a little help from the draw, Andy Eckrich found clear sailing en route to a Tuesday night IMCA Deery Brothers
Summer Series win at Marshalltown Speedway. (Mike Ruefer)
IMCA Deery Bros.: Last to draw, Eckrich is
First to Finish "Miller Lite 50" at
MARSHALLTOWN, Ia. – May 17. Andy Eckrich didn’t
have much choice when he drew last for his starting position in Tuesday’s Deery Brothers Summer Series "Miller
Lite 50" feature at Marshalltown Speedway.
Unfortunately for his IMCA Late Model tour foes, the pill they’d left Eckrich was good for the
pole and he took advantage of the spot, leading all 50 circuits en route to a $2,000
Last season’s series and national rookie of the year pulled away from the field after a pair
of early restarts and again following a lap 22 caution. Tom Darbyshire got the better of Tyler Bruening in the
battle for second but still crossed the finish line a half-straightaway off the pace.
Defending champion Ray Guss, Jr., Matt Strassheim and hard charger Todd Cooney completed the
top six. Cooney passed a dozen cars on the night.
Eckrich was catching up with the back of the pack by lap 19 and again after the long green
flag session that followed the lap 22 yellow. Darbyshire got by Bruening before midway and also raced through
lapped traffic, but didn’t have time to track down the leader.
The victory was Eckrich’s series career second. The Marshalltown event was just the fourth of
the season and the first since April 10, after April 15-17 rainouts at Davenport Speedway, Jackson County
Speedway and Quad City Speedway.
Charlie McKenna won the $250 Sunoco Race Fuels feature qualifier
Darbyshire and Bruening will share the point lead heading into the Memorial Day show at Boone
Speedway on Monday, May 30. Terry Neal ran ninth at Marshalltown and is now one point out of
Marshalltown Speedway - IMCA Deery
1) Andy Eckrich, 2) Tom Darbyshire, 3) Tyler Bruening, 4)
Ray Guss, Jr., 5) Matt Strassheim, 6) Todd Cooney, 7) Darrel DeFrance, 8) Mike Murphy Jr., 9) Terry
Neal, 10) Kevin Sather, 11) Justin Reed, 12) Boone McLaughlin, 13) Nate Beuseling, 14) Rob Toland, 15)
Billy Tuckwell (prov.), 16) Jeff Aikey, 17) Al Johnson, 18) Tommy Elston, 19) Charlie McKenna, 20) Sam
Halstead (prov.), 21) Mike Garland, 22) Todd Malmstrom (prov.), 23) Colby Springsteen, 24) Joel
Heat winners: Strassheim, Reed, Guss, Neal; B-Feature winners: Elston, Murphy
|Daniel Busch photo