ALTA, Iowa — Jeremy Mills played catch up before running away with the Karl Performance Hawkeye Dirt Tour presented by XSAN event Tuesday night at Buena Vista Raceway.
Mills reeled in leader Chris Abelson 24 circuits into the 30-lapper for IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modifieds, held onto the front spot after back-to-back cautions and then checked out on every¬body in scoring the $1,000 feature victory.
Abelson ended in second while hard charger Justin Sackett raced all the way from 18th starting to third. Former series champions Mark Elliott and Mike Jergens completed the top five.
The fifth different winner in as many series events this season, Mills notched his career third Haw¬keye Dirt Tour checkers. He was already on the ballot for this fall’s Fast Shafts All-Star Invita¬tional.
Jergens drew the outside pole start and led the first two times around the oval. Abelson, winner of the HDT race at Alta in 2011, got underneath Jergens on the next circuit and set sail. He was half a straightaway ahead by the time the fifth starting Mills got past Jergens for second on lap 10.
That advantage was the same when Abelson began encountering lapped traffic near midway. Mills pared the margin to five car lengths by lap 20 and pulled even with Abelson three laps later.
He used the higher line to complete the pass coming out of the last turn on lap 24.
Caution flags waved on each of the next two laps. Sackett was in second on lap 25 but lost the position to Abelson.
Neither had anything for Mills, however, who took the checkered flag 10 car lengths ahead of Abelson.