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posted July 23, 2001 01:30 AM UIN: 16262997

Denny Eckrich continued his recent hot streak in Eastern Iowa NASCAR Weekly Racing Series action by pulling off the Late Model feature win at the Farley Speedway on Friday July 20th in only his second appearance there in 2001. Scores of changes were made after hotlaps as drivers got their first look at the newly revamped racing surface.

Starting on the front row after pulling out early the week before, Eckrich was never challenged after taking the lead at the drop of the green. Brother Dave Eckrich moved into the second slot following a lap ten restart, but was unable to mount a serious charge for the lead, fending defending track champion Jeff Aikey the final 10 laps to finish second. Following Aikey across the line were Gary Webb and Ace Ihm in fourth and fifth place, respectively.

Ron Barker avoided a big lap four crash involving several top running cars, then capitalized on others misfortune late in the race to take home his third Modified feature win of the season. The lap four incident was triggered when Jed Hurst slid sideways entering the first corner, causing Russ Olson, Scott Nesteby and Dan Chapman to make hard enough contact to end their evenings. Matt Mish took off when racing resumed, wasily leading Jim Birbridge and Barker until his driveshaft failed on the seventh lap. Burbridge took over the point after the restart, fending off Barkerís pressure until three laps to go. Brubridge held on to second ahead of Larry Herring, points leader Ryan Dolan and Rich Smith. Jeff Tharp kept the pressure on leader Brian Culbertson long enough to force the leader to make a slight bobble and hand over the lead in Pro Stock action. After chasing Culbertson for the first twelve laps, Tharp finally got the break he needed to slip underneath for the lead when Culbertson bounced slightly off the cushion in the first corner. Culbertson held on to second underneath the checkers ahead of Jim Borkus, Jeff Valentine and Ty Kleiner. Jerry Merkes topped the Hobby Stocks after a wild last lap that saw leader Mark Massey slip back to third in a wild scramble for the lead. Larry Benn came home second ahead of Massey, Tom Boyes and TJ Leslein. Brad Strang topped Chris Hinrichs and Ray Fawcett in Fun Car action.

Racing action resumes this Friday, July 27th at the Palace of Speed. Hot laps are scheduled for 7 pm with racing to follow. For more information, please contact Simmons Promotions at 563-744-3620 or on the internet at For raceday updates and instant results upon completion please call your local McLeod USA InTouch directory category #3740 or #3741.

Late Models

1. 50 Denny Eckrich Coralville
2. 58 Dave Eckrich Coralville
3. 77 Jeff Aikey Cedar Falls
4. 56 Gary Webb Blue Grass
5. 11 Ace Ihm Hazel Green WI
6. 12n Terry Neal Ely
7. 21 Luke Merfeld Dubuque
8. 44 Duane Coulson East Dubuque IL
9. 3 Josh McGowan Vinton
10. 78 Rick Wendling Hazelton
11. 70 Brandon Hennick Central City
12. 8 Mark Merfeld Dubuque
13. 95 Ed Sanger Postville
14. 61r John Rogers Freeport IL
15. 23d Dana Wells Moscow
16. 6 Mark Curwen Hazel Green WI
17. 98.1 Bobby Hansen Dike
18. 72 Ryan Dolan Lisbon
19. 4 Jim Aschenbrenner Waterloo
20. 28c Brad Coin Davenport
21. 1b Kevin Miller Freeport IL
22. 79 Darren Mish Cassville WI
23. 77x Terry Huizel Freeport IL
24. 69 Todd Hormel West Liberty

1. 37b Ron Barker Dubuque
2. 50 Jim Burbridge Delhi
3. 96 Larry Herring Lone Tree
4. 16 Ryan Dolan Lisbon
5. d1 Rich Smith Davenport
6. 10 Jed Hurst Hazel Green WI
7. 14w Jason Walrack Platteville WI
8. 27 Mark Schulte Delhi
9. 54 Doug Picray Monticello
10. d55 Scott Lemke Davis Junction IL
11. 11 Mike Burbridge Delhi
12. 33 Steve Wetter Platteville WI
13. 76 Matt Mish Cassville WI
14. b3 Russ Olson Cedar Rapids
15. 1 Dan Chapman Clarence
16. 74 Scott Nesteby Asbury
17. 24 Randy Less Hopkinton

1. 12 Jeff Tharp Dubuque
2. 18 Brian Culbertson Dubuque
3. 35 Jim Brokus Dubuque
4. 22 Jeff Valentine Dubuque
5. 20 Ty Kleiner Potosi WI
6. 90 Bo Richard Platteville WI
7. 25 Bobby Moyer Dubuque
8. 16 Dan Shelliam Hazel Green WI
9. 2k Jeff Kennedy Dubuque
10. 17s Dana Servoy Marion
11. 69 John Maher West Branch
12. 71 Kevin Schroeder Low Moor
13. 34 Ken Hansen Vinton
14. 03 Red Hughes Monticello
15. 83 Jim Slaats East Dubuque IL
16. 4 Kevin Duerr Scales Mound IL
17. s1 Steve Hunter Hopkinton

1. 8k Jerry Merkes Farley
2. 13 Larry Benn Dyersville
3. 30 Mark Massey Farley
4. 1 Tom Boyes Dubuque
5. 38 TJ Leslein Dubuque
6. 98 Duane Ahmann Epworth
7. 97 Jeff Rienert Farley
8. 44 Kory Haverly Anamosa
9. 72 Doug Yates Monticello
10. 23 Dennis Etten
11. 81 KC Ansel Dubuque
12. 28 Ed McIntyre Delhi
13. 22 Cory Bauer Manchester
14. 42t Terry Folkers Central City

1. 66 Brad Strang Dubuque
2. 6c Chris Hinrichs Monticello
3. 64 Ray Fawcett Benton WI
4. 44 BJ Schmitt Dubuque
5. 7 Chad Hallahan Dubuque
6. 26 Brian Strang Dubuque
7. 38 Russ Yonkovic Dubuque
8. 89 Kelly Welter Farley
9. 33 Nick McElmeel Monticello
10. b4jr Brian Diercks Anamosa
11. 20 Mike Wild Dubuque
12. 20x Terry Turnis
13. 6 Todd Moore Dubuque

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