Former NASCAR champion Johnny Benson won the Lane 75 Saturday night at the Kalamazoo Speedway and in doing so locked himself into next Sunday’s AllStar Performance All-Star Shootout. Benson took the lead from point leader Trent Hellenga on a late restart and held Hellenga off over the closing laps for the victory. Phil Bozell held off his father Andy for third place while Steve Needles finished fifth. Tim DeVos, Brandon Lyons, Randy Day, Rick Senneker and Rick Sexton completed the top ten. Defending champion Terry Senneker set quick time of the twenty-five Outlaw Super Late Models.
In a crash-marred Super Stock Spectacular Buddy Head emerged as the victor. Tom Rutherford charged from deep in the pack to finish second ahead of Mickey Cornwell, Chris Shannon and Eric McGlothlen. Andy Applehans had a great sixth place effort beating out Jamison Russell, point leader Phil Bozell, Tom Sevigny and Matt Corliss. Hank Miller broke the Super Stock track record in qualifying with a lap of 13.711 seconds.
Mike Brooks came from dead last to win the Modified feature over Michelle Sexton, Randy DeBoer, Chris Orr and young Matt Bainbridge. Ben Raber finished sixth ahead of Ryan Wheeler, Clay DePlanche, Brent Hook and Steve Dolphin. Brooks also re-set his own track record with a 13.338. DeBoer and Sexton won the heats.
Young Shawn Misak set quick time and charged from last to first to capture the Cyber Stock feature. Doug Smith had a strong second place run ahead of Dale Leonard, Jerry Jansen and Nick Layman. Defending champion Keith Dunham finished sixth while Clark Smith, Mike Tabbert, Kaylee Misak and Walter Nielson completed the top ten. Lauryn Rousseau won the ‘B’ Feature while John Rousseau, Tabbert and Jansen won the heats.
Stephen Bobek won the MCR Dwarf car feature over Jon Wylie, Mike McManman Sr., Joe McManman and Jeff Slayton. Todd Getz, Jim Miller, Dave Wylie, Kevin Ayers and Rick Ayers finished sixth through tenth. Bobek also set quick time while Troy Hoffman and McManman Sr. won the heats.
Next up is All-Star weekend at the Zoo!! One of the biggest weekends in Kalamazoo Speedway history kicks off Saturday night and will be highlighted by the All-Star Last Chance race for the Outlaw Super Late Models. All drivers not yet locked into the All-Star Shootout will have one final chance to earn their way into one of the most prestigious Outlaw Super Late Model races in the nation. Also the thirteen All-Stars will be on hand to run their qualifying races, which will set the starting lineup for Sunday’s big show. The Modifieds, Super Stocks, Pro Stocks and Cyber Stocks will also be on hand. You will also be able to see a preview of Sunday’s GIGANTIC FIREWORKS DISPLAY!
Then on Sunday the evening will kick off with the All-Star Shootout for sixteen of the best Outlaw Super Late Model drivers in the nation! Following that event will be the Belle Tire Stars & Stripes 200 for the Belle Tire Four Cylinder Enduro Series. Then the evening will conclude with the LARGEST FIREWORKS DISPLAY IN THE STATE OF MICHIGAN! The rain date for Sunday’s event will be Monday. For more information visit www.kalamazoospeedway.com