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posted April 09, 2001 12:04 AM UIN: 16262997
2001 OšReilly season opens at Davenport Speedway

DAVENPORT, IOWA (April 8, 2001) ­ The OšReilly Auto Parts All-Star Series,
NASCAR Touring, and the Davenport Speedway both opened their 2001 season
tonight. And defending series champion Steve Boley of West Liberty, Iowa,
started the year in the same place he spent a lot of time last year ­ the
winneršs circle.
Boley, driver of a Ford sponsored by Ron Alpen Ford and Mastersbilt Race
Cars, started fourth and went on to win the OšReilly Auto Parts 40 and its
$4,000 top prize. Boley chased Ed Kosiski of Ralston, Neb., for the first
seven laps before taking the lead.
Kosiski, who had started outside Clinton, Iowašs Dan Galant in the front
row, fought to regain the top spot until Brian Birkhofer passed him for
second on the 14th circuit. For the rest of the race, which was slowed only
twice by yellow flags, Boley and Birkhofer zipped around lapped cars on the
dirt half-mile track. Although Birkhofer, of Muscatine, Iowa, pulled up to
Boleyšs back bumper a time or two, there was no denying Boley the win.
ŗI raced the lapped cars just as hard as I did the leaders,˛ he said. ŗAnd
the only thing a driver can do is try to put on a good show for the fans. If
we havenšt got the fans, we havenšt got anything.˛
Boley said he spent the day with his parents and his thoughts were with them
as he raced.
Fred and Mary Boley of LeClaire, Iowa, returned home from West Liberty
(Iowa) Raceway Saturday night, their son said, to find that theyšre home had
been damaged by an electrical fire while they were gone.
ŗIt pretty much sooted up the whole house,˛ Boley said of the fire, and his
parents will be displaced for about six weeks.
ŗIšm just glad I could take their mind off of it tonight,˛ he added.
The OšReilly Auto Parts 40 was the first race ever promoted by well-known
Modified driver-turned-promoter Brad DuBil of Mach 1 Enterprises. Boley said
he was particularly pleased to find a smooth race track after a long, hard
Iowa winter.
ŗBrad and all his crew did a heck of a job,˛ he said. ŗI take my hat off to
them. This series needs ... tracks and promoters, and we need good people
like that.˛
Boley also raved about the debut of new Musco lighting on the half-mile.
ŗItšs super,˛ he said. ŗItšs almost like youšre on a new race track. Any
fairgrounds that puts in this type of effort ­ thatšs just telling me wešve
got a lot of good fans around the Quad-Cities.˛
Following Boley and Birkhofer under the checkers, in order, were Kosiski,
Darren Miller of Chadwick, Ill.; and Denny Eckrich of Coralville, Iowa.
Qualifying heat wins went to Rob Kirchner of Donnellson, Iowa; Kyle Berck of
Marquette, Neb.; Ed Kosiski; and Birkhofer. John Hampel of Nodaway, Iowa,
won a consolation event.
By virtue of the passing points he won in his qualifying heat, Berck won the
Bud Pole Award. Because of the usual inversion of the top six, he started on
the outside of the third row and finished 13th.
The OšReilly Auto Parts 40 originally had been set for Friday, April 6, but
had to be rescheduled due to inclement weather. The drivers of NASCARšs only
dirt track touring series next compete on April 20 at Dubuque, Iowa.
For Further Information, Contact:
Phil Roberts, NASCAR, (319) 284-6863 (

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