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July 15, 2001

Denny Eckrich proved he is still in the points race at the Dubuque Speedway by notching his third NASCAR Weekly Racing Series Late Model feature of the season.  The win is one below defending National Champion Gary Webb’s total of four victories and tightens the season-long battle to only 26 points separating the two drivers.

Starting the race ninth, Eckrich made a quick charge to the front, overtaking early leader Jon Rogers on the third lap.  Eckrich checked out from there, opening up a full straightaway lead in the 25 lap caution-free race.  Webb’s dash to the front was a tougher challenge, advancing from twelfth on the start into third by lap six.  Webb battled side by side with Rogers for the next eleven laps before securing the second spot, unable to run down the leader in the final eight laps.   Steve Johnson advanced into third at the checkers after Rogers got hung up in slower traffic on the final lap.

Scott Olson posted his first modified feature win of the season after taking the lead away from Tim Nesteby following the events only caution period on lap three.  Olson benefited from a torrid battle between Bob Bollen and Ron Barker by opening up a huge lead, only to have it shrink during the closing laps after Ryan Dolan got around the pair on lap fifteen.  Dolan was able to run down Olson during the final five circuits, but failed in his only attempt to pass for the lead as the cars exited the final corner of the race.  Dolan’s finish was his seventh straight top ten effort, with two wins and three seconds in the last six events.  Jason Schueller improved his twelfth place start to third at the checkers, with Barker and Bollon rounding out the top five. 

Jim Brokus took home his second Pro Stock feature win of the season by passing leader Jeff Valentine on lap six and watching a torrid battle for second in his rearview mirror.  Valentine inherited the point after early leader Kevin Schroeder slipped off of the backstretch on the second lap.   Once getting passed for the lead, Valentine was locked in an intense battle for second with Jeff Kennedy, Jeff Tharp and Bobby Moyer than was only decided when contact between several cars forced the drivers to check up with two laps to go.  Tharp benefited from the melee to finish second ahead of Kennedy, Valentine and Moyer. 

TJ Leslein also found victory lane for the second time of the season in Hobby Stock action, stalking leader Jim Turpin until a slight bobble on a restart with two laps to go gave Leslein the opportunity he needed to take the lead.  Turpin finished second ahead of Ed McIntyre, Larry Benn and Jeff Rienert.  Chad Hallahan dominated the Fun Cars from his pole position, topping BJ Schmitt and Ray Fawcett at the checkers. 

Racing action continues this Sunday July 22nd at the Dubuque Fairgrounds Speedway, when drivers take to the track for their final tune-up before the 48th Annual Dubuque County Fair.  Fair week will provide drivers and fans with a double-header of racing action, with NASCAR Weekly Racing Series points events taking place on both Wednesday July 25th and Sunday July 29th.  Hot laps for all five divisions of NASCAR stock cars scheduled for 6 pm with racing to follow.  Highlights from all SPI promoted events are shown on the Race Report on Fox 28/40 Sunday mornings at 10:30 am.  For more information, contact Simmons Promotions at 563-744-3620 or online at www.simmonspromotionsinc.com    

1. 50  Denny Eckrich  Coralville
2. 56  Gary Webb  Blue Grass
3. 77j  Steve Johnson  Camanche
4. 61r  Jon Rogers  Freeport IL
5. 54  Ryan Dolan Lisbon
6. 32d  Darren Miller  Chadwick IL
7. 98.1  Bobby Hansen  Dike
8. 8    Mark Merfeld  Dubuque
9. 11  Ace Ihm  Hazel Green WI
10. 44  Duane Coulson  East Dubuque IL
11. 95  Ed Sanger  Postville
12. 87  Clint Hines  Taylor Ridge IL
13. 37  Rollie Frink  Davenport
14. 35  Dave Englekens  Clinton   
15. 33  Dan Galant  Davenport
16. b27  Luke Merfeld  Dubuque
17. 9  Curt Hansen  Dike
18. b56  Brian Webb  Davenport
19. 79  Darren Mish  Cassville WI
20. 1b  Kevin Miller  Freeport IL
21. 41j Jeremiah Hurst  Dubuque

 51  Mel Abels  Freeport IL

1. 63  Scott Olson  Preston
2. 16  Ryan Dolan  Lisbon
3. 3  Jason Schueller  Dubuque
4. 37b  Ron Barker  Dubuque
5. 39  Bob Bollen  Freeport IL
6. 33w  Steve Wetter  Platteville WI
7. 15  Sean Rupp  Dubuque
8. 14  Tim Nesteby  Dubuque
9. 5d  Bob Dominacki  Bettendorf
10. 74  Scott Nesteby  Asbury
11. 10  Jed Hurst  Hazel Green WI
12. g1  Mike Garland  Morrison IL
13. 11  Mike Burbridge  Delhi
14. 27  Mark Schulte  Delhi
15. 24m  Jan Messer  Manchester 
16. 70 
17. 41  Dennis Dugan  Colesburg 
18. 20  Cory Burmeister  Glen Haven WI
19. 4  Jerry Miles  Dubuque
20. d1  Rich Smith  Bettendorf

 18b  Josh Brestrup  Dubuque

1. 35  Jim Brokus  Dubuque
2. 12  Jeff Tharp  Dubuque
3. 2k  Jeff Kennedy  Dubuque
4. 22  Jeff Valentine  Dubuque
5. 25 Bobby Moyer  Dubuque
6. 43g  Tom Garner East Dubuque IL
7. 16  Dan Shelliam  Hazel Green WI
8. 20  Ty Kleiner  Potosi WI
9. 71s  Kevin Schroeder  Low Moor
10. 18  Brian Culbertson  Dubuque
11. 21  Dan  Welp  East Dubuque IL
12. 13  Dennis Pergande  Dubuque
13. 4  Kevin Duerr Scales Mound IL

75  Duane Wagner  Dickeyville WI  

1. 38  TJ Leslein  Durango
2. 33  Jim Turpin  Shullsberg WI
3. 28  Ed McIntyre  Delhi 
4. 13  Larry Benn  Dyersville
5. 97  Jeff Reinert  Farley
6. 30 Mark Massey Farley
7. 61  Scott Reichers  Belmont WI
8. 8k  Terry Merkes  Farley
9. 52  Pat Coleman Dubuque
10. 20  Dan Albright  Lisbon
11. 1  Tom Boyes  Dubuque
12. 20x  Jarvis  Eastlick  Platteville WI
13. 70  KC Ansel  Dubuque
14. 6  Jed Freiburger  Dubuque
15. 23g  Randy Grant 
16. 23  Jason Udelhofen  Platteville WI
17. 11x  Ryan Naab

1. 7  Chad Hallahan  Dubuque
2. 44 BJ Schmitt  Dubuque
3. 64  Ray Fawcett Benton WI
4. 11p  Tom Pluemer  Dickeyville WI
5. 6  Todd Moore  Dubuque
6. 89  Kelly Welter  Farley
7. b4  Brian Dirks  Anamosa
8. 11  Ann Brown  Dubuque

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