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posted June 10, 2001 08:21 PM UIN: 16262997

Denny Eckrich picked up his second NASCAR Weekly Racing Series Late Model win of the season on Saturday June 9th, becoming the first driver in eight events to do so. The win padded his already comfortable points lead in the season-long battle.

Ray Guss Jr appeared to be the odds on favorite by virtue of his front row starting position. Guss used the cushion to open up a huge lead while Matt Furman, Fred Remely and Bobby Sexton battled it out for the second spot. By the time the racing action slowed for a second lap caution, Eckrich had improved his twelfth place start into fifth. Taking advantage of the double file restart, Eckrich immediately began hounding Guss for the lead. The pair raced side-by-side until a lap six caution, but picked up where they left off when racing resumed. With Guss pounding the cushion, Eckrich tried several lines behind him, each one fast enough to pull alongside the leader but unable to complete the pass. Eckrich finally found something he liked around lap eleven, dropping back initially but rocketing ahead on lap fourteen. Eckrich immediately began pulling away, eventually putting almost half the field a lap down as he sliced his way through the slower traffic. Guss crossed underneath the checkers ten car lengths behind the leader but well ahead of Furman, Mike Klinkkammer and Sexton.

Bret Frieden used a strong start to hold off the challenges of Scott Megonigle and post his first Miller Time Modified feature win of the year. Frieden advanced from fifth on the start into the lead by the end of the second circuit and immediately began to distance himself from the field. A lap six restart put Megonigle on Frieden’s rear bumper, where he used the extreme top of the racetrack in an unsuccessful attempt on the lead. After several attempts on the topside, Megonigle then switched his attack to the bottom on lap fourteen before heavy traffic intervened two laps later. Frieden held on to the win ahead of Megonigle, Russ Olson, Gus Hughes and Jim Vest.

Rookie Andy Eckrich picked up his first Pro Stock victory after taking the lead on a lap nine restart. Jody Metzger snagged the early lead from his front row start and appeared to be cruising to his first win of the season until the ninth lap. Second place Jason Gingrich caught Metzger and pulled underneath when the two cars made contact, sending Metzger into the wall and ending his evening. With no leader for the restart, Eckrich found his 20 car-length deficit erased as he restarted the race in the front row alongside Gingrich. Wasting no time capitalizing on his good fortune, Eckrich beat Gingrich into the first corner and went on to post the easy victory. Gingrich was disqualified post race when his car weighed light at the scales, giving second to Norman Bean followed by Matt Gilchrist, Rusty Daufeldt and Darren Plett.

Jeremy Thompson pulled off his third Hobby Stock victory in the last four events by taking the lead away from Orlen Stark following a lap four restart. Stark held on to second at the checkers ahead of Stan O’Brien, Tim Zeman and Matt Fulton.

NASCAR Weekly Racing Series action continues on the flat half mile at the Muscatine County Fairgrounds this Saturday June 16th. Hot laps are scheduled for 6 pm with racing to follow. For more information contact Simmons Promotions at 563-744-3620 or online at For raceday updates and results after the races are over, call your local McLeod USA InTouch Directory category #3740 and #3741.

Late Models
50 Denny Eckrich Coralville
12 Ray Guss Jr. Milan IL
51 Matt Furman Iowa City
45 Mike Klinkkammer West Branch
4 Bobby Sexton West Branch
18z Rusty Zook Riverside
78 Rick Wendling Hazelton
23d Dana Wells Moscow
66 Fred Remely Blue Grass
88 Kevin Kile West Liberty
13k Denny Petersen Tipton
c4 Lee Seydel Iowa City
77j Steve Johnson Camanche
26b Wayne Brau Annawan IL
58 Dave Eckrich Coralville
57 Tom Christensen West Liberty
32c Chad Holliday Wilton
77 Kurt Kile West Liberty
3t Todd Davis Iowa City
8m Mark Ward Muscatine
31 Brian Morgan Muscatine
7 Andy Nezworski Davenport
74 Ron Boyse Kalona
2 Monte Ohrt West Branch
32 Tom Cannon Iowa City
8 Chuck Mayerhofer Dixon IL
6 Jay Chenoweth Wapello
3x Skip Frey Ely

21h Brian Harris Davenport

25 Mike Beuter Tipton

69 Todd Hormel West Liberty

28 Jeff Bair Solon

17 Clayton Jensen Iowa City

64 Bret Frieden Cedar Rapids
m2 Scott Megonigle Cedar Rapids
b3 Russ Olson Cedar Rapids
30 Gus Hughes Monticello
2 Jim Vest Wellman
60 Robbie Verbeck Annawan IL
22 Darrall Brick West Branch
19 Terry Lawson New Liberty
96 Larry Herring Lone Tree
45 Steve Kohli Iowa City
72 Rich Lewis Kewaupee IL
2h Rick Hixson Orion IL
007 Brian Sexton Lone Tree
55 Scott Stecher Muscatine
1 Dan Chapman Clarence
71z Ramon Partida West Liberty
26 Scott Fridley Mechanicsville
37 Todd Stoolman West Branch
34 David Hemsted Lone Tree
18 Matt Ruess West Liberty
9 Richard Steadman Hiawatha
22d Dave Boyd Mechanicsville
9z Mike Zogg New Liberty
42 John Brumely Muscatine
15 Allen May Elmwood IL
25 Dustin Lovell Rochester
7 Mike Thomas West Branch


1. 56 Andy Eckrich Cosgrove

2. 62 Norman Bean Muscatine

3. 1 Matt Gilchrist Grandview

4. 2r Rusty Daufeldt Blue Grass

5. 77 Darrin Plett Davenport

6. 69 John Maher West Branch

7. 25 Chad Simpson Marion

8. 21 Brian VanDusen Atalissa

9. 7 Dale Franklin Marion

10. 11 Troy Philpott Muscatine

11. 33 Randy Franzen Marion

12. 17 Gary Beuter Tipton

13. 9m Jody Metzger Muscatine

14. 24 Monte Hayden Wilton

15. 32 Chris Simpson West Branch

16. 00 Jerome Gray Muscatine

17. 5 Larry McCall Mechanicsville

18. 43 Todd Cantrell Muscatine

19. 29 Bruce Miller West Liberty


60 Matt Brockert Muscatine


36 Jason Gingrich West Liberty

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