Earl Pearson, Jr. Sixth
in LOLMDS Point Standings Exiting Knoxville (September
17, 2017) The Dunn-Benson Motorsports team was back on
the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series scene from September 14-16
at Knoxville Raceway in Knoxville, Iowa, as the 14th edition of
the 'Lucas Oil Late Model Knoxville Nationals' took center stage
in the Dirt Late Model world. Things got underway in the Hawkeye
State with a pair of $7,000 to win preliminary programs and 56 entrants
made their way to the 1/2-mile speedplant to compete in the three-day
crown jewel spectacular. On Thursday evening, Earl Pearson, Jr.
broke a rear-end during his heat race, finished second in the C-Main,
and advanced up to ninth in his B-Main, but was unable to crack
the starting grid for the 25-lap feature. At Knoxville on Friday
night, Earl placed fifth in his heat race and third in the B-Main
before surviving an early wreck in the 25-lapper to salvage a thirteenth
By virtue of amassing the twenty-first most single-night points
during the prelims, Earl rolled off from the inside of the eleventh
row in Saturday's 100-lap grand finale. During the course of the
$40,000 to win headliner, the Jacksonville, Florida star was able
to improve seven positions and was officially placed fourteenth
in the final rundown of the 'Knoxville Nationals.' He still sits
sixth in the latest version of the LOLMDS point standings. Complete
results from all three days at Knoxville Raceway can be viewed by
clicking on www.lucasdirt.com.
Pearson, Jr. Grabs Top
Five in World 100 Prelim; Transfers into 100-Lapper (September
10, 2017) Earl Pearson, Jr. made his yearly September pilgrimage
to the hallowed high-banks of Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio
from September 7-9 for the 47th edition of the famed 'World 100.'
The three-day crown jewel spectacular started with a pair of Twin
25 preliminary programs, each of which paid $10,000 to the winner.
On Thursday night, Earl won his heat race prior to slipping back
to fifth at the checkers of the 25-lap main event to finish behind
only victor Brandon Overton, Chris Madden, Don O'Neal, and Zack
Dohm. At the "Big E" on Friday evening, Earl placed second
in his heat race before winding up sixteenth in the final rundown
of the 25-lapper.
On Saturday at the Darke County facility, the largest
crowd in the history of Eldora Speedway assembled to witness the
'World 100,' which boasted a gigantic $50,000 windfall. Earl ran
second in his loaded heat race behind only winner Don O'Neal and
later rolled off from the outside of the fourth row in the 100-lap
headliner. The Jacksonville, Florida star then stayed on the lead
lap during the 'World 100' to garner a thirteenth place showing
in the most prestigious event in our sport. Full results from the
1/2-mile speedplant in the Buckeye State can be accessed online
Earl Pearson, Jr. Runs
in Top Five Early in Hillbilly Hundred (September
4, 2017) Over a rainy Labor Day holiday weekend from the
remnants of Hurricane Harvey, Dunn-Benson Motorsports got one race
into the record books - the $25,000 to win 'Hillbilly Hundred' on
Sunday, September 3 at Tyler County Speedway in Middlebourne, West
Virginia. Earl Pearson, Jr. clicked off the fastest lap in Group
B during Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series time trials prior to running
second in his stacked heat race. After starting sixth on the grid
and running inside of the top five early in the 100-lap distance,
Earl eventually wound up with a bent tie rod and faded back to fifteenth
at the finish of the 'Hillbilly Hundred.' The Jacksonville, Florida
star currently finds himself sixth in the latest LOLMDS point standings
exiting the holiday weekend. Full results from Tyler County can
be obtained by clicking on www.lucasdirt.com.
Pearson, Jr. Leaves
Lawrenceburg Tenth in Whiskey City 60 (August
27, 2017) A rare single-race weekend for the cars and stars
of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series took the #1 team to Lawrenceburg
Speedway in Lawrenceburg, Indiana on Saturday evening, August 26.
The annual running of the 'Whiskey City 60' drew a large contingent
of fans to the Hoosier State facility and 32 drivers were focused
on the $12,000 payday. Earl Pearson, Jr. knocked down the second
fastest time in Group B during qualifying before scoring an impressive
heat race triumph. After starting the 60-lap finale from the outside
of the second row, Earl ran inside of the top ten throughout the
distance and eventually landed in the tenth finishing position.
The Jacksonville, Florida star still finds himself sixth in the
latest version of the LOLMDS point standings exiting Lawrenceburg.
Full results from the 'Whiskey City 60' can be located by pointing
your Internet browser to www.lucasdirt.com.
Late Flat Tire in Topless
100 Drops Pearson, Jr. in Final Finishing Order (August
21, 2017) Next up on the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
schedule for the Dunn-Benson Motorsports team was a trip to Batesville
Motor Speedway in Locust Grove, Arkansas from August 18-20 for the
25th Annual 'Topless 100.' The popular roof-less event drew 41 competitors
to the Batesville-area to vie for the whopping $40,000 winner's
check. Earl Pearson, Jr. timed in fourth quickest in Group A during
Friday night's qualifying session and later placed second in his
stacked heat race. After Saturday's action was pushed back to Sunday
afternoon due to inclement weather, Earl rolled off from the inside
of the third row in the 100-lap crown jewel event. The Jacksonville,
Florida star then found himself inside of the top five throughout
the majority of the daytime affair until a late flat tire dropped
him back to fourteenth at the checkered flag. Complete results from
the 'Topless 100' weekend can be obtained by clicking on www.lucasdirt.com.
Pearson, Jr. Sixth in
North/South Shootout at Florence Speedway (August
13, 2017) The #1 Dunn-Benson Motorsports team returned
to the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series scene on August 10-12 at
Florence Speedway in Union, Kentucky. The three-day weekend at the
Cincinnati-area facility started on Thursday night with the 'North/South
Shootout,' which paid $10,000 to the winner. Earl Pearson, Jr. stopped
the clock tenth quickest in Group B during qualifying before running
second in his loaded heat race. After rolling off from the outside
of the fourth row in the 50-lap feature, Earl was able to drive
up to sixth in the caution-free affair to trail only winner Jimmy
Owens, Darrell Lanigan, Tim McCreadie, Hudson O'Neal, and Bobby
Pierce at the checkered flag!
On Friday evening, preliminary action for the 35th edition of the
'North/South 100' got underway at the undersized 1/2-mile oval with
a double set of qualifying heat races. Earl placed seventh in his
first heat race prior to scoring a victory in his final prelim of
the night. After finishing fourth in Saturday's consolation race,
Earl relied on a series provisional to gain access into the $50,000
to win headliner. The Jacksonville, Florida star eventually wound
up eighteenth in the final finishing order of the 100-lapper and
currently sits sixth in the latest LOLMDS point standings. Complete
results from the crown jewel extravaganza can be accessed by pointing
your Internet browser to www.lucasdirt.com.
Earl Pearson, Jr. Battles
Outlaws Throughout Badger State... (August
5, 2017) The 30th edition
of the 'USA Nationals' concluded tonight at the renowned Cedar Lake
Speedway in New Richmond, Wisconsin and each driver had their sights
firmly set on capturing the whopping $50,000 windfall. Earl Pearson,
Jr. laid down the seventh quickest time in Group A during the qualifying
session last night before finishing third in heat race action. When
the 'USA Nationals' headliner went green earlier this evening, Earl
started the 100-lap grind from the outside of the fifth row. At
the checkers, the Jacksonville, Florida star was awarded a sixteenth
place effort in the crown jewel extravaganza.
(August 4, 2017)
The 'USA Nationals' finally kicked off tonight at Cedar
Lake Speedway and a $6,000 payday was on the line in the World of
Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series show at the New Richmond, Wisconsin
facility. Earl Pearson, Jr. qualified sixth fastest in Group A during
time trials prior to grabbing the second transfer spot through his
heat race. After drawing the outside of the front row for the start
of the 30-lap main event, Earl unfortunately slowed on lap twenty
and was eventually paid for a fourteenth place performance.
(August 3, 2017)
Tonight's $6,000 to win 'USA Nationals' preliminary event
at the renowned Cedar Lake Speedway in New Richmond, Wisconsin has
been rained-out and rescheduled for tomorrow evening. Also on tap
tomorrow at CLS with the entire rain-postponed prelim program will
be the regularly scheduled time trial session and heat races for
Saturday's 'USA Nationals' headliner, which once again boasts a
gigantic $50,000 winner's check.
(August 2, 2017)
The #1 team made the overnight haul to Shawano Speedway
in Shawano, Wisconsin tonight for the annual running of the 'Sun
Drop Shootout,' which was sanctioned by the World of Outlaws Craftsman
Late Model Series. The $10,000 to win event marked the eighth straight
year that the national tour has hosted an event at the sprawling
1/2-mile speedplant. Earl Pearson, Jr. knocked down the fourth fastest
time overall during qualifying and later ran second in his stacked
heat race. After drawing the sixth starting spot before the drop
of the green flag in the 50-lapper, Earl was running in the sixth
position when motor issues after only eighteen circuits relegated
the Floridian to twenty-first in the final finishing order.
(August 1, 2017)
The World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series made their
first-ever stop to Oshkosh Speedzone Raceway in Oshkosh, Wisconsin
tonight and Moring Motorsports was in the pit area to vie for the
$10,000 top prize. Earl Pearson, Jr. stopped the clock eighth quickest
in Group A during qualifying prior to grabbing the fourth and final
transfer spot through his heat race. After starting the 50-lap main
event from the outside of the seventh row, Earl slipped back to
eighteenth in the final rundown of the caution-free affair.
Pearson, Jr. Transfers
Moring Motorsports Entry into PDC (July
30, 2017) With the Lucas
Oil Late Model Dirt Series sitting idle over the July 28-29 weekend,
Earl Pearson, Jr. and Moring Motorsports found themselves at Fairbury
American Legion Speedway in Fairbury, Illinois for the 28th edition
of the 'Prairie Dirt Classic,' which was sanctioned by the World
of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series and boasted a $30,000 windfall.
On Friday night during preliminary action, Earl qualified twenty-third
fastest in Group A during time trials and later moved up to finish
ninth in his $2,500 to win prelim feature. After grabbing the second
and final transfer spot through Saturday's consolation race, Earl
started the 100-lap PDC from the inside of the eleventh row. The
Jacksonville, Florida star was then an early retiree at the 1/4-mile
bullring and was paid for twenty-fifth at the pay window last evening.
Full results from FALS can be viewed by clicking on www.woolms.com.
Earl Pearson, Jr. Climbs
Five Spots at Mighty Macon Speedway (July
26, 2017) A hectic stretch
for the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series across the Midwest wrapped
up on Tuesday night, July 25 in the $12,000 to win 'St. Louis U-Pic-A-Part
100' at the tiny Macon Speedway in Macon, Illinois. A stout field
of 25 competitors signed into the pit area at the 1/5-mile oval.
Earl Pearson, Jr. clicked off the ninth quickest lap overall during
the qualifying session prior to finishing fourth in his stacked
heat race. After starting the 100-lap grind from the outside of
the sixth row, Earl was able to move past a handful of competitors
on his way to a strong seventh place performance. Full results from
last night at Mighty Macon can be viewed by pointing your web browser
Pearson, Jr. a Strong
Sixth in Silver Dollar Nationals at I-80 Speedway! (July
23, 2017) Following the mid-week
special in South Dakota, the #1 team crossed through the pit gate
at I-80 Speedway in Greenwood, Nebraska on July 21-22 for the 7th
edition of the 'Silver Dollar Nationals.' The two-day Lucas Oil
Late Model Dirt Series spectacular, which paid a record high $53,000
to the winner, started on Friday night with two rounds of qualifying
heat races. Earl Pearson, Jr. ran third in his first heat race of
the evening, while he claimed a strong runner-up effort in his final
prelim. After racking up the fifth most passing points during the
heat races, Earl started Saturday's 80-lap headliner from the inside
of the third row. The Jacksonville, Florida star stayed in the top
five for much of the 'Silver Dollar Nationals' before winding up
sixth in the final finishing order behind only victor Tim McCreadie,
Brandon Sheppard, Kyle Bronson, Scott Bloomquist, and Shannon Babb!
Earl is currently fifth in the latest version of the LOLMDS point
standings exiting the Cornhusker State. Full results can be accessed
online at www.lucasdirt.com.
Earl Pearson, Jr. Follows
Lucas Oil Tour to South Dakota... (July
19, 2017) The Lucas Oil Late
Model Dirt Series made their first-ever visit to Brown County Speedway
in Aberdeen, South Dakota on Tuesday evening, July 18 for the 'Bullet
Sportswear Shootout,' which boasted a $10,000 winner's check. Earl
Pearson, Jr. clicked off the ninth fastest lap in Group A during
the qualifying session prior to running fifth in his stacked heat
race. After grabbing the third transfer spot through the B-Main,
Earl eventually guided his #1 Longhorn racecar to a seventeenth
place showing in the action-packed race. Full results from last
night in South Dakota can be viewed online at www.lucasdirt.com.
Pearson, Jr. Ninth in
Both Lucas Oil Series Stops Over the Weekend (July
16, 2017) Earl Pearson, Jr.
and his #1 team continued their hectic month of July with two more
Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series programs at Tri-City Speedway in
Granite City, Illinois and the state-of-the-art Lucas Oil Speedway
in Wheatland, Missouri on July 14-15. On Friday night in the $10,000
to win 'NAPA Know How 50' at Granite City, Earl ran second in his
heat race prior to knocking down a solid ninth place effort in the
50-lap main event. At Wheatland on Saturday evening in the annual
'CMH Diamond Nationals,' which boasted a $12,000 winner's check,
Earl placed third in his loaded heat race before bagging another
ninth place performance in the 60-lapper. Complete results from
both weekend shows can be viewed by clicking on www.lucasdirt.com.
Bags Top Tens in Carolina's (July
9, 2017) The Dunn-Benson
Motorsports team followed the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series to
the states of North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee from
July 6-8 for a trio of pivotal point battles. Up first were two
$10,000 to win programs at Fayetteville Motor Speedway in Fayetteville,
North Carolina and Cherokee Speedway in Gaffney, South Carolina.
On Thursday night in the Dunn-Benson Ford 'Wayne Gray Sr. Memorial'
presented by Campbell University at Fayetteville, Earl Pearson,
Jr. placed third in his heat race prior to climbing three spots
in the 50-lap feature on his way to a solid sixth place effort.
At Cherokee on Friday evening in the annual 'Grassy Smith Memorial,'
Earl ran third in heat race action and later advanced up to seventh
in the 50-lapper.
Things wrapped up over the tripleheader weekend in
the Southeast on Saturday in the 'Mountain Moonshine Classic' at
Smoky Mountain Speedway in Maryville, Tennessee. Earl timed in second
quickest in Group A during the qualifying session prior to scoring
the victory in his loaded heat race. The Jacksonville, Florida ace
later wound up slipping back to eleventh in the $12,000 to win main
event, but still finds himself fifth in the latest version of the
LOLMDS point standings. Full results can be viewed online at www.lucasdirt.com.
Pearson, Jr. Lands in
Top Ten at Mansfield & Zanesville! (July
4, 2017) Earl Pearson, Jr.
and the #1 team were back in competition with the Lucas Oil Late
Model Dirt Series from July 1-3 in a triple shot of holiday racing
action in the Buckeye State of Ohio. On Saturday in the annual running
of the 'Independence 60' at Portsmouth Raceway Park in Portsmouth,
Ohio, Earl timed in thirteenth quickest overall prior to placing
fifth in his loaded heat race. Earl then rolled off from the inside
of the seventh row in the $12,000 to win headliner before winding
up sixteenth in the final finishing order at PRP.
The tripleheader then concluded with specials at Mansfield
Motor Speedway in Mansfield, Ohio and Muskingum County Speedway
in Zanesville, Ohio. Earl qualified third fastest in time trials
and finished second in his heat race on Sunday night at Mansfield
before bagging a solid seventh place performance in the $10,000
to win main event. In the $12,000 to win weekend finale on Monday
evening at Zanesville, Earl ran second in his heat race and eighth
in the 60-lap feature event. The Jacksonville, Florida star still
finds himself fifth in the latest version of the LOLMDS point standings.
Full results from the dirt-slinging competition leading into Independence
Day can be viewed by logging onto www.lucasdirt.com.
Pearson, Jr. a Solid
Seventh in Clash at the Mag; Fifth in Points (June
18, 2017) Next up for the #1 team was a visit to Magnolia
Motor Speedway in Columbus, Mississippi on June 16-17 for the annual
running of the 'Clash at the Mag.' Following a rain-out of Friday's
action, the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series biggie was condensed
into a single-day shootout on Saturday evening. Earl Pearson, Jr.
stopped the clock seventh fastest in Group B during qualifying prior
to grabbing the fourth transfer spot through his heat race. After
rolling off from the outside of the seventh row in the $12,000 to
win main event, the Jacksonville, Florida star steered past seven
competitors during the 60-lap affair to bring home a solid seventh
place effort. Earl still sits fifth in the latest version of the
LOLMDS point standings following the 'Clash at the Mag.' Full results
from last night can be viewed online at www.lucasdirt.com.
Full Throttle: Race
Team, Campbell University Team Up! (June
13, 2017) Campbell University president Bradley Creed is
something of a gearhead — his first car was a 1967 Ford Mustang
— so it came as no real surprise when he opted to team up
with a local race team that tours the country.
Last week, Creed and Dunn-Benson Motorsports announced
a partnership in which the school will become an associate sponsor
for driver Earl Pearson Jr., a four-time national champion, for
the rest of 2017. In return, the team will prepare a car decked
out in Campbell’s school colors (black, orange and white)
that will be used to promote the university at numerous events.
The car is expected to be rolled out for the first time Thursday,
July 6, at Fayetteville Motor Speedway when the track hosts the
Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series event. The official name of the
race will be the Wayne Gray Sr. Memorial presented by Campbell University.
Earl Pearson, Jr. a
Fixture Inside Top Ten During DLM Dream Weekend (June
11, 2017) Dunn-Benson Motorsports traveled to the Buckeye
State of Ohio from June 8-10 for the 23rd edition of the 'Dirt Late
Model Dream.' A stellar field of 79 Super Late Model competitors
signed in at the hallowed Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio and
all eyes were focused on the whopping $100,000 winner's share. Things
kicked off at the "Big E" on Thursday and Friday with
a pair of preliminary programs, which paid $5,000 and $10,000 to
win respectively in Twin 25 lap sprints.
Earl Pearson, Jr. ran third in Thursday night's heat race prior
to advancing up to sixth in the 25-lap feature event. On Friday
evening, Earl once again placed third in heat race action before
knocking down a solid ninth place effort in the 25-lapper. The Jacksonville,
Florida star then finished second in Saturday's heat race and later
claimed another top ten performance during the 'Dirt Late Model
Dream.' Following 100 green flag circuits around the 1/2-mile, high-banked
facility, Earl found himself ninth in the final finishing order
after starting in the eighth position. Comprehensive coverage from
the crown jewel extravaganza over the weekend at Eldora can be viewed
by pointing your web browser to www.eldoraspeedway.com.
Pearson, Jr. Runner-Up
in USA 100 at Virginia Motor Speedway! (June
4, 2017) Earl Pearson, Jr. and the Dunn-Benson Motorsports
team traveled to the state-of-the-art Virginia Motor Speedway in
Jamaica, Virginia on Saturday evening, June 3 for the annual running
of the 'USA 100.' The Ultimate Super Late Model Series presided
over the single-day throwdown, which carried a hefty $20,000 winner's
check. Earl stopped the clock fastest in his group during qualifying
prior to scoring the victory in heat race action. After rolling
off from the outside of the front row in the 60-lap main event,
the Jacksonville, Florida star slipped backwards early in the distance
before charging back up to second to bag an impressive runner-up
showing behind only victor Scott Bloomquist. Complete results from
last night at VMS can be accessed online at www.ultimatesupers.com.
(Al Goulder Photo)
Dunn Benson Motorsports
Announces New Partnership with Campbell University (June
2, 2017) Dunn Benson Motorsports
owned by Carlton and Kemp Lamm with driver Earl Pearson Jr. are
excited to announce a new partnership/sponsorship with Campbell
University located in Buies Creek, NC. Founded in 1887 Campbell
University is inspired by its Baptist heritage and Christian values
and is considered one of the top private universities in the state
of North Carolina led by President Dr. J. Bradley Creed. Campbell
University also has a growing Athletic Department with multiple
sports programs and recently announcing the Football Program will
now offer scholarships and join the Big South Conference in 2018.
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