Pierson looks to close out rookie season strong

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Adam Pierson is pursued by Peter Britten on Volusia. (photo by Pablo Arco)

WEST LEBANON, NY — Adam Pierson comes from a long line of racing drivers.

His father was a driver, along with his grandfather and uncles. At the age of 16, his father put him behind the wheel of a race car because, as Pierson put it, it was just “in his blood.”

That led the East Corinth, Vt., native to compete in several different divisions, including sport mods, 358 mods, USAC midgets, D2 midgets and sprint cars before entering his rookie year with the Super DIRTcar Series this season.

“I learned a lot from each different race car, and I think it helps people drive a lot of different race cars,” Pierson said.

When the opportunity to compete in a modified big block presented itself, Pierson did not back down from the new challenge. When good friend and former sports driver Adam Gage decided, out of sheer ambition, to have a small block and a big block, Pierson had the car he needed to make the leap.

Signed as a full-time Super DIRTcar series driver for the 2022 season with Gage Motorsports.

Throughout the season, he compiled a notebook of information on how he could improve his handling and the car, and what adjustments needed to be made. His diligence paid off during the inaugural SummerFAST when he posted two 10th-place finishes.

He followed it up with a career-best second-place finish behind series champion Matt Sheppard at Land of Legends Raceway.

“It felt really good running second to him, and just running up front with those guys, staying there and being competitive in that way,” Pierson said. “That was definitely a confidence booster for us and the whole team. He feels pretty good. The track was also a bit in our favor, so it was difficult to pass. We still had to stay up there; we still had a good car. You can’t take that away from us, I guess.

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“We are doing well. We’ve got a lot of top 10s, we’ve done a lot of redraws, we’re fast in the heat races. We just have to put it all together and hopefully we’ll get a win maybe this year.”

Pierson keeps his car and gear in his personal garage, the same place where he can be found learning big-block mechanics with his father and son.

“The big block stuff has been new to me, new to my dad,” Pierson said. “With the coil stuff and all the suspension stuff now, I don’t know much, but we learn a lot every time. Once everything is set, I think we can get a win. It just takes time. And you have to be lucky. That’s also part of racing.”

With eight races remaining on the Super DIRTcar Series schedule, Pierson has a few goals he hopes to accomplish before closing out his rookie season.

“I think our goal is that if we can get back into the top three, maybe top five in the last couple of races, I’d be extremely happy,” Pierson said. “I think [car owner] Adam Gage would be happy.”

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