“Bubba” Wins 7UP Shootout, Closes to Within Just Nine Pointskalamazoo
Two-time defending Outlaw Super Late Model champion Mike “Bubba” Brooks charged from deep in the field, took the lead and then held off Jeff Bozell on a late race double file restart to collect the victory in the 7UP Shootout Saturday night at Kalamazoo Speedway. Bozell held on to finish second ahead of Todd Currier, Matt Frazier and point leader Mark Shook. Brandon Zachary led the second half of the top ten over Dave Simpson, Tom Rutherford, Billy Shannon and Dave Lober. Rick Senneker was fast time with a lap of 12.855 seconds. The win by Brooks now puts him just nine points behind Shook with just two events left in the season. Bozell (-38) and Shannon (-86) also are still in championship contention, should the top two falter.
Buddy Head set quick time, started dead last and drove all the way to the win in the Super Stock feature. Kenny Head finished second ahead of Brandon Lyons, Nick Pressler and Chris Shannon. David Guarino finished sixth beating out Rodney Smith, former Outlaw Cyber Stock champion Jack Cook, Mike Williams and Carl Burlingham. Buddy Head now leads Lyons by 86 points with two races to go.
The Pro Stock division saw another great car count and put on another spectacular show with Chaz Hook emerging victorious over Robbie Ferrier, Greg Brown, Brent Hook and Barry Jenkins. “Big Papa” Keith Wilfong came home sixth ahead of Zach Westdorp, Steve Roden, Jim McGinnis and Josh Highbaugh. Notable finishers included point leader Matt Corliss, who finished 11th.
Veteran driver Steve Potter picked up the victory in the twenty five lap Mini Stock feature over Brian Echtinaw, Kyle Shannon, former champion Frank Stager and Andrew Brest. Former Outlaw Cyber Stock champion Keith Dunham brought his car home in sixth ahead of JR Long, Ryan Stutz, Curtis Towne and point leader Logan Knight. Knight also set quick time.
Despite having to start dead last, young Keegan Dykstra picked up the victory in the twenty lap Outlaw Cyber Stock feature, making the winning pass on Nick Layman late in the race. Layman held on for second ahead of Larry Richardson, Dale Leonard and Kyle Jansen. The second half of the top ten was led by Bob Miller over Brian Gregersen, Scott Custer, Josh Roberts and Alysa James.
Twenty Flip Flop Cyber Stocks went for twenty laps and when the smoke cleared it was Keith Ribble standing in victory lane. Rick LaDuke finished second ahead of Jonathon Schuyler, Kevin Rawson and Buddy Rochfort. Nick Smith finished sixth beating out Brooke Derrick, Butch Lamm, Brad Hall and fast qualifier Brock Sweeter.
This Saturday, August 29 Kalamazoo Speedway will host the penultimate round in the 2015 season with a full 6 in 1 show featuring the Little Caesars 50 for the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Outlaw Super Late Model. Four drivers now sit within just 86 points, while two-time defending champion Mike “Bubba” Brooks is now just nine points behind Mark Shook for the lead. All five support divisions will also be on hand including the Super Stocks, Pro Stocks, Mini Stocks, Outlaw Cyber Stocks and Flip Flop Cyber Stocks. The Flip Flop Cyber Stocks will be running for $150 to win in the first ever “Battle of the Flippers Presented by Steensma”.
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