ROSSBURG, OH -- Bobby Pierce had a strong debut in NASCAR, finishing 2nd in the Camping World Series Series at Eldora.
The 18-year-old from Oakwood finished the "Mud Summer Classic" just behind fellow newcomer Christopher Bell.
"I didn't want to be the guy in second, but that's how it goes," Pierce, with a smile, told Fox Sports 1 after the race.
Slowed by a record number of caution flags, Pierce had trouble getting into a rhythm. He admitted he struggled through a number of late race restarts, but stayed on Bell's tail for an exciting finish.
He was visibly thrilled by the finish, and the center of much praise during and after the race.
Pierce started the day strong, earning the pole among the 34-driver field. With a leading lap speed of 86.889 mph, he became the fifth driver in series history to win the pole in his track debut.
He then went on the win the qualifying session, and earn the top spot in the starting order.
Earlier this month, the teenager became the youngest winner of the DIRTCar Summer Nationals "Hell Tour".