Michigan short track racing legend Randy Sweet passed away Friday morning at the age of 72.
Sweet was born on December 24th, 1946 in Kalamazoo, Michigan. The driver affectionately known as the ‘Kalamazoo Kamikazee’ started his career in 1963 at Berlin Raceway and would become one of the most recognizable drivers in the country, taking the famed “Rocket Car” – a wedge-bodied Late Model with plexiglass side boards – to different racetracks around the country and setting track records nearly everywhere he went. His track record at Kalamazoo Speedway lasted for twenty-five years, spawning the popular Call of the Wild event held every September.
His other racing accolades included five Berlin Raceway track championships, four ASA National Tour race wins, and an ISMA Supermodified win at Thompson Speedway, becoming the only driver not from the east coast to win a Supermodified race at the Connecticut facility. His last start in a race car came just two years ago in King of the Wing Sprint Car event at Kalamazoo Speedway.
Sweet started Sweet Manufacturing in 1978 to supply parts and knowledge to fellow racers around the country. He was also a car builder in the dirt Late Model racing world, working with Hall of Fame racer Scott Bloomquist and eventually helping create Sweet/Bloomquist Racecars.
The Michigan Motorsports Hall of Famer had just been inducted into the Berlin Raceway Hall of Fame this past Saturday. It would be his last public appearance.
Arrangements are pending and are expected to be announced soon.
-Story by: Koty Geyer, Speed51.com State Editor (IN/MI) – Twitter: @kgeyer3
-Photo Credit: Jeff Burman