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jammin
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posted May 13, 2001 04:14 PM UIN: 16262997
ECKRICH BECOMES FIFTH WEST LIBERTY WINNER OF THE YEAR

Denny Eckrich became the fifth driver in the five events held in 2001 to claim a NASCAR Weekly Racing Series Late Model checkered flag at the West Liberty Raceway on Saturday May 12th. Dan Chapman and Jeremy Thompson each took home their first wins of the season in the Modified and Hobby Stocks, while Matt Gilchrist took the lead over all drivers with his third victory in the Pro Stocks.

Starting eleventh, Eckrich escaped a grinding second lap crash when Rusty Zook spun in the first corner, collecting the cars of previous winners Steve Johnson and Tom Cannon as well as Brian Morgan, Matt Furman and Lee Seydel. No injuries were reported, but all cars involved were heavily damaged and finished for the evening. Kurt Stewart paced the field when racing resumed, ahead of Kurt Kile, Brian Harris, Bobby Sexton and Eckrich. Immediately going to work, Eckrich worked his way into third before the second and final yellow flag on lap five. Utilizing the double file restart, Eckrich advanced from third into the lead on the restart by sweeping underneath Stewart in the third turn. With the lead unchallenged for the remaining twenty laps, everyone’s attention turned to fifteenth place starter Brian Birkhofer’s charge to the front. Racing with defending track champion Gary Webb through traffic, Birkhofer took the third spot away from Dave Eckrich on lap 21 but found himself a full straightaway behind the leader and unable to close the margin. Dave Eckrich held on for the fourth position ahead of Webb, Harris, Kile and Skip Frey.

Starting on the front row but falling back at the start, Dan Chapman chased down leader Terry Walker by riding the rim of the flat half-mile racetrack to take the lead on the twelfth lap. Robbie Verbeck used the opposite approach by hugging the bottom of the track to make it a three car battle for the lead for a few laps, taking the lead for at least a full circuit before falling back into the second spot. Walker held on to third, well ahead of Scott Megonigle and Richard Steadman.

In the most exciting race of the evening, Matt Gilchrist emerged on top of a three car dogfight in the Pro Stocks. Brian VanDusen took the early lead but relinquished the lead to Chad Simpson on the fourth pass by retiring to the pits with mechanical failure. The resulting yellow flag set up a three way battle on the restart between Simpson, Gilchrist and John Maher that lasted for the final ten laps. Simpson kept his car on the cushion around the top of the racetrack with Maher committed to the bottom while they raced side-by-side for the lead. Gilchrist planted himself on Simpson’s rear bumper but in third place until the tenth lap when he moved his car down a lane and alongside the leaders, creating a three-abreast fight for the lead. The middle proved to be the fastest route as Gilchrist emerged with the lead two laps later, cruising to his third victory in five weeks. Maher held on for second while Andy Eckrich nipped Simpson for third at the line.

Point leader Jeremy Thompson posted his first Hobby Stock feature win of the year by starting in the twelfth position and running down early leader Matt Bodman. Bodman slipped underneath pole sitter Jarrod Collins on the second lap, but was unable to open up much of a lead before Thompson charged his way to the front to first challenge for the lead on lap four. Taking the lead one lap later in the non-stop race, Thompson planted his car on the cushion to post the easy win ahead of Bodman, Stan O’Brien, Matt Fulton and Dave Wada.

Racing action continues for all four divisions of NASCAR Stock Cars at the West Liberty Raceway this Saturday night, May 19th. Hot Laps are scheduled for 6:30 pm with racing to follow. For more information, please contact Simmons Promotions at 563-744-3620 or on the internet at www.SimmonsPromotionsInc.com. For raceday updates and instant results upon completion please call your local McLeod USA InTouch directory category #3740 or #3741.

True Value Hardware Night
Late Models
50 Denny Eckrich Coralville
33 Kurt Stewart Ainsworth
15 Brian Birkhofer Muscatine
58 Dave Eckrich Coralville
56 Gary Webb Blue Grass
21h Brian Harris Davenport
77 Kurt Kile West Liberty
3x Skip Frey Ely
78 Rick Wendling Hazelton
74 Ron Boyse Kalona
13k Denny Petersen Tipton
8 Chuck Mayerhofer Dixon IL
88 Kevin Kile West Liberty
57 Tom Christensen West Liberty
28 Jeff Bair Solon
11 Steve Ihm Hazel Green WI
4 Bobby Sexton West Branch
26b Wayne Brau Annawan IL
23d Dana Wells Moscow
7 Andy Nezworski Davenport
8m Mark Ward Muscatine
3t Todd Davis Iowa City
18z Rusty Zook Riverside
77j Steve Johnson Camanche
51 Matt Furman Iowa City
32 Tom Cannon Iowa City
31 Brian Morgan Muscatine
c4 Lee Seydel Iowa City

DNQ
66 Fred Remely Blue Grass

ez33 Nick Marolf Moscow

32c Chad Holliday Wilton

5 Jay Johnson West Burlington

1m Rob Moss Iowa City

m32 Marty Beckler Hills

17 Clayton Jensen Iowa City

45 Mike Klinkkammer West Branch

35 David Englekens Clinton

30 Dan Brockert Muscatine

25 Mike Beuter Tipton

12 Ray Guss Jr. Milan IL

2 Monte Ohrt West Branch

6 Jay Chenoweth Wapello

63 Rob Kirchner Donnellson

MILLER TIME MODIFIEDS
1. 1 Dan Chapman Clarence

2. 60 Robbie Verbeck Annawan IL

3. 12 Terry Walker Riverside

4. m2 Scott Megonigle Cedar Rapids

5. 9 Richard Steadman Hiawatha

6. 22 Darrall Brick West Branch

7. 96 Larry Herring Lone Tree

8. 30 Gus Hughes Monticello

9. 2h Rick Hixson Orion IL

10. 2 Jim Vest Wellman

11. b3 Russ Olson Cedar Rapids

12. 55 Scott Stecher Muscatine

13. 37 Todd Stoolman West Branch

14. 007 Brian Sexton Lone Tree

15. 64 Bret Frieden Cedar Rapids

16. 22d Dave Boyd Mechanicsville

17. 8b Gerry Brick West Branch

18. 45 Steve Kohli Iowa City

19. 9z Mike Zogg New Liberty

20. 72 Rich Lewis Kewaupee IL

21. 20 John Fellman Blue Grass

22. 42 John Brumely Muscatine

23. 18 Matt Ruess West Liberty

24. 50b Robert Utter West Liberty

25. 7 Mike Thomas

26. 25 Dustin Lovell

27. 44 Wade Lee Davenport

28. 19 Terry Lawson New Liberty

DNQ

71z Raymond Partida West Liberty

PRO STOCKS
1. 1 Matt Gilchrist Grandview

2. 69 John Maher West Branch

3. 56 Andy Eckrich Cosgrove

4. 25 Chad Simpson Muscatine

5. 17 Gary Beuter Tipton

6. 36 Jason Gingrich West Liberty

7. 9z Dan Werner Muscatine

8. 2r Rusty Daufeldt Blue Grass

9. 9m Jody Metzger Muscatine

10. 77 Darrin Plett Davenport

11. 29 Bruce Miller

12. 32 Chris Simpson Muscatine

13. 60 Matt Brockert Muscatine

14. Robert Hayden

15. 21 Brian VanDusen Atalissa

16. 7 Dale Franklin Marion

17. 62 Norman Bean Muscatine

18. 79 Mike Dugan

19. 00 Jerome Gray Muscatine

DNS
11 Troy Philpott Muscatine

5 Larry McCall Muscatine

BOMBERS
1. 57j Jeremy Thompson Ainsworth

2. 0b Matt Bodman Muscatine

3. 0 Stan O'Brien Muscatine

4. d1 Matt Fulton Blue Grass

5. 29 Dave Wada Muscatine

6. 9 Dave Elliot Muscatine

7. 1 Orlen Stark West Liberty

8. 21 Todd Hansen Muscatine

9. 15 Jarrod Collins West Liberty

10. 97 Robert Barnes

11. 72 Doug Yates Monticello

12. 11 Chris Mauer West Liberty

13. 40 James Rock Muscatine

42v Darrin Voss Wilton

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