Last Lap Pass Lifts
Earl Pearson, Jr. in Boyd's Speedway Thriller!
23, 2018) In
a battle between two former Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series National
Champions, Earl Pearson Jr. passed Scott Bloomquist on the final
lap to win "The Shamrock" on Friday night at Boyd's Speedway.
Pearson started sixth, kept a steady pace for most of the race,
and then passed four cars in the final three laps to gain the victory.
The win marks his first for the newly formed Black Diamond Race
Team and Ronnie Stuckey. (Heath
The polesitter, Chris Madden, led the first 25 laps until Bloomquist
forged ahead on lap 26. The entire 50 lap feature was run under
green flag conditions, with no caution flags. Bloomquist looked
to be in control of the race, looking for his first series win of
the season. Stretching his lead out over the field, Bloomquist easily
worked lapped cars, but Pearson had other ideas as the four-time
series champ readied himself before his last lap charge.
As the two drivers took the white flag, Bloomquist's
car drifted out of turn two up against the wall and Pearson ran
on the bottom. As the duo entered turns three and four Pearson had
the momentum on the bottom side and he was able to pass Bloomquist
coming off turn four to become the sixth different winner this season
for the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series tour.
Bloomquist finished in second followed by Chris Madden, Brandon
Overton, and Hudson O'Neal.
Pearson who led all 50 laps in winning the Shamrock 50 a year ago
at Boyd's, led only lap on Friday night for the win. "I knew
our car was good around the bottom. Those guys were running in the
middle for most of the race. My hats off to Black Diamond Chassis,
Ronnie Stuckey and all the guys back at the shop. J.C. Wright and
Garrett Alberson for their help. They worked their tails off all
day. Our car has been good all day. Everything just came to us and
to pass Scott at the end, what a heck of a finish."
"We could turn around the bottom pretty well. Our car could
move around a little bit out there for a long time. It was a heck
of a race. [Dale] McDowell and his crew did a great job with the
race track tonight. I appreciate all the fans coming out and I think
they saw a whale of a show."
Bloomquist said his car was really good as the veteran driver entered
the night fifteenth in points and in the need of a good finish.
"If we would have had one caution I think we would have been
saved. Everytime I carried the momentum into the turn the car would
drift out. I didn't realize he [Pearson] was quite that close. It's
just the way it goes sometimes. I felt like we had the best car
Madden came home in third and said he had gone with the wrong tire
choice, which kept him from ending the race with the win. "We
just went with the wrong tire. Overall, we had a good car tonight.
Thanks to all the fans for coming out tonight they saw a great show
and thanks to all to all the sponsors of this Barry Wright car.
The winning Black Diamond Chassis is powered by a Clements Racing
Engine and sponsored by: Lucas Oil Products, P&W Sales, Tegeler
Wrecker and Crane, David Peterson Motorsports, DriveWFX.com, Midwest
Sheet Metal, Sunoco Race Fuels and Papich Construction.
Completing the top ten were Dale McDowell, Cory Hedgecock, Brandon
Sheppard, Ricky Weiss, and Bobby Pierce.
Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
Friday, March 23rd, 2018
Boyd's Speedway - Ringgold, GA
Miller Welders Fast Time Group A: Chris Madden / 13.988 seconds
Miller Welders Fast Time Group B: Earl Pearson Jr. / 14.053 seconds
Eibach Springs Heat Race #1 Finish (10 Laps, Top 4 Transfer): Chris
Madden, Ricky Weiss, Jimmy Owens, Mike Marlar, Shanon Buckingham,
Casey Roberts, Jason Hiett, Austin Tyler Smith, Ray Cook, Jadon
Frame, Robby Moses
FK Rod Ends Heat Race #2 Finish (10 Laps, Top 4 Transfer): Brandon
Overton, Bobby Pierce, Darrell Lanigan, Kyle Bronson, Michael Page,
John Ownbey, Tim McCreadie, Don O'Neal, Joey Coulter, Justin Duty,
Simpson Performance Products Heat Race #3 Finish (10 Laps, Top
4 Transfer): Hudson O'Neal, Earl Pearson, Jr.,Brandon Sheppard,
Jason Jameson, Josh Richards, Frank Ingram, Dennis Erb, Jr., Jason
Croft, Billy Ogle Jr., Boom Briggs, Eric Webber, Johnny Cloer-DNS
QA1 Heat Race #4 Finish (10 Laps, Top 4 Transfer): Scott Bloomquist,
Cory Hedgecock, Dale McDowell, Tyler Millwood, Mason Zeigler, Billy
Moyer, Jr., Jonathan Davenport, Gregg Satterlee, Ryan King, Will
Roland, Blake Spencer
Penske Racing Shocks B-Main #1 Finish (12 Laps, Top 3 Transfer):
Don O'Neal, John Ownbey, Shanon Buckingham, Jason Hiett, Casey Roberts,
Tim McCreadie, Austin Tyler Smith, Joey Coulter, Ray Cook, Robby
Moses, Justin Duty, Jadon Frame, Michael Maresca, Michael Page
Fast Shafts B-Main #2 Finish (12 Laps, Top 3 Transfer): Josh Richards,
Mason Zeigler, Jonathan Davenport, Billy Moyer, Jr., Frank Ingram,
Jason Croft, Gregg Satterlee, Dennis Erb, Jr., Ryan King, Boom Briggs,
Eric Webber, Blake Spencer, Billy Ogle Jr., Will Roland-DNS, Johnny
Feature Finish (50 Laps): 1. Earl Pearson, Jr., 2. Scott Bloomquist,
3. Chris Madden, 4. Brandon Overton, 5. Hudson O’Neal, 6.
Dale McDowell, 7. Cory Hedgecock, 8. Brandon Sheppard, 9. Ricky
Weiss, 10. Bobby Pierce, 11. Darrell Lanigan, 12. Mike Marlar, 13.
Tim McCreadie, 14. Jason Jameson, 15. Jimmy Owens, 16. Don O’Neal,
17. Josh Richards, 18. John Ownbey, 19. Jonathan Davenport, 20.
Tyler Millwood, 21. Shanon Buckingham, 22. Mason Zeigler, 23. Gregg
Satterlee, 24. Kyle Bronson, 25. Dennis Erb, Jr., 26. Boom Briggs
Lap Leaders: Chris Madden (Laps 1 - 25); Scott Bloomquist (Laps
26 - 49); Earl Pearson Jr. (Lap 50)
Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Provisionals: Gregg Satterlee,
Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Emergency Provisionals: Dennis
Erb Jr., Boom Briggs
Wrisco Feature Winner: Earl Pearson Jr.
Optima Batteries Hard Charger of the Race: Tim McCreadie (Started:
24th; Finished: 13th; Advanced 11 Positions)
Midwest Sheet Metal Spoiler Challenge Point Leader: Jonathan Davenport
Allstar Performance Power Move of the Race: Kyle Bronson
Sunoco Race for Gas Highest Finisher: Earl Pearson Jr.
Hot Rod Processing Rookie of the Race: N/A
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
Fastest Lap of the Race: Chris Madden (Lap #2 - 14.968 seconds)
Most Laps Led: Chris Madden (25 Laps)
Dirty Girl Racewear Farthest Traveler: Justin Duty
PFC Brakes Pole Award: Chris Madden
Time of Race: 13 minutes 14 seconds