|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
Six Years Later, Lucas Star Pearson Back on Top at 34
Lucas Oil Series P.R.
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 maneuvers past early top five runner Mark Burgtorf before posting a fifth place finish at 34
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
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 and Scott Bloomquist battle for sixth at 34 Raceway. (Mike
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,