- May 23 - 34 Raceway Part 1 by Sam Holbrooks

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Earl Pearson, Jr. with his new hardware after his win in Sunday's rain-delayed Lucas Oil Series event at Burlington, Iowa's 34 Raceway. (Mike Ruefer)

Six Years Later, Lucas Star Pearson Back on Top at 34 Raceway

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BURLINGTON, Ia. – May 23. Visiting 34 Raceway for the first time since he won there in 2004, Earl Pearson, Jr. of Jacksonville, Fla. came home with the $10,000 victory in the first ever Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series visit to the southeast Iowa track. 

Pearson, who started fifth and made quick work of lap one leader, Don O’Neal as he took the lead two laps into the 50 lap main event.  Pearson then led the rest of the way to score his second series win of 2010.  Ray Cook of

Mars - Burgtorf

Jimmy Mars maneuvers past early top five runner Mark Burgtorf before posting a fifth place finish at 34 Raceway. (Mike Ruefer)

Brasstown, N.C. finished second followed by 12th starting Will Vaught of Crane, Mo., 17th starting Dale McDowell of Chickamauga, Ga. and 11th starting Jimmy  Mars of Menomonie, Wis.  All 25 starters in the main event managed to finish the 50 Lap feature.

 O’Neal grabbed the point at the start. Pearson started on the inside of row number three and quickly charged to the lead, using his patented inside line around the track as he moved into the top spot just two laps into the race. O’Neal fell to second behind Pearson with Cook, Jimmy Owens, and Mark Burgtorf in the top five with five laps in the books.  Cook then passed O’Neal for second on lap seven to take over second as Pearson was pulling away.

Birkhofer - Bloomquist - 34 Raceway

Brian Birkhofer and Scott Bloomquist battle for sixth at 34 Raceway. (Mike Ruefer)

After a caution for Jason Utter's flat tire on lap six, Mike Marlar developed a flat two laps later. The restart had Pearson on the point with Cook and O’Neal on his rear deck lid, but Dennis Erb, Jr. began to make some noise as he moved up to third after the restart. Mars then started to challenge O’Neal for fourth as the two ran side-by-side for two circuits, with Mars edging ahead on lap 14.

With 15 laps in the books, Pearson was comfortably out in front with Cook,
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