Neal Collects Deery LM Money


MAQUOKETA, Iowa — After four lead changes involving four different drivers, Terry Neal won a Deery Brothers Summer Series feature at Jackson County Speedway for the fourth time Saturday night.

Neal caught Andy Eckrich coming to the white flag in the 40-lapper, then held on to beat Eckrich to the checkers by not much more than inches. The IMCA Late Model tour victory was worth $3,000 and came in an epic contest that saw its share and then some of side-by-side racing up front.

Jeff Aikey, Nate Beuseling and Tommy Elston completed the top five. Neal had won the first of three straight Deery features at Maquoketa during his 2005 series championship season.

Elston started from the pole and set the fast pace the first 15 circuits despite a couple early cautions that kept the field close.

He gave way to Beuseling on lap 16. Elston, Neal, Aikey and Eckrich ran two and three wide behind Beuseling as the front five separated themselves from the field.

Following a caution on lap 29, Neal went to the lower line and led laps 30-36. Eckrich slipped by for the front spot on laps 37 and 38 but couldn’t prevent Neal from driving by for his 20th career Deery win.

The finish:

Terry Neal, Andy Eckrich, Jeff Aikey, Nate Beuseling, Tommy Elston, Ryan Dolan, Justin Kay, Scott Fitzpatrick, Jason Rauen, Matt Ryan, Joel Callahan, Tyler Bruening, Joe Ross, Ron Klein, Jon Poll, Rob Moss, Joe Zrostlik, Rob Toland, Colby Springsteen, Darrel DeFrance, Dean Wagner, Luke Pestka, Chad Holladay, Jon Merfeld.