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posted September 22, 2002 05:50 PM UIN: 16262997
Birky Defends “Liberty 100” Title

Vest, Andy Eckrich & Thompson Score Championship Wins

The 2002 racing season came to a very successful ending on Saturday night at the West Liberty Raceway. The championships of the 6th annual “Liberty” 100 were run in front of a packed house.

The Bud Shootout “Liberty 100” saw 29 very fast Late Model drivers take to the smooth track and the feature provided the crowd with lots of exciting action. When the checkered flag flew it was the odds on favorite taking the win. Brian Birkhofer started the race in the 9th position and steadily worked his way to the front taking the lead from Denny Eckrich on lap 34. Despite having the field bunched up for a few minor cautions “Birky “ was able to dominate the remainder of the race. Steve Boley has had a season that he would just as soon forget, but this weekend will help erase many of those memories as he ran up front all race long and finished a very strong second to Birkhofer. Sonny Findling was also a strong contender throughout the 100 laps bringing the #8 under the checkers in third. Denny Eckrich led the first 34 laps before tagging the wall in turn two and dropping back several positions. Eckrich was able to recover and advance back to a fourth place finish. Ray Guss Jr. was very steady in rounding out the top five. Denny Eckrich had won the Hollywood Fast Dash earlier in the evening earning the right to start on the pole position of the 100 lap feature.

The 25 lap Miller Time Modified feature was run very quickly with only one minor caution slowing the race. Jim Vest took the lead from pole sitter Terry Walker very early and led the race the majority of the way. Vest was very smooth in running a high line to the championship win. Jim Sandusky pressured Vest late in the race but was not able to overtake the leader and finished a very close second. Walker took third at the checkers ahead of Darrell Brick and Ryan Dolan.

Andy Eckrich completed his Pro Stock career at the West Liberty Raceway with a championship win in the “Liberty 100”. The 2002 season highlights for the youngest of the three Eckrich brothers included the West Liberty Raceway Pro Stock point championship and the “Yankee” championship. The Liberty 100 title earned Eckrich the Pro Stock triple crown. Eckrich chased down early leader Matt Gilchrist and took over the lead near the midway point of the 20 lap race and went on to score the win. Jeff Tharp, John Maher and Matt Bodman rounded out the top five. Andy Eckrich will be making the move into the Late Model division for the 2003 season.

Jeremie Thompson took the lead from Jeff Wellington early in the Hobby Stock championship feature and went on to score the championship win. The Hobby Stocks ran in a pack early in the race before Thompson was able to establish himself as the man to beat. Wellington crossed the stripe in second ahead of Matt Fulton, Rod Staats and Ron Schreurs.

The 2003 racing season will get underway at the West Raceway on the first Saturday in April with the running of the annual Spring Championships.

Race Results West Liberty Raceway 6th annual “Liberty 100”

Budweiser Open Late Model Shootout

Iowa Illinois Taylor Insulation Late Models

Heat 1

1. 26 Steve Boley-West Liberty

2. 50 Denny Eckrich-Tiffin

3. 58 Dave Eckrich-Oxford

Heat 2

1. 8 Sonny Findling-Kirksville, MO

2. 74 Ron Boyse-Kalona

3. 12 Ray Guss Jr.-Milan, IL

Heat 3

1. 15 Brian Birkhofer-Muscatine

2. 32D Darren Miller-Chadwick, IL

3. 88 Kevin Kile-West Liberty

Heat 4

1. 28 Jeff Bair-Solon

2. 45 Michael Klinkhammer-West Branch

3. 3 Josh McGowan-Vinton

Heat 5

1. 37 Mike Smith-Jewell

2. 39 Rob Toland-Hillsdale, IL

3. M32 Marty Beckler-Hills

Consolation 1

1. 3T Todd Davis-Iowa City

2. 5 Jay Johnson-W. Burlington

Consolation 2

1. 33 Nick Marolf-Moscow

2. 2h John Hampel-Nodaway

25 lap Race of Champions

1. 15 Birkhofer

2.. 58 Eckrich

3. 77 Jeff Aikey-Cedar Falls

4. 50 Eckrich

5. 39 Toland

6. 12 GussJr.

7. 88 Kile

8. 8 Findling

9. 74 Ron Boyse

10. 26 Boley

Last Chance Race 1

1. 4 Bobby Sexton-West Branch

2. 2 Monte Ohrt-West Branch

Last Chance Race 2

1. Mark Ward-Muscatine

2. 32 Tom Cannon-Iowa City

Hollywood Graphics Fast Dash

1. 50 Eckrich

2. 88 Kile

3. 26 Boley

Liberty 100

1. 15 Birkhofer

2. 26 Boley

3. 8 Findling

4. 50 Eckrich

5. 12 Guss Jr.

6. 45M Curt Martin-Independence

7. 58 Eckrich

8. 3T Davis

9. 45 Klinkkammer

10. 74 Boyse

11. 5 Johnson

12. 8M Ward

13. 3 McGowan

14. 4 Sexton

15. 2H Hampel

16. 77 Kurt Kile-West Liberty

17. 37 Smith

18. 21h Brian Harris-Davenport

19. 32D Miller

20. 88 Kevin Kile

21. 33 Marolf

22. 2 Ohrt

23. 77A Jeff Aikey-Cedar Falls

24. 39 Toland

25. 41j Jeremiah Hurst-Dubuque

26. M32 Marty Beckler-Hills

27. 90 Dan Galant-Clinton

28. 32 Cannon

29. 28 Bair

Miller Time Modifieds

Heat 1

1. 2 Jim Vest-Wellman

2. 22 Darrell Brick-West Branch

3. 96 Larry Herring-Lone Tree

Heat 2

1. 37 Todd Stoolman-West Branch

2. M50 Jim Sandusky-Moline, IL

3. 7 Mike Thomas- West Branch

Heat 3

1. 12 Terry Walker-Riverside

2. 19Terry Lawson-New Liberty

3. 42 John Brumley-Riverside

Consolation

1. 36 Leroy Brenner-Aledo, IL

2. 23 Marty Leik-Iowa City

3. 45 Steve Kohli-Iowa City

4. 44 Wade Lee-Muscatine

Fast Dash

1. 12 Walker

2. 2 Vest

3. M50 Sandusky

25 Lap Feature

1. 2 Vest

2. M50 Sandusky

3. 12 Walker

4. 22 Brick

5. 16 Ryan Dolan-Lisbon

6. 96 Herring

7. 7 Thomas

8. 37 Stoolman

9. 19 Lawson

10. 45 Kohli

11. 17 Steve Stewart-Washington

12. 42 Brumley

13. 44 Wade Lee- Muscatine

14. 55 Scott Stecher-Muscatine

15. 38 Rob Hilyer-Nichols

16. 01m Mitch Way-davenport

17. 51 Harry Wethington-Tipton

18. 36 Brenner

19. 71Z Ramon Partida-West Liberty

20. 34 Dave Hemsted-Lone Tree

21. 92Z Tim Zeman-Fruitland

22. 2h Rick Hixson-Orion, IL

23. 54 Doug Picray-Monticello

24. 23 Leik

25. 5 Denny Poulson-West Liberty

26. D56 Mike Dains-Mechanicsville

DADCO Corp./Parker Stores Pro Stocks

Heat 1

1. 29 Jason Gingerich-West Liberty

2. 12 Jeff Tharp-Dubuque

3. 69 John Maher-West Branch

Heat 2

1. 56 Andy Eckrich-Cosgrove

2. 25 Chad Simpson-Marion

3. 1 Matt Gichrist-Grandview

Heat 3

1. 32 Chris Simpson-Marion

2. 26 Paul Hallett-Muscatine

3. 36 Justin Gingerich-West Liberty

Fast Dash

1. 1 Gilchrist

2. 32 Chris Simpson

3. 56 Eckrich

20 Lap Feature

1. 56 Eckrich

2. 1 Gilchrist

3. 12 Tharp

4. 69 Maher

5. 0 Matt Bodman- Muscatine

6. 17 Gary Beuter-Tipton

7. 32 Chris Simpson

8. 25 Chad Simpson

9. 33 Randy Franzen-Maquoketa

10. 3 Dan Lange-Rochester

11. 7 Dale Franklin-Marion

12. 21 Brian VanDusen-Atalissa

13. 9z Dan Werner-Muscatine

14. 75 Mike Welsh-Davenport

15. 2R Rusty Daufeldt-Blue Grass

16. 36 Justin Gingerich-West Liberty

17. 21b Barry Dugan-Muscatine

18. 80 Jerry Dedrick-Vinton

19. 60 Matt Brockert-Muscatine

20. 5M Larry McCall-Mechanicsville

21. 29 Jason Gingerich-West Liberty

22. 26 Paul Hallett-Muscatine

23. 24 Monte Hayden-Wilton

NASCAR Hobby Stocks

Heat 1

1. 57 Jeff Wellington-Columbus Junction

2. 57J JeremieThompson-Ainsworth

3. 59 Mike Hughes-Galena, IL

Heat 3

1. S9 Ron Schreurs-Fruitland

2. 20 Dan Albright-Hiawatha

3. 15 Jared Collins-West Liberty

Fast Dash

08 Rod Staats
57j Jeremie Thompson
S9 Ron Schreurs

12 Lap Feature

1. 57J Thompson

2. 57 Wellington

3. D1 Fulton

4. 08 Staats

5. S9 Schruers

6. 15 Collins

7. 0x Harold O’Brien-Muscatine

8. 9 Davey Elliott-Moscow

9. 2W Roger Whitcomb-Letts

10. 59 Hughes

11. 0 Stan O’Brien-Muscatine

12. 100 Dave Schrier-Muscatine

13. 25 Jim Schrier-Washington

14. 29 Matt Greiner-Washington

15. 32 Deon Harris-Muscatine

16. 72 Doug Yates-Monticello

17. 99 Jason Speers-Oxford

18. 20 Albright

19. 42V Derrin Voss-Wilton


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