Mount Vernon, Ia.'s Chad Simpson races toward his third straight
win on the Cornbelt Clash tour at Cedar County Raceway. (Mike
Denny Eckrich put in his best showing of the
season with fourth place at Cedar County. Jason Rauen (#98) claimed tenth
place. (Mike Ruefer)
Simpson Goes Three For Three on Cornbelt Clash Tour at
Thanks to Larry Bontz
TIPTON, Iowa - May 25. It might be safe to say that, at least for now, Chad Simpson has built somewhat of a
monopoly on the Cornbelt Clash tour, having now swept all three of the regional tour's first events of the season.
In a special Tuesday night appearance of the series at Cedar County Speedway, the Mount Vernon, Ia. racer started
from the pole and never looked back en route to another series win.
16th, recent Midwest Monster Tour winner Brian Harris elevates his #21 to a fifth place at Cedar
County. (Mike Ruefer)
topless option with the Clash, Terry Neal nudges ahead of leader Chad Simpson, but never led an official lap before
finishing third. (Mike Ruefer)
Simpson's win comes as the latest in an impressive set of performances that include four non-Cornbelt Clash
races that have yet to see a single finish worse than seventh place.
Simpson who finished third in his qualifying heat drew the outside of the front
row starting spot for the 35-lapper. The 2009 Corn Belt Champion set sail early on,
and at the midway point, moved through lap traffic flawlessly,
winner and a regular on the Deery Bros. series, Jeff Aikey put in a ninth place performance. Nick Marolf (#33m)
claimed a heat race win, but was out of the hunt early in the feature. (Mike Ruefer)
picking off lapped cars one by one.
Lap 21 saw Dave Eckrich move into second after battling with Terry Neal for that spot for
several laps. But up front, Simpson continued his masterful work, motoring on for the win his third in the series
for the year. Eckrich, Neal, and Denny Eckrich followed, with Brian Harris making the biggest jump coming
from 16th to fifth in the final tally.
posted his best special event finish of the second as runner up to Simpson. (Mike Ruefer)
Chad Simpson and support system at Cedar
County. (Mike Ruefer)