Kay Gets A Little Breathing Room

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WEST LIBERTY, Iowa — The Deery Brothers Summer Series got its first repeat winner and Justin Kay gave himself a bit more breathing room in the IMCA Late Model tour points race Tuesday night.

Kay got the better of Nick Marolf in a back-and-forth battle at West Liberty Raceway that saw the frontrunners swap the lead six times over the course of 40 caution-free laps.

The win paid $3,000 and was the Deery career fifth for Kay. Kyle Hinrichs regained third late in the race from defending series champion Brian Harris.

Completing the top five was Andy Eckrich, still second but now nine points behind Kay in the standings.

Kay started third and followed the inside groove while Marolf drew the pole and ran a line higher. Marolf’s longest stint in the lead covered laps 14 through 28. Three lapped cars separated Kay and Marolf at the finish.

Kay’s first tour victory this season came on May 4 at Quad City Speedway. Tire samples were taken from each of the top two so race results from Tuesday remain unofficial.

The finish:

Justin Kay, Nick Marolf, Kyle Hinrichs, Brian Harris, Andy Eckrich, Denny Eckrich, Jay Johnson, Colby Springsteen, Tyler Bruening, Ryan Dolan, Rob Moss, Jeff Aikey, Spencer Diercks, Jonathan Brauns, Kevin Kile, Tommy Elston, Joel Callahan, Scott Fitzpatrick, Ron Boyse, Darrel DeFrance, Jeremy Grady, Nate Beuseling, Jason Rauen, Ray Guss Jr.

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