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posted August 20, 2001 12:38 AM UIN: 16262997

Darren Miller scored his third straight NASCAR Weekly Racing Series Late Model feature win at the Dubuque Speedway on Sunday August 19th, his fourth for the season on the high banked 3/8 mile clay oval.

Miller became the fifth and final leader of the event following a spate of early yellow flags, snatching the point away from Mark Curwen following a lap five caution. Lap six brought out the final yellow, providing Denny Eckrich with an opportunity to challenge for the lead, hounding Miller high and low until the pair began racing through lapped traffic on the fifteenth circuit. Miller's low line around the track proved to be the faster route as he stretched out his lead and was able to notch his third consecutive feature win. Eckrich held on to second at the checkers while Mark Merfeld bested points leader Gary Webb for the third spot. Clint Hines improved his fourteenth place staring spot to round out the top five.

Ron Barker took home a the time-shortened Modified win, scoring his fourth feature win of the season. Many cautions dotted the race early, forcing officials to call the race on the thirteenth lap. Jerry Miles led early before surrendering the top spot to Barker following a lap three restart. Ryan Dolan kept the points battle tight by posting a runner-up finish ahead of Scott Nesteby, Sean Rupp and Miles. Rookie Dan Welp took home the Pro Stock feature from the outside front row, dominating the fifteen lap event after defending his leader status only once when Ty Kleiner and Jeff Tharp dove underneath to make it three wide as the cars entered the third turn following a lap seven restart. Jeff Valentine benefited from the fight to take over the second spot at the checkers, ahead of Jeff Tharp, Rick Brokus and Brian Culbertson. Larry Benn topped the Hobby Stock action, holding off Jim Turpin's late race charge. Jeff Rienert, Ed McIntyre and Duane Ahmann rounded out the top five. Kelly Welter topped Brad Strang and Chad Hallahan in Fun Car action.

Racing action continues at the Dubuque Speedway as "Rumble on the River" enters it's last two weeks of competition of the season. Hot Laps are scheduled for 6 pm with racing to follow. For more information, contact Simmons Promotions at 563-744-3620 or online at

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

1. 37b Ron Barker Dubuque
2. 16 Ryan Dolan Lisbon
3. 74 Scott Nesteby Asbury
4. 15 Sean Rupp Dubuque
5. 4 Jerry Miles Dubuque
6. 10 Jed Hurst Hazel Green WI
7. b1 Jeff Larson Freeport IL
8. 86 David McClain Potosi WI
9. 27 Mark Schulte Delhi
10. 33w Steve Wetter Platteville WI
11. 80 Denny Ansel Dubuque
12. 20 Cory Burmeister Glen Haven WI
13. 33 John Burbridge Delhi
14. 2** Jan Messer Manchester
15. 0 Jeremy English Farley
16. d55 Scott Lemke Davis Junction IL
17. 14 Tim Nesteby Dubuque
18. 3 Jason Schueller Dubuque
19. 5d Bob Dominacki Bettendorf
20. 1d Mel Saffran Dubuque
21. d1 Rich Smith Davenport
22. 18b Josh Brestrup Dubuque
23. 76 Matt Mish Potosi WI
24. 01m Mitch Way
25. 63 Scott Olson Preston

1. 21 Dan Welp East Dubuque IL
2. 22 Jeff Valentine Dubuque
3. 12 Jeff Tharp Dubuque
4. 35 Jim Brokus Dubuque
5. 18 Brian Culbertson Dubuque
6. 16 Dan Shelliam Hazel Green WI
7. 20 Ty Kleiner Potosi WI
8. 25 Bobby Moyer Dubuque
9. 91 Rich Pica Prairie Du Chein WI
10. 71s Kevin Schroeder Low Moor
11. 88 Duane Roth Dubuque
12. 75 Duane Wagner Dickeyville WI
13. 33 Randy Franzen Marion
14. 71 Bruce VanGordon Dubuque
15. 64 Mike Raisbeck Platteville WI
16. 4 Kevin Duerr Scales Mound IL
17. 2k Jeff Kennedy Dubuque
18. 78 Bobby Goerdt Dubuque

99 Ken Martelle Dubuque

1. 13 Larry Benn Dyersville
2. 33 Jim Turpin Shullsberg WI
3. 97 Jeff Reinert Farley
4. 28 Ed McIntyre Delhi
5. 98 Duane Ahmann Epworth
6. 8k Terry Merkes Farley
7. 20x Jarvis Eastlick Platteville WI
8. 30 Mark Massey Farley
9. 59 Mike Hughes Galena IL
10. 31 Jon Peters Freeport IL
11. 52 Pat Coleman Dubuque
12. 81 KC Ansel Dubuque
13. 7b Randy Benn Earlville
14. 61 Scott Reichers Belmont WI
15. 20 Dan Albright Lisbon

1. 89 Kelly Welter Farley
2. 66 Brad Strang Dubuque
3. 7 Chad Hallahan Dubuque
4. 38 Russ Yonkovic Dubuque
5. 6 Todd Moore Dubuque
6. 64 Ray Fawcett Benton WI
7. 20 Mike Wild Dubuque
8. 26 Brian Strang Dubuque
9. 44 BJ Schmitt Dubuque
10. 11p Tom Pluemer
11. 70 Lance Mish Cassville WI
12. 98 Terry Turpin Platteville WI
13. 11 Ann Brown Dubuque
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15. 27 Lee Ruf

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