Aikey Dominates Jackson County
Deery For 53rd Career IMCA Tour Win
By Bill Martin
MAQUOKETA, Iowa – April 17. It took seven laps for Jeff Aikey to get
to the front of the Deery Brothers Summer Series feature field at Jackson County Speedway.
Once he got there, the rest of the IMCA Late Model tour race was for
Aikey caught Jay Johnson and led the last 43 times around the track
Saturday, passing half the pack before his big lead was erased by a caution with 13 laps to go. He checked out
again following the re-start, taking the checkers comfortably ahead of hard charger Terry Neal.
The win paid $2,000 and was Aikey’s Deery career 53rd. The six
time and defending tour champion had also won at Maquoketa in 1998 and 2002.
Neal qualified from his “B” race and passed 16 cars in collecting
runner-up honors. Mark Burgtorf, series point leader Ray Guss Jr. and Josh Most completed the top five. Johnson
Guss won the second “B” and advanced 13 positions. Tyler Bruening pocketed
the $250 Sunoco bonus.
The 49 Late Model entries made for a Deery track record at Jackson County,
topping 42 car counts for events in 2004 and again in 2006.
Forty-nine entries on Saturday also pushed the total to 12,816 for the 356
series events held since 1987. That pencils out to a precise average of 36 cars a night.