Eckrich outruns Farley field for first Deery win
|Andy Eckrich after his first career IMCA Deery
Brothers Summer Series win at Farley (Ia.) Speedway. (K.C. Rooney)
Bill Martin and Larry
FARLEY, Ia. – Aug. 3. A first-time winner took the $2,000 checkers Tuesday in the first
Deery Brothers Summer Series event at Farley Speedway in nearly seven years.
Eckrich ran away from the rest of the IMCA Late Model tour feature field, leading the last 43 of 50 circuits.
Runner-up Terry Neal was a half lap off the pace when Eckrich crossed the stripe.
Eckrich already owned a pair of second place finishes in main event starts and was the top rookie in series
Jeff Aikey races his damaged mount toward a fourth place finish. (K.C.
into the "Tornado Tuesday" program.
Point leader Ray Guss Jr., defending champion Jeff Aikey and Mark Preston rounded out the top
five. Charlie McKenna worked his way up to sixth from the 24th starting spot to score hard charger honors
and also pocketed the $250 Sunoco drawing bonus.
|Ray Guss, Jr. before posting at third place at
Farley. (K.C. Rooney)
winner of the last Deery race at Farley, in 2003, started on the pole and ran in front as cautions slowed the
first seven laps.
|Jason Rauen and a crewmember get busy on his #98 at
Farley Speedway. (K.C. Rooney)
Eckrich, the youngest of three racing brothers, took over the point on lap eight, then
dealt with a myriad of cautions that finally ended on lap 36. The race ran green the rest of the way.
but Eckrich was clearly in a class by himself.
McKenna had to start his drive toward the front twice, first from the initial green flag and
then after advancing to midpack, being involved in a caution and then restarting in the
issues deflated the hopes of two other contenders, Kevin Blum and Jason Rauen.
started outside row one, exited early with two rear flats, then raced his way back to fifth and eventually
settled for seventh place pay.
Jeff Aikey and #98 Jason Rauen in action at Farley Speedway. (Daniel
made an even more impressive charge after making an early bid for the lead, then driving off with a broken left
tagged the back of the back and rocketed to second before being kayoed for good by a cut
McKenna, Blum and 14th place finisher T.J. Criss all
piloted borrowed rides for the midweek special.
Deery Brothers Summer Series - Farley Speedway
1). Andy Eckrich, 2) Terry Neal, 3) Ray Guss Jr., 4). Jeff Aikey,
5) Mark Preston, 6). Charlie McKenna,7). Kevin Blum, 8). Joel Callahan, 9). Josh Most, 10). Dan
Shelliam, 11). Ben Nading, 12). Joe Zrostlik, 13). Darrel DeFrance, 14). T.J. Criss, 15). Rob
Petsche, 16). Tyler Bruening, 17). Jason Rauen, 18). Luke Goedert, 19). Bryan Klein, 20). Brian
Harris, 21). Jeremiah Hurst, 22). Bobby Hansen, 23). Todd Malmstrom, 24). Rob Toland, 25). Cory
Heat winners (25 entries): Blum, Rauen, Eckrich; B-Main winner: Malmstrom
Daniel Busch photo