“Bubba” Wins “92.5 the ZUU Shootout” at the Zoo

Mike Brooks - WEBSITE

Mike Brooks - WEBSITE

Mike “Bubba” Brooks drove from the back to the front and then held off a late challenge from Spencer Wortinger to win the “92.5 the ZUU Shootout” Saturday night at Kalamazoo Speedway.  Wortinger dropped off the track in the closing laps handing second position to John Long, who made his first visit to Kalamazoo this season.  AJ Foote finished third ahead of John Chapman and Matt Krywosinski.  The second half of the top ten was led by Matt Frazier ahead of last week’s winner Matt Corliss, Todd Harrington, Rick Senneker and Dave Simpson.  Notable finishers included Luke Krick, who was involved in an accident and finished 16th.  Mark Shook set quick time while Marc Casey and Chuck Greer won the heat races.  The win increases the point lead for Brooks to forty points ahead of John Chapman.  Harrington (-70), Foote (-79) and Frazier (-92) round out the top five in the standings after three events.

The Super Stocks ran “Super Stock Mania Presented by Weller Auto Parts” and saw Buddy Head set quick time and pick up the victory.  Chris Shannon finished second beating out Scott Rugg, Jordan Hunderman and Jerry Pierman.  Kelli Jo Hofacker finished sixth ahead of Kenny Head, Jack Cook, Ron Landis and Rob Hardy.  Buddy Head’s point lead now sits at forty-two points ahead of his brother Kenny after three events.  Rugg (-65), Hofacker (-70) and Shannon (-73) complete the top five.

Lloyd Brooks made it three different winners in three races for the Pro Stock division after setting quick time earlier in the evening.  Defending champion John Foote Jr. finished second ahead of Toby Montgomery, Brent Hook and Greg Brown.  Barry Jenkins finished sixth beating out Brad VanAvery, Ron Landis, Budd Hybels and Keith Wilfong.  Lloyd Brooks and John Foote Jr. picked up the heat wins.

Former Cyber Stock champion and fast qualifier Keith Dunham picked up an extremely impressive win in the Mini Stock feature.  Former Mini Stock champion Frank Stager finished second ahead of Shane Clark, Jerime Damron and Billy Bussema.  The second half of the top ten was led by Chuck Greer over Noah Gallandt, Andrew Brest, Logan Knight and Sierra Lantz.  Brest and Damron picked up the heat race victories.

A thrilling photo finish in the Cyber Stock feature saw Jerry Jansen III beat out Kyle Jansen for the victory.  Keegan Dykstra was a solid third ahead of Dan Rigoni and Doug Nelson.  Ryan Hufford finished sixth ahead of Drew Maxwell, Curtis Towne, Kyle Shannon and Dion Vrooman.  Several notables had rough evenings including Brian Gregerson (13th), Cliff Lambert (14th), Jerry Jansen Jr. (15th) and TC Burgess (16th).  Jansen Jr. set quick time while Vrooman and Burgess won the heat races.

This Saturday night, May 10 NASCAR racing returns to the Zoo with another full five in one show featuring the “Cool 101 Shootout” for the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Outlaw Super Late Models.  The Super Stocks and Pro Stocks also return, as do the Mini Stocks, who will run “Mini Stock Madness Presented by Titan Equipment”.  The Cyber Stocks will also have their first special of the season with the running of the “Cybernetic 25 Presented by 7UP”.

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Corliss Shocks the Zoo by Winning Titan Equipment 50

Matt Corliss

Matt Corliss

Veteran driver Matt Corliss shocked the crowd by winning the Titan Equipment 50 for the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Outlaw Super Late Models Saturday night at Kalamazoo Speedway.  “Gentleman” John Chapman challenged Corliss to the final lap but came up just short by finishing second ahead of Billy Shannon, Rick Senneker and Marty Crawford.  The second half of the top ten was led by Matt Frazier over Marc Casey, Luke Krick, Matt Krywosinski and AJ Foote.  Defending champion and Intimidator 100 winner Mike “Bubba” Brooks was involved in an incident and finished a disappointing 11th.  Todd Harrington set quick time while Foote and Casey won the heats.  Despite the accident Brooks moves to the lead in the Outlaw Super Late Model point standings by just twenty markers over Chapman.  Harrington (-32) sits third ahead of a Crawford (-37) and Krick (-37).  Next up for the Outlaw Super Late Models is the “92.5 the ZUU Shootout” coming up this Saturday, May 3.

Buddy Head set quick time in the Super Stock division, which started him dead last on the field but the veteran driver picked his way through traffic to collect his second win in as many races in the 2014 season.  Former champion Kenny Head (Buddy’s brother) finished a solid second ahead of Scott Rugg, who picked up a podium finish for the second consecutive week.  Jake Hopwood and Kelli Jo Hofacker rounded out the top five finishers ahead of Chris Shannon, Larry Hollenbeck, Jordan Hunderman, Jerry Pierman and James Roden.  The Head brothers swept the heat races and also sit atop of the point standings with Buddy a mere sixteen points ahead of Kenny.  Hofacker (-44), Hopwood (-48) and Rugg (-49) complete the top five.  The Super Stocks have their first special of the week coming up this Saturday with the running of “Super Stock Mania Presented by Weller Auto Parts”.

For the second consecutive week the Pro Stock division saw a thrilling finish with Brent Hook emerging victorious this time.  Hook held off a three wide challenge by fast qualifier John Foote Jr. and last week’s winner Toby Montgomery to pick up the victory.  Barry Jenkins finished a solid fourth while former champion Lloyd Brooks completed the top five.  The second half of the top ten was led by Budd Hybels over Ryan Beadle, Greg Brown, Zach Westdorp and Josh Highbaugh.  Keith Wilfong, who entered the night fifth in the points led early, but had a fuel problem and finished 11th.  After two weeks Montgomery had a slim four point lead on Hook with Foote Jr. (-14), Brooks (-18) and Hybels (-58) rounding out the top five.

The Mini Stocks had the crowd on their feet Saturday night with another exciting event.  When the checkered flag flew Billy Bussema picked up his first win of the season holding off Noah Gallandt, Shane Clark, Chaz Hook and former Cyber Stock champion Keith Dunham.  Former Mini Stock champion Frank Stager led the second half of the top ten over Jerime Damron, Logan Knight, Sierra Lantz and fast qualifier Chuck Greer.  Jeremy Collins, who entered the night second in points, finished a disappointing 11th.  Gallandt and Chaz Hook picked up the heat race victories.  After two events Damron is the point leader by just six markers over Gallandt.  Bussema (-12), Stager (-27) and Chaz Hook (-28) round out the top five.

Jerry Jansen Jr. set quick time, started last and drove all the way to the victory in the Cyber Stock feature beating out Jerry Jansen III, TC Burgess, Keegan Dykstra and Ryan Hufford.  Defending champion Jack Cook was sixth ahead of Kyle Jansen, Brian Gregersen, Josh Roberts and DJ Oxford.  Cliff Lambert, who entered the event fourth in points, had a disappointing 11th place finish.  Roberts and Hufford won the heats.  After two events Jansen Jr. finds himself atop the standings over Burgess (-26), Dykstra (-57), Lambert (-61) and Gregersen (-77).

This Saturday, May 3 another full five in one show returns to the Zoo featuring the “92.5 the ZUU Shootout” for the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Outlaw Super Late Models.  The Super Stocks will run “Super Stock Mania Presented by Weller Auto Parts” while the Pro Stocks, Mini Stocks and Cyber Stocks will complete the program.  It will also be Autograph Night and Scout Night.

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“Bubba” Wins Thrilling Intimidator 75

Mike Brooks

Mike Brooks

Defending Outlaw Super Late Model champion Mike “Bubba” Brooks held off “12-time” Andy Bozell in a thrilling season opener Saturday night at Kalamazoo Speedway.  Tyler Roahrig set quick time and finished third ahead of Steve Needles and Brian Bergakker.  Todd Harrington ran an impressive sixth beating out Robbie Ferrier, Luke Krick, John Chapman and rookie Tom Rutherford.

The Super Stocks also saw a great race with fast qualifier Buddy Head making a late race pass on Scott Rugg to pick up the victory.  Kenny Head finished third beating out Kellie Jo Hofacker and Jake Hopwood.  Rob Hardy led the second half of the top ten over Jordan Hunderman, Patrick Kirkendall, Chris Shannon and Larry Hollenbeck.

Toby Montgomery set quick time and then pulled off a last lap “bump-and-run” on Brent Hook to pick up the opening night victory.  Lloyd Brooks finished third ahead of Matt Corliss and Keith Wilfong.  Defending champion John Foote Jr. finished sixth ahead of Josh Highbaugh, Budd Hybels, John Bassett and Zach Westdorp.

Jerime Damron picked up the victory in the Mini Stock feature holding off Jeremy Collins, Noah Gallandt, Andrew Brest and Billy Bussema.  The second half of the top ten was led by Chaz Hook over Sierra Lantz, Keith Dunham, fast qualifier Frank Stager and Chuck Greer.

The Cyber Stock feature saw fast qualifier Jerry Jansen Jr. pick up the victory over Tyler McGhan, TC Burgess, Bob Miller and Cliff Lambert.  Dion Vrooman finished sixth ahead of Doug Nelson, DJ Oxford, Keegan Dykstra and Drew Maxwell.

Next Saturday night the action continues with a full five in one show featuring the Titan Equipment 50 for the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Outlaw Super Late Models.  Super Stocks will be back in action also as will the Pro Stocks, running the Pro Stock Spring Fling 35.  Mini Stocks and Cyber Stocks will complete the program.  It will also be Alamo Township night.

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Marty Crawford Fastest in Shortened Test Session; Wednesday Test Added to Schedule

Rick Senneker

Rick Senneker

Marty Crawford was the fastest NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Outlaw Super Late Model in an abbreviated test session Saturday afternoon at the Kalamazoo Speedway.  With the session only lasting 67 minutes before the rain forced the session to be stopped, speedway officials have announced there will be a test session added on Wednesday night.  Gates will open at 5:00 and practice will go from 5:30-9:00.  Brian Bergakker was second fastest ahead of Rick Senneker, John Long and Billy Shannon.

The Super Stock division saw the Head brothers top the speed chart.  Kenny Head ran the fastest lap ahead of his brother Buddy.  Chris Shannon was third fastest ahead of Rodney Smith and David Guarino.

Toby Montgomery ran a lap of 14.745 to top the speed charts in the Pro Stock division.  Brent Hook was second fastest ahead of defending champion John Foote.  Matt Corliss and Keith Wilfong rounded out the top five.

In the Mini Stock division young Chaz Hook was the fastest car on the property with a lap of 15.914.  Noah Gallandt was only .147 seconds slower in second place.  Logan Knight, Sierra Lantz and Garry Hale completed the top five.

Defending Cyber Stock champion Jack Cook picked up right where he left off with a lap of 16.327 seconds to top the Cyber Stock division.  Cliff Lambert was second fastest ahead of young Keegan Dykstra.  Dion Vrooman and Doug Nelson rounded out the top five.

Testing will continue on Wednesday night, just three nights before the Intimidator 75 Presented by Lane Automotive for the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Outlaw Super Late Models coming up Saturday night, April 19.    Super Stocks, Pro Stock, Mini Stocks and Cyber Stocks will also kick off their seasons.

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

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Kalamazoo Speedway Opens for the 65th Consecutive Year and NASCAR is Again our Sanctioning Body

Luke-Krick

Luke-Krick

We are proud to have Nascar as our sanctioning body and the bonuses that it provides our drivers. There is no other track in Michigan that can provide 1,000,000 worth of coverage for all sanctioned races, and an end of year point fund that Nascar supports along with Lane Automotive. We do not require you to pay anything to register your number or car, only purchase the best insurance policy anywhere.

New for 2014 and beyond

Every driver is required to purchase  a Nascar license to be able to run on opening night. If you are not planning on running the entire season , you can purchase a 15 day license which would allow you to run 3 consecutive Saturday races. The cost is $50 for the Super lates and $25 for the other 4 classes.  The KLASH is not a Nascar sanctioned event so a license is not required. If you need to make arraignment to pay for your license at payoff, please contact Donna at 269-720-2384

 

Kalamazoo Speedway’s First Pre-Season Test Postponed Until Sunday, April 6

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Mike Brooks

Kalamazoo Speedway’s first Pre-Season Testing session has been postponed one day until this Sunday, April 6 due to weather.  Sunday’s forecast shows sunny and 60 degess with no wind, which is substancially better than the forecast for Saturday.  The pits will open at noon and testing will go from 1-5pm.  Please note that due to the weather the track still does not have water and thus the main bathrooms in the grandstands will not be open.  There will also not be any concessions for the grandstands or pit area.

The Meet & Greet will take place as scheduled Saturday night from 6-10 at the Otsego Elks club.

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

 

2014 Kalamazoo Speedway Meet & Greet This Saturday, April 5!

Mark Shook

Mark Shook

The 2014 Kalamazoo Speedway Meet and Greet will once again be held at the Otsego Elks club this Saturday night, April 5.  This event will take place even if the first Pre-Season Test, scheduled for earlier in the afternoon does not.  In addition to being a great opportunity to catch up with your racing friends, the Meet and Greet will also serve as a place to fill out all of your necessary paperwork (NASCAR license, etc) for the 2014 season.

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

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NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Changes Announced

NASCAR Whelen All-American Series

NASCAR Whelen All-American Series

NASCAR has announced several new initiatives for the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series.

The competition changes, which go into effect in 2014, are designed to spotlight the sport’s young stars and reward the achievements of drivers at every level of the series. They were announced at the meeting, which was held in conjunction with the touring and weekly series awards ceremonies in Charlotte, N.C.

Starting this season, a national champion will be crowned in all five divisions of the series. In recent seasons, the Finalist Program honored top competitors in Div. II-V.

The points structure in all divisions has been adjusted slightly:

  • Drivers receive two points for every car they finish ahead of in an event, up to 18 cars.
  • Three bonus points will be awarded to a race winner with a single-digit starting position, and five points will be awarded to a race winner with a double-digit starting position.

“These changes were based on feedback from our competitors, track operators and fans,” said Bob Duvall, senior director, business development for NASCAR. “We feel this will bring an added element to our track’s weekly shows, and we’re already looking forward to an exciting 2014 season.”

The University of Northwestern Ohio, a longtime NASCAR partner, announced a Youth Achievement Award that will be implemented at the track and national levels. The award is available to drivers in all divisions of the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series between the ages of 14-18 with valid a NASCAR license.

The track winner will be determined by applying the NASCAR point system in the series rule book based on points earned at that track – counting up to the highest 14 finishes in a division.

The UNOH Youth Achievement Award will also recognize a national champion.

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

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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

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