Erb scores first win of 2021 at Circle CityIt’s the Illinois driver’s seventh career Morton Buildings Feature win INDIANAPOLIS, IN– JUNE 4, 2021 – Any time a driver steps into the cockpit, they know racing is about peaks and valleys. Veteran racer Dennis Erb Jr. climbed the mountain Friday at Circle City Raceway to earn his first World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Feature win of 2021. While the Carpentersville, IL driver was $10,000 richer at the end of the race, he was forced to climb back up after losing the lead.  Erb led the first 25 laps of the Feature before Ryan Gustin powered around him on the outside for the top spot. But when it looked like Erb’s shot at Victory Lane was gone, a yellow flag gave “The One-Man Band” new life. 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. He was relieved in Victory Lane after battling through 40 laps. “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 Morton Buildings Feature win of Erb’s career, tying him for 20th all-time with Brian Birkhofer and Jonathan Davenport. Gustin, the top rookie of the race, crossed the line third after losing a spot to three-time and defending champion Brandon Sheppard on the final restart with six laps left.Even though “The Reaper” was frustrated with the outcome, he knows re-starts are part of the sport. “We really didn’t need that caution because we didn’t take off very well,” Gustin said. “But you live and die by [restarts] and that’s part of racing. Eventually the win’s going to come so we have to just keep digging.”Gustin’s misfortunes on restarts played into Brandon Sheppard’s favor. The reigning champion took advantage of the inside lane to earn a second-place finish. “I knew [the outside] was about done up there,” Sheppard said. When [Gustin] chose the top, I knew I had to hit my marks and stay down there as good as I could, and I hung on for second.”Sheppard extended his point lead with his runner-up finish—40 points ahead of Chris Madden, who finished ninth. Pennsylvania driver Max Blair crossed the line fourth, and Frank Heckenast Jr. finished fifth.UP NEXT: The Most Powerful Late Models on the Planet travel to Plymouth Speedway in Plymouth, IN on Saturday, June 5. The Series will run a 40-lap, $10,000-to-win Feature for the second straight night. Morton Buildings Feature (40 Laps)-1. 28-Dennis Erb [2][$10,000]; 2. 1-Brandon Sheppard [4][$6,000]; 3. 19R-Ryan Gustin [5][$3,500]; 4. 111-Max Blair [6][$2,800]; 5. 99JR-Frank Heckenast [7][$2,500]; 6. 99B-Boom Briggs [3][$2,300]; 7. 0E-Rick Eckert [9][$2,200]; 8. 21-Billy Moyer [1][$2,100]; 9. 44-Chris Madden [12][$2,050]; 10. B1-Brent Larson [20][$2,000]; 11. 16-Tyler Bruening [13][$1,600]; 12. 32-Bobby Pierce [10][$1,400]; 13. 93-Pancho Lawler [11][$1,200]; 14. 7-Ricky Weiss [17][$1,100]; 15. 97-Cade Dillard [8][$1,050]; 16. 21N-Logan Nickerson [14][$1,000]; 17. 20TC-Tristan Chamberlain [16][$1,000]; 18. C9-Steve Casebolt [15][$1,000]; 19. 11T-Trevor Gundaker [18][$1,000]; 20. 11H-Spencer Hughes [22][$1,000]; 21. 24-Ryan Unzicker [19][$1,000]; 22. 24B-Jared Bailey [21][$1,000] Hard Charger: B1-Brent Larson[+10]Qualifying Flight-A –1. 99B-Boom Briggs, 13.254; 2. 21-Billy Moyer, 13.309; 3. 20RT-Ricky Thornton, 13.358; 4. 97-Cade Dillard, 13.443; 5. 0E-Rick Eckert, 13.48; 6. 93-Pancho Lawler, 13.488; 7. 99JR-Frank Heckenast, 13.626; 8. 7R-Kent Robinson, 13.651; 9. 83-Scott James, 13.654; 10. C9-Steve Casebolt, 13.67; 11. 16-Tyler Bruening, 13.741; 12. 24B-Jared Bailey, 13.833; 13. 24-Ryan Unzicker, 14.069; 14. 13-Brayton Laster, 15.611; 15. 43-Kody Marsee, 15.727; 16. 7-Ricky Weiss, NT; DNS. 42-Chad Finley, NTQualifying Flight-B-1. 1-Brandon Sheppard, 13.282; 2. 157-Mike Marlar, 13.302; 3. 19R-Ryan Gustin, 13.348; 4. 28-Dennis Erb, 13.414; 5. 21N-Logan Nickerson, 13.447; 6. 111-Max Blair, 13.524; 7. 32-Bobby Pierce, 13.643; 8. 44-Chris Madden, 13.834; 9. 11T-Trevor Gundaker, 13.981; 10. 20TC-Tristan Chamberlain, 13.984; 11. B1-Brent Larson, 14.12; 12. 11H-Spencer Hughes, 14.59; 13. 14W-Quentin White, 14.966; 14. 1CJ-Casey White, 15.781; 15. 14B-Britan Godsey, 21.834; DNS. 11-Gordy Gundaker, NT
The World of Outlaws Morton Buildings® Late Model Series is brought to fans across the country by many important sponsors and partners, including: DIRTVision (Official Live Broadcast Partner), Drydene (Official Motor Oil), Hoosier Racing Tire (Official Tire), iRacing (Official Online Racing Game), Morton Buildings (Official Building), SIS Insurance (Official Insurance Provider) VP Racing Fuels (Official Racing Fuel); in addition to contingency sponsors, including: Arizona Sport Shirts/Gotta Race, ARP (Automotive Racing Products), Cometic Gasket, COMP Cams, MSD, Penske Racing Shocks, Quarter Master, Slick Woody’s (Quick Time Award), and Wrisco (Exclusive Racing Aluminum); along with manufacturer sponsors, including: Capital Race Cars, FireAde, Integra Shocks, Intercomp, K1 Race Gear, Racing Electronics, Reliable Painting, and Rocket Chassis.Founded in 1978, the World of Outlaws®, based in Concord, NC, is the premier national touring series for dirt track racing in North America, featuring the most powerful cars on dirt, the World of Outlaws NOS® Energy Drink Sprint Car Series and the World of Outlaws Morton Buildings® Late Model Series. Annually, the two series race nearly 140 times at tracks across the United States and Canada. CBS Sports Network is the official broadcast partner of the World of Outlaws. DIRTVision® also broadcasts World of Outlaws events over the Internet to fans around the world. Learn more about the World of Outlaws.