Tyler Erb also responded to a comment from Clint Bowyer, “This ain’t Daytona”
It’s been a wild week at East Bay Raceway Park in Tampa, Florida. On Friday night at the 1/3-mile dirt track, officials stepped in to disqualify one of their regulars.
Watch the Tyler Erb vs Mason Zeigler incident in the video below.
However, it all started the night before on January 28th. Tyler Erb entered night four (Thursday) with the orange spoiler as the LOLMDS point leader.
In lap 4 of 40 of the main event, Tyler Erb and Mason Zeigler were running inside the top five. Off turn four, Zeigler ran wide and pushed Tyler Erb into the outside wall.
Directly after that, Erb turned off the wall, cut across the nose of Zeigler and went for the bottom into turn one. Zeigler held his ground into the corner and Erb went around. Zeigler might have also carried more speed into the corner to confirm the spin.
After the incident with Mason Zeigler, Clint Bowyer, the car owner for Josh Richards took to twitter.
Clint Bowyer stated, “The green one is a weapon. My god!”
The feature race continued. Lap 13, Erb spun across the track in turn four. Josh Richards was collected.
A makeup feature from the night before was run directly following the race. Josh Richards unloaded the backup car for it’s first laps in 2021. Richards then drove it to victory lane.
Tyler Erb loaded up and lost the orange spoiler.
Mason Zeigler vs Tyler Erb: Continued on Friday
Ahead of the night, Tyler Erb responded to the tweet from Clint Bowyer the night prior. Erb said, “We here for 2 more days big dog. This ain’t Daytona.”
The Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series then unloaded for the fifth of six nights at East Bay Raceway Park. Tyler Erb qualified 2nd in group B.
Ironically, Mason Zeigler and Tyler Erb found themselves in the same heat race. Once again, they made contact on the race track.
The two were racing hard for 2nd in the closing laps of heat 5, trading sliders. They were racing hard but it was mostly clean to this point.
Coming to the white flag, Zeigler crossed under Erb off turn two, slid him in turn three and doored him in the process. Erb was shoved up the track, costing him two spots.
Both cars still finished, Zeigler ran 2nd and transferred into the main event with the result. Tyler Erb missed the transfer spot by 1 position, finishing 4th.
The race was over. But, Erb wasn’t done with Zeigler.
Tyler Erb retaliates on Mason Zeigler after the race
On the cool down lap after the conclusion of heat 5, Tyler Erb was still on the gas. He caught up to Mason Zeigler, slid into the corner and doored him.
It was near the same thing that Zeigler did to him just a few laps prior. Except, the race was over during this second incident.
Erb’s car made enough of an impact to jump off the ground as his right rear knocked on the left front of Zeigler. Yet, both cars didn’t appear to catch much damage.
Series officials weren’t pleased with the move, at all. A call was made before Erb even left the race track, seconds after the retaliation.
They elected to park Tyler Erb for the rest of the night. He would have been granted a guaranteed starting spot in Friday’s main event. Yet, he would not be able to take part due to a DQ.
This is not the first on-track run-in for Erb in recent months. Last year, Erb retaliated on Bobby Pierce during a caution at Cedar Lake Speedway. That altercation brought a suspension from World of Outlaws competition.
Recently, Erb completed anger management classes and he was also cleared to resume competition with World Racing Group sanctioned events.
Erb is now 4th in the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series championship standings heading into the final night at East Bay Raceway Park.