Chad Simpson dominates at Fayette County Speedway

 

by Ryan Clark

WEST UNION, Iowa (June 2) - After failing to come through from a front row start the night before at Cedar County Raceway, Chad Simpson proved two was better than one as he dominated the Dart Corn Belt Clash Late Model Series presented by Cen-Pe-Co Lubricants feature from a second row starting spot at Fayette County Speedway.

Fifth place Fast Dash finisher Tim Isenberg earned the pole position start after Fast Dash winner Denny Eckrich pulled a "5" on the invert draw following that event. Isenberg paced the field to green, but was quickly challenged by outside front row starter Kevin Kile as Kile moved his #77 to the front to lead the first time around the smooth 3/8-mile oval.

By the start of the second lap, Simpson made his way into second, the snuck beneath Kile exiting turn four to take command at the line. Simpson pulled away from the pack, leaving Kile and Isenberg to battle for second before the race's lone caution flag waved on lap seven.

When racing resumed, Simpson again put distance on the field as Isenberg made his way past Kile two laps later. Simpson extended his advantage to a straightaway margin by the midway point when the leader encountered lapped traffic. Simpson methodically worked his way through traffic to score the dominant win, leaving only the top 11 finishers on the lead lap.

It was Simpson's series-leading 12th career victory and first at Fayette County. His 12 series wins have come at 10 different tracks.

The third and final day of the series' three-day swing is scheduled for Friday when the tour heads north to Mississippi Thunder Speedway in Fountain City, Wis.

FEATURE (35 laps, with starting positions)

1. (4) 25 Chad Simpson (Mt. Vernon)

2. (1) 9T Tim Isenberg (Marshfield, WI)

3. (2) 77 Kurt Kile (Nichols)

4. (6) 20 Jake Meier (Tipton)

5. (3) 31 Jason Utter (Columbus Junction)

6. (7) 32 Chris Simpson (Oxford)

7. (5) 50 Denny Eckrich (Tiffin)

8. (8) 88 Kevin Kile (West Liberty)

9. (10) 28X Justin Mitchell (Cedar Rapids)

10. (18) 16 Tyler Bruening (Decorah)

11. (16) 3 Kevin Sather (Ankeny)

12. (17) 78 Rick Wendling (Hazleton)

13. (14) 5M Mike Fryer (Freeport, IL)

14. (11) 90 Lance Matthees (Winona, MN)

15. (15) 58 Dave Eckrich (Cosgrove)

16. (22) 71 Andrew McKay (Eden Prairie, MN)

17. (13) 18 Dustin Hapka (Grand Forks, ND)

18. (19) 22 Jill George (Cedar Falls)

19. (21) 61 Jon Rogers (German Valley, IL)

20. (23) 45H Todd Hansen (Muscatine)

21. (20) 33L Joe Ludemann (Grand Meadow, MN)

22. (9) 1M Rob Moss (Iowa City)

23. (12) 98 Jason Rauen (Farley)

First heat (10 laps) - 1. Utter; 2. Kurt Kile; 3. Moss; 4. Mitchell; 5. Hapka; 6. Sather; 7. George; 8. McKay.

Second heat (10 laps) - 1. Denny Eckrich; 2. Chad Simpson; 3. Meier; 4. Matthees; 5. Fryer; 6. Wendling; 7. Ludemann; 8. Hansen.

Third heat (10 laps) - 1. Kevin Kile; 2. Isenberg; 3. Chris Simpson; 4. Rauen; 5. Dave Eckrich; 6. Bruening; 7. Rogers.

Fast Dash (9 laps) - 1. Denny Eckrich; 2. Chad Simpson; 3. Utter; 4. Kurt Kile; 5. Isenberg; 6. Meier; 7. Chris Simpson; 8. Kevin Kile; 9. Moss.