Simpson Seeks Strong Start to MLRA Season
26, 2021) Last October Chad Simpson was on the verge
of securing his third career Lucas Oil MLRA title, only to end
up a mere five points shy of the top spot to eventual champion
Jeremiah Hurst when the final checkered flag waved. Now, with
a new Black Diamond Chassis at his ready, the always determined
driver from Mount Vernon, IA is excited to get back on track and
see where the season takes him. (Fast
While he admits losing out on the 2020 title was disappointing,
it has not deterred the team from coming back even stronger in
2021. “It was definitely tough when it was all said and
done to know that we lost by five points, knowing that we were
to get one more night in and unfortunately that got cancelled
on us due to weather. At the end of the day, like I told my guys,
you know we gave it up braking a driveshaft at Farley earlier
in the year and having a flat tire at Moberly when we were leading.
We gave plenty of opportunity and I feel like we gave the championship
up rather than losing it just by some mistakes and DNF’s
on our behalf.”
The 2020 MLRA campaign found the “Duece Nickel”
collecting 13 top 10’s and 7 top 5’s, including four
podium finishes en route to finishing as the series runner-up.
While he didn’t visit MLRA victory lane he did collect a
pair of feature wins at Mississippi Thunder Speedway, a track
that now finds itself on the current MLRA schedule for the first
time in 2021. | full
Wild West Shootout Nightly
Results from Arizona
17, 2021) The six-race 'Wild West Shootout' miniseries
wrapped up tonight at FK Rod Ends Arizona Speedway, as a whopping
$25,000 payday was up for grabs in the 'Shaw Trucking 50.' Chad
Simpson clicked off the eleventh quickest lap in Group B during
the qualifying session and later ran fifth in his loaded heat
race. After grabbing the second transfer spot through his B-Main,
Chad was unfortunately caught up in an early wreck during the
50-lap grand finale and subsequently retired in the twenty-first
(January 16, 2021) Next up at Arizona Speedway
was the penultimate event of the 15th Annual 'Wild West Shootout,'
as another $5,000 winner's check was on the line for the Super
Late Models at the Queen Creek, Arizona oval. Chad Simpson qualified
eighteenth fastest in Group A during qualifying prior to running
sixth in his heat race and eleventh in his B-Main. Unfortunately,
Chad was unable to transfer into the 40-lap headliner that was
ultimately won by Tyler Erb.
(January 15, 2021) The fourth event of the 2021
'Wild West Shootout' miniseries took center stage tonight in the
desert, as yet another $5,000 to win program was held at Arizona
Speedway in Queen Creek, Arizona. Chad Simpson toured the Copper
State oval twelfth fastest in Group A during qualifying before
running third in his stacked heat race. The Mount Vernon, Iowa
ace then started the 30-lap sprint from the inside of the ninth
row and was able to advance up to the thirteenth spot when the
checkered flag flew over the stellar field.
(January 13, 2021) After a few days off in the
15th edition of the 'Wild West Shootout' miniseries, action heated
back up earlier tonight at Arizona Speedway with another $5,000
to win shootout. Chad Simpson stopped the clock thirteenth fastest
in Group B during the qualifying session and later placed sixth
in his loaded heat race. After grabbing the third and final transfer
spot through his B-Main, Chad was an early retiree in the 30-lap
sprint with mechanical woes and was relegated to a twenty-fourth
(January 10, 2021) Round two of the annual 'Wild
West Shootout' miniseries took center stage in the desert tonight,
as another $5,000 top prize was up for grabs at FK Rod Ends Arizona
Speedway. At the Queen Creek, Arizona facility during the qualifying
session, Chad Simpson started off his evening by laying down the
fourteenth quickest lap in Group B. After finishing fifth in his
loaded heat race, Chad was unfortunately unable to earn a coveted
transfer spot through his B-Main and was forced to watch the 40-lap
main event that was eventually won by Ricky Thornton, Jr.
(January 9, 2021) Chad Simpson and his #25 team
kicked off the 2021 racing season earlier this evening in the
'Wild West Shootout' opener at FK Rod Ends Arizona Speedway in
Queen Creek, Arizona! After timing in seventh fastest in Group
B during qualifying and finishing fifth in his loaded heat race,
Chad earned the second transfer spot through his consolation event.
The Mount Vernon, Iowa ace then rolled off from the outside of
the eleventh row in the 40-lap feature event and steered past
fourteen competitors during the $5,000 to win affair to hard charge
to an eighth place performance!
Chad Simpson Blitzes
to Top Five in MLRA Finale!
18, 2020) The #25 team wrapped up their version of the
2020 racing season over the October 16-17 weekend in the final
two Lucas Oil MLRA Series contests at Tri-City Speedway in Granite
City, Illinois. In Friday night's $5,000 to win opener, Chad Simpson
ran fifth in his heat race and later won his B-Main before winding
up twenty-second in the final finishing order of the 30-lap sprint.
At the St. Louis-area oval on Saturday evening, Chad took a provisional
to gain access into the $7,000 to win finale and blitzed past
eighteen competitors en route to an impressive fifth place showing.
At the checkers, the Mount Vernon, Iowa ace finished behind only
winner Billy Moyer, Bobby Pierce, Ryan Gustin, and Tony Jackson,
Jr. After the race, Chad was awarded second place in the final
MLRA Series point standings, as he finished a mere five points
behind champion Jeremiah Hurst. Complete results from the season-ending
weekend can be located online at www.mlraracing.com.
Simpson Third in MLRA
Points After Fall Nationals
11, 2020) The Chad Simpson Racing team returned to the
Lucas Oil MLRA Series scene on October 9-10 in the annual 'MLRA
Fall Nationals' at the pristine Lucas Oil Speedway in Wheatland,
Missouri. On Friday night in the $3,000 to win weekend opener,
Chad Simpson won his heat race, but was caught up in an early
incident in the 40-lap feature event before battling back to secure
a hard-fought seventh place performance. In Saturday's $5,000
to win 'Fall Nationals' finale, Chad advanced to second in his
loaded heat race prior to winding up thirteenth in the final finishing
order of the 50-lapper. He now finds himself a close third in
the current MLRA point standings with only three races remaining
on the schedule. Full results can be located online at www.mlraracing.com.
Chad Simpson Sixth in
Jay Johnson's #93 Car
27, 2020) Chad Simpson jumped behind sponsor Jay Johnson's
#93 machine on Saturday evening, September 26 at Davenport Speedway
in Davenport, Iowa. The Malvern Bank Super Late Model Series rolled
into 1/4-mile oval to preside over the 'Iowa Governor's Cup State
Championship,' which boasted a $5,000 payday. Chad clicked off
the eleventh quickest lap overall during qualifying prior to running
fourth in heat race action. After starting the 40-lap headliner
from the outside of the sixth row, Chad was able to steer past
six competitors en route to a strong sixth place showing behind
only race winner Jeff Aikey, Tad Pospisil, Richie Gustin, Matt
Ryan, and Jeff Tharp. Full results from last night at Davenport
can be viewed online at www.slmrseries.com.
Simpson & Moring
Motorsports Tackles I-80 Nationals
20, 2020) The Moring Motorsports team headed west to
I-80 Speedway in Greenwood, Nebraska from September 17-19 for
the three-day 'I-80 Nationals,' which was sanctioned by the Lucas
Oil Late Model Dirt Series. The action-packed weekend in the Cornhusker
State got underway with a pair of $7,000 to win preliminary shows.
On Thursday night, Chad Simpson ran eighth in his stacked heat
race, third in his B-Main, and twenty-first in the 30-lap feature
At I-80 on Friday evening, Chad placed fourth in his heat race
and eighteenth in the 30-lapper. After grabbing the second transfer
spot through his B-Main on Saturday, the Mount Vernon, Iowa ace
moved up eight positions during the $30,000 to win headliner to
nab a steady thirteenth place performance in the 80-lap affair.
Complete results from the 'I-80 Nationals' weekend can be accessed
by clicking on www.lucasdirt.com.
Chad Simpson Sixth in
Eldora Speedway Opener!
13, 2020) Moring Motorsports invaded the hallowed ground
of Eldora Speedway on September 10-12 for the 'Intercontinental
Classic,' which was an invitation-only event - taking the place
of the fabled 'World 100' - held in front of no race fans at the
Rossburg, Ohio facility. The three-day extravaganza at the 1/2-mile,
high-banked speedplant started with a pair of $10,000 to win preliminary
programs. On Thursday night, Chad Simpson ran third in his heat
race prior to streaking past six competitors during the 30-lap
feature en route to a strong sixth place showing. In a similar
show on Friday evening, Chad unfortunately missed out on the 30-lapper
after finishing tenth in both his heat race and his B-Main.
Things then wrapped up at the "Big E"
on Saturday with the 'Intercontinental Classic' finale. Chad grabbed
the fourth and final transfer spot through his stacked heat race
to earn the outside of the eighth row for the $50,000 to win headliner.
After 67 circuits in the pay-per-view only contest, the Mount
Vernon, Iowa ace found himself right where he started... in the
sixteenth position. Complete results from the tripleheader weekend
at Eldora Speedway can be accessed online at www.eldoraspeedway.com.
Simpson on Podium at
Lucas Oil Speedway!
7, 2020) Chad Simpson Racing returned to the Lucas Oil
MLRA Series scene on September 5-6 in a pair of special events
at Lucas Oil Speedway in Wheatland, Missouri and Randolph County
Raceway in Moberly, Missouri. On Saturday evening in the $6,000
to win 'Ron Jenkins Memorial' at Wheatland, Chad Simpson ran second
in his loaded heat race prior to moving up to third to land on
the podium in the 40-lapper behind only winner Mason Oberkramer
and runner-up Justin Duty.
In the 'Scottie 46' on Sunday night a RCR, Chad timed in fourth
fastest in qualifying, won his heat race, and later led the first
37 circuits of the $5,000 to win headliner. Unfortunately, a flat
tire cost the Mount Vernon, Iowa standout a probable win and relegated
him to a ninth place feature showing. He still sits second in
the latest version of the MLRA point standings. Full results from
the Labor Day doubleheader weekend can be viewed online at www.mlraracing.com.
Chad Simpson Sweeps Mississippi
Thunder for $7,000!
29, 2020) Chad Simpson and Team 25 secured their first
two feature wins of the 2020 racing season on Friday night, August
28 at Mississippi Thunder Speedway in Fountain City, Wisconsin!
In the 'Dairyland Showdown' that was postponed a week due to Mother
Nature, Chad started the 40-lap feature from the inside of the
second row. The Mount Vernon, Iowa ace then made a three-wide
pass for the point on a lap 11 restart and led the rest of the
way to pocket the $5,000 top prize ahead of Jimmy Mars, Jesse
Glenz, Pat Doar, and Jordan Yaggy!
In the full show for the Late Models at Mississippi Thunder Speedway
last night, Chad earned Fast Time honors during qualifying and
later picked up a heat race victory. He then paced the field from
green to checkers in the 30-lapper to secure another $2,000 payday
over Dustin Sorensen, Lance Matthees, Jimmy Mars, and A.J. Diemel!
Complete results from both races at MTS can be accessed online