latemodelamerica.com - July 14 - Independence Motor Speedway
Seventh starting Jason Rauen, of Farley, Iowa, rolls under
early leader Dave Eckrich for the lead and his first Cornbelt Clash win at Independence Motor
Speedway. (Mike Ruefer)
Cornbelt Clash: Rauen
Reels In First CC Win
Independence Motor Speedway Clash winner, Jason Rauen. (Mike Ruefer)
INDEPENDENCE, Ia. - July 14. "Hammer down" Jason Rauen grabbed the lead away from earlier leader Dave
Eckrich on the tenth lap, then lead the remainings 25 for his first series win in the 35-lap Dart
Corn Belt Clash late model feature here at the Independence Motor Speedway during the running of the
Buchannan County Fair.
Dave Eckrich, who started on the pole, led the first nine circuits, but began to fade while Rauen, who
started seventh in the 22-car starting grid, moved to fifth by lap three, to second on lap five, and
five laps later, found himself in the lead.
Dave Eckrich led the first nine laps at Indy before sliding back to
Eckrich still held second at the halfway point, trailed by ninth starting Jason Utter, Curt Martin, and
Chris Simpson. Rauen continued to build on his lead, driving through traffic with ease as the Farley,
Iowa native would go on to capture the $2,000 win. With Eckrich finally dropping back to sixth, Utter
finished second over Curt Martin and Chad Simpson, winner of seven out of the first eight Dart
CornBelt Series Features. Brother Chris Simpson was fifth after starting 11th.
Cornbelt Clash - Independence Mtr.
Speedway 1) Jason Rauen 2)
Jason Utter 3) Curt Martin 4) Chad Simpson 5) Chris Simpson 6) Dave Eckrich 7) Kevin
Kile 8) Rick Wendling 9) Jake Meier 10) Terry Neal; 11) Justin Kay, 12) Jeremiah
Hurst, 13) Tyler Bruening, 14) Joel Callahan, 15) Jill George, 16) Kurt Kile, 17)
Kevin Sather, 18) Clint Wendel, 19) Travis Smock, 20) Joel Brasch, 21) Randy Wheeler,
22) Jeff Aikey. Heat Winners: Rauen,Breuning, Wendling