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jammin
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posted September 24, 2001 08:19 AM UIN: 16262997
BIRKY LAPS 'EM IN LIBERTY


Brian Birkhofer turned in a thoroughly dominating performance during the Fifth Annual Liberty 100, lapping the entire field during the rain delayed event that took 18 hours to complete. The Muscatine Iowa pilot earned $7000 for his efforts.

Birkhofer started the 100-lap race on the outside of the front row after finishing second to Denny Eckrich during the Cutting Edge Fast dash, shadowing the polesitter for the first eight circuits. Lapped traffic quickly came into play, forcing Eckrich to hesitate slightly in the second corner and giving Birkhofer the break he needed. Shooting underneath Eckrich as they exited the second corner, Birkhofer took command of the race and never looked back. Slicing through traffic high and low, Birkhofer managed to put one half of the field a lap down by the time the first yellow flag flew on lap 21. Heavy rain began falling before racing could resume, forcing cars off the racetrack under red. Efforts to dry the track proved fruitless when persistent showers moved back in, forcing officials to postpone the race until the next day.

With 20 of the original 27 starters reconvened on Sunday afternoon, racing resumed with 21 laps complete. From that point on Birkhofer appeared to be on a mission, stretching out his lead to a full straightaway after each of the several cautions that dotted the next 37 laps. By the time the final yellow flag flew on lap 57, Birkhofer was already lapping cars inside the top ten. Refusing to slow down, he passed the sixth place car of Darren Miller on lap 82, fifth place Ray Guss Jr on lap 87 and fourth place Ron Boyes succumbed three laps later. Matt Furman, nursing home a sick motor in third was next on lap 96. Birkhofer put a loud exclamation point on his day by closing in 10 car lengths and eventually passing the second place car of Eckrich on the final lap as the hometown crowd came to it's feet in approval. Thirteen cars finished the event, with Sonny Findling in seventh, Rob Toland in eighth, Dennis Erb in ninth and Chris Speiker tenth.

Matt Furman took home $2000 for capturing the First Annual Race of Champions during Friday evening action at the West Liberty Raceway. The event, patterned after Winston Cup's "The Winston" featured previous Budweiser Open Late Model Shootout winners, 2000 and 2001 Track Champions from the West Liberty, Farley and Dubuque Speedways. The three highest points earners during the evening's heat race action filled out the ten car field. The format called for a random pill draw for starting positions during the first ten lap segment, followed by a ten minute break in which crews were allowed to attend to the racecars on the front stretch, with the final fifteen lap segment. In a preview to the 100 lapper scheduled for the next evening, Birkhofer ran away with the first segment from the front row, while Furman clawed his way from seventh up to third. Taking completely opposite approaches to the final segment, with Birkhofer immediately jumping underneath his racecar to assist in changing everything possible, to the more relaxed attitude of Furman, who relaxed by reading a magazine at the rear of his machine while his crew made a minor change underneath. When a fan in the grandstand drew the number six pill for the second segment invert, Gary Webb lined up on the pole, but was quickly beaten into the first corner by Furman. Birkhofer worked his way into second three laps later but was only able to inch closer to the leader, falling several car lengths short at the checkers.

Scott Megonigle backed up his Miller Time Modified season championship by taking home the modified portion earlier in the evening. Megonigle tracked down earlier leader Jason Schueller by keeping his mount on the bottom of the racetrack while Schueller rode the rim. After getting passed for the lead, Schueller searched high and low for a faster line, but was unable to retake the lead. Darrall Brick, Chris Speiker and Terry Walker rounded out the top five. Andy Eckrich also backed up his Pro Stock Season Championship, taking the lead away from Dale Franklin following a lap eight restart. Gary Beuter, Matt Gilchrist and Chad Simpson rounded out the top five after Ty Kleiner was disqualified in post-race inspection. Tim Zeman dominated Hobby Stock action to start out the evening, leading all twelve laps of the main event after coming from last to first in the Fast Dash to earn the right to start on the pole. CJ Ormsby, Todd Hansen, Dave Elliot and Matt Bodman rounded out the top five.

Racing action has concluded at the West Liberty Raceway located on the Muscatine County Fairgrounds for the 2001 season. The 2002 Spring Championship's will tentatively kick off next season on Saturday April 6th, 2002. For more information, please contact Simmons Promotions at 563-744-3620 or on the internet at www.SimmonsPromotionsInc.com.


BUDWIESER OPEN LATE MODEL SHOOTOUT
1. 15b Brian Birkhofer, Muscatine
2. 50 Denny Eckrich, Coralville
3. 51 Matt Furman, Iowa City
4. 74 Ron Boyse, Kalona
5. 12 Ray Guss Jr., Milan IL
6. 32d Darren Miller, Chadwick IL
7. 8 Sonny Findling, Kirksville MO
8. 39 Rob Toland, Hillsdale IL
9. 28e Dennis Erb, Carpentersville IL
10. 56x Chris Speiker, Masena
11. 18z Rusty Zook, Riverside
12. 21h Brian Harris, Davenport
13. 56 Gary Webb, Blue Grass
14. 28 Jeff Bair Solon
15. 77 Kurt Kile, West Liberty
16. 58 Dave Eckrich, Coralville
17. 12n Terry Neal, Ely
18. 66 Fred Remely, Blue Grass
19. 87 Clint Hines, Taylor Ridge IL
20. 26b Wayne Brau, Annawan IL
21. 26 Steve Boley, West Liberty
22. 99 Johnny Johnson West Burlington
23. 77a Jeff Aikey, Cedar Falls
24. 14 Kyle Berck, Marquette NE
25. 78 Rick Wendling, Hazelton
26. 45 Mike Klinkkammer, West Branch
27. 44 Duane Coulson, East Dubuque IL

LATE MODEL RACE OF CHAMPIONS
1. 51 Matt Furman, Iowa City
2. 15b Brian Birkhofer, Muscatine
3. 12n Terry Neal, Ely
4. 32d Darren Miller, Chadwick IL
5. 12 Ray Guss Jr., Milan IL
6. 56 Gary Webb, Blue Grass
7. 26 Steve Boley, West Liberty
8. 50 Denny Eckrich, Coralville
9. 77a Jeff Aikey, Cedar Falls
10. 28 Jeff Bair Solon

MILLER TIME MODIFIEDS

1. m2 Scott Megonigle, Cedar Rapids
2. 3 Jason Schueller, Dubuque
3. 22 Darrall Brick, West Branch
4. 56 Chris Speiker, Masena
5. 12 Terry Walker, Riverside
6. 60 Robbie Verbeeck, Annawan IL
7. 37 Todd Stoolman, West Branch
8. 2 Jim Vest, Wellman
9. 19 Terry Lawson, New Liberty
10. d56 Mike Dains, Mechanicsville
11. 96 Larry Herring, Lone Tree
12. 36 LeRoy Brenner, Aledo IL
13. 71z Raymond Partida, West Liberty
14. 22d Dave Boyd Conesville
15. 9 Richard Steadman, Hiawatha
16. 18 Matt Ruess, West Liberty
17. 08 Mike Miller, Leaf River IL
18. 44 Wade Lee, Muscatine
19. 01m Mitch Way, Davenport
20. 34 David Hemsted, Lone Tree
21. 7 Mike Thomas, Iowa City
22. 39 Bob Bollen Freeport IL
23. 50b Robert Utter, Columbus Junction
24. 38 Robert Hillyer, Muscatine
25. 2h Rick Hixson, Orion IL
26. 16 Ryan Dolan, Lisbon
27. 54 Doug Picray, Monticello

PRO STOCKS
1. 56 Andy Eckrich, Cosgrove
2. 7 Dale Franklin, Marion
3. 17 Gary Beuter, Tipton
4. 1 Matt Gilchrist, Grandview
5. 32 Chad Simpson, Marion
6. 69 John Maher, West Branch
7. 30 Dan Brockert, Muscatine
8. 77 Darrin Plett, Blue Grass
9. 2r Rusty Daufeldt, Blue Grass
10. 12 Jeff Tharp, Dubuque
11. 9m Jody Metzger, Muscatine
12. 11 Troy Philpott, Muscatine
13. 34 Ken Hansen, Vinton
14. 36 Jason Gingrich, West Liberty
15. 60 Matt Brockert, Muscatine
16. 9z Dan Werner, West Liberty
17. 42 Larry Pearson, West Liberty
18. 33 Randy Franzen, Maquoketa
19. 21 Brian VanDusen, Attalissa
20. 16 Dan Shelliam Hazel Green WI
21. 44s Tom Strueve, Muscatine
22. 24 Monte Hayden, Wilton
23. 5m Larry McCall, Mechanicsville

DNS
25 Chad Simpson, Muscatine
DQ
20 Ty Kleiner Belmont WI



BOMBERS
1. 92 Tim Zeman, Fruitland
2. 99 C.J. Ormsby, West Liberty
3. 21 Todd Hansen, Muscatine
4. 9 Dave Elliot, Muscatine
5. 0b Matt Bodman, Muscatine
6. 57j Jeremey Thompson, West Liberty
7. 42v Darren Voss, Wilton
8. 25 Jim Schrier, Washington
9. 08 Rod Staats, Columbus Junction
10. 0 Stan O'Brien, Muscatine
11. 15 Jerrod Collins, West Liberty
12. d2 Matt Fulton, Blue Grass
13. 66 Jason Erwin, Muscatine
14. 40 Jake Purdy, West Liberty
15. 20 Dan Albright, Lisbon
16. 11 Chris Mauer, West Liberty
17. 72 Matt Picray, Monticello
18. 1 Doug Yates, Monticello
19. 00 Michael Dominguez, West Liberty
20. 7 Travis Finke, Columbus Junction
21. 77 Ed O'Brien, Cedar Rapids
22. 48 Brian Burroughs, Columbus Junction

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