Deery Late Models Set For 500th Event

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WEST BURLINGTON, Iowa – A milestone 33 years in the making will be celebrated Saturday night at 34 Raceway.

The 500th event in Deery Brothers Summer Series history will be held Sept. 21 at West Burlington. Touring IMCA Late Models have made 50 previous visits to 34 Raceway, including the first-ever series race on April 11, 1987.

34 Raceway also hosted the 300th Deery event, on Sept. 15-16 of 2006, and the 400th series event, on Sept. 2, 2012.

“It is hard to articulate what it means to have run 500 Deery Brothers Summer Series events spanning four different decades,” said Tour Director Kevin Yoder. “It is appropriate that 34 Raceway will host it, as some of the more significant milestones in series history have taken place in West Burlington. It promises to be a special night.”

A top prize of $2,000 is at stake Saturday. Eight different drivers have won the nine events held so far this season; Andy Eckrich remains the point leader while Darrel DeFrance brings his perfect attendance streak of 499 consecutive events to town.

The winner of Saturday’s Arnold Motor Supply Dirt Knights Tour feature for IMCA Modifieds, the first AMS event held at West Burlington, earns $1,541 along with a Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot berth.

The rescheduled Gangbusters 41 special, held in honor of the late Jim Oliver Sr., grandfather of IMCA driver John Oliver Jr., shares the Saturday card with the Deery Series and AMS Dirt Knights.

Five thousand dollars has been added to purses for IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars and Karl Kustoms Northern SportMods. Those features pay $1,441 and $1,041 to win, respectively.

Completing the program are Mach-1 Sport Compacts.