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 Boley stays hot with Budweiser Open Late Model Shootout win at Pecatonica

PECATONICA, Ill. (May 8, 2001) - Steve Boley christened the Winnebago County Fairgrounds Speedway in Pecatonica, Ill., on Tuesday, May 8, by sweeping his second Budweiser Open Late Model Shootout victory of the season in the first race held at the facility in over 20 years. Sixty-two of the nations best drivers signed in to challenge for the $6,000 top prize on the tricky square shaped half mile.

After dominating his heat and the Mountain Dew Fast Dash, Boley started the 50-lap event on the pole position ahead of Shannon Babb and Billy Moyer. Quickly jumping out to a comfortable lead while Moyer and Babb fought for the second position, Boley caught enough breaks with caution flags to stay clear of lapped traffic until mid-way through the race. Slower cars did tighten the frontrunners midway through the event, with Jeff Aikey joining the top group to make a four-car battle for the lead. The final caution of the event on lap 41 spoiled what was shaping up to be a dogfight for the checkers, as the leaders had just lapped the seventh place car of Don OíNeal and were facing the prospect of negotiating five more slower cars all fighting for position. Aikey swapped the third spot with Babb several times late in the race, but was forced back into the fourth spot on the final restart and was unable to complete another pass. Dan Schlieper overcame an early pit stop to finish fifth, ahead of Darren Miller, OíNeal, Brian Harris and Mitch Johnson.

Ace Ihm took home $1,000 for his efforts in the Non-Qualifiers Fast Dash, also jumping out from the pole position to lead every lap. Several drivers took their turn in the second spot with Jay Johnson initially giving chase until mechanical problems ended his evening, giving the spot to Gary Webb who pulled his car into the pits after hard contact with the turn three wall a few laps later. Matt Furman inherited the position to finish ahead of Scott Heeren, Darrall DeFrance and Dave Eckrich.

Modifieds were also on the card, with Ryan Dolan chasing down Ron Barker to take the victory. Mike Miller snuck around Barker on the last lap with Bob Dominacki and Josh Vinnedge rounding out the top five.

Racing action resumes at the Winnebago Co Fairgrounds Speedway on Tuesday June 12th with another Budweiser Open Late Model Shootout double-header. The next evening, Wednesday June 13th, all the drivers will move up the road to the Dubuque Fairgrounds Speedway where Darren Miller will be defending his Budweiser Open Late Model Shootout victory from last season. For more information, contact Simmons Promotions INC at 563-744-3620 or online at www.simmonspromotionsinc.com.


1. 26 Steve Boley West Liberty IA
2. 21 Billy Moyer Batesville AR
3. 18 Shannon Babb Decatur IL
4. 77 Jeff Aikey Cedar Falls IA
5. s9 Dan Schlieper Pewaukee WI
6. 32d Darren Miller Chadwick IL
7. 71 Don OíNeal Martinsville IN
8. 21h Brian Harris Davenport IA
9. 00 Mitch Johnson Hickson ND
10. 52 Steve Kosiski Omaha NE
11. 28 Dennis Erb Jr Carpentersville IL
12. 7b Mark Burgtoff Quincy IL
13. 41j Jeremiah Hurst Dubuque IA
14. 78 Rick Wendling Hazelton IA
15. c9 Steve Casebolt Richmond IN
16. 75 Billy Tuckwell Washington IL
17. 12 Ray Guss Jr Milan IL
18. 37b Troy Bruder Rock Falls IL
19. 14 Kyle Berck Marquette NE
20. 33 Kurt Stewart Ainsworth IA
21. 12n Terry Neal Ely IA
22. t2 Todd Bennett Peoria IL
23. 7c Jim Curry Norman IN
24. 15 Brian Birkhofer Muscatine IA
25. 88 Kevin Kile West Liberty IA
26. 52x Tim Lance Mapleton IL

1. 11 Ace Ihm Hazel Green WI
2. 51 Matt Furman Iowa City IA
3. 07 Scott Heeren Forreston IL
4. 99d Darrell DeFrance Marshaltown IA
5. 58 Dave Eckrich Coralville IA
6. 54 Ryan Dolan Lisbon IA
7. 45 Curt Martin Independence IA
8. 87 Clint Hines Taylor Ridge IL
9. 56 Gary Webb Blue Grass IA
10. 5 Jay Johnson West Burlington IA

3t Todd Davis Iowa City IA
3x Skip Frey Ely IA
57 Tim Hamburg Dixon IL
14 Jim Partipillo Elmhurst IL
50x Steve Morgan Freeport IL
13k Denny Petersen Tipton IA
b27 Bob Silaggi Freeport IL
95 Ed Sanger Postville IA
32j Jason Jaggers Wyanett IL
a1 Duke Whiseant Texarkana AR
27 Ed McGuire Monroe WI
50 Denny Eckrich Coralville IA
1m Rob Moss Iowa City IA
99 Johnny Johnson West Burlington IA
3 Brad Stewart Milledgeville IL
7 Frank Reaber Bensonville IL
33g Dan Galant Clinton IA
72 Terry Huizel Freeport IL
51x Mel Abels Freeport IL
23 Ted Loomis Kingston IL
40 Andrew Schooley Davenport IA
25 Steve Lance Sr Mapleton IL
9z Lyle Zanker Ingleswood IL
25 Marty Thompson Mineral IL
15x Ed Willaims Bartlett IL


1. 16 Ryan Dolan Lisbon IA
2. 08 Mike Miller
3. 37b Ron Barker Dubuque IA
4. 5d Bob Dominacki Bettendorf IA
5. 00 Josh Vinnedge Forreston IL
6. 21 Scott Strohecker
7. 90 Mark Verbeck Annawan IL
8. 0 Tim Mauer
9. 10 Tim Ross
10. 111 Scott Holbert Freeport IL
11. d55 Scott Lemke Davis Junction IL
12. g1 Mike Garland Morrison IL
13. 92 Casey Schram
14. 10x Jed Hurst Hazel Green WI
15. 93.7 Ken Kostenbader
16. 337 Pat Gillespie
17. 00x Cory Hallahan Dubuque IA
18. 5 Mike Hill
19. 03 Chuck Turner
20. b1 Jeff Larson Freeport IL
21. 98 Rodney Vautsmeier
DNS - 72 Rich Lewis Kewaupee IL

Great Photos by Troy M. Powers, O.D. 20/20 Racing Page at http://hometown.aol.com/Karilp/index.htm


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