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KNOXVILLE, IOWA (September 13, 2018) – Tyler Erb scored his first career Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series win on Thursday night at Knoxville Raceway.

The 21-year-old Texan took the lead from Mason Zeigler with eight laps to go to become the eighteenth different winner on the series tour in 2018. Earl Pearson Jr. passed Chad Simpson on the final lap to finish in second. Jimmy Owens finished in fourth followed by Frank Heckenast Jr.

Zeigler, who leads the Lucas Oil Rookie of the Year chase, led the first sixteen laps of the race until he jumped the cushion in turn four, leaving the door open for Erb to take the top spot. Erb then pulled away to take the victory in night number one of the 15th Annual Lucas Oil Late Model Knoxville Nationals presented by Casey’s General Store.

An emotional Erb in Lucas Oil Victory Lane thanked a multitude of people for sticking with him this year. “Thanks to everyone who helps me. It’s been a long year and a lot of stuff has happened. Thanks to Wayne Childress and Steven Roberts. It feels like I have been racing forever and it has not been that long. This is the sweetest feeling I have ever had in my life.”

“I was pretty good there. I had a good run going on him [Zeigler] and I hit that burm in two. Once he [Zeigler] jumped the cushion I figured I had better go, it might have been my only shot. Words cannot even describe how I feel right now.”

Pearson slid in front of Chad Simpson off the final turn to finish runner-up to Erb. “That’s all my fault, Chad and I are real good friends. I miscalculated there on the slide job. I hit the black and just slid up in front of him. My apologizes to him and I am just glad it didn’t take out both of us. I don’t drive that way and like I said it was just a miscalculation on my part. I was riding around the top. We were not very good on the bottom. That last caution definitely helped us starting on the outside.”

Simpson, the current Lucas Oil MLRA points leader finished third. “We had a really good race car. I think early in the race when I was trying to take the lead I used up my right rear tire too much. There late in the race I was just kind of wheel spinning with it. I am sure it is all shredded up really good. It was a good night for us and a good finish. It should be a good point night for us.”

Erb’s Rocket Chassis is powered by a Clements Racing Engine and sponsored by: First Class Septic Systems, New Point Lighting and Design, Day Motorsports, KBC Graphics.com, Franklin Enterprises, Keyser Manufacturing, Toste Construction and Roberts Bee Company.

Completing the top ten were Scott Bloomquist, Brandon Sheppard, Chase Junghans, Chris Simpson and Mason Zeigler.

Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
Race Summary
Thursday, September 13, 2018
15th Annual Lucas Oil Late Model Knoxville Nationals – presented by Casey’s General Stores
Knoxville Raceway – Knoxville, IA

Miller Welders Time Trials
Fast Time Group A: Brandon Sheppard / 17.739 seconds
Fast Time Group B: Scott Bloomquist / 17.231 seconds (overall)

Eibach Springs Heat Race #1 Finish (12 Laps, Top 3 Transfer): Jesse Stovall, Jeremiah Hurst, Mason Zeigler, Tim McCreadie, Brandon Sheppard, Josh Richards, Tyler Bruening, Spencer Diercks, Brent Larson, Jonathan Brauns

FK Rod Ends Heat Race #2 Finish (12 Laps, Top 3 Transfer): Chase Junghans, Chris Simpson, Jimmy Mars, Mike Mataragas, Don O'Neal, Jake Neal, Dennis Erb, Jr., Justin Zeitner, Billy Moyer, Junior Coover

Simpson Performance Products Heat Race #3 Finish (12 Laps, Top 3 Transfer): Dave Eckrich, Frank Heckenast, Jr., Earl Pearson, Jr., Matt Furman, Darrell Lanigan, Chris Spieker, Jason Feger, Austin Rettig, Joel Callahan

QA1 Heat Race #4 Finish (12 Laps, Top 3 Transfer): Bobby Pierce, Scott Bloomquist, Tyler Erb, Brandon Overton, Rob Toland, Joey Moriarty, Mike Fryer, JC Wyman, Zach McMillan, Al Humphrey

Lucas Oil Heat Race #5 Finish (12 Laps, Top 3 Transfer): Brian Birkhofer, Shane Clanton, , Jimmy Owens, Gregg Satterlee, Kyle Bronson, Brian Shirley, Scott James, Jay Johnson, Justin Duty

Casey’s General Store Heat Race #6 Finish (12 Laps, Top 3 Transfer): Jared Landers, Jonathan Davenport, Chad Simpson, Shannon Babb, Nick Marolf, Morgan Bagley, Ricky Thornton Jr., Scott Ward, Lyle Zanker

FAST Shafts C-Main Finish (12 Laps, Top 4 Transfer to B-Main): Tyler Bruening, Ricky Thornton Jr., Scott James , Dennis Erb, Jr., Jason Feger, Scott Ward, Spencer Diercks, Justin Duty, Justin Zeitner, Zach McMillan, Austin Rettig, Jay Johnson, Brent Larson, Jonathan Brauns, Joel Callahan, Lyle Zanker, Al Humphrey, Mike Fryer, Junior Coover, JC Wyman, Billy Moyer

Penske Racing Shocks B-Main Finish (15 Laps, Top 6 Transfer to A-Main): Brandon Sheppard, Kyle Bronson, Shannon Babb, Brandon Overton, Josh Richards, Don O'Neal, Darrell Lanigan, Brian Shirley, Joey Moriarty, Tim McCreadie, Jake Neal, Gregg Satterlee, Ricky Thornton Jr., Matt Furman, Chris Spieker, Rob Toland, Mike Mataragas, Nick Marolf, Scott James , Morgan Bagley, Dennis Erb, Jr., Tyler Bruening

Lucas Oil Feature Finish (25 Laps):

FINISH START CAR # DRIVER NAME HOMETOWN EARNINGS
1 2 91 Tyler Erb New Waverly, TX $7,000
2 7 1 Earl Pearson, Jr. Jacksonville, FL $4,000
3 4 25s Chad Simpson Mt. Vernon, IA $3,000
4 10 20 Jimmy Owens Newport, TN $2,000
5 3 99JR Frank Heckenast, Jr. Frankfort, IL $1,500
6 8 0 Scott Bloomquist Mooresburg, TN $1,000
7 19 1S Brandon Sheppard New Berlin, IL $900
8 11 18J Chase Junghans Manhattan, KS $800
9 5 32S Chris Simpson Oxford, IA $700
10 1 25Z Mason Zeigler ® Chalk Hill, PA $600
11 14 30 Brian Birkhofer Muscatine, IA $580
12 22 76 Brandon Overton Evans, GA $560
13 16 49 Jonathan Davenport Blairsville, GA $540
14 15 28m Jimmy Mars Menomonie, WI $520
15 24 5 Don O'Neal Martinsville, IN $500
16 6 25C Shane Clanton Zebulon, GA $490
17 23 1R Josh Richards Shinnston, WV $480
18 21 18 Shannon Babb Mowequa, IL $470
19 17 58 Dave Eckrich Oxford, IA $460
20 18 1777 Jared Landers Batesville, AR $450
21 12 32 Bobby Pierce Oakwood, IL $440
22 9 00s Jesse Stovall Billings, MO $430
23 20 40B Kyle Bronson ® Brandon, FL $410
24 13 58H Jeremiah Hurst Dubuque, IA $400


Race Statistics
Entrants: 57
Lap Leaders: Mason Zeigler (Laps 1 - 16); Tyler Erb (17 - 25)
Wrisco Feature Winner: Tyler Erb
Margin of Victory: 2.244 seconds
Cautions: Jeremiah Hurst (Lap 3), Kyle Bronson (Lap 8), Bobby Pierce (Lap 18)
Optima Batteries Hard Charger of the Race: Brandon Sheppard (Advanced 12 Positions)
Midwest Sheet Metal Spoiler Challenge Point Leader: Jonathan Davenport
Allstar Performance Power Move of the Race: Brandon Overton
Sunoco Race for Gas Highest Finisher: Earl Pearson Jr.
Hot Rod Processing Rookie of the Race: Mason Zeigler
COMP Cams Engine Builder of the Race: Clements Racing Engines
Ohlins Shocks Chassis Builder of the Race: Rocket Chassis
Outerwears Crew Chief of the Race: Garrett Alberson (Earl Pearson Jr.
Fastest Lap of the Race: Shane Clanton (Lap #15 – 18.823 seconds)
STEEL-IT Most Laps Led: Mason Zeigler (16 Laps)
Dirty Girl Racewear Farthest Traveler: Justin Duty
PFC Brakes Pole Award: Mason Zeigler
Time of Race: 18 minutes 14 seconds

Lucas Oil Late Model Knoxville Nationals Nightly Point Standings:

Car # Name Hometown, ST Night #1
1 Earl Pearson, Jr. Jacksonville, FL 488
0 Scott Bloomquist Mooresburg, TN 487
91 Tyler Erb New Waverly, TX 482
25s Chad Simpson Mt. Vernon, IA 480
1S Brandon Sheppard New Berlin, IL 476
20 Jimmy Owens Newport, TN 474
99JR Frank Heckenast, Jr. Frankfort, IL 473
32S Chris Simpson Oxford, IA 467
76 Brandon Overton Evans, GA 463
25C Shane Clanton Zebulon, GA 459
5 Don O'Neal Martinsville, IN 458
18 Shannon Babb Mowequa, IL 453
25Z Mason Zeigler Chalk Hill, PA 452
18J Chase Junghans Manhattan, KS 448
30 Brian Birkhofer Muscatine, IA 448
1R Josh Richards Shinnston, WV 447
32 Bobby Pierce Oakwood, IL 442
40B Kyle Bronson Brandon, FL 442
49 Jonathan Davenport Blairsville, GA 439
28m Jimmy Mars Menomonie, WI 424
1777 Jared Landers Batesville, AR 422
00s Jesse Stovall Billings, MO 422
58 Dave Eckrich Oxford, IA 418
14 Darrell Lanigan Union, KY 416
58H Jeremiah Hurst Dubuque, IA 409
14J Jake Neal Omaha, NE 407
39 Tim McCreadie Watertown, NY 405
3s Brian Shirley Chatham, IL 395
51M Joey Moriarty Phoenix, AZ 395
20RT Ricky Thornton Jr. Sedgwick, KS 392
51 Matt Furman Portland, OR 387
16T Tyler Bruening Decorah, IA 378
33 Nick Marolf Moscow, IA 376
83 Scott James Lawrenceburg, IN 376
22 Gregg Satterlee Indiana, PA 375
56S Chris Spieker Massena, IA 373
39T Rob Toland Davenport, IA 366
28 Dennis Erb, Jr. Carpentersville, IL 366
1m Mike Mataragas DeKalb, IL 359
25F Jason Feger Bloomington, IL 352
14m Morgan Bagley Gladewater, TX 351
37 Scott Ward Hayti, SD 347
29d Spencer Diercks Davenport, IA 337
1GRT Justin Zeitner Malvern, IA 331
14z Zach McMillan Gladewater, TX 328
94 Austin Rettig Sikeston, MO 319
93 Jay Johnson W. Burlington, IA 319
21 Billy Moyer Batesville, AR 316
15d Justin Duty Portland, OR 312
54 Mike Fryer Freeport, IL 312
B1 Brent Larson Lake Elmo, MN 304
40 Joel Callahan Dubuque, iA 296
9 Lyle Zanker Rockford, IL 294
22B Jonathan Brauns Muscatine, IA 293
4W JC Wyman Griswold, IA 293
6H Al Humphrey Giltner, NE 287
10C Junior Coover Norfolk, NE 281



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Optima Batteries - The Ultimate Power Source
ProtectTheHarvest.com - Standing up for America's Farmers, Hunters, and Animal Owners
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Rugged Radios - “The Official Communications” of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
Steel-It - Stainless Steel Coating in a Can
Sunoco Race Fuels - "The Official Fuel" of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
Super Clean - Super Easy, Super Fast!
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Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Marketing Partners Include:

Allstar Performance, Andy Durham Race Engines, AR Bodies, Black Diamond Chassis, Boyd Bilt Fabrication, BRODIX, COMP Cams, CV Products, Dirty Girl Racewear, Earnhardt Technologies Group, Eibach Springs, Fast Shafts, FK Rod Ends, Heath Lawson Photography, Hot Rod Processing, JRi Shocks, Keyser MFG, Longhorn Chassis, Midwest Sheet Metal, MSD Performance, Öhlins Shocks, Outerwears, Performance Bodies, Penske Shocks, PFC Brakes, Pierce Race Cars, Pro Power Racing Engines, QA1, Rocket Chassis, Schoenfeld Headers, Simpson Race Products, SRI Performance Sweet-Bloomquist Race Cars, Sweet Manufacturing, and 5150 Race Trailers

About Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series

Founded in 2005, the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series is the nation’s premier dirt late model sanctioning organization.  In 2018, the LOLMDS will sanction 60 events in 22 states.  The series is owned by the parent company Lucas Oil Products Inc. and receives national exposure through a TV package filmed, produced and edited by Lucas Oil Production Studios.  LOLMDS events will be broadcast on four TV Networks including CBS, NBC Sports, CBS Sports Network and the MAVTV Motorsports Network.  For more information about the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series visit the official website at: www.LucasDirt.com

About Lucas Oil Racing TV

The Future of Motorsports is HERE! Get Lucas Oil Racing TV and experience racing excitement like you've never seen! Lucas Oil Racing TV is the online app for all your favorite devices like Amazon Fire TV, Roku, Android Devices and more! No matter where you are or when you want to watch, you can stream the best and most exciting motor racing on the planet!

Lucas Oil Racing TV has all your favorite motorsports - from grass roots to international competition, as well as exclusive LIVE EVENTS and behind the scenes interviews and footage that you won't see anywhere else! But that's just the beginning! Lucas Oil Racing TV brings you some of motorsports greatest broadcasters and build specialists... from Dave Despain to the mechanics of Two Guys Garage, as well as all the latest news, reviews, and interviews from every genre of racing.

Lucas Oil Racing TV is the Exclusive, Unlimited, 24/7 All-Access Motorsports App and it's available NOW! For more information or to sign up, go to: www.LucasOilRacing.TV.

About MAVTV Motorsports Network

Owned and operated by Lucas Oil Products, MAVTV is a television network with its roots deep in the automotive world. MAVTV offers an unparalleled line-up of exclusive motorsports, that includes prestigious events such as the Chili Bowl, The AMA Pro Motocross series, the Lucas Oil Challenge Cup and NHRA Drag Racing. But MAVTV goes far beyond the national mainstream events and also covers multitudes of grassroots series' from across the globe: Drag boats, sprint boats, drag racing, pro pulling, rally racing, drifting, dirt racing, ice racing and everything in between.

MAVTV also knows you don't have to be a race fan to be an automotive enthusiast, which is why we have developed a package of automotive reality and custom build shows that is truly second to none. If it has a motor, it's on MAVTV...MAVTV is THE motorsports network. To learn more about MAVTV go to: www.MAVTV.com.

About Lucas Oil Products

Founded in 1989 by Forrest and Charlotte Lucas, Lucas Oil Products, Inc. has established itself as one of the fastest-growing lubrication product lines in the consumer automotive aftermarket, featuring a line of engine oils, greases, gear lubes, problem-solving additives, and car-care products.  Through innovative product research and development, along with aggressive marketing programs, Lucas Oil has established itself as a worldwide leader in the lubrication industry.  Motorsports has always been part of the Lucas Oil culture and the cornerstone of the company's marketing strategy.  Such passion for motorsports has inspired Lucas Oil to sponsor many race teams, events and series at all levels, including, NHRA, IRL, ASCS, NASCAR, IHRA and many more.  Lucas Oil has also taken ownership and operational control of a number of high profile racing properties, such as: Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series, Lucas Oil Drag Boat Series, Lucas Oil Pro Pulling League, Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series, Lucas Oil Modified Series, Lucas Oil Speedway in Wheatland, MO. and the Lucas Oil I-10 Speedway in Blythe, CA.

In 2007 Lucas Oil founded its own production house, Lucas Oil Production Studios, dedicated to producing high action motorsports television.  Currently Lucas Oil Production Studios produces over 300 hours of original programming for networks such as CBS, CBS Sports, NBC Sports and MAVTV.  More information about Lucas Oil Products, Inc. visit the company website at:  www.LucasOil.com

Live Timing

Television Schedule

All times are Eastern. Subject to change.
Thursday, September 27
6:00 PM
Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
- Union, KY
Thursday, October 4
6:00 PM
Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
- Union, KY
Sunday, October 14
3:00 PM
Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
- Union, KY
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2018 Championship Standings

 

lmd dlUpdated: 09/18/18 - After Knoxville

POS CAR# DRIVER POINTS
1 49 Jonathan Davenport 7360
2 1R Josh Richards 7185
3 0 Scott Bloomquist 7105
4 1 Earl Pearson, Jr. 6905
5 20 Jimmy Owens 6780
6 5 Don O'Neal 6670
6 32 Bobby Pierce 6670
8 39 Tim McCreadie 6660
9 22 Gregg Satterlee 6165
10 14 Darrell Lanigan 6155
11 25Z Mason Zeigler 6070
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Sunoco Race for Gas Points

sunoco-standingsUpdated: 09/18/18 - After Knoxville

POS CAR# DRIVER POINTS
1 49 Jonathan Davenport 7285
2 1R Josh Richards 7120
3 1 Earl Pearson, Jr. 6955
4 20 Jimmy Owens 6725
5 ...