DENNIS ERB, JR.
ON PODIUM IN GATEWAY RACE OF CHAMPIONS
2, 2018) Dennis Erb, Jr. wrapped up his version
of the 2018 racing season from November 29-December 1 at the
Dome at America's Center in St. Louis, Missouri. The annual
running of the 'Gateway Dirt Nationals' thrilled dirt racing
enthusiasts and drew a whopping 93 Super Late Model entrants
to the indoor spectacular. In Thursday's $5,000 to win 'Gateway
Race of Champions,' Dennis rallied past six competitors during
the 20-lap affair to earn a strong third place podium effort
behind only race winner Rusty Schlenk and runner-up Jonathan
Davenport. Unfortunately, Dennis then suffered terminal mechanical
problems under the hood in Friday's heat race, which forced
him to scratch from the remainder of the weekend and kept him
from competing in both Friday night's $5,000 to win prelim and
Saturday evening's $30,000 to win 'Gateway Dirt Nationals.'
Complete results from the season-ending weekend in St. Louis
can be viewed by clicking on www.gatewaydirt.com.
ERB, JR. TRANSFERS
INTO BOTH WORLD FINALS HEADLINERS
4, 2018) The World of Outlaws Craftsman Late
Model Series wrapped up their 2018 season at the pristine Dirt
Track at Charlotte in Concord, North Carolina from November
1-3 in the 12th annual running of the 'World of Outlaws World
Finals' presented by Can-Am. A pair of $12,000 to win contests
were held in front of a standing-room-only crowd at the Charlotte-area
speedplant. During the two rounds of time trials, Dennis Erb,
Jr. laid down the twenty-second fastest lap in Group B for Friday's
show, while he stopped the clock twenty-third quickest in Group
A for Saturday's program.
On Friday night, Dennis grabbed the third transfer
spot through his heat race to earn the outside of the seventh
row for the start of the 50-lap main event, which was pushed
back to Saturday afternoon due to a midnight curfew. In the
daytime affair, Dennis slipped back a few positions to eventually
wind up seventeenth in the final finishing order. In the 'World
Finals' finale at night, the Carpentersville, Illinois standout
once again placed third in his stacked heat race prior to starting/finishing
fifteenth in the 50-lapper. Complete results from the 'World
Finals' weekend can be obtained online by clicking on www.woolms.com.
DENNIS ERB, JR.
STRONG IN FALL CLASSIC BEFORE P/S PROBLEMS
28, 2018) Dennis Erb Racing made their way to
Whynot Motorsports Park in Meridian, Mississippi on October
26-27 for the 24th Annual Coors Light 'Fall Classic.' The unsanctioned
Super Late Model special drew a talented 43 car field to the
Magnolia State facility to vie for the $15,000 winner's check.
On Friday night during the qualifying session, Dennis Erb, Jr.
stopped the clock fifth quickest in Group A on a rough, rugged
racing surface. After grabbing the third transfer spot in his
heat race on Saturday evening, Dennis started the 100-lap 'Fall
Classic' headliner from the inside of the fifth row. The Carpentersville,
Illinois ace worked forward early and was knocking on the door
of the top five when a broken power steering pump ended his
run and dropped him to a disappointing twenty-first place showing.
Complete results from the 'Fall Classic' weekend can be accessed
online at www.whynotmotorsportspark.com.
ERB, JR. STARTS
OFF FAST IN DTWC; HAMPERED BY MECHANICAL WOES
22, 2018) The 2018 Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt
Series season came to a close from October 19-21 at Portsmouth
Raceway Park in Portsmouth, Ohio. The 38th edition of the RhinoAg
'Dirt Track World Championship' took place at the facility on
the banks of the Ohio River and a whopping $100,000 winner's
check was up for grabs. Dennis Erb, Jr. ran second in his first
qualifying heat race on Friday evening prior to finishing third
in his final prelim. By virtue of racking up the fourth most
passing points in preliminary action, Dennis rolled off from
the outside of the second row in the 100-lap crown jewel extravaganza,
which was pushed back to Sunday afternoon due to inclement weather.
In the daytime affair at PRP, Dennis was looking forward to
a strong run, but a broken right front shock - from hitting
a hole in the track - early in the distance eventually relegated
him to eighteenth in the final rundown. The Carpentersville,
Illinois ace was officially placed eleventh in the final version
of the LOLMDS point standings. Full results from the DTWC weekend
can be obtained by logging onto www.lucasdirt.com.
DENNIS ERB, JR.
TRANSFERS INTO $10,000 WORLD 100 PRELIM
14, 2018) The Dennis Erb Racing team returned
to the hallowed high-banks of Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio
on October 12-13 for the rain-postponed 'World 100.' Following
yet another rain-out on Friday night, the day/night doubleheader
at the "Big E" on Saturday kicked off with $10,000
to win Twin 25s during the afternoon. Dennis Erb, Jr. knocked
down the fiftieth fastest lap overall during the qualifying
session prior to placing sixth in his stacked heat race. After
grabbing the fourth and final transfer spot through his B-Main,
Dennis moved up three positions during the 25-lap daytime sprint
to garner a twentieth place feature showing.
During the nighttime portion of the double-dip
at the 1/2-mile Buckeye State facility, all eyes were fixated
on the $51,000 top prize and the famed globe trophies in the
48th Annual 'World 100.' Dennis finished fifth in his loaded
heat race and ninth in his B-Main. Unfortunately, the Carpentersville,
Illinois ace was unable to transfer into the 100-lap crown jewel
extravaganza that was won by Tim McCreadie. Full results from
Eldora Speedway can be obtained by clicking on www.eldoraspeedway.com.
ERB, JR. GETS TOP
TEN IN $20,000 PITTSBURGHER 100 AT PPMS
8, 2018) The penultimate Lucas Oil Late Model
Dirt Series event of 2018 took place from October 5-7 at the
sprawling Pittsburgh Pennsylvania Motor Speedway in Imperial,
Pennsylvania, as the 30th Annual 'Pittsburgher 100' drew 32
entrants to vie for the $20,000 top prize. On Friday night during
preliminary action, Dennis Erb, Jr. wheeled his #28 XR1 Rocket
Chassis to the fourth fastest lap in Group B during qualifying
prior to grabbing the third transfer spot through his stacked
heat race. After Saturday was washed out, Dennis rolled off
from the outside of the sixth row on Sunday in the 100-lap headliner
at the monster 1/2-mile speedplant. The Carpentersville, Illinois
ace then vaulted up inside of the top ten on a couple of different
occasions before eventually landing in the ninth finishing position.
Dennis now sits tied for eleventh in the latest LOLMDS point
standings exiting PPMS. Complete results from the 'Pittsburgher
100' weekend can be obtained online at www.lucasdirt.com.
DENNIS ERB, JR.
CLIMBS TO EIGHTH IN ROME SHOWDOWN
1, 2018) Dennis Erb, Jr., of Carpentersville,
Illinois, was in the pit area at Dixie Speedway in Woodstock,
Georgia and Rome Speedway in Rome, Georgia on September 29-30
for a pair of Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series tilts. On Saturday
night in the annual 'Dixie Shootout,' which paid $12,000 to
the winner, Dennis placed fifth in his heat race, second in
his B-Main, and nineteenth in the 50-lap headliner that provided
little to no passing after the halfway mark. In the $10,000
to win 'Rome Showdown' on Sunday evening, Dennis laid down the
second quickest time in Group B during qualifying prior grabbing
the third transfer spot through his stacked heat race. He then
moved past four competitors during the 50-lapper to leave Rome
with a solid eighth place feature showing. Complete results
from both weekend events in the Peach State can be viewed online
ERB, JR. COMPETES
IN 39TH ANNUAL JACKSON 100
24, 2018) With the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt
Series season winding down quickly, the cars and stars of the
popular national touring series rolled into the legendary Brownstown
Speedway in Brownstown, Indiana on September 21-23 for the 39th
Annual 'Jackson 100.' On Friday night, Dennis Erb, Jr. started
off his weekend by posting the seventh quickest lap in Group
B during the qualifying session. After Saturday was washed out
by inclement weather, Dennis finished fifth in his heat race
on Sunday afternoon prior to grabbing the second transfer spot
through his B-Main. The Carpentersville, Illinois ace then started
the $20,000 to win 'Jackson 100' from the outside of the tenth
row, drew a lap 21 caution flag, and eventually recorded a sixteenth
place effort in the 100-lap contest. Full results from the 1/4-mile
fairgrounds oval can be accessed online at www.lucasdirt.com.
DENNIS ERB, JR.
CLIMBS TO TWELFTH IN KNOXVILLE NATIONALS
16, 2018) The Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
schedule heated back up on September 13-15 with the 15th Annual
'Lucas Oil Late Model Knoxville Nationals' at the storied Knoxville
Raceway in Knoxville, Iowa. The dirt-slinging action started
with a pair of $7,000 to win preliminary showdowns at the 1/2-mile,
semi-banked Hawkeye State venue. On Thursday night, Dennis Erb,
Jr. placed seventh in his heat race, fourth in the C-Main, and
twenty-first in the B-Main, while he finished fourth in his
heat race and ninth in the B-Main on Friday evening. Unfortunately,
Dennis was unable to transfer into the 25-lap feature event
on both occasions.
The Carpentersville, Illinois ace then grabbed
the third transfer spot through the B-Main on Saturday to transfer
into the 100-lap 'Lucas Oil Late Model Knoxville Nationals.'
With a $40,000 payday on the line, Dennis was able to advance
past fifteen competitors during the crown jewel extravaganza
to leave Iowa with a steady twelfth place performance. Dennis
now sits twelfth in the latest version of the LOLMDS point standings.
Full results from the downtown Knoxville speedplant can be viewed
by logging onto www.lucasdirt.com.
ERB, JR. FINISHES
ELEVENTH IN ELDORA TWIN 25; WORLD 100 POSTPONED
9, 2018) Dennis Erb, Jr. was one of the 101
entrants that piled into the famed Eldora Speedway in Rossburg,
Ohio from September 6-8 to compete in the 48th edition of the
'World 100.' Things kicked off on Thursday night - actually
the wee hours of Friday morning after a long rain delay - with
a pair of Twin 25 programs, each of which paid $10,000 to the
winner. Dennis timed in nineteenth quickest overall during qualifying
prior to grabbing the third transfer spot through his heat race.
After rolling off from the inside of the eighth row in the 25-lapper,
Dennis drove past four competitors at the "Big E"
to secure a solid eleventh place showing. Friday's $10,000 to
win Twin 25s and Saturday's prestigious 'World 100,' which was
scheduled to boast a $51,000 windfall, both fell victim to the
rainy remnants of Tropical Storm Gordon and have been postponed
until October 12-13. Full results from Thursday's start to the
crown jewel extravaganza can be accessed by pointing your Internet
browser to www.eldoraspeedway.com.
(Todd Healy Photo)
DENNIS ERB, JR.
INSIDE TOP TEN IN LABOR DAY TRIPLE SHOT!
3, 2018) The Dennis Erb Racing team headed to
the states of Kentucky, Ohio, and West Virginia with the Lucas
Oil Late Model Dirt Series from August 31-September 2 for a
trio of pivotal point battles. At Ponderosa Speedway in Junction
City, Kentucky on Friday night, Dennis Erb, Jr. suffered mechanical
problems during hot laps and was forced to switch to a back-up
car for the remainder of the show. After missing out on qualifying,
Dennis finished eighth in his loaded heat race and fifth in
the B-Main. The Carpentersville, Illinois standout then utilized
a series provisional to gain access into $12,000 to win 'John
Bradshaw Memorial' and proceeded to pick off thirteen competitors
to advance to tenth when the race was called official after
only 30 circuits due to rain.
Another $12,000 payday was on the line on Saturday
evening at Portsmouth Raceway Park in Portsmouth, Ohio in the
'Bob Miller Memorial.' Dennis placed sixth in his heat race,
third in his B-Main, and later vaulted all the way up to seventh
in the final finishing order of the 50-lapper. The tripleheader
then wrapped up with the annual running of the 'Hillbilly Hundred'
on Sunday at Tyler County Speedway in Middlebourne, West Virginia,
as a whopping $50,000 top prize was up for grabs. Dennis grabbed
the fourth and final transfer spot through his heat race and
later steered past four competitors during the 100-lap headliner
on his way to a respectable tenth place showing. Full results
from the triple shot of racing action can be located online
ERB, JR. SOLID THROUGHOUT
LUCRATIVE DIRT MILLION WEEKEND
26, 2018) All eyes in the Dirt Late Model world
were fixated on the inaugural running of the 'Dirt Million'
on August 24-25 at Mansfield Motor Speedway in Mansfield, Ohio.
The Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series presided over the two-day
spectacular, which started with a pair of $10,000 to win 'Dirt
Million' duels on Friday night. Dennis Erb, Jr. knocked down
the fifth quickest lap during the qualifying session prior to
securing a strong second place finish in his heat race. After
starting sixth on the grid in his 30-lap duel, Dennis wound
up slipping back to twelfth in the final finishing order.
When Saturday evening rolled around at the pristine
Buckeye State speedplant, Dennis placed second once again in
heat race action, but later won his B-Main to land a coveted
starting spot in the 100-lap 'Dirt Million' headliner. During
the course of the race, which boasted a whopping nearly $203,000
payday, Dennis climbed up inside of the top ten from his twentieth
starting position. However, at the end of the extra-distance
affair, the Carpentersville, Illinois ace was forced to settle
for a fourteenth place performance in the largest paying race
of the year. Complete results from the lucrative 'Dirt Million'
weekend can be found online by visiting www.lucasdirt.com.
DENNIS ERB, JR. NABS SECOND WIN
OF 2018 AT WILMOT RACEWAY!
19, 2018) Dennis Erb Racing celebrated in victory
lane for the second time in 2018 on Friday night, August 17
at Wilmot Raceway in Wilmot, Wisconsin! Dennis Erb, Jr. laid
down the second fastest lap in his group during American Ethanol
Late Model Tour qualifying before scoring a victory in heat
race action. After drawing the fifth starting spot prior to
the drop of the green flag in the 50-lap 'Dairyland Duel,' Dennis
moved up to second and took advantage of leader Brian Shirley's
trouble in lapped traffic on lap 30. The Carpentersville, Illinois
ace inherited the point and led the final twenty circuits to
pocket the $4,000 payday ahead of Jared Siefert, Ron Berna,
Nick Anvelink, and Spencer Diercks!
A similar $4,000 to win American Ethanol Late Model Tour throwdown
was then on tap on Saturday evening, August 18 at LaSalle Speedway
in LaSalle, Illinois. Dennis knocked down the quickest time
in his group during the qualifying session and later picked
up another heat race victory. He then advanced past six competitors
during the 40-lap main event to secure a strong runner-up performance
behind only race winner Brian Shirley. Complete results from
both weekend programs can be accessed online at www.aelmt.com.
(Jim DenHamer Photo)
ERB, JR. BACK ON LUCAS OIL TRAIL
IN LONG WEEK AT FLORENCE
12, 2018) Dennis Erb, Jr. returned to the Lucas
Oil Late Model Dirt Series scene from August 8-11 in a lucrative
four-day stretch at the venerable Florence Speedway in Union,
Kentucky. In Wednesday's $12,000 to win 'Ralph Latham Memorial,'
Dennis qualified well and ran second in his heat race prior
to winding up thirteenth in the rain-shortened 50-lap main event,
which was contested on a very rough racing surface. At Florence
on Thursday night in the 'North/South Shootout,' which paid
$10,000 to the winner, Dennis utilized a series provisional
to gain access into the 50-lap contest and later placed twenty-first
in the caution-free affair.
On Friday evening at the Cincinnati-area speedplant, a double
set of heat races with combined passing points were held to
set the lineups for Saturday's $50,000 to win 'North/South 100.'
Dennis ran seventh in his first heat race of the night, while
he finished fifth in his final prelim. Following a third place
effort in his B-Main on Saturday, Dennis was forced to take
an emergency provisional and rolled off twenty-sixth on the
starting grid in the 100-lap crown jewel main event. The Carpentersville,
Illinois hotshoe was then able to pick off eleven competitors
during the 'North/South 100' to salvage a fifteenth place performance.
Complete results from the long week at Florence Speedway can
be viewed online at www.lucasdirt.com.