Deery Brothers Summer Series gets top billing at Benton County Fair show

VINTON, Iowa – The Deery Brothers Summer Series headlines blue ribbon fair week entertainment next Thursday, June 27 at Benton County Speedway. 

The 50-lap $2,000 to win, minimum $300 to start main event marks just the fourth visit by the IMCA Late Model tour to Vinton. Pit gates open at 5 p.m. and the drivers’ meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. Hot laps are at 6:45 p.m. with racing to follow.

Grandstand admission is $15 for adults, $5 for kids and free for youngsters ages five and under when accompanying a paid adult. Pit passes are $30.

Also on the Benton County Fair program are IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars, IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks and Karl Kustoms Northern SportMods. 

Darrel DeFrance of Marshalltown has competed at all 492 events in the series’ 33-year history and won the first Deery event held at Vinton in 1988.

Rob Toland of Colona, Ill., was the Deery winner at Benton County in 2005 and Jeremiah Hurst of Dubuque led the way to the checkers when the tour made its much anticipated return last June.

Justin Kay of Wheatland and Jeff Aikey of Cedar Falls are Deery feature winners so far this season. Point leader Kay is the three-time and defending tour champion; seven-time series king Aikey won his career-leading 69th feature Tuesday at Maquoketa.

Deery Brothers Summer Series top 20 point standings – 1. Justin Kay, Wheatland, 95; 2. Jeremiah Hurst, Dubuque, 92; 3. Andy Eckrich, Oxford, and Matt Ryan, Davenport, both 91; 5. Joel Callahan, Dubuque, 86; 6. Curt Martin, Independence, and Terry Neal, Ely, both 85; 8. Andy Nezworski, Buffalo, 84; 9. Chad Holladay, Muscatine, 79; 10. Darrel DeFrance, Marshalltown, 77; 11. Joe Zrostlik, Long Grove, 75; 12. Dalton Simonsen, Fairfax, 66; 13. Paul Nagle, Nevada, 66; 14. Doug Nigh, Maquoketa, 65; 15. Todd Malmstrom, Hampton, Ill., 64; 16. Brian Harris, Davenport, 62; 17. Jeff Tharp, Sherrill, 51; 18. Jeff Aikey, Cedar Falls, and Todd Van Tassel, Delmar, 50; 20. Gary Webb, Blue Grass, 48.