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posted July 15, 2001 08:04 PM UIN: 16262997

Points leader Denny Eckrich scored his second straight NASCAR Weekly Racing Series Late Model feature win at the West Liberty Raceway on Saturday July 14th, his fourth of the season on the midwestís toughest half mile.

Escaping a big first lap wreck that eliminated several cars including Dana Wells and Kurt Stewart, Eckrich chased down polesitter Tom Cannon from his twelfth place spot in the original start by the tenth lap. Cannon was able to fend off Eckrichís challenges until the sixteenth circuit. After several laps of door-handle to door-handle racing, Eckrich finally secured the advantage after a drag race down the backstretch took away Cannonís preferred line into the third corner, forcing him to lift momentarily. Eckrich took advantage to take the clear lead, but was unable to pull away until lapped traffic became a factor late in the race. Cannon was well ahead of third place finisher Mike Klinkkammer at the checkers, with Fred Remely and Mark Ward posting their best finishes of the year by rounding out the top five.

Darrall Brick used the cushion to post his fourth Miller Time Modified triumph of the season, advancing from seventh into the lead on the second lap by rocketing around Robbie Verbeck. Bret Frieden also found the cushion early in the race, staying glued to Bricks rear bumper for the first half of the race before being forced to defend his position from points leader Scott Megonigle. Locked in an intense battle for the second spot, Frieden was able to hold off Megonigle with Russ Olson and Dan Chapman rounding out the top five.

Chad Simpson took home his first Pro Stock feature win after passing Andy Eckrich following a lap seven restart. Brother Chris Simpson took the intial lead after a hard crash on the initial restart eliminated several racecars including points leader Matt Gilchrist, last weeks winner Darren Plett, Brian VanDusen and John Maher. Eckrich provided heavy pressure for the point for several laps before taking the spot away on lap three and opening up a comfortable lead before action slowed on the seventh lap. Chad Simpson took advantage to sneak around Eckrich on the top side of the racetrack when racing resumed, with Eckrich holding on to second at the checkers ahead of Chris Simpson, Jason Gingrich and Dale Franklin.

Dave Elliot parlayed his Hobby Stock pole position into his second win of the season by leading every lap. Matt Fulton snuck past Todd Hansen on the final lap to cross under the checkers a distant second, with Derrin Voss and Jason Erwin rounding out the top five after Matt Bodmanís car failed post-race inspection.

West Liberty Raceway will take Saturday July 21st off for the Muscatine County Fair. Points races will instead be held on Wednesday July 18th in all four divisions of NASCAR Weekly Racing Series stock cars. 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
1. 50 Denny Eckrich Coralville
2. 32 Tom Cannon Iowa City
3. 45 Mike Klinkkammer West Branch
4. 66 Fred Remely Blue Grass
5. 8m Mark Ward Muscatine
6. 57 Tom Christensen West Liberty
7. 2 Monte Ohrt West Branch
8. 63 Rob Kirchner Donnellson
9. 77j Steve Johnson Camanche
10. 4 Bobby Sexton West Branch
11. 74 Ron Boyse Kalona
12. 28 Jeff Bair Solon
13. 31 Brian Morgan Muscatine
14. 13k Denny Petersen Tipton
15. 18z Rusty Zook Riverside
16. 88 Kevin Kile West Liberty
17. 7 Andy Nezworski Davenport
18. c4 Lee Seydel Iowa City
19. 26b Wayne Brau Annawan IL
20. ez33 Nick Marolf Moscow
21. 30 Dan Brockert Muscatine
22. m32 Marty Beckler Hills
23. 69 Todd Hormel West Liberty
24. 17 Clayton Jensen Iowa City
25. 37 Rollie Frink Davenport
26. 23d Dana Wells Moscow
27. 33 Kurt Stewart Ainsworth


3t Todd Davis Iowa City
02 Robert Hillyer Wellman
77 Jeff Aikey Cedar Falls

1. 22 Darrall Brick West Branch
2. 64 Bret Frieden Cedar Rapids
3. m2 Scott Megonigle Cedar Rapids
4. b3 Russ Olson Cedar Rapids
5. 1 Dan Chapman Clarence
6. 55 Scott Stecher Muscatine
7. 96 Larry Herring Lone Tree
8. 37 Todd Stoolman West Branch
9. 71z Ramon Partida West Liberty
10. 60 Robbie Verbeck Annawan IL
11. 45 Steve Kohli Iowa City
12. 42 John Brumely Muscatine
13. 12 Terry Walker Riverside
14. 44 Wade Lee Muscatine
15. 19 Terry Lawson New Liberty
16. 34 David Hemsted Lone Tree
17. 18 Matt Ruess West Liberty
18. 2 Jim Vest Wellman
19. 25 Dustin Lovell Rochester
20. 007 Brian Sexton Lone Tree
21. 54 Doug Picray Monticello
22. 7 Mike Thomas West Branch
23. 30 Gus Hughes Monticello
24. 2h Rick Hixson Orion IL

9 Richard Steadman Hiawatha

1. 25 Chad Simpson Marion
2. 56 Andy Eckrich Cosgrove
3. 32 Chris Simpson Marion
4. 36 Jason Gingrich West Liberty
5. 7 Dale Franklin Marion
6. 60 Matt Brockert Muscatine
7. 9z Dan Werner Muscatine
8. 62 Norman Bean Muscatine
9. 00 Jerome Gray Muscatine
10. 2r Rusty Daufeldt Blue Grass
11. 44 Tom Struve Palo
12. 03 Don Hughes Monticello
13. 24 Monte Hayden Wilton
14. 34 Ken Hansen Vinton
15. 29 Bruce Miller West Liberty
16. s1 Steve Hunter Hopkinton
17. 69 John Maher West Branch
18. 21 Brian VanDusen Atalissa
19. 77 Darrin Plett Davenport
20. 5 Larry McCall Mechanicsville
21. 30x Matt Gilchrist Grandview

30 Dan Brockert Muscatine
9m Jody Metzger Muscatine
17 Gary Beuter Tipton

1. 9 Dave Elliot Muscatine
2. d1 Matt Fulton Blue Grass
3. 21 Todd Hansen Muscatine
4. 42v Darrin Voss Wilton
5. 66 Jason Erwin Muscatine
6. 57j Jeremy Thompson Ainsworth
7. 0 Stan O'Brien Muscatine
8. 11 Chris Maurer West Liberty
9. 1 Orlen Stark West Liberty
10. 94 Jason Lange Muscatine
11. 99 CJ Ormsby West Liberty
12. 72 Doug Yates Monticello
13. 15 Jarrod Collins West Liberty
14. 29 Dave Wada Muscatine
15. 97 Robert Barnes Letts
16. 40 James Rock Muscatine

0b Matt Bodman Muscatine

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