The change takes place after this weekend
This weekend, the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series unloads in Ohio and West Virginia. Portsmouth Raceway Park is paying $15,000 to win on Saturday. Sunday’s race at Tyler County Speedway is the famed Hillbilly Hundred, paying $30,000 to win.
The trip this weekend will be the last for the partnership between Earl Pearson Jr and the Black Diamond Race Team. After this weekend, the team and driver will part ways.
“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. We’ve enjoyed having him pilot our House Car over the past four years, and now we are looking ahead to the future,” Ronnie Stuckey stated.
He added, “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.”
The team owner is looking forward to more family time.
“Both Clayton and Jarret are making some big gains early in their racing careers, and I haven’t had the opportunity to go to the track with them near as much as I would’ve liked. With us not being on the road with the national tour for the rest of the year, this will give me a great chance to go spend some time at the track with both of them, and that’s got me excited,” Ronnie Stuckey shared.
He concluded, “I was at the track for Jarret’s first win, and I want to make sure I’m there for Clayton’s first one as well. You just can’t put a price tag on the value of that kind of family time in racing.”
Black Diamond restarted their house car program several years ago. Earl Pearson Jr has been the driver since the team restarted the program.
Earl Pearson Jr is currently 11th in LOLMDS standings. He has three top-5s and 6 top-10s in 26 starts.
The team plans to return in 2022.