Erb Beats The Rain At East Bay
GIBSONTON, Fla. — Dennis Erb Jr. continues to have a spectacular Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series DART Winternationals at East Bay Raceway Park as he won Wednesday’s rain-shortened main event.
Erb took the lead at the start of the scheduled 35-lapper, but with 27 laps scored, the final caution came out for rain and the race was declared “official” shortly thereafter.
Erb, in his JL Scrap Metals and McBride Mack sponsored, Bloomquist Race Cars entry, started on the pole and was in control for most of the race. Tyler Reddick passed Eric Jacobsen late in the race to finish second. Jacobsen came home third followed by Mike Marlar and Jimmy Owens.
“This week has been unbelievable so far! We have never had this good of a start down here [East Bay]! I have to thank all my sponsors and Heather (Lyne) for their support. We have been fast ever since we unloaded here, the track has been great all three nights,” said the 40-year-old driver, who had to wait through a three and a half rain delay following the second heat.
Reddick managed to slip by Jacobsen just before the rain began to fall. He was gaining ground on the leader when the call was made to end the race.
“It was the right call, glad we didn’t start tearing up a bunch of cars with a wet track. We were really good tonight,” Reddick said. “When I finally got by Eric, I was hoping for a caution, we got one! Unfortunately thought, it was for the rain.”
Jacobsen, who is still seeking his first win at East Bay and on the LOLMDS tour trailed Erb for most of the race. He never let him out of his sights, but Erb was able to pull away after a lap 13 caution.
“Dennis was really good; it was a great night for the Bloomquist cars! We swept the top three and we are getting really close to that first win,” said Jacobsen.
In preliminary action, Dennis Erb Jr. set the overall Red Buck Fast Time (Group B) among the 43 entrants, with a lap of 14.369 seconds.
Dennis Erb Jr., Tyler Reddick, Eric Jacobsen, Mike Marlar, Jimmy Owens, Doug Drown, Steve Francis, Don O’Neal, Donnie Moran, Vic Coffey, Devin Moran, Bobby Pierce, Brandon Sheppard, Billy Moyer, Eddie Carrier Jr., Keith Tincher, Jason Riggs, David Breazeale, Braden Mitchell, Austin Hubbard, Dan Stone, Justin Ratliff, John Blankenship, Bob Geiger, Todd Frank, Ricky Weiss.