and Brinkman's Celebrate Win & Championship!
14, 2018) In the final race of a 15 year run with car
owners Bud and Denise Brinkman, Mount Vernon, Iowa ace Chad Simpson
wrote a storybook ending on Saturday night, October 13 in the
Lucas Oil MLRA Series finale at Lucas Oil Speedway in Wheatland,
Missouri. Chad won his heat race in preliminary action and later
rolled off starting eighth on the grid in the 'Fall Nationals'
headliner. In the attrition-filled 40-lap main event, Chad drove
to the front and grabbed the point following a lap 28 restart.
After leading four circuits, Chad inherited the lead again with
only four laps remaining when leader Logan Martin hit the turn
three wall. He then beat Jack Sullivan, Raymond Merrill, Terry
Phillips, and Payton Looney to the checkered flag to record the
$5,500 triumph, which also secured Chad his second career Lucas
Oil MLRA Series Championship! Full results from the emotional
night at Wheatland can be viewed online at www.mlraracing.com.
on Podium in Knoxville Opener!
16, 2018) Chad Simpson found himself in the pit area
at the renowned Knoxville Raceway in Knoxville, Iowa from September
13-15 for the 15th edition of the 'Lucas Oil Late Model Knoxville
Nationals,' which kicked off with a pair of $7,000 to win preliminary
shows. On Thursday night, Chad finished third in his heat race
before placing third in the 25-lapper behind only victor Tyler
Erb and runner-up Earl Pearson, Jr. At the 1/2-mile, semi-banked
speedplant on Friday evening, Chad was the quickest qualifier
in Group A during time trials, ran third in his heat race, and
later brought home a ninth place performance in the 25-lap main
By virtue of earning the sixth highest point total
during preliminary action, Chad secured the outside of the third
row for the start of Saturday's 100-lap 'Lucas Oil Late Model
Knoxville Nationals.' Gunning for the hefty $40,000 payday in
the crown jewel spectacular, the Mount Vernon, Iowa ace put forth
a solid effort and was eventually paid for a ninth place showing
in Iowa's biggest Super Late Model race. Full results from the
Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series biggie can be accessed online
by visiting www.lucasdirt.com.
Seventh in Twin 25 at Eldora; World 100 PPD
9, 2018) Brinkman Motorsports had planned to unload their
#25 machine from September 6-8 at the hallowed high-banks of Eldora
Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio to vie for the prestigious globe trophy
in the 48th Annual 'World 100.' However, with the rainy remnants
of Tropical Storm Gordon postponing Friday and Saturday's action
at the "Big E" until October 12-13, only Thursday night's
$10,000 to win Twin 25s escaped the wrath of Mother Nature. In
the wee hours of Friday morning after a lengthy rain delay, Chad
Simpson timed in 32nd fastest during the qualifying session before
scoring an impressive win in his heat race. After starting fifth
on the grid in his 25-lapper and running up front early, Chad
eventually slipped back to seventh in the final finishing order.
Complete results from the soggy weekend in the Buckeye State can
be found online at www.eldoraspeedway.com.
(Todd Healy Photo)
on Podium in Labor Day Triple Shot!
3, 2018) Chad Simpson and his Brinkman Motorsports team
were busy over the Labor Day holiday weekend, as they entered
three Lucas Oil MLRA Series shootouts in the states of Iowa and
Missouri from August 31-September 2. On Friday night at Lee County
Speedway in Donnellson, Iowa, Chad finished fourth in his heat
race after suffering a flat tire and later passed eight competitors
in the $3,000 to win headliner to finish third behind only victor
Will Vaught and runner-up Payton Looney. In the annual 'Larry
Phillips Memorial' on Saturday evening at Lucas Oil Speedway in
Wheatland, Missouri, Chad won his heat race in preliminary action
before leading briefly in the 50-lap feature and finishing a strong
second behind only $5,075 winner Will Vaught. At Monett Motor
Speedway in Monett, Missouri on Sunday in the $3,000 to win weekend
finale, Chad placed third in heat race action prior to advancing
up to the runner-up position to once again trail only winner Vaught.
Full results can be viewed online at www.mlraracing.com.
Earns Top Ten in $10k Dirt Million Duel
26, 2018) The #25 team made the long trek from the Hawkeye
State to Mansfield Motor Speedway in Mansfield, Ohio on August
24-25 for the inaugural running of the 'Dirt Million.' The Lucas
Oil Late Model Dirt Series sanctioned the highly-publicized spectacular,
which kicked off on Friday night with a pair of $10,000 to win
duels. Chad Simpson ran third in heat race action and later started
his 30-lap duel from the outside of the fifth row. The Mount Vernon,
Iowa ace then finished inside of the top ten as well, as he crossed
underneath the checkers in the ninth position.
A standing-room-only crowd then flooded the Buckeye
State facility on Saturday evening to witness the largest-paying
Super Late Model race during the 2018 season. Chad unfortunately
was not able to advance into the nearly $203,000 to win headliner
after placing sixth in his stacked heat race and thirteenth in
his B-Main. Earl Pearson, Jr. emerged victorious in the 100-lap
'Dirt Million' last night. Complete results from Mansfield can
be located online at www.lucasdirt.com.
Drops Simpson at Lakeside...
28, 2018) Current Lucas Oil MLRA Series point leader
Chad Simpson - fresh off his huge $10,000 World of Outlaws win
earlier in the week at Davenport - found himself in the pit area
at Lakeside Speedway in Kansas City, Kansas on Friday night, July
27. The MLRA tour sanctioned the annual 'Clyde Ellis Memorial'
and a $3,000 payday was on the line. Chad placed fifth in his
stacked heat race and later rolled off from the inside of the
fifth row in the 40-lap main event. Unfortunately, a broken driveshaft
early in the feature distance dropped the Mount Vernon, Iowa ace
to seventeenth in the final finishing order. Full results from
last night at Lakeside can be accessed online at www.mlraracing.com.
Grabs First WOOLMS Win at Davenport!!!
25, 2018) Chad Simpson, of Mount Vernon, Iowa, collected
his first-career World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series
triumph on Tuesday night, July 24 at Davenport Speedway in Davenport,
Iowa! Chad stopped the clock sixth fastest overall during time
trials before scoring a convincing heat race victory. After drawing
the pole position before the start of the 40-lap main event, Chad
led from flag-to-flag at his home state speedplant to record the
$10,000 top prize. He beat Chris Madden, Chris Simpson, Mike Marlar,
and Rick Eckert to claim his third overall win in the 2018 campaign!
Complete results from last night at Davenport can be obtained
online by visiting www.woolms.com.
Places Eleventh in Silver Dollar Nationals
22, 2018) Next up on the racing calendar for Brinkman
Motorsports was a trip to I-80 Speedway in Greenwood, Nebraska
from July 19-21 for the 8th edition of the 'Silver Dollar Nationals,'
which was once again sanctioned by the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt
Series. Things kicked off on Thursday night in the Cornhusker
State with the rain-postponed 'Malvern Bank Go 50.' Chad Simpson
qualified eighth quickest in Group B during time trials before
finishing third in his heat race. After fifty green flag circuits
in the $10,000 to win feature event, Chad was officially placed
fourteenth in the final finishing order.
On Friday evening at I-80, Chad won his first heat
race of the night, while he placed fifth in his second prelim.
After accumulating the eleventh most passing points during preliminary
action, Chad rolled off from the inside of the sixth row in Saturday's
$53,000 to win headliner. During the course of the 80-lap 'Silver
Dollar Nationals,' the Mount Vernon, Iowa ace moved forward early
in the distance before finishing right where he started... in
the eleventh spot. Full results from the action-packed weekend
can be found online at www.lucasdirt.com.
Earns Top Ten in Diamond Nationals!
15, 2018) The Lucas Oil MLRA Series and Lucas Oil Late
Model Dirt Series co-sanctioned the 12th annual running of the
'Diamond Nationals' on Saturday night, July 14 at the pristine
Lucas Oil Speedway in Wheatland, Missouri. Chad Simpson logged
the second quickest lap in Group A during qualifying prior to
running second in his stacked heat race. After rolling off from
the inside of the fourth row in the $12,000 to win headliner,
Chad fought hard for a top ten finish against the national touring
stars and eventually netted a solid ninth place performance after
fifty green flag circuits. Full results from last night at Lucas
Oil Speedway can be viewed online at www.mlraracing.com.
Finds Bad Luck at Lake Ozark...
8, 2018) Current Lucas Oil MLRA Series point leader Chad
Simpson found nothing but bad luck on July 6-7 at Lake Ozark Speedway
in Eldon, Missouri, as he was caught up in late race incidents
while battling towards the front in both weekend point races.
On Friday night in the $3,000 to win weekend opener, Chad won
his heat race and led a couple of different times in the wild
30-lap feature event before a late race wreck relegated him to
a disappointing fifteenth place showing. At Lake Ozark in the
$5,000 to win finale on Saturday evening, Chad placed third in
his heat race and was running third late in the 41-lap feature
distance before an incident heading to the white flag dropped
him to fourteenth in the final finishing order. Full results from
both weekend programs can be viewed online at www.mlraracing.com.
Takes Freedom Classic Opener for $3,000!
1, 2018) Chad Simpson snared his second win of the 2018
racing season on Friday evening, June 29 in the 'Freedom Classic'
opener at Salina Highbanks Speedway in Salina, Oklahoma! After
scoring a win in his heat race from the sixth starting spot, Chad
took the victory in the 30-lap Lucas Oil MLRA Series feature event
to secure the $3,000 payday ahead of Payton Looney, Cade Dillard,
Jason Hughes, and Logan Martin. In Saturday night's $5,000 to
win weekend finale, Chad ran third in heat race action before
driving past four competitors during the 40-lapper on his way
to a solid seventh place effort. Chad still finds himself on top
of the MLRA point standings exiting the 'Freedom Classic' doubleheader.
Full results can be found at www.mlraracing.com.
Tackles Hell Tour in Joliet, IL
17, 2018) Dropping in on the grueling UMP DIRTcar Summer
Nationals tour, Chad Simpson competed for the $10,000 top prize
on Saturday evening, June 16 at the Dirt Oval at Route 66 Raceway
in Joliet, Illinois. Chad knocked down the second fastest lap
in his group during qualifying prior to running second in his
loaded heat race. After starting the 30-lap main event from the
outside of the second row, Chad unfortunately slipped high following
an early race restart and ultimately fell back to eighth in the
final finishing order. Complete results from the "Hell Tour"
stop in Joliet can be accessed online at www.thehelltour.com.