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

Jeff Aikey stayed hot at the Farley Speedway on Friday June 13th, notching his sixth NASCAR Weekly Racing Series Late Model feature win in nine events held so far in 2001.

Starting the event twelfth, Aikey rocketed to the front early by dicing traffic high and low to advance ten positions during the first two laps before the caution flag slowed the field. Pole sitter Bobby Hansen was the final victim for Aikey, surrendering the lead on the restart. Duane Coulson passed Hansen four laps later but was unable to chase down Aikey on the very fast racetrack before Terry Neal and Luke Merfeld moved up to challenge for the runner up spot following a lap eighteen caution. Neither driver had anything for the defending track champion during the final laps, with Aikey taking the win ahead of Neal, Merfeld, Coulson and Hansen.

Russ Olson took home his third Modified feature win of the season by keeping his car planted on the cushion throughout the 20 lap event. The topside of the racetrack appeared to be the place to be early in the race, with only Ron Barker and Scott Nesteby using the shorter way around, both mired in the middle of the pack prior to a midrace caution flag. After racing resumed both drivers found the advantage they were looking for on bottom, with Barker catching the first two cars of Olson and points leader Ryan Dolan with three laps to go. The three cars ran nose-to-tail from that point on, with Olson just nosing out Dolan and Barker. Nesteby bested Jason Schueller for fourth at the checkers. Ty Kliener captured his Pro Stock feature win of the season by taking the lead away from Kevin Duerr on the fourth lap and cruising to the easy win. Jeff Tharp rebounded to second place after an early spin regulated him to the rear of the pack, just nipping Bo Richard and Jeff Kennedy at the checkers with Bobby Moyer taking home the fifth spot. Jerry Merkes topped the Hobby Stocks when a kamikaze charge by Mark Massey on the final corner scrambled the finishing order behind him. For the third straight week Massey dove underneath the leader on the final lap, spinning out each time. Larry Benn, Kory Haverly, Duane Ahmann and Jeff Reinert were able to avoid Massey’s spinning racecar to round out the top five. BJ Schmitt avoided a first lap wreck in Fun Car action to take the win ahead of Chad Hallahan and Chris Hinrichs.

Driver and fans will get their first look at a revamped Farley Speedway on Friday July 20th as work began immediately after the races to put down over 1000 cubic yards of clay on the racing surface. Cars will first test the new surface during the 7 pm hotlaps with racing to follow. For more information contact Simmons Promotions at 563-744-3620 or online at For raceday updates and quick results afterwards, call your local McLeod USA InTouch Directory, category 3740 and 3741.

Late Models
1. 77 Jeff Aikey Cedar Falls
2. 12n Terry Neal Ely
3. 21 Luke Merfeld Dubuque
4. 44 Duane Coulson East Dubuque IL
5. 98.1 Bobby Hansen Dike
6. 51 Matt Furman Iowa City
7. 78 Rick Wendling Hazelton
8. 77j Steve Johnson Camanche
9. 95 Ed Sanger Postville
10. 78b Cory Best Waterloo
11. 79 Darren Mish Cassville WI
12. 32 Tom Cannon Iowa City
13. 07 Scott Heeren Forreston IL
14. 61r John Rogers Freeport IL
15. 8 Mark Merfeld Dubuque
16. 7 Andy Nezworski Davenport
17. 69 Todd Hormel West Liberty
18. 32c Chad Holliday Wilton
19. 70 Brandon Hennick Central City
20. 3 Josh McGowan Vinton
21. 27 Ed McGuire Monroe WI
22. 50 Denny Eckrich Coralville
23. 77x Ryan Dolan Lisbon
24. 90 Chuck Mayerhofer Dixon IL
25. 1b Kevin Miller Freeport IL
26. 41j Jeremiah Hurst Dubuque

1. b3 Russ Olson Cedar Rapids
2. 16 Ryan Dolan Lisbon
3. 37b Ron Barker Dubuque
4. 74 Scott Nesteby Asbury
5. 3 Jason Schueller Dubuque
6. 1 Dan Chapman Clarence
7. 10 Jed Hurst Hazel Green WI
8. 33 Steve Wetter Platteville WI
9. 96 Larry Herring Lone Tree
10. 11 Mike Burbridge Delhi
11. 00 Josh Vinnedge Forreston IL
12. 14w Jason Walrack Mineral Point WI
13. 54 Doug Picray Monticello
14. 50 Jim Burbridge Delhi
15. 24 Randy Less Hopkinton
16. d55 Scott Lemke Davis Junction IL
17. 57 Dennis Betzer Central City
18. f7 Patrick Flannagan Cedar Rapids
19. 27 Mark Schulte Delhi

1d Mel Saffran Dubuque
d1 Rich Smith Bettendorf

1. 20 Ty Kleiner Potosi WI
2. 12 Jeff Tharp Dubuque
3. 90 Bo Richard Lindon WI
4. 2k Jeff Kennedy Dubuque
5. 25 Bobby Moyer Dubuque
6. 4 Kevin Duerr Scales Mound IL
7. 18 Brian Culbertson Dubuque
8. s1 Steve Hunter Hopkinton
9. 71 Kevin Schroeder Low Moor
10. 35 Jim Brokus Dubuque
11. 03 Don Hughes Monticello
12. 22 Jeff Valentine Dubuque
13. 16 Dan Shelliam Hazel Green WI
14. 17s Dana Servoy Marion
15. 69 John Maher West Branch
16. 34 Ken Hanson Vinton

1. 8k Jerry Merkes Farley
2. 13 Larry Benn Dyersville
3. 44 Kory Haverly Anamosa
4. 98 Duane Ahmann Epworth
5. 97 Jeff Rienert Farley
6. 33 Jim Turpin Platteville WI
7. 28 Ed McIntyre Delhi
8. 1 Tom Boyes Dubuque
9. 22 Cory Bauer Manchester
10. 72 Doug Yates Monticello
11. 23g Keith Kiernan
12. 6 Jed Frieburger Dubuque
13. 30 Mark Massey Farley
14. 38 TJ Leslein Dubuque
15. 20 Dan Albright Lisbon
16. 42t Terry Folkers Central City
81 KC Ansel Dubuque

1. 44 BJ Schmitt Dubuque
2. 7 Chad Hallahan Dubuque
3. 6c Chris Hinrichs Monticello
4. 64 Ray Fawcett Benton WI
5. 38 Russ Yonkovic Dubuque
6. 66 Brad Strang Dubuque
7. 6 Todd Moore Dubuque
8. b4jr Brian Diercks Anamosa
9. 89 Kelly Welter Farley

33 Nick McElmeel Monticello

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