By admin | June 7, 2010
By Richard Allen
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Bobby Labonte did not have a good weekend in Pocono. He finished 38th after completing only 32 laps of the Gillette Fusion 500. For that matter, the former champion has had a terrible season thus far. He has not had a single top-20 finish in all of 2010.
However, the driver can take solace in the fact that his Bobby Labonte Racing team had a stellar early June weekend. Brad Neat won the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series race in Tazewell, Tennessee on Friday night and Earl Pearson, Jr. won another LOLMDS race on Saturday night in Florence, Kentucky. Each of those shows paid $10,000 to win.
In Fridayâ€™s race, Neat got out to the lead early and shortly afterward the high banked Tazewell track locked down into one groove. He held off Steve Casebolt and dirt racing legend Scott Bloomquist for the win in the 75 lap feature race. It was Neatâ€™s first LOLMDS win of 2010.
â€œYou canâ€™t believe how good it feels,â€ Neat said after the race. â€œItâ€™s truly great just to get back in here and get a win.â€
On Saturday, Pearson was able to score his first win on the Florence track. The multiple time champion of the LOLMDS discussed how he would like to parlay this win into another in August when Florence hosts the $50,000 to win North/South 100.
â€œI was just in the right place at the right time,â€ Pearson said. â€œThis is my first win here at Florence and hopefully we can come back here in August and do it again.â€
Again, it was Bloomquist who served as one of the BLR driverâ€™s chief competitors in a classic battle in Florence. â€œHe slid up in front of me and I just put an old Earnhardt move on him and dove back under him,â€ Pearson said in reference to some late race passing between he and Bloomquist.
The great thing for BLR is that their drivers appear to be peaking just before the most lucrative race of the dirt track season, the $100,000 to win ‘The Dream’.
The problem for Neat and Pearsonâ€™s boss, if you want to call it a problem, is that his drivers have proven their cars are capable of winning just before Labonte is to pilot one of those MasterSbilt chassis cars in the â€˜Prelude to the Dreamâ€™ at the Eldora Speedway on Wednesday night in Rossburg, Ohio. Hopefully, his result will be better on dirt than on asphalt so far in 2010.
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Richard Allen is a member of the National Motorsports Press Association. His weekly columns appear in The Mountain Press and The Knoxville Journal.
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