August 2, 2019
The must-see race for this time around will be a mid-week race, as on Wednesday, August 7th the Kalamazoo Speedway in Kalamazoo, Michigan will be holding their 27th Annual Kalamazoo Klash.
The Klash is one of the highest paying Outlaw Late model races in the entire country as this year’s payout will be $10,000 to win the A-Main race and a payout of $1,000 to win the B-Main alone.
This race will be an exciting one as it is one of the most prestigious races in the mid-west that every Outlaw driver wants to put on their resume, and in years past many of the best have been able to do so. The first winner of Klash was Andy Bozell who has been able to win at almost every track he shows up at in an Outlaw, Bozell is a four-time winner of Klash including going back to back in the first two events. Klash has been a family affair for the Bozells as in 2011 Phil, Andy’s son was able to pick up the win in Klash which is his only win in the big race today.
Other winners include Michigan Motorsports Hall of Famer Fred Campbell (2004), former NASCAR Wheelen All-American Series State Champion Tom Thomas (2003), and Former NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series Competitor Johnny Benson Jr (2006).
The winner of the last two Klash’s has been Tyler Roahrig who was able to hold off Brian Bergaker last season and NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series star Kyle Busch in 2017. Before Roahrig was able to break through to get the win in Klash he had 3 runner- up finishes, all to the hands of the winningest driver in Klash history with five, Terry Senneker Jr (2008,12,13,14,16).
The Kalamazoo Klash will not be the only race of the night as the ARCA/CRA Super Series will be running their last race before their championship chase starts and they are expected to put on a show!
Making a return to his Late Model roots is current Menards ARCA Series Championship contender Travis Braden. Braden is extremely confident going into the race as he told TLC Motorsports Marketing “ I feel great heading into the Klash. Platinum Motorsports has given me some extremely fast cars this year. We’ve compiled a handful of poles already, and while we haven’t won yet, we have been more than capable, with multiple 2nd place finishes. Kalamazoo has been a great track for myself and the team over the years, and with this hot streak, we expect to go sit on the pole and race for the win! To finally get that P2 monkey off our back against such stiff competition and at such a high-stakes race would be phenomenal!”
Braden was right when he said it will be stiff competition, as of August 2nd there are 22 cars entered into the race including the former winner of the Klash Phill Bozell and former fast time setter of Klash and one of the best Super Latemodel drivers in the country, Brian Campbell.
Fresh off his NASCAR Gander Outdoor Truck Series debut with Jordan Anderson Racing, Carson Hocevar, the 16-year-old driver who cut his teeth at Little Kalamazoo in 1/4 Midgets joins the field. Local short track ace and winner of the 2019 Redbud 400 at Anderson Speedway Johnny VanDoorn, current points leader Josh Brock, and championship contender Jack Dossey III round out an impressive field on mid-west drivers.
The racing will be fast and exciting for all 250 laps and we will see who can add their names to the history books in such a prestigious event.