Pearson Ends Lucas Late Model Drought

Earl Pearson Jr.

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.

Lucas Oil point leader, Josh Richards charged from 14th 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. With Darrell Lanigan romping from 15th to fifth.

Pearson made his way to Lucas Oil victory lane for the 31st time.

“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,” Pearson said. “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.”

Richards made his first 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,” Pearson said. “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 in third place.

“I tried to keep my tires warm under those cautions and that was probably a bad idea,” he said. “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.”

The finish:

Earl Pearson Jr., Josh Richards, Jimmy Owens, Tim McCreadie, Darrell Lanigan, Scott Bloomquist, Dale McDowell, Donald McIntosh, Jonathan Davenport, Brandon Overton, Dennis Erb Jr., Steve Francis, Mike Marlar, Gregg Satterlee, David Breazeale, Jason Hiett, Boom Briggs, Colton Flinner, Timothy Culp, Hudson O’Neal, Michael Page, Derek Ellis, Don O’Neal, Shannon Buckingham.