Rookie Mikey Kile Wins at Michigan (BROOKLYN, Mich. - June 11, 2010) - Mikey Kile had seen this race before. Six days ago, in fact, at Pocono. This time, the driver of the No. 25 Sears Auto Center/DieHard Toyota came up on the other side of the...
Rookie Mikey Kile Wins at Michigan
(BROOKLYN, Mich. - June 11, 2010) - Mikey Kile had seen this race before. Six days ago, in fact, at Pocono. This time, the driver of the No. 25 Sears Auto Center/DieHard Toyota came up on the other side of the tale, winning the Racing for Wildlife 200 along the way.
Kile, of Venturini Motorsports, led the final 26 of 100 laps at Michigan International Speedway for his first career victory in the ARCA Racing Series Presented by RE/MAX and Menards, reversing the fortune - or misfortune - he had experienced in the hills of Pennsylvania just one race prior.
Craig Goess started from the pole and dominated, moving his No. 81 Greenville Toyota of N.C. Toyota to a lead of more than one second within two laps and over six seconds by the time the first of two caution flags came out on the race's 27th lap, the result of a blown front right tire on the No. 99 Ford of Josh Richards.
Goess continued to lead through the middle stages of the race, his advantage exceeding four seconds. When he pitted on Lap 75, Kile assumed the lead. Goess, with his seemingly insurmountable advantage, appeared to be set to retake the lead when Kile would later be forced to pit, but he could not predict Chase Mattioli's spinning of the No. 17 Ford off of Turn 4 on the race's 77th lap.
Kile was allowed to pit under the yellow flag just laps later, held the lead as the race restarted after 82 laps, and simply drove away from the field, winning by a margin of 4.637 seconds.
Joey Coulter made his No. 16 Rip It Energy Fuel/Darrell Gwynn Foundation Chevrolet one of just five cars on the lead lap for the last restart, and his strategy paid off with a second-place finish, his second in three races and the fourth of his career.
Patrick Sheltra continued his run of consistency, finishing third and nailing down his eighth consecutive top-10 finish to start the season. Sheltra remains the ARCA Racing Series points leader, a distinction he will carry to the series' next race at Iowa Speedway on July 10.
Justin Marks finished fourth to maintain the second position in the standings, and two-time Michigan winner Frank Kimmel was fifth.
Goess ended the race in sixth, followed by Michigan resident Chad Finley, Tim George Jr., Bryan Silas, and Robb Brent, also of Michigan.
The ARCA Racing Series Presented by RE/MAX and Menards returns to action Saturday, July 10 at Iowa Speedway.