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July 3
Muskingum County Speedway,
Zanesville, OH
Sanction: Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series (Independence 50) - $12,000
Information provided by: Series and track reports (last updated July 4, 7:35 pm)
Erb gets by Davenport, grabs win at Muskingum
Independence 50
  1. Tyler Erb
  2. Devin Moran
  3. Jonathan Davenport
  4. Tyler Carpenter
  5. Hudson O'Neal
  6. Jimmy Owens
  7. Steve Casebolt
  8. Tanner English
  9. Billy Moyer Jr.
  10. Kyle Bronson
  11. Earl Pearson Jr.
  12. Shanon Buckingham
  13. Josh Richards
  14. Tyler Bruening
  15. Jason Jameson
  16. Doug Drown
  17. Shane Clanton
  18. Michael Norris
  19. Mike Marlar
  20. Tim McCreadie
  21. Todd Brennan
  22. Stormy Scott
  23. Mitch Caskey
  24. Jason Riggs
  25. Shane McLoughlin
  26. Kyle Hardy
presented by
Tyler Carr
Tyler Erb salutes the fans after his first Lucas Oil victory of 2020.
What won the race: Tyler Erb of New Waverly, Texas, fought past race-long leader and polesitter Jonathan Davenport in traffic with seven laps remaining Friday at Muskingum County Speedway for his first Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series victory of the season. Erb snapped the four-race winning streak of series points leader Jimmy Owens, who finished sixth.
Key notes: Erb's eighth career Lucas Oil victory was his first since Sept. 20, 2019, at Kokomo (Ind.) Speedway. ... Hudson O'Neal's fifth-place run was his best of the season. ... Tim McCreadie pitted early and ended up three laps down in 20th. ... Five cautions slowed the action, including one on lap 48.
On the move: Jimmy Owens of Newport, Tenn., started 17th and finished sixth.
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.
Points chase: After Muskingum County: 1. Jimmy Owens (3,755); 2. Tyler Erb (3,375); 3. Jonathan Davenport (3,365); 4. Tim McCreadie (3,270); 5. Devin Moran (3,265); 6. Josh Richards (3,255); 7. Kyle Bronson (3,155); 8. Shane Clanton (3,120); 9. Billy Moyer Jr. (2,910); 10. Tanner English (2,805); 11. Shanon Buckingham (2,675); 12. Hudson O’Neal (2,650): 13. Earl Pearson Jr. (2,645); 14. Tyler Bruening (2,480); 15. Stormy Scott (2,330).
Current weather: Clear, 81°F
Car count: 33
Fast qualifier: Jimmy Owens
Time: 15.204 seconds
Polesitter: Jonathan Davenport
Heat race winners: Jonathan Davenport, Devin Moran, Tyler Erb, Josh Richards
Consolation race winners: Jimmy Owens, Kyle Hardy
Provisional starters: Jason Riggs, Todd Brennan, Mitch Caskey, Jason Jameson
Next series race: July 4, Portsmouth Raceway Park (Portsmouth, OH) $12,000
Editor's note: Correct winner's sponsors.
From series reports

ZANESVILLE, Ohio — Tyler Erb had made plenty of laps at Muskingum County Speedway. When visiting his buddy Devin Moran, whose family operates the 4/10-mile oval, Erb had a relatively liberal estimate of how many circuits he's made: 10 million.

But Friday's circuits on the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series for the Independence 50 were the New Waverly, Texas, driver's first competitive laps at Muskingum County, and he proved all that practice paid off.

Overtaking polesitter and race-long leader Jonathan Davenport with seven laps remaining, Erb captured his first Lucas Oil Series victory of the season and $12,000 as the hometown racer Moran chased him to the finish. The 23-year-old Erb's victory snapped the four-race winning streak for series points leader Jimmy Owens of Newport, Tenn., who rallied from 17th to sixth after a heat-race mishap.

Erb, who survived a dash to the finish after a lap-48 caution for Micheal Norris, made some new fans immediately after the race by venturing inside the spectator gates and slapping high-fives with spectators in celebrating his victory for Ohio-based Best Performance Motorsports.

Moran finished 1.808 seconds back with Blairsville, Ga.’s Davenport setting for third in trying to end a month-long drought on the circuit. Tyler Carpenter of Parkersburg, W.Va., was fourth for his best-ever series performance and Hudson O'Neal of Martinsville, Ind., earned his first top-five finish of the season.

Davenport was in control most of the feature, but late-race traffic played havoc with the frontrunners and Erb took advantage as Davenport slipped from first to third on the 44th lap.

"I want to thank all of my crew. This deal is tough. It's not easy," said Erb, who moved up two positions in the point standings to second behind Owens. "In all honestly, I think we have had a better year as far as being consistent than last year. We are going to keep digging, we want to get that orange spoiler (to signify the series points leader) before the end of the year

"This is almost one of my home tracks, I've stayed with Devin several times. I have made many laps here with (Hall of Famer) Donnie (Moran) to help me get better, but this is the first time I have turned competitive laps here. It seems like I've made 10 million laps here. I just want to thank the Moran family for everything they have done for me. ... This is just awesome."

Moran, whose first career Lucas Oil victory came at his family's track in 2013, was pleased with a runner-up finish behind his buddy.

"I was kind of hoping J.D. and Tyler would get into each other. I was going to roll around the top or diamond off the corner," Moran said. "Congrats to Tyler. He's been like my brother for like the last four years. He's never raced here, but people don't realize he's made a lot more laps than a lot of those other guys here tonight. I thought I might have had a chance with that last caution, but he was so much better on the restarts."

Davenport, the three-time and reigning series champion, led 43 laps and salvaged a podium finish.

"When I got to those couple of lapped cars, they moved up to the top where I was running which was the fast line to be in," he said. "Even so, we had a really good car tonight. I think it's the best finish we have ever had here, so we will take it and move on to Portsmouth tomorrow night."

Besides the lap-48 yellow for Norris, four early cautions slowed the action, the first on the fourth lap for a slowing Todd Brennan, then fifth- and sixth-lap cautions for Josh Richards. A ninth-lap yellow for Tim McCreadie also slowed the action.

Notes: Erb's eighth career Lucas Oil victory was his first since Sept. 20, 2019, at Kokomo (Ind.) Speedway. ... Erb is the 13th Lucas Oil winner in 14 series visits to the track; only Scott Bloomquist has won twice. ... Jimmy Owens of Newport, Tenn., set fast time, but he slipped over the berm in his heat race and settled for fifth, forcing him to transfer through a consolation race. … Kyle Bronson of Brandon, Fla., earned Optima Batteries Hard Charger honors for his 22nd-to-10th run. ... Tyler Carpenter turned the quickest lap during the feature (16.750 seconds). ... Drivers failing to transfer to the feature: Lance Elson, Reid Millard, Matt Lux, Jerry Aber, Kevin Smith, Rod Conley and Dustin Smith.

Editor's note: Additional information provided by Jacqueline Rumley and Cole Perkins.


Feature lineup

Row 1: Davenport, Erb
Row 2: Moran, Richard
Row 3: Moyer Jr., McCreadie
Row 4: Buckingham, O'Neal
Row 5: Clanton, Norris
Row 6: T. Carpenter, English
Row 7: S. Scott, Casebolt
Row 8: Pearson, McLoughlin
Row 9: Owens, Hardy
Row 10: Drown, Bruening
Row 11: Marlar, Bronson
Row 12: Riggs, Jameson
Row 13: Brennan, Caskey

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