The 22nd running of the Kalamazoo Klash will have a total of more than 70 entries combined between the Outlaw Late Models and the ARCA/CRA Super Series powered by JEGS on Wednesday night at the Kalamazoo Speedway in Kalamazoo, Michigan.
This year’s Klash will be broadcasted on 51 TV’s live pay-per-view video stream starting at 6:30pm ET. You can order it now for only $19.99
One thing that will be unique this year’s Klash is that NASCAR superstar Kyle Busch is making his first ever appearance at Kalamazoo Speedway and will be competing in both events. He arrived at the track on Tuesday afternoon and got his first look at the 3/8-mile oval.
“I always look forward to race at different racetracks around the county and this is one I haven’t been to yet,” Busch told Speed51.com powered by JEGS. “It’s a weekday show so I thought about giving it a whirl.”
Busch is coming into Kalamazoo having won his last two Super Late Models starts. He won an ARCA/CRA Super Series event at Lucas Oil Raceway in Clermont, Indiana and a PASS North race at Autodrome Chaudiere in Vallee-Jonction, Quebec, Canada.
“We are going to run the double here on Wednesday night,” Busch said. “We have had some good runs in the last couple of weeks at (Lucas Oil) and up in Canada. Now this week will close out my Late Model season here.”
While he will be one to watch for in the ARCA/CRA Super Series 100, he will be making just his second-ever start in an Outlaw Late Model.
“I drove one once at Berlin (Raceway in Marne, Michigan), and it was one of Johnny Benson’s car. I had fun with it and it was kind of cool. But, that was before I was any good at Berlin and I think I finished fifth or sixth. I look forward to seeing what they are all about and try to have a good run.”
Busch said he has no expectations in the Outlaw Late Model, but winning both events would be something special..
“It would be fun,” Busch exclaimed. “Anytime you go to a race or go to a racetrack you are there to win. But, first the opportunity needs to present itself. Second of all, I am a guy who doesn’t know much about this place, so I try to talk to the guys who do know something about it as much as I can and from there we will play it out.”
The track is open for practice on Tuesday night from 5:30pm – 8:30pm ET. This will be a good chance for Busch and the other competitors to tune their cars in for the ARCA/CRA Super Series 100 and the Kalamazoo Klash XXII 150-lap main event.
Busch plans on taking advantage of the practice time.
“Our plan is to just learn and feel it out along with watching a couple of guys and seeing what there is to do around here and see if I can get my car to run some decent lap times and feeling comfortable.”
51 TV will have all of the live action starting at 6:30pm ET. Speed51.com will have Trackside Now starting at Noon on Wednesday with live updates of practice and qualifying leading up to the Kalamazoo Klash XXII. When the live video broadcast begins at 6:30, 51’s Trackside Now coverage will end. The day’s coverage on Speed51.com and 51 TV is presented by JRi Shocks.
– By Kevin Ramsell, Speed51.com Midwest Editor/Director of Business. Twitter: Speed51.com
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