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Archive for August, 2004

Racers Rally Around Seegy’s Race Products

Tuesday, August 31st, 2004

Sunday night at the Dubuque County Fairgrounds Speedway the drivers once again proved that racers and fans alike are the greatest people in the world by rallying around the Seegmiller’s. A friendly challenge that started with a donation by the Hurst race team evolved into a money raising effort that netted over $2,500.

Mikal Seegmiller filled with emotion thanked all who donated and all who called expressing concern and offered help in their time of need. Mikal stated, “we are not quitters and we will be back to serve the racers.”

Auction to Benefit Children’s Programs

Tuesday, August 31st, 2004

Albrecht Acres and Hills & Dales are both located in the Dubuque area and the Mayors Youth Empowerment Program works with the youth of Iowa City.

The charity auction will be held in the Palace Ballroom located on the Farley Speedway grounds and will be held Saturday afternoon prior to the opening of the grandstand gates for Saturday nights finals.

SPI is currently seeking quality items that can be auctioned off. Racers and fans alike are encouraged to donate items and can do so by contacting the Farley Speedway office on the grounds or can contact the office by phone at 563-744-3620.

Eckrich & Chapman Score 1st Wins on Championship Night

Monday, August 30th, 2004

The Iowa Illinois Taylor Insulation NASCAR Late Models ran a 35 lap season championship main event. The feature saw young Andy Eckrich score his first ever NASCAR Late Model victory. The race took the green with Jeremiah Hurst leading the race the first 7 circuits before Darren Mish took over the top spot. Mish led one lap before retiring with a suspension problem. Hurst took over again and went on to lead until lap nineteen when Eckrich took over the point position. Eckrich went on to build a comfortable lead before a caution slowed the race on lap number 25. Eckrich bolted away on the restart and went on to score a comfortable win over Hurst, Jeff Aikey and Gary Webb.

The NASCAR Modifieds ran 2 features on Sunday night. The first 20 lap feature saw Greg Chapman take the lead at the dropping of the green. Chapman was pressured early by Steve Wetter who actually led the 5th lap. Chapman regained the race lead on lap number 6 and went on to score his first ever NASCAR Modified feature win. Jerry Miles ran a strong race in taking second ahead of Mark Schulte and Wetter.

The second Modified feature saw track point leader and NASCAR Heartland Region point leader, Ron Barker score an impressive win. Barker was able to move by Wetter and into the lead on lap number 11 and go on to score the win over Scott Nesteby, Wetter and Mark Schulte.

The 15 lap NASCAR Pro Stock season championship race provided the fans with a photo finish. Jeff Reinert led the race from lap number three until the flag stand as the checkers waved. Reinert was unable to hold off a hard charging Jimy Brokus. The winning margin was less than a foot by Brokus. Jeff Kennedy ran third ahead of Keith Kiernan.

Jim Turpin was able to get out front early and go on to score the NASCAR Hobby Stock Season Championship win. Turpin got to the checkers ahead of Luke Goedert and Jerry Merkes in the ten lap feature.

Mark Massey added an exclamation mark to his very successful B-Modified championship season by winning the season championship race. Massey took the win over Jacob Seegmiller and Tim Current.

D.J Laughlin added another feature win to his resume on Sunday night topping the Farley Flyer championship race. Laughlin took the win over teammate Joe Zrostlik and Brian Kelly.

In addition to the season championship races the drivers eligible for the two track point funds took part in the first half of their races. Drivers that race at both the Farley Speedway and Dubuque County Fairgrounds Speedway and compete in at least 75% of the scheduled events at each track are racing for a share of the $32,000 posted point fund. The second half of the races will be held this Friday, September 3rd at the Farley Speedway.

The NASCAR Late Model 2 track point fund race was won by Jeff Aikey scoring the 10 lap win over Darren Mish and Steve Johnson. Ron Barker took the win in the 8 lap Modified race besting Mark Schulte and Jerry Miles. Jimy Brokus topped the Pro Stock division taking the win over Jeff Kennedy and Mike Hughes. Jason Rauen took the Hobby Stock win over Luke Goedert and Jerry Merkes. Jacob Seegmiller took the B-Modified win over Mark Massey and Jed Frieburger. John Flury took the Farley Flyer win getting to the checkers ahead of Joe Zrostlik and Becky Roth.

Drivers earning 2004 NASCAR Dubuque Speedway Track championships on Sunday night were Late Models-Jeff Aikey, Modifieds-Ron Barker, Pro Stocks-Bobby Moyer, Hobby Stocks-Jason Rauen, B-Modifieds-Mark Massey and Farley Flyers-Becky Roth. In searching the record books, it is believed that Becky Roth has etched her name in the books as the first female driver to ever win a track championship at the Dubuque Speedway. Becky is also on target to equal that feat at the Farley Speedway.

Richardson Takes Top Honors at Clarksville

Monday, August 30th, 2004

Sweeney set 14.299 as the fast time in Open Wheel #182 with Clayton Miller (X15) putting 14.689 seconds on the clock behind Randle. Matt Potter qualified Pro Street #64 in 15.254 seconds to top that class and get racing underway.

Pure Mini Stock drivers agreed to run their feature race from the pill draw leaving Street Stock heats to open the show. “Johnboy” Smith (28) and “Buster” Smith (38) both found themselves starting in the front row of the first Street Stock heat, with Buster leading for the first couple laps, Johnboy snuck past him to cross the checkered ahead of a steadily gaining field. In the second Street Stock heat, Dale Phillips (87) started on the pole and ran away with the win to lock down a front row spot in the feature.

It would be Clayton Miller (X15) getting the edge in the Open Wheel dash with Sweeney (182) never giving him more than a car length to spare, Miller would take the pole for the feature with his win. With late Open Wheel entries coming in the pit gate, a large heat race was set with ten cars and a few mechanical failures. Front row starters Scott Boley (16) persisted to the finish and Lucas Lee (12) settling in second.

Michael Dial (Z2) took over the lead in the first Mini Modified heat with Charles Newberry (23) sticking to his rear bumper. Dial took the win. Ronnie Richardson (15) had the luck of the draw with the pole position in the second Mini heat. Richardson put plenty of distance between himself and the rest of the field for the front row, next to Dial in the feature.

Brian Maynard (18) flew across the finish line in the Late Model dash with Tony Albright (1) and Gary Frost (F14) in tow. Randle Sweeney pulled along side Gary a couple times in the last laps but had to take the fourth spot. In the first Late Model heat, David Miller (K1) would start on the pole with Wendell Bratton (24) on the outside. Bratton would get the edge off the start and Steven Ashby (16) would slip past Miller to grab the second spot. A late arriving Rodney Melvin (27) would turn the second Late Model heat upside down, starting from the last row and moving all the way to the front leaving Carnell Parker (75) and Joseph Lingauer (28) battling for second.

The Pro Street dash had Matt Potter (64) and Brian Caudle (RC1) on the front row at the start. Potter would hold on as Caudle would slip to Don Young (41) in the ‘Warhorse’. Bernd Kollmann (35) started the Pro Street heat next to Skip Wilson (13) in the front row. Wilson would lead the race up to the half way before suffering mechanical failure, leaving Kollmann to take the glory and finish up the heats for the night.

Voted most popular in a recent poll of Speedway fans, Ronnie Richardson (15) led the Mini Modified feature race across the finish line to take the championship trophy. Dale McCord (31) had the fun of keeping Ronnie on his toes up to the half way point where Ronnie began pulling away into the lap traffic. A good, clean race crowned Richardson tops for the season. Modified Minis were followed by the Pure Mini Stock racers.

Christopher Perrigo (12), voted favorite in this class, also took the trophy ahead of Timothy Hunter (77). Hunter led the little feature for most the race and Perrigo got past with just three laps left. Sweeney (182) and Miller (X15) would spend most of the Open Wheel feature race side-by-side, at the front, despite a caution at the crossed flags. Michael Lee (55) would try the same with Gil Smith (7X) for the third spot but A spin through the infield with #182 left Smith the second place behind Miller’s win.

Pro Street feature race action Matt Potter (64) moving through lap traffic with Don Young (41) in pursuit right up to the finish. A much anticipated Late Model feature took to the track after the Pro Street. The drop of the green flag had Tony Albright (1) with the edge over Brian Maynard (18) but a caution brought them back to a restart. The second time around, Maynard wouldn’t give in so easy sticking to Albright on the outside for a couple laps until a tangle in turn two slowed the pace again. With mechanical failure causing Gary Frost (F14) to leave the track, Sweeney (33) had a solid third place spot as another yellow flag slowed the race. Sweeney would keep sights set on Maynard, and second place, as Albright led the field into lap traffic with a spectacular finish for the win.

First to run heats and last in features, the Street Stock racers started with a comfortable field and cars fell with mechanical failure. Dale Phillips (87) wasn’t immune to the nature of machines after leading past the half way point only to have Dorris McCord (45) take over from there. Don Everett (9) hung in behind McCord for the second place spot with Timmy Wilson (29) for the show. All of these Street Stock racers have work cut out for them to prepare for their Season Championship next Saturday night.

Richmond Raceway to Host O’Reilly NARA Battle of the Bluegrass

Monday, August 30th, 2004

As the third season of excellent O’Reilly NARA Battle of the Bluegrass DirtCar Series competition winds down who will be the driver that joins Eddie Carrier, Jr. and Mike Marlar as series champions? With 18 races in the books and 13 different event winners the season point’s championship is coming down to three drivers. Aaron Hatton, Tyrel Todd and Johnny Wheeler head into the Richmond race looking to gain more points in the chase for the $10,000 to win championship. Hatton heads to the “Action Track” with a 200 point advantage over Todd with Wheeler 241 behind the points leader. The rest of the top ten is yet to be settled with all positions up for grabs. All three drivers have run well at Richmond in past BoB races, but none of them has yet to win a BoB sanctioned race at Richmond in the past three years. Richmond Raceway continues to be one of the most action packed tracks on the series schedule and this Saturday Night’s event should be no exception.

Doug Smith currently leads the “Rookie of the Year” chase with a fourth place spot in the current point’s standings. Mike Jewell is fifth followed by Victor Lee, Dennis Selby, Brad Neat, Greg Johnson and Spensor Watson with Michael England just outside the top ten in 11th position.

With Smith on top of the rookie standings this late in the season Selby, Watson and England are his main competition for the title as one of those drivers will join Bobby Wolter, Jr. and Mike Marlar as O’Reilly NARA Battle of the Bluegrass DirtCar Series Rookie of the Year Award Winners.

For directions and other information on Richmond Raceway please visit their website at www.richmondraceways.net and for up to date news, points, race information and other related questions on the O’Reilly NARA Battle of the Bluegrass DirtCar Series go to www.naradirtcar.com and click on the Battle of the Bluegrass icon.