West Liberty Raceway
Miller sweeps Liberty 100 features, grabs $8,000
WEST LIBERTY, Iowa (Oct. 16) — The 10th annual Liberty 100 was split into two races, but it still had a single winner. Darren Miller of Milledgeville, Ill., swept the spec-engine and open-competition engine events at West Liberty Raceway on Saturday to collect $8,000 in the season-ending event.
Miller, who earned $3,500 apiece for each 50-lap victory plus a $1,000 bonus for the sweep, capped his recent return to driving with his most lucrative payday of the season.
In the open-competition feature, Miller outran Brian Birkhofer of Muscatine, Iowa, for the victory while Jason Utter of Columbus Junction, Iowa, finished third. Nick Marolf of Moscow, Iowa, and Chris Simpson of Oxford, Iowa, rounded out the top five.
In the spec-engine feature, Miller outran track champion Andy Eckrich of Iowa, City, Iowa for the victory while Ray Guss Jr. of Milan, Ill., Jeff Aikey of Waterloo, Iowa, and Tommy Elston of Keokuk, Iowa, rounded out the top five.
The event was rescheduled after being postponed by rain three weeks earlier.
Open-competition engine feature: (1) Darren Miller, (2) Brian Birkhofer, (3) Jason Utter, (4) Nick Marolf, (5) Chris Simpson, (6) Brian Harris, (7) Andy Eckrich, (8) Denny Eckrich, (9) Kurt Kile, (10) Kevin Kile, (11) Jeremiah Hurst, (12) Jake Meier, (13) Rob Moss, (14) Boone McLaughlin, (15) Steve Boley, (16) Joel Callahan, (17) Mike Klinkhammer, (18) Jeff Guengerich, (19) Justin Mitchell, (20) Dave Eckrich, (21) Mike Fryer, (22) Rich Bell, (23) Jay Johnson, (24) Skip Frey.
Spec-engine feature: (1) Darren Miller, (2) Andy Eckrich, (3) Ray Guss Jr., (4) Jeff Aikey, (5) Tommy Elston, (6) Mike Garland, (7) Boone McLaughlin, (8) Colby Springsteen, (9) Jeremiah Hurst, (10) Darrel DeFrance, (11) Matt Ryan, (12) Jay Johnson, (13) Jay Chenoweth, (14) Gary Webb, (15) Tyler Bruening, (16) Jason Bahrs, (17) Todd Hormel, (18) Joel Callahan, (19) Jon Merfeld, (20) Stephan Kammerer, (21) Terry Neal, (22) Sam Halstead, (23) Rob Toland, (24) Nate Beuseling.