EAST MOLINE, Ill. – Sunday’s Deery Brothers Summer Series Hershel Roberts Memorial at Quad City Speedway brought out the best in Ray Guss Jr.
Guss won the IMCA Late Model tour event, held in memory of his late friend and car owner, for the third time, holding off a late challenge from Mike Zemo Jr. for the $3,000 victory.
Zemo found the fastest line on the high side and almost caught Guss with six circuits left in the 58-lapper. Guss moved up to slam the door shut, taking the win ahead of Zemo, Brian Harris, Dan Shelliam and Colby Springsteen.
Harris made the main event by topping his “B” feature, passed 11 cars and left town with the top spot in the series point standings. Hard charger Dean Wagner advanced 16 positions to finish sixth.
After winning the $250 Sunoco Race Fuels drawing, Springsteen started on the pole and led the first three laps. Outside front row starter Justin Kay took charge on the fourth time around the oval, running in the lead on the top groove to lap 22.
That’s when Guss drove by. Zemo had started ninth and fell back deeper in the pack before making his own steady advance toward the front. He couldn’t quite complete the pass on Guss, who moved up from the lower line and took the checkers by two car lengths.
The series victory was the career 28th for Guss, who’s won all three Roberts Memorial events. Roberts’ car number was 58 during his own career, thus the distance for Sunday’s main event.