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September 17th, 2014
FARLEY, Iowa – Joel Callahan finished the Yankee Dirt Track Classic Deery Series main event at Farley Speedway a year older and $7,500 richer.
The 100-lap IMCA Late Model tour event started late Saturday evening and finished in the wee hours on Sunday.
Callahan, who figured he turned 50 somewhere around lap 27, inherited the front spot when race-long leader Colby Springsteen cut his right rear tire on lap 74 and then led to the checkers in repeating as the big money Yankee winner.
“I think we step up our game for this race. There’s a lot of adrenaline pumping,” he said. “To me, this is the biggest race on the Deery schedule and not because of the pay but because it’s at my home track.”
“The track was fast from top to bottom,” he added. “It didn’t matter where you were running.”
Richie Gustin was second in the best showing of his brief Deery career. Denny Eckrich was third and point leader Justin Kay roared all the way back to fourth after exiting to fix a flat tire on lap 58 and restarting at the rear.
The 59 entries for the Yankee were the most for a Deery Series event this season and the most in 78 races dating back to opening night in 2010.
Jason Rauen drew the pole but it was Springsteen shooting into the lead from his outside row one start.
The race was stopped following a lap 30 mishap that collected Tyler Droste, Terry Neal and Jason Hahne, then stayed green for the next 28 circuits.
Springsteen looked to have the race in hand before the flat tire relegated him to 16th and Callahan took over.
The last caution came with 12 laps left. Callahan was quickly celebrating in victory lane with crew chief Stan Thomas, crewman Al Dix, sons Zach and Joey, wife Cindy and daughter Stephanie.
“I focused on hitting my marks and keeping the car straight,” said Callahan, also winner of the $250 Sunoco Race Fuels feature qualifier drawing. “I knew if I did that we’d still have tires at the 75-lap mark. That was key.”
Scott Fitzpatrick earned the hard charger starting spot and Jeff Aikey and Brian Harris both took provisionals; all three advanced 14 positions to eighth, ninth and 10th, respectively.
Samples were taken from tires from each of the top five finishing cars and race results remain unofficial.
Next on the Deery Series schedule is the Saturday, Sept. 20 ½-mile show at Davenport Speedway. Pit gates open at 4:30 p.m., the grandstand opens at 5 p.m., hot laps are at 6:30 p.m. and racing starts at 7 p.m.
The tour concludes with a two-day show Friday and Saturday, Oct. 3 and 4 at West Liberty Raceway.
June 5th, 2014
Farley, Iowa – Jason Rauen parked his brand new #98 Rauen Motorsports/Black Diamond Late Model in victory lane on Friday night at Farley Speedway in an IMCA Late Model event.
Jason Rauen enjoyed an excellent outing on Friday night at Farley Speedway (Farley, Iowa). An IMCA Weekly Racing Series program was contested and Jason dominated the event for his first victory of the 2014 season. A field of twenty-one Super Late Models registered for battle, and a heat race win positioned Rauen on the pole for the finale with Curt Marks alongside. When the feature went green, Jason assumed the point and led flag-to-flag for the win over Luke Goedert, Kyle Neels, Jerry King, and Tyler Bruening.
“This new Black Diamond Chassis is really stout, and I’m definitely excited about the possibilities for this season,” said Rauen after claiming his first victory of the 2014 season.
Full results from the event are available at www.SimmonsPromotionsInc.com .
Earlier in the week Rauen had a near miss at Boone Speedway (Boone, Iowa) in a $3,000-to-win, Deery Brothers Summer Series event. Twenty-four Super Late Models were on hand for the event, and a second place finish in heat race action positioned Rauen starting fourth in the main event. In the feature Jason used lap traffic to his advantage late in the race to make a bid for the lead from early leader, Ray Guss Jr. Rauen made the pass on Guss on the 31st circuit when Guss was slowed by a lap car. The yellow light came on as Rauen and Guss were coming to the white flag. The duo would swap the lead after the restart before a slight bobble by Rauen opened the door again for Guss on the final circuit. Once out front, Guss went to the high line and sped to the checkers while Rauen settled into second. Joel Callahan, Andy Eckrich, and Terry Neal rounded out the top five finishers. Full results from the event are available at www.IMCA.com .
After losing an IMCA Deery Brothers Summer Series event to rain on Tuesday night at Hamilton County Speedway (Webster City, Iowa), the team now turns its attention to the next series event on June 10th at Cedar County Raceway (Tipton, Iowa).
Jason Rauen would like to thank all of his sponsors including Rauen Precision Machinery, Black Diamond Race Cars, Burco Farms & Tractor Sales, H-D Trucking, Simon’s Trucking, Pro Power Racing Engines, Cornett Race Engines, Motion Industries, Loctite, Imperial Stone, Wemzel’s Towing, Ruf Equipment, M-K Matic, VP Racing Fuels, Bell Picture Frames, B&B Racing Engines, Tri-State Polishing, X-Treme Graphics By J-Rod, and MSRMafia.com Marketing Services.
For the latest information on Jason Rauen, please visit www.JasonRauen98.com .
April 19th, 2014
Farley Speedway rolls out the red carpet for the IMCA Late Model tour on Friday, April 18. The series then travels to Jackson County Speedway in Maquoketa for a Saturday, April 19 show. Each feature pays $3,000 to win and a minimum of $300 to start.
Pit gates open at 5:30 p.m. and the grandstand opens at 6 p.m. Friday at Farley. Hot laps are at 7 p.m. with racing to follow. IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modifieds are also on the card and both divisions will run on the half-mile track.
Grandstand admission is $16 for adults, $14 for seniors, $10 for students and free for kids 12 and under. More information is available by calling 563 744-3620 and at the www.simmonspromotionsinc.om website.
Jackson County opens the pit gates at 4 p.m. and the front gate at 5 p.m. Hot laps are at 6 p.m. Saturday with the first race set for 6:30 p.m. Sanctioned Modifieds and Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods, along with 4-stocks, hobby stocks and outlaw super bombers, round out the program.
Admission for spectators is $17 for adults, $15 for seniors, $12 for students and free for kids 12 and under. The track website is www.darksidepromo.com; additional information is also available by calling 563 590-4095 or 563 495-2503.
Pit passes are $30 each night.
Eckrich took the opening night checkers at Davenport Speedway on April 11.
September 17th, 2013
FARLEY, Iowa – The presents just kept coming Saturday for Joel Callahan. Callahan celebrated his 49th birthday with his career first Deery Brothers Summer Series feature win. The biggest payday on the 2013 IMCA Late Model tour was good for $7,500 and came during the Yankee Dirt Track Classic at Farley Speedway.
“There are so many good drivers in this series I’m just happy to be able to compete with them,” said Callahan, who got under Chris Simpson on the 33rd of 75 laps and then led to the finish. “We’ve been pretty good this year. We try to set our sights in Deery races to make the top 10, for the competition that’s out there.”
Simpson ran in front the first 32 times around the half-mile oval and ended in second. Simpson and Callahan were rarely separated by more than a couple car lengths; the only caution of the contest came on lap 52. Ryan Dolan, Denny Eckrich and Jeff Aikey completed the top five.
Callahan started racing at the age of 40 – hence his car number – and won regular season track titles this season at both Farley and Dubuque Speedway, sharing the credit for those and his Deery accomplishments with crew chief Stan Thomas and family members, a number of whom are on his crew.
He made his first Deery Series appearance in 2010 and had owned a trio of career-best third-place finishes, the most recent of them last month in Des Moines.
Callahan’s first Deery win came in his 50th main event start.
Fifty-three Late Models were entered Saturday at Farley. The 15th of 17 events on the 2013 series schedule paid a minimum of $500 to start.
Wrapping up the tour are $3,000 to win events on Friday, Sept. 20 at Independence Motor Speedway and Saturday, Sept. 21 at Davenport Speedway.
Friday’s program at Indee includes a $500 to win non-qualifiers feature.
September 15th, 2013
FARLEY, Iowa – Jason Schueller led most of the way and pulled ahead late in winning Friday’s Karl Performance Hawkeye Dirt Tour presented by XSAN feature at Farley Speedway.
The $1,500 IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modified series victory came during the Yankee Dirt Track Classic and put Schueller on the ballot for the 2014 Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational. Mark Elliott qualified from his “B” feature and advanced 15 spots to second while new series point leader Mike Van Genderen was third. Mark Schulte and Jerry Luloff rounded out the top five.
Schulte drew the outside front row start and led the first two circuits. The third starting Schueller was alongside and ahead by the width of his bumper when the next lap was scored, then began to pull away before a lap seven caution tightened the field back up.
Elliott was up to fourth by lap 10 and got by Schulte for second on lap 15. A series of yellow flags interrupted the race after midway before Van Genderen set his sights on second.
Elliott held off that challenge but neither driver was able to make any progress in reeling in Schueller before the end of the 30-lapper. Van Genderen, however, took over the top spot in the standings when Ronn Lauritzen was relegated to 21st place.
The championship of the fourth annual series will be decided in the tour finale Saturday evening, Sept. 14 at Farley. That event pays $2,000 to win.
Schueller’s victory was his Hawkeye Dirt Tour first. Forty-four Modifieds were entered at Farley for the 10th series event of the season.
September 15th, 2013
FARLEY, Iowa – A driver who is no stranger to victory lane at Farley Speedway won his career first Deery Brothers Summer Series feature there Friday night.
Chad Simpson raced his way from his “B” feature to the $3,000 checkers in the IMCA Late Model main event. A season-best 54 cars were entered in the Yankee Dirt Track Classic show, the 14th of 17 tour events this season.
Tommy Elston started on the pole and led the first 18 of 40 laps. Denny Eckrich ran second most of that time before catching Elston and running in front the next three times around the half-mile dirt oval.
That’s when Simpson took over. After winning the second “B” and starting 14th in the big show, Simpson shot into the lead on lap 22, just before the first caution came out.
He was running comfortably in front with the final yellow waved with three to go and bunched the field back up.
Eckrich got the better of Elston in their battle for second but neither could make up any distance on Simpson. Ron Klein and Jason Rauen completed the top five; Klein’s fourth place finish was his Deery career best.
Point leader Brian Harris ran 12th, three places ahead of Justin Kay.
It might have been Friday the 13th but Simpson’s luck was good at Farley: His right rear tire was flat when victory lane pictures were being taken.
Joel Callahan was the $250 Sunoco Race Fuels feature qualifier drawing winner.
Top prize for Saturday’s 75-lap Deery feature at Farley is $7,500. That race pays a minimum of $500 to start.
May 24th, 2013
FARLEY, Iowa – The fourth time was a charm Tuesday night for Brian Harris. After finishing third in each of the first three Deery Brothers Summer Series events of the season, Harris led the last half of a 50-lap feature for IMCA Late Models at Farley Speedway that ran green to checkered.
The win, the career sixth for Harris, paid $3,000 to the tour point leader. Justin Kay and Nick Marolf swapped the lead throughout the first half of the race and ran side-by-side for much of the late going before Kay got the edge for second. Hard charger Jeff Aikey moved up 11 positions from his spot on the original grid for fourth. Joel Callahan completed the top five.
Curt Martin drew the pole and led the opening circuit before giving way to the third-starting Marolf. Kay began his initial stint at the point on lap nine, was briefly out of first on lap 14, then kept a tenuous lead until lap 24.
Harris entered the fray at that point, taking over up front on the 25th circuit. He’d run three wide with Kay and Marolf and use multiple lines to negotiate lapped traffic before pulling out to a five car-length margin of victory.
Ray Guss Jr. brought a streak of two straight wins to Farley and finished ninth. Winner of the $250 Sunoco Race Fuels feature qualifier drawing was Callahan.
The fifth of 18 dates on the 2013 Deery schedule is the traditional Memorial Day show at Boone Speedway on Monday, May 27.
Pit gates and the grandstand open at 2 p.m., hot laps are at 4 p.m. and racing starts at 5 p.m. IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars, IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks, Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods and mod lites are also on the holiday program.
May 18th, 2013
FARLEY, Iowa – Brian Harris and Ray Guss Jr. both take streaks into the Tuesday, May 21 Deery Brothers Summer Series event at Farley Speedway.
Harris, from Davenport, continues to lead the IMCA Late Model tour point standings, now on the strength of third-place finishes in each of the first three series events.
Guss, meanwhile, has bounced back strong from a tough opening night DNQ. The two-time series champion from Milan, Ill., has won the last two Deery events, at Quad City Speedway and at Dubuque Speedway.
Rescheduled from April 20 because of inclement weather, the Deery event at Farley pays $3,000 to win and a minimum of $300 to start.
Pit gates open at 4:30 p.m. and the grandstand opens at 5:30 p.m. Hot laps are at 6:30 p.m. with racing to follow. IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modifieds are also on the midweek card.
Grandstand admission is $16 for adults, $14 for seniors, $10 for students and free for kids 12 and under when accompanying a paid adult. Pit passes are $30.
Guss now has 29 career series victories to his credit and also won back-to-back Deery features in 2012, 2010, 2009 and 1996.
The consecutive wins record is four, set by Gary Webb of Blue Grass in 1994 and equaled by Rob Toland of Colona, Ill., in 2004.
Round five of the series is at Boone Speedway on Memorial Day Monday, May 27. The tour returns to Farley during the Yankee Dirt Track Classic Sept. 13 and 14.
April 22nd, 2013
FARLEY, Iowa– Lingering cold weather and prospects for more of the same have resulted in postponement of Saturday’s Deery Brothers Summer Series event at Farley Speedway. That IMCA Late Model tour race will now be held Tuesday, May 21. Times are to be announced.
The rescheduling at Farley was the series’ second of the weekend. Tonight’s race at Davenport had already been moved to Friday, July 5.
Inclement weather, unseasonably low temperatures and accompanying adverse track conditions prompted five tour postponements this month. The exception was the April 6 show at 34 Raceway in West Burlington, won by Denny Eckrich of Tiffin.
Seventeen events remain on the 2013 schedule. Quad City Speedway at East Moline, Ill., next hosts the $3,000 to win, minimum $300 to start Hershel Roberts Memorial Deery on Sunday, May 5.
Pit gates open at 3 p.m. and the grandstand opens at 3:30 p.m. Hot laps are at 5:15 p.m. with racing to follow.
April 19th, 2013
DAVENPORT, Iowa – The first Deery Brothers Summer Series events of the season at Davenport Speedway and at Farley Speedway are slated this weekend.
Davenport hosts the IMCA Late Model tour on Friday, April 19 while Farley is site of the Saturday, April 20 show. Both events will be held on 3/8-mile ovals and each pays $3,000 to win and a minimum of $300 to start.
Pit gates open at 4:30 p.m. and the grandstand opens at 5 p.m. at Davenport. Hot laps are at 6:30 p.m. and racing starts at 7 p.m. Spectator admission is $17 for adults, $16 for seniors and students, and free for kids 10 and under when
accompanying a paid adult. Gates at Farley open at 3 p.m. and the grandstand opens at 5 p.m. Hot laps are at 6:30 p.m. with racing to follow. Grandstand admission is $16 for adults, $14 for seniors, $10 for students and free for kids 12 and under attending with a paying adult.
Pit passes at both tracks are $30.
The series returns to Farley for the Sept. 13-14 Yankee Dirt Track Classic. Davenport hosts the Sept. 21 tour finale.
Seven-time and defending series champion Jeff Aikey of Cedar Falls has earned five of his career-best 58 Deery victories at Davenport, clinching the 2012 crown with the checkers there last September.
Tyler Bruening of Decorah and Andy Eckrich of Oxford have each won two of the previous nine series events held at Farley.
Tiffin’s Denny Eckrich was the winner when the 27th annual series opened April 6 at 34 Raceway. Races scheduled last weekend at West Liberty Raceway and Dubuque Speedway were postponed because of inclement weather.
September 18th, 2012
FARLEY, Iowa- After an early exit from Friday’s JR Motorsports Hawkeye Dirt Tour feature at Farley Speedway, Jay Noteboom gave serious thought to putting his IMCA Modified in the trailer and heading for home.
Now he’s got 2,000 reasons why he’s glad he didn’t.
Noteboom stuck around and raced from 14th to first to win the Saturday series event during the Yankee Dirt Track Classic. The victory paid $2,000 and put Noteboom on the ballot for the 2013 Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational.
Perhaps most importantly it cut another point off Jeremy Mills’ advantage going into the series-ending doubleheader Sept. 21 and 22 at Marshalltown Speedway. Mills advanced eight spots to finish second. Chris Horn, Friday winner Mark Elliott and Ron Barker completed the top five. Jason Schueller started outside row one and led the first three of 30 circuits before his engine let go and brought out what proved to be the only caution of the contest. Barker inherited the lead, holding off Matt Crist as Ryan Dolan ran a close third.
Dolan fell out of that race for position as Mills and Elliott, then Noteboom on lap nine, duked it out. Barker gained some ground on that trio before Noteboom caught Mills for second. Following the middle line with Barker on the outside, Noteboom pulled even at the line on lap 16. He took the lead for good on the next circuit and never looked back, taking the checkers by a comfortable margin.
Mills moved into second for good on lap 21; Darin Duffy closed fast to finish sixth. The win was the second of the 2012 series for Noteboom, and came at the 100th different track he’s raced at over the course of his career.
Noteboom was changing gears Saturday when he determined his right rear shock needed to be replaced. The result was a smooth ride and $2,000.
September 17th, 2012
FARLEY, Iowa – The biggest paycheck on the Deery Brothers Summer Series schedule went home with Tyler Bruening. Again.
Bruening led the last 69 of 75 laps in repeating as the $7,500 winner of the IMCA Late Model tour main event Saturday, on night two of the Yankee Dirt Track Classic at Farley Speedway.
“It was a big win for us. We won two track championships (Farley and Independence) and a bunch of features this season. It’s always big to win on the Deery circuit,” Bruening said. “The who’s who of IMCA was there and we came out on top. It really sewed up our year.”
Denny Eckrich chased Bruening into lapped traffic late in the race but couldn’t catch up and had to settle for second. Mike Murphy Jr. was third after winning his “B” feature and advancing 14 positions.
Rounding out the top five were Justin Kay and Mark Burgtorf. Joe Zrostlik led the first lap from the pole before giving way to outside front row starter Luke Goedert. Bruening took charge on lap seven. Burgtorf ran second before falling back near midway, when a succession of cautions came out. Eckrich was the next challenger as the last 19 laps ran green. Bruening weaved his way through traffic to take his career second series and Yankee feature wins.
“There were a bunch of cautions and I tried to be consistent because I looked at the leader board and I knew Denny was coming,” Bruening said. “I was concerned about tire wear and lapped traffic at the end. I had trouble getting around a couple cars and I knew I’d have to keep pushing.”
Matt Strassheim was sixth and Friday night winner Nick Marolf finished seventh. Point leader Jeff Aikey ran eighth, one spot ahead of Andy Eckrich.
Aikey will take an eight point edge over Andy Eckrich into the series finale Sept. 22 at Davenport Speedway.
Darrel DeFrance was the $250 Sunoco Race Fuels feature qualifier drawing winner. Recipients of $99 Ideal Ready Mix Ironman Challenge perfect attendance cash bonuses were qualifiers Aikey, Callahan, DeFrance, Andy Eckrich, Ray Guss Jr., Jay Johnson, Kay and Murphy.
September 16th, 2012
FARLEY, Iowa – The first night of a Deery Brothers Summer Series doubleheader during Farley Speedway’s Yankee Dirt Track Classic saw Nick Marolf win for the first time in his IMCA Late Model tour career.
Marolf started on the pole for Friday’s 50-lapper, ran in the top five most of the way before catching Justin Kay with five laps to go, then drove to victory lane to collect a $3,000 check.
The 18th of 20 events on the 2012 schedule drew a season-high 56 entries from four states to Farley. Kay, Tyler Bruening, Andy Eckrich and Mark Burgtorf completed the top five.
Kay started outside Marolf, took the lead on the initial green and restarted at the front after the sole caution of the race came out on lap two. He put some distance on the rest of the field while Mike Murphy Jr. ran in second and Marolf and Eckrich fought over third.
After the frontrunners caught up with the back of the pack, Murphy drove inside Kay to take the lead on lap 20. He was checking out before breaking and pulling into the infield.
Kay resumed the lead, holding the seventh starting Bruening at bay while Eckrich and Marolf got closer. Marolf shot from fourth to the lead, then drove away over the course of the final five circuits for his career first Deery win.
Kay was the $250 Sunoco Race Fuels feature qualifier drawing winner. Qualifiers Kay, Eckrich, Joel Callahan, Jeff Aikey, Darrel DeFrance, Jay Johnson, Ray Guss Jr. and Murphy each earned $99 Ideal Ready Mix Ironman Challenge perfect attendance cash bonuses.
The winner of Saturday’s Deery feature at Farley earns $7,500, the top check on the tour this season. A minimum of $500 will be paid to start and a number of new entries are expected.
Pit gates open at 3:30 p.m. and the grandstand opens at 4:30 p.m. Hot laps are at 6:30 p.m. with racing to follow. Aikey remains the tour point leader, now by an 833-826 margin over Eckrich.
April 7th, 2012
FARLEY, Iowa – The third time was a charm for Andy Eckrich and the Deery Brothers Summer Series. Eckrich won the twice-rescheduled IMCA Late Model tour opener Friday night at Farley Speedway, earning $2,000 for his career fifth series win. Jeff Aikey led most of the first half of the 35-lapper and pressed Eckrich to the finish before slowing with a broken rear end coming out of the last turn.
Tyler Bruening, Mike Murphy Jr., Jay Johnson and Joel Callahan took advantage of that situation and passed Aikey, who coasted across the stripe in sixth. Aikey drew the pole and went back and forth on the Farley half-mile oval with Bruening before the third-starting Eckrich took the lead on lap 17.
Aikey nearly returned the favor but a lap 22 yellow erased his pass for the front spot. The final caution came with four laps left but Eckrich, the 2011 series runner-up, stayed fastest to the checkers. Johnson advanced 11 positions after qualifying from his “B” feature. Two-time defending series champion Ray Guss Jr. exited early with mechanical problems and was scored 19th.
Travis Denning won the $250 Sunoco Race Fuels feature qualifier drawing. Ron Barker topped the IMCA Modified main event.
Inclement weather and the resulting wet track conditions had forced postponement of the Deery opener at Farley from March 31 and then from April 1.
Deery Series drivers are on the track again Saturday night, April 7 for the Slocum 50 event at 34 Raceway in West Burlington. Pit gates open at 3:30 p.m. and the grandstand opens at 5 p.m. Hot laps start at 6:15 p.m. and racing begins at 7 p.m. The main event pays $3,000 to win.
March 31st, 2012
FARLEY, Iowa – Cool and wet temperatures hampered track preparation, resulting in postponement of this evening’s Deery Brothers Summer Series event at Farley Speedway.
Farley will now host the opening race in the 26th annual tour for IMCA Late Models on Sunday, April 1. Pit gates open at 3 p.m., the grandstand opens at 4 p.m. and hot laps are at 5 p.m., with racing to follow.
The main event pays $2,000 to win and a minimum of $250 to start. IMCA Modifieds and local stock cars complete the card. Grandstand admission is $16 for adults, $13 for seniors and $10 for students, with kids 12 and under free. Pit passes are $25.
March 27th, 2012
FARLEY, Iowa – Farley Speedway rolls out the red carpet this Saturday, March 31 for one of the earliest opening night events in Deery Brothers Summer Series history. The 26th annual tour for IMCA Late Models gets off to a fast start with a $2,000 to win, minimum $250 to start feature.
Pit gates open at 3:30 p.m. and the grandstand opens at 4 p.m. Hot laps are at 6 p.m. with racing to follow. Grandstand admission is $16 for adults, $13 for seniors and $10 for students, with kids 12 and under free. Pit passes are $25.
The home of the Yankee Dirt Track Classic, Farley has hosted six previous Deery events and has yet to see a repeat winner.
Mike Murphy Jr. of Colona, Ill., and Decorah’s Tyler Bruening both raced to tour career first victories at Farley last season. Jason Friesen of Sutton, Neb., won there in 2001, Ray Guss Jr. of Milan, Ill., in 2002, Jeff Aikey of Cedar Falls in 2003 and Andy Eckrich of Iowa City in 2010. Guss is the two-time defending Deery Series champion. Aikey leads all drivers with 55 career wins on the circuit along with six tour championships.
Twenty-one dates are on the 2012 schedule. From Farley, Deery drivers travel to 34 Raceway at West Burlington for the $3,000 to win Slocum 50 on Saturday, April 7. They’ll race for a top prize of $2,000 when the series makes its first visit since 2006 to Hamilton County Speedway on Saturday, April 14.
The Webster City track hosted the earliest opening night event in series history, on March 30, 2002.
More information about Saturday’s show at Farley is available from promoter Keith Simmons at 563 744-3620 and at the www.simmonspromotionsinc.com website. IMCA Modifieds are also on the card.
September 21st, 2011
FARLEY, Iowa – Tyler Bruening says its always good when hard work pays off. In his case, that effort resulted in his career first win on the Deery Brothers Summer Series circuit and a check for $7,500.
Bruening led all 50 laps of the IMCA Late Model tour main event Saturday at Farley Speedway’s Yankee Dirt Track Classic, holding off Denny Eckrich by less than a carlength at the checkers.
“I couldn’t believe I won it,” he admitted. “This is definitely the biggest win of my career. It makes all the hard work pay off.”
Eckrich’s brother Andy was right behind the front pair in third. Series point leader Ray Guss Jr. and Mark Burgtorf rounded out the top five. Terry Neal, winner of the Friday Brodix Silver Anniversary Shootout at Farley, was sixth.
The only caution of the contest came for debris on lap three. Bruening caught up with the back of the 24-car Yankee field by lap 17 and built a sizable advantage by midway.
That comfortable lead disappeared by the final laps as Denny Eckrich gradually reeled the leader back in.
Eckrich tried inside and was right alongside Bruening the last time around the oval.
“After the first few laps, I felt we had the car to beat. I’d gone into the race anticipating running around the bottom but after we got out there that part of the track went away and I ran a higher line,” Bruening said. “I kind of got stuck in lapped traffic late in the race and he (Eckrich) closed right up on me.”
“I had pushed the car pretty hard all night,” he added. “After the race we pulled in and took a look at the right rear tire and it was pretty well gone.”
The top two finishers from each of five heat races and the top four from both “B” features qualified on Friday.
Bruening won his heat race, then topped the dash to earn the pole start.
He’d had 44 Deery main events start under his belt dating back to 2005 coming into the night. Bruening’s previous career-best third place showing, at Marshalltown Speedway in May, was among his five top five finishes this season.
Bruening’s father Greg, a former Deery regular, is his car owner and crew chief.
Six points separate Guss and Andy Eckrich heading into the Sept. 24-25 series finale at Quad City Speedway in East Moline, Ill. Pit gates open at 2 p.m. an the grandstand opens at 3:30 p.m. Hot laps are at 5 p.m. and racing starts at 5:30 p.m.
September 20th, 2011
FARLEY, Iowa – Mark Elliott took the lead on lap 14 and fendered the rest of the IMCA Modified field for the JR Motorsports Hawkeye Dirt Tour feature win at Farley Speedway.
Saturday’s victory, during the Yankee Dirt Track Classic special, paid $1,000 and put Elliott on top of the series point standings. He also became the first repeat winner through nine HDT events this season.
Mark Schulte, Josh Foster, Jerry Luloff and Chris Horn rounded out the top five.
Schulte had won the pole dash but Foster was first to the front when the initial green flag waved. Richie Gustin and Elliott battled with Foster for the early race lead. Elliott worked under Foster coming off turn four; Gustin and Foster were door-to-door for second before Gustin got caught up with another car during a lap 19 restart.
Elliott cruised to the win from that point. He’ll look to lock up the title when the series concludes during the Friday and Saturday, Sept. 23-24 Havoc On The High Banks special at Marshalltown Speedway.
Both Modified features at Marshalltown pay $1,000 to win and are also qualifying events for the 2012 Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot.
September 18th, 2011
FARLEY, Iowa – Showing the same speed that earned him the 2005 Deery Brothers Summer Series title, Terry Neal led flag to flag in winning Friday’s Brodix Silver Anniversary Shootout at Farley Speedway.
The 20-lap event paid $1,000 and featured a dozen drivers who have won national IMCA Late Model or Deery Series championships over the past 25 years.
Neal got into lapped traffic with two laps to go but was comfortably ahead of Mark Burgtorf at the checkers. Jay Johnson, Terry Schlipman and hard charger Ray Guss Jr. followed.
Guss has already secured his second consecutive national crown, has the upper hand in his bid for a second straight series prize, and made his way from 12th starting to complete the top five.
Neal, Burgtorf, Johnson and Guss were also among the 18 drivers who qualified for Saturday’s $7,500 to win Deery Series main event during the Yankee Dirt Track Classic special at Farley.
The top two finishers from each of five heat races and the top four from each of two “B” features are already in the big show. Completing the 24-car field will be the winners of two last-chance races, the hard charger provisional and three series provisional starters.
Forty-seven IMCA Late Models saw opening night action. Pit gates will open at 3 p.m. and the grandstand opens at 3:30 p.m. Saturday. Racing follows 5:30 p.m. hot laps.
Colby Springsteen won the drawing for a set of four BSB shocks. Guss pocketed the $250 Sunoco Race Fuels feature qualifier drawing prize.
A 13th former IMCA Late Model champion was at Farley on Friday as Layne Meyer helped con duct the draw for the Shootout.
Qualifying heats and a “B” feature were also held for the JR Motorsports Hawkeye Dirt Tour. A last-chance feature will complete the field for Saturday’s $1,000 to win IMCA Modified main event.
Modified heat winners were Richie Gustin, Josh Foster and Mark Schulte. Chris Horn was the “B” winner.
September 16th, 2011
FARLEY, Iowa– Sixteen of the best drivers from the past quarter-century of IMCA Late Model competition have confirmed that they’ll be part of the Brodix Silver Anniversary Shootout on Fri day, Sept. 16 at Farley Speedway.
The $1,000 to win event pits former tour and national champions in a 20-lap contest during the evening’s Deery Brothers Summer Series program. The tour’s $7,500 to win Yankee Dirt Track Classic feature will be Saturday, Sept. 17.
Drivers who have notified IMCA they’ll be in the race include Jeff Aikey, Kevin Blum, Mark Burgtorf, Todd Cooney, Darrel DeFrance, Jeff French, Ray Guss Jr., Jay Johnson, Curt Martin, Boone McLaughlin, Layne Meyer, Terry Neal, Denny Osborn, Terry Schlipman, Mike Smith and Gary Webb.
“There are a couple other drivers who are still maybe’s for this event, whether in their car or in a borrowed car.” said Tour Director Kevin Yoder. “This is certainly going to be a great opportunity for fans to see some of their favorite IMCA Late
Model drivers from over the years.”
The race pays a minimum to $125 to start. All drivers will compete with special roofs, produced by New Vision Graphics of Batesville, Ark., and emblazoned with the silver anniver sary logo and customized with their individual names, car numbers and
Aikey raced to national and Deery crowns in 1987, topping tour points again in 1988, 1996, 1999, 2006 and 2009. Martin was first in national points in 1990 and 1999, and reigned as series cham pion in 1990 and 1991.
French owns hardware as the national champ in 1991 and the Deery titlist in 1993. Burgtorf earned both national and series crowns in 1998, and added Deery prizes in 2001 and 2003.
Guss won both national and series championships last season and has already secured the 2011 national crown. He has a seven point advantage over runner-up Andy Eckrich heading into the Yankee, the next to the last event on this year’s Deery schedule.
National kings were Osborn in 1989, DeFrance in 1993, 2006 and 2007, Meyer in 1995, Cooney in 1997 and 2002, and Blum in 2009. Notably, DeFrance will compete at his 384th consecutive Deery event Friday night. He’s the only driver with perfect attendance throughout the nearly 25 full years of series history.
Series champions include Johnson in 1989, Smith in 1992 and 2000, Webb in 1994, 1995 and 1997, Schlipman in 2002, Neal in 2005 and McLaughlin in 2008.
Pit gates at Farley open at 5 p.m., the grandstand opens at 5:30 p.m., hot laps are at 6:30 p.m. with racing to follow on Friday. On Saturday, the pits open at 3 p.m. and the grandstand opens at 3:30 p.m. Racing follows 5:30 p.m. hot laps.
More information about grandstand admission and the entire Yankee Dirt Track Classic schedule is available by calling 563 744-3620 and at the www.simmonspromotionsinc.com website.
Farley also hosts a two-day show for IMCA Modifieds following the JR Motorsports Hawkeye Dirt Tour. Saturday’s feature pays $1,000 to win and is a qualifying event for the 2012 Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot.
Ryan Dolan is five points better than Mark Elliott with two HDT shows left while Ronn Lauritzen and Jeff Waterman remain mathematically in contention.
May 17th, 2008
The victory was Birkhofer’s first with the series in 2008 as he became the 10th different winner in the first 14 events held. It was also a special win for the Birkhofer family as his oldest son Cruz was at the track celebrating his sixth birthday.
Shirley had a six car length lead over Birkhofer and Dennis Erb Jr. of Carpentersville, IL when a caution came out with 29 laps scored. On the restart Birkhofer powered to the lead which he never relinquished. Shirley cut Birkhofer’s sizable lead down with less than five laps remaining in the race and tried valiantly a couple of times to pass Birkhofer, but Birkhofer held him at bay as he went on to score the $10,000 for his seventh career Lucas Oil Series triumph in his Mars-Birkhofer designed chassis.
Shirley has his best series finish of the year crossing the line in second followed closely by Erb, Billy Drake of Bloomington, IL and new series point’s leader, Steve Casebolt of Richmond, IN.
Bart Hartman led the opening circuit until fifth place starting Billy Moyer took the point on the second lap. Moyer then built a comfortable lead in traffic until a fateful lap 21 caution. On the restart Shirley tried the inside line of the track into turn one but slid up the turn and for a split second there was contact between Shirley and Moyer. Moyer would end up leaving the track on a wrecker ending his night.
Completing the top ten in the finishing order was Brady Smith, Darren Miller, Chris Simpson, Earl Pearson Jr. and Brian Harris.
In preliminary action Billy Moyer set a new Farley Speedway track record in the PRC Time Trials with a lap of 18.775 seconds among the 40 entrants on hand. Matt Miller, Steve Casebolt, Bart Hartman and Dan Schlieper won heat races. Brian Harris and Jason Rauen took the B-Mains.
The Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series will be back in action on Saturday Night, May 17 with a trip across the state line to Illinois for the Spring Shootout at LaSalle Speedway in LaSalle, IL. For more information on this $10,000 to win event you can log onto www.lasallespeedway.com
August 17th, 2007
Plesitter Willy Kraft of Lakefield, Minn., led the field to flagman Ryne
Staley’s green flag to begin the 30-lap Holley “A” Main, but it was Clear
Lake, Iowa’s Dean Mahlstedt powering to the front to lead the first lap.
While Mahlstedt checked out from the field, several drivers were clawing
their way to the front from the middle and rear of the starting field.
Mahlstedt’s advantage was wiped out on lap 22, however, when a caution flag
slowed the action and set up a double-file restart and an eight-lap dash to
the checkers. Mahlstedt continued to utilize the low side of the racetrack
as he maintained his advantage, but Jason Krohn of Slayton, Minn., was
coming fast on the high side of the half-mile oval.
Krohn nosed ahead of Mahlstedt at the flagstand to lead lap 27, but
Mahlstedt raced back ahead going into the first turn. for the next two laps,
the pair raced side by side, with Mahlstedt holding the advantage in turns
1-2 while Krohn, who started 12th, was quicker in turns 3-4. After taking
the white flag, Mahlstedt again powered ahead exiting turn 2, but this time
he moved to the high side in turn 3 to take away Krohn’s preferred line. The
timely move was just what Mahlstedt needed as he crossed the finish line
first with Krohn glued to his rear bumper.
Jon Tesch of Watertown, S.D., came from 14th on the starting grid to take
home a third-place paycheck as the top-3 closed the gap on points leader
Jason Hughes of Colcord, Okla., and Fertile, Iowa’s Kelly Shryock, who sits
second in the rankings as he seeks an unprecedented ninth O’Reilly USMTS
Kraft hung on for fourth place and Hughes finished fifth — his 13th top-5
finish in the last 15 USMTS-sanctioned events. Local favorite Mark Schulte
took sixth, Tommy Weder Jr. was seventh, Tommy Myer eighth, Darrin Walch
ninth and Shryock finished 10th to earn the Olympic Fire Protection Hard
Charger honors after starting 22nd.
Hughes continues to lead Shryock in the O’Reilly USMTS National Championship
points, 516 to 492. Krohn is third with 478 points, followed by Tesch (473),
Weder (429), Mahlstedt (428), Greg Skaggs (416), Zack VanderBeek (396), Myer
(376), and Steve Holzkamper (374).
Special guest competitor and NASCAR Nextel Cup Series veteran Ken Schrader
finished 12th after qualifying through one of the Real Racing Wheels “B”
Mains. It was Schrader’s eighth race with the O’Reilly USMTS this season.
Schrader joins the Bad Boys With Fast Toys again on Wednesday as the
O’Reilly USMTS stars and cars make their first-ever appearance at the Echo
Valley Speedway in West Union, Iowa, for race no. 6 in The Hunt for the
O’Reilly USMTS National Championship. Also on the racing card will be the
USRA Casey’s General Stores Weekly Racing Series featuring USRA B-Mods and
Outlaw Hobbys. Gates will open at 5 p.m. with hot laps at 7 and racing at
7:30. The Echo Valley Speedway is a 4/10-mile high-banked clay oval located
1.4 miles east of SR 150 on US 18.
To learn more about the O’Reilly Auto Parts United States Modified Touring
Series, call (515) 832-7944 or visit www.usmts.com online.
May 20th, 2007
The first three finishers all came from deep in the stating grid as second place finisher Brian Birkhofer of Muscatine, IA roared from 17th and Richmond, IN native Steve Casebolt used a provisional to start 23rd and wound up third in the final rundown.
Pole sitter Steve Shaver grabbed the point at the start of the main event with Donnie Moran and Don O’Neal escaping from a three wide race into turn one to take the second and third spots as the first lap was scored. O’Neal would follow Moran for one more circuit before he would execute the pass on Moran on lap three. O’Neal would then start to hound Shaver for the lead as Shaver was running only the second race of his career at Farley. Coming off turn two on the ninth lap, a slowing car would cut down on O’Neal causing an accident that would eliminate the driver who came into the race second in points.
On the restart Shaver was still showing the way with Darren Miller now on the move. Miller would hold the second slot until a three wide tango for second between Miller, Brian Birkhofer and Earl Pearson, Jr. would take place on lap 15. At this point of the race Shaver was comfortably out front and looked like the car that everyone was going to have to beat. The second caution of the race on lap 18 for Brad Neat bunched the field back up for a Delaware double file restart.
Pearson gained the advantage on the restart moving up to second place, as the top five were now all within close quarters of each other. With 20 laps in the books Pearson was staying right with Shaver in the race for the lead. Caution number three would come out for Billy Drake on lap 21 and that would set up another double file restart behind Shaver.
When the green came out again Pearson would go door to door with Shaver in a great battle for the lead. At the halfway mark, the race for the lead was tight with Pearson all over Shaver. Birkhofer was holding down third with Steve Casebolt up from his inside row 12 starting spot getting by Billy Moyer for fourth two laps earlier.
The fourth caution would come out on lap 27 and that unfortunately would be for race leader Steve Shaver, who’s MSD cap had come off forcing him to lose power in his engine. Shaver would be pushed to the pit area and a strong bid for a win was out the window, as Shaver would park his car for the rest of the evening.
Pearson would then inherit the lead with Birkhofer, Casebolt, Moyer and Miller the rest of the top five. On the restart Casebolt would drive his car hard into the corner and get by Birkhofer for second on lap 28 bringing Moyer with him into third. A few laps later Birkhofer would mount another challenge on the top shelf claiming the second spot back from Casebolt on lap 32. A lap later the final caution of the race would come out for 10th place running Scott James who came to a halt in turn number four.
With 18 laps to go Pearson was the man to beat and despite a car that had been smoking from the start of the race. Pearson would quickly build a seven-car length lead over Birkhofer with ten laps to go. Birkhofer then started to pick up the race with less than ten to go as he would cut the advantage that Pearson held in half with five to go. Birkhofer would then close to just two car lengths as Pearson’s lead would become precariously in jeopardy.
But in the last few laps Pearson’s car would hold together as he would take the
checkered flag first to earn his seventh career Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series event win. The two-time and defending series champion had started in the 15th spot. In victory lane a relieved Pearson was glad the race was over. “I’ll tell you what, it was a big gamble on tires tonight, we started so far back we dug our self a hole qualifying and I hated it for Steve Shaver tonight and I didn’t know if I could’ve got by him” said the 35 year old second generation racer.
“It was a heck of a job by my crew tonight, Jason Fitzgerald and all the guys do a great job with this team and I want to thank Bobby Labonte, Larry Wallace, LifeLong Locks and Lucas Oil they’re great sponsors, we’ve been kind of down and out this month but we are going to survive, there was oil coming out on the breathers, but we’ll get back to the pit area and check out what exactly it was.”
Pearson driving the Bobby Labonte Racing/LifeLong Locks/MOPAR/Lucas Oil Products/Sunoco Race Fuels/Allstar Performance/Dunn Benson Motor sports/Larry Wallace Racing Engines/MasterSbilt Dodge Charger took his second Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series event of the year vaulting him to fourth place in the Championship points standings.
Second place finisher Brian Birkhofer, in his Simon Trucking/Pro Power Engines/Rocket Chevrolet, started in the row behind Pearson and like Pearson advanced through the field in a rapid fashion early in the race. “We put harder tires on and we just kind of gambled on running the top, it panned out, it was kind of brutal up there but congratulations to Earl and his team they needed a good run.”
Third place finisher Steve Casebolt, in the Dale Beitler Racing/Reliable
Painting/Rocket GTO, also stirred the crowd’s interest with his run from 23rd to third despite loosing the left front wheel on his as the cars came out on the track for the feature. Casebolt’s car was actually towed to the pit area where the wheel was put back on as he then took his place on the tail as the parade lap was taking place on the race track. “I would have never thought we would have come out of here third after taking a provisional we were terrible in the heat, but we got it together and we had the right tires on (American Racers).”
Terry English of Benton, KY barely edged out series points leader Billy Moyer of Batesville, AR to claim fourth. English was behind the wheel of his Triple AAA Fence/ARC Race Engines/C.J. Rayburn Monte and Moyer was in the Car City/Pro Power Engines/C.J. Rayburn Monte Carlo.
Completing the top ten were Darren Miller, Damon Eller, Brady Smith, Steve Ihm and Justin Rattliff. A total of 40 cars were on hand for the Simmons Promotions, Inc. promoted event.
In preliminary action Donnie Moran was the LifeLong Locks Fast Qualifier for the 40 entrants with a lap of 18.692 seconds. The Hawk Brake and Quarter Master Heat races were won by Dan Schlieper, Billy Moyer, Darren Miller and Steve Shaver. The Mason Racin’ Rebel Shock Dyno and Penske Shocks B-mains were taken by Brian Birkhofer and Brad Neat. The K&N Clean Pass of the Race went to Terry English for his at the finish line pass of Billy Moyer to finish fourth and move into second place behind Moyer in the points chase.
February 2nd, 2005
The racing action at Farley Speedway (Farley, IA) begins on
Friday, April 15th with the Open Late Model Shootout. On the
following weekend, the regular point season gets under way with
the NASCAR Dodge Weekly Series. Also on the 2005 schedule at
the “Palace of Speed”, race fans will enjoy a return of the
World of Outlaw Late Model Series and Sprint Series, the UMP
Summernationals, the AMA Flat Track Motorcycles, and the 28th
running of the Yankee Dirt Track Classic. Season tickets and
pit passes are now available.
Dubuque Speedway (Dubuque, IA) roars to life on Sunday, April
17th with the regular point season and the NASCAR Dodge Weekly
Series. Three late model specials are currently on the schedule
for Dubuque including the 2nd Rumble by the River. Season
tickets and pit passes are now available.
Grant County Speedway (Lancaster, WI) starts the 2005 racing
point season on Saturday, April 30th. The IRA Sprint Car Series
will make a tour stop at the Grant County Speedway in September.
Season tickets and pit passes are now available.
To get season ticket information or to learn more about Farley,
Grant County, Dubuque, and/or the Open Late Model Shootouts, log
October 9th, 2004
Labonte drove a Late Model provided to him by Farley Speedway track champion Jeff Aikey. With his very limited dirt track experience Labonte was able to adapt to the high powered car and finish a very respectable 10th in the 25 lap feature.
Steve Boley shot past Darren Mish in the early stages of the Late Model feature and went on to score an impressive feature win. Boley led 24 of the 25 laps en route to the win. Mish fought off the late race challenges of Jeff Aikey to take second at the finish line. Ron Barker drove the Ed White owned number 12 to a fourth place finish ahead of Dale Stolte.
Prior to the nights racing Ed White announced that Ron Barker will be his driver next season and will be in competition for the Late Model track championships at both the Farley Speedway and Dubuque County Fairgrounds Speedway. It is expected that Barker will be a full time Late Model driver and race his own Modified on very limited basis.
Barker finished the Farley Speedway season with another feature win in the Modified class. Barker led the race flag to flag en route to the win. Steve Johnson ran a strong race in taking second ahead of Scott Nesteby.
Bobby Moyer finished a very good season with another feature win. Moyer led the entire race taking the win ahead of Jeff Kennedy and Jeff Reinert.
Jason Rauen scored his 24th win of the season topping the 10 lap Hobby Stock feature. Nutsy Ahmann ran second ahead of Jake Ludeking.
Jacob Seegmiller took the 10 lap B-Modified feature win getting to the checkers ahead of Jeremy English and Troy Burkhart.
The Farley Flyers win went to Becky Roth after making a slick move to take the lead on the white flag lap. Roth put an exclamation on an outstanding season with the win. Joe Zrostlik took second ahead of Manny Bennett.
The final checkered flag of the season has waved at the Farley Speedway and all SPI events are completed for the 2004 season. The 2004 season will be remembered and the drivers will be rewarded for their accomplishments a the SPI banquet in January at the Palace Ballroom on the Farley Speedway grounds. Details will be made available as soon as they are completed.
October 4th, 2004
The autograph session will be held in the Palace Ballroom located on the Farley Speedway grounds. Racing action will be held on the fast ½ mile dirt track beginning with hot laps at approximately 6:45 p.m. Racing action will be held in six classes with Labonte taking part in the Late Model portion of the program. Labonte will be driving a car fielded by the Farley Speedway track champion Jeff Aikey. The Late Model feature will be the second feature on the racing program allowing Labonte plenty of time to get back to his commitments with his NASCAR team.
Fans must purchase an advance ticket to get into the Palace Ballroom for the autograph session. Tickets can be purchased by calling the Farley Speedway at 563-744-3620.
September 19th, 2004
When the night ended it was Denny Eckrich celebrating in victory lane with a $15,000 win. The win was Eckrich’s second “Yankee” title. Saturday nights title win followed a 2001 win. The “Yankee took the green with 28 drivers comprising the starting grid. Ray Guss Jr. led the field from the pole by virtue of his Hollywood Graphics fast dash win earlier in the night. Guss was involved in an early race incident that sent him to the pits giving the lead to Steve Francis. Francis led for a few laps before Dan Schlieper took over the top spot coming to the front all the way from his 22nd starting position. Schlieper led the race all the way to the 64th lap when Denny Eckrich was able to put the “Flyin 50″ into the race lead for good. Eckrich was able to hold off Schlieper’s late race charge to regain the lead for the “Yankee” championship win. The 100 lap “Yankee” included a lot of story lines as the drivers who hit the setup and were able to take care of their tires were the most successful in the long race. Eckrich was smooth all night long in taking the impressive win over one of the best drivers in the business in Dan Schlieper. Curt Martin ran a very smart race in turning in an outstanding run in taking third ahead of Ron Barker. Barker drove the Ed White owned car number 12T and came from way back in the starting grid to score a very impressive fourth place finish ahead of Brian Harris, who ran up front all race long.
Ron Barker topped off a record setting 2004 season with a “Yankee” title in the 25 lap Modified feature. Barker earned the right to start on the pole by virtue of the fast dash win. Barker fought off a very persistent Larry Herring in the early going before opening up a comfortable lead. Herring crossed under the checkers in second ahead of Scott Nesteby and Jason Schueller. The “Yankee” title was added to two track championships (Farley & Dubuque) and two NASCAR region championships in 2004 for Barker.
The Auto Acres 25 lap feature saw 23 drivers take the green flag. The race featured Bud Shootout Late model drivers that did not qualify for the 100 lap “Yankee”. Craig Jacobs was able to get out front early and lead the race flag to flag. Jacobs took the win and the $1,000 paycheck and passed up a chance to advance to the “Yankee”. Second place finisher Layne Meyer passed up the $800 second place money and advanced to the “Yankee”. Todd Davis was credited with a second place finish in the Auto Acres 25 finishing ahead of Gary Crawford and Mark Curwen.
Jeff Reinert started his night off with a win in the Pro Stock fast dash and finished the night with a “Yankee” championship. Reinert was able to beat the best in the Pro Stock division by taking the win over Bobby Moyer and Bob Bollon. Reinert led all 20 laps en route to his first ever “Yankee” Championship topping the 26 car starting field.
Jason Rauen capped off a stellar Hobby Stock season with a “Yankee’ title to his credit. The Farley, Iowa driver picked up 22 wins in 2004 before adding the “Yankee” to his resume. Rauen led the race flag to flag taking the win over his teammate Duane Ahmann. Dan Albright took third ahead of Jarvis Eastlick.
September 17th, 2004
Zrostlik fought off Farley Speedway track champion Becky Roth early in the race before breaking away to a comfortable lead. Zrostlik took the win by a comfortable margin at the checkers ahead of Roth. Phil Holtz took third in the championship feature ahead of Chuck Schmitz and Kelly Meyer.
Ken Boyes scored his biggest win ever in taking the win in the 12 lap B-Modified feature. Boyes took advantage of a Jacob Seegmiller miscue on lap number five taking the lead on lap number six and went on to score the win over Jeremy English. Seegmiller recovered to work back up to third at the checkers ahead of Travis Law and Jarret Franzen.
The Hobby Stocks and Pro Stocks also ran their heats and consolations on Thursday night setting up their main events and last chances for Saturday night.
Heat winners in the Pro Stock division were Jimy Brokus, Bob Moyer and Keith Kiernan. The consolation win went to Levi Benn. The Hobby Stock heat winners were Jerry Merkes, Luke Goedert and Jason Rauen. The Consolation win went to Mike Lynch.
Friday nights action on night number three of the “Yankee” will include racing action in the Bud Open Late Model division and Modified classes.
Hot laps will take to the track at 6:30 p.m. with racing to follow.
September 16th, 2004
The Farley Flyers and the B-Modifieds ran their heats and consolations setting up their fast dashes and features, which will be run on Thursday night, September 16th. In addition the Hobby Stocks and Pro Stocks will be in action on Thursday night running their heats and consolations.
The “Yankee” will continue on Friday night with the Modifieds and Late Models joining in setting up a very big night of racing on Saturday, September 18th when the Hobby Stocks, Pro Stocks, Modifieds and Late Models will run their fast dashes and features. Saturday night’s grand finale will be the 100 lap Bud Shootout Late Model “Yankee” which will pay a whopping $15,000 to the winner.
September 6th, 2004
Bobby Labonte, driver for the Joe Gibbs Interstate Batteries race team will be at the Farley Speedway on Wednesday, October 6th. Labonte will be on hand to sign autographs prior to the nights racing action and Labonte will be racing.
The on track racing action will include the six regular classes that compete weekly at the Farley Speedway. The rules will be opened up slightly to allow all drivers to compete. Keith Simmons stated ” we want everyone to be able to compete in this special event, if a driver is legal at his own track he will be legal here.” Drivers are encouraged to call the speedway office on any questions. The Farley Speedway office can be reached at 563-744-3620.
September 5th, 2004
The 11 feature races produced 10 different winners over the course of the night.
The night started with the running of the five make-up features sponsored by EDSB and Drew Cook & Sons Excavating, which were kids back to school night.
The Iowa Illinois Taylor Insulation NASCAR Late Models 25 lap feature saw Bobby Hansen make his second visit of the season to victory lane. Hansen took the lead on lap number 12 and went on to score the victory ahead of Steve Boley and Josh McGowan.
The NASCAR Modified make up feature saw Ron Barker score his 12th win of the season at the Farley Speedway. Barker started 12th and worked to the front taking the lead from Mark Schulte on lap number 7. Barker went on to record the win over Schulte, Scott Nesteby and Steve Wetter.
Bobby Moyer was able to score the win in the make-up NASCAR Pro Stock feature taking the win over his archrival Jimy Brokus. Jeff Kennedy crossed under the checkers in third.
Jason Rauen emerged form a pack of contenders at mid-race in the NASCAR Hobby Stock feature. Rauen went on to score the win over Duane Ahmann and B.J. Schmitt.
Becky Roth took the win in the make-up Farley Flyer feature taking the win ahead of John Flury and Phil Holtz.
The Greenwoods Grocery Season Championship races included a 35-lap NASCAR Late Model feature. Layne Meyer put the number 21X out front on lap number 5 and went on to lead the remainder of the season championship race for his first ever NASCAR Late Model Feature win at the Farley Speedway. Meyer took the win over Steve Boley and Jeff Aikey.
Mike Burbridge took the lead on the 7th lap of the Season Championship Modified feature and went on to set sail on the high side taking the win ahead of Steve Dunkel and Ron Barker.
The NASCAR Pro Stock season championship feature saw Jeff Reinert score his third win of the season in the very tough Pro Stock class. Reinert took the 15-lap win over Bobby Moyer and Steve Hunter.
Jason Rauen completed a clean sweep by scoring the second NASCAR Hobby Stock feature. Rauen took the checkers in the season championship race ahead of Luke Goedert and Ed McIntyre.
Mark Massey completed a very successful B-Modified season with the championship win and the track point title. Following the race Massey sold his car.
Jacob Seegmiller ran second ahead of Jeremy English in the championship feature.
John Flury took the season championship win in the Farley Flyer division. Becky Roth took second ahead of Brian Kammerude.
In addition to the season championship races the drivers eligible for the 2 track point fund races raced their events. A total of $32,000 will be paid out to eligible drivers. Jeff Aikey won the Late Model 2 track point fund race over Darren Mish. The Modified race was won by Mark Schulte over Sean Rupp. The Pro Stock win went to Bobby Moyer over Jimy Brokus. Hobby Stock winner was Jason Rauen ahead of Jerry Merkes. Mark Massey took the B-Modified win ahead of Jacob Seegmiller. Joe Zrostlik took the Farley Flyer victory ahead of John Flury.
August 31st, 2004
Albrecht Acres and Hills & Dales are both located in the Dubuque area and the Mayors Youth Empowerment Program works with the youth of Iowa City.
The charity auction will be held in the Palace Ballroom located on the Farley Speedway grounds and will be held Saturday afternoon prior to the opening of the grandstand gates for Saturday nights finals.
SPI is currently seeking quality items that can be auctioned off. Racers and fans alike are encouraged to donate items and can do so by contacting the Farley Speedway office on the grounds or can contact the office by phone at 563-744-3620.
August 28th, 2004
Mark Massey shot to the lead early and went on to lead the race until the caution and checkers waved bringing the feature to an end with six laps in the books. Massey extended his point lead with another win as the season is rapidly coming to an end. Jacob Seegmiller took second in the main event ahead of Tim Current and Travis Law.
The rains have set up a very big Season Championship race night, Friday, September 3rd. Double features will be held in all classes with the exception of the
B-Modifieds. In addition the two track point fund races will be held. No heat races will be run.
August 25th, 2004
Six classes of race cars will be in competition with the Saturday night finale featuring 4 classes. The Wednesday, September 15th program will kick things off with the Farley Flyers and B-Modifieds running their heats and consolations. In addition open practice will be held for all other divisions. Thursday, September 16th will include last chance races and features for the Farley Flyers and B-Modifieds plus heats and consolations for the Hobby Stocks and Pro Stocks.
Friday, September 17th the Modifieds and Bud Open Late Models will take center stage. The Bud Late Models will run qualifying time trials, heats and consolations. The Modifieds will run heats and consolations.
The 27th annual “Yankee” will come to a close on Saturday, September 18th with last chance races and features in the Hobby Stock, Pro Stock, Modified and Bud Open Late Model divisions. The final race of the night will be the 100 lap Bud Shootout “Yankee” which will award the Late Model winner $15,000.
Advanced tickets are now available and can be purchased by calling the Farley Speedway office at 563-744-3620. Campground reservations can be made by calling the Speedway office also. For more information on the “Yankee” please log on to the SPI website at www.simmonspromotionsinc.com.
August 23rd, 2004
Mike Reinke proved to be the class of the field on Saturday night. Reinke used the invert pill number 3 drawn to his advantage and started the 25 lap main event on the outside front row. Reinke bolted away from the field and came into lapped traffic on lap number 4. The track was very wide and racy allowing Reinke to dice in an out of lapped traffic. The race was only slowed twice for minor incidents. The first yellow came out mid-race for the second place running driver, Skip Jackson as his car came to a stop in turns one and two. On the restart Reinke was able to move away from the second place sprinter of Tim St. Arnold and the third place car of Jeff Mitrisin. The three front runners were able to break away from the pack and again encountered lapped traffic making for some anxious moments. The caution flew for the second time as the field was coming to the white flag. The green white checkered 2 lap dash to the finish saw Mitrisin just slip by St. Arnold to take second to the speedy Reinke. The official finish saw Reinke take the win over Mitrisin, St. Arnold, Scott Biertzer and John Haeini.
Heat winners were Reinke, Mike Kertscher, Mitrisin and Biertzer. The 12 lap consolation event was won by Scott Uttech.
August 20th, 2004
The Iowa Illinois Taylor Insulation NASCAR Late Model feature saw Jeff Aikey use a lap 15 caution to shoot by race leader Gary Crawford and the second place car of Curt Martin using the high side to take over the lead. Aikey went on to hold off several late race charges by Martin to score the win. Aikey added another valuable win to his resume in his chase for a strong finish in the NASCAR Midwest Region.
Jeff Tharp crossed the stripe in third ahead of Darren Mish.
Scott Nesteby ran his recent win streak to five in row by topping the NASCAR Modified 20 lap feature. Nesteby took over the top spot on lap number 14 by moving past Mike Burbridge. Ron Barker charged to the finish line and nipped Burbridge at the line taking second. Burbridge finished in third ahead of Steve Wetter.
The NASCAR Pro Stock feature saw Jimy Brokus and Bobby Moyer work to the front from their 8th and 9th positions starts. Moyer took the lead on lap number 4 but was unable to hold off Brokus as he rode the high line to the lead on lap number 7. Brokus went on to score the win over Moyer, Jeff Reinert and Jeff Valentine.
B.J. Schmitt scored the win in the action packed 10 lap NASCAR Hobby Stock feature. Schmitt led the race flag to flag as the action for second was truly wild. The last lap scramble saw Duane Ahmann take second ahead of Luke Goedert and Jerry Merkes.
Jeremy English was the class of the field in the B-Modified division. English took and impressive win over Ken Boyes and Jacob Seegmiller.
Phil Holtz was able to earn the feature win in the Farley Flyer class on Thursday night. Holtz took the checkers just ahead of Becky Roth and D.J. Laughlin.
NASCAR Dodge Weekly Series racing will return to the Farley Speedway on Friday, August 27th on EDSB/Drew Cook & Sons Back To School night at the races.
August 17th, 2004
The night will feature a pre-race autograph session held in the Palace Ballroom located on the grounds of the Farley Speedway. The Palace Ballroom will open for autographs at 5 p.m. and the three celebrities will sign autographs until 6:30 p.m. Fans attending the autograph session will be required to have an advanced ticket.
Advance tickets can be purchased by calling the Farley Speedway office at 563-744-3620. A limited number of advanced tickets will be sold, but an unlimited number of race tickets will be available for the night of racing. The NASCAR Dodge Weekly Series racing program will get underway on Thursday, August 19th with warm-ups slated for 7 p.m. The night of racing will include a special match race between Elliott, Mayfield and Evernham competeting in NASCAR Modified race cars. For more information on this event please call the Farley Speedway office.
The Farley Speedway is located just off of US Highway 20 on the west edge of Farley, Iowa, 15 miles directly west of Dubuque, Iowa.
August 14th, 2004
Aikey took over the lead after moving around Ty Kleiner on lap number 7. Aikey went on to hold off the constant challenges of Curt Martin in taking the all important win. Ty Kleiner turned in a strong run in taking third ahead of Steve Johnson and Layne Meyer.
Scott Nesteby scored his second feature win in the NASCAR Modified division with back-to-back wins. Nesteby scored the win last Sunday at Dubuque and added the Farley win Friday night to his 2004 accomplishments. Nesteby took the hard fought win over Ron Barker on the smooth slick 1/2 mile dirt track. Steve Wetter ran with the leaders all race long in taking third.
Bobby Moyer got to the front early using the low line around the 1/2 mile and went on to score the 15 lap NASCAR Pro Stock feature win. Jimy Brokus crossed the finish line in second ahead of Jeff Reinert.
Big Ed McIntyre scored a popular win in the NASCAR Hobby Stock feature on Friday night. McIntyre won the 10-lap feature over Luke Goedert and Jason Rauen.
Mark Massey added to his point lead in the B-Modified division with another feature win. Massey crossed the stripe ahead of Jacob Seegmiller and Ken Boyes.
Joe Zrostlik made a late race pass of young Brandon Simon and went on to score the feature win in the Farley Flyer division. Simon held on for second ahead of Phil Holtz.
NASCAR Dodge Weekly Series racing will be held on Thursday, August 19th as the Farley Speedway welcomes NASCAR Nextel Cup Stars, Jeremy Mayfield, Bill Elliott and team owner Ray Evernham to the track for a special night of racing. The Palace Ballroom will be open at 5 p.m. and will host an autograph session. The three celebrities will take part in a match race plus it is likely that Elliott will race in the NASCAR Late Model division.
August 7th, 2004
The NASCAR Late Model feature saw Steve Boley dart to the front early from his fifth row start and go on to set a torrid pace. As the race wound down and lapped traffic came into play the leaders bunched up. Curt Martin reeled in Boley and moved to the inside as Boley was caught in lapped traffic as the field completed lap number 23. Martin was able to lead the final two laps for the win. Martin had started 12th along side Jeff Aikey who was able to finish third ahead of Bobby Hansen and Jeff Tharp rounded out the top five.
Ron Barker was able to move from a sixth row start to take second with only one lap scored in the NASCAR Modified feature. Barker secured the lead on lap number two and went on to score an impressive win over Steve Wetter in the 20-lap feature. Scott Nesteby was able to get to the stripe in third ahead of Josh Vinnedge.
Bobby Moyer and Jim Brokus are locked in a tight battle for the points championship at the Farley Speedway in the NASCAR Pro Stock division. Friday nights feature event saw Moyer take the fifteen-lap feature win by getting to the checkers ahead of Brokus. Moyer raced the bottom side of the track to the win from his 11th position start. Jeff Reinert followed up last weeks feature win with a strong third place run ahead of Jeff Valentine.
Jason Rauen worked to the front quickly and scored the feature win in the NASCAR Hobby Stock main event. Jarvis Eastlick took second ahead of Travis Kaiser.
Track point leader Mark Massey won the B-Modified feature. The ten-lap feature saw Massey record the win over Jacob Seegmiller and Leon Wilson.
Jena Barthelemes made her way to the front quickly and went on to score a comfortable win over Jeff Willis and Becky Roth.
NASCAR Dodge Weekly Series racing action will continue at the Farley Speedway on Friday August 13th with hot laps at 7 p.m.
August 4th, 2004
The night will feature a pre-race autograph session held in the Palace Ballroom located on the grounds of the Farley Speedway. Action on the race track will include a full night of racing featuring all divisons of the NASCAR Dodge Weekly Series, in addition a match race will be held between Evernham, Mayfield and Elliott.
The Farley Speedway is located just off of US Highway 20 on the west edge of Farley, Iowa, 15 miles directly west of Dubuque, Iowa.
For more information on this special event or any other upcoming racing promotions please log on to the official SPI website at www.simmonspromotionsinc.com.
July 31st, 2004
The track’s half-mile high-banked clay is conducive to some of the most competitive racing in the U.S. This race marks the tenth of 19 races in the national 2004 AMA
Progressive Insurance Flat Track Series.
“We can anticipate a highly competitive race,” said Joe Hayes, Farley
Speedway. “Motorcycle fans have a huge presence in this area, so we are
glad we can give people the chance to experience flat track racing at its
best. There will be plenty of excitement for everyone who attends, from the
riders to the audience.”
While this is a new track for the all the riders, the conditions are similar
to those of other clay half-mile tracks in the series. “As most of our fans
know, riding on a clay surface means more than just horsepower or the rider
with the fastest bike,” said AMA Flat Track Manager Bruce Bober. “It will
come down to the rider with the best technique to win the race.”
Farley Speedway is located on Olde Farley Road off of US Route 20. Pit gates
open at 2:00 p.m., grandstand gates open at 4:30 p.m., with opening
ceremonies beginning at 7:30 p.m. and racing starting at 8:00 p.m. Practice
and qualifying heats begin at 5:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m., respectively. With
the second half of the season underway, the point race is heating up. All
riders will be competing for the $40,000 purse and Chris Carr, the defending
series champ and current series points leader, will be aiming for his sixth
2004 AMA Grand National title and fourth win of the 2004 season. Several top
series riders, including hometown favorite Factory Harley-Davidson rider
Rich King from Dysart, Iowa and Joe Kopp, who is only 14 points behind Carr,
are sure to give him a run for his money.
“We’re delighted to continue to be a part of this exciting series, and are
thrilled to have a race in Iowa this year,” said Miriam Deitcher, motorcycle
marketing manager for Progressive. “While we love bringing the series back
to familiar tracks, we’re always looking to add new markets to the mix to
allow more Progressive customers to experience the thrills of flat track
Established in the early 1900′s, flat track racing is one of the oldest
forms of motorcycle racing and the AMA Progressive Insurance Flat Track
Championship is the premier flat track motorcycle racing series in the U.S.
The nation’s best flat track motorcycle racers participate in the series,
racing on outdoor oval dirt tracks that range from one-quarter mile to one
mile in length. The series highlight includes the 25-lap main event, with
riders racing within inches of one another at speeds in excess of 100 miles
per hour, often ending in a photo finish.
Immediately following the victory circle where the winners of the race will
be announced, AMA Flat Track Manager Bruce Bober and the top three riders
will hold a press conference and be available for photos and interviews.
For immediate post-race results, points, in-depth series and rider
information, and much more, log onto www.1800FlatTrack.com, the official Web
site of the AMA Progressive Insurance Flat Track Championship.
July 31st, 2004
The Iowa Illinois Taylor Insulation NASCAR Late Model feature saw 21 drivers take the initial green with teammates Jeff Bair and Luke Merfeld piloting the Simons Trucking Late Models sitting on the front row. The two young hotshoes battled for the lead early with Bair leading the race. As the race worked past the midway point Bair was able to extend his lead over Merfeld as Ace Ihm closed in on Merfeld to set up a late race challenge for second. Merfeld had a tire going down as the race wound down allowing Ace to get by and take second spoiling a Simons Trucking sweep. The finish saw Bair take the win by several car lengths over Ihm who just nipped Merfeld for second. Jeff Tharp turned in another top five taking fourth ahead of Jeff Aikey.
Ron Barker scored his tenth win in 13 starts in the NASCAR modified division at the Farley Speedway in 2004. Barker continued his outstanding season by taking the lead from Jan Messer on lap number 10 and went on to score the win. Scott Nesteby got by Messer to score second as Messer enjoyed a great run in taking third ahead of Johnny Spaw. The Modified feature was red flagged on the first lap for a wild flip involving Randy Less. Fortunately Less was uninjured in the accident that saw him roll on the front chute.
The NASCAR Pro Stock feature provided a wild finish with three drivers having a shot a the win on the final turn. Jeff Reinert scored his second win of the season by beating Jimy Brokus and Bobby Moyer to the checkers. The three entered turn three of the final lap in a bunch but Reinert was able to hold his line and scored the win by a very narrow margin.
Jason Rauen chased down race leader Kelly Welter and took over the top spot on lap number seven en route to the win. Rauen took the win over Welter, Ed McIntyre and Jarvis Eastlick.
Mark Massey extended his point lead in the B-Modified division by scoring another feature win. Massey came from deep in the pack to take the win over Jacob Seegmiller and Bryan Coder.
John Flury took the green in the ten lap Farley Flyer feature in the last position and drove through the field and took over the lead on lap number seven and held off Brandon Simon for the win. Joe Zrostlik took third in the feature.
Racing will continue featuring the NASCAR Dodge Weekly Series on Friday, August 6th. Saturday, August 7th Wilwerts Harley Davidson will sponsor the first ever visit of the AMA Flat Track Championship Motorcycle series to the Farley Speedway. Both nights action will get started at 7 p.m.
July 23rd, 2004
When the checkered flag fell on the Iowa Illinois Taylor Insulation Late Model 25 lap feature it was Curt Martin making his way to victory lane. Martin started the main event inside of the sixth row and was able to use the bottom side of the track to make his way to the front. Martin took the lead on lap number 5 and went on to score the feature win over fellow hotshoes Jeff Aikey and Steve Boley.
A first time winner in the NASCAR Modified feature for the 2004 season was Mike Burbridge. Mike started the 25 lap feature on the pole and took command by working the high line of the speedway to perfection. Burbridge took the win by out racing Scott Nesteby, Jason Schueller and Mark Schulte.
The NASCAR Pro Stock feature provided plenty of wheel to wheel racing action. Jimy Brokus took the lead from Jeff Valentine on lap number 6 and went on to score the 15 lap feature win. Bobby Moyer got by Valentine to take second, Valentine held on for third ahead of Jeff Kennedy and Jeff Reinert.
Duane “Nutsy” Ahmann emerged form a pack of drivers to take the lead following a restart late in the NASCAR hobby Stock feature and hold on for the win. Ahmann took the checkers ahead of Randy Benn and Jerry Merkes.
Mark Massey was involved in an incident early in the B-Modified feature but was able to recover and march back through the field to score the win. Massey took the win over Jacob Seegmiller and Luke Pestka.
Becky Roth scored her second feature win in a row at the Farley Speedway by topping a 20 car starting field. Roth took the lead from Joe Zrostlik early in the race and went on to score the win. Phil Holtz followed Roth across the line in second. Zrostlik finished the 10 lapper in third.
NASCAR Dodge Weekly Series action will continue on Friday, July 30th as SPI presents Illinois night at the races. All residents from the state of Illinois will be admitted free with proof of residency.
July 17th, 2004
The 25 lap Iowa Illinois Taylor Insulation NASCAR late Model feature saw Ron Barker hold the lead early before Steve Boley was able to take over the lead on lap number 5. Boley went on to earn his second consecutive feature win a the “Palace of Speed”, the Farley Speedway. Boley topped a strong field of 21 NASCAR Late Models on 3M night. Curt Martin advanced from the sixth row to take second ahead of Barker, who ran third in only his second start in the Ed White owned Late Model. Jeff Tharp and Jeff Aikey rounded out the top five.
Scott Nesteby took the lead on lap number 4 of the NASCAR Modified feature and appeared to be on his way to his first feature win of the year but it was not to be on Friday night. Nesteby was unable to hold off Ron Barker in the closing laps, Barker took over the lead on the white flag lap and went to record another feature win. Nesteby finished second ahead of Randy Less.
Jimy Brokus chased down race leader Mike Hughes in the Pro Stock main event and made the pass for the lead on lap number 13 in a feature event that was run caution free. Hughes ran a smooth race in taking second ahead of Bob Bollon.
The Rauen racing team dominated the NASCAR Hobby Stock feature with Jason Rauen taking the win over teammate Duane Ahmann. Jerry Merkes took third in the ten lap feature.
In the second week out in his new car, Mark Massey was able to put his B-Modified in victory lane on 3M night at the races. Massey took over the lead from Troy Burkhart and went on to hold off Jeremy English for the win.
Becky Roth advanced from the sixth row to take the lead on the white flag lap from John Flury and go on to pick up the win. Joe Zrostlik crossed under the checkers in third.
NASCAR Dodge Weekly racing will continue on Friday, July 23rd with hot laps at 7 p.m. at the Farley Speedway.
April 6th, 2004
SPI also promotes racing events at the Dubuque County Fairgrounds Speedway located on the
Fairgrounds on the west of Dubuque, Iowa. A limited schedule of 3 races will be
held under SPI promotions at the Davenport Speedway a big ½ mile dirt track
located on the Mississippi Valley Fairgrounds in Davenport, Iowa.
The first event of 2004 will be held on Friday, April 9th at the Davenport
Speedway and will feature the UMP Late Models Challenge of Champion Series. This
event will attract top name Late Model drivers from Illinois, Missouri, Iowa
and surrounding areas. SPI will return to Davenport on July 3rd with a special
night of open wheel racing featuring the IRA Outlaw Sprints and the Badger
Midgets, the final event of 2004 at Davenport will be the very best in Late
Model Racing as the “WoO” Late Models will converge on the ½ mile on August 10th.
The Farley Speedway will take the green flag on Friday, April 16th with the
season opener being a Bud Shootout featuring a 50 lap Late Model Feature. The
NASCAR Dodge Weekly Racing Series will get underway on Friday, April 23rd and
continue throughout the summer with racing on Friday nights. Special events at
the Farley Speedway will include “WoO” Late Models on May 15th, “WoO” Sprint
Cars on June 16th, Firecracker Late Model Special on July 2nd, UMP
Summernationals on July 13th, AMA Flat Track Motorcycles on August 7th, IRA Sprints and
Badger Midgets on August 21st and the season will culminate with the 27th
annual running of the “Yankee Dirt Track Classic” September 15, 16, 17 & 18th.
In addition the officials of SPI are currently in negotiations to bring 2 of
the NASCAR Nextel Cup biggest name drivers to the Farley Speedway in 2004,
dates to host drivers are August 5th and August 19th.
The Dubuque County Fairgrounds Speedway will get the 2004 season underway on
Sunday, April 18th. The high banked 3/8 mile clay track will feature NASCAR
Dodge Weekly Series action on Sunday nights throughout the summer. Special
events at the Dubuque County Fairgrounds will include a special appearance by the
mud slinging sprinters of the IRA Sprint Car Series on May 16th, Top Late
Model Drivers will Battle it out for 50 laps in a Bud Shootout on May 30th, a Late
Model Special will be held on July 4th, the Bud Shootout series will return
on September 5th and the season will conclude with the first ever 2 day season
ending Late Model special on October 1st and 2nd.
July 13th, 2004
O’Neal finished second in the fast dash to Billy Moyer Jr. earning him an outside front row starting position for the main event. O’Neal took the lead at the dropping of the green and went on to record an impressive win. Teammates Billy Moyer Jr. and Shannon Babb spent the majority of the race battling for second place. The two traded paint on more than one occasion before Moyer was able to secure the runner up spot as the laps wound down. Rick Eckert from York, PA was able to hold off several late race challenges by Jimmy Mars to garner the fourth position. Steve Francis drove the Larry Moring owned car to a fifth place finish. O’Neal’s win was his 10th victory in 18 starts on the 2004 UMP Summernationals Tour.
The night started off with Denny Eckrich setting the fast time of 19.30 seconds topping the 30 car field. Heat winners were Francis, Rodney Melvin and Brian Birkhofer. Moyer topped the fast dash and the consolation was won by Ray Guss Jr.
24 drivers took the green for the 40 lap feature on Tuesday night.
The Pro Stocks ran in support of the UMP Late Models on Tuesday night. Farley Speedway regular Jimy Brokus took the 15 lap feature win after a hotly contested battle with Jeff Kennedy. The two raced the majority of the race wheel to wheel before Brokus finally broke away to score a 2 car length win. Jeff Valentine crossed under the checkers in third ahead of Bob Bollon.
NASCAR Racing will return to action at the Farley Speedway on Friday, July 16th with hot laps at 7 p.m.
Farley Speedway UMP Late Model Summernationals
Race Results 7/13/2004
UMP Late Models
Fast Time 50 Denny Eckrich-Tiffin, IA 19.30
15 Steve Francis-Ashland, KY
45 Curt Martin-Independence, IA
7 Matt Miller-Waterville, OH
Rodney Melvin-Logan, IL
96 Terry English-Benton, KY
17M Luke Merfeld-Peosta, IA
15B Brian Birkhofer-Muscatine, IA
1 Earl Pearson Jr.-Jacksonville, FL
58 Dave Eckrich-Oxford, IA
Billy Moyer Jr.-Batesville, AR
71 Don O’Neal-Martinsville, IN
18 Shannon Babb-Decatur, IN
75 Ray Guss Jr.-Milan, IL
12 Jeff Tharp-Dubuque, IA
12X Steve (Ace) Ihm-Kieler, WI
40 Lap Summernational Feature
1. 71 O’Neal- $10,000
2. 21 Moyer JR
3. 18 Babb
4. 24 Rick Eckert-York, PA
5. 28M Jimmy Mars-Elk Mound, WI
6. 15 Francis
7. 96 English
8. 75 Guss Jr.
9. 58 Eckrich
10. 45 Martin
11. 3T Todd Davis-Iowa City, IA
12. 12 Tharp
13. 28 Dennis Erb Jr.-Carpentersville, IL
14. 27 Melvin
15. 50 Denny Eckrich
16. 17M Merfeld
17. 15B Birkhofer
18. 7 Miller
19. 32D Darren Miller-Chadwick, IL
20. 26 Steve Boley-West Liberty, IA
21. A1 Duke Whiseant-Texarkana, AR
22. 5 Jay Johnson-West Burlington, IA
23. 1 Pearson JR
24. 00 Randy Korte-Highland, IL
14 Levi Benn-Dyersville
2K Jeff Kennedy-Dubuque
22 Jeff Valentine-Dubuque
25 Bob Moyer-Dubuque
35 Jim Brokus-Dubuque
23 Keith Kiernan-Dubuque
22b Bob Bollon-Freeport, IL
59 Mike Hughes-Galena, IL
5m Larry McCall-Mechanicsville
43G Tom Garner-East Dubuque
99 Ken Martelle-LaMotte
64 Mike Raisback-Boscobel-WI
61 Scott Reichers-Belmont, WI
21 Jason Robbins-Benton, WI