GREENWOOD, NE – Tyler Erb flexed his muscles on Wednesday Night leading all 30 laps to win the Al Belt Custom Homes I-80 Nationals at I-80 Speedway. The Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series regular picked up his first series win since his two early season victories at East Bay earlier this year.
Ricky Weiss came home in second after starting in sixth. A hard-charging, wall running, Ricky Thornton Jr. came from the 13th starting spot to finish in third, earning another podium finish at I-80 Speedway. Monday night’s winner, Brandon Overton finished fourth with Stormy Scott completing the top five.
The race was slowed by three Stop-Tech Cautions as Erb held off Weiss by 1.03 seconds for the win. Stormy Scott held the second spot until Weiss got by him just before the lap 22 caution for a slowing Scott Bloomquist.
Erb had Weiss breathing down his neck before the yellow flag came out with eight laps to go, allowing Erb to pull way in the final laps for the win. “Right before they threw the caution, I saw Randall’s stick close up. I was probably going to move up the lap before the caution and it kind of made it little easier on my mind. Honestly, after last night everyone was racing for second. We worked on our car the best we could. I want to thank Brandon Overton for coming in here and whipping up on us, it makes everyone better.”
Weiss, a former Sunoco North-South 100 winner came home in second behind Erb. “We were really good on the long runs. I think he (Erb) was little bit better on the short runs. I definitely didn’t want to see that caution. I am just proud of my guys. Glad to get back up here on the podium and to be consistent again. Last night we held our heads high, and we knew we had to be better and tonight proved it. Tomorrow will be another day and hopefully we can be up here tomorrow night one spot better.”
Ricky Thornton Jr. had another impressive race at I-80 to come home in third. “That was fun. I wasn’t quite as good the middle and bottom as I wanted to be. After there was that big pile-up in three and four, we knocked the right rear off the car. I was just going to go for broke. I was going to stay around the cushion. I never felt like I was far enough ahead of Weiss that I could run my line again. To start 13th and finish third we’re definitely happy.”
The winner’s Eric and Kelly Brock Best Performance Motorsports Rocket Chassis is powered by a Clements Racing Engine and sponsored by M&W Transport, Roberts Bee Company, Posi Flow, Bazell Race Fuels, Go Lithium, Lucas Oil Products, Keyser Manufacturing, First Class Septic, and KBC Graphics
Completing the top ten were Spencer Hughes, Chase Junghans, Jonathan Davenport, Tyler Bruening, and Jimmy Owens.
Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
Al Belt Custom Homes I-80 Nationals
Wednesday, July 21st, 2021
I-80 Speedway – Greenwood, NE
Allstar Performance Time Trials
Fast Time Group A: Jonathan Davenport / 17.242 seconds (overall)
Fast Time Group B: Jake Neal / 17.726 seconds
Penske Race Shocks Heat Race #1 Finish (8 Laps): 1. 40B-Kyle Bronson; 2. 71-Hudson O’Neal; 3. 49-Jonathan Davenport; 4. 76-Brandon Overton; 5. 24-Bill Leighton; 6. 0-Scott Bloomquist; 7. 3S-Brian Shirley; 8. 7R-Ross Robinson; 9. 7D-Dusty Leonard; 10. 45-Dan Battaglia; 11. 26JR-Corey Zeitner
Summit Racing Equipment Heat Race #2 Finish (8 Laps): 1. 11H-Spencer Hughes; 2. 20-Jimmy Owens; 3. 2S-Stormy Scott; 4. 16-Tyler Bruening; 5. 157-Mike Marlar; 6. 22H-Daniel Hilsabeck; 7. 80-Allan Hopp; 8. 6H-Al Humphrey; 9. 14M-Reid Millard; 10. 10C-Junior Coover; 11. 04-Tad Pospisil
Simpson Race Products Heat Race #3 Finish (8 Laps): 1. 1S-Brandon Sheppard; 2. 32S-Chris Simpson; 3. 22M-Charlie McKenna; 4. 20RT-Ricky Thornton Jr; 5. 1C-Chad Simpson; 6. 25-Shane Clanton; 7. 39-Tim McCreadie; 8. 14J-Jake Neal; 9. 99B-Boom Briggs; 10. 99JR-Frank Heckenast Jr; 11. 49T-Jake Timm
Ohlins Shocks Heat Race #4 Finish (8 Laps): 1. 7W-Ricky Weiss; 2. 1T-Tyler Erb; 3. 66C-Matt Cosner; 4. 18J-Chase Junghans; 5. 14-Josh Richards; 6. 98-Ben Schaller; 7. 22F-Chris Ferguson; 8. 1-Earl Pearson Jr; 9. 3C-Mike Collins; 10. 52-Brian Kosiski; 11. 53-Andrew Kosiski
LINE-X B-Main #1 Finish (10 Laps, Top 3 Transfer): 1. 66C-Matt Cosner; 2. 1C-Chad Simpson; 3. 98-Ben Schaller; 4. 22H-Daniel Hilsabeck; 5. 24-Bill Leighton; 6. 49T-Jake Timm; 7. 7D-Dusty Leonard; 8. 7R-Ross Robinson; 9. 99B-Boom Briggs; 10. 04-Tad Pospisil; 11. 14M-Reid Millard; 12. 10C-Junior Coover; 13. 45-Dan Battaglia
UNOH B-Main #2 Finish (10 Laps, Top 3 Transfer): 1. 0-Scott Bloomquist; 2. 39-Tim McCreadie; 3. 157-Mike Marlar; 4. 22F-Chris Ferguson; 5. 1-Earl Pearson Jr; 6. 3S-Brian Shirley; 7. 3C-Mike Collins; 8. 6H-Al Humphrey; 9. 26JR-Corey Zeitner; 10. 53-Andrew Kosiski; 11. 52-Brian Kosiski; 12. 80-Allan Hopp; 13. 99JR-Frank Heckenast Jr
Wednesday’s Al Belt Custom Homes I-80 Nationals Feature Finish (30 Laps):