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August 29, 2020 - EPJ scores sixth place finish in Rumble by the River finale
Thursday night saw Earl Pearson Jr. return with the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series (LOLMDS) at Port Royal Speedway (Port Royal, Pa.) for the three-day Rumble by the River. In a stout field of 55 cars, Earl secured his spot into the opening night feature with a runner-up finish in his heat behind Shane Clanton. With $10,000 on the line, Pearson Jr. faded back to a 20th place outing in the 30-lap affair.

After Mother Nature wiped out Friday night’s program, Pearson Jr. returned to the half-mile oval on Saturday evening for the $15,000-to-win finale. Reeling in a second finish in his heat race behind Kyle Bronson, Earl earned the 10th-starting position for the main event. Coming one spot shy of a Top-5 finish, Pearson Jr. marched forward four spots to register a sixth place finish. (Heath Lawson photo)

Earl remains 11th in the latest LOLMDS point standings. For full results from these events, please visit www.LucasDirt.com.

August 22, 2020 - Runner-up finish in Topless 100 at Batesville Motor Speedway
Earl Pearson Jr. recorded a running up finish on Saturday night in his Lucas Oil No. 1 P&W Sales/ Drive4Etch.com/ Clements Racing Engine/ Black Diamond Chassis House Car. (Heath Lawson photos)

Pearson was one of 48 Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series (LOLMDS) entries on hand at Batesville Motor Speedway (Locust Grove, Ark.) on Thursday night for the opening round of the  28th Annual COMP Cams Topless 100 weekend.

After fading back to fourth early in his heat race, Pearson rebounded to pick up the win, which positioned him fourth on the starting grid for the $5,000-to-win preliminary feature. Holding his position for all 30 laps, Earl notched a fourth place finish behind Tim McCreadie, Jimmy Owens, and Dale McDowell with Billy Moyer Jr. coming in fifth.

For another $5,000-to-win preliminary feature on Friday, Earl followed up the sixth fastest lap in his time trial group with a 10-lap heat race victory. Earning the sixth-starting position for the A-Main, Pearson Jr. was consistent for all 30 laps, crossing the line in sixth.

With preliminary finishes from Thursday and Friday setting the grid for the main event on Saturday evening, Pearson was sixth overall in preliminary points, which positioned him on the third row for the feature.

With $40,000 on the line, Earl marched forward four spots to register a runner-up finish behind Jimmy Owens. Tim McCreadie, Billy Moyer Sr., and Dale McDowell rounding out the Top-5.

“It was looking like they were going to have a heck of a finish between Jimmy and Billy.  We started sixth and finished second in this Lucas Oil car, so it was a good race for us. Billy got me on that restart. Jimmy’s on fire right now and it feels good to come home second to him. Jimmy is winning everything right now. Mooney did a heck of a job on the racetrack, especially with as many cars that were here and the heat. He did a really good job.”

The Black Diamond Race Team now shifts their focus to a tripleheader header at Port Royal Speedway in Port Royal, Pa. The Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series will take to the track on Thursday for a $10,000-to-win program. On Friday, the winner’s purse increases to $12,000-to-win before wrapping up with a $15,000-to-win event on Saturday.

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

August 15, 2020 - EPJ scores 8th place finish in North/South 100 at Florence
Earl Pearson Jr. took his Lucas Oil No. 1 P&W Sales/ Drive4Etch.com/ Clements Racing Engine/ Black Diamond Chassis House Car to a Top-10 finish Saturday at Florence (Ky.) Speedway. (Heath Lawson photo)

After a scheduled two-weekend break, the Black Diamond Race Team returned to the Lucas Oil Late Model Series on Wednesday at Florence Speedway - kicking off four-straight nights at the half-mile oval with the 34th Annual Ralph Latham Memorial.

Following the third fastest lap in his time trial group, Pearson grabbed the third and final transfer spot in his heat race, which positioned him 18th on the starting grid for the $12,000-to-win A-Main. Improving two spots in the 50-lap affair, Earl registered a 16th place finish.

The following night for the Sunoco North/South Shootout presented by Lucas Oil, Earl secured his spot into the main event with a second-place finish in his heat race behind Mike Marlar. With $10,000 on the line, Pearson advanced one spot in the 50-lapper to place 11th.

On Friday, the field competed in a pair of passing points heat races. The combined points from both rounds would determine the grid for the Sunoco North/South 100 presented by Lucas Oil. Earl picked up a 12-lap heat race victory in his first heat race before Mother Nature pushed the second round of heats to Saturday. (Steve Alcorn photo)

Returning on Saturday afternoon, Earl passed five cars in his second heat race to finish fourth, locking him into the fifth-starting position for the $50,000-to-win finale. Fading three spots in the 100-lap affair, Pearson notched an eighth-place finish.

“We’re still looking to get some consistency back, that’s what you’ve got to have in this series with this level of competition,” Pearson noted. “We’re working to figure out what we need to do get us in a better position day in and day out. I think we’re making steps in the right direction.”

Pearson now turns his attention to the 28th Annual COMP Cams Topless 100 at Batesville Motor Speedway in Locust Grove, Ark. The event, which will be co-sanctioned by the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series and the COMP Cams Super Dirt Series, will feature $5,000-to-win programs on Thursday and Friday. The weekend culminates with a $40,000-to-win finale on Saturday.

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