Michigan State Championships

DON: The majority of racers traveled many miles to come to this event……….only to run into the juggernaut of the Bozell Family. Andy, Jeff and Phil are icons at Kalamazoo Speedway and were not about to take a back seat to the traveling racers. With two feature wins and a third, they would have been hard pressed to do any better. My favorite moment of the event? The wreck in the photo above – the driver was so proud that he posed for a picture, see the photo below.

BEVERLY: Being from the Carolinas, I hear about all the terrible Michigan weather, but boy did we have some great racing weather on Saturday night! The races at Kalamazoo Speedway are always lots of fun but this was a special race.

There were 3 series that were not a normal part of the show at Kalamazoo Speedway. The Allison Legacy Series, US PRO and USA Modifieds. Although some of the local talent did participate and actually win the US PRO and USA Modifieds races.

We started in the pits with the Allison Legacy Series. What a great group of racers. I began by talking with Tony Sommer #67. He has been racing for 8 years in this series. These cars run sealed Mazda 4 cylinder engines. They are an excellent next step choice from Kart racing. Tony introduced me to the director of the series Don Brooks, who went on to explain the series itself. These cars are actually built by the legendary Allison family. This is a traveling series and this particular group travels mostly in the midwest area. You can follow them at GLALSRacing.com and also the main site AllisonLegacy.com. We talked with 15 year old Steven Brooks and also Kelly Keil. These two young racers are gaining experience and enjoying it tremendously.

Here’s how Tony’s race went; “in our feature I overdrove number four going after the leader and looped the car. Would have been all right because I had enough time and the car to get back to the front but during the spin for some odd reason I had a plug wire pull apart so I had to run the rest of the race on three cylinders.”

The US PRO series is only a year old. I spoke with the tire specialist for the Louden team #8. He explained that these cars have crate motors, Ford and Chevy. The cars have a late model body and there are restrictions on everything including how much you can spend for your shocks. The great thing about this traveling series is that it is very economical. They had a great race and local Jeff Bozell took the checkered flag.

Then we moved to the USA Modifieds. These are the open wheel cars. They are also a traveling series and this was the last points race where they crowned Jason Dietch the champion this year. Jason came from Kart racing and has been racing for 8 years. He was second in points the last 2 years. Congratulations Jason!! These guys are very excited about their next race at Winchester Speedway. Local Phil Bozell won the race and did a fantastic burnout. I dare say he was very excited. He jumped out of his car, yelling and arms waving and then a quick shimmy up the fence.

And then the highlight of my night…….I rode in the pace car. The first time we didn’t get above 20 mph. The second time was in front of the USA Modifieds A feature and that time we went considerably faster. It’s not so much going fast as trying to hang onto the track and then shooting off into the pits to let the cars get up to speed. That was lots of fun!

More at: www.kalamazoospeedway.com
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More at: www.usproRacing.com

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