Pearson Jr., Moran and Mars Collect Ohio Speedweek Wins AKRON, Ohio (July 13, 2004) -- The three hottest drivers in the Xtreme DirtCar nation squared off in the final three races of the GNC Live Well Stores Ohio Speedweek program, giving the...
Pearson Jr., Moran and Mars Collect Ohio Speedweek Wins
AKRON, Ohio (July 13, 2004) -- The three hottest drivers in the Xtreme DirtCar nation squared off in the final three races of the GNC Live Well Stores Ohio Speedweek program, giving the late model dirt racing fans a show.
Earl Pearson Jr., Donnie Moran and Jimmy Mars each collected a victory during the final three-races of the event. Moran won the opener and the championship races in both the Stacker2 Xtreme DirtCar Series and the Northern Xtreme DirtCar Series tightened during the weeklong racing progression.
Goodyear is the exclusive tire provider for the entire Xtreme organization. Goodyear engineers and Xtreme officials determine which tire combinations will be offered for each event. Xtreme also has ridged rules governing what teams can do with their tires.
Moran, who won the Attica Attack 50 at Attica Raceway Park in Attica, was typical of the Xtreme racers praise of their tires when he said, "The track was slick, but these Goodyear Eagles worked absolutely fantastic. Look at 'em, they can be used again."
Pearson won the GNC Buckeye 50 at Wayne County Speedway in Orrville and Mars won the Anheuser Busch KC Klash 50 at KC Raceway in Chillicothe.
Pearson's victory on the 3/8-mile Wayne County track came on a night when 52 cars jammed the pits. Pearson and Mars traded the lead during the 50-lap race, each driver leading twice. Pearson took the lead for the last time and led the final 24 laps.
Keith Berner finished third at Wayne County, Matt Miller was fourth and Moran took fifth. Brian Birkhofer had the best qualifying time and Davey Johnson won the Gemini Car Care Center Hard Charger Award by gaining nine spots.
The Attica race saw more of the same furious action. Moran started third and fell to fourth place in the early going. He eventually took the lead in time to lead the final 10 laps. Pearson was second, pole sitter Ray Cook finished fourth and Steve Shaver finished fifth after starting ninth.
Miller set a track record with a lap of 15.232 seconds around the 1/3-mile oval and Shane Clanton improved 12 spots from his starting position to win the Gemini Car Care Centers Hard Charger Award.
Mars won the fourth and final race in the series, beating Moran and Pearson in the process. Miller led the first nine laps, Moran had the top spot for the next 36 laps and Mars led the final five circuits. Pearson, who gained 16 positions and won the Gemini Car Care Centers Hard Charger Award, finished third. Birkhofer and Johnson finished the top five. Steve Shaver posted the best lap in time trials, 13.640 seconds.
The result of the four-race tour of Ohio tracks left Mars with the lead in the Stacker2 series standings. He leads Pearson 2,802-2,747.
Moran leads Miller in the Northern Series standings 2,097-1,839.