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September 24
Brownstown Speedway,
Brownstown, IN
Sanction: Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series (Night Before the Jackson) - $10,000
Information provided by: Series and track reports (last updated September 27, 4:05 pm)
Erb's 7th tour win spurs Brownstown boobirds
Night Before the Jackson
  1. Tyler Erb
  2. Tim McCreadie
  3. Brandon Sheppard
  4. Devin Moran
  5. Tanner English
  6. Earl Pearson Jr.
  7. Billy Moyer Jr.
  8. Steve Casebolt
  9. Josh Rice
  10. Shane Clanton
  11. Dennis Erb Jr.
  12. Josh Richards
  13. Stormy Scott
  14. Ricky Thornton Jr.
  15. Hudson O'Neal
  16. Ashton Winger
  17. Jimmy Owens
  18. Devin Gilpin
  19. Scott James
  20. Skyller Lewis
  21. Johnny Scott
  22. Mike Marlar
  23. Justin Rattliff
  24. Kyle Bronson
  25. Matt Cosner
  26. Spencer Hughes
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Tyler Erb heads for victory at Brownstown Speedway.
What won the race: Regaining the lead when Josh Rice's right-rear tire went flat, sixth-starting Tyler Erb of New Waverly, Texas, led the final 11 laps Friday at Brownstown Speedway for a $10,000 Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series victory. Erb, who led laps 14-16 and 30-40, topped series points leader and runner-up Tim McCreadie to win the Night Before the Jackson 100, his tour-leading seventh series victory.
Key notes: Josh Rice led laps 4-13 and 18-29 but a flat right-rear tire knocked him from contention. ... Jimmy Owens and Devin Gilpin made contact multiple times on a lap-30 restart battling for second and both retired with damage. ... Shelby Miles had ignition issues and scratched from the feature. ... Kyle Bronson retired early with power steering issues. ... The three-race weekend wraps up Saturday with the 42nd annual Jackson 100 paying $20,000-to-win.
On the move: Devin Moran of Dresden, Ohio, started 16th and finished fourth.
Winner's sponsors: Erb’s winning Best Performance Motorsports Rocket Chassis is powered by an Clements Racing Engine and sponsored by First Class Septic, Roberts Bee Company, Terbo Threads, M&W Transport, Central Coast Tires, Bazell Race Fuels, Bulk Material Lift, Sunoco, Keyser Mfg., Lucas Oil, Integra, R&R Design, Day Motorsports and Hoosier Racing Tires.
Points chase: After Brownstown Friday: 1. Tim McCreadie (5,870); 2. Hudson O'Neal (5,575); 3. Jonathan Davenport (5,375); 4. Kyle Bronson (5,235); 5. Jimmy Owens (5,215); 6. Tyler Erb (5,175); 7. Ricky Thornton Jr. (5,055); 8. Josh Richards (4,910); 9. Shane Clanton (4,880); 10. Mike Marlar (4,730).
Current weather: Clear, 63°F
Car count: 40
Fast qualifier: Mike Marlar
Time: 13.385 seconds
Polesitter: Scott James
Heat race winners: Scott James, Hudson O'Neal, Josh Rice, Jimmy Owens
Consolation race winners: Mike Marlar, Stormy Scott
Provisional starters: Kyle Bronson, Ricky Thornton Jr., Josh Richards, Matt Cosner, Skyller Lewis
Next series race: October 1, Raceway 7 (Conneaut, OH) $12,000
Editor's note: Updates Erb's sponsor list
From series and staff reports

BROWNSTOWN, Ind. — Early contact with one of Brownstown Speedway's favorite sons didn't endear Tyler Erb to fans at the quarter-mile fairgrounds oval, but he didn't mind hearing boos in victory lane if it meant he earned his tour-leading seventh Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series victory of the season.

Surviving his early scrape with Hudson O'Neal and then regaining the lead on lap 30 when Josh Rice's right-rear tire went flat, Erb collected $10,000 in Friday's Night Before the Jackson for his third victory in his last five Lucas Oil features and the 16th of his career.

"This is awesome," Erb said in victory lane. Man, I love winning races and I've definitely done a lot worse, so I'm definitely not sweating all the boos today."

Erb, who led laps 14-16 and then 30-40, took the checkers 1.809 seconds ahead of series points leader Tim McCreadie of Watertown, N.Y., in the second of three consecutive Lucas Oil features during the Jackson 100 weekend. Thursday's winner Brandon Sheppard of New Berlin, Ill., was third followed by 16th-starting Devin Moran of Dresden, Ohio, and Tanner English of Benton, Ky.

Rice, who led laps 4-13 and 17-29, rallied back to finish ninth in a 40-lap race with plenty of beating and banging — on the cushion and other cars — with nine cautions slowing the action.

Scott James of Bright, Ind., led the first three laps before Rice took command amid a stretch of early yellows, but Erb went under Rice on the 14th lap and held the top spot for three circuits before Rice got rolling again on the high side to move back out front.

Shortly after the eighth-running James slowed to depart on lap 26, Erb was still hot on Rice's heels when he slowed just before crossing the line for the 30th time and pulled to the infield to get a new right-rear tire.

From their, Erb stayed ahead of the fray that included a contact-filled battle for second between Jimmy Owens and track points leader Devin Gilpin that knocked both drivers out of the race. McCreadie never made a serious bid to overtake the leader.

"It feels great, man. Brownstown, they did a great job from yesterday to today to give us a good racetrack. I'm thrilled," said Erb, who battled engine woes the previous night.

The winner wasn't shy about discussing the lap-three caution that sent O'Neal spinning into an infield tire barrier in turn four.

"Huddy missed the bottom there," Erb said. "I'll address the elephant in the room. He missed the bottom and I filled the hole and if any ya'll could make $10,000 in a lap, come talk to me."

The victory makes Erb among the favorites for Saturday's $20,000-to-win 42nd annual Jackson 100 that caps three busy nights of action.

"We were good all night and this gives us a little bit of confidence for tomorrow," he said.

McCreadie was glad to survive aggressive driving by competitors and get a finish better than he felt like he deserved.

"It's really wild out there, man. Just guys, you'd think it was the beginning of the year the way they're racing. They're all really hungry man," the fifth-starting McCreadie said. "A lot of 'em having trouble seeing out of their right eye, I guess, when they're out there. I don't know. I just tried to stay out of their way. Guys were sliding me, and I'm like, 'Well, just do what you can do.' "

He added: "Tonight, we just weren't good enough. We were probably a third- or fourth-place car, but the two guys in front of me got a little ornery and things like that, and we'll take a second tonight. It's the first time we've probably finished second where we deserved to finish fifth, so that's pretty cool."

Sheppard, who earned $15,000 Thursday in the makeup of March's Indiana Icebreaker, has his eye on a bigger paycheck Saturday.

"It was pretty crazy there for a while, for sure, but we were fortunate to keep our nose clean there and hang on for a third-place finish," the Rocket Chassis house car driver said. "The car was really good there. I don't know, there's probably a few things we need to do different for tomorrow, but who knows with weather coming what the track's going to do. You know, as long as we're consistent and keep this thing up front, that's our goal. So we're just going to work on this thing and hopefully get a win tomorrow.

"The top was really treacherous up there tonight and it took a couple of victims. We were really good around the middle-bottom there, so hopefully that means something for a long race tomorrow."

The race was slowed by nine cautions, four of them on the first six laps and four in the final 11 laps. Spencer Hughes drew a lap-three caution and headed pitside with sheetmetal damage and another yellow appeared a lap later for power steering failure for Kyle Bronson. On the restart, O'Neal went around in turn tour and on the sixth lap Justin Rattliff dropped a driveshaft on the frontstretch, drawing a fourth caution.

James slowed for a lap-26 yellow and Rice's flat tire drew a lap-29 slowdown. The seventh caution appeared on the lap-30 restart for the Owens-Gilpin showdown that saw them make contact several times from turn two all the way to turn three while chasing Erb. The final yellows came out on lap 34 for a slowing Ashton Winger and lap 35 for a slowing O'Neal.

The national tour's three-race stretch at Brownstown continues Saturday with the 42nd annual Jackson 100 paying $20,000-to-win.

Notes: Hard charger Josh Richards received $500 from Dion and Suzanne Deason; Dion Deason was a former Brownstown Late Model standout. ...  Shelby Miles had ignition issues and scratched from the feature. ... Mike Marlar spun out of the lead in the first heat but rebounded to win a consolation race. He was an early retiree in the main event. ... Lucas Oil Series title contender Jonathan Davenport of Blairsville, Ga., is missing the Brownstown weekend after testing positive for Covid-19.

Feature lineup

Row 1: James, Rice
Row 2: O'Neal, Owens
Row 3: McCreadie, T. Erb
Row 4: Sheppard, Gilpin
Row 5: English, Pearson Jr.
Row 6: Moyer Jr., J. Scott
Row 7: Clanton, Miles
Row 8: Winger, Moran
Row 9: Marlar, S. Scott
Row 10: Hughes, Casebolt
Row 11: Rattliff, D. Erb Jr.
Row 12: Bronson, Thornton Jr.
Row 13: Richards, Cosner
Row 14: Lewis
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