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Wednesday June 23rd, 2021 1:09AM

Erb, Eckert score WoO Late Model victories in Indiana

By Mike Warren
  Contact Editor

Dennis Erb, Jr. and Rick Eckert prevailed in World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model Series competition over the weekend.

Erb, Jr. was victorious on Friday night at Circle City Raceway in Indianapolis, Indiana, while Eckert took the win on Saturday night at Indiana’s Plymouth Speedway.

On Friday night, Erb, Jr. earned his first series feture win of the 2021 season, picking up a $10,000 pay day in the process at Circle City Raceway.

Erb led the first 25 laps before Ryan Gustin powered around him on the outside for the top spot. But a yellow flag gave Erb another shot.

Erb and Gustin raced side-by-side for four laps on the restart, wrestling back-and-forth for the lead. That’s when Erb slid up in front of Gustin coming out of turn 4 and reclaimed the lead for good with eight laps to go.

“Everything held together,” Erb said. “We lost the lead for a little bit, but I knew I could get right back in it. We had a good car going through the (track) but man we had to work for it.”

It’s the seventh series win of Erb’s career, tying him for 20th all-time with Brian Birkhofer and Jonathan Davenport.

Brandon Sheppard finished in second, with Gustin in third, Max Blair in fourth and Frank Heckenast Jr. in fifth.

On Saturday night, Eckert led all 40-laps of the race, but he didn’t dominate. The York, Pennsylvania driver had to think quickly in lap traffic while holding off challenges from Frank Heckenast, Jr.

Heckenast tried crossing Eckert over several times on the back straightaway but didn’t have the momentum he needed after charging to the bottom off turn 2.

Heckenast made several attempts to steal the top spot, but Eckert was focused on getting through traffic ahead of him.

“It’s awesome to go almost all the way green, but traffic is tough,” Eckert said. “One time I saw a nose and I wasn’t sure if it was (Heckenast) or a lap car, but it didn’t matter anyway because I was going (to the top).

“I was just trying to chase traction and chase where there was a hole. I never raced behind me; I was on offense the whole time trying to get through the traffic.”

Saturday’s win is Eckert’s 38th career World of Outlaws victory, as he also swept the night setting quick time and winning his heat race.

Heckenast finished in second, with Tyler Bruening, Sheppard and Gustin rounding out the top five.

Up next, the World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model Series travels to Stateline Speedway in Busti, New York on Thursday, June 17. For more information, visit WorldofOutlaws.com.

WoO Morton Buildings Late Model Series
Circle City Raceway – Indianapolis, IN
Race Results – June 4, 2021

1. 28-Dennis Erb
2. 1-Brandon Sheppard
3. 19R-Ryan Gustin
4. 111-Max Blair
5. 99JR-Frank Heckenast
6. 99B-Boom Briggs
7. 0E-Rick Eckert
8. 21-Billy Moyer
9. 44-Chris Madden
10. B1-Brent Larson
11. 16-Tyler Bruening
12. 32-Bobby Pierce
13. 93-Pancho Lawler
14. 7-Ricky Weiss
15. 97-Cade Dillard
16. 21N-Logan Nickerson
17. 20TC-Tristan Chamberlain
18. C9-Steve Casebolt
19. 11T-Trevor Gundaker
20. 11H-Spencer Hughes
21. 24-Ryan Unzicker
22. 24B-Jared Bailey

WoO Morton Buildings Late Model Series
Plymouth Speedway – Plymouth, IN
Race Results – June 5, 2021

1. 0E-Rick Eckert
2. 99JR-Frank Heckenast
3. 16-Tyler Bruening
4. 1-Brandon Sheppard
5. 19R-Ryan Gustin
6. 157-Mike Marlar
7. 44-Chris Madden
8. 111V-Max Blair
9. 28-Dennis Erb
10. 7-Ricky Weiss
11. 97-Cade Dillard
12. 11-Gordy Gundaker
13. 11T-Trevor Gundaker
14. 7R-Kent Robinson
15. 42-Chad Finley
16. 99B-Boom Briggs
17. 93-Pancho Lawler
18. 1M-Mike Mataragas
19. 79-Troy Worrick
20. 21N-Logan Nickerson
21. 20TC-Tristan Chamberlain
22. 21-Billy Moyer

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