Matt Ryan races to Saturday's Deery Brothers Summer Series win at 34 Raceway in West
Burlington, Ia. (Mike
IMCA Deery Brothers: "Slocum 50" Checkers Fly for First-time
Iowa - April 9. 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 measured in inches.
|Matt Ryan at 34 Raceway after his first career IMCA Deery
Bros. win. (Mike
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
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
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.
Todd Malmstrom and #39 Rob Toland duke it out at 34
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.
Quincy is the third of 19 races on the schedule for the 25th anniversary
Deery Brothers - 34
1) Matt Ryan, 2) Boone McLaughlin,
3) Mark Burgtorf, 4) Terry Neal, 5) Tom Darbyshire, 6) Matt Strassheim, 7) Colby Springsteen, 8) Tyler
Bruening, 9) Justin Reed, 10) Jason Cook, 11) Denny Woodworth, 12) Todd Malmstrom, 13) Brian Harris,
14) Andy Eckrich, 15) Rob Toland, 16) Ray Guss, Jr., 17) Matt Bailey, 18) Nate Beuseling, 19) Sam
Halstead,20) Dan Shelliam, 21) Tom Goble, 22) Keith Pratt, 23) Billy Tuckwell, 24) Mike Murphy,
Heat winners: Ryan, Springsteen