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Pearson Blazes To Fast Time During Friday-Night Qualifying For Dirt Late Model Dream by Ferris Commercial Mowers At Eldora Speedway


ROSSBURG, OH – June 8, 2012 – Earl Pearson Jr. of Jacksonville, Fla., kicked off the 18th Dirt Late Model Dream by Ferris Commercial Mowers in fine fashion on Friday night, topping the 98-car field with the fastest lap in time trials at Eldora Speedway.

The 40-year-old standout ripped off a lap of 15.476 seconds to start the second round of qualifying, vaulting him past first-round fast qualifier Don O’Neal of Martinsville, Ind. Pearson’s time held up for the remainder of the session, putting him in the spotlight on opening night of the prestigious $100,000-to-win DIRTcar UMP-sanctioned event.


“I was worried about O’Neal when he put that first lap down,” said Pearson, who timed second to O’Neal in the first round of qualifying. “I figured he’d come out that second lap and beat that, so we’re happy to end up with fast time.”


Pearson was also smiling after spinning a ‘3’ on the invert wheel, providing him the best possible starting position in his heat race on Saturday night. He will take the green flag from inside row two in the first of six 15-lap preliminaries, each of which transfers three drivers to the 100-lap Dream A-Main.


A former World 100 winner who drives a Longhorn Chassis for NASCAR veteran Bobby Labonte, Pearson will attempt to start the seventh Dream 100 of his career. He owns a top finish of fifth (2005) in the race that offers the dirt Late Model division’s richest first-place prize.


O’Neal, 47, was unable to better his first-round time of 15.592 seconds, but he still ended qualifying with his MasterSbilt No. 71 second overall. He will start third in Saturday’s second heat race as he bids to become the first driver in Dream history to win the event in consecutive years.


The ‘3’ invert was perfect for the drivers who timed 13-18 in qualifying, handing each a pole position start in a heat. Saturday’s polesitters will include former Dream winners Jimmy Owens of Newport, Tenn., and Darrell Lanigan of Union, Ky.; Jonathan Davenport of Blairsville, Ga., who hit the wall on his second qualifying lap but was fast enough with his first circuit to rank 14th; Tim McCreadie of Watertown, N.Y., who made a hasty switch to his backup car for qualifying after hitting the turn-two wall during hot laps; Shannon Babb of Moweaqua, Ill.; and Eric Wells of Hazard, Ky.


Friday’s top 60 qualifiers locked themselves into heat-race starting spots. Drivers timing below that threshold were for the first time split into three 20-lap Qualifying Features that paid $1,000 to win, offered full DIRTcar UMP points and provided racers an opportunity to better their starting positions in Saturday’s heat races.


Duane Chamberlain of Richmond, Ind., Jeff Babcock of Wayne, Ohio, and Sprint Car veteran Shane Cottle of Kokomo, Ind., emerged victorious in the Qualifying Features. Each will start 11th in a heat on Saturday evening.


The driver who gained the most from the new Qualifying Features format was 2011 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series champion and current Nationwide Series regular Austin Dillon of Welcome, N.C., who started last (11th) in the second race after failing to record a time because he jumped the turn-two berm and ripped off his car’s nosepiece during his first lap. He charged forward to finish third, moving him further up in the heat lineup.


Saturday’s racing program, which begins at 7 p.m., includes six heat races, C- and B-features and the new ‘scramble’ races prior to the $100,000 Dirt Late Model Dream by Ferris Commercial Mowers.


Tickets for the Dirt Late Model Dream remain available on-line at www.EldoraSpeedway.com or by calling the speedway office at 937-338-3815.


For more information on DIRTcar UMP Racing, log on to www.DirtCar.com.


Qualifying Results for Dirt Late Model Dream by Ferris Commercial Motors (rank/driver/hometown/best lap):


1. 44-Earl Pearson Jr./Jacksonville, FL 15.476


2. 71-Don O'Neal/Martinsville, IN 15.592


3. 28-Eddie Carrier Jr./Salt Rock, WV 15.606


4. 22-Chris Ferguson/Mt. Holly, NC 15.670


5. 25-Josh Richards/Shinnston, WV 15.682


6. 41-Brad Neat/Dunnville, KY 15.696


7. 5-Klint Byars/Calhoun City, MS 15.699


8. 0-Scott Bloomquist/Mooresburg, TN 15.820


9. 6-Steve Shaver/Vienna, WV 15.823


10. 55-Jeep VanWormer/Pinconning, MI 15.837


11. 25-Shane Clanton Fayetteville, GA 15.852


12. 3s-Brian Shirley/Chatham, IL 15.858


13. 20-Jimmy Owens/Newport, TN 15.868


14. 15-Jonathan Davenport/Blairsville, GA 15.883


15. 39-Tim McCreadie/Watertown, NY 15.884


16. 29-Darrell Lanigan/Union, KY 15.904


17. 18-Shannon Babb/Moweaqua, IL 15.924


18. 18-Eric Wells/Hazard, KY 15.930


19. 5-Jared Landers/Batesville, AR 15.94


20. 1-Brandon Sheppard/New Berlin, IL 15.964


21. 25-Jason Feger/Bloomington, IL 15.985


22. 28 Dennis Erb Jr. Carpentersville, IL 16.002


23. 15b-Brian Birkhofer/Muscatine, IA 16.019


24. 7R-Kent Robinson-Bloomington, IN 16.044


25. 1*-Chub Frank/Bear Lake, PA 16.054


26. 21-Billy Moyer/Batesville, AR 16.087


27. c9-Steve Casebolt/Richmond, IN 16.088


28. 53-Ray Cook-Brasstown, NC 16.089


29. 71c-R.J. Conley/Portsmouth, OH 16.091


30. 17M-Dale McDowell/Chickamauga, GA 16.112


31. 44-Chris Madden/Gray Court, SC 16.132


32. A1-Duke Whiseant/Texarkana, AR 16.142


33. 23-John Blankenship/Williamson, WV 16.147


34. 81-Scott James/Lawrenceburg, IN 16.148


35. 23-Ryan VanderVeen/Six Lakes, MI 16.264


36. 3-Matt Miller/Whitehouse, OH 16.277


37. 34-Ky Harper/Holland, OH 16.343


38. 9R-Curtis Roberts/Coleman, MI 16.369


39. 75-Terry Phillips/Springfield, MO 16.410


40. 11-Tyler Reddick/DuQuoin, IL 16.410


41. 15-Steve Francis/Ashland, KY 16.45


42. 28-Jimmy Mars/Menomonie, WI 16.451


43. 5b-Mike Marlar/Winfield, TN 16.496


44. 71-Chris Wall/Holden, LA 16.505


45. 42-Terry Casey/New London, WI 16.521


46. 111-Curt Spalding/Hartford, MI 16.544


47. 15-Jon Henry/Ada, OH 16.547


48. 57J-Bub McCool/Vicksburg, MS 16.553


49. 20J-Jerry Bowersock/Wapakoneta, OH 16.576


50. 44-Clint Smith/Senoia, GA 16.588


51. 24H-Greg Johnson/Bedford, IN 16.594


52. 555-Justin Coulter/Loomington, ONT 16.595


53. 20H-Jacob Hawkins/Fairmont, WV 16.659


54. b4-Jackie Boggs/Grayson, KY 16.670


55. 00-Jesse Stovall/Galena, MO 16.698


56. 79-Doug Drown/Wooster, OH 16.706


57. 6K-Michael Kloos/Trenton, IL 16.754


58. 99-Donnie Moran/Dresden, OH 16.754


59. 88-Andrew Reaume/Blenheim, ONT 16.777


60. 37H-Jared Hawkins/Fairmont, WV 16.818


61. 20c-Duane Chamberlain/Richmond, IN 16.846


62. 48-Tim Lance/Brimfield, IL 16.885


63. 46-Tim Rivers/Salem, IN 16.936


64. 1N-Casey Noonan/Toledo, OH 16.939


65. 99M-Devin Moran/Dresden, OH 16.958


66. 31-Shane Cottle/Kokomo, IN 16.987


67. 31-Scott Creel/Franklinton, LA 17.003


68. 37-Dennis Franklin/Gaffney, SC 17.011


69. 26-Tony Knowles/Tyrone, GA 17.024


70. 19-Chad Smith/Miamisburg, OH 17.031


71. 1B-Jeff Babcock/Wayne, OH 17.037


72. 11B-James Rice/Verona, KY 17.163


73. 1WC-Wayne Chinn/Bradford, OH 17.164


74. 89-Mike Spatola/Manhattan, IL 17.182


75. 32-Mark Dodson/Caledonia, MS 17.206


76. 17-Shannon Thornsberry/Martin, KY 17.264


77. 26-Bill Lewis/Warren, IN 17.364


78. 10-Leon Henderson/Laurel, MS 17.461


79. F5-B.J. Robinson/Shreveport, LA 17.499


80. 25-Dustin Neat/Dunnville, KY 17.517


81. 28-John Lobb/Frewsburg, NY 17.576


82. 17-Ronnie DeHaven/Winchester, VA 17.627


83. 93-Jay Johnson/W. Burlington, IA 17.677


84. 33B-Scott Bowersock/Wapakoneta, OH 17.707


85. 44-Greg Kendall/Paoli, IN 17.787


86. 30-Mark Voigt/Marine, IL 17.87


87. 16-Tracy Pearson/Woodstock, GA 18.282


88. 36-Matt Irey/Mansfield, OH 18.359


89. 92-Cody Scott/Ontario, OH 18.629


90. 38-Kevin Colston/Frankfort, KY 18.686


91. 33-Don Gordon/Chatham, ONT 19.062


92. 99G-Jacob Grizzle/Blairsville, GA N/T


93. 1W-Dillon Wood/New Smyrna Beach, FL N/T


94. 1V-Will Vaught/Crane, MO N/T


95. 81Jr-Jason Riggs/Harrisburg, IL N/T


96. 00-Jay Sessoms/Stanley, NC N/T


97. 2-Justin Chance/Lexington, OH N/T


98. 3-Austin Dillon/Welcome, NC N/T


Qualifying Feature No. 1 Finish (20 laps): 1. Duane Chamberlain ($1,000), 2. Scott Creel, 3. Ronnie DeHaven, 4. Casey Noonan, 5. Chad Smith, 6. Justin Chance, 7. B.J. Robinson, 8. Wayne Chinn, 9. Greg Kendall, 10. Matt Irey, 11. Don Gordon (DNS) Will Vaught, Justin Chance


Qualifying Feature No. 2 Finish (20 laps): 1. Jeff Babcock ($1,000), 2. Devin Moran, 3. Austin Dillon, 4. Dennis Franklin, 5. Mike Spatola, 6. Tim Lance, 7. Bill Lewis, 8. Cody Scott, 9. Mark Voigt, 10. Jay Johnson, 11. Dustin Neat (DNS) Jacob Grizzle, Jason Riggs



Qualifying Feature No. 3 Finish (20 laps): 1. Shane Cottle ($1,000), 2. John Lobb, 3. Tony Knowles, 4. Tim Rivers, 5. Mark Dodson, 6. Leon Henderson, 7. Scott Bowersock, 8. Tracy Pearson Jr., 9. James Rice, 10. Kevin Colston (DNS) Dillon Wood, Jay Sessoms


Dream Heat Race Lineups (top three transfer from each):


Heat 1:


Row 1: Jimmy Owens/Klint Byars


Row 2: Earl Pearson Jr./Jared Landers


Row 3: Chub Frank/Chris Madden


Row 4: Ky Harper/Mike Marlar


Row 5: Clint Smith/Jesse Stovall


Row 6: Duane Chamberlain/Ronnie DeHaven


Row 7: Chad Smith/B.J. Robinson


Row 8: Greg Kendall/Don Gordon


Row 9: Will Vaught


Heat 2:


Row 1: Jonathan Davenport/Scott Bloomquist


Row 2: Don O’Neal/Brandon Sheppard


Row 3: Billy Moyer/Duke Whiseant


Row 4: Curtis Roberts/Terry Casey


Row 5: Greg Johnson/Doug Drown


Row 6: Jeff Babcock/Austin Dillon


Row 7: Mike Spatola/Bill Lewis


Row 8: Mark Voigt/Dustin Neat


Row 9: Jason Riggs


Heat 3:


Row 1: Tim McCreadie/Steve Shaver


Row 2: Eddie Carrier Jr./Jason Feger


Row 3: Steve Casebolt/John Blankenship


Row 4: Terry Phillips/Curt Spalding


Row 5: Justin Coulter/Michael Kloos


Row 6: Shane Cottle/Tony Knowles


Row 7: Mark Dodson/Scott Bowersock


Row 8: James Rice/Dillon Wood


Heat 4:


Row 1: Darrell Lanigan/Jeep VanWormer


Row 2: Chris Ferguson/Dennis Erb Jr.


Row 3: Ray Cook/Scott James


Row 4: Tyler Reddick/Jon Henry


Row 5: Chris Wall/Donnie Moran


Row 6: Scott Creel/Casey Noonan


Row 7: Justin Chance/Wayne Chinn


Row 8: Matt Irey/Shannon Thornsberry


Heat 5:


Row 1: Shannon Babb/Shane Clanton


Row 2: Josh Richards/Brian Birkhofer


Row 3: R.J. Conley/Ryan VenderVeen


Row 4: Steve Francis/Bub McCool


Row 5: Jacob Hawkins/Andrew Reaume


Row 6: Devin Moran/Dennis Franklin


Row 7: Tim Lance/Cody Scott


Row 8: Jay Johnson/Jacob Grizzle


Heat 6:


Row 1: Eric Wells/Brian Shirley


Row 2: Brad Neat/Kent Robinson


Row 3: Dale McDowell/Matt Miller


Row 4: Jimmy Mars/Jerry Bowersock


Row 5: Jackie Boggs/Jared Hawkins


Row 6: John Lobb/Tim Rivers


Row 7: Leon Henderson/Tracy Pearson


Row 8: Kevin Colston/Jay Sessoms

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