ERB ADVANCES TO
SEVENTH AT PORT ROYAL; SEVENTH IN POINTS
24, 2017) The Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
grind heated back up from April 20-23 with four scheduled events
in the states of Ohio, Maryland, and Pennsylvania. The quadruple
header kicked off for the Dennis Erb Racing team on Thursday
night with the annual 'Buckeye Spring 50,' which boasted a $10,000
winner's check at Atomic Speedway in Alma, Ohio. Dennis Erb,
Jr. timed in thirteenth quickest in Group A during qualifying
prior to grabbing the fourth and final transfer spot through
his stacked heat race. After starting the 50-lapper from the
inside of the seventh row, Dennis was headed towards a solid
top ten performance until a skirmish left him with left rear
suspension problems and a twelfth place effort.
On Friday evening, a rugged racetrack greeted
the #28 team at Sharon Speedway in Hartford, Ohio and series
competitors unanimously voted that the $10,000 to win special
become a non-points race due to the sub par track conditions.
Dennis finished seventh in his heat race, second in his B-Main,
and twenty-fourth in the 50-lap main event. Following a rain-out
of Saturday's program at Hagerstown Speedway in Hagerstown,
Maryland, the hectic weekend wrapped up on Sunday with another
$10,000 to win showdown at Port Royal Speedway in Port Royal,
Dennis earned Fast Time honors during the qualifying
session before slipping back to sixth in his loaded heat race.
After a second place run in his B-Main, the Carpentersville,
Illinois standout then blitzed past twelve competitors during
the 50-lap feature en route to a strong seventh place showing.
Dennis now sits seventh in the latest version of the LOLMDS
point standings exiting the Keystone State. Complete results
from each of these races can be found by clicking on www.lucasdirt.com.
DENNIS ERB, JR.
STEADY IN SLOCUM 50 AT BURLINGTON
16, 2017) Carpentersville, Illinois standout
Dennis Erb, Jr. jumped behind the wheel of a Jay Johnson-owned
#28 Black Diamond Chassis on Saturday evening, April 15 at 34
Raceway in West Burlington, Iowa. The Corn Belt Clash Super
Late Model Series presided over the annual 'Slocum 50' and a
hefty $10,555 winner's check was on the line. Dennis knocked
down the fifteenth fastest lap overall during the qualifying
session prior to advancing to third in his stacked heat race.
After starting the 50-lap feature from the inside of the fifth
row, Dennis was able to move past two competitors during the
caution-free affair on his way to a solid seventh place showing.
Full results from the 'Slocum 50' can be viewed by clicking
(Todd Healy Photo)
ERB, JR. IMPROVES
TO NINTH IN BATESVILLE'S BAD BOY 98
9, 2017) Dennis Erb, Jr. and his #28 team found
themselves in the pit area at Batesville Motor Speedway in Locust
Grove, Arkansas on April 7-8 for the annual running of the 'Bad
Boy 98.' The Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series biggie drew 45
entrants to the Razorback State for the two-day extravaganza,
which boasted a whopping $20,000 winner's check. On Friday night,
Dennis logged the fourteenth fastest time in Group A during
qualifying before placing seventh in his loaded heat race.
After grabbing the third and final transfer spot
through Saturday's B-Main, Dennis experienced rocker arm problems
in doing so and was forced to unload his back-up car for the
98-lap headliner. The Carpentersville, Illinois star then rolled
off from the tail of the talent-rich field and promptly blasted
up inside of the top ten - eventually landing in the ninth finishing
position. Dennis now finds himself seventh in the latest version
of the LOLMDS point standings following the 'Bad Boy 98' weekend.
Complete results from Batesville Motor Speedway can be viewed
by clicking on www.lucasdirt.com.
DENNIS ERB, JR.
STEADY IN SOUTHERN LUCAS OIL TRIPLE SHOT
3, 2017) The Dennis Erb Racing team tackled
a trio of lucrative Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series showdowns
from March 31-April 2 in the states of Georgia, Alabama, and
Tennessee. Things kicked off on Friday night at Boyd's Speedway
in Ringgold, Georgia, as a $10,000 top prize was up for grabs
at the Chattanooga-area facility. Dennis Erb, Jr. ran seventh
in his stacked heat race and fourth in his B-Main prior to receiving
a series provisional to gain access into the 50-lapper. After
starting the feature from the inside of the twelfth row, Dennis
methodically worked his way past twelve competitors on his way
to a steady eleventh place performance.
On Saturday evening, the historic East Alabama
Motor Speedway in Phenix City, Alabama took center stage, as
the annual 'Alabama Shootout' boasted a $12,000 winner's check.
Dennis placed third in his stacked heat race and was in the
seventh position when he crossed underneath the checkered flag
following sixty green flag racing laps. In the $10,000 to win
weekend finale at Duck River Raceway Park in Wheel, Tennessee
on Sunday, Dennis timed in sixth quickest overall in qualifying,
won his loaded heat race, and later knocked down a strong fifth
place effort in the 50-lap headliner, as he trailed only winner
Don O'Neal, Scott Bloomquist, Tanner English, and Brandon Overton
at the checkers. The Carpentersville, Illinois hotshoe now finds
himself eighth in the latest version of the heated LOLMDS point
standings exiting the tripleheader weekend. Full results can
be accessed online at www.lucasdirt.com.
ERB, JR. CLIMBS
TO FIFTH IN THAW BRAWL OPENER AT LASALLE
26, 2017) The #28 team drove through the pit
gate at LaSalle Speedway in LaSalle, Illinois on Friday, March
24 for the opening event of the 6th Annual 'Thaw Brawl.' The
two-day extravaganza at the 1/4-mile bullring was tri-sanctioned
by the American Late Model Series (ALMS), the Corn Belt Clash
Late Model Series, and MARS West tours. Dennis Erb, Jr. knocked
down the tenth quickest time in Group A during the qualifying
session prior to finishing third in his loaded heat race. During
the course of the $7,000 to win feature event, which went caution-free
for the 40-lap distance, Dennis worked his way past a handful
of competitors en route to a solid fifth place showing. The
Carpentersville, Illinois star trailed only victor Josh Richards,
Chris Simpson, Tim McCreadie, and Bobby Pierce at the checkers.
Saturday evening's $17,000 to win 'Thaw Brawl'
finale unfortunately fell victim to Mother Nature, as heavy
rain showers ultimately canceled the special event. Full results
from LaSalle Speedway can be viewed online at www.lasallespeedway.com.
(Todd Healy Photo)
ERB EARNS SECOND
TOILET BOWL CLASSIC WIN AT CLARKSVILLE!
5, 2017) Dennis Erb, Jr. sat on the throne
on Saturday evening, March 4 at Clarksville Speedway in Clarksville,
Tennessee, as he laid claim to his second career 'Tuckasee Toilet
Bowl Classic' triumph! Dennis clicked off the second quickest
time in Group A during MARS Dirt Car Series qualifying prior
to scoring the victory in heat race action. After drawing the
pole position before the start of the 40-lap headliner, Dennis
led the talented field from green to checkers to pocket the
$5,000 windfall and the unique Toilet Bowl trophy over Rodney
Sanders, Scott Crigler, Gordy Gundaker, and Tony Jackson, Jr.!
Earlier in the weekend at Clarksville, Dennis
laid down the fastest lap in his group during Friday's qualifying
session and later finished third in his heat race. The Carpentersville,
Illinois standout was then running inside of the top ten during
the 30-lapper when he opted to pull off the one-groove racing
surface, which relegated him to a twenty-first place showing
in the $3,000 to win MARS weekend opener. Complete results from
the 'Tuckasee Toilet Bowl Classic' can be accessed by clicking
James Artwork Photo)
NIGHTLY RESULTS FROM VOLUSIA
25, 2017) The 46th running of the 'DIRTcar
Nationals' wrapped up tonight at Volusia (FL) Speedway Park
with another $10,000 to win World of Outlaws Craftsman Late
Model Series battle. Dennis Erb, Jr. knocked down the second
quickest time in Group B during qualifying prior to scoring
an impressive heat race triumph. After drawing the pole position
for the 40-lapper and leading the first fourteen circuits, Dennis'
hard tire selection hampered him throughout the remainder of
the distance and the Carpentersville, Illinois ace wound up
slipping back to seventh in the final rundown.
(February 24, 2017)
Following a pair of shows that fell victim
to Mother Nature, the dirt started flying again at Volusia Speedway
Park in Barberville, Florida tonight in the penultimate event
of the 46th Annual 'DIRTcar Nationals.' A $10,000 top prize
was up for grabs in the World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model
Series special. Dennis Erb, Jr. logged the ninth fastest lap
in Group B during time trials prior to bagging the third and
final transfer spot through his heat race. After starting the
40-lap main event from the outside of the ninth row, Dennis
was running in the thirteenth position on lap 23 when the race
was deemed official due to a dense fog that rolled over the
Daytona Beach-area facility.
(February 23, 2017)
Back-to-back rain-outs have stricken the annual
'DIRTcar Nationals,' as tonight's $10,000 to win World of Outlaws
Craftsman Late Model Series tilt at Volusia Speedway Park was
nixed by inclement weather early in the afternoon. The event
will not be rescheduled and the rain-out leaves only two races
left during the 2017 version of the 'DIRTcar Nationals' at the
Barberville, Florida facility.
(February 22, 2017)
The 'DIRTcar Nationals' program scheduled for
tonight at Volusia Speedway Park in Barberville, Florida was
canceled after heavy rain hit the 1/2-mile oval in the morning
with more wet weather forecasted throughout the day. The evening's
$10,000 to win UMP DIRTcar Series-sanctioned throwdown will
not be rescheduled. Action will resume at VSP on Thursday night
with the first of three consecutive evenings of World of Outlaws
Craftsman Late Model Series competition.
(February 21, 2017)
Another $7,000 payday was on the line tonight
at Volusia (FL) Speedway Park, as the UMP DIRTcar Series presided
over yet another 'DIRTcar Nationals' battle at the Daytona Beach-area
speedplant. Dennis Erb, Jr. posted the seventh fastest time
in his group during qualifying and later ran fourth in heat
race action. After grabbing the second transfer spot through
his B-Main, Dennis was able to improve four positions during
the 30-lapper on his way to an eighteenth place outing.
(February 20, 2017)
The 46th edition of the six-race 'DIRTcar Nationals'
started tonight at the ultra-fast Volusia Speedway Park in Barberville,
Florida with a $7,000 to win UMP DIRTcar Series showdown. Dennis
Erb, Jr. knocked down the third quickest lap in his group during
the qualifying session prior to placing third in his loaded
heat race. After rolling off from the inside of the sixth row
in the 30-lap headliner, Dennis vaulted all the way up to fourth
in the running order before eventually settling for a strong
fifth place performance behind only victor Chris Madden, Brian
Shirley, Tyler Erb, and Shane Clanton!
ERB, JR. LANDS ON
PODIUM AT OCALA; LEAVES SEVENTH IN POINTS
19, 2017) The Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
portion of "Speedweeks 2017" concluded tonight with
a $10,000 to win affair at Bubba Raceway Park in Ocala, Florida.
The annual running of the 'Bubba Army Winter Nationals' drew
a stellar 44 car field to the 3/8-mile, D-shaped venue. Dennis
Erb, Jr. qualified third fastest in Group B during time trials
before running second in his stacked heat race. The Carpentersville,
Illinois ace then started sixth on the grid in the 50-lap headliner
and drove up to as high as second and pressured leader Scott
Bloomquist late in the distance. At the checkers, Dennis found
himself in the third finishing position behind only race winner
Brandon Sheppard and runner-up Scott Bloomquist. He will leave
the "Sunshine State" seventh in the latest version
of the LOLMDS point standings following Golden Isles, East Bay,
NIGHTLY RESULTS FROM EAST BAY
18, 2017) Tonight's Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt
Series-sanctioned 'Winternationals' finale at East Bay (FL)
Raceway Park, which was scheduled to pay $12,000 to win, has
been washed out and will not be rescheduled.
(February 17, 2017)
The penultimate event of the 'Winternationals'
took place earlier this evening at East Bay Raceway Park in
Gibsonton, Florida. The points race for the Lucas Oil Late Model
Dirt Series paid $10,000 to the winner and drew a stout 42 car
field. Dennis Erb, Jr. started his night by posting the eighth
quickest time in Group B during qualifying prior to grabbing
the fourth and final transfer spot through his heat race. After
rolling off from the outside of the eighth row in the 50-lapper,
Dennis was able to move forward a bit during the headliner and
eventually crossed underneath the checkers in the thirteenth
(February 16, 2017)
The 41st edition of the 'Winternationals' soldiered
on tonight at East Bay Raceway Park in Gibsonton, Florida, as
a $7,000 top prize was on the line for the cars and stars of
the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series. Dennis Erb, Jr. qualified
sixth fastest in Group A during time trials before running second
in heat race action. Dennis then started the 45-lap main event
from the inside of the fourth row and was battling for the fourth
position on lap 23 when he was unfortunately wrecked by Michael
Lake. The Carpentersville, Illinois star returned to the racing
surface at the tail end of the field and salvaged a thirteenth
place showing tonight at the "Clay by the Bay."
(February 15, 2017)
Tonight's $7,000 to win Lucas Oil Late Model
Dirt Series battle at East Bay Raceway Park in Gibsonton, Florida
has succumbed to Mother Nature and will not be rescheduled.
Heavy afternoon rains deluged the Tampa-area and the track was
not able to be worked into shape to host racing action this
(February 14, 2017)
Another $5,000 windfall greeted the competitors
in round two of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series portion
of the 'Winternationals' tonight at East Bay (FL) Raceway Park.
Dennis Erb, Jr. knocked down the sixth fastest lap in Group
A during qualifying prior to finishing third in heat race action.
The Carpentersville, Illinois native then started the 25-lapper
from the inside of the sixth row before claiming a solid tenth
(February 13, 2017)
The #28 team made their way to East Bay Raceway
Park for tonight's 41st Annual 'Winternationals' opener at the
Gibsonton, Florida facility. The Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
presided over the dirt-slinging action at the "Clay by
the Bay" and a $5,000 winner's check was up for grabs.
Dennis Erb, Jr. clicked off the sixth fastest lap in Group A
during time trials and later grabbed the fourth and final transfer
spot through his loaded heat race. After starting the 25-lap
sprint from the inside of the eighth row, Dennis wound up fourteenth
in the final rundown.
SUPER BOWL OF RACING
NIGHTLY RESULTS FROM BRUNSWICK
11, 2017) Night two of the 'Super Bowl of Racing'
doubleheader weekend at Golden Isles (GA) Speedway took center
stage this evening and a $12,000 top prize was on the line in
the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series extravaganza. Dennis Erb,
Jr. laid down the fifth quickest time in Group B during qualifying,
but later finished ninth in his heat race and twelfth in his
B-Main. The Carpentersville, Illinois star took a provisional
to advance into the 60-lapper and was eventually awarded a seventeenth
(February 10, 2017)
Dennis Erb Racing lifted the lid to their 2017
campaign tonight in round one of the annual 'Super Bowl of Racing'
at Golden Isles Speedway near Brunswick, Georgia. The Lucas
Oil Late Model Dirt Series sanctioned the $10,000 to win opener,
which drew a stout 51 car field. Dennis Erb, Jr. timed in sixteenth
fastest in Group B during the qualifying session prior to running
fifth in his heat race and fourth in his B-Main. After receiving
a series provisional to gain access into the 50-lap main event,
Dennis was caught up in a lap six skirmish and eventually wound
up twenty-second in the final finishing order.