Sweeps Late Models in Two Flavors at West Liberty
|Darren Miller during one of two trips to Victory Lane last
Saturday night. (Mike
WEST LIBERTY, Ia. - Oct. 16. A year after after closing down his own racing operation, Darren Miller is back
with a vengeance in 2010. The Chadwick, Ill. racer swept both feature events slated for West Liberty Raceway,
winning $3,500 for each, plus a $1,000 bonus for winning both.
Brian Birkhofer led most of the Open Late Model feature at West Lib, but would be
following Darren Miller by race's end. (Mike Ruefer)
The event featured twin events for the area's Open Late Model teams, and another for those who compete regularly
in IMCA special events and IMCA-sanctioned tracks. In the Open event, Miller tracked perennial favorite Brian
Birkhofer for most of the race until past the midpoint, when he drove by the Muscatine, Ia. ace and drove to a
Jason utter moves toward third place at West Lib. (Mike
Birkhofer nailed down second, ahead of Jason Utter, Nick Marolf, and Chris Simpson.
Miler then capped the night off with a win in the second 50-lapper, leading Andy Eckrich, a "Super" Late Model
driver who made his first entry into the more restricted IMCA Late Model fraternity this year. Completing the top
five were Ray Guss, Jr., Jeff Aikey, and Tommy Elston.
Andy Eckrich races #77 Jeff Aikey before racing to second place behind Miller during
the IMCA portion of the "Liberty 100". (Mike Ruefer)
Oct. 16 - Liberty 100
Open Late Models: 1) Darren Miller, 2) Brian
Birkhofer, 3) Jason Utter, 4) Nick Marolf, 5) Chris Simpson, 6) Brian Harris, 7) Andy Eckrich, 8)
Kurt Kile, 9) Kevin Kile, 10) Jeremiah Hurst, 11) Jake Meier, 12) Rob Moss, 13) Boone McLaughlin,
14) Steve Boley, 15) Joel Callahan, 16) Mike Klinkhammer, 17) Jeff Guerich, 18) Justin Mitchell,
19) Justin Mitchell, 20) Dave Eckrich, 21) Mike Fryer, 22) Richie Bell, 23) Jay Johnson, 24) Skip
IMCA Late Models: 1) Darren Miller, 2) Andy Eckrich, 3) Ray Guss, Jr., 4) Jeff
Aikey, 5) Tommy Elston, 6) Mike Garland, 7) Boone McLaughlin, 8) Colby Springstein, 9) Jeremiah
Hurst, 10) Darrell Defrance, 11) Matt Ryan, 12) Jay Johnson, 13) Jay Chenoweth, 14) Gary Webb, 15)
Tyler Breuning, 16) Jason Bahls, 17) Todd Hormel, 18) Joel Callahan, 19) Jon Merfeld, 20) Stephen
Krammerer, 21) Terry Neal, 22) Sam Halsted. 23) Rob Toland, 24) Nat Bruesling.