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October 8, 2019

Jesse Lowe Claims Career Win No. 100
Tennessee Racer Bests 411 Motor Speedway Field

Crossville, Tennessee (10/08/19) – Saturday night at 411 Motor Speedway was a landmark night for 27-year-old, Jesse Lowe. The Tennessee racer visited Victory Lane for the 100th time in his career. The milestone accomplishment came aboard his Xtreme Pressure Washing No. 5j Gondolas Pizza and Steakhouse/ CVR Race Car Crate Late Model.

The victory was also the 18th of the 2019 campaign.

“When the year started, 18 wins seemed like a tall order, but I knew that if I could reach that number, that I’d also achieve my 100th win. On Saturday night I was thankfully able to achieve that goal,” Lowe shared. “To do it with my dad and my family there with me meant the world to me. It was also really cool to get the win in front of such a packed house that was there to see the World of Outlaws. So many great folks have helped me along the way to help me get to this point, and this win is for each-and-every one of them.”

Jesse Lowe made the short trip to 411 Motor Speedway (Seymour, Tennessee) on Saturday evening, where he was piloting his Gondola Pizza and Steakhouse No. 5j Crate Late Model entry.

Qualifying second fastest in time trials behind Trevor Sise, Jesse earned the second-starting position for the A-Main. Tracking down Sise by the seventh lap, Lowe took control of the lead two laps later and dominated the remaining distance of the 25-lap feature to capture his 18th win of the season and a $1,500 payday. The trip to Victory Lane marked the 100th of his short career.

Zach Sise, Jensen Ford, Chip Brindle, and Bradley Lewelling completed the Top-5 finishers.

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Lowes’ plans for the upcoming weekend are still tentative, but as of this time he plans to return to 411 Motor Speedway for a Weekly Racing Series Event.

Jesse Lowe would like to thank all of his marketing partners, which include Xtreme Pressure Washing, Gondolas Pizza and Steakhouse, Hidden View Lake, Bennett Heating and Cooling, Workout Anytime (Crossville and Cookeville, Tennessee), Baisley’s Body Shop, Phantom Racing Engines,  CVR Racecars, Martel Sign Company, The Clean Machine, Hyperco, Autozone, 865 Hydro Graphics, Haircuts by Mel, Hoosier Tire South, Penske Shocks by Vinny, Velocita, Butlerbuilt and Marketing Services.

Jesse would also like to say a very special thanks to Gary, Kyra, Jerry, Jeff, and last but not least his Dad for their great help on keeping the racecar in race-winning condition.

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October 8, 2019

Eric Cooley Pockets $4,000 in Gumbo Nationals Opener
Coors Light Fall Classic at Whynot Motorsports Park Up Next

Fulton, MS (10/08/19) – Eric Cooley piloted his Bryson Motorsports No. 33 Eric Cooley Trucking/ XR1 Rocket Chassis/ Clements Racing Engine Super Late Model to the $4,000 win on Friday night in the opening round of the 13th annual Gumbo Nationals at Mississippi’s Greenville Speedway.

The victory marked his first of the 2019 season.

“Friday night we set fast time in our group and that set everything in motion for the rest of the night. I can’t thank my crew enough for their help and the late night in the shop to put me in position to win this race,” Cooley said. “I knew as long as I could keep my line and hit my marks that I’d be tough to pass. On Saturday night I buried us early in the night, and we had to come out of the B-Main. We started deep in the field, and I decided to just pull off early to save the car. Still not a bad weekend at all for our team.

“I’d like to say a very special thanks to Norman Bryson with Bryson Motorsports and all of my sponsors, who support my program.”

Eric Cooley was one of 24 Mississippi State Championship Challenge Series entries on hand at Greenville Speedway (Greenville, Mississippi) on Friday evening for the opening round of Gumbo Nationals doubleheader. Starting the night with a heat race victory, Eric earned the second-starting position for the opening night feature.

Outrunning a hard-charging Chad Thrash, Cooley soared to his first win of the season. Thrash, Mike Palasini Jr., Brian Rickman, and B.J. Robinson completed the Top-5 finishers. He earned a $4,000 payday for his triumph.

Returning on Saturday night for the $8,000-to-win finale, Cooley fell short of a transfer spot in his heat race, but captured a consolation victory. Starting the main event in 17th, Eric retired early from the feature to a 21st-place finish.

Full results from the weekend’s events are available at .

The team will be idle for the next two weeks before returning to action on Thursday-Saturday, October 24-26 at Whynot Motorsports Park (Meridian, Mississippi) in the 25th Annual Coors Light Fall Classic. Weekend festivities include a pair of $2,500-to-win features on Friday night as well as a $15,000-to-win finale on Saturday night.

For more information on the weekend, please visit .

Eric and everyone at Cooley Motorsports would like to thank all of their sponsors, which include 78 Towing & Recovery Inc., Cooley Transport Inc, Bryson Motorsports, Tri-State Truck Center, Eric Cooley Trucking, O.H. Hendricks, GW Performance, VP Racing Fuels, Clements Racing Engines, SEG, Hooker Harness, Collins Signs and Marketing Services.

Cooley Motorsports is currently looking for new sponsors and marketing partners. For more information on joining the team, please visit .

For more information on Eric Cooley and Bryson Motorsports, please visit the official team website at and .

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October 8, 2019

Jake Knowles Tops King of the Crates Opener
Trip to the Hornet’s Nest on Tap for This Weekend

Rome, Georgia (10/08/19) – Jake Knowles tallied up his sixth win of the 2019 season on Friday night in his Knowles Race Parts & Bodies No. 66 Phillips Properties/ Josh Roberts Trucking/ Coosa Heating & Cooling/ Longhorn Chassis Late Model. The triumph was worth $2,000 and came at North Alabama Speedway during the opening round of the annual King of the Crates 100 weekend.

“We had a fun weekend at North Alabama Speedway for the King of the Crates 100,” Knowles commented. “On Friday night I got the job done, and on Saturday night thought I had a chance to win again, but Jeremy Shaw was just a little better. Congrats to him on a job well done.

“Now, we head to one of my favorite tracks, Talladega Short Track for two more Durrence Layne Dirt Late Model Series events. We’re focused on consistency right now, so that we can lock up this championship.”

On Friday evening Jake Knowles was one of 34 Durrence Layne Chevrolet Series entries on hand at North Alabama Speedway (Tuscumbia, Alabama) as the two-day King of the Crate 100 came to life. Registering the second-fastest lap in his time trial group, Knowles locked into the fourth-starting position for the opening night feature.

Challenging polesitter Tyler Wood for the lead by lap 20, Jake overtook Wood for the top spot on lap 24 and held off a hard-charging Will Herington late in the race to record his sixth win of the season. Herrington, Christian Hanger, Josh Putnam, and Tyler Wood followed Knowles across the finish line. He earned a $2,000 payday for his winning performance.

The following night the top prize was increased to $5,000 and, Jake laid down the fastest time in his group before cruising to a heat race victory. Earning the third-starting position for the finale, Knowles gained one spot in the 50-lapper to cross the finish line in second behind Jeremy Shaw with Dustin Harris, Christian Hanger, and Jadon Frame trailing them to the checkers.

On the heels of another great weekend, Jake strengthened his lead atop the Durrence Layne Chevrolet Dirt Late Model Series point standings. For full results from the events as well as the latest standings, please visit .

The upcoming weekend’s Durrence Layne Dirt Late Model Series action takes Knowles to the track that is known as “The Hornet’s Nest,” Talladega Short Track for a pair of events. Friday night’s event posts a $2,000 winner’s check, while Saturday has a $2,500 top prize on the line.

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Jake Knowles would like to thank his marketing partners, which include Knowles Race Parts & Bodies, Josh Roberts Trucking, Buster Goss Body Shop, Phillips Properties, Rheem, Martins Wrecker Service, Curbow Logging, Coosa Heating & Cooling, JW Motorsports, Bohannon Glass, Cruise with the Champions, Shorty’s Shock Service, Hoosier Racing Tire by Pup, Knowles Trucking, Wiles Racing Driveshafts, Joe’s Transmission, Carolina Racing Supply, Big A’s Custom Graphics, AG Calf Ranch, VP Racing, Mitchell Jenkins Photography, Stealth Racing Carburetors, VP Racing Lubricants, and Marketing Services.

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October 8, 2019

Earl Pearson Jr. Advances 21 Spots to Finish Second in the Pittsburgher
LOLMDS Georgia Double Dip Up Next

Shreveport, Louisiana (10/08/19) – Weekend Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series action found Earl Pearson Jr. debuting a brand-new Black Diamond Racecars House Car/ Lucas Oil No. 1 Clements Racing Engine Super Late Model house car. While the team got off to a slow start on Friday night at Ohio’s Raceway 7, Pearson Jr. turned on the afterburners on Saturday night at Pittsburgh’s Pennsylvania Motor Speedway.

The driver known as “The Hurricane,” advanced 21 spots to finish second in the 31st annual Pittsburgher 100.

“We weren’t that good early in the night, but we changed the setup for the feature and had a really good car. Around us guys we’re having wrecks and running out of gas, but we kept our nose clean and kept moving forward,” Pearson Jr. said. “All in all, it was a good night for our team. We’ve been struggling the past few months, but the guys at Black Diamond Race Cars and on our team have been busting their tails. We’ve got some new stuff that we are trying on the car and I think we are back headed the right direction.”

Following the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series, Earl Pearson Jr. traveled to Raceway 7 (Conneaut, Ohio) on Friday evening for the inaugural Great Lakes 50. In a field of 32 competitors, Earl logged a seventh-place finish in his heat race, sending him into the B-Main. Grabbing the third-and-final transfer spot in his B-Main, Pearson Jr. earned the 21st-starting position for the opening night feature. With $10,000 on the line, Earl Pearson Jr. gained three spots to cross the finish line in 18th.

On Saturday night at Pittsburgh’s Pennsylvania Motor Speedway (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania) for the 31st annual Pittsburgher 100, Pearson Jr. fell short of a transfer spot in both his heat race and B-Main, forcing him to rely on a series provisional to start the $20,000-to-win finale.

Wheeling his way into a podium spot, Earl passed 21 cars in the 100-lap affair to record a runner-up finish behind Don O’Neal. Tim McCreadie, Jimmy Owens, and Gregg Satterlee rounded out the Top-5.

Earl is currently eighth in the latest LOLMDS point standings. For full results from these events as well as the latest series standings, please visit .

The upcoming weekend – October 12-13 – takes the Black Diamond House Car to Georgia for a pair of LOLMDS races. On Saturday night the action opens at Dixie Speedway (Woodstock, Georgia) with the $12,000-To-Win, Lucas Oil Dixie Shootout before rolling into Rome Speedway (Rome, Georgia) on Sunday evening for the $10,000-To-Win, Lucas Oil Rome Showdown.

Black Diamond Racecars and Earl Pearson Jr. would like to thank their marketing partners, which include Lucas Oil, P&W Sales, Tegeler Wrecker & Crane,, DP Motorsports, Etchberger Trucking, Midwest Sheet Metal, Performance Bodies & Parts, Papich Construction, J&C Properties, Peterson Fluid Systems, Penske Racing Shocks, Hot Rod Processing, Allstar Performance, Hoosier Race Tires, Lone Star Super Gas Sunoco, Five Star Shop Service, Go Lithium, X-Treme Graphics by J-Rod, Moring Motorsports, FSR Racing Products, ASi Racewear, FK Rod Ends, Fast Shafts, QuickCar Racing Products, Beyea Headers, Quarter Master, Sweet Manufacturing, Stealth Industry Custom Fab, TWM Racing Products, Swift Springs, Out-Pace Racing Products, Brown Miller Racing Solutions, Accu-Force Shock Dyno, Wilwood Disc Brakes, Wehrs Machine & Racing Products, Hooker Harness, Butlerbuilt, MSD, COMP Cams, PRP Suspension, Bert Transmission, Winters Performance Products, Simpson Racing Products, Clements Racing Engines, Fuel Safe Systems, and Marketing Services.

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Sam Hafertepe, Jr. Charges To Top Five Finish At Short Track Nationals

Bryan Hulbert - LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (October 8, 2019) Posting his fourth career top-five finish at the COMP Cams Short Track Nationals presented by Hoosier Tire, Sam Hafertepe, Jr. had an overall very successful weekend at I-30 Speedway.

Looking at Friday, Hafertepe showed a lot of speed throughout the night with a Heat Race win, followed by a third in his Qualifier to lock into the eighth starting spot in the A-Feature. Trying to make moves early, the track had already progressed to the bottom line where Sam was unable to push forward without risking a DNF or worse. Rolling out a J&J Chassis for the first time since Sam's visit to I-30 Speedway in March, the focus, beyond winning, on Friday was getting the car balanced and ready for Saturday.

"That's just part of it," stated Hafertepe. "It was the first time since the start of the year that we were back in a J&J Chassis so we were just trying to get the car balance back out and I feel like the more we kept turning on it, once we got to Saturday night we really got it where we wanted to come Feature time."

Drawing the pole of his Heat Race on Saturday night, the win was followed by a third in the Qualifier. Missing the transfer into the 41-lap A-Feature, Sam had to fight his way in through the B-Feature with the win locking him 13th on the A-Feature grid.

"That's the way the format goes sometimes. You never want to, or at least I don't, ever want to draw the pole of a Heat Race because it just kills you on the points you can earn. A lot of guys like to draw that because it does help them, but for us, we want to start in the first two to three rows of the feature and drawing the pole, it doesn't matter how you do in the Qualifier, you're still going to have a hard time starting up front in the 'A'."

Racing through the field with reds and cautions playing to his favor, Sam was able to fight his way to a fourth-place finish.

"The track was a little heavier than what would make perfect racing conditions, so it makes everyone fast. It just took longer to get by some guys and we did get messed up a couple of times with traffic and one guy blowing an engine right in front of us. Just a lot of different things happening, but I felt like we had to have one of the fastest cars on the track just because we were able to get through the field so well."

Back with the Lucas Oil American Sprint Car Series presented by the MAVTV Motorsports Network this weekend, the destination is the John Christner Trucking Fall Fling presented by James Hodge Ford at Creek County Speedway in Sapulpa, Okla. on Friday, October 11 and Saturday, October 12.

The defending champion of the Fall Fling, Hafertepe also has a prelim win as well as never finishing off the podium.

"We've seemed to hit on something there the past four years, and it has worked for us at Creek. It's just a matter of making the right changes and I think we're going to have a really good car there where we can build on what we learned last weekend to get our balance right."

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2019 Season to Date:

Events: 49; Wins -10; Top 5 - 23; Top 10 - 31; Top 20 - 36;

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