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Aukland Takes $10,000 Win in Renegade Series Race At Farley Speedway

The Farley Speedway hosted the Renegade Dirt Car Series on Saturday, July 20th on a very warm night in front of a large enthusiastic crowd. The traveling Superstars of Dirt Track Late Model racing were on hand to do battle with the local standouts.

The Renegade Dirt Car Series format included four Brodix heat races, the Isky cams fast dash and two Mastersbilt chassis B-Mains prior to the running of the 75-lap feature. The top six in time all qualified through their heats setting the lineup for the fast dash which determined the starting lineup for the first three rows of the feature event. Greg Lucas won the fast dash by using a slingshot move in turn four of the final lap to get by Dan Schlieper. Lucas set the pace for the 75-lap feature but was quickly challenged by a host of top guns. Local hot shoe Denny Eckrich took the lead from Lucas and began to build on his lead. The race was bunched up for a restart, when the race resumed Rick Aukland began to apply the pressure to Eckrich. Aukland was able to move into the lead near the midway point of the race and the popular Ohio driver was able to hold the point the remainder of the race in earning the $10,000 paycheck.  The real hard charger of the race was Chub Frank, by virtue of Renegade points Frank was granted a provisional starting spot, which aligned him in the 23rd position. Frank steadily worked to the front and finished the race in third position. When the checkers flew on the 75 lap main event, Aukland was followed across the line by Denny Eckrich, Frank, another local driver who enjoyed a terrific run, Skip Frey, and Billy Drake rounded out the top five. The local drivers again proved that they could race with the best drivers in the country. 14 of the 26 drivers who qualified for the Renegade Dirt Car Series event were local Late Model standouts.

In addition to the high powered Renegade Dirt Car Series, Farley Speedway Pro Stocks, Hobby Stocks and the Farley Flyers were also in competition. Feature winners on Saturday night included Ty Kleiner in the Pro Stocks over Jeff Tharp, the Hobby Stock feature was won by Larry Benn crossing the line ahead of Jerry Merkes and the Flyer win went to Becky Roth beating Loras Feldmann to the checkers.

Race Results
7/20/02 Farley Speedway

Renegade Dirt Car Series

Heat 1
1. 32D Darren Miller-Chadwick, IL
2. 12 Ray Guss Jr. -Milan, IL
3. 30 Steve Shaver-Vienna, WV

Heat 2.
1. 45m Curt Martin-Independence
2. S9 Dan Schlieper-Pewaukee, WI
3. 12A Rick Aukland-Zanesville, OH

Heat 3
1. 50 Denny Eckrich-Tiffin
2. 3X Skip Frey-Ely
3. 72 John Mason-Millersburg, OH

Heat 4
1. 32L Greg Lucas-Whitesburg, KY
2. 11 Steve Ihm-Kieler, WI
3. 75 John Gill-Mitchell, IN

Consolation 1
1. E1 Mike Balzano-Parkersburg, WV
2. 15 Brian Birkhofer-Muscatine
3. 16 Shawn Negangard-Osgood, IN

Consolation 2
1. 3t Todd Davis-Iowa City
2. 77 Jeff Aikey-Cedar Falls
3. 5 Jay Johnson-West Burlington

Fast Dash
1. 32L Lucas
2. S9 Schlieper
3. 30 Shaver

75 Lap Feature
1. 12A Aukland
2. 50 Eckrich
3. 1 Chub Frank-Bear Lake, PA
4. 3X Frey
5. 9 Billy Drake-Bloomington, IL
6. 30 Shaver
7. 32D Miller
8. 32L Lucas
9. S9 Schlieper
10. 71 R Rod Conley-Wheelersburg, OH
11. 72 Mason
12. 45m Martin
13. 58 Dave Eckrich-Oxford
14. W11 Rob Blair-Titusville, PA
15. 11 Ihm
16. 56 Gary Webb-Blue Grass
17. E1 Balzano
18. 12 Guss Jr
19. 5 Johnson
20. 39 Rob Toland-Hillsdale, IL
21. 16 Negangard
22. 75 Gill
23. 3T Davis
24. 77 Aikey
25. 15B Birkhofer
26. 26 Steve Boley-West Liberty

Farley Flyers

1. 69 Becky Roth-Hazel Green, WI
2. 15 Loras Feldmann-Dyersville
3. 99.3 Mark Jaeger-Dyersville
4. 14 Levi Benn-Dyersvile
5. 00 John Flury-Epworth

Hobby Stocks
1. 13 Larry Benn-Dyersville
2. 8K Jerry Merkes-Farley
3. 59 Mike Hughes-Galena, IL
4. 97 Steve Dunkel Worthington
5. 98 Jason Rauen-Farley

Pro Stocks
1. 20 Ty Kleiner-Potosi, WI
2. 12 Jeff Tharp-Dubuque
3. 69 John Maher-West Branch
4. 35 Jim Brokus-Dubuque
5. 97 Jeff Reinert-Dyersville

Farley Speedway
7/20/02
By: Jerry Mackey


Renegade DirtCar Racing Series Stop At Farley To Aukland

Rick Aukland of Zanesville,OH captured his second Renegade DirtCar Racing Series sanctioned main event victory of the season Saturday pocketing the $10,000 "Farley 75" at Farley Speedway in Farley,IA. Starting fifth aboard the Ostrom Painting and Sandblasting/GVS Racing/Rocket Chassis/Malcuit Racing Engines No. 12 Aukland Racing Pontiac Grand Prix, Aukland grabbed the lead from Denny Eckrich on lap 39 and then raced away to a more than two second margin of victory over the eighth starting Eckrich.

"Boy, we needed this", stated a very happy Aukland. "We haven't really been good all season long but we are starting to get there. We weren't that good in the heat nor the dash but the guy's on the crew went to work and gave me a great race car for the main. It was a little loose to begin with but as the race wore on the car really came around. Now, we just have to keep it going".

Chub Frank, who had to use a series point provisional to make the race, roared from his 23rd starting spot to finish third. The two-time defending RDRS champion regained the point lead by 120 points over Mike Balzano who suffered a DNF when he blew an engine on lap 68 while racing among the top 10. Skip Frey rode home fourth with Billy Drake fifth followed by Steve Shaver in sixth with Darren Miller, Greg Lucas, Dan Schlieper and 24th starting Rod Conley rounding out the top ten finishers.

Front row starters Lucas and Schlieper brought the 26 car starting field to the green flag with Lucas powering into the lead at the end of the first lap ahead of Schlieper, Shaver, Miller and Drake. Contact on the backchute sent Balzano spinning backwards bringing out the first of seven caution periods in the race. Once the green replaced the yellow, Drake blew by Miller for fourth but the caution flew again on lap 3 when Jay Johnson spun to a stop in turn two.

One lap after going back to green Miller regained the fourth spot from Drake with Eckrich blowing past both Drake and Miller for fourth on lap 5. Caution again on lap 6 for a tangle between Shawn Negangard and Steve Boley slowed the pace and sent Boley pitside with a broken radiator. With the race back munderway Lucas pulled out to a four car margin over Schlieper. Miller worked his way back into fourth on lap 7 only to have Eckrich return the favor the next circuit. Eckrich then grabbed third from Shaver on the next lap quickly closing on Schlieper and taking the runner-up spot on lap 11. Eckrich ran down Lucas in one lap taking the lead on lap 12.

By lap 25, Eckrich had opened up a nearly ten car length margin over Aukland who had worked his way into second. Lucas sat third with Frey now fourth and Schlieper fifth trailed by Miller, Drake, Rob Toland, Shaver and Ray Guss Jr. Eckrich's huge lead was taken away on lap 33 when Todd Davis slowed to a stop in turn four putting Aukland directly behind the leader. Aukland pulled alongside of Eckrich on the restart leading lap 34 by a nose but Eckrich came right back to lead laps 35 through 38. Aukland continued to use the low groove with Eckrich up high with Aukland taking what proved to be the final pass for the lead on lap 39.

With 25 laps to go, Aukland enjoyed a huge advantage over Eckrich with Schlieper third, Drake fourth and Frey fifth followed by Frank, Lucas, Guss Jr., Miller and Balzano. Cautions on lap 51 for debris and lap 53 for Balzano who stopped with a flat right reat tire slowed the pace but not Aukland. After each restart Aukland simply pulled away from Eckrich opening up a sizeable advantage which he kept to the finish.

The $43,000 event drew 36 drivers to the semi-banked 1/2 mile speedway with Miller earning the CARRERA SHOCKS "Challenge the Clock" time trial award with his quick lap at 19.150 seconds. BRODIX,INC. heat race wins fell to Miller, Curt Martin, Eckrich and Lucas while Balzano and Todd Davis grabbed the MASTERSBILT RACE CARS "B" Mains with Lucas copping the ISKY RACING CAMS dash.

Renegade DirtCar Racing Series Race Report For 7-20-02
Race No. 20-2002 Season-"Farley 75"
Farley Speedway-Farley,IA-1/2 Mile Oval
$43,000 Purse-$10,000 To Win-75 Lap Feature

Showing Finish Pos.,Start Pos.,Car #,Driver,Laps Completed,Reason Out (if any) and Purse Money Won

1. (5) #12 Rick Aukland 75 Running $10,050
2. (8) #50 Denny Eckrich 75 Running $6,000
3. (23) #1* Chub Frank 75 Running $4,050
4. (10) #3X Skip Frey 75 Running $3,000
5. (4) # 9 Billy Drake 75 Running $2,060
6. (3) #30 Steve Shaver 75 Running $1,670
7. (6) #32D Darren Miller 75 Running $1,440
8. (1) #32 Greg Lucas 75 Running $1,300
9. (2) #S9 Dan Schlieper 75 Running $1,180
10. (24) #71R Rod Conley 75 Running $1,050
11. (12) #72 John Mason 75 Running $900
12. (7) #45M Curt Martin 74 Running $850
13. (16) #58 Dave Eckrich 73 Tire $800
14. (15) #Won11 Rob Blair 72 Running $750
15. (11) #11 Steve "Ace" Ihm 71 Running $700
16. (26) #56 Gary Webb 70 Tire $700
17. (17) #E1 Mike Balzano 68 Engine $650
18. (9) #12G Ray Guss Jr. 58 Handling $550
19. (22) # 5 Jay Johnson 47 Tire $550
20. (14) #39 Rob Toland 44 Tire $500
21. (21) #16 Shawn Negangard 42 Handling $550
22. (13) #75 John Gill 40 Handling $500
23. (18) #3T Todd Davis 38 Handling $550
24. (20) #77 Jeff Aikey 35 Handling $550
25. (19) #15B Brian Birkhofer 12 Cooling $550
26. (25) #26 Steve Boley 6 Accident $550

Time Of Race: 1 Hr. 5 Mins.
Yellow Flags: Seven-Laps 1,3,6,33,35,51,53
Red Flags: None
Lap Leaders: Three-Lucas 1-11,Dy. Eckrich 12-33,Aukland 34,Dy. Eckrich 35-38,Aukland 39-75
OUTERWEARS CO. "Hard Charger of the Race": Frank
ROCKET CHASSIS "Rookie of the Race": None
Provisional Starters: Frank,Conley,Boley,Webb
Car Count: 36
CARRERA SHOCKS "Challenge the Clock" Time Trial Award: Miller 19.150 secs.
BRODIX,INC. Heat Race Winners: Miller,Martin,Dy. Eckrich,Lucas
SCOTT PERFORMANCE WIRE Heat Race Bonus Winner: None
TEAM SMART Heat Race Bonus Winner: Lucas
MASTERSBILT RACE CARS "B" Main Winners: Balzano,Davis
ISKY RACING CAMS Dash Winner: Lucas

SUMMARY - CARRERA SHOCKS "Challenge the Clock" Time Trials:

1. #32D Darren Miller Milledgeville,IL 19.150
2. #12 Rick Aukland Zanesville,OH 19.278
3. # 9 Billy Drake Bloomington,IL 19.373
4. #32 Greg Lucas Whitesburg,KY 19.396
5. #1* Chub Frank Sugar Grove,PA 19.473
6. #S9 Dan Schlieper Pewaukee,WI 19.527
7. #26 Steve Boley West Liberty,IA 19.542
8. #77 Jeff Aikey Cedar Falls,IA 19.572
9. #30 Steve Shaver Vienna,WV 19.573
10. #45M Curt Martin Independence,IA 19.607
11. #50 Denny Eckrich Tiffin,IA 19.627
12. #11 Steve "Ace" Ihm Hazel Green,WI 19.643
13. #12G Ray Guss Jr. Milan,IL 19.654
14. #Won11 Rob Blair Titusville,PA 19.666
15. #72 John Mason Millersburg,OH 19.671
16. #75 John Gill Mitchell,IN 19.698
17. #39 Rob Toland Hillsdale,IL 19.725
18. #32P Bob Pierce Oakwood,IL 19.796
19. #3X Skip Frey Ely,IA 19.810
20. #58 Dave Eckrich Oxford,IA 19.814
21. #15B Brian Birkhofer Muscatine,IA 19.817
22. #71R Rod Conley Wheelersburg,OH 19.841
23. #10 Pete Parker Kaukuana,WI 19.867
24. #3T Todd Davis Iowa City,IA 19.905
25. #16 Shawn Negangard Osgood,IN 19.907
26. #E1 Mike Balzano Parkersburg,WV 19.962
27. # 5 Jay Johnson West Burlington,IA 20.026
28. #72E Dennis Erb Jr. Carpentersville,IL 20.055
29. #99 Johnny Johnson West Burlington,IA 20.066
30. #44 Duane Coulson East Dubuque,IL 20.076
31. #56 Gary Webb Blue Grass,IA 20.186
32. #59 Bill Cunningham Jefferson,OH 20.358
33. #25 Kerry Hansen Spencer,WI 20.468
34. #119 Jim Bernheisel Lebanon,PA 20.523
35. #C9 Steve Casebolt Richmond,IN 20.577
36. #1M Rob Moss Iowa City,IA 20.633

BRODIX,INC./SCOTT PERFORMANCE WIRE Heat #1 (10 Laps-Top 4 Advance To Feature): Miller,Guss Jr.,Shaver,Toland,Birkhofer,Frank,
Negangard,Hansen,Jo. Johnson
BRODIX,INC. Heat #2 (10 Laps-Top 4 Advance To Feature): Martin,
Schlieper,Aukland,Blair,Balzano,Coulson,Bernheisel,Conley,Pierce
BRODIX,INC. Heat #3 (10 Laps-Top 4 Advance To Feature): Dy. Eckrich,
Frey,Mason,Drake,Jy. Johnson,Boley,Parker,Webb,Casebolt
BRODIX,INC./TEAM SMART Heat #4 (10 Laps-Top 4 Advance To Feature): Lucas,Ihm,Gill,Dv. Eckrich,Davis,Aikey,Cunningham,Erb Jr.,Moss
MASTERSBILT RACE CARS "B" Main #1 (12 Laps-Top 3 Advance To
Feature): Balzano,Birkhofer,Negangard,Frank,Jo. Johnson,Conley,Hansen,
Coulson,Bernheisel,NS-Pierce
MASTERSBILT RACE CARS "B" Main #2 (12 Laps-Top 3 Advance To Feature): Davis,Aikey,Jy. Johnson,Boley,Cunningham,Erb Jr.,Moss,Parker,
Casebolt,Webb
ISKY RACING CAMS Dash (6 Laps-Finish Determines First Three Rows Of
Feature): Lucas,Schlieper,Shaver,Drake,Aukland,Miller

2002 Renegade DirtCar Racing Series Point Standings (after 7-20-02)

1. #1* Chub Frank Sugar Grove,PA 4,610
2. #E1 Mike Balzano Parkersburg,WV 4,490
3. #30 Steve Shaver Vienna,WV 3,880
4. #19J Davey Johnson Greensburg,PA 3,710
5. #Won11 Rob Blair Titusville,PA 3,470
6. #71R Rod Conley Wheelersburg,OH 3,460
7. #12 Rick Aukland Zanesville,OH 3,220
8. #119 Jim Bernheisel Lebanon,PA 2,430
9. #72 John Mason Millersburg,OH 2,250
10. #32 Greg Lucas Whitesburg,KY 2,210
11. # 1 Steve Francis Ashland,KY 1,800
12. #59 Bill Cunningham Jefferson,OH 1,700
13. #71C R.J. Conley Wheelersburg,OH 1,680
14. #4B Jackie Boggs Grayson,KY 1,550
15. #24 Rick Eckert York,PA 1,350
16. #21 Billy Moyer Batesville,AR 1,270
17. #42 Todd Andrews Eldred,PA 1,170
18. # 9 Billy Drake Bloomington,IL 1,160
19. #99 Donnie Moran Dresden,OH 1,130
20. # 7 Matt Miller Waterville,OH 1,100

2002 ROCKET CHASSIS "Rookie of the Year" Point Standings (after 7-20-02)

1. #119 Jim Bernheisel Lebanon,PA 2,430
2. #59 Bill Cunningham Jefferson,OH 1,700
3. #46 Jason Tolliver proctorville,OH 900
4. #07 Scott Cross Stevensville,MD 350
5. #19 Tim Yeager Harrodsburg,KY 250

2002 CARRERA SHOCKS "Challenge the Clock" Time Trial Point Standings (after 7-20-02)

1. #E1 Mike Balzano Parkersburg,WV 1,800
2. #1* Chub Frank Sugar Grove,PA 1,762
3. #30 Steve Shaver Vienna,WV 1,756
4. #Won11 Rob Blair Titusville,PA 1,712
5. #71R Rod Conley Wheelersburg,OH 1,692

2002 WRISCO INDUSTRIES/HOOSIER TIRE-OHIO VALLEY "Dash King" Point Standings (after 7-20-02)

1. #E1 Mike Balzano Parkersburg,WV 42
2. #30 Steve Shaver Vienna,WV 30
3. #1* Chub Frank Sugar Grove,PA 25
4. #71R Rod Conley Wheelersburg,OH 18
5. # 1 Steve Francis Ashland,KY 16

2002 MASTERSBILT RACE CARS "B" Main Point Standings (after 7-20-02)

1. #59 Bill Cunningham Jefferson,OH 1,230
2. #72 John Mason Millersburg,OH 750
3. #32 Greg Lucas Whitesburg,KY 570
4. #46 Jason Tolliver Proctorville,OH 420
5. #28 Steve Lucas Charleston,WV 400

2002 OUTERWEARS CO. "Hard Charger" Point Standings (after 7-20-02)

1. #1* Chub Frank Sugar Grove,PA 87
2. #Won11 Rob Blair Titusville,PA 65
3. #E1 Mike Balzano Parkersburg,WV 65
4. #71R Rod Conley Wheelersburg,OH 58
5. #12 Rick Aukland Zanesville,OH 57

2002 Renegade DirtCar Racing Series Feature Event Winners (after 7-20-02)

1. #1* Chub Frank Sugar Grove,PA 3
2. #E1 Mike Balzano Parkersburg,WV 3
3. #71 Don O'Neal Martinsville,IN 3
4. #12 Rick Aukland Zanesville,OH 2
5. #15B Brian Birkhofer Muscatine,IA 1
6. #4B Jackie Boggs Grayson,KY 1
7. #75 Bart Hartman Zanesville,OH 1
8. # 1 Steve Francis Ashland,KY 1
9. # 1 Earl Pearson Jr. Jacksonville,FL 1
10. #99 Donnie Moran Dresden,OH 1
11. #19J Davey Johnson Greensburg,PA 1
12. #33 Scott Haus Hamburg,PA 1
13. #83R Scott Rhodes Somerset,PA 1

Posted By: Bret Emrick
Email: info@RenegadeDirtCar.com
Date: July 21, 2002

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