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June 25
Federated Raceway at I-55,
Pevely, MO
Sanction: World of Outlaws Case Late Model Series (St. Louis Firecracker Faceoff) - $20,000
Information provided by: Robert Holman and staff reports (last updated June 26, 2:16 pm)
Erb Jr. completes I-55 sweep with $20,000 win
St. Louis Firecracker Faceoff
  1. Dennis Erb Jr.
  2. Bobby Pierce
  3. Jason Feger
  4. Shannon Babb
  5. Gordy Gundaker
  6. Tanner English
  7. Frank Heckenast Jr.
  8. Brent Larson
  9. Ryan Unzicker
  10. Cade Dillard
  11. Max Blair
  12. Jeff Herzog
  13. Ryan Gustin
  14. Shane Clanton
  15. Boom Briggs
  16. Logan Martin
  17. Daryn Klein
  18. Josh Richards
  19. Payton Freeman
  20. Joe Godsey
  21. Rusty Griffaw
  22. Brian Shirley
  23. Jordan Bauer
  24. Trevor Gundaker
  25. Paul Roider
  26. Michael Kloos
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Dennis Erb Jr. after his $20,000 win completing an I-55 sweep.
What won the race: Taking the lead from Jason Feger on lap 28, Dennis Erb Jr. of Carpentersville, Ill., led the rest of the way to win Saturday's 55-lap St. Louis Firecracker Faceoff finale for the World of Outlaws Case Late Model Series and DIRTcar Summer Nationals at Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55.
Key notes: Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 hosted the 10th round of the DIRTcar Summer Nationals in conjunction with the World of Outlaws Case Late Model Series. ... Saturday's $20,000-to-win event was the 10th race at I-55 in Summer Nationals history. .. Shinnston, W.Va.'s Josh Richards made his first start since suffering facial fractures from an errant mud clod during May 29 competition at Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio.
On the move: Tanner English of Benton, Ky., started 18th and finished sixth.
Winner's sponsors: Erb’s Rocket Chassis is powered by a Clements Racing Engine and sponsored J.R. McBride Leasing, McBride Mack, VolMac Truck Sales and Service, Ideal Ready Mix, Keyser Mfg., Integra Racing Shocks, Collins Signs, Hoosier Racing Tire, VP Racing Fuels, Performance Rod & Custom and Allstar Performance.
Points chase: WoO after I-55: 1. Dennis Erb Jr. (3,024); 2. Max Blair (2,880); 3. Tanner English (2,844); 4. Ryan Gustin (2,716); 5. Josh Richards (2,676); 6. Brent Larson (2,674); 7. Gordy Gundaker (2,594); 8. Boom Briggs (2,552); 9. Kyle Hammer (2,382); 10. Tyler Bruening (1,894). Summer Nationals after I-55: 1. Bobby Pierce (760); 2. Jason Feger (670): 3. Ryan Unzicker (669); 4. Brian Shirley (656); 5. Dennis Erb Jr. (590); 6. Logan Martin (511); 7. Payton Freeman (499); T8. Joe Godsey (481); T8. Max Blair (481); 10. Preston Luckman (406).
Current weather: Clear, 88°F
Car count: 47
Fast qualifier: Logan Martin
Time: 12.907 seconds
Polesitter: Jason Feger
Heat race winners: Logan Martin, Jason Feger, Gordy Gundaker, Dennis Erb Jr.
Consolation race winners: Shane Clanton, Tanner English
Provisional starters: Payton Freeman, Paul Roider, Trevor Gundaker, Ryan Unzicker
Next series race: June 26, Jacksonville Speedway (Jacksonville, IL) $10,000
Editor's note: Results and race details are unofficial.
By Mike Warren
WoO Late Model P.R.

PEVELY, Mo. (June 25) — If former Major League Baseball catcher Yogi Berra was watching Dennis Erb Jr. Saturday night, he’d probably repeat his famous line, “It’s like déjà vu all over again.”

Along with winning for the second straight night at Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 to sweep the inaugural St. Louis Firecracker Faceoff, Erb also pulled the same winning move he did in Friday’s main event.

In Saturday’s 55-lap finale of the World of Outlaws Case Late Model Series/DIRTcar Summer Nationals weekend, the 49-year-old driver from Carpentersville, Ill., driver drove by race-long pacesetter Jason Feger of Bloomington, Ill., for the lead rounding turns three and four on lap 28 and never looked back en route to a $20,000 payday. Combined with his 40-lap triumph on Friday, he left the 3/8-mile, high-banked oval with 30-grand in first-place checks.

Erb went unchallenged over the race’s second half to win back-to-back features, beating Bobby Pierce of Oakwood, Ill., to the finish line by 3.248 seconds. Feger settled for third and leading laps 1-27 off the pole while fifth-place starter Shannon Babb of Moweaqua, Ill., placed fourth and WoO rookie Gordy Gundaker of St. Charles, Mo., completed the top five after starting third.

“We were just riding out there and following (Feger) for a little bit,” said Erb, who started fourth in his XR1 Rocket. “I knew we were starting to get into traffic, and I was trying to watch him and see how he was entering the corner. He just went in there and gave me enough room to sneak up underneath him.”

Erb’s win was his fourth on the WoO tour this season to lead all drivers. It was also his 13th overall career series triumph and his 25th DIRTcar Summer Nationals win.

While Erb was able to move past Feger for the lead early in the race, he was still left with having to maneuver through traffic in the remaining distance. He stated that being aggressive was important considering the caliber of drivers behind him.

“I knew we had a good group behind me there, so there was no time to relax,” Erb said. “We just had to make our marks and watch the cars in front of us. You just really can’t back off because you never know what’s going to happen.”

Erb extended his WoO points lead for the second consecutive night, departing the track 144 points ahead of Max Blair of Centerville, Pa., who finished 11th.

Feger was passed by Pierce for second on lap 46 and finished more than a second behind Pierce’s runner-up machine. He noted he couldn’t get his car to stick to the bottom the way he wanted, allowing Erb and Pierce to overtake him.

“I just felt like I was too tight to keep it down there,” Feger said. “I couldn’t get rotated. I couldn’t, like, enter in on the bottom and get rotated.

“I kind of based everything off of (Friday) night and how the track raced. I thought there’d be enough speed to go there, which there was, but instead of all the lapped cars being on the bottom, they were in the middle. So it just kind of made it hard to pass, and (Pierce) and Dennis could rotate the bottom better than I could.”

The 25-year-old Pierce made his way to second from the eighth starting spot. He snuck by Feger on the bottom late in the feature but didn’t have enough time to catch Erb.

“I was searching a little bit, and the top wasn’t really there like it normally is in the past,” Pierce said. “It’s not even like the bottom had that much moisture. The top was just so slick and crumbly. There wasn’t enough bite up there to really get anything going, so it is what it is.

“But hey, coming from eighth to second, cat-fishing like that and scraping the inside wall, we’ll take it any day.”

Pierce also extended his DIRTcar Summer Nationals points lead over Ryan Unzicker of El Paso, Ill., who finished ninth.

The race’s lone caution flag flew on lap six for Brian Shirley’s flat right-rear tire.

Feature lineup

(55 laps)

Row 1: Jason Feger, Logan Martin
Row 2: Gordy Gundaker, Dennis Erb Jr.
Row 3: Shannon Babb, Frank Heckenast Jr.
Row 4: Brian Shirley, Bobby Pierce
Row 5: Daryn Klein, Cade Dillard
Row 6: Max Blair, Jeff Herzog
Row 7: Jordan Bauer, Brent Larson
Row 8: Josh Richards, Joe Godsey
Row 9: Shane Clanton, Tanner English
Row 10: Ryan Gustin, Michael Kloos
Row 11: Boom Briggs, Rusty Griffaw
Row 12: Ryan Unzicker, Trevor Gundaker
Row 13: Paul Roider, Payton Freeman

Consolation results

(10 laps; top three transfer)

First consolation: Shane Clanton, Ryan Gustin, Boom Briggs, Brent McKinnon, Billy Moyer Jr., Stormy Scott, Kyle Beard, Preston Luckman, Justin Duty, Paul Kuper, Blaze Burwell, Deshawn Gingerich, Paul Roider, Tony Wolf, Dane Dacus, Tyler Worley.

Second consolation: Tanner English, Michael Kloos, Rusty Griffaw, Payton Freeman, Ryan Unzicker, Doug Tye, Jeff Roth, Trevor Gundaker, Mark Voigt, Mason Oberkramer, Shannon Kuhn, Kye Blight, Jeb Simmons, Mick Quin. Scratched: Scott Geaschel.

Heat race results

(Eight laps; top four transfer)

First heat: Logan Martin Frank Heckenast Jr., Daryn Klein, Jordan Bauer, Shane Clanton, Ryan Gustin, Justin Duty, Brent McKinnon, Kyle Beard, Blaze Burwell, Paul Roider, Paul Kuper.

Second heat: Jason Feger, Brian Shirley, Max Blair, Josh Richards, Boom Briggs, Billy Moyer Jr., Preston Luckman, Dane Dacus, Deshawn Gingerich, Tyler Worley, Tony Wolf, Stormy Scott.

Third heat: Gordy Gundaker, Bobby Pierce, Cade Dillard, Brent Larson, Michael Kloos, Tanner English, Rusty Griffaw, Doug Tye, Mason Oberkramer, Kye Blight, Shannon Kuhn. Scratched: Scott Gaeshel.

Fourth heat: Dennis Erb Jr., Shannon Babb, Jeff Herzog, Joe Godsey, Payton Freeman, Ryan Unzicker, Trevor Gundaker, Jeff Roth, Mark Voigt, Jeb Simmons, Mick Quin.

Time trials

Driver (car no.), hometown, time (unofficial)
Group A   

  1. Logan Martin (36), West Plains, Mo., 12.907
  2. Josh Richards (1R), Shinnston, W.Va., 12.942
  3. Frank Heckenast Jr. (99jr), Frankfort, Ill., 13.005
  4. Jason Feger (25), Bloomington, Ill., 13.077
  5. Daryn Klein (10), Fairview Heights, Ill., 13.085
  6. Brian Shirley (3s), Chatham, Ill., 13.189
  7. Brent McKinnon (26M), Carlyle, Ill., 13.220
  8. Boom Briggs (99B), Bear Lake, Pa., 13.242
  9. Jordan Bauer (10J), St. Jacob, Ill., 13.259
  10. Max Blair (111v), Centerville, Pa., 13.289
  11. Paul Kuper (14k), Aviston, Ill., 13.304
  12. Preston Luckman (77) Coos Bay, Ore., 13.306
  13. Shane Clanton (25), Zebulon, Ga., 13.327
  14. Dane Dacus (54), Lakeland, Tenn., 13.330
  15. Ryan Gustin (19r), Marshalltown, Iowa, 13.334
  16. Billy Moyer Jr. (21), Batesville, Ark., 13.371
  17. Justin Duty (15), Mulino, Ore., 13.432
  18. Deshawn Gingerich (0), Dover, Pa., 13.489
  19. Blaze Burwell (44), Mount Vernon, Ill., 13.514
  20. Stormy Scott (2s), Las Cruces, N.M., 13.560
  21. Paul Roider (23), Columbia, Ill., 13.751
  22. Tyler Worley (26), St. Genevieve, Mo., 13.852
  23. Kyle Beard (86), Trumann, Ark., 13.900
  24. Tony Wolf (16), Highland, Ill., 14.260

Group B   

  1. Gordy Gundaker (11), St. Charles, Mo., 13.135
  2. Dennis Erb Jr. (28), Carpentersville, Ill., 13.179
  3. Brent Larson (B1), Lake Elmo, Minn., 13.183
  4. Shannon Babb (18), Moweaqua, Ill., 13.256
  5. Cade Dillard (97), Robeline, La., 13.344
  6. Payton Freeman (F1), Commerce, Ga., 13.356
  7. Bobby Pierce (32), Oakwood, Ill., 13.398
  8. Joe Godsey (14G), Edinburgh, Ind., 13.424
  9. Michael Kloos (6K), Trenton, Ill., 13.447
  10. Jeff Herzog (11H), Festus, Mo., 13.460
  11. Doug Tye (4D), Collinsville, Ill., 13.461
  12. Trevor Gundaker (11), St. Charles, Mo., 13.480
  13. Kye Blight (31k), Katanning, Western AU    , 13.534
  14. Ryan Unzicker (24), El Paso, Ill., 13.584
  15. Tanner English (81E), Benton, Ky., 13.594
  16. Mark Voigt (30), Marine, Ill., 13.619
  17. Mason Oberkramer (93), Broseley, Mo., 13.691
  18. Jeff Roth (14R), Bentonville, Ark., 14.031
  19. Rusty Griffaw (16), Festus, Mo., 14.122
  20. Mick Quinn (23NZ), Hawks Bay, New Zealand, 14.280
  21. Shannon Kuhn (11k), Highland, Ill., 14.719
  22. Jeb Simmons (86), Wentzville, Mo., 15.088
  23. Scott Geaschel (4E), Collinsville, Ill., no time

Saturday's schedule

6 p.m. - Drivers' meeting
6:30 p.m. - Hot laps
- Late Model hot laps
- Sprint car hot laps
- Late Model time trials (2 laps)
- Sprint car time trails
- Modified hot laps/time trials
Opening ceremonies
- Sprint car heats (8 laps)
- Late Model heats (8 laps)
- Sprint car consolation (10 laps)
- Late Model consolations (10 laps)
- Modified consolations (10 laps)
Feature races
- Sprint cars (35 laps)
- Late Models (55 laps)
- Modifieds (25 laps)

Feature lineup

Row 1: Feger, Martin
Row 2: G. Gundaker, Erb Jr.
Row 3: Babb, Heckenast Jr.
Row 4: Shirley, Pierce
Row 5: Klein, Dillard
Row 6: Blair, Herzog
Row 7: Bauer, Larson
Row 8: Richards, Godsey
Row 9: Clanton, English
Row 10: Gustin, Kloos
Row 11: Briggs, Griffaw
Row 12: Unzicker, T. Gundaker
Row 13: Roider, Freeman

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