By Ryan Clark
INDEPENDENCE, Iowa (Aug. 6) – With wet weather in the area and an increased threat of rain later this afternoon into the evening, officials have canceled tonight’s Deery Brothers Summer Series for IMCA Late Models event at Independence Motor Speedway.
The event, which was also rained out on its original date of July 1, will not be made up.
“The weather has affected us all year and tonight is no different,” said promoter Darin Burco of S&B Promotions.
“It isn’t a decision we wanted to make,” he continued, “but it’s one we don’t take lightly.”
With an increased chance for rain in Independence around the time hot laps were scheduled to start, Burco said the last thing he wanted to do is force people to drive from all over the state just to get rained out with no make-up date available.
“We’ve talked to meteorologists who tell us the track of the weather will change and we’ll get wet around 6 p.m.,” he said. “I used to race the Deery Series and know first-hand how frustrating it is for drivers and fans to drive across the state only to get rained out.”
The Iowa State Fairgrounds Speedway will host what is now the ninth of 15 Deery Series events this season on Monday, Aug. 11.
Pit gates at Des Moines open at 3 p.m. and the grandstand opens at 4:30 p.m. Racing follows 5:30 p.m. Hot laps.
Late Models race for $3,000 to win and a minimum to start that evening’s main event; also on the card are IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars and Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods.