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'Busy, busy' time at Benton County Speedway

4 big races over next 6 days

Oxford driver Andy Eckrich races inside Lisbon’s Ryan Dolan during the main event for the IMCA Deery Brothers Summer Series for Late Models at West Liberty Raceway last June. The series is at Benton County Speedway Thursday night. (Mike Ruefer photo)
Oxford driver Andy Eckrich races inside Lisbon’s Ryan Dolan during the main event for the IMCA Deery Brothers Summer Series for Late Models at West Liberty Raceway last June. The series is at Benton County Speedway Thursday night. (Mike Ruefer photo)

Mick Trier had a correction when asked about his two big races over the next six days.

“We have four big nights in the next six days,” said Trier, the promoter at Benton County Speedway in Vinton.

Duly noted.

This “busy, busy time” starts Thursday when the Deery Brothers Summer Series returns to the track.

The “Night of Destruction” is Friday, an event that includes trailer races, and on Saturday is the Jerry Stanley Memorial Demolition Derby. Both of those Benton County Fair events start at 7 p.m. with gates opening at 5.

The stretch ends with the biggest event, the 24th annual Hogan Memorial on Tuesday.

“It’s a ton of work,” Trier said of the four events. “We’ve been working on some of the fair stuff all year.”

This is only the third time the Deery Brothers touring IMCA Late Models series has visited Benton County Speedway, the first time since 2005.

“It will bring the best drivers from around the state,” Trier said. “It will be a good show.”

The grandstand opens at 5 p.m. with hot laps at 6:30 and racing 7.

“I know Deery drivers and a lot of fans have been looking forward to this event from the time we announced the 2018 schedule,” Tour Director Kevin Yoder said it a news release. “It should be a great night.”

The main event pays $2,000 to the winner.

IMCA stock cars, IMCA hobby stocks and SportMods also race Thursday.

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Justin Kay of Wheatland is the points leader and won the first three races this season. Curt Martin of Independence and Andy Eckrich of Oxford won the most races and Ryan Dolan of Lisbon is second in the points race, 22 behind Kay.

The Hogan Memorial is a Benton County Speedway staple and features a $5,000-to-win prize in the modified race. Gates open at 4 p.m. with hot laps at 6. IMCA stock cars, IMCA hobby stocks and IMCA SportMods also are on the card.

“The Hogan family does a lot of that work,” Trier said. “They are the ones who make that happen.”

Hawkeye Downs news

Weekly points races return to Hawkeye Downs on Friday, starting at 7:30 p.m.

Chad Siems of Shellsburg is the points leader in the Late Model division, but has yet to win a race. Griffin McGrath of Cedar Rapids, second to Siems in the points race, has one win, as do Brody Willett of Alburnett and Brian Gibson of Walford. Siems has two top-five finishes in the three features run this season.

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