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March 4
Clarksville Speedway,
Clarksville, TN
Sanction: MARS Racing Series (Tuckassee Toilet Bowl Classic) - $5,000
Information provided by: Series and staff reports (last updated March 6, 11:10 am)
Erb outruns Sanders, wins Toilet Bowl Classic
Tuckassee Toilet Bowl Classic
  1. Dennis Erb Jr.
  2. Rodney Sanders
  3. Scott Crigler
  4. Gordy Gundaker
  5. Tony Jackson Jr.
  6. Payton Looney
  7. Austin Rettig
  8. Tim Manville
  9. Logan Martin
  10. Adam Bowman
  11. Steve Francis
  12. Tanner English
  13. Jonathan Rowan
  14. Bob Gardner
  15. Terry English
  16. Caleb Ashby
  17. Justin Asplin
  18. Raymond Merrill
  19. Kevin Weaver
  20. Richard Frost
  21. Clayton Miller
  22. Levi Ashby
  23. Kent Robinson
  24. Randy Roth
  25. Jeff Roth
  26. Cody Mahoney
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Dennis Erb Jr. of Carpentersville, Ill., celebrates his $5,000 MARS-sanctioned Tuckassee Toilet Bowl Classic victory.
What won the race: Dennis Erb Jr. of Carpentersville, lll., outran Friday night winner Rodney Sanders of Happy, Texas, for a $5,000 Tuckassee Toilet Bowl Classic victory at Clarksville Speedway. Erb finished ahead of Sanders by .278 seconds.
Quotable: "We just had to be patient there," winner Dennis Erb Jr. said. "The racetrack was one lane around the bottom and we just had to be patient in traffic and it all worked out for us tonight."
Key notes: The race completed the opening weekend for the co-sanctioned MARS DIRTcar series (for both the newly developed East and West divisions of the tour, now owned by Clarksville promoter William Scogin). ... The win was the fourth of Erb's MARS career, three of which have come at Clarksville; he also won the Toilet Bowl opener in 2016 and finale in 2011. ... Nineteen of 26 starters finished. ... Jeff Roth rebounded from a rollover accident on Friday to qualify for Saturday's feature. He was an early retiree and credited with 25th place. ... Steve Francis of Bowling Green, Ky., was piloting Justin Ratliff's No. 16 machine. ... Among drivers not qualifying for the main event were Larry Greer, Josh Putnam, Jay Morris, Rodney Melvin, Joe Godsey, Mason Oberkramer, Dustin Rollins and Shannon Scott. ... Defending race champion Tony Jackson Jr. of Lebanon, Mo., finished fifth.
Winner's sponsors: Erb Jr.'s Black Diamond Chassis is powered by a Clements Racing Engine and carries sponsorship from J.R. McBride Leasing, McBride Mack, VoMac Truck Sales, M&S Concrete, Inc., and M&M Painting and Construction.
Points chase: With a win on Friday and a runner-up finish on Saturday, Rodney Sanders of Happy, Texas, leaves Clarksville with the points lead in both the East and West divisions.
Car count: 40
Fast qualifier: Dennis Erb Jr.
Time: 13.277 seconds
Heat race winners: Scott Crigler, Dennis Erb Jr., Rodney Sanders, Justin Asplin
Consolation race winners: Jonathan Rowan, Kevin Weaver
Editor's note: Correct Erb's engine builder to Clements Racing Engine.
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