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jammin
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posted August 04, 2002 08:31 AM UIN: 16262997
Harris Wins First Ever NASCAR Late Model Feature At West Liberty

Waste Management and Gatorade hosted the NASCAR Weekly Racing Series presented by Dodge at the West Liberty Raceway on Saturday night August 3rd as racing returned to the Muscatine County Fairgrounds.

Young Brian Harris added his name to the winners list on Saturday night as he scored his first ever NASCAR Late Model Feature win. Harris piloted his Rocket chassis sponsored by Iowa Illinois Taylor Insulation to the impressive win leading flag to flag in the main event which started 29 cars. Harris had the field bunched up on him a couple of times but he was up to the challenge and was not to be denied on this night. Jeff Bair advanced all the way from his 20th position start to run a very impressive second, Steve Johnson ran with the leaders the entire distance in taking third ahead of point leader Denny Eckrich. Tom Christensen came from 16th to take the checkers in fifth.

Terry Walker scored the Miller Time Modified feature win in only his third night out in his new car. Walker has had a frustrating season but was able to put it all behind him in scoring the win collecting the Waste Management hardware and the Gatorade Bonus money. Todd Stoolman ran very strong on Saturday night coming from his fifth row start to challenge Walker for the win. Stoolman led the 18th lap but Walker was able to regain the lead in scoring his first win of the season. Stoolman settled for second ahead of Darrall Brick and Ray Partida.

The Dadco Corp/Parker Stores Pro Stocks provided the fans with the closest finish of the night. With the laps winding down Andy Eckrich was closing on race leader Matt (Bones) Bodman. The two were coming to the checkers with a lapped car in between the two leaders. The race to the checkers off of turn four was three wide with Bodman on the outside. Bodman nipped Eckrich by a couple of feet at the checkers to score the big win. Eckrich settled for second ahead of Jason Gingerich and Chris Simpson.

Larry Benn drove his Chevy Monte Carlo to the non-stop Hobby Stock feature win. Benn led flag to flag taking the Gatorade win over Davey Elliott and Jared Collins.

The Mississippi Valley Car club was in town for a reunion on Saturday and a few of the old timers brought their cars to the track and put on a couple of 8 lap feature events. Terry Mattly took the win in the Vintage Coupe race over Jim Thurston. The Nostalgic Late Model feature win went to Craig Stepanek over Jamie Huff.

NASCAR Weekly Racing Series action presented by Dodge will continue on Saturday, August 10th at the West Liberty Raceway with race time slated for 7 p.m.

Race Results West Liberty Raceway 8-3-02

Iowa Illinois Taylor Insulation Late Models

Heat 1

1. 21h Brian Harris-Davenport

2. 45 Michael Klinkhammer-West Branch

3. 50 Denny Eckrich-Tiffin

Heat 2

1. 43 Kurt Stewart-Ainsworth

2. 77 Kurt Kile-West Liberty

3. 66 Fred Remley-Blue Grass

Heat 3

1. 88 Kevin Kile-West Liberty

2. 18Z Rusty Zook-Riverside

3. 32 Tom Cannon-Iowa City

Feature

1. 21h Harris

2. 28 Jeff Bair-Solon

3. 77J Steve Johnson-Camanche

4. 50 Eckrich

5. 57 Tom Christensen-West Liberty

6. 32 Cannon

7. 66 Remley

8. 88 Kevin Kile-West Liberty

9. 51 Matt Furman-Iowa City

10. 13K Denny Petersen-Tipton

11. 3t Todd Davis-Iowa City

12. 31b Jason Utter-Columbus Junction

13. 12 Ray Guss Jr.-Milan, IL

14. 8 Sonny Findling-Kirksville, MO

15. 74 Ron Boyse-Kalona

16. 8M Mark Ward-Muscatine

17. 33 Nick Marolf-Moscow

18. 4 Bobby Sexton-West Branch

19. 1M Rob Moss-Iowa City

20. 97 Robert Barnes-Letts

21. 26 Steve Boley-West Liberty

22. 43 Stewart

23. 18Z Zook

24. 77 Kile

25. 31 Brian Morgan-Muscatine

26. 23D Dana Wells-Moscow

27. 26B Wayne Brau-Anawan, IL

28. 7 Andy Nezworski-Buffalo

Miller Time Modifieds

Heat 1

1. 19Terry Lawson-New Liberty

2. 71Z Ray Partida-West Liberty

3. 96 Larry Herring-Lone Tree

Heat 2

1. 9Z Mike Zogg-New Liberty

2. 12 Terry Walker-Riverside

3. 22 Darrall Brick-West Branch

Heat 3

1. 37 Todd Stoolman-West Branch

2. 42 John Brumley-Riverside

3. 16 Ryan Dolan-Lisbon

Feature

1. 12 Walker

2. 37 Stoolman

3. 22 Brick

4. 71Z Partida

5. 2 Jim Vest-Wellman

6. 19 Lawson

7. 9Z Zogg

8. 16 Dolan

9. 17 Steve Stewart-Washington

10. 7 Mike Thomas-West Branch

11. 42 Brumley

12. 45 Steve Kohli-Iowa City

13. 18 Matt Ruess-West Liberty

14. 34 Dave Hemsted-Lone Tree

15. 44 Wade Lee-Muscatine

16. 25 Dustin Lovell-Rochester

17. D56 Mike Dains-Mechanicsville

18. 9 **** Steadman-Cedar Rapids

19. 96 Herring

20. 60 Robbie Verbeck-Annawan, IL

21. 5 Denny Poulsen-West Liberty

DADCO Corp./Parker Stores Pro Stocks

Heat 1

1. 2R Rusty Daufeldt-Blue Grass

2. 3D Dan Lange-Rochester

3. 56 Andy Eckrich-Cosgrove

Heat 2

1. 31 Jeremy Honts-Muscatine

2. 62 Norman Bean-Muscatine

3. 21 Brian VanDusen-Atalissa

Feature

1. 0 Matt Bodman-Muscatine

2. 56 Eckrich

3. 29 Jason Gingerich-West Liberty

4. 32 Chris Simpson-Marion

5. 25 Chad Simpson-Marion

6. 21 VanDusen

7. 7 Dale Franklin-Marion

8. 2R Daufeldt

9. 62 Bean

10. 11 Troy Phillpott-Muscatine

11. 17 Gary Beuter-Tipton

12. 24 Monte Hayden-Wilton

13. 3D Lange

14. 69 John Maher-West Branch

15. 5 Larry McCall-Mechanicsville

16. 31 Honts

17. 36 Justin Gingerich-West Liberty

18. 75 Mike Welsh-Davenport

19. 77 Darren Plett-Donahue

NASCAR Hobby Stocks

Heat 1

1. 2W Roger Whitcomb-Letts

2. 94 Jason Lange-Lisbon

3. 66 Jason Erwin-Muscatine

Heat 2

1. 13 Larry Benn-Dyersville

2. 15 Jared Collins-West Liberty

3. 2b Bill Butteris-Lisbon

Feature

1. 13 Benn

2. 9 Davey Elliott-Moscow

3. 15 Collins

4. 57J JeremieThompson-Ainsworth

5. 0 Stan O’Brien-Muscatine

6. 42V Darrin Voss-Wilton

7. 40 Jake Purdy-West Liberty

8. 20 Dan Albright-Hiawatha

9. 66 Jason Erwin-Muscatine

10. 21 Todd Hansen-Muscatine

11. 2b Butteris

12. S9 Ron Schreurs-Fruitland

13. 2W Whitcomb

14. 25 Jim Schrier-Washington

15. 99 Jason Speers-Oxford

16. 94 Lange

17. 28 Ed McIntyre-Delhi

18. D1 Matt Fulton-Muscatine

19. 72 Doug Yates-Monticello

20. 100 David Schrier-Muscatine

Vintage Coupes

1. Terry Mattly-E. Moline, IL

2. 77 Jim Thurston-West Liberty

3. 46 Larry Driscoll-Muscatine

Nostalgic Late Models

1. 44 Craig Stepanek-Cedar Rapids

2. 49 Jamie Huff-Toddville

3. 42 Tory Roster-Vinton

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