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Birkhofer Scores Bud Shootout Opener In Davenport, July 4, 2002


Brian Birkhofer and Bob Dominacki
Win July 4, 2002 Shootout at Davenport


The Budweiser Open Shootouts promoted by Simmons Promotions opened their four day holiday swing with racing at the Davenport Speedway located on the Mississippi valley Fairgrounds in Davenport, Iowa.


Brian Birkhofer continued his unbeaten streak at the big ½ mile dirt, taking the win in the 50 lap John Keady GM Superstore feature and receiving a $6,000 paycheck for his efforts. 41 Budweiser Open Late Models took part in the opener in Davenport. The four qualifying Iowa Illinois Taylor Insulation heats were won by Gary Webb, Steve Kosiski, Skip Frey and Steve Ihm. The two consolations were won by Brian Harris and Dan Schlieper. The top six cars in points earned through the heats ran the Hollywood Graphics fast dash, Rob Toland took the six lap race win over Steve Kosiski and Jeff Aikey.


The 26 car starting field formed up for a four abreast parade lap with special holiday fireworks setting the scene for a great race. Rob Toland took off from his pole position start to take the lead for the first 20 laps. Toland’s large lead was quickly being cut down as Brian Birkhofer steadily worked to the front from his 7th position start. Birkhofer caught Toland on lap 18 and made the pass for the lead on lap 20. Birkhofer went on to lead the remaining 30 laps for the big win. Denny Eckrich advanced from a 9th position start to take a very strong second. Dan Schlieper was forced to qualify through a consolation and started the main event in the 22nd spot. Schlieper advanced through the pack and crossed under the checkers in third. The track was very smooth and wide which allowed for lots of great racing throughout the main event. Rob Toland and Jeff Aikey rounded out the top five finishers.


The Auto Acres 10 lap Non-Qualifiers which pitted the next five cars out of each consolation race was won by Joe Kosiski who fought off a late race charge by Andy Nezworski.


The Modifieds were also on the program on July 4th. The 20 lap feature saw Bettendorf driver Bob “the Dominator” Dominacki lead the race flag to flag. The win was certainly not easy for Dominacki as he fought off several early race challenges by Ron Barker then was challenged late in the race by Rick Hixson. At the checkers it was Hixson taking second to Dominacki. Russ Olson advanced from deep in the field to take third ahead of John Bull. 


Iowa Illinois Taylor Insulation Late Models


Heat 1

1.     56 Gary Webb-Blue Grass

2.     51 Matt Furman-Iowa City

3.     50 Denny Eckrich-Cosgrove


Heat 2

1.     52 Steve Kosiski-Omaha, NE

2.     45 Curt Martin-Independence

3.     15 Brian Birkhofer-Muscatine


Heat 3

1.     3X Skip Frey-Ely

2.     77 Jeff Aikey-Cedar Falls

3.     28 Jeff Bair-Solon


Heat 4

1.     11 Steve Ihm-Kieler, WI

2.     39 Rob Toland-Hillsdale, IL

3.     75 Bill Tuckwell-Moline, IL


Consolation 1

1.     21H Brian Harris-Davenport

2.     13K Denny Peterson-Rochester

3.     5 Jay Johnson-West Burlington


Consolation 2

1.     S9 Dan Schlieper-Pewaukee, WI

2.     2 Monte Ohrt-West Branch

3.     32D Darren Miller-Chadwick, IL


Hollywood Graphics Fast Dash

1.     39 Toland

2.     52 Steve Kosiski

3.     77 Aikey


Auto Acres Non-Qualifiers

1.     53 Joe Kosiski-Omaha, NE

2.     7 Andy Nezworski-Buffalo

3.     43 Kurt Stewart-Ainsworth


50 Lap Iowa Illinois Taylor Insulation Bud Shootout Feature

1. 15B Birkhofer

2. 50 Denny Eckrich

3. S9 Schlieper

4. 39 Toland

5. 77 Aikey

6. 58 Dave Eckrich-Oxford

7. 51 Furman

8. 45M Martin

9. 32D Miller

10. 18Z Rusty Zook-Riverside

11. 2 Ohrt

12. 52 Kosiski

13. 56 Webb

14. 13K Petersen

15. 28 Bair

16. 3X Frey

17. 87 Clint Hines-Andalusia, IL

18. 21H Harris

19. 75 Tuckwell

20. 1X Bob Helm, Milan, IL

21. 12 Ray Guss Jr.-Milan, IL

22. 90 Mike Cothron-East Moline,IL

23. 11 Ihm

24. 26 Steve Boley-West Liberty

25. 8 Sonny Findling-Kirksville, MO

26. 5 Jay Johnson-West Burlington, IA




Heat 1.

1.     9Z Mike Zogg-New Liberty

2.     37B Ron Barker-Dubuque

3.     5d Bob Dominacki-Bettendorf


Heat 2.

1.     3 Jason Schueller-Dubuque

2.     2H Rick Hixson-Orion, IL

3.     60 Rob Verbeck-Annawan, IL



1.     5D Dominacki

2.     2H Hixson

3.     B3 Russ Olson-Cedar Rapids

4.     27 John Bull-Moline, IL

5.     60 Verbeck

6.     3 Schueller

7.     37B Barker

8.     74 Scott Nesteby-Dubuque

9.     19 Terry Lawson-New Liberty

10. 33 Steve Wetter-Platteville

11. 43 Milo Veloz-Colona, IL

12. 1D Mel Saffran-Dubuque

13. 55 Scott Stecher-Muscatine

14. 37 Kevin Williams-Davenport

15. 51 Brian Brinker-Silvas, IL

16. 15 Sean Rupp-Dubuque

17. 44 Shawn Lewis-Kewanee, IL

18. 9Z Zogg

19. s19 Rich Smith-Davenport

20. 01 M Mitch Way-Davenport

21. 57 Jeff Durst-Davenport

22. 24D Darren Oberbrockling-Davenport


Davenport Speedway


By: Jerry Mackey

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