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Suzuki 4 wheeler that Wilwert's has provided SPI for race track and  tee shirt shoot each night. The Suzuki Fun Gun provided by Wilwert's Inc.

Steve Johnson Scores First NASCAR Win Of 2002 At Dubuque County Fair

 

The NASCAR Weekly Racing Series presented by Dodge provided the grandstand entertainment for the Dubuque County Fair goers on Wednesday, July 24th. All five classes of competitors were in action on a very pleasant night for racing.

 

Steve Johnson scored his first win of the season in leading the 25 lap Iowa Illinois Taylor Insulation Late Model main event from flag to flag. Johnson has had a terrible season up until this point; he has been unable to race much as he has been sidelined with motor problems. Johnson returned to the Dubuque Speedway last Sunday and ran a very strong second and then backed that finish up with a win on Wednesday night. Johnson held off a very strong Darren Mish in the closing laps. Mish was very pleased with the second place finish in considering that he beat Denny Eckrich to the checkers. Bobby Hansen ran up front the entire race and settled for fourth ahead of Gary Webb.

 

The hottest driver in Eastern Iowa remained hot on Wednesday night. Ron Barker won his 26th feature of the season in taking the win in the 20 lap NASCAR Modified main event. Barker steadily worked to the front from his 12th position start. The win was not easy for Barker as he was challenged by Scott Nesteby. Barker made a very rare bobble on lap 15 which allowed Nesteby to shoot into the lead, Barker was able to regain the lead on lap 17 and hold off Nesteby for the win. Jed Hurst crossed under the checkers in third ahead of Mark Schulte.

 

Jeff Tharp won his second feature in a row in the NASCAR Pro Stock division. Tharp used the low side of the track in advancing to the front from his sixth row start. A three car battle for the lead was waged for much of the15 lap main event. Tharp, Ty Kleiner and Dan Shelliam raced in a tight pack before Tharp was able to break away for the win. Kleiner ran second ahead of Shelliam with Jim Brokus rounding out the top four.

 

The NASCAR Hobby Stock feature win went to Jim Turpin on Wednesday night. Turpin has enjoyed a great season at the SPI promoted tracks with several wins in the very tough Hobby Stock division. Turpin took the win ahead of Steve Dunkel and Jason Rauen.

 

27 Farley Flyers took the green for their 10 lap feature on Wednesday night. The race was red flagged for a multi car pileup before one lap could be completed. Several cars were sidelined, when the race was restarted a 4 car breakaway developed for the lead. Keith Kiernan emerged from the pack and drove his #23 to his first feature win of the season. Brian Kammerude took the checkers in second ahead of Jason Roth.

 

Racing will wrap up the Dubuque County Fair on Sunday, July 28th with hot laps slated for 6:30 p.m.

Race Results 7/24/02

 

Farley Flyers

Heat 1

1.      17 Randy Leehan-Apple River, IL

2.      55 Brian Kammerude-Hazel Green, WI

3.      38S R.J. Simon-Farley

 

Heat 2

1.      69 Becky Roth-Cuba City, WI

2.      66 Tony Brimeyer-Dubuque

3.      45 Jeff Jorgensen-Mineral Point, WI

 

Feature 

  1. 23 Keith Kiernan-Dubuque

  2. 55 Kammerude

  3. 31 Jason Roth-Hazel Green, WI

  4. 17 Leehan

  5. 8x Randy Warne

  6. 3X Brad Klaas-Lancaster, WI

  7. 99. 3 Mark Jaeger-Dyersville

  8. 68 Steve Stackis-Dubuque

  9. 97 Russ Their

  10. 07 Joel Steinman-Brodhead, WI

  11. 57 Don Marcov Jr.-Dubuque

  12. 69 Becky Roth

  13. 21K Danny Kennedy-Dubuque

  14. 8 Joe Sarazin-Dubuque

  15. 79 Cliff Schanbeck-Delaware

  16. 15 Loras Feldmann-Dyersville

  17. 7 Joe Pluemer

  18. 66 Brimeyer

  19. 75 Chad Naderman-Farley

  20. 45 Jorgensen

  21. 38S Simon

  22. 14 Levi Benn-Dyersville

  23. 35 Joe Krantz

  24. 25 Brian Kelly

  25. 01 Damien Miller-Dubuque

  26. 1T Mark Thul-Dubuque

  27. 38X Bryan Melocarro-Dubuque

NASCAR Hobby Stocks

 Heat 1

  1. 59 Mike Hughes-Galena, IL

  2. 8K Jerry Merkes-Farley

  3. 89 Kelly Welter-Dubuque

 Heat 2

  1. 98X Duane Ahmann-Epworth

  2. 44X Mike Lynch-Platteville, WI

  3. 44 B.J. Schmidt-Dubuque

 Feature

  1. 33 Jim Turpin-Shullsburg, WI

  2. 97Steve Dunkel- Worthington

  3. 98 Jason Rauen-Farley

  4. 98X Ahmann

  5. 13 Larry Benn-Dyersville

  6. 59 Hughes

  7. 28 Ed McIntyre-Delhi

  8. 8K Merkes

  9. 89 Welter

  10. 81 K.C. Ansel-Dubuque

  11. 5 Norb Ahlers-Earlville

  12. 44 Schmidt

  13. 44x Lynch

  14. 83 Rob Petsche-Centralia

  15. 6 Jed Frieberger-Dubuque

NASCAR Pro Stocks

Heat 1  

  1. 35 Jim Brokus-Dubuque

  2. 2K Jeff Kennedy-Dubuque

  3. 20 Ty Kleiner-Potosi, WI

 Heat 2

  1. 18 Skip Culbertson-Dubuque

  2. 22 Jeff Valentine-Dubuque

  3. 97 Jeff Reinert-Dyersville

Feature

  1. 12 Jeff Tharp-Dubuque

  2. 20 Kleiner

  3. 16 Dan Shelliam-Hazel Green, WI

  4. 35 Brokus

  5. 97 Reinert

  6. 71 Kevin Schroeder-Low Moor

  7. 1 John Walker-Cedar Rapids

  8. 18 Culbertson

  9. 25 Bobby Moyer-Dubuque

  10. 99 Ken Martelle-LaMotte

  11. 23 Jim Amos-Peosta

  12. 22 Valentine

  13. 2k Kennedy

NASCAR Modifieds 

Heat 1

  1. 4 Jerry Miles-Dubuque

  2. 19 Jim Allen-Dubuque

  3. 69 Roger Donahue-Dubuque

Heat 2

  1. 37b Ron Barker-Dubuque

  2. 89 Tom Pestka-Delhi

  3. 74 Scott Nesteby-Dubuque

Feature

  1. 37b Barker

  2. 74 Nesteby

  3. 10 Jed Hurst-Hazel Green, WI

  4. 27 Mark Schulte-Delhi

  5. 69 Donahue

  6. 16 Ryan Dolan-Lisbon

  7. 39 Bob Bollon-Freeport, IL

  8. 33 John Burbridge-Delhi

  9. 71 Robert Schumaker

  10. 89 Pestka

  11. 11 Mike Burbridge-Delhi

  12. 3 Jason Schuller-Dubuque

  13. 4 Miles

  14. 24m Jan Messer-Manchester

  15. 19 Allen

  16. 15 Sean Rupp-Dubuque

  17. S19 Rich Smith-Davenport

  18. 20 Cory Burmeister-Glen Haven, WI

  19. 1D Mel Saffran-Dubuque

Iowa Illinois Taylor Insulation Late Models

Heat 1

  1. 8 Mark Merfeld-Dubuque

  2. 21 Luke Merfeld-Dubuque

  3. 77J Steve Johnson-Camanche  

Heat 2

  1. 61r Jon Rogers-German Valley, IL

  2. 79 Darren Mish-Cassville, WI

  3. 54 Mark Curwen-Hazel Green, WI

Feature

  1. 77J Johnson

  2. 79 Mish

  3. 50 Denny Eckrich-Tiffin

  4. 98.1 Bobby Hansen-Dike

  5. 56 Gary Webb-Blue Grass

  6. 8 Merfeld

  7. 21 Merfeld

  8. 61r Rogers

  9. 11 Steve Ihm-Kieler, WI

  10. 54 Curwen

  11. 1m Rob Moss-Iowa City

  12. 5 Wade Halverson-Elgin

  13. 51 Mel Abels-Freeport, IL

  14. 95 Ed Sanger-Postville

Dubuque Fairgrounds Speedway

7/24/02

By: Jerry Mackey

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