Eckrich extends West Liberty points lead
Denny Eckrich picked up his second NASCAR Weekly Racing Series Late Model win of the season on Saturday June 9th, becoming the first driver in eight events to do so. The win padded his already comfortable points lead in the season-long battle.
Ray Guss Jr appeared to be the odds on favorite by virtue of his front row starting position. Guss used the cushion to open up a huge lead while Matt Furman, Fred Remely and Bobby Sexton battled it out for the second spot. By the time the racing action slowed for a second lap caution, Eckrich had improved his twelfth place start into fifth. Taking advantage of the double file restart, Eckrich immediately began hounding Guss for the lead. The pair raced side-by-side until a lap six caution, but picked up where they left off when racing resumed. With Guss pounding the cushion, Eckrich tried several lines behind him, each one fast enough to pull alongside the leader but unable to complete the pass. Eckrich finally found something he liked around lap eleven, dropping back initially but rocketing ahead on lap fourteen. Eckrich immediately began pulling away, eventually putting almost half the field a lap down as he sliced his way through the slower traffic. Guss crossed underneath the checkers ten car lengths behind the leader but well ahead of Furman, Mike Klinkkammer and Sexton.
Bret Frieden used a strong start to hold off the challenges of Scott Megonigle and post his first Miller Time Modified feature win of the year. Frieden advanced from fifth on the start into the lead by the end of the second circuit and immediately began to distance himself from the field. A lap six restart put Megonigle on Frieden’s rear bumper, where he used the extreme top of the racetrack in an unsuccessful attempt on the lead. After several attempts on the topside, Megonigle then switched his attack to the bottom on lap fourteen before heavy traffic intervened two laps later. Frieden held on to the win ahead of Megonigle, Russ Olson, Gus Hughes and Jim Vest.
Rookie Andy Eckrich picked up his first Pro Stock victory after taking the lead on a lap nine restart. Jody Metzger snagged the early lead from his front row start and appeared to be cruising to his first win of the season until the ninth lap. Second place Jason Gingrich caught Metzger and pulled underneath when the two cars made contact, sending Metzger into the wall and ending his evening. With no leader for the restart, Eckrich found his 20 car-length deficit erased as he restarted the race in the front row alongside Gingrich. Wasting no time capitalizing on his good fortune, Eckrich beat Gingrich into the first corner and went on to post the easy victory. Gingrich was disqualified post race when his car weighed light at the scales, giving second to Norman Bean followed by Matt Gilchrist, Rusty Daufeldt and Darren Plett.
Jeremy Thompson pulled off his third Hobby Stock victory in the last four events by taking the lead away from Orlen Stark following a lap four restart. Stark held on to second at the checkers ahead of Stan O’Brien, Tim Zeman and Matt Fulton.
NASCAR Weekly Racing Series action continues on the flat half mile at the Muscatine County Fairgrounds this Saturday June 16th. Hot laps are scheduled for 6 pm with racing to follow. For more information contact Simmons Promotions at 563-744-3620 or online at www.simmonspromotionsinc.com. For raceday updates and results after the races are over, call your local McLeod USA InTouch Directory category #3740 and #3741.
MILLER TIME MODIFIEDS1. 64 Bret Frieden Cedar Rapids
2. m2 Scott Megonigle Cedar Rapids
3. b3 Russ Olson Cedar Rapids
4. 30 Gus Hughes Monticello
5. 2 Jim Vest Wellman
6. 60 Robbie Verbeck Annawan IL
7. 22 Darrall Brick West Branch
8. 19 Terry Lawson New Liberty
9. 96 Larry Herring Lone Tree
10. 45 Steve Kohli Iowa City
11. 72 Rich Lewis Kewaupee IL
12. 2h Rick Hixson Orion IL
13. 007 Brian Sexton Lone Tree
14. 55 Scott Stecher Muscatine
15. 1 Dan Chapman Clarence
16. 71z Ramon Partida West Liberty
17. 26 Scott Fridley Mechanicsville
18. 37 Todd Stoolman West Branch
19. 34 David Hemsted Lone Tree
20. 18 Matt Ruess West Liberty
21. 9 Richard Steadman Hiawatha
22. 22d Dave Boyd Mechanicsville
23. 9z Mike Zogg New Liberty
24. 42 John Brumely Muscatine
25. 15 Allen May Elmwood IL
26. 25 Dustin Lovell Rochester
27. 7 Mike Thomas West Branch