North Carolina based Dunn-Benson Motorsports announced on Wednesday that driver Earl Pearson, Jr. has decided to part ways with their organization. The news release put out by the team said that Pearson informed co-owners Carlton and Kemp Lamm last week that he had decided to go in another direction for 2018. The No. 1 race team expects to continue with their operation next year with a new driver in place.
The 45-year-old Pearson won three features and placed seventh in the final Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series standings in 2017. This most recent stint in the Dunn-Benson car was the second for the driver from Jacksonville, Florida. Together they won numerous races and three national championships in their combined time together.
“We’ve had a great relationship with Earl for 17 years now and we will still be great friends going forward. We have won a lot of races together including the World 100 and Three National Championships over the years we’ve been together. We wish him the best on his new endeavor, but at the same time we are very excited about our plans for 2018 for the Dunn Benson Motorsports team,” Carlton and Kemp Lamm stated in the team’s press release.
Also according to the release, the team hopes to announce more details regarding their upcoming plans with a new driver and sponsors as well as what series they will run in the future.