Pearson Wins The 2018 Dirt Million At Mansfield Motor Speedway

Earl Pearson Jr., prevails despite being in this melee.

Racing from Friday night setup the lineups for Saturday night’s heat races and the Dash. The heat races became last chance qualifier races with just the winner transferring into the Dirt Million main event.

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Bobby Pierce began to drive away from the field on lap 85. Pearson challenged Pierce on a lap 89 restart by going low in turn 1 and pulling even. Pearson attempts to throw a slider on Pierce in turn 3 but Pierce carries momentum and slips between the challenger and the wall.

Bobbling in turn one on the next lap, Pierce gives up the lead to Pearson. The two run the final ten laps nose to tail with Pierce not giving up any space. Earl Pearson Jr., crosses the finish line with Pierce in tow.

#1 Earl Pearson Jr. and #32 Bobby Pierce battle side-by-side late in the race.

Dirt Million Race Results:

Heat 1 (8 Laps – Winner transfers): 1. Tyler Erb; 2. Earl Pearson Jr; 3. Nick Hoffman; 4. Dan Angelicchio; 5. Chris Simpson; 6. Billy Moyer Jr.

Heat 2 (8 Laps – Winner transfers): 1. Shannon Babb; 2. Ricky Thornton Jr; 3. Doug Drown; 4. Zack Dohm; 5. Chub Frank; 6. Chad Simpson; 7. Mike Wonderling; 8. Tyler Horst; 9. Steve Sabo.

Heat 3 (8 Laps – Winner transfers): 1. Chase Junghans; 2. Scott Bloomquist; 3. Bobby Pierce; 4. Kyle Bronson; 5. Brandon Overton; 6. Austin Rettig; 7. Dave Hornikel; 8. Ryan Scott.

Heat 4 (8 Laps – Winner transfers): 1. Brian Birkhofer; 2. Rick Eckert; 3. Matt Irey; 4. Dave Hess Jr; 5. Chris Hackett; 6. Jason Miller; 7. Jared Landers.

Heat 5 (8 Laps – Winner transfers): 1. Max Blair; 2. Jimmy Owens; 3. Frank Heckenast Jr; 4. Kent Robinson; 5. Jared Miley; 6. Mike Maresca; 7. Nick Davis; 8. Ben Mott.

Heat 6 (8 Laps – Winner transfers): 1. Dale McDowell; 2. Chris Ferguson; 3. Eddie Carrier Jr; 4. Ryan Markham; 5. Jackie Boggs; 6. Colton Flinner; 7. Russ Frohnapfel.

Heat 7 (8 Laps – Winner transfers): 1. Brandon Sheppard; 2. Steve Casebolt; 3. RJ Conley; 4. Tyler Carpenter; 5. Ryan Unzicker; 6. Gordy Gundaker.

Heat 8 (8 Laps – Winner transfers): 1. Gregg Satterlee; 2. Dennis Erb Jr; 3. Jeep VanWormer; 4. Zachary McMillan; 5. Jason Feger; 6. Boom Briggs.

Dash (8 Laps-Race finish sets the top 8 positions for the Dirt Million main event): 1. Don O’Neal; 2. Mason Zeigler; 3. Ricky Weiss; 4. Devin Moran; 5. Josh Richards; 6. Mike Marlar; 7. Jonathan Davenport; 8. Darrell Lanigan.

B Main 1: 1. Earl Pearson Jr; 2. Nick Hoffman; 3. Doug Drown; 4. Ricky Thornton Jr; 5. Zack Dohm; 6. Dan Angelicchio; 7. Billy Moyer Jr; 8. Chub Frank; 9. Tyler Horst; 10. Steve Sabo; 11. Chris Simpson; 12. Mike Wonderling.

B Main 2: 1. Scott Bloomquist; 2. Bobby Pierce; 3. Rick Eckert; 4. Dave Hess Jr; 5. Matt Irey; 6. Kyle Bronson; 7. Jason Miller; 8. Austin Rettig; 9. Dave Hornikel; 10. Chris Hackett; 11. Ryan Scott; 12. Brandon Overton.

B Main 3: 1. Jimmy Owens; 2. Chris Ferguson; 3. Frank Heckenast Jr; 4. Eddie Carrier Jr; 5. Jared Miley; 6. Ryan Markham; 7. Kent Robinson; 8. Jackie Boggs; 9. Mike Maresca; 10. Nick Davis; 11. Colton Flinner; 12. Ben Mott.

B Main 4: 1. Dennis Erb Jr; 2. Steve Casebolt; 3. Jeep VanWormer; 4. RJ Conley; 5. Tyler Carpenter; 6. Jason Feger; 7. Zachary McMillan; 8. Ryan Unzicker; 9. Boom Briggs; 10. Gordy Gundaker.

Main Event (100 Laps):

  1. Earl Pearson Jr – $203,739
  2. Bobby Pierce – $41,287
  3. Gregg Satterlee – $20,993
  4. Ricky Weiss – $12,176
  5. Scott Bloomquist – $8,917
  6. Brandon Sheppard – $7,711
  7. Steve Casebolt – $7,305
  8. Dale McDowell – $6,899
  9. Darrell Lanigan – $7,397
  10. Max Blair – $6,494
  11. Mike Marlar – $6,494
  12. Tyler Erb – $6,088
  13. Shannon Babb – $5,885
  14. Dennis Erb Jr – $6,382
  15. Brian Birkhofer – $5,479
  16. Tyler Horst – $5,276
  17. Jimmy Owens – $5,873
  18. Chris Ferguson – $4,870
  19. Josh Richards – $5,464
  20. Ben Mott – $4,424
  21. Nick Hoffman – $4,383
  22. Matt Irey – $4,302
  23. Mason Zeigler – $4,939
  24. Jonathan Davenport – $4,958
  25. Chase Junghans – $4,058
  26. Don O’Neal – $4,858
  27. Tyler Carpenter – $4,058
  28. Devin Moran – $4,058

Race Stats

Entrants: 77

Lap Leaders: Don O’Neal (Laps 1 – 9); Ricky Weiss (Laps 10 – 15); Shannon Babb (Laps 16 – 76); Jimmy Owens (Laps 77 – 82); Bobby Pierce (Laps 83 – 91); Earl Pearson Jr. (Laps 92 – 100)

Wrisco Feature Winner: Earl Pearson Jr.

Margin of Victory: 0.904 seconds

About the author

Bobby Kimbrough

Bobby grew up in the heart of Illinois, becoming an avid dirt track race fan which has developed into a life long passion. Taking a break from the Midwest dirt tracks to fight evil doers in the world, he completed a full 21 year career in the Marine Corps.
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