Simpson stars as Elko opens AMSOIL Dirt Nationals

Elko, MN July 9 & 10, 2010--Mt. Vernon, IA's Chad Simpson has been on quite the ride in 2010 and if his performance in the opening weekend of the AMSOIL Dirt Nationals at Elko Speedway is any indication, he's not slowing down anytime soon! Simpson made a bold, final lap, final turn pass of Farley, IA's Jason Rauen to win the Friday night Corn Belt Clash headliner, then came back Saturday night to slide by Columbus Junction, IA's Jason Utter on lap 29, enroute to the victory in the "USAF 30", pocketing the $3,000 winners check for his seventh victory in eight series starts.

A carnival like atmosphere greeted fans both Friday and Saturday evening as the concourse featured displays from sponsors and vendors alike and with the freshly laid clay surface in place, all in attendence were anxious for the green to fly. On Friday July 9, 2010, after three action packed heat races the Corn Belt Clash Late Models took to the clay for their feature (which was shortened to 20 laps due to time constraints) and Jason Rauen powered to the early lead over Adam Hencil and Alan Mondus, with Brian Harris ducking under Mondus for third on the second circuit and series point leader Chad Simpson climbing into the top five by the fifth lap. With Rauen continuing to set the pace, the first of three cautions flew on lap 10 as Dave Eckrich slowed with a flat, with the second caution coming on the restart as Kelly Anderson stalled on the main as the green flew sending cars scattering across the track.

As the green flew resuming the action, only two laps would be completed before two cars tangled in front of the leaders to stall the action one final time. On the final restart, as Rauen brought the field to the green, Chad Simpson flew around the outside from fifth into a battle with Hencil for runnerup honors, while Kevin Sather and Chris Simpson joined in the hunt. Over the final three laps, the crowd roared it's approval as Chad Simpson closed feverishly and pulled alongside of Rauen as the white flag flew. As the tandem exiting turn four, with the crowd on it's feet Simpson edged Rauen at the line for the win, with Hencil third, Sather fourth and Chris Simpson fifth.

After giving competitors, officials and fans all a chance to recharge, all parties returned to Elko Speedway on Saturday July 10, 2010 for night two of the AMSOIL Dirt Nationals and after a full night of racing, the track and competitors all responded.

The Corn Belt Clash Late Models kicked off the action with the USAF 30 and Marshall Fegers led the field to the green, with Jason Utter, Kevin Sather, Dave Eckrich and Justin Kay in tow before an early caution flew on lap three as Eric Pember lost the handle on his ride exiting turn four. Following a quick reline, the green flew resuming the action and it was Utter getting a great run out of turn two to overtake Fegers for the point, leading the way until the second of three cautions flew on lap 12 as Justin Fegers lost power in turn three, while Kay headed to the infield with problems of his own. On the second restart, series point leader Chad Simpson made a wild slide in turn two bypassing both Eckrich and Sather to move to third, before the caution flew a final time on lap 26 as Adam Hencil stalled in turn two, setting up a four lap dash for the $3,000 top prize. On the final green, Utter took the point, with Simpson sliding around Marshall Fegers for second before tracking down Utter on lap 29, sliding around the leader in turn one enroute to the weekend sweep, with Utter second, Fegers third, Eckrich fourth and Sather fifth.

The AMSOIL Dirt Nationals continue at Elko Speedway on Friday and Saturday July 16 & 17, 2010 with the USMTS Modifieds, including a special appearance by NASCAR veteran Ken Schrader on Saturday in addition to the UMSS Sprint Cars and AMSOIL Championship Modifieds. Gates open at 5p both nights, with racing action set for 7p. For ticket information, directions or general questions, contact the Racing Office at (952) 461-7223 or visit www.elkospeedway.com.

Results from the AMSOIL Dirt Nationals at Elko Speedway Friday July 9, 2010
Corn Belt Clash Late Models

Heat #1 (10 laps)
1. Dave Eckrich Oxford, IA 2. Jason Rauen Farley, IA 3. Adam Hensel Barron, WI

Heat #2 (10 laps)
1. Kevin Sather Ankeny, IA 2. Justin Fegers Mound 3. Chris Simpson Oxford, IA

Heat #3 (10 laps)
1. Eric Pember Pittsville, WI 2. Chad Simpson Mt. Vernon, IA 3. Alan Mondus Lakeville

A-Main (20 laps)
1. Chad Simpson Mt. Vernon, IA 2. Jason Rauen Farley, IA 3. Adam Hensel Barron, WI 4. Kevin Sather Ankeny, IA 5. Chris Simpson Oxford, IA


Results from the AMSOIL Dirt Nationals at Elko Speedway Saturday July 10, 2010
Corn Belt Clash Late Models

Heat #1 (10 laps)
1. Chad Simpson Mt. Vernon, IA 2. Justin Kay Wheatland, IA 3. Eric Pember Pittsville, WI

Heat #2 (10 laps)
1. Justin Mitchell Cedar Rapids, IA 2. Kevin Sather Ankeny, IA 3. Marshall Fegers Mound

USAF 30
A-Main (30 laps)
1. Chad Simpson Mt. Vernon, IA 2. Jason Utter Columbus Jct., IA 3. Marshall Fegers Mound 4. Dave Eckrich Oxford, IA 5. Kevin Sather Ankeny, IA