Brian Harris sails toward the
season opening IMCA Deery Brothers Series win at Dubuque Speedway. (Mike Ruefer)
Deery Brothers: Harris takes
opening night honors in Dubuque
|Brian Harris after his opening night Deery Bros. win at
DUBUQUE, Iowa - April 2. The first checkered flag of the silver anniversary Deery
Brothers Summer Series flew for Brian Harris.
Harris led all 50 laps of Saturday’s opening night IMCA Late Model tour opener at
Dubuque Fairgrounds Speedway, building up a big lead and then holding off Andy Eckrich after the sole caution
of the contest came with nine circuits to go.
The series victory was Harris’ career fourth and paid $2,000. Eckrich, Tom
Darbyshire, Tyler Bruening and Terry Neal rounded out the top five.
After drawing the outside row two start, Harris went immediately to the top groove.
He caught up with the back of the field by lap 15 and led the second-running Darbyshire by a full straight at
Eighth finishing Jason Perry races #15 Justin Kay at
Andy Eckrich with Dad Larry
Eckrich before bringing in a second place finish at Dubuque in his sophomore year of full time racing with
the tour. (Mike Ruefer)
Harris had lapped 13 cars before the late caution came out. Eckrich, the 2010 tour
rookie of the year, had started 15th, caught Darbyshire for the second spot and was making up ground
while Harris looked for a way around three-wide backrunners.
The yellow resulting from defending champion Ray Guss Jr.’s flat tire erased what
was still a sizable lead for Harris, who stuck to the higher line following the restart and then outran
Eckrich coming out of the turns and took the win by two car lengths.
Darrel DeFrance was 13th in upping his perfect series attendance streak to 368
consecutive events. Guss raced his way back to 14th. All three of Harris’ previous Deery victories came in 2005. Todd Malmstrom won the
$250 Sunoco Race Fuels feature qualifier drawing.
Nineteen race dates comprise the 26th annual tour. Next up are the $3,000 to win
Slocum 50 at 34 Raceway in West Burlington on Saturday, April 9 and the Sunday, April 10 show at Quincy,
Tom Darbyshire splits #75 Todd Malmstrom and #44 Luke
Goedert before taking a third place finish at Dubuque. (Mike Ruefer)
Defending series champ Ray Guss's new season got off to a
rocky start as he put his car into an inside guardrail in his heat race.(Mike Ruefer)
Deery Bros. – Dubuque
1) Brian Harris, 2) Andy Eckrich,
3) Tom Darbyshire, 4) Tyler Bruening, 5) Terry Neal, 6) Bryan Klein, 7) Rob Toland, 8) Jason Perry, 9)
Justin Reed, 10) Mark Burgtorf, 11) Mike Murphy, Jr., 12) Colby Springsteen, 13) Darrel DeFrance, 14)
Ray Guss, Jr., 15) Matt Strassheim, 16) Jeff Aikey, 17) Charlie McKenna, 18) Dan Shelliam, 19) Justin
Kay, 20) Jason Frankel, 21) Todd Malmstrom, 22) Luke Goedert, 23) Jay Johnson, 24) Billy
Heat winners: Neal, Perry
Darrell Unzel photo