Dominant last weekend with his sweep of the two opening events on the IMCA Deery Brothers
Series, Mark Burgtorf meets his match with a "drive-by" from #58 Ray Guss, Jr. at Davenport Speedway
Friday. Guss claimed the win and a disappointed Burgtorf's race ended in the pits in 18th
Andy Eckrich tries an inside line against #77 Jeff Aikey before making a successful
pass for second at Davenport. Aikey took third. (John
Guss runs away from Davenport Deery field
DAVENPORT, Iowa – April 16. Ray Guss Jr. couldn’t have asked for much more
from Friday’s Deery Brothers Summer Series feature at Davenport Speedway.
Guss earned $2,000 for his first IMCA Late Model tour victory of the
season and took over the top spot in the early series point standings. Mark Burgtorf had come to town looking
Andy Eckrich races Tom Darbyshire on his way to second place, a hotly contested
position behind leader Guss. (Mike
his third win in as many 2010 races but broke shortly after relinquishing
the lead to Guss before midway and was relegated to 18th.
Andy Eckrich fashioned a runner-up finish in just the second feature
appearance of his Deery career. Six-time champion Jeff Aikey bounced back from a tough opening weekend for
third while Tom Darbyshire and Justin Reed rounded out the top five.
The 50-lapper started with Burgtorf taking the green from the outside of
row one. He ran at the front with pressure eventually coming from the sixth starting Guss and the eighth
starting Jason Rauen.
Justin Reed and #99 Darrell DeFrance race for fifth place, which belonged to Reed at the
Frequent yellows slowed the contest, two casualties being Rauen and
Burgtorf. Guss had finally caught up and was first across the line on lap 22, then Burgtorf broke half a lap
later and coasted to a stop on the backstretch.
The race ran without caution from that point and Guss checked out on
everybody, winning his 17th Deery feature and his first at Davenport since 1999. The real fight was for second
and Eckrich eventually prevailed in a tussle that frequently saw four or five cars challenging for the
Eckrich, Darbyshire and Reed all drove their way into the main event
through “B” features. Eckrich advanced 11 positions from his original start while Reed scored hard charger
honors, moving up 15 spots.
Consistent Darrel DeFrance ran sixth in his 355th career Deery
outing. He’s now third in the standings, seven points behind Guss and one back of Burgtorf.
Brett Diercks was the $250 Sunoco drawing winner.
Fifty-seven cars were entered at Davenport, right at the series average through the first three of 16
Jeff Aikey drove his #77 to third place at Davenport, while #54 Kevin Blum fell out of
contention in 16th. (Mike