Ray Guss, Jr. enjoys a large lead that he got after Denny Eckrich and Colby Springsteen got
together on lap 16 of the 40-lap Deery Brothers special at Davenport Speedway on Sunday. The Iowa veteran earned
$3,000 for his night's work. (Chris
IMCA Deery Bros.: No Snow, No Rain, No Keeping Guss From Victory Lane
|Ray Guss, Jr. at Davenport Speedway with Dirt Racer
Magazine presenter Stacy Vander Heiden after his $3,000 Deery Brothers Summer Series win.
DAVENPORT, Ia. –
Sept. 11. Snow, then rain were to blame for postponing the first two attempts at getting in the Deery Brothers
Summer Series event at Davenport Speedway.
There was nothing
to keep Ray Guss Jr. from winning the twice-rescheduled IMCA Late Model tour feature on Sunday night,
Guss sped to the lead when front-running Colby Springsteen and Denny Eckrich got together on the 16th of 40
laps. He pulled away from the rest of the pack from that point, beating Eckrich to the finish line by half a
Along with a $3,000 check, Guss upped his advantage in the silver anniversary series point race by four over
fifth-finishing Andy Eckrich. Guss will have to hold off his challenger for two more events, the Sept. 16-17 Yankee
Dirt Track Classic at Farley Speedway and the Sept. 24-25 finale at Quad City Speedway, before he can claim a
second straight Deery crown.
Nate Beuseling was
third and Mike Klinkhammer fourth in the All-Star Classic headliner.
Springsteen, fresh from his Labor Day win at the IMCA
Speedway Motors Super Nationals fueled by Cenex, looked like a strong contender after drawing the pole.
He opened a big
lead and was into lapped traffic before the caution flag came out. After the restart, the fifth-starting Denny
Eckrich applied heavy pressure from the outside. The front pair came together, giving Guss the opportunity to
The win was his
second this season and career 23rd. He’s now alone in fourth place on the all-time list for the tour, behind
Jeff Aikey with 55, Mark Burgtorf with 26 and Curt Martin with 25. Gary Webb, who was 13th at
Davenport, owns 22 Deery checkers.
Andy Eckrich won
the $250 Sunoco Race Fuels feature qualifier drawing.Winter hadn’t quite given up its grip on the
Davenport area when the original Deery date was postponed from April 15. Rain right about the time hot laps
were to begin kiboshed the first rescheduled date of Sept. 9.
IMCA Deery Bros. at Davenport Speedway
1) Ray Guss, Jr., 2) Denny Eckrich, 3) Nate Beuseling, 4)
Mike Klinkhammer, 5) Andy Eckrich, 6) Brian Harris, 7) Justin Reed, 8) Tommy Elston, 9) Terry Neal, 10)
Colby Springsteen, 11) Stephan Kammerer, 12) Darrel DeFrance, 13) Gary Webb, 14) Mike Garland, 15)
Spencer Diercks, 16) Joe Ross, 17) Todd Malmstrom, 18) Charlie McKenna, 19) Chad Patch, 20) Marty
Diercks, 21) Justin Kay, 22) Travis Denning, 23) Eric Sanders, 24) Doug Nigh.
Eckrich, Diercks, Harris.
Mike Ruefer photo