Fayette County Speedway
Champ nabs second Corn Belt Clash victory
WEST UNION, Iowa (June 2) — Reigning series champion Chad Simpson of Mount Vernon, Iowa, dominated Thursday's Dart Corn Belt Clash checkered flag at Fayette County Speedway for his second series victory of the season.
The 32-year-old Simpson, who has never gone more than three series races without a victory, notched his series-leading 12th career triumph on the 3-year-old tour, earning $3,000. | Slideshow
Simpson quickly pulled away from polesitter Tim Isenberg of Marshfield, Wis., and outside front-row starter Kurt Kile of Nichols, Iowa, who ended up second and third. Iowans Jake Meier of Tipton and Jason Utter of Columbus Junction rounded out the top five finishers at the 3/8-mile oval.
Simpson captured the series opener Sunday at I-80 Speedway in Greenwood, Neb., then finished second to younger brother Chris on Wednesday at Cedar County Raceway in Tipton. The series wraps up a three-race stretch Friday at Mississippi Thunder Speedway in Fountain City, Wis.
Notes: Simpson's Bud and Denise Brinkman-owned MasterSbilt Race Car is sponsored Liebe Trucking, Wrap'd Dynamic Decals, T&W Insulation and GATR. ... Simpson took the checkers with a straightaway lead. ... After this week, the Iowa-based series takes a month off before a July 1 event at I-80 Speedway.
Corn Belt Clash @ Fayette County: (1) Chad Simpson, (2) Tim Isenberg, (3) Kurt Kile, (4) Jake Meier, (5) Jason Utter, (6) Chris Simpson, (7) Denny Eckrich, (8) Kevin Kiles, (9) Justin Mitchell, (10) Tyler Bruening, (11) Kevin Sather, (12) Rick Wendling, (13) Mike Fryer, (14) Lance Matthees, (15) Dave Eckrich, (16) Andrew McKay, (17) Dustin Hapka, (18) Jill George, (19) Jon Rogers, (20) Todd Hansen, (21) Joe Ludemann, (22) Rob Moss, (23) Jason Rauen. Heat race winners (among 23 cars): Jason Utter, Denny Eckrich, Kevin Kile. Dash winner: Denny Eckrich.