INDIANAPOLIS, IN (November 19, 2006)- The Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series concluded a successful racing season on Saturday Night, November 18 with their 2006 awards celebration held at the beautiful Indianapolis Downtown Marriott. Earl Pearson, Jr. of Jacksonville, FL was officially crowned the 2006 Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series National Champion for the second consecutive year. Award recognition and point fund money were handed out to the top ten in points with special awards announced during the night. Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series announcer James Essex was the emcee of the night as recognition was given to the Sponsors, Staff and Promoters of the tracks that the Series participated at this season.
Pearson captured three series wins this year with the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series with those victories coming at Brownstown, Cedar Lake and Tyler County. Pearson competed in 33 events recording 19 top five finishes, 26 top ten finishes and three Comp Cams Fast Time Awards during the campaign. Pearson and the Dunn-Benson Ford Motorsports Team is owned by Carlton and Kemp Lamm of Dunn, NC who were recognized as the Championship Car Owners. Crew chief for the Dunn Benson team Jason Fitzgerald was honored as the Series "Lucas Oil Crew Chief of the Year". Other team members who were recognized at the ceremony were Matt Langston and Regan Cobb. Pearson also captured the Sunoco Race Fuels "Race for Gas" award. Pearson utilized a MasterSbilt Chassis Ford Fusion with a Larry Wallace prepared racing engine.
Don O'Neal of Martinsville, IN finished second in the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series standings. Donnie Moran of Dresden, OH was third and was the top competitor in the "Comp Cams Fast Time Award." Scott James of Lawrenceburg, IN was fourth and named the Allstar Performance Hard Charger. Matt Miller of Waterville, OH rounded out the top five points this season.
Steve Casebolt of Richmond, IN finished sixth in the Series standings and was also honored as the 2006 Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series "Rookie of the Year". Scott Bloomquist of Mooresburg, TN led the Series with nine wins and took seventh place and also earned the K&N Engineering "Clean Pass Award”. Freddy Smith of Seymour, TN was eighth in the final standings followed by Michael England of Glasgow, KY and Darren Miller of Chadwick, IL.
The Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series sanctioned 33 events in 2006 at 22 different race tracks in 16 states. A total of 652 drivers raced with the series this season as 17 different drivers won series events in '06. The series averaged 59 cars overall as the series had car counts of over 60 thirteen times this year, over 50 twenty-one times, over 40 twenty-seven times and over 30 thirty-one times.
MasterSbilt Race Cars of Crothersville, IN was honored as the 2006 Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series "Chassis Builder of the Year" as Tader and Jerilyn Masters were on hand to accept the award.
Lucas Oil VP Bob Patison spoke of the State of the Series and pledged Lucas Oil Products continued support of its Dirt Late Model Series while making a sample presentation of the upcoming SPEED TV broadcasts. Patison announced that Lucas Oil has acquired its own production studio to benefit the Series competitors and gave an update on the status of the new Lucas Oil Stadium in downtown Indianapolis, briefly outlining benefits the Series will receive with Lucas Oil Products new relationship with the Indianapolis Colts. Veteran promoter and Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series advisor Mike Swims gave insight to the audience of the continued success of the Series.
In other series news the SPEED Channel television broadcast schedule has been released with 12 taped events and a special year in review show to air on Saturday Nights at 7:30 pm Eastern time following the Lucas Oil on the Edge program. The first event to air will be from East Bay Raceway Park in Tampa, FL on December 2. East Bay's final night of the '06 Winternationals will air on December 9 with the Ralph Latham Memorial from Florence (KY) Speedway to be shown on December 16. To wind up the month of December the Masters from Cedar Lake Speedway in New Richmond, WI will be broadcast on December 30. The entire SPEED Channel Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series event schedule is available on line at www.lucasdirt.com.
The 2007 Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series will begin for the third in a row at East Bay Raceway Park in Tampa, FL starting on Monday Night, February 5.
For more information on the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series please visit the series website at www.lucasdirt.com or call the Series Office at (951) 532-2503.
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