Mike Murphy gets a challenge from Andy Eckrich after a
late restart at Farley. Murphy got away, but Eckrich came away with the series points
lead. (Darrel Unzel)
IMCA Deery Bros.: Murphy First in Farley Deery, Eckrich takes
series point lead
FARLEY, Ia. – June 7. A first-time winner and a new point leader came out of Tuesday’s Deery
Brothers Summer Series feature at Farley Speedway.
Mike Murphy Jr. led all 40 laps of the IMCA Late Model main event to earn $2,000. Andy Eckrich finished a
distant second but took over the top spot in the standings, five points better than Tyler Bruening.
After starting outside Ray Guss Jr. on the front row, Murphy went side-by-side with the
defending Deery champion for the first two circuits before pulling ahead.
Jeff Aikey (58) and eventual winner Mike Murphy Jr race for the
early lead at Farley Speedway. (Darrel Unzel)
The only caution of the race came on lap 13 and the fourth starting Eckrich passed Guss on the
restart for second.
Trying to extend his Deery winning streak to three, Eckrich did his best to reel in Murphy but
couldn’t keep up the pace in lapped traffic. Murphy pulled ahead to win by a straightaway over Eckrich with
Guss, Joel Callahan and Bruening rounding out the top five.
Jeff Aikey stalks Dan Shelliam at Farley. (Darrel Unzel)
Tom Darbyshire was the point leader going into the night and finished 12th. He and Terry Neal are now tied
for third, six points off Eckrich’s pace.
Matt Strassheim won the $250 Sunoco Race Fuels feature qualifier
The 2006 tour rookie of the year, Murphy’s previous best Deery finish had been a runner-up
showing at Davenport Speedway in 2007.
Mike Murphy, Jr. was a first-time winner in a mid-week
IMCA Deery Brothers Late Model Series event at Farley (Ia.) Speedway. (Darrel
Farley Speedway Deery
1) Mike Murphy, Jr., 2) Andy
Eckrich, 3) Ray Guss Jr., 4) Joel Callahan, 5) Tyler Bruening, 6) Brian Harris, 7) Nate Beuseling, 8)
Dan Shelliam, 9) Terry Neal, 10) Todd Cooney, 11) Darrel DeFrance, 12) Tom Darbyshire, 13) Justin Reed,
14) Jay Johnson, 15) Boone McLaughlin, 16) Matt Strassheim (prov.), 17) Colby Springsteen (prov.), 18)
Charlie McKenna, 19) Sam Halstead (prov.), 20) Jeff Aikey, 21) Mike Garland, 22) Travis Smock, 23) Joe
Zrostlik, 24) Jason Rauen
Heat winners: DeFrance, Murphy, Bruening, Guss; B-Main winners:
Darrel Unzel photo