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June 10
West Liberty Raceway,
West Liberty, IA
Sanction: Hoker Trucking Series (Summertime Showdown) - $3,000
Information provided by: Mike Ruefer, series and track reports (last updated June 11, 5:07 am)
McKenna masters tour stop at West Liberty
Summertime Showdown
  1. Charlie McKenna
  2. Chad Holladay
  3. Jeff Aikey
  4. Derrick Stewart
  5. Jason Hahne
  6. Brian Harris
  7. Matt Ryan
  8. Andy Eckrich
  9. Luke Goedert
  10. Dave Eckrich
  11. Jay Johnson
  12. Fred Remley
  13. C.J. Horn
  14. Brandon Queen
  15. Darrel DeFrance
  16. Curt Schroeder
  17. Gabe Umbarger
  18. Luke Pestka
  19. Nick Marolf
  20. Justin Kay
  21. Ron Boyse
  22. Curtis Glover
  23. Scott Strauss
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Charlie McKenna led all 25 laps to win his third career Hoker Trucking Series feature.
What won the race: Pole-starting Charlie McKenna of Ames, Iowa, led all 25 laps at West Liberty Raceway, winning Saturday's $3,000 Summertime Showdown. McKenna notched his first win of the season and the third Hoker Trucking Series victory of his career, his first since 2021 at Fayette County Speedway in West Union, Iowa.
Quotable: “Well you know, when you start up front, you’re really not sure where to go,” McKenna said. “If you were paying attention in them heats, typically at West Liberty, it’s faster on the top early and then it moves down and a lot of times it would be on the bottom. Tonight, it almost looked like it was the inverse of that. They talk about how much air matters, well you go to a big half (mile) and it’s a lot easier that way. I didn’t sense (Chad Holladay). I wasn’t sure (how close he was). I had some left I wasn’t sure how much to use, I wasn’t sure what my right rear looked like, but I guess he was close at the end.”
Key notes: Fifth-starting Chad Holladay moved into the runner-up position on lap 12 and pressured McKenna late, finishing a scant 0.266 of a second back; Holladay has assumed the Hoker Trucking series points lead. … National Dirt Late Model Hall of Famer Jeff Aikey started fourth and finished third. ... Brian Harris and Andy Eckrich each advanced three positions, finishing sixth and eighth. ... Luke Goedert gained five spots and finished ninth. ... Dave Eckrich started 16th and finished 10th. ... Justin Kay ran as high as fifth in the early laps before losing an engine on lap nine. ... Saturday's green-to-checkered feature was completed without incident and lasted only nine minutes, with 10 drivers completing all 25 laps. ... Hoker Trucking Series competitors return to West Liberty Raceway for another $3,000-to-win show on Aug. 19.
On the move: Derrick Stewart of Ainsworth, Iowa, started 10th and finished fourth.
Winner's sponsors: McKenna’s MB Customs Race Car is sponsored by My Yield Seed Treaters, Can-Am Auto Salvage, Precision Planting by JNJ Farms, Shore Motor Company, 712 Media, Always Race Day, Motorsports Marketing Innovations, CMD Shocks, Jig E Signs and Dirt Track Bank.
Points chase: After West Liberty: 1. Chad Holladay (1,688); 2. Andy Eckrich (1,678); 3. Jeff Aikey (1,672); 4. Jason Hahne (1,652); 5. Charlie McKenna (1,636).
Current weather: Broken Clouds, 81°F
Car count: 23
Fast qualifier: Chad Holladay
Time: 18.677 seconds
Polesitter: Charlie McKenna
Heat race winners: Luke Pestka, Justin Kay, Matt Ryan
Next series race: June 21, Southern Iowa Speedway (Oskaloosa, IA) $3,000
Editor's note: Results and race details are unofficial.

Feature lineup

Row 1: McKenna, Ryan
Row 2: Hahne, Aikey
Row 3: Holladay, Horn
Row 4: Pestka, Kay
Row 5: Harris, Stewart
Row 6: A. Eckrich, Marolf
Row 7: Boyse, Goedert
Row 8: Schroeder, D. Eckrich
Row 9: Johnson, Umbarger
Row 10: DeFrance, Queen
Row 11: Glover, Remley
Row 12: Strauss
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