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posted April 01, 2002 10:35 AM
Aikey wins at Webster City for 40th career Deery checkers
By Kelly Becker
WEBSTER CITY, Iowa (March 30) - After the earliest opening race in Deery Brothers Summer Series history, the driver with the most career wins has the early advantage in the 2002 point standings
Jeff Aikey of Cedar Falls won the Saturday night feature for I.M.C.A. Sunoco Late Models at Hamilton County Speedway. The victory was the 40th of his series career, Aikey's sixth at the Webster City track, and paid $2,000.
With the front-runners running in lapped traffic on the 21st of 40 laps, Aikey picked the right groove in passing Mike Smith of Jewell and pole starter Jason Friesen of Sutton, Neb., for the lead.
Aikey stayed in front to the finish, winning ahead of Friesen, Tom Darbyshire of Yarmouth, Smith and Tommy Elston of Keokuk.
Darbyshire made the biggest charge of the night, improving 14 places from his starting spot. Aikey, a four-time series champion, started 11th.
The top groove rocketed Friesen to an early lead of six car lengths before a lap seven caution. Smith slid into second, and challenged from the inside, taking over the point on the 20th circuit. Aikey made his own pass to the front the next time around the track, followed by Friesen two laps later.
Darbyshire moved into third with seven laps left.
Smith, Aikey, Al Humphrey of Giltner, Neb., and Lonnie Bailey of Quincy, Ill, were the heat race winners. Darby-shire and Brad Osborn of Janesville were the "B" winners.
The previous earliest opening date in the series' first 15 seasons had been April 1, in 2000 and again last year Hamil-ton County Speedway was also the site for those races.
1. Jeff Aikey, Cedar Falls; 2. Jason Friesen, Sutton, Neb.; 3. Tom Darbyshire, Yarmouth; 4. Mike Smith, Jewell; 5. Tommy Elston, Keokuk; 6. Al Humphrey, Giltner, Neb.; 7. Andy Cook, Taylor Ridge, Ill.; 8. Terry Schlipman, Mendon, Ill.; 9. Todd Cooney, Des Moines; 10. Craig Jacobs, Des Moines; 11. Brad Osborn, Janesville; 12. Jeremiah Hurst, Dubuque; 13. Darrel DeFrance, Marshalltown; 14. Brent Slocum, Burlington; 15. Terry Ryan, Davenport; 16. Gary Russell, Biggsville, Ill.; 17. Jeff Maher, Elmwood, Ill; 18. Ryan Griffith, Webster City; 19. Leonard Karhoff, Quincy, Ill.; 20. Keith Pratt, Quincy, Ill.; 21. Dale Stolte, Springville; 22. Dave Schrader, Monroe; 23. Cale Sponsler, Clive; 24. Lonnie Bailey, Quincy, Ill.; 25. Boone McLaughlin, Mediapolis; 26. Steve Borts, Ames.
1. Aikey, 50; 2. Friesen, 48; 3. Darbyshire, 46; 4. Smith, 44; 5. Elston, 42; 6. Humphrey, 40; 7. Cook, 38; 8. Schlipman, 36; 9. Cooney, 34; 10. Jacobs , 32; 11. Osborn, 30; 12. Hurst, 28; 13. DeFrance, 26; 14. Slocum, 24; 15. Ryan, 22; 16. Russell, 20; 17. Maher, 18; 18. Bailey, Borts, Griffith, Karhoff, Pratt, Schrader, Sponsler and Stolte, 16 each; 27. Kevin Blum, East Moline, Ill., Randy Faux, Earlham, Iowa, Jim Gillenwater, Keokuk, Iowa, Jeff Hahne, Webster City, Iowa, Nick Houseman, Earlham, Iowa, Jason Humphrey, Giltner, Neb., Todd Inman, Des Moines, Iowa, Eric Lundstrom, Berwick, Iowa, Bobby Moore, Sioux City, Iowa, Shawn Mulvany, East Moline, Ill., Gary Pedersen, Rolfe, Iowa, Kelly Tapper, Boone, Iowa, Jeff Walker, Davenport, Iowa, and Thad Wilson, Moline, Ill., 10 each.