Denny Eckrich dominates in Deery opener at West Liberty

first_imgWEST LIBERTY, Iowa (April 9) ­– Once he got back into the lead, there was no catching Denny Eckrich in Saturday’s opening night Deery Brothers Summer Series feature at West Liberty Raceway.Eckrich started the IMCA Late Model tour 40-lapper from the pole but fell back as far as third early on. He passed Jeff Aikey for the lead following a lap 14 restart and checked out on the rest of the field from that point.The win paid $2,000 and was the Deery career fourth for Eckrich. Aikey, two-time defending series champion Justin Kay, Richie Gustin and Matt Ryan completed the top five in the lidlifter for the 30th annual series.Eckrich set the fast pace before the caution flew for a multi-car tangle on lap six, then gave way to Aikey and Kay.Kay tried the low line in his unsuccessful bid to pass Aikey; Eckrich made a higher line work when he drove by for the lead coming to the stand at the end of the 17th circuit.He pulled away from that point and again following the final caution with eight laps left. Gustin, who’d won his ‘B’ feature and started 13th, made a late drive into the top four.Corey Zeitner won the first-ever Malvern Trust and Savings Bank non-qualifier Dash for Cash and $300; winner of the $250 Sunoco Race Fuels feature qualifier drawing was Gustin.Eckrich had also won the tour opener in 2013.Next weekend’s doubleheader takes the Deery Series to Farley Speedway on Friday, April 15 and to Hamilton County Speedway on Saturday, April 16.Both main events pay $2,000 to win.Feature results – 1. Denny Eckrich, Tiffin; 2. Jeff Aikey, Cedar Falls; 3. Justin Kay, Wheatland; 4. Richie Gustin, Gilman; 5. Matt Ryan, Davenport; 6. Tyler Bruening, Decorah; 7. Ryan Dolan, Lisbon; 8. Kevin Kile, West Liberty; 9. John Emerson, Waterloo; 10. Jon Merfeld, Dubuque; 11. Jonathan Brauns, Muscatine; 12. Chad Holladay, Muscatine; 13. Ron Boyse, Kalona; 14. Jay Johnson, West Burlington; 15. Kyle Hinrichs, Swisher; 16. Andy Nezworski, Buffalo; 17. Nick Marolf, Wilton; 18. Andy Eckrich, Oxford; 19. Ray Guss Jr., Milan, Ill.; 20. Joe Zrostlik, Long Grove; 21. Brunson Behning, Davenport; 22. Rob Toland, Davenport; 23. Tyler Droste, Waterloo; 24. Scott Fitzpatrick, Wheatland.1st heat (top three) – 1. Kay; 2. Aikey; 3. Behning; 4. Gustin; 5. Merfeld; 6. Hinrichs; 7. Darrel DeFrance, Marshalltown; 8. Jeremiah Hurst, Dubuque; 9. Ryan Claeys, Morrison, Ill.2nd heat – 1. Denny Eckrich; 2. Ryan; 3. Droste; 4. Zrostlik; 5. Guss; 6. Corey Zeitner, Omaha, Neb.; 7. Jeremy Grady, Story City; 8. Gary Webb, Blue Grass; 9. Curt Schroeder, Newton.3rd heat – 1. Marolf; 2. Dolan; 3. Kile; 4. Andy Eckrich; 5. Boyse; 6. Cayden Carter, Oskaloosa; 7. Holladay; 8. Joel Callahan, Dubuque; 9. Jon Poll, Delmar.4th heat – 1. Johnson; 2. Toland; 3. Fitzpatrick; 4. Emerson; 5. Bruening; 6. Brauns; 7. Nezworski; 8. Eric Pollard, Peosta; 9. Kip Siems, Cedar Falls.1st “B feature (top six) – 1. Gustin; 2. Boyse; 3. Andy Eckrich; 4. Merfeld; 5. Hinrichs; 6. Holladay; 7. Carter; 8. Callahan; 9. Hurst; 10. DeFrance; 11. Poll; 12. Claeys.2nd “B” feature – 1. Bruening; 2. Guss; 3. Emerson; 4. Zrostlik; 5. Nezworski; 6. Brauns; 7. Zeitner; 8. Grady; 9. Webb; 10. Schroeder; 11. Pollard; 12. Siems.Dash for cash – 1. Zeitner; 2. Carter; 3. Callahan; 4. Webb; 5. DeFrance; 6. Pollard; 7. Siems; 8. Schroeder; 9. Grady; 10. Hurst; 11. Poll; 12. Claeys.last_img read more

Premier League tops revenue table

first_img “Premier League clubs showed relative restraint in terms of wage costs, with less than 20 per cent of their revenue growth being absorbed by wage costs,” Jones added. Overall wages-to-revenue ratio across the big five European leagues fell to 59 per cent, its lowest level since 1999-2000. However, chasing the Premier League riches does have its drawbacks as wages for Championship clubs exceeded £500million for the first time, rising by £56million to £518million in 2013-14, a 12 per cent increase. Over the same period revenue rose by £54million to £491million (also 12 per cent) but the wages-to-revenue ratio was at 105 per cent, the second consecutive season with a ratio of over 100 per cent and only the third occasion that this has been recorded in English football. On the positive side, 2014 represented the first calendar year since 1996 in which there were no insolvency events in the Football League, which suggests recently-introduced financial fair play regulations are causing clubs to live within their means. The Premier League generated far more revenue than any other league in Europe in 2013-14, bringing in £1.4billion more than its nearest rival the German Bundesliga. “Broadcast income increased by £569million in 2013-14, accounting for 78 per cent of the overall growth in revenue in the Premier League. Continued growth in both commercial and matchday revenue helped Premier League clubs’ combined revenues reach £3.26billion – a staggering increase of £735million compared with the season before. “In 2013-14 even the Premier League club receiving the least from domestic league broadcast distributions earned more from this source than all but five other European clubs. “Following recent announcements of commercial deals for a host of the largest clubs, we expect the Premier League to surpass the Bundesliga in commercial revenue terms and hence lead the world in all three key revenue categories from 2014-15.” With a new domestic television rights deal worth a combined £5.3billion due to come on stream in 2016 – and with more to come from overseas rights – the world’s richest league is set to get wealthier as it continues to outstrip its rivals. Another consequence of the increased TV revenue was that it pushed down the wages-to-turnover ratio at England’s top-flight clubs. Twelve months ago analysts at Deloitte warned against “reckless” spending as the ratio topped 70 per cent for the first time. However, following the first year of a new television deal, and clubs continuing to adjust to Financial Fair Play regulations, that figure fell to 58 per cent – the lowest level since the 1998-99 season. Thirteen of the 20 Premier League clubs in 2013-14 had wages-to-revenue ratios at 60 per cent or lower, compared to just one the previous year. Total Premier League wages rose by £119million to £1.9billion in 2013-14, a seven per cent increase against a 29 per cent leap in revenue – the first time since 2007-08 that wage costs have increased at a slower rate than revenue. Total income for the English top flight for 2013-14 was put at £3.26billion by financial services firm Deloitte in its annual review of football finance, dwarfing the overall revenue generated by clubs in the Bundesliga, Spain’s Primera Division, the Italian Serie A and France’s Ligue 1. Television income remained the key driver of the Premier League’s huge revenues, with Dan Jones, partner in the Sports Business Group at Deloitte, saying: “The impact of the Premier League’s broadcast deal is clear to see. Press Associationlast_img read more