Kay Starting His Own Deery LM Streak

Justin Kay (15k) drives to victory in during a Deery Brother Summer Series late-model event at West Liberty (Iowa) Raceway. (Mike Ruefer Photo)
Justin Kay (15k) drives to victory in Wednesday’s Deery Brother Summer Series late-model event at West Liberty (Iowa) Raceway. (Mike Ruefer Photo0

WEST LIBERTY, Iowa – Not long ago, Justin Kay was the driver who stopped a Deery Brothers Summer Series win streak.

Now he’s a single IMCA Late Model tour victory away from the record book himself.

Kay won his third straight series feature Wednesday at West Liberty Raceway, leading all but the opening circuit in a 40-lap contest slowed just once by caution. The victory, also his career third, was good for $3,000.

Brian Harris, who’d won a record-tying four consecutive features before Kay started his roll, finished second for the third straight night. Andy Eckrich made a late drive to third, Tommy Elston was fourth and Jeff Aikey rounded out the top five.

Aikey led the first lap from the pole before the third-starting Kay rocketed past. Harris started eighth and was up to second by lap 14.

That single caution came out just before midway and preceded a side-by-side duel between the front pair. Harris nearly had the edge coming to the flagstand at one point but Kay got a good run the last nine times around the track and won by six car lengths.

Harris had tied the record of four straight Deery wins, set by Gary Webb of Blue Grass in 1994 and equaled by Rob Toland of Colona, Ill., in 2004, at West Liberty on June 18.

Kay won July 2 at Independence and July 5 at Davenport before making the successful trip to West Liberty. He’ll look to match the series record himself this Sunday at Dubuque Speedway.

The finish:

Justin Kay, Brian Harris, Andy Eckrich, Tommy Elston, Jeff Aikey, Kyle Hinrichs, Denny Eckrich, Jason Utter, Nick Marolf, Ray Guss Jr., Joel Callahan, Jay Johnson, Kevin Kile, Nate Beuseling, Rob Moss, Colby Springsteen, Spencer Diercks, Darrel DeFrance, Ron Boyse, Dan Shelliam, Jonathan Brauns, Jay Chenoweth, Tom Goble, Matt Strassheim, Chad Holladay.