Pearson Ends Drought, Banks $50,000

PORT ROYAL, Pa. — Earl Pearson Jr. raced to the top position on lap 10 and held on for his first Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series win since July of 2020. Thornton took home $20,000 for second place, as the defending Dirt Track World Champion finished just .612 seconds behind the four-time Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series champion. Thornton took the lead at the start of the race as Pearson, who started fourth, started making his move early and had climbed to second by lap five. Pearson then outdueled Thornton in the race for the lead to grab the top position on lap 10. Pearson looked to be in control until Thornton started to close the gap with less than 10 laps to go. Thornton, who sits third in the championship points standings, had tracked down Pearson before the only caution of the race. “We did nothing different there in the last part of the race.

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