Column By NICK GRAZIANO / DIRTCAR – CONCORD, NC – Dennis Erb Jr. earned his first career World of Outlaws CASE Construction Equipment Late Model Series championship in 2022.
Erb, of Carpentersville, IL, wrote his name into the history books for the World of Outlaws CASE Late Models this year with his first Series crown – worth $125,000.
Previously, Erb’s best points finish was fourth – twice. This year, with a career best performance overall, he mathematically clinched the title before having to travel to Charlotte. He ended the season with a season high four Series wins, 21 top fives and 33 top 10s.
“It feels really good,” Erb said. “It’s great actually. All the hard work and running up and down the road. A great season this year. Just running good and running up front, being able to win this now and being able to knock a check list of things I want to do, it’s a great feeling.”
Erb got to share the moment with his one and only crew member all season, his Crew Chief Heather Lyne. By claiming the title, she became the first female crew chief to win a national Late Model championship and a national motorsports championship in North America.
Lyne also won the Integra Crew Chief of the Year Award with the World of Outlaw CASE Late Models for the second straight year.
At 50 years old, Erb became the 11th different driver in World of Outlaws CASE Late Model Series history to win a championship.