GRAND FORKS, N.D. (September 14, 2017) – This weekend Austin Pierce and the Opp Construction / Lithia Ford crew have a lot on the line. Austin comes into the weekend with a chance to capture both the River Cities Speedway track championship and the Buffalo Wild Wings Northern Outlaw Sprint Association (NOSA) series championship.
Austin accomplished that exact feat in 2014 and backed it up in 2015 by defending his River Cities Speedway championship, but since then has been searching to regain the NOSA title.
Coming into the night, Austin has a 52 point advantage over Casey Mack in the River Cities Speedway standings.
“The most points you can get in a night is 57 and you get 10 points just to show up so as long as we unload the car on Friday, we should be in good shape,” said Austin.
In the last NOSA points update, which was official as of September 1st, Austin was sitting in good shape with a 111 point margin over Mack.
Last weekend Austin was in action with a pair of shows at River Cities Speedway as a part of the 11th annual John Seitz Memorial. Austin began the weekend on Friday with a solid third place finish in the feature.
Austin started fifth in the field, but began moving forward at the drop of the green flag.
“We got a really good start and moved up to second by the end of the first lap,” he said. “Then I was behind [Nick] Omdahl for quite a few laps, just being patient. I figured I would be able to get by him in lapped traffic, but I think I was too patient because that’s when [Thomas] Kennedy went flying by. But he appeared to have the faster car.”
A late race restart put Mark Dobmeier right on the rear bumper of Pierce with two to go. Pierce held of the No. 13 until the final corner when Dobmeier stole the runner-up spot at the checkers to relegate Austin back to third.
Still, Austin was locked into Saturday’s Buffalo Wild Wings Blazin’ Challenge.
Saturday began with an eight lap dash to determine the starting rows for the Blazin’ Back Row Challenge. Austin cruised to the win against some of the best talent of the NOSA Sprints and accepted the 24th and final starting position at a chance for $8,200 if he could win from the back.
Austin was on a mission right at the drop of the green. The driver of the AJ’s Sandblasting / Auggie’s Flying Service machine passed 10 cars in the first five laps. From there, Austin passed another four cars in two more laps before an untimely mechanical failure forced him to retire from the event early.
Racing starts at 7pm Friday in Grand Forks and 5pm on Saturday in Devils Lake.
The entire APR crew would like to thank their sponsors for their continued support!
Lithia Ford Lincoln of Grand Forks
Dahlstrom Motors Inc.
AJ’s Sandblasting & Painting
Grand Forks Abstract & Title (GFabstract.com)
Adams Marketing Promotions
Ostrich Racing Engines
EMi – Eagle Motorsports, Schnee, Henchcraft, Stallard
Top Fives: 22
Top Tens: 23
Heat Wins: 11
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