Pearson fifth in DTWC at Portsmouth; fifth in LOLMDS points race
Friday night found Papich Racing pilot Earl Pearson Jr. in action at Portsmouth Raceway Park (Portsmouth, Ohio) for the 42nd annual General Tire Dirt Track World Championship presented by Optima Batteries. (Heath Lawson photo)
Drawing 68 Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series (LOLMDS) entries for the two-day series finale, Pearson stopped the clocked third-fastest in his group before placing first in his heat.
Earning the sixth-starting position for Saturday’s $100,000-to-win Dirt Track World Championship, Earl mounted a late charge in the final 30 circuits of the 100-lapper to finish fifth. He trailed Garrett Smith, Tim McCreadie, Mike Marlar, and Hudson O’Neal to the checkers.
Earl finished fifth in the final LOLMDS point standings.