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SWAINSBORO, GA (June 20, 2013) – Dennis Erb Jr. led the final 17 laps, and went on to win the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series event on Thursday night at Swainsboro Raceway. Erb’s fourth win of the season was worth $10,000.  Earl Pearson Jr. led the first 32 laps until Erb passed him on the high-side.  Pearson finished second followed by Jared Landers, Don O’Neal, and Steve Francis.

“It’s our first time here; the car was good whether we ran low or high. I was setting him (Pearson) up for four or five laps and finally went into turn three and the car stuck, enabling me to finally get by Earl.  It’s been a great year for us so far, this if our fourth Lucas Oil win! We aren’t worried about the points right now, we just want to win races,” said Erb, who was joined by Crew Chief, Heather Lyne, in Lucas Oil Victory Lane.

“It was a really good race for the lead there early on between us, Earl, and Jared. The track was really good after they worked on it during the break.  I have to thank my sponsors: J&L Scrap Metal Metals, JR McBride Leasing, Bloomquist Race Cars, and Kuntz and Company Motors".

Pearson, who was looking for his second series win of the year, said afterwards, “We really wanted to win this race; we had a lot of friends and family here tonight. The car was strong all night long; we will take this finish in the Lucas Oil Products, MAVTV Longhorn.”

Landers was looking for a clean sweep of the evening’s racing activities after setting fast time and winning his heat. Landers was in hunt for most of the race.  “We are knocking on the door for a win, last week we ran strong in Mississippi, so we are going to move onto Cherokee tomorrow night. We’ve won there before, so we should feel real comfortable racing there.”

Completing the top ten were Eddie Carrier Jr., Casey Roberts, Jimmy Owens, Jeff Smith, and John Blankenship.

In preliminary action, Jared Landers set the overall time (Group B) amongst the 19 entrants, with a lap of 14.069 seconds. Earl Pearson Jr. set the fastest time in Group A with a time of 14.072 seconds. Jared Landers, Earl Pearson Jr., and Steve Francis won their respective heat races.

The Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series will get back underway tomorrow night. On Friday, June 21st, the series will make its only stop in the Carolinas at Cherokee Speedway in Gaffney, SC. Rounding out the weekend, the series heads into the Blue Ridge Mountains to Wythe Raceway in Rural Retreat, VA on Saturday, June 22nd. Both events will feature RED BUCK Time Trials, Heat Races, B-Mains, and 50-Lap $10,000-to-win main events. For more information on these speedways, check out: www.cherokeespeedwaysc.com, and www.wytheraceway.com.

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Race Summary

Thursday Night, June 20th, 2013 Swainsboro Raceway – Swainsboro, GA

RED BUCK Fast Time Group A: Earl Pearson Jr. / 14.072 seconds

RED BUCK Fast Time Group B: Jared Landers/ 14.069 seconds

Wiles Drive Shafts Heat Race #1 (10 Laps, Everyone Transfers): Jared Landers, Dennis Erb Jr., Jeff Smith, Casey Roberts, Jimmy Owens, Phil Pittman, Henry Carter

Eibach Springs Heat Race #2 (10 Laps, Everyone Transfers): Earl Pearson Jr., Don O'Neal, Brent Dixon, Billy Moyer Jr., Joe Ramey, Chesley Dixon

Simpson Performance Products Heat Race #3 (Everyone Transfers): Steve Francis, Eddie Carrier Jr., John Blankenship, Brandon Overton, Albert Cosnahan, Jerry Lierly

Feature Finish (50 Laps):

FINISH

START

CAR #

DRIVER NAME

HOMETOWN

1

4

28e

Dennis Erb Jr.

Carpentersville, IL

2

2

44

Earl Pearson Jr.

Jacksonville, FL

3

1

5

Jared Landers

Batesville, AR

4

5

71

Don O'Neal

Martinsville, IN

5

3

15

Steve Francis

Ashland, KY

6

6

28

Eddie Carrier Jr.

Salt Rock, WV

7

10

101

Casey Roberts

Toccoa, GA

8

13

20

Jimmy Owens

Newport, TN

9

7

70

Jeff Smith

Gastonia, NC

10

9

23

John Blankenship

Williamson, WV

11

8

1d

Brent Dixon

Elberton, GA

12

17

2r

Joe Ramey

Ironton, OH

13

18

7L

Jerry Lierly

Camp Point, IL

14

16

3P

Phil Pittman

Vidalia, GA

15

19

20c

Henry Carter

Kite, GA

16

12

76

Brandon Overton

Appling, GA

17

11

21JR

Billy Moyer Jr.

Batesville, AR

18

15

4u2

Albert Cosnahan

Metter, GA

19

14

3

Chesley Dixon

Swainsboro, GA

Race Statistics

Entrants: 19

Lap Leaders: Earl Pearson Jr. (Laps 1 – 32); Dennis Erb Jr. (Laps 33-50)

Caution Flags: Brandon Overton (Lap 17); Phil Pittman (Lap 46)

Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Provisionals: none

Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Emergency Provisionals: none

RED BUCK Fast Time Provisionals: none

Optima Batteries Hard Charger of the Race: Jimmy Owens (Started: 13th, Finished: 8th, Advanced: 5 positions)

Allstar Performer of the Race: Dennis Erb Jr.

Sunoco Race for Gas Highest Finisher: Earl Pearson Jr.

JRi Shocks/Dunn Benson Ford Rookie of the Race: Billy Moyer Jr

COMP Cams Engine Builder of the Race: Kuntz Race Engines

Ohlins Shocks Chassis Builder of the Race: Bloomquist Race Cars

Outerwears Crew Chief of the Race: Heather Lyne (Dennis Erb Jr.)

HAWK Performance Fastest Lap of the Race: Earl Pearson Jr. (Lap# 1; 14.890 seconds)

Time of Race: 30 minutes 48 seconds

Lucas Oil Championship Point Standings:

POS

CAR #

DRIVER NAME

HOMETOWN

POINTS

1

20

Jimmy Owens

Newport, TN

2560

2

23

John Blankenship

Williamson, WV

2430

3

71

Don O'Neal

Martinsville, IN

2390

4

15

Steve Francis

Ashland, KY

2340

5

28e

Dennis Erb Jr.

Carpentersville, IL

2325

6

44

Earl Pearson Jr.

Jacksonville, FL

2265

7

5

Jared Landers

Batesville, AR

2190

8

28

Eddie Carrier Jr.

Salt Rock, WV

2095

9

0

Scott Bloomquist

Mooresburg, TN

2005

10

21JR

Billy Moyer Jr.

Batesville, AR

1890

11

7L

Jerry Lierly

Camp Point, IL

1700

*Points are unofficial until Close of Business on the Tuesday following Race Day*

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2019 Championship Points

lmd dlUpdated: 07/15/19 - After Lucas Oil Speedway

POS CAR# DRIVER POINTS
1 49 Jonathan Davenport 4975
2 1T Tyler Erb ® 4550
3 1 Earl Pearson, Jr. 4545
4 14 Josh Richards 4520
5 20 Jimmy Owens 4440
6 39 Tim McCreadie 4385
7 1M Devin Moran ® 4280
8 71 Hudson O'Neal 4180
9 40B Kyle Bronson 3770
10 50 Shanon Buckingham ...