Guss adds to point
lead with Southern Iowa Deery Brothers win
OSKALOOSA, Ia . – July 21. A long run at the front
Wednesday led to the third Deery Brothers Summer Series win of the season for Ray Guss, Jr.
Guss led the last 25 times around the track in the
35-lapper at Southern Iowa Speedway, pulling away from persistent Andy Eckrich following a late restart to earn
the $2,000 top prize and add to his lead in point standings for the IMCA Late Model tour.
Jay Johnson, Terry Neal and Jeremiah Hurst rounded
out the top five in the midweek show, during the Mahaska County Fair.
Charlie McKenna enjoyed one of the fastest rides not
on the midway, leading the first 10 circuits from his outside front row starting spot. Two of the six cautions
that slowed the contest came during McKenna’s turn at the point, but he stayed in control both times the green
flag came back out.
The sixth starting Guss gradually reeled McKenna in,
making an inside move in turn four to take the lead away and running at the head of the pack the rest of the
Eckrich and McKenna traded the second spot much of
that distance, but their entertaining battle came to an end on lap 32 when McKenna’s right rear wheel broke,
sending him hard into the turn three wall and bringing out the red flag.
McKenna was not injured, though his ride sustained
considerable damage. Eckrich tried an inside approach of his own and pulled alongside Guss after the restart,
but was rebuffed and wound up second, some six car lengths behind the winner.
Guss now owns 19 trophies from his Deery career, tied
with Rob Toland for fifth on the all-time wins list. Eckrich’s second place finish matched his career best
showing. He’d also chased Guss to the checkers at Davenport Speedway in April.
Engine problems knocked Mark Burgtorf out of his heat
and he did not attempt to run a “B” feature. He remains second in the standings, now 55 points off the pace.
Eckrich is another nine points back.
July 21 - Deery Bros. - Southern Iowa Speedway
1. Ray Guss ,Jr., 2. Andy Eckrich; 3. Jay Johnson; 4. Terry Neal;
5. Jeremiah Hurst; 6. Tom Darbyshire; 7. Jeff Guengerich; 8. T.J. Criss; 9. Jeff Aikey; 10. Darrel
DeFrance; 11. Tom Goble; 12. Kevin Blum; 13. Mark Preston; 14. Ryan Giles; 15. Robby Warner; 16.
Charlie McKenna; 17. Rob Toland; 18. Jason Rauen; 19. Tyler Bruening; 20. Josh Most; 21. Tommy
Elston; 22. Boone McLaughlin; 23. Todd Malmstrom; 24. Joel Callahan.
McLaughlin, Darbyshire, Johnson; B-Feature winners: Goble, Hurst