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Dennis Erb Jr. Dominates Summer Nationals at Spoon River

Dennis Erb, Jr.
Dennis Erb, Jr.

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Dennis Erb Jr. Dominates Summer Nationals at Spoon River

Pierce adds to his Summer Nationals points lead

CANTON, Ill. – June 23, 2016 – Dennis Erb Jr., fresh of his win at the Dirt Late Model Dream, came into Thursday night’s DIRTcar Summer Nationals at Spoon River Speedway with the wind at his back and did it ever show.

Erb cruised to a dominant victory over Billy Moyer and Bobby Pierce in the 50-lap feature and scored the $10,000 payday.

“I didn’t know if it was easy or not,” Erb said. “The car was good and I didn’t see anybody challenge me there. We were able just to get out front and I didn’t feel no challenge, so I just kept driving my line.”

Erb started the feature on the pole and and easily pulled away from Moyer through the opening half of the feature. A caution flag flew on lap 28, but Erb maintained when the feature returned to green. Through traffic in the closing laps, Moyer tried to close the gap on Erb but was unable to make a move.

The win was the 20th Summer Nationals victory of Erb’s career.

Pierce charged through the field and battled past Mike Marlar to finish in third. He added to his Summer Nationals points lead.

The DIRTcar Summer Nationals returns to action on Friday at Tri-City Speedway in Pontoon Beach, Ill.

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DIRTcar Summer Nationals Statistical Report; Spoon River Speedway; Canton, Ill.

Super Late Models – A-Main
Finish Start Car Driver Hometown
1 1 28E    Dennis Erb, Jr    Carpentersville , Il
2 3 21    Billy Moyer    Batesville , Ar
3 7 32    Bobby Pierce    Oakwood , Il
4 6 157    Mike Marlar    Winfield , Tn
5 2 12B    Kevin Weaver    Gibson City, Il
6 11 B5    Brandon Sheppard    New Berlin, Il
7 9 25    Jason Feger    Bloomington , Il
8 10 C8    Timothy Culp    Sheridan , Ar
9 5 18    Shannon Babb    Moweaqua , Il
10 8 32S    Chris Simpson    Oxford , Ia
11 16 75D    Billy Drake    Lincoln , Il
12 18 74    Taylor Scheffler    Waukesha , Wi
13 12 11    Gordy Gundaker    St Charles, Mo
14 4 24    Ryan Unzicker    El Paso, Il
15 15 1ST    Justin Reed    Camp Point, Il
16 17 15    Kolby Vandenbergh    Ashland , Il
17 13 94    Austin Rettig    Sikeston , Mo
18 20 11D    Brian Diveley    Springfield , Il
19 19 4G    Bob Gardner    East Peoria, Il
20 14 1M    Jim Moon    New Florence, Mo
21 22 45    Don Hammer    Clinton , Il
22 21 B1X    Nick Bauman    New Berlin, Il

Super Late Models – B-Main
Finish Start Car Driver Hometown
1 1 15    Kolby Vandenbergh    Ashland , Il
2 2 74    Taylor Scheffler    Waukesha , Wi
3 4 12J    Jason Wagner    Deer Creek, Il
4 5 45    Don Hammer    Clinton , Il
5 3 51    Matt Furman    Columbus , Oh
6 7 20    Dustin Griffin    Camp Point, Il
7 9 A9    A.j. May    Creve Coure, Il
8 10 28K    Clint Kirkham    Camden , Il
9 11 B1X    Nick Bauman    New Berlin, Il
10 13 11D    Brian Diveley    Springfield , Il
11 6 74A    Russ Adams    Princeville , Il
12 8 4G    Bob Gardner    East Peoria, Il
13 14 7D    Austin Theiss    Hockley , Tx
14 15 B1    Brent Larson    Lake Elmo, Mn
15 12 44    Matt Taylor    Springfield , Il

Super Late Models – C-Main
Finish Start Car Driver Hometown
1 1 11D    Brian Diveley    Springfield , Il
2 2 7D    Austin Theiss    Hockley , Tx
3 3 B1    Brent Larson    Lake Elmo, Mn
4 5 15F    Jeremy Conaway    Springield , Il
5 6 3C    Cody Conner    Desoto , Mo
6 9 1F    Evan Fink    Glasford , Il
7 4 27C    Chris Cowling    Tauranga , Nz
8 7 28R    Mark Rose    Dorchester , Wi
9 13 1X    Daniel Hopper    Peru , Il
10 11 98    Cole Swibold    Fairview , Il
11 15 05G    Gary Graham    San Jose, Il
12 17 9M    Melissa Hansmeyer    Canton , Il
13 8 7S    Jay Sparks    Metamera , Il
14 10 21R    Danny Riekena    Mapleton , Il
15 12 25K    Bill Kettering Jr    Pekin , Il
16 14 10S    Scott Schmitt    Tonica , Il
17 16 15D    Morey Denney    Canton , Il

Super Late Models – Heat Race 4
Finish Start Car Driver Hometown
1 5 12B    Kevin Weaver    Gibson City, Il
2 2 32S    Chris Simpson    Oxford , Ia
3 1 11    Gordy Gundaker    St Charles, Mo
4 4 75D    Billy Drake    Lincoln , Il
5 7 12J    Jason Wagner    Deer Creek, Il
6 6 4G    Bob Gardner    East Peoria, Il
7 3 44    Matt Taylor    Springfield , Il
8 8 27C    Chris Cowling    Tauranga , Nz
9 9 7S    Jay Sparks    Metamera , Il
10 10 25K    Bill Kettering Jr    Pekin , Il
11 11 15D    Morey Denney    Canton , Il

Super Late Models – Heat Race 3
Finish Start Car Driver Hometown
1 2 21    Billy Moyer    Batesville , Ar
2 1 157    Mike Marlar    Winfield , Tn
3 6 C8    Timothy Culp    Sheridan , Ar
4 5 1M    Jim Moon    New Florence, Mo
5 8 74    Taylor Scheffler    Waukesha , Wi
6 4 74A    Russ Adams    Princeville , Il
7 9 28K    Clint Kirkham    Camden , Il
8 7 7D    Austin Theiss    Hockley , Tx
9 3 3C    Cody Conner    Desoto , Mo
10 10 21R    Danny Riekena    Mapleton , Il
11 11 10S    Scott Schmitt    Tonica , Il

Super Late Models – Heat Race 2
Finish Start Car Driver Hometown
1 1 28E    Dennis Erb, Jr    Carpentersville , Il
2 4 32    Bobby Pierce    Oakwood , Il
3 3 B5    Brandon Sheppard    New Berlin, Il
4 2 1ST    Justin Reed    Camp Point, Il
5 5 51    Matt Furman    Columbus , Oh
6 6 20    Dustin Griffin    Camp Point, Il
7 9 B1X    Nick Bauman    New Berlin, Il
8 7 B1    Brent Larson    Lake Elmo, Mn
9 10 28R    Mark Rose    Dorchester , Wi
10 8 98    Cole Swibold    Fairview , Il
11 11 05G    Gary Graham    San Jose, Il

Super Late Models – Heat Race 1
Finish Start Car Driver Hometown
1 3 24    Ryan Unzicker    El Paso, Il
2 1 18    Shannon Babb    Moweaqua , Il
3 4 25    Jason Feger    Bloomington , Il
4 5 94    Austin Rettig    Sikeston , Mo
5 2 15    Kolby Vandenbergh    Ashland , Il
6 6 45    Don Hammer    Clinton , Il
7 7 A9    A.j. May    Creve Coure, Il
8 9 11D    Brian Diveley    Springfield , Il
9 8 15F    Jeremy Conaway    Springield , Il
10 10 1F    Evan Fink    Glasford , Il
11 11 1X    Daniel Hopper    Peru , Il
12 12 9M    Melissa Hansmeyer    Canton , Il

2016 DIRTcar Summer Nationals Schedule

Date Day Track Winners
Northern Kickoff
June 15 Wednesday Brownstown Speedway Rain/Cancelled
June 16 Thursday Kankakee Co. Speedway Bobby Pierce
June 17 Friday Cedar Lake Speedway Billy Moyer
June 18 Saturday Cedar Lake Speedway Billy Moyer (2)
June 19 Sunday Wilmot Speedway Bobby Pierce (2)
Heartland Tour
June 20 Monday OFF
June 21 Tuesday Jacksonville Speedway Bobby Pierce (3)
June 22 Wednesday Farley Speedway Rain/Cancelled
June 23 Thursday Spoon River Speedway Dennis Erb Jr.
June 24 Friday Tri-City Speedway
June 25 Saturday Fairbury Speedway
June 26 Sunday Tri-State Speedway
Southern Tour
June 27 Monday OFF
June 28 Tuesday Clarksville Speedway
June 29 Wednesday Belle Clair Speedway
June 30 Thursday Springfield Raceway
July 1 Friday Fayette Co. Speedway
July 2 Saturday Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55
July 3 Sunday Lincoln Speedway
Independence Week
July 4 Monday LaSalle Speedway
July 5 Tuesday Daugherty Speedway
July 6 Wednesday Peoria Speedway
July 7 Thursday Macon Speedway
July 8 Friday Farmer City Speedway
July 9 Saturday Highland Speedway
July 10 Sunday Quincy Raceways
Champions Week
July 11 Monday OFF
July 12 Tuesday Plymouth Speedway
July 13 Wednesday Shadyhill Speedway
July 14 Thursday Merritt Speedway
July 15 Friday Oakshade Raceway
July 16 Saturday Oakshade Raceway

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