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Tyler Erb wins the Gateway Dirt Nationals!

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Tyler Erb Claims Emotional $30,000 Win in Gateway Dirt Nationals Finale

ST. MARYS, Ohio (12/05/22) – Enduring the most challenging personal and professional weekend of his young career, Tyler Erb persevered to win the $30,000 top prize in Saturday night’s sixth annual Castrol Gateway Dirt Nationals finale aboard his Bulk Material Lift / M&W Transport No. 1 Best Performance Motorsports / First Class Septic / XR1 Rocket Chassis / Clements Racing Engine Super Late Model.

The mega win came just a few days after the unexpected passing of his father, Mark. Erb revealed the devastating details in Victory Lane on Saturday night.

“All of our family and everybody close to us is watching this, so it would just be easier for me to say it once and be done,” said Erb, his voice beginning to crack. “But my dad, who is my best friend in the whole world, we got to St Louis, and he had a heart attack Wednesday and died. And I’m sorry to my friends and everybody this week. I haven’t said anything because it’s just tough you know. I apologize to all my friends and everybody, but I’ve just been dealing with a lot trying to keep to myself.

“We just decided … I just decided it would be better to stay here and support my mom. I love her with all my heart, and I always will. Don’t think this is a sob story. Man, this is the worst news I could ever have thought of in my whole life, but I just put in the back of my mind and raced and got it done. So, I guess he was definitely helping us this week. You know, we’ll just have to take life every day from here on out.”

Aboard the Best Performance Motorsports No. 1 Rocket Chassis Late Model, Tyler Erb was one of 119 Super Late Models amassed at the Dome at America’s Center (St. Louis, Mo.) for the sixth annual Gateway Dirt Nationals.

With the massive field split into two groups for a pair of prelims leading up to Saturday’s finale, Erb topped his qualifying on Friday before placing first in his heat race. Starting the $5,000-to-win preliminary feature in third, Tyler faded a few spots early but rallied late in the 25-lapper to secure the third-and-final transfer spot into Saturday’s main event.

Receiving the sixth-starting position for Saturday’s Gateway Dirt Nationals A-Main via the redraw, Tyler worked his way into the top five by the ninth circuit and overtook Tanner English for second on lap 25.

With a caution setting up a late race restart on lap 33, Erb dove underneath pacesetter Wil Herrington on the ensuing lap and paced the field for the final seven circuits to capture his 11th win of the season and a $30,000 payday.

He finished 2.209 seconds ahead of English with Ricky Thornton Jr., Tyler Carpenter, and Mike Spatola rounding out the top-five.

“This is awesome, you have no idea what this means to me and my family,” said Erb in Victory Lane. “Racing is so not important if you experience things in life. I really just want to dedicate this win to someone really special and close to me and my family and it’s just awesome. I can’t think my car owners Eric and Kelly (Brock) enough, my best buddy Steven Roberts, (crew chief) Randall (Edwards) and Corey, who have been with me forever. Every single sponsor on this car, every single person who helps me, it really means a lot and I’m just grateful to be here.”

The 2022 season is now over for the team. They will open the 2023 campaign on Jan. 7-15 at FK Rod Ends Vado (N.M.) Speedway Park with the 17th annual Rio Grande Waste Services Wild West Shootout.

For information on the six-race series, please visit www.WildWestShootout.net .

Best Performance Motorsports and Tyler Erb would like to thank all of their marketing partners, which include: First Class Septic, Roberts Bee Company, Bulk Material Lift, Gaier’s Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram, M&W Transport,  Bazell Race Fuels, Sunoco, Keyser Manufacturing, Integra Shocks, Hoosier Tire, Terbo Threads, Lucas Oil, Go Lithium, Allstar Performance, K-B Carbs, GottaRace.com, Precision Racing Components, Beyea Headers, Day Motorsports, Doyle Edwards Trucking, Wilwood Disc Brakes, Wiles Drive Shafts, Simpson Race Products, Weld Racing, Performance Rod & Custom, Powers Performance, Heath Lawson Photography, Swift Springs, Walker Performance Filtration, Outerwears, Strange Engineering, Rocket Chassis, Central Coast Tires, R&R Design, KBC Graphics and MyRacePass.com Marketing Services.

For the latest information on Best Performance Motorsports please visit the team website at www.BestPerformanceMotorsports.com and www.TylerErb.com as well as their social media channels at www.facebook.com/bestperformancemotorsports/, www.twitter.com/BPMotorsports1.

119 entries


A Feature 1 (40 Laps): 1. 1T-Tyler Erb[6]; 2. 96V-Tanner English[2]; 3. 20RT-Ricky Thornton Jr[13]; 4. 28-Tyler Carpenter[10]; 5. 89-Mike Spatola[8]; 6. 2M-Devin Moran[14]; 7. 19X-Cody Bauer[1]; 8. 25-Jason Feger[9]; 9. (DNF) 19M-Wil Herrington[3]; 10. (DNF) 32-Bobby Pierce[4]; 11. (DNF) 91-Rusty Schlenk[15]; 12. (DNF) 42-Carson Hocevar[20]; 13. (DNF) 11G-Gordy Gundaker[17]; 14. (DNF) 18-Shannon Babb[19]; 15. (DNF) 75-Patrik Daniel[12]; 16. (DNF) B5-Brandon Sheppard[7]; 17. (DNF) 55-Justin Reed[16]; 18. (DNF) 4-Chris Simpson[11]; 19. (DNF) 58-Garrett Alberson[18]; 20. (DNF) 24-Ryan Unzicker[5]

B Feature 1 (10 Laps): 1. 18-Shannon Babb[3]; 2. 45-Kyle Hammer[1]; 3. 42-Carson Hocevar[6]; 4. 11T-Trevor Gundaker[12]; 5. 187-David McCoy[5]; 6. 417-Jesse Lowe[2]; 7. 71K-Jim Rogers[11]; 8. (DNF) 5S-Steve Sheppard Jr[10]; 9. (DNF) 16H-Austin Horton[4]; 10. (DNF) 0K-Freddie Carpenter[9]; 11. (DNF) 11-Lance Brasington[8]; 12. (DNF) 4G-Bob Gardner[7]

Weld Racing Qualifier 1 (12 Laps): 1. B5-Brandon Sheppard[2]; 2. 20RT-Ricky Thornton Jr[1]; 3. 45-Kyle Hammer[3]; 4. 4G-Bob Gardner[6]; 5. 9J-Jayme Zidar[5]; 6. 4W-Ryan Wilson[4]; 7. 05B-Josh Boller[10]; 8. 0D-Dewayne Kiefer[8]; 9. 14W-Quentin White[14]; 10. 11E-Adam Elliott[19]; 11. 4D-Doug Tye[13]; 12. 15F-Chris Fetter[11]; 13. 57-Blake Higginbotham[12]; 14. 51S-William Stile[17]; 15. B89-Dakota Smith[15]; 16. (DNF) 10-Jacob Magee[7]; 17. (DNF) 20W-Justin White[16]; 18. (DNF) 51-Steve Fairbanks[9]; 19. (DNS) 16-Brandon Tibaldi

Mesilla Valley Transportation Qualifier 2 (12 Laps): 1. 89-Mike Spatola[2]; 2. 2M-Devin Moran[5]; 3. 417-Jesse Lowe[6]; 4. 11-Lance Brasington[12]; 5. 14JR-Michael King Jr[18]; 6. 22-Daniel Jacober[9]; 7. 77-Scott Cimfl[11]; 8. 41-Casey White[14]; 9. 95-Nicky Pennington[8]; 10. (DNF) 354-Chris Nash[16]; 11. (DNF) J8-Jadon Frame[1]; 12. (DNF) 27-Greg Kimmons[4]; 13. (DNF) 7-Harry Hanson[7]; 14. (DNF) 5X-Brian Wolfmeier[19]; 15. (DNF) P1-Andy Picklesimer[13]; 16. (DNS) 29-Jason Welshan; 17. (DNS) 21M-Timothy McKeenhan; 18. (DNS) 71-Hudson O’Neal; 19. (DNS) 23-Cody Holtkamp

Twisted Tech Qualifier 3 (12 Laps): 1. 25-Jason Feger[2]; 2. 91-Rusty Schlenk[3]; 3. 18-Shannon Babb[1]; 4. 0K-Freddie Carpenter[5]; 5. 75A-Daniel Adam[9]; 6. 18L-Jeffrey Ledford[6]; 7. J12-Jason Wagner[13]; 8. 34W-James Walters[15]; 9. 28M-Jake Miller[8]; 10. 32P-Preston Farmer[17]; 11. 28N-Jeff Neubert[14]; 12. T22-Tegan Evans[18]; 13. 1B-Josh Baker[12]; 14. 2K-Patrick Kelley[16]; 15. (DNF) 45S-Colt Smith[11]; 16. (DNF) 24C-Tanner Collins[4]; 17. (DNF) 711-Morgan Alexander[10]; 18. (DNF) 7Z-Chad Zobrist[7]; 19. (DNS) B17-Timothy Welch II

Arizona Sport Shirts Qualifier 4 (12 Laps): 1. 28-Tyler Carpenter[1]; 2. 55-Justin Reed[2]; 3. 16H-Austin Horton[4]; 4. 5S-Steve Sheppard Jr[3]; 5. 0-Scott Bloomquist[12]; 6. 07-Rylee Knoll[6]; 7. 32F-Derek Fetter[14]; 8. 1-Oscar McCown[7]; 9. 127-Robert Ardry[17]; 10. 2B-Jordan Barbee[19]; 11. 8-Megan Sanders[11]; 12. (DNF) 1C-Kenny Collins[5]; 13. (DNF) 66-Jody Knowles[8]; 14. (DNF) M27-Mike Provenzano[15]; 15. (DNF) 1*-Max Baker[10]; 16. (DNF) B15-Bob Sidener[9]; 17. (DNF) 34-Kyle Wiser[18]; 18. (DNF) 47F-Cyle Forgy[13]; 19. (DNS) 5N-Max Nelson

OReilly Auto Parts Qualifier 5 (12 Laps): 1. 4-Chris Simpson[1]; 2. 11G-Gordy Gundaker[5]; 3. 187-David McCoy[10]; 4. 71K-Jim Rogers[6]; 5. 5R-Scott Rhoades[17]; 6. 45B-Scott Bell[8]; 7. 28JS-Jeffrey Shackelford[7]; 8. 21K-Jacob Kolwyck[16]; 9. 11C-Rachel Carpenter[12]; 10. 260-Erik Thorne[9]; 11. (DNF) 4S-Ryan Montgomery[3]; 12. (DNF) 18C-Chris Carpenter[4]; 13. (DNF) 96-Matt Koch[13]; 14. (DNF) 27D-Joe Denby[11]; 15. (DNF) 2S-Kevin Smith[15]; 16. (DNF) USA1-Kylan Garner[2]; 17. (DNF) E11-Matthew Tribble[14]; 18. (DNF) 18B-Chase Burda[18]; 19. (DNS) 13-Brayton Laster

Shocker Hitch Qualifier 6 (12 Laps): 1. 75-Patrik Daniel[1]; 2. 58-Garrett Alberson[4]; 3. 42-Carson Hocevar[5]; 4. 11T-Trevor Gundaker[3]; 5. 71W-Zach Wohlers[16]; 6. 20-Todd Brennan[8]; 7. 5L-Jonathan Lee[2]; 8. 144-Austin Seelig[10]; 9. 111-Jon Woods[18]; 10. (DNF) 44-Colin Shipley[7]; 11. (DNF) 66K-Dylan Knowles[11]; 12. (DNF) 19J-Justin Green[6]; 13. (DNF) 151-Kyle Lear[9]; 14. (DNF) 27M-Donald McIntosh[12]; 15. (DNS) 00-Ruben Mayfield; 16. (DNS) T56-Timothy Welch; 17. (DNS) 218-Nathan Carpenter; 18. (DNS) 2-Justin Carter

6 Lock in Hot Laps: 1. 24-Ryan Unzicker, 00:12.839[3]; 2. 96V-Tanner English, 00:12.846[5]; 3. 19M-Wil Herrington, 00:12.938[4]; 4. 32-Bobby Pierce, 00:12.940[1]; 5. 19X-Cody Bauer, 00:12.996[2]; 6. 1T-Tyler Erb, 00:12.997[6]

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