RINGGOLD, GA -- Earl Pearson Jr. led all 50 laps on Friday night at Boyd's Speedway to win his first Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series race since May of 2015. The results will show Pearson led all 50 laps but the win never came easy as he had several challengers up front.

 

Current Lucas Oil point leader, Josh Richards charged from the 14th starting position to finish second in the Best Performance Motorsports, Dargie Racing Engines, Rocket. Jimmy Owens - in the Ramirez Motorsports, E3 Spark Plugs, Rocket - ran in the top three the entire race to finish in the third position. Thirteenth starting Tim McCreadie - in the Sweeteners Plus, Pro Power Racing Engines, Longhorn - finished fourth. Fifteenth place starter Darrell Lanigan - in the I-Racing, Clint Bowyer Racing, Club 29 - completed the top five.

 

Pearson made his way to Lucas Oil Victory Lane for the 31st time in his career and was elated afterwards, "I saw McIntosh early on, it looked like he could run anywhere on the track. Jimmy [Owens] was good tonight and Josh, [Richards] I know he came from deep in the pack. I was worried about him when he came to the leader board."

 

"I just kept my line from the middle to the top. They weren't going to pass me with the line I was running, except maybe on the bottom. This is a brand-new Longhorn Chassis. Everybody has been working their rear ends off and it's been a long-time coming to get back to Lucas Oil Victory Lane. I would also like to thank Carlton and Kemp Lamm for giving me the opportunity to drive their car and Dunn-Benson Ford, Lucas Oil Racing TV, MAVTV, Penske Shocks, Sunoco Race Fuel, and Larry Wallace Racing Engines."

 

Richards made his first ever appearance at Boyd's Speedway and charged to a second place finish. "Earl and those guys did a great job tonight, congrats to them on the win. I had never seen this track until I got here today. I had seen maybe 20 seconds of highlights. I felt like I struggled for the whole race, we must have missed about 14 wrecks out there to get a good finish."

 

Owens had another solid finish - coming home in third place. "I tried to keep my tires warm under those cautions and that was probably a bad idea. McIntosh had a good car and I could see him spinning his tires and they were sealing over and Earl's weren't. Hats-off to Earl for a great job and to Josh for coming from the back."

 

Completing the top ten were Scott Bloomquist, Dale McDowell, Donald McIntosh, Jonathan Davenport and Brandon Overton.

 

Feature Finish (50 Laps):
FINISH
START
CAR #
DRIVER NAME
HOMETOWN
EARNINGS
1
1
1
Earl Pearson, Jr.
Jacksonville, FL
$10,900
2
14
1R
Josh Richards
Shinnston, WV
$6,300
3
3
20
Jimmy Owens
Newport, TN
$3,500
4
13
39
Tim McCreadie
Watertown, NY
$4,300
5
15
14
Darrell Lanigan
Union, KY
$2,950
6
6
0
Scott Bloomquist
Mooresburg, TN
$2,800
7
9
17m
Dale McDowell
Chickamauga, GA
$1,500
8
2
7m
Donald McIntosh
Dawsonville, GA
$1,300
9
7
49
Jonathan Davenport
Williamson, SC
$2,000
10
12
116
Brandon Overton
Evans, GA
$1,100
11
23
28E
Dennis Erb, Jr.
Carpentersville, IL
$1,775
12
19
15
Steve Francis
Bowling Green, KY
$1,750
13
8
157
Mike Marlar
Winfield, TN
$1,025
14
18
22
Gregg Satterlee
Rochester Mills, PA
$1,700
15
20
54
David Breazeale
Starkville, MS
$950
16
10
1J
Jason Hiett
Oxford, AL
$925
17
21
99B
Boom Briggs
Bear Lake, PA
$900
18
24
75
Colton Flinner
Allison Park, PA
$1,575
19
22
C8
Timothy Culp
Prattsville, AR
$850
20
16
71
Hudson O'Neal
Martinsville, IN
$825
21
5
18x
Michael Page
Villa Rica, GA
$800
22
11
99
Derek Ellis
Chatsworth, GA
$800
23
4
5
Don O'Neal
Martinsville, IN
$1,600
24
17
50
Shanon Buckingham
Morristown, TN
$800

 

-Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Press Release

-Photo Credit: Heath Lawson

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