Travis Dickes (21), Al Purkey (33), and John Hampel (2) in
preliminary action as three different midwestern tours came together for the annual "Adams County Challenge"
over Independence Weekend. (Lloyd
Simpson Dominates at Adams County
Ashley Barry and David
CORNING, Ia. - July 2. Taking advantage of a well-prepared track,
Chad Simpson of Mt. Vernon, Iowa took the lead at the start and never looked back in claiming his second
career series victory as the National Championship Racing Association (NCRA) joined forces with the DART Corn
Belt Clash and the Lucas Oil MLRA in an invasion of Adams County Speedway on
Wisconsin driver Tim Isenberg claimed the runner up spot
at the finish after dueling #28 Justin Mitchell and others. Mitchell checkered in fourth place at Adams
Midwestern powerhouses Denny Eckrich and #14 Kyle Berck
were relegated to also ran status as they battled at mid-pack at Adams County. (Mike Ruefer)
By virtue of picking up the victory in his heat race and earning
the most passing points, Chad Simpson, driving the Brinkman Motorsports Liebe Trucking/GATR Volvo GMC/Five
Star Shop Service Masterbuilt chassis, started on the pole for the 30-lap feature and went on to claim the
$3000 victory. He took top honors at this inaugural event last season as well.
Tim Isenberg of Marshfield, Wis. crossed the line second while
John Hampel, Justin Mitchell and Jason Rauen rounded out the top five.
The tour now join forces with the series Great Plains late model
region and head to Belleville High Banks in Belleville, Kansas in a $2500 to win event atop the big
fairgrounds half mile oval.
Simpson takes up a familiar pose at Adams County. (Lloyd
MLRA/NCRA/Cornbelt Clash at Adams Co.
1. Chad Simpson, 2. Tim Isenberg,
3. John Hampel, 4. Justin Mitchell , 5. Jason Rauen, 6. Chris Simpson, 7. John Anderson, 8. Bryant
Goldsmith, 9. Travis Dickes, 10. Denny Eckrich, 11. Mike Wiarda, 12. Joe Kosiski , 13. Al Purkey, 14.
Kyle Berck, 18. Dave Eckrich, 19. Chris Spieker, 20. Bill Koons, 21. Jake Meier , 22. Jason O'Brien,
23. Trenton Jackson, 24. Dean Moore, 25. Kurt Kile, 26. Joe Walkenhorst.
Heat winners (41
entries): Chad Simpson, Denny Eckrich, Anderson, Isenberg, Koons; B-Feature winners: Purkey,
Ron Mitchell photo