Dennis Erb Jr. Crowned 2006 DART
Machinery East Bay Raceway Winternationals Champion
Lexington, KY (February 18, 2006)- Dennis Erb Jr. was
officially crowned the 2006 DART Machinery East Bay Winternationals Points
Champion after finishing second to Steve Francis in Sunday nights 75 lap
$12,000 to Win Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series event. Dennis driving a
Rayburn Chassis, Petroff Towing Malcuit Race Engines fueled by Sunoco Race
Fuels was one of only five drivers that made the feature every night of the
six nights events run at East Bay Raceway Park. With over 100 different
drivers competing during the week, making a feature event was no easy task
with the caliber of drivers on hand for the 30th Annual Winternationals.
Despite not winning a feature event all week, Dennis Erb Jr. was in the hunt
every night with consistent finishes of 13th, 10th, 3rd, 3rd, 5th and a 2nd
place finish on the final night. With his consistent finishes Dennis is also
leading the 2006 Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series national point’s standings
after three events over Donnie Moran by 35 points.
The Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series assembled a points fund that paid out
over $30,000 in cash and product to the top 25 drivers based on points for
the week. The DART Machinery Winternationals Points Fund rewarded drivers
who choose to race every night during the weeklong competition. All six
nights of racing counted towards the DART Machinery Winternationals Points
fund. The DART Machinery Winternationals Points Fund was a combined effort
of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series and numerous manufactures and
companies that support dirt late model racing including: DART Machinery,
Lucas Oil Products, Petroff Towing, AFCO, Hyperco, Mason Racin, Oval Craft,
Hawk Brake, Quarter Master, Jesel, PBM Performance Products, Sunoco Race
Fuels, Penske Shocks, ATL Fuel Cells, Port City Racing / Integra Shocks,
COMP Cams, Ohlins, Allstar Performance, Simpson, Rapture Carburetors,
Kinsler Filters, MasterSbilt Race Cars, Rocket Chassis, Rayburn Race Cars,
Warrior Race Cars, Lazer Chassis, Malcuit Race Engines, Jay Dickens Engines,
Custom Race Engines, Cornett Race Engines, Pro Power Engines, Larry Wallace
Engines, SMS Race Engines and Carl Grover Motorsports Race Engines.
The Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series also held a special “Engine Builders
Challenge” all week during the Winternationals that included eight engine
builders from the motorsports industry. The engine builder that earned the
most points all week was awarded a $1000 cash award and named the top engine
builder of the Winternationals. Malcuit Race Engines earned 37 points to win
the “Engine Builders Challenge” beating out Pro Power Engines 35 pts, Larry
Wallace Engines 30 pts, SMS Race Engines 29 pts, Custom Race Engines 24 pts,
Jay Dickens Engines 23 pts, Cornett Race Engines 21 pts and Carl Grover
Engines 14 pts.
Title sponsor of the 30th Annual Winternationals Points Fund was Dart
Machinery of Troy, Michigan. Dart was founded in 1981 in a two-car garage in
Oak Park, MI. In the years that have passed since Richard Maskin started his
business with a desk and telephone, Dart has become a respected manufacturer
of championship-winning cylinder heads, intake manifolds and engine blocks.
The Final Top Ten Drivers in the DART Machinery Winternationals Points were:
1. Dennis Erb Jr.
2. Donnie Moran
3. Earl Pearson Jr.
4. Billy Moyer
5. Steve Francis
6. Matt Miller
7. Rick Eckert
8. Tim McCreadie
9. Doug Horton
10. Don O’Neal