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MANSFIELD, OHIO (August 25, 2018) - Earl Pearson Jr. added the Inaugural Dirt Million at the Mansfield Motor Speedway to his impressive list of career victories. His late-race pass around Bobby Pierce allowed him to take home the $202,993.50 first-place prize.

The crowd erupted as he took the checkered flags ahead of the field. Pearson was the sixth and final leader of the thrilling 100-lap event. The capacity crowd were kept on the edge of their seats throughout the race, right up until the checkers flew.

Pearson started 19th on the grid and pitted twice during the race. The first time was after receiving damage in a multi-car accident early in the race. The 4-time Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series National Champion began his surge through the pack late in the race. A caution flag with eleven laps to go helped, eliminating the gap that Pierce had managed to gain over the field.

Pierce started 22nd and charged through the field quickly. He was leading with eleven laps to go when the final caution of the race appeared. Pierce then relinquished the lead to Pearson but mounted several challenges on the leader in the waning laps. He ultimately found himself on the podium one spot short of the pinnacle, finishing in second. Gregg Satterlee also charged from the rear of the field to take third. Ricky Weiss and Scott Bloomquist completed the top five finishers.

“Well, first off I want to thank Bobby Pierce. With this kind of money on the line he could have pulled a slide-job on me, but he raced me clean. He is a class act. He is going to win a lot of money in his career. Thanks to all the fans here. The kind of money that the track put up for this race is amazing, and it’s a great thing for this sport. I can’t say enough about my crew.”

“I got in that wreck down in turn one early on, and I kept coming in and they kept working on the car each time. I knew once I got to the front that their work had paid off. They gave me a shot at the win, and I attribute our success tonight to all of their hard work and not giving up. I would like to thank Ronnie Stuckey, Garrett Alberson, and J.C. Wright, and everybody else on the car that helps.”

The race saw six different leaders attempting to make a career-best payday. Don O’Neal, Ricky Weiss, Shannon Babb. Jimmy Owens, Pierce and Pearson all took turns at the top spot.

“When I restarted on the outside after that final caution I knew my car was pretty good. I got ahead of Ricky [Weiss] and then me and Bobby [Pierce] had a good little race for the lead. I knew he was going to run the top. Once I got in front of him I knew I had to defend the top, because that was the only way I was going to keep him behind me. I can’t believe this. This is just a dream come true. I am proud to see all of these people here,” said the winner in Lucas Oil Victory Lane for the fifth time in 2018.

Pierce also thrilled the crowd once again with his rim-riding exploits and commented in Victory Lane about coming up just short of winning. “That was such a fun race! I can’t thank Cody and Jacob here at Mansfield enough for what they are doing for the sport. It might be unique and different but it is what we need to grow the sport. Thanks to all of these fans for coming out and watching. I didn’t need that last caution, but I also didn’t know how big of a lead I had. My dad was signaling to me and I guess Earl came in and got some tires. It definitely showed at the end because he was pretty good. I was just trying to hang on at the end. My right front tire was kind of giving up on me.”

Last year’s runner-up in the Lucas Oil Rookie of the Year chase, Gregg Satterlee, joined Pearson and Pierce on the podium. “We went a little softer on tires than most anyone in the field. We tried to keep the tires under us for most of the race. We had a really good car. It was really balanced. Earl just snuck by me. Congrats to Earl on the win. Those last 15-20 laps had to be pretty entertaining to watch.”

The winner’s Ronnie and Terri Stuckey-owned Black Diamond Chassis is powered by a Clements Racing Engine and sponsored by: Lucas Oil Products, P&W Sales, Tegeler Wrecker and Crane, Rauen Precision Machining, DriveWFX.com, Midwest Sheet Metal, Sunoco Race Fuels, Papich Constriction, 5-Star Shop service, David Petersen Motorsports, and Cooper’s Country Meat Packers.

Completing the top ten were Brandon Sheppard, Steve Casebolt, Dale McDowell, Darrell Lanigan, and Max Blair.

Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
Race Summary
Saturday, August 24, 2018
Dirt Million
Mansfield Motor Speedway – Mansfield, Ohio

Eibach Springs Heat Race #1 – Finish (8 Laps - Winner Transfers): Tyler Erb, Earl Pearson, Jr., Nick Hoffman, Dan Angelicchio, Chris Simpson, Billy Moyer, Jr., Billy Moyer-DNS, Greg Oakes-DNS, Kyle Moore-DNS

FK Rod Ends Heat Race #2 – Finish (8 Laps - Winner Transfers): Shannon Babb, Ricky Thornton Jr., Doug Drown, Zack Dohm, Chub Frank, Chad Simpson, Mike Wonderling, Tyler Horst, Steve Sabo

Simpson Performance Products Heat Race #3 – Finish (8 Laps - Winner Transfers): Chase Junghans,, Scott Bloomquist, Bobby Pierce, Kyle Bronson, Brandon Overton, Austin Rettig, Dave Hornikel, Ryan Scott, Tim McCreadie-DNS

QA1 Heat Race #4 – Finish (8 Laps - Winner Transfers): Brian Birkhofer, Rick Eckert, Matt Irey, Dave Hess, Jr., Chris Hackett, Jason Miller, Jared Landers, Garrett Mott-DNS, Mike Benedum-DNS

Eibach Springs Heat Race #5 – Finish (8 Laps - Winner Transfers): Max Blair, Jimmy Owens, Frank Heckenast, Jr., Kent Robinson, Jared Miley, Mike Maresca, Nick Davis, Ben Mott

FK Rod Ends Heat Race #6 – Finish (8 Laps - Winner Transfers): Dale McDowell, Chris Ferguson, Eddie Carrier, Jr., Ryan Markham, Jackie Boggs, Colton Flinner, Russ Frohnapfel, Lauren Longbrake-DNS, Brian Shirley-DNS

Simpson Performance Products Heat Race #7 – Finish (8 Laps - Winner Transfers): Brandon Sheppard, Steve Casebolt , RJ Conley, Tyler Carpenter, Ryan Unzicker, Gordy Gundaker, Alex Ferree-DNS, DJ Miller-DNS

QA1 Heat Race #8 – Finish (8 Laps - Winner Transfers): Gregg Satterlee, Dennis Erb, Jr., Jeep VanWormer, Zach McMillan, Jason Feger, Boom Briggs, Ross Bailes-DNS, Corey Conley-DNS

Dirt Million Dash Finish (After Top-8 Redraw – 8 Laps To Determine Starting Position in Dirt Million A-Main): Don O'Neal, Mason Zeigler, Ricky Weiss, Devin Moran, Josh Richards, Mike Marlar, Jonathan Davenport, Darrell Lanigan

Penske Racing Shocks B-Main #1 – Finish (12 Laps, Top 2 Transfer): Earl Pearson, Jr., Nick Hoffman, Doug Drown, Ricky Thornton Jr., Zack Dohm, Dan Angelicchio, Billy Moyer, Jr., Chub Frank, Tyler Horst, Steve Sabo, Chris Simpson, Mike Wonderling, Chad Simpson, Billy Moyer-DNS, Greg Oakes-DNS, Kyle Moore-DNS

FAST Shafts B-Main #2 Finish – Finish (12 Laps, Top 2 Transfer): Scott Bloomquist, Bobby Pierce, Rick Eckert, Dave Hess, Jr., Matt Irey, Kyle Bronson, Jason Miller, Austin Rettig, Dave Hornikel, Chris Hackett, Ryan Scott, Brandon Overton, Jared Landers-DNS, Tim McCreadie-DNS, Garrett Mott-DNS, Mike Benedum-DNS

Penske Racing Shocks B-Main #3 – Finish (12 Laps, Top 2 Transfer): Jimmy Owens, Chris Ferguson, Frank Heckenast, Jr., Eddie Carrier, Jr., Jared Miley, Ryan Markham, Kent Robinson, Jackie Boggs, Mike Maresca, Nick Davis, Colton Flinner, Ben Mott, Russ Frohnapfel-DNS, Lauren Longbrake-DNS, Brian Shirley-DNS

FAST Shafts B-Main #4 Finish – Finish (12 Laps, Top 2 Transfer): Dennis Erb, Jr., Steve Casebolt , RJ Conley, Jeep VanWormer, Tyler Carpenter, Jason Feger, Ryan Unzicker, Gordy Gundaker, Zach McMillan, Boom Briggs, Alex Ferree-DNS, DJ Miller-DNS, Ross Bailes-DNS, Corey Conley-DNS

Dirt Million Feature Finish (100 Laps):

1 17 1 Earl Pearson, Jr. Jacksonville, FL $203,739.50
2 22 32 Bobby Pierce Oakwood, IL $41,287.90
3 16 22 Gregg Satterlee Indiana, PA $20,993.95
4 3 7w Ricky Weiss Headingley, MB $12,176.37
5 18 0 Scott Bloomquist Mooresburg, TN $8,917.58
6 12 1S Brandon Sheppard New Berlin, IL $7,711.70
7 24 C9 Steve Casebolt Richmond, IN $7,305.82
8 10 17m Dale McDowell Chickamauga, GA $6,899.94
9 8 14 Darrell Lanigan Union, KY $7,397.00
10 15 111 Max Blair Centerville, PA $6,494.06
11 6 157 Mike Marlar Winfield, TN $6,291.12
12 13 91 Tyler Erb New Waverly, TX $6,088.19
13 9 18 Shannon Babb Mowequa, IL $5,885.25
14 20 28 Dennis Erb, Jr. Carpentersville, IL $6,382.31
15 11 30 Brian Birkhofer Muscatine, IA $5,479.37
16 27 14H Tyler Horst Waynesboro, PA $5,276.43
17 19 20 Jimmy Owens Newport, TN $5,873.49
18 23 22F Chris Ferguson Mount Holly, NC $4,870.55
19 5 1R Josh Richards Shinnston, WV $5,464.67
20 25 1m Ben Mott White Lake, MI $4,424.08
21 21 2H Nick Hoffman Mooresville, NC $4,383.49
22 28 36 Matt Irey Ashland, OH $4,302.32
23 2 25Z Mason Zeigler ® Chalk Hill, PA $4,939.97
24 7 49 Jonathan Davenport Blairsville, GA $4,958.79
25 14 18J Chase Junghans Manhattan, KS $4,058.79
26 1 5 Don O'Neal Martinsville, IN $4,858.79
27 26 28C Tyler Carpenter Parkersburg, WV $4,058.79
28 4 9 Devin Moran Dresden, OH $4,058.79

Race Statistics
Entrants: 77
Lap Leaders: Don O’Neal (Laps 1 – 9); Ricky Weiss (Laps 10 – 15); Shannon Babb (Laps 16 – 76); Jimmy Owens (Laps 77 – 82); Bobby Pierce (Laps 83 – 91); Earl Pearson Jr. (Laps 92 – 100)
Wrisco Feature Winner: Earl Pearson Jr.
Margin of Victory: 0.904 seconds
Cautions: Devin Moran (Lap 7); Tyler Carpenter (Lap 14); Don O’Neal (Lap 18); Chris Ferguson, Jonathan Davenport, Chase Junghans, Earl Pearson Jr. (Lap 19); Earl Pearson Jr. (Lap 29); Medical Assessment in Grand Stand (Lap 51); Chris Ferguson (Lap 63); Nick Hoffman (Lap 66); Mike Marlar (Lap 80); Tyler Erb (Lap 81); Brandon Sheppard (Lap 89)
Dirt Million Reward Points Provisionals: Ben Mott; Tyler Carpenter; Tyler Horst; Matt Irey
Optima Batteries Hard Charger of the Race: Bobby Pierce (Advanced 20 Positions)
Midwest Sheet Metal Spoiler Challenge Point Leader: Jonathan Davenport
Allstar Performance Power Move of the Race: Brandon Sheppard
Sunoco Race for Gas Highest Finisher: Earl Pearson Jr.
Hot Rod Processing Rookie of the Race: Mason Zeigler
COMP Cams Engine Builder of the Race: Clements Racing Engines
Ohlins Shocks Chassis Builder of the Race: Black Diamond Chassis
Outerwears Crew Chief of the Race: Garrett Alberson (Earl Pearson Jr.)
Fastest Lap of the Race: Ben Mott (Lap #62 – 15.8578 seconds)
STEEL-IT Most Laps Led: Shannon Babb (61 Laps)
Dirty Girl Racewear Farthest Traveler: Tyler Erb
PFC Brakes Pole Award: Don O’Neal
Time of Race: 81 minutes 58 seconds

Lucas Oil Championship Point Standings:

1 49 Jonathan Davenport Blairsville, GA 6560 $225,558.79
2 0 Scott Bloomquist Mooresburg, TN 6405 $197,202.58
3 1R Josh Richards Shinnston, WV 6365 $144,489.67
4 1 Earl Pearson, Jr. Jacksonville, FL 6165 $332,314.50
5 39 Tim McCreadie Watertown, NY 6070 $114,675.00
6 32 Bobby Pierce Oakwood, IL 6000 $162,857.90
7 20 Jimmy Owens Newport, TN 5980 $106,433.49
8 5 Don O'Neal Martinsville, IN 5960 $108,708.79
9 71 Hudson O'Neal Martinsville, IN 5825 $121,325.00
10 14 Darrell Lanigan Union, KY 5490 $85,979.00
11 22 Gregg Satterlee Indiana, PA 5435 $100,068.95
12 25Z Mason Zeigler ® Chalk Hill, PA 5335 $66,489.97
13 28 Dennis Erb, Jr. Carpentersville, IL 5225 $56,662.31
14 40B Kyle Bronson ® Brandon, FL 5210 $72,875.00

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

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CatSpot Organic Litter - Litter as Mother Nature Intended
DirtonDirt.com - All Late Models. All The Time.
Dunn Benson Ford - "The Official Pace Truck" of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
E3 Spark Plugs - Born to Burn
GEICO - Saving People Money on More than Just Car Insurance
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K&N Engineering - "Make your Move" to K&N Performance Filters
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MAVTV Motorsports Network - MAVTV is Motorsports
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Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Marketing Partners Include:

Allstar Performance, Andy Durham Race Engines, AR Bodies, Black Diamond Chassis, Boyd Bilt Fabrication, BRODIX, COMP Cams, CV Products, Dirty Girl Racewear, Earnhardt Technologies Group, Eibach Springs, Fast Shafts, FK Rod Ends, Heath Lawson Photography, Hot Rod Processing, JRi Shocks, Keyser MFG, Longhorn Chassis, Midwest Sheet Metal, MSD Performance, Öhlins Shocks, Outerwears, Performance Bodies, Penske Shocks, PFC Brakes, Pierce Race Cars, Pro Power Racing Engines, QA1, Rocket Chassis, Schoenfeld Headers, Simpson Race Products, SRI Performance Sweet-Bloomquist Race Cars, Sweet Manufacturing, and 5150 Race Trailers

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Founded in 2005, the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series is the nation’s premier dirt late model sanctioning organization.  In 2018, the LOLMDS will sanction 60 events in 22 states.  The series is owned by the parent company Lucas Oil Products Inc. and receives national exposure through a TV package filmed, produced and edited by Lucas Oil Production Studios.  LOLMDS events will be broadcast on four TV Networks including CBS, NBC Sports, CBS Sports Network and the MAVTV Motorsports Network.  For more information about the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series visit the official website at: www.LucasDirt.com

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Founded in 1989 by Forrest and Charlotte Lucas, Lucas Oil Products, Inc. has established itself as one of the fastest-growing lubrication product lines in the consumer automotive aftermarket, featuring a line of engine oils, greases, gear lubes, problem-solving additives, and car-care products.  Through innovative product research and development, along with aggressive marketing programs, Lucas Oil has established itself as a worldwide leader in the lubrication industry.  Motorsports has always been part of the Lucas Oil culture and the cornerstone of the company's marketing strategy.  Such passion for motorsports has inspired Lucas Oil to sponsor many race teams, events and series at all levels, including, NHRA, IRL, ASCS, NASCAR, IHRA and many more.  Lucas Oil has also taken ownership and operational control of a number of high profile racing properties, such as: Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series, Lucas Oil Drag Boat Series, Lucas Oil Pro Pulling League, Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series, Lucas Oil Modified Series, Lucas Oil Speedway in Wheatland, MO. and the Lucas Oil I-10 Speedway in Blythe, CA.

In 2007 Lucas Oil founded its own production house, Lucas Oil Production Studios, dedicated to producing high action motorsports television.  Currently Lucas Oil Production Studios produces over 300 hours of original programming for networks such as CBS, CBS Sports, NBC Sports and MAVTV.  More information about Lucas Oil Products, Inc. visit the company website at:  www.LucasOil.com

2020 Championship Points

Points as of 10/17/2020
Pos Competitor Points
1stJimmy Owens (#20)7940
2ndTim McCreadie (#39)7560
3rdJonathan Davenport (#49)7375
4thJosh Richards (#14)7295
5thTyler Erb (#1T)7110
6thShane Clanton (#25)6780
7thDevin Moran (#9)6690
8thKyle Bronson (#40B)6690
9thTanner English (#81E)6455
10thEarl Pearson (#1)6390

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