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Daily Dirt 02/26/2020 08:30:47

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August 9
West Liberty Raceway,
West Liberty, IA
Sanction: Lucas Oil Midwest LateModel Racing Association (Coors Light 50) - $10,000
Information provided by: Jeremiah Davis of The Gazette and series reports (last updated August 10, 8:47 am)
West Liberty gives Simpson sweep in Iowa
Coors Light 50
  1. Chris Simpson
  2. Terry Phillips
  3. Jesse Stovall
  4. Denny Eckrich
  5. Dave Eckrich
  6. Tyler Bruening
  7. Tad Pospisil
  8. Brent Larson
  9. Joel Callahan
  10. Chad Simpson
  11. Ryan Gustin
  12. Spencer Diercks
  13. R.C. Whitwell
  14. Jason Utter
  15. Jay Johnson
  16. Justin Kay
  17. Mike Fryer
  18. Jon Mitchell
  19. Matt Furman
  20. Tony Jackson Jr.
  21. J.C. Wyman
  22. Brantlee Gotschall
  23. Nick Marolf
  24. Wayne Brau
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Chris Simpson led all the way for $10,000 at West Liberty.
What won the race: Polesitter Chris Simpson of Oxford, Iowa, picked up his second straight $10,000 MLRA victory in as many nights by picking up the Tornado Tuesday victory at West Liberty Raceway. Simpson led all 50 laps for his fourth MLRA victory of the season, all at Iowa tracks.
Quotable: "It's a hell of a week. I wish every Monday and Tuesday would start out like this," Simpson said. "I just got to thank my crew and fans that stuck behind me. The hours I've put in on the car in the last week, with my crew guy being gone, I think have really helped. It made me get under the car and work on it and not just rely on them."
Key notes: The victory was Simpson's eighth career MLRA victory. ... Simpson has turned things around with victories at Farley and West Liberty. Prior to his Monday-Tuesday sweep, he had a single top-five finish in his previous 12 starts. ... Runner-up Terry Phillips started seventh and survived a hot engine. ... Third-place finisher Jesse Stovall spun on a mid-race restart but rallied for a podium finish. ... Outside front-row starter Nick Marolf dropped out after attempting to take the lead from Simpson and ending up in the turn-one wall. ... Five cautions slowed the action and nine cars were running at the finish on a hammer-down surface. ... Kyle Hinrichs won West Liberty's IMCA Late Model feature (just two divisions were in action and racing was complete by 9:30). ... MLRA action continues Wednesday at Deer Creek followed by an off day on Thursday and two nights of action on Friday and Saturday at Junction Motor.
On the move: Denny Eckrich of Oxford, Iowa, started 17th and finished fourth (and ran as high as third) for the Casey's General Stores Hard Charger honors.
Winner's sponsors: Simpson's Longhorn Chassis is sponsored by Five Star Shop and Service, Cheap Cars, Advanced Machine and Tool, Chase Decals, Simpson Farms, Eibach Springs and Bill Bryant Trucking
Points chase: Jesse Stovall of Billings, Mo., held a 68-point lead on Terry Phillips heading to West Liberty.
Car count: 24
Polesitter: Chris Simpson
Heat race winners: Chris Simpson, Nick Marolf, Spencer Diercks
Next series race: August 10, Deer Creek Speedway (Spring Valley, MN) $5,000
Editor's note: Results and race details are unofficial.

Feature lineup

Row 1: Chris Simpson, Marolf
Row 2: Diercks, Gustin
Row 3: Dave Eckrich, Callahan
Row 4: Phillips, Utter
Row 5: Gotschall, Bruening
Row 6: Chad Simpson, Stovall
Row 7: Jackson, Mitchell
Row 8: Pospisil, Kay
Row 9: Denny Eckrich, Brau
Row 10: Fryer, Johnson
Row 11: Wyman, Furman

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