Last lap pass nets Deery dollars for Toland
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August 26, 1998

OSKALOOSA, IA (August 26) - Rob Toland of Hillsdale, Ill., passed Harry Walker of Washington on the final lap to win his first Deery Brothers Summer Series event of his career, Wednesday night. Walker started on the front row and set the pace for the first 34 laps on the one-half mile Southern Iowa Speedway clay oval.

"We put on a good show," a jubilant Toland exclaimed. "I've gotten close a couple times but I've never won a Deery race before. I'm not really a half-mile guy. I've been brought up on quarters and three-eighths."

Walker set a torrid early pace before a caution on lap 13 bunched the field. Johnny Johnson and Jeff Aikey each challenged Walker for the top spot, but mechanical troubles ended both drivers' threats.

With Aikey out, Toland inherited the runner-up spot and with the white flag waving, turned his mount to the low side of Walker in the second turn and outraced the former IMCA late model national champ to the checkers.

Walker, winner of the 1997 series event at Oskaloosa, grabbed his best finish of the year with his second place finish. Jim Swank, Ray Guss, Jr. and Jay Johnson rounded out the top five finishers.

Originally scheduled for June 17, rain nearly washed out the event but stayed away long enough to complete the program.


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