+1B1Brent Larson 0-8.231Running
73-411HLance Hofer 0-8.828Running
88004Tad Pospisil 0-9.135Running
Heat 4 Results
Pos.Start+/-#DriverLaps CompletedBehindLaps LedStatus
12+197Cade Dillard 00.000Running
21-116Tyler Bruening 0-1.012Running
34+119Dustin Sorensen 0-2.943Running
43-122PNick Panitzke 0-4.473Running
55028MSam Mars 0-7.492Running
66020TCTristan Chamberlain 0-8.279Running
78+135Parker Foster 0-11.224Running
87-114WDustin Walker 0-11.983Running
Qualifying Flight 1 Results
1619RRyan Gustin Marshalltown, IA13.4170.000
2344Chris Madden Gray Court, SC13.476-0.059
31328Dennis Erb JrCarpentersville, IL13.482-0.065
411Tyler Erb New Waverly, TX13.518-0.101
549Nick Hoffman Mooresville, NC13.539-0.122
6597CCody Overton Evans, GA13.630-0.213
715B5Brandon Sheppard New Berlin, IL13.670-0.253
81022*Max McLaughlin , 13.691-0.274
9718Shannon Babb Moweaqua, IL13.719-0.302
101130Todd Cooney Des Moines, IA13.751-0.334
111649Jake Timm Winona, MN13.888-0.471
121411James Giossi Hudson, WI13.946-0.529
13922Daniel Hilsabeck Earlham, IA13.995-0.578
14215Clayton Stuckey Shreveport, LA14.230-0.813
1512E85Jason Strand Portland, ND14.309-0.892
16890Lance Matthees Winona, MN14.464-1.047
Qualifying Flight 2 Results
1732Bobby Pierce Oakwood, IL13.4990.000
21416Tyler Bruening Decorah, IA13.672-0.173
31340BKyle Bronson Brandon, FL13.761-0.262
41097Cade Dillard Robeline, LA13.799-0.300
51211HLance Hofer Cochrane, WI13.862-0.363
6222PNick Panitzke Lonsdale, MN14.000-0.501
7888Chad Mahder Bloomer, WI14.002-0.503
81519Dustin Sorensen Rochester, MN14.026-0.527
963SBrian Shirley Chatham, IL14.027-0.528
10928MSam Mars Menomonie, WI14.087-0.588
111677Jordan Yaggy Rochester, MN14.097-0.598
121120TCTristan Chamberlain Richmond, IN14.106-0.607
131B1Brent Larson Lake Elmo, MN14.276-0.777
14514WDustin Walker Polk, MO14.409-0.910
15304Tad Pospisil Norfolk, NE14.519-1.020
16435Parker Foster Winona, MN15.127-1.628
Hot Laps Results
12697Cade Dillard Robeline, LA13.3940.000
2344Chris Madden Gray Court, SC13.539-0.145
349Nick Hoffman Mooresville, NC13.542-0.148
43016Tyler Bruening Decorah, IA13.592-0.198
52940BKyle Bronson Brandon, FL13.664-0.270
615B5Brandon Sheppard New Berlin, IL13.694-0.300
7597CCody Overton Evans, GA13.738-0.344
8223SBrian Shirley Chatham, IL13.771-0.377
9619RRyan Gustin Marshalltown, IA13.808-0.414
102332Bobby Pierce Oakwood, IL13.830-0.436
113277Jordan Yaggy Rochester, MN13.858-0.464
122811HLance Hofer Cochrane, WI13.872-0.478
131130Todd Cooney Des Moines, IA13.877-0.483
14718Shannon Babb Moweaqua, IL13.889-0.495
153119Dustin Sorensen Rochester, MN13.891-0.497
161649Jake Timm Winona, MN13.931-0.537
171328Dennis Erb JrCarpentersville, IL13.950-0.556
1817B1Brent Larson Lake Elmo, MN13.961-0.567
192720TCTristan Chamberlain Richmond, IN13.968-0.574
20922Daniel Hilsabeck Earlham, IA13.970-0.576
211904Tad Pospisil Norfolk, NE13.988-0.594
221022*Max McLaughlin , 14.008-0.614
2311Tyler Erb New Waverly, TX14.049-0.655
242528MSam Mars Menomonie, WI14.069-0.675
251411James Giossi Hudson, WI14.076-0.682
261822PNick Panitzke Lonsdale, MN14.313-0.919
272488Chad Mahder Bloomer, WI14.356-0.962
282035Parker Foster Winona, MN14.444-1.050
29215Clayton Stuckey Shreveport, LA14.590-1.196
302114WDustin Walker Polk, MO14.676-1.282
31890Lance Matthees Winona, MN14.976-1.582
3212E85Jason Strand Portland, ND14.992-1.598
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Event Info  

World of Outlaws Dairyland Showdown
Saturday, May 04, 2024
Mississippi Thunder Speedway
2895 WI-35
Fountain City, Wisconsin 54629 

Event Description

The World of Outlaws CASE Late Models return to Mississippi Thunder Speedway for the Dairyland Showdown, with the finale paying $35,000.

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

To Win Amount

Event Schedule

3:00PM Pits Open
5:00PM Gates Open
6:30PM Hot Laps with racing to follow

*All times Central

Ticket Options  
Options And Prices

*Friday Event Prices*
Adult Admission: $35
Senior (65+) Admission: $27
Student (13-17): $5
Kids 12 & Under: FREE
Adult Pit Pass: $45
Student (6-12) Pit Pass: $15
Kids 5 & Under Pit Pass: FREE

*Saturday Event Prices*
Adult Admission: $40
Senior (65+) Admission: $37
Student (13-17): $5
Kids 12 & Under: FREE
Adult Pit Pass: $50
Student (6-12) Pit Pass: $15

Kids 5 & Under Pit Pass: FREE

Grandstand Type

Pit Pass Price
Adult Pit Pass: $50
Student Pit Pass (6-12): $15

Frequently Asked Questions  
To Win Amount

Type of Grandstand

Stadium Seating
Bring your own lawn chair to better enjoy the cement grandstands!

Track Info  

Mississippi Thunder Speedway
2895 WI-35
Fountain City, Wisconsin 54629 

Track Phone
(608) 687-3282

Track Email
[email protected]

Track Size

Track Type
High-banked sweeping oval

Late Model Track Record
13.417 seconds by Ryan Gustin on 5/4/24

Closest Airport
La Crosse, WI

Other Airport
Rochester, MN

Track Map
Competitor Info  
Competitor Downloads

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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