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Aikey Again In Farley

Jeff Aikey stayed hot at the Farley Speedway on Friday June 13th, notching his sixth NASCAR Weekly Racing Series Late Model feature win in nine events held so far in 2001. 

Starting the event twelfth, Aikey rocketed to the front early by dicing traffic high and low to advance ten positions during the first two laps before the caution flag slowed the field.  Pole sitter Bobby Hansen was the final victim for Aikey, surrendering the lead on the restart.   Duane Coulson passed Hansen four laps later but was unable to chase down Aikey on the very fast racetrack before Terry Neal and Luke Merfeld moved up to challenge for the runner up spot following a lap eighteen caution.  Neither driver had anything for the defending track champion during the final laps, with Aikey taking the win ahead of Neal, Merfeld, Coulson and Hansen. 

Russ Olson took home his third Modified feature win of the season by keeping his car planted on the cushion throughout the 20 lap event.  The topside of the racetrack appeared to be the place to be early in the race, with only Ron Barker and Scott Nesteby using the shorter way around, both mired in the middle of the pack prior to a midrace caution flag.  After racing resumed both drivers found the advantage they were looking for on bottom,  with Barker catching the first two cars of Olson and points leader Ryan Dolan with three laps to go.  The three cars ran nose-to-tail from that point on, with Olson just nosing out Dolan and Barker.  Nesteby bested Jason Schueller for fourth at the checkers.   Ty Kliener captured his Pro Stock feature win of the season by taking the lead away from Kevin Duerr on the fourth lap and cruising to the easy win.  Jeff Tharp rebounded to second place after an early spin regulated him to the rear of the pack, just nipping  Bo Richard and Jeff Kennedy at the checkers with Bobby Moyer taking home the fifth spot.  Jerry Merkes topped the Hobby Stocks when a kamikaze charge by Mark Massey on the final corner scrambled the finishing order behind him.  For the third straight week Massey dove underneath the leader on the final lap, spinning out each time.  Larry Benn, Kory Haverly, Duane Ahmann and Jeff Reinert were able to avoid Massey’s spinning racecar to round out the top five.   BJ Schmitt avoided a first lap wreck in Fun Car action to take the win ahead of Chad Hallahan and Chris Hinrichs. 

Driver and fans will get their first look at a revamped Farley Speedway on Friday July 20th as work began immediately after the races to put down over 1000 cubic yards of clay on the racing surface.    Cars will first test the new surface during the 7 pm hotlaps with racing to follow.  For more information contact Simmons Promotions at 563-744-3620 or online at www.simmonspromotionsinc.com.  For raceday 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. 12n Terry Neal  Ely
3. 21  Luke Merfeld  Dubuque
4. 44  Duane Coulson  East Dubuque IL
5. 98.1 Bobby Hansen  Dike
6. 51  Matt Furman  Iowa City
7. 78  Rick Wendling  Hazelton
8. 77j Steve Johnson  Camanche
9. 95  Ed Sanger  Postville
10. 78b  Cory Best  Waterloo
11. 79  Darren Mish  Cassville WI
12. 32  Tom Cannon  Iowa City
13. 07 Scott Heeren Forreston IL
14. 61r  John Rogers  Freeport IL
15. 8   Mark Merfeld  Dubuque
16. 7  Andy Nezworski  Davenport
17. 69  Todd Hormel  West Liberty
18. 32c  Chad Holliday  Wilton
19. 70  Brandon Hennick  Central City
20. 3    Josh McGowan  Vinton
21. 27  Ed McGuire  Monroe WI
22. 50  Denny Eckrich Coralville
23. 77x  Ryan Dolan  Lisbon 
24. 90 Chuck Mayerhofer  Dixon IL
25. 1b  Kevin Miller Freeport IL
26. 41j  Jeremiah Hurst  Dubuque 

1. b3   Russ Olson  Cedar Rapids
2. 16  Ryan Dolan  Lisbon
3. 37b Ron Barker  Dubuque
4. 74   Scott Nesteby  Asbury
5.  3    Jason Schueller  Dubuque
6. 1  Dan Chapman  Clarence
7. 10  Jed Hurst   Hazel Green WI
8. 33  Steve Wetter  Platteville WI
9. 96  Larry Herring  Lone Tree
10. 11  Mike Burbridge  Delhi
11. 00  Josh Vinnedge  Forreston IL
12. 14w  Jason Walrack  Mineral Point WI
13. 54 Doug Picray Monticello
14. 50  Jim Burbridge  Delhi
15. 24  Randy Less  Hopkinton
16. d55  Scott Lemke  Davis Junction IL
17. 57  Dennis Betzer  Central City
18. f7  Patrick Flannagan  Cedar Rapids
19. 27  Mark Schulte  Delhi 

1d  Mel  Saffran  Dubuque
d1  Rich Smith  Bettendorf

1. 20  Ty Kleiner  Potosi WI
2. 12  Jeff Tharp  Dubuque
3. 90  Bo Richard  Lindon WI
4. 2k  Jeff Kennedy  Dubuque
5. 25  Bobby Moyer  Dubuque
6. 4   Kevin Duerr  Scales Mound IL
7. 18  Brian Culbertson  Dubuque
8. s1  Steve Hunter  Hopkinton
9. 71  Kevin Schroeder  Low Moor
10. 35  Jim Brokus  Dubuque
11. 03  Don Hughes  Monticello 
12. 22  Jeff Valentine  Dubuque
13. 16  Dan Shelliam  Hazel Green WI
14. 17s  Dana Servoy  Marion
15. 69  John Maher  West Branch
16. 34  Ken Hanson  Vinton  

1. 8k   Jerry Merkes  Farley
2. 13   Larry Benn  Dyersville
3. 44  Kory Haverly  Anamosa
4. 98  Duane Ahmann  Epworth
5. 97  Jeff Rienert  Farley
6. 33  Jim Turpin  Platteville WI
7. 28  Ed McIntyre  Delhi
8. 1  Tom Boyes  Dubuque
9. 22  Cory Bauer  Manchester
10. 72  Doug Yates  Monticello
11. 23g  Keith Kiernan 
12. 6   Jed Frieburger  Dubuque
13. 30   Mark Massey  Farley
14. 38  TJ Leslein  Dubuque
15. 20  Dan Albright  Lisbon
16. 42t  Terry Folkers  Central City 
81  KC Ansel  Dubuque

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

33  Nick McElmeel  Monticello

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Last modified: April 20, 2002

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