GRAND FORKS, N.D. (May 13, 2021) – The Buffalo Wild Wings Northern Outlaw Sprint Association (NOSA) will set out on an 850-mile swing this weekend, including stops at Jackson Motorplex on Friday, I-90 Speedway on Saturday and Huset’s Speedway on Sunday.
Pierce is most excited about returning to Huset’s in Brandon, S.D. for the first time since 2017.
“It’ll be fun to hit three different tracks that we don’t usually get to. I’m really looking forward to getting back to Huset’s the most. That track really fits my style of driving and racing,” said Pierce. “The last time we were there was for the Silver Shootout. We went from 15th to fourth in the feature, but ended up finishing sixth after a late-race caution. The competition is going to be tough on Sunday, but I still feel like we can compete for a win if we can get through our heat race decently.”
Friday night will mark Pierce’s first trip back to Jackson Motorplex since the first Sprint Car race of his career in 2009. Back then, Jackson Speedway (as it was referred to then) was a big, semi-banked half-mile track. Today, it is a state-of-the-art, semi-banked four-tenths mile.
Pierce’s first race came in Jeff Vonasek’s car.
“I was going to race at Grand Forks for the first time on a Friday night, but it rained out. Jeff let me take his car down to Jackson,” said Pierce “We did okay until we got caught up in a tangle towards the end of the feature. I’m more excited now to go back there since it’s a shorter track.
Pierce opened his 2021 season last Friday night at River Cities Speedway. The two-time NOSA series champion came away with a third-place finish, but it didn’t come easy.
Pierce ran in the top five for the first 10 laps until he slid off the top of the turn in corner number three.
“The main issue was that my throttle linkages were sticking in the feature. Every time I would lift off the throttle, it would upset the car, then I would get back into the gas and it would pick the front end up off the ground. That kind of steered me off the track a couple of times,” said Pierce.
After having to go to the tail of the field, Pierce powered his way back up to the front. Late in the going, he found himself back in the top five before taking the checkers in the third position.
“We are trying out an Eagle chassis right now… we are used to running Schnee chassis. I really like the feel of the car,” said Pierce. “I think it actually feels better than our car last year already.”
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