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O’Neal denies Pearson to win LOLMDS Pittsburgher 100

By Series PR
  Contact Editor

Hudson O’Neal joined his father, Don as a winner of the Pittsburgher 100, claiming the $20,000 victory in the 33rd annual event on Saturday night at Pittsburgh’s Pennsylvania Motor Speedway.

The win marked O’Neal’s sixth Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series win of 2021.

O’Neal tracked down race-long leader Earl Pearson, Jr., passing him for the lead on lap 93. O’Neal then pulled away for the win. His father Don is a two-time winner of the race in 2017 and 2019. Pearson had led from the onset of the race as the four-time series champion was looking for his first series win since last July. Pearson led the first 92 laps the 100-lap event.

Pearson came home in second followed by Tim McCreadie, Spencer Hughes, and Zebulon, Georgia’s Shane Clanton.

Pearson was in control for most of the race, racing unchallenged for the lead even through a lap 50 caution for a fuel-stop. Even after the stoppage Pearson held the lead. O’Neal, who had brought out a lap 54 caution for a shock adjustment, charged from the back using the inside of the half-mile track.

O’Neal caught Pearson coming off turn two. As the duo came off turn four, O’Neal made the pass which turned out to be the winning move, as he went on the win his third 100-lap race of the year.

O’Neal solidified his second spot in the championship point standings behind McCreadie heading into a three-race weekend in Tennessee and Georgia next weekend.

“I’d rather be lucky than good. I wasn’t really good enough to win the race, “ said O’Neal. “Spencer (Hughes) had gotten around me on the bottom there one time. He got a monster run down the frontstretch. I thought ‘well all right,’ so I went down there and made the same kind of ground. I just happened to hit it good one time. It took a while to finally hit it. It was really, really easy to miss. I just kept trying and it finally paid off. I was just in a better part of the racetrack than Earl was. He got away from me a little bit on that restart.

“I knew he (Pearson) was going to get his tires hot before mine, because I was in the brown. After about ten laps I started driving back to him. I can’t believe it. We will take one anyway we can get it. We have got to get a little bit better for the next time. Overall, we are just happy to be here, and we took advantage of the situation. We talked about it under the fuel-stop. I had to stay out for that restart because I was the lucky dog and had to stay out on the racetrack to get it. I ran a couple of laps, and I just wasn’t really good. So, I brought the caution out and I pitted, and my crew made the right adjustments.”

Devin Moran, Tyler Erb, Blairsville, Georgia’s Jonathan Davenport. Jimmy Owens, and Kyle Bronson rounded out the top 10.

For more information on the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series, visit LucasDirt.com.

Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
Pennsylvania Motor Speedway – Imperial, PA
Pittsburgher 100 – October 2, 2021

Pos Start Car # Competitor Hometown Pay
1 17 71 Hudson O’Neal Martinsville, IN $20,700
2 2 46 Earl Pearson, Jr Jacksonville, FL $9,800
3 1 39 Tim McCreadie Watertown, NY $5,800
4 13 11H Spencer Hughes Meridian, MS $4,700
5 12 25 Shane Clanton Zebulon, GA $4,200
6 8 9 Devin Moran Dresden, OH $2,700
7 4 1T Tyler Erb New Waverly, TX $3,200
8 3 49 Jonathan Davenport Blairsville, GA $3,100
9 6 20 Jimmy Owens Newport, TN $3,200
10 14 40B Kyle Bronson Brandon, FL $2,800
11 11 22F Chris Ferguson Mt. Holly, NC $2,000
12 15 20RT Ricky Thornton, Jr. Adel, IA $2,600
13 7 2S Stormy Scott Las Cruces, NM $2,500
14 23 14 Josh Richards Shinnston, WV $2,500
15 21 23 Kyle Lukon Burgettstown, PA $1,600
16 9 37 Jacob Hawkins Fairmont, WV $1,400
17 16 10 Jared Miley Pittsburgh, PA $1,300
18 24 66C Matt Cosner Ridgeley, WV $1,200
19 20 1Z Logan Zarin Moon Twp., PA $1,200
20 18 25Z Mason Zeigler Chalk Hill, PA $1,200
21 10 22 Gregg Satterlee Indiana, PA $1,200
22 22 20F Trever Feathers Winchester, VA $1,200
23 19 1C Alex Ferree Saxonburg, PA $1,200
24 5 2 Michael Norris Sarver, PA $1,200
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