Earl Pearson Jr. Finishes 10th at Dream, Bobby Labonte Sets Fast Time at Nextel Prelude at Eldora Speedway ARCHDALE, NC (June 12, 2007)- 2000 Nextel NASCAR Champion Bobby Labonte and three-time dirt late model national champion Earl ...
Earl Pearson Jr. Finishes 10th at Dream, Bobby Labonte Sets Fast Time at Nextel Prelude at Eldora Speedway
ARCHDALE, NC (June 12, 2007)- 2000 Nextel NASCAR Champion Bobby Labonte and three-time dirt late model national champion Earl Pearson Jr. both competed in separate events at Eldora Speedway this past week. Bobby competed in the Nextel Prelude to benefit the Victory Junction Camp on Wednesday June 6th. Bobby driving a car that Earl Pearson Jr. normally competes in each weekend but with Bobby's familiar #43 on the side would post the fastest lap in qualifying among the 26 drivers in attendance for the Prelude. Bobby would finish 3rd in his race and earn a 5th starting position for the 30-lap main event. At the start Labonte would move into the 4th place position and was working on 3rd place when contact on lap 17 from behind from Kyle Busch would send Labonte into the front straight wall and also collect Kasey Kahne. Bobby would retire from the event with a disappointing 21st finish.
"Earl, Jason, Matt and the entire crew really had the car working well for me and I felt we had a top four car. I hated that we didn't get to finish and show how good the car was for LifeLong Locks, Mopar, Sunoco and all our sponsors. It was cool to be able set fast time and beat Tony in qualifying at his track. I had a lot of fun this year and was glad to be part of Tony's deal and look forward to doing it again next year", stated Bobby.
Earl Pearson Jr. drove the same car that Bobby used in the Prelude to a solid 10th place finish in the Dream 100 Saturday at Eldora Speedway. The 100-lap feature event paid $100,000 to the winner and attracted 142 drivers from all over the country trying to make the 24 car field. Earl makes the feature event by finishing 3rd in the fifth heat race earning a 17th starting position for the feature event. Earl would charge immediately to the front using a line similar to his line last year that propelled him to victory in the World 100. Earl would move into the 6th position by lap 10 and was one of the fastest cars on the track at that point. But after an early race caution Earl would struggle to find traction the remaining laps and would finish 10th at the checkers.
"We had a really good car for the feature, but after that second caution flag my tires sealed over and the car just quit working. It was like a light switch turned off and the car quit going forward after that. But we did get our third top ten finish in a row in the Dream and felt good about our performance and also helping Bobby set fast time at the Prelude. It was a pretty good weekend for us and were excited about coming back in September to defend our title in the World 100", stated Earl.
Earl and the team will head south this coming weekend and compete on the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series at three events.On Thursday Night, June 14th the team will head to the Duck River Speedway in Wheel TN for a $7,000 to win feature event. The next night Earl will compete at the North Georgia Speedway in Chatsworth, GA on Friday, June 15th in a $7,000 to win show. Earl will conclude the weekend at Talladega Short Track in Talladega, AL for a $10,000 to win event on Saturday. The Talladega event on Saturday, June 16th will be taped by SPEED Channel and will be shown on a date and time to be announced in the future.