Tyler Erb Scores East Bay Opener

TAMPA, FLA. (February 4, 2019) – Tyler Erb scored his second Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series win of the season in the opening night of the Wrisco Industries Winternationals presented by Lucas Oil on Monday Night at East Bay Raceway Park.
Erb started on the pole of the main event but did not take the lead until the thirteenth circuit. He was one of four different race leaders, others being Jonathan Davenport, Josh Richards, and Brandon Sheppard. Erb won the thrilling opener by just nine-tenths of a second – holding off Josh Richards, Brandon Sheppard, Austin Hubbard and Don O’Neal en route to his first ever win at the “Clay by the Bay.”
Defending series champion Jonathan Davenport bolted to the lead at the start of the race and led the first eight laps. Richards then forged ahead for one lap, before Sheppard took command of the race for two circuits. Erb then charged around Sheppard to take the lead for good on lap 13 and pulled away enough to thwart any efforts by Richards and Sheppard.
Richards’ Clint Bowyer Racing, Peak Antifreeze and Coolant, Rocket and Sheppard’s Mark Richards Racing, Valvoline, Rocket battled hard for second in the last 15 laps of the race to join Erb on the podium, with Richards just edging Sheppard at the finish.
The Young Texan [Erb] was elated with his second win of 2019 on the tour. “I am super-excited to get this opportunity to work with Randall Edwards, Eric, and Kelly. This is a dream come true for me. I have been dreaming of this chance for a long time and to finally get to this point is very satisfying, but you have to stay hungry. We still have a lot of racing left this year, but we couldn’t ask for a better start to the season.”
“Thanks to Brian at Integra, Wayne Childress at New Point Lighting, Billy Franklin at Franklin Enterprises, Mark Richards at Rocket Chassis, Steven Roberts of Roberts Bee Company, and all of our product sponsors. I’d also like to say a big thanks to the fans who are here and those that watched the broadcast.”
“It feels really great to win here at East Bay! This is such an historic track. I led two or three races here last year but let them slip away. I could feel Josh underneath me in three and four and I knew that if I lost the race, it wasn’t going to be because of a lack of effort.”
Richards recorded his best finish of the season with his second-place run. “Tyler did a great job out there. I want to thank all the guys who work so hard on the car to get us up front. We had a pretty good car and we made a couple of changes. It was really maneuverable out there. We have been up front in every race so far this year and we can’t complain about that.”
Sheppard, who entered the night with three-career wins at East Bay, finished third. “We had a strong car all night long. It was fun to drive out there on this track tonight. If they have the track like this every night this week, it will be a whole lot of fun. I am sure it was a good show for the fans as well.”

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

Completing the top ten were Billy Moyer, Chase Junghans, Jonathan Davenport, Kyle Bronson and Hudson O’Neal.
Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
Race Summary
Monday, February 4th, 2019
Wrisco Industries Winternationals presented by Lucas Oil
East Bay Raceway Park – Tampa, Fla.

Miller Welders Time Trials
Fast Time Group A: Kyle Bronson / 15.036 seconds (overall)
Fast Time Group B: Brian Shirley / 14.996 seconds

Penske Race Shocks Heat Race #1 Finish (10 Laps, Top 3 Transfer): Tyler Erb, Austin Hubbard, Kyle Bronson, Billy Moyer, Jr., Zack Dohm, Tim McCreadie, Matt Cosner, Terry Casey, Dan Stone

FK Rod Ends Heat Race #2 Finish (10 Laps, Top 3 Transfer): Hudson O’Neal, Don O’Neal, Jason Jameson, Stormy Scott, Allen Murray, Blake Spencer, Tanner English, Joel Callahan, Chuck Hummer

Simpson Race Products Heat Race #3 Finish (10 Laps, Top 3 Transfer): Josh Richards, Billy Moyer, Joey Moriarty, Justin Williams, Ryan King, Colton Flinner, Bob Geiger, Jonathan Rowan, Tim Dohm

Lucas Oil Products Penetrating Oil Heat Race #4 Finish (10 Laps, Top 3 Transfer): Jonathan Davenport, Devin Moran, Scott Bloomquist, Brandon Overton, Colton Horner, Brian Shirley, Morgan Bagley, Rusty Schlenk, Kerry King

Wrisco Industries Heat Race #5 Finish (10 Laps, Top 3 Transfer): Brandon Sheppard, Gregg Satterlee, Freddie Carpenter, Jeff Mathews, Devin Dixon, Shanon Buckingham, Blair Nothdurft, Joe Denby, Devin Gilpin

GEICO Heat Race #6 Finish (10 Laps, Top 3 Transfer): Chase Junghans, Jimmy Owens, Dennis Erb, Jr., Tyler Carpenter, Earl Pearson, Jr., Vic Hill, Mike Benedum, John Tweed

Lucas Oil Products Red “N” Tacky Spray Grease B-Main #1 Finish (12 Laps, Top 2 Transfer): Tim McCreadie, Stormy Scott, Billy Moyer, Jr., Ryan King, Allen Murray, Tanner English, Dan Stone, Justin Williams, Joel Callahan, Matt Cosner, Zack Dohm, Blake Spencer, Chuck Hummer, Bob Geiger, Colton Flinner, Terry Casey, Jonathan Rowan-DNS, Tim Dohm-DNS

FAST Shafts B-Main #2 Finish (12 Laps, Top 2 Transfer): Brandon Overton, Tyler Carpenter, Earl Pearson, Jr., Colton Horner, Devin Dixon, Brian Shirley, Jeff Mathews, Blair Nothdurft, Vic Hill, Rusty Schlenk, Kerry King, Mike Benedum, John Tweed, Shanon Buckingham, Morgan Bagley, Joe Denby, Devin Gilpin-DNS

DirtOnDirt.com Strawberry Dash Finish: Billy Moyer Jr., Allen Murray, Devin Dixon, Justin Williams, Jeff Mathews, Dan Stone, Rusty Schlenk, Vic Hill, Blair Nothdurft, John Tweed, Zack Dohm, Colton Horner, Joel Callahan, Kerry King, Ryan King, Chuck Hummer

Lucas Oil Feature Finish (30 Laps):

FINISH
START
CAR #
DRIVER NAME
HOMETOWN
EARNINGS
1
1
1T
Tyler Erb
New Waverly, TX
$5,000
2
5
14
Josh Richards
Shinnston, WV
$3,000
3
4
1S
Brandon Sheppard
New Berlin, IL
$2,000
4
7
11
Austin Hubbard
Bridgeville, DE
$1,500
5
9
5
Don O’Neal
Martinsville, IN
$1,000
6
11
9
Billy Moyer
Batesville, AR
$800
7
6
18J
Chase Junghans
Manhattan, KS
$750
8
2
49
Jonathan Davenport
Blairsville, GA
$700
9
13
40B
Kyle Bronson
Brandon, FL
$650
10
3
71
Hudson O’Neal
Martinsville, IN
$600
11
23
1
Earl Pearson, Jr.
Jacksonville, FL
$550
12
8
1M
Devin Moran
Dresden, OH
$500
13
19
39
Tim McCreadie
Watertown, NY
$500
14
10
22
Gregg Satterlee
Indiana, PA
$500
15
18
28
Dennis Erb, Jr.
Carpentersville, IL
$500
16
25
116
Tanner English
Benton, KY
$500
17
22
27+1
Tyler Carpenter
Parkersburg, WV
$500
18
17
51M
Joey Moriarty
Phoenix, AZ
$500
19
21
2s
Stormy Scott
Las Cruses, NM
$500
20
15
12J
Jason Jameson
Lawrenceburg, IN
$500
21
16
0k
Freddie Carpenter
Parkersburg, WV
$500
22
26
21
Billy Moyer, Jr.
Batesville, AR
$500
23
20
2
Brandon Overton
Evans, GA
$500
24
12
20
Jimmy Owens
Newport, TN
$500
25
24
3s
Brian Shirley
Chatham, IL
$500
26
14
0
Scott Bloomquist
Mooresburg, TN
$500

Race Statistics
Entrants
: 53
Lap Leaders: Jonathan Davenport (Laps 1 – 8); Josh Richards (Lap 9); Brandon Sheppard (Laps 10 – 12); Tyler Erb (Laps 13 – 30)
Wrisco Feature Winner: Tyler Erb
Margin of Victory: 0.918 seconds
Cautions: Tyler Carpenter (Lap 1)
Series Provisional: Earl Pearson Jr.
Miller Welders Fast Time Provisional: Brian Shirley
Wrisco Industries Winternationals Provisional: Tanner English
DirtOnDirt.com Strawberry Dash Provisional: Billy Moyer Jr.
Optima Batteries Hard Charger of the Race: Earl Pearson Jr. (Advanced 12 Positions)
Midwest Sheet Metal Spoiler Challenge Point Leader: Earl Pearson Jr.
Allstar Performance Power Move of the Race: Billy Moyer
Sunoco Race for Gas Highest Finisher: Tyler Erb
Eibach Springs Rookie of the Race: n/a
COMP Cams Engine Builder of the Race: Durham Race Engines
Ohlins Shocks Chassis Builder of the Race: Rocket Chassis
Outerwears Crew Chief of the Race: Randall Edwards (Tyler Erb)
Dirty Girl Racewear Fastest Lap of the Race: Josh Richards (Lap #9 – 15.832 seconds)
Hot Rod Processing Tough Break of the Race: Devin Gilpin
STEEL-IT Most Laps Led
: Tyler Erb (18 Laps)
PFC Brakes Pole Award: Tyler Erb
Time of Race: 10 minutes 55 seconds

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