Pearson Snags NAPA Know How 50

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Pearson Snags NAPA Know How 50

Story By: Jeremy Shields/LOLMDS

Photos By: Heath Lawson/LOLMDS

GRANITE CITY, ILL. (July 13, 2018) – Earl Pearson Jr. bolted from his ninth starting spot to win Friday night’s NAPA Know How 50 at Tri-City Speedway. Pearson took the lead on lap 37 from Jimmy Owens and went on to his third Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series win of the season. Owens finished in second with Tim McCreadie coming home in third. Completing the top five were Mason Zeigler and Bobby Pierce.

Tony Jackson Jr. grabbed the lead at the start of the main event and led the first 32 circuits before Owens forged. Pearson quickly began to pressure Owens for the top spot and was able to gain the advantage with 13 laps to go.

“Jimmy [Owens] was awful good tonight. I watched him in the heat race and knew he would be hard to beat tonight. I just married myself to the bottom,” said the 46-year-old Pearson in Lucas Oil Victory Lane. “He [Owens] slipped up just a little bit down there in the corner and I held my line around the bottom. Thanks to my crew: J.C. Wright, Garrett Alberson, and Marshall Hooter, they all did a great job tonight.”

“I told Kevin Gundaker on the stage during driver’s introductions that a hurricane was about to blow into Tri-City tonight so watch out. They had a little ring around the bottom and I just stayed there. The track was in great shape tonight. You could run anywhere on the track. Hats off to Kevin and his entire track crew. I know the fans saw a terrific race.”

Owens, who led four laps during the race, was pleased with his runner-up finish as he congratulated his good friend in Victory Lane. “Thanks to Leon Ramirez of Ramirez Motorsports, my crew, and all of my sponsors and especially to that number one car that won the race. I hope the fans enjoyed that race.”

McCreadie finished third despite smoke from the car in the final laps. “I really didn’t see the smoke, I nursed it to the end. I don’t know what damage there is in the motor. We have to quit digging ourselves a hole at the start of the night. The car was really good over the last half of the race tonight. I just need a little more off of the corners to run with these guys. We will keep on working on this Longhorn Chassis to make it better.”

Pearson’s 35th career LOLMDS win came aboard the Ronnie and Terri Stuckey-owned, Black Diamond Chassis which is powered by a Clements Racing Engine and sponsored by: Lucas Oil Products, P&W Sales, Tegeler Wrecker and Crane, David Petersen Motorsports, Midwest Sheet Metal, Rauen Precision and Machining, Papich Construction, Sunoco Race Fuels, DriveWFX.com, 5-Star Shop Service, and Cooper’s Country Meat Packers.

Completing the top ten were Josh Richards, Don O’Neal, Tony Jackson Jr., Jonathan Davenport, and Hudson O’Neal.

Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
Race Summary
Friday, July 13, 2018
NAPA Know How 50
Tri-City Speedway – Granite City, IL

Miller Welders Time Trials
Fast Time Group A: Josh Richards / 14.798 seconds (overall)
Fast Time Group B: Mason Zeigler / 15.083 seconds

Eibach Springs Heat Race #1 Finish (10 Laps, All Transfer): Josh Richards, Mason Zeigler, Don O’Neal, Tim Manville, Jonathan Davenport, Darrell Lanigan, Kolby Vandenbergh, Joey Moriarty, Scott Henseler

FK Rod Ends Heat Race #2 Finish (10 Laps, All Transfer): Tony Jackson, Jr., Tim McCreadie, Dennis Erb, Jr., Hudson O’Neal, Gregg Satterlee, Rickey Frankel, Billy Laycock, Clay Daly, Mike Hammerle

Simpson Performance Products Heat Race #3 Finish (10 Laps, All Transfer): Scott Bloomquist, Jimmy Owens, Earl Pearson, Jr., Bobby Pierce, Kyle Bronson, Daryn Klein, Austin Rettig, Blaze Burwell

Race Statistics
Entrants: 26
Lap Leaders: Tony Jackson Jr. (Laps 1 – Lap 33); Jimmy Owens (Laps 34 – 36) Earl Pearson Jr. (Laps 37)
Wrisco Feature Winner: Earl Pearson Jr.
Margin of Victory: 3.491 seconds
Cautions: Kyle Bronson (Lap 18); Darrell Lanigan (Lap 19)
Optima Batteries Hard Charger of the Race: Earl Pearson Jr. (Advanced 8 Positions)
Midwest Sheet Metal Spoiler Challenge Point Leader: Jonathan Davenport
Allstar Performance Power Move of the Race: Bobby Pierce
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: Scott Bloomquist (Lap #2 – 15.675 seconds)
STEEL-IT Most Laps Led: Tony Jackson Jr. (33 Laps)
Dirty Girl Racewear Farthest Traveler: Kyle Bronson
PFC Brakes Pole Award: Tony Jackson Jr.
Time of Race: 21 minutes 48 seconds

Lucas Oil Feature Finish (50 Laps):

FINISH
START
CAR #
DRIVER NAME
HOMETOWN
EARNINGS
1
9
1
Earl Pearson, Jr.
Jacksonville, FL
$12,800
2
6
20
Jimmy Owens
Newport, TN
$6,300
3
5
39
Tim McCreadie
Watertown, NY
$4,200
4
4
25Z
Mason Zeigler ®
Chalk Hill, PA
$2,850
5
12
32
Bobby Pierce
Oakwood, IL
$2,950
6
1
1R
Josh Richards
Shinnston, WV
$2,900
7
7
5
Don O’Neal
Martinsville, IN
$2,300
8
2
56
Tony Jackson, Jr.
Lebanon, MO
$1,300
9
13
49
Jonathan Davenport
Blairsville, GA
$2,100
10
11
71
Hudson O’Neal
Martinsville, IN
$1,800
11
8
28
Dennis Erb, Jr.
Carpentersville, IL
$1,775
12
14
22
Gregg Satterlee
Indiana, PA
$1,750
13
10
33T
Tim Manville
St. Jacob, IL
$1,025
14
15
40B
Kyle Bronson ®
Brandon, FL
$1,000
15
23
32B
Clay Daly
Salinas, CA
$1,000
16
19
15V
Kolby Vandenbergh
Ashland, IL
$1,000
17
22
51M
Joey Moriarty
Phoenix, AZ
$1,000
18
3
0
Scott Bloomquist
Mooresburg, TN
$1,800
19
24
44
Blaze Burwell
Mt. Vernon, IL
$1,000
20
21
94
Austin Rettig
Sikeston, MO
$1,000
21
18
10K
Daryn Klein
Fairview Height, IL
$1,000
22
16
14
Darrell Lanigan
Union, KY
$1,700
23
20
82
Billy Laycock
Marine, IL
$1,000
24
25
3
Scott Henseler
South Roxana, IL
$1,000
25
17
33F
Rickey Frankel
Quincy, IL
$1,000
26
26
16H
Mike Hammerle
St Charles, MO
$1,000

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