New Official Track Photographers at Kalamazoo Speedway

Rick Senneker

Rick Senneker

RW Motorsports Marketing, a Battle Creek, MI based company, is pleased to announce a new partnership with Kalamazoo Speedway for the 2014 season and beyond. RW Motorsports Marketing will be the new official track photographers offering still and video on a weekly basis, along with many other marketing services for the drivers and teams.

You will see a larger presence at the track level with a whole team of photographers and a new exciting photo booth. Many products are created to promote the driver and fulfill needs of the fans. Some of the best Hero Cards and t-shirt designs in the state come out of the headquarters of RW Motorsports Marketing.

RW Motorsports Marketing has been in the photography field for over 25 years, and in short track racing field for three. RW Motorsports Marketing provides photographic services for many West Michigan short tracks and has multiple photography teams to fulfill any photography, video and graphic needs you may require.

Any questions please contact Woody at 517-507-6086 or email at racingwoody@racingwoodys.com.

More information can be seen at www.rwmotorsportsmarketing.com

Media Contact

Woody

RW Motorsports Marketing

517-507-6086

“Home Sweet Home” for Drivers at the Zoo

Billy Shannon-WEBSITE

Billy Shannon-WEBSITE

Kalamazoo Speedway will be highlighting our five weekly classes throughout much of the 2014 season, rather than putting a bunch of touring series at the head of the class.  Most tracks could only dream of having the car counts and the outstanding quality and competition of our weekly classes; thus this will be where we will be putting our focus on so our existing as well as our new race fans will continue to see some of the finest weekly short track racing found anywhere in the Midwest.

As you open up the schedule, you will see that the Full House Night will be the theme for 2014.  Each weekly class of cars will have either 4 or more special championship style events throughout the season (not even counting the Klash, COTW or the Super Shoe), paying extra money as well as racing for extra laps.  Again, this is Kalamazoo Speedway putting our weekly five classes first, hoping that the local fans will come out & cheer for their favorite local driver!  You will notice the special event pay chart at the bottom of this article showing what each special event will pay for each class.

Kalamazoo Speedway will of course be hosting a few of their specialty events as well with some of which are listed below:

  • The Must See Racing.com Xtreme Winged Super Sprints!!
  • The Auto Value Winged Super Sprint Shows!!
  • The Kalamazoo Klash
  • The Top Speed Modified Series
  • Four Front Wheel Drive Enduro Events
  • The Night of Destruction, hosted by LKQ
  • The Call of the Wild Extravaganza
  • The granddaddy of them all, the 28th annual Super Shoe Nationals!
  • One of the Largest Fireworks Shows in southwest Michigan will take place at the Zoo on July 4th of 2014!
  • All of this, not even mentioning the Intimidator 75, Season Championship Night, the Goat Roper 25 and a whole sleuth of exciting races for 2014!

As you go through the above list, you can see why our optimism for 2014 remains at an all-time high……big named events, great weekly racing…….it’s all a recipe for great success for the upcoming race season.  And for you drivers, look at the chart below at the special event pay for all five classes!

Division

Regular Weekly to Win

Main Special

Main Special to Win

Special Events

Outlaw Super Late Models

$1,000

Kalamazoo Klash XXII

$10,000

$1,500

Super Stocks

$600

Super Stock Spectacular

$1,000

$750

Pro Stocks

$400

Pro Stock Cash Bash

$700

$500

Mini Stocks

$300

Mini Stock Nationals

$500

$400

Cyber Stocks

$150

Cyber Stock Goat Roper 25

$300

$250

Reserved Parking Spots at the Zoo

Luke Krick - WEBSITE

Luke Krick - WEBSITE

Although Kalamazoo Speedway has plenty of free paved parking spots all with electric nearby, we still offer reserved spots to rent for the season, if anyone is interested in parking in the same spot each week.  The main infield spots are $100 for the season & the top two pit areas are $50 for the season.   The spots do not include Super Shoe & special events such as the Klash or the Sprint Car shows, where you may not have your reserved spots.

We have a new Parking Spot Sheriff in town and it is none other than Kenny “Big Daddy” Head.  Contact Kenny at 269-692-2423 to see what spots are available.

 

The Zoo’s Mid-Winter Report for 2014

Kalamazoo Speedway 13_04_06

Kalamazoo Speedway 13_04_06

With the running of the Daytona 500 being just around the corner, and although the front stretch is buried in over 4’ deep of snow (no exaggeration….and 4’ might be on the light side), its time the get our focus set on Kalamazoo Speedway for 2014!  In times where many outdoor entertainment venues (not just race tracks) are struggling or scaling way back or becoming more of a part time venue or even shutting their doors, Kalamazoo Speedway is coming off our strongest year of the past 13 seasons that the Howe’s have owned the track and looking for season 14 to be stronger & bigger yet!

We are looking at very solid car counts in all 5 classes, we have an aggressive schedule for 2014 yet we have a few weekends where we won’t be racing our weekly classes which can allow for some family vacation time or even a trip to another racing venue.  We are offering a very solid pay structure in all 5 weekly classes, working with the mid & back pack cars as much as we work with the front runners.  We continue to cut back on tire allotment for our participants which I still feel is the number one reason we are averaging 100 plus cars each & every week in our weekly 5 class shows.

With our NASCAR sanctioning, we continue to offer the best participant insurance program as any track offers in the nation.  Lane Automotive & NASCAR helps us still have a $30,000 weekly point fund for our drivers and we still have one of the strongest & best equipped Safety Crew’s as again any track in the nation has to offer.  Our 2014 Schedule is again very strong, as we at the Zoo will offer it all!  As mentioned above, we have very solid Full House 5 in 1 show’s but we also have one of the most exciting schedules as you will find anywhere.  Here are a few highlights of our schedule:

  • We again have the Kalamazoo Klash for the Outlaw Super Lates but with the addition of the CRA Super Series, the Klash will rank as one of the biggest single day Late Model Shows in the entire nation!
  • For the Open Wheel fans, we have the Auto Value Super Winged Sprints, we have the Must See Racing Xtreme Winged Super Sprints, and the Top Speed Modifieds are looking at bringing 26-30 Open Wheel Modifieds to the Zoo for their first visit.  USAC is going to have an Open Wheel Spectacular in August but not all of the details are finalized yet.
  • April 19th will be the Zoo’s Season Opener for all 5 weekly classes, featuring the Intimidator 75 for the Outlaw Super Lates!
  • Super Shoe & The Call of the Wild…….do we even need to waste cyber space on these two classics??
  • And of course we still have our FWD Enduro Series, Fireworks Spectaculars, and the entertainment slayer of them all……The Night of Destruction!
  • So if you counted, we have 16 weekly Outlaw Super Late Shows, Sprint Car Shows that both run with the Outlaws, we have a wild & zany Enduro that will have dirt jumps…….Kalamazoo Speedway will be the Entertainment Capital of the Midwest in 2014!!

Season Grandstand & Pit Passes are now available…….Reserved Pit Parking Spots are now available…….and there are some great deals on VIP Skybox rentals for weekly or full season rentals.  A weekly rental of a heated and air conditioned skybox for a special event can be a great gift for that ultimate race fan in your life!

After the conclusion of our first Open Practice on April 5th (and yes, if you have a snow plow or end loader, we may be calling you the last week of March)…..we will be having our annual Meet & Greet from 5:30-9:30 at the Otsego Elks.  This is a great time to bench race & to get your NASCAR and Track paperwork all filled out & ready to fly!

Please e-mail (gary@kalamazoospeedway.com) or call the speedway office (269-692-2423) if you have any questions on pit passes or skyboxes or would like to get any NASCAR applications or track papers sent to you early.

Thank you and see you all in early April at the Zoo!!!

 

Race For Kids Sake Upcoming Activities

Kalamazoo Speedway 13_04_06

Kalamazoo Speedway 13_04_06

Race For Kids Sake has an array of fundraising activities coming up in the next 2 weeks.  This Friday, February 10th is round 3 of the Texas Hold ‘Em tournament at the Otsego Elks Lodge.  On Sunday, there will be a charity bowling tournament at the PInz Bowling alley…….Go to www.raceforkidssake.com for details of both of these events!

The Race for Kids Sake will also be hosting a charity hockey game on Saturday, Feb 15th, at 4:00PM. The game will be hosted at The Revolution Arena located in Battle Creek, MI. The proceeds from the game will benefit Autism Awareness and Camp Catch a Rainbow.

The game will feature local race car drivers such as Mike “Bubba” Brooks, Jamison Russell, Zack Cook, Mark Mason, Justin Lanting, and Andy Jach. They will be teaming up with retired pro hockey players from the United Hockey League, International Hockey League, All American Hockey League, Kalamazoo Wings, and Battle Creek Revolution. The game will also feature the first female to score a point in a Men’s professional hockey game Kira Hurley. There will be players from Ohio, Canada, Illinois, Michigan, and many other locations.

Following the game the jersey’s worn by the players will be auctioned off with all proceeds going to both charities. Tickets for this event will just be $5 purchased at the door, kids 12 and under are free, and parking is free. Please visit www.raceforkids.org for more information.

 

Kalamazoo Speedway Strives to Keep Weekly Outlaw Super Lates

Luke Krick

Luke Krick

In a continuous effort to keep our Outlaw Super Late Models as a weekly class at Kalamazoo Speedway, we are shortening up the laps for the special races (not counting the Klash) that our drivers will be racing for the following reason.

Starting with the Intimidator and going through the entire season including all 6 special races for the Outlaw Super Lates (besides the Klash), all of these races are going to be a regular tire impound night and only two new tires, instead of the four tires that were allowed in previous years, will be allowed to be purchased for any of these races.  Six tires can be purchased opening night to start your tire impound but only two new tires will be allowed to be purchased the following week, as this will be the tire impound policy that will continue for the entire season.  No buying four new tires for the longer races, thus the reason to shorten up the races by 25%.  This will save our weekly drivers a minimum of 12 tires…….quite possibly making the difference of lower dollar teams being able to race all season long?

Keep in mind that our weekly payout for the Super Lates has been substantially increased & our payout for the championship races will remain the same as they have been in the past years…….just 25% fewer laps will be ran in most instances.

For more information on Kalamazoo Speedway visit www.kalamazoospeedway.com.

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You can also follow Kalamazoo Speedway on our official Twitter page: www.twitter.com/kazoospeedway.

Rich C.

From: Rich C. 
Email: rlakotak@aol.com
Phone: 269-629-0386

Classified:
Moveing up in class,I have odds an ends of stuff for Pro Stock.
Shoenfeld Headers for SB chevy new
$150.00
Turbo 350 trans works good
$75.00
Monte Carlo nose piese new
$70.00
1 right side fender for Monte
$65.00
2 Tubuler Upper A frames New
$40.00 for pair
1 15x8x4.75x3back space new
$30.00
1 15x8x4.75x2bs new
$30.00
2 15x8x4.75x2bs used
$25.00 for pair
2 15x8x4.75x4bs used
$25.00 for pair
2 Wheel spacers 1-1/2inch 1-1/4inch
$5.00 for pair
1 drive shaft for Monte
$10.00

Kalamazoo Speedway 2014 Rules & Payouts

Kalamazoo Speedway 13_04_06

Kalamazoo Speedway 13_04_06

The rules and payout for 2014 are being released over the next couple days.  As you drivers read over the rules, many of you seem to find an error or two within about 3 hours of us posting them.  We will be calling these the “Tentative Rules” for about a week until we see if we have all of the bugs worked out.  As you will notice, there are very few rule changes although there are a few rules that are “Explained Out” in a much more detailed manor.

You will also see that there have been a few pleasant tweaks in the payout as well, mainly concentrating on the mid top 10 and start money finishing positions.

Kalamazoo Speedway is trying diligently to keep over a 100 car for our weekly car count as well as continue to have very solid weekly fan counts as well.  It is imperative that the track management and the drivers & teams at the Zoo work hard to achieve both of these lofty goals in such a volatile time for short track racing.

Sunday – April 6 – Pre-Season Testing

Gates Open – Noon

Testing – 1:00-5:00

Sunday – April 6 – Pre-Season Testing

The 2014 NASCAR Whelen All-American Series season at Kalamazoo Speedway will commence on Sunday, April 6 with the first of two pre-season test sessions.  Testing will begin at 1:00 and conclude at 5:00.  Drivers from all divisions will be allowed to test.  Grandstand admission will be FREE!

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