Chad Simpson (right) with brother Chris before navigating Deer Creek Speedway en route to
another Cornbelt Clash victory, and another official series championship. (Jeff Bylsma
photo)Cornbelt Clash: Simpson Nails
Clash Final at Deer Creek, Claims Title
SPRING VALLEY, Minn. - Sept. 4. Surviving some early bumping and leading only the last two
circuits, Iowa ace Chad Simpson raced to his ninth Cornbelt Clash Series
win of the season and his second straight championship on the tour Saturday at Deer Creek Speedway.
Jeff Larson took control of the event early on in front of Nick
Beyenhof. Simpson sat in third while brother Chris Simpson and Brad Waits
battled for fourth. The caution appered early as
midpack runner Dennis Hillson rolled his machine on the front stretch. He was
Early leader Jeff Larson gives up his
fourth spot to an advancing Chad Mahder at Deer Creek. (Mike Ruefer)
Dennis Hillson got on his lid on the front straightaway
four laps into the event at Deer Creek. He was uninjured. (Jeff Bylsma)
With Larson leading the restart, Waits worked into second.
Larson got loose off of four and came down slightly, bumping Beyenhof who then
bumped into Chad Simpson's #25 car. All three drivers kept going with Larson still holding a slight edge over Waits, while
Simpson dropped to fifth behind Beyenhof and Chris
Chad Simpson takes it nearly four-wide with brother
Chris (#32), Nick Beyenhof (#1) and another car before grabbing the win in the Cornbelt Clash Series final at Deer
Creek Speedway. (Scott Swenson)
With eighth completed, Chad Simpson,
Chris Simpson and Adam Hensel were racing three wide for fourth.
Chris Simpson took the spot and moved under Beyenhof for third in one
Up front, Waits was working low on Larson as
lap traffic looked to take part in this one. By lap 13, the Simpson
brothers had caught the leaders for a four-car battle through traffic. Chris
Simpson worked into second on lap 15, and two laps later, took over
the point as Larson dropped back to fourth after getting held up by a slower car.
Nick Beyenhof slides under brother Nate during
preliminary action at Deer Creek. (Jeff Bylsma)
Larson dropped another spot as Chad Mahder took over fourth on lap 21,
just as another caution flew. After the restart, the battle really heated up
as Waits raced up high and Chris
Simpson ran down low, side by side for the lead.
Waits took the spot with 26 completed.
At lap 30, Chad Simpson started to work low
on Chris for second, taking the spot and quickly gaining ground on Waits up
front. Simpson took the lead on lap 33 to cross the finish two laps later
ahead of Waits, Chris Simpson, Mahder, and Hensel.
A replica of Minnesota racing legend Mert Williams'
unique race car was on display at Deer Creek. (Mike Ruefer)
Cornbelt Clash - Deer Creek
1) Chad Simpson, 2) Brad Waits, 3) Chris Simpson, 4) Chad
Mahder, 5) Adam Hensel, 6) Greg Kastle, 7) Doug Herrick, 8) Jason Rauen, 9) Keith Foss, 10) Joe
Ludemann, 11) Justin Kay, 12) Jake Meier, 13) Jeff Larson, 14) Nate Beyenhof, 15) Nick Herrick, 16)
Todd Gehl, 17) Jordan Yaggy, 18) Nick Kramer, 19) Roger Torgerson, 20) Don Schaefer, 21) Nick Beyenhof,
22) Dean Wagner, 23) Andy Altenburg, 24) Paul Watters, 25) Jerry Bloom, 26) Dennis Hillson
Heat winners: Waits, Chad Simpson, Hensel
Jeff Bylsma photo