BUSCH: Larry Pearson Makes First Trip to Las Vegas

Pearson takes first trip to Vegas SPARTANBURG, S.C. (Feb. 24, 1999) When Larry Pearson won his two NASCAR Busch Series Grand National Division championships in 1986 and '87, the series was much different than it is today. Las Vegas was a place...

Pearson takes first trip to Vegas

SPARTANBURG, S.C. (Feb. 24, 1999) When Larry Pearson won his two NASCAR Busch Series Grand National Division championships in 1986 and '87, the series was much different than it is today. Las Vegas was a place people went to gamble, not to race.

Pearson, the son of three-time NASCAR Winston Cup Series champion David Pearson, has been around long enough to see the major changes that have occurred in the NASCAR Busch Series.

"At the time I won my two championships, we didn't compete on the West Coast," Pearson said. "In fact, I've never been to Las Vegas in my whole life. I'm excited about going and seeing the lights and feeling excitement in the air. I also plan to test my luck playing the slot machines. I'm hoping to win big in the casino as well as on the race track."

A little beginner's luck would be welcome to Pearson on his first visit to Las Vegas -- both in the casinos and at the 1.5-mile race track that held its first NASCAR Busch Series event in 1997. It would especially be welcome at the track where Jeff Green and Jimmy Spencer have won the first two NASCAR Busch Series races -- because in the first two series races this year, Pearson has run well but has been bitten by incidents not of his own making each time out in the No. 00 Buckshot Racing Cheez-It Pontiac.

Despite his misadventures Pearson is still 12th in NASCAR Busch Series points. However, being 133 points behind after only two events he knows he can't depend on the fates to control his destiny. But the veteran Pearson doesn't believe in luck alone.

"I believe you make your luck," Pearson said. "I feel confident in my team and the whole Buckshot Racing organization. The guys work hard to provide me the best cars available. This team started fourth and finished eighth last year at this track. You take that and combine it with my experience and we can win this race."

The Buckshot Racing team plans to run a new race car for the Sam's Town 300. Kenneth Campbell, crew chief for the No. 00 Pontiac, feels positive about their success.

"This car competed once before with Buckshot Jones behind the wheel at Richmond last year," Campbell said of the Pontiac. "It's a good race car. We tested the car in December at Greenville-Pickens Speedway (outside Greenville, S.C.), which is a fast, flat track, and what we learned there will benefit us in Las Vegas."

Pearson and the entire Buckshot Racing team -- which tested competitively this week at its "home" track, Darlington Raceway -- is ready to roll the dice in Las Vegas and they are hoping to win big.

Source: NASCAR Online

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Jimmy Spencer , Jeff Green , Buckshot Jones