- July 27 - Highway 3 Raceway by Sam Holbrooks


Chad Simpson and Dave Eckrich at Highway 3 Raceway

Cornbelt Clash: Simpson Wins Third Straight at Hwy. 3

Ryan Clark

ALLISON, Ia. - July 27. Chad Simpson broke free from a tussle with Dave Eckrich late to score the victory in the 25-lap Dart Corn Belt Clash Late Model Series presented by Cen-Pe-Co Lubricants feature at Highway 3 Raceway.

Polesitter Eckrich took command at the drop of the green while fellow front row starter Rob Moss settled into second. Simpson, who started outside the third row, worked around Tim Isenberg and Chris Simpson before dropping to the low side to challenge Moss and Justin Mitchell.

(Above) Chad Simpson hounds early leader Dave Eckrich (58) before grabbing his third straight Cornbelt Clash win Wednesday at Highway 3 Raceway in Allison, Iowa. (Right) Lining `em up at Highway 3 Raceway (K.C. Rooney)

He made his bid for second by the third lap, then set his sights on Eckrich, who built a sizable lead.
Simpson wasted little time running down the leader as he pulled even with Eckrich just a couple circuits later. The lead pair ran in side-by-side formation for a number of laps with Simpson working the low groove and Eckrich one lane

Jason Utter and Kurt Kile

Jason Utter raced to fifth place at Highway 3 Raceway, while 377 Kurt Kile was able to muster only a mid-pack finish. (K.C. Rooney)

higher. Eckrich and Simpson swapped the top spot midway through the event, however Eckrich appeared to be running the preferred lane as he fought off Simpson's persistent challenges.

As the leaders navigated turns one and two on lap 18, Simpson powered beneath Eckrich and was able to take over the lead as they exited turn two.

Jason Rauen and Jill George at Highway 3 Raceway

Jason Rauen and #22 Jill George in preliminary action at Highway 3 Raceway. (K.C. Rooney)

Jill George at Highway 3 Raceway

Jill George's day came to a smokey end and kept her from starting the main event at Highway 3 Raceway. (K.C. Rooney)

 He then pulled away from the field to score his third straight series win and fifth of the season. Chris Simpson worked past Eckrich with a handful of laps to go to finish second. Eckrich ran third ahead of Tim Isenberg and Jason Utter.

Jason Rauen won the fast dash, then drew the #7, inverting the top seven finishers for the feature lineup. Heat winners were Rauen and Chad Simpson.

Rob Moss and Kevin Kile at Hwy 3 Speedway

Rob Moss and Kevin Kile race for position back at mid-field at Highway 3 Raceway. (K.C. Rooney)

Cornbelt Clash - Highway 3 Raceway
1) Chad Simpson, 2) Chris Simpson, 3) Dave Eckrich, 4) Tim Isenberg, 5) Jason Utter, 6) Justin Mitchell, 7) Nick Marolf, 8) Denny Eckrich, 9) Kevin Kile, 10) Rob Moss, 11) Kurt Kile, 12) Jake Meier, 13) Skip Frey, 14) Jeremiah Hurst, 15) Kevin Sather, 16) Todd Hansen, 17) Curt Schroeder, 18) Jason Rauen, 19) Mike Fryer, 22) Jill George (dns)
Heat winners (20 entries): Chad Simpson, Rauen; Fast Dash: Rauen.
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