Aikey won Wednesday’s Deery Brothers Summer Series feature at Indee, earning a hefty $5,004 for his Red Dralle Memorial victory. The IMCA Late Model tour checkers were his career 55th and came at the end of a fast-paced 84 lap contest that saw Aikey chase down, then hold off Quincy Raceways regular Justin Reed in the race to the checkers.
“We knew going in that tires would be a concern, but we knew we had a good car, too,” said Aikey, a six-time series champion. “I bided my time once we got into lapped traffic and everything worked out for us.”
Aikey, who’d started 10th, caught Reed for the lead in lapped traffic on lap 55. Reed pulled close and almost alongside several times following a lap 63 restart but just couldn’t complete a pass of his own.
Colby Springsteen and Stephan Kammerer posted series career-best finishes in third and fourth, respectively. Nate Beuseling was fifth.
Defending series champion Ray Guss Jr. was sixth and Andy Eckrich maintained his spot on top of the current point standings with a ninth place showing.
Joe Zrostlik led the first 15 circuits from the pole. Beuseling took over and had nearly caught up with the back of the field when the first caution came out on lap 18.
Reed moved into second on the ensuing restart, with Springsteen close behind. Beuseling, Reed and Springsteen ran three wide down the backstretch before Reed was scored first across the stripe at the end of the 33rd lap.
Advancing steadily toward the front, Aikey maneuvered around a lapped car to keep Reed in his sights, then drove to take a lead he’d never relinquish.
The next event in the silver anniversary series schedule is Sunday at Quincy. Pit gates open at 3:30 p.m., the grandstand opens at 4:30 p.m., hot laps are at 5:45 p.m. and racing starts at 6:30 p.m.
FEATURE RESULTS TOP 10
1. Jeff Aikey, Cedar Falls, Iowa
2. Justin Reed, Quincy, Ill.
3. Colby Springsteen, Morning Sun, Iowa
4. Stephan Kammerer, Blue Grass, Iowa
5. Nate Beuseling, Silvis, Ill.
6. Ray Guss Jr., Milan, Ill.
7. Bryan Klein, Cedar Rapids, Iowa
8. Terry Neal, Ely, Iowa
9. Andy Eckrich, Iowa City, Iowa
10. Nick Marolf, Moscow, Iowa