Yesterday, Bobby Pierce informed the team he would not return for 2019
Pierce was offered a contract renewal for 2019
21-year-old, Bobby Pierce set off on a new venture for 2018. He signed a 1 year contract with Dunn-Benson Motorsports. The team load up and set the gps for the hectic Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series tour.
The initial plan was for Angie and Bob Pierce, the family of the young racer to haul the merchandise trailer. It didn’t take long for Bob Pierce to pick up the wrenches. Soon after, he officially joined the crew.
Last week, Bob Pierce stated that his son Bobby would return to the family run operation. I spoke with Bobby over the weekend about next year. He sounded less sure of his 2019 plans.
“As far as what I’m doing, I’m not really sure right now,” Bobby Pierce told RacingNews.co ahead of his race win in the Pittsburgher 100.
“I’m on a one year contract with this deal. When it ends, we’ll sit down and talk about what we might or might not do next year. We’ll just have to see.”
Update: Pierce will relocate in 2019
Following the publication of that article on Tuesday, things have changed. Sources confirmed that Bobby Pierce will not be returning to the North Carolina based team in 2019.
Team owner, Kemp Lamm actually offered a contract renewal to Bobby Pierce for the 2019 racing season. However, the young dirt late model driver has turned down that offer. On Tuesday, Pierce notified the team owner via phone that he would be going in a different direction.
Pierce is now expected to return to the family-owned late model for 2019. As of now, it’s still unclear what that means for a schedule or any national touring competition.
Next weekend, the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series is set to host their season ending race. The Dirt Track World Championship will take place at Portsmouth Raceway Park. Pierce and the team have ventured to the Ohio track twice in 2018 with a best finish of 5th.
Dunn-Benson Motorsports has yet to announce a replacement driver for the #1 machine. They have their eyes on two drivers. DMB has expressed interest in two drivers for the 2019 season. Those conversations are ongoing. One of the two drivers has been sent an offer, they are awaiting an answer.
Danny Myers will remain with the team as crew chief for 2019. The team has a new rig on the way. Also on the way are a fleet of Rocket Chassis to place inside the new box.
Update: Team confirms the move with an announcement
Dunn Benson Motorsports and Bobby Pierce to Part Ways after the DTWC
Dunn, NC (October 10, 2018) – Kemp Lamm owner of the Dunn Benson Motorsports Race Team has announced driver Bobby Pierce will leave the Team after the Dirt Track World Championship in Portsmouth, OH on October 20th.
Bobby who had a one-year contract with Dunn Benson Motorsports for 2018, notified Kemp Lamm on October 9th that he has decided to return to his family owned team for 2019 vacating the driver’s seat at Dunn Benson Motorsports. Bobby was offered a new contract to return in 2019 as the driver of the Dunn Benson Motorsports Team, but decided the DTWC would be his last event with the Dunn, NC based race team.
The Dunn Benson Motorsports Team partnered with Bobby Pierce at the beginning of 2018 with the primary focus to run for a National Championship on the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series in 2018. The Dunn Benson Motorsports Team and driver Bobby Pierce have competed in 65 events together in 2018 winning four (4) Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series sanctioned national events and finishing 2nd place eight (8) times in 2018. Bobby is currently in 7th place in the LOLMDS national point standings with just one series event left to complete, the DTWC.
“Bobby has tremendous driving ability and talent for someone only 21 years of age. It has been exciting to watch him drive our car this year winning 4 events and coming from the rear to the front on so many occasions, stated Kemp Lamm, owner of Dunn Benson Motorsports.
“I offered him an opportunity to return as our driver in 2019 and compete for a National Championship, but he informed me that he wants to return to driving his family owned team in 2019. We wish him well on his 2019 plans. Hopefully we can get one more win with Bobby at the DTWC,” Lamm concluded.
The Dunn Benson Motorsports Team is currently making plans for the 2019 season and once details are finalized, the Team will announce a new driver and sponsors for the 2019 racing season.
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