Garvey Gets I-70 Win

Michigan veteran Mike Garvey led the final 79 laps on the high banked I-70 Speedway to win the Missouri 250 presented by Jani-King on Saturday in a dominating performance.

Garvey in the W.J. Plemons Chevrolet had to come from the back of the pack after the first round of pit stops by the leaders when lug nuts on the right side fell off during the stop on lap 88.

Garvey climbed back to the front from the 20th spot to enter the top ten after 125 circuits and climbed to second by lap 150 behind Donny Reuvers in the Great Clips Chevrolet.

He got inside of Reuvers on lap 172 through Turn 2 and led to the checkers winning by 0.786 seconds over Glenn Allen Jr. and Robbie Pyle.

Pole sitter Reed Sorenson in the ACDelco Chevrolet led the first 63 laps before he was passed by Garvey with an inside move through lapped traffic going through Turn 3.

Garvey remained on the point until the leaders pitted. Reuvers was the only lead lap car to remain on the track and assumed the lead and stayed out front until Garvey made the final pass.

It was Garvey’s third win in the past five American Speed Association races and the 16th of his career. The win was worth $14,005 of the $193,194 total purse.

Garvey said the crew changed everything on the car after arriving at I-70 Speedway and hit on the right combination during the final practice session.

"I love coming to I-70," said Garvey. "There is plenty of room to pass here."

Allen in the Modern Office Methods Chevrolet recorded his first ASA podium finish since returning to the series for a full season since 1995.

"I didn’t have anything for Mike (Garvey)," said Allen. "He was better than me on long runs. If there had been a five-lap dash, I might have closed on him."

Pyle said the Citgo Chevrolet wasn’t perfect in terms of handling.

"The crew chief made the right call to stay out on the last caution with 22 laps remaining," he said. "From there we just hung on."

It was Pyle’s second consecutive podium finish and recording a second place finish at Hawkeye Downs Speedway (IA) in May.

Rounding out the top five were Bryan Reffner and points leader Kevin Cywinski.

Garvey averaged 80.543 miles per hour in recording the victory. The race was slowed six times by cautions for a total of 52 laps.

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