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posted May 14, 2001 12:10 AM UIN: 16262997

Defending NASCAR Weekly Racing Series National Champion Gary Webb broke out of his early season slump by picking up his first Late Model checkered flag of the season at the Dubuque Speedway on Sunday May 13th. Bob Dominacki and Skip Culbertson also picked up their first wins in Modified and Pro Stock action with Jerry Merkes and Ray Fawcett taking home Hobby Stock and Fun Car honors.

Luke Merfeld jumped into the early lead in the 25-lap Late Model feature event by diving underneath pole sitter Bob Silaggi on the opening lap. Ninth and eleventh place starters Darren Miller and Webb began their charge towards the front by using the same groove on the bottom, finding the second and third positions by the end of the third lap. Webb switched to the top as they closed in on Merfeld, with a three-car battle for the lead unfolding on lap five. Merfeld held the middle of the racetrack while Miller showed his nose underneath and Webb occupied the cushion. Sweeping around both cars at once, Webb took over the lead on lap six and never looked back. Miller gave chase on bottom but was unable to challenge for the lead before a lap 20 caution slowed the pack. Darren Mish and Denny Eckrich used the double file restart to their advantage, with the pair battling it out from deep in the pack for the third spot. Eckrich prevailed late in the race ahead of Mish and Ryan Dolan.

Bob Dominacki used his outside front row starting spot to secure the lead of the Modified feature, but was forced to defend his position almost every lap against a multitude of drivers. Jason Schueller was the first to challenge for the lead, sneaking his car underneath Dominackiís following a lap two restart but unable to complete the pass before the racing action was halted for a nasty looking rollover involving Jeff Larson on lap five. Larson emerged from his battered racecar shaken but otherwise unharmed. When racing continued, Rich Smith jumped ahead of Schueller looking for the lead. Giving heavy pressure for a few laps before being forced to defend the second spot from Schueller, Smith was given a reprieve when Schueller pitted with a flat right front tire during a lap fourteen caution flag. The restart allowed Ron Barker to move within striking distance as the battle once again turned into a three-way fight for the lead. Barker was able to split the cars of Dominacki and Smith and mount a challenge for the lead, but was unable to complete the pass on the bottom of the racetrack as the laps wound down. Following Barker across the line in third was Smith, ahead of Scott Nesteby and Mike Garland.

Pro Stock action saw Skip Culbertson inherit the lead on a lap three caution as Duane Wagner retired to the pit area with mechanical problems. Culbertson then spent the next twelve laps with Jeff Valentine glued to his rear bumper, but was able to stay in the lead with a slightly higher, faster line around the high-banked 3/8ís mile clay oval. Surviving Valentineís only attempt at the lead as the pair entered the first corner for the final time; Culbertson went on to post his first victory of the season ahead of Valentine, Kevin Duerr, Tommy Garner and Jim Brokus. Jerry Merkes survived a race long battle with runner-up Jeff Reinert to post the Hobby Stock feature win ahead of Jason Udelhofen, Larry Benn and KC Ansel while Ray Fawcett stayed perfect in Fun Car action, taking home his second feature win ahead of Brian Strang and BJ Schmitt.

Racing action continues this Sunday at the Dubuque Fairgrounds Speedway, with hot laps for all five divisions of NASCAR stock cars scheduled for 6 pm and racing to follow. For more information, contact Simmons Promotions at 563-744-3620 or online at




May 13th , 2000

56 Gary Webb Blue Grass
32d Darren Miller Chadwick IL
50 Denny Eckrich Coralville
79 Darren Mish Cassville WI
54 Ryan Dolan Lisbon
35 Dave Englekens Clinton
87 Clint Hines Taylor Ridge IL
21 Luke Merfeld Dubuque
44 Duane Coulson East Dubuque IL
98.1 Bobby Hansen Dike
27 Ed McGuire Monroe WI
b27 Bob Silaggi Freeport IL
b56 Brian Webb Davenport
17 Marty Scheckel Bellevue
33 Dan Galant Davenport
11 Steve Ihm Hazel Green WI
51 Mel Abels Freeport IL
8 Mark Merfeld Dubuque

5d Bob Dominacki Bettendorf
37b Ron Barker Dubuque
d1 Rich Smith Bettendorf
74 Scott Nesteby Asbury
g1 Mike Garland Morrison IL
16 Ryan Dolan Lisbon
3 Jason Schueller Dubuque
2 Tim Pettigout East Dubuque IL
4 Jerry Miles Dubuque
41 Dennis Dugan Colesburg
89 Tom Pestka Dubuque
14 Tim Nesteby Dubuque
15 Sean Rupp Dubuque
10 Jed Hurst Hazel Green WI
00 Cory Hallahan Dubuque
18b Josh Brestrup Dubuque
39 Bob Bollen Freeport IL
27 Mike Schulte Norway
20 Cory Burmiester Glen Haven WI
63 Scott Olson
b1 Jeffery Larson Freeport IL
33 Steve Wetter Platteville WI
76 Matt Mish Cassville WI
33 John Burbridge Delhi
2** Jan Messer
1d Mel Saffran Dubuque


18 Skip Culbertson Dubuque
22 Jeff Valentine Dubuque
4 Kevin Duerr Dubuque
43g Tom Garner East Dubuque IL
35 Jim Brokus Dubuque
25 Bobby Moyer Dubuque
71s Kevin Schroeder Low Moor
71 Bruce VanGordon Dubuque
88 Randy Mills Dubuque
23 Jim Amos Peosta
16 Dan Shelliam Hazel Green WI
75 Duane Wagner Dickeyville WI
78 Bobby Goerdt Dubuque
12 Jeff Tharp Dubuque
2k Jeff Kennedy Dubuque

1. 8k Terry Merkes Farley

2. 97 Jeff Reinert Farley

3. 23 Jason Udelhofen Platteville WI

4. 13 Larry Benn Dyersville

5. 81 KC Ansel Dubuque

6. 6 Jed Freiburger Dubuque

7. 52 Pat Coleman Dubuque

8. 20 Dan Albright West Liberty

9. 61 Scott Reichers Belmont WI

38 TJ Leslein Dubuque

28 Ed McIntyre Dyersville

1. 64 Ray Fawcett Benton WI

2. 26 Brian Strang Dubuque

3. 44 BJ Schmitt Dubuque

4. 66 Brad Strang Dubuque

5. 7 Chad Hallahan Dubuque

6. 6x Jeff Arensdorf Dubuque

7. 11 Ann Brown Dubuque

8. 20 Mike Wild

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