Tyler Erb Continues Early Season Hot Streak

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Tyler Erb Continues Early Season Hot Streak

Story By: Jeremy Shields/LOLMDS

Photos By: Heath Lawson/LOLMDS

TAMPA, FLA (February 5, 2019) – Tyler Erb continued his recent hot streak as he claimed his third victory in only a four-race season thus far on the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series tour.

Erb dominated the event, leading every lap of the Wrisco Industries Winternationals presented by Lucas Oil on Tuesday night at East Bay Raceway Park.

Erb started on the outside of the front row in his Best Performance Motorsports entry and pulled away from the pack at the start of the 30-lap main event. His torrid pace was only slowed by a single caution on lap eight.

Earl Pearson Jr. started alongside Erb on the front row. After dropping back as much as a full straightaway at time, he regained his momentum over the second half of the race to bring his Ronnie and Terri Stuckey-owned, Lucas Oil, Black Diamond Chassis home in second. Dennis Erb Jr. earned his best finish of the year by taking third in his Vomac Truck Sales, Rocket. Brandon Sheppard came home in fourth, followed by Jimmy Owens in fifth.

Kyle Bronson charged through the field early on, advancing from the ninth starting spot to take control second from Pearson on lap 14. Bronson then held the runner-up spot until Pearson forged ahead soon after. Pearson started to close the gap on Erb as the youngster approached heavy lapped traffic. Pearson chopped several seconds off of the Texan’s lead, but Erb skillfully maneuvered through traffic to elude the challenge of Pearson.

“I got high in turn four after I was signaled that my lead was getting smaller and smaller. I made the decision to go to the outside to pass cars after seeing [Brandon] Overton do it in front of me. Going to the outside gave us a little leeway and some space to breathe,” said the 22-year-old Erb in Lucas Oil Victory Lane.

“Like I said last night, driving for this team has been a dream come true. I am probably one of the happiest people in the world right now. I am lucky enough to be able to do this for a living. I just couldn’t imagine being with anybody better than this team at the Best [Performance Motorsports] shop. I am really thankful for this opportunity and I am looking forward to the next four nights.”

The current Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series point leader, Earl Pearson Jr., survived a terrific battle for second-place. “We restarted on the high-side after the caution. All-in-all it was a good night for us. The track was quite a bit different tonight. He [Erb] is really rolling through the corners well, right now. We can catch him in traffic, but in clean air, he is just a little bit better than us right now.”

Six-time East Bay Winternationals winner, Dennis Erb Jr., had his best finish of the year with a third- place run. “We have kind of struggled here the past few years. Hopefully things keep going in this direction; we have our car running pretty good right now. We need to get it dialed in a little bit better as the week goes on. The race track is in really good condition, we are able to move around a lot. You have to get the set-up right on these cars to get around here.”

The winner’s Eric and Kelly Brock-owned, Best Performance Motorsports Rocket is powered by a Durham Racing Engine and sponsored by: Roberts Bee Company, New Point Lighting and Design, Bazell Race Fuels, Sunoco, Franklin Enterprises, Valvoline, Keyser, and KBC Graphix.

Completing the top ten were Brian Shirley, Josh Richards, Kyle Bronson, Billy Moyer Jr., and Tim McCreadie.

Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
Race Summary
Tuesday, February 5th, 2019
Wrisco Industries Winternationals presented by Lucas Oil
East Bay Raceway Park – Tampa, Fla.

Miller Welders Time Trials
Fast Time Group A: Stormy Scott / 14.542 seconds
Fast Time Group B: Tyler Erb / 14.479 seconds (overall)

Penske Race Shocks Heat Race #1 Finish (10 Laps, Top 3 Transfer): Earl Pearson, Jr., Dennis Erb, Jr., Josh Richards, Stormy Scott, Brandon Overton, Jason Jameson, Scott Bloomquist, Joel Callahan, Zack Dohm, Bob Geiger

FK Rod Ends Heat Race #2 Finish (10 Laps, Top 3 Transfer): Brandon Sheppard, Kyle Bronson, Tim McCreadie, Justin Williams, Tyler Carpenter, Austin Rettig, Jeff Mathews, Blair Nothdurft, Devin Gilpin

Simpson Race Products Heat Race #3 Finish (10 Laps, Top 3 Transfer): Shanon Buckingham, Brian Shirley, Jonathan Davenport, Terry Casey, Chase Junghans, Colton Horner, Freddie Carpenter, Michael Lake, John Tweed

Lucas Oil Products Penetrating Oil Heat Race #4 Finish (10 Laps, Top 3 Transfer): Tyler Erb, Colton Flinner, Gregg Satterlee, Don O’Neal, Mike Benedum, Greg Oakes, Ryan King, Devin Dixon, Joe Denby, Chuck Hummer

Wrisco Industries Heat Race #5 Finish (10 Laps, Top 3 Transfer): Jimmy Owens, Tanner English, Hudson O’Neal, Blake Spencer, Austin Hubbard, Matt Cosner, Dan Stone, Jonathan Rowan, Rusty Schlenk

GEICO Heat Race #6 Finish (10 Laps, Top 3 Transfer): Morgan Bagley, Billy Moyer, Jr., Billy Moyer, Devin Moran, Allen Murray, Tim Dohm , Vic Hill, Joey Moriarty, Kerry King

Lucas Oil Products Red “N” Tacky Spray Grease B-Main #1 Finish (12 Laps, Top 2 Transfer): Stormy Scott, Brandon Overton, Justin Williams, Austin Rettig, Chase Junghans, Colton Horner, Jeff Mathews, Jason Jameson, Freddie Carpenter, Blair Nothdurft, Michael Lake, Tyler Carpenter, John Tweed, Terry Casey, Joel Callahan, Bob Geiger, Scott Bloomquist-DNS, Devin Gilpin-DNS, Zack Dohm-DNS

FAST Shafts B-Main #2 Finish (12 Laps, Top 2 Transfer): Don O’Neal, Devin Moran, Austin Hubbard, Blake Spencer, Greg Oakes, Mike Benedum, Dan Stone, Allen Murray, Devin Dixon, Ryan King, Vic Hill, Rusty Schlenk, Jonathan Rowan, Kerry King, Matt Cosner, Chuck Hummer, Tim Dohm , Joey Moriarty, Joe Denby

DirtOnDirt.com Strawberry Dash Finish: Austin Hubbard, Blake Spencer, Justin Williams, Vic Hill, Austin Rettig, Jason Jameson, Dan Stone, Greg Oakes, Blair Nothdurft, Rusty Schlenk, Joel Callahan, Michael Lake, Colton Horner, Chuck Hummer, John Tweed, Freddie Carpenter, Mike Benedum, Allen Murray

Lucas Oil Feature Finish (30 Laps):

FINISH
START
CAR #
DRIVER NAME
HOMETOWN
EARNINGS
1
2
1T
Tyler Erb
New Waverly, TX
$5,000
2
1
1
Earl Pearson, Jr.
Jacksonville, FL
$3,000
3
7
28
Dennis Erb, Jr.
Carpentersville, IL
$2,000
4
3
1S
Brandon Sheppard
New Berlin, IL
$1,500
5
4
20
Jimmy Owens
Newport, TN
$1,000
6
11
3s
Brian Shirley
Chatham, IL
$800
7
13
14
Josh Richards
Shinnston, WV
$750
8
9
40B
Kyle Bronson
Brandon, FL
$700
9
12
21
Billy Moyer, Jr.
Batesville, AR
$650
10
15
39
Tim McCreadie
Watertown, NY
$600
11
17
49
Jonathan Davenport
Blairsville, GA
$550
12
16
71
Hudson O’Neal
Martinsville, IN
$500
13
10
116
Tanner English
Benton, KY
$500
14
22
1M
Devin Moran
Dresden, OH
$500
15
6
14m
Morgan Bagley
Gladewater, TX
$500
16
18
9
Billy Moyer
Batesville, AR
$500
17
20
5
Don O’Neal
Martinsville, IN
$500
18
21
2
Brandon Overton
Evans, GA
$500
19
14
22
Gregg Satterlee
Indiana, PA
$500
20
5
50
Shanon Buckingham
Morristown, TN
$500
21
8
48
Colton Flinner
Allison Park, PA
$500
22
26
11H
Austin Hubbard
Bridgeville, DE
$500
23
25
18J
Chase Junghans
Manhattan, KS
$500
24
19
2s
Stormy Scott
Las Cruses, NM
$500
25
24
1G
Devin Gilpin
Columbus, IN
$500
26
23
0
Scott Bloomquist
Mooresburg, TN
$500

Race Statistics
Entrants: 56
Lap Leaders: Tyler Erb (Laps 1 – 30)
Wrisco Feature Winner: Tyler Erb
Margin of Victory: 1.792 seconds
Cautions: Stormy Scott (Lap 8)
Series Provisional: Scott Bloomquist
Miller Welders Fast Time Provisionals: Devin Gilpin
Wrisco Industries Winternationals Provisional: Chase Junghans
DirtOnDirt.com Strawberry Dash Provisional: Austin Hubbard
Optima Batteries Hard Charger of the Race: Devin Moran (Advanced 8 Positions)
Midwest Sheet Metal Spoiler Challenge Point Leader: Earl Pearson Jr.
Allstar Performance Power Move of the Race: Jimmy Owens
Sunoco Race for Gas Highest Finisher: Tyler Erb
Eibach Springs Rookie of the Race: n/a
COMP Cams Engine Builder of the Race: Rocket Chassis
Ohlins Shocks Chassis Builder of the Race: Durham Race Engines
Outerwears Crew Chief of the Race: Randall Edwards (Tyler Erb)
Dirty Girl Racewear Fastest Lap of the Race: Tyler Erb (Lap #1 – 15.289 seconds)
Hot Rod Processing Tough Break of the Race: Austin Hubbard
STEEL-IT Most Laps Led: Tyler Erb (30 Laps)
PFC Brakes Pole Award: Earl Pearson Jr.
Time of Race: 10 minutes 49 seconds

 

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