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State Your Case: Iowa, Illinois face off in finals

April 7, 2008, 6:56 am
By Todd Turner
DirtonDirt.com chief writer

Ready for a Midwestern showdown? That's exactly what has developed on DirtonDirt.com's exclusive State Your Case bracket-style tournament to determine the best state for Dirt Late Model racing. Third-seeded Illinois and fourth-seeded Iowa pulled off upsets in the semifinals to reach the championship. | Semifinals | Quarterfinals | Second round | First round

The final voting, among the 24 panelists who wrote capsules in support of each of the 24 states entered in the tournament, will be revealed Tuesday and along with it, the champion and bragging rights as the Dirt Late Model's top state.

Upsets were few and far between in the tournament's early rounds, but the Final Four proved to be a thriller with tight voting in both matchups. Iowa edged top-seeded Ohio by a single vote, the same margin that Illinois beat second-seeded Tennessee. Tennessee had rolled through its first two matchups, winning by no fewer than 11 votes, but Illinois — was it the recent Farmer City race? — bested the Volunteer State.

Who will the champion be? Iowa or Illinois. Check DirtonDirt.com tomorrow to find out.

State Your Case Tournament

(Seeds in parentheses)
(Winner revealed April 8)
Illinois (3) vs. Iowa (4)

Eliminated in first round: New York, Alabama, Louisiana, South Dakota, Michigan, Minnesota, California, Virginiia

Eliminated in second round: Missouri, Mississippi, Wisconsin, Arkansas, Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina, West Virginia

Eliminated in quarterfinals: Kentucky, Indiana, Pennsylvania, Georgia

Eliminated in semifinals: Ohio, Tennessee

Capsule contributors

Alabama - Tim O’Brien
Arkansas - Todd Turner
California - K.C. Rooney
Georgia - Bob Appleget
Illinois - Terry Young
Indiana - Bob Markos
Iowa - Barry Johnson
Kentucky - Mike Sullivan
Louisiana - Greg Holmes
Maryland - Matt Felten
Michigan - Dave DeHem and Verwayne Greenhoe
Minnesota - Rich Olson
Mississippi - Tim Lee
Missouri - Jimmy Dearing
New York - Chip Stebbins
North Carolina - Thomas Pope
Ohio - Bill Holder
Pennsylvania - Keith Koval
South Carolina - Gene Murphy
South Dakota - Rob Fogle
Tennessee - Michael Moats
Virginia - Brian Tidball
West Virginia - Ernie Shelton
Wisconsin - Jerry O’Brien

A special thanks to historian Bob Markos for sharing his vast knowledge

Cover art image by Barry Lenhart

Tournament bracket

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