Chad Simpson VL

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 Opener

 

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

 

 

Chad Simpson

 

Iowa's Chad Simpson held off all comers to dominate Saturday's Cornbelt Clash Late Model Series opening event at Deer Creek Speedway. (Mike Ruefer)

 

Eckrich - Mahder

Chad 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 Mahder

 

Saither - Redetzke

Kevin Saither makes his way into the top five at Deer Creek, leaving #27 Jake Redetzke with a seventh place showing. (Mike Ruefer)

 

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 five. 

 

 Fijnish - Deer Creek Cornbelt Clash

 

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