WEST UNION, Iowa (July 25) – Todd Cooney had his car loaded up and ready to go home, thinking the rain that delayed Wednesday’s Deery Brothers Summer Series program at Fayette County Speedway would ultimately lead to its cancellation.
But the rain went away, the speedway crew got the oval back in prime shape and Cooney ultimately ended up going home with the IMCA Late Model tour victory and $2,000.
After running everywhere from third to seventh, Cooney passed Justin Kay and leader Chad Holladay on the 31st of 40 circuits. He beat Kay to the checkers by about a car length for his career eighth Deery win.
“We’d kind of been all over the place but I was able to get up to third before that last restart, get a run on the back stretch and get the lead,” said Cooney, who used the higher line to do so. “Any time you can beat Justin it’s a big thing and Chad has been running well, too. To pass both of them is pretty awesome.”
Tyler Bruening made his way from the last starting spot to end in third. Holladay, coming off the win the previous Wednesday at Columbus Junction, and Darrel DeFrance completed the top five.
Cooney had run fifth in his one previous Deery outing at West Union, in 1996. The Fayette County Fair show was the first tour event held there in nine years.
“I wasn’t sure what the track would be like after the rain delay,” said Cooney, the seventh different winner in the last seven Deery events. “It was slick and smooth as glass from top to bottom. You could go anywhere you wanted.”
Tim Simpson was the $250 Sunoco Race Fuels feature qualifier drawing winner.
The late John Deery Sr., founder of the series title sponsor Deery Brothers Automotive Group, was remembered with a moment of silence before the evening’s race program. Services for Deery were held Monday in Cedar Falls.
Next up for the series is the $2,000 to win event on Saturday, Aug. 4 during the Illinois Valley IMCA Showdown at LaSalle Speedway.
Feature results – 1. Todd Cooney, Pleasant Hill; 2. Justin Kay, Wheatland; 3. Tyler Bruening, Decorah; 4. Chad Holladay, Muscatine; 5. Darrel DeFrance, Marshalltown; 6. Richie Gustin, Gilman; 7. Curt Martin, Independence; 8. Darren Ackerman, Elk Run Heights; 9. Ryan Dolan, Lisbon; 10. Luke Goedert, Guttenberg; 11. Cayden Carter, Oskaloosa; 12. Jeremiah Hurst, Dubuque; 13. Tim Simpson, Iowa City; 14. Denny Eckrich, Tiffin; 15. Nick Marolf, Moscow; 16. Joe Zrostlik, Long Grove; 17. Curt Schroeder, Newton; 18. Greg Kastli, Waterloo; 19. Travis Smock, Independence; 20. Andy Eckrich, Oxford; 21. Rob Moss, Iowa City; 22. Chad Coyne, Orion, Ill.; 23. Jeff Aikey, Cedar Falls; 24. Logan Duffy, Independence; 25. Bryce Carey, Nashua.