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Winnebago Co Fairgrounds
Pecatonica IL
June 12th, 2001

Jeff Aikey was in the right place at the right time to bag his first $6,000 Budweiser Open Late Model Shootout victory at the Winnebago Co Fairgrounds Speedway in Pecatonica IL on Tuesday June 12th.

Starting the race tenth, Aikey picked his way through traffic to take the lead away from Gary Webb with six laps to go when a low tire began slowing the leader. Webb himself took the lead following a lap 33 restart when pole-sitter Steve Boley’s car faltered with mechanical difficulties. Up until that point, it appeared to be a rout as Boley rocketed away from the field on every restart, opening up over a full straightaway lead on the pack. Lapping slower cars by the ninth circuit, and escaping near disaster on lap 28 when one of the cars fighting to stay on the lead lap spun directly in front of him, Boley appeared infallible right up until he coasted to a stop on the backstretch with engine woes.

Darren Miller thrilled fans with his second place finish after qualifying for the main event through the consolation. Miller was forced to start the 50-lapper on the tail of the field after pitting to repair damage caused during a first lap shunt. Rick Wendling faded to third at the checkers after running second most of the race, followed by Dennis Erb and Ryan Dolan. Gary Webb recovered from his flat tire to finish in the sixth position ahead of Denny Eckrich, Terry Huizel, Matt Furman and Tom Cannon.

Scott Nesteby captured the Modified feature victory by leading every lap and surviving a late race challenge from Ryan Dolan. Dolan was able to look underneath the leader several times before breaking on the final lap, handing second to Ron Barker ahead of Scott Holbert, Jed Hurst and Tim Maurer.

The next event on the big half-mile located at Winnebago Co Fairgrounds will be a $10,000 to win UMP Summer Nationals Series race held on Monday July 2nd. More than 60 of the Midwest’s top driver’s are expected to be in competition during the event, the first UMP sanctioned race ever at the historic facility. For more information, contact Simmons Promotions INC at 563-744-3620 or online at www.simmonspromotionsinc.com.

1. 77 Jeff Aikey Cedar Falls IA
2. 32d Darren Miller Chadwick IL
3. 78 Rick Wendling Hazelton IA
4. 28 Dennis Erb Jr Carpentersville IL
5. 54 Ryan Dolan Lisbon IA
6. 56 Gary Webb Blue Grass IA
7. 50 Denny Eckrich Coralville IA
8. 72 Terry Huizel Freeport IL
9. 51 Matt Furman Iowa City IA
10. 32 Tom Cannon Iowa City IA
11. b27 Bob Silaggi Freeport IL
12. 07 Scott Heeren Forreston IL
13. 87 Clint Hines Taylor Ridge IL
14. 26 Steve Boley West Liberty IA
15. 12n Terry Neal Ely IA
16. 58 Dave Eckrich Coralville IA
17. 7 Mark Burgtoff Quincy IL
18. 88 Kevin Kile West Liberty IA
19. 9z Lyle Zanker Ingleswood IL
20. 166 Joe Izzo Bridgeview IL
21. 57 Tim Hamburg Dixon IL
22. 77k Kurt Kile West Liberty IA
23. 12 Ray Guss Jr Milan IL
24. 52 Tim Lance Mapleton IL
25. 11 Ace Ihm Hazel Green WI
26. 21h Brian Harris Davenport IA

45 Curt Martin Independence IA
41j Jeremiah Hurst Dubuque IA
79 Greg Wagner
45k John Kresser
95 Ed Sanger Postville IA
25 Steve Lance Sr Mapleton IL
98 Gary Hunt
15 Brian Birkhofer Muscatine IA

1. 74 Scott Nesteby
2. 37b Ron Barker Dubuque IA
3. 111 Scott Holbert Freeport IL
4. 10x Jed Hurst Hazel Green WI
5. 0 Tim Mauer
6. 00 Josh Vinnedge Forreston IL
7. 39 Bob Bollen Freeport IL
8. 3b Ron Morris
9. d55 Scott Lemke Davis Junction IL
10. 98 Rodney Vautsmeier
11. 21 Scott Strohecker
12. 5 Mike Hill
13. 42 Reed Withers
14. 16 Ryan Dolan Lisbon IA
15. 9 Brad Anderson
16. 337 Pat Gillespie

90 Mark Verbeck Annawan IL
55j Jay Ryan

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PO Box 10902
Cedar Rapids, IA 52410
Last modified: April 20, 2002

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