EAST MOLINE, Ill. – The Deery Brothers Summer Series looks for its fourth winner in as many 30th season shows this Sunday, when touring IMCA Late Models travel to Quad City Speedway.The May 1 main event at East Moline pays $2,000 to win and a minimum of $300 to start. It’s also the first time in the series’ 454-race history that an event has been held on May Day.While Denny Eckrich, Curt Martin and Scott Fitzpatrick own feature wins so far, it’s seven-time series champion Jeff Aikey who will take the Deery point lead to East Moline. Aikey and eventual rookie of the year Tyler Droste were tour winners at Quad City Speedway last season.Pit gates open at 3 p.m. Sunday while the grandstand opens at 3:30 p.m. Hot laps are at 5 p.m. with racing to follow.Box seating is $18. Other spectator admission is $15 for adults, $8 for kids ages 6-12 and free for five and under. Pit passes are $30.Also running will be Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modifieds and Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods for all applicable points, along with street stocks. More information is available by calling 309 792-5030 or at the www.qcspeedwayracing.com website.The Quad City date is the first of three May shows for the Deery Series.The tour is at Maquoketa, Iowa, Speedway on Wednesday, May 18 and at Boone, Iowa, Speedway on Memorial Day Monday, May 30. Those features also pay $2,000 to win.Deery Brothers Summer Series top 20 point standings – 1. Jeff Aikey, Cedar Falls, Iowa, 141; 2. Tyler Bruening, Decorah, Iowa, 139; 3. Ryan Dolan, Lisbon, Iowa, 132; 4. John Emerson, Waterloo, Iowa, 129; 5. Richie Gustin Jr., Gilman, Iowa, 124; 6. Scott Fitzpatrick, Wheatland, Iowa, 120; 7. Matt Ryan, Davenport, Iowa, 119; 8. Joe Zrostlik, Long Grove, Iowa, 112; 9. Darrel DeFrance, Marshalltown, Iowa, 106; 10. Andy Nezworski, Buffalo, Iowa, 105; 11. Joel Callahan, Dubuque, Iowa, and Jeremy Grady, Story City, Iowa, both 93; 13. Chad Holladay, Muscatine, Iowa, 90; 14. Jason Rauen, Farley, Iowa, 89; 15. Cayden Carter, Oskaloosa, Iowa, 81; 16. Denny Eckrich, Tiffin, Iowa, 77; 17. Curt Schroeder, Newton, Iowa, 76; 18. Gary Webb, Blue Grass, Iowa, 75; 19. Jon Merfeld, Dubuque, Iowa, 72; 20. Andy Eckrich, Oxford, Iowa, 66.
The former Manchester United player was an ever-present in O’Neill’s first campaign despite spending the latter half in near exile at Olympiakos following a change in management. He was still one of Northern Ireland’s most consistent performers despite his lack of game time in Greece and excelled in the summer tour of South America, putting in fine displays against Uruguay and Chile. Now back in England with Notts County, the 36-year-old is established as number with both club and country. “There’s no doubt about it, Roy is capable of playing at a higher level than League One but at this stage of his career the most important thing is that he is playing week in, week out,” said O’Neill. “The reports on Roy are very positive already and I went to see him myself earlier in the season when he was excellent. “He is still an excellent goalkeeper, he’s shown that with us, and now he’s back enjoying himself and playing with a smile on his face. “It’s good for us that both of our other keepers, Alan Mannus and Michael McGovern are playing regularly in the SPL but Roy is in a good frame of mind.” O’Neill had intended to cut two from his training squad before flying to Budapest on Thursday but the decision was made for him as MK Dons midfielder Ben Reeves – in line for a first cap after his display in the giant-killing of Manchester United – and Hull defender Alex Bruce withdrew. Reeves has a hamstring injury, while Bruce’s wife has gone into labour. They join Ryan McLaughlin (knee), Sammy Clingan (knee) and Stuart Dallas (leg) in pulling out of the match. Manager Michael O’Neill sees a Northern Ireland side with “more potential” as he prepares to begin his second qualification campaign at the helm. Press Association O’Neill’s maiden attempt was one to forget in terms of results, Northern Ireland finishing fifth in their World Cup group and winning just one of their 10 games. But during the qualifiers he oversaw a shift in both personnel and tactics, bedding in new players and experimenting with the recently-popularised 3-5-2. Now it is time for results, with a tightly-matched but hardly terrifying Euro 2016 group featuring Greece, Hungary, Romania, Finland and the Faroe Islands. They kick off with one of their trickier tests, away to Hungary on Sunday night, but O’Neill is cautiously optimistic that things are heading in the right direction. “I don’t know if we’re a stronger squad than we were two years ago but I think we’re a squad with more potential,” he told Press Association Sport. “We’ve benefited from the time we’ve worked together, we’ve had a chance to build something, and there have been positives this summer in terms of the players’ club situations. “This time last year we still had four or five lads with no clubs sorted and it’s asking a lot of someone who is unattached to come in and play qualifiers. “But this time the ones who were looking – Craig Cathcart, Aaron Hughes, Chris Baird, Sammy Clingan, Roy Carroll – all got resolved nice and early. “All the players have had a decent pre-season and we’ll feel the benefit of that.” Perhaps the most crucial of that number to be back playing regular football is goalkeeper Carroll.
The United States have won 35, lost eight and halved one of the previous 44 biennial contests between the top amateur players from either side of the Atlantic, although their advantage is only 7-6 since 1989. Great Britain and Ireland have also won four of the last five contests on home soil and Moynihan, one of a record five Irish players on the 10-man team, believes the fast, dry conditions will again benefit Nigel Edwards’ young side. “Home advantage is huge this week I think because the Americans have never seen Lytham like this ever,” said the 20-year-old, who is the sole survivor from the side beaten 17-9 at National Golf Links in 2013. ” It was very firm at National two years ago, but it’s a different level since we got here on Monday. It was green on Monday and now it’s like bronzy. “You see the 18th, once you hit the fairway it’s gone, 80, 90 yards of run. I think that’s a huge thing for us as we play in it a lot. Most of the boys are members at links courses, as well. “A lot of tournaments over here are won with two, three over par and Americans are used to shooting four, five, six under. I think that type of golf suits us and we are in a better mindset.” Edwards, who is the first person in the modern era to serve as captain three times, revealed his side had received hundreds of good-luck messages, including letters from the likes of Rory McIlroy, Justin Rose, Padraig Harrington and Darren Clarke. The 47-year-old Welshman also brought in former Ryder Cup captain Paul McGinley to talk to his players this week, while opposite number John Miller has learnt lessons from the United States’ defeat at Gleneagles – and his own beer business. ” Without being critical of anyone in regards to the Ryder Cup, I would say that my overall takeaway was that I wanted to make this competition more fun,” said Miller, who saw Phil Mickelson publicly criticise the captaincy of Tom Watson following the five-point defeat in 2014. “I want each player to vest in the process. Each one of them has as much input as I have. Yes, there will be a hard decision or two to make, and I’ll make it, but they are the ones that are doing the playing, and I’m listening to them. Ireland’s Gavin Moynihan believes home advantage will be “huge” as Great Britain and Ireland seek to regain the Walker Cup at Royal Lytham this weekend. “We’ve had pretty much consensus agreement on everything. It’s not me as an autocrat saying one thing or the other. “I observed what happened (at Gleneagles) and I took it into account. But the style that I have is the management style I have in my business. I’m a beer wholesaler and I work with my guys and we’re a team. “I listen to the guy that’s on the street, the one calling on the customer, the guy stocking the shelves. I don’t go in and tell him what to do. I let him tell me what he needs to do and how I can help him be better at his job. T hat’s my philosophy in business and I haven’t changed it here.” Hunter Stewart, who won all four of his matches in America’s Palmer Cup victory over Europe in June, also believes he and his team-mates can learn from Europe’s team spirit in their recent Ryder Cup dominance. “Y ou see in Ryder Cups that Europeans find guys together where one plus one equals three and they get more out of each other than they would in a normal week,” the 22-year-old from Kentucky said. “Ian Poulter is a monster in the Ryder Cup and he’s a really good player, but you see things that he does there and it’s incredible. “I think Europeans embrace that idea of it being more of a team sport in this kind of competition than the Americans do. They don’t get bogged down in the golf ball changes or the bad shots hit by their partners. “Europeans just handle all that stuff better and have a great attitude and just get through it all. I think the guys on our team have the ability to do that this week.” A total of 26 points are up for grabs at Lytham, with four foursomes followed by eight singles on Saturday and another four foursomes followed by 10 singles on Sunday. Press Association