June 16, 2024 | By Colby Trotter

Tyler Erb Wins Fairbury for Third-Straight Summer Nationals Victory

Photo by Tyler Carr

FAIRBURY, Ill. — Tyler Erb isn’t just dominating the 39th annual DIRTcar Summer Nationals, he’s making history

With his win Saturday night at Fairbury Speedway, Erb becomes the first driver in Hell Tour history to win the first three races of the Summer Nationals since Billy Moyer Sr. did it in 2010.

“It’s cool, Billy is one of the top two best I would say,” Erb said. “I’ve never had the opportunity to actually run this deal since I felt like I’ve had a good grasp on racing.”

Unlike the first two races he won this week, Erb had to fight off a few competitors once he took the lead and even lost it at one point in the race. At the drop of the green, Erb went for the high side around the track from fourth on the starting grid as Cody Overton led the first 10 laps of the race.

When the first caution flag came out on Lap 10, Erb had moved up to second with a pass on the outside of Dennis Erb Jr. and a slide job on Max McLaughlin in Turn 4. On the restart, Erb took the lead on the high side, going three-wide with Overton and Erb Jr. out of Turns 3 and 4. Erb fended-off Overton at the start/finish line, but the battle for the top spot had only begun.

Tyler Erb, Cody Overton and Dennis Erb Jr. racing three-wide at Fairbury Speedway (Tyler Carr Photo)
After a Lap 14 caution, Erb and Erb Jr. raced side-by-side – Erb on the outside and Erb Jr. on the inside. It stayed that way for the next seven laps until Erb Jr. took the lead on the bottom on Lap 26. But as they reached lapped traffic, Erb Jr. was held-up by the slower cars on the bottom, allowing Erb to close the gap and slip back by for the lead on the top on Lap 28.

Despite having to fight for position, Erb felt like the competition made him better.

“I think I got better when I was next to Dennis because I didn’t have a choice but to run up [the high side],” Erb said. “It was easier to focus on running just the cushion and was able to get a little room.”

Two more caution flags flew before the end of the race and both times Erb had to fend off former Hell Tour champions Shannon Babb and Jason Feger. On both restarts, he got the jump he needed to make it to Victory Lane and cash his second straight $10,000 check.

Before he entered Victory Lane, Erb began his celebration early with a few donuts on the track. He said that was from relief of finally getting a win at Fairbury.

“I’ve came here for like 12 years, I’ve flipped twice here and I’ve had a lot of really bad luck and self-induced races here,” Erb said. “I was excited because we finally won here, it’s a tough thing to do and sometimes it’s good to let a little emotion out.”

UP NEXT

The DIRTcar Summer Nationals Late Models next head for Sycamore Speedway on Sunday, June 16.

Tickets will be on sale at the gate. If you can’t be there, stream every lap live on DIRTVision.


RESULTS

Feature (50 Laps): 1. 1-Tyler Erb[4]; 2. 18-Shannon Babb[8]; 3. 25-Jason Feger[6]; 4. 24-Ryan Unzicker[10]; 5. 28-Dennis Erb Jr[3]; 6. 3S-Brian Shirley[13]; 7. 11T-Trevor Gundaker[15]; 8. 97-Cody Overton[1]; 9. 99-Mckay Wenger[5]; 10. 1W-Donny Walden[7]; 11. 96-Tanner English[22]; 12. 32S-Chris Simpson[11]; 13. 22*-Max McLaughlin[2]; 14. 25W-Allen Weisser[19]; 15. 33-Kye Blight[23]; 16. 14JR-Trey Mills[26]; 17. 4G-Bob Gardner[24]; 18. 21-Billy Moyer Sr[9]; 19. 99JR-Frank Heckenast Jr[18]; 20. 84-Myles Moos[20]; 21. 8-Dillon McCowan[14]; 22. 10-Joseph Joiner[21]; 23. 38J-Jake Little[25]; 24. 27M-Rodney Melvin[17]; 25. 27-Colby Sheppard[16]; 26. 22-Daniel Hilsabeck[12]

Last Chance Showdown 1 (12 Laps): 1. 25W-Allen Weisser[2]; 2. 10-Joseph Joiner[3]; 3. 14JR-Trey Mills[6]; 4. 51-Matt Furman[1]; 5. 89-Mike Spatola[5]; 6. 388-Jackson Hise[12]; 7. 9Z-Jayme Zider[10]; 8. D1-Turk Letizia[13]; 9. 334-Billy Hough[7]; 10. 28B-Carson Brown[15]; 11. 38-Thomas Hunziker[4]; 12. 4D-Doug Tye[14]; 13. 30-Mark Voigt[11]; 14. 162-Logan Moody[8]; 15. B12-Kevin Weaver[9]; 16. (DNS) 17A-Austin Howes

Last Chance Showdown 2 (12 Laps): 1. 84-Myles Moos[4]; 2. 96-Tanner English[3]; 3. 7S-Jay Sparks[2]; 4. 4G-Bob Gardner[1]; 5. M27-Mike Provenzano[14]; 6. 58-Tyler Clem[6]; 7. 38J-Jake Little[7]; 8. 10S-Taylor Scheffler[8]; 9. 22R-Will Roland[11]; 10. 75-Daniel Adam[5]; 11. 3-Dale Markham[10]; 12. 187-David McCoy[12]; 13. (DNS) 33-Kye Blight; 14. (DNS) 45-Kyle Hammer; 15. (DNS) 11-Gordy Gundaker

Heat 1 (8 Laps): 1. 28-Dennis Erb Jr[1]; 2. 1W-Donny Walden[2]; 3. 3S-Brian Shirley[3]; 4. 51-Matt Furman[4]; 5. 38-Thomas Hunziker[5]; 6. 334-Billy Hough[7]; 7. 9Z-Jayme Zider[8]; 8. D1-Turk Letizia[6]; 9. (DNS) 17A-Austin Howes

Heat 2 (8 Laps): 1. 99-Mckay Wenger[1]; 2. 21-Billy Moyer Sr[2]; 3. 11T-Trevor Gundaker[3]; 4. 25W-Allen Weisser[4]; 5. 89-Mike Spatola[5]; 6. 162-Logan Moody[6]; 7. 30-Mark Voigt[7]; 8. 4D-Doug Tye[8]

Heat 3 (8 Laps): 1. 22*-Max McLaughlin[2]; 2. 32S-Chris Simpson[1]; 3. 27M-Rodney Melvin[4]; 4. 10-Joseph Joiner[5]; 5. 14JR-Trey Mills[3]; 6. B12-Kevin Weaver[8]; 7. 388-Jackson Hise[7]; 8. 28B-Carson Brown[6]

Heat 4 (8 Laps): 1. 25-Jason Feger[3]; 2. 18-Shannon Babb[1]; 3. 8-Dillon McCowan[6]; 4. 4G-Bob Gardner[5]; 5. 84-Myles Moos[8]; 6. 38J-Jake Little[7]; 7. 3-Dale Markham[2]; 8. 45-Kyle Hammer[4]

Heat 5 (8 Laps): 1. 97-Cody Overton[2]; 2. 24-Ryan Unzicker[1]; 3. 27-Colby Sheppard[4]; 4. 7S-Jay Sparks[7]; 5. 75-Daniel Adam[3]; 6. 10S-Taylor Scheffler[5]; 7. 22R-Will Roland[8]; 8. M27-Mike Provenzano[6]

Heat 6 (8 Laps): 1. 1-Tyler Erb[1]; 2. 22-Daniel Hilsabeck[5]; 3. 99JR-Frank Heckenast Jr[2]; 4. 96-Tanner English[4]; 5. 58-Tyler Clem[6]; 6. 33-Kye Blight[3]; 7. 187-David McCoy[7]; 8. (DNS) 11-Gordy Gundaker

Qualifying A (2 Laps): 1. 28-Dennis Erb Jr, 00:12.799[5]; 2. 99-Mckay Wenger, 00:12.916[7]; 3. 32S-Chris Simpson, 00:12.948[16]; 4. 1W-Donny Walden, 00:12.987[18]; 5. 21-Billy Moyer Sr, 00:13.028[8]; 6. 22*-Max McLaughlin, 00:13.179[3]; 7. 3S-Brian Shirley, 00:13.198[6]; 8. 11T-Trevor Gundaker, 00:13.201[23]; 9. 14JR-Trey Mills, 00:13.215[1]; 10. 51-Matt Furman, 00:13.270[25]; 11. 25W-Allen Weisser, 00:13.321[20]; 12. 27M-Rodney Melvin, 00:13.337[10]; 13. 38-Thomas Hunziker, 00:13.361[9]; 14. 89-Mike Spatola, 00:13.384[22]; 15. 10-Joseph Joiner, 00:13.412[24]; 16. D1-Turk Letizia, 00:13.413[13]; 17. 162-Logan Moody, 00:13.541[11]; 18. 28B-Carson Brown, 00:13.571[15]; 19. 334-Billy Hough, 00:13.612[19]; 20. 30-Mark Voigt, 00:13.711[2]; 21. 388-Jackson Hise, 00:13.775[12]; 22. 9Z-Jayme Zider, 00:13.848[21]; 23. 4D-Doug Tye, 00:14.143[4]; 24. B12-Kevin Weaver, 00:14.565[17]; 25. (DNS) 17A-Austin Howes

Qualifying B (2 Laps): 1. 18-Shannon Babb, 00:13.234[1]; 2. 24-Ryan Unzicker, 00:13.243[16]; 3. 1-Tyler Erb, 00:13.245[15]; 4. 3-Dale Markham, 00:13.289[7]; 5. 97-Cody Overton, 00:13.337[6]; 6. 99JR-Frank Heckenast Jr, 00:13.385[2]; 7. 25-Jason Feger, 00:13.410[5]; 8. 75-Daniel Adam, 00:13.425[11]; 9. 33-Kye Blight, 00:13.429[3]; 10. 45-Kyle Hammer, 00:13.444[20]; 11. 27-Colby Sheppard, 00:13.536[12]; 12. 96-Tanner English, 00:13.539[8]; 13. 4G-Bob Gardner, 00:13.547[17]; 14. 10S-Taylor Scheffler, 00:13.661[10]; 15. 22-Daniel Hilsabeck, 00:13.680[22]; 16. 8-Dillon McCowan, 00:13.787[9]; 17. M27-Mike Provenzano, 00:13.880[24]; 18. 58-Tyler Clem, 00:13.897[19]; 19. 38J-Jake Little, 00:13.900[18]; 20. 7S-Jay Sparks, 00:13.923[21]; 21. 187-David McCoy, 00:13.951[14]; 22. 84-Myles Moos, 00:14.014[23]; 23. 22R-Will Roland, 00:14.067[13]; 24. (DNS) 11-Gordy Gundaker


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TREVOR NEVILLE WINS HIS FIRST SUMMIT RACING MODIFIED TOUR MAIN AT FAIRBURY

FAIRBURY, Ill. -- When Trevor Neville decided to race with the DIRTcar Summit Racing Equipment Modified Nationals this year, he told his team, “Boys, we’re not going to stop until we win this year.”

Neville didn’t have to wait long to get his first career Summit Modified win as he led all 30 laps while fending off some of the best DIRTcar UMP Modified drivers in the country at Fairbury Speedway Saturday night.

Neville, of Mackinaw, IL, started on the outside pole next to three-time and defending Fairbury UMP Modified track champion Michael Ledford. Neville got the jump on the outside and raced to the lead on Lap 1 and didn’t look back.

“I thought Michael was going to get the pull on me, but I was able to clear him,” Neville said. “Me and Michael race a lot together, so it means the world. Glad everything went good. Glad everything went clean.”

Two caution periods forced Neville to restart with Ledford right behind him, but both times, Neville got the jump he needed to fend-off all challenges. Neville pulled into Victory Lane, got on the top of his car and let out a big scream while he waved the checkered flag over his head. He said the emotion came from all the work he put in.

“We dedicate a lot of time and this is what my life revolves around,” Neville said. “I hardly work during the week; all I do is racing stuff so when we get a victory like this at a place we’re not the greatest at, it means the world to me.”

UP NEXT

The DIRTcar Summit Racing Equipment Modified Nationals will take Sunday off and continue with the Late Models on Wednesday, June 19 at Adams County (IL) Speedway in Quincy, IL. Tickets will be on sale at the gate on race day. If you can’t be there, stream every lap live on DIRTVision.


DIRTCAR UMP MODIFIED RESULTS  

Feature (30 Laps): 1. 777-Trevor Neville[2]; 2. 99-Hunt Gossum[5]; 3. 37L-Michael Ledford[1]; 4. 18L-Michael Long[3]; 5. 24-Zeke McKenzie[4]; 6. 28M-Frank Marshall[6]; 7. 96M-Mike McKinney[7]; 8. 7D-Brad Deyoung[8]; 9. 5CS-Curt Spalding[14]; 10. 12C-Jeff Curl[10]; 11. 14M-Caden McWhorter[12]; 12. 5-Steven Brooks[11]; 13. 1-Nash Hilmes[15]; 14. 77-Ray Bollinger[13]; 15. 14-Dalton Lane[21]; 16. 21A-Nick Allen[22]; 17. 17D-Degan Dozard[18]; 18. 20-Tanner Sullivan[16]; 19. 1W-Bob Pohlman[19]; 20. 74M-Manix Furqueron[20]; 21. 54-Zachary Hawk[25]; 22. 0-Travis Kohler[9]; 23. 89-Austin Friedman[17]; 24. 32-Mason Duncan[23]; 25. 5P-Nicholas Porter[24]

Last Chance Showdown 1 (8 Laps): 1. 89-Austin Friedman[1]; 2. 1W-Bob Pohlman[2]; 3. 21A-Nick Allen[5]; 4. 0F-Matt Fabrizius[4]; 5. 32-Mason Duncan[7]; 6. 1L-Dave Lilja[3]; 7. 36-Eric Vaughan[6]; 8. 5P-Nicholas Porter[9]; 9. 21W-Wes Ricketts[8]; 10. 7-Steven Mattingly[10]; 11. 12-Wyatt Harms[11]; 12. (DNS) 25-Greg Belyea; 13. (DNS) 71T-Troy Ricketts

Last Chance Showdown 2 (8 Laps): 1. 17D-Degan Dozard[1]; 2. 74M-Manix Furqueron[3]; 3. 14-Dalton Lane[9]; 4. 3-Carson Friedman[5]; 5. 54-Zachary Hawk[4]; 6. 135-Austin Simpson[6]; 7. B5-Matthew Baker[8]; 8. 81-Victor Strong[10]; 9. 77M-Scott McDonald[7]; 10. 20K-Shane Kelley[2]; 11. (DNS) 1J-Kelly Jones; 12. (DNS) 36V-Macy Vaughan

Heat 1 (8 Laps): 1. 777-Trevor Neville[3]; 2. 99-Hunt Gossum[5]; 3. 0-Travis Kohler[2]; 4. 77-Ray Bollinger[1]; 5. 89-Austin Friedman[7]; 6. 1L-Dave Lilja[9]; 7. 21A-Nick Allen[4]; 8. 32-Mason Duncan[6]; 9. 5P-Nicholas Porter[10]; 10. 12-Wyatt Harms[11]; 11. 71T-Troy Ricketts[8]

Heat 2 (8 Laps): 1. 18L-Michael Long[1]; 2. 96M-Mike McKinney[2]; 3. 5-Steven Brooks[3]; 4. 1-Nash Hilmes[10]; 5. 1W-Bob Pohlman[8]; 6. 0F-Matt Fabrizius[6]; 7. 36-Eric Vaughan[7]; 8. 21W-Wes Ricketts[9]; 9. 7-Steven Mattingly[4]; 10. 25-Greg Belyea[5]

Heat 3 (8 Laps): 1. 37L-Michael Ledford[1]; 2. 28M-Frank Marshall[2]; 3. 12C-Jeff Curl[4]; 4. 5CS-Curt Spalding[6]; 5. 17D-Degan Dozard[7]; 6. 74M-Manix Furqueron[5]; 7. 3-Carson Friedman[3]; 8. 77M-Scott McDonald[9]; 9. 14-Dalton Lane[8]; 10. (DNS) 1J-Kelly Jones

Heat 4 (8 Laps): 1. 24-Zeke McKenzie[1]; 2. 7D-Brad Deyoung[4]; 3. 14M-Caden McWhorter[2]; 4. 20-Tanner Sullivan[7]; 5. 20K-Shane Kelley[10]; 6. 54-Zachary Hawk[6]; 7. 135-Austin Simpson[3]; 8. B5-Matthew Baker[5]; 9. 81-Victor Strong[8]; 10. (DNS) 36V-Macy Vaughan

Qualifying A (3 Laps): 1. 77-Ray Bollinger, 00:14.122[7]; 2. 18L-Michael Long, 00:14.135[14]; 3. 0-Travis Kohler, 00:14.187[2]; 4. 96M-Mike McKinney, 00:14.198[16]; 5. 777-Trevor Neville, 00:14.202[4]; 6. 5-Steven Brooks, 00:14.244[9]; 7. 21A-Nick Allen, 00:14.257[17]; 8. 7-Steven Mattingly, 00:14.330[15]; 9. 99-Hunt Gossum, 00:14.353[18]; 10. 25-Greg Belyea, 00:14.359[12]; 11. 32-Mason Duncan, 00:14.361[13]; 12. 0F-Matt Fabrizius, 00:14.401[5]; 13. 89-Austin Friedman, 00:14.408[19]; 14. 36-Eric Vaughan, 00:14.416[10]; 15. 71T-Troy Ricketts, 00:14.532[11]; 16. 1W-Bob Pohlman, 00:14.560[6]; 17. 1L-Dave Lilja, 00:14.772[20]; 18. 21W-Wes Ricketts, 00:15.361[8]; 19. 5P-Nicholas Porter, 00:15.905[21]; 20. (DNS) 1-Nash Hilmes; 21. (DNS) 12-Wyatt Harms

Qualifying B (3 Laps): 1. 37L-Michael Ledford, 00:13.977[17]; 2. 24-Zeke McKenzie, 00:14.052[11]; 3. 28M-Frank Marshall, 00:14.352[12]; 4. 14M-Caden McWhorter, 00:14.427[18]; 5. 3-Carson Friedman, 00:14.434[6]; 6. 135-Austin Simpson, 00:14.439[19]; 7. 12C-Jeff Curl, 00:14.533[14]; 8. 7D-Brad Deyoung, 00:14.573[3]; 9. 74M-Manix Furqueron, 00:14.637[13]; 10. B5-Matthew Baker, 00:14.666[5]; 11. 5CS-Curt Spalding, 00:14.703[16]; 12. 54-Zachary Hawk, 00:14.704[15]; 13. 17D-Degan Dozard, 00:14.884[4]; 14. 20-Tanner Sullivan, 00:14.959[9]; 15. 14-Dalton Lane, 00:14.979[20]; 16. 81-Victor Strong, 00:15.201[8]; 17. 77M-Scott McDonald, 00:15.397[1]; 18. 36V-Macy Vaughan, 00:15.513[7]; 19. 1J-Kelly Jones, 00:15.530[10]; 20. 20K-Shane Kelley, 00:15.596[2]

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