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Denny Eckrich Captures Yankee Dirt Track Classic Title

 

Farley, Iowa: The 27th annual Yankee Dirt Track Classic concluded with the championship feature races being run on Saturday night September 18th with a near capacity crowd in attendance on a beautiful night for racing. The night began with a drivers salute to the fans as nearly 150 cars were on the front chute as the invocation and national anthem were presented.

 When the night ended it was Denny Eckrich celebrating in victory lane with a $15,000 win. The win was Eckrich's second Yankee title. Saturday nights title win followed a 2001 win. The Yankee took the green with 28 drivers comprising the starting grid. Ray Guss Jr. led the field from the pole by virtue of his Hollywood Graphics fast dash win earlier in the night. Guss was involved in an early race incident that sent him to the pits giving the lead to Steve Francis. Francis led for a few laps before Dan Schlieper took over the top spot coming to the front all the way from his 22nd starting position. Schlieper led the race all the way to the 64th lap when Denny Eckrich was able to put the Flyin 50 into the race lead for good. Eckrich was able to hold off Schlieper's late race charge to regain the lead for the Yankee championship win. The 100 lap Yankee included a lot of story lines as the drivers who hit the setup and were able to take care of their tires were the most successful in the long race. Eckrich was smooth all night long in taking the impressive win over one of the best drivers in the business in Dan Schlieper. Curt Martin ran a very smart race in turning in an outstanding run in taking third ahead of Ron Barker.  Barker drove the Ed  White owned car number 12T and came from way back in the starting grid to score a very impressive fourth place finish ahead of Brian Harris, who ran up front all race long.

 

 Ron Barker topped off a record setting 2004 season with a Yankee title in the 25 lap Modified feature. Barker earned the right to start on the pole by virtue of the fast dash win. Barker fought off a very persistent Larry Herring in the early going before opening up a comfortable lead. Herring crossed under the checkers in second ahead of Scott Nesteby and Jason Schueller. The Yankee  title was added to two track championships (Farley & Dubuque) and two NASCAR region championships in 2004 for Barker.

 The Auto Acres 25 lap feature saw 23 drivers take the green flag. The race featured Bud Shootout Late model drivers that did not qualify for the 100 lap Yankee.  Craig Jacobs was able to get out front early and lead the race flag to flag. Jacobs took the win and the $1,000 paycheck and passed up a chance to advance to the Yankee. Second place finisher Layne Meyer passed up the $800 second place money and advanced to the Yankee.  Todd Davis was credited with a second place finish in the Auto Acres 25 finishing ahead of Gary Crawford and Mark Curwen.

 

 Jeff Reinert started his night off with a win in the Pro Stock fast dash and finished the night with a Yankee championship. Reinert was able to beat the best in the Pro Stock division by taking the win over Bobby Moyer and Bob Bollon. Reinert led all 20 laps en route to his first ever Yankee Championship topping the 26 car starting field. 

 

 Jason Rauen capped off a stellar Hobby Stock season with a Yankee title to his credit. The Farley, Iowa driver picked up 22 wins in 2004 before adding the Yankee to his resume. Rauen led the race flag to flag taking the win over his teammate Duane Ahmann. Dan Albright took third ahead of Jarvis Eastlick.

 

Yankee Dirt Track Classic Race Results

Farley Speedway

Farley, Iowa

September 18, 2004

 

Hobby Stocks

 

Fast Dash

  1. 98 Jason Rauen-Farley, IA
  2. 80 Rick Runde-Platteville, WI
  3. 44 B.J. Schmitt-Dubuque

 

Feature

  1. 98 Rauen
  2. 98X Duane Ahmann-Epworth
  3. 20A Dan Albright-Hiawatha
  4. 20 Jarvis Eastlick-Platteville, WI
  5. 28 Ed McIntyre-Delhi
  6. 8k Jerry Merkes-Farley
  7. 44 Schmitt
  8. 67 Jason Reichers-Belmont, WI
  9. 48 John Gobrecht-Shullsburg, WI
  10. 72 Doug Yates-Monticello
  11. 22 Cory Bauer-Monticello
  12. 76 Tom Turpin-Shullsburg, WI
  13. B4Jr-Brian Dirks-Anamosa
  14. 29D Scott Dierks-Clarence
  15. 22x Mark Whalen-Darlington, WI
  16. 44x Mike Lynch-Platteville, WI
  17. 28x Ricky Schenberger-Freeport, Il
  18. 33 Jim Turpin-Shullsburg, Wi
  19. 13 Keith Huenefeld-Freeport, IL
  20. 23 Dennis Etten-Wyoming
  21. 98T Terry Ritmer-Savannah, IL
  22. 7k Travis Kaiser-Dyersville
  23. 80 Runde
  24. 0Z Zach Maurer-Pearl City, IL
  25. D44 Luke Goedert-Holy Cross
  26. 89 Kelly Welter-St. Donatus

 

 

Pro Stocks

 

Fast Dash

  1. 97 Jeff Reinert-Dyersville
  2. 61 Scott Reichers-Belmont, WI
  3. 23 Keith Kiernan-Dubuque

 

Feature

  1. 97 Reinert
  2. 25 Bobby Moyer-Dubuque
  3. 22b Bob Bollon-Freeport, IL
  4. 69 John Maher-West Branch, IA
  5. 22 Jeff Valentine-Dubuque
  6. 2k Jeff Kennedy-Dubuque
  7. 5M Larry McCall-Mechanicsville
  8. 23 Kiernan
  9. 59 Mike Hughes-Galena, IL
  10. 14 Levi Benn-Dyersville
  11. 93 Mike Kline-Browntown, WI
  12. 18 Brian Beaudry-Lost Nation
  13.  43G Tom Garner-East Dubuque, IL
  14. 68 Jim Hendricks-Muscoday, WI
  15. 75 Duane Wagner-Cuba City, WI
  16. S1 Steve hunter-Hopkinton
  17. 12 Jeremy Gengler-Lancaster, WI
  18. 71 Kevin Schroeder-Low Moor
  19. 8 Monte Hayden-Wilton
  20. 99 Ken  Martelle-LaMotte
  21. 19 Austin Blume-Byron, IL
  22. 35 Jimy Brokus-Dubuque
  23. 61 Riechers
  24. 57 Rod Cameron-Stockton, IL
  25. 21 Jason Robbins-Belmont, WI
  26. 91 Rich Picha-Prairie Du Chein, WI

 

 

Modifieds

 

Fast Dash

  1. 37b Ron Barker-Dubuque
  2. 96 Larry Herring-Lone Tree
  3. 27 Mark Schulte-Delhi

 

Feature

 

  1. 37b Barker
  2. 96 Herring
  3. 74 Scott Nesteby-Asbury
  4. 3 Jason Schueller-Dubuque
  5. 27 Mark Schulte-Delhi
  6. 9X Duane Coulson-E. Dubuque, IL
  7. 2C Greg Chapman-Dubuque
  8. 11B Mike Burbridge-Delhi
  9. 1 Johhny Spaw-Cedar Rapids
  10. D55 Scott Lemke-Davis Junction, IL
  11. 86 Dave McClain-Potosi, WI
  12. 77J Steve Johnson-Camanche
  13. 24M Jan Messer-Manchester
  14. 67 Randy Coghlan-Toddville
  15. 00 Josh Vinnedge-Forreston, IL
  16. 33W Steve Wetter-Platteville, WI
  17. 15 Sean Rupp-Dubuque20 Korey Burmeister-Glen Haven, WI
  18. 9 Leon Wilson-Hopkinton
  19. 2h Rick Hixson-Orion, IL
  20. G1 Mike Garland-Morrison, IL
  21. 29D Brad Dierks-Clarence
  22. 98 Rod Voutsmeier-Freeport, IL
  23. 97 Steve Dunkel-Worthington
  24. 14W Jason Walrack-Mineral Point, WI
  25. 93 Ken Kostenbader-Freeport, IL

 

Bud Shootout Late Models

Auto Acres 25

  1. 21 Craig Jacobs-Freeport, IL
  2. 3t Todd Davis-Iowa City
  3. 38 Gary Crawford-Independence
  4. 54 Mark Curwen-Hazel green, WI
  5. 5m Mike Fryar-Freeport, IL
  6. 9 Bobby Hansen-Center Point
  7. 72 Terry Huizel-Freeport, IL
  8. 11 Dean Wagner-Evansdale
  9. B1 Jeff Larson-Freeport, IL
  10. 24 Rusty Patterson-Mason City
  11. 0K Bill Koons-Omaha, NE
  12. 51 Mel Abels-Freeport, IL
  13. 95X Ed Sanger-Postville
  14. 76 Matt Mish-Bloomington, WI
  15. 79X Lance Mish-Cassville, WI
  16. 1m Rob Moss-Iowa City
  17. 23D Dana Wells-Moscow
  18. 79 Darren Mish-Dickeyville, WI
  19. 9Z Lyle Zanker-Inglewood, IL
  20. 29 Matt Rodebaugh-Orangeville, IL
  21. 337 Pat Gillespie-Pecatonica, IL

 

Hollywood Graphics Fast Dash

  1. 58 Dave Eckrich-Oxford
  2. 75 Ray Guss Jr.-Milan, IL
  3. 15 Steve Francis-Ashland, KY

 

100 Lap Yankee Dirt Track Classic

1.  50 Denny Eckrich-Tiffin-$15,000

2. 9 Dan Schlieper-Pewaukee, WI

3. 45 Curt Martin-Independence

4. 12T Ron Barker-Dubuque

5. 21H Brian Harris-Davenport

6. 28 Dennis Erb Jr.-Carpentersville, IL

7. 11X  Steve Ihm-Kieler, WI

8. 21X Layne Meyer-West Union

9. 08 Mike Miller-Leaf River, IL

10. 26 Steve Boley-West Liberty

11. 1k John Anderson-Omaha, NE

12. 75 Guss JR

13. 51x Matt Furman-Iowa City

14. 18Z Rusty Zook-Riverside

15. 58 Dave Eckrich-Oxford

16. C12 Chris Carlson-Greenfield, WI

17. 27 Dan Shelliam-Hazel Green, WI

18. 77 Jeff Aikey-Cedar Falls

19. 17B Jeff Bair-Solon

20. 12 Jeff Tharp-Dubuque

21. 15 Steve Francis-Ashland, KY

22. 95 Keith Foss-Winona, MN

23. 25 Chad Simpson-Marion, IA

24. 33 Nick Marolf-Moscow

25. 25h Kerry Hansen-Spencer, WI

26. 45L Jeff Laue-Burlington, IA

27. 3X Skip Frey-Ely

28. 45x Tommy Elston-Keokuk

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