August 9, 2019
Around the Tracks
This weekend there is a lot of exciting racing across the midwest, in all different disciplines and on different racing surfaces.
In the West Michigan area at the Berlin Raceway in Marne, Michigan the Must See Racing Sprint cars make their return to the track for the first time this season. This was originally scheduled as their second race at the track, however, what seemed to be a theme for the season across the country, the rain got in the way of the race, preventing them from being able to make an attempt at their Engine Pro Racing Fast Car Dash. This one is set to be an exciting event as there are many of the biggest names in asphalt sprint car racing entered such as Teddy Alberts, Jason Blonde, Jeff Bloom, Ryan Litt, and Jimmy and Anthony McCune headlining the field of drivers from 7 states and Canada who are all going to bring the excitement to the 7/16th mile track. Along with the sprint cars at Berlin this weekend will be their weekly classes of the Engine Pro Super Stocks, Coors Light Sportsman, and Kalamazoo Vapor 4-Cylinders who are all running double features as all the drivers make late-season pushes for the track championships and NASCAR Whelen All-American Series championships including Corey Holtzlander and Justin Roelofs who are not only battling for the championship at home but nationally too at the division level four of the All-American series.
Staying with sprint cars, but switching surfaces from asphalt to dirt, the World of Outlaw NOS Energy Sprint Cars have been in Iowa this week for their Annual Knoxville Nationals. The event has already been full of excitement as on Wednesday – the first night of the event- brought many surprises such as NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series driver Kyle Larson and one of the best to ever do it Donny Schatz having to race their way into the A-Main as neither were able to transfer through their heat races. An even bigger surprise was that Larson failed to transfer, ending his night earlier than planned, and ending his week at Knoxville as he will be unable to return due to having to be in Michigan for the Cup race. The surprises did not end there as the A-Main was won by underdog racer Trey Starks in his 44s machine. The second night of racing was closer to the status quo as the A-main on Thursday was won by David Gravel, who was then joined by NASCAR Hall of Famer Jeff Gordan, and former F1 driver Mark Weber in Victory lane. With the excitement we have already seen, we can only imagine what will happen on Friday night as drivers still fight for their spots in the A-Main of the Knoxville Nationals on Saturday night.
Back to the asphalt – Saturday night at the Toledo Speedway, the Main Event Outlaw Late Model Tour will be racing in a big 100 lap feature. This is also unfolding to be an exciting race as many of the series drivers are coming off their race at the Kalamazoo Klash on Wednesday night, making for a short time frame in which to make any updates and repairs to the cars. Thankfully Klash was a rather uneventful night in terms of incidents with only a couple cars having to drop out of the race, meaning that all competitors will be able to have their badass fast machines ready for the race, bringing a stacked field of cars. The question that comes up for the Outlaws will be who can carry momentum into the race or who can break out of a slump? Will a driver like Phill Bozell, who has had a dominant year in the series be able to keep it going? Will a driver like Kyle Crump, who is coming off a win at Klash on Wednesday in the ARCA/CRA Super Series and a solid performance in Klash, keep up the momentum? Or will we have a new winner for the year? Only one way to find out, and that is to send the cars around the track. Will you be there for the excitement?