Terry Neal races #38 Colby
Springsteen before capturing the win in the Titan Tire and Wheel Deery Brothers Summer Series event at Quincy
IMCA Deery Brothers Summer Series: Neal Ends Deery Drought with
QUINCY, Ill. – July 3. Terry Neal ended a long
absence from victory lane and made the Deery Brothers Summer Series point race even more interesting at the same
time Sunday night at Quincy Raceway.
Taking over the front spot after early leader Mike Murphy Jr. broke, Neal held off a
succession of challengers in topping the Titan Wheel & Tire-sponsored IMCA Late Model tour main
Andy Eckrich races outside of #27 Jason Perry before advancing
at Quincy. Perry held down second before breaking down, and Eckrich held on for
His win was good for $2,000 and just as importantly, put Neal only three points behind leader
and Sunday’s third place finisher Andy Eckrich.
The victory was also the tour career 19th for Neal, the 2005 Deery champion, and his first in the series
since July 1, 2009. He’d finished second six times and run in the top five in 17 of 34 main event starts since
taking the checkers at Independence Motor Speedway.
Murphy drew the outside row one start and stayed in front through a series of cautions that
slowed the first six laps. He exited with mechanical issues after the last of those early
Terry Neal hoists his new trophy after winning the Titan
Tire and Wheel 40 on the Deery Brothers tour at Quincy, Ill. (John Vass)
Improving his points position by two spots, Ray Guss, Jr. races to
a second place finish at Quincy. (John
Neal took over from that point, pulling away from the rest of the field and leading the rest of the 40-lapper.
Yellows at midway and again with nine laps left brought the pack back together but no one could catch up to
Denny Woodworth worked his way up to second before getting caught up with a lapped car. Jason
Perry then did a stint in second before he broke.
Defending series champion Ray Guss Jr. ended the night as runner-up, a couple car lengths behind Neal, moving
from fifth to third in the standings as well. Jay Johnson was fourth and Nate Beuseling turned in a strong finish
Beuseling pocketed another $250 as winner of the Sunoco Race Fuels feature qualifier
Deery Bros. Summer Series at Quincy Raceways
1) Terry Neal, 2) Ray Guss Jr., 3) Andy Eckrich, 4) Jay Johnson, 5)
Nate Beuseling, 6) Joey Gower, 7) Colby Springsteen, 8) Matt Bailey, 9) Lonnie Bailey, 10) Darrel
DeFrance, 11) Denny Woodworth, 12) Justin Reed, 13) Tom Darbyshire, 14) Matt Strassheim, 15) Bill
Genenbacher,16) Tyler Bruening, 17) Eric Sanders, 18) Charlie McKenna, 19) Jason Perry, 20) Sam
Halstead, 21) Tom Goble, 22) Mark Burgtorf, 23) Mike Murphy Jr., 24) Keith Pratt, Quincy.
Chris Damitz photo