Goedert Dominates For First Deery Triumph
DUBUQUE, Iowa – Luke Goedert grew up watching and reading about the drivers of the Deery Brothers Summer Series.
They’re reading about him now.
Goedert led all 35 laps in winning for the first time in his IMCA late-model tour career Sunday night at Dubuque Fairgrounds Speedway. He took the $2,000 checkers half a lap ahead of runner-up Jason Rauen.
New point leader and six-time series champion Jeff Aikey was third while two-time defending series champion Ray Guss Jr. took a provisional, started 22nd and finished fourth.
“It’s definitely a special thing when you can beat those guys,” Goedert said. “I didn’t know until after the race that we had that big of a lead. The car was on a rail. It was definitely hooked up, probably the best it’s been all year.”
Goedert started outside Justin Kay on the front row, rocketed into the lead and had checked out on everybody by the time the first caution flew on lap 19 for the spinning Mike Murphy, Jr.
Murphy had been the point leader at the start of the night. He was forced to the pits to make repairs to the nose of his car, restarted at the rear and ended in 14th.
The race was red-flagged on lap 22 when Stephan Kammerer spun and collected Darrel DeFrance’s car, which caught fire.
The fire was extinguished, both Kammerer and DeFrance were done for the night, and Goedert drove away from everybody following the final restart. The real battle proved to be for second as Rauen and Aikey swapped the spot half a dozen times before Rauen made it stick.
The second-place finish was Rauen’s series career best. Guss used all of the track, picking off cars one at a time, in racing to fourth and Denny Eckrich rounded out the top five.
Goedert’s previous best Deery feature finishes had been a pair of fifths, on May 28, 2007 and May 28, 2012, both at Boone Speedway.
“I had a lot of family at the track, a lot more than usual,” said Goedert, a weekly regular at Dubuque who’s also won two straight Friday night features at Farley. “They all like the Deery Series and maybe they had a good feeling about tonight. I know they were hoping we would win and luckily we did.”