When fans tune in to 51 TV’s live video broadcast of Kalamazoo Klash XXII from Michigan’s Kalamazoo Speedway Wednesday, they will have the chance to see if Jeff Ganus can capitalize on the momentum built up from a $20,000 payday last week.
Ganus, of Constantine, Michigan, heads to Wednesday’s Klash as the winner of the most recent big-money Outlaw Super Late Model race, the Summer Sizzler at Indiana’s New Paris Speedway. Still, Ganus knows that backing that up with a win in Outlaw Super Late Model racing’s most prestigious event will take a lot more than just momentum if he’s going to cash in again at the Klash.
“It’s awesome to go win races like that, but I pretty much leave it behind me coming (to Kalamazoo),” said Ganus. “This is a new week and a different track.
“It’s pretty tough up here with Terry (Senneker, Jr., winner of the last two Kalamazoo Klash events), (Brian), Bergakker and the Bozells (Andy, Jeff and Phil). You’ve got to be on your A-game. Your car’s got to be perfect here. Hopefully we can find that spot in the car and win the race.”
Ganus has made six starts in the Klash headed into Wednesday’s race. His best finish is an eighth-place run in 2008. As one of the drivers everyone in Kalamazoo will be gunning for Wednesday night, Ganus hopes to be even closer to, if not in, victory lane.
“I’ve had bad luck in this race every year,” added Ganus. “Even with Bob Blount we had a pretty good piece, but it seems like we always had some kind of issue or something broke. Hopefully we’ve got all the bugs worked out of it this year.”
Ganus spent Monday afternoon shaking down his No. 18 car, knowing full well that he will have to take down the drivers such as Senneker, Bergakker, the Bozells and NASCAR champion Kyle Busch if he’s going to take down the Klash victory Wednesday. It’s that competition and the prestige of the Klash that has him eager to chase the checkered flag.
“It’s definitely a prestigious race and it’s one that I definitely want to win. It’s a whole different kind of race. It’s one of the races that you look forward to every year. It’s a special event.”
The Kalamazoo Klash XXII event on Wednesday, August 13 will also include the ARCA/CRA Super Series template-bodied Super Late Models. Busch, a NASCAR champion and one of the most polarizing drivers in motorsports, will competing in both the Outlaw and template-bodied Late Model events.
Fans unable to make it to Kalamazoo Speedway Wednesday can tune in to watch all the racing action live from Speed51.com’s 51 TV broadcast production. 51 TV will provide live video and an announce team calling all the action. Fans can purchase access to Wednesday’s broadcast now for just $19.99 by clicking this link: http://speed51.com/51livetv-events/. The broadcast goes live at 6:30pm ET
For more on Kalamazoo Klash XXII, visit www.kalamazoospeedway.com
– By Matt Kentfield, Speed51.com Executive Director – Twitter: @MattKentfield – Photo credit: Speed51.com