GRAND FORKS, N.D. (August 30, 2023) – Two races are left this season for defending Wayne Anderson Cup champion Austin Pierce who will return to River Cities Speedway on Friday night in the Highland Excavating / Dahlstrom Motors No. 2A looking to end the 2023 campaign on a high note.

Pierce returned to River Cities following his charge from 14th to third in the previous week’s Blazin’ Challenge event but struggled to get the car to run early in the night as the World of Outlaws made their August visit to Grand Forks.

Problems in hot laps multiplied by a poor draw which saw him go out late in qualifying then led to a DNF in the heat race. With the high-banked quarter-mile prepped very fast and narrow, Pierce made up three spots but fell short of making the show.

In 12 previous Wayne Anderson cup races run at River Cities Speedway, Pierce has won three of them. Pierce’s first Anderson Cup win came on August 6 of the 2021 season with Pierce charging from the ninth starting spot to collect the win. Pierce closed the Anderson Cup season in 2021 with a win which was also his sixth straight at the speedway that season.

Pierce’s most recent Anderson Cup triumph came during the Interstate Racing Association’s return to River Cities last July as he charged from the eighth starting spot to pick up the win. It was also Pierce’s first win against the IRA, repeating the feat on July 15th of this season for his 50th career win.

Should the top eight in points show up for the event as expected, Pierce will start in prime condition to try and get his fourth Anderson Cup victory as he would start on the outside of the front row in his heat race.

With the turning of the calendar on Friday, ten of Pierce’s 50 career feature wins have come in the month of September, eight of which have come at River Cities. Pierce has also won on the first Friday of September three of the last four seasons.

The entire APR crew would like to thank their sponsors for their continued support!

Opp Construction
Nelson Auto Center of Grand Forks & Fergus Falls
Highland Excavating
Dahlstrom Motors Inc.
Bun Lounge
InVision Ag
Auggie’s Flying Service
AJ’s Sandblasting & Painting
Solem Farms
Vollrath Farms
Hillesland Farms
All Pro Electric LLC
Danielle’s Cleaning Service
The Hub Pub
Curt D. Johnson Auction Company-K-BID.com Indpendent Affiliate
Grand Forks Abstract & Title
EMi – Eagle Motorsports, Schnee, Henchcraft, Stallard

2023 Stats:
Races: 10
Wins: 1
Top 5’s: 6
Top 10’s: 6

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