A month after being disqualified from the June’s Dirt Late Model Dream at Eldora Speedway for a rules infraction involving tire sampling, Bobby Pierce has seen his penalty reduced. In a Friday morning press release, DIRTcar made the following statement:
“After appealing the penalty as per Section 12 of the General Rules and Specifications, Pierce and seven members of his team underwent rigorous polygraph testing, providing the appellate board additional perspective in the issuance of the penalty.
The appellate board’s decision upheld the disqualification and suspension but reduced the fine to the minimum $2,000. Pierce has already completed the four-race suspension.
The Appeals Board affirmed and accepted the technical inspection procedure at the event, the samples’ chain of custody, processing of the samples, and the results of the multiple tests provided by the laboratory. Regardless of whether or not the team was aware of the infraction, the tire did not conform to the required specification and benchmarks.”
Pierce’s initial penalties included a fine of $15,330, which included purse monies won during the crown jewel weekend as well as tire testing fees. He was also suspended from DIRTcar action from June 10 – July 10.
Since his disqualification the 21-year-old racer from Oakwood, Illinois and his Dunn-Benson Motorsports team have been adamant about their innocence. As a result, they requested to participate in polygraph testing.
In his young career at the famed oval, Bobby Pierce has enjoyed considerable success. In fact, he scored the coveted World 100 win at the Ohio speed plant in 2016.
Per Section 12 of the DIRTcar General Rules and Specifications, Pierce has the option to file another appeal directly to the Chairman Potestas to review the Board’s determination.
More information on the updated penalties can be found at DIRTcar.com.