Chris Simpson rules West Liberty; pockets $20,000 with back-to-back Lucas Oil MLRA wins

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West Liberty, Iowa (August 9, 2016) – Chris Simpson was dominant in his heat race early Tuesday night at West Liberty Raceway in West Liberty, Iowa. The same good fortune carried over to the feature, and he led the entire way in the Coors Light MLRA Shootout. Simpson’s Tuesday night effort was worth $10,000.

The win is Simpson’s second in two days, fourth of the year and eighth total with the Lucas Oil MLRA.
“It’s a hell of a week, I wish every Monday and Tuesday would start out like this,” commented and excited Simpson. “I just got to thank my crew and fans that stuck behind me. The hours I’ve put in on the car in the last week, with my crew guy being gone, I think have really helped. It made me get under the car and work on it and not just rely on them.”
Tuesday was a homecoming of sorts for Simpson at West Liberty. He and his brother grew up racing at the track. Judging by the size of the Andy’s Frozen Custard Victory Lane celebration, Simpson still has a lot of fans at West Liberty.
Terry Phillips started seventh and did his work early to get through the field. His final spot came on a restart. He closed in on Simpson on a few restarts, but ultimately came home the runner up.
“50 laps is a long race,” said Phillips. “Guys were running over each other. I was just trying to be patient. I could run real hard there and kind of keep up with Chris, but my motor started getting hot. I’d get close to him and (I would get an) air push and jump over the cushion. I finally just slowed down. I didn’t want to burn my motor up. It was a good night for us.”
Jesse Stovall certainly made his third place finish interesting. On a mid-race restart he wound up facing the wrong direction in turn two. At the back of the pack for the restart, Stovall worked through the filed, passing Denny Eckrich late to secure third.
“At the end of the night I knew I probably didn’t have enough car to outrun Simpson,” stated Stovall. “All and all it was a good night. We made it through, so we’ll pack up and head to Minnesota.”

Denny Eckrich put on an awesome show of his own, wheeling from the 17th place starting spot to third, before slipping back one position to fourth. His effort was enough to earn the Casey’s General Stores Hard Charger of the night award.

Eckrich was followed to the finish by his brother Dave, who completed the top five.

Wednesday the series heads north to Deer Creek Speedway in Spring Valley, Minnesota for the first time. The show will pay $5,000 to win.
West Liberty Raceway Contingencies 8/9/16
Hooker Harness “11th Place” – Ryan Gustin
Andy’s Frozen Custard Victory Lane – Chris Simpson
Fasttrack Photos – Chris Simpson
Crew Chief of the Race – Dillon Disterhoft
Casey’s General Stores “Hard Charger of the Race” – Denny Eckrich
Sunoco “Rookie of the Race” – Tad Pospisil
Real Racing Wheels – Tad Pospisil
Wehrs Machine – Mike Fryer
DirtonDirt.com “Pole Award”- Chris Simpson
Malvern Bank & Trust “Most Laps Led” – Chris Simpson
AR Bodies – Brantlee Gotschall
KRC – Ryan Gustin
RacingJunk.com “Hard Luck Award” – JC Wyman
Landrum Springs “Top Performer” – Dave Eckrich
Performance Bodies “Performer of the Race” – Chris Simpson
LucasOilRacing.TV A Feature (50 laps): 1. Chris Simpson 2. Terry Phillips 3. Jesse Stovall 4. Denny Eckrich 5. Dave Eckrich 6. Tyler Bruening 7. Tad Pospisil 8. Brent Larson 9. Joel Callahan 10. Chad Simpson 11. Ryan Gustin 12. Spencer Diercks 13. RC Whitwell 14. Jason Utter 15. Jay Johnson 16. Justin Kay 17. Mike Fryer 18. Jon Mitchell 19. Matt Furman 20. Tony Jackson Jr. 21. JC Wyman 22. Brantlee Gotschall 23. Nick Marolf 24. Wayne Brau
Bilstein Shocks Heat 1 (10 laps): 1. Chad Simpson 2. Ryan Gustin 3. Tyler Bruening 4. Chad Simpson 5. Jon Mitchell 6. Denny Eckrich 7. Brent Larson 8. Jay Johnson
Casey’s General Stores Heat 2 (10 laps): 1. Nick Marolf 2. Dave Eckrich 3. Jason Utter 4. Jesse Stovall 5. Tad Pospisil 6. Wayne Brau 7. RC Whitwell 8. Matt Furman
Chix Gear Racewear Heat 3 (10 laps): 1. Spencer Diercks 2. Joel Callahan 3. Terry Phillips 4. Brantlee Gotschall 5. Tony Jackson Jr. 6. Justin Kay 7. Mike Fryer 8. JC Wyman
For all of the latest news and information fans are encouraged to visit the series website at www.MLRARacing.com.
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Simpson strongest during Monday Mayhem at Farley

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Photo – Lloyd Collins
Media Contact: Trenton Berry

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Farley, Iowa (August 8, 2016) – Farley Speedway’s event represents one of the most unpredictable fields on the entire Lucas Oil MLRA schedule. Monday’s stop was no exception. Mason Zeigler rolled from the DirtonDirt.com pole and led early, prior to Stovall sliding him, in three and four.

From that point a fierce battle for the lead ensued between Stovall and Chris Simpson, until an oil leak forced Stovall from contention and off the track early. Simpson lead the rest of the way, but he was not without challenges as Ryan Gustin nearly caught him late in lapped traffic.
Once Simpson cleared Jay Johnson, whom he put a lap down, it was just a matter of clicking off the remaining laps. The win is Simpson’s third of the year and largest in terms of purse money this season too.
“I just kept the car straight and tried not to bend it as much as Stovall was, up there on that cushion,” said Simpson in Andy’s Frozen Custard Victory Lane. “It’s been a long month. We’ve run good and we’ve won races and then we’ve run in the back. It was a complete different setup (tonight) than what we usually run. It’s cool to get $10,000 here tonight.”
Gustin had his work cut out for him after finishing fifth in his heat race.
“We’ll take it starting 14th,” commented Gustin of his move through the front half of the field, to the runner up position. “Chris did a good job, he’s been around this place a lot, so second to him here ain’t bad. Hopefully we can get one here tomorrow.”
New Waverly, Texas pilot Tyler Erb, dropped in following a busy weekend racing and ran well all evening. He completed the top three finishing positions.
Jason Rauen and Zeigler were fourth and fifth respectively.
With Stovall falling out of the feature early, Terry Phillips gained 14 championship points on him in the feature. When you factor heat race points in the equation, it was a net gain of 10 for Phillips Monday evening.
Tuesday night the tour rolls on to the West Liberty Raceway on the Muscatine County Fairgrounds. It’s the second of three Keith Simmons promoted tracks. $10,000 is once again up for grabs in another complete show.
Farley Speedway Contingencies 8/8/16
Hooker Harness “11th Place” – Brantlee Gotschall
Andy’s Frozen Custard Victory Lane – Chris Simpson
Fasttrack Photos – Chris Simpson
Crew Chief of the Race – Dillon Disterhoft
Casey’s General Stores “Hard Charger of the Race” – Ryan Gustin
Sunoco “Rookie of the Race” – Tad Pospisil
Real Racing Wheels – Tad Pospisil
Wehrs Machine – Spencer Diercks
DirtonDirt.com “Pole Award”- Mason Zeigler
Malvern Bank & Trust “Most Laps Led” – Chris Simpson
AR Bodies – Tony Jackson Jr
KRC – Jesse Stovall
RacingJunk.com “Hard Luck Award” – Jason Papich
Landrum Springs “Top Performer” – Ryan Gustin
Performance Bodies “Performer of the Race” – Chris Simpson
LucasOilRacing.TV A Feature (50 laps): 1. Chris Simpson 2. Ryan Gustin 3. Tyler Erb 4. Jason Rauen 5. Mason Zeigler 6. Tyler Bruening 7. Terry Phillips 8. Dave Eckrich 9. Joel Callahan 10. Spencer Diercks 11. Brantlee Gotschall 12. Jay Johnson 13. Justin Kay 14. Jesse Stovall 15. JC Wyman 16. Brent Larson 17. Mike Fryer 18. Tony Jackson Jr. 19. Jon Mitchell 20. Jason Papich 21. Tad Pospisil 22. Austin Siebert

Hoosier Racing Tires B Feature (12 Laps): 1. Brantlee Gotschall 2. Spencer Diercks 3. Joel Callahan 4. Mike Fryer 5. Austin Siebert 6. Jay Johnson 7. Paul Parker 8. Billy Moyer 9. Chad Simpson 10. Matt Furman 11. RC Witwell 12. Ray Guss Jr.

Bilstein Shocks Heat 1 (10 Laps): 1. Jason Papich 2. Mason Ziegler 3. Terry Phillips 4. Chris Simpson 5. Tony Jackson Jr. 6. Jon Mitchell 7. Austin Siebert 8. Billy Moyer 9. Chad Simpson 10. Ray Guss Jr.
Casey’s General Stores Heat 2 (10 Laps): 1. Jesse Stovall 2. Tyler Erb 3. Jason Rauen 4. Brent Larson 5. Ryan Gustin 6. Mike Fryer 7. Spencer Diercks 8. Joel Callahan 9. Matt Furman
Chix Gear Racewear Heat 3 (10 Laps): 1. Dave Eckrich 2. Justin Kay 3. JC Wyamn 4. Tyler Bruening 5. Tad Pospisil 6. Brantlee Gotschall 7. Jay Johnson 8. Paul Parker 9. RC Whitwell
For all of the latest news and information fans are encouraged to visit the series website at www.MLRARacing.com.
Fans may also “like” the Lucas Oil MLRA Facebook page by clicking www.Facebook.com/lucasoilmlra or follow us on Twitter at www.Twitter.com/MLRA.

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CONTACT:
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Lucas Oil Speedway General Manager
Lucas Oil MLRA Series Director
Office: (417) 282-5984
Dan@lucasoil.com   

2016 Official Lucas Oil MLRA Marketing Partners
Casey’s General Stores
“The Official Convenience Store” of Lucas Oil MLRA
E3 Spark Plugs
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GEICO
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MAVTV Motorsports Network
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Optima Batteries
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RacingJunk.com
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Speedco Truck Lube & Tires
“The Official Truck Lube and Tire Center” of Lucas Oil MLRA

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2016 MLRA Supporters Include:
Andy’s Frozen Custard, AR Bodies, ASI Racewear, Bell Helmets, Bilstein, Casey’s General Stores, Chix Gear Apparel, DirtOnDirt.com, Eibach Springs, Fast Shafts, Fast Track Photos, G2 Gemini Apparel, GRT Race Cars, Hobbytime Motorsports, Hoosier Racing Tire, Hooker Harness, Hot Rod Processing, Hot Rod Tracker, Impact Signs Awnings & Wraps, Kluhsman Racing Components, Landrum Performance Springs, Lucas Cattle Company, Lucas Oil Products, Lucas Oil Racing TV, MAVTV Motorsports Network, Midwest Sheet Metal, Performance Bodies, ProtectTheHarvest.com, RacinDirt.com, RacingJunk.com, Real Racing Wheels, Sunoco Race Fuels, Wehrs Machine & Racing Products