It has been a long dry-spell for the two-time and defending Corn Belt Clash Series Champion, but that all changed last night CJ Speedway in Columbus Junction, Iowa, as Mt. Vernon’s Chad Simpson roared back into the winner’s circle with a dominating performance.
After capturing the win his heat, and holding off his hard charging brother in the Kindl LLC Business Solutions Quick Six, Chad Simpson let the other competitors know that the ‘Deuce Nickel’ team was a force to reckoned with tonight. On the start of the event, it was brother Chris who got the drop on the #25 machine and scooted out to an early lead. The #32 was able to stretch his lead to three car lengths until mechanical failure hit the Longhorn Chassis driver forcing him to retire from the event. On the impending restart, Chad set sail from his new found leader spot as he pulled away from Tim Isenberg and Pete Parker.
A series of cautions followed, but Simpson was able to maintain the lead with Isenberg and Parker swapping the runner-up position back and forth several times and the cars behind them for position. Simpson was able to stretch his lead out over the final laps to take the win over Tim Isenberg, Pete Parker, Kurt Kile and Dennis Erb, Jr. The remainder of the top-10 was made up of Justin Mitchell, Mark Burgtorf, Denny Eckrich, Rick Wendling and Rob Moss. Iowa veteran Wendling, who also happened to be the birthday boy, was the Hooker Harness Hard Charger of the event after he advanced 12 positions during the race.
The Corn Belt Clash makes its next stop tonight at the Fayette County Speedway in West Union, Iowa for the ‘Cen-Pe-Co Lubricants 40’ for night two of its three-race swing for its annual appearance as part of the Fayette County Fair. Tomorrow night the series storms in the the Lafayette County Speedway in Darlington, Wisconsin for its inaugural appearance at the Wisconsin track for the ‘Budweiser 50’.
Isky Racing Cams Heat Race #1 Winner: Chad Simpson
Comp Cams Heat Race #2 Winner: Tim Isenberg
JE Pistons Heat Race #3 Winner: Pete Parker
KindlLLC.com Business Solutions Quick Six Winner: Chad Simpson
1. Chad Simpson
2. Tim Isenberg
3. Pete Parker
4. Kurt Kile
5. Dennis Erb Jr.
6. Justin Mitchell
7. Mark Burgtorf
8. Denny Eckrich
9. Rick Wendling
10. Rob Moss
11. Jerry Lierly
12. Jon Rogers
13. Jake Meier
14. Jim Rychtik
15. Tom Goble
16. Justin Kay
17. Spenser Diercks
18. Mike Fryer
19. Dave Eckrich
20. Colby Springsteen
21. Matt Furman
22. John Vandenberg
23. Aaron Ricketts
24. Andy Eckrich
25. Jason Utter
26. Chris Simpson
27. Jay Chanowath
Hooker Custom Harness Hard Charger Award: Rick Wendling
AllStar Performance Performer of the Race Award: Chad Simpson
QuickCar Racing Products Award: Chris Simpson
Landrum Performance Springs Award: Mark Burgtorf
JE Pistons Awards: Chad Simpson
Comp Cams Award: Chris Simpson
Quarter Master Award: Dave Eckrich
CV Products Award: Tim Isenberg
Hoosier WRS D-55 Tire Draw Winner: Rob Moss
Corn Belt Clash Official Series Sponsors: JE Pistons, R.A.C.E, Comp Cams, Hoosier Racing Tire, Manley Performance, Isky Racing Cams and Cen-Pe-Co Lubricants
Corn Belt Clash Participating Sponsors: AllStar Performance, QuickCar Racing Products, Callies Performance Products and Two Buff Dudes Inc.
Corn Belt Clash Contingency Sponsors: CV Products, Intercomp Racing Scales, Tiger Rear Ends, Landrum Performance Springs, Hooker Custom Harness, KindlLLC.com Business Solutions, Pro Power Racing Engines, Grove Automotive, OutPace Racing Products, Signs by Design, The Contingency Connection, Countryside Creations, Dirt Late Model Magazine, JD Photography, Bully Dog and Karsyn’s Krusaders
Intercomp Racing Scales are the Official Scales of the Corn Belt Clash Late Model Series.
Dirt Late Model Magazine is the Official Publication of the Corn Belt Clash Late Model Series.
Karsyn’s Krusaders is the Official Non-Profit Organization of the Corn Belt Clash Late Model Series.