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    Tyler Erb wins Hoker Trucking Best in the Business 50 at Tri-City Speedway!

    Tyler Erb

    GRANITE CITY, Ill. (July 11, 2019) – Tyler Erb emerged victorious after battling Jimmy Owens and Mike Marlar to win his fifth Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series event of the season on Thursday night at Tri-City Speedway.

    The Hoker Trucking Best in the Business 50 – Presented by Schoenfeld Headers was also Erb’s second consecutive Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series victory. Tim McCreadie came on strong to finish third just ahead of Owens and Earl Pearson Jr.

    Erb started the day by setting fast time, then went on to earn the PFC Brakes Pole Award for the main event. Owens grabbed the early lead and held the point for the first 22 laps of the race. The next six laps saw a back-and-forth race for the lead between Owens and Erb. Erb took the lead for the first time on lap 23, but Owens fought back to regain the top spot. The two raced side-by-side with Erb regaining the lead on the 30th circuit.

    Marlar took over the second spot on lap 39 after he and Owens had battled side-by-side for several circuits. A caution came out with five laps to go, which gave Marlar one more opportunity to sneak by Erb. On the restart Erb used the clean air in front of him to open up a slight lead, and went on to cross 3/4 of a second ahead of Marlar at the finish line for his sixth career LOLMDS victory.

    “I really didn’t want to see that last caution because I had gotten into a rhythm,” said Erb. “I was kind of kicking myself when Jimmy got back by me for the lead. I knew when Mikey was behind me that things were going to be tough. I could hear Jimmy under me and then the same thing with Mikey. I just kind of let it go for broke in the last four laps. About a month ago I was in the same position and I wasn’t going to let what happened last time, happen again.”

    With the win, the 22-year-old Texan not only keeps his points lead in the Rookie-of-the-Year chase but also cut into point leader Jonathan Davenport’s championship point lead. Davenport finished 18th after pulling off the track due to heavy damage to his racecar.

    “That was a pretty exciting race! Thank you to Jimmy and Mikey for racing me clean. We are really looking forward to racing again here tomorrow night. I really like this place. They do a great job preparing it. You can really move around all over it.”

    For Marlar, the runner-up finish continued his strong run of podium finishes since the first of June in the LOLMDS. “This was an awesome race-track tonight, we could run anywhere on it. I ran the top, but I felt the car working better on the bottom. I have always enjoyed coming here, but I have never had much success here. Glad to come here tonight and get the monkey off of our back.”

    McCreadie stayed in the top five and grabbed the third spot at the finish. “This was a good run. It’s Phillip’s [Crew Chief Phillip Snellen] birthday today. We are still working on a lot of things and we are getting closer. We started with a new shock company for the team and they had been out of racing for a long time, but we keep making strides and hopefully we can get a win soon.”

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

    Completing the top ten were Devin Moran, Chris Simpson, Hudson O’Neal, Scott Bloomquist, and Stormy Scott.

    Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
    Race Summary
    Thursday, July 11, 2019
    Hoker Trucking Best in the Business 50 – Presented by Schoenfeld Headers
    Tri-City Speedway – Granite City, Ill.

    Miller Welders Time Trials
    Fast Time Group A: Tyler Erb / 14.543 seconds (overall)
    Fast Time Group B: Jimmy Owens / 14.708 seconds

    Penske Race Shocks Heat Race #1 Finish (10 Laps, Top 4 Transfer): Tyler Erb ®, Chris Simpson, Stormy Scott, Scott Bloomquist, Daryn Klein, Tony Jackson, Jr., Jonathan Davenport, Jeff Herzog

    FK Rod Ends Heat Race #2 Finish (10 Laps, Top 4 Transfer): Mike Marlar, Kyle Bronson, Devin Moran ®, Billy Moyer, Jr., Tim Manville, Shannon Babb, Billy Moyer, Michael Kloos

    Simpson Race Products Heat Race #3 Finish (10 Laps, Top 4 Transfer): Jimmy Owens, Tim McCreadie, Michael Norris, Rick Eckert, Rusty Griffaw, Rick Salter, Austin Rettig, Rickey Frankel-DNS

    Lucas Oil Products Penetrating Oil Heat Race #4 Finish (10 Laps, Top 4 Transfer): Earl Pearson, Jr., Josh Richards, Hudson O’Neal, Shanon Buckingham, Gordy Gundaker, Jesse Stovall

    Lucas Oil Products Red “N” Tacky Spray Grease B-Main #1 Finish (12 Laps, Top 3 Transfer): Jonathan Davenport, Tim Manville, Shannon Babb, Billy Moyer, Daryn Klein, Jeff Herzog, Tony Jackson, Jr., Michael Kloos

    FAST Shafts
    B-Main #2 Finish (12 Laps, Top 3 Transfer): Gordy Gundaker, Jesse Stovall, Austin Rettig, Rusty Griffaw, Rick Salter, Mike Hammerle, Rickey Frankel-DNS

    Lucas Oil Feature Finish (50 Laps):

    FINISH START CAR # DRIVER NAME HOMETOWN EARNINGS
    1 1 1T Tyler Erb ® New Waverly, TX $12,100
    2 3 157 Mike Marlar Winfield, TN $5,500
    3 6 39 Tim McCreadie Watertown, NY $3,500
    4 2 20 Jimmy Owens Newport, TN $2,750
    5 4 1 Earl Pearson, Jr. Jacksonville, FL $2,250
    6 11 1M Devin Moran ® Dresden, OH $1,800
    7 5 32 Chris Simpson Oxford, IA $1,500
    8 12 71 Hudson O’Neal Martinsville, IN $1,300
    9 13 0 Scott Bloomquist Mooresburg, TN $1,200
    10 9 2s Stormy Scott Las Cruses, NM $1,100
    11 18 11G Gordy Gundaker St. Charles, MO $1,075
    12 21 18 Shannon Babb Mowequa, IL $1,050
    13 14 2e Rick Eckert York, PA $1,025
    14 8 14 Josh Richards Shinnston, WV $1,000
    15 15 21JR Billy Moyer, Jr. Batesville, AR $1,000
    16 22 94 Austin Rettig Sikeston, MO $1,000
    17 7 40B Kyle Bronson Brandon, FL $1,000
    18 17 49 Jonathan Davenport Blairsville, GA $1,200
    19 20 00 Jesse Stovall Billings, MO $1,000
    20 19 33T Tim Manville St. Jacob, IL $1,000
    21 16 50 Shanon Buckingham Morristown, TN $1,000
    22 10 5 Michael Norris Sarver, PA $1,000
    23 23 21 Billy Moyer Batesville, AR $1,000
    24 25 6K Michael Kloos Trenton, IL $1,000
    25 24 10K Daryn Klein Fairview Height, IL $1,000

     

    Race Statistics
    Entrants
    : 31
    Lap Leaders: Jimmy Owens (Laps 1 – 22); Tyler Erb (Laps 23 – 26); Jimmy Owens (Laps 27 – 29); Tyler Erb (Laps 30 – 50)
    Wrisco Feature Winner: Tyler Erb
    Margin of Victory: 0.738 seconds
    Cautions: Tim Manville (Lap 2); Josh Richards (Lap 17); Don O’Neal (Lap 19); Jonathan Davenport (Lap 41); Kyle Bronson (Lap 45)
    Miller Welders Fast Time Provisionals: Billy Moyer, Daryn Klein
    Tri-City Speedway Provisional: Michael Kloos
    Optima Batteries Hard Charger of the Race: Shannon Babb (Advanced 12 Positions)
    Midwest Sheet Metal Spoiler Challenge Point Leader: Jonathan Davenport
    Allstar Performance Power Move of the Race: Devin Moran
    Sunoco Race for Gas Highest Finisher: Tyler Erb
    Eibach Springs Rookie of the Race: Tyler Erb
    COMP Cams Engine Builder of the Race: Durham Racing 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: Jimmy Owens (Lap #1 – 16.050 seconds)
    Hot Rod Processing Tough Break of the Race: Jonathan Davenport
    STEEL-IT Most Laps Led
    : Tyler Erb (25 Laps)
    PFC Brakes Pole Award: Tyler Erb
    Time of Race: 28 minutes 23 seconds

     

    Lucas Oil Championship Point Standings:

    POS CAR # DRIVER NAME HOMETOWN POINTS EARNINGS
    1 49 Jonathan Davenport Blairsville, GA 4360 $153,225
    2 1T Tyler Erb ® New Waverly, TX 4120 $110,375
    3 14 Josh Richards Shinnston, WV 3945 $75,800
    4 1 Earl Pearson, Jr. Jacksonville, FL 3905 $78,425
    5 39 Tim McCreadie Watertown, NY 3805 $63,675
    6 20 Jimmy Owens Newport, TN 3795 $72,000
    7 1M Devin Moran ® Dresden, OH 3755 $58,925
    8 71 Hudson O’Neal Martinsville, IN 3660 $77,550
    9 40B Kyle Bronson Brandon, FL 3310 $52,750
    10 50 Shanon Buckingham Morristown, TN 3155 $42,675
    11 21JR Billy Moyer, Jr. Batesville, AR 3055 $34,350
    12 2s Stormy Scott Las Cruses, NM 2900 $25,475
    13 5 Don O’Neal Martinsville, IN 2895 $45,150
    14 0 Scott Bloomquist Mooresburg, TN 1985 $16,350

     

    *Results are unofficial until Close of Business on the Tuesday following Race Day*

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