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Suzuki 4 wheeler that Wilwert's has provided SPI for race track and  tee shirt shoot each night. The Suzuki Fun Gun provided by Wilwert's Inc.


May 18, 2001

Jeff Aikey backed up last week’s victory at the Farley Speedway “Palace of Speed” with a return trip to the victory circle in NASCAR Weekly Racing Series Late Model action held on May 18th.

Using the inside line to power toe front, Ace Ihm took early control of the race from the fifth starting position with Josh McGowan hot on his tail. Aikey began picking his way through traffic from his twelfth starting position, finding himself running in the fifth spot when the event’s only caution flag slowed the field. Maneuvering underneath McGowan two laps later, Aikey set his sights on the leader Ihm, erasing his advantage by the eighth circuit. With Ihm feverishly protecting the bottom of the racetrack his lead seesawed for the next seven laps until lap fifteen, when Aikey was able to get a nose underneath entering the first corner. Completing the pass as the two cars raced out of the second corner and down the backstretch, Aikey took the lead. Ihm spent the last ten laps searching the racetrack for a faster line, but was unable to mount a challenge to retake the lead as the laps wound down. McGowan held on for third place ahead of Luke Merfeld and Rick Wendling.

Modified fans got their money’s worth as Scott Nesteby nipped Larry Herring by less than a foot at the line for his first victory of the season. Jed Hurst led the first half of the race but succumbed to mechanical difficulties on lap ten, bringing out the caution flag and handing the lead over to Herring. Nesteby restarted the race in third spot, alongside the second place car of Mark Schulte. Quickly disposing of Schulte, Nesteby dove underneath Herring for the lead on the restart but unable to keep the point as Herring fought back on the top of the racetrack. Nesteby spent the remaining ten laps glued to Herring’s rear bumper, diving underneath and occasionally alongside in the turns, but waiting patiently until the last lap to make his move to the lead. As the pair crossed under the white flag nose to tail, both cars dove into the first corner hard, with Herring jumping the cushion slightly to give Nesteby the advantage underneath heading down the backstretch. Undaunted, Herring charged back in the final corner by using his momentum on the top of the racetrack to make a final run to the checkered. Side-by-side and they crossed the finish line, Nesteby prevailed by the slimmest of margins. Rich Smith finished a distant third after a similar door-to-door battle with fourth place finisher Steve Wetter during the final laps with Ryan Dolan rounding out the top five.

Dan Shelliam overcame a first lap shunt involving at least five other Pro Stocks to post his second feature win of the year. Shelliam restarted the race in the eighth position but quickly found himself pressuring pole sitter Jeff Kennedy by the third lap. Kennedy was able to thwart all of Shelliam’s advances until the final lap, surrendering the lead as the pair raced under the white flag and coming up short in a last ditch effort to preserve his top spot in the final corner. Jeff Valentine wound up third ahead of Brian Culbertson and Dana Servoy.

Jerry Merkes topped the Hobby Stocks after taking the lead away from TJ Leslein following a lap eight restart. Leslein slipped to fourth as both Paul Beckman and Larry Benn shot past on the final lap, but was able to stay ahead of point’s leader Jeff Reinert at the checkers. Ray Fawcett was awarded the Fun Car victory after apparent winner Todd Moore’s car failed to pass post race inspection. Chad Hallahan finished second ahead of Brian Strang, Chris Hinrichs and BJ Schmitt.

Racing will return this Friday, May 25th at the Palace of Speed for all five divisions of NASCAR Stock Cars. Hot laps are scheduled for 7 pm with racing to follow. For more information contact Simmons Promotions at 563-744-3620 or online at www.simmonspromotionsinc.com. For race day updates and quick results afterwards, call your local McLeod USA InTouch Directory, category 3740 and 3741.

Late Models
1. 77 Jeff Aikey Cedar Falls
2. 11 Ace Ihm Hazel Green WI
3. 3 Josh McGowan Vinton
4. 21 Luke Merfeld Dubuque
5. 78 Rick Wendling Hazelton
6. 12n Terry Neal Ely
7. 58 Dave Eckrich Coralville
8. 8m Chuck Mayerhofer Dixon IL
9. 41j Jeremiah Hurst Dubuque
10. 51 Matt Furman Iowa City
11. 32 Tom Cannon Iowa City
12. 37b Troy Bruder Rock Falls IL
13. 27 Ed McGuire Monroe WI
14. 78b Cory Best Waterloo
15. 87 Clint Hines Taylor Ridge IL
16. 98.1 Bobby Hansen Dike
17. 79 Darren Mish Cassville WI
18. 95 Ed Sanger Postville
19. 70 Brandon Hennick Central City
20. 44 Duane Coulson East Dubuque IL
21. 72 Terry Huizel Freeport IL
22. 69 Todd Hormel West Liberty
23. 77j Steve Johnson Camanche
8 Mark Merfeld Dubuque

1. 74 Scott Nesteby Asbury
2. 96 Larry Herring Lone Tree
3. d1 Rich Smith Bettendorf
4. 33 Steve Wetter Platteville WI
5. 16 Ryan Dolan Lisbon
6. 27 Mark Schulte Norway
7. b3 Russ Olson Cedar Rapids
8. 37b Ron Barker Dubuque
9. d55 Scott Lemke Davis Junction IL
10. 63 Scott Olson Maquoketa
11. 2c Greg Chapman Dubuque
12. 1d Mel Saffran Dubuque
13. 5h Mike Hill
14. 10 Jed Hurst Hazel Green WI
15. 30 Gus Hughes Monticello
16. 3 Jason Schueller Dubuque
54 Doug Picray Monticello
24 Randy Less Hopkinton
50 Jim Burbridge Delhi

1. 16 Dan Shelliam Hazel Green WI
2. 2k Jeff Kennedy Dubuque
3. 22 Jeff Valentine Dubuque
4. 18 Brian Culbertson Dubuque
5. 17s Dana Servoy Marion
6. 25 Bobby Moyer Dubuque
7. 4 Kevin Duerr Dubuque
8. 71 Kevin Schroeder Low Moor
9. 03 Don Hughes Monticello
10. 23 Jim Amos Peosta
11. s1 Steve Hunter Hopkinton
12. 35 Jim Brokus Dubuque
13. 12 Jeff Tharp Dubuque

1. 8k Jerry Merkes Farley
2. p7 Paul Beckman Monticello
3. 13 Larry Benn Dyersville
4. 38 TJ Leslein Dubuque
5. 97 Jeff Rienert Farley
6. 6 Jed Frieburger Dubuque
7. 83 Rob Petsche Asbury
8. 72 Doug Yates Monticello
9. 22 Cory Bauer Manchester
10. 20 Dan Albright Lisbon
11. 98 Duane Ahmann Epworth
12. 30 Mark Massey Farley

1. 64 Ray Fawcett Benton WI
2. 7 Chad Hallahan Dubuque
3. 26 Brian Strang Dubuque
4. 6c Chris Hinrichs Monticello
5. 44 BJ Schmitt Dubuque
6. 66 Brad Strang Dubuque
7. b4jr Brian Diercks Anamosa
8. 33 Nick McElmeel
9. 38 Russ Yonkovic Dubuque
10. 89 Kelly Welter Farley
6 Todd Moore Dubuque


Jeff Aikey


Scott Nesteby


Dan Shelliam


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