TIPTON, Iowa – The race day decision Kevin Kile made paid off with his career first Deery Brothers Summer Series late-model feature win Tuesday night at Cedar County Raceway.
After a tough weekend on the track, Kile had spent much of the afternoon repairing and replacing parts on his IMCA late-model before deciding to make the trip to Tipton.
He’d run at or near the front all 40 laps and go home with $2,000, taking the checkers half a dozen car lengths ahead of Denny Eckrich in front of an appreciative and record-setting grandstand crowd.
Dan Shelliam, Justin Kay and Mike Garland rounded out the top five.
Kile drew the pole start but it was Shelliam who shot into the lead from outside the front row.
Never able to get much separation, Shelliam stayed in front until lap 21, when Kile darted inside. The only caution of the race came on lap 25 and Eckrich passed Shelliam for second on the ensuing restart.
Kile stayed in control however and with lapped cars staying out of the equation, won comfortably ahead of Eckrich.
In the companion JR Motorsports Hawkeye Dirt Tour event for modifieds, Mile Veloz, Jr. passed Ryan Dolan on the last lap to pick up the victory.
Dolan had run at the front of the field for each of the first 29 circuits but got high in turn two the last time around. Veloz, who’d worked his way patiently from the 10th starting spot, zipped by on the inside to take the $1,000 checkers.
Veloz brought point leader Richie Gustin along, relegating Dolan to third. Jimmy Gustin and Jeremy Mills rounded out the top five.