The Corn Belt Clash Series made its debut on Saturday at the Lafayette County Speedway in Darlington, Wisconsin and when the final checkered flag was flown, it was Chris Simpson in Victory Lane after the driver of the Five Star Shop Services #32 put on a dominating performance to capture the $3,000 pay day.
After the initial start was waved off, it was Kindl LLC Quick Six Winner Chad Simpson who sprinted out to an early lead over pole-sitter Chris Simpson. An early caution for a flat left rear of Tim Isenberg re-set the field with Chad in front with Chris Simpson and Bone Larson rounding out the top-three. On the restart, Chris quickly set to work on the outside of the leader, working the middle of the track as Chad’s #25 Liebe Trucking entry ran the low line. The brotherly battled continued for several laps, with the two running side-by-side for several laps.
Chris Simpson took the lead as the field neared the midway point of the event as he took a four length lead over Chad as the two Simpsons began to distance themselves from the field. It was Hoosier Racing Tires B-Main winner Jason Rauen who begin making series noise as he utilized the top-line of the track, working his way forward from his 17th starting position.
As the leaders entered heavy lapped traffic, Chris’s Longhorn Chassis was able to slowly extend his lead over Chad as he continued to work the middle and low lines. With a handful of laps remaining, the Farley, Iowa driver known as ‘Hammer Down’ broke into the top-five and quickly passed the #31 machine of Jason Utter to take the third position as the flying green came out. Chris Simpson cruised to an easy victory over Chad Simpson and a hard-charging Jason Rauen to capture his second Corn Belt Clash Series victory of the season. Jason Utter and Bone Larson rounded out the top-five with Jake Meier, Dennis Erb, Pete Parker, Dave Eckrich and Russ Scheffler rounding out the top-10.
The Corn Belt Clash Series invades the historic Cedar Lake Speedway this Thursday for a $5,000-to-win show as the opening night of the 25th Annual USA Nationals. Brian Birkhofer is the defending race winner and the event can be seen on internet pay-per-view on DirtonDirt.com, along with the entire rest of the Crown Jewel event weekend.
Isky Racing Cams Heat Race #1 Winner: Chris Simpson
Comp Cams Heat Race #2 Winner: Justin Kay
JE Pistons Heat Race #3 Winner: Jake Meier
KindlLLC.com Business Solutions Quick Six Winner: Chad Simpson
Hoosier Racing Tires B-Main Winner: Jason Rauen
1. Chris Simpson
2. Chad Simpson
3. Jason Rauen
4. Jason Utter
5. Bone Larson
6. Jake Meier
7. Dennis Erb
8. Pete Parker
9. Dave Eckrich
10. Russ Scheffler
11. Justin Kay
12. Rick Scheffler
13. Tim Isenberg
14. Jerry Lierly
15. Charlie McKenna
16. Mike Fryar
17. Tim Buhler
18. Bill Rezutek
19. Rick Wendling
20. Jon Rogers
21. Rob Moss
22. Jermiah Hurst
23. Jim Rychtik
24. Brock Sauer
Hooker Custom Harness Hard Charger Award: Jason Rauen
AllStar Performance Performer of the Race Award: Jason Rauen
QuickCar Racing Products Award: Rob Moss
Landrum Performance Springs Award:
JE Pistons Awards: Chris Simpson
Comp Cams Award: Dennis Erb
Quarter Master Award: Tim Isenberg
CV Products Award: Chris Simpson
Hoosier WRS D-55 Tire Draw Winner: Charlie McKenna
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.
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