Denny Eckrich Moves Closer To NASCAR Midwest Region Championship With West Liberty Win
West Liberty, Iowa: The NASCAR Dodge Weekly Series presented Kids Back To School Night at the West Liberty Raceway on Saturday night. Randy & Deb Noel of Noels Tree and Crane and Rusty and Angie Zook of Midwest Frame & Axle presented the kids with back to school supplies, two bikes were given away and the annual $1,000 dollar nickel scramble was held during intermission. SPI would like to thank the Noels and Zooks for their continued outstanding support of the West Liberty Raceway.
Denny Eckrich drove his “Flyin 50” to yet another Iowa Illinois Taylor Insulation NASCAR Late Model feature win on Saturday night. Eckrich started in his usual 12th starting position and steadily worked to the front taking the lead from Matt Gilchrist on lap number 19. Before one more lap could be completed Gilchrist slowed to a stop in turn number three with mechanical woes. Eckrich took the lead on the restart and went on to record the win over Todd Davis, Matt Furman who started the feature in 24th, Ryan Dolan and Jeff Bair rounded out the top five. 25 NASCAR Late Models took the green on Saturday night.
Rob Verbeck used a front row start to his advantage on Saturday night to score his first point race win of the season at the West Liberty Raceway in the very tough Miller Time Modified division. Verbeck led flag to flag taking the win over last weeks winner Dan Chapman. Terry Lawson ran third ahead of Ryan Dolan and Todd Stoolman.
Chris Simpson chased down race leader Stan O’Brien and took over the top spot on lap number 9 and went on to score the 15 lap Double D Performance Pro Stock feature win. Chris Simpson started deep in the field and used the top side of the track to make his way to the front. Gary Beuter turned in another fine run in taking second, Troy Philpott ran third ahead of O’Brien and Randy Franzen.
Rick Curtis led the NASCAR Hobby Stock flag to flag in scoring the feature win on Saturday night. Curtis crossed the stripe ahead of Dave Wada, Stan O’Brien and Jared Collins.
The NASCAR Season Championships will be held on Saturday, August 30th at the West Liberty Raceway. The NASCAR Late Models will headline the program with a 35 lap feature. Hot laps will take to the track at 6 p.m.
West Liberty Raceway Race Results 8/23/03
NASCAR Hobby Stocks
NASCAR Double D Performance Pro Stocks
Double D Performance Pro Stock Feature
Miller Time Modifieds
Miller Time Modified Feature
Iowa Illinois Taylor Insulation Late Models
1. 28 Jeff Bair-Solon
2. 88 Kevin Kile-West Liberty
3. 57 Tom Christensen-West Liberty
1. 50 Eckrich
2. 3T Davis
3. 51 Matt Furman-Iowa City
4. 66 Ryan Dolan-Lisbon
5. 28 Bair
6. 56E Eckrich
7. 45 Mike Klinkkammer-West Branch
8. 25 Chad Simpson-Marion
9. 58 Dave Eckrich-Oxford
10. 77J Steve Johnson-Camanche
11. 57 Christensen
12. 23D Dana Wells-Moscow
13. 69 Todd Hormel-West Liberty
14. 26R Wayne Brau-Anawan, IL
15. 18 Rusty Zook-Riverside
16. 31u Utter
17. 88 Kile
18. 20 Keith Bloomer-Columbus Junction
19. 66g Gilchrist
20. 26 Boley
21. 27S Dan Shelliam-Hazel Green, WI
22. 33 Nick Marolf-Moscow
23. 36 Dave Rasmussen-North Liberty
24. M32 Marty Beckler-Hills
25. 50X Rob Moss-Iowa City
West Liberty Raceway
By: Jerry Mackey