Erb cruises in DIRTcar Summer Nationals debut at Red Hill; wins prelim at MCS
Tyler Erb bested banked a pair of wins last week in his Bulk Material Lift / M&W Transport No. 1 Best Performance Motorsports / First Class Septic / XR1 Rocket Chassis / Clements Racing Engine Super Late Model. (Josh James Artwork)
His first victory came in DIRTcar Summer Nationals action on Tuesday evening at Red Hill Raceway, and he added a second win in prelim action for the Freedom 60 at Muskingum County Raceway on Saturday evening.
“It was a hot and busy week, but we had some fairly good success. We got a couple of wins and were in contention for a couple more. It was cool seeing how many fans were at Red Hill Raceway on Tuesday for the grand reopening and getting the win there was pretty cool,” Erb commented. “There’s a lot of ‘big checks’ on the line over the next several weeks, and we’re geared up to start chasing them this week at Davenport (Speedway) and Deer Creek (Speedway). See everybody there!”
Last Tuesday night found Tyler Erb in action at Red Hill Raceway (Sumner, Ill.) as he entered his first DIRTcar Summer Nationals event of 2022.
With 24 Late Models entered, Erb followed up the fourth-fastest time in his qualifying group with a fourth-to-first run in his heat race. Blasting into the lead on the drop of the green flag, Tyler led flag-to-flag in the 40-lap feature to capture his seventh win of the season and fourth-career Hell Tour victory. He scored the $5,000 payday ahead of Brian Shirley, Payton Freeman, Shannon Babb, and Jason Feger.
Joining the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series (LOLMDS) on Thursday, Tyler invaded Florence Speedway (Union, Ky.) for the 36th edition for the Ralph Latham Memorial. Grabbing the fourth-and-final transfer spot in his heat race, Erb locked into the 15th-starting position for the feature. With $12,000 on the line, Tyler gained five spots in the 50-lapper to register a 10th-place finish.
For the Independence 50 on Friday evening at Florence Speedway (Union, Ky.), Tyler followed up the third-fastest time in his group with a second-place finish in his heat. Sliding back one spot in the 50-lap feature, Erb posted a seventh-place finish.
On Saturday, Erb trekked to Muskingum County Speedway (Zanesville, Ohio) for a round of preliminary features leading up to Saturday’s $30,000-to-win Freedom 60. Starting on the front row of his prelim via his qualifying effort, Tyler turned back a late challenge from Devin Moran to capture his eighth win of the season and a $3,000 prize.
Carrying a steady pace in the 60-lap finale on Sunday from the third-starting position, Tyler notched a third-place finish, which came behind Brandon Sheppard and Hudson O’Neal with Tim McCreadie and Daulton Wilson rounding out the Top-5.
Tyler is currently fourth in the latest LOLMDS point standings.
The long week drew to a close on Monday with a visit to Beckley Motor Speedway (Beckley, W.Va.) for the XR Southern All Star Series-sanctioned USA 100. After topping the 36-car field in time trials, Erb secured his spot into the main event with a second-place finish in his heat. With $20,000 on the line, Tyler was an early retiree on lap 32. He was credited with a 21st-place finish.