DES MOINES, Iowa – Ryan Dolan took home one of the biggest prizes from the Iowa State Fair Monday night – a check for $3,000.
Dolan won his career first Deery Brothers Summer Series event, topping the 35-lap IMCA Late Model tour event at the State Fairgrounds Speedway.
“My dad (Roger) has won races at Des Moines. If you’re going to win a Deery Series race, that’s the one,” said Dolan, who started outside Joel Callahan on the front row. “It was just a fantastic night of racing.”
“I followed Callahan for a couple laps and took the lead when he pushed up,” he continued. “The track was fast and I thought with the way the car was handling, I’d be tough to pass.”
Scott Fitzpatrick was a tour career-best second. Darrel DeFrance finished third, point leader Justin Kay was fourth and Callahan ended in fifth.
The fast-paced feature was delayed just twice by caution, when Josh Most slowed on lap 17 and again when Jason Rauen’s engine expired with eight laps left.
Dolan’s previous Deery career best finish was third last September, on night two of Farley Speedway’s Yankee Dirt Track Classic. Driving for Rick Dralle, he had finished outside the top 10 just once in his previous eight series starts this season.
“We’ve been close but always outside the top five,” Dolan said. “We hit on something at Independence getting ready for that (later rained out) Deery show then went to West Liberty and also applied what we learned there to Des Moines.”
Mark Elliott was first in the IMCA Sunoco Stock Car feature and Ty Griffith topped the Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod main.
Ryan Dolan, Scott Fitzpatrick, Darrel DeFrance, Justin Kay, Joel Callahan, Ray Guss Jr., Tyler Bruening, Matt Ryan, Jeff Aikey, Charlie McKenna, Andy Eckrich, Ryan Griffith, Greg Kastli, Sterling Perkins, Jonathan Brauns, Jason Rauen, Josh Most, Richie Gustin, Al Johnson, Jay Johnson, Brian Harris, Ben Nading, Paul Glendenning, Spencer Diercks.