Eckrich Tops "Tornado Tuesday" at West
|Denny Eckrich is interviewed after his $10,000 Tornado Tuesday win at West Liberty, Ia.
(Top) Eckrich at speed at West Liberty. (Mike Ruefer photos)
WEST LIBERTY, Ia. - Aug. 10. Twenty year racing veteran Denny Eckrich started on the pole after winning the
qualifying dash, survived a couple of late
race restarts, and went on to capture the I-Wireless, West Liberty State Bank-sponsored "Tornado Tuesday" $10,000
Late Model win here at the West Liberty Raceway Tuesday night.
The win for Eckrich was his first since winning on opening night in 2009. Eckrich finished second in his heat
and qualified seventh overall out of the 33 entrants signed in to do battle.
Don O'Neal battles his way under #25 Chad Simpson before advancing to third at West
Liberty. (Mike Ruefer)
Brian Birkhofer, who dominated this race one year ago, started ninth in the grid and ran second to Eckrich.
Fifth starting Don Oneal ran third in the Larry Mohring Motorsports entry ahead of Will Vaught, who won the last
Tornado Tuesday event at Farley (IA.) Speedway.
Farley Speedway "Tornado Tuesday" winner Will Vaugt picked up fourth in the West
Liberty show. (Mike
Dean Mahlstadt grabbed the lead at the start of the 20-lap Modified feature and never looked back, chalking up
his first win of the season. Ryan Dolan placed second over Brad Dierks, Steve Stewart, and Scott Dickey.
A battered Bub McCool races for position at West Lib before giving up the
fight. (Mike Ruefer)
I-Wireless/West Liberty State Bank
1. Denny Eckrich, 2. Brian Birkhofer, 3. Don O'Neal, 4.
Will Vaugt, 5. Chad Simpson, 6. Billy Moyer, 7. Andy Eckrich, 8. Jeremiah Hurst, 9. Jason Utter, 10.
Mike Klinkhammer, 11. Jeff Larson, 12. Dave Eckrich 13. Rob Moss, 14. Ron Boyse, 15. Chris Simpson, 16.
Mike Fryar, 17. Justin Mitchell, 18. Dustin Hapka, 19. Brian Harris, 20. Skip Frey, 21. Bub McCool, 22.
Matt Furman, 23. Nick Marolf, 24. Mike Collins.
Fast Time (33 entries): Eckrich (20.672
secs.); Heat Winners: Hurst, Birkhofer, Andy Eckrich, O'Nea; Dash Winner - Denny Eckrich; B-Main
winners: Frey, Marolf
Ron Mitchell photo