Chad Simpson appeared none the
worse for wear after 30 laps of racing in the Cornbelt Clash Series opener at Deer Creek. (Mike Ruefer)
Simpson Dominates Cornbelt Clash
By Bill Nelson
SPRING VALLEY, Minn. - April 17. With 130 cars in the pit
area on a cool but sunny Saturday night, Chad Simpson topped a field of 36 Corn Belt Clash Late Model teams who
were on hand for the season opening event in 2010 on Gillund Enterprises, Justice Brothers night at the speedway.
The first corner saw a three car pileup for the first and
only caution of the 35 lap feature event, and with a complete restart,
Simpson jumped out to the
Iowa's Chad Simpson held off all
comers to dominate Saturday's Cornbelt Clash Late Model Series opening event at Deer Creek
Mahder sails the high side of Dave Echrich's #58 to advance to second at Deer Creek. (Mike Ruefer)
early lead with Chad Mahder close behind in second and
Dave Eckrich third.
With three completed Keith Foss was pressuring Adam Hensel
for fourth as Simpson had pulled out to a nice early lead, and with six laps on the books,
Eckrich was working Mahder over hard for the second spot. Simpson was using the high groove of the
speedway with Mahder working the low groove on the smooth and fast racing surface.
With 15 completed, lapped traffic came into play
and the leaders had to tip toe through the pack. Simpson struggled to get through the first pack as
Kevin Saither makes his way into the top five at Deer Creek, leaving #27 Jake Redetzke with a
seventh place showing. (Mike
caught up to his rear bumper, but Simpson cleared the cars and left Mahder to struggle through. With 20 laps
down, Eckrich and Hensel caught the still struggling Mahder. Finally Mahder
made it through the pack with Eckrich and Hensel going door to door. Five laps later Hensel got in the
right groove and worked past Eckrich in traffic and took over the third spot.
With three laps to go, Eckrich again tried to regain the
third spot as he and Hensel ran side by side to the white flag, but at the
line it was Simpson with the dominating win, Mahder, Hensel, Eckrich and Sather rounded out the top