Aaron Pierce went into the USAC Silver Crown record books on Thursday night as he became the first USAC driver to win in the modern era at Darlington Raceway.
Pierce, who started second, passed Pablo Donoso on lap 37 and never looked back as the series rocketed around the historic speedway for the first time in 51 years.
"It's pretty cool to win the first (new generation car) race here," Pierce said. "The track was great and hopefully we'll come back."
From the beginning Pierce trailed pole-sitter J.J. Yeley by a considerable margin until Yeley hit the wall in Turn 3 on lap 30.
"Our plan all along, ever since testing was to sit back and let the others wear their tires off," Pierce said.
With Yeley out of the race, it set up for a shootout in the end between Pierce, second-place finisher Wayne Reutimann Jr. and Donoso.
The end result was Pierce getting his third career win and the chance to thrill the crowd with a large burnout on the frontstretch.
"All I saw was a large amount smoke and rubber," he said after doing his first burnout since his victory at Chicagoland in 2006.
Bud Kaeding and Mat Neely rounded out the top five in the 50-lap event.