IMCA Deery Bros. Summer Series:
Guss's "Hershel Roberts Memorial" Win a Fitting
EAST MOLINE, Ill. – July 20. Ray Guss Jr. won one for the team Wednesday at Quad City
Guss chased down long-time leader Mike Murphy Jr., then held off Nate Beuseling to
capture the "Hershel Roberts Memorial" Deery Brothers Summer Series feature. The $2,000 IMCA Late Model tour win
was the first of the season for Guss and came on the night when fans at East Moline honored his late friend and car
|Ray Guss celebrates his Deery Bros. win at Quad City
long-time driver and Quad City Speedway Hall of Fame inductee, died this spring at the age of 68. He and his son
Ken fielded the car Guss drove to IMCA national, series, state and three local track titles in
Beuseling, Murphy, Charlie McKenna and Terry Neal completed the top five. Andy Eckrich ran
tenth and now leads Neal by two points and Guss by four in the updated
Already into lapped traffic 10 circuits into the 40-lapper, Murphy settled into the high line
and had McKenna in pursuit when the first caution came out on lap 13.
Both Neal and Guss passed McKenna on the ensuing restart and Guss followed the inside groove
to second by midway.
Ray Guss Jr. races to Wednesday's Deery Brothers Summer Series
victory at Quad City Speedway. (Chris
The frontrunners were running with lapped cars before
cautions on laps 26 and 28. A three-car battle between Murphy, Guss and Beuseling followed, with Guss finally
catching and passing Murphy with six laps left.
A five-car tangle brought out the final yellow the next time around. Guss stuck to the bottom
for his 22nd career Deery win. Beuseling took
over the runner-up spot in the late going.
Jay Johnson won the $250 Sunoco Race Fuels feature qualifier
July 20 - Deery Brothers at Quad City Speedway
1) Ray Guss Jr., 2) Nate Beuseling, , 3) Mike Murphy, 4) Charlie
McKenna, 5) Terry Neal, 6) Justin Reed, 7) Shawn Mulvany, 8) Tom Darbyshire, 9) Mike Zemo Jr., 10) Andy
Eckrich, 11) Matt Ryan, 12) Matt Strassheim, 13) Jay Johnson, 14) Tyler Bruening, 15) Darrel DeFrance,
16) Todd Malmstrom, 17) T.J. Criss, 18) Sam Halstead, 19) Colby Springsteen, 20) Eric Sanders, 21) Gary
Webb, 22) Jon Passick, 23) Mike Cothron, 24) Mike Garland.
Heat winners: Cothron, Garland,
Chris Damitz photo