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Birkhofer - West Lib - May 1 

Brian Birkhofer races ahead of Chad Simpson before taking the lead from Denny Eckrich in the "Daufeldt Transport 50" at West Liberty. (Mike Ruefer)

Birkhofer's Buss
Brian Birkhofer's mount feels the love after the Muscatine, Iowa driver's first win of the season in the Simmons promoted event at West Liberty Raceway Satiurday. (Mike Ruefer)
 
Birkhofer Bags 10,000 On Night One Of "May Daze" At West Liberty 
 
Larry Bontz

WEST LIBERTY, Ia. - May 1. Brian Birkhofer, from Muscatine, Iowa, passed Denny Eckrich on lap 17 and lead the remaining 33 laps to notch his first feature win of the 2010 racing season here at the Muscatine County Fairgrounds Saturday on night one of the "May Days 2 Classic". The  drivers head to Farley for round two on Sunday at Farley Speedway.
 
Babb - Simpson
 
Eleventh starting Shannon Babb reels in #25 Chad Simpson as he advances to second place at West Lib. (Mike Ruefer)
 
Eckrich - Moyer
Dave Eckrich, the evening's fast qualifier at West Liberty,  gives way to ninth starting Billy Moyer, who rolled to third at West Liberty. (Mike Ruefer)
 
Birkhofer performed flawlessly and finished several lengths ahead of Shannon Babb, who started ninth on the grid. 
 
During the early laps, it was Denny Eckrich out front for 16 circuits while Birkhofer clawed his way to second place and reeled in Eckrich to race the Tiffin, Iowa ace side by side.  After putting Eckrich behind him, Birkhofer raced away with a large lead, as Eckrich faded back to mid-pack.
 
Phillips - Eckrich - Simpson
 
Chad Simpson chases #75 Terry Phillips past fading early leader Denny Eckrich (#50).  The pair finished fourth and fifth in the 50-lapper at West Liberty.  (Mike Ruefer)
 
Birkhofer almost met his Waterloo when he tried to squeeze his #15 between the wall and a lapped car on the back sraight-away.  Birkhofer left his mark on the wall, but otherwise emerged unscathed to maintain a large lead over Babb at the finish. Seventh starting Billy Moyer overtook Terry Phillips on a late restart to take third, leaving Phillips and Chad Simpson to round out the top five.
 
O'Neal - 6th
 
Don O'Neal took his Iowa based ride to a sixth place showing at West Liberty. (Mike Ruefer)  
 Finish - West Liberty - May 1

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