Murphy Is Stout At Farley


FARLEY, Iowa — A first-time winner and a new point-leader came out of Tuesday’s Deery Brothers Summer Series feature at Farley Speedway.

Mike Murphy, Jr. led all 40 laps of the IMCA Late Model event to earn $2,000. Andy Eckrich finished a distant second but took over the top spot in the standings, five points better than Tyler Bruening.

After starting outside Ray Guss, Jr. on the front row, Murphy went side by side with the defending Deery champion for the first two circuits before pulling ahead.

The only caution of the race came on lap 13 and the fourth-starting Eckrich passed Guss on the restart for second.

Trying to extend his Deery winning streak to three, Eckrich did his best to reel in Murphy but couldn’t keep up the pace in lapped traffic. Murphy pulled ahead to win by a straightaway over Eckrich with Guss, Joel Callahan and Bruening rounding out the top five.

Tom Darbyshire was the point leader going into the night and finished 12th. He and Terry Neal are now tied for third, six points off Eckrich’s pace.

The finish:

Mike Murphy, Jr., Andy Eckrich, Ray Guss, Jr., Joel Callahan, Tyler Bruening, Brian Harris, Nate Beuseling, Dan Shelliam, Terry Neal, Todd Cooney, Darrel DeFrance, Tom Darbyshire, Justin Reed, Jay Johnson, Boone McLaughlin, Matt Strassheim, Colby Springsteen, Charlie McKenna, Sam Halstead, Jeff Aikey, Mike Garland, Travis Smock, Joe Zrostlik, Jason Rauen.