When Austin Pierce started racing, Wayne Anderson -- the late founder of River Cities Speedway -- was there to help him out.
Pierce never forgot the help he received from Anderson.
And the help he received was beneficial again as Pierce captured the third leg of the Wayne Anderson Cup at River Cities Speedway on Friday night.
Pierce started ninth in the 30-lap feature and drove up to second with eight laps to go. He then took over the top spot when leader Mark Dobmeier pulled off the track with mechanical issues.
For Pierce, it was his sixth overall feature win this season and fifth at The Bullring. It was his 41st career NOSA victory.
“I knew I had my work cut out and I didn’t know if I’d win this one,” said Pierce. “But once we got going I knew I had a car capable of winning. The more laps we went, the more the car came around. There was an awesome bottom and top groove.”
The win had extra meaning for Pierce.
“Wayne Anderson is a big part of this race track,” he said. “When I first got going, he helped me out with some fueling stuff with our engines and hooked me up with the right people to talk to at the time.
“I can’t thank him enough for everything he did for the race track and for me behind the scenes. To get a win in his honor is awesome. We’ve won a lot of big races here.”
Nick Ranten, who had the fastest lap time of the feature (10.809 seconds, 83.264 mph), finished second, followed by Brenden Mullen, Tim Estenson and Jordan Adams.
Dobmeier was looking for his third-straight win after winning in Mandan, N.D., last week and at the Huset’s Speedway in South Dakota on Sunday -- a win that paid him $10,000.
“We don’t really know what happened,” said Dobmeier. “It’s either the engine or rear end but the car started shaking so we had to pull off the track.”
Track conditions were fast for all of the features.
In the late model feature, Lance Schill captured the lead by passing Brandon Fuller out of Turn 4 with nine laps to go. He went on to win the 20-lap feature, finishing 1.605 seconds ahead of Brody Troftgruben.
Fuller was third, followed by Brad Seng and Ryan Corbett.
“It was a wide-open race,” said Schill. “There were two lanes, one of the top and one on the bottom and it wasn’t rough. I’ll give the track credit for that.
“It seemed like we got into lapped traffic pretty quick. It was a lot of fun.”
It was Schill’s second late model feature win this season. He’s won five features with his Midwest modified.
Jory Berg captured the modified feature, holding off Schill by 0.662 seconds. Reise Stenberg was third, followed by Aaron Blacklance and Jamie Dietzler.
John Halvorson won the streets feature, overtaking Joe Potter for the lead with 8 laps to go.
Trey Hess finished second, followed by Daniel Aberle, Potter and Ryan Johnson.
The track also included three individuals into its Hall of Fame.
Bobby Eckerdt, Brad Pake and Dan Shirek were inducted into the hall during the intermission.
The fourth and final leg of the Wayne Anderson Cup is scheduled for Sept. 10 at RCS.