Harris Sprints To Fourth Straight Deery Victory
WEST LIBERTY, Iowa — Going into Tuesday night’s Deery Brothers Summer Series event, Brian Harris said West Liberty Raceway was one of his favorite tracks.
He has even more reasons to like it now.
Harris won a record-tying fourth straight IMCA Late Model tour feature at West Liberty, going back and forth with Andy Eckrich for the lead midway through the 40-lapper before settling into the front spot and running away with the $3,000 checkers.
Next, Harris will try to set the new record of five straight series wins when Independence Motor Speedway hosts the Tuesday, July 2 show.
Pole starter Nick Marolf had his sights set on being the driver to end Harris’ streak, looking strong while leading the first 12 circuits.
Eckrich pressured Marolf before enjoying a brief run at the front of his own. That’s when the 10th starting Harris joined the mix, swapping the lead with Eckrich six times over the course of the next seven laps.
Harris was the leader when the one and only caution of the night came out on lap 24. He checked on from that point, winning easily ahead of Eckrich. Justin Kay completed a late-race bid for third, Ray Guss Jr. was fourth and Marolf ended in fifth.
Brian Harris, Andy Eckrich, Justin Kay, Ray Guss Jr., Nick Marolf, Kyle Hinrichs, Joel Callahan, Ron Boyse, Tom Goble, Kevin Kile, Nate Beuseling, Colby Springsteen, Rob Moss, Tommy Elston, Jeff Aikey, Darrel DeFrance, Spencer Diercks, Dan Shelliam, Tyler Bruening, Jay Chenoweth, Jason Utter, Denny Eckrich, Jay Johnson, Matt Ryan.