WEST LIBERTY, Iowa (Sept. 5) – The Ideal Ready Mix Liberty 100 Weekend turned out to be a $7,000 weekend for Justin Kay.
A night after winning the Iron Man Challenge and $1,000, Kay topped a pair of 50-lap, $3,000 to win features for IMCA Late Models at West Liberty Raceway.
The first of those Saturday victories was also Kay’s seventh this season in the Deery Brothers Summer Series. He’ll run for a record-tying fourth straight tour win on Sept. 7 at Boone Speedway, on opening night of the IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals fueled by Casey’s.
Kay started the first feature from outside row one and led every circuit. Cautions on laps 15 and 38 kept the race closer but Kay still took the win well ahead of Jeff Aikey, Brian Harris, Tyler Droste and Tyler Bruening.
The defending series champion got another boost in his bid to repeat as second in points Andy Nezworski finished 19th.
Kay also won three straight Deery features in 2013. Gary Webb, Rob Toland and Harris share the record of four consecutive tour wins, in 1994, 2004 and 2013, respectively.
Aikey set the single-season mark with nine checkers in 1998. Kay now owns 16 career Deery victories.
Nezworski heard his name called as the $250 Sunoco Face Fuels feature qualifier drawing winner.
The Deery purse was paid but no points awarded for the second feature, which had considerably more excitement up front.
The 16 cars on the lead lap for the first feature were inverted and Jay Johnson led the first 26 laps from the pole.
Scott Fitzpatrick challenged and the front pair made contact coming out of the second turn, with Johnson hitting the wall and Fitzpatrick spinning into the infield.
Harris got the lead for the restart and stayed there through lap 42, when Kay drove by on the way to collecting his second $3,000 check of the evening.
Pit gates open at 9 a.m., heat races are at 2 p.m. and the main event will start at approximately 9 p.m. Monday at Boone. Grandstand admission is $20 and pit passes are $30.
The main event pays $3,000 to win, plus a Speedway Motors Weekly Racing Bonus of as much as $1,500. Qualifying events for Hobby Stocks and Northern SportMods are also on the Labor Day card.
Final events of the 29th annual tour are Friday and Saturday, Sept. 18 and 19 during the Yankee Dirt Track Classic at Farley Speedway.
Series feature results – 1. Justin Kay, Wheatland; 2. Jeff Aikey, Cedar Falls; 3. Brian Harris, Davenport; 4. Tyler Droste, Waterloo; 5. Tyler Bruening, Decorah; 6. Ray Guss Jr., Milan, Ill.; 7. Kevin Kile, West Liberty; 8. Andy Eckrich, Oxford; 9. Joel Callahan, Dubuque; 10. Denny Eckrich, Tiffin; 11. Scott Fitzpatrick, Wheatland; 12. Chad Holladay, Muscatine; 13. Joe Zrostlik, Long Grove; 14. Kyle Hinrichs, Swisher; 15. Ryan Dolan, Lisbon; 16. Jay Johnson, West Burlington; 17. John Emerson, Waterloo; 18. Todd Malmstrom, Silvis, Ill.; 19. Andy Nezworski, Buffalo; 20. Darrel DeFrance, Marshalltown; 21. Bill Leighton, La Vista, Neb.; 22. Nick Marolf, Moscow; 23. Jon Merfeld, Dubuque; 24. Jonathan Poll, Delmar.
1st “B” feature (top six) – 1. Harris; 2. Guss; 3. Callahan; 4. Johnson; 5. Leighton; 6. Malmstrom; 7. Chris Horn, Cedar Rapids; 8. Merfeld; 9. Zrostlik; 10. Sam Halstead, New London; 11. Doug Yates, Monticello; 12. LeRoy Brenner, Aledo, Ill.; 13. Poll; 14. Nate Beuseling, Silvis, Ill.
2nd “B” feature – 1. Andy Eckrich; 2. Holladay; 3. Nezworski; 4. Hinrichs; 5. Fitzpatrick; 6. Dolan; 7. Rob Moss, Iowa City; 8. Ron Boyse, Kalona; 9. Gary Webb, Blue Grass; 10. Jonathan Brauns, Muscatine; 11. DeFrance; 12. Jay Chenoweth, Wapello; 13. Brunson Behning, Davenport.
Hard charger – Merfeld. Provisionals – Zrostlik, DeFrance and Poll.
Pay only feature results – 1. Kay; 2. Harris; 3. Guss; 4. Droste; 5. Holladay; 6. Aikey; 7. Andy Eckrich; 8. Fitzpatrick; 9. Callahan; 10. Zrostlik; 11. Moss; 12. Kile; 13. Hinrichs; 14. Horn; 15. Boyse; 16. Dolan; 17. Malmstrom; 18. Webb; 19. DeFrance; 20. Emerson; 21. Bruening; 22. Denny Eckrich; 23. Johnson; 24. Nezworski.