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July 13
Tri-City Speedway,
Granite City, IL
Sanction: Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series (NAPA Know How 50) - $12,000
Information provided by: Series reports (last updated July 14, 9:47 am)
Pearson rallies from 9th for Lucas win at Tri-City
NAPA Know How 50
  1. Earl Pearson Jr.
  2. Jimmy Owens
  3. Tim McCreadie
  4. Mason Zeigler
  5. Bobby Pierce
  6. Josh Richards
  7. Don O'Neal
  8. Tony Jackson Jr.
  9. Jonathan Davenport
  10. Hudson O'Neal
  11. Dennis Erb Jr.
  12. Gregg Satterlee
  13. Tim Manville
  14. Kyle Bronson
  15. Clay Daly
  16. Kolby Vandenbergh
  17. Joey Moriarty
  18. Scott Bloomquist
  19. Blaze Burwell
  20. Austin Rettig
  21. Daryn Klein
  22. Darrell Lanigan
  23. Billy Laycock
  24. Scott Henseler
  25. Rickey Frankel
  26. Mike Hammerle
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Earl Pearson Jr. captured his third Lucas Oil victory of 2018.
What won the race: Grabbing the lead on the 37th lap, fifth-row starter Earl Pearson Jr., of Jacksonville, Fla., led the rest of the way Friday at Tr-City Speedway to top Jimmy Owens in the NAPA Know How 50 on the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series. Pearson took the checkers 3.491 seconds ahead of Owens in the 50-lapper.
On the move: Winner Earl Pearson Jr. started ninth.
Winner's sponsors: Pearson’s Black Diamond Chassis is powered by a Clements Racing Engine and sponsored by Lucas Oil, Rauen Precision Machining, Five Star Shop Service, P&W Sales, DP Motorsports, JR Motorsports, Cooper’s Country Meat Packers, Papich Construction, Midwest Sheet Metal, DriveWFX.com and MSR Mafia Marketing Services.
Points chase: After Tri-City: 1. Jonathan Davenport (4,740); 2. Josh Richards (4,645); 3. Scott Bloomquist (4,560); 4. Earl Pearson Jr. (4,440); 5. Tim McCreadie (4,340); 6. Don O'Neal (4,330); 7. Bobby Pierce (4,310); 8. Hudson O'Neal (4,250); 9. Jimmy Owens (4,205); 10. Darrell Lanigan (3,940); 11. Gregg Satterlee (3,910); 12. Mason Zeigler (3,830); 13. Dennis Erb Jr. (3,815); 14. Kyle Bronson (3,760).
Car count: 26
Fast qualifier: Josh Richards
Time: 14.798 seconds
Polesitter: Josh Richards
Heat race winners: Josh Richards, Tony Jackson Jr., Scott Bloomquist
Next series race: July 14, Lucas Oil Speedway (Wheatland, MO) $12,000
Editor's note: Results and race details are unofficial.
From series and staff reports

GRANITE CITY, Ill. (July 13) — A hurricane made landfall at Tri-City Speedway late Friday night.

Charging from the ninth starting spot, Earl Pearson Jr. of Jacksonville, Fla., outdueled Jimmy Owens of Newport, Tenn., for a $12,000 Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series victory in the Illinois oval’s NAPA Know How 50.

Working his way through the field to join the frontrunners at the halfway mark, Pearson set his sights on Owens, running a close second for several laps. The Black Diamond driver finally pulled ahead of the race leader on lap 37 of 50, leading the remaining distance for his third series victory of the 2018 season.

“(Owens) was awful good,” Pearson said after the race. “He could move around a lot better than I could. I just married myself to the bottom. He slipped up down there a little bit and I just kept my line right around the bottom. … It’s been quite some time since I’ve been up on this stage. But I told them before I went off the stage, ‘A hurricane’s blowing in, so watch out.’”

Pearson said patience was the key to his Tri-City triumph, which marked his 25th career Lucas Oil Series victory.

“It had that little ring around the bottom and I just stayed there,” Pearson said. “I had a couple of good restarts and that helped me get up there to third. The car was good. It turned really good around the bottom. … This car, we ain’t run it in quite some time. But I think every time we’ve run it, it’s run top-five. So I may run it again tomorrow.”

Sixth-starting Owens settled for a runner-up finish, with fifth-starting Tim McCreadie of Watertown, N.Y., ran third. Mason Zeigler of Chalk Hill, Pa., finished fourth, with 12th-starting Bobby Pierce of Oakwood, Ill., rallying to round out the top five.

Overtaking early race leader Tony Jackson Jr. of Lebanon, Mo., on lap 34, Owens led only a few circuits before falling to Pearson. But he was still pleased with his second-place finish.

“It was a good run,” Owens said. “I had a good car all night long. … This is definitely an up. You can’t say thanks enough to all your sponsors and all those guys because without them, we’d be way down.”

While McCreadie was able to come away with a podium finish, he was still feeling a bit defeated after Friday’s feature. It was near the end of the 50-lapper that he noticed he was experiencing engine problems.

“It’s been a struggle all year,” McCreadie said. “We should be happy but the motor’s blown up. It’s one of those deals. I didn’t even know I had an issue until I noticed the gauges with like two to go was losing all the water and then I come in and the fuel pump’s broke in half. It’s just one of those deals. We need to get this stuff to run a little bit harder early so we don’t have to start back. All in all to get a top-three is pretty cool.”

Notes: Pearson earned his third series victory of the season and 25th of his career. ... Outside front-row starter Tony Jackson Jr. of Lebanon, Mo., led the first 33 laps but faded to finish eighth. ... Third-place finisher Tim McCreadie of Watertown, N.Y., broke a water pump that dumped water out of his car's engine in the final laps. ... The race was slowed by a single caution. ... Scott Bloomquist pulled into the pits under the yellow running second; he finished a lap down in 18th.

Feature lineup

Row 1: Richards, Jackson
Row 2: Bloomquist, Zeigler
Row 3: McCreadie, Owens
Row 4: D. O'Neal, Erb
Row 5: Pearson, Manville
Row 6: H. O'Neal, Pierce
Row 7: Davenport, Satterlee
Row 8: Bronson, Lanigan
Row 9: Frankel, Klein
Row 10: Vandenbergh, Laycock
Row 11: Rettig, Moriarty
Row 12: Daly, Burwell
Row 13: Henseler, Hammerle

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