Repeating as Late Model champion at the IMCA Speedway Motors is just about the only thing that could make an already tremendous season even better for Ray Guss Jr.
Guss will clinch his first career Deery Series title when he starts his heat race this afternoon, adding that crown to the national, three local track and Allstar Performance Illinois State championships he clinched in August.The Milan, Ill., driver has already won four tour events in the Hershel Roberts ride“It’s been unreal,” Guss admitted after pre-race tech. “When he asked me to start driving his car last July I told him I’d be honored to. I don’t know why I was the one who was blessed to race his car. Everything has just clicked for us.”“To be Super Nationals champion again would be the icing on the cake,” added Guss. “Hershel’s son Ken is devoted to working on this car and his goal was to win this series. To accomplish everything like we have this year is phenomenal.”With all his provisionals available, Guss is guaranteed starts tonight and the series ending Pepsi USA Nationals at 34 Raceway Sept. 17-18. He’s been getting a steady stream of congratulations on winning the title for the past week but continue to regard them as premature.“I’ve been around too long to know that there aren’t any guarantees,” he said. “It ain’t over ‘til it’s over.”*With the first Modified hot lap session minutes away from starting, latecomers have pushed the Northern SportMod car count to 172 Northern SportMods, 133 Hobby Stocks and 43 Late Models.
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