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July 12, 2014

VCS ready for anything

Pierce fifth in Summernationals going into Sunday's action

OAKWOOD — The keys to having a great racing show is great racing, a track full of fans and great weather.

Vermilion County Speedway promoter Brian Clendenen is positive that all three will happen on Sunday when the UMP Summernationals make their stop in Danville for the second straight year.

“There are a lot of tracks who want to get a race like this and we are honored to host this for Danville. The town didn’t have it for a couple of years and we wanted to start off in 2012 with the Summernationals race, but we could not do it,” Clendenen said. “So when we got it last year, it was important. We always look toward this as the pinnacle of the season and it brings the action of big racing to this area instead of fans driving two hours. The fans and racers know that there is always close racing here and fans come out huge for their favorite racers.”

The racer that will be the favorite of most local fans that will attend on Sunday will be Oakwood’s Bobby Pierce,who is currently fifth in the Summernationals points standings.

Pierce, who won four times and ended up second in Summernationals points, last season, has won one race this season at Belle-Clair Speedway in Belleville on July 1, but has had a couple of nights where things have not gone his way.

“Bobby has grown a big fan base and they will be here. It’s definitely a plus to have a popular racer in your backyard, but we will have a lot of fans of other racers that follow the series as well,” Clendenen said. “He has struggled a bit, but he’s still a contender and puts on a great show when doesn’t have the bad luck.”

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