Points leader Pierre earns thrilling Pro Truck Series win
Aug. 22, 2015
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WEST VALLEY CITY – Drivers Johnny Pierre, Daniel Shirley and John Wong put on quite a show Saturday night at Rocky Mountain Raceways. The trio finished 1, 2 and 3 respectively – less than a second apart – in The Sharp Transportation 75-lap Pro Truck Series race on the America First Credit Union Super Oval.
Pierre, the series points leader, earned his third checkered flag of the 2015 season when he slipped across the finish line .158 of a second ahead of Shirley and .511 ahead of Wong. Although a chunk of the race was hampered by several cautions and stoppages, the final 30 laps had the RMR crowd on its feet as Pierre and Shirley put the pedal to the metal down the straightaways and traded paint in the corners.
As the race came down to its final few laps, Pierre and Shirley jockeyed for position while Wong went hard to catch up to them. And when he did finally catch up, he rode the back of them all the way through the finish line.
Pierre, who began the race in the No. 9 position, led for 41 on the 75 laps. The final 32 laps were led by either Pierre or Shirley.
Wong recorded the top speed – 78.32 miles per hour – and the fastest lap – 17.296 seconds – on lap No. 40. Pierre, meanwhile, hit a top speed of 77.89 miles per hour.
Saturday’s race marked the Pro Truck Series’ second visit to RMR this season. The group toured through on June 27th when Drew Reitsma edged competitor John Newhouse by .282 of a second. Wong also finished third that night and Pierre finished fifth.
In other action Saturday on the AFCU Super Oval, Jimmy Waters won the University Federal Credit Union Winged Sprints race; Matt Webster won the F-8 race, and Mark Ith Jr. won the U Burn Em We Build Em Mini Cups race.
Adam Warner won the Sommers Auto Wrecking Hornets main event and the Kicking & Screaming team won the Brandon Park Roofing F-8 Trains race.
On Friday at RMR, three young racers won coveted awards on the Young Kia Drag Strip. Parker Stewart, of Harriman, Hunter Priest, of Layton and Jayden Egginton, of Clinton, won their respective classifications at RMR’s Jr. Dragster ET Challenge “Wally” Event.
Stewart won a “Wally” in the Rookie Beginner class, Priest won the Jr. Minor class and Egginton won the Jr. Major class.
In other action Friday night, Trevyn Casteel, of West Point, won the Jr. Street competition, while Amanda Rowley, of Provo, won the ATV class.
Up next at RMR will be the Summer Send Off (with Nitro) Aug. 28-30 on the Young Kia Drag Strip.
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