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Birkhofer Adds “Yankee” Title to his Dream Season



The 25th anniversary “Yankee Dirt Track Classic” championship finals were run on Saturday night September 14th. The Farley Speedway played host to the annual four day event that saw 332 different drivers take their shot at the championship trophies.


When the final checkered flag of the night flew on Saturday night it was Brian Birkhofer standing in victory lane. Birkhofer had earned the pole position start for the 100 lap “Yankee” by winning the JE Pistons/Hollywood Graphics fast dash. The race had the makings for a runaway win for the Muscatine, Iowa driver. That certainly was not the case as the first yellow flag of the feature was for Birkhofer. It appeared that Birkhofer was going to be out of the race after breaking his left rear axle. The crew was able to replace the axle in a couple of minutes which is highly unusual. Birkhofer came back out and realigned at the tail of the 30 car field. Birkhofer steadily worked his way back to the front taking the lead on lap 57. Birkhofer went on to lead the remainder of the race which had seen several drivers take their turns at the point the first half of the race. Early leaders included Terry Neal, Josh McGowan and Ray Guss Jr. Birkhofer’s win was his first in the fall classic and continued what has been a terrific season for the 30 year old driver.


74 Budweiser Open Late Model drivers took part in qualifying heats on Friday night.


The Auto Acres Non-Qualifiers race for the open late Models was also held on Saturday night. The 25 lap feature win went to Jeff Bair. Bair had the option of taking the $1,000 dollar payday or moving into the 100 lap “Yankee”. Bair opted to take the Money and call it a good night. Second place finisher Duane Coulson opted to give up his pay and move into the big show. Bill Tuckwell and Dennis Erb rounded out the top four in the Auto Acres race.


The Modifieds ran their championship feature on Saturday night with 27 drivers qualifying out of the 62 entries. Larry Herring scored his first “Yankee” title by leading the 25 lap race flag to flag. Herring held off a very determined Kevin Pittman throughout the race. Herring drove a perfect race and could not afford to make any mistakes as Pittman was running a very close second. Scott Nesteby took third ahead of Ron Barker and Bob Dominacki.


The Pro Stock feature was the last race run on Friday night. Andy Eckrich added the “Yankee” title to his resume. Andy Eckrich is planning on making the move into the Late Model division next year, that makes the Pro Stock  “Yankee” win much sweeter knowing that he is moving out of the Pro Stock class as a “Yankee” champion. Eckrich scored the 20 lap win by beating Jeff Tharp to the checkers. John Maher ran a very strong third ahead of Ty Kleiner.


Larry Benn took the Hobby Stock “Yankee” championship title race win on Thursday night. Benn has sold his car and will be campaigning a late model next year. The new owners allowed Benn to race the car at the “Yankee” and Benn responded by leading the 15 lap championship race flag to flag. Larry took the checkers ahead of his younger brother Randy Benn.


Thursday nights action also included the Deery Brothers Summer Series IMCA Late Models. The 50 lap feature took to the track with 26 drivers taking the initial green flag. 54 drivers entered the race looking to take the $2,000 win. Ray Guss Jr. took the win driving a car owned by Brad Coin. Guss was able to make a late race move coming off of turn four and passed Lavern Carey to score the win. Guss made the move on lap 45 of the 50 lap feature. Carey crossed the line in second ahead of Rob Toland and Todd Cooney.


The Farley Speedway will bring the 2002 season to a close on Saturday, October 5th with the running of the second annual Fall Classic. The racing action will feature Pro Stocks, Hobby Stocks and Flyers.


Yankee Dirt Track Classic Feature Results


IMCA Deery Brothers Summer Series Late Models


50 Lap Feature   Thursday, September 12


  1. 28C Ray Guss Jr.-Milan, IL

  2. 85X Lavern Carey-Ionia

  3. 20M Rob Toland-Hillsdale, IL

  4. 30 Todd Cooney-Des Moines

  5. 72 Steve Boley-West Liberty

  6. 42 Tom Darbyshire-Yarmouth

  7. 63 Dennis Erb-Carperntersville, IL

  8. 77 Jeff Aikey-Cedar Falls

  9. 85 Kelly Tapper-Boone

  10. 42S Terry Schlipman-Mendon, IL

  11. 7 Mark Burgtorf-Quincy, IL

  12. 87 Dave Stanton-Marshalltown

  13. 145 Dale Hackwell-Washburn

  14. 4K Mike Karoff-Quincy, IL

  15. 7H Greg Hunter-Independence

  16. 78 Dale Stolte-Springville

  17. 25S Chris Smyser-Lancaster, MO

  18. 11 Steve Ihm-Kieler, WI

  19. 10X Ryan Griffith-Webster City

  20. 15x Clint Morehouse-Rock Island, IL

  21. 20 Gary Russell-Biggsville, IL

  22. 8m Chuck Mayerhofer-Dixon

  23. 14m Dan McGlaughlin-Mediapolis

  24. 99d Darrell DeFrance-Marshalltown

  25. 5 Brent Slocum-West Burlington

  26. 41j Jeremiah Hurst-Dubuque

Hobby Stocks       Thursday, September 12




1.      13 Larry Benn-Dyersville

2.      7B Randy Benn-Dyersville

3.      7 Chad Hallahan-Dubuque

4.      33 Jim Turpin-Shullsburg, WI

5.      98 Jason Rauen-Farley

6.      61 Scott Reichers-Belmont, WI

7.      59 Mike Hughes-Galena, IL

8.      28 Ed McIntyre-Delhi

9.      97 Steve Dunkel-Worthington

10.  44S B.J. Schmidt-Dubuque

11.  6 Jed Frieberger-Dubuque

12.  80 Rick Runde-Platteville, WI

13.  81 K.C. Ansel-Dubuque

14.  3b Doug Alt-Benton, WI

15.  44 Kory Haverly-Anamosa

16.  33j Joe Huenfeld-Freeport, IL

17.  73l Jason Laue-Freeport, IL

18.  5 Norb Ahlers-Earlville

19.  72 Doug Yates-Monticello

20.  20 Dan Albright-Hiawatha

21.  08 Rod Staats-Columbus Junction

22.  0 Stan O’Brien-Muscatine

23.  98x Duane Ahmann-Epworth

24.  23 Dennis Etten-Wyoming


Pro Stocks   Friday, September 13




1.      56 Andy Eckrich-Cosgrove

2.      12 Jeff Tharp-Dubuque

3.      69 John Maher-West Branch

4.      20 Ty Kleiner-Potosi, WI

5.      37 Roger Ciesielski-Waterloo

6.      7 Larry Johnson-Shannon, IL

7.      91 Rich Picha-Prairie Du Chein, WI

8.      32 Chris Simpson-Marion

9.      25S Chad Simpson-Marion

10.  16 Dan Shelliam-Hazel Green, WI

11.  0B Matt Bodman-Muscatine

12.  80 Jerry Dedrick-Vinton

13.  3D Dan Lange-Rochester

14.  25 Bob Moyer-Dubuque

15.  77 Darren Plett-Donahue

16.  2k Jeff Kennedy-Dubuque

17.  S1 Steve Hunter-Hopkinton

18.  71 Kevin Schroeder-Low Moor

19.  29 Matt Rodebaugh-Orangeville, IL

20.  74 Tony Meyer-Guttenberg

21.  17 Jim Rymerz-Praire Du Chein, WI

22.  35 Jim Brokus-Dubuque

23.  97 Jeff Reinert-Dyersville

24.  22 Jeff Valentine-Dubuque


Quarter Master Modifieds


Heat Winners


      Heat 1-3 Jason Schueller-Dubuque

      Heat 2-5D Bob Dominacki-Bettendorf

      Heat 3-37 B Ron Barker-Dubuque

      Heat 4-26P Kevin Pittman-Waterloo

      Heat 5- 74 Scott Nesteby-Dubuque

      Heat 6-96 Larry Herring-Lone Tree

      Fast Dash-96 Larry Herring

      Consolation #1-2h Rick Hixson-Orion, IL

      Consolation #2-27 Mark Schulte-Delhi

      Consolation #3-64 Vern Jackson-Waterloo

      Last Chance #1-M50 Jim Sandusky-Coal Valley, IL

      Last Chance #2- D55 Scott Lemke-Davis Junction, IL


Feature Saturday, September 14


1.      96 Herring

2.      26P Pittman

3.      74 Nesteby

4.      37b Barker

5.      5D Dominacki

6.      3 Schueller

7.      2h Hixson

8.      10 Jed Hurst-Hazel Green, WI

9.      60 Rob Verbeck-Anawan, IL

10.  M50 Sandusky

11.  14W Jason Walrack-Mineral Point, Wi

12.  16 Ryan Dolan-Lisbon

13.  64 Jackson

14.  G1 Mike Garland-Morrison, IL

15.  66 Dan Bohr-Decorah

16.  01M Mitch Way-Davenport

17.  15 Sean Rupp-Dubuque

18.  69 Roger Donahue-Dubuque

19.  B3 Russ Olson-Cedar Rapids

20.  27 Schulte

21.  08 Mike Miller-Leaf River, IL

22.  D55 Lemke

23.  51 Harry Wethington-Tipton

24.  11 Mike Burbridge-Delhi

25.  86 David Mclean-Potosi, WI

26.  111 Scott Holbert-Freeport, IL

27.  24 Randy Less-Hopkinton



Budweiser Open Late Model Shootout

Iowa Illinois Taylor Insulation Late Models


Heat Winners


 Heat 1-15b Brian Birkhofer-Muscatine

 Heat 2-56 Gary Webb-Blue Grass

 Heat 3-39 Rob Toland-Hillsdale, IL

 Heat 4-12n Terry Neal-Ely

 Heat 5-50 Denny Eckrich-Tiffin

 Heat 6-18Z Rusty Zook-Riverside

 Heat 7-12 Ray Guss Jr.-Milan, IL

Consolation #1-S9 Dan Schlieper-Pewaukee, WI

Consolation #2-3T Todd Davis-Iowa City

Consolation #3-77 Jeff Aikey-Cedar Falls

Fast Dash- 15b Birkhofer

Last Chance-45 Jeff Laue-Burlington


Auto Acres 25 Lap Feature  Saturday, September 14

  1. 28 Jeff Bair-Solon

  2. 44 Duane Coulson-East Dubuque, Il

  3. 75 Billy Tuckwell-Moline, IL

  4. 28X Dennis Erb-Carperntersville, IL

  5. 41j Jeremiah Hurst-Dubuque

  6. 14 Kyle Berck-Marquette, NE

  7. 72 Terry Huizel-Freeport, IL

  8. 78 Rick Wendling-Hazelton

  9. 21j Craig Jacobs-Freeport

  10. 32 Tom Cannon-Iowa City

100 Lap “Yankee Dirt Track Classic”


  1. 15 B Birkhofer

  2. 3t Todd Davis-Iowa City

  3. 50 Eckrich

  4. 77 Aikey

  5. 7 Mark Burgtorf-Quincy, IL

  6. 12n Terry Neal-Ely

  7. 2 Monte Ohrt-West Branch

  8. 32D Darren Miller-Chadwick, IL

  9. 56 Webb

  10. 98.1 Bobby Hansen-Center Point

  11. 37b Troy Bruder-Freeport, IL

  12. 79 Darren Mish-Cassville, WI

  13. 95 Ed Sanger-Postville

  14. 12 Ray Guss Jr.-Milan, IL

  15. 3 Josh McGowan-Vinton

  16. 45 Curt Martin-Independence

  17. 44 Duane Coulson-East Dubuque, IL

  18. 90 Dan Galant-Clinton

  19. 18Z Rusty Zook-Riverside

  20. 26 Steve Boley-West Liberty

  21. 73 Greg Kastli-Waterloo

  22. 39 Rob Toland-Hillsdale

  23. 1k John Anderson-Omaha, NE

  24. 07 Scott Heeren-Forreston, IL

  25. 11 Steve Ihm-Kieler, WI

  26. S9 Schlieper

  27. 77J Steve Johnson-Camanche

  28. 99 Johnny Johnson-West Burlington

  29. 53 Joe Kosiski-Omaha, NE

Farley Speedway


By: Jerry Mackey

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