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Chad Simpson Captures Fourth MLRA Title!

(November 8, 2023) While mother nature may have played havoc with a consider amount of the Lucas Oil Midwest Late Model Racing Association (MLRA) schedule in 2023, at the end of the day two drivers still stood tall above the competition. Chad Simpson took control of the top spot by virtue of his victory at the Davenport Speedway on April 13th and never looked back, cruising to a 270 point margin in the championship race over brother Chris Simpson.

While the Simpson brothers controlled the top two spots in the final season rundown, 19 year-old Dillon McCowan used a third place finish in the championship battle to secure the Sunoco Race Fuels Rookie of the Year title, topping a rookie class of seven up and coming drivers.

Chad Simpson’s run to a 4th MLRA Championship started soon after the Mt Vernon, IA racer clinched the 2022 series title. The driver of the Ideal Ready Mix/Randy Davidson Trucking # 25 knew going back-to-back in the MLRA would not be easy task, which led him to make one of the biggest and most challenging changes to date in his racing career as he transitioned from a Black Diamond to a Longhorn by Wells Chassis. | full story


Flat Tire Dooms Simpson in Governor's Cup

(September 24, 2023) Chad Simpson, of Mount Vernon, Iowa, made a last minute decision to invade C.J. Speedway in Columbus Junction, Iowa on Saturday evening, September 23. The Hoker Trucking Series rolled into town to preside over the 'Governors Cup,' which boasted a $5,000 first place prize. Chad stopped the clock second quickest overall during the qualifying session prior to running second in his heat race. After starting sixth on the grid in the 35-lap main event, Chad had vaulted up to the second spot before an unfortunate flat tire dropped him to seventeenth in the final finishing order. Complete results can be found online at www.slmrseries.com. (Todd Healy Photo)


Chad Simpson Runner-Up in Knoxville Prelim!

(September 17, 2023) The 19th Annual Lucas Oil Late Model Knoxville Nationals was held held at the sprawling Knoxville Raceway in Knoxville, Iowa from September 14-16. The Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series tripleheader at the Hawkeye State speedplant started with a pair of $7,000 to win preliminary programs. On Thursday evening in the opener, Chad Simpson won his heat race prior to winding up twelfth in the 25-lap main event. In a similar show on Friday night, Chad ran second in his heat race before vaulting up to second in the 25-lapper to finish an impressive runner-up behind only victor Ricky Thornton, Jr.!

At Knoxville on Saturday, a whopping $50,000 winner's check was up for grabs on Championship Night. By virtue of racking up the second most points during the pair of prelims, Chad started the 75-lap headliner from the outside of the front row. At the end of the crown jewel race, the Mount Vernon, Iowa ace was credited with a hard fought thirteenth place showing against the best Dirt Late Model drivers in the country. Chad also entered the $4,000 to win SLMR showdown at Knoxville on Saturday and was paid for a twenty-second place performance. Complete results from the entire weekend can be found online by visiting www.slmrseries.com and www.lucasdirt.com. (Heath Lawson Photo)


Simpson Cashes $11,000 in Ron Jenkins Memorial!

(September 4, 2023) The Lucas Oil MLRA Series took the Chad Simpson Racing team to a pair of different ovals in the Show-Me State from September 1-3 for three high-profile events. Things kicked off at the pristine Lucas Oil Speedway in Wheatland, Missouri with the two-day 'Ron Jenkins Memorial.' On Friday night in the $5,000 to win opener, Chad Simpson earned Fast Time honors during qualifying, won his heat race, and later led the first 15 circuits in the 30-lapper before placing second at the checkers behind only winner Tyler Stevens. Chad then got a big win on Saturday in the Wheatland finale after setting Fast Time, winning his heat race, and leading laps 7-40 of the headliner to pocket the $11,000 first place prize money!

The tripleheader Labor Day holiday weekend then concluded on Sunday with the annual running of the 'Wiener Nationals' at Moberly Motorsports Park in Moberly, Missouri, which shelled out a $10,000 payday. The current series point leader laid down the second quickest lap overall during qualifying prior to running third in his loaded heat race. Chad then picked off four competitors during the 30-lapper to land in the fourth spot behind only victor Bobby Pierce, Chris Simpson, and Dillon McCowan. Complete results from each of these MLRA battles can be found online at www.mlraracing.com. (Todd Boyd Photo)


Top Ten for Simpson in Quad Cities 150 Finale

(August 27, 2023) The month of August wrapped up for the #25 team on the 1/4-mile oval at Davenport Speedway in Davenport, Iowa from August 24-26. The three-day World of Outlaws CASE Construction Late Model Series weekend - dubbed the 'Quad Cities 150' - started with a pair of $10,000 to win preliminary programs. On Thursday night in the opener, Chad Simpson went over the banking in his heat race to finish fifth, but later won his B-Main and advanced to fifteenth in the 35-lap main event. In Friday's portion of the weekend, Chad ran fifth in his heat race, won his B-Main, and later vaulted to fourteenth in the 35-lapper.

When Saturday rolled around in the Hawkeye State, a whopping $30,000 payday was up for grabs in the finale of the 'Quad Cities 150' weekend. Chad grabbed the fourth and final transfer spot through his heat race and later rolled off from the inside of the seventh row in the 80-lap headliner. The Mount Vernon, Iowa standout then picked off five competitors during the contest en route to a steady eighth place performance. Complete results from Davenport Speedway can be accessed online at www.woolms.com. (Mike Ruefer Photo)


Simpson Sweeps SLMR Weekend for $6,000!!!

(August 20, 2023) Chad Simpson, of Mount Vernon, Iowa, swept a pair of Hoker Trucking Series contests over the August 18-19 weekend to earn a total of $6,000 in winnings! On Friday night at Lee County Speedway in Donnellson, Iowa, Chad earned Fast Time honors in qualifying prior to finishing fourth in heat race action. After starting the 30-lapper from the outside of the second row, Chad took the lead late and led the final three circuits to pocket the $3,000 payday over Andy Eckrich, Brian Harris, Chad Holladay, and CJ Horn.

At West Liberty Raceway in West Liberty, Iowa on Saturday evening, Chad laid down the second quickest time in Group A during qualifying before securing a victory in his heat race. After rolling off from the outside of the third row in the 25-lap main event, Chad grabbed the top spot from Charlie McKenna on the nineteenth circuit and led the remainder of the feature distance to claim another $3,000 over Chad Holladay, Andy Eckrich, Nick Marolf, and Jeff Tharp! Complete results can be accessed online at www.slmrseries.com. (Mike Ruefer Photo)


Chad Simpson Retires Early in Hawkeye 50...

(August 2, 2023) On Tuesday, August 1, the #25 team found themselves in the pit area at Boone Speedway in Boone, Iowa for the annual running of the 'Hawkeye 50.' The World of Outlaws CASE Construction Late Model Series presided over the action at Boone and a $15,000 top prize was up for grabs in the single-day throwdown. Chad Simpson timed in twentieth quickest overall during qualifying before grabbing the sixth and final transfer spot through his heat race. The Mount Vernon, Iowa ace was then unfortunately an early retiree in the 50-lapper and was ultimately paid for a twenty-first place showing. Complete results can be found online by logging onto www.woolms.com. (Mike Ruefer Photo)


Simpson Fourth in $12,000 Go 50 at Huset's!

(July 23, 2023) Chad Simpson Racing competed in the 13th Annual 'Silver Dollar Nationals' from July 20-22, which was held for the first time at Huset's Speedway in Brandon, South Dakota. Things kicked off on Thursday night with the 'Go 50' that shelled out $12,000 to the winner. Chad Simpson picked up a win in his heat race prior to placing an impressive fourth in the 50-lap weekend opener behind only victor Ricky Thornton, Jr., Bobby Pierce, and Jonathan Davenport!

Following a rain-out on Friday, the entire 'Silver Dollar Nationals' program was contested on Saturday at the South Dakota bullring. During the double heat race format in the afternoon, Chad finished seventh in his first heat race and third in his final prelim. Following a second place effort in his B-Main later that evening, Chad wound up eighteenth in the final rundown of the $53,000 to win 'Silver Dollar Nationals' grand finale. Complete results from the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series weekend can be found online at www.lucasdirt.com. (Heath Lawson Photo)


Chad Simpson Twelfth in Diamond Nationals

(July 16, 2023) With the rain-out of today's Lucas Oil MLRA Series show at I-70 (MO) Motorsports Park, a busy week for the #25 team wrapped up with three special events in the record books across the states of Iowa and Missouri from July 10-15. On Monday night at Dubuque Speedway in Dubuque, Iowa, a $20,000 top prize was up for grabs with the XR Super Series. Chad Simpson ran third in his heat race, but an early tangle in the 50-lap feature dropped him to twenty-first in the final rundown.

After unfortunately failing to transfer into Tuesday's $10,000 to win Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series headliner on the 1/4-mile oval at Davenport Speedway in Davenport, Iowa, Chad gunned for the $15,000 winner's check on Saturday at the pristine Lucas Oil Speedway in Wheatland, Missouri in the annual running of the 'CMH Diamond Nationals.' The Mount Vernon, Iowa ace placed third in his loaded heat race prior to starting and finishing twelfth in the 50-lapper. Complete results from each of these shows can be accessed online at www.lucasdirt.com and www.xrsuperseries.com. (Todd Healy Photo)


Simpson Tenth in $50,000 to win Gopher 50

(July 9, 2023) The Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series and the Lucas Oil MLRA Series co-sanctioned the NAPA Auto Parts 'Gopher 50' from July 6-8 at Deer Creek Speedway in Spring Valley, Minnesota. The three-day spectacular kicked off with a pair of $5,000 to win preliminary events. In Thursday's opener, Chad Simpson ran third in his heat race before winding up seventeenth in the 25-lap sprint. On Friday evening, Chad finished third in his heat race and tenth in the 25-lapper.

With a whopping S50,000 top prize up for grabs on Saturday at Deer Creek Speedway, Chad rolled off from the outside of the sixth row in the 75-lap feature by virtue of racking up the twelfth most points during preliminary action. The current MLRA Series point leader then vaulted up inside of the top ten during the contest and eventually brought home a solid tenth place performance. Complete results from all three races can be found online by visiting www.lucasdirt.com. (Heath Lawson Photo)


Chad Simpson Lands First Hoker Trucking Win!

(June 24, 2023) Chad Simpson, of Mount Vernon, Iowa, scored his third feature victory of the 2023 racing season and his first career Hoker Trucking Series triumph on Friday night, June 23 at Fayette County Speedway in West Union, Iowa! Chad clicked off the third fastest lap overall during the qualifying session prior to placing fifth in his heat race. After rolling off from the outside of the third row in the 30-lap main event, Chad grabbed the point for good on lap 12 and drove to the $3,000 win over Jeff Aikey, Luke Goedert, Chad Holladay, and Curt Martin!

Earlier in the week on Wednesday on the 1/4-mile oval at Davenport Speedway in Davenport, Iowa, the DIRTcar Summer Nationals tour rolled into town and a $5,000 top prize was up for grabs. Chad earned Fast Time honors during qualifying before winning his heat race. After leading the first nineteen circuits of the "Hell Tour" main event, Chad wound up fourth at the checkers in the 40-lapper behind only race winner Ashton Winger, Chris Simpson, and Jason Feger. Complete results from both races can be found online at www.dirtcarsummernationals.com and www.slmrseries.com. (Mike Ruefer Photo)


Simpson Earns Top Ten in DLM Dream Prelim

(June 11, 2023) Chad Simpson Racing ventured to the famed Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio from June 8-10 for the 29th edition of the 'Dirt Late Model Dream.' Things kicked off at the 1/2-mile, high-banked speedplant with a pair of $12,000 to win preliminary programs. On Thursday night in the opener, Chad Simpson unfortunately missed out on his 25-lap feature after finishing ninth in his heat race and twelfth in his B-Main. Friday evening went much smoother for the Mount Vernon, Iowa ace, as Chad ran fourth in his heat race and ninth in his 25-lap main event.

When Saturday rolled around at the "Big E," all eyes on the speedway grounds and on FloRacing were fixated on who would walk away with the whopping $129,000 first place prize money. Chad placed ninth in both his heat race and his B-Main, which unfortunately kept him out of the 100-lap crown jewel headliner that was ultimately won by Jonathan Davenport. Complete results from the entire 'Dirt Late Model Dream' weekend can be found online by visiting www.eldoraspeedway.com. (Todd Healy Photo)


Chad Simpson Competes in $50k Show-Me 100

(May 28, 2023) Next up on the racing calendar for Chad Simpson Racing was the 31st edition of the 'Show-Me 100' on May 25-27, which was co-sanctioned by the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series and the Lucas Oil MLRA Series. Things kicked off at the state-of-the-art Lucas Oil Speedway with a pair of $6,000 to win prelims. On Thursday night in the opener, Chad Simpson ran fourth in his heat race prior to winning his B-Main and finishing fifteenth in the final rundown of the 45-lap 'Cowboy Classic.' In Friday's similar event, Chad placed second in his heat race and eleventh in the 40-lapper.

With a whopping $50,000 top prize up for grabs on Saturday in front of a jammed-packed crowd, Chad started thirteenth in the 100-lap crown jewel headliner by virtue of earning the thirteenth most points in preliminary action. The Mount Vernon, Iowa ace was then unfortunately caught up in an incident during the extra-distance affair and wound up eighteenth in the final finishing order. Complete results from the 'Show-Me 100' weekend can be viewed online by clicking on www.lucasdirt.com. (Todd Boyd Photo)


Simpson Busy in Hectic Iowa Speedweek

(May 21, 2023) Chad Simpson and his #25 team were busy from May 16-20, as four high-profile Super Late Model events were held in the Hawkeye State and dubbed as "Iowa Speedweek." Things kicked off with a pair of $23,023 to win Castrol FloRacing Night in America Series showdowns at Marshalltown Speedway in Marshalltown, Iowa and Davenport Speedway in Davenport, Iowa. On Tuesday at Marshalltown, Chad ran fifth in his heat race, second in his B-Main, and sixteenth in the 50-lap feature event. On the 1/4-mile at Davenport on Wednesday, Chad grabbed the fourth and final transfer spot through his heat race before winding up twelfth in the final rundown of the 50-lapper.

The Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series was up next, as they presided over events at 300 Raceway in Farley, Iowa and 34 Raceway in West Burlington, Iowa over the weekend. In a $12,000 to win program on Friday at Farley, Chad finished fourth in his heat race once again prior to advancing up to ninth in the 50-lap A-Main. At Burlington on Saturday evening in the finale, which boasted a $15,000 paycheck, Chad wound up third in his heat race and twentieth in the 50-lap headliner. Complete results from each "Iowa Speedweek" race can be found online at www.floseries.com and www.lucasdirt.com. (Todd Healy Photo)


Chad Simpson Eighth in MTS Opener

(May 7, 2023) The Chad Simpson Racing team trekked to Mississippi Thunder Speedway in Fountain City, Wisconsin from May 4-6 for the running of the 'Dairyland Showdown,' which was sanctioned by the World of Outlaws CASE Construction Late Model Series. In his spilt-field, $5,000 to win preliminary program on Thursday night, Chad Simpson stopped the clock eighth fastest during the time trial session prior to winding up a solid eighth in his 25-lap main event.

Following the opener, inclement weather unfortunately set in at the Badger State facility and the remainder of the three-day weekend was washed out. Friday's pair of $5,000 to win prelim shows, along with the grand finale that was slated to boast a $50,000 paycheck on Saturday, will not be rescheduled. Complete news and results from the rainy weekend at Mississippi Thunder Speedway can be found online by clicking on www.woolms.com.


Simpson Victorious in Lake Ozark Finale!

(April 30, 2023) Chad Simpson, of Mount Vernon, Iowa, nabbed his second Lucas Oil MLRA Series triumph of the 2023 campaign on Saturday night, April 29 in the 'Battle at the Beach' finale at Lake Ozark Speedway in Eldon, Missouri! Chad stopped the clock third fastest in Group B during the qualifying session before securing a victory in his heat race. Chad then started the 40-lapper from the outside of the front row, passed leader Jake Timm on the 27th circuit, and drove to the $7,000 triumph over a top five that included runner-up and brother Chris Simpson, Garrett Alberson, Tyler Stevens, and Jake Timm!

A night earlier in the $5,000 to win MLRA weekend opener at Lake Ozark on Friday, Chad clicked off the quickest time in Group B during the qualifying session prior to winning his heat race. After rolling off from the outside of the front row in the 30-lap main event, Chad drove to a strong runner-up performance behind only his brother Chris Simpson! Full results from the 'Battle at the Beach' weekend can be found online by clicking on www.mlraracing.com. (Mike Ruefer Photo)


Chad Simpson Picks Up First Win of Season!

(April 15, 2023) Chad Simpson Racing secured their first triumph of the young 2023 racing season in a wildly entertaining Lucas Oil MLRA Series battle on Thursday night, April 13 on the 1/4-mile oval at Davenport Speedway in Davenport, Iowa! Chad Simpson timed in third fastest in Group A during the qualifying session before winning his heat race. After starting the 40-lapper from the pole position and leading four different times for a total of 26 circuits, Chad came out on top of the contest to bag the $5,000 first place prize money over his brother and runner-up Chris Simpson, Shannon Babb, Jake Timm, and Chad Holladay!

On Friday evening, April 14, a $10,555 top prize was up for grabs in the annual running of the 'Slocum 50' at 34 Raceway in West Burlington, Iowa. Chad stopped the clock third quickest in Group A once again during time trials, but later slipped to fourth in his loaded heat race. After starting the 50-lap headliner from the inside of the seventh row, the current Lucas Oil MLRA Series point leader eventually netted an eleventh place performance. Complete results from both weekend races can be found online by clicking on www.mlraracing.com. (Todd Healy Photo)


Simpson Runner-Up in Wheatland Finale!

(April 2, 2023) The 2023 version of the Lucas Oil MLRA Series schedule got underway on March 31-April 1 at the pristine Lucas Oil Speedway and Chad Simpson was in the pit area in Wheatland, Missouri to compete in both 'Spring Nationals' showdowns. On Friday night in the $5,000 to win opener, Chad drove his new Longhorn Chassis by Wells Motorsports to finish sixth in his stacked heat race, third in his B-Main, and ninth in the 40-lap headliner. In Saturday's weekend finale, which boasted a $10,000 top prize, Chad clicked off the quickest time in Group B during qualifying, won his heat race, and later placed an impressive runner-up in the 40-lapper behind only victor Jonathan Davenport! Complete results from Wheatland can be found online by clicking on www.mlraracing.com. (Todd Boyd Photo)

 

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