Mark Burgtorf after his third Deery Bros. win of the season at Dubuque
Speedway (Dan Busch photo)
Series Checkers Fly For Burgtorf
By Bill Martin
DUBUQUE, Iowa – April 18. 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
Burgtorf got back to his winning ways Sunday, 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.
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
While #75 Todd Malmstrom fights for position down low, Mark Burgtorf negotiates traffic
from the high side of Dubuque Speedway en route to his third Deery Bros. win of the young
season. (Dan Busch)
wreckers were called to transport his car back to the pits.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Burgtorf continues his high side attack as #58 Ray Guss, Jr. looks to
the high side of #40 Joel Callahan. (Dan Busch photo)
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.