Tyler Erb Wins Tuesday Thriller at East Bay

TAMPA, FL – Tyler Erb made a late-race pass on Brandon Overton to win Tuesday Night’s Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series event at East Bay Raceway Park. A caution flew on the final lap for Brandon Sheppard just before the checkered flag, setting up a duel between Erb and Overton for the top of the podium. The victory for Erb was his 10th career win in Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Competition, his third career win at “The Clay by the Bay”, and his third overall win of 2021.
Shirley jumped to the lead at the start of the race and led the first nine laps. Overton moved up from his fifth starting spot to grab the lead. A three-car battle for the lead ensued between Overton, Shirley, and Erb for the remainder of the race.
In Lucas Oil Victory Lane for the first time this season Erb commented that the finish would have made for a great television ending. “I thought that would have made a great tv thing. We were able to pull through. It made my heart skip a beat when I headed to the checkered and then the caution came out. I was not happy about that. We definitely had to work for everything we have gotten this week. I can’t thank the crew enough for all they do. Eric Brock gave me the opportunity of a lifetime to drive his car and we hope to be in for a long time.”
Overton was in the hunt once again for a victory at the 1/3 mile oval track. “It’s just hard to make that right call every night on the car because the track changes so much. We just want to keep it on the podium.”
Shirley was the overall fastest qualifier for the 74 entrants and was looking for his first career win in the series and at East Bay but came home third. “I don’t have a ton of experience here. We have run just a few times up front. It is not one of my better tracks. I was set up for the track to get a little blacker where I could steer a little better. I couldn’t hug the corners where I needed to.”
The winner’s Eric and Kelly Brock-owned Best Performance Motorsports Rocket Chassis is powered by a Clements Racing Engine and is sponsored by Industrial Resourcing Group, Roberts Bee Company, First Class Septic, Bazell Race Fuels, Lucas Oil Products, Sunoco Race Fuels, Keyser, Franklin Enterprises, KBC Graphics, Boxo, and Corey Frazier State Farm Insurance.
Completing the top ten were Tanner English, Johnny Scott, Hudson O’Neal, Devin Moran, and Tyler Bruening.

Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
Race Summary
Wrisco Industries 45th Annual Winter Nationals – Presented by Lucas Oil
Tuesday, January 26, 2021
East Bay Raceway Park – Tampa, FL

Allstar Performance Time Trials
Fast Time Group A: Tanner English / 14.499 seconds
Fast Time Group B: Brian Shirley / 14.256 seconds (overall)

Penske Race Shocks Heat Race #1 Finish (10 Laps, Top 3 Transfer): 1. 81E-Tanner English[1]; 2. 76B-Blair Nothdurft[2]; 3. 16-Tyler Bruening[3]; 4. 49-Jonathan Davenport[5]; 5. 7R-Ross Robinson[4]; 6. 99JR-Frank Heckenast Jr[10]; 7. 36-Matt Irey[6]; 8. 14R-Jeff Roth[13]; 9. 29-Larry Grube[12]; 10. J8-Jadon Frame[7]; 11. 33J-Jeff Mathews[9]; 12. 17D-Zack Dohm[8]; 13. C4-Freddie Carpenter[11]

Summit Racing Equipment Heat Race #2 Finish (10 Laps, Top 3 Transfer): 1. 40B-Kyle Bronson[2]; 2. 1T-Tyler Erb[4]; 3. 21-Billy Moyer Jr[1]; 4. 157-Mike Marlar[3]; 5. 11H-Spencer Hughes[7]; 6. 111-Steven Roberts[8]; 7. 19R-Ryan Gustin[5]; 8. 2D-Dan Stone[6]; 9. 4B-Richie Edwards[11]; 10. 111M-Matthew Lux[12]; 11. 99B-Boom Briggs[10]; 12. 1G-Ryan King[9]

Simpson Race Products Heat Race #3 Finish (10 Laps, Top 3 Transfer): 1. 76-Brandon Overton[1]; 2. 25Z-Mason Zeigler[2]; 3. 9-Devin Moran[4]; 4. 54-David Breazeale[3]; 5. 14-Josh Richards[5]; 6. 56JR-Tony Jackson Jr[7]; 7. 00H-Wil Herrington[9]; 8. 00S-Jesse Stovall[6]; 9. 48-Colton Flinner[12]; 10. 311-Ken Monahan[8]; 11. 18J-Chase Junghans[10]; 12. 7T-Drake Troutman[11]


Ohlins Shocks Heat Race #4 Finish (10 Laps, Top 3 Transfer): 1. 3S-Brian Shirley[1]; 2. 71-Hudson O’Neal[3]; 3. 28E-Dennis Erb Jr[4]; 4. 8-Kyle Strickler[5]; 5. 0E-Rick Eckert[2]; 6. 12D-Doug Drown[6]; 7. 14B-John Baker[8]; 8. 66C-Matt Cosner[7]; 9. 51-Dean Carpenter[10]; 10. 1-Earl Pearson Jr[9]; 11. 3W-Brennon Willard[12]; 12. 94M-Jason Miller[11]; 13. (DNS) 212-Josh Putnam


MyRacePass
 Heat Race #5 Finish (10 Laps, Top 3 Transfer): 1. 1S-Brandon Sheppard[1]; 2. 22-Gregg Satterlee[4]; 3. 20RT-Ricky Thornton Jr[2]; 4. 311A-Ashton Winger[5]; 5. 20-Jimmy Owens[3]; 6. 20B-Todd Brennan[6]; 7. 81-Jason Riggs[7]; 8. 4S-Danny Snyder[8]; 9. 27J-Joe Denby[12]; 10. 2S-Stormy Scott[10]; 11. 8A-Rob Anderzack[9]; 12. 995-Manny Falcon[11]

Fast Shafts
 Heat Race #6 Finish (10 Laps, Top 3 Transfer): 1. 25-Shane Clanton[2]; 2. 39-Tim McCreadie[1]; 3. 1ST-Johnny Scott[6]; 4. 40C-Joel Callahan[5]; 5. 385-Mark Whitener[7]; 6. 44H-Dave Hess Jr[3]; 7. 14G-Joe Godsey[9]; 8. 18S-David Seibers[8]; 9. 6S-Blake Spencer[11]; 10. 24D-Michael Brown[4]; 11. 0G-Deshawn Gingerich[10]; 12. 51B-Brandon Carpenter[12]LINE-X B-Main #1 Finish (12 Laps, Top 2 Transfer): 1. 157-Mike Marlar[2]; 2. 11H-Spencer Hughes[4]; 3. 49-Jonathan Davenport[1]; 4. 99JR-Frank Heckenast Jr[5]; 5. 7R-Ross Robinson[3]; 6. 111M-Matthew Lux[14]; 7. 36-Matt Irey[7]; 8. 4B-Richie Edwards[12]; 9. 99B-Boom Briggs[16]; 10. 14R-Jeff Roth[9]; 11. 33J-Jeff Mathews[15]; 12. 1G-Ryan King[18]; 13. 19R-Ryan Gustin[8]; 14. 111-Steven Roberts[6]; 15. J8-Jadon Frame[13]; 16. 2D-Dan Stone[10]; 17. 29-Larry Grube[11]; 18. (DNS) 17D-Zack Dohm; 19. (DNS) C4-Freddie Carpenter

UNOH B-Main #2 Finish (12 Laps, Top 2 Transfer): 1. 8-Kyle Strickler[2]; 2. 14-Josh Richards[3]; 3. 0E-Rick Eckert[4]; 4. 56JR-Tony Jackson Jr[5]; 5. 14B-John Baker[8]; 6. 51-Dean Carpenter[12]; 7. 12D-Doug Drown[6]; 8. 00H-Wil Herrington[7]; 9. 18J-Chase Junghans[15]; 10. 00S-Jesse Stovall[9]; 11. 48-Colton Flinner[11]; 12. 311-Ken Monahan[13]; 13. 94M-Jason Miller[18]; 14. 66C-Matt Cosner[10]; 15. 3W-Brennon Willard[16]; 16. 54-David Breazeale[1]; 17. 7T-Drake Troutman[17]; 18. 1-Earl Pearson Jr[14]; 19. (DNS) 212-Josh Putnam

Wrisco Industries B-Main #3 Finish (12 Laps, Top 2 Transfer): 1. 385-Mark Whitener[4]; 2. 20-Jimmy Owens[3]; 3. 311A-Ashton Winger[1]; 4. 2S-Stormy Scott[13]; 5. 40C-Joel Callahan[2]; 6. 27J-Joe Denby[11]; 7. 8A-Rob Anderzack[15]; 8. 6S-Blake Spencer[12]; 9. 0G-Deshawn Gingerich[16]; 10. 18S-David Seibers[10]; 11. 14G-Joe Godsey[8]; 12. 4S-Danny Snyder[9]; 13. 51B-Brandon Carpenter[18]; 14. (DNS) 44H-Dave Hess Jr; 15. (DNS) 81-Jason Riggs; 16. (DNS) 24D-Michael Brown; 17. (DNS) 995-Manny Falcon; 18. (DNS) 20B-Todd Brennan

Lucas Oil Feature Finish (30 Laps):

Pos
Start
Car #
Competitor
Hometown
Pay
1
9
1T
Tyler Erb
New Waverly, TX
$5,000
2
5
76
Brandon Overton
Evans, GA
$3,000
3
2
3S
Brian Shirley
Chatham, IL
$2,000
4
23
14
Josh Richards
Shinnston, WV
$1,500
5
3
40B
Kyle Bronson
Brandon, FL
$1,000
6
1
81E
Tanner English
Benton, KY
$800
7
18
1ST
Johnny Scott
Las Cruces, NM
$750
8
8
71
Hudson O’Neal
Martinsville, IN
$700
9
17
9
Devin Moran
Dresden, OH
$650
10
13
16
Tyler Bruening
Decorah, IA
$600
11
11
25Z
Mason Zeigler
Chalk Hill, PA
$550
12
29
99JR
Frank Heckenast Jr
Frankfort, IL
$100
13
28
56JR
Tony Jackson Jr
Lebanon, MO
$100
14
25
49
Jonathan Davenport
Blairsville, GA
$500
15
7
76B
Blair Nothdurft
Renner, SD
$500
16
15
21
Billy Moyer Jr
Batesville, AR
$500
17
30
00H
Wil Herrington
Hawkinsville, GA
$100
18
22
11H
Spencer Hughes
Meridian, MS
$500
19
4
1S
Brandon Sheppard
New Berlin, IL
$500
20
16
20RT
Ricky Thornton Jr
Adel, IA
$500
21
20
8
Kyle Strickler
Mooresville, NC
$500
22
27
2S
Stormy Scott
Las Cruces, NM
$100
23
26
1
Earl Pearson Jr
Jacksonville, FL
$500
24
6
25
Shane Clanton
Zebulon, GA
$500
25
21
385
Mark Whitener
Middleburg, FL
$500
26
24
20
Jimmy Owens
Newport, TN
$500
27
19
157
Mike Marlar
Winfield, TN
$500
28
12
39
Tim McCreadie
Watertown, NY
$500
29
10
22
Gregg Satterlee
Indiana, PA
$500
30
14
28E
Dennis Erb Jr
Carpentersville, IL
$500

Race Statistics
Entrants
: 74
Lap Leaders: Brian Shirley (Laps 1 – 9); Brandon Overton (Laps 10 – 27); Tyler Erb (laps 28 – 30)
Wrisco Feature Winner: Tyler Erb
Arizona Sport Shirts CJC – Presented by DirtOnDirt Feature Winner: n/a
Brandon Ford TV Challenge Feature Winner: Tyler Erb
Margin of Victory: 0.200 seconds
Cautions: Tim McCreadie, Frank Heckenast Jr., Shane Clanton, Gregg Satterlee, Mark Whitener, Tyler Bruening (Lap 1); Mike Marlar (Lap 2); Jimmy Owens, Frank Heckenast Jr., Kyle Strickler (Lap 3); Shane Clanton (Lap 8); Earl Pearson Jr. (Lap 14); Brandon Sheppard (Lap 29)
Series Provisionals: Jonathan Davenport, Earl Pearson Jr.
Fast Time Provisional: n/a
Series Emergency Provisionals: Stormy Scott, Tony Jackson Jr., Frank Heckenast Jr., Wil Herrington
Track Provisionals: n/a
Berry Barn Pole Award: Tanner English
Big River Steel Podium Top 3: Tyler Erb, Brandon Overton, Brian Shirley
Penske Shocks Top 5: Tyler Erb, Brandon Overton, Brian Shirley, Josh Richards, Kyle Bronson
Optima Batteries Hard Charger of the Race: Josh Richards (Advanced 17 Positions)
Midwest Sheet Metal Spoiler Challenge Point Leader: Devin Moran
Hot Rod Processing Most Laps Led: Brandon Overton (18 Laps)
Sunoco Race for Gas Highest Finisher: Tyler Erb
Eibach Springs Rookie of the Race: n/a
Dirty Girl Racewear Fastest Lap of the Race: Brandon Overton (Lap #16 – 14.830  seconds)
Fast Shafts Tough Break of the Race: Brandon Sheppard
Outerwears Crew Chief of the Race: Randall Edwards (Tyler Erb)
ARP Engine Builder of the Race: Clements Racing Engines
Miller Welders Chassis Builder of the Race: Rocket Chassis
Dirt Draft Fastest in Hot Laps: Hudson O’Neal
Time of Race: 29 minutes 59 seconds