Simpson Competes in $50k Show-Me 100
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)
Busy in Hectic Iowa Speedweek
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
(Todd Healy Photo)
Eighth in MTS Opener
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.
Victorious in Lake Ozark Finale!
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)
Picks Up First Win of Season!
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)
Runner-Up in Wheatland Finale!
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)
Leads MLRA into Wheatland!
27, 2023) The 10th Annual MLRA “Spring Nationals”,
Presented by Arizona Sport Shirts, will take centerstage this
weekend March 31st – April 1st, when the Lucas Oil Midwest
Late Model Racing Association (MLRA) kicks off their 35th Anniversary
season of racing action. The “Diamond of Dirt Tracks”
the Lucas Oil Speedway in Wheatland, Missouri will play host to
the opening round for the first time since the 2017 season, which
saw Will Vaught and Rodney Sanders taking home top honors. Friday
nights weekend lid-lifter will feature a $5,000 to win main event,
followed by a $10,000 A-Feature showdown to wrap up the weekend
on Saturday night. (Fast Track Photos)
A practice session on Thursday night will proceed the weekends
racing action, running on track from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM, allowing
drivers an opportunity to get dialed in for the always important
season opening weekend. Chad Simpson will roll into Wheatland
as the series’ defending Champion after scoring his third
career title in 2022. His prior MLRA championships had come in
2014 & 2018, and now he will have an opportunity to become
the first driver to go back-to-back since John Anderson last accomplished
that feat during the 2011 and 2012 seasons.
The driver from Mount Vernon, Iowa will be hitting the track
Thursday night for the first time since last fall’s MLRA
Championship weekend at the Tri-City Speedway, and he will be
doing so in a new Longhorn by Wells Chassis with a Pro Power Racing
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