Corliss Shocks the Zoo by Winning Titan Equipment 50

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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