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$10,000 to win Pepsi USA Late Model Nationals Sept. 18 and 19
By Dana Royer

BURLINGTON, IA (Sept 15) - For the eighteenth consecutive year, 34 Raceway, located 4 miles west of West Burlington, Iowa will host its annual J & J Steel/Ideal Ready Mix Pepsi USA Late Model Nationals on Friday and Saturday Sept. 18 and 19. The best in IMCA Late Model racers, in the final stop for the IMCA Deery Brothers Summer Series, will take to the track both nights competing for a spot in the $10,000 to win 100 lap late model feature on Saturday night.

Friday nights action will include time trials and exciting qualifying races. The J & J Steel Iron Man Challenge, for those drivers with perfect attendance for the 2009 Deery Brothers Summer Series. $700 will go to the winner of the challenge. Also on Friday will be the IMCA Stock Cars and TQ Midgets in heat races and features.

Then come back on Saturday night to see qualifying for the late models as drivers get one last chance for a spot in the 26 car 100 lap feature. Also running on Saturday will be the Hobby Stocks and I- Wireless/Louisa Communications 4 Cylinders racing heats and features.

In 2008 Fifty five late models with Burlington’s Matt Strassheim getting the win. The race had to be rescheduled due to 7 inches of rain and was run in one night, instead of two.

Pit gates open at 4:00, grandstand gates open at 5:00. Late Model Time Trials will begin at 7:00 Friday night and qualifying races will begin at 7:00 on Saturday night. Special two day passes are being offered. For more information go to www.34raceway.com

Previous winners include:
1992-Steve Kosiski
1993-Ray Guss, Jr.
1994-Gary Webb
1995-Joe Kosiski
1996-Brian Birkhoffer
1997-Jay Johnson
1998-Jeff Aikey
1999-Jeff Aikey
2000-Mark Burgtorf
2001-Darren Miller
2002-Curt Martin
2003-Dennis Erb, Jr.
2004-Rob Toland
2005-Terry Neal
2006-Mark Burgtorf
2007-Mark Burgtorf
2008-Matt Strassheim.