Daytona: Mikey Kile race report

Lesson Learned: Mikey Kile Runs Strong Early, Involved in "Big One" Late at Daytona Mooresville, N.C.--Rookie Mikey Kile fell short of his goal at Daytona. After qualifying 15th in the ARCA RE/MAX Series Lucas Oil Slick Mist 200 on Friday ...

Lesson Learned: Mikey Kile Runs Strong Early, Involved in "Big One" Late at Daytona

Mooresville, N.C.--Rookie Mikey Kile fell short of his goal at Daytona.

After qualifying 15th in the ARCA RE/MAX Series Lucas Oil Slick Mist 200 on Friday afternoon at Daytona Int'l Speedway, Kile, driver of the No. 29 Greased Lightning Chevrolet had hopes for a top-five finish in Saturday's season-opener. And Kile had good reason for his optimism.

Once the green waved, Kile pulled his Brad Keselowski Racing mount into the top five for much of the early stages of the 200-mile event. But things happen fast at 185 mph, and Kile unfortunately found out.

While running second, Kile tangled with Mario Gosselin. The result was a 12-car melee that brought out the third caution of the day.

"I had an awesome car and I couldn't ask for a better team of guys to work with," said Kile. "Our weekend was off to a great start. After qualifying, we realized the car was faster than we originally thought, and we felt we were in for a possible top-five finish. I learned a lot at Daytona and looking forward to going to Talladega."

Kile and BKR will be spending the next few weeks preparing for his debut in the NASCAR Camping World Truck series event at Martinsville on March 28. Kile will return to the ARCA Re/Max Series later this year.

-credit: bkr/mk

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Series ARCA
Drivers Brad Keselowski , Mario Gosselin , Mikey Kile