Kile wins Racing for Wildlife 200Share
Mikey Kile needed a late caution in the Racing for Wildlife 200 ARCA Racing Series event at Michigan International Speedway on Friday, got it, unlike last week at Pocono, and posted his first victory in 16 attempts on the circuit.
It appeared pole-sitter Craig Goess had the field covered, leading from the start, until he pitted under green with 25 laps remaining in the 100-lap event. But a caution appeared when Chase Mattioli spun out. That allowed Kile, who was running second, to pit under yellow, assume the lead and he was never threatened after that.
Kile saw just the opposite situation the previous week at Pocono when he led for 67 laps of the 80-lap event and appeared ready to win when a late caution flag pushed him back in the field with Goess taking advantage of the situation for his first win this season.
“I think all the racing Gods were with us this week,” said Kile, the 27-year-old from Westlake, La. “We led most of the laps last week at Pocono and came up short when we got a caution we didn’t need, but the roles were reversed today and a caution came out when we needed it.”
Kile was the sixth different first-time winner this year and seventh different winner in eight races.
“I didn’t know who I was racing and who was on the lead lap after the caution,” Kile said. “I didn’t know if I was racing the 81 (Goess) or what. I felt like us and the 81 were the class of the field. I figured if we didn’t get another caution after that we would be in good shape.”
Goess finished sixth and was the last car on the lead lap after going a lap down during the late caution period.
“We ran away from everybody all day,” Goess said. “You can’t come back from being a lap down. What will help me sleep tonight is that were the dominant car all day. It was a solid weekend for us.”
Joey Coulter finished second followed by current ARCA points leader Patrick Sheltra, Justin Marks and Frank Kimmel.
There is plenty of track action at Michigan International Speedway on Saturday. NASCAR Camping World Truck Series takes the track for VFW 200 practice and qualifying; and NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers take final practices for Sunday’s Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips 400.
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