Racing under amazing weather produced some great racing Saturday night at Kalamazoo Speedway on Kids Night. The pits filled up with racecars, and the kids hit the racetrack with their big wheels, bikes, and soapbox derby entries.
The Cyber Stocks took first to the Speedway for feature racing. Problems struck point leader Barry Jenkins as he was involved in a early race accident and forced to the pit area. After several attempts to fix the damaged racecar, he would rejoin the race a few laps down, and turn control over to the Team Orange racecars, led by race winner Jerry Jansen III, who beat teammate Jerry Jansen Jr., Tyler McGhan, Dion Vrooman, and Matt Majewski. Jack Cook finished sixth, ahead of Doug Nelson, Allie Hufford, Brian Gregerson, and Walter Nielson III. Jenkins was scored 16th in the 21 car field when the checkered flag fell. Jerry Jansen Jr. set fast time in the class, with Josh Roberts and T.C. Burgess picking up preliminary heat race wins.
Mini Stocks took to the track next. Point leader Dave Long drove through the field and picked up the feature win along with adding to his lead in the division. Jeremie Damron was 2nd ahead of Billy Bussema, fast qualifier Frank Stager, and Chaz Hook. Shane Clark finished 6th with Eric Frazier, Logan Knight, Jeff Presock, and Rick Mann Sr. rounding out the top 10. Jeremy Collins and Dave Long collected heat race wins.
The Pro Stocks hit the speedway next for the Pro Stock Rumble with their 30 lap main event. Yellow flags and attrition would plague this race, but in the end, Zack Cook would end his bad luck season with his first victory of 2013, beating point leader Johnny Foote Jr. back to the USA Earth Works Start/Finish line. Matt Bainbridge, driving for Greg Haynes, finished 3rd ahead Brad VanAvery, and fast qualifier Toby Montgomery. Budd Hybels came home 6th, and head of Lloyd Brooks, Greg Brown, Keith Wilfong, and Brent Hook. Hook and Foote Jr picked up heat race checkered flags earlier in the night.
The Super Stocks took to the racetrack for the final race of the night with the Edelbrock 35. Matt Corliss was able to jump out front early and put a commanding lead on the field as the Buddy and Kenny Head started deep in the field and carefully worked their way to the front. Entering the night, the brothers were separated by just 8 points, with Buddy having the advantage. K. Head would find a way around B. Head and with 5 laps to go set his eyes on Corliss for the lead. K. Head would gain the lead coming to take the white flag, and held off Corliss for the win. B. Head finished 3rd, with Chris Shannon and Darren Lane rounding out the top 5. Kelli Jo Hofacker, Lindsey Katz, John Russell, Tyler Hufford, and Rob Hardy completed your top 10. K. Head and B. Head both picked up heat race wins, with K. Head being the fastest car in qualifying and taking the points lead by 2 over his brother heading in to the seasons final three points races.
The NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Outlaw Super Late Models return to Kalamazoo Speedway August 10th for a 5-in-1 show highlighted by the Kalamazoo Klash Tune-Up. Three points races remain, with new points leaders in two of those this past Saturday! The Kalamazoo Klash XXI is set for Wednesday night, August 14th at the World’s Fastest 3/8th’s Mile Paved Track, with the Outlaw Late Models racing 150 laps for $10,000 to win, and the template bodied Late Models racing the Boyne Machine Shootout in a 100 lap, $7,500 to win feature. Keep up to date with all things Kalamazoo Speedway related at www.kalamazoospeedway.com and follow us on social media at www.facebook.com/kalamazoospeedway and on Twitter @KazooSpeedway.