Tentative Deery series schedule has sixteen stops in 1999
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December 14, 1998

By Bill Martin

VINTON, Iowa (December 14, 1998) - Sixteen race dates are already filled on the tentative schedule for the 1999 Deery Brothers Summer Series for I.M.C.A. Late Models.

"The series is off to a great start as far as the number of dates that have been filled before January 1. I'd look for a few more dates to be added," I.M.C.A. Late Model Director Dick Griffith said. "It will probably be around 20 again as far as the total number of races when the schedule is actually final."

A busy April slate for Deery competitors begins with the Saturday night, April 3 opener at the Hamilton County Speedway in Webster City, Iowa. West Burlington, Iowa's 34 Raceway is the site for the second race on Saturday, April 10. The next weekend brings a racing twinbill with series stops Saturday, April 17 at the Lee County Speedway in Donnellson, Iowa, and a Sunday, April 18 date at the Quincy, Ill., Raceway.

Hawkeye Downs Speedway in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, hosts the sole outing on asphalt Tuesday night, May 11 and bragging rights are at stake in the annual Illowa Challenge on Tuesday, May 18 at the Hawkeye Raceway in Blue Grass, Iowa. The Memorial Day Weekend event is Monday, May 31 at the Marshalltown, Iowa, Speedway.

Three Deery Series races are on tap in June, beginning Sunday, June 6 at the East Moline, Ill., Speedway. Next up is the Wednesday, June 16 event at the Southern Iowa Speedway in Oskaloosa. Another annual Deery event at the Hawkeye Raceway is the Tuesday, June 22 Governor's Cup Race.

The Quincy Raceway hosts the big Sunday, July 4 show. Series drivers can concentrate on weekly programs before the next event Tuesday, August 17 at the Iowa State Fairgrounds Speedway in Des Moines, dur-ing the state fair.

Once again, 34 Raceway is the site of the Susan Pallister Memorial Pepsi USA Na-tionals on Saturday and Sunday, September 4-5. The new series single-event record of 65 cars was established at this event in 1998.

Late Models take their turn on the Boone, Iowa, Speedway track Friday, September 10 at the Speedway Mo-tors I.M.C.A. Super Nationals. A pair of two-day shows bring the series to a close as East Moline holds the Miller 100 event Saturday and Sunday, September 18-19, followed by the series championship at the J & J Steel Showdown on Friday and Saturday, September 24-25 at the Lee County Speedway.

Any additions or changes to the tentative schedule will be announced as soon as possible. New series events would be added as other tracks finalize their individual schedules.

"We've had inquiries from three other tracks who wanted to see when the races are so they can check their own schedule to see if it would be feasible for them to apply for a date," Griffith said.

Mark Burgtorf of Quincy, Ill., won the 1998 Deery Brothers crown and has announced he'll race for a second straight title in 1999. The 1998 season's series also set new records for races (20) and the number of drivers who competed in one or more event (142).

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