In dirt track racing, it’s tough to make a series succeed. Often times, the first year can sometimes also be the last year. Countless variables determine the success or failure of a new tour.
When done right and with a little bit of luck, a series can enjoy longevity. Such is the case for the Deery Brothers Summer Series. In 2019 the tour will embark on its 33rd year of operation. Not only will the series continue its storied legacy, but it will also reach a new milestone. In August 2019, the Deery Brothers Summer Series is expected to sanction its 500th race.
“We are seeing an increase in the number of events held, with both the return of tracks to the schedule and tracks hosting multiple series dates,” IMCA President Brett Root noted. “The 2019 schedule is symbolic of the positive direction our Late Model division is taking. Deery Brothers will return as title sponsor and we can’t thank them enough for their continued support. They’ve been instrumental in making this series happen for 28 years.”
Seventeen events are scheduled for the tour this season. With 490 races in the history books, the series will eclipse the 500 mark by the time that the gavel drops on the 2019 docket.
The Deery Brothers Summer Series opens at Davenport Speedway’s this Friday, April 12. The triple header weekend continues Saturday, April 13 at Maquoketa Speedway and Sunday, April 14 at Dubuque Speedway.
Cedar County Raceway hosts the series on Saturday, April 20. The tour rolls into Independence Motor Speedway on Saturday, April 27. Quad City Speedway is up next on Sunday, May 26.
Benton County Speedway rolls out the red carpet for the Thursday, June 27 Benton County Fair event. CJ Speedway hosts the series on Wednesday, July 17. Fayette County Speedway welcomes the tour back on Wednesday, July 24.
A busy August sees the series at Lee County Speedwayon Friday, Aug. 2; at Maquoketa Speedway on Saturday, Aug. 10; at Quad City Speedway on Sunday, Aug. 11; at Quincy Raceway on Sunday, Aug. 18; and at West Liberty Raceway on Saturday, Aug. 24.
Opening night of the IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals fueled by Casey’s finds the tour in action at Boone Speedway on Monday, Sept. 2. 34 Raceway at West Burlington hosts the Saturday, Sept. 21 show. The final checkers fly on Saturday, Sept. 28 at Davenport Speedway’s Governor’s Cup.
The series last traveled to Donnellson in 2010 and to Quincy in 2011. Dubuque, Independence and West Liberty all return to the schedule after a one-year absence.
A minimum of $2,000 will be paid to win and $300 to start, with a purse of $13,000 and $50 entry fee for each standard event.
Darrel DeFrance of Marshalltown, Iowa has competed at every event in series history. Justin Kay of Wheatland, Iowa is the three-time and defending series champion.