Pierce Continues Dominance in USSA Sprints

By Ken de la Bastide 

(September 24, 2013) -
Daleville’s Aaron Pierce remained perfect in USSA Sprint Car challenge competition leading all 50 laps at Anderson Speedway on Saturday.

Pierce, who won the Glen Niebel Classic in April, took advantage of the inversion of the top four qualifiers to dominate the event. Aside from the Pay Less Little 500, which was a USSA point race, Pierce has won every event at the track.

After Pierce opened a comfortable lead through the first 18 laps over fast qualifier Chris Neuenschwander when the caution flag waved when third place running Joe Swanson made contact with the front straight wall.

On the restart Neuenschwander was able to stay close to Pierce for the next ten circuits, but then it was all Pierce’s way winning by 3-seconds.

Third place went to Brian Olson.The best racing was for the fourth spot between Brian Gerster, Tony Hunt and Tyler Roahrig Jr. The three ran nose to nail for the final 32 laps with Gerster and Hunt holding on to the fourth and fifth positions.

“We didn’t make any changes to the car,” Pierce said of the set-up on his riding ride.

The USSA Sprint Car Challenge will conclude its season at Anderson Speedway on Oct. 5.

Neuenschwander made daring move halfway through the first of the two heat races to record the victory.

Gerster jumped into the lead at the waving of the green flag chased by Neuenschwander, Roahrig, Swanson and Don Hamilton.

The only caution flag waved on the second lap when Mike Blake spun in turn two, not making any contact.

After making several attempts to get inside of Gerster, Neuenschwander made the pass entering turn one and went on to the victory. He was followed by Gerster, Roahrig, Swanson and Hamilton.

Tony Hunt took the early lead in the second heat race Olson and Pierce running in close proximity.

Pierce got inside of Olson on the back straight on the third lap and one circuit later got inside of Hunt entering turn three to gain the top spot.

At the checkers it was Pierce, Hunt, Olson, Travis Welpott and Kevin Studley.

Neuenschwander set fast time during qualification with a lap of 11.436-seconds, followed by Olson at 14.635-seconds and Swanson at 11.66-seconds.