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COLUMBUS, MS (July 10, 2010) – In front of the largest crowd in the history of Magnolia Motor Speedway, Earl Pearson Jr. of Jacksonville, FL won his third consecutive Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series main event.  He earned $20,000 by winning the “Clash at the Mag” Presented by the Columbus Convention and Visitors Bureau, on Saturday Night.  Pearson took the lead on lap 30 and held off defending series champion, Scott Bloomquist of Mooresburg, TN for the win.

“I want to first thank all these fans for coming out here tonight, it was hot and I’m sure they saw a good show,” said the 38-year-old Pearson whose win was his 23rd in series history.  The win tonight broke a tie atop the all-time win list; Pearson now leads Bloomquist by one victory.  “ I have to thank Lucas Oil Products, Red Buck Cigars, MasterSbilt Race Cars and Larry Wallace Racing Engines for all of their support.  I also want to thank my car owner, Bobby Labonte, my crew Jason, Matt, and everybody back at the shop.  The car was fast from the time we unloaded it on Friday.”

Rookie, Eric Wells, bolted out to the early lead and looked strong early on as he led the first 19 laps of the race.  Bloomquist took over the lead on lap 20. He held the lead until Pearson made a smooth move on the inside of Bloomquist coming off of turn four on lap 30 to get by the reigning champion.

Pearson built a healthy lead over what turned out to be torrid battle for second between Bloomquist, Ray Cook, and Billy Moyer.  The trio brutally fought for the second spot for most of the main event.  Moyer then managed to clear both Cook and Bloomquist to solidly claim the second spot on lap 71. Moyer then started to close on the almost insurmountable lead that Pearson had built.  

After to getting within five car lengths of the leader, Moyer suddenly slowed on the frontstretch and pulled to the infield as he entered turn one on lap 79.  After the final restart, Bloomquist consistently challenged Pearson for the lead until the final three laps.  In the waning laps Pearson was able to maneuver through traffic to maintain his lead ahead of Bloomquist.

“I want to thank Johnny Stokes for the great race track he gave us tonight,” exclaimed Pearson, “you could run anywhere on the track. Eric [Wells] ran well in the beginning of the race; when Scott got around us, I knew it was going to be a tough race for the lead.”

Cook finished third in the D&R Racing, #53 MasterSbilt.   Dale McDowell in the Clint Bowyer Racing, Dollar General, Warrior Race Car passed the Mike Reece  owned number 20 of Jimmy Owens on the final lap to claim fourth.

Rounding out the top ten were Stacy Taylor, Don O’Neal, Dan Schlieper, Terry Phillips and Chris Wall.

The event was taped by SPEED and will air on Saturday July 31st, for more information on the broadcast go to the TV Schedule section of www.lucasdirt.com.

The Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series will be in action at Tri-City (IL) Speedway in Pontoon Beach, IL on Friday Night, July 16th for the “Budweiser 50.”  The stars of the LOLMDS will make their second appearance of the season at the “Diamond of the Dirt Tracks,” Lucas Oil Speedway in Wheatland, MO for the “CMH Diamond Nationals,” on Saturday Night, July 17th.  Both events will pay $10,000 to win.

For the latest breaking news on the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series, log on to www.lucasdirt.com or call the series office at (951) 532-2503.

Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Race Summary Friday Night, July 9th, 2010 & Saturday, July 10th, 2010 “Clash at the Mag” Presented by the Columbus Convention and Visitors Bureau Magnolia Motor Speedway – Columbus, MS

Red Buck Cigars Fast Time: Eric Wells / 14.364 seconds (Overall and Group B)

                                          Earl Pearson Jr. / 14.381 (Group A)

Wiles Driveshaft’s First Heat (10 Laps-Top 3 Advance): Earl Pearson Jr., Ray Cook, Dan Schlieper, Tim Isenberg, John Blankenship, Dane Dacus, Chad Winkles, Chis Hoomes, Scott Dedwylder, Daniel Moore

AFCO Racing Products Second Heat (10 Laps-Top 3 Advance): Billy Moyer, Don O’Neal, Ronny Lee Hollingsworth, Wendell Wallace, Rick Rickman, Jim McDuffie, Robbie Stuart, Leon Henderson, Tony Shelton

Allstar Performance Third Heat (10 Laps-Top 3 Advance): Scott Bloomquist, Brad Neat, Bub McCool, Chris Ragan, Chris Brown, Jeremy Glasgow, Steve Bryan, Jay Burchfield, Terry Atkins

SuperFlow Fourth Heat (10 Laps-Top 3 Advance): Eric Wells, Chris Wall, David Breazeale, Steve Casebolt, Tyler Reddick, Randy Boyd, Klint Byars, Clint Logan, Hunter Carroll

Wiles Driveshaft’s Fifth Heat (10 Laps – Top 3 Advance): Stacy Taylor, Dale McDowell, Terry Phillips, Brian Rickman, Jimmy Cliburn, Jeremy Payne, Patrick Michel, Josh Putnam, Keith House

AFCO Racing Products Sixth Heat (10 laps – Top 3 Advance): Jimmy Owens, Jason Cliburn, Rodney Wing, Chad Thrash, Jeremy Shaw, Jason Brock, Wade Byars, Dewayne Estes, Mark Green

Hawk Brake First B-Main (12 Laps- Top 2 Advance): John Blankenship, Wendell Wallace, Dane Dacus, Chris Brown, Rick Rickman, Jim McDuffie, Tim Isenberg, Jeremy Glasgow, Robbie Stuart, Jay Burchfield, Scott Dedwylder, Chris Hoomes, Leon Henderson, Tony Shelton, Daniel Moore, Terry Atkins, Chris Ragan, Chad Winkles, Steve Bryan-DNS

Performance Rod and Custom (PRC) Second B-Main (12 Laps- Top 2 Advance): Brian Rickman, Steve Casebolt, Chad Thrash, Jeremy Payne, Jimmy Cliburn, Tyler Reddick, Jason Brock, Jeremy Shaw, Klint Byars, Wade Byars, Hunter Carroll, Josh Putnam, Patrick Michel, Clint Logan, Dewayne Estes, Mark green, Keith House, Randy Boyd-DNS

“Clash at the Mag” Presented by the Columbus Convention and Visitors Bureau Feature Finish

 

FINISH

START

CAR #

DRIVER NAME

HOMETOWN

1

1

44

Earl Pearson, Jr.

Jacksonville, FL

2

5

0

Scott Bloomquist

Mooresburg, TN

3

7

53

Ray Cook

Brasstown, NC

4

10

17m

Dale McDowell

Chickamauga, GA

5

6

20

Jimmy Owens

Newport, TN

6

4

27

Stacy Taylor

Jacksonville, AR

7

9

71

Don O'Neal

Martinsville, IN

8

13

s9

Dan Schlieper

Sullivan, WI

9

16

75

Terry Phillips

Springfield, MO

10

8

71w

Chris Wall

Holden, LA

11

11

41n

Brad Neat

Dunnville, KY

12

2

18e

Eric Wells

Hazard, KY

13

15

18

Ronny Lee Hollingsworth

Northport, AL

14

17

57J

Bub McCool

Vicksburg, MS

15

14

54

David Breazeale

Four Corners, MS

16

12

888

Jason Cliburn

Star, MS

17

24

11t

Tyler Reddick

Grayson, KY

18

23

9t

Tim Isenberg

Marshfield, WI

19

19

23

John Blankenship

Williamson, WV

20

18

21w

Rodney Wing

Meridian, MS

21

3

21

Billy Moyer

Batesville, AR

22

25

86

Rick Rickman

Columbus, MS

23

21

88

Wendell Wallace

Batesville, AR

24

22

c9

Steve Casebolt

Richmond, IN

25

20

68

Brian Rickman

Columbus, MS

Race StatisticsEntrants: 55 Lap Leaders: Eric Wells (Laps 1- 19); Scott Bloomquist (Laps 20-29); Earl Pearson Jr. (Laps 30-100) Caution Flags: Initial Start (Rick Rickman, Terry Phillips, John Blankenship, Bub McCool, Wendell Wallace, Tyler Reddick); Lap 7 (Brian Rickman); Lap 35 (Steve Casebolt); Lap 45 (Terry Phillips); Lap 55 (Debris); Lap 79 (Billy Moyer) Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Provisionals: Tim Isenberg, Tyler Reddick Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Emergency Provisional: none Magnolia Motor Speedway Track Provisional: Rick Rickman PBM/Erson Cams Hard Charger of the Race: Terry Phillips (Started 16th; Finished 9th; Advanced 7 positions) Ohlin’s Shocks Performer of the Race: Scott Bloomquist K&N Filters Clean Pass of the Race: Dale McDowell Quarter Master Rookie of the Race: Chris Wall Comp Cams Engine Builder of the Race: Larry Wallace Racing Engines Dominator Race Products Hard Luck Award: Billy Moyer DirtonDirt.com Crew Chief of the Race: Jason Fitzgerald (Earl Pearson Jr.) Time of Race: 52 minutes, 59 seconds

Lucas Oil Championship Point Standings

 

POS

CAR #

DRIVER NAME

HOMETOWN

POINTS

1

0

Scott Bloomquist

Mooresburg, TN

3980

2

20

Jimmy Owens

Newport, TN

3785

3

44

Earl Pearson, Jr.

Jacksonville, FL

3705

4

53

Ray Cook

Brasstown, NC

3545

5

71

Don O'Neal

Martinsville, IN

3435

6

17m

Dale McDowell

Chickamauga, GA

3200

7

71w

Chris Wall

Holden, LA

3060

8

s9

Dan Schlieper

Sullivan, WI

3035

8

c9

Steve Casebolt

Richmond, IN

3035

10

18e

Eric Wells

Hazard, KY

2995

11

23

John Blankenship

Williamson, WV

2840

12

41n

Brad Neat

Dunnville, KY

2760

13

9t

Tim Isenberg

Marshfield, WI

2330

14

11t

Tyler Reddick

Corning, CA

2210

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COLUMBUS, MS (July 9, 2010) – The stars of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series converged on Magnolia Motor Speedway in Columbus, MS on Friday Night for the “Clash at the Mag” Presented by the Columbus (MS) Convention and Visitors Bureau.  Preliminary activities on Friday Night included Red Buck Cigar Time Trials and heat races.  A near-capacity crowd was on hand for night one of the event at the Johnny Stokes-promoted facility.

In preliminary action, Eric Wells of Hazard, KY set the overall Red Buck Cigars Fast Time among the 55 drivers on hand for the event.   Earl Pearson Jr. of Jacksonville, FL earned the pole position for tomorrow night’s $20,000 to win main event.  Joining Pearson on the front row will be the winner of heat race number three, Eric Wells.  Other heat race winners were Billy Moyer, Scott Bloomquist, Stacy Taylor and Jimmy Owens.

On Saturday, activities will begin with a Dirt Racing Outreach worship service at 4:00 PM in front of the main scoring tower.  Following the service will be a driver’s autograph session at 5 PM in the same location.  Action on the track will get underway with the two 12-lap Hawk Performance Brake Pads and Performance Rod and Custom B-mains. The top two finishers in each B-main will advance to the $20,000 to win Clash at the Mag Main Event on Saturday Night.  The event is being taped by SPEED and will be shown on July 31st.

For the latest breaking news on the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series, log on to www.lucasdirt.com or call the series office at (951) 532-2503.

Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt SeriesRace Summary Friday Night, July 9th, 2010 “Clash at the Mag” Presented by the Columbus Convention and Visitors Bureau Magnolia Motor Speedway – Columbus, MS

Red Buck Cigars Fast Time: Eric Wells / 14.364 seconds (Overall and Group B)

                                          Earl Pearson Jr. / 14.381 (Group A)

Wiles Driveshaft’s First Heat (10 Laps-Top 3 Advance): Earl Pearson Jr., Ray Cook, Dan Schlieper, Tim Isenberg, John Blankenship, Dane Dacus, Chad Winkles, Chis Hoomes, Scott Dedwylder, Daniel Moore

AFCO Racing Products Second Heat (10 Laps-Top 3 Advance): Billy Moyer, Don O’Neal, Ronny Lee Hollingsworth, Wendell Wallace, Rick Rickman, Jim McDuffie, Robbie Stuart, Leon Henderson, Tony Shelton Allstar Performance Third Heat (10 Laps-Top 3 Advance): Scott Bloomquist, Brad neat, Bub McCool, Chris Ragan, Chris Brown, Jeremy Glasgow, Steve Bryan, Jay Burchfield, Terry Atkins

SuperFlow Fourth Heat (10 Laps-Top 3 Advance): Eric Wells, Chris Wall, David Breazeale, Steve Casebolt, Tyler Reddick, Randy Boyd, Klint Byars, Clint Logan, Hunter Carroll Wiles Driveshaft’s Fifth Heat (10 Laps – Top 3 Advance): Stacy Taylor, Dale McDowell, Terry Phillips, Brian Rickman, Jimmy Cliburn, Jeremy Payne, Patrick Michel, Josh Putnam, Keith House

AFCO Racing Products Sixth Heat (10 laps – Top 3 Advance): Jimmy Owens, Jason Cliburn, Rodney Wing, Chad Thrash, Jeremy Shaw, Jason Brock, Wade Byars, Dewayne Estes, Mark Green

 

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PORTSMOUTH, OH (July 4, 2010) – Four-time Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series National Champion, Earl Pearson Jr. of Jacksonville, FL took home his 22nd career series win in grabbing the $10,000 to win Independence 50 on Sunday Night at Portsmouth Raceway Park before a gigantic crowd.  Pearson took the lead from Eddie Carrier Jr. of Salt Rock, WV on lap three. He went on to his fifth series win of the year.  Series point’s leader, Scott Bloomquist of Mooresburg, TN was second followed by Ray Cook of Brasstown, NC; Steve Shaver of Vienna, WV; and John Blankenship of Williamson, WV.

Pearson and Carrier made up the front row for the main event. The two second generation pilots went toe-to-toe for the first two laps of the race, crossing the start-finish line dead even. Pearson was able to forge ahead of Carrier on lap three as Bloomquist was in the third slot followed by Jason Covert and Josh McGuire. The 2009 Quarter Master Rookie of the Year for the LOLMDS, John Blankenship, then moved into the top five by lap after starting eighth.  Up front, Pearson was starting to pull away from both Carrier and Bloomquist. He opened up a good-sized lead in the early stages of the race.

Carrier and Bloomquist were able to gain some time on Pearson as he was starting to pick-up the tail end of the field by the 12th circuit.  Carrier and Bloomquist closed on him just as the first caution of the race came out for Steve Casebolt on lap 15. The restart saw Pearson work on extending his lead back out again as Carrier and Bloomquist were fighting hard for second.  With 21 laps in the books, the second caution of the race flew for a slowing Eric Wells.

The restart saw Pearson take off from Carrier and Bloomquist as Ray Cook was now in the hunt. He had moved from the tenth starting spot to fourth, just ahead of Blankenship.  On the restart Carrier got shuffled back in the field and Bloomquist moved to second and brought Cook with him. At the halfway mark, Pearson was still showing the way as Bloomquist and Cook were dicing it out for second.  The battle for second continued for several more laps as Pearson had extended his race-lead to eight car lengths over the duo.

Pearson then had his lead shrink in a hurry as lapped traffic began slowing his momentum. Both Bloomquist and Cook cut into in his lead in a matter of a few laps.  What was a good-sized lead was now down to two car lengths with ten laps to go as the top three were close together with no lapped cars between them.

The third caution of the race for defending track champion, Kenny Christy. This halted the action on lap 42. With eight laps to go, it looked like it was going to be a three-car shootout to the finish. Pearson was strong on the restarts and that allowed him to again build a comfortable margin over Bloomquist and Cook in the waning stages of the race.

A caution for a 360 spin by Donnie Moran was due to contact from another car on lap 46. Shortly after the final restart Carrier pulled off and headed to the pits. Pearson led the field to the checkers and it was his all-time series tying 22nd career victory. The feat matched Scott Bloomquist atop the all-time list.  Pearson’s win also allowed him to keep pace with Bloomquist and Jimmy Owens of Newport, TN; who finished sixth as all three now have five series wins in 2010.

In Lucas Oil Victory Lane, Pearson completed the sweep of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Fourth of July Weekend in the state of Ohio. He won the night before at Muskingum County Speedway in Zanesville, OH.  A tired, but elated Pearson emerged from his car and with a few words of encouragement from his son, Trey waved to the huge throng of fans on hand for the race.  “First off I want to dedicate this win to my teammate, Brad Neat, he flipped qualifying and took a pretty good ride, he’s ok, but he had to go to a back-up car, what a way to celebrate the Fourth of July with this win and last night at Zanesville,” said Pearson.

“We started up there with Eddie Carrier Jr. and I knew when they watered the top of the track he was going to be tough, but we had a real good race for the lead there early on, the car worked extremely well, the track was in good shape, I saw that zero car (Bloomquist) up there on the scoreboard and Ray Cook there in third, so I knew I was in a for a tough race there, but the cautions helped us a few times when it cleared some lapped traffic that was in front of us, the car restarted well and we were able to hold them guys off,” said Pearson who remains in third in the series championship points standings.

Pearson who drives for 2000 NASCAR Cup Champion, Bobby Labonte drives a MasterSbilt Dodge Charger with a Larry Wallace Racing Engine and sponsored by Lucas Oil Products, Red Buck Cigars, PRC, Sunoco Race Fuels, Hoosier Racing Tires, Asi Racewear and Ohlins Shocks.

Bloomquist maintains his series points lead heading to the next series race in Columbus, MS next weekend took second for another good point’s night in his Miller Brothers Construction/Roush-Yates Racing Engines/Bloomquist Race Cars Monte Carlo SS.  Third went to Cook in the D&R Racing/A+ Moving and Storage/MasterSbilt Monte Carlo SS with fourth going to Shaver in the K&L Rumley/Styers Curbing/Rocket Chassis with Blankenship notching a top five in the Coal America’s Energy/Custom Race Engines/Rocket Chassis entry.

Completing the top ten were 12th starting Jimmy Owens, Jackie Boggs of Grayson, KY; Jason Covert of York Haven, PA; Don O’Neal of Martinsville, IN; and Dale McDowell of Chickamauga, GA.

For the latest breaking news on the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series, log on to www.lucasdirt.com or call the series office at (951) 532-2503.

Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Race Summary Saturday Night, July 4th, 2010 “Independence 50” Portsmouth Raceway Park – Portsmouth, OH

Red Buck Cigars Fast Time: Tim Dohm / 14.742 seconds

Wiles Driveshaft’s First Heat (10 Laps-Top 4 Advance): Earl Pearson Jr., Josh McGuire, Don O’Neal, Dale McDowell, Tim Dohm, Zack Dohm, Wayne Chinn, Brandon Fouts, Billy Guillion, David Powers, Eric Wells, Rod Conley, Daniel Williams, Kenneth Howell

AFCO Racing Products Second Heat (10 Laps-Top 4 Advance): Jason Covert, Steve Shaver, Ben Adkins, Donnie Moran, Steve Francis, RJ Conley, Mark Frazier, Josh Bocook, Chris Wall, Craig Voxbergen, Paul Davis, Mick Sansom, Shawn Martin

Allstar Performance Third Heat (10 Laps-Top 4 Advance): Eddie Carrier Jr., Jackie Boggs, Ray Cook, Matt Miller, Tim Isenberg, Tyler Reddick, Delmas Conley, D.J. Wells, Brett Wagner, Barry Doss, Devin Moran, Kenny Christy

SuperFlow Fourth Heat (10 Laps-Top 4 Advance): Scott Bloomquist, John Blankenship, Jimmy Owens, Steve Casebolt, Dan Schlieper, Terry Hicks, Michael Howard, Chris Wilson, Dustin Linville, Nick Bocook, Shannon Thornsberry, Jamie Ferguson, Brad Neat

Hawk Brake First B-Main (12 Laps- Top 3 Transfer): Steve Francis, RJ Conley, Zack Dohm, Wayne Chinn, Mark Frazier, Josh Bocook, Craig Vosbergen, Rod Conley, Shawn Martin, Mick Sonsom, Billy Guillion, Kenneth Howell, Chris Wall, Tim Dohm, Paul Davis, Eric Wells, Daniel Williams, Brandon Fouts, David Powers-DNS

Performance Rod and Custom (PRC) Second B-Main (12 Laps- Top 3 Transfer): Tim Isenberg, Dan Schlieper, Terry Hicks, D.J. Wells, Chris Wilson, Delmas Conley, Dustin Linville, Michael Howard, Nick Bocook, Kevin Wagner, Devin Moran, Jamie Ferguson, Brett Kennard, Shannon Thornsberry, Kenny Christy, Brad Neat, Tyler Reddick, Barry Doss-DNS

“Independence 50” Feature Finish

 

FINISH

START

CAR #

DRIVER NAME

HOMETOWN

1

1

44

Earl Pearson, Jr.

Jacksonville, FL

2

4

0

Scott Bloomquist

Mooresburg, TN

3

10

53

Ray Cook

Brasstown, NC

4

7

6

Steve Shaver

Vienna, WV

5

8

23

John Blankenship

Williamson, WV

6

12

20

Jimmy Owens

Newport, TN

7

6

4b

Jackie Boggs

Grayson, KY

8

3

43a

Jason Covert

York Haven, PA

9

9

71

Don O'Neal

Martinsville, IN

10

13

17m

Dale McDowell

Chickamauga, GA

11

14

7

Matt Miller

Waterville, OH

12

23

71w

Chris Wall

Holden, LA

13

24

18e

Eric Wells

Hazard, KY

14

18

9t

Tim Isenberg

Marshfield, WI

15

20

s9

Dan Schlieper

Sullivan, WI

16

16

c9

Steve Casebolt

Richmond, IN

17

22

9

Terry Hicks

Grayson, KY

18

26

11t

Tyler Reddick

Corning, CA

19

2

28

Eddie Carrier, Jr.

Salt Rock, WV

20

15

99

Donnie Moran

Dresden, OH

21

21

17d

Zack Dohm

Cross Lanes, WV

22

19

71c

RJ Conley

Wheelersburg, OH

23

11

b7

Ben Adkins

West Portsmouth, OH

24

25

c7

Kenny Christy

Vanceburg, KY

25

5

41

Josh McGuire

Grayson, KY

26

17

15

Steve Francis

Ashland, KY

 

Race StatisticsEntrants: 53 Lap Leaders: Eddie Carrier Jr. (Laps 1-2); Earl Pearson Jr. (Laps 3-50) Caution Flags: Steve Casebolt (Lap 15); Eric Wells (Lap 21); Matt Miller (Lap 21); Kenny Christy (Lap 42); Donnie Moran (Lap 46) Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Provisionals: Chris Wall, Eric Wells Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Emergency Provisional: Tyler Reddick PBM/Erson Cams Hard Charger of the Race: Chris Wall (Started 23rd; Finished 12th; Advanced 11 positions) Ohlin’s Shocks Performer of the Race: Ray Cook K&N Filters Clean Pass of the Race: John Blankenship Quarter Master Rookie of the Race: Chris Wall Comp Cams Engine Builder of the Race: Larry Wallace Racing Engines Dominator Race Products Hard Luck Award: Steve Francis DirtonDirt.com Crew Chief of the Race: Darrell Posey (Chris Wall) Time of Race: 32 minutes, 37 seconds

Lucas Oil Championship Point Standings

 

POS

CAR #

DRIVER NAME

HOMETOWN

POINTS

1

0

Scott Bloomquist

Mooresburg, TN

3750

2

20

Jimmy Owens

Newport, TN

3580

3

44

Earl Pearson, Jr.

Jacksonville, FL

3445

4

53

Ray Cook

Brasstown, NC

3325

5

71

Don O'Neal

Martinsville, IN

3240

6

17m

Dale McDowell

Chickamauga, GA

2990

7

c9

Steve Casebolt

Richmond, IN

2910

8

71w

Chris Wall

Holden, LA

2880

9

s9

Dan Schlieper

Sullivan, WI

2845

10

18e

Eric Wells

Hazard, KY

2815

11

23

John Blankenship

Williamson, WV

2705

12

41n

Brad Neat

Dunnville, KY

2585

13

9t

Tim Isenberg

Marshfield, WI

2190

14

11t

Tyler Reddick

Corning, CA

2065

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ZANESVILLE, OH (July 3, 2010) – Overhauling race leader, Ray Cook of Brasstown, NC, with five laps remaining Earl Pearson Jr. of Jacksonville, FL went on to record his fourth Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series win of the season on Saturday Night at Muskingum County Speedway.  Pearson, driving for NASCAR’s Bobby Labonte took home the $10,000 after winning the “Budweiser 50”. Following Pearson was Cook; point’s leader, Scott Bloomquist of Mooresburg, TN; defending track champion, Doug Dodd of Cambridge, OH; and Don O’Neal of Martinsville, IN.

Cook and Jimmy Owens made up the front row before a packed house at the Ronnie Moran-promoted facility. Cook grabbed the early lead.  Bloomquist, who started eighth, made up some impressive ground on the first lap coming up to fourth. A lap later Bloomquist was in third behind the frontrunning Cook and John Blankenship. Cook started to build on his lead as a good battle for second was developing between Blankenship and Bloomquist. Pearson was running fourth followed by O’Neal.  The top three started to pull away from everyone as the leader started to pick-up the tail end of the field by the tenth circuit.

Both Blankenship and Bloomquist started to close on Cook in traffic as Cook was having trouble negotiating traffic.  Bloomquist made the pass for second on lap 15, climbing into the runner-up slot. Pearson then started on his patented bottom-line. He was able to track down and eventually pass Blankenship for third on lap 18.  Cook, who held as much as a 15-car length lead over the field, was having trouble getting past track provisional Shane McLaughlin, allowing both Bloomquist and Pearson to close the gap on him.

With 30 laps complete Cook still had almost a straightaway advantage over the last two series champions, but a caution came out for Doug Drown on lap 31. With 19 laps to go on the restart it was Cook, Bloomquist, Pearson, Blankenship, and O’Neal in the top five.

The restart was exciting as Cook held the lead; Pearson jumped into second followed by Bloomquist. Dodd became a threat as he moved to fourth after starting tenth.  With tight battles all over the track, all eyes were on the race for the lead between Cook and Pearson and the race for third between Bloomquist and Dodd.  

Pearson tried the inside line for several laps to get by Cook, but Cook thwarted Pearson every time. Dodd then started to catch the two frontrunners as he was brought along Bloomquist, making it a four-car race for the win. Pearson was finally able to clear Cook for the lead on lap 45 as Dodd and Bloomquist were duking it out for third.  Pearson then pulled away in the final laps to record his 21st career win on the Lucas Oil lLate Model Dirt Series tour. Pearson is now second in all-time wins, behind Scott Bloomquist’s 22 victories.  Bloomquist, meanwhile, was able to overtake Dodd with two laps to go to gain the third position at the finish.

In Lucas Oil Victory Lane, the 38-year-old second–generation racer was joined by his crew, his son Trey, and several fans joined in the celebration.   “I’ll tell you what, that was a lot of fun racing there with Ray Cook, we were good when we unloaded today, the Hoosier tires worked real well today, and hat’s off to my crew. They continue to work their tails off on this car. Look at this crowd here, there’s not an empty seat here tonight; I hope they enjoyed that race,” said the victorious Pearson.

“On the restart Bloomquist took the bottom which kind of surprised me, but we restarted really well and then we caught up to Ray and ran with him side-by-side for several laps. We gave each other plenty of racing room out there, thanks to the track crew here, the Moran family for giving us a good track to race on. I probably wouldn’t have caught Ray without the yellow, Scott and I had a good race, but he was running my line and I couldn’t get by him, this is a nice recovery from Beckley. That was my fault what happened when I spun out there with eight laps to go and to come back here and run like we did it’s a credit to my crew,” which includes Matt Langston and team manager, Jason Fitzgerald who joined the winning driver in victory lane.

Pearson’s Bobby Labonte Racing MasterSbilt Dodger Charger is powered by a Larry Wallace Racing Engine and sponsored by Lucas Oil Products, Red Buck Cigars, PRC, Sunoco Race Fuels, Hoosier Racing Tires, Asi Racewear and Ohlins Shocks.

Cook in the D&R Racing/Hicks and Ingle Company General Contracting/MasterSbilt Monte Carlo SS finished second followed by Bloomquist in his Miller Brothers Construction/Roush-Yates Racing Engines/Bloomquist Race Cars Monte Carlo SS.  Dodd was fourth in his Southeastern Equipment/Vic Hill Racing Engines/Rocket Chassis with O’Neal making it three MasterSbilt cars in the top five taking fifth in the Superior Cleaning/Jay Dickens Racing Engines Monte Carlo SS.

Rounding out the top ten were Bart Hartman of Zanesville, OH, Steve Shaver of Vienna, WV, John Blankenship of Williamson, WV, Jimmy Owens of Newport, TN and Steve Casebolt of Richmond, IN.

For the latest breaking news on the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series, log on to www.lucasdirt.com or call the series office at (951) 532-2503.

Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Race Summary Saturday Night, July 3rd, 2010 "Budweiser 50"Muskingum County Speedway – Zanesville, OH

Red Buck Cigars Fast Time: Ray Cook / 16.435 seconds

Wiles Driveshaft’s First Heat (10 Laps-Top 4 Advance): Ray Cook, Steve Shaver, Chris Wall, Cody Parker, Dan Schlieper, Tim Isenberg, Zack Dohm, Rodney Kimes, Craig Vosberger

AFCO Racing Products Second Heat (10 Laps-Top 4 Advance): John Blankenship, Bart Hartman, Jason Covert, Kyle Bates, Steve Casebolt, Mark Banal, Bryan Casey, Doug Drown, Scott Shelhorn

Allstar Performance Third Heat (10 Laps-Top 4 Advance): Jimmy Owens, Don O’Neal, Doug Dodd, Eric Wells, Tyler Reddick, Donnie Moran, Lance Elson, Cody Bartram, Russ Frohnapfel

SuperFlow Fourth Heat (10 Laps-Top 4 Advance): Earl Pearson Jr., Scott Bloomquist, Dale McDowell, Brad Neat, Devin Moran, Anthony Kinkade, Shane McLoughlin, Rick Aukland-DNS

Hawk Brake First B-Main (12 Laps- Top 3 Transfer): Dan Schlieper, Tim Isenberg, Steve Casebolt, Mark Banal, Bryan Casey, Zack Dohm, Craig Vosberger, Doug Drown, Scott Shelhorn, Rodney Kimes

Performance Rod and Custom (PRC) Second B-Main (12 Laps- Top 3 Transfer):  Tyler Reddick, Donnie Moran, Devin Moran, Lance Elson, Anthony Kinkade, Russ Frohnapfel, Cody Bartram, Shane McLoughlin, Rick Aukland-DNS

“Budweiser 50” Feature Finish

FINISH

START

CAR #

DRIVER NAME

HOMETOWN

1

4

44

Earl Pearson, Jr.

Jacksonville, FL

2

1

53

Ray Cook

Brasstown, NC

3

8

0

Scott Bloomquist

Mooresburg, TN

4

10

12d

Doug Dodd

Cambridge, OH

5

6

71

Don O'Neal

Martinsville, IN

6

7

75

Bart Hartman

Zanesville, OH

7

5

6

Steve Shaver

Vienna, WV

8

3

23

John Blankenship

Williamson, WV

9

2

20

Jimmy Owens

Newport, TN

10

21

c9

Steve Casebolt

Richmond, IN

11

9

71w

Chris Wall

Holden, LA

12

12

17m

Dale McDowell

Chickamauga, GA

13

14

18e

Eric Wells

Hazard, KY

14

24

17d

Zack Dohm

Cross Lanes, WV

15

17

s9

Dan Schlieper

Sullivan, WI

16

16

41n

Brad Neat

Dunnville, KY

17

13

63

Cody Parker

Zanesville, OH

18

15

11b

Kyle Bates

Cambridge, OH

19

19

9t

Tim Isenberg

Marshfield, WI

20

20

99

Donnie Moran

Dresden, OH

21

18

11t

Tyler Reddick

Corning, CA

22

22

99m

Devin Moran

Dresden, OH

23

11

43a

Jason Covert

York Haven, PA

24

25

9m

Shane McLoughlin

Nashport, OH

25

23

79

Doug Drown

Wooster, OH

Race StatisticsEntrants: 35 Lap Leaders: Ray Cook (Laps 1-44); Earl Pearson Jr. (Laps 45-50) Caution Flags: Doug Drown (Lap 31) Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Provisionals: none Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Emergency Provisional: none Fast Time Provisionals: Doug Drown; Zack Dohm Muskingum County Speedway Track Provisional: Shane McLoughlin PBM/Erson Cams Hard Charger of the Race: Steve Casebolt (Started 21st; Finished 10th; Advanced 11 positions) Ohlin’s Shocks Performer of the Race: Scott Bloomquist K&N Filters Clean Pass of the Race: Earl Pearson Jr. Quarter Master Rookie of the Race: Chris Wall Comp Cams Engine Builder of the Race: Larry Wallace Race Engines Dominator Race Products Hard Luck Award: Jason Covert DirtonDirt.com Crew Chief of the Race: Jason Fitzgerald (Earl Pearson Jr.) Time of Race: 22 minutes, 06 seconds

Lucas Oil Championship Point Standings:

 

POS

CAR #

DRIVER NAME

HOMETOWN

POINTS

1

0

Scott Bloomquist

Mooresburg, TN

3520

2

20

Jimmy Owens

Newport, TN

3380

3

44

Earl Pearson, Jr.

Jacksonville, FL

3195

4

53

Ray Cook

Brasstown, NC

3105

5

71

Don O'Neal

Martinsville, IN

3055

6

17m

Dale McDowell

Chickamauga, GA

2810

7

c9

Steve Casebolt

Richmond, IN

2760

8

71w

Chris Wall

Holden, LA

2710

9

s9

Dan Schlieper

Sullivan, WI

2690

10

18e

Eric Wells

Hazard, KY

2650

11

41n

Brad Neat

Dunnville, KY

2510

12

23

John Blankenship

Williamson, WV

2500

13

9t

Tim Isenberg

Marshfield, WI

2030

14

157

Mike Marlar

Winfield, TN

1995

15

11t

Tyler Reddick

Corning, CA

1925

 

 

 

 

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Mount Hope, WV (July 1, 2010) – Making his first career start at Beckley Motorsports Park, Ray Cook of Brasstown, NC fought off Jimmy Owens of Newport, TN in the final ten laps to win the first ever Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series event at BMP on Thursday Night.  Cook’s third series win of 2010 moved him into fourth place in the series points’ standings.  Owens finished a close second, followed by fast qualifier, Josh Richards of Shinnston, WV; series points leader, Scott Bloomquist of Mooresburg, TN; and Dale McDowell of Chickamauga, GA.

Richards and Cook started on the front row of the 50 lap main event. Cook quickly grabbed the early lead over Richards, Bloomquist, Owens and Eric Wells. The first movement inside the top five was on lap six when McDowell moved past Wells for fifth. Cook held a healthy lead over Richards with ten laps scored as the two drivers started to enter heavy traffic.  Richards, Bloomquist, and Owens all gained ground on Cook in traffic as Cook narrowly avoided disaster on lap 13. On that lap the cars of Tim Isenberg and John Blankenship got hooked together in turn two, bringing out the first caution of the race. Cook was able to maneuver his car to the inside of the track around the wreckage and kept moving.

Cook looked strong as he pulled away from a two-car battle for second between Richards and Owens.  At the halfway mark, Cook was in control followed by Richards, Owens, Bloomquist, and Tim Dohm. As Cook approached traffic again, Richards and Owens steadily gained more ground on the race leader. Lap after lap Owens tried the low line to get around Richards; the two went at it tooth-and-nail as Owens eventually crept in front of Richards as the duo headed down the back chute. A caution came out for two pieces of debris on the racetrack with 38 laps scored. The race restarted and went green for four laps until a caution came out for Earl Pearson Jr. in turn one.  The caution set up an eight lap dash to the finish as five more laps went green with Owens all over Cook for the lead until the final caution of the race came out on lap 47 for Tim Dohm.

The three-lap chase to the checkers was exciting as Owens tried repeatedly to get around Cook. Cook managed to hold the slightest advantage at the start-finish line as he and Owens raced side-by-side off of turn for to the checkers. Cook held off Owens to take the win, his ninth career Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series victory and his eighth in the last two years.

In Lucas Oil Victory Lane, Cook thanked the fans for coming out to support the series at Beckley and his crew for the job they did in preparing his car.  “First off, I have to thank the Good Lord for what he has done and my crew for preparing such a great race car. This is my first time here and I didn’t know what to expect but the MasterSbilt Chassis, the Race Engine Design motor and the American Racer Tires all worked exceptionally well tonight, the race with me and Jimmy, that just shows you how good that guy is to race with. We were within inches of each other at those high speeds and never touched one another, that tells you something,” said the 38-year old driver.

“I was glad for a few of those cautions there that cleared out lapped traffic, our car could handle real well where we were running and I saw no reason to change my line, when Jimmy got up there I knew if I kept my line, it was going to be tough to beat him, but what a race,   I hoped the fans enjoyed that,  I really like coming here to West Virginia, we won the Hillbilly at Tyler for my biggest win and we come here tonight and win, it’s like a second home for me.”

Cook’s #53 is owned by Danny Dishman and Ronald Ivey and sponsored by Hicks and Ingle Company General Contracting, A+ Moving and Storage, PRC, Wyatt Builders, Integra Racing Shocks, Star Grafix, PPM, VP, K&N Filters, Real Racing Wheels, B&M Concrete and Fairway Ford.

Owens finished second, and is now 115 points behind points’ leader, Scott Bloomquist.  Owens drives the Reece Monument Company/Cornett Racing Engines/Bloomquist Ford Fusion.  Third place went to Richards in the Ernie D’s Salvage/Roush-Yates Racing Engines/Rocket Mustang. Bloomquist was fourth in his Miller Brothers Construction/Roush-Yates Engines/Bloomquist Race Cars entry followed by McDowell in the Clint Bowyer Racing/Cheerios/Warrior Impala SS.

Completing the top ten were Eric Wells of Hazard, KY; Kennie Compton Jr, of Bland, VA; Hard Charger of the Race, Brad Neat of Dunnville, KY; Eddie Carrier Jr of Salt Rock, WV; and Chris Wall of Holden, LA.

For the latest breaking news on the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series, log on to www.lucasdirt.com or call the series office at (951) 532-2503.Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Race Summary   Thursday Night, July 1st, 2010 Beckley Motorsports Park – Mount Hope, WV

Red Buck Cigars Fast Time: Josh Richards / 13.496 seconds

Wiles Driveshaft’s First Heat (10 Laps-Top 4 Advance): Josh Richards, Eric Wells, Josh McGuire, Kennie Compton, Don O’Neal, Henry Hornsby, Justin Rattliff

AFCO Racing Products Second Heat (10 Laps-Top 4 Advance): Scott Bloomquist, Dale McDowell, Eddie Carrier, Earl Pearson Jr., Chris Wall, Dan Schlieper, Brad Neat

Allstar Performance Third Heat (10 Laps-Top 4 Advance): Ray Cook, Steve Casebolt, Rick Williams, Chris Meadows, Zack Dohm, Tim Isenberg, Billy Holbert

SuperFlow Fourth Heat (10 Laps-Top 4 Advance): Jimmy Owens, Tim Dohm, Jeff Smith, Chuck harper, Tyler Reddick, John Blankenship, Brad Jarrell

Hawk Brake First B-Main (12 Laps- Top 3 Transfer): Chris Wall, Don O’Neal, Dan Schlieper, Brad neat, Justin Rattliff, Henry Hornsby

Performance Rod and Custom (PRC) Second B-Main (12 Laps- Top 3 Transfer):  Zack Dohm, Tyler Reddick, Tim Isenberg, John Blankenship, Billy Holbert, Brad Jarrell-DNS

Feature Finish - 50 Laps

FINISH

START

CAR #

DRIVER NAME

HOMETOWN

1

2

53

Ray Cook

Brasstown, NC

2

4

20

Jimmy Owens

Newport, TN

3

1

25

Josh Richards

Shinnston, WV

4

3

0

Scott Bloomquist

Mooresburg, TN

5

7

17m

Dale McDowell

Chickamauga, GA

6

5

18e

Eric Wells

Hazard, KY

7

13

10c

Kennie Compton

Bland, VA

8

24

41n

Brad Neat

Dunnville, KY

9

11

28

Eddie Carrier, Jr.

Salt Rock, WV

10

17

71w

Chris Wall

Holden, LA

11

21

s9

Dan Schlieper

Sullivan, WI

12

6

c9

Steve Casebolt

Richmond, IN

13

19

71

Don O'Neal

Martinsville, IN

14

20

11t

Tyler Reddick

Corning, CA

15

16

00h

Chuck Harper

Beverly, WV

16

8

6T

Tim Dohm

Cross Lanes, WV

17

15

44

Earl Pearson, Jr.

Jacksonville, FL

18

18

25D

Zack Dohm

Cross Lanes, WV

19

23

23

John Blankenship

Williamson, WV

20

12

18m

Jeff Smith

Gastonia, NC

21

22

9t

Tim Isenberg

Marshfield, WI

22

10

12w

Rick Williams

Beckley, WV

23

9

41

Josh McGuire

Grayson, KY

24

14

33

Chris Meadows

Crab Orchard, WV

Race StatisticsEntrants: 28 Lap Leaders: Ray Cook (Laps 1-50) Caution Flags: Tim Isenberg, John Blankenship, Chris Meadows (Lap 13); Debris (Lap 38); Earl Pearson Jr. (Lap 42); Tim Dohm (Lap 47) Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Provisionals: John Blankenship, Brad Neat Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Emergency Provisional: none PBM/Erson Cams Hard Charger of the Race: Brad Neat (Started 24th; Finished 8th; Advanced 16 positions) Ohlin’s Shocks Performer of the Race: Ray Cook K&N Filters Clean Pass of the Race: Jimmy Owens Quarter Master Rookie of the Race: Eric Wells Comp Cams Engine Builder of the Race: Race Engine Design Dominator Race Products Hard Luck Award: John Blankenship DirtonDirt.com Crew Chief of the Race: Danny Dishman (Ray Cook) Time of Race: 28 minutes, 09 seconds

Lucas Oil Championship Point Standings:

POS

CAR #

DRIVER NAME

HOMETOWN

POINTS

1

0

Scott Bloomquist

Mooresburg, TN

3300

2

20

Jimmy Owens

Newport, TN

3185

3

44

Earl Pearson, Jr.

Jacksonville, FL

2945

4

53

Ray Cook

Brasstown, NC

2865

5

71

Don O'Neal

Martinsville, IN

2850

6

17m

Dale McDowell

Chickamauga, GA

2640

7

c9

Steve Casebolt

Richmond, IN

2580

8

71w

Chris Wall

Holden, LA

2535

8

s9

Dan Schlieper

Sullivan, WI

2535

10

18e

Eric Wells

Hazard, KY

2475

11

41n

Brad Neat

Dunnville, KY

2360

12

23

John Blankenship

Williamson, WV

2310

13

157

Mike Marlar

Winfield, TN

1995

14

9t

Tim Isenberg

Marshfield, WI

1895

15

11t

Tyler Reddick

Corning, CA

1800

 

 

 

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