Erb Banks $10,000 Swainsboro Prize

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SWAINSBORO, Ga. — Dennis Erb Jr. led the final 17 to win the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series event on Thursday night at Swainsboro Raceway.

Erb’s fourth win of the season was worth $10,000. Earl Pearson Jr. led the first 32 laps until Erb passed him on the high side. Pearson finished second followed by Jared Landers, Don O’Neal and Steve Francis.

“It’s our first time here; the car was good whether we ran low or high,” Erb said. “I was setting him (Pearson) up for four or five laps and finally went into turn three and the car stuck, enabling me to finally get by Earl. It’s been a great year for us so far, this if our fourth Lucas Oil win. We aren’t worried about the points right now, we just want to win races.”

Pearson, who was looking for his second series win of the year, said afterward.

“We really wanted to win this race; we had a lot of friends and family here tonight,” Pearson said. “The car was strong all night long; we will take this finish in the Lucas Oil Products, MAVT TV Longhorn.”

Landers was looking for a clean sweep of the evening’s racing activities after setting fast time and winning his heat. Landers was in hunt for most of the race.

“We are knocking on the door for a win, last week we ran strong in Mississippi, so we are going to move onto Cherokee tomorrow night,” he said. “We’ve won there before, so we should feel real comfortable racing there.”

In preliminary action, Jared Landers set the overall time (Group B) amongst the 19 entrants, with a lap of 14.069 seconds. Earl Pearson Jr. set the fastest time in Group A with a time of 14.072 seconds.

The finish:

Dennis Erb Jr., Earl Pearson Jr., Jared Landers, Don O’Neal, Steve Francis, Eddie Carrier Jr., Casey Roberts, Jimmy Owens, Jeff Smith, John Blankenship, Brent Dixon, Joe Ramey, Jerry Lierly, Phil Pittman, Henry Carter, Brandon Overton, Billy Moyer Jr., Albert Cosnahan, Chesley Dixon.