Deery Bros.: Springsteen's the Boss at Boone with Super Nationals
BOONE, Iowa – Sept. 5. A night with many firsts ended with Colby Springsteen in victory lane
Monday at Boone Speedway. Springsteen led
the last 10 laps in winning the Deery Brothers Summer Series feature on opening night of the IMCA Speedway
Motors Super Nationals fueled by Cenex.
The $2,000 victory was Springsteen’s IMCA Late Model tour career first. He’d started third, dropped back as far
as eighth, then took charge after race-long leader Justin Reed came up lame and second-running Terry Neal exited on
a lap 41 caution.
“This is the first full year we’ve followed the series. I never thought we’d be able to come
and win the first time in this event,” Springsteen admitted. “It’s awesome.”
Kevin Sather chased Springsteen to the checkers and pole starter Dale Hackwell Jr. was third.
Darrell DeFrance scored hard charger honors in the 23rd Super
Nationals appearance of his career, advancing a dozen spots to round out the top four.
Andy Eckrich was fifth and now trails Ray Guss, Jr. by three points in the race for the silver
anniversary series championship.
The two-time defending Super Nationals champion, Guss qualified for the main event by winning
his “B” and moved up nine places to eighth.
Reed started outside the front row and checked out on the field from the initial green, leading by a full
straightaway just seven laps into the 50-lapper.
Hackwell, then Charlie McKenna gave chase but were hardly in the same time zone before the
first caution, just before midway, erased Reed’s huge lead.
Reed continued to run in front while Sather and Neal worked their way to second and third,
respectively. Springsteen was in the right place at the right time to capitalize on the restart that followed
Reed’s mechanical misfortune and Neal’s exit.
“I was running fourth when I started thinking I’d try the bottom and then got passed by about five cars,”
Springsteen said. “I thought the bottom was the way to go, like it was in the heat races, but it was a lot faster
Sept. 5 - IMCA Deery Bros. at Boone Speedway
1) Colby Springsteen, 2) Kevin Sather, 3)
Dale Hackwell, Jr., 4) Darrel DeFrance, 5) Andy Eckrich, 6) Charlie McKenna, 7) Ryan
Griffith, 8) Ray Guss, Jr., 9) Todd Cooney, 10) Ryan Giles, 11) Chad Cooney, 12) Luke
Goedert, 13) Nate Beuseling, 14) Al Johnson, 15) Tyler Bruening, 16) Justin Reed, 17)
Terry Neal, 18) Todd Malmstrom (prov.), 19) Mike Garland (prov.), 20) T.J. Criss, 21)
Jason Hahne, 22) Jeff Aikey, 23) Tysus Pattee, 24) Richie Gustin
winners: Beuseling; McKenna; Griffith; Sather; Goedert; B-Feature winners: DeFrance,