Denny Eckrich (50) made a daring last lap pass on #9 Tim Isenberg to win a thriller in
Cornbelt Clash Series action at Cresco (Ia.) Speedway Sunday. (Mike
Cornbelt Clash: Eckrich Gets
Season's First Win in
|Denny Eckrich after a hard fought Cornbelt Clash win at Cresco (Ia.) Speedway. (Mike
CRESCO, Ill. - Sept. 4. Fans at The Cresco Speedway witnessed a thriller with the Dart Corn Belt Clash main
event. Denny Eckrich, of Tiffin, Iowa executed a last lap pass to take the Labor Day weekend win.
One of the standouts of the year, Chad Simpson dominated the dash, then drew a #6, inverting the top six finishers
of the dash.
After the $2,000-to-win 30-lap A-main field rolled on the track on this cool Sunday night, Eckrich and Tim Isenberg screamed to the front of the pack,
leading the way on the nicely prepared oval. With two laps in, Isenburg was at the point.
After starting 15th in the field, #98 Jason Rauen stalks #31 Jason Utter from the
high side before reeling in Utter, then Chris and Chad Simpson, and finishing third by a hair.
Lapped traffic was the next story to unfold, as Isenberg was easily maneuvering through the tail of the field,
lapping cars by lap 10. Eckrich was keeping the leader in his sites while point leader Simpson, and second in
points, brother Chris Simpson, also kept their sites on Eckrich.
Isenberg was working the field flawlessly when he ran upon mid-pack racing for position. Three-wide action at
mid-pack at lap 20 had slowed the leader enough for Eckrich to close to a half car-length, with the Simpson
brothers closing the gap. Jason Rauen had also joined the lead pack after starting 15th.
Series points leader Chad Simpson trails brother Chris before taking fourth at
Cresco, with Chris hot on his heels. (Mike
With five to go, Chad Simpson was flexing his muscle, pressuring Eckrich for second spot with brother
Chris and Rauen stuck to his rear bumper. With one lap to go it was Isenberg, Eckrich, Chad Simpson, Chris
Simpson,, Rauen, and Jason Utter. In the center of turns three and four, Eckrich made his move, along with
Rauen on Chris Simpson's heels. At the checkers it was the #50 of Eckrich by a half-length over Isenberg, with
Rauen by a bumper at the line over the #25 of Chad Simpson.
Skip Frey rolls by #78 Rick Wendling before finishing seventh at Cresco.
Chris Simpson works the outside of Dennis Hilson. (Mike Ruefer)
Sept. 4 - Cornbelt Clash at Cresco Speedway
1) Denny Eckrich, 2) Tim Isenburg, 3) Jason Rauen, 4) Chad Simpson, 5)
Chris Simpson, 6) Jason Utter, 7) Skip Frey, 8) Dave Eckrich, 9) Neil Eckhart, 10) Nick Marolf, 11) Rob
Moss, 12) Mike Fryer, 13) Jim Rychtik, 14) Jill George, 15) Dennis Hilson, 16) Kyle Jumbeck, 17) Joe
Ludemann, 18) Rick Wendling, 19) Andrew McKay, 20) Jon Rogers, 21) Brad Mueller, 22) Justin Mitchell,
23) Rodger Torgerson
Heat winners (23 entries): Mitchell, Frey, Chad Simpson