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posted May 29, 2001 03:13 AM UIN: 16262997

Brian Birkhofer ended Steve Boley’s 2001 stranglehold in Budweiser Open Late Model Shootout action at the West Liberty Raceway on Monday May 28th. Birkhofer used three caution flags and the double file restarts to take the lead late in the 50-lap race after earning a 22nd starting position via winning the second consolation event. 60 Late Models signed in to battle for the $6000 top prize, putting a premium on heat race finishes and passing points earned.

Boley, perfect in 2001 by virtue of leading every single lap during the three Open Shootouts held so far this year, was the odds-on favorite to defend his 2000 West Liberty Open Shootout victory at the drop of the green flag, taking the lead away from pole sitter Denny Eckrich in the first corner and running away from the field. Boley’s hot pace put him in lapped traffic just ten laps after the event’s first yellow flag on lap four with a full straightaway cushion between himself and the rest of the pack. Unfortunately, Boley brought out the next caution himself on lap nineteen when a rare miscue caused him to jump the turn four cushion and coast to a stop. Boley was able to resume and rejoined the race at the rear of the field, handing Skip Frey and Gary Webb the front row for the restart. Frey attacked the bottom of the racetrack with Webb on the cushion when racing resumed as the two raced door handle to door handle until encountering lapped traffic during the 34th circuit. Frey found the easier way through the traffic, opening up a sizable lead until caution slowed the pace for the final time on lap 38. With Frey at the point, Birkhofer lined up in the fifth position on the restart, with 20th place starter Rick Wendling behind him in seventh. Webb got the jump on Frey as the green flag replaced the yellow, and quickly moved his car down to the bottom of the track to protect his lead. Birkhofer and Wendling used the opening to motor around the top of the racetrack, first challenging the leaders on lap 42. Two laps later Birkhofer took the point and began stretching his lead as Webb and Frey’s attention turned to Wendling. Splitting the cars, Wendling took the third spot away from Webb with three laps to go, shooting past Frey for second a lap later. Boley used a strong run through traffic on the final restart to nab the fourth spot away from Webb on the white flag lap. Ray Guss Jr advanced from seventeenth on the start to take home the sixth spot, ahead of Jeff Aikey, Darren Miller, Kyle Berck and Mike Klinkkammer.

Chuck Mayerhofer parlayed his pole position into a victory in the ten car, ten lap Non-Qualifier Dash for Cash ahead of Jeff Bair, Monte Ohrt and Chris Smyser; while Pro Stock action saw Matt Gilchrist take the lead after a lap thirteen restart erased John Maher’s huge lead. Maher held on for second ahead of Andy Eckrich, Chris Simpson and Rusty Daufeldt.

Regular NASCAR Weekly Racing Series action returns this Saturday, June 2nd. Plenty of top drivers will try to keep the streak of 6 different Late Model winners in six weeks alive as several top runners including Ray Guss Jr, Rick Wendling and Gary Webb have yet to notch a victory on the flat half-mile in 2001. 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 For Raceday updates and quick results after the event is over, call your local McLeod USA InTouch Directory, category

Budwieser Open Late Model Shootout 50 lap feature

15 Brian Birkhofer Muscatine IA
2. 78 Rick Wendling Halzelton IA
3. 3x Skip Frey Ely IA
4. 26 Steve Boley West Liberty IA
5. 56 Gary Webb Blue Grass IA
6. 12 Ray Guss Jr Milan IL
7. 77 Jeff Aikey Cedar Falls IA
8. 32d Darren Miller Chadwick IL
9. 14 Kyle Berck Marquette NE
10. 45 Mike Klinkkammer West Branch IA
11. 77j Steve Johnson Camanche IA
12. 5 Jay Johnson West Burlington IA
13. 54 Ryan Dolan Lisbon IA
14. 12n Terry Neal Ely IA
15. 13k Denny Petersen, Tipton
16. 8m Mark Ward, Muscatine IA
17. 50 Denny Eckrich Coralville IA
18. 74 Ron Boyse Kalona IA
19. 95 Ed Sanger Postville IA
20. 58 Dave Eckrich Coralville IA
21. 21 Brian Harris, Davenport
22. 18z Rusty Zook Riverside IA
23. 99 Johnny Johnson West Burlington IA
24. 8 Sonny Findling Kirksville MO
25. 33 Kurt Stewart Ainsworth IA
26. 32c Chad Holladay Wilton IA


1. 8 Chuck Mayehofer Dixon IL

2. 28 Jeff Bair Solon IA

3. 2 Monte Ohrt, West Branch IA

4. 25s Chris Smyser Lancaster MO

5. 63 Rob Kirchner, Donnellson IA

6. 77 Kurt Kile West Liberty IA

7. 87 Clint Hines Taylor Ridge IL

8. 3t Todd Davis Iowa City IA

9. 07 Scott Heeren Forreston IL

10. 26b Wayne Brau, Annawan, IL


88 Kevin Kile, West Liberty IA

18p Randy Peppers Davenport IA

b56 Brian Webb Davenport IA

ez33 Nick Marolf, Moscow IL

31 Brian Morgan, Muscatine IA

51 Matt Furman Iowa City IA

2h John Hampel Nodaway IA

m32 Marty Beckler Hills IA

4 Bobby Sexton West Branch

25 Mike Beuter Tipton IA
30 Dan Brockert Muscatine IA
88x Scott Stecher Muscatine IA
78b Cory Best Waterloo IA
98.1 Bobby Hansen Dike IA
37b Troy Bruder Rock Falls IL

17 Clayton Jensen Iowa City IA

69 Todd Hormel, West Liberty IA

57 Tom Christensen West Liberty IA

6 Jay Chenoweth Wapello IA

53 Larry Brennan Davenport IA

56x Chris Speiker Masena IA

41j Jeremiah Hurst Dubuque IA
11 Steve Ihm Hazel Green WI

23d Dana Wells Moscow IA

1 Matt Gilchrist, Grandview
2. 69 John Maher, West Branch
3. 56 Andy Eckrich, Cosgrove
4. 25 Chad Simpson, Muscatine
5. 2r Rusty Daufeldt, Blue Grass
6. 17 Gary Beuter, Tipton
7. 29 Bruce Miller West Liberty
8. 7 Larry Johnson
9. 11 Troy Philpott Muscatine
10. 36 Jason Gingrich, West Liberty
11. 16 Dan Shelliam Hazel Green WI
12. 9m Jody Metzger Muscatine
13. 5 Larry McCall Mechanicsville
14. 60 Matt Brockert, Muscatine
15. 9z Dan Werner West Liberty
16. 12 Jeff Tharp, Dubuque
17. 24 Monte Hayden Wilton
18. 00 Jerome Gray, Muscatine


62 Norman Bean, Muscatine

25 Chris Simpson Muscatine

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