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Like lightning, Springsteen streaks to Deery Series checkers at West Liberty

April 16th, 2014

Springsteen caught Nick Marolf in traffic on the 10th circuit, then ran away with the win in the Deery Brothers Summer Series main event, leading the last 30 laps and taking the checkers nearly half a straightaway in front of Jeff Aikey.

Kay was the hard charger, passing 12 cars to finish fourth. He also won the $250 Sunoco Race Fuels feature qualifier drawing.

Up next for the Deery Series are dates Friday, April 18 at Farley Speedway and Saturday, April 19 at Jackson County Speedway in Maquoketa.

USRA Stock Cars, USRA B-Mods back in action for Iron Man Challenge tripleheader July 23-25

July 20th, 2013

WEST UNION, Iowa — The Iron Man Challenge will be back in action on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, July 23-25, at two premier dirt ovals in Northern Iowa and Southern Minnesota.

On Tuesday, both divisions will be in action at the Fayette County Speedway during the Fayette County Fair in West Union, Iowa, as the Iron Man Challenge visits the historic 3/8-mile track for the first time.

USRA Hobby Stocks, Four-Cylinders and Cruisers will round out the program sponsored by Jays Automotive. Racing action starts at 7 p.m.

The Fayette County Speedway is located 0.9 mile south of US 18 on SR 150, then 0.1 mile east on SR 56. For more information call 319-327-2733 or check out the tracks Facebook page.

The Iron Man Challenge heads north the next day to the Deer Creek Speedway in Spring Valley, Minn., as part of the 3rd Annual World Modified Dirt Track Championship presented by Bauer Built Tire and Hanson Tire Service.

USRA B-Mods will join the USMTS Modifieds on Wednesday and will be racing for a $500 top prize. USRA Stock Cars share the spotlight with the USMTS on Thursday with a $750 paycheck awaiting the main event winner.

Race fans will witness a complete program each day on Wednesday and Thursday with group qualifying, heat races, last-chance races and a 35-lap main event for the USMTS Modifieds while the Iron Man Challenge will round out the racing card with heat races, B Mains and an A Main.

Grandstand gates open at 4 p.m. and hot laps begin at 6:30 each day. General admission single-day tickets for adults are $25 each day. Kids ages 12 and younger are $10 each day or $40 for a four-day reserved ticket. Pit passes are $35 each day.

The Deer Creek Speedway sits on 60 acres of scenic rural rolling hills with one of Americas most popular state-of-the-art racing complexes and a busy modern campground. The 3/8-mile high-banked clay oval is located 11.3 miles south of I-90 (exit 209) on US 63 (0.7 mile north of SR 16). For more info, call toll-free 877-327-7223 or 507-346-2342 on race day or visit www.deercreekspeedway.com online.

The entry fee each night for USRA Stock Cars is $25 for licensed drivers or $35 for non-licensed. The entry fee for USRA B-Mods is $20 and $30, respectively.

Two-time defending USRA Stock Car national champion Mitch Hovden of Decorah, Iowa, leads the Iron Man Challenge points for the division. Corey Crapser of Chippewa Falls, Wis., sits atop the Iron Man Challenge rankings for the USRA B-Mods.

Four different winners have emerged in the five USRA Stock Car events so far while 11 races are in the books for the USRA B-Mods with nine different drivers claiming a victory.

Final points will be determined by the best 15 finishes for USRA B-Mods and best 10 for USRA Stock Cars. Although a license is not required to compete in an Iron Man Challenge event, drivers must possess a valid USRA Competitor License, utilize the American Racer KK704 racing tire on all four wheels and compete in at least half of the events for their division to be eligible for points funds.

Both Iron Man Challenge champions in 2013 will earn $1,500 as part of the series points fund, plus numerous contingency awards from the many generous USRA sponsors. Each event will also award national points in the USRA Weekly Racing Series.

REMAINING 2013 IRON MAN CHALLENGE EVENTS:
Tue Jul 23 … Fayette County Speedway, West Union, Iowa (Stock Cars/B-Mods)
Wed Jul 24 … Deer Creek Speedway, Spring Valley, Minn. (B-Mods)
Thu Jul 25 … Deer Creek Speedway, Spring Valley, Minn. (Stock Cars)
Thu Aug 8 … I-35 Speedway, Winston, Mo. (Stock Cars/B-Mods)
Fri Aug 23 … Lakeside Speedway, Kansas City, Kan. (B-Mods)
Sat Aug 31 … Deer Creek Speedway, Spring Valley, Minn. (Stock Cars)
Sun Sep 1 … Dodge County Speedway, Kasson, Minn. (Stock Cars/B-Mods)
Sat Sep 14 … Deer Creek Speedway, Spring Valley, Minn. (Stock Cars)
Thu Sep 19 … Deer Creek Speedway, Spring Valley, Minn. (B-Mods)
Fri Sep 20 … Deer Creek Speedway, Spring Valley, Minn. (B-Mods)
Sat Sep 21 … Deer Creek Speedway, Spring Valley, Minn. (B-Mods)

Last season 360 tough-as-nails pilots took part in the Iron Man Challenge, which features the most talented Stock Car and B-Mod drivers on dirt from the Gulf of Mexico to the Canadian border. Tom Schmitt is the defending champion in the USRA Stock Car class and Trevor Hunt was the 2012 titlist in the USRA B-Mod division.

To learn more about the USRA, visit www.usraracing.com or call 515-832-6000. You can also like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/usraracing, follow us at www.twitter.com/usraracing on Twitter and check out our YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/usratv.

Kay wins at West Liberty: He’ll run for share of Deery Series record Sunday at Dubuque

July 12th, 2013

WEST LIBERTY, Iowa – Eight days ago, Justin Kay was the driver who ended a Deery Brothers Summer Series winning streak.

Now he’s a single IMCA Late Model tour victory away from the record book himself.

Kay won his third straight series feature Wednesday at West Liberty Raceway, leading all but the opening circuit in a 40-lap contest slowed just once by caution. The victory, also his career third, was good for $3,000.

Point leader Brian Harris, who’d won a record-tying four consecutive features before Kay started his roll, finished second for the third straight night. Andy Eckrich made a late drive to third, Tommy Elston was fourth and Jeff Aikey rounded out the top five.

Aikey led the first lap from the pole before the third-starting Kay rocketed past. Harris started eighth and was up to second by lap 14.

That single caution came out just before midway and preceded a side-by-side duel between the front pair. Harris nearly had the edge coming to the flag stand at one point but Kay got a good run the last nine times around the track and won by six car lengths.

Harris had tied the record of four straight Deery wins, set by Gary Webb of Blue Grass in 1994 and equaled by Rob Toland of Colona, Ill., in 2004, at West Liberty on June 18.

Kay won July 2 at Independence and July 5 at Davenport before making an equally successful trip to West Liberty. He’ll look to match the series record himself this Sunday, July 14 at Dubuque Speedway.

Pit gates open at 4 p.m. and the grandstand opens at 5 p.m. for the 11th of 17 Deery events in 2013. Hot laps are at 6 p.m. with racing to follow.

Rob Moss was the $250 Sunoco Race Fuels feature qualifier drawing winner Wednesday night. The event at West Liberty had been postponed from July 9 because of inclement weather.

West Liberty Deery rescheduled for July 10

July 10th, 2013

WEST LIBERTY, Iowa – Tonight’s Deery Brothers Summer Series event at West Liberty Raceway has been rained out and rescheduled for Wednesday, July 10. Touring IMCA Late Models will run for $3,000 to win and a minimum of $300 to start.

No change has been made in the race day schedule: Pit gates open at 4:30 p.m. and the grandstand opens at 5 p.m. Hot laps are at 6:30 p.m. with racing to follow. Spectator admission is $16 for adults, $13 for seniors and $10 for students. Kids 12 and under get in free when accompanying a paying adult. Pit passes are $30.

Different driver brings Deery Series win streak to West Liberty

July 10th, 2013

WEST LIBERTY, Iowa – The last time West Liberty Raceway hosted a Deery Brothers Summer Series event, Brian Harris sped to a record-tying fourth straight IMCA Late Model tour victory.

When the green flag flies Tuesday night, Justin Kay will try to motor to his third in a row.

Now second to Harris in the tour point standings, Kay won his career first Deery feature on July 2 at Independence Motor Speedway, then followed up with win number two on July 5 at Davenport Speedway.

“It’s been neat to win but that’s not something we think about when we go to the track,” said Kay, who ran third behind Harris and Andy Eckrich in the June 18 show at West Liberty. “It’s fun to read about over the winter but right now we’re just racing and having fun.”

The July 9 feature at West Liberty, the 10th of 17 series events this season, 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. Hot laps are at 6:30 p.m. with racing to follow.

Spectator admission is $16 for adults, $13 for seniors and $10 for students. Kids 12 and under get in free when accompanying a paying adult. Pit passes are $30.

Series rookie of the year in 2009, Kay had 48 series main event starts before getting his first Deery win. Add two weekly checkers at Davenport and another at Maquoketa in the mix and he’s won five straight IMCA Late Model outings.

“I think that matched my entire career up to that point,” said Kay. “I still can’t believe I got that one at Independence because it seemed like we never did well there. It’s been a great three weeks for us.”

Kay and crew got a bonus at Davenport, where his father Ricky became a first-time Karl Chevro­let Northern SportMod winner the same night he won the Deery feature.

Four down, one to go: Harris equals Deery Series consecutive wins record at West Liberty

June 22nd, 2013

WEST LIBERTY, Iowa – Going into Tuesday night’s Deery Brothers Summer Series event, Brian Harris said West Liberty Raceway was one of his favorite tracks. He has even more reasons to like it now.

Harris won a record-tying fourth straight IMCA Late Model tour feature at West Liberty, going back and forth with Andy Eckrich for the lead midway through the 40-lapper before settling into the front spot and running away with the $3,000
checkers.

Next, Harris will try to set the new record of five straight series wins when Independence Motor Speedway hosts the Tuesday, July 2 show.

Pole starter Nick Marolf had his sights set on being the driver to end Harris’ streak, looking strong while leading the first 12 circuits.

Eckrich pressured Marolf before enjoying a brief run at the front of his own. That’s when the 10th starting Harris joined the mix, swapping the lead with Eckrich six times over the course of the next seven laps.

Harris was the leader when the one and only caution of the night came out on lap 24. He checked on from that point, winning easily ahead of Eckrich. Justin Kay completed a late-race bid for third, Ray Guss Jr. was fourth and Marolf ended in fifth.

Guss was the hard charger, advancing 11 positions from his original starting spot. Dan Shelliam was the $250 Sunoco Race Fuels feature qualifier drawing winner.

Indee also pays $3,000 to win and a minimum of $300 to start. Pit gates and the grandstand both open at 5 p.m. Hot laps are at 6:45 p.m. with racing to follow.

IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks and Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods are also on the midweek card.

The record of wins in four consecutive Deery Series events was set by Gary Webb in 1994 and first matched by Rob Toland in 2004. Now the owner of nine career tour wins, Harris remains the point leader heading to Independence for the eighth of 17 events on the 2013 schedule.

Harris runs for record book at West Liberty Deery

June 16th, 2013

WEST LIBERTY, Iowa – Brian Harris is one feature win away from writing his name into the Deery Brothers Summer Series record book. The Davenport driver has won three consecutive IMCA Late Model tour features. Another “W” next Tuesday, June 18 at West Liberty Raceway and he’ll match the series record of four straight set by Gary Webb of Blue Grass in 1994 and equaled by Rob Toland of Colona, Ill., in 2004.

“I always enjoy going to West Liberty. It’s one my favorite tracks,” said Harris, who already owns a 2011 series win there. “The track is always well prepared. We’re excited about Tuesday night.” After nearly getting out of the sport last year, Harris began driving for Lynn Richard and ran third in the 2012 Deery finale at Davenport.

He was third in each of the first three tour races this year before winning May 21 at Farley Speed­way, June 6 at Hamilton County Speedway and June 11 at Cedar County Raceway. Now an eight-time career winner on the circuit, Harris leads the current standings by 21 points over second place Andy Eckrich of Oxford. “We’ve got the complete package with the way the car is handling, the engine and how the team is working together,” Harris said. “The hard work the crew puts in in the shop is really paying off.”

Pit gates open at 4 p.m. and the grandstand opens at 5:30 p.m. for Tuesday’s $3,000 to win, mini­mum $300 to start show. Hot laps are at 6:30 p.m. with racing to follow. Grandstand admission will be $16 for adults, $13 for seniors, $10 for students and free for kids 12 and under when accompanying a paid adult. Pit passes are $30.

Webb’s 1994 streak included victories at Lee County Speedway, Crawford County Speedway, Eldon Raceway and Independence Motor Speedway. A decade later, Toland made consecutive visits to victory lane at Davenport Speedway, Jackson County Speedway, Quincy Raceway and Boone Speedway.

Deery dates at West Liberty, Dubuque are postponed.

April 14th, 2013

VINTON, Iowa – Too much rain plus too much cold adds up to a pair of weekend postponements for the Deery Brothers Summer Series.

The IMCA Late Model tour event at West Liberty Raceway has been rescheduled from Saturday, April 13 until Tuesday, June 18.

The Sunday, April 14 event at Dubuque Speedway is now on the calendar for Wednesday, May 8. That race was originally postponed from April 5.

Both features will pay $3,000 to win and a minimum of $300 to start. Other divisions running each evening are to be announced.

The series next travels to Davenport Speedway on Friday, April 19 and to Farley Speedway on Saturday, April 20.

Guss duplicates Deery success at West Liberty

July 12th, 2012

WEST LIBERTY, Iowa – The second Deery Brothers Summer Series event of the sea­son at West Liberty Raceway looked a lot like the first.

Ray Guss Jr. started on the pole and led from start to finish in a convincing Tuesday night run to the IMCA Late Model tour checkers.

The $2,000 victory gave the two-time defending series champion a bookend trophy to the one he got at West Liberty in April. Guss had led the last 28 of 40 laps in winning by a comfortable mar­gin that evening.

He repeated that strong showing when the series returned, catching up with the back on the field just eight laps into the 35-lapper and checking out.

The only caution came when Gary Webb’s motor expired on the 26th circuit. Nick Marolf had raced from sixth to second early on but couldn’t gain ground on Guss. Marolf’s runner-up finish was his career best. Andy Eckrich, Jay Johnson and Jeff Aikey rounded out the top five.

Guss and Curt Martin are now tied for third on the series career wins list with 25 victories each. Aikey leads the way with 56 and Mark Burgtorf is second with 26. Denny Eckrich won his “B” feature and finished sixth; point leader Mike Murphy Jr. was ninth while Doug Yates nabbed hard charger honors after using a provisional and advancing nine posi­tions to 14th. Johnson also won the $250 Sunoco Race Fuels feature qualifier drawing. Kyle Hinrichs was not injured after getting upside down and on top of an infield barrier at the conclu­sion of his heat race. There was considerable damage to the car and Hinrichs did not start his “B” feature.

Night two of the midweek twinbill is Wednesday at I-35 Speedway at Mason City. Pit gates open at 5 p.m., the grandstand opens at 5:30 p.m. and racing follows 7 p.m. hot laps.

The main event for Late Models pays $2,000 to win. Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods are also on the July 11 program and run for a top check of $750.

Borrowed motor helps Guss get back on track at West Liberty Deery

April 24th, 2012

WEST LIBERTY, Iowa – Ray Guss Jr. got back on track Saturday night and he had the point leader in the Deery Brothers Summer Series to thank for it. Powered by a motor borrowed from Mike Murphy Jr., Guss drove to a convincing $3,000 win in the IMCA Late Model tour main event at West Liberty Raceway.

The two-time defending series champion had broken his own engine during qualifying at Friday’s event at Davenport.Murphy, the winner of the last two Deery races, offered Guss his backup for the West Liberty show. That generosity helped Guss get his career 24th tour win. Denny Eckrich caught brother Andy for second late in the 40-lapper while Justin Kay and Kurt Kile completed the top five.

Matt Ryan started outside the front row and led the first six circuits while Joel Callahan, Andy Eckrich, Guss and Kay jockeyed behind him. Andy Eckrich needed just five laps to race from 15th into the top five; Callahan caught Ryan for the lead on lap seven and was beginning to put some distance on his closest challengers before the only caution of the night waved on lap 11.

Restarting third, Guss went to the low side to slide past Callahan and was scored first the next time around. He was running with lapped traffic by midway and built a sizable advantage as the race stayed green.

Denny Eckrich passed nine cars in all and took over the runner-up spot in the late going, but had nowhere near enough laps to catch Guss. Andy Eckrich passed 12 cars.

Callahan ended the night in in sixth, Murphy in ninth after winning his “B” feature.

The program was completed despite inclement weather and a brief rain delay during the Modified feature; 43 Late Models vied at West Liberty, the most through the series’ first four events this season.

Winner of the $250 Sunoco Race Fuels feature qualifier drawing was Gary Webb.

The third and final series event of the weekend is Sunday, April 22 at Dubuque Fairgrounds Speed­way. 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.

Last turn dramatics give edge to Harris in West Liberty Deery feature

July 10th, 2011

WEST LIBERTY, Iowa– Brian Harris proved fastest coming out of the final turn, passing race-long leader Andy Eckrich to win Thursday’s Deery Brothers Summer Series feature at West Liberty Raceway.

Eckrich had drawn the outside front row start and checked out early in the IMCA Late Model tour 35-lapper. Ray Guss Jr. gave chase before giving way to Harris, who slowly reeled in the home track favorite following a caution with 12 laps to go.

The white flag was out when Harris finally drew even. The frontrunners traded some paint before Harris made his turn four pass on the high line. Eckrich finished a very close second in the sprint to the stripe.

The win paid $2,000 and was the career fifth for Harris. Guss, Tyler Bruening and Kevin Kile completed the top five.

Kile’s run came in his first Deery Series main event appearance. He and sixth place finisher Terry Neal both came out of “B” features, advancing 12 and 10 positions, respectively.

Eckrich, the top driver in series point standings, was catching up with the back of the field just 10 laps into the contest when the first caution came out. Defending Deery champion Guss did his best to keep the pressure on, then saw Harris speed by to contend.

Harris’ second tour win of the season couldn’t have been much more different than his first: He’d led 47 of 50 circuits in topping the silver anniversary series opener at Dubuque Fairgrounds Speedway on April 2.

Winner of the $250 Sunoco Race Fuels feature qualifier drawing was Guss.

The 10th of 18 dates on the 2011 series schedule is Wednesday, July 20 at Quad City Speedway in East Moline, Ill. That race had been rained out and rescheduled from April 17.

Neal focusing on his competition at West Liberty Deery

July 8th, 2011

WEST LIBERTY, Iowa – Even after getting his first Deery Brothers Summer Series victory in two years and tightening the 2011 IMCA Late Model tour point standings, Terry Neal was a tough sell on the subject of momentum.

“The competition is so tough any more. It’s hard to get a win,” said Neal, who topped last Sunday’s feature at Quincy Raceway and goes into the July 7 show at West Liberty Raceway three points behind leader Andy Eckrich. “If you’re off just a little bit with your setup, you’re not going to win in this series.”

The 2005 Deery champion, Neal’s win at Quincy was his career 19th. He raced bombers and street stocks with some success “back in the day” at West Liberty before trying his hand in an open late model and getting mixed results on the ½-mile dirt oval.

“I think starting position and having a good car are more important,” Neal said, referencing the earlier question about momentum. “Luck can mean a lot, too.”

The West Liberty show is the ninth of 18 dates on the silver anniversary Deery Series schedule and will pay $2,000 to win and a minimum of $250 to start.

Pit gates will open at 5 p.m. and the grandstand opens at 5:30 p.m. Thursday. Hot laps are at 6:30 p.m. with racing to follow.

Grandstand admission is $16 for adults, $13 for seniors 62 and over, $10 for students and kids 12 and under get in free when accompanying a paid adult. Pit passes are $25.

IMCA Mach-1 Sport Compacts and local modifieds are also on the program.

More information is available from promoter Keith Simmons at 563 744-3620, and on the track website, www.simmonspromotionsinc.com.

Deery regular Charlie McKenna will have his grill car on hand for the second Karsyn’s Krusaders Kickin’ Cancer’s Butt One Lap At A Time ‘Partnering For A Purpose’ cookout, from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Thursday at Deery Brothers Ford Lincoln in Iowa City. Fare way provides the complimentary pork loins, hot dogs, potato chips and bottled water.

July 3 date at Quincy next for Deery Brothers Summer Series

July 3rd, 2011

QUINCY, Ill. – Quincy Raceway gets a jump on the holiday celebration, hosting the Sun day, July 3 Deery Brothers Summer Series event for IMCA Late Models.

Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods make their Illinois debut and IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars are also on the Titan Wheel & Tire special card. The Deery feature pays $2,000 to win and a mini mum of $250 to start.

Pit gates open at 3 p.m., the grandstand opens at 4:30 p.m., hot laps are at 5:45 p.m. and racing starts at 6:30 p.m. Grandstand admission is $15 for adults, $12 for seniors and $10 for students. Kids 10 and under get in free.

Eleven different drivers have won Deery features at Quincy, the most recent of them hometown hotshoe Matt Bailey on April 10.

Another local, and three-time series champion, Mark Burgtorf is a nine-time winner at Quincy while Rob Toland has won four times and Jeff Aikey, Boone McLaughlin and Denny Woodworth twice each.

More information about the Quincy show is available by calling the track hotline at 217 224-4100. The track website is www.quincyraceways.com.

Point leader Andy Eckrich is the only repeat winner through the first seven events of the silver anniversary series. Joining Bailey with one win each are Brian Harris, Matt Ryan, Mike Murphy and Aikey.

Deery drivers are back in action next Thursday, July 7, at West Liberty, Iowa, Raceway.

West Liberty Deery Series rescheduled to July 7

June 25th, 2011

WEST LIBERTY, Iowa – The Deery Brothers Summer Series event at West Liberty Raceway has been rescheduled for Thursday, July 7. Original date for the IMCA Late Model tour was Tuesday, July 12.

“We don’t like having to reschedule any series race, especially this close to the date of the event,” emphasized IMCA Vice President of Operations Brett Root. “This was the best option for IMCA, for the series and for drivers who follow the tour.”

Pit gates will open at 5 p.m. and the grandstand will open at 6 p.m. Hot laps are at 7 p.m. with racing to follow.

West Liberty modifieds and IMCA Mach-1 Sport Compacts are also on the evening’s card. Grandstand admission will be $16 for adults, $13 for seniors and $10 for students. Kids 12 and under get in free when accompanying a paid adult.

Pit passes are $25. More information is available from promoter Keith Simmons at 563 744-3620 and at the www.simmonspromotionsinc.com website.

The accompanying ‘Partnering For A Purpose’ cookout will also be rescheduled, to 11 a.m.-1 p.m. on race day at Deery Brothers Ford Lincoln in Iowa City.