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posted April 23, 2001 09:32 AM UIN: 16262997
WEST LIBERTY RACEWAY

April 21,2001

ECKRICH AND CANNON SHARE WEST LIBERTY VICTORY LANE

Dave Eckrich and Tom Cannon each found their way to victory at the West Liberty Raceway on April 21st in NASCAR Weekly Racing Series action held on the half mile.

Eckrich topped the make-up feature that was rained out from the previous week, taking just thirteen laps to navigate from his ninth place starting spot to take the lead away from pole sitter Dave Englekens by working the low side of the racetrack. Englekens used the top of the fresh racetrack to fend off early pressure from Ace Ihm, but retired one lap later with mechanical difficulties. Englekens departure opened the door for Denny Eckrich to join the leaders. With leader Dave switching to the top of the racetrack and Ihm still on the bottom, Denny found a faster line by diamonding off the corners. Dispatching of Ihm on lap 16, Denny quickly closed in on his brotherís rear bumper. Looking underneath every corner, Denny wasnít able to make the pass until lapped traffic moved up in front of Dave on the 21st circuit, leaving the bottom of the track open. That pass was quickly negated however when the eventís only caution flag flew, reverting the running order back to the previously completed lap. With a clear track in front of him the field lined up in double file formation behind, Dave rocketed away on the restart, leaving Denny to battle with Gary Webb for the runner up spot. Webb snuck past on the restart, with twelfth place starter Rick Wendling getting past one lap later. Denny held on for the fourth spot ahead of Ray Guss Jr.

Starting third in the regular feature, Cannon placed himself behind outside front row starter Monte Ohrt for the first few laps before taking over the top spot on lap eight while Denny Eckrich joined the leaders, advancing from his tenth place starting position. Cannon cruised in the non-stop feature, building up enough of a lead to survive a late race challenge from Eckrich as the two cars raced through heavy lapped traffic. Finally clearing the slower traffic on lap 23, Cannon completed the final two laps without pressure, leading Eckrich, Ray Guss Jr, Matt Furman and Monte Ohrt across the line.

Darrall Brick took home the Miller Time Modified honors after taking the lead away from Robbie Verbeck following a lap five restart and staying glued to the very top of the racetrack. Brick benefited from a torrid battle between Verbeck and Russ Olsen that saw the two exchange the runner-up position several times. Olsen and the top of the racetrack eventually prevailed with Scott Megonigle also getting around Verbeck before the checkered. Dan Chapman raced his way up from the twelfth position to claim the fifth spot.

Matt Gilchrist backed up his Spring Championship victory in the Pro Stocks with a repeat performance in a race that saw at least four different leaders during the 15-lap event. Dale Franklin was the first to hold to point, getting the jump on pole sitter Jerome Gray before surrendering the lead to Chad Simpson on lap five. Simpson was able to stay ahead until getting loose following a lap eight restart. Rusty Daufeldt was in position to capitalize on Simpsonís miscue, with Gilchrist right on his tail. Gilchrist used the cushion of the racetrack to pull alongside on lap ten, with the two cars racing side-by-side until the white flag. Gilchrist eventually edged into the lead taking the victory ahead of Daufeldt, Norman Bean, last weeks victor Jason Gingrich and Andy Eckrich.

Bub Irwin scored his first ever win in the Bombers, jumping out to the early lead ahead of pole sitter Matt Bodman. Bodman gave Irwin stiff competition on the bottom of the racetrack throughout the ten-lap event, but was unable to make the pass before Irwin moved his car down to protect his lead. Larry Benn and Todd Hansen had a great battle going for the third spot most of the race, with Benn finally able to clear Hansen and pass Bodman with the same move on the final lap to claim the runner up position. Bodman held on for third ahead of Hansen.

Racing action in all four divisions of NASCAR stock cars continues this Saturday, April 28th at the West Liberty Raceway located on the Muscatine County Fairgrounds. Hot laps are scheduled for 6:30 pm with racing action to follow. For more information contact Simmons Promotions at 563-744-3620 or online at www.simmonspromotionsinc.com. For Raceday updates and quick results after the event is over, call your local McLeod USA InTouch Directory, category 3740.

Late Models (make-up from 4-14)
58 Dave Eckrich Coralville
56 Gary Webb Blue Grass
78 Rick Wendling Hazelton
50 Denny Eckrich Coralville
12 Ray Guss Jr. Milan IL
11 Steve Ihm Hazel Green WI
74 Ron Boyse Kalona
33 Kurt Stewart Ainsworth
77j Steve Johnson Camanche
45 Mike Klinkkammer West Branch
51 Matt Furman Iowa City
3t Todd Davis Iowa City
32 Tom Cannon Iowa City
28 Jeff Bair Solon
70 Brandon Hennick Central City
26b Wayne Brau Annawan, IL
13k Denny Petersen Tipton
7 Andy Nezworski Davenport
32c Chad Holliday Wilton
8m Mark Ward Muscatine
88 Kevin Kile West Liberty
21h Brian Harris Davenport
25 Mike Beuter Tipton
2 Monte Ohrt West Branch
35 David Englekens Clinton
23d Dana Wells Moscow
m32 Marty Beckler Hills
66 Fred Remely Blue Grass

DNS
32d Darren Miller Chadwick

37b Troy Bruder Rock Falls IL

DNQ
c4 Lee Seydel Iowa City

ez33 Nick Marolf Moscow

6 Jay Chenoweth Wapello

1m Rob Moss Iowa City

57 Tom Christensen West Liberty

3x Skip Frey Ely

18z Rusty Zook Riverside

4 Bobby Sexton West Branch

44 Duane Coulson East Dubuque IL

31 Brian Morgan Muscatine

69 Todd Hormel West Liberty

LATE MODELS (regular feature)

32 Tom Cannon Iowa City
50 Denny Eckrich Coralville
12 Ray Guss Jr. Milan IL
51 Matt Furman Iowa City
2 Monte Ohrt West Branch
56 Gary Webb Blue Grass
78 Rick Wendling Hazelton
11 Steve Ihm Hazel Green WI
45 Mike Klinkkammer West Branch
77j Steve Johnson Camanche
18z Rusty Zook Riverside
58 Dave Eckrich Coralville
8m Mark Ward Muscatine
13k Denny Petersen Tipton
m32 Marty Beckler Hills
57 Tom Christensen West Liberty
c4 Lee Seydel Iowa City
28 Jeff Bair Solon
63 Rob Kirchner Donnellson
31 Brian Morgan Muscatine
26b Wayne Brau Annawan, IL
32c Chad Holliday Wilton
66 Fred Remely Blue Grass
4 Bobby Sexton West Branch
ez33 Nick Marolf Moscow
6 Jay Chenoweth Wapello

DNS
74 Ron Boyse Kalona

3t Todd Davis Iowa City

3x Skip Frey Ely

DNQ

33 Kurt Stewart Ainsworth

Andy Nezworski Davenport

25 Mike Beuter Tipton

88 Kevin Kile West Liberty

35 David Englekens Clinton

21h Brian Harris Davenport

77 Kurt Kile West Liberty

70 Brandon Hennick Central City

17 Clayton Jensen Iowa City

MILLER TIME MODIFIEDS
1. 22 Darrall Brick West Branch

2. b3 Russ Olsen Cedar Rapids

3. m2 Scott Megonigle Cedar Rapids

4. 60 Robbie Verbeck Annawan IL

5. 1 Dan Chapman Clarence

6. 2h Rick Hixson Orion IL

7. 71z Raymond Partida West Liberty

8. 96 Larry Herring Lone Tree

9. 55 Scott Stecher Muscatine

10. 2 Jim Vest Wellman

11. 9z Mike Zogg New Liberty

12. David Hemsted Lone Tree

13. 64 Bret Frieden Cedar Rapids

14. 19 Terry Lawson New Liberty

15. 30 Gus Hughes Monticello

16. 9 Richard Steadman Hiawatha

17. 007 Brian Sexton West Branch

18. 45 Steve Kohli Iowa City

19. 26 Scott Fridley Mechanicsville

20. 12 Terry Walker Riverside

21. 44 Wade Lee Davenport

22. 22d Dave Boyd Mechanicsville

23. 20 John Fellman Blue Grass

24. 71 Rich Lewis Kewaupee IL

25. 37 Todd Stoolman West Branch

26. v8 Terry Murphy Iowa City

DNQ

18 Matt Ruess

54 Doug Picray Monticello

15 Allen May

7 Mike Thomas

d56 Mike Dains Iowa City

PRO STOCKS
1. 1 Matt Gilchrist Grandview

2. 2r Rusty Daufeldt Blue Grass

3. 62 Norman Bean Muscatine

4. 36 Jason Gingrich West Liberty

5. 56 Andy Eckrich Cosgrove

6. 7 Dale Franklin Marion

7. 25 Chad Simpson Muscatine

8. 77 Darrin Plett Davenport

9. 17 Gary Beuter Tipton

10. 00 Jerome Gray Muscatine

11. 11 Troy Philpott Muscatine

12. 69 John Maher West Branch

13. 79 Mike Dugan

14. 29 Bruce Miller

15. 9z Dan Werner Muscatine

16. 32 Chris Simpson Muscatine

17. 99 Ricky West Muscatine

18. 5 Dustin Davidson

19. 43 Todd Cantrell Muscatine

20. 30 Dan Brockert Muscatine

21. 33 Randy Franzen Marion

22. 24 Robert Hayden

DNS
21 Brian VanDusen Attalissa

9m Jody Metzger Muscatine

03 Don Hughes Monticello

60 Matt Brockert Muscatine

BOMBERS
1. 66 Jason Erwin Muscatine

2. 13 Larry Benn Dyersville

3. 0b Matt Bodman Muscatine

4. 21 Todd Hansen Muscatine

5. 29 Dave Wada Muscatine

6. 57j Jeremy Thompson West Liberty

7. 1 Orlen Stark West Liberty

8. 15 Jarrod Collins West Liberty

9. 72 Doug Yates

10. 97 Robert Barnes

11. 9 Dave Elliot Muscatine

12. 99 C.J. Ormsby Moscow

13. 40 James Rock Muscatine

14. 0 Stan O'Brien Muscatine

DQ d1 Matt Fulton Blue Grass

DNS
20

11 Chris Mauer West Liberty


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