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Pierce Challenging Late Model Stock Veterans In His Sophomore Season At South Boston Speedway

SOUTH BOSTON, Va. (June 1, 2017) – Brandon Pierce had one major goal coming into the 2017 season at South Boston Speedway: improvement.

Well, he can check that box.

Pierce, in just his second year in a full-bodied stock car, is third in the Late Model Stock points two months in the season. He trails two former NASCAR Whelen All-American Series national champions, Peyton Sellers and Philip Morris in the points, and has run wheel-to-wheel with the two veterans all season.

“The biggest thing for me coming into the season was to improve,” said the 21-year-old Pierce, who finished 10th in points his rookie season. “I’ve worked hard physically. I’ve lost weight, gotten in shape. I’ve used my youth to my advantage instead of an excuse.

“When we set down and talked before the season started, we talked about competing for wins and the championship.”

He was oh-so-close to his first Late Model win the last time out, finishing second in the first of two 75-lap races and third in the nightcap. He finished .286-seconds behind winner Macey Causey in the opener.

In six starts, the Guilford Technical Community College student has three top-five and five top-10 finishes this season. His team, and teamwork, has been the key to the early-season success. He’s back with Nelson Motorsports this season, and is teamed with another South Boston hard-charger, Bobby McCarty. His crew chief is long-time Late Model standout driver David Triplett III and veteran NASCAR Camping World Truck Series driver Timothy Peters oversees the operation, owned by Barry Nelson.

“We have great communication down to Bobby and I comparing notes,” said Pierce, who is sponsored by Thunder Road Harley Davidson, Amanzi Marble, Granite and Tile, Discount Oil Co., and “Having Timothy and David and Mr. Nelson is such a huge confidence builder for me. I’m surrounded by so many good people.

“My confidence has gone way up. We have seen the speed and the results. Each week we try to set a new goal. If we’re top five one week, we want to be higher the next and a win is the ultimate goal.”

While Pierce has not been surprised by his success this season, he admits it is a bit surreal at times.

“When you are running with Peyton Sellers and Philip Morris … when you’re running with those two guys and they are in the rear-view mirror running you down. I mean, I grew up watching those guys,” said Pierce.

Pierce will be chasing another strong finish at South Boston Speedway Saturday night in a 100-lap race for the NASCAR Whelen All American Series Late Model Stock Car Division. Competitors in the Limited Sportsman Division will be featured in a pair of 25-lap races, and twin 15-lap races are slated for the competitors in the Budweiser Pure Stock Division. The Budweiser Hornets Division drivers will go at it in a 15-lap race.

Registration and pit gates open at 2:30 p.m., practice runs from 4 p.m. until 5 p.m. Grandstand gates will open at 5:30 p.m. and qualifying starts at 6 p.m. The first race gets the green flag at 7 p.m.

Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for youth ages 7-12. Kids ages six and under are admitted free with a paid adult.

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