Lyons Wins Ridge/NAPA Auto Parts 50
Brandon Lyons scored an upset victory in Saturday night’s NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Outlaw Super Late Model feature at Kalamazoo Speedway. Fast qualifier Brian Bergakker rebounded from an early race spin to finish second ahead of Todd Currier, Luke Krick and point leader Mike “Bubba” Brooks. Todd Harrington finished sixth beating out Billy Shannon, Mark Shook, AJ Foote and Jeff Ganus. Marc Casey and Marty Crawford won the heats. Brooks point lead is now just 26 points over Bergakker, who is looking to be the first back-to-back champion since Andy Bozell in 2007 and 2008. Ganus is now in third place, just 39 points out of the lead while Shannon (-120) and Shook (-154) round out the top five.
A fantastic Super Stock feature saw point leader Buddy Head hold off his brother and fast qualifier Kenny Head for the victory. Ryan Wheeler finished third ahead of Matt Corliss and Brandon Lyons. Chris Shannon led the second half of the top ten ahead of TK Whitman, Kelli Jo Hofacker, Chris Orr and James Roden. Lyons and Tyler Hufford won the heat races. Buddy now leads his brother by 47 markers in the battle for the title. Hofacker (-140) and Shannon (-150) also are within striking distance.
The Pro Stocks saw John Foote emerge victorious in the twenty-five lap main event. Veteran driver Brent Hook finished second ahead of fast qualifier Toby Montgomery, John Foote Sr. and former champion Greg Haynes. Zack Cook finished sixth beating out Bud Hybels, Greg Brown, Keith Wilfong and Ashley Markillie. Notable finishers included defending champion Lloyd Brooks in 11th and point leader Brad VanAvery in 16th. Foote also won his heat race while Hybels won the other heat. The Pro Stock point race enters July with seven drivers within just 159 points of the lead. Foote takes a small 11 point edge into the month over VanAvery while Montgomery (-30), Hook (-36) and Hybels (-45), Brooks (-133) and Cook (-159) all remain within striking distance.
The Mini Stocks ran “Mini Stock Mayhem Presented by Little Caesars” with Billy Bussema emerging victorious in the 21 car field. Fast qualifier Dave Long finished a solid second ahead of Jeremy Collins, Shane Clark and Dennis Zimmerman. Defending champion Frank Stager was sixth beating out Chaz Hook, Jerime Damron, Nick Cena and Curtis Harrington. Long’s point lead is just 37 points over second place Damron with Clark (-86) and Collins (-156) not far behind.
Young Felecia Meade brought the crowd to their feet by picking up the win in the Cyber Stock main event over Jack Cook, Jerry Jansen III, Tyler McGhan and Brian Gregersen. Walter Nielson III finished sixth ahead of point leader Barry Jenkins, DJ Oxford, Jim Leonard and Matt Majewski. Notable finishers included Walter Nielson IV, who finished 11th. Jerry Jansen Jr. set quick time while Keegan Dykstra and Oxford won the heat races. Jenkins point lead is now just 51 points over Cook. Nielson IV (-101), Jansen III (-127) and McGhan (-142) complete the top five.
Next on the schedule is LKQ Low Dough Night where adults receive admission to the event for JUST $8!! The night will be highlighted by the “LKQ 50” for the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Outlaw Super Late Models. Also on the card will be the “Super Stock Sonic 45 Presented by SendOut Cards”. The Pro Stocks, Mini Stocks and Cyber Stocks will also be in action on what promises to be a great night of racing. For more information on Kalamazoo Speedway visit www.kalamazoospeedway.com.