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February 10th, 2017
West Burlington, IA – Every year the race fans in the Southeast Iowa area look forward to the release of the new racing schedule for 34 Raceway, which is located 5 miles west of West Burlington, Iowa, to see what new events or series’ will be brought to the premier facility. And once again the fans won’t be disappointed, as one new 410 Sprint Car series’ will make it’s first ever visit to 34 Raceway, while another returns after a seven year absence. Plus an IMCA Late Model series will make a return in 2017, after a four year hiatus.
Jeff and Amy Laue, Scott and Lorrie Parish and Tom and Sue Bowling are entering their eleventh year as owner’s of 34 Raceway. Despite the track still being up for sale, the owner’s are committed to bringing racing to the track until that such day a new owner is found.
To get the community, fans, and racers rev’ed up about the approaching racing season, a car show will be held at Heartland Harley Davidson in Burlington on Saturday, March 18th from 11 AM until 1 PM. Then that evening
a kick-off party will be held at Roederers Pit Stop, also located in Burlington, from 6 PM until close. The following Saturday, March 25th, the track will host a test-n-tune from 1 PM until 4 PM. This event will allow
any and all racers to bring their cars out to get some practice time in before the on track action begins.
The first racing event for 2017 at 34 Raceway is set for Saturday, April 1st, no this is no April fools joke. In action on the night will be the Deery Brothers Summer Series for IMCA Late Models, which is making it’s
return to the track since 2013, and the Sprint Invaders. This will be the first time in both series’ history that they will be in action on the same night at the same track. The next Saturday, April 8th, the Bumper To Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprint Series makes a return stop to the 3/8 mile track in seven years. Joining the 410 Sprint Cars on the night will be the IMCA Modifieds, IMCA Stock Cars, and IMCA SportMods, which will begin there chase for the track championship.
Saturday, April 15th is the much anticipated “Slocum 50″, featuring the Super Late Model stars of the MARS Dirt Car Series and the Corn Belt Clash Series. 2017 will mark the 9th Annual event, which continues to honor the
late Brenton Slocum. Brenton, who raced IMCA Late Models at the time, was killed in a freak accident in the pits at the track back in 2005. A few of his close friends have worked hard to grow this race into the big event it is today. The Super Late Models will have a chance to claim the $10,555 to win check at the end of the night. Also in action will be the 305 Sprints and IMCA Stock Cars, with track points being awards to both classes.
After three weekends of special events, the regular weekly racing action begins on Saturday, April 22nd. The five weekly classes of 305 Sprints, IMCA Modifieds, IMCA Stock Cars, IMCA SportMods, and 4 Cylinders, will
continue to battle for track points. Also racing on this night will be the bi-weekly classes of Mod Lites and IMRA Midgets, who will also being earning valuable track points. Weekly action continues on for April 29th,
May 6th, May 13th, and May 20th.
A double header weekend is planned for Saturday, May 27th and Sunday, May 28th. Saturday nights action will consist of 305 Sprints, IMCA Modifieds, IMCA Stock Cars, IMCA SportMods, 4 Cylinders, and the Lee County Late
Models. This will also be the first of three $5 Fan Appreciation Nights planned for 2017 at 34 Raceway, where all race fans will get into the grandstands for just $5. Then on Sunday the Sprint Invaders make there second stop of the season at the track, with the Mod Lites, IMRA Midgets, Vintage Sprints and Vintage Super Modifieds joining the card.
One more weekly race night is planned for Saturday, June 3rd, before a scheduled pit stop is taken on June 10th. No racing on June 10th will lead to a first ever stop by the Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions 410
Outlaw Sprint Car Series to 34 Raceway on Sunday, June 11th. The Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions 410 Outlaw Sprint Car Series is owned by NASCAR star Tony Stewart, who purchased the series from Guy Webb back in
January of 2015. Joining the 410 Sprint Cars on the night will be the Mod Lites and IMRA Midgets.
Saturday, June 17th will be the second of third $5 Fan Appreciation Nights scheduled for 2017, as well as Mid-Season Championship Night. Once again all fans will be admitted into the grandstands for only $5. The five weekly classes, along with the Mod Lites and IMRA Midgets, will continue to battle for the track championships. Weekly Saturday night racing will continue on June 24th, July 1st, July 8th, July 15th, July 22nd, July 29th, and August 5th. The second scheduled pit stop of the season, with no races being held, will be Saturday, August 12th.
Following the weekend off from racing will be the third stop out of four by the Sprint Invaders at 34 Raceway. The IMCA Modifieds, IMCA Stock Cars, and IMCA SportMods, racing for track points, join the 360 Sprint Cars in action on the night. One more weekly night of racing will take place on Saturday, August 26th, before Season Championship Night on September 2nd. The 2017 track points season will come to an end, and the track champions will be crowned in all seven classes. Season Championship Night also marks the third and final night of the $5 Fan Appreciation Nights, where all fans will get into the grandstands for just $5.
The season finale is set for Saturday, September 23rd and will feature the fourth and final stop by the Sprint Invaders. This night also marks the final event of 2017 for the Sprint Invaders, who will crown their 2017
champion at the end of this night. Joining the 360 Sprint Cars at 34 Raceway during this event will be the IMCA Stock Cars, IMCA SportMods, and the Mod Lite Nationals.
Defending track champions at 34 Raceway include Jarrod Schneiderman in the W.T. Gabeline and Sons Trucking 305 Sprints, Jeff Waterman in the Ryner Transportation IMCA Modifieds, John Oliver Jr. in the PEPSI IMCA Stock Cars
and Casebine Credit Union IMCA Sportmods, Mike Morrill in the Sunoco Fuel Mod Lites, Jeff Mallonee in the IMRA Midgets, and Ron Kibbe in the Sonny’s Market 4 Cylinders. Who will be crowned track champions in 2017? Only time will tell, and we hope to see all of you join us for another fantastic season at 34 Raceway.
For more information about 34 Raceway we encourage you to log onto the tracks website at www.34raceway.com, or you can contact Amy Laue by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 319-750-3454.
*34 Raceway’s 2017 Schedule*
Saturday, March 18 – Car Show & Kick-Off Party
Saturday, March 25 – Test-N-Tune
*Saturday, April 1 – Deery Brothers Summer Series for IMCA Late Models & Sprint Invaders*
*Saturday, April 8 – Bumper To Bumper IRA 410 Sprint Cars, plus IMCA Modifieds, IMCA Stock Cars, and IMCA SportMods*
*Saturday, April 15 – 9th Annual “Slocum 50″ – Super Late Models, 305 Sprints, and IMCA Stock Cars*
Saturday, April 22 – Regular Weekly Night – 305 Sprint, IMCA Modifieds, IMCA Stock Cars, IMCA SportMods, 4 Cylinders, Mod Lites, and IMRA Midgets
Saturday, April 29 – Regular Weekly Night – 305 Sprint, IMCA Modifieds, IMCA Stock Cars, IMCA SportMods, 4 Cylinders, and Mod Lites
Saturday, May 6 – Regular Weekly Night – 305 Sprint, IMCA Modifieds, IMCA Stock Cars, IMCA SportMods, 4 Cylinders, and IMRA Midgets
Saturday, May 13 – Regular Weekly Night – 305 Sprint, IMCA Modifieds, IMCA Stock Cars, IMCA SportMods, 4 Cylinders, and Mod Lites
Saturday, May 20 – Regular Weekly Night – 305 Sprint, IMCA Modifieds, IMCA Stock Cars, IMCA SportMods, 4 Cylinders, and IMRA Midgets
*Saturday, May 27 – $5 Fan Appreciation Night – 305 Sprint, IMCA Modifieds, IMCA Stock Cars, IMCA SportMods, 4 Cylinders, and Lee County Late Models*
*Sunday, May 28 – Sprint Invaders – 360 Sprints, Mod Lites, IMRA Midgets, Vintage Sprints, and Vintage Super Modifieds*
Saturday, June 3 – Regular Weekly Night – 305 Sprint, IMCA Modifieds, IMCA Stock Cars, IMCA SportMods, 4 Cylinders, and Mod Lites
*Saturday, June 10 – Pit Stop – NO RACING*
*Sunday, June 11 – Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions 410 Outlaw Sprints, plus Mod Lites, and IMRA Midgets*
*Saturday, June 17 – $5 Fan Appreciation Night / Mid-Season Championships – 305 Sprint, IMCA Modifieds, IMCA Stock Cars, IMCA SportMods, 4 Cylinders, Mod Lites, and IMRA Midgets*
Saturday, June 24 – Regular Weekly Night – 305 Sprint, IMCA Modifieds, IMCA Stock Cars, IMCA SportMods, 4 Cylinders, and IMRA Midgets
Saturday, July 1 – Regular Weekly Night – 305 Sprint, IMCA Modifieds, IMCA Stock Cars, IMCA SportMods, 4 Cylinders, and Mod Lites
Saturday, July 8 – Regular Weekly Night – 305 Sprint, IMCA Modifieds, IMCA Stock Cars, IMCA SportMods, 4 Cylinders, and IMRA Midgets
Saturday, July 15 – Regular Weekly Night – 305 Sprint, IMCA Modifieds, IMCA Stock Cars, IMCA SportMods, 4 Cylinders, and Mod Lites
Saturday, July 22 – Regular Weekly Night – 305 Sprint, IMCA Modifieds, IMCA Stock Cars, IMCA SportMods, 4 Cylinders, and IMRA Midgets
Saturday, July 29 – Regular Weekly Night – 305 Sprint, IMCA Modifieds, IMCA Stock Cars, IMCA SportMods, 4 Cylinders, and Mod Lites
Saturday, August 5 – Regular Weekly Night – 305 Sprint, IMCA Modifieds, IMCA Stock Cars, IMCA SportMods, 4 Cylinders, and IMRA Midgets
*Saturday, August 12 – Pit Stop – NO RACING*
*Saturday, August 19 – Sprint Invaders – 360 Sprints, IMCA Modifieds, IMCA Stock Cars, and IMCA SportMods*
Saturday, August 26 – Prelude to Season Championship Night – 305 Sprint, IMCA Modifieds, IMCA Stock Cars, IMCA SportMods, 4 Cylinders, Mod Lites, and IMRA Midgets
*Saturday, September 2 – **$5 Fan Appreciation Night / Season Championship Night – 305 Sprint, IMCA Modifieds, IMCA Stock Cars, IMCA SportMods, 4 Cylinders, Mod Lites, and IMRA Midgets*
*Saturday, September 23 – Sprint Invaders Season Championship – 360 Sprints, IMCA Stock Cars, IMCA SportMods, and Mod Lite Nationals*
April 18th, 2014
MIDDLETOWN, Iowa = Terry McCarl made a statement in qualifying and then backed it up the rest of the night, as he dominated the entire event during the Midwest Open Wheel Association Sprint Car Series presented by Casey?s General Stores event at 34 Raceway, Saturday.
After setting quick-time with a 12.843, Terry McCarl was the only one of the four fastest qualifiers to win his heat race. The Altoona, Iowa, driver then drew a seven for the invert in the eight car dash. The invert put Craig Dollansky on the pole, with McCarl starting seventh. McCarl then worked through the field to finish second, behind \Dollansky, and gain an outside front row starting spot for the feature.
At the drop of the green flag for the 30-lap feature event, McCarl jumped out to a commanding lead and was never really challenged, though he did have to survive a pair of mid-race restarts. Dollansky settled into second place, while Paul Nienhiser (who started 10th) began a charge to the front. The caution flew for the first time on lap four, when Joey Moughan, who was running in the top five, spun.
Nienhiser had already climbed to the top six when the first caution flew, and battled with Kevin Swindell, Ian Madsen and Jerrod Hull for a top five spot on the restart, before Scotty Neitzel brought out the only other caution of the event on lap 14 when he spun in turn four. On the final restart, Nienhiser made a nice move from fourth to second, and was up to second at the completion of lap 15. But, there
rest of the event. Dollansky held on for third, while Swindell and Madsen rounded out the top five. The MOWA Sprint Car Series presented by Casey?s General Stores is back in action, Friday, April 18, as it makes its first stop at Tri-City Speedway, Pontoon Beach, Ill. For more information checkout www.midwestopenwheel.com.
April 9th, 2013
WEST BURLINGTON, Iowa – The first crown jewel in the 2013 Deery Brothers Summer Series belongs to Denny Eckrich.
Eckrich battled with brother Andy much of the way before winning Saturday’s Brenton Slocum Memorial 50 at 34 Raceway. The IMCA Late Model tour victory paid $5,555 and came ahead of defending champion Jeff Aikey and hard charger Brian Harris.
Andy Eckrich and Jason Utter completed the top five. Forty-six cars were on hand for the 27th annual series opener.
Andy Eckrich started on the pole with Denny lined up right behind him for the initial green. With Andy running on top and Denny on the bottom, both caught up with the back of the field by lap 11 and continued their side-by-side, bumper-to-bumper tussle.
Denny was briefly in front on lap 19 and took over that position for good four lead changes later. Aikey, also in pursuit of his eighth career series title, moved into second on lap 39 and began to reel in the leader.
The 50-lapper came to an end before he could complete that quest, however, and Aikey finished two car lengths off the pace. Both the top two finishers had their cylinder heads removed during post-race tech inspection and passed with flying colors.
Tom Darbyshire had raced from 20th to third before getting into the backstretch wall on lap 33.
The win was the series career third for Eckrich, last year’s Deery rookie of the year. He also took home the $538 Honus Bonus for leading lap 38.
Aikey won the $250 Sunoco Race Fuels drawing while Harris earned a $555 hard charger cash prize by racing from 21st starting to third.
A pair of $3,000 to win shows are next on the docket for the Deery Series, on Saturday, April 13 at West Liberty Raceway and Sunday, April 14 at Dubuque Speedway.
April 6th, 2013
DUBUQUE, Iowa – The Deery Brothers Summer Series event scheduled for Friday night, April 5 at Dubuque Speedway has been postponed.
Track conditions and lower than hoped for temperatures have resulted in the IMCA Late Model tour race being rescheduled to Sunday, April 14. Pit gates open at 4 p.m. Hot laps are at 6 p.m. with racing to follow.
IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modifieds are also on the program that evening.
Opening night for the 27th annual series is now Saturday, April 6 when 34 Raceway at West Burlington hosts its Brent Slocum Memorial 50. That event pays $5,555 to win and a minimum of $500 to start, plus $555 to the hard charger and $538 to the leader of lap 38.
Gates open at 4 p.m. and the grandstand opens at 5 p.m. Hot laps are at 6:30 p.m. and racing begins at 7 p.m. Spectator admission is $15 for adults, $13 for seniors and students, and free for kids 10 and under.
Pit passes are $30.
Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods and 4-cylinders will also run at West Burlington. The Deery Series is at West Liberty Raceway on Saturday, April 13.
April 2nd, 2013
DUBUQUE, Iowa – Tracks with very different Deery Brothers Summer Series histories host the first two events of the 2013 tour for IMCA Late Models.
Dubuque Speedway rolls out the red carpet for the $3,000 to win, minimum $300 to start lidlifter on Friday, April 5. The Brent Slocum Memorial is Saturday, April 6 at 34 Raceway in West Burlington and pays $5,555 to win and a minimum of $500 to start, plus $555 to the hard charger.
Four series events have been held at Dubuque, all since 2010 and all resulting in different winners.
Pit gates open at 3 p.m. and the grandstand opens at 5:30 p.m. Hot laps are at 7 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 accompanying a paid adult.
The Saturday show will be the 48th Deery event held at West Burlington since 1987. Mike Murphy Jr. of Colona, Ill., became the 29th different winner there when he took the checkers at last April’s race, held in memory of the 2004 Late Model track champion at 34.
Gates open at 4 p.m. and the grandstand opens at 5 p.m. Hot laps are at 6:30 p.m. and racing begins at 7 p.m. Spectator admission is $15 for adults, $13 for seniors and students, and free for kids 10 and under.
Pit passes each night are $30.
Jeff Aikey of Waterloo is the seven-time and defending series champion. He also leads all drivers with 58 career wins on the circuit. Marshalltown’s Darrel DeFrance has competed at all 404 events in series history, winning 13 times.
Eighteen dates are on the schedule for the 27th annual Deery Series.
IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modifieds are also on the card at Dubuque. Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods and 4-cylinders will run at West Burlington.
September 5th, 2012
WEST BURLINGTON, Iowa – Jeff Aikey made Deery Brothers Summer Series history again Sunday, on another history-making night at 34 Raceway.
Aikey won the Pepsi USA Nationals, the 400th event in the IMCA Late Model tour’s 26-plus seasons. The six-time series champion and current point leader earned $5,000 and lap money for the victory. His career total of 57 Deery feature wins now includes three Pepsi triumphs.
Defending race winner Andy Eckrich chased Aikey across the finish line. Jay Johnson ran second much of the way and ended in third; Matt Strassheim and Ray Guss Jr. completed the top five in the 50-lapper.
Mike Murphy Jr., winner of the April Deery feature at 34, started inside Eckrich on the front row and led the first 19 circuits before getting caught in lapped traffic. Aikey, who had started eighth, was quick to take advantage and passed Murphy for the lead with Johnson and Eckrich in tow.
Johnson stayed on Aikey’s back bumper through restarts on laps 31, 36 and 37. Eckrich finally wrestled the spot away but couldn’t catch Aikey, ending three car lengths off the pace.
Aikey was also the Pepsi winner in 1998 and 1999. This year’s event had been postponed from Saturday because of inclement weather.
Darrel DeFrance was 10th in his 400th consecutive series event. Johnson won the $250 Sunoco Race Fuels feature qualifier drawing. Murphy’s pole start netted him a set of heads from Brodix.
Next up for the Deery Series is the Labor Day event at Boone Speedway, on opening night of the IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals.
Pit gates open at 10 a.m. and registration for Late Models continues until 5 p.m. Sept. 3. Deery drivers will get the opportunity to hot lap before their heat races on Monday.
Eight drivers who took the green flag in Sunday’s main event had perfect series attendance coming into the night and earned $99 Ideal Ready Mix Ironman Challenge cash bonuses.
Aikey, Eckrich, Johnson, Guss, Murphy, DeFrance, Joel Callahan and Justin Kay can all earn additional bonuses of the same amount by maintaining perfect attendance and qualifying for features at Boone, the Yankee Dirt Track Classic Sept. 14 and 15 at Farley Speedway, and the Sept. 22 series finale at Davenport Speedway.
August 28th, 2012
WEST BURLINGTON, Iowa– Three of the drivers who took the green flag at the first-ever Deery Brothers Summer Series event will do the same at the 400th. 34 Raceway hosts the milestone IMCA Late Model tour event this Saturday, Sept. 1. The Pepsi USA Nationals event pays $5,000 to win.
Two-time Pepsi winner Jeff Aikey brings the point lead and his pursuit of a seventh series championship to West Burlington. Jay Johnson, fifth in the standings, won the first-ever tour event, held at 34 on April 11 of 1987 as well as the 1997 Pepsi. Darrel DeFrance is seventh in points and will extend his perfect attendance mark to 400 consecutive events Saturday night. All three go into the 16th of 20 events on the 2012 schedule armed with provisional starts, based on their current point totals. Each is virtually guaranteed a spot in the 24-car field if unable to qualify through their heat or “B” feature, or for passing the most cars in those two races.
“It’s always exciting to go to the Pepsi,” said Aikey, who counts the 1998 and 1999 events among his series career-best 56 feature wins. “There’s always pretty tough competition there and hopefully we’ll have a good night. We’ll do our best.”
Aikey has a win, nine more top-five’s and no finish worse than 11th so far this season.
“Where else do you see a series where the first and second place drivers are so close after this many races?” asked Aikey, who leads defending race winner Andy Eckrich by 11 points. “I sure would like to win my seventh championship but I’m sure it will come down to the last night.” Johnson’s Pepsi win came the year before the event was added to the Deery schedule. He’s got a pair of runner-up finishes to his credit since then and was fourth in the 2011 race.
“The Pepsi is the biggest race for IMCA Late Models that comes to West Burlington. I’ve had a lot of laps in that race and hope I have a good car again Saturday night,” said Johnson, also champion of the series in its third season. “It’s always a very competitive race. I know a lot of friends will be there so a lot of other good cars will show up, too.”
“With the IMCA Late Models, you can probably see as good a show compared with a lot of the other Late Model series,” Johnson added, plugging IMCA’s engine, tire and body rules for the division.
Ever the optimist, DeFrance hopes to improve on a career-best third-place Pepsi finish. “Stuff that doesn’t happen to us at any other race always seems to at the Pepsi,” he said, “but I’m thinking this will be our year. Of course, I think that every year.” He’s followed the series to 41 tracks in six states over those years, winning 13 times.
“I like going to different places, mixing things up from where we race weekly. It’s been fun to do that,” DeFrance said. “Back when the series started, I never thought about how long it would go. I never figured I’d be going this long, either.” Pit gates open at 3:30 p.m. and the grandstand opens at 5 p.m. Saturday. Hot laps are at 6:30 p.m. with racing to follow.
Grandstand admission is $18 for adults, $15 for seniors and students, and free for kids 10 and under accompanying a paying adult. Pit passes are $30. 34 Raceway has hosted 46 previous tour events, more than any other track.
Boone Speedway is next on that list with 38 and is the site of series event number 401, on Monday, Sept. 3, opening night of the IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals. Six hundred and fifty-eight different drivers have qualified for one or more of the first 399 series feature events.
April 8th, 2012
WEST BURLINGTON, Iowa – Once Mike Murphy Jr. got into the lead, the race was for second in Saturday’s Deery Brothers Summer Series Slocum 50 special.
Murphy took the $3,000 checkers half a lap ahead of runnerup Tyler Bruening, lapping up to the sixth place car in the IMCA Late Model tour event at 34 Raceway.
Jay Johnson led the first six times around the track from the track before giving way to the eighth starting Murphy, who set sail from that point. What proved to be the only caution of the night had come out on lap three and Murphy was lapping cars by the 17th circuit. The victory was his Deery career second.
Bruening repeated his second-place finish from opening night on Friday. Joel Callahan was third while Ray Guss Jr., Farley winner Andy Eckrich and Jeff Aikey all raced their way from “B” features to the fourth through sixth finishing positions. Guss passed a dozen cars, Eckrich 10 and Aikey 14. Charlie McKenna won the $250 Sunoco Race Fuels feature qualifier drawing.
Brenton Slocum, IMCA Late Model track champion at West Burlington in 2004, was remembered with the missing man formation during parade laps. 34 Raceway also raised and contributed more than $1,000 Saturday evening for the scholarship fund in his name that benefits area high school students.
The third of 21 stops for the 26th annual Deery Series is next Saturday, April 14 at Hamilton County Speedway. Murphy and Bruening share the point lead as the tour returns to Webster City for the first time since 2006 with a $2,000 to win main event.
Also on the card are IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks, Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods and local stock cars. Pit gates open at 4 p.m. and the grandstand opens at 5 p.m. Hot laps are at 6 p.m. and racing starts at 7 p.m.
September 4th, 2011
WEST BURLINGTON, Iowa – Night two of 34 Raceway’s Pepsi USA Nationals Deery Brothers Summer Series event has been postponed to Sunday, Sept. 4.
After opening night qualifying on Friday, inclement weather washed out all of Saturday’s program, most notably the $10,000 main event for IMCA Late Models.
Pit gates at West Burlington will open at 3 p.m. Sunday. The grandstand opens at 4 p.m. and hot laps are at 5:30 p.m., with racing to follow.
Completing the Late Model field of 26 will be three cars from each of two “B” features and five provisional starters. The 99-lap main event, held in memory of former track owner and promoter Johnny Johnson, pays a minimum of $500 to start.
Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods and 4-cylinders complete the program. Grandstand admission is $20 for adults and $18 for seniors and students. Kids 10 and under get in free when accompanying a paid adult. Pit passes are $25.
Defending tour champion and current point leader Ray Guss Jr. won Friday’s first heat race for the Late Models and will start on the pole tomorrow.
August 28th, 2011
WEST BURLINGTON, Iowa – The feature winner at 34 Raceway’s Pepsi USA Nationals Deery Brothers Summer Series feature will have 10,000 reasons to go home happy. Top prize in the Friday and Saturday, Sept. 2-3 IMCA Late Model tour event is $10,000, the highest payday in the silver anniversary series. A minimum of $500 will be paid to make the 26-car starting grid. Distance for the feature will be 99 laps, in memory of former track owner and promoter Johnny Johnson who died in February. Ninety-nine was Johnson’s number during his Late Model career, which included three wins on the Deery circuit.
“I can’t think of a better occasion or place to honor Johnny,” Tour Director Kevin Yoder said. “His support of IMCA Late Models in general and this series in particular were virtually unmatched.” “It was under Johnny’s guidance that this race really became the crown jewel of the tour,” he added, noting the all-time series record 71 cars entered in the 2006 Pepsi. “I anticipate this race being among the best Late Model events in the Midwest this season.”
Mark Burgtorf of Quincy, Ill., has won the Pepsi three times since it became part of the Deery Series in 1998. Jeff Aikey of Cedar Falls is a two-time winner while Darren Miller of Chadwick, Ill., Curt Martin of Independence, Dennis Erb of Carpentersville, Ill., Rob Toland of Davenport, Terry Neal of Ely, Matt Strassheim of Morning Sun and Jason Frankel of Quincy have each taken home one Pepsi trophy. Last year’s big check went unclaimed as the second night’s race program was rained out and could not be rescheduled. The 15 drivers with perfect attendance through the first 13 series events will be entered in the $750 to win J & J Steel Ironman Challenge on Friday.
The opening night program also includes the Brian Hetrick Memorial for 305 sprint cars and mod lites. Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods and 4-cylinders run on Saturday. Pit gates at West Burlington open at 4 p.m. and the grandstand opens at 5 p.m. both days. Hot laps are at 6:15 p.m. on Friday and at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday. Qualifying starts at 7 p.m. on Friday while racing follows Saturday’s hot lap session.
Grandstand admission on Friday is $15 for adults and $13 for seniors and students. Saturday spectator admission is $20 for adults and $18 for seniors and students. Two-night passes are $30 for adults and $26 for seniors and students. Kids 10 and under get in free both nights when accompanying a paid adult. Pit passes are $25 each night. More information is available at the www.34raceway.com website.
In conjunction with the Pepsi, the final ‘Partnering For A Purpose’ cookout will be held from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. on Saturday at Deery Brothers of West Burlington. Driver Charlie McKenna of Clear Lake will have his grill car, an otherwise IMCA legal Late Model with a grill replacing the fuel cell, at the dealership and the Fareway Stores provide the complimentary pork loins, hot dogs, potato chips and bottled water.
Funds raised at the cookout benefit the Karsyn’s Krusaders Kickin’ Cancer’s Butt One Lap At A Time organization. The series is in action on Labor Day, headlining the Monday, Sept. 5 opening night program at the IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals fueled by Cenex.
The grandstand at Boone Speedway opens at 1 p.m., hot laps are at 2 p.m. and racing starts at 3 p.m. Completing the 25th anniversary Deery season schedule are the All-Star Classic at Davenport Speedway Sept. 9, the Yankee Dirt Track Classic at Farley Speedway Sept. 16-17 and the Sept. 24-25 finale at Quad City Speedway.
May 16th, 2011
(BURLINGTON, IA) – With his homestate fans on their feet and cheering, Brian Birkhofer of Muscatine, IN ended the four-race win streak of Scott Bloomquist. He captured the 50-lap $10,000 to win Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series event on Friday Night at 34 Raceway. Bloomquist rebounded from a poor start to finish second, but was several car lengths behind the winner at the finish. Steve Francis of Ashland, KY finished third followed by Jimmy Owens of Newport, TN and John Blankenship of Williamson, WV.
“Man, to win this race in front of my homestate crowd is just awesome! I know they had to be cold up there, and to win for Johnny Johnson, he put so much into this place, it’s a great facility, I just can’t say enough for what that man did for me and the sport of late model racing,” said the 39-year-old Birkhofer, who was joined by his sons Cruz and Creed in Lucas Oil Victory Lane.
Brad Neat outgunned fellow Kentuckian Steve Francis to take the lead at the start. Francis, who was debuting a new MasterSbilt Race Car vaulted to the point a lap later. Francis held the top spot for two circuits, when Birkhofer, who had started fourth, eased into the lead.
Birkhofer’s stay at the top of the scoring pylon was short-lived as Francis blasted back by to regain the lead on lap seven. The first of two caution flags came out for Billy Moyer, who spun in turn two. The second came out for Tyler Reddick on the backstretch on lap 23.
After the caution for Moyer, Francis looked solid as he built a seven-to-eight car length advantage over Birkhofer with 15 laps scored. Birkhofer made up quite a bit of ground in a short period of time, cutting Francis’ lead to a car length by lap 21, a lap later he was around Francis to take the lead for good.
Birkhofer then pulled out to a straightaway lead over Francis with 20 laps remaining and a few laps later he had picked up the tail end of the field to begin lapping cars for the first time in the race. Bloomquist powered by Francis in the top groove on lap 34, but by then Birkhofer was well out in front. Bloomquist cut the lead down as the two took the white flag, but Birkhofer held a several car lengths lead at the finish.
“Thanks to all my sponsors, we had a great car tonight. Anytime you beat that Zero car you’ve done something. I have so much respect for him. I didn’t know if I could catch Francis there for a while, but our car came into it. I am down on crew help
here lately, but thanks to everyone who pitched in tonight, and we will go get ‘em at La Salle tomorrow night.
It was Birkhofer’s 12th career Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series victory came aboard his J&J Steel, Zens Flooring, ASi Racewear, VP Fuels, Pro Power Engines, MB Customs Chevrolet.
Bloomquist, who was attempting a series-record fifth consecutive race, settled for second in his Base Racing Fuels, Bloomquist Race Cars Ford. Francis in his Valvoline, Estes Racing Engines, MasterSbilt Race Car placed third to move to fifth in the series points. Completing the top ten were Chris Simpson of Oxford, IA; Shannon Babb of Moweaqua, IL; Brad Neat of Dunnville, KY; Mike Marlar of Winfield, TN; and Scott James of Lawrenceburg, IN.
In preliminary action Francis was the Red Buck Cigar Fast Qualifier among the 37 entrants with a lap of 14.954 seconds. Heat race winners were Francis, Bloomquist, Neat, and Birkhofer. The B-mains went to Dale McDowell and Jared Landers.
The next Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series event will be on Saturday Night, May 14 for the Spring Shootout at La Salle Speedway in La Salle, IL paying $10,000 to win. For more information, go to www.lasallespeedway.com.
For the latest breaking news on the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series, log onto www.lucasdirt.com or call the series’ office at (951) 532-2503.
April 13th, 2011
(WEST BURLINGTON, Iowa) – A veteran of the Deery Brothers Summer Series got his first feature win trophy, and a big check, Saturday at 34 Raceway.
Matt Ryan led the last 10 laps in winning the Slocum 50 IMCA Late Model tour feature at West Burlington. He inherited the front spot after Denny Woodworth was forced to pit with a flat tire, then held off a late charge by Boone McLaughlin to take the $3,000 checkers by a margin meas ured in inches.
Defending race winner Mark Burgtorf earned the hard charger starting spot by passing the most cars in his heat and “B” feature, then moved up 19 positions to finish third in the main event.
Terry Neal was fourth and provisional starter Tom Darbyshire advanced 18 spots to complete the top five.
Woodworth started on the pole and led early in the caution-slowed contest, giving way to the fifth starting Rob Toland before regaining the point and staying there through a myriad of restarts.
Ryan and McLaughlin, meanwhile, swapped second several times. Ryan held the position when Woodworth cut his right rear tire and left the track. McLaughlin challenged the last three circuits, making his bid coming out of the final turn but coming up just short.
A non-qualifier in the series opener last weekend at Dubuque, Ryan’s previous best finish in 45 career feature starts was a runner-up showing on the asphalt at Hawkeye Downs in 2008. He ran third at Jackson County Speedway in 2009.
The grandstand was at near capacity for the third annual event, held in memory of late local driver Brent Slocum. One dollar from each adult ticket sold for the stands was donated to a scholarship fund benefitting area high school seniors.
Mike Murphy Jr. won the $250 Sunoco Race Fuels feature qualifier drawing.
The second half of the weekend Deery doubleheader takes the tour to Quincy, Ill., Raceway for a Sunday, April 10 show. The grandstand opens at 4:30 p.m., hot laps are at 5:45 p.m. and racing starts at 6:30 p.m.
Quincy is the third of 19 races on the schedule for the 25th anniversary series.
April 7th, 2011
(WEST BURLINGTON, Iowa) – The Deery Brothers Summer Series sees action on both sides of the Mississippi River this weekend, with dates at 34 Raceway in West Burlington and at Quincy, Ill., Raceway.
34 hosts its season-opening, $3,000 to win Slocum 50 tour event for IMCA Late Models on Satur day, April 9. The 25th annual series is at Quincy for a $2,000 to win feature on Sun day, April 10.
Three-time series champion Mark Burgtorf won April Deery events at both 34 and Quincy last season. He’ll be challenged this time around by the likes of Jeff Aikey, who leads all drivers with six career Deery titles and 54 victories, defending champion Ray Guss Jr. and Darrel DeFrance, who has competed at all 368 events in tour history.
Pit gates at 34 open at 4 p.m. and the grandstand opens at 5 p.m. Hot laps are at 6:30 p.m. and racing follows the 7 p.m. salute to the military.
Grandstand admission is $15 for adults, $13 for seniors and students, and free for kids 10 and under. One dollar from each adult ticket sold will be donated to the Brent Slocum Memorial Scholar ship Fund, established in honor of the late local IMCA
More information about the Slocum 50 program is available by calling 319 752-3434 or 317 750-3454 on race day, and at the www.34raceway.com website.
Night two of the weekend twinbill has pit gates at Quincy opening at 3:30 p.m. and the grand stand opening at 4:30 p.m. Hot laps are at 5:45 p.m. and racing starts at 6:30 p.m.
Admission to the grandstand is $18 for adults, $15 for seniors, $10 for students ages 11 through 16, and free for 10 and under.
More information is available by calling 217 224-4100. The track website is www.quincyraceways.com.
Pit passes at both tracks are $25.
Brian Harris topped the 2011 series opener April 2 at Dubuque Fairgrounds Speedway. Three more tour dates are scheduled before the start of the regular point season for IMCA Late Models, on April 15 at Davenport Speedway, April 16 at Jackson County Speedway in Maquoketa and April 17 at Quad City Speedway in East Moline, Ill.
December 15th, 2010
WEST BURLINGTON, Iowa – Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods will join regular weekly programs on eight Saturday nights next season at 34 Raceway.
Points will be awarded each night and a track champion will be crowned. 34 is the first track in Iowa, and the second in the Midwest, to announce its decision to add the IMCA division in 2011. “I’ve had drivers contact me over the past couple years about getting IMCA SportMods on our schedule. We already tend to have a really full schedule of events,” explained promoter Amy Laue. “ At the end of last season, Mike Weikert from Weikert Iron and Metal asked me again and told me the division was a complement to Modified racing, not only for the drivers, but for the fans and sponsors as well.”
“We agreed to discuss the options to adding SportMods in 2011,” she added. “Mike agreed to sponsor the class, providing we could get the IMCA sanction for Saturday nights.”
The schedule for next season is expected to be released in January. 34 also sanctions its Modified, Late Model and Stock Car divisions with IMCA; partial schedules are also planned for the mod lite and 4-cylinder classes.
“I believe the Northern SportMods are a natural fit with all our other classes. They look similar enough to a Modified,” Laue said, “but they’re an excellent alternative for drivers who compete and have fun racing on a lower-based budget.”
IMCA Late Models will run at West Burlington for the 15th consecutive season in 2011. Both Modifieds and Stock Cars have been sanctioned there since 2006.
September 26th, 2010
WEST BURLINGTON, Iowa – Mother Nature was the winner Saturday at 34 Raceway.
Due to constant rainfall at West Burlington, track and JR Motorsports Hawkeye Dirt Tour officials have been forced to cancel tonight’s scheduled finale for the IMCA Modified series.
There will be no make up date. Sept. 26 is the last date for IMCA national, regional, state and weekly points to be awarded and there is already a scheduled weekly racing event in the area on Sunday.
Rookie Mike Jergens of Plover is the series champion. He raced to three top five and seven top 10 finishes in eight events.
Richie Gustin Jr. of Gilman led all series drivers with three feature wins and finished second in points. Rich Smith of Davenport earned three top five and six top 10 finishes on the HDT trail and finished third.
Vern Jackson of Waterloo and Mark Schulte of Delhi rounded out the top five.
Details on the 2010 HDT point fund will be announced in the coming week. All awards will be distributed during the annual IMCA banquet in Lincoln, Neb., in November.
September 25th, 2010
WEST BURLINGTON, Iowa – The last event of the series will determine the champion of the first annual JR Motorsports Hawkeye Dirt Tour for IMCA Modifieds.
All of nine points separate rookie Mike Jergens and veterans Richie Gustin Jr. and Rich Smith heading into the Saturday, Sept. 25 showdown at 34 Raceway in West Burlington. The 24 car main event pays $1,500 to win and a minimum of $175 to start; the top driver in points when the night is over earns a $1,000 share of the series point fund and becomes eligible to qualify for the Harris Auto Racing Race of Champions at the 2011 IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals.
Jergens finished no worse than ninth in the first seven series events of the season. Gustin is one point off the pace and leads all Hawkeye Dirt Tour drivers with three feature wins, the most recent of them last Friday at Marshalltown Speedway. Smith has three top five finishes to his credit and goes into the final nine points back.
Pit gates at 34 open at 4 p.m. and the grandstand opens at 5 p.m. Saturday Hot laps are at 6:15 p.m. with time trials at 7 p.m. and racing to follow. Heat race lineups will be determined by qualifying times.
Grandstand admission is $12 and pit passes are $25. More information is available by calling 319 752-3434 and at the www.34raceway.com website.
IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars are also on the program, running for $500 to win and national, Probe Industries Northern Region and Allstar Performance State points
September 21st, 2010
WEST BURLINGTON, Iowa – Sunday’s rescheduled Pepsi USA Nationals Deery Brothers Summer Series show at 34 Raceway has met the same fate as the program originally planned for Saturday.
Rain, standing water and less than ideal track conditions combined to force cancellation of what was to have been the final event of the 2010 tour for IMCA Late Models. Jason Frankel had won the first qualifying heat and pole start for the main event, and T.J. Criss won the J & J Steel Ironman Challenge on Friday.
Track officials will contact participating drivers this week. Fans who purchased two night passes can mail them to 34 Raceway, at PO Box 85 in West Burlington, Iowa, 52655 to get a refund for the second night. Ray Guss Jr. of Milan, Ill., wrapped up the series championship with his Sept. 6 win at Boone Speedway dur ing the IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals. Andy Eckrich of Iowa City is the series rookie of the year.
The 24th annual tour drew a total of 625 entries for 15 completed events. The resulting 41.67 average is the third highest in series history, behind only the 42.33 mark set in 2000 and the 41.81 average in 2006.
Drivers finishing in the top 15 earn shares of a $20,400 point fund.
Deery Brothers Summer Series top 15 point standings – 1. Ray Guss Jr., Milan, Ill., 717; 2. Jeff Aikey, Waterloo, 625; 3. Andy Eckrich, Iowa City, 622; 4. Terry Neal, Ely, 594; 5. Tyler Bruening, Decorah, 543; 6. Josh Most, Red Oak, 536; 7. Darrel DeFrance, Marshalltown, 511; 8. Charlie McKenna, Clear Lake, 499; 9. Kevin Blum, Colona, Ill., 487; 10. Mark Burgtorf, Quincy, Ill., 486; 11. Jeremiah Hurst, Du buque, 485; 12. Mark Preston, Port Byron, Ill., 461; 13. Jay Johnson, West Burlington, 451; 14. Tom Darbyshire, Morning Sun, 450; 15. Todd Malmstrom, Silvis, Ill., 436.
September 19th, 2010
WEST BURLINGTON, Iowa – T.J. Criss already owns one win while Jason Frankel will have the pole start in his quest for a second straight Pepsi USA Nationals Deery Brothers Summer Series title.
Frankel topped the first of five heats Friday at 34 Raceway to earn the inside front row start when the green flag flies in Saturday’s $10,000 to win IMCA Late Model tour main event. Nate Beuseling topped the second heat and will start outside Frankel.
Lonnie Bailey, Boone McLaughlin and Andy Eckrich were also heat winners and will line up in the third through fifth spots. Runners-up from the heats will start in positions six through 10 and third place finishers are in the 11th through 15th spots.
Three drivers advance from each of two 20 lap “B” features on Saturday. Five provisional starters will com plete the 26-car grid, including the non-qualified driver with Friday’s fast time, the hard charger from heat and “B” races, top two non-qualifiers based on series point standings and a track provisional.
Denny Woodworth posted Friday’s fast time. A minimum of $500 will be paid to start the 100 lap main event, with another $2,000 in lap money going to the first four drivers scored each circuit.
Criss collected $750 for his flag to flag run at the front of the J & J Steel Ironman Challenge for drivers with perfect attendance through the first 15 events of the series. Two cautions interrupted the 20 lap event. Terry Neal couldn’t get close enough to mount a serious challenge after the final yellow, which came out with four laps left. Mark Preston, Andy Eckrich and series champion Ray Guss Jr. rounded out the top five.
Fifty one Late Models were in the pits for the traditional tour finale at West Burlington, upping the average car count per event to 42.25 cars this season. That’s the second highest average in series history, behind only the 42.33 mark for 15 events in 2000.
Pit gates open at 3 p.m., the grandstand opens at 5 p.m. and hot laps start at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday. Racing is at 7 p.m.
September 17th, 2010
WEST BURLINGTON, Iowa (Sept. 14) – The final checkers of the Deery Brothers Summer Series season fly at 34 Raceway’s $10,000 to win Pepsi USA Nationals Deery this Friday and Saturday, Sept. 17-18.
Ray Guss Jr. has already acknowledged there’d be no better way for him to cap his multi-championship season than with the Saturday checkers at West Burlington. Guss has already clinched the series title, adding that title to national, state and three local track crowns earned during IMCA’s regular point season.
Among his challengers this weekend will be Mark Burgtorf, a three time Pepsi winner, and Jeff Aikey, who has won a pair of Pepsi’s since the event joined the Deery schedule in 1998.
Other winners have included Darren Miller, Curt Martin, Dennis Erb Jr., Rob Toland, Terry Neal, Matt Strassheim and, most recently, Jason Frankel.
A minimum of $500 will be paid to each of the 26 drivers in the starting grid and lap money adding up to $2,000 goes to drivers scored in the top four on each of the 100 laps.
Pit gates open at 3 p.m., the grandstand opens at 5 p.m. and hot laps start at 6:30 p.m. both days. Time trials start at 7 p.m. Friday. Racing gets underway at 7 p.m. on Saturday
Deery drivers with perfect attendance through the series’ first 15 events compete in the opening night J & J Steel Ironman Challenge. IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars and 305 sprints are also on Friday’s program. Four cylinders and mod lites run on Saturday.
Grandstand admission on Friday is $15 for adults and $13 for seniors and students. Saturday admission is $20 for adults and $18 for seniors and students.
Two-day passes are $30 for adults and $26 for seniors and students. Kids 10 and under get in free both days.
More information about the Pepsi USA Nationals is available by calling 319 752-3434.
April 15th, 2010
ST. CLAIR, Mo.– Pole starters at all events in the 24th annual Deery Brothers Summer Series re ceive contingency awards from
Performance Engineer ing and Manufacturing.
A set of quick change gears goes to the driver taking the initial green flag from the pole in each IMCA Late Model tour main event.
Todd Malmstrom received the PEM prize for the series opener April 10 at 34 Raceway. Darrel DeFrance took the green flag from inside the front row when making the 335th feature start of his Deery career at Quincy Raceway the next night.
Two PEM de cals must be displayed on the race car for drivers to be eligible; certificates will be mailed from the IMCA home office the week fol lowing each series event.
Now located in St. Clair, Mo., the company manufactures drive train components, 9 inch Ford gears and gun drilled axles in addition to quick change gears. More information about those products is available by calling 636 629-6200 and at the www.pemracing.com web site.
“Every driver wants to start on the front row of the feature, and now with the PEM program entering its third season it pays dividends even more,” IMCA Marketing Director Kevin Yoder said. “With the series getting more competitive every year, I anticipate that the revolving door of pole starters will continue this season.”
Three Deery events are on the docket this weekend, at Davenport Speedway on April 16, at Jackson County Speedway in Maquoketa on April 17 and at Dubuque Fairgrounds Speedway on April 18.
April 13th, 2010
WEST BURLINGTON, Iowa – Mark Burgtorf has made a habit of winning Deery Brothers Summer Series features at 34 Raceway. His Saturday victory was another one for the IMCA Late Model tour record book.
Burgtorf finally got the edge over Nate Beuseling following a lengthy side-by-side battle, to take opening night honors for the 24th annual series. The three-time tour champion earned $3,000 for the West Burlington victory, his circuit career 23rd and seventh at 34.
He’s now the only driver in series history to have won seven times at two different tracks, owning the same number of tro phies from his hometown Quincy Raceway.
Beuseling’s runner-up finish was the best of his brief Deery career. He’d run sixth last summer at Knoxville. Rob Toland passed the most cars in his heat and “B” feature to get the hard charger provisional, then passed 19 more cars to finish third.
Tom Goble and Matt Strassheim rounded out the top five.
Ryan Giles took the initial green from outside the front row and led the first three laps before the fourth start ing Beuseling drove by.
Burgtorf made his way from the ninth starting spot and chased Beuseling into lapped traffic. He was on the leader’s back bumper when the only caution of the 50-lapper came out right at midway, then took the lead briefly on the 32nd circuit.
Beuseling was back in front when the next lap was scored. The front pair went back and forth, Burgtorf on the inside and faster in the first set of turns, Beuseling higher up and faster coming out of the second set. Burgtorf was finally able to make what proved to be the winning pass on lap 40, crossing the stripe two car lengths in front of Beuseling.
Defending champion Jeff Aikey made the main event by winning his “B” and finished 18th. 2009 runner-up Jason Frankel had won both Deery races at West Burlington last year but had to take a provisional to get in the starting grid, ending in 12th.
Sixty-four Late Models were entered at 34. The second annual Slocum 50 was held in memory of local track champion and Deery regular Brenton Slocum and a portion of the proceeds from ticket sales went to the scholarship fund in his name benefiting area high school students.
Todd Malmstrom took home the $250 Sunoco bonus.
Night two of the season opening doubleheader on Sunday, April 11 sees the Deery Series at Quincy Raceway. Pit gates open at 3 p.m., the grandstand opens at 4 p.m. Hot laps follow the 4:45 p.m. drivers’ meeting and racing starts at 5:30 p.m.
April 10th, 2010
LYONS, Ohio – Dominator Race Products delivers another batch of contingency awards to IMCA Late Model driv ers experiencing varying degrees of Deery Brothers Summer Series success.
The Lyons, Ohio, manufacturer will give $50 product certificates to the hard luck driver at each of the 16 events on the 2010 schedule, and $100 product certificates to each of the 11th through 20th place finishers in final series point standings.
Dominator-made noses and flares, roofs, hoodscoops and other plastic products for Late Model use are now re tailed by distributors in more than 40 states and Canada. Information about those parts is available by calling 419 923-6970 and at the www.dominatorraceproducts.com website.
Two Dominator Race Products decals must be displayed for drivers to be eligible for the contingencies. Hard luck awards will be mailed from the IMCA office within a week of each series event. Product certificates awarded based on overall tour standings go out in early October.
“The Dominator line of products targets our Late Model members and the recognition of their quality among racers is increasing with time,” said Kevin Yoder, marketing and tour director for IMCA. “Their support of the Deery Brothers Summer Series continues to add value to the best Late Model racing in the Midwest.”
The 24th annual tour opens this Saturday, April 10 at 34 Raceway in West Burlington, Iowa. Quincy, Ill., Raceway hosts the Sunday, April 11 show.