Carrier Cashes in at Ponderosa

JUNCTION CITY, KY  – Kentucky native Eddie Carrier Jr. took the lead from Earl Pearson Jr. on lap 28 and went on to win the rain-shortened John Bradshaw Memorial at Ponderosa Speedway. The win marks his tenth career Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series victory.
Carrier was born and raised just 20 miles from Ponderosa Speedway. His father, Eddie Carrier Sr. won a track championship and a multitude of feature events at the 3/8-mile bullring.
Carrier led the first seven laps of the race until Pearson took over the point. Carrier rallied back, using the outside line to take control again on lap 28. When a caution for debris flew after 30 laps were scored, rain began to fall. After several laps under caution with rain continuing to fall, the race was called official. Trailing Carrier and Pearson across the line were Josh Richards, Jonathan Davenport, and Jared Hawkins.
The 47-year-old Carrier became the seventeenth different winner in LOLMDS competition in 2018. “I don’t think I could have run 20 more laps like that up top. Thank you for the rain. I have a left rear flat, so I am glad it’s over. I have been coming here since I was kid, watching my dad and Russ Petro battle it out every Friday Night. There were a lot of great drivers that ran here like Big Daddy Paul Feistritzer, Finn Watson, and several more. It’s always special to win here.”
“All of my friends and family are here. To come in here and outrun these Lucas Oil guys, I don’t care if I have got 3,000 laps here when these guys come in here they are all business. They know what they are doing and that’s why they get paid to do it. We are a small team. We try to always do the best we can every time out. I think when Earl got on the bottom there it kind of dirtied the top of the track for me. I was going thru a tear-off about every lap.”
Pearson coming off a career-win in the Dirt Million at Mansfield last weekend finished second. “Hey anytime I lose to a guy like Eddie I don’t feel too bad about it. He and I are great friends. Me and Josh [Richards] went with a little bit softer tire. We led it for a while by running the bottom. Eddie was up top where he normally doesn’t run. He made it happen, so I am happy for him. It was a great race track they had here tonight. I hated the rain situation, but you can’t control that.”
Richards also complemented the track crew for a well-prepared surface. “We will take third. I knew on that last restart that the rain was coming. I probably should have taken the top on Eddie. I know Earl and I both gambled on tires tonight. I thought I had a shot before that last caution, I was running Earl and Eddie down. I had a really good car, but Eddie and those guys deserved it. It was good to see him win.”
The winner’s Jake Keaton Racing-owned Longhorn Chassis is powered by a Durham Racing Engine and sponsored by: Keaton’s Collision Center, Barboursville Mini-Storage, Complex Auto Sales Used Cars, All-Star Performance, Fox Racing Shox, and Accu-force.
Completing the top ten were Darrell Lanigan, Jimmy Owens, Gregg Satterlee, Tanner English, and Mason Zeigler.
Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
Race Summary
Friday, August 31, 2018
14th Annual John Bradshaw Memorial
Ponderosa Speedway – Junction City, KY

Miller Welders Time Trials
Fast Time Group A: Kyle Bronson / 12.905 seconds (overall)
Fast Time Group B: Tanner English / 12.913 seconds

Eibach Springs Heat Race #1 Finish (10 Laps, Top 6 Transfer): Kyle Bronson, Earl Pearson, Jr., Tim McCreadie, Brandon Overton, Gregg Satterlee, Ricky Thornton Jr., Mike Marlar, Tommy Bailey, Jimmy Owens, Scott Bloomquist

FK Rod Ends Heat Race #2 Finish (10 Laps, Top 6 Transfer): Eddie Carrier, Jr., Jonathan Davenport, Michael Chilton, Jared Hawkins, Darrell Lanigan, Bobby Pierce, Mason Zeigler, Todd Coffman, David Webb-DNS

Simpson Performance Products Heat Race #3 Finish (10 Laps, Top 6 Transfer): Tanner English, Josh Richards, Don O’Neal, Victor Lee, Eric Wells, Shanon Buckingham, Jason Jameson, Dennis Erb, Jr., Connor Meade

Penske Racing Shocks B-Main Finish (12 Laps, Top 4 Transfer): Mike Marlar, Mason Zeigler, Tommy Bailey, Jimmy Owens, Dennis Erb, Jr., Todd Coffman, Scott Bloomquist, Connor Meade, David Webb, Jason Jameson-DNS

Lucas Oil Feature Finish (50 Laps):

FINISH
START
CAR #
DRIVER NAME
HOMETOWN
EARNINGS
1
2
10C
Eddie Carrier, Jr.
Salt Rock, WV
$12,000
2
4
1
Earl Pearson, Jr.
Jacksonville, FL
$6,300
3
6
1R
Josh Richards
Shinnston, WV
$4,500
4
5
49
Jonathan Davenport
Blairsville, GA
$3,650
5
11
11H
Jared Hawkins
Fairmont, WV
$2,250
6
14
14
Darrell Lanigan
Union, KY
$2,500
7
22
20
Jimmy Owens
Newport, TN
$2,300
8
13
22
Gregg Satterlee
Indiana, PA
$2,000
9
3
96
Tanner English
Benton, KY
$1,200
10
23
28
Dennis Erb, Jr.
Carpentersville, IL
$1,800
11
20
25Z
Mason Zeigler ®
Chalk Hill, PA
$1,875
12
9
5
Don O’Neal
Martinsville, IN
$1,850
13
16
20RT
Ricky Thornton Jr.
Sedgwick, KS
$1,025
14
12
1X
Victor Lee
Danville, KY
$1,000
15
7
39
Tim McCreadie
Watertown, NY
$1,700
16
21
11B
Tommy Bailey
Corbin, KY
$1,000
17
1
40B
Kyle Bronson ®
Brandon, FL
$1,100
18
8
97
Michael Chilton
Salvisa, KY
$1,000
19
15
18E
Eric Wells
Hazard, KY
$1,000
20
10
76
Brandon Overton
Evans, GA
$1,000
21
17
32
Bobby Pierce
Oakwood, IL
$1,700
22
18
50
Shanon Buckingham
Morristown, TN
$1,000
23
19
157
Mike Marlar
Winfield, TN
$1,000
24
24
35
Todd Coffman
Junction City, KY
$1,000

Race Statistics
Entrants
: 28
Lap Leaders: Eddie Carrier Jr. (Laps 1 – 5); Earl Pearson Jr. (Laps 6 – 27); Eddie Carrier Jr. (Laps 28 – 30)
Wrisco Feature Winner: Eddie Carrier Jr.
Margin of Victory: 0.258 seconds
Cautions: Brandon Overton, Tim McCreadie (Lap 19); Debris (Lap 30)
Series Provisionals: Dennis Erb Jr.
Miller Welders Fast Time Provisional: Todd Coffman
Optima Batteries Hard Charger of the Race: Jimmy Owens (Advanced 15 Positions)
Midwest Sheet Metal Spoiler Challenge Point Leader: Jonathan Davenport
Allstar Performance Power Move of the Race: Don O’Neal
Sunoco Race for Gas Highest Finisher: Eddie Carrier Jr.
Hot Rod Processing Rookie of the Race: Mason Zeigler
COMP Cams Engine Builder of the Race: Durham Racing Engines
Ohlins Shocks Chassis Builder of the Race: Longhorn Chassis
Outerwears Crew Chief of the Race: Garrett Alberson (Earl Pearson Jr.)
Fastest Lap of the Race: Josh Richards (Lap #8 – 13.2272 seconds)
STEEL-IT Most Laps Led: Earl Pearson Jr. (22 Laps)
Dirty Girl Racewear Farthest Traveler: Ricky Thornton
PFC Brakes Pole Award: Kyle Bronson
Time of Race: 22 minutes 24 seconds