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June 1, 2017

Duo on the flip side


WHEATLAND, MO. — Earl Pearson Jr. and Chris Simpson are good buddies, so it was no surprise to see them parked side-by-side in the pit area at Lucas Oil Speedway for last weekend’s 25th annual Show-Me 100 presented by ProtectTheHarvest.com.

The common subject the two drivers had to discuss, however, was a bit ironic. Both entered the crown jewel event having ridden out wild flips in Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series shows during the previous week — Pearson (pictured) on May 18 at La Salle MORE

May 4, 2017

Helping his hero

Kevin Kovac/DirtonDirt.com

Officially, Billy Vacek is Gary Stuhler’s crew chief this season. His mind, however, tells him something a little different.

For the 30-year-old Vacek, his current position transforms him into the youngster cheering on Stuhler that he used to be.

Indeed, when Vacek glanced at Stuhler while standing in Port Royal (Pa.) Speedway’s pit area prior to the April 23 Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series event, he spoke of the standout veteran driver from Greencastle, Pa., with the reverential tone of a MORE

April 6, 2017

New chapter for Landers


We should be talking right now about how Jared Landers is chasing a Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series championship this year. We should be discussing the Batesville, Ark., driver’s ascension to certified star status in the Dirt Late Model world.

Unfortunately, we’re not. Landers has been out of sight, if not exactly out of mind, since last summer when his burgeoning career took a sudden, dramatic detour into uncertainty, and only in the last couple weeks has he finally emerged from the MORE