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posted August 27, 2001 08:50 AM UIN: 16262997

Terry Neal used patience and the cushion to nab his second NASCAR Weekly Racing Series Late Model feature event at the Dubuque Speedway on Sunday August 25th.

After failing to qualify out of the heat races, Neal won the consolation event and the right to start the race n the eighteenth position. Wasting no time and avoiding early wrecks, Neal climbed up into the sixth position by the sixth lap by running his car on the bottom of the racetrack. Once inside the top five, neal switched to the cushion and began his assault on leader Gary Webb. Running side-by-side from lap eleven until seventeen, Webb and Neal swapped the lead several times before the final caution interrupted their battle. Once racing resumed, Webb shot into the lead on the bottom, opening up a six car length lead that Neal was forced to whittle away as laps wound down. Dead even again by lap 21, Neal took the lead for good on lap 23, crossing underneath the checkers about three car lengths ahead of the defending track champion. Darren Miller ended his three race win streak by finishing a close third, with Ace Ihm and Matt Furman rounding out the top five.

Scott Megonigle made his first visit to the Dubuque Speedway pay off in fine fashion, with a run from fifteenth to the lead in Modified action. Megonigle took the lead following a lap nine restart when leader Scott Olson looped his car in the first corner, but was forced to defend his spot from the hard charge of Ron Barker and Ryan Dolan. Staying on the bottom of the track proved to be the key for Megonigle as he managed to hold off Barker at the line, with Dolan third.

Jeff Tharp closed in on points leader Dan Shelliam going into the final night of Pro Stock action, cutting his deficit to only 10 points by taking home the Pro Stock trophy. Dan Welp was in position to back up his previous weeks victory by leading the first nine laps through several cautions, but was passed on a restart when Tharp dove low in the first corner and took the lead. Tharp was forced to defend his spot from Ty Kleiner and Shelliam in the closing laps, but held on when those two began battling for second. Kleiner held on to second ahead of Shelliam, Jeff Kennedy and Bobby Moyer. Jim Turpin posted his first Hobby Stock feature win by parlaying his pole position into the lead, surviving heavy pressure from Duane Ahmann late in the race. Jerry Merkes finished second ahead of Jerry Miles and Dave Wada after TJ Leslein was disqualified in post race inspection. Chad Hallahan tightened the Fun Car points by winning his third feature of the year ahead of Brian Strang, Kelly Welter and Brad Strang. Ray Fawcett kept his points lead after being moved up two positions in the final rundown into fifth when Lance Mish and Matt Christ were disqualified in post-race tech inspection.

Next Sunday, September 2nd will be the final 2001 event on the Dubuque Speedway, with Season Championships. Late Models will compete in a 35-lap feature event with extra purse in all divisions. Hot Laps are scheduled for 6 pm with racing to follow. Raceday information and instant results can be found on your local McLeod USA InTouch Directory categories #3741 and 3740. For more information, contact Simmons Promotions at 563-744-3620 or online at

1. 12n Terry Neal Ely
2. 56 Gary Webb Blue Grass
3. 32d Darren Miller Chadwick IL
4. 11 Ace Ihm Hazel Green WI
5. 51x Matt Furman Iowa City
6. 6 Mark Curwen Hazel Green WI
7. 8 Mark Merfeld Dubuque
8. 50 Denny Eckrich Coralville
9. 77 Kurt Kile West Liberty
10. 88 Kevin Kile West Liberty
11. 87 Clint Hines Taylor Ridge IL
12. 66 Fred Remely Blue Grass
13. 58 Dave Eckrich Coralville
14. 77j Steve Johnson Camanche
15. 21 Luke Merfeld Dubuque
16. 3 Josh McGowan Vinton
17. 98.1 Bobby Hansen Dike
18. 54 Ryan Dolan Lisbon
19. 13k Denny Petersen Tipton
20. 35 Dave Englekens Clinton
21. 79 Darren Mish Cassville WI
22. 9 Curt Hansen Dike
23. 8m Mark Ward Muscatine
24. 95 Ed Sanger Postville
25. 7x Andy Nezworksi Davenport
26. 37 Rollie Frink Davenport

7 Greg Hunter Independence
56x Rich Lewis Davenport
33g Dan Galant Clinton
b27 Bob Silaggi Freeport IL
51 Mel Abels Freeport IL
27 Ed McGuire Monroe WI
1b Kevin Miller Freeport IL
1m Robbie Moss Iowa City
61r Jon Rogers Freeport IL
44 Duane Coulson East Dubuque IL

1. m2 Scott Megonigle Cedar Rapids
2. 37b Ron Barker Dubuque
3. 16 Ryan Dolan Lisbon
4. d1 Rich Smith Davenport/1d Mel Saffran Dubuque
5. 74 Scott Nesteby Asbury
6. 4 Jerry Miles Dubuque
7. 63 Scott Olson Preston
8. 2** Jan Messer Manchester
9. 01m Mitch Way
10. 15 Sean Rupp Dubuque
11. 14 Tim Nesteby Dubuque
12. 73j John Irwin
13. 20 Cory Burmeister Glen Haven WI
14. 0 Jeremy English Farley
15. 5d Bob Dominacki Bettendorf
16. 2 Bryan Naab
17. 3 Jason Schueller Dubuque
18. 33w Steve Wetter Platteville WI
19. 10 Jed Hurst Hazel Green WI
20. 27 Mark Schulte Delhi
21. b1 Jeff Larson Freeport IL
22. 20x John Fellman Blue Grass
23. 18b Josh Brestrup Dubuque
24. 33 John Burbridge Delhi
41 Dennis Dugan Colesburg

NOTE: Rich Smith was disqualified in post-race tech inspection but reinstated into the 4th position after the results became official. Both Smith and Mel Saffran were paid for fourth position, with all other finishing positions as noted.


1. 12 Jeff Tharp Dubuque
2. 20 Ty Kleiner Potosi WI
3. 16 Dan Shelliam Hazel Green WI
4. 2k Jeff Kennedy Dubuque
5. 25 Bobby Moyer Dubuque
6. 31 Jeff Hayunga German Valley IL
7. 22 Jeff Valentine Dubuque
8. 18 Brian Culbertson Dubuque
9. 71s Kevin Schroeder Low Moor
10. 71 Bruce VanGordon Dubuque
11. 64 Mike Raisbeck Platteville WI
12. 33 Randy Franzen Marion
13. 4 Kevin Duerr Scales Mound IL
14. 78 Bobby Goerdt Dubuque
15. 91 Rich Pica Prairie Du Chein WI
16. 21 Dan Welp East Dubuque IL
17. 17 Jim Rymarz
18. 75 Duane Wagner Dickeyville WI
19. 35 Jim Brokus Dubuque
20. 88 Duane Roth Dubuque

1. 33 Jim Turpin Shullsberg WI
2. 98 Duane Ahmann Epworth
3. 8k Terry Merkes Farley
4. 23m Jerry Miles Dubuque
5. 29 Dave Wada Muscatine
6. 97 Jeff Reinert Farley
7. 28 Ed McIntyre Delhi
8. 61 Scott Reichers Belmont WI
9. 52 Pat Coleman Dubuque
10. 81 KC Ansel Dubuque
11. 1 Tom Boyes Dubuque
12. 23 Jason Udelhofen Platteville WI
13. 59 Mike Hughes Galena IL
14. 20 Dan Albright Lisbon
15. 13 Larry Benn Dyersville
16. 20x Jarvis Eastlick Platteville WI
17. 9 Dave Elliot Muscatine
18. 30 Mark Massey Farley

38 TJ Leslein Dubuque
7b Randy Benn Earlville

1. 7 Chad Hallahan Dubuque
2. 26 Brian Strang Dubuque
3. 89 Kelly Welter Farley
4. 66 Brad Strang Dubuque
5. 64 Ray Fawcett Benton WI
6. 20 Mike Wild Dubuque
7. 11p Tom Pluemer
8. 44 BJ Schmitt Dubuque
9. 6 Todd Moore Dubuque
10. 27 Lee Ruf
11. 11 Ann Brown Dubuque
12. 11r Ralph White
13. 98 Terry Turpin Platteville WI
14. 38 Russ Yonkovic Dubuque

70 Lance Mish Cassville WI
8c Matt Christ

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