Deery Brothers Summer Series
Jackson County Speedway
April 19, 2014
Neal adds to Deery Series success with fourth win at Jackson County
by Bill Martin
MAQUOKETA, Iowa (April 19) After four lead changes involving four different drivers, Terry Neal won a Deery Brothers Summer Series feature at Jackson County Speedway for the fourth time Saturday night.
Neal caught Andy Eckrich coming to the white flag in the 40-lapper, then held on to beat Eckrich to the checkers by not much more than inches. The IMCA Late Model tour victory was worth $3,000 and came in an epic contest that saw its share and then some of side-by-side racing up front.
Jeff Aikey, Nate Beuseling and Tommy Elston completed the top five. Neal had won the first of three straight Deery features at Maquoketa during his 2005 series championship season.
Elston started from the pole and set the fast pace the first 15 circuits despite a couple early cautions that kept the field close.
He gave way to Beuseling on lap 16. Elston, Neal, Aikey and Eckrich ran two and three wide behind Beuseling as the front five separated themselves from the field.
Following a caution on lap 29, Neal went to the lower line and led laps 30-36. Eckrich slipped by for the front spot on laps 37 and 38 but couldnt prevent Neal from driving by for his 20th career Deery win.
Beuseling pocketed the $250 Sunoco feature qualifier drawing prize.
With three different winners Eckrich, Colby Springsteen and now Neal in as many events so far, the Deery Series is next at Quad City Speedway in East Moline, Ill., for the Sunday, May 4 Hershel Roberts Memorial. Hot laps are at 5:15 p.m. with racing to follow.
Feature results 1. Terry Neal, Ely; 2. Andy Eckrich, Oxford; 3. Jeff Aikey, Cedar Falls; 4. Nate Beuseling, Silvis, Ill.; 5. Tommy Elston, Keokuk; 6. Ryan Dolan, Lisbon; 7. Justin Kay, Wheatland; 8. Scott Fitzpatrick, Urbandale; 9. Jason Rauen, Farley; 10. Matt Ryan, Davenport; 11. Joel Callahan, Dubuque; 12. Tyler Bruening, Decorah; 13. Joe Ross, Thomson, Ill.; 14. Ron Klein, Sherrill; 15. Jon Poll, Delmar; 16. Rob Moss, Iowa City; 17. Joe Zrostlik, Long Grove; 18. Rob Toland, Colona, Ill.; 19. Colby Springsteen, Wapello; 20. Darrel DeFrance, Marshalltown; 21. Dean Wagner, Evansdale; 22. Luke Pestka, Robins; 23. Chad Holladay, Muscatine; 24. Jon Merfeld, Dubuque.
1st heat (top three) 1. Wagner; 2. Fitzpatrick; 3. Neal; 4. Rauen; 5. Jeremy Grady, Story City; 6. Klein; 7. Mike Zemo, Davenport; 8. DeFrance; 9. Becky Roth, Kieler, Wis.; 10. Kelly Pestka, Preston.
2nd heat 1. Toland; 2. Aikey; 3. Zrostlik; 4. Ross; 5. Merfeld; 6. Moss; 7. Jerry King, Waterloo; 8. Curt Schroeder, Ames; 9. Brian Beaudry, Wheatland.
3rd heat 1. Kay; 2. Beuseling; 3. Dolan; 4. Don Pataska, Miles; 5. Poll; 6. Bruening; 7. Ryan; 8. Brunson Behning, Davenport; 9. Chris Snyder, Raymond.
4th heat 1. Eckrich; 2. Callahan; 3. Elston; 4. Holladay; 5. Springsteen; 6. Pestka; 7. Ross Pierce, Dubuque; 8. John Emerson, Waterloo; 9. Ryan Claeys, Morrison, Ill.,
1st B feature (top four) 1. Rauen; 2. Poll; 3. Klein; 4. Bruening; 5. Ryan; 6. Zemo; 7. Grady; 8. DeFrance; 9. Snyder; 10. Pestka; 11. Roth; 12. Pataska; 13. Behning.
2nd B feature 1. Ross; 2. Holladay; 3. Springsteen; 4. Merfeld; 5. Pestka; 6. Moss; 7. Beaudry; 8. King; 9. Schroeder; 10. Pierce; 11. Emerson; 12. Claeys.
Point provisionals Pestka, Ryan and DeFrance. Hard charger was Moss.