Lucas Oil Series: Pearson Three
Straight With Magnolia "Clash at the
COLUMBUS, MS - July 10. In front
of the largest crowd in the history of Magnolia Motor Speedway, Earl Pearson, Jr. of Jacksonville, Fla. won his
third consecutive Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series main event. He earned $20,000 by winning the
“Clash at the Mag” Presented by the Columbus Convention and Visitors Bureau, on Saturday Night. Pearson took the
lead on lap 30 and held off defending series champion, Scott Bloomquist for the win.
“I want to first thank all these
fans for coming out here tonight, it was hot and I’m sure they saw a good show,” said the 38-year-old Pearson
whose win was his 23rd in series history. The win tonight broke a tie atop the all-time
win list; Pearson now leads Bloomquist by one.
Rookie Eric Wells, bolted out to
the early lead and looked strong early on as he led the first 19 laps of the race before Bloomquist
took over. He held the lead until Pearson made a smooth move on the inside coming off of turn four on lap 30 to
get by the reigning champion.
Pearson built a healthy lead
over what turned out to be torrid battle for second between Bloomquist, Ray Cook, and Billy Moyer.
The trio brutally fought for most of the main event. Moyer then managed to clear both Cook
After a fierce battle with #0 Scott Bloomquist and Ray
Cook, #21 Billy Moyer finally cleared them and grappled his way to second. He appeared to be the only
one with anything for Pearson, but he suddenly ducked off the race track with mechanical trouble with 21 to
go. (Connie Putnam)
and Bloomquist to solidly claim the second spot on lap 71. Moyer then started
to close on the almost insurmountable lead that Pearson had built.
After getting to within five car
lengths of the leader, however, Moyer suddenly slowed on the frontstretch and pulled to the infield as he
entered turn one on lap 79. After the final restart, Bloomquist consistently challenged Pearson for
the lead until the final three laps. In the waning laps Pearson was able to maneuver through traffic to maintain
his lead ahead of Bloomquist.
West Coast driver Tyler Reddick races local favorite
Brian Rickman at Magnolia Motorsports Park. (Connie
“I want to thank Johnny Stokes
for the great race track he gave us tonight,” exclaimed Pearson, “you could run anywhere on the track. Eric
[Wells] ran well in the beginning of the race; when Scott got around us, I knew it was going to be a tough race
for the lead.”
Cook finished third,
while Dale McDowell passed Jimmy Owens on the final lap to claim fourth.
Lucas Oil Series - Magnolia Motor Speedway -
1) Earl Pearson, Jr., 2) Scott
Bloomquist, 3) Ray Cook, 4) Dale McDowell, 5) Jimmy Owens, 6) Stacy Taylor, 7) Don O'Neal, 8) Dan
Schlieper, 9) Terry Phillips, 10) Chris Wall, 11) Brad Neat, 12) Eric Wells, 13) Ronny Lee
Hollingsworth, 14) Bub McCool, 15) David Breazeale, 16) Jason Cliburn, 17) Tyler Reddick, 18) Tim
Isenberg, 19) John Blankenship, 20) Rodney Wing, 21) Billy Moyer, 22) Rick Rickman, 23) Wendell
Wallace, 24) Steve Casebolt, 25) Brian Rickman
Fast Time (55 entries): Eric Wells (14.364 secs.) Heat winners: Pearson, Moyer, Bloomquist, Wells,
Taylor, Owens; B-Main winner: Blankenship, B.Rickman
Rick Schwallie photo