BURLINGTON, IA (4-6-13) –Denny Eckrich, Tiffin, Iowa, took the checkered flag in the first 2013 Deery Brother Summer Series event held at Burlington’s 34 Raceway Saturday night April 6. The Fifth Annual Slocum 50 Memorial race, honors former late model racer Brent Slocum and contributed $1335 to the Brent Slocum Scholarship Foundation with $1 for each paid grandstand admission going to the fund.
Forty-six late models competed for the 24 spots in the 50 lap feature through five heats and two B-Mains. In recognition of new sponsor Casey’s, qualifiers for the feature, through heat race action, each drew a Casey’s Pizza box to determine their starting position in the 50 lap feature event. Andy Eckrich drew the box with 1 pizza slice for the pole position. Before the start of the main event, drivers did a four abreast parade lap with a “missing man “ formation leaving an open spot on the front row in memory of Slocum. Fans rose to their feet giving the familiar Slocum “High Five” for a touching moment remembering this popular driver. Family members of Brent Slocum were also on hand with daughter Isabelle presenting the trophy to the winner.
It was the Eckrich brothers show for the first 33 laps with Denny and Andy racing side by side and bumper to bumper exchanging leader positions several times . Columbus Junction’s Jason Utter would not be far behind. With the two brothers putting on a fierce battle, Morning Sun’s Tom Darbyshire was moving fast to the front. Darbyshire would move up to the third from his 20th place start by lap 33 until he would scrape the backstretch wall bringing out the yellow.
By lap 38 Denny had taken the lead for good and would begin to pull away. But Darbyshire wasn’t the only one moving up. Jeff Aikey would take over the second spot from Andy Eckrich with ten laps to go in pursuit of the leader. But laps would run out as Aikey who as closing in on the learder and Eckrich would take the checkered flag for the win. Brian Harris, driving the Richard Realty 15r would get the $555 Hard Charger check racing from his 21st starting spot to finish third. Denny also took home the $538 Honus Bonus in memory of Jeremy “Honus” Wagner. The money went to the leader of lap 38. Wagner was a member of late model racer Colby Springsteen’s (38) pit crew when he was tragically killed in an automobile accident.
Chris Larson, Keokuk, took the checkered flag in the first points race for the Weikert Iron and Metal IMCA Sport Mods. Larson took the lead in the fifteen car field from his front row start in the flag to flag fifteen lapper. Derek St. Claire, Donnellson, followed to finish second and Carter Vandenberg, Oskaloosa, finished third.
Two disqualifications following post race tech would give Nicholas Van Hemurt, Drakesville, his first 4 Cylinder win at 34 Raceway. Twenty-four I Connect You/Louisa Communications 4 Cylinders took to the track for their twelve lap feature with Mike Hornung, Keokuk, and Rachel Reger, Burlington on the front row. Hornung would take the early lead pulling away from the field. But a yellow on the white flag lap would set up a green, white, checkered finish giving Keokuk’s Michael Grossman a shot at the leader. But Grossman wouldn’t be able to catch Horning to finish second. Post race tech would find both Horning and Grossman not passing tech with improper Fuel tank bracing giving the win to third place finisher Van Hemurt.
Coming up this Saturday, April 13 will be the thrilling action of the MOWA (Midwest Open Wheel Association) 410 Outlaw Sprints racing for $3000 to win. Danny Lasoski took the checkered flag in this event in 2012.
Along with the 410 sprints will be the Pepsi IMCA Stock cars, I Connect You/Louisa Communications 4 Cylinders, Mod Lites and 4 Wheelers and Pit Bikes. For more information go to www.34raceway.com
SLOCOM 50/DEERY BROTHERS SUMMER SALES LATE MODELS
FEATURE1. Denny Eckrich, Tiffin; 2. Jeff Aikey, Cedar Falls; 3. Brian Harris, Davenport; 4. Andy Eckrich, Oxford; 5. Jason Utter, Columbus Junction; 6. Colby Springsteen, Wapello; 7. Jeremiah Hurst, Dubuque, 8. Justin Kay, Wheatland; 9. Tom Goble, Burlington; 10. Joel Callahan, Dubuque; 11. Nate Beuseling, Silvis, Ill.; 12. Darrel DeFrance, Marshalltown; 13. Spencer Diercks, Bettendorf; 14. Jeff Mitrisin, Oskaloosa; 15. Matt Strassheim, Morning Sun; 16. Tom Darbyshire, Morning Sun; 17. Dan Shelliam, Hazel Green, Wis.; 18. Mike Murphy Jr., Colona, Ill.; 19. Ron Klein, Sherrill; 20. Dean Wagner, Evansdale; 21. Todd Malmstrom, Silvis, Ill.; 22. Luke Goedert, Guttenburg; 23. Travis Smock, Independence; 24. Jon Merfeld, Peosta..
HEAT WINNERS: (TOP 4) – HEAT 1 – Diercks, Eckrich, Springsteen, Defrance. HEAT 2 – Utter, Beuseling, Aikey, Smock. HEAT 3 - D. Eckrich, Klein, Malmstrom, Murphy. HEAT 4 – Shelliam, Goble, Wagner, Strassheim. HEAT 5 – Mitrisin, Merfeld, Hurst, Geodert. B-MAIN 1 – (Top 4) Murphy, Defrance, Darbyshire, Goedert. B-MAIN 2 (Top 4) Callahan, Smock, Harris, Strassheim.
WEIKERT IRON AND METAL IMCA SPORT MODS
FEATURE: 1. Chris Larson, Keokuk, 2. Derek St. Clair, Donnellson, 3. Carter Vandenberg, Oskaloosa, 4. Bobby Anders, Quincy, Il., 5. Ryan Fullenkamp, Bloomfield, 6. Sean Wyett, Danville, 7. Kyle Hill, New London, 8. Austin Schulte, Keokuk, 9. Mike Shelton, Bloomfield, 10. Adam Shelman, Ames, 11. Jason Cook, Mt. Pleasant, 12. Ethan Thompson, Keokuk, 13. Lyle Timmerman, Wapello, 14. Nathan Anders, Quincy, Il., 15. Creston Williams, Atkins. HEAT WINNERS: Anders, Wyett.
I Connect You/Louisa Communications 4 Cylinders
FEATURE: 1. Nicholas Van Hemurt, Drakesville, 2. Billy Stanford, Wapello, 3. Scott Smith, Alexandria, Mo., 4. Kimberly Abbott, Camp Point, Il., 5. Cody Vandusen, Wilton, 6. Bryerson Tharp, Grandview, 7. Rachael Reger, Burlington, 9. Ron Pace, Atalissa, 9. Jacob Brown, Wapello, 10. Shawn Baker, Burlington, 11. Travis Smith, LaHarpe, Il., 12. Roy Norton, Burlington, 13. Kevin Mortimer, Biggsville, Il., 14. Alex Hayes, Iowa City, 15. Dustin Ravelin, Burlington, 16. Wayne Noble, Wapello, 17. Becky Dockendorff, Danville, 18. Matt Marshall, Burlington, 19. Mike Hornung, Keokuk, 20. Brian Mehaffy, Danville, 21. Jerrod Nichols, Stronghurst, Il., 22. Austen Becerra, Carthage, Il.,. 23. John Whalen, Ainsworth, 24. Adam Gates, Cedar Rapids, 25. Michael Grossman, Keokuk. HEAT WINNERS: Gates, Grossman, Mehaffy.
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