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Dennis Erb Jr., Anthony Macri Top Home-State Thrillers

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Dirt Racing’s Winning Moment: Defending World of Outlaws late model champion Dennis Erb Jr. scored the opening night win of Illinois Speedweek in dramatic fashion, besting Bobby Pierce with laps of persistent pressure on the low side to win at Spoon River Speedway Wednesday night (May 10).

Polesitter Pierce led for the first 40-plus laps of the event, but mid-race saw Erb begin to make progress running his customary “catfish” line on the bottom of the track. The deciding moment came inside of five laps to go when Pierce made contact with the lapped car of Ross Robinson, slowing his high-side momentum enough for Erb to drive off to the race win.

Dirt Racing’s Dramatic Moment: The Gettysburg Clash for the World of Outlaws won’t go down as a race of the year candidate like Spoon River might after lagging in its midsection, but the finish definitely will. Anthony Macri ran the cushion to perfection exiting turn 4 on the final lap, besting polesitter Brent Marks by leading only the lap that matters at Lincoln Speedway in Pennsylvania.

Macri’s win was the first for the Pennsylvania Posse in Outlaw competition in 2023.

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Wednesday night showcased exactly what mid-week racing can and should be, and not just in terms of excellent on-track action. Both the Outlaws at Lincoln and the Flo Racing late models at Spoon River had their headline features on the track by 9 p.m. local time. And the Flo Racing program did that despite having two classes.

Also on this note, Kyle Larson’s comments about sprint cars needing starters for the sake of keep the show moving played out in real life. 

In case anyone forgot, back in March when the Outlaws made their first visit of the season to Lincoln, someone cheekily wrote “Posse” in chalk on the racing surface in turns 3 and 4. This time around, there was no such grandstanding and the Posse went 1-2 in the finishing order, leading all 35 laps. Talk is cheap.

I don’t know if it was as simple as the weather being warmer and the rain finally letting up a little bit, but there was a very noticeable difference between the Lincoln Speedway surface this Wednesday night and when the Outlaws visited back in March. The fact there were two grooves in play during heat races is a rarity on many Pennsylvania ovals. And the facts speak for themselves. Not only was the feature decided by a last-corner pass, both…

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