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posted July 22, 2001 11:59 PM UIN: 16262997

Denny Eckrich picked up his second straight NASCAR Weekly Racing Series Late Model feature win at the Dubuque Speedway. The win ties defending track Champion Gary Webb with four checkers each for the season and tightens the battle between the two in the season long points battle.

Starting the race tenth, Eckrich benefited from two early cautions that kept leader Brian Webb in sight while fighting through traffic. When racing resumed after the second caution on lap two, Eckrich rocketed from fifth place into third, running down the leader two laps later. Quickly disposing of Brian Webb, Eckrich set sail on the topside of the racetrack as all eyes turned to Gary Webb’s charge through the field. Unable to mount the same attack, Gary settled in by picking cars off one at a time from twelfth, but got hung up on lap eight when he encountered Terry Neal in fourth place. Gary struggled with Neal, looking high and low for a chance to pass, until the 21st circuit when he found an opening on the bottom of the racetrack. Without a caution after the second lap, Eckrich checked out on the field, opening up as much as a quarter lap lead on the second place car of Mark Merfeld before encountering lapped traffic late in the race. The slower cars did little to change the outcome as Eckrich crossed the line ahead of Merfeld, Gary Webb, Neal and Darren Mish.

Ryan Dolan broke his recent streak of second place finishes by taking home the top honors in the Modified main event. The points leader started the race in the twelfth position and quickly worked his way to the front, aided by contact and a spin by the second and third place cars of Scott Nesteby and Rich Smith. Lining up third, behind leader Mike Burbridge and alongside the second place car of Josh Brestrup, Dolan first challenged for the lead on the restart, but was only able to stay in Burbridge’s shadow until lap thirteen, when he slid underneath and into the lead. Unchallenged for the remainder of the 20 lap event, Dolan led Jason Schueller and Burbridge across the stripe. Ron Barker finished fourth after borrowing Jason Walrack’s car for the feature event and starting on the rear of the field.

Brian Culberston parlayed his pole position into a Pro Stock feature win. Culbertson was aided by heavy attrition during the fifteen lap event, but was never challenged for the top spot. Dan Shelliam crossed underneath the checkers second ahead of Jeff Tharp and Jeff Kennedy, while Jeff Valentine inherited fifth place when Kevin Duerr’s car was disqualified in post race inspection for having an illegal carburetor. Duane Ahmann topped a slam bang Hobby Stock feature after taking the lead away from Jarvis Eastlick ina three way slugfest for the lead with Larry Benn on the sixth lap. Benn held on for second ahead of Jerry Miles, Terry Merkes and TJ Leslein. Brad Strang topped brother Brian for the Fun Car feature win, ahead of Chad Hallahan and Ray Fawcett.

Race fans get a double dose of action at the Dubuque Speedway this week as the 48th Annual Dubuque County Fair plays host to NASCAR Weekly Racing Series action on both Wednesday July 25th and Sunday July 29th. Both events will start one half hour later than the usual time, with hot laps taking the track at 6:30 and racing action at 7 pm. Highlights from all SPI promoted events are shown on the Race Report on Fox 28/40 Sunday mornings at 10:30 am. For more information, contact Simmons Promotions at 563-744-3620 or online at

1. 50 Denny Eckrich Coralville
2. 8 Mark Merfeld Dubuque
3. 56 Gary Webb Blue Grass
4. 12n Terry Neal Ely
5. 79 Darren Mish Cassville WI
6. 87 Clint Hines Taylor Ridge IL
7. b56 Brian Webb Davenport
8. 6 Mark Curwen Hazel Green WI
9. 21 Luke Merfeld Dubuque
10. 44 Duane Coulson East Dubuque IL
11. 77j Steve Johnson Camanche
12. 41j Jeremiah Hurst Dubuque
13. 95 Ed Sanger Postville
14. 9 Curt Hansen Dike
15. 35 Dave Englekens Clinton
16. 27 Ed McGuire Monroe WI
17. 17 Marty Scheckel Bellevue
18. 51 Mel Abels Freeport IL
19. b27 Bob Silaggi Freeport IL
20. 11 Ace Ihm Hazel Green WI
21. 54 Ryan Dolan Lisbon
22. 37 Rollie Frink Davenport
23. 32d Darren Miller Chadwick IL
24. 98.1 Bobby Hansen Dike
25. 1b Kevin Miller Freeport IL
26. 61r Jon Rogers Freeport IL

1. 16 Ryan Dolan Lisbon
2. 3 Jason Schueller Dubuque
3. 11 Mike Burbridge Delhi
4. 14w Ron Barker Dubuque
5. 10 Jed Hurst Hazel Green WI
6. 18b Josh Brestrup Dubuque
7. 4 Jerry Miles Dubuque
8. 63 Scott Olson Preston
9. d1 Rich Smith Davenport
10. 33w Steve Wetter Platteville WI
11. 27 Mark Schulte Delhi
12. 00 Cory Hallahan Dubuque
13. 33 John Burbridge Delhi
14. 39 Bob Bollen Freeport IL
15. 2** Jan Messer Manchester
16. 15 Sean Rupp Dubuque
17. 20 Cory Burmeister Glen Haven WI
18. 50 Jim Burbridge Delhi
19. 5d Bob Dominacki Bettendorf
20. 74 Scott Nesteby Asbury

14 Tim Nesteby Dubuque
14w Tim Walrack

1. 18 Brian Culbertson Dubuque
2. 16 Dan Shelliam Hazel Green WI
3. 12 Jeff Tharp Dubuque
4. 2k Jeff Kennedy Dubuque
5. 22 Jeff Valentine Dubuque
6. 20 Ty Kleiner Potosi WI
7. 71 Bruce VanGordon Dubuque
8. 75 Duane Wagner Dickeyville WI
9. 21 Dan Welp East Dubuque IL
10. 35 Jim Brokus Dubuque
11. 25 Bobby Moyer Dubuque
12. 71s Kevin Schroeder Low Moor
13. 88 Duane Roth Dubuque

43g Tom Garner East Dubuque IL

4 Kevin Duerr Scales Mound IL

1. 98 Duane Ahmann Epworth
2. 13 Larry Benn Dyersville
3. 23m Jerry Miles Dubuque
4. 8k Terry Merkes Farley
5. 38 TJ Leslein Durango
6. 59 Mike Hughes Galena IL
7. 61 Scott Reichers Belmont WI
8. 97 Jeff Reinert Farley
9. 52 Pat Coleman Dubuque
10. 20 Dan Albright Lisbon
11. 6 Jed Freiburger Dubuque
12. 11 Jason Brimeyer Dubuque
13. 30 Mark Massey Farley
14. 81 KC Ansel Dubuque
15. 33 Jim Turpin Shullsberg WI
16. 71 Jon Gulick
17. 1 Tom Boyes Dubuque

20x Jarvis Eastlick Platteville WI

1. 66 Brad Strang Dubuque
2. 26 Brian Strang Dubuque
3. 7 Chad Hallahan Dubuque
4. 64 Ray Fawcett Benton WI
5. 98 Jerry Turpin Platteville WI
6. 6 Todd Moore Dubuque
7. 20 Mike Wild Dubuque
8. 11 Ann Brown Dubuque
9. 44 BJ Schmitt Dubuque
10. 70 Lance Mish Cassville WI

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