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Kirchoff gets redemption with home-track victory

May 16, 2010, 7:07 am
From track and series reports
Eddie Kirchoff races toward the Gillette checkers. (westernwandererphoto.com)
Eddie Kirchoff races toward the Gillette checkers. (westernwandererphoto.com)

GILLETTE, Wyo. (May 15) — Rebounding from a disappointing loss the previous night, hometown driver Eddie Kirchoff led all 30 laps of Saturday's feature at Gillette Thunder Speedway. The polesitting Kirchoff earned $1,200 for his third Colorado Late Model Association DIRTcar Series victory in four 2010 starts.

Dan Henrikson, who won the previous night at Black Hills Speedway when a broken wheel knocked the dominating Kirchoff out of the lead late, finished second at Gillette. Fellow Rapid City, S.D., drivers Eric Mass and Matt Sheesley were next while 11th-starting Dave Garmann of Milliken, Colo., rounded out the top five.

Kirchoff, who swept the previous weekend's action at Dodge City (Kan.) Raceway Park, owns 14 career CLMA victories, just two shy of all-time leader Brett Hallmark.

CLMA @ Gillette: (1) Eddie Kirchoff, (2) Dan Henrikson, (3) Eric Mass, (4) Matt Sheesley, (5) Dave Garmann, (6) Ed Kirchoff, (7) Jason Schlierkolk, (8) Morris Oberle, (9) Danny Allen, (10) Brent Nielsen, (11) Scott Lewis, (12) Chris Johnson, (13) John Bey, (14) Scott Anderson, (15) Nate Beacham, (16) Dylan Schmer. Heat race winners (among 16 cars): Johnson, Eddie Kirchoff, Mass. Dash winner: Eddie Kirchoff.

CLMA points

(Through May 15)
1. Eddie Kirchoff - 262
2. Jason Schierkolk - 214
3. Dave Garmann - 211
4. Scott Lewis - 191
5. Dan Henrickson - 145
6. Ed Kirchoff - 139
7. Eric Mass - 135
8. Delbert Smith - 130
9. Matt Sheesley - 110
10. John Bey - 103
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