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September 13
300 Raceway,
Farley, IA
Sanction: Deery Brothers Summer Series (Yankee Dirt Track Classic) - $7,500
Information provided by: Christian Dundee and series reports (last updated September 16, 9:14 am)
Enduring Callahan scores repeat at Yankee Classic
Yankee Dirt Track Classic
  1. Joel Callahan
  2. Richie Gustin
  3. Denny Eckrich
  4. Justin Kay
  5. Andy Eckrich
  6. Ryan Dolan
  7. Matt Ryan
  8. Scott Fitzpatrick
  9. Jeff Aikey
  10. Brian Harris
  11. Curt Martin
  12. Luke Goedert
  13. Tommy Elston
  14. Jon Merfeld
  15. Nick Marolf
  16. Colby Springsteen
  17. Ryan Griffith
  18. Kyle Hinrichs
  19. Ray Guss Jr.
  20. Terry Neal
  21. Jason Hahne
  22. Tyler Bruening
  23. Tyler Droste
  24. Jason Rauen
  25. Dave Stichter
presented by
Beau Busch
Joel Callahan (40) goes by Luke Goedert during the 100-lap feature.
What won the race: Inheriting the lead when Colby Springsteen fell by the wayside on lap 74, Joel Callahan of Dubuque, Iowa, won the Yankee Dirt Track Classic for the second straight season. Seventh-starting Richie Gustin finished second for his best series run.
On the move: Denny Eckrich started 10th and finished third.
Winner's sponsors: Callahan's No. 40 is sponsored by Callahan Construction, Dubuque Bank & Trust and Grand Haven Retirement Community.
Points chase: Justin Kay of Wheatland, Iowa, leads the points standings over Andy Eckrich of Oxford, Iowa.
Car count: 59
Polesitter: Jason Rauen
Heat race winners: Tommy Elston, Richie Gustin, Andy Eckrich, Justin Kay, Dave Stichter, Luke Goedert
Consolation race winners: Ryan Griffith, Jon Merfeld, Matt Ryan
Provisional starters: Jeff Aikey, Brian Harris, Scott Fitzpatrick
Next series race: September 20, Davenport Speedway (Davenport, IA) $3,000
Editor's note: Results and race details are unofficial.
From series reports

FARLEY, Iowa (Sept. 13) — Joel Callahan finished the Yankee Dirt Track Classic Deery Series main event at Farley Speedway a year older and $7,500 richer.

The 100-lap IMCA Late Model tour event started late Saturday evening and finished in the wee hours Sunday.

Callahan, the Dubuque, Iowa, driver who figured he turned 50 somewhere around lap 27, inherited the front spot when race-long leader Colby Springsteen cut his right rear tire on lap 74 and then led to the checkers in repeating as the big money Yankee winner.

“I think we step up our game for this race. There’s a lot of adrenaline pumping,” he said. “To me, this is the biggest race on the Deery schedule and not because of the pay but because it’s at my home track.

“The track was fast from top to bottom,” he added. “It didn’t matter where you were running.”

Richie Gustin of Gilman, Iowa, was second in the best showing of his brief Deery career. Denny Eckrich of Oxford, Iowa, was third and series points leader Justin Kay of Wheatland, Iowa, roared all the way back to fourth after exiting to fix a flat tire on lap 58 and restarting at the rear.

Hometown driver Jason Rauen drew the pole, but he quickly headed for the infield and it was Springsteen, of Wapello, Iowa, shooting into the lead from outside the front row.

After a flat tire for Ray Guss Jr. on lap 24 and an ensuing caution involving Guss and Nick Marolf, the race was stopped following a lap-30 mishap that collected Tyler Droste, Terry Neal and Jason Hahne, then stayed green for the next 28 circuits.

Springsteen looked to have the race in hand before the flat tire relegated him to 16th and Callahan took over.

The final caution came with 12 laps left. Callahan was quickly celebrating in victory lane with crew chief Stan Thomas, crewman Al Dix, sons Zach and Joey, wife Cindy and daughter Stephanie.

“I focused on hitting my marks and keeping the car straight,” said Callahan, also winner of the $250 Sunoco Race Fuels feature qualifier drawing. “I knew if I did that we’d still have tires at the 75-lap mark. That was key.”

Notes: The 59 entries for the Yankee were the most for a Deery Series event this season and the most in 78 races dating back to opening night in 2010. … Ray Guss Jr. won the last-chance qualifying race. … Scott Fitzpatrick earned the hard charger starting spot and Jeff Aikey and Brian Harris both took provisionals; all three advanced 14 positions to eighth, ninth and 10th, respectively. … Samples were taken from tires from each of the top five finishing cars and race results remain unofficial. … Among drivers failing to make the feature lineup: Jon Poll, Chad Holladay, Kyle Neels, Jason Udelhofen, Marty Scheckel, Darren Ackerman, Spencer Diercks, Ross Pierce, Todd Frank, Curtis Glover, Steve Hunter, Rick Wendling, Todd Cooney, Jerry King, Rob Moss, Charlie McKenna, Jay Chenoweth, Doug Yates, Jeff Tharp, Travis Denning, Larry Harris, Don Pataska, Jay Johnson, Joe Zrostlik, Dean Wagner, LeRoy Brenner, Greg Kastli, Jeremy Grady, Becky Roth, Dan Shelliam, Mel Abels, Scott Welsh and series ironman Darrel DeFrance.

Correction: Fixes Springsteen's lap-74 issue to flat tire.

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