Boley dominates Farley, stays perfect in Budweiser Open Late Model Shootout action
FARLEY, Iowa (May 9, 2001) - Steve Boley stayed hot by sweeping his third straight Budweiser Open Late Model Shootout of the season at the Farley Speedway on Wednesday May 9th. The win netted the West Liberty Iowa veteran his second $6,000 check of the week as he lead every lap of both the Farley event and the one held at the Winnebago Co Fairgrounds Speedway event the previous evening. Sixty one Late Model drivers drew for starting positions in their heat races, which qualified them for the feature event using a system of passing points added to finishing positions.
Starting on the pole position after easily winning the RP Communications/NextTel Fast Dash, Boley jumped out the the lead ahead of Duke Whiseant at the start and never looked back. Several cautions early in the race combined with a very fast racetrack and high attrition allowed Boley to choose whichever line around the high-banked half mile he felt fastest, as he never was forced to deal with lapped traffic until the 44th lap, and never more than one car at a time. Jeff Aikey fought with Whiseant early in the 50 lap event, eventually getting the runner up position following a lap twelve restart. Whiseant held on to the third spot ahead of Darren Miller, Rick Wendling and Joe Kosiski. Billy Moyer finished seventh after qualifying through the consolation event and starting 20th with Curt Martin, Denny Eckrich and Jay Johnson rounding out the top 10.
Dan Schlieper topped the Non-Qualifiers Dash, earning a $1,000 for his 10-lap effort. Schlieper inherited the lead after early leader Monte Ohrt spun his car in the second corner. Kyle Berck came home a distant second ahead of Troy Bruder and Terry Neal.
Next up for the Budweiser Open Late Model Shootouts will be another double header on Tuesday June 12th when the Winnebago Co Fairgrounds will play host its second event and on Wednesday 13th when the action shifts to the high-banked clay oval of the Dubuque Speedway. Hot laps both evenings are scheduled for 6:45 with racing to follow.
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Chapman Prefers NKF Tour Modified Results at Farley
Farley, Iowa – It was the difference between night and day; pavement and dirt; good luck and bad luck. Whatever comparison you want to use, Dan Chapman of Clarence preferred the results of the National Kidney Foundation Heartland Tour for a Cure Modified main event at the Farley Speedway Wednesday night. The night before, on the pavement at Hawkeye Downs in Cedar Rapids, Chapman spun in the final corner of the event while racing for second. On this night he held back the charges of Gus Hughes and Rich Smith to pick up his first Tour victory of 2001.
Chapman outran fellow front row starter Hughes to turn one at the start and those two, along with defending NKF Tour champion Ron Barker, set a blistering early pace. Rich Smith soon joined the leaders and moved into third when Barker’s right front wheel loaded up with mud. As the leaders continued their chase, many eyes were directed mid-pack where Corey Dripps was making an amazing run to the front. Dripps, who started twenty-seventh, was running above the cushion in the corners and was picking off cars at an alarming rate. When the caution waved with just three laps remaining, Dripps had moved all the way up to fifth in just twelve laps.
Hughes tried to make a pass on the inside of Chapman on the restart with Smith tucked in tight for third. Dripps found his high line blocked and dropped back to tenth. Chapman was able to hold back the challenge and as Hughes and Smith swapped the second position over the final two laps, Chapman cruised in for the victory. Hughes prevailed for runner-up honors with Smith, Darin Thye and Russ Olson, who started twelfth, completing the top five. Dripps received the Kosiski Racing Products "Hammer Down" award for his ninth place run.
The NKF Tour Modifieds now prepare for one of their biggest weekends ever with a trip to two tracks in Missouri. On Thursday and Friday, May 17th and 18th the Tour visits Callaway Raceway in Fulton for a $3,000-to-win event and on Saturday night the Modifieds will be looking for a $1,500 top prize at the Wheatland Raceway.
Results Heartland Tour Modifieds
1st Heat – 1. Russ Olson, Cedar Rapids 2. Rich Smith, Davenport 3. Casey Schram, Sterling IL 4. Bob Dominacki, Bettendorf
2nd Heat – 1. Scott Nesteby, Asbury 2. Jed Hurst, Dubuque 3. Bruce Hanford, Davenport 4. Gus Hughes, Monticello
3rd Heat – 1. Dan Chapman, Clarence 2. Robbie Verbeck, Annawan IL 3. Ron Barker, Dubuque 4. Darin Thye, Burlington
A-Main – 1. Chapman 2. Hughes 3. Smith 4. Thye 5. Olson 6. Dominacki 7. Nesteby 8. Hurst 9. Corey Dripps, Cedar Falls 10. Barker 11. Scott Megonigle, Cedar Rapids 12. Terry Lawson, New Liberty 13. Todd Schaufenbuel, New Hampton 14. Mel Saffran, Dubuque 15. Ramon Partida, West Liberty 16. Greg Chapman, Dubuque 17. Bart Miller, Clarence 18. Jason Schueller, Dubuque 19. John Bull, Rock Island IL 20. Chad Lerch, Lone Tree 21. Mark Schulte, Delhi 22. Hanford 23. Schram 24. Verbeck 25. John Fellman, Blue Grass 26. Ryan Dolan, Lisbon 27. Jason Veloz, Colona IL 28. Jamie Aikey, Cedar Falls DNS: Joey Kates, Kansas City KS