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Chad Simpson - May 14

Chad Simpson at Mississippi Thunder Speedway May 14th. (Jason Durst)

Simpson Two For Two On Cornbelt Tour

Jason Durst, track reports

FOUNTAIN CITY, Wis. - May 14. Having gained an early foothold as the man to beat on the young Cornbelt Clash Series with the first series event at Deer Creek Speedway nearly one month ago, Chad Simpson only added to that position with his second win on the tour Friday at Mississippi Thunder Speedway.

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Keith Foss and Jake Redetzke (#27) finished second and fifth, respectively, at Mississippi Thunder Speedway. (Mike Ruefer)

Simpson, of Mount Vernon, Iowa, started on the outside of row two for the start, but quickly worked his way past front row starters Adam Hensel and Justin Kay to claim the lead over in the $2,000 to win event.  Keith Foss dipped inside of Kay for third when a caution for a spun car realigned the pack. Another caution slowed the field when John Kaanta was off the pace down the front stretch.  Simpson again grabbed a big lead as Foss was up on Hensel for second.  Kay held his ground in fourth place when Lance Matthees nosed in on the spot.  A spin in turn four resulted in another caution, and as Hensel headed pitside with car troubles. 

After Hensel made an early exit from the race, Kay gave way to several mid-pack starters who eventually invaded the top spots. Winona, Minn.'s Keith Fosscharged to second while Jake Redetzke closed in on Kay’s third spot.

 As the drivers manhandled their machines on a less than perfect track, due to the immense rains, they were finally able to string several laps together as they wailed around the oval.  Simpson continued his dominance over Foss, Kay, and Redetzke.  As Chris Simpson worked his way into fifth place from his 12th place start, Redetzke briefly jumped Foss for second, but Foss was able to move up on Chad Simpson’s bumper as they began their journey through lap traffic. 

A caution reeled them all back in and set them up with no lapped traffic in between, and with eight laps to go, the final caution flew when Brad Waits spun.  Eric Pember crashed hard into Waits, eliminating them both from competition.  Finally, Simpson endured the long haul as he cashed in on the $2,000 check.  Foss was able to secure second, followed by Chris Simpson, Jason Raun, and Redetzke.

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