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October 31
Pike County Speedway,
Magnolia, MS
Sanction: Unsanctioned Supers (Jambalaya 100) - $10,000
Information provided by: Track reports (last updated November 1, 7:16 pm)
Erb stirs up $10,000 Jambalaya 100 victory
Jambalaya 100
  1. Tyler Erb
  2. Jason Feger
  3. Spencer Hughes
  4. Michael Arnold
  5. Luke Bennett
  6. Dane Dacus
  7. Manny Falcon
  8. Noah Daspit
  9. Dwight Falcon
  10. Cole Cameron
  11. Dean Carpenter
  12. Curt Lipsey
  13. Mason Jordan
  14. Chad Thrash
  15. Wayne Murphy
  16. Mike Collins
  17. Robbie Stuart
  18. Patrick Michel
  19. Bryan Anthony
  20. Michael Rodridgue
  21. Jason Taylor
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What won the race: Ending his late-season slump in emphatic fashion, Tyler Erb of New Waverly, Texas, scored a dominating victory in Saturday's Jambalaya 100 at Pike County Speedway. Erb, who overtook race-long leader Jason Feger on lap 31 of the 70-lap and cruised through the remaining distance, earned $10,000 in taking the checkers by more than five seconds.
Key notes: Erb scored his first victory since a July 17 win in Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series action at Tri-City Speedway in Granite City, Ill. ... Erb won by 5.031 seconds in lapping all but the top six cars. ... Erb's victory came on the second night of Pike County Speedway's Jambalaya 100 weekend. Feger scored a $3,000 victory in Friday's opener, topping Erb and Hughes in the 30-lapper. ... The Jambalaya 100 was ran for the first time in a decade. The event was last held in 2010, when Rodney Wing of Meridian, Miss., earned a $5,000 Southern United Professional Racing victory. … Previous Jambalaya 100 winners include Scott Bloomquist, Jimmy Mars, Bill Frye, Ronny Adams, David Ashley and Chris Wall.
Winner's sponsors: Erb’s winning Best Performance Motorsports Rocket Chassis is powered by an Andy Durham Racing Engine and sponsored by New Point Lighting and Design, Roberts Bee Company, Bazell Race Fuels, Bulk Material Lift, Boxo USA, Franklin Enterprises, Sunoco, Industrial Resourcing Group, Keyser Mfg., and Valvoline.
Current weather: Clear, 55°F
Car count: 23
Fast qualifier: Noah Daspit
Time: 16.394 seconds
Polesitter: Spencer Hughes
Heat race winners: Spencer Hughes, Jason Feger, Tyler Erb
Editor's note: Fixes number of lead lap finishers.
From staff reports

MAGNOLIA, Miss. (Oct. 31) — The return of Pike County Speedway’s Jambalaya 100 was just what Tyler Erb needed to return to his winning form. Overtaking race-long leader Jason Feger of Bloomington, Ill., on lap 31, Erb of New Waverly, Texas, cruised through the remainder of the 70-lap race on his way to a dominating victory in the unsanctioned special event that was held of the first time since 2010.

The third-starting Erb was never challenged after taking the lead. With the final 47 laps running caution free, Erb deftly handled traffic during the race’s closing laps to cross the finish line 5.031 seconds ahead of Feger, who held off Spencer Hughes of Meridian, Miss., in a close battle for the runner-up spot. Michael Arnold of Hattiesburg, Miss., and Luke Bennett of Ethel, La., rounded out then top five in a race slowed by four cautions.

The victory marked the 23-year-old Erb’s first victory since winning in Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series action at Tri-City Speedway in Granite City, Ill., on July 3 and helped ease the disappointment from one week ago when he broke while leading late in another of Mississippi’s unsanctioned late-season specials, the $15,000-to-win Coors Light Fall Classic at Whynot Motorsports Park.

“We’ve been running really good and just needed to get a win,” said Erb, who notched his sixth overall victory of the season. “I’m happy to get a win. I’ve been so close and last week we lost a lot of money because of a part failure. We’re getting a little bit of it back.

“This is pretty cool. I think I came here when I was like 10 years old and watched a guy that raced for my dad drive here. It’s a super fun track. It’s different. One end is different from the other.”

After settling into third on the race’s initial start, Erb quickly found his groove around Pike County’s 3/8-mile oval and overtook Hughes for second after a brief back-and-forth battle. Using the low groove in turns one and two and the high side on the track’s opposite end, Erb set up Feger for a high to low crossover move exiting turn four on lap 30 and shot ahead for the lead going into turn one. Feger battled back down on the low side to pull even on the back straightaway, but Erb used high-side momentum through turns three and four to pull ahead for good.

The race-winning move was set up by Erb’s time spent following Feger leading up to that moment. He chased the Illinois veteran for 30 laps both in Friday’s weekend opener, which saw Feger score a $3,000 victory over Erb and Hughes, and again in Saturday’s race before completing the pass.

“I got to follow Jason for 100 laps this weekend. That made it a little bit easier,” Erb said. “I kind of saw what he was doing and tried to figure out where I could pass him. I knew it was probably gonna rubber. I could feel it. I didn’t want to show him my nose so when I got around the outside, so I just kept ducking down low and made it work. Congrats to him and Spencer. We all ran top three two nights in a row, so that’s pretty cool.”

After making the more than 10-hour trek from his home in Illinois to compete at Pike County, Feger was happy to come away with a solid weekend at the track just north of the Louisiana border.

“Overall it was a great weekend and I can’t complain at all. A win last night and second tonight, so it was a good weekend,” Feger said. “I felt really good early. The car was really good, but once it started rubbering up, that’s not my specialty there. We didn’t have the grip we needed. I was just struggling to hold on. (Erb) drove a good race. Sometimes it’s better to be in second and see what’s going on than it is to lead.”

Hughes finished the weekend with a pair of third-place finishes, giving him three straight podium finishes in his home state after also finishing third in Whynot’s Fall Classic.

“We weren’t bad right there in the bottom, but I wasn’t quite good enough through one and two to run with Jason, much less Tyler. I couldn’t even seen Tyler anymore. Congrats to him. He was really good,” Hughes said. “It’s just part of it. We didn’t have a bad weekend, we’re just not where we need to be. We’ll work on this thing and get a little better.”

The race was slowed by four cautions. The first appeared early in the race when Dean Carpenter of Coldwater, Miss.,  slowed in turn two. Nearly to lap 20, a pileup in turns one and two left six cars spun including Arnold, who was running fifth before the incident and was given his spot back. Robbie Stuart of DeRidder, La., was among the other cars involved and retired from the race.

The third caution appeared with 22 laps complete when Mike Collins of Council Bluffs, Iowa, went or a spin in turn four. A turn-two scrape involving Wayne Murphy of Meridian, Miss., Mason Jordan of Baton Rouge, La., and Noah Daspit of Kiln, Miss., caused the fourth and final caution one lap later.

Feature lineup

Row 1: Hughes, Feger
Row 2: Erb, Daspit
Row 3: Dacus, Stuart
Row 4: M. Falcon, Bennett
Row 5: Carpenter, Thrash
Row 6: Arnold, Collins
Row 7: D. Falcon, Jordan
Row 8: Lipsey, Michael
Row 9: Cameron, Murphy
Row 10: Anthony, Rodrigue
Row 11: Taylor, Ashley
Row 12: Moyer

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