Jeff Aikey races before #16 Tyler Bruening and the setting sun before taking the
"Red Dralle Memorial" win on the Deery Brothers Summer Series tour at Independence Motor
IMCA Deery Bros. Summer
Series: Aikey outruns Reed for Dralle Memorial Deery win
INDEPENDENCE, Ia. –
June 29. On the night when fans at Independence Motor Speedway remembered one of their favorite drivers, Jeff
Aikey added to his own considerable legacy.
Wednesday’s Deery Brothers Summer Series feature at Indee, earning a hefty $5,004 for his "Red Dralle Memorial"
victory. The IMCA Late Model tour checkers were his career 55th and came at the end of a fast-paced 84 lap
contest that saw Aikey chase down, then hold off Justin Reed in the race to the checkers.
“We knew going in
that tires would be a concern, but we knew we had a good car, too,” said Aikey, a six-time series champion. “I
bided my time once we got into lapped traffic and everything worked out for us.”
Springsteen fought hard for and took home third at Independence Motor Speedway. (John Vass)
started 10th, caught Reed for the lead in lapped traffic on lap 55. Reed pulled close and almost
alongside several times following a lap 63 restart but just couldn’t complete a pass of his
and Stephan Kammerer posted series career-best finishes in third and fourth, respectively. Nate Beuseling was
champion Ray Guss Jr. was sixth and Andy Eckrich maintained his spot on top of the current point standings with
a ninth place showing.
Joe Zrostlik led
the first 15 circuits from the pole. Beuseling took over and had nearly caught up with the back of the field
when the first caution came out on lap 18.
Reed moved into
second on the ensuing restart, with Springsteen close behind. Beuseling, Reed and Springsteen ran three wide
down the backstretch before Reed was scored first across the stripe at the end of the
toward the front, Aikey maneuvered around a lapped car to keep Reed in his sights, then drove to take a lead
he’d never relinquish.
Bryan Klein, Nick
Marolf and Tyler Bruening all improved a dozen positions from their original start: Klein had the best finish at
seventh to earn the $504 hard charger bonus.
took advantage of the enhanced payout to grab another IMCA Deery Brothers win at Independence Motor
Speedway. (John Vass)
Tom Darbyshire won
the $250 Sunoco feature qualifier drawing.
Waterloo, died last October at the age of 69. He was a long-time competitor at Independence and qualified for 39
record-tying 50 entries were on hand for the seventh series race of the season. The distance of the feature
represented Dralle’s first car number; all payout amounts ended with $4, representing his final car
June 29 - IMCA Deery Bros. - Independence Motor
1) Jeff Aikey, 2) Justin Reed, 3)
Colby Springsteen, 4) Stephan Kammerer, 5) Nate Beuseling, 6) Ray Guss, Jr., 7) Bryan Klein, 8) Terry
Neal, 9) Andy Eckrich, 10) Nick Marolf, 11) Tyler Bruening (prov.), 12) Greg Kastli, 13) Tom Darbyshire
(prov.), 14) Charlie McKenna, 15) Joe Zrostlik, 16) Jon Passick, 17) T.J. Criss, 18) Joel Brasch, 19)
Dale Hackwell Jr., 20) Mike Murphy, Jr., 21) Dan Shelliam, 22) Matt Ryan, 230 Mark Burgtorf, 24) Curt
Heat winners (50 entries): Eckrich; Kammerer; Shelliam; Zrostlik; Passick; B-Feature
winners:Neal; Murphy..Hard charger start: Marolf.
John Vass photo