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West Liberty Raceway
July 28, 2001

Denny Eckrich padded his points lead by taking home his fifth NASCAR Weekly Racing Series Late Model Feature win of the season at the West Liberty Raceway on Saturday July 28th.

Brian Harris took the point from his pole position, setting a torrid pace over Tom Cannon and Matt Furman on the extremely tacky racetrack while Eckrich began working his way to the front from his twelfth place starting spot.  Harris's incredible pace put him in lapped traffic by the seventh circuit, eventually lapping half the field by the time the first caution came out on lap nineteen.  Extremely heavy lapped traffic allowed Furman to shoot past Cannon for second on the ninth lap and close in on the leader while an intense battle raged behind him between Eckrich, Gary Webb, Cannon, Jeff Aikey and Mike Klinkkammer.  Furman eventually used lapped traffic to take the lead away from Harris on the eighteenth lap, just as Eckrich was able to nose past Cannon into the third position, a full straightaway behind the leaders.  Disaster struck for Furman as the car circulated under the lap nineteen caution when his car dropped out of the lead with a broken fuel pump.  Eckrich made the most of both pieces of luck to shoot past Harris into the lead on the restart, finishing the 25 lap event unchallenged while his brother Dave Eckrich used the cushion to rocket past Harris into second at the checkers, with Todd Davis advancing from 21st at the start into fourth by passing Webb on the final lap. 

Robbie Verbeck put his recent bad luck behind him Miller Time Modified action by dominating the twenty lap event after starting on the front row.  The race was marred on the original start when a ten car pileup just past the flagstand sent Gus Hughes tumbling.  Hughes was treated and released from a local hospital with only minor injuries.   Verbeck checked out on the field when racing resumed, lapping slower cars by the twelfth pass under the flagstand and leading Bret Frieden, Scott Megonigle, Dan Chapman and Russ Olson underneath the checkers. 

Gary Beuter notched his first Pro Stock feature win of the year by surviving very heavy pressure from Matt Gilchrist throughout the event.  Beuter took the lead from the second row, but had to deal with Gilchrist's challenge one lap later.  Mirroring his every move, Gilchrist kept the pressure on for the remaining thirteen laps, diving underneath at least once to take the lead on lap five but coming up short when Beuter was able to keep his momentum up on the top of the track to retake the lead before the next corner.  Norman Bean finished a distant third, leading Chris Simpson and John Maher across the stripe. 

Dave Wada was in complete control of the Hobby Stock feature until a quarter mile from the finish when his car slowed with a broken axle halfway through the final lap.  Points leader Jeremy Thompson, Bub Erwin and CJ Ormsby caught Wada as he was entering the third corner, diving high and low around his car in a mad scramble to the checkers.  Thompson emerged victorious on the top of the track, edging out Ormsby and Erwin in a blanket  finish under the checkers.

Drivers will again do battle this  Saturday night, August 4th as the 2001 season enters it's final month of competition.  Hot Laps are scheduled for 6:30 pm with racing to follow.  For more information, please contact Simmons Promotions at 563-744-3620 or on the internet at www.SimmonsPromotionsInc.com.  For raceday updates and instant results upon completion please call your local McLeod USA InTouch directory category #3740 or #3741. 

Late Models
1. 50  Denny Eckrich Coralville
2. 58  Dave Eckrich  Coralville
3. 21h  Brian Harris  Davenport
4. 3t  Todd Davis  Iowa City
5. 56  Gary Webb  Blue Grass
6. 32  Tom Cannon  Iowa City
7. 77  Jeff Aikey  Cedar Falls
8. 45 Mike Klinkkammer West Branch 
9. 57 Tom Christensen  West Liberty   
10. 13k Denny Petersen Tipton
11. 66   Fred Remely  Blue Grass
12. 28  Jeff Bair   Solon
13. 18z  Rusty Zook   Riverside
14. 26b  Wayne Brau  Annawan IL
15. 77j Steve Johnson  Camanche 
16. 4  Bobby Sexton   West Branch
17. 32c  Chad Holliday   Wilton
18. 31 Brian Morgan  Muscatine
19. 33  Kurt Stewart  Ainsworth 
20. 8m Mark Ward  Muscatine
21. 30  Dan Brockert  Muscatine
22. 63  Rob Kirchner  Donnellson
23. ez33 Nick Marolf  Moscow
24. 7    Andy Nezworski Davenport 
25. 77 Kurt Kile   West Liberty
26. 51  Matt Furman   Iowa City
27. m32 Marty Beckler Hills
28. 12 Ray Guss Jr   Milan IL

2   Monte Ohrt  West Branch
74  Ron Boyse  Kalona 
23d Dana Wells  Moscow
02  Robert Hillyer Wellman 
17  Clayton Jensen Iowa City
88 Kevin Kile  West Liberty
17s  Marty Scheckel  Bellevue

1. 60 Robbie Verbeck  Annawan IL 
2. 64 Bret Frieden  Cedar Rapids
3. m2 Scott Megonigle  Cedar Rapids
4. 1   Dan Chapman  Clarence
5. b3  Russ Olson   Cedar Rapids
6. 2h  Rick Hixson   Orion IL
7. 22  Darrall Brick  West Branch
8. 72  Rich Lewis    Kewaupee IL
9. 45 Steve Kohli   Iowa City
10. 19 Terry Lawson  New Liberty
11. 37 Todd Stoolman West Branch
12. 71z  Ramon Partida West Liberty
13. 96 Larry Herring  Lone Tree
14. 34  David Hemsted  Lone Tree
15. 9  Richard Steadman Hiawatha
16. 25 Dustin Lovell  Rochester
17. 55 Scott Stecher  Muscatine
18. 7  Mike Thomas  West Branch
19. 18 Matt Ruess  West Liberty
20. 007  Brian Sexton Lone Tree
21. 2   Jim Vest  Wellman
22. 12 Terry Walker  Riverside
23. 17 Steve Stewart  Washington
24. 42 John Brumely   Muscatine
25. 30  Gus Hughes  Monticello

1. 17 Gary Beuter  Tipton
2. 1   Matt Gilchrist  Grandview
3. 62 Norman Bean  Muscatine
4. 32 Chris Simpson  Marion
5. 69 John Maher  West Branch
6. 77 Darrin Plett  Davenport
7. 60 Matt Brockert   Muscatine
8. 9z Dan Werner   Muscatine
9. 5  Larry McCall  Mechanicsville
10. 21 Brian VanDusen Atalissa
11. 03 Don Hughes  Monticello 
12. 36 Jason Gingrich West Liberty
13. 56 Andy Eckrich  Cosgrove
14. 42  Larry Pearson  North Liberty
15. 24  Monte Hayden Wilton 
16. 44  Tom Struve  Palo
17. 34  Ken Hansen  Vinton 
18. 2r  Rusty Daufeldt Blue Grass
19. 30 Dan Brockert    Muscatine
20. 29 Bruce Miller  West Liberty
21. 7 Dale Franklin  Marion

 25 Chad Simpson  Marion

1. 57j  Jeremy Thompson Ainsworth
2. 99  CJ Ormsby  West Liberty
3. 66  Jason Erwin  Muscatine
4. 21 Todd Hansen  Muscatine
5. 0  Stan O'Brien  Muscatine
6. 97 Robert Barnes  Letts
7. 0b Matt Bodman  Muscatine
8. 42v Darrin Voss  Wilton
9. 15 Jarrod Collins  West Liberty  
10. d2 Matt Fulton  Blue Grass
11. 94  Jason Lange  Muscatine
12. 9  Dave Elliot  Muscatine  
13. 11  Chris Maurer  West Liberty
14. 20  Dan Albright  Lisbon
15. 40  James Rock  Muscatine
16. 72 Doug Yates  Monticello
17. 29 Dave Wada  Muscatine
18. 23  Matt Dunkel 
19. 1  Orlen Stark  West Liberty

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