GIBSONTON, FL (January 30, 2021): After spending time in the penalty box on Friday night, Tyler Erb scored the game-winning goal in the final round of the 45th Annual Winternationals at East Bay Raceway Park. Erb became the only driver to repeat in the six-race stand for the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series.
Erb, who switched to a different tire compound for the 50 lapper, found the top line pretty hard to run. He lost the lead to Tim McCreadie on a restart and, as Terbo put it, “McCreadie ran off.” A caution brought McCreadie back to the rest of the field, and Erb capittalized on the opportunity presented on the restart to make his winning move. “He missed the entry to turn one and I got in there,” the Texan explained.
Kyle Bronson got another front row starting position for the A Main. Brandon Sheppard was on his flank. McCreadie and Erb were in row two. Row three had Mark Whitener paired up with Jonathan Davenport, who had his best starting position of the week. Devin Moran and Dennis Erb, Jr. fired off from row four. Boom Briggs and Tanner English matched up in row five, and Josh Richards and Mike Marlar started in row six.
Bronson grabbed the lead at the start, but Sheppard swept around him on the second lap. McCreadie, Tyler Erb, Whitener, and Davenport followed. That group ran in formation for several laps until Tyler Erb started to move forward. He was fourth by lap five and second by lap ten. By lap fifteen, he was in the lead.
Erb maintained his advantage for a handful of laps. However, on the restart at lap 19, McCreadie sailed from third to first in turns one and two. Erb settled into second, with Bronson, Davenport, Sheppard, and Hudson O’Neal trailing.
McCreadie began to pull away from Erb over a thirteen-lap green flag run. However, a tangle between English and Jimmy Owens in turn four erased that margin.
On the ensuing restart, McCredie pushed up out of the groove and he left the door open for Erb. Erb seized the opportunity and drove by to take the lead which he never surrendered. McCreadie noted that he had difficulty steering on the slick surface and he was tahnkful athat Erb raced him clean.
Soon after the critical restart, there was a four-car battle for second. Davenport and Shepard worked past McCreadie, and O’Neal was working hard to gain a position as well.
Erb negotiated the final 18 laps without incident. When he approached lapped traffic, Davenport began to close in. “He (Erb) was pretty good, but I was reeling him in,” Davenport said. “I should have moved around earlier, but I didn’t want to tear it up,” he continued. “I threw a Hail Mary at the end.” Davenport’s final ride around the top came up a couple of car lengths short.
Erb crossed first, followed by Davenport and Sheppard. McCreadie held on for fourth. O’Neal was fifth. Bobby Pierce, Boom Briggs, Brandon Overton, Josh Richards, and Ricky Thornton, Jr. were sixth through tenth.
Brandon Overton was the fastest qualifier in the 71 car field. He topped Group A with a lap of 14.544 seconds.
Brandon Sheppard topped Group B with a round of 14.644 seconds. Heat wins were chalked up by Bronson, McCreadie, Whitener, Sheppard, Tyler Erb, and Davenport. The trio of B Main winners were Overton, Gregg Satterlee, and Johnny Scott. Six provisionals filled the field.
All Star Circuit of Champions returning to Lernerville Speedway for 2-events including Don Martin Memorial
SARVER, PA (Pittsburgh Racing Now) – The All Star Circuit of Champions (ASCoC) is returning to Lernerville Speedway in 2022 for two nights of action including the Don Martin Memorial XXXI.
The All-Stars will make their first appearance at ‘The Action Track’ on Friday, April 29. The appearance will mark the series return to Lernerville for the first time since 2019 as COVID-19 cancelled their 2020 appearance and rain washed out this year’s visit.
On July 6th the All-Stars will return for the $25,000-to-win ‘Don Martin Memorial Silver Cup XXXI’, one of the most prestigious Sprint Car events in the history of the sport.
“We’re very excited to bring in the All-Stars and their thrilling brand of high-level Sprint Car racing” said Lernerville Speedway General Manager Mike Lysakowski said in a statement. “I have always been a fan of the All-Stars and for 2022, we had more freedom in choosing a date for this year’s Silver Cup. We believe we have chosen a date that is very conducive to bringing both national and regional Sprint Car aces to Lernerville.”
Western PA Speedweek to return in 2022
SHIPPENVILLE, PA (Pittsburgh Racing Now) – Western PA Speedweek is returning for 2022 following a successful reboot earlier this year.
The five consecutive nights of winged 410 Sprint Car action will see the best regional drivers vying for an A-Main feature purse that is increasing to $14,000 with $3,000 going to the winner each night and a $300 minimum to start!
The action takes place Wednesday, June 1st through Sunday, June 5th at Michael’s Mercer Raceway (Mercer, PA), Thunder Mountain Speedway (Brookville, PA), Lernerville Speedway (Sarver, PA), Sharon Speedway (Hartford, OH) and Tri-City Raceway Park (Franklin, PA), with the round-trip total clocking in at exactly 259 miles from beginning to end.
The group time trial format used last season was extremely popular with both drivers and fans alike, and will also be utilized again in 2022.
Ryan Smith of Fleetwood, PA is the defending Speedweek Champion after winning two features and a podium in three events in 2021.
Lernerville Speedway not on World of Outlaws schedule in 2022
SARVER, PA (Pittsburgh Racing Now) – Lernerville Speedway, a fixture on the World of Outlaws tour since their inception in 1978, is not on the Outlaws schedule for 2022. The fate of the Don Martin Silver Cup is unknown at this time.
Lernerville officials were planning for two NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car events as well as a World of Outlaws Late Model event for 2022 and were shocked and surprised when the schedule was released on Monday.
Pittsburgh Racing Now has reached out to World Racing Group, the parent company of the World of Outlaws, for comment but have not received a response as of publication.