Erb opened the grueling six-week series with in thrilling fashion, starting 18th and charging through the field to run down leader Jason Jameson with five laps to go, then holding on to the $5,000 checkered flag. Jameson was second with Shannon Babb, Bobby Pierce and Mike Jewell rounding out the top five.
Heat race winners included Brandon Sheppard, Jewell, Tim Rivers and Jason McBride. Steve Francis topped the 32-car field in qualifying with a lap of 14.842 seconds.
The DIRTcar Summer Nationals Hell Tour continues on Friday and Saturday with the annual Masters event at Cedar Lake Speedway in New Richmond, Wis.
DIRTcar Summer Nationals Statistical Report; Brownstown (Ind.) Speedway; June, 12, 2013:
A-Main (40-laps): 1. Dennis Erb Jr. ($5000), 2. Jason Jameson, 3. Shannon Babb, 4. Bobby Pierce, 5. Mike Jewell, 6. Brandon Sheppard, 7. Randy Korte, 8. Jason McBride, 9. Ryan Unzicker, 10. Tim Lance, 11. Kevin Weaver, 12. Shelby Miles, 13. Tim Rivers, 14. Tyler Reddick, 15. Dustin Griffin, 16. Tyler Allen, 17. Scott James, 18. Daren Friedman, 19. Rodney Melvin, 20. Justin Rattliff, 21. Steve Francis.