Guss wins Deery Brothers Late Model show

May 26, 2014

The Boone Speedway closed the books on another annual Memorial Day IMCA Deery Brothers Late Model special, which also included  IMCA Stock Cars, IMCA SportMods, IMCA Hobby Stocks and the Mod Lite classes.  The racing began promptly at 5 o’clock and all was completed before 8:15 p.m.  Racing was excellent in all divisions, giving the fans the entertainment they came to see.   The regular classes were running for track points, but it was a draw/redraw format and extra laps were added to the features.

The Mod Lites ran 18-laps.  Early race leader Charlie Brown appeared poised to make a run for another win, leading through lap fourteen.  That all ended with a tangle with a lap car, and his night was done.  James May had been running in second behind Brown, and on the restart, inherited the lead.   May ran the remaining laps to the checkers and the win, untouched.  Joel Keenan ran with the leaders all race, and finished in the runner up spot.  Third place went to Mike Kennedy, Cory Dennis was fourth and Randy Bryan was fifth.

The headlining Deery Brothers Late Models ran their 40-lap feature immediately following the Mod Lite event.  Earlier, the top twelve qualifiers were called to the front of the grandstand and through a little game of “pass the pizza box” earned their starting position.  Ray Guss, Jr. and Darrel DeFrance were the lucky recipients of the front row.  Guss immediately took charge, and was looking quite comfortable until the halfway mark.  Jason Rauen had started back in ninth spot, and was putting the pressure on Guss.  Then, on the back chute just after lap 30 was scored,  Rauen made his move below Guss, and snatched the lead.   A yellow at lap 38, resulted in a green-white-checkered shoot out.  On the restart, Rauen’s car pushed up the banking in turn two, allowing Guss the open door he was looking for.  Guss swooped to the lead under Rauen, and held the lead the remaining two laps to the checkers.  Rauen finished as the runner up.  Third went to Joel Callahan, who had started back in eighteenth spot, fourth was thirteenth place starter, Andy Eckrich and Terry Neal completed the top five.

The 15-lap Hobby Stock A went flag to flag.  Veteran racer Randy Embrey took the lead at lap one, and was never really challenged in his victory.  John Watson tried to reel in Embrey but could do no better than second place.  Third was Eric Stanton who shook off the advancing Shannon Anderson in fourth.  Aaron Rudolph finished a distant fifth.

The IMCA Northern SportMods ran a 20-lap feature.  Ben Kates, who had already seen victory lane twice this year during the regular season, can now add another to that list—as well as the preseason Frostbuster special.  Kates took command of the race at lap two, and motored home to a comfortable victory.  Randy Roberts was attempting to reel him in, but when a yellow flew at lap fifteen,  Roberts left the track with a smoking machine.  Audubon racer, Jared Hansen had been running in third, but then took over the runner up spot after Roberts departure.  Hansen kept that second place the rest of the way to the checkers.  Third went to Sam Wieben, Jerry Hinton took fourth and Johnathon Logue came from starting twelfth, to finish fifth.

The IMCA Stock Car 20-lap feature completed the night.  David Smith, visiting driver from Lake City, took the lead at lap three, Jay Schmidt tucked in behind him.  A yellow at lap six, had Smith still leading, Schmidt in second and now it was the leaders brother, Donavon Smith who was wanting to get in on the action as he was third.  Donavon Smith had started tenth, and was ready to do battle as the race restarted.  The three cars ran lap after lap with no change until somehow, Donavon Smith was able to nose under Schmidt, taking over the runner up spot.  David Smith kept the lead and took the win, brother Donavon in second, and Schmidt finished third.  Trent Murphy finished a distant fourth over fifth place Eric Brown.

It will be back to regular racing on Saturday night, May 31 when it will be Casey’s Night at the Boone Speedway.  Hot laps are 6:45 and racing at 7:30.

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