Bobby Pierce comments following the announcement that he will not return to Dunn-Benson Motorsports in 2019
On Sunday, 21-year-old Bobby Pierce charged from the back of the field, to the front. He passed Jimmy Owens and went on to claim the $20,000 win in the Pittsburgher 100.
Dunn Benson Motorsports and Bobby Pierce were on a 1-year contract for 2018. The team offered a renewal of that deal. Earlier this week, the driver informed the team that he would get back to them on that.
On Tuesday, Pierce informed team owner Kemp Lamm that he would not be returning to the team for next season.
Instead, for 2019 he will operate a team out of Oakwood, Illinois. The crew is being put into place and they will be set to go racing.
“Bobby and family feel that we can put together all the pieces of the pie that should make for a Dominant Team for 2019 and are so excited for the upcoming season. We are unsure of our schedule at this time or if we plan to follow a series,” mother, Angie Pierce commented via facebook.
Pierce has a new truck and trailer on order. Bob pierce Racing sold theirs earlier in the year. Over the summer, Dunn-Benson Motorsports was fined and suspended for testing positive in a tire test. They fought that ruling and won.
The suspension was revoked and the fine was drastically reduced. However, since then, the team has refused to participate in World Racing Group sanctioned events.
Shortly after, Pierce still wanted to race events like the World 100, which is set to resume this weekend. In addition, he wanted to hit some of the Summer Nationals events nearby.
Without an enclosed trailer, he loaded his #32 Rocket Chassis on the back of a open trailer that was on loan and went racing.
That wasn’t part of the plan for 2018 as the trailer was sold and they thought they were done running the family car.
Unlike before, Bobby Pierce will be the owner of the team for 2019. His father Bob Pierce will be a partner in the team, instead of the owner.
Bobby Pierce comments
“Big thanks to Kemp Lamm & DBM for believing in me to win them a lucas oil championship. We showed everyone we could win some of the biggest races and compete for a points title,” Bobby Pierce commented on the news that he will depart Dunn-Benson Motorsports.
“And a big thanks and much credit to Danny, Kent, Richard, Wayne, & of course my dad who all worked very hard this year and believed in me, allowing my job to be a little bit easier with mainly putting my focus into driving the car. I’d like to thank the whole Lamm family for what they do. I would also like to thank all the sponsors this year who supported us!”
“I decided that I would like to go back to my own deal next year, racing our Rocket cars. Once again having everything at my shop close to home and to be able to work on the cars without being gone from home will be nice and to race where I want, more closer to home at times.”
“I want to let everyone know it’s not a big fallout of the team or anything, and maybe in the future I would be interested again if the option is open. Also, I give a big thank you to all my sponsors and supporters which allow me to make this decision of going back to my own team.”
“I’m not exactly sure what my plans are for next year. It’s been fun getting to all the different tracks this year while racing on the lucas Series and realizing I have some new favorite tracks, and have made some new friends along the way.”
Pierce has four victories in 2018. In addition, he has nice runner-up finishes. It was a great year for DBM and Bobby Pierce but it had the potential to be fantastic in 2019.