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Harris ends Kay’s Deery streak at Dubuque

July 17th, 2013

DUBUQUE, Iowa – Brian Harris returned to victory lane Sunday night at Dubuque Speedway, at the expense of the driver who had snapped his four-race Deery Brothers Summer Series winning streak.

Harris led most of the IMCA Late Model tour 50 lapper from the pole but the 12th starting Justin Kay didn’t give up his own three-race streak easily.

They traded the front spot four times over the final seven circuits, with Harris gaining the edge for the final two go-arounds after Kay missed his mark in the first set of turns.

Finally able to get some breathing room after a side-by-side battle that lasted most of 20 laps, Harris beat Kay to the checkers by three car lengths for his fifth $3,000 checkers of the season.

Luke Merfeld, Ray Guss Jr. and Dan Shelliam completed the top five. Hard charger Jeff Aikey advanced a dozen spots to seventh.

Six cautions slowed the first nine laps. Kay moved through the field slowly but surely, finally getting to second on lap 26. With Harris primarily running the top side, Kay challenged from the bottom and finally came away with the lead on lap 43.

What proved to be the final caution came out with four to go, right after Harris regained the front spot. Kay was scored first on laps 47 and 48 before getting out of his line in the first set of turns.

Harris was quick to take advantage, rocketing past and leading to the finish for his career 10th Deery victory.

Harris has yet to finish worse than third in a series event this season, counting a record-tying four consecutive wins before Kay, the $250 Sunoco Race Fuels feature qualifier drawing winner at Dubuque, embarked on his own streak.

The 12th of 17 dates for the 2013 series is Monday, Aug. 12, at the Iowa State Fairgrounds Speedway. The State Fair main event also pays $3,000 to win.

Kay seeks fourth straight Deery win Sunday at Dubuque

July 14th, 2013

DUBUQUE, Iowa – While it was his first career win in a Late Model, Justin Kay admits the details about that weekly race back in 2009 at Dubuque Speedway have gotten a bit hazy. He’ll remember everything about every lap if he can win again on Sunday, July 14 when the Deery Brothers Summer Series comes to town.

Kay has won three straight IMCA Late Model tour events, one short of the record set by Gary Webb in 1994 and equaled by Rob Toland in 2004 and again by Brian Harris this season. “We’re not going to take a different approach to Dubuque than we have to any other race this sea­son,” he said. “We’re going to do the best we can and not worry about how many we win in a row.”

Five previous Deery events have been held at Dubuque and Kay has been in the feature field for four of them. He was 19th in 2011, eighth in both 2012 races and 12th on May 8, his worst showing in 10 tour events so far this season. Harris has finished second each night of Kay’s string, which now includes wins at Independence, Davenport and West Liberty. Harris’ incredible season started with three consecutive third place finishes and he’ll bring a 30-point lead over Kay to Dubuque.

“We’re on a roll right now. Regardless of whether we keep winning, I’d like to start picking up some points on Brian,” Kay said. “I wasn’t sure what was going to happen Wednesday (at West Liberty) when he pulled up next to me after the restart but it all worked out.” Kay has also won three straight weekly features. He’d never won six consecutive races during a distinguished 4-cylinder career.

Sunday’s main event pays $3,000 to win and a minimum of $300 to start. Pit gates open at 4 p.m. and the grandstand opens at 5 p.m. Hot laps are at 6 p.m. with racing to follow. Spectator admission is $16 for adults, $13 for seniors, $10 for students and free for kids 12 and under free when accompanying a paying adult. Pit passes are $30.

Guss checks out on Deery foes at Dubuque

May 9th, 2013

DUBUQUE, Iowa – On a night that saw more than its share of passing, no one could catch up with Ray Guss Jr.

Guss won his second straight Deery Brothers Summer Series feature event Wednesday evening, taking the $3,000 checkers at Dubuque Speedway. He led the last 31 times around the track in the IMCA Late Model 50-lapper.

Runner-up Jeremiah Hurst passed 15 cars while tour point leader Brian Harris raced to his third third-place finish in as many series events thus far.

Andy Eckrich and Jeff Aikey completed the top five.

Eckrich started on the pole and split time at the front with Darrel DeFrance. A handful of cautions slowed the race between laps 10 and 15 but the feature stayed green the last 35 circuits.

Guss, also the May 5 winner at Quad City Speedway, drew the 10th starting spot, found his way into the lead on the quick lower line and checked out on everybody from that point.

He caught up with the back of the field on lap 27, padding his lead in traffic while Eckrich, Harris and Hurst mixed it up over second.

Hurst finally got the best of that battle but crossed the stripe well behind Guss. Both the top two finishers passed cubic inch and engine compression tests in post-race tech.

Aikey and eighth place runner Mike Garland both moved up 16 spots. Denny Eckrich was a plus 10 to sixth and Dean Wagner a plus 13 to ninth.

Rick Wendling was out for the rest of the night following a gentle roll in his heat race.

Tyler Bruening was the $250 Sunoco Race Fuels drawing winner. Ron Barker topped the IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modified feature and the Deery Series main event ended about 15 minutes before the rains came.

Up next for the tour is the Tuesday, May 21 show at Farley Speedway. 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.

Aikey takes point lead to Quad City Speedway for July 18 Deery show

July 18th, 2012

EAST MOLINE, Ill. – There will be a new name atop the point standings when the Deery Brothers Summer Series travels to Quad City Speedway for a Wednesday, July 18 show.

Jeff Aikey finally caught Mike Murphy Jr. in the IMCA Late Model tour point race after the 13th of 20 events this season on Sunday at Dubuque Fairgrounds Speedway. The six-time series champion will take a seven point advantage over Murphy to East Moline.

Pit gates open at 4:30 p.m. and the grandstand opens at 5 p.m. for the second annual Hershel Roberts Memorial. Hot laps are at 6:30 p.m. and racing starts at 7 p.m.

The main event pays $2,000 to win and a minimum of $250 to start.

Spectator admission is $15 for adults, $10 for kids ages 6-12 and free for youngsters five and under. Pit passes are $25.

Roberts, a former Late Model driver, had owned the car driven by two-time defending series and IMCA national champion Ray Guss Jr.

Guss won last year’s memorial, becoming the 12th different driver to win one of the 13 Deery races held at Quad City. The only repeat winner has been Rob Toland, in 1998 and 2004.

The series is at the Iowa State Fairgrounds Speedway in Des Moines on Monday, Aug. 13. The 400th event in series history will be the Pepsi USA Nationals on Saturday, Sept. 1 at 34 Raceway in West Burlington.

Goedert makes headlines of his own with career first Deery Series win at Dubuque

July 18th, 2012

DUBUQUE, Iowa – Luke Goedert grew up watching and reading about the drivers of the Deery Brothers Summer Series. They’re reading about him now.

Goedert led all 35 laps in winning for the first time in his IMCA Late Model tour career Sunday night at Dubuque Fairgrounds Speedway. He took the $2,000 checkers half a lap ahead of run­ner-up Jason Rauen. New point leader and six-time series champion Jeff Aikey was third; two-time defending series champion Ray Guss Jr. took a provisional, started 22nd and finished fourth.

“It’s definitely a special thing when you can beat those guys,” Goedert said. “I didn’t know until after the race that we had that big of a lead. The car was on a rail. It was definitely hooked up, probably the best it’s been all year.”

Goedert started outside Justin Kay on the front row, rocketed into the lead and had checked out on everybody by the time the first caution flew on lap 19 for the spinning Mike Murphy Jr.

Murphy had been the point leader at the start of the night. He was forced to the pits to make re­pairs to the nose of his car, restarted at the rear and ended in 14th.

The race was red-flagged on lap 22 when Stephan Kammerer spun and collected Darrel De­France’s car, which caught fire.

The fire was extinguished, both Kammerer and DeFrance were done for the night, and Goedert drove away from everybody following the final restart. The real battle proved to be for second as Rauen and Aikey swapped the spot half a dozen times before Rauen made it stick.

The second-place finish was Rauen’s series career best. Guss used all of the track, picking off cars one at a time, in racing to fourth and Denny Eckrich rounded out the top five.

Goedert’s previous best Deery feature finishes had been a pair of fifths, on May 28, 2007 and May 28, 2012, both at Boone Speedway.

“I had a lot of family at the track, a lot more than usual,” said Goedert, a weekly regular at Dubu­que who’s also won two straight Friday night features at Farley. “They all like the Deery Series and maybe they had a good feeling about tonight. I know they were hoping we would win and luckily we did.”

Another $2,000 top prize is at stake when the Deery Series headlines the Wednesday, July 18 Hershel Roberts Memorial at Quad City Speedway.

Pit gates open at 4:30 p.m. and the grandstand opens at 5 p.m. at East Moline, Ill. Hot laps are at 6:30 p.m. and racing starts at 7 p.m.

Aikey, certainly not slowed by recent knee surgery, will have a seven point advantage over Mur­phy Wednesday night.

Murphy, Aikey, Eckrich take Deery point battle to Dubuque on Sunday

July 14th, 2012

DUBUQUE, Iowa – The point race was just getting started when the Deery Brothers Summer Series made its first visit this season to Dubuque Fairgrounds Speedway. Seven races and nearly two months later, points and feature finishes are getting even more scrutiny as the IMCA Late Model tour returns for a Sunday, July 15 show.

Mike Murphy Jr. of Colona, Ill., continues to top the standings but six-time series champion Jeff Aikey of Waterloo now lurks in second, just four points off the pace. Andy Eckrich of Oxford is 12 points out of first.

Two-time defending series champion Ray Guss Jr. of Milan, Ill., is tied for fourth points-wise with West Burlington’s Jay Johnson and has won the last two events, at West Liberty Raceway and I-35 Speedway. He’ll be looking to win three straight for the first time in his distinguished career when the green flag flies at Dubuque.

Sunday’s main event pays $2,000 to win and a minimum of $250 to start.

Spectator admission is $16 for adults, $13 for seniors, $10 for students and free for kids 12 and under. Pit passes are $25. Gates open at 4:30 p.m., the grandstand opens at 5:30 p.m. and racing follows 6:30 p.m. hot laps.

Darrel DeFrance of Marshalltown, who has now competed at all 396 events in series history, was the winner of the April 22 feature at Dubuque.

The 14th of 20 events on the 2012 Deery schedule is Wednesday, July 18 at Quad City Speedway’s Hershel Roberts Memorial.

Pit gates open at 4:30 p.m. and the grandstand opens at 5 p.m. Hot laps are at 6:30 p.m. and qualifying for the $2,000 to win main event starts at 7 p.m.

Silver anniversary Deery Series opens April 2 at Dubuque

March 28th, 2011

DUBUQUE, Iowa – Dubuque Fairgrounds Speedway is the center of the IMCA Late Model racing universe on Saturday, April 2, when the Deery Brothers Summer Series comes to town.

The first event in the 25th annual tour sees pit gates opening at 4 p.m. and the grandstand open ing at 5 p.m. Hot laps are at 6:30 p.m. with racing to follow. The main event pays $2,000 to win and a minimum of $250 to start.

Ray Guss Jr. of Milan, Ill., begins defense of his 2010 Deery title against the likes of six-time cham pion Jeff Aikey of Cedar Falls, last season’s rookie of the year Andy Eckrich of Iowa City and Darrel DeFrance of Marshalltown, who has competed at all 367 events in series history.

Mark Burgtorf of Quincy, Ill., was the winner when the tour made its first-ever visit to Dubuque last April. That race drew 44 cars.

“We are humbled and excited to be embarking on our 25th season of this series,” Tour Director Kevin Yoder said, “and with the increased purses, added contingency programs and special races at the end of the season, there’s no doubt it will be our most competitive and entertaining season ever.”

Grandstand admission at Dubuque will be $16 for adults, $13 for seniors, $11 for students ages 13-18 with school ID and free for kids 12 and under attending with a paid adult. Pit passes are $25. Local stock car and 4-cylinder classes are also on the program.

More information is available by calling promoter Keith Simmons at 563 744-3620 and at the website.

RACEceivers are required at all Deery Series events this season; the frequency to be used on opening night will be announced during the drivers’ meeting. Yoder suggested drivers still looking to purchase the one-way radios contact JR Motorsports, Performance Bodies, Speedway Motors or another retailer.

Nineteen events are on the 2011 schedule, including six dates during a busy April preceding the start of IMCA’s regular weekly point season for Late Models.

34 Raceway at West Burlington hosts the $3,000 to win Slocum 50 Deery show on Saturday, April 9. One dollar from each adult grandstand ticket sold will be donated to the scholar ship fund established in memory of the late IMCA Late Model driver.

The second half of the weekend twinbill is Sunday, April 10 at Quincy, Ill., Raceway.

Completing the early flurry is a tripleheader of races Friday, April 15 at Davenport Speedway; Satur day, April 16 at Jackson County Speedway in Maquoketa; and Sunday, April 17 at Quad City Speedway in East Moline, Ill.

A point fund of $20,400 will be paid to eligible drivers in final top 15 point standings. 2011 is also the 20th consecutive season for the Deery Brothers Automotive Group as title sponsor of the tour.

Dubuque Deery Series checkers fly for Burgtorf

April 23rd, 2010

DUBUQUE, Iowa– Race fans went home buzzing about the start, the finish and every lap in between of the first ever Deery
Brothers Summer Series event at Dubuque Fairgrounds Speedway

Mark Burgtorf got back to his winning ways Sunday night, reeling in long-time leader Ray Guss Jr. with seven laps left to capture his third $2,000 victory in five IMCA Late Model tour events this spring.

The early excitement came on the opening lap, when Kevin Blum flipped in the first set of turns. IMCA’s defending national champion was not injured but two wreckers were called to transport his car back to the pits.

Guss ended his night as the runner-up and saw his advantage over Burgtorf in the point race pared to four markers. Dan Shelliam made the second feature appearance of his Deery career and finished third. Rookie contenders Jason Rauen and Andy Eckrich rounded out the top five.

Pole starter Jeremiah Hurst led the first two laps before giving way to Rauen. A myriad of cautions slowed the race before Guss took the lead on lap nine.

Guss stretched his advantage to most of a straightaway midway through the 50-lap feature, Burgtorf, Shelliam, Mike Murphy Jr. and Rauen used all the lines and weaved around back runners, making up ground on Guss during a lengthy fight for the second spot.

That edge eventually went to Burgtorf, who went to the top to pass Guss for the point on lap 44. Guss kept the race close, crossing the finish line a couple car lengths back. Eckrich worked his way to fifth while hard charger Murphy moved up 10 spots and finished sixth.

Now tied with Curt Martin for second on the career Deery wins list with 25 checkers, Burgtorf matched his total for the entire 2009 campaign with the Sunday checkers. He’d won a personal best four times in 2001, on the way to earning his second of three career tour championships.

Forty-four Late Models were in the pits at Dubuque. That put the tour average at 52.4 entries for each of the five April events, about five cars better than last year’s pace.

Guss won the $250 Sunoco bonus.

With the start of the regular Late Model point season scheduled this Friday, the Deery Series is idle until resuming Tuesday, May 18 at Marshalltown Speedway.

Aikey dominates Jackson County Deery for 53rd career IMCA Late Model tour win

April 21st, 2010

MAQUOKETA, Iowa – It took seven laps for Jeff Aikey to get to the front of the Deery Brothers Summer Series feature field at
Jackson County Speedway.

Once he got there, the rest of the IMCA Late Model tour race was for second.

Aikey caught Jay Johnson and led the last 43 times around the track Saturday night, passing half the pack before his big lead was erased by a caution with 13 laps to go. He checked out again following the re-start, taking the checkers comfortably ahead of hard charger Terry Neal.

The win paid $2,000 and was Aikey’s Deery career 53rd. The six time and defending tour champion had also won at Maquoketa in 1998 and 2002.

Neal qualified from his “B” race and passed 16 cars in collecting runner-up honors. Mark Burgtorf, series point leader Ray Guss Jr. and Josh Most completed the top five. Johnson was sixth.

Guss won the second “B” and advanced 13 positions. Tyler Bruening pocketed the $250 Sunoco bonus.

The 49 Late Model entries made for a Deery track record at Jackson County, topping 42 car counts for events in 2004 and again in 2006.

Forty-nine entries on Saturday also pushed the total to 12,816 for the 356 series events held since 1987. That pencils out to a precise average of 36 cars a night.

Wrapping up the weekend tripleheader is the first-ever visit by the series to Dubuque Fairgrounds Speedway on Sunday. Pit gates open at 4 p.m. and the grandstand opens at 5 p.m. Hot laps are at 6 p.m. with racing to follow.