latemodelamerica.com - July 28 - CJ Speedway
LateModelAmerica.com by Sam Holbrooks

 
 

Skip Frey at CJ Speedway

Skip Frey hittin' it hard at CJ Raceway. By feature time, the Ely, Iowa racer was unable to start his #3 on the grid. ( K.C. Rooney)

Cornbelt Clash: Chad Simpson Three For Three in Iowa Trio

Ryan Clark, series p.r.

COLUMBUS JUNCTION, Ia. - July 28. Although the path he took to get there was a little different than the previous two days, the end result was the same as Chad Simpson drove to his third Dart Corn Belt Clash Late Model Series win in as many days when the tour made a stop at CJ Speedway. After strong runs in his qualifiers the previous two nights that led to a win and second place finish in the Fast Dashes, Simpson turned a fifth place heat race effort

Chad Simpson at CJ Speedway

A fifth place finish in your heat race usually isn't the winning ticket, but Chad Simpson managed to parlay a poor start into his fourth straight Cornbelt Clash win and his third in a mid-week trio of events. (Mike Ruefer)

Kevin and Kurt Kile at CJ Speedway

Kurt and Kevin Kile (88) lead the early going at CJ Speedway, but Kurt lost his #77 off the top of the track top side while leading, and Kevin raced to a third place finish after giving up ground to another set of brothers, Chad and Chris Simpson. (Mike Ruefer) 

Justin Mitchell at CJ Speedway
Justin Mitchell wrenches on his #28 before putting in a sixth place showing at CJ Speedway. (K.C. Rooney)
into a $3,000 payday on Thursday.

First heat and Fast Dash winner Kurt Kile, who drew the #1 pill for the Fast Dash invert, took charge at the drop of the green from his pole position start in the 30-lap feature. Fellow front row starter Kevin Kile fell into the second spot while Jason Utter moved into contention after charging from a fourth row start. Utter made his way past Jeremiah Hurst and Kevin Kile for second just before the race's first stoppage on lap four.

When racing resumed, Kurt Kile again paced the field with Utter pursuing as Simpson made his way into third. Simpson pulled to the outside of Utter as the pair ran side-by-side into turn one. Utter clipped a tractor tire on the inside of the corner, causing enough damage to end his night early. The incident, which brought out the second caution, put Simpson on Kile's

Denny Eckrich - Justin Kay - Nick Marolf

While unable to make much of an impact up front, #50 Denny Eckrich, #33 Nick Marolf, and #15 Justin Kay race hard for position back in the field. (K.C. Rooney)

rear bumper for the lap six restart.

Kile again held sway when the green flag waved as Simpson went to work on the leader. As the leaders completed the ninth circuit, Kile drifted high entering turn one and slipped off the top of the speedway. Although Kile collected his

Chris Simpson and Tim Isenberg at CJ Speedway

For the second night straight, #32 Chris Simpson took the runner up finish to brother Chad, while #9 Tim Isenberg raced to Thursday's fourth place showing. (K.C. Rooney)

Rob Moss and Justin Kay at CJ Speedway

Rob Moss and #15 Justin Kay duel for position at CJ Speedway. (Mike Ruefer)

 #77, Simpson slipped past for the lead before Kile re-entered the track in second. Simpson survived another pair of stoppages to score the win, his fourth straight in the series and sixth of the season. Chris Simpson made a good run from his fifth row start to finish second, nearly a straightaway behind Chad. Kevin Kile ran third ahead of Tim Isenberg and Jeremiah Hurst.

Kevin Kile and Jeremiah Hurst at CJ Speedway

Dubuque's Jeremiah Hurst chases Kevin Kile before picking up fifth at CJ Speedway. (Mike Ruefer)

Columbus Junction, Iowa's CJ Speedway awaits the Cornbelt Clash and its fans on Thursday. (K.C. Rooney)

Cornbelt Clash at CJ Speedway

1) Chad Simpson, 2) Chris Simpson, 3) Kevin Kile, 4) Tim Isenberg, 5) Jeremiah Hurst, 6) Justin Mitchell, 7) Kevin Sather, 8) Denny Eckrich, 9) Rob Moss, 10) Kurt Kile, 11) Dave Eckrich, 12) Todd Hansen, 13) Justin Kay, 14) Jason Utter, 15) Nick Marolf, 16) Jake Meier, 17) Skip Frey
Heat winners: Kurt Kile, Isenberg; Fast Dash winner: Kurt Kile

Mike Ruefer photo

 

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