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July 10, 2020 - EPJ edges Josh Rice in thriller at Florence Speedway
Earl Pearson Jr. invaded Florence Speedway (Union, Ky.) on Friday night for the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series (LOLMDS) doubleheader. Drawing 33 cars for the General Tire Summer Sizzler Nationals, Pearson Jr. followed up the fastest time in his qualifying group with a 10-lap heat race victory. Starting the feature in second, Earl faded back to fifth early but began closing in on the leaders as caution flew on lap 27. Tracking down race-leader Josh Rice amid lapped-traffic in the final 10 circuits, Pearson Jr. slide around Rice on the final corner and held off his charge at the line to capture the $12,000 victory in the photo finishing ending. Winning by .002 second margin to claim his first win of the season, Earl Pearson Jr. bested Rice, Zack Dohm, Kyle Bronson, and Trevor Landrum at the line. (Heath Lawson photo)

Saturday night's $12,000-to-win finale fell victim to Mother Nature.

Earl sits in 11th in the latest LOLMDS point standings. For full results from this event, please visit www.LucasDirt.com.

July 4, 2020 - Pair of 11th place finishes with LOLMDS over Fourth of July weekend
On Friday night Earl Pearson Jr. traveled to Muskingum County Speedway (Zanesville, Ohio) piloting the Black Diamond Race Cars No. 1 Late Model for the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series (LOLMDS) sanctioned program. In a field of 33 cars, Earl edged his way into the $12,000-to-win A-Main with the fourth and final transfer spot in his heat race. Improving four spots in the 50-lapper, Pearson Jr. posted an 11th place finish. (Heath Lawson photo)

The following night at Portsmouth Raceway Park (Portsmouth, Ohio) for the Independence 50, Pearson Jr. came in seventh in his heat before placing sixth in his B-Main. Relying on a provisional into the main event, Earl charged the field 11 spots to register an 11th place outing.

Earl is currently 12th in the latest LOLMDS point standings. For full results from these events, please visit www.LucasDirt.com.

June 27, 2020 - EPJ visits 411 and Talladega with LOLMDS
Earl Pearson Jr. was one of 38 Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series (LOLMDS) entries on hand at 411 Motor Speedway (Seymour, Tenn.) on Friday afternoon for the Tennessee’s Action Track 50. Dropping two spots in his heat, Pearson Jr. posted a seventh place finish, sending him into the B-Main. Failing to place third or better, Earl was granted a provisional into the opening night feature. With $12,000 on the line, Earl Pearson Jr. passed 10 cars in the 50-lapper to place 16th.

On Saturday evening at Talladega Short Track (Eastaboga, Ala.) for the EZ-Go 50, Earl secured his spot into the $12,000-to-win A-Main with a third place finish in his heat. Losing six spots in the 50-lap affair, Pearson Jr. logged a 17th place outing. (Heath Lawson photo)

For full results from these events, please visit www.LucasDirt.com.

June 20, 2020 - Pearson Jr. Follows LOLMDS to Magnolia for Clash at the Mag
Thursday night found Earl Pearson Jr. in action at Magnolia Motor Speedway (Columbus, Miss.) for the three-day General Tire Clash at the Mag. Drawing 55 Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series (LOLMDS) entries, Pearson Jr. posted a seventh place finish in his heat, transferring him into the B-Main. Needing a second place finish or better to make the $5,000-to-win preliminary feature, Earl came short with a seventh place outing.

The following night for another $5,000-to-win preliminary feature, Earl logged a sixth place finish in his heat, sending him into the B-Main. Transferring the Top 2 into the show, Pearson Jr. came two spots shy with a fourth place finish. (Heath Lawson photo)

Failing to place second or better in his B-Main on Saturday night, Pearson Jr. received a provisional into the $15,000-to-win General Tire Clash at the Mag A-Main. Rolling off 27th, Earl clawed forward two spots in the 100-lapper to place 25th.

For full results from these events, please visit www.LucasDirt.com.

June 13, 2020 - Top 5 Finish in Mountain Moonshine Classic at Smoky Mountain
A struggling start to the season for Earl Pearson Jr. and the Black Diamond Chassis House Car team turned a corner over the weekend.

On Friday, Pearson Jr. drove the Lucas Oil No. 1 P&W Sales/ Drive4Etch.com/ Clements Racing Engine Super Late Model to a tenth-place finish at Cherokee Speedway in Gaffney, S.C. At Smoky Mountain Speedway in Maryville, Tenn. on Saturday, Earl recorded his first Top-5 of the season.

“We done a lot of changes through the week there and come to Gaffney, which that ain’t my favorite place to be at, but anyway we had a good solid run there,” said Pearson after finishing fifth at Smoky Mountain. “Then we come over here (to Smoky Mountain) and got us a top-five out of that. So we’re proud to have that. It’s been a struggling year for us with Black Diamond Chassis and all that, but I think we’ve turned a corner here.”

With 37 cars on hand Friday night for the 22nd Annual Grassy Smith Memorial, Pearson Jr. secured his spot into the opening night feature with a third-place finish in his heat. Improving two positions in the 50-lap feature, Earl posted a 10th place finish.

Heading west to Smoky Mountain Speedway on Saturday evening for the Mountain Moonshine Classic, Earl laid down the fifth fastest time in his qualifying group before placing second in his heat behind Jimmy Owens.

Starting the $15,000-to-win A-Main in sixth, Pearson Jr. jumped up one spot in the 50-lapper to register a fifth-place finish behind Brandon Overton, Brandon Sheppard, Owens, and Josh Richards. (Michael Moats photo)

This week the team welcomed Anthony Burroughs of Athens, Ala. as Crew Chief. It’s a change that Pearson Jr. considers as a step in the right direction. “We’ve got some new crew guys and I think that’s gonna work out good,” Pearson said. “Anthony has come on board with us, working side-by-side with (Black Diamond Chassis founder and co-owner Ronnie) Stuckey at the shop.”

For full results from these events, please visit www.LucasDirt.com.

June 6, 2020 - Earl Pearson Jr. Get Invite to Dirt Late Model Stream
On Thursday evening Earl Pearson Jr. was one of 48 Late Models invited to Eldora Speedway (Rossburg, Ohio) for the Dirt Late Model Stream Invitational after the 26th annual Dirt Late Model Dream was postponed to 2021. Locking the Top 4 finishers from each heat race into the $10,000-to-win preliminary feature, Pearson Jr. logged a 11th place finish, sending him into the B-Main. Needing a third place finish or better to make the show, Earl fell short with a 10th place outing.

The following night for another $10,000-to-win preliminary feature, Earl came short of a transfer spot in his heat with a 10th place finish, transferring him into the B-Main. Sending the Top 3 into the show, Pearson Jr. recorded a 10th place finish.

For the final round of the Dirt Late Model Stream Invitational on Saturday, Pearson Jr. earned the 10th-starting spot for his heat via preliminary points. Failing to place fourth or better, Earl had one last shot at the $50,000-to-win A-Main with a B-Main appearance. Need to place in the Top 3, Earl Pearson Jr. registered a 10th place outing, bringing a disappointing end to his weekend.

For full results from these events, please visit www.EldoraSpeedway.com.

May 27, 2020 - Earl Pearson Jr. Lands Top 10 Finish at East Bay Raceway Park
Earl Pearson Jr. followed the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series (LOLMDS) to East Bay Raceway Park (Tampa, Fla.) on Monday afternoon for the final three events of the Reopening Tour. Drawing 35 cars for the Geico East Bay Nationals, Pearson Jr. came one spot short of a transfer position in his heat with a fifth place finish. Posting a runner-up spot in his B-Main behind Ross Robinson, Earl locked into the 20th-starting position for the A-Main. With $7,000 on the line, Earl Pearson Jr. jumped up four spots in the 40-lapper to place 16th.

On Tuesday evening, Earl followed up a sixth place finish in his heat with a runner-up spot in his B-Main behind Brian Shirley. Wheeling his way into the Top-10 in the feature, Pearson Jr. passed 11 cars in the 40-lap affair to register an eighth place finish. (Heath Lawson photo)

Closing out the Geico East Bay Nationals on Wednesday night, Pearson Jr. grabbed the fourth and final transfer spot in his heat, which positioned him 16th on the starting grid for the $7,000-to-win finale. Improving three spots, Earl scored a 13th place outing.

For full results from these events, please visit www.LucasDirt.com.

May 21, 2020 - 14th Place Finish in Night Two of Golden Isles Nationals
After more than a two-month hiatus due to the ongoing Coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic, Earl Pearson Jr. and the Black Diamond Race Cars team traveled to Golden Isles Speedway (Brunswick, Ga.) on Tuesday night to kick off the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series (LOLMDS) Reopening Tour. With 43 cars on hand for the Optima Batteries Golden Isles Nationals, Pearson Jr. recorded the 15th fastest time in his qualifying group before placing seventh in his heat. Needing a third place finish or better in his B-Main to make the opening night feature, Earl fell one spot short with a fourth place finish. Earning a provisional into the show, Pearson Jr. gained five positions to place 22nd.

The following night for another $7,000-to-win A-Main, Earl came short of a transfer spot in his heat and B-Main, forcing him to rely on a provisional into the feature. Advancing his way forward 11 spots in the 40-lap affair, Pearson Jr. notched a 14th place finish. (Heath Lawson photo)

For the final round of the Golden Isles Nationals on Thursday, Pearson Jr. came in eighth fastest in his group but a fifth place finish in his heat transferred him into the B-Main. Recording a second place finish behind Shane Clanton, Earl locked into the 20th-starting position for the finale. With $7,000 on the line, Earl Pearson Jr. jumped up five spots in the 40-lapper to register a 15th place outing.

For full results from these events, please visit www.LucasDirt.com.

March 7, 2020 - Podium Finish in Ronny Adams Memorial Finale
Earl Pearson Jr. was one of 39 Comp Cams Super Dirt Series entries on hand at Boothill Speedway (Greenwood, Louisiana) on Friday night for the two-day Ronny Adams Memorial. Following the sixth fastest lap in his time trial group, Pearson Jr. scored a third-place finish in his heat, which positioned him 12th on the starting grid for the opening night feature. Holding his spot for all 30-laps, Earl recorded a 12th place outing.

The following night for the $7,000-to-win finale, Earl dropped two spots in his heat race to register a fourth-place finish. Starting the main event in 16th, Pearson Jr. advanced through the field 13 spots to place third behind Timothy Culp and Jesse Stovall with Logan Martin and B.J. Robinson rounding out the Top-5. (Scott Burson photo)

For full results from these events, please visit www.WoOLMS.com.

February 13, 2020 - Pearson Jr. Attends DIRTcar Nationals at Volusia
On Wednesday night Earl Pearson Jr. was one of 51 World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model Series entries on hand at Volusia Speedway Park (Barberville, Florida) for the 49th annual DIRTcar Nationals. Coming two spot shy of a transfer position in his heat with a 5th place finish, Earl transferred into the B-Main for another shot at the $10,000-to-win A-Main. Needing a 3rd place finish or better, Pearson Jr. logged a 10th place outing.

For the fourth round of the 49th annual DIRTcar Nationals on Thursday, Pearson Jr. posted a 7th place finish in his heat, sending him into the B-Main. Transferring the Top 3 into the main event, Earl fell short with a 5th place finish.

For full results from these events, please visit www.WoOLMS.com.

February 9, 2020 - Pearson Jr. Follows Lucas Oil Speedweeks to All-Tech
Earl Pearson Jr. followed the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series (LOLMDS) to East Bay Raceway Park (Gibsonton, Florida) on Monday night for the 44th annual Wrisco Winternationals. Drawing a stout field of 62 cars for the six-day event, Earl followed up a 7th place finish in his heat with a 15th place outing in his B-Main. Relying on a provisional into the opening night feature, Pearson Jr. passed nine cars in the 30-lapper to register a 13th place finish.

The following night for another $5,000-to-win A-Main, Pearson Jr. fell one spot short of a transfer position in his heat with a 4th place finish. Coming in 2nd in his B-Main, Earl locked into the 22nd-starting position for the A-Main via a provisional. Gaining five spots, Earl Pearson Jr. logged a 17th place outing. (Heath Lawson photos)

On Wednesday evening for the third round of the Wrisco Winternationals, Earl failed to transfer out of his heat and B-Main, forcing him to rely on a provisional into the $7,000-to-win A-Main. Starting in 27th, Pearson Jr. improved six spots in the 40-lapper to place 21st.

On Thursday night, Pearson Jr. followed up a 7th place finish in his heat with a 2nd place finish in his B-Main. Transferring into the Berry Barn Strawberry Dash, Earl grabbed the 2nd and final transfer position into the feature. Starting in 16th, Earl Pearson Jr. passed 11 cars to register a 15th place finish.

After falling shy of a transfer spot in his heat race on Friday evening, Earl came in 4th in his B-Main. Using a provisional into the $12,000-to-win A-Main, Pearson Jr. dropped one spot to record a 23rd place outing.

For the final round of the 44th annual Wrisco Winternationals on Saturday, Pearson Jr. followed up a 6th place finish in his heat with a 5th place finish in his B-Main. Receiving a provisional into the $12,000-to-win finale, Earl dropped eight spots in the 50-lap affair to place 30th.

Sunday saw Pearson Jr. stop at All-Tech Raceway (Lake City, Florida) for the $10,000-to-win Winter Nationals. In a field of 34 LOLMDS entries, Earl secured his spot into the finale with the 4th and final transfer position in his heat race. Bringing out a caution just two-laps into the feature, Earl Pearson Jr. slipped back to a 25th place finish.

For full results from these events, please visit www.LucasDirt.com.

February 1, 2020 - EPJ Begins Lucas Oil Speedweeks at Golden Isles
After Mother Natured wiped out Friday night’s opener, Earl Pearson Jr. returned to Golden Isles Speedway (Brunswick, Georgia) on Saturday evening for the  Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series (LOLMDS) sanctioned RhinoAg Super Bowl of Racing. With 45 cars registered in for action, Pearson Jr. fell short of a transfer spot in his heat with a 9th place finish. Transferring into the B-Main, Earl suffered a broken driveshaft while battling for a transfer position that forced him pitside. Receiving a provisional into the $12,000-to-win A-Main, Earl Pearson Jr. improved six spots to place 19th. (Heath Lawson photo)

For full results from this event, please visit www.LucasDirt.com.

January 19, 2020 - Top 10 Finish in Fifth Round of Wild West Shootout
For the third round of the Wild West Shootout on Wednesday evening at FK Rod Ends Arizona Speedway (Queen Creek, Arizona), Pearson Jr. got slammed into by another car in his heat that forced him pitside for the remainder of the evening. Other than a sore left-shoulder, Earl was able to climb out uninjured.

Returning to action on Friday evening, Earl grabbed the 4th and final transfer position in his heat which positioned him 14th on the starting grid for the A-Main. With $5,000 on the line, Pearson Jr. was an early retiree from the 30-lapper on lap 21.

On Saturday night, Pearson Jr. followed up the third fastest lap in his time trial group with a 3rd place finish in his heat. Starting the $5,000-to-win A-Main in 11th, Earl gained one spot in the 30-lap affair to place 10th. (Tom Macht photo)

Wrapping up the 14th annual Wild West Shootout on Sunday, Earl locked his spot into the $15,000-to-win finale with a 2nd place finish in his heat behind Brandon Sheppard. Falling three spots shy of a Top-10 finish in the 50-lap affair, Pearson Jr. slipped back to a 13th place outing.

For full results from these events, please visit www.WildWestShootout.net.

January 12, 2020 - Pearson Jr. Begins Wild West Shootout in Arizona
Saturday night saw Earl Pearson Jr. return to action at FK Rod Ends Arizona Speedway (Queen Creek, Arizona) for the 14th annual Wild West Shootout. In a field of 46 Super Late Models, Pearson Jr. fell one spot short of a transfer position in his heat with a 4th place finish. Streaking to a 12-lap consolation victory, Earl earned the 19th-starting position for the opening night feature. Gaining three spots in the 30-lap affair, Earl Pearson Jr. recorded a 15th place finish.

The following night, Earl laid down the fastest lap in his time trial group before placing 2nd in his heat behind Bobby Pierce. Starting the $5,000-to-win A-Main in eighth, Pearson Jr. slipped back to an 18th place outing in the 40-lapper.

For full results from these events, please visit www.WildWestShootout.net.

January 5, 2020 - Top 10 Finish in Round Two of Battle at the Border
Kicking off the 2020 season, Earl Pearson Jr. and the Black Diamond Race Cars team invaded Vado Speedway Park (Vado, New Mexico) on Friday evening for the inaugural Battle at the Border. Drawing 42 World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model Series entries for the three-day event, Pearson Jr. secured his spot into the $5,000-to-win A-Main with the 4th and final transfer spot in his heat race. Starting in 14th, Earl dropped four spots in the 30-lapper to place 18th.  

On Saturday afternoon, Earl followed up the sixth fastest lap in his time trial group with a 3rd place finish in his heat. With $5,000 on the line in the feature, Pearson Jr. gained two positions to register a 10th place finish. (Steve Schhars photo)

For the final round of the inaugural Battle at the Border on Sunday, Pearson Jr. posted an 8th place finish in his heat transferring him into the B-Main for one last shot at the $15,000-to-win finale. Needing to place 3rd or better, Earl Pearson Jr. logged a 5th place outing.

For full results from these events, please visit www.WoOLMS.com.

December 4, 2019 - Earl Pearson Jr. Bag Two-Win 2019 Season
Black Diamond Race Cars house driver Earl Pearson Jr. traveled to a total of 71 events during the 2019 season behind the wheel of the P&W Sales No. 1 driveETCH.com Late Model entry. Losing 16 of his scheduled dates to bad weather, Pearson Jr. recorded two wins, 16 Top-5 finishes, and 32 Top-10 outings. He also finished eighth in the final Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series (LOLMDS) point standings.

October 19, 2019 - Pearson Jr. Closes Out Lucas Oil Season with DTWC at PRP
Earl Pearson Jr. and the Black Diamond Racecars teamed made the trip to Portsmouth Raceway Park (Portsmouth, Ohio) on Friday evening for the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series season finale. Drawing 66 cars for the 39th annual Rhino Ag Dirt Track World Championship, Pearson Jr. suffered mechanical issues in his heat that saw him retire on the eighth lap.

Falling short of a transfer spot in his B-Main on Saturday night, Earl was granted a provisional into the $100,000-to-win main event. Rolling off 23rd, Pearson Jr. got caught behind a wreck on the fourth lap that saw him come to halt. Bringing out a caution on lap 80, Earl Pearson Jr. recorded an 18th place outing in the 100-lap affair.

Earl finished eighth in the final LOLMDS point standings. For full results from the event as well as the final series' standings, please visit www.LucasDirt.com.

October 12, 2019 - EPJ Attends Lucas Oil Dixie Shootout
Following the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series, Earl Pearson Jr. traveled to Dixie Speedway (Woodstock, Georgia) on Saturday night for the Dixie Shootout. With 39 Super Late Models registered in for action, Pearson Jr. fell short of a transfer spot in his heat with a 6th place finish. Coming one spot shy of a transfer spot in his B-Main, Earl was granted a provisional into the main event. With $12,000 on the line, Earl Pearson Jr. gained four spots to place 19th. (Kevin Prater photo)

Earl remains in eighth in the latest LOLMDS point standings. For full results from this event as well as the latest series standings, please visit www.LucasDirt.com.

October 5, 2019 - Pearson Passes 21 Cars in Pittsburgh 100
Weekend Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series action found Earl Pearson Jr. debuting a brand-new Black Diamond Racecars House Car/ Lucas Oil No. 1 Drive4Etch.com/ Clements Racing Engine Super Late Model house car. While the team got off to a slow start on Friday night at Ohio’s Raceway 7, Pearson Jr. turned on the afterburners on Saturday night at Pittsburgh’s Pennsylvania Motor Speedway.

The driver known as “The Hurricane,” advanced 21 spots to finish second in the 31st annual Pittsburgher 100.

“We weren’t that good early in the night, but we changed the setup for the feature and had a really good car. Around us guys we’re having wrecks and running out of gas, but we kept our nose clean and kept moving forward,” Pearson Jr. said. “All in all, it was a good night for our team. We’ve been struggling the past few months, but the guys at Black Diamond Race Cars and on our team have been busting their tails. We’ve got some new stuff that we are trying on the car and I think we are back headed the right direction.”

Following the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series, Earl Pearson Jr. traveled to Raceway 7 (Conneaut, Ohio) on Friday evening for the inaugural Great Lakes 50. In a field of 32 competitors, Earl logged a seventh-place finish in his heat race, sending him into the B-Main. Grabbing the third-and-final transfer spot in his B-Main, Pearson Jr. earned the 21st-starting position for the opening night feature. With $10,000 on the line, Earl Pearson Jr. gained three spots to cross the finish line in 18th. (Heath Lawson photo)

On Saturday night at Pittsburgh’s Pennsylvania Motor Speedway (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania) for the 31st annual Pittsburgher 100, Pearson Jr. fell short of a transfer spot in both his heat race and B-Main, forcing him to rely on a series provisional to start the $20,000-to-win finale.

Wheeling his way into a podium spot, Earl passed 21 cars in the 100-lap affair, reeling in a runner-up finish behind Don O’Neal with Tim McCreadie, Jimmy Owens, and Gregg Satterlee rounding out the Top-5.

Earl is currently eighth in the latest LOLMDS point standings. For full results from these events as well as the latest series standings, please visit www.LucasDirt.com.

September 21, 2019 - EPJ Follows Lucas Oil Series to Hoosier State
On Friday night Earl Pearson Jr. was one of 23 Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series entries signed in at Kokomo Speedway (Kokomo, Indiana) for the Late Model Shootout. Recording a 4th place finish in his heat, Earl earned the 11th-starting position for the opening night feature. Holding his spot for all 50-laps, Pearson Jr. posted an 11th place finish. (Heath Lawson photo)

On Saturday evening at Brownstown Speedway (Brownstown, Indiana) for the 40th annual Jackson 100, Pearson Jr. followed up a 6th place finish in his heat with an 8th place finish in his B-Main. Using a provisional into the $15,000-to-win A-Main, Earl passed ten cars in the 100-lapper to place 13th.

Earl sits in seventh in the latest LOLMDS point standings. Full results from these events are available at www.LucasDirt.com.

September 14, 2019 - Top 10 Finish in Knoxville Nationals Finale
Earl Pearson Jr. returned with the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series on Thursday night at Knoxville Raceway (Knoxville, Iowa) for the 16th annual Knoxville Nationals. In a field of 55 cars, Earl fell one spot short of a transfer position in his heat with a 4th place finish. Coming in 2nd in his B-Main behind Stormy Scott, Pearson Jr. earned the 21st-starting position for the preliminary feature. Gaining six spots, Earl Pearson Jr. logged a 15th place outing. (Heath Lawson photo)

The following night, Pearson Jr. grabbed the 3rd and final transfer spot in his heat which positioned him 9th on the starting grid for the $7,000-to-win preliminary feature. Improving two spots in the 25-lap affair, Earl recorded a 7th place finish.

For the final night of the 16th annual Knoxville Nationals on Saturday, Earl locked into the 15th-starting position for the finale based off his best preliminary night between Thursday and Friday. With $40,000 on the line, Earl Pearson Jr. improved six spots in the 100-lapper reeling in a 9th place finish.

Earl remains in seventh in the latest LOLMDS point standings. Full results from these events are available at www.LucasDirt.com.