Mikey Kile had a solid year this past season in the ARCA Racing Series Presented by Menards as he finished fifth after scoring his first win at Michigan mid-season.
"Overall, it was a good, solid year and we got a lot of things accomplished that we wanted to get accomplished," Kile told the ARCA Racing Network. "You know, it's racing, so we had some ups and downs and had a few races back to back that kind of took us out of the championship. Overall, it was a good season and I learned a lot."
The obvious highlight of the season concludes to June as at Pocono, he led the most laps after scoring the Menards Pole Award on his way to finishing second. The pieces came together the following week as he scored his first win at Michigan.
"Obviously, the win at Michigan was the biggest win of my career," he said. "I really enjoyed that, and I really enjoyed the week before that at Pocono when I led all the laps. Just winning that race and leading a lot of laps were all highlights."
Helping Kile along the way is Billy Venturini, General Manger of Venturini Motorsports.
"Billy Venturini has been a really good help to me," he said. "He's raced around this series before and been around these cars a lot. He's seen a lot of things that I haven't seen in this series. He's prepared me for what's to come."
The deal came together for Kile and Venturini to partner up after Kile had some success with Brad Keselowski Racing the year before.
"I ran ARCA last year for Brad Keselowski and they always ran good last year and then I had the opportunity at the end of the year," Kile told me in June. "He (Bill Venturini) called me at the end of the year and asked if I wanted to drive for him and I’d seen the success that they’d had through the years and they always ran up front and had good equipment, kind of a no brainer."
Mikey Kile got started in racing by racing go-karts at a young age. Since then, he has moved up the ranks, having success at various levels. Career highlights include four carting championships, eight IMCA modified wins and 2008 USAR Hooters Pro Cup Series Rookie of the Year.
In 2009, Kile ran some ARCA and Camping World Truck Series races for Brad Keselowski Racing. In the truck series, he qualified career-high 10th at Las Vegas and finished a career-high 11th at both Milwaukee and Gateway in the Truck Series.
"It was good," Kile told me of the experience with BKR. "Our first outing we ran at Martinsville and finished 11th. I think we ran six races and finished top-12 in three or four of the six. We were sixth quickest at Vegas and running top-10 there and top-10 at Texas and a pit stop issue there caught us outside of the top 10. It was a learning curve, but definitely running there and running good, I felt like I belonged there."
During the off-season, Kile has been keeping himself busy with finding sponsorship and his boys.
"Man, I'm just trying to get everything put together for next year," he said. "I'm working really hard on sponsorship, running the family business, and having fun playing with my little boy at home. It's been a blast, not having to travel every week and getting to spend some time with him. It's been a whole lot of fun."
In five years, Kile says he hopes to find himself at the Sprint Cup Series level.
In speaking to those trying to follow in his footsteps, he says it is a lot of work.
"It’s hard work, nothing comes easy," he told me. "Keep training everyday, trying to make yourself better, and you’re never at the top. You can always be better at something so never settle for just being good. Keep pushing yourself even if you’re winning races ‘cause you can always be better so keep trying to make yourself better each day."