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August 18
Lee County Speedway,
Donnellson, IA
Sanction: Hoker Trucking Series - $3,000
Information provided by: Mike Ruefer, series and track reports (last updated August 19, 8:28 am)
Late restart lifts Simpson to win at Lee County
  1. Chad Simpson
  2. Andy Eckrich
  3. Brian Harris
  4. Chad Holladay
  5. C.J. Horn
  6. Jeff Tharp
  7. Jeff Larson
  8. Matt Ryan
  9. Rickey Frankel
  10. Bryan Klein
  11. Charlie McKenna
  12. Dave Eckrich
  13. Curt Martin
  14. Tommy Elston
  15. Derrick Stewart
  16. Jason Hahne
  17. Darrel DeFrance
  18. Fred Remley
  19. Curt Schroeder
  20. Jeff Aikey
  21. Luke Goedert
  22. Nick Marolf
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Chad Simpson (25) passed Andy Eckrich (56) to win Friday at Lee County.
What won the race: Fourth-starting Chad Simpson of Mount Vernon, Iowa, took advantage of a lap-19 restart and moved into second before powering around the outside of Andy Eckrich in the closing laps and winning Friday's $3,000 Hoker Trucking Series feature at Lee County Speedway. Simpson secured his second career series victory, with both coming this season.
Quotable: “Andy Eckrich had the best race car,” Simpson said. “He could just get off the corner better than I could. I rode (in) third most of the race and then I got to second on that (lap 19) restart and got by (Chad) Holladay. Andy (Eckrich) was just so much better on the bottom, I tried to follow him around there and he’d pull (away from) me on the exit, so I’m like ‘well if I’m going to try and win this race, I gotta get up on the top and just see if I can make something happen’.”
Key notes: Defending series winner at Lee County, third-starting Eckrich, of Iowa City, Iowa, led laps 18-27 before settling for second. ... Brian Harris moved into third in the closing laps and rounded-out the podium. ... Pole-starting Chad Holladay led 15 of the first 17 laps before fading to finish fourth. ... Second-starting Jeff Tharp led laps 13 and 14 before finishing sixth. ... Jeff Larson advanced three positions and finished seventh. ... Friday's race was slowed by one caution when Matt Ryan hit an infield tire just as Luke Goedert stopped on-track. … Lee County hosts a $5,000-to-win special on Aug. 25 for IMCA Late Models.
On the move: Brian Harris of Davenport, Iowa, started seventh and finished third.
Winner's sponsors: Simpson’s Longhorn by Wells Chassis has a Pro Power Racing Engine with sponsorship from Ideal Ready Mix, Randy Davidson Trucking, Venture Concrete & Excavating, Moeller Farms, Midwest Frame & Axle, Volker Trucking, Subway, Stewart & Sons, Holmtown Pub, Burich Trucking, BMRE, Twenty 5 Design, Grasshopper Lawn Care, NAPA, Lucas Oil, Gorsuch Performance, Swift Springs, Bilstein Shocks, Wehrs Machine and Performance Bodies.
Points chase: After Lee County: 1. Chad Holladay (3,182); 2. Charlie McKenna (3,108); 3. Andy Eckrich (3,098); 4. Jason Hahne (3,084); 5. Jeff Aikey (3,073).
Car count: 37
Fast qualifier: Chad Simpson
Time: 15.957 seconds
Polesitter: Chad Holladay
Heat race winners: Nick Marolf, Brian Harris, Darrel DeFrance, Andy Eckrich
Consolation race winners: Fred Remley, Tommy Elston
Provisional starters: Jason Hahne, Curt Schroeder
Next series race: August 19, West Liberty Raceway (West Liberty, IA) $3,000
Editor's note: Results and race details are unofficial.

Feature lineup

Row 1: Holladay, Tharp
Row 2: A. Eckrich, Chad Simpson
Row 3: Klein, Horn
Row 4: Harris, Ryan
Row 5: McKenna, J. Larson
Row 6: Marolf, Frankel
Row 7: D. Eckrich, Stewart
Row 8: Martin, DeFrance
Row 9: Remley, Elston
Row 10: Goedert, Aikey
Row 11: Hahne, Schroeder

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