Deery Series, Arnold Motor Supply Hawkeye Dirt Tour sweep puts Kay in IMCA record book


Deery Series, Arnold Motor Supply Hawkeye Dirt Tour sweep puts Kay in IMCA record book

Deery Series, Arnold Motor Supply Hawkeye Dirt Tour sweep puts Kay in IMCA record book

WEST LIBERTY, Iowa (June 13) – Justin Kay’s first trip to victory lane Tuesday night at West Liberty Raceway put $1,000 in his pocket.

His second put him in the record book.

Already of the winner of the Arnold Motor Supply Hawkeye Dirt Tour for IMCA Modifieds, Kay be­came the first driver to win Dirt Tour and Deery Brothers Summer Series main events on the same night when he followed with a convincing run to the $2,000 IMCA Late Model tour checkers.

“Winning both races is always the goal. We were really close one night in Tipton (in 2015) when we won the Deery feature and finished second in the Dirt Tour feature,” Kay said. “It’s really cool to be the first driver to win both events on the same night but I don’t think I’ll be the only one who does it.” 

The Deery win was Kay’s second straight and fourth of the season. Seven of his career 23 tour wins have come at West Liberty.

The two-time series champion reeled in current point leader Jesse Sobbing for the lead at mid­way. The two swapped lanes and the lead while running in traffic before Kay got a five-car length advantage in the blink of an eye. 

His lead was half a straightaway on lap 30 and no one had anything for Kay in the final 10 cir­cuits.

Sobbing settled for second and Denny Eckrich, winner of the April event at West Liberty, was third. Matt Ryan and Kyle Hinrichs completed the top five. 

Curt Martin was the $250 Sunoco Race Fuels feature qualifier drawing winner. Nick Marolf, Chad Holladay and Kay were $50 Malvern Bank heat race winners.

Feature results – 1. Justin Kay, Wheatland; 2. Jesse Sobbing, Malvern; 3. Denny Eckrich, Tiffin; 4. Matt Ryan, Davenport; 5. Kyle Hinrichs, Swisher; 6. Chad Holladay, Muscatine; 7. Andy Eckrich, Oxford; 8. Jeremiah Hurst, Dubuque; 9. Darrel DeFrance, Marshalltown; 10. Ron Boyse, Kalona; 11. Jake Neal, Omaha, Neb.; 12. Nick Marolf, Wilton; 13. Ryan Dolan, Lisbon; 14. Rob Moss, Iowa City; 15. Curt Martin, Independence; 16. Curt Schroeder, Newton; 17. Jonathan Brauns, Muscatine; 18. Cayden Carter, Oskaloosa; 19. Joel Callahan, Dubuque; 20. Jeff Tharp, Sherrill; 21. Dave Wada, Wilton; 22. Kevin Kile, West Liberty. 

1st heat – 1. Marolf; 2. Ryan; 3. Callahan; 4. Boyse; 5. Andy Eckrich; 6. Kile; 7. Schroeder; 8. Moss. 

2nd heat – 1. Holladay; 2. Brauns; 3. Denny Eckrich; 4. DeFrance; 5. Martin; 6. Carter; 7. Wada. 

3rd heat – 1. Kay; 2. Dolan; 3. Sobbing; 4. Hinrichs; 5. Neal; 6. Hurst; 7. Tharp.

 

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Kay starts history-making night with win in Arnold Motor Supply Hawkeye Dirt Tour

WEST LIBERTY, Iowa (June 13) – A driver best known for his IMCA Late Model prowess contin­ued his run of success in a sanctioned Modified Tuesday night. 

Justin Kay held off challenges from Cayden Carter and Joel Rust in winning the Arnold Motor Sup­ply Hawkeye Dirt Tour main event at West Liberty Raceway. The victory paid $1,000 and came just before he completed the unique sweep by winning the Deery Brothers Summer Series Late Model nightcap. 

Carter, another two-division star, finished as the runner-up while Rust was third. Kurt Kile and new tour point leader Kelly Shryock completed the top five. 

“There’s no replacement for being out there and having a lot of laps. A lot of it is knowing what line to run and track conditions,” said Kay, who became a seven-time Deery winner at West Lib­erty in final race of the night. “The Modified guys were right behind me. Running, and winning two features wasn’t something I could have done without my crew guys. They were awesome.” 

Kay was pursued early first by Marshalltown tour winner Todd Shute and then by Richie Gustin. Carter closed to third before back-to-back cautions on laps nine and 10. 

Carter was up to second before the 30-lapper reached midway and within a carlength of the leader not long after. A slide job put Carter ahead briefly on lap 18 before Kay went low to get the front spot back on the same set of turns. 

The last yellow of the night waved with six laps left as the frontrunners navigated traffic. Gustin fell off the pace but neither Carter nor Rust could shake Kay from the lead before the checkers. 

The win was the HDT career third for Kay, already on the Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot. 

Hancock County Speedway’s Tuesday, June 27 Salute to Veterans special is next on the Arnold Motor Supply Hawkeye Dirt Tour schedule. The main event at Britt pays $3,000 to win. 

Feature results – 1. Justin Kay, Wheatland; 2. Cayden Carter, Oskaloosa; 3. Joel Rust, Grundy Center; 4. Kurt Kile, Nichols; 5. Kelly Shryock, Fertile; 6. Larry Herring, Lone Tree; 7. Kyle Brown, Madrid; 8. Jacob Murray, Hartford; 9. Colby Springsteen, Wapello; 10. David Brown, Kellogg; 11. Derek Walker, Riverside; 12. Eric Barnes, Colona, Ill.; 13. Brett Moffitt, Mooresville, N.C.; 14. Jerry Luloff, Independence; 15. Jordan Walker, Cedar Rapids; 16. Richie Gustin, Gilman; 17. Jesse Sobbing, Malvern; 18. Steve Stewart, Burlington; 19. Todd Shute, Des Moines; 20. Matt Bodman, Muscatine; 21. Derrick Stewart, Ainsworth; 22. Dan Brockert, Grandview; 23. Dan Helm, Sher­rard, Ill.; 24. Chris Zogg, New Liberty. 

1st heat – 1. Carter; 2. Shute; 3. Derrick Stewart; 4. Herring; 5. Bodman; 6. Walker; 7. Luloff; 8. Zogg.

2nd heat – 1. Barnes; 2. Shryock; 3. Rust; 4. Gustin; 5. Kyle Brown; 6. David Brown; 7. Sobbing; 8. Moffitt. 

3rd heat – 1. Kile; 2. Murray; 3. Springsteen; 4. Kay; 5. Brockert; 6. Steve Stewart; 7. Walker; 8. Helm. 

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