This weekend’s Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series races at the Portsmouth(OH) Raceway Park on Saturday and the Hillbilly Hundred at the Tyler County(WV) Speedway on Sunday will mark the end of the relationship between Black Diamond Race Cars and driver Earl Pearson Jr. The pairing has been together for the past four seasons(2018-2021).
The split was described as “amicable” on the Black Diamond Race Cars website. Black Diamond, which is co-owned by Louisianans Ronnie and Terry Stuckey, is looking toward the future.
“Earl is and will always be one of my very best friends, and we wish him nothing but the best as he takes his racing career in a different direction,” Ronnie Stuckey said in a press release posted to his organization’s website. “We’ve enjoyed having him pilot our House Car over the past four years, and now we are looking ahead to the future. We are currently working toward some future endeavors for the remainder of the 2021 season, and also are looking to hit some big shows this Fall. Past this year, we are already plotting out our plans for 2022, which will include a run at a national tour as well as many of the crown jewel events.”
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Pearson is a four-time Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series champion. While driving for the Stuckey-owned team he earned a total of nine feature victories, seven of which were LOLMDS-sanctioned events. The most lucrative triumph came in the Dirt Million race held in 2018 at the Mansfield(OH) Motor Speedway which paid just over $200,000. The team earned a fourth-place finish in the final Lucas Oil standings along with five series wins in 2018.
Pearson’s plans beyond this weekend are not yet known.
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