Golden Isles Speedway
Pearson, Lloyd split victories at Golden Isles
By Kelley CarltonO'Reilly SAS East
BRUNSWICK, Ga. (Oct. 12) — Floridians Earl Pearson Jr. and Ivedent Lloyd Jr. shared twin victories in O'Reilly Southern All Star East competition at the newly-reconfigured Golden Isles Speedway. Pearson, of Jacksonville, and Lloyd, of Ocala, earned $2,000 apiece.
In the first race, Lloyd grabbed early lead, but Pearson moved ahead with an outside move and took control for a lead he'd never give up. Pearson maneuvered through lapped traffic on the 4/10-mile oval for complete his 20-lap victory over Lloyd and Billy Moyer. Casey Roberts, who finished fifth, locked up the SAS East title by virtue of simply starting the feature.
“I really appreciate what the Lloyds have done with this racetrack," Pearson said of track owner Frankie Lloyd and his family. "It is so much better for us and the fans. We are able to race on it now and that is just great.”
Pearson drew a six-car inversion for the second 20-lapper, putting Brandon Cameron and Roberts on the front row. Roberts took the early lead over Dennis Franklin, Cameron and Moyer, but Ivedent Lloyd was up to third two laps later. Lloyd then dropped Franklin to third, then tracked down Roberts to grab the lead just before the halfway point. He went on to win over Pearson and Roberts. Moyer dropped out with valvetrain problems. Matt Miller, piloting the Murrell Mixon-owned No. 7, got up to second but dropped out with three laps remaining.
"We have been having a lot of fun, but we wanted to win one of these things so bad," Lloyd said. "I am glad we got one here at our home track in front of our car owners. I need to thank Grady Lloyd for giving me such great equipment and J.B. Harris for all of his help."
Pearson and Lloyd each notched their first career SAS East victories. ... The event drew 29 cars will Lloyd setting fast time with a 16.281 seconds. ... Tony Knowles and Randle Chupp won consolation races. ... Provisional starters were Monk Gulledge and Jimmy Ivester.
First feature: (1) Earl Pearson Jr., (2) Ivedent Lloyd Jr., (3) Billy Moyer, (4) Dennis Franklin, (5) Casey Roberts, (6) Brandon Cameron, (7) Bodine Massingill, (8) Mark Vineyard, (9) Dion Deason, (10) Brent Dixon, (11) Matt Miller, (12) Jimmy Lee Davis, (13) Dale Hammond, (14) Chuck Chitty, (15) Bo Smith, (16) Tony Knowles, (17) Phillip Pittman, (18) John Kellum, (19) Monk Gulledge, (20) Randle Chupp, (21) Chesley Dixon, (22) David Browning, (23) Dillon Wood, (24) Jimmy Ivester.
Second feature: (1) Ivedent Lloyd Jr., (2) Earl Pearson Jr., (3) Casey Roberts, (4) Dennis Franklin, (5) Bodine Massingill, (6) Dion Deason, (7) Brandon Cameron, (8) Tony Knowles, (9) Dale Hammond, (10) Jimmy Lee Davis, (11) Brent Dixon, (12) Dillon Wood, (13) Monk Gulledge, (14) Phillip Pittman, (15) Matt Miller, (16) Jimmy Ivester, (17) Mark Vineyard, (18) Bo Smith, (19) John Kellum, (20) Chuck Chitty, (21) Billy Moyer, (22) Randle Chupp, (23) David Browning, (24) Chesley Dixon.